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Time for a clear out.

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I have been meaning to trim back the border on this side for ages as it was really overgrown by the large shrubs and the tree branches coming from next door. The plants were being crowded out and shaded.
Anyway we (that is the Royal We…LOL) decided it was time we sorted out the Ribes, Lilac and Philadelphus I had planted up that side.

We spent the weekend drastically cutting back the hedge and shrubs along this border. T was in his element using his new super-dupa hedge trimmer and the chain saw.

We had put up the trellis about 14 years ago when our old neighbour cut down his conifer trees and failed to put anything up in its place. We had our lovely dog Bo then and needed to stop him crossing into their garden to nosey around. This was the quickest and cheapest option we could think of. On the bright side, I did gain an extra four foot of border when the trees came down. As the years went by, Elders grew up on their side and miles of ivy.

I filled about a dozen bags with ivy and leafy twigs that wouldn’t go through the shredder without bunging it up. Now I just need to paint the trellis, which is in reasonably good condition to say it is so old and to replenish the tired soil with some home made compost and the manure I have been buying gradually and storing ready to apply to the borders next spring.
We found three climbing roses I had planted about 4 years ago and not seen since!!! Ena Harkness, Pauls Scarlet and one I can’t find a label on. We tied the rambling rose back to the trellis…gosh it was thorny, and this is the result. I have great plans in my head for the plants I want to fill this border with next spring. :o)

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I have to say it looks much better.......shrubs can get a bit too blocky looking for me and they look so much better when lightened up like this.

19 Sep, 2016

 

It's good to have a cut-back in the autumn. It can get rather overgrown if you don't do it. It looks much better now :)

19 Sep, 2016

 

I agree, it looks better and you will be able to appreciate more of your lovely plants now that they have room to breathe. Hard work but well worth it. I am trying hard to keep my shrubs 'light'. Every spring I cut out a lot of the stems to the base and leave a few good strong stems, particularly on my Viburnum Bodnantense, which can become very thickety! Same with the Leycesterias, and Physocarpus. Other things get a good 'haircut' but to be honest, I'm not a fan of 'mounded' shrubs and prefer them taller but lighter where possible. Well done both of you!

19 Sep, 2016

 

We all seem to be cutting, pruning and digging. Good job done.

19 Sep, 2016

 

It has let in a lot of light hasn't it and your shrubs look so much better, I think you've made a grand job of it, I have a mass of ivy to cut back here, its taking over whats left of the hawthorn that runs along the bottom of our gardens, for obvious reasons it didn't get its haircut last year, so far I have managed to stop it running up the fencing at the side of our garden and also stopping it infiltrating my raised bed but guess I am fighting a losing battle as my neighbours don't do their side, to be honest they have never controlled it in nearly 40yrs, when that happens you have to learn to live with it don't you, mind you the birds absolutely love the shelter it provides for them. My buddleia's are next on my list...

19 Sep, 2016

 

Buddleias, I remove and restart mine every 3-4 years, but shall I continue with this strategy?

20 Sep, 2016

 

Siris I have asked hubby to cut one of mine right down to the ground then I am hoping to kill the stum and root, its too near my g'house, never planted it, just appeared like they do...

20 Sep, 2016

 

Looks much better Hb. Pity your roses were buried under that lot. I hope they will thrive next year.It's a pity when neighbour's don't do their gardens. You will be forever getting rid of the Ivy etc

22 Sep, 2016

 

The garden looks so much wider now. We've been digging compost and manure into the border yesterday and today, it's not been done for a few years. I couldn't get in it to do it properly until now. It's a bit frustrating as I can only work on it for a few hours before my knee gives up. I shall be glad when I get a date for the operation. Still, can't grumble, we are cracking on nicely. I've bought some micorrhizal fungi granules and want to transplant the roses from the top garden into this border and to the border on the other side as soon as they stop flowering. According to Monti it helps them settle in and form a good root system. Worth a try, I thought.
Thanks everyone.
You have lots to do to Lincs, but the ivy, as you say, we just have to live with. We shall never be rid of it while ever our neighbours can't be bothered to control it on their side.

22 Sep, 2016

 

You have made a really decent job you and your OH, well done, looks so much better.....

10 Nov, 2016

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