Is This Clear Enough?

IMG_3200Even though Wordless Wednesday’s post did not have the subtle title I often give my posts, it obviously left people thinking I have a very strange taste in earrings instead of the tasteful creations they always are – shows how important words can be!

However, it must be fairly clear from this picture, without being spelt out, that a tree has just been cut with a chain saw and the resulting effect is a further reduction in shade….yes? Good! This is the wild plum that overhangs the sitooterie and casts a lot of shade on the tai chi grass and the adjacent paved area, and is a continuation of the cutting that began earlier this year. The main trunk still overhangs our neighbour’s garden but also shades ours, so that needs to be taken down too – we have had no plums for several years so it is presumably at the end of its fruiting life anyway. Fortunately the Golfer, with his structural engineering background, knows the safest way to tackle jobs like this and is still agile enough to do it despite his aged body.

IMG_3202The sun streams in from the south on this boundary so the effect of removing the plum will be quite profound, as it will be at the end of the woodland following the removal of the ash and wild cherry – and I am quietly excited about the resultant benefits that will be gained by the garden. In contrast, I am nigh on jubilant at the unexpected extension to the bold borders created by the sudden spark of an idea little over a week ago. This involved moving the honeysuckle screen at the end of the woodland edge border back, foreshortening the latter but allowing an increase in the size of the right hand bold border, and in preparation for the two-person screen moving this afternoon I cut the honeysuckle back severely earlier in the week, untangling it from the trellis.

IMG_3206I suppose it is testament to our practical natures, but the screen was lifted from its post supports and angled to my satisfaction, the fence post supports lifted and re-inserted, the screen dropped back in, horizontal support partially reattached to the wall, hellebore, persicaria and honeysuckles lifted and potted, and brick wall dismantled, in less than two hours. Instead of realigning the existing cobbled path I am retaining that and the existing border, so this new area (probably 3 or 4 square metres in total) will be a separate bold bed from which I will definitely exclude the crocosmia which is thuggishly trying to take over its bold neighbour. Where do these inspired ideas come from?! Not sure – but keep bringing them on….!


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12 Responses to Is This Clear Enough?

  1. rusty duck says:

    That looks like a good move.
    Crocosmia is out of here now, completely. Decision made. Enough is enough.

    • Cathy says:

      A decisive decision! I thought I had reduced the Lucifer in the RHS border to a single clump last Autumn, but clearly not! I wouldn’t mind as much if it had flowered well, but it barely flowered at all and neither did my other shorter crocosmias on the LHS. Too dry, probably – but they have still multiplied! Don’t want to remove them completely though….

  2. Anna says:

    Oh Cathy I’m kicking myself for not saying that I thought that your zany sense of humour shone out from your ‘Wordless Wednesday’ post! Please accept my humble apologies for not doing so. I’m exhausted after reading this post – you and The Golfer certainly have had a busy but productive day. I have the hugest patch of crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ intermingled with marestail to eliminate – I may be missing in action for some time.

    • Cathy says:

      I just mentioned it for avoidance of any doubt, Anna – no need for humble apologies!! It was only a couple of hours work yesterday by the way, and it’s not often I spend more than 2 or 3 hours toiling in the garden as I have other interest too – just shows what can be done I suppose. Good luck with your intermingled patch clearance! πŸ™‚

  3. johnvic8 says:

    It looks like you have a lot of work to do. Please be kind to your Golfer.

    • Cathy says:

      Do I give the impression I am a hard taskmaster, John?! He loves it as much as I do – as long as he can get his golf in a few times a week and has the occasional nap, he is a happy man!

  4. What is it about fall that causes gardeners to go hog wild (an American term) about making changes? I’ve got half a dozen going myself and everywhere I go in blog-dom, there are others similarly engaged. As to Crocosmia, I was planning to plant some but now you’ve got me nervous – I wonder if they’re as thuggish here as you indicate they are there? Some research is in order.

    • Cathy says:

      With me they seemed to arrive just on a whim – I enjoy it though, this tweaking and improving. Please don’t avoid crocosmia though – just keep an eye on it and don’t let your clumps spread more than you want them to.

  5. sueturner31 says:

    We are doing the same in our garden once all the leaves have dropped…. I can’t wait… πŸ™‚

  6. Oh yes, a most excellent change, expeditiously enacted by your good selves, looking forward to seeing your New Improved Bold Border taking shape, that’s a really useful size, plenty of scope for high impact planting. I’m jealous πŸ˜‰ Nice job on the plum tree too, lovely to have all that light flooding in, bet neighbours will approve too.

    • Cathy says:

      It’s like defragmenting a computer – it frees up space that already exists but it feels as if I am magic-ing new planting areas out of nowhere! Re light – on that side the only thing the neighbour is bothered about is whether his dog can get through the hedge, which is why he will shove any old rubbish (literally) into it to fill any gaps 😦

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