There will not be much time for the garden this weekend and I was surprised when I set off for my chosen task to find it was actually 4 o’clock – and still full daylight. The lengthening day has clearly caught me unawares!
Despite my good intentions of focussing on maintenance and care of the garden this year instead of dreaming up new projects, I found another scheme manifesting itself in my mind as I gazed from the kitchen windows this week – they just appear, uninvited, believe me! It’s an enhancement of something that already exists, so not really a new project, but my appetite is already whetted!
Ignoring the mounting excitement of a new project, I took on instead the challenge that presented itself when gazing out of the same windows in a different direction – attending to Clematis montana ‘Marjorie’ which has climbed with gay abandon through an old apple tree. The upper part of the now dead tree is a veritable bird’s nest thatch of clematis stems and it is impossible to detect at this time of year which are still growing, and in the absence of a giant comb to tease them free of each other it was tempting to cut the main stems off lower down and let the clematis regrow from the base.
As the flowers are produced on last years growth that would have meant a season without flowers so a thinning out rather than severe razor cut was chosen instead – hopefully I will remember to do a complete trim after it has flowered this year. The late start meant I had barely made inroads before it began getting dark, but there was nevertheless plenty of evidence to show the secateurs had been busy. However, having implied in the past that the clematis imitated a sky full of stars, there will no doubt be rather fewer stars this year.