On a roll with cutting back, I removed some of the overhanging branches from the climbing Hydrangea petiolaris, growing against the fence near the bold and blue & white borders. For a number of years I have kept the lower trunk and branches clear of leaves, to show off the peeling bark that visitors are always asking about, but often also have to cut off low branches that impeded passage along the paths. With my ‘cutting back hat’ on, I realised that not only was it also growing over the fruit cage but had almost fully-clothed a neighbour’s pergola too! On a whim, as well as removing the growth from the roof of the fruit cage, I decided to ‘cloud prune’ the whole shrub (more a tree than a shrub!).
Having never done anything like this before I am quite chuffed with the result, but know it will still need a little maintenance each year. I need to speak to the neighbours on the other side of the fence, however, to see if they want to keep the growth on their pergola, which so far I have left uncut – and also have a very large pile of trimmings to cut and bag! We have a number of these useful green bags (Aldi bargains) but, along with our green bin, the rest are all full of apple, ivy and latterly damson trimmings, so there is currently nowhere for my latest efforts to go!