Head in the Clouds

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!

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9 Responses to Head in the Clouds

  1. bcparkison says:

    Oh a clear day you can see forever….

  2. That pruning job looks amazing! I love it. I’ve never grown a climbing hydrangea before. If we ever get regular rainfall again here in California, I might try one. Your garden is beautiful.

  3. Pauline says:

    You have certainly been busy, don’t you ever stop!?

    • Cathy says:

      It’s usually only a couple of hours a day, Pauline (unless I am in the middle of a bricklaying project) – I am usually swimming or at exercise classes in the morning, so I normally don’t start till after lunch and then stop at 4 o’ clock cup of tea time…! 😉

  4. Going Batty in Wales says:

    At this time of year I always have piles of stuff that is waiting for compost bin space or ‘doing something with’ but in a few weeks all will be tidy(ish) agan and I can live with the heaps until then.

    • Cathy says:

      We filled ours and our neighbour’s bins before bin collection yesterday, and then immediately filled them again – leaving just one bag of trimmings, until I summer prune the wisteria…! 🤣

  5. Heyjude says:

    Oh this looks so familiar! My garden waste bin is full the minute it has been emptied. I have piles of tree pruning, dug up ox-eye daisies and parsley all waiting for the next collection! And still trees to prune, things to dig up/cut back – at this rate I shall be using the waste bin all the way through the winter months.

    • Cathy says:

      Haha, yes, and we now have bags of wisteria trimmings and haven’t begun the main hedge pruning yet! The softer waste does go on the compost heap though, which is filling up rapidly now

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