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Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Time for some changes

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it" . . . but if something really is not working, then do something about it.

Something which really is not working is the big canopy we built above the bedroom window ten years ago.  The idea was simple - provide some shade when sitting in an exposed south-facing location and provide support for Clematis montana.  Trouble is, it provides absolutely no shade at any time of day we want to sit out there, and very little at other times, so mega-failure on aim number one.



Aim number two - well, yes, we provided a great playground for the clematis which looks stunning for about two weeks each May.



Apart from that, at least three times a year clearing up the mess this plant makes has me in tears of angry and exhausted frustration - when the flowers fall off, when the seed heads blow everywhere in massive quantities, and when the leaves fall in autumn.

And let's not think about how much fun it is to climb up onto the roof and cut the plant out of gutters and off the solar panels . . .



It was a hard decision to make, but as is often the way, once the decision was made we knew it was the right one.  It will be monumentally traumatic for the plant, but I am going to try to dig out the root and put it elsewhere.  But first there's a lot of cutting back to do.  I started on the honeysuckle which has never grown particularly well - it was meant to bring a gentle scent into the bedroom during the evening, it hasn't :-(   I'm going to train it over the trellis at the back of the adjacent bed and see if that works any better.




















A good start but work inside the house has suddenly rushed up and taken over, so it will be a few days before we cut down anything else.

The tank and base will be relocated to the vegetable beds.





11 comments:

  1. On a task like this the hardest part is making the decision to do it.

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  2. The clematis in flower looks absolutely gorgeous but it sounds like a lot of hard work otherwise. I hate cutting down greenery unless there's really no alternative but I'm with you on this one - I think you've made the right decision :)

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  3. Marlene, Eunice, thank you both. I hate, hate, hate cutting down/digging up something I have planted and nurtured but it really is time. Unfortunately other things have had to take priority - but I will try to get back to the job soon.

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  4. Oh my! That looks like a momentous task, but I'm sure you have it all in hand. I hope it survives the move. X

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    1. Thanks Jules. I hope some of the clematis survives, but if it doesn't {shrugs shoulders}, I have cuttings of the same plant running rampant in other areas :-)

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  5. That is a true undertaking!! But, bit by bit it can be done.

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    1. Thanks m'dear. Management is rubbing his hands together at the thought of all the steel which is going to come free when we take the canopy down, and all the new welding projects he can use it for. And it's been pointed out that I never did finish painting the front of the house . . .

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  6. Gardens are forever changing & we're never really in charge. Overgrowing their allotted space, seeding all over the place, die-back, disappearing all together......it's nature, but we can have fun (& hard slog) with trying to make it work for us. Take care, don't over do it & huggles.

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    1. You are absolutely right Susan, all gardens are constantly trying to revert to something other than what we have in mind. Which rather proves that whatever 'control' humans think they have is a very short-lived fallacy.

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  7. Oh boy! What a big task! I’m currently cutting overgrown honeysuckle out of flower beds and the Vega then (to extend the veg patch). The things we do.....

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    1. Thanks Kristin, Google is being unreliable in telling me there are comments waiting to be published . . . sorry

      Hope you completed your own massive clearing up task.

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