Still Plenty of Work To Do!

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Still Plenty of Work To Do!

Clematis cirrhosa 'Freckles' (1)In the last week I’ve made a start at cutting back the finished perennials and pulling up dying annuals, digging up weeds, tidying up shrubs, clearing leaves and then covering the ground with a mulch of compost as I go. I still have a long way to go, including emptying bird boxes!

I still haven’t finished clearing all the gravel that used to be part of a gravelled area and there is still too much left to dig it into the soil. I’m continuing that task because its a lot easier to do now the weather is cooler and damper, but riddling the soil off is hard work.

One of the most attractive screens in the garden during wintertime is an ivy called Hedera canariensis ‘Glorie De Marengo’ it is a wonderful variegated ivy, the leaf centres are patterned green with cream outer margins. Unlike Hedera colchica ‘Sulphur Heart’ (Paddy’s Pride) it hasn’t reverted at all or been as vigorous, but neatly covers the height and width of a fence panel.

During the summer I gave it a tidy up, only a fraction of the work in comparison to the other but this autumn I need to trim it lightly and carefully to expose the Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’ that is growing through it. Last winter was Clematis cirr. ‘Freckles’ first flowering and during the summer I’ve observed half of it growing through the ivy and across the width of the panel, the other half is growing through a deciduous honeysuckle ‘. The unopened flower buds hang like a string of beads through both vines until they open showing dusky pink freckled flowers that look wonderful against the ivy foliage. The side growing through the honeysuckle twist around its bare stems and hang down exposing the freckled flower centres. I enjoyed it so much last year that I’ve planted another variety Clematis var. purpurascens ‘Lansdowne Gem’, a darker coloured variety, to grow up some plastic mesh that I’ve attached to the bare stems of my Photinia.