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Natural selection

September 19, 2016 4 comments
Red rose dwarfed by the neighbouring plants

Red rose dwarfed by neighbouring plants

Almost entirely shaded by the canopy of the wisteria is a red rose.

I have a choice to make: do I allow the rose to be plunged into eternal shadow, do I prune the wisteria severely back, or do I try to grow the red rose taller so as to form one side of an arch? (You can see through the leaves of the silverberry bush to the right how high it’s gone already.)

Nature has a habit of answering these dilemmas herself, though – I may end up having no choice at all.


March 16, 2016 Leave a comment
An important rose

An important rose

I’ve just had a second bitterly cold session pruning the rose that arches over the steps and I still haven’t finished.

I’m hoping to achieve something like the glory in the photo.

None of the roses were pruned last year because I wasn’t there. This one in particular needs a lot of care and attention.

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Nowhere much to go

March 2, 2016 Leave a comment
Nowhere to go

Wisteria in bloom

The photograph shows the wisteria in April 2014.

Since then it’s extended onto the structure to the right, and also flowed into the arms of a rambling rose which forms an archway over some steps below.

I’ve never pruned it before.

The first job was to cut down the hefty lowest arch of the rose bower so that going down the steps isn’t so challenging – a sad task because it had so many healthy shoots on it.

Then, tomorrow or sometime, I’ll have to follow the snaking stems of the wisteria with my eye so as not to cut off something too vital.

Apart from being tangled and intertwined, the wisteria is rather too big for its location. With a plant like this, you could cover a whole house!

Framing the view

May 7, 2013 Leave a comment
Wisteria arch and belvedere

Wisteria arch and belvedere

This part of the garden is my very favourite but it came together by accident.

I planted the wisteria half way up the steps in the picture imagining it would grow both upwards and downwards.

Naturally it only grew up, so to channel its ebullience when it reached the top, I made an arch for it to twine over.

The white balustrade, rather than a romantic feature, was conceived originally as a safety barrier round the roof of a water tank which should have been buried underground.

It all happened as if an artist had taken charge and was turning our mistakes to advantage.

But with the green hills and blue mountains beyond we couldn’t have gone very far wrong – everything we created made a frame for them.

Rose arch

September 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Plenty of head height

Our Tunisian gardener is back from his home country and helping us to get straight before the winter.

There’s one job I was very pleased to see get done.

Where a rose arches over some steps, the branches had drooped so that you had to duck in order not to scrape your head on the thorns when going down.

He trimmed back the lowest elements, then lifted, supported and tied a strong major branch to form the structure of the arch at a good height for all reasonably-sized human beings.

At last it’s a breeze to go down the steps.

There was also a nice spin-off because some roses had to be cut and are now gracing the kitchen table.

Casualties from raising the arch