Well, it is ungrowing at the moment. That may not be a real term, but it sums up what I am doing.
I had a bed that was annoying me. It had my two rose bushes in the middle of it, an impossible position to easily to pick flowers and deadhead. I had planted two pear trees, with the (as it turns out) grandiose idea of espaliering them. One died. The other flourished. It has produced a couple of odd shaped pears and was regularly attacked by slugs. Again, I couldn’t get to it easily. Other things were overgrown and tangled. Time for a clean out — or an ungrowing time.
I have cut back both roses and moved one out. If it survives I will replant it back in the bed, but closer to the edge.
During the clean out I found a correa that was lingering under another correa. So that came out. Again, if it survives, I will plant it back there, but with more room and light.
[By the way, correas are one of my favourite plants. They so hardy. I have four and a half (the half being the one I found!) and they all came through 10 years of drought. They got little extra water during that time.]
In the large photo above you can see a tufty thing up the back. That was the next to get a hair cut. I don’t know what it is, but it has rather vicious spikes and it too was very drought tolerant. As I was cutting back the strappy leaves I was thinking about keeping them to make into baskets. I don’t basket weave but if I did, these would have been perfect.
Then we took out the pear tree. “We” is
probably definitely the wrong pronoun! I stood and watched as my Fella used a block and tackle to drag it out.
I have also found a number of bulbs, quite possibly snow flakes and nerines, as well as neglected iris rhizomes. I will spread blood and bone and compost. Then I will leave it, while I think about what I am going to put where. We have had some frosty mornings lately so it is too cold to plant anything yet. Any suggestions? Especially for something that might grow along a fence, need no looking after but will not be too vigorous.
In the meantime I will keep reading the gardening blogs of those of you who live in the Northern Hemisphere, and will enjoy your luscious photos of flowers blooming in Summer’s warmth. Like these
Chris Condello (I love his tag — plant petunias and question everything!)