The ax is due to fall (or rather, the shovel to prune...)
Last night DH and I were discussing our plan to clean off the stuff on the south gate arbour and swag, to start it again in a more controlled manner. Having got to that point, we starting discussing 'why not go further and remove a few 'hostile' things elsewhere in the garden also?' So, the list of things do for the ax/shovel at the moment are:
- New Dawn on the arbour + swag;
- Blanc Double de Coubert rose in the front garden - plus the Angel roses that form a skirt around it;
- Therese Bugnet rose in the front garden;
- The Fairy rose in the front bed - small, nice rose but in a spot where I'm always encountering the business end of the thorns!
Using one of DH's roof view photos, this is a mockup of where the tuteur will go (eventually...) as well as where the BDC, Therese Bugnet and Fairy roses will be deleted. The BDC rose is the X in the bed with the mulch path behind it. The Angel roses in that bed will go too - essentially that bed will be mostly cleared out and replanted. A hydrangea with clematis will probably be the featured shrub in it. The Therese Bugnet rose may also be replaced by a hydrangea/clematis combination. I'm still figuring out details.
New Dawn is just starting to bloom now. You can see from this picture that, pretty as it is, it is past time for a clean-up! It's just turning out to be more radical that I first thought!
Sunny but very cool here today. DH worked on painting the shed. I thinned out the bridalwreath spireas and cut the prunings up for the brush pick-up.
The big Copper beast supervised; Misty slept on the job!