Saturday morning began with my husband standing on his shed roof cutting back all the overhanging branches from one of our neighbour’s trees. If we don’t do it, the roof – which is covered with some new rubberised alternative to roofing felt – turns green with moss and algae. This has already made my shady area a bit lighter.
This was the side of our house last week
And this is today, after some judicial pruning. Again, if we don’t do it, the branches from these overgrown apple trees rub against the side of the house. As we had to have it re-rendered a few years ago, we’re quite keen NOT to have to do it again.
We enlisted the help of another neighbour, who previously has offered us the use of his extendable pruning shears. By sheer coincidence he was walking past the house while I was tidying the front border. He very kindly brought them round and cut down the one branch we couldn’t reach.
There are a lot more branches to be cut off yet. In accordance with British Law, we threw all the trimmings back over our neighbour’s wall for him to dispose of.
To give you an idea of scale, the stone boundary wall is approximately four feet high, the electricity box on the house wall is probably at least twelve feet high, but more like fourteen.
We are still waiting to tackle him about this tree!
I have been proactive though. I phoned the council to report the street light as faulty, and I am waiting for a call back from another council department regarding hedges and trees that are overhanging the pavement – not just from this neighbour but others nearby.
You can see from the image below how tall the tree is and how far the hedge sticks out.
This is my front border after I spent Saturday morning removing Aquilegia and Iris stems, and any peonies that were too far gone. I also tied each group of peonies together to stop them flopping about, and to let more light into the border for the other plants still to come, like this Astilbe . . .
. . . and this Mexican Pheasant grass
At 9:30 on Saturday morning, this corner of the front border was full of Japanese (or Chinese) anemones, which started as one plant about ten years ago and gradually filled the space.
Once I’ve attacked my neighbour’s ivy and tree from this side, and cleared the remaining patch to the left, I’ll have to dig it over because I can guarantee that I have not removed all the roots for the anemone.
I wasn’t the only one busy in the garden this weekend. This is just one of many bees enjoying this patch of Campanula.
and this honeysuckle
In the back garden, I’ve given up trying to get these runner beans to stick to their own string.
This arch is over eight feet high – and they’re almost at the top.
I noticed these white patches on the leaves of one of my courgettes.
I’ve decided it’s mildew caused by – of all things, given the rain we’ve had – lack of water!!!
Or maybe irregular watering. Or possibly too much water!!!
As you can see, the first courgette has split. (They are supposed to be round.) Any ideas?