HPS ANNUAL LECTURE DAY AND AGM, Saturday 30th March, details on our Events page
Generally each year I have two or three concerted efforts to cut back or pull out the brambles down the boundaries, once in the winter, again in later spring, and hopefully during the summer as well, which creates cuttings material (ie the honeysuckles branches snap off as I pull out the brambles) but does not eradicate the brambles, which are growing in and through the roots of the other shrubs and climbers.
The most successful of the saxifrages is ‘Rubrifolia’. As the name suggests, the relatively large leaves are tinted red, but you cannot see this once the plant is in flower as it is covered in a white froth of petals. It is relatively easy...
I may have mentioned in my earlier pieces about creating the pond how certain plants overwhelm the space allotted (and indeed every other space) and have to be removed completely – I’m thinking Typha minima here particularly – but it is staggering to me how vigorous waterplants are in their growth when you think they are either freefloating in just water, or anchored into very very poor soil in the margins.