Fallback & The Pollarding Is DoneSunday, November 07, 2010
Mid-week Rosemary and I walked to VanDusen and upon arriving we walked through the garden. I took some snaps of fall colours that attracted me. I did the same with our own garden. The garden is just about ready for the winter. There are some hostas that I should move but I have the option of doing so come spring. There is a Hydrangea heteromalla that has grown much too big where it is. Even if I prune it for height it is going to be big. Most hydrangeas are fully hardy in our climate and some of them manage to not go dormant in the winter season. Of all the plants I have been lucky with moving it is the hydrangea with which I have failed a couple of times. So I will wait until late December before I move Hydrangea heteromalla to a location where it will have more room.
That Scottish rose (it isn’t really Scottish but since it sends out runners and I am able to give plants a year after I cut them out from their parent) Rosa ‘Charles de Mills’ (it is really a once-blooming Gallica) has provided me with many baby roses that I have to move around in our back-lane garden.
It is about this time where I turn on all the hoses and then shut down the valves inside the house. Should we get one of those unseasonal but very cold, cold spells my hoses will not burst nor will the pipes. The Thuja plicata (Western Red Cedar) is shedding lots of brown from its evergreen racemes. The stuff falls under and especially around my hosta beds and lawn. It is quite acid so that it curtails the growth of both lawn and hostas. I have to remove it by hand and place it in our large plastic garbage containers and throw it into the green bins. This stuff is not good for composting.
Rosemary is a tad sore under her right arm so this year I wiil be the only one removing the thuja sheddings.
Some years I would give my roses some preliminary pruning and I would finish it all off in March. But since so many of my roses are now Gallicas I find that I need not prune them at all except sometime in February/March just of esthetic shape value.
For some reason, in spite of it all, I do believe that this year our garden is really ready for winter. Rosemary and I pollarded the old English hawthorn in our front garden in early October. This is a terrible task and we used to postpone it until early December where rain and cold made the pruning of the tall overhead shoots a dangerous one. The thorns will cause infection so I prune with leather gloves, glasses and sometimes even while wearing my Canadian Pacific Rail hard hat!
A neighbour heard me and called an ambulance. It came and I refused to be put on a stretcher and I insisted on walking on to the ambulance which took me to UBC Emergency. There I was patched up and told I had some broken ribs. I called Rosemary and told her I was in the hospital (this was a surprise as she thought I was still outside pruning the hawthorn!) and that she could pick me up. We know make the hawthorn a joint project and she is there to keep the ladder firmly established to the ground.
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