“Shall I Prune The Pyracantha?”

 
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The Precipitous Bank

February

 
 

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January

 
 

There isn’t a huge difference in terms of plant growth, but it is a bit tidier.

I’ve worked my way across most of the bank taking out decayed foliage, trimming off tatty fern fronds and ‘combing’ the evergreen grasses. There’s still a huge amount of weeding left to do. But at least now I have a better chance of spotting, rather than treading upon, the perennials when they do start to come up.

Perhaps the most radical change has occurred in the near foreground of the shot. The shrub at bottom right in January is (was) a pyracantha. From this angle less than half of the massively sprawling and overgrown shrub is shown.

It started out as ‘a bit of a tidy up’, but don’t you know how these things go. It soon became abundantly clear that a light trim just wasn’t going to hack it. The shrub was leaning forward leaving a cavernous space at the rear. Time for the loppers to be retrieved from the shed.

The pyracantha may beg to differ, but what has emerged from the thorny tangle of branches is a rather pleasant surprise.

 
 

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I didn’t give it a second look last year but with new found space and light another shrub has risen to the fore. Miraculously it has even managed to maintain an elegant shape, contouring the line of the hand rail.

 
 

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The question is, what is it?

A hydrangea? For memory it bloomed rather early, in Spring last year.

Maybe Viburnum opulus, the guelder rose? I don’t remember seeing any berries.

When the leaves start to appear the truth will out.

 
 

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Hellebores (l to r: ‘Double Yellow Speckled’, ‘Penny’s Pink’, ‘Anja Oudolf’)

 

The path runs below the front face of the bank, giving the viewer a unique perspective. Much of the planting is at eye level, or above. And so, if one has to garden upon a slope, why not make best use of it? I’ve planted out the hellebores acquired over the last couple of months in a good position to look up into the blooms.

They are above the pheasant’s eye view as well. This is important as Mr P has already had all the flower buds off a gorgeous white form that I stupidly planted at ground level last year.

 
 

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Galanthus nivalis

A recent relocation from the woodland, with luck they’ll spread down the slope and give me a beautiful close quarter display without the need to bend down.

 
 

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Pulmonaria & Narcissus ‘February Gold’

 

The pulmonaria are inherited and grow in a drift from top to bottom of the slope. Perfectly happy in shade, they date back to the time the bank was home to a stand of enormous coniferous trees and little else. They seem to do even better with the benefit of light.

 
 

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With tatty fronds removed, ferns stand ready to unfurl their glorious fiddleheads.

Once regrown they will help to hide my nemesis, the detested chicken wire that covers the face of the bank.

Spring is coming, there’s no doubt about that.

 

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Nevertheless..

whichever way you look at it..

my chances of flowers on the pyracantha this year are..

 
 
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..slim.

 
 
 

Linking up with Helen’s End Of Month View (here) at The Patient Gardener’s Weblog. Click through to find out what other gardeners are up to this month.

 
 
 
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86 Comments

  1. Mark and Gaz February 28, 2015 at 11:09 am - Reply

    It’s amazing how so much effort and work one can put in on certain garden projects with little visual change on it. But it will eventually pay dividends. The plant looks like a Hydrangea but we’ll all just have to wait and see 🙂

    • Jessica February 28, 2015 at 7:56 pm - Reply

      I always get frustrated with the long distance shots for just that reason. And the fact that the detail seems to disappear. Up on the bank I’ll have to plant in groups I think, so the different varieties stand out.

  2. Pauline February 28, 2015 at 11:21 am - Reply

    Your Hydrangea looks similar to Hydrangea petiolaris, a climbing hydrangea, except that yours is growing sideways! I’m never sure when to prune my Pyracantha so that I don’t lose the flowers and therefore the berries, I didn’t do mine last year so must this year some time.

    • Jessica February 28, 2015 at 7:59 pm - Reply

      Mike took the shears to this one the first year we were here. We lost flowers and berries the following year and it has had an odd shape ever since! Restoration pruning was the only way.. hope it works.

  3. Jane and Lance Hattatt February 28, 2015 at 11:48 am - Reply

    We really do think, Jessica, that you have done the right thing in giving the Pyracantha a massive heart attack. It now has two chances – live or die! We suspect that it will choose life, after which it should be much easier to curb its wayward ways.

    Constant division of the snowdrops, ‘in the green’ after flowering, will certainly help towards achieving large drifts in future years. We did create over time a Snowdrop Walk by doing just that.

    • Jessica February 28, 2015 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      I find it ironic, and somewhat cruel, that WordPress has chosen to pick for a related post a photo of the pyracantha in all its berrying glory! But hopefully, if it does indeed choose life, I can better manage it. If not, the winch will be the next thing out of the shed.

  4. wherefivevalleysmeet February 28, 2015 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    You did a good hatchet job on the Pyracantha, its berries are lovely but its growth and thorns thuggish.
    Your plant certainly looks like a Hydrangea petiolaris, but can’t be as it flowers mid-summer.
    I have a rare climbing Hydrangea seemannii growing on one house wall but it is an evergreen

    • Jessica February 28, 2015 at 8:07 pm - Reply

      It may well have flowered mid summer Rosemary, it was so off my radar last year that I didn’t really notice it. Just a few twigs sticking out of the mass of the pyracantha.

  5. Jo February 28, 2015 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    That’s quite a severe chopping back, but I’m sure it will thank you for it and pay dividends. Your mystery shrub definitely looks like a hydrangea, it will be interesting to see what emerges. Hellebores are the perfect flowers to plant on a bank, you can never see their true beauty when you’re looking down on them so you’ll be able to see them in all their glory positioned as they are.

    • Jessica February 28, 2015 at 8:11 pm - Reply

      I’ve been to a couple of sloping gardens where hellebores are planted high up and they are particularly effective. I just hope they do well because they were a bugg*r to get up there and I don’t fancy moving them!

  6. Vera Coe February 28, 2015 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Oh you have such a pretty garden, and makes me think that I really should pay attention to my garden out front of the house which I have only visited a couple of times this year…..my excuse? Been busy with the house! Well that’s my excuse and I am sticking to it!

    • Jessica February 28, 2015 at 8:13 pm - Reply

      It’s a very valid excuse Vera. I’m well behind with the garden this year having spent too much time on the house. I haven’t even bought any seeds yet, never mind sown anything.

  7. Backlane Notebook February 28, 2015 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    Hydrangea petiolaris is my guess and those flowers are from last year and could be pruned. It will put out lovely fresh green leaves in March followed by flowers in May.

    • Jessica February 28, 2015 at 8:18 pm - Reply

      Thanks, I’ve looked it up and you could well be right. I love the way the flowers have stayed all winter and now look so papery and delicate, very much like other lace cap hydrangeas in the garden. I shall give it a good tidying up now that I can get around it.

  8. Amy February 28, 2015 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    I can’t wait to see your mystery shrub come into bloom! I love the way you’re working with the visual possibilities of the slope, especially with the hellebores… I needed something like that for Nectaroscordum; its blooms are so non-descript from above and quietly lovely from below, inducing backbreaking viewing postures… I can think of some fritillaries that would benefit – or at least the gardener would benefit! – from being planted above eye level as well. That slope is on its way to being wonderful 🙂

    • Jessica February 28, 2015 at 8:23 pm - Reply

      There are all sorts of possibilities for the slope now I’ve started to think about it. It could become a space for ‘special’ snowdrops giving me a close up view of the detailed differences. Fritillaries are a good idea too (away from the pheasant). Nectaroscordum is one of my favourite bulbs.

  9. Donna@Gardens Eye View February 28, 2015 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    I love it as you explore the slope here….lots of blooms and fiddleheads starting so spring definitely has come to you….and that one vine or shrub is interesting as I thought it was a hydrangea too, but not with berries. I am going with a climbing hydrangea or Hydrangea anomala or Hydrangea petiolaris.

    • Jessica February 28, 2015 at 8:26 pm - Reply

      There are definite benefits to having access to a slope, if only it weren’t such bloomin’ hard work! I hope your snow melts soon and Spring arrives with you too. It’s about time isn’t it.

  10. Jacqueline February 28, 2015 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    You have worked so hard Jessica ……. there are Spring flowering hydrangeas and yours does have hydrangea – like flowers doesn’t it ? As it’s been a fairly mild Winter, we have done so much tidying in our garden. I don’t usually venture out until at least March but, we have done so much. I even sprinkled some stuff on the pond to clear it !!!! I shall go shopping for Arum lillies and purple iris’s to put in there. Spring is definitely on it’s way. XXXX

    • Jessica February 28, 2015 at 8:29 pm - Reply

      It looks very much like a lace cap hydrangea, it will be almost a shame to trim those delicate flowers off. There have been some lovely days when it’s been a real pleasure to be outside. Your pond is going to look beautiful!

  11. Ben Dawkins February 28, 2015 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Having Hellebores on a bank must be the way to it, you don’t need to get on all fours to see the flowers! Pretty sure your mystery plant is Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris the bark usually looks as if it is peeling back a bit? great pics.

    • Jessica February 28, 2015 at 8:32 pm - Reply

      Hi Ben, thanks. I shall go and have a look at the bark tomorrow. Pretty sure you’re right though! I hope it doesn’t get too big and give me the same problem I had with the pyracantha.

  12. Marian St.Clair February 28, 2015 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    What an accomplishment; you’ve made great progress in a month. Your tassel fern looks ready to pop. I hope warm weather is on the way for us both!

    • Jessica February 28, 2015 at 8:42 pm - Reply

      Oh yes please! It’s getting colder here again, plus wet and windy. Not springlike at all.

  13. Freda February 28, 2015 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    Could it be a lacecap hydrangea? (macrophylla normalis) The petiolaris has I think what look like aerial roots with which it clings – is it clinging to the rail? We do like a quiz, don’t we! It all looks expectant and exciting…

    • Jessica February 28, 2015 at 8:45 pm - Reply

      I think you’ve just confirmed it as petiolaris Freda, it does appear to be clinging to the wall that forms the base of the path. I shall go and check tomorrow, but I’m pretty sure it’s attached.

  14. suefrombrampton February 28, 2015 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    Certainly looks like a hydrangea to me. Do the climbing types flower early? I can’t remember!

    • Jessica February 28, 2015 at 8:47 pm - Reply

      For memory it did flower earlier than my other hydrangeas. I shall be keeping a closer watch on it this year.

  15. Sue Garrett February 28, 2015 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    I think it is Hydrange petiolaris with the remains of last years flower bracts. I love the really fresh green of the new leaves when they shoot.

    • Jessica February 28, 2015 at 8:50 pm - Reply

      Fresh green leaves close to the path sounds good. I want to clear out a lot of the other stuff that is in that bed and replant with scented species, especially those that will present me with blooms at nose height!

  16. Brian Skeys February 28, 2015 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    Gardening on a slope is hard work, it is ideal though for viewing Hellebores and snowdrops.
    i do like the Pulmonaria with Narcissus ‘February Gold’, there is no sign of them here in Worcestershire yet.

    • Jessica February 28, 2015 at 8:53 pm - Reply

      Both of them have only just opened Brian. It was touch and go as to whether ‘February Gold’ would live up to its name!

  17. jenhumm116 February 28, 2015 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    So much potential to admire – and plenty of blooms to enjoy already. Ooh I’m getting excited for spring!

    • Jessica February 28, 2015 at 8:54 pm - Reply

      Me too.. my favourite time of year. Give it a month or so and I’ll be wanting to stop the clock.

  18. woolythymes February 28, 2015 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    honestly, has anyone ever been able to actually KILL pyracantha? I think this good haircut will result in a much better plant!!! Makes my hands hurt to just think of all those pricklers you had to deal with!!!

    • Jessica February 28, 2015 at 8:57 pm - Reply

      You should see my arms.. specifically the gap between end of gloves and start of sleeves. The pyracantha did not go without a fight.

  19. CJ February 28, 2015 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    You have been working hard. That middle hellebore is gorgeous. I saw some high-up snowdrops today, it was such a pleasure to be able to look at them closely without having to kneel in the mud! CJ xx

    • Jessica March 1, 2015 at 7:02 pm - Reply

      So many blooms seem to droop their heads at this time of year. Maybe it’s an adaptation to the wind and rain!!

  20. Cathy February 28, 2015 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    Definitely Hydrangea petiolaris, Jessica. Glad to hear you have made a start on dividing your snowdrops – I meant to say that they will notice the move even less if it is mild and damp when you do it. At this time of year I tend to ramble with a trowel and split another couple of clumps each time I walk past them. Is your pulmonaria usually as well as advanced as this at the end of Feb?

    • Jessica March 1, 2015 at 7:06 pm - Reply

      It was raining, so the snowdrops should be well happy. I’ll probably add to that clump on the bank, as you said they hardly seemed to notice they’d moved. The pulmonaria is always early, even more so last year I seem to remember. I’ve no idea what variety it is.

  21. Kris P February 28, 2015 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    Congratulations upon rising to the challenges presented by your slope! Did you buy yourself crampons yet? I managed to get my husband’s help with the shrub-sized weeds that had taken root on our slope so mine is tidier too. (He had even more apprehension about what the effort might do to my crappy right knee than I myself did.) For my part, I’ve spent hours weeding and pruning at the lower levels and even did some planting in anticipation of the rain that the forecasters swear is due any time now.

    I like the changes you’ve made to your slope. I hope the uncovered shrub proves its worth and that, in time, the pyracantha forgives you.

    • Jessica March 1, 2015 at 7:18 pm - Reply

      I should have got the crampons, certainly slithered around enough. When it comes to getting the brambles out I will be calling for reinforcements too (Mike), the roots go so deep. We may have to resort to some sort of chemical control.
      I do hope you get the rain.

  22. Charlie@Seattle Trekker February 28, 2015 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    I love spending a bit of time in your garden; the blooms are so gorgeous…Have a great weekend.

    • Jessica March 1, 2015 at 7:21 pm - Reply

      Thanks Charlie. There’s a thunderstorm rolling in this evening, we need to take cover!

  23. Linda aka Crafty Gardener March 1, 2015 at 12:15 am - Reply

    How lovely to pop over to your garden and see blooms and growth while we are still buried under mounds of snow.

    • Jessica March 1, 2015 at 7:22 pm - Reply

      Your snow pictures are quite amazing. I do hope it thaws soon, and then dries out quickly. Spring is coming, hang in there!

  24. mattb325 March 1, 2015 at 3:01 am - Reply

    The efforts on the embankment have certainly paid off! It certainly looks a whole lot tidier. As for the pyracantha, I cut them back to the ground here (I dislike the thorns) and it doesn’t seem to curtail flowering or fruiting…they are quite indestructible!

    • Jessica March 1, 2015 at 7:49 pm - Reply

      Hi Matt and welcome to rusty duck.
      I have a feeling this pyracantha won’t be going away either.. I will need to keep on top of it if/when it does decide to reshoot. Interested to see you work on a sloping garden too, I’m gradually discovering the advantages that balance out all the hard work.

  25. bumbleandme March 1, 2015 at 7:15 am - Reply

    The precipitous bank is coming along very nicely. Well done. From a fellow slope gardener, I can appreciate the hard work it takes. I had to do a similar thing to a pyracanthus a month or so ago. I gave it two chances and it decided to live – it’s already got some good growth on it, despite the horrid weather. I can’t wait till summer to see what delights the precipitous bank brings you. Actually I also can’t wait for summer! X

    • Jessica March 1, 2015 at 7:59 pm - Reply

      I would second that. But this time of year is lovely too, because all the good stuff is still to come!

  26. paxton3 March 1, 2015 at 7:16 am - Reply

    I never know when to stop if I prune anything. I only know that I can get away with pruning the buddleia hard back each Spring. I have read an article, but it all seemed too complicated for a gun ho and not very precise gardener such as myself. It must be a journey of discovery every time you insect your bank. So many small changes and differences each time.
    Leanne xx

    • Jessica March 1, 2015 at 8:02 pm - Reply

      I love pruning. Almost as much as I enjoy moving things about. A plant needs to have a certain degree of tenacity here..

  27. sustainablemum March 1, 2015 at 9:01 am - Reply

    That is quite a hacking, time will tell whether it survives. The bank is looking good too.

    • Jessica March 1, 2015 at 8:07 pm - Reply

      It had died back in the middle, so I was never going to get it into a pleasing shape. It has another chance now.

  28. Libby Woodlands March 1, 2015 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    Definitely a climbing hydrangea, Hydrangea petiolaris. I have one in my small garden down by the pond. It has the most pretty flowers which I leave on until about now. When it gets a trim before the new growth starts. You have a stunning garden!

    • Jessica March 1, 2015 at 8:29 pm - Reply

      Hi Libby, thanks and welcome to rusty duck!
      I will give it a trim, sounds like I uncovered it just in time 🙂

  29. Helen Johnstone March 1, 2015 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    I love this time of year there is so much expectation. Seeing bulbs emerge and ferns unfurl delights me far more than the summer perennials. Maybe I am just grateful for some sign of spring. Thank you for sharing your slopiness

    • Jessica March 1, 2015 at 8:31 pm - Reply

      You’re so right about the anticipation. There is a great feeling of Spring in the air now.

  30. frayed at the edge March 1, 2015 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    Sometimes a severe prune is the best option – I have been know to cut things down to ground level if they have been an ugly shape, then it is up to the plant to regrow in a more pleasing form. Malcolm however prefers to keep snipping bits off. Both methods seem to work!

    • Jessica March 1, 2015 at 8:33 pm - Reply

      When the garden has gone into a state of neglect, like this one, hard pruning and then trimming thereafter are the way to go.

  31. Amy at love made my home March 1, 2015 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    It is surprising what appears when you start cutting things back isn’t it! xx

    • Jessica March 1, 2015 at 8:35 pm - Reply

      What amazed me was how the hydrangea had managed to keep such a nice shape when totally smothered by the pyracantha. All it needs now is a light trim.

  32. Helene March 1, 2015 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    The slope is coming along nicely! I had a pyracantha for many years at the bottom of my garden and it got a good trim every year, some years a severe pruning – although I never cut it down completely. It was smothered in flowers every spring and berries in the autumn, don’t think my hard pruning did it any harm at all. I finally took it out when I re-designed the garden in 2011. Good luck with the slope 🙂

    • Jessica March 1, 2015 at 8:47 pm - Reply

      It sounds as though they are fairly indestructible and this one was certainly not lacking in vigour! We shall see. I love to have the colour from the berries in autumn, so it can stay if it recovers.

  33. wherethejourneytakesme March 1, 2015 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    Definitely Hydrangea Petiolaris. One of my favourite shrubs. I am sure the Pyracantha will be all the better for its drastic pruning. I had to do similar with a few shrubs at the cottage and they came back better than ever. Your garden looking good. I can’t even think about how our cottage garden is looking – I bet it is like a wilderness again now! Sadly the insurance cannot cover ten years of solid hard grafting!

    • Jessica March 1, 2015 at 8:54 pm - Reply

      I can understand exactly how you feel, in particular about the hard graft. But you will get it back Viv. Nature has a way of bouncing back from natural disasters, it’s had millions of years worth of practice. And perhaps, like the cottage, even better than before?

  34. Angie March 1, 2015 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    Nice to see you are getting some gardening done in between the decorating Jessica. I think you have done yourself a massive favour in lopping back the Pyracantha – perhaps now you can keep a bit more control over it. Providing you wear suitable chain mail armor that is!
    I just love the Pulmonaria/Narcissus combo, one I might just borrow for my own garden – I hope you won’t mind.

    • Jessica March 1, 2015 at 9:03 pm - Reply

      The floor wax fumes are getting to my head and that’s my justification for the occasional bit of fresh air! The pulmonaria/narcissus combo arose by chance. I didn’t think much about it when planting the bulbs. But I have to say.. I am quite pleased with the result!

  35. Anna March 1, 2015 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    Another vote for hydrangea as the old flower heads look the same as mine. It’s definitely warmer in your neck of the woods Jessica. I imagine that the bees have made a bee line for that gorgeous pulmonaria. Mine are still tight in bud.

    • Jessica March 1, 2015 at 9:06 pm - Reply

      Yes, the bees are up and about already. We’ve had some fabulously sunny days, not looking so good for the rest of the week though.

  36. Chloris March 1, 2015 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    You have been busy, I can imagine it is hard work tidying up your bank. You have done a great job. I agree, it is definitely a climbing Hydrangea. A jolly good hatchet job on the Pyracantha; that taught it a lesson, nasty vicious thing that it is.

    • Jessica March 1, 2015 at 10:39 pm - Reply

      For all its visciousness it is surprisingly easy to chop. Branches an inch thick easily managed by me and the loppers. Quite satisfying really.

  37. Christina March 1, 2015 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    Dear Jessica, gosh, you must have been working hard to tidy up the slope sooo… much. It looks great, ready for spring! I think it is a fabulous idea to plant the hellebores at eye level, so that you finally can see their gorgeous blooms without bending down and lifting them up with your fingers. The pulmonaria together with the narcissus ‘February Gold’ looks so pretty, what a lovely combination! Any ideas why the slope is wrapped up in chicken wire? To prevent erosion? Are you intending to remove it over time?
    Anyway, you made great progress already in the make-over of the slope and I am looking forward to seeing this part of your garden when spring has fully moved in.
    Wishing you a nice week!
    Warm regards,
    Christina

    • Jessica March 2, 2015 at 9:36 pm - Reply

      I think erosion was the original reason, but I can’t help feeling that good plant root systems would do the job more effectively and look far better. I want to relocate things like Lily of the Valley here, it spreads like wildfire with a mass of underground shoots. As I’m planting I am removing sections of the wire, so far so good!

  38. Annie March 2, 2015 at 11:33 am - Reply

    As you’ve already established that your hydrangea is indeed just that I shall tell you instead that if you can catch it with the sun behind it it makes a great photo subject. I was shooting one just the other day.

    • Jessica March 2, 2015 at 9:41 pm - Reply

      I was thinking of you when I set up that shot. The subject and the colours are very Annie! I love the subtlety of it and kind of wish I didn’t have to trim those flowers off. If only the sun had been behind it, it was a really dull day unfortunately.

  39. Suffolk Pebbles March 2, 2015 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    you are gardening on such a huge plot that it will be difficult to see all the improvements you are making straightaway, but what a super garden you will have eventually. Lovely spring-like combination of Pulmonaria and Narcissi.

    • Jessica March 2, 2015 at 9:43 pm - Reply

      I’ve tried to divide the garden up into bite sized pieces, it’s much easier to manage that way too. The trouble is, whilst I put all my energies into one area the rest goes to pot!

  40. elaine March 2, 2015 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    I haven’t read all the comments but has anyone mentioned that the picture is of a Hydrangea Petiolaris. I love a good hatchet job and I am sure it will grow all the better for it .

    • Jessica March 2, 2015 at 9:45 pm - Reply

      I think you’re right, that is indeed what it is. I may have got a bit carried away with the pyracantha..

  41. Alberto March 3, 2015 at 8:23 am - Reply

    Well I guess the title was a bit late on your garden task indeed… Too late for that pyracantha for a word of mercy!!! 🙂
    I confirm it’s hydrangea petiolaris too, but they’ve already told you. Nice specimen by the way!

    • Jessica March 3, 2015 at 12:24 pm - Reply

      No, too late for any pleas for mercy! But it was the only way. Trimmed back to bare wood it would have looked ridiculous. At least now as it grows (if it grows!) I can keep it to a nice shape.

  42. Laura March 3, 2015 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    It’s just so lovely to see green…I have to admit that it catches me off-guard to see that at this time of year!

    • Jessica March 3, 2015 at 10:20 pm - Reply

      No snow so far, well apart from a dusting. I hope Spring is just around the corner for you too. You must be more than ready for it.

  43. Julieanne March 3, 2015 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    That’s a lot of work you have done in Feb, and the cutting back of the pyracantha has really lightened up the space. I hear they are tough though, so it might bite back sooner than you think!

    Planting the hellebores futher up the slope really does show them off better. Very nice looking varieties too. And the pulmonaria and daffs look so cheerful and pretty – great photo. Spring has sprung on your slope. Woo hoo

    • Jessica March 3, 2015 at 11:45 pm - Reply

      I shall be ready for the pyracantha with the clippers, it won’t get far! I just hope the things I put up on the slope establish quickly, there’s far too much bare soil up there at the moment, too much opportunity for weeds to take over.

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