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Autumn Edit

September 10, 2015

This spectacular grape growing in a neighbour’s garden is in fact edible (sorry no name) and looks astonishing against the blue facade of the house…


A three hour session in the garden here rescued a much less impressive grape Vitis vinifera ‘Purpurea’ which was being smothered by a huge honeysuckle …


The autumn leaves of this vine are exceptionally pretty and about to turn plum-purple with the odd bunch of (inedible) grapes nestling in amongst the foliage which looks great against the grey stone wall…


The honeysuckle Lonicera japonica ‘Halliana’ had taken over the wall and was smothering the glorious autumn colours of the vine…


And whilst this honeysuckle is a great addition to a walled garden with its lovely scent filling the air from late-spring to late-summer, it has bad habits. It tends to put down roots when it touches the surface of the soil and by default covers a huge area uninvited. I see from a journal that I last attempted to eradicate it three years ago but it needed to be restricted again since it had wrapped itself round the stem of a foxglove in a bed 10 metres away from the vine. It’s indestructible and will be back but that’s ok as long as it allows other plants to flourish.

On the allotment more editing out and this time the roots of the Jerusalem artichoke which inspite of some tasty recipes in the papers last weekend we decided had to go since we really don’t enjoy them. It’s the second year that I’ve tried to eliminate the tubers but the smallest fragment sits deep down in the soil and keeps on growing. They are relatives of the sunflower so it was tempting to wait for the flowers but the bed was needed for purple sprouting broccoli.  And the sweetcorn is ripening and so far no sign of the badger but I’m not assuming anything…


This week the vase is made up of nasturtiums, calendula, Cosmos ‘Purity’ and Ammi majus…


4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 10, 2015 5:21 pm

    Is it easy to grow grapes outside..the edible ones? There was a grapevine in the greenhouse here but it really did take over the tiny space so had to go.

    • September 11, 2015 8:12 am

      I’ve never grown edible grapes but my friend whose grape is in the picture says it is. She usually edits out the baby grapes on the bunch to encourage bigger fruit. Boskoop Glory and Phoenix are hardy grape vines for growing outdoors.

  2. September 10, 2015 7:50 pm

    I have the same problem with honeysuckle in the long border here. It roots everywhere and seemingly drills for Antarctica. I also grow Jersalem artichoke, but we love to eat it and occasionally we get to see it flower.

  3. September 11, 2015 8:15 am

    I was very pleased to get the honeysuckle out but I know it will return. I planted two thornless blackberries to cover the wall so hope they’ll do some defending of the space.

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