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Ornamental Climbers

August 24, 2016

DSCN6587Gradually (and a bit nervously) I am reducing the Rosa lutea that covers the arbour outside the kitchen door.  It’s provided a lovely green canopy for the last ten years but it’s only truly wonderful for three weeks when in flower. The rose petals then turn brown and drop onto the paving for weeks on end and as soon as the temperature drops it sheds leaves for much of Winter.


I aim to eventually replace it with Solanum crispum ‘Alba’ seen here in a garden last week where it’s flowered since May and will continue till November or later. And although it’s only faintly scented it is a very lovely plant and will provide interest for months on end. It will probably need as much monitoring as the rose but should be more rewarding.


Having started the edit, by removing much of the rose from half the frame, the golden hop has wasted no time in rampaging along the supports. It had been struggling to be seen and will combine very prettily with the solanum.

A supermarket pot of chives was divided up into four and planted in the garden three weeks ago.


The four new plants are thriving and all have flower buds emerging.


The Origanum here in a pot was lifted and gently pulled apart at the base to make more plants.  It had visibly healthy roots on each piece and these should fill out to make new growth.


It divided up easily into potentially six new plants which will be kept watered and planted out in late-September.


Olive tins make very pretty containers provided the compost is watered very regularly. IMGP0800I spotted this one holding the perennial Red-Veined Sorrel.  It’s a lemony flavoured leaf that is great added to other leaves in salads.


The blackcurrant jam was made from frozen allotment fruit and is a really good flavour and texture. The recipe says to gently soften the 1 k of fruit simmering it in 1 pint of water till the fruit splits. This avoids any toughness in the skin and the other tip was to warm the 1 k sugar in the oven for 10 minutes before adding to the softened fruit. Then it was stirred on a low heat till all sugar crystals had melted and boiled rapidly for 15 minutes. This quantity made three kilner jars.


Cosmos ‘Sensation’ in a pretty mug.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 24, 2016 6:35 pm

    Watching a plant overrun it’s space in the garden is hard. I have several beautiful Wisteria plantings that do not behave if I don’t keep on them all the time.

  2. August 24, 2016 6:38 pm

    The challenge of gardening -maybe?

  3. August 24, 2016 7:33 pm

    I have been hankering after a Rosa lutea for a while but I can see your point about short period of interest. The Solanum should look great. I saw one at Cothay Manor which was spectacular.

    • August 25, 2016 9:15 am

      Rosa lutea is charming but maybe best on a boundary fence. The Solanum in the picture is two thirds larger than shown but I am prepared to monitor it carefully !!!

  4. Lucy moore permalink
    August 25, 2016 6:35 am

    Interested in your rosa lutea decision, I have similar queries with mine.! My terrace supports 3 very vigorous climbers, including a wisteria, jasmine clotted cream and the rose. It’s lovely! But needless to say, quite a challenge to manage them all, and in summer my kitchen becomes quite gloomy! The question is, which should go? I think you have probably solved that one for me, thanks!!

    • August 25, 2016 9:20 am

      Hi Lucy
      Yes it’s tempting to put too many climbers in a limited space -I’ve done it here whilst waiting for the rose to cover the frame. There’s an Akebia climbing up one of the uprights that I had forgotten about but it should mingle with the golden hop and the Solanum eventually.

  5. August 27, 2016 12:42 pm

    Well done for being resolute in removing a plant that has outgrown you. I was given a book about decluttering called Spark Joy where everything you own should make you feel good about it. I found it incredibly motivating to think about plants in the garden in that way and there are a number of plants earmarked for being dug up!

    • August 27, 2016 2:15 pm

      It’s so easy to put up with plants even if they are unrewarding- especially when they are showing signs of healthy life. But half of the rose has now gone and it’s far less traumatic than I feared. I’m now in.a hurry for the Solanum to do its thing which I guess will take a few years.

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