and pruning work
The first stage of
building onto an existing garden planting is to evaluate the existing planting
in detail. Looking at it, not only from its present contribution and condition,
but from where it will be in, say, twenty years time.
Removal of any
plant however poor its growth condition, difficult planting location or lack of
value from a botanical standpoint, must be thought through very carefully. With
some it may be possible to renovate them back to their former glory. Others may
form structural features on to which areas the garden can be built.
Even those of lowly botanical pedigree can form the base of a wider collection
of plants. The garden area shown on this page is outside the SSSI.
Salix x chrysocoma :
has been hard pruned back to the trunk to encourage disease free new growth -
it was suffering badly from willow scab and mildew. Triennial hard pruning
should keep the disease within bounds.
Populus x candicans 'Aurora'
Responds to hard cutting back producing stronger larger leaves, cutting
back new growth every 3 - 4 years encourages branching and a more luxuriant
A general view of the lakeside
area during the initial pruning and maintenance work. The Populus x
candicans can be seen in the centre of the photograph and provides a visual