We are still cutting back perennials around the gardens and generally putting the gardens to bed for the winter. However if you have finished those tasks except for the sweeping up of the leaves which we still have to come, have a look at where the ivy has travelled to over the year.
It is time to get tough on it. We are out and about climbing the ornamental trees on dry calm days and peeling off the damaging shoots. It’s not enough just to cut it at the foot of the tree and wait for it to die as it will remain a dead unsightly silhouette ruining the winter beauty of the tree. It then becomes brittle and difficult to pull out of the higher reaches.
We enjoy the opportunity to recall those childhood memories of scrambling around in the branches, taking in the scent of the tree and viewing the garden from a different aspect! We love it, but you do need a head for heights and a valid insurance policy.