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  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,269

    I watched one morning as over a dozen blue tits emerged from one of our nest boxes. They also go looking for spiders etc. in them.

    In an ideal world I would leave the tops on perennials over Winter, but as it takes from now until Spring to clear them all off that is not a choice.

    By the way what do you folks do with the removed top growth? A lot of the stuff we have will not rot and believe me I have tried. It is very difficult to shred, except when very dry and ditto for burning. Be nice to be able to put it in the Council compost bin, but I filled both of ours witrh the Clematis I cut down. Only another 60 or so of those to do too.

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,189

    Hi, Lynne,

    It can be hard work, but it's nice after the works done, to look over a tidy garden. I always clear my paths when the snow comes, must be the only person along the terrace who does that though, but then I can walk up the garden path without fear of slipping when the grounds frozen.   

  • Norm2Norm2 Posts: 86
    Berghill wrote (see)

    I watched one morning as over a dozen blue tits emerged from one of our nest boxes. They also go looking for spiders etc. in them.

    In an ideal world I would leave the tops on perennials over Winter, but as it takes from now until Spring to clear them all off that is not a choice.

    By the way what do you folks do with the removed top growth? A lot of the stuff we have will not rot and believe me I have tried. It is very difficult to shred, except when very dry and ditto for burning. Be nice to be able to put it in the Council compost bin, but I filled both of ours witrh the Clematis I cut down. Only another 60 or so of those to do too.


    wow that must be a nice large garden with over sixty clematis, I bet it looks stunning when in bloom,  I planted my first three this year and really enjoyed them, hoping to plant some more next year. I started to tidy up last weekend, The garden looks a little bare now but much tidier, I am just waiting for the last of the tree leaves to drop now  so I can complete the task, I noticed a big change in their rate of fall this week with a lot of them almost bare now, some beautiful autumn colours this year.

  • I have been out too in the garden today and yes my back is truly broken after planting around 200 bulbs. It will be worth it in the spring! My worm compost bin has done really well spent ages trying to fish them back out of the compost to put them back in the bin before covering the border with the lovely fresh compost. there were plenty that got away but they breed like crazy so i dont mind setting some free and they carry on doing a great job in the garden.

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,269

    Hope your bulbs are still there. I planted 300 crocus last week, the following morning every one had been dug up and eaten. Mice or possibly pheasants.

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,817

    Hi Which clematis do you cut down. I have 2-3 that flower in both spring and late summer, a viticella which is still green and a large flowered summer flowering that is struggling a bit,

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,269

    The Cleamtis was C. fargesii Summer Snow. It covered a trellis 24 feet long. This is a Viticella type so normally it would be cut to the ground in February, but I needed to mend the trellis.

    Did some  more cutting down today ably assisted by our neighbours cat. My two were fast asleep in the house of course.

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