We are lucky at Town Farm to have two of the most beautiful Wisteria which drape themselves across the front of the house with large panicles of violet flowers in the Spring. After pointing the adjoining Barn (which is now the dining room) with Lime Mortar last year, I have also planted three beautiful climbing roses that were given to me as a 60th Birthday present last summer by an old friend/gardening buddy. One Mme Gregor Staechelin to grow over the porch; and two Mme Alfred Carriere (against the Barn wall) with the hope that they will use the Wisteria for support and provide a succession of highly scented flowers.
Now is the time to prune the Wisteria back for the second time this growing year. The first pruning was after flowering; cutting back the flowering whips to about nine buds. Today I am pruning back to three or four buds and chopping out the tendrils that insist on creeping up and under the guttering. The more you prune; the more they flower
The other job that has been a bit of a pain, is trying to control masses of Montbretia ... I see little pots being sold in garden centres for at least six quid; yet it grows like a weed in my garden, smothering other plants and fixing its brown bulbs into the most inaccessible places against the house wall. I have at least half a dozen bucketfuls of bulbs and have decided to let them chance it in a wild part of the garden with a bit of soil chucked over them. Kill or cure. If there is anyone out there looking for some; I have loads going free if you want them!