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I had a huge Pampas Grass that you’ve seen many times over the years, yes it was lovely when the tall plumes were swaying in the wind or it was glowing in the wintry sunshine, however it was massive and attacked me everytime I worked near it…


That was it last year,( you can see by the state of the grass,) I did cut it down and halved it, pampas rewarded me by growing and expanding even more, as you can imagine I was attacked and scratched every time I tried working near there , plus anyone who has ever had one will know the joys of trying to clear those very sharp leaves away, I made the decision, it had to go, wasn’t easy to get out and I did kill off a fork in the process, clearing the granite out of the way was the first stage, then tackle the monster, in actual fact once I dug down the side I discovered that it wasn’t deep rooted, all in all it took me four hours to remove, then I had to fill in the hole, put a new membrane down and replace the granite… PHEW !!!


That looks better doesn’t it, I’m quite pleased with my results…

For the first time in a while we have decent rainfall today, the garden and its occupants are loving it and look quite refreshed, myself included as I don’t do hot spells these days..A quick wander around with my camera this morning between downpours…

I’m delighted with the way my stumpery is looking..


The tomato’s and cucumbers are doing well in the g’houses but you don’t need to see them, lol…

I nearly forgot to show you what I found when having my tidy up session…


I had cut back most of the Hellebores but these two were close to the edge and under the pampas leaves, how about that for a pleasant surprise, in July….

All in all I’m pleased with my garden this year….

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We had a Pampas grass in our first garden which grew and grew...in those days it was advised to burn it to remove it....It was successful!

19 Jul, 2019

 

I used to do that many moons ago M'land, then I was daft and moved it too close to my shed and g'house, made burning too dangerous, from then on it was a case of doing it the hard way, lol..

19 Jul, 2019

 

Lol...
Yes,that would be a hazardous way if it was too close to the house!The foliage is so sharp too when handling it.

19 Jul, 2019

 

Your garden is looking lovely Sue,and I bet you got great satisfaction in getting rid of the Pampas Grass..no more lethal weapon to attack you? It looks so nice now,so well done..sit back and admire your handiwork..:o) Also had heavy rain here this afternoon...very much needed too..

19 Jul, 2019

 

Well done! 4 hours...wow..phew! Garden is looking great! What is the weeping tree with the dark foliage please? Its lovely. Love that deep red climbing rose too.

19 Jul, 2019

 

So satisfying isn't it and looks so lovely and neat now. Also I think you've helped me identify some trilobe glossy leaves which appeared this spring. I had loads of them and left a few in the bed. They're obviously baby helebores, good job I didn't take them all out. :)

20 Jul, 2019

 

Hellebores in July! amazing but pretty all the same. Your garden is looking grand and I bet you dodn't have a single pang over that Pampas - you finally got your own back on it after all those pricklings... Congratulations on sticking with it for all that time!

20 Jul, 2019

 

Hi Sandra, yes I did breathe a sigh of relief although the bluetits will be very disappointed next springtime, they were always the first to collect the fluffy bits off the plumes for nesting, still have a baby one in the garden, not sure whether to bite the bullet and remove it also, its all decisions now as to what is easy for me to care for, I have a Sambucus, I'm wondering whether to pot it up to try and slow it down, I know plenty of people who do have them in large pots..

20 Jul, 2019

 

Thankyou Karen, The tree was planted springtime just after losing my mum, its a Prunus cerasifera , Ornamental Plum, I love that rose, its always a very good doer as you can see, it came with my pink and orange ones years ago, never had a proper name, I keep looking but each time I think I've found a name another couple pop up, lol...

20 Jul, 2019

 

Ba I tried for donkeys years to grow Hellebores, Spritz put me on the right track by advising patience, now I have them popping up all over the place, I too have lots of babes growing, they've now reached, " Leave me alone Status" in my beds and borders, cut the leaves back in late spring on ones that interfere with my summer plants, otherwise I just plant amongst them....

20 Jul, 2019

 

Hiya Stera, hope you're keeping well, you are correct about the Pampas, I just can't cope with it any longer, darn thing kept attacking me and was so messy when the leaves died, no guilt on this one, lol.. I found another that's flowering this morning underneath my Photina, they are all the creamy speckled ones, be interesting to see if it affects them next autumn / winter...

20 Jul, 2019

 

Well done Sue, four hours of hard graft but so worth it! That's a very neat area now, in fact, all of your garden looks great to me, so many shrubs and plants. My OH likes Pampas grass so I have to remind him of the problems they bring!

20 Jul, 2019

 

It's certainly an improvement you garden looks lovely. Daughter had a Pampas grass at her last house, almost against the fence and it harboured rats! They made a lovely nest inside it, so that had to go! All that space that it took up! You will now be able to plan something else and the birds will soon find an alternative source of nesting material.

21 Jul, 2019

 

Shirley tell him they're lethal, don't really know why I put up with it for so long, lol, since its removal the Buddhlia next to the g'house has attracted so many more butterflies and bees, its a real treat to see them....

21 Jul, 2019

 

Thankyou Honey, yes I'm sure my feathered friends will forgive me..

21 Jul, 2019

 

I`m with you all the way on this one Lincs it looks so much better and friendlier too. Love the last picture giving us a real sense of what you see every day.

22 Jul, 2019

 

Thankyou Stroller, our sitting room, dining room and bedroom are at the back so that is always my view when relaxing, I love it...

22 Jul, 2019

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