Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

To Do List

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ON the east wall of our cottage is a climber we planted when we moved in more than 30 years ago. At first we had to give it some encouragement to guide it, but now it manages brilliantly.

Whenever you plant a climber, it''s a good idea to plant it at least a foot or so from the base of the wall. That way you can enrich the soil and the roots can take in more water.

Hydrangea petiolaris clings to the wall by means of adventitious roots, much the same as ivy. Where it comes from in China, it is a forest climber and uses trees as a host.

In our garden it clings to stones and has made it to the eaves of the cottage. Since my husband Neil installed his owl box in the roof apex the hydrangea has grown all over it.

Hopefully, when the scaffolding we have up for some building work comes down, its presence will persuade the owls it''s a perfect home.

Meanwhile, the scaffolding has provided the ideal platform for pruning back the hydrangea so that it doesn''t decide to make its way under the eaves. …

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