Woodman Woodman spare that tree

apple tree fightingIf we had listened to ‘others’, the two cankered apple trees above the HoBB Barn would have been taken out and burnt. We opted for saving them both.

When we took over the caring for these trees, each produced one or two apples. With a good mulching, hard pruning, and a lot of love, we get a full harvest alternatively from each – despite their canker growths.

The trees ‘live’ and they are therefore survivors. The canker tries to knock them but fails. If we had knocked them by axe and chainsaw, then we would have failed them. If life tries its best to live to its full, we should have the sense to support it as only a fool interrupts a winning struggle.

It’s often a ‘struggle’ to win through, even for the plants we call weeds. Somehow though, the recipe for success is to know this struggle rather than tear it out and start anew. We’ll certainly buy some canker resistant apple trees but as additions not replacements … and so the HoBBian Gardens grow stronger.

All best waves from under the apple trees ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant

Redolent White and Purple Wisteria Walk

Redolent White and Purple Wisteria WalkHi,

We are on the look out for un-wanted metal hoops from horticultural tunnels. We don’t need the plastic polytunnel covering – just the curved galvanised metal poles. Helen’s father, Bill (of Fruitwrapper fame), brought four lengths to the HoBB and they have made great climbing frames for clematis and wisteria. As we want to grow a long tunnel of wisteria, we need some more curves so contact us if you have any you do not want any more. Those that have visited the Laburnum Tunnel at Bodenham Arboretum, near Kidderminster (UK) will know the sort of effect we are trying to get using Wisteria floribunda ‘Macrobotrys’.

The main Wisteria arch, in front of the Cottage, has two purple Wisteria climbing it which should grow up to 20 meters when they have supports to climb upon. At the moment we are cutting both back each year to the single arch we have built.

Waves from underneath the arches ~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant