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photoblog image A Glimpse at Our (Maureen's) Garden 3/5

A Glimpse at Our (Maureen's) Garden 3/5

We live in a corner house and outside we have a lawn area and several shrubs and small trees at the side. The Eucalyptus on the left has to be pruned quite severely a couple of times a year to stop it becoming over large. We thought about digging it up but suspect the roots might be too extensive. The Buddleia on the right always puts on a good show but this year we have not had hardly any butterflies at all on it, indeed they are almost a rarity altogether so far. This gets well pruned back later on in the autumn.

 

A Glimpse at Our (Maureen's) Garden 3/5

We live in a corner house and outside we have a lawn area and several shrubs and small trees at the side. The Eucalyptus on the left has to be pruned quite severely a couple of times a year to stop it becoming over large. We thought about digging it up but suspect the roots might be too extensive. The Buddleia on the right always puts on a good show but this year we have not had hardly any butterflies at all on it, indeed they are almost a rarity altogether so far. This gets well pruned back later on in the autumn.

 

comments (12)

  • Ray
  • Thailanddy plu
  • 26 Aug 2015, 02:17
Very good, Brian.

The Eucalypt is rather puny!
Brian Walbey: I guess it would be puny compared with those out your way, however we do give it a quite severe prune each year before it gets too big to manage.
Both very pretty specimens!
Brian Walbey: Yes they are, although we do cut them back severely at times to stop them getting too big.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 26 Aug 2015, 06:40
Pity about the butterflies, or lack of then. Providing you cut buddleia back severely it flowers well the following year
Brian Walbey: We've had hardly any Butterflies this year, last year there were loads. We prune both shrubs back quite severely come late Autumn.
Tell Maureen she can be very proud of her garden, on all sides! I'm sure you put in your own 2-cents' worth, too, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ginnie, I did mow this bit, and all our other lawn on Monday, and of course being short Maureen can't reach up to do the pruning on both these shrubs.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Aug 2015, 08:41
I've got a buddlea in the front garden (no idea how it got there). I always assumed it was a weed; I never realised that they could be a shrub of choice. I'll leave it now!
Brian Walbey: Worth keeping Alan but if the dead flowers are cut off as they arise then another lot of flowers will replace them a few weeks later. We give ours quite a severe cut back in the autumn/winter to stop it getting too large to handle.
that sure is a lush tree of flowers
Brian Walbey: In dire need of pruning by now though Chantal.
Buddleias are always somptuous aren't they? Mine is white. A fabulous combination with the Eucalyptus which reminds me of my youth in Madagascar!
Brian Walbey: Yes it is a fine shrub, although I'm not familiar with white ones. I'm please these bring back a memory for you from your earlier days.
  • Lisl
  • Batheaston
  • 26 Aug 2015, 09:57
Your Buddleia is a lovely shape - mine is just a mess, and it doesn't have many butterflies either, though over the year I have seen 12 species of butterfly in the garden
Brian Walbey: Ours looks like this at the moment because our daughter thought it looked a bit untidy at the bottom and proceeded to cut all the lower growth off up to where you can see. We've had hardly any Butterflies this year, last year there were loads.
I wish we could grow eucalyptus. I have heard recently that butterflies are in short supply.
Brian Walbey: If we are not careful the Eucalyptus would get far too big so we keep it well pruned. We've had hardly any Butterflies this year, last year there were loads.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 26 Aug 2015, 15:26
How I would get rid of that eucalyptus. Open the soil around it, so that it can be cut a level, six inches lower than the lawn. Cut it horizontally at 6 inches. Cut grooves in the flat piece of stump that is left. Mix tree poison and diesel, fill the grooves. Allow to dry and then fill the hole with soil. Plant grass for lawn cover. The roots will die and slowly compost over a number of years.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Louis, we might well follow your instructions. We had a tree removed many years ago out front and I seem to think the professionals who done that used a similar process, there is now sign that it had ever been there now.
That buddleia is certainly something! We have had very few butterflies at all this year too, and even more worrying, very few garden birds.
Brian Walbey: We have also been in the same situation with birds as well Tom.
i like the shrubs along the corner side of the house... Maureen has done a fine job keeping them trimmed Brian... it's a shame that the Buddleia... commonly known as the butterfly bush has not had them visit this season....petersmile
Brian Walbey: There seems to have been a shortage of Butterflies this year, Tom is only about 50 or so miles from me and he hasn't had many either it seems. Most of the tree pruning is down to me what with Maureen being a bit of a short lady.

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