Today was all about cutting back ivy – which had smothered 5 panels of the rhs fence.
This is an ancient ivy – or to be more precise ivys because there are at least five different varieties there. The largest leaf variety is covered on flowers and fruits so I am loathe to cut too much back because they are a source of winter food for insects and when the sun is out the flowers are ashimmer with bees and hoverflies (and even the occasional late butterfly).
Likewise the fruits provide winter feed for the birds.
I also feared that it was going to pull the fence down. Having chopped it back from the end two of the spread I realise that the ivy may be the only thing holding the centre three sections up! So have limited myself to trimming the long non-flowering strands for now.
Also in tidying the edges beneath found that the ivy roots were holding the grey-water drain cover tightly in place. Much swearing and hacking with secateurs has freed it up and pushed the border edge back by almost a foot.
Bin is brimming and I am exhausted but a good job done.
I will start taking pics of my own at some point 🙂