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Thursday, 27 November 2014
The Pruning Of The Vines And Climbing Plants Begins
Actinidia deliciosa 'Jenny'
The pruning of the shrub roses has been completed so it is time to start the climbing plants, beginning with the vines and Kiwi fruit. The first, Actinidia deliciosa 'Jenny' (Kiwi Fruit), a vigorous growing, deciduous, climber whose lateral shoots are cut back to three or four buds beyond where the fruit was produced.
Vitis coignetiae 'Claret Cloak'
Moving on from the Kiwi fruit, the next climbers to be pruned were the ornamental vines, see blog entry 9th February 2011'Wires & Climbers' for how well these vines have grown since planting. These vines, Vitis coignetiae 'Claret Cloak' and Vitis vinifera 'Purpurea' are pruned to keep them tidy, shortening all the vigorous shoots back to the support wires.
Vitis vinifera 'Purpurea'
The last vine, the grape vine in the Pump Quad, is pruned whilst dormant, pruning back the laterals to two healthy buds. Now that the vines and Kiwi are complete the next to be pruned will be the climbing roses followed by the Wisteria, Campsis and fruit trees, plenty of pruning to keep the team busy over the coming winter months.
Oxford, The gardens are usually open afternoons 2-5pm (Winter 2-4pm)
We're a motley crew varying in age and experience, bravely lead by the head of gardens and grounds, Simon Bagnall. Nine of us in total:
Simon - Head Of Gardens And Grounds,
Joss - Grass Aficionado and Second in Command, Ady - Foreman, Ali - All round plantswoman and blog writer, Kieron - Hippy Handyman & Fruit Tree Guru, Graham - Good Ole Boy,
Callum - No Longer A Budding Apprentice, Qualified!, Andy - Groundsman, Peter - Apprentice