Winter is the time we make time for ……changes. This year it was the turn of wisteria in our back garden to come in for a tidy up. Since we have been at The Alpaca Place, the wisteria has grown, and grown ….and grown, until it not only covered the punga fence back extended over the front of studio at one end, and over the top of our potting shed at the other. Probably would have grown into the raceway, too, but a frequent application of alpaca teeth at least kept it trimmed there.
The punga log fence was starting to collapse under the weight of age and the wisteria, so that needed replacing too, so Liz and Gordon got busy with the loppers and trimmed the wisteria right back to a stump, carting trailer full after trailer full of branches to our fire pit. A convenient storm blew the now unconnected wisteria off the top of the potting shed after Liz had spent hours worrying about how she could get it off!
The punga logs were removed by Gordon and carted off for burning, and then Liz and Gordon rebuilt a new, and stronger fence for the wisteria to grow over. Now all we have to do is wait for the wisteria to resprout (and if it doesn’t we’ll plant a replacement). In the mean time we may plant some sweet pea to cover the brand new fence until the wisteria takes over.