|Doing the easy side first!|
|The trickier side of the hedge!!|
When visitors come to the garden, they nearly all enquire about the Golden Marjoram we use as underplanting beneath the roses. At this time of year, it starts to flop so we we cut it hard back. Today was the day for this job and the Beech hedge behind the roses also had a a good trim. This meant a huge mess requiring a major clear up! The roses really stand out now and in a couple of weeks the Marjoram will both green up and mound up again.
As well as Rose Garden work, Chris trimmed all 4 Philadelphus shrubs. This year was a brilliant year for them and each one was both a mass of bloom and scent. At least it was a nice cool day for garden work. Cutting the Philadelpus above the culvert proved tricky as it grows very close to the edge and there's nowhere for Chris to put his big feet when he has to stand so close to the edge of a drop into deep water! The other side isn't much better as there are 2 Hydrangeas and a Sorbus to say nothing of an Acanthus jungle!! Anyway, he managed it and hopefully next year, we'll have just as many blooms and perfume! You can see that we gardeners are born optimists and always planning ahead!