A day of winter cutbacks

A day of winter cutbacks

In July, I spent a day cutting back my shaggy front garden. At 10am the plants were in their full overblown end-of-season glory. The gravel path was an obstacle course and winter weeds filled any gaps. It's been a while since I planted small, pretty things. The toughest, most neglect-tolerant plants have taken over. By [...]

The Big Prune 2012

The Big Prune 2012

It's that time of year again when I get out the secateurs, shears and loppers and hack into the garden. Since starting this blog three years ago, a clear seasonal pattern has emerged: Late autumn - admire the tangle of lush growth, bemoan the plants that didn't survive the summer, and start thinking "I really [...]

Catching up with some pruning, a season too late

Catching up with some pruning, a season too late

Normally I do my big annual cut-back in May or June. Somehow I didn't quite get around to it this year... then before I knew it, it was August, spring was springing, and I had a bushy jungle in the front garden, with new shoots competing with last year's leggy growth. (Similarly, I've spent the [...]

‘Tis the season for brutal pruning

‘Tis the season for brutal pruning

Well, I finally got my front path sorted, having managed to find some gravel: A few weeks back, I loaded up the green bins after doing the Big Cut-Back. The garden is looking pretty gappy, and I'm looking forward to the new spring growth. I'm also dealing with an unfortunate victim of the past summer [...]

Lazy winter gardening

Lazy winter gardening

It's FREEZING today. Well, actually it's 10 degrees Celsius, which I know is really quite pathetic in the coldness stakes - I thought we must surely be in single digits. But hey, we did get a little sprinkling of teeny weeny hailstones earlier today, so it must be cold. Winter brings out the Martha Stewart [...]