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Cutting the Box

May 5, 2014

 

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Box hedges form the bones of my garden but at this time of year they become unruly and the clean lines are lost to somewhat shrill lime-green shaggy new growth.  Order is restored with the help of my WOLF-Garten Akku 100 clippers which leave it crisp again and save hours of back-breaking effort.

DSCN2648The re-chargeable battery plugs into the mains and gives 100 minutes cutting time and the design  allows you to cut flat across the surface of the hedges and to follow the contours of the box balls and cones.

 

Geranium macrorrhizum has been in flower for the last four weeks and is an excellent perennial for edging paths and suppressing weeds. It’s in almost total shade here and spreads by rhizomes so is easy to manage and it divides up willingly to be re-planted in other areas. The leaves are scented with a fruity hint of pineapple.

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G. nodosum (knotted crane’s bill) is another useful geranium that thrives in shade and is tolerant of dry conditions. It self-seeds to a certain extent which is always a plus.

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Cut flowers this week are the last of the tulips T. Blue Parrot with Aquilegia ‘Black Barlow’ which has self-seeded all over the garden and was rescued from the base of the box parterre before cutting it back.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 5, 2014 2:33 pm

    Your garden with its box hedging looks lovely

    • May 6, 2014 8:51 am

      Thank you Ruth. It’s coming up to full leaf on the mature trees in surrounding gardens which changes the light and makes it look rather romantic.

  2. May 8, 2014 10:18 am

    I like the look of your box clipper. I don’t have a lot of box so hand clipping isn’t too much of a chore but it is tempting. 😉 I’m still waiting for signs of flowers on my geraniums. They seem quite late this year. Maybe I need to check through my photos from the last few years to see. You’ve reminded me to go and see if my ‘Black Barlow’ is flowering too. Have a lovely weekend.

    • May 8, 2014 11:23 am

      Yes these clippers are essential for a mass of hedging but shears or secateurs will do the job just as well for small items.

  3. May 10, 2014 9:56 pm

    I love your box hedges!! Mine are mainly very new so I don’t have a lot of trimming to do just yet but I am going to investigate your clippers as they could be a good investment for the future.

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