Cutting the Box
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.
The 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.
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.
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.