Mid-March and things are budding in the garden so it was out with the secateurs today to do a bit of pruning before they get too far. Particular targets were our collection of Cornus (Dogwood – beautifully coloured stems giving colour throughout the winter), our Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’ (dark leaved elder) and our Myrtus communis (myrtle) hedge.
It is all about giving the plants a gentle nudge in the right direction. For example, the myrtle is well established now but looking a bit untidy. We didn’t want to make it look too formal but I’ve held it back from intruding over the path too much and done some “crown lifting”, taking out lower branches to throw some light underneath and give the hyacinths a boost.
I’m looking forward to seeing how all of these do over the next few months.