Clipping the Chinese Ginger Jar.

When I looked up the garden recently, I could see the box topiary ginger jar at the top end of the border round the dead oak, and it was looking decidedly scruffy, time for a hair cut!

I just remembered in time that I ought to take some photos.

The new growth is very yellow, but when you cut back into it, the old leaves are dark green.

The other side.

Looking a bit better.

By this time my back was hurting so I decided to go in for my lunch and finish it in the afternoon. When I turned back and took a photo I saw a bit of a slope that needs correction, should have used a spirit level!

Back rested and fortified by my lunch I soon finished the rest and swept up.  I think I have managed to correct the slope!

It now looks a lot better and will last for quite some time, I usually only cut it once a year, but I think , like me it is getting too fat, maybe I’ll tackle it in the autumn! I just have to weed that bed now and smarten up the lawn edges, there’s always something else waiting to be done, but at least now I have plenty of time to do it.

Are you doing more gardening than usual in these strange times?

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12 Responses to Clipping the Chinese Ginger Jar.

  1. Denise says:

    Well what a difference, you’ve done a really good job Pauline. I could do with a trim myself! I now have a new ‘helper’ in my garden. We collected our puppy yesterday…I hope the garden will cope lol.

  2. Frank says:

    Glad to hear I’m not the only one who finishes pruning and then goes back later because it’s ‘not quite right’. Your jar looks excellent, mine… well… it almost looks as unkempt as my hair.
    I am getting more gardening done, but we just had a late freeze last night and things took a step backwards. I hope the potatoes pull through, the perennials always have next year, but my potatoes 🙁

    • Pauline says:

      I think lots of people are clipping their own hair at the moment Frank, I’m free to give you a trim any time, I promise not to use the shears! How annoying to have such a late freeze, I hope your potatoes survive for you to enjoy later.

  3. Sheryl says:

    The ginger jar looks great. Your yard is beautiful.

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Sheryl, you’re very kind. This is a wonderful time of year in the garden, everything coming into bloom at the same time.

  4. Cathy says:

    You make it sound so easy, Pauline, even with your lunch break reconsideration! It makes such an impact in photographs you have shown before so an annual or even biannual haircut is worth the effort. I know how much you will be enjoying your garden just now, discovering new treasures every day, I expect

    • Pauline says:

      It is easy Cathy, just a little at a time until you get the required shape! Thank you for saying that it makes an impact, I feel that it makes a full stop at the pointed end of the bed. I am enjoying the garden, you are right there, I just wish the weeds wouldn’t grow so fast!

  5. Anna says:

    Oh job well done Pauline! I have definitely been doing more gardening than usual until todays’s unwelcome blast of winter.

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Anna! Yesterdays gales were cold weren’t they, not much better today, I think it will be back into the gardening coat till it warms up again!

  6. snowbird says:

    Lovely seeing the ginger jar in such great shape. It’s a good job you have the artists eye! I am certainly spending much more time in the garden, mainly growing food. I must begin to tackle the weeds and borders soon!xxx

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Dina, it does help if you know the shape you are trying to produce! I have been admiring all the food that you are growing, you will soon be self sufficient!

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