Sorting the front border.
Usually we have the front border sorted by December so that we can see the snowdrops under the red stemmed Cornus, unfortunately that wasn’t possible last year and we are only just doing it now. We didn’t manage to give the Pyracantha its usual trim the previous year as the undergardener was starting on his treatment for his prostate. To say that everything had got rather out of hand is an understatement, there was nothing else to do, but bite the bullet and get on with it!
The mess on the left is the pile of pyracantha clippings
My first job was to trim the box cubes that were looking decidedly tatty, they all look so much better after a trim.
The driveway slopes down to the entrance, but the tops of the box cubes are level with each other, for some reason they get smaller and smaller the nearer the house you get.
The one nearest the house is half the size of the ones near the entrance. Is it because it is in shade all day whereas the others get quite a lot of sunshine or is it the soil isn’t as good as further down?
Euonymous Emerald and Gold marks the corner of the border – what a mess it looks with montbretia growing through it! The pot contains tulip bulbs which only got planted in the new year when I was running out of time!
I hope you think this looks better, I certainly do!
This is as far as we have got for now, but I am happy with our progress so far. We still have to weed it all and remove some brambles that the birds have kindly sown for us!
As long as it doesn’t rain too much over the next couple of days, we will hopefully finish the work in this border and be able to see our snowdrops once more.