The gardens are looking good with the plants growing luxuriantly and the flowers tumbling together in a frothy mass. And there in lies the problem because, to keep it looking good for more than a few weeks action has to be taken right now which seems quite drastic at first.
It seems such a shame to chop back all the hardy geraniums at the peak of their flowering but I do it every year and I know that they will come back with a second flush. It also gives the other perennials a chance to grow. I will return to do the same to the Alchemilla mollis at a later date.
This is after the chop. It’s not visible but there is now a lot more space around a clump of agapanthus and room for the dahlias to flower – if not eaten by the rabbits!
And this is the geranium a week after cutting. I don’t know what this variety is but it grows huge and however much I dig out in the winter, one border is predominantly pink at this time of year.
So this month has seen a load of cutting back and a fair amount of watering but I’m not complaining about the weather! Still to come, squeezing in the last few cosmos and deadheading, lots of it!