One good thing about not having any sunshine, I’m sure there are plenty of other reasons – like not getting too hot or having to water the plants so often- is that it’s a good time to trim box hedging because bright sunshine turns the cut edges of the leaves brown, so a cloudy day is ideal.
My plan is to give the evergreen shrubs their last trim of the year, there won’t be too much new growth to spoil the shape & the new leaves will have time to toughen up before the winter. We don’t have many, but we were lucky enough to have a few mature Yew plants & a low, Box hedge. Their strong shape when they’re clipped makes a good contrast with softer shapes, and the deep-green is such a smart colour.
Here’s some topiary inspiration for you:
We usually visit Montacute House in Somerset on our way to Cornwall, it’s a perfect stopping-of point on the long drive. When the children were little they called this massive Yew hedge the bumpy hedge, which is a perfect description. I’ve heard that the it grew like this during the first world war, when there were few gardeners around, & clipped only occasionally & that’s how this random shape happened. I’m not sure if it’s true, but it’s a nice story.
I’ve just checked the weather forecast & it looks like a hot & sunny week ahead, so this task is going to be postponed & I’ll spend the time watering the plant-pots instead.
I hope you have a great week.
all photos: Jill Anderson