Having completed the snowdrop plan yesterday and collected up several bags of leaves, I was able to spend an hour or two this afternoon trimming and cutting back in the various borders. Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’ was first in line for a chop, revealing just how much the clump has grown since it was first planted. Undoubtedly he was one of the stars of 2013 and it will be interesting to see if he performs as well next year.
On a whim I decided to take out some of the Luzula sylvatica ‘Marginata’ that has been nicely filling one of the main herbaceous borders. When these borders were revamped I was able to dig the clump out of its original home and plonk it in its new one where it looked as if it had always been, so it proved to be a real stalwart as the changes took hold but I felt I could rein it in a bit now to make room for other things.
With the leaves blown or collected off the borders and the half-hearted growth cut back, the garden was really beginning to look as if it was closing itself down for the winter and tidier than it has been for some time. Some parts will off course get an early alarm call when the hellebores and snowdrops take off and there were still be things to catch the eye, like the changing colours on the foliage of this phlox, and the odd remaining flower here and there. Whilst trimming, I cast my eyes around the garden for contenders for Monday’s vase selection, but it looks like slim pickings…..