TIDY UP BRO­KEN STEMS, FLOW­ERS AND BRANCHES

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS GARDENING -

It’s been a re­mark­ably blus­tery sea­son, thanks to warmer-than-usual sea tem­per­a­tures over in Aus­tralia. Cli­mate change and the much-her­alded overen­er­gised at­mos­phere is a re­al­ity for us on our ex­posed, skinny is­lands and wind is what we’re get­ting as a re­sult. Plants that have had to put up with ex­tra pres­sure and more move­ment than they’re usu­ally ex­posed to break, and when they do, it’s un­wise (and unattrac­tive)

to leave them hang­ing or scat­tered about. I’m prun­ing dam­aged branches off some of my more brit­tle na­tive trees and shrubs, and pick­ing up the tall flower spikes of the echi­ums that were tow­er­ing so spec­tac­u­larly un­til the wind flat­tened them to the ground. It all makes for ex­cel­lent mulch and fire­wood, though, so I have no real com­plaints.

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