TIDY UP BROKEN STEMS, FLOWERS AND BRANCHES
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.