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Cut back peren­ni­als

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As the flow­ers and fo­liage die back peren­ni­als re­spond well to a good trim. Au­tumn is also a good time to di­vide over­grown clumps.

I have bought two es­paliered ap­ples and both have put on vig­or­ous growth dur­ing the sum­mer. I need to be ruth­less and cut back any shoot that doesn’t fit the shape. They are be­ing trained along a wire and I now need to add an­other higher wire as they have done so well in fo­liage — if not fruit!

This is com­ing along nicely thanks to my pur­chases at the Flower Shows. How­ever some herbs such as sage, le­mon balm and camomile are prov­ing too vig­or­ous and need to be thinned out to give the rest a chance. The thyme has had mixed re­sults — the var­ie­gated has done re­ally well but the creep­ing va­ri­eties look unhappy. I think I’ve planted them in too much shade and in too good a soil so they will be re­planted in gravel this au­tumn.

❁ Bulb Plant­ing Over the last cou­ple of years I have put in quite a few daf­fodils but they of­ten don’t come up in the po­si­tion I put them. This year I’m putting more in con­tain­ers so they have to stay where I want!

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