Herb of the Week for August 10th
by Lynn Kirkland
On my visit to the Hamilton Gardens I
talked to the gardener working in the
fabulous Italian Renaissance Garden. I
asked about the interesting effect of
what they had done to the roses in the
corners of the garden. There was a daddy
long legs spider look to the roses and
this had been achieved by positioning
the long supple branches of climbing roses
just above the ground. Taped at the ends
and secured by pegs to keep them in position.
The gardener said now was the time to
do this with any climbing rose with pliable
branches. The effect of abundant blooms
in a small space would be stunning.
Perhaps an idea to try for home gardeners
to try when the weather clears enough
to get into the garden with the secateurs.
This stunning garden was edged with box
hedging some of which was being replaced
by the gardener. “Time for replacements”
she said even though the ones that were
being dug out looked quite reasonable.
The resources of a public garden which
needs to be kept at the highest level
allow this to happen.
In this particular garden the landscaping
features of buildings with steps and wonderful
focal points and large terracotta pots
and fountains and statues created an abundance
of interest even with most of the planting
in the dormant stage of growth.
So if you feel your garden lacks interest
at the moment this is a great time to
look for focal points and consider where
a large pot or statue could be used to
And the way the weather has been this
week, you can do this from the warmth
of your home by looking out your window.
Thanks lynn another great
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