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Herb of the week

By Lynn Kirkland

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Herb of the Week for August 10th
by Lynn Kirkland

Rosy Idea

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 create interest.
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 read.

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