Phytolacca Americana – Pokeweed has these spectacular pink green flowers that become mushy black berries in late summer. It is poisonous to humans but provides a feast for some birds.
My gorgeous Rosa New dawn has crept into the photo
Also photo bombing is Black Bryony. Another poisonous plant with glossy green heart shaped leaves and wonderful red berries. It is a twining climber common in our hedgerows…so beautiful but so dangerous. I’m always in two minds whether to remove it or leave it be.
In the same border I continued to cloud-prune my Phillyrea latifolia this week.
I’m actually quite proud of my intervention with nature 🙂
This was a large Box shrub when we found it in the garden initially. It no longer looked right in the border as it was just a ‘blob’ in an area that has now been cultivated with vegetables. However it was quite old so we didn’t want to remove it. Having recently taken a course in the Japanese art of Cloud Pruning with Jake Hobson at Niwaki, I decided to try out my new skills on this poor old shrub. We are now 3 years down the line and it is ready for its annual ‘short back and sides’ Here are the photos:
This is not a high-maintenance job, as we only prune it once a year, but the results are to create a light and airy architectural focal plant out of an otherwise previously dull and homogenous green mound in the landscape. Well, it’s growing on me!
Further down this border I have planted several Phillyrea latifolia, which are an evergreen plant similar to those in Japan that are cloud pruned. This time I thought I could try and train them as they grew. I’ll give them a few more years for them to fulfil their potential. Meanwhile I will torture them a little bit more to see what they can do!