Whilst the weather is still warm down in the South the England, the weeds still keep growing and the ephemeral weeds (those that flower/ set seed/ grow/ flower/ set seed grow- several times during a year) are continuing to flower so our jobs this week have included more weeding.
We are still in the process of cutting back perennial foliage that is dying back and flower stems that have gone over e.g. Day lilies, Iris, Crocosmia, Phlox, Inula, some Clematis, Geraniums and Alchemilla to name but a few. This certainly gives more clarification to well planted areas and we are beginning to see bare earth again around the remaining plants.
I always enjoy the borders as much at this time of year and contemplate removing some more plants for good or reducing the size of clumps for next year. Within this new found space, our eyes are drawn more easily and with greater focus to individual plants – some still flowering away and some where the beauty and subtlety of the leaf shapes stand out against each other and the deep brown newly groomed and weedless soil.