The new red shoots of the Peony ‘Molly the witch’ are bursting through the icy soil crust. We therefore bestow on this plant the honour of being the first in the garden to be given the decoration of home grown plant support.
Bea – the newest recruit to the ‘Babes with Spades’ team has created this very lovely support from hazel and willow:
and a reminder of how the plant will look in Spring…
We moved onto pruning roses in the wild garden, starting with the pink rose seen here on the right of the picture in July last year
Inspired by a pruning course I took last year and an episode on Garden Revival currently on the BBC, I have decided to experiment with pegging down new growth so it is more horizontal than vertical:
Again a bit tricky to see in this photograph, but I am excited to see
how well this works as it should (in theory) break out in flower spikes along the entire length of the stem now.
WE did this to 3 other large roses in the wild area as there is plenty of space to do it here. I can not wait to see what happens…