One task which I had had on my list for months but kept pushing further down that list was pruning 'Big Momma' Turk's Cap. 'Big Momma' is extremely well-named. The two specimens that I had planted along the south side of my house a few years ago had grown to the point that they seriously threatened to devour the house. They had grown up to obstruct a couple of windows and were reaching for the roof. This week I decided I couldn't wait any longer and, trusty Felco pruners in hand, I spent hours whacking away at those plants. By the time I finished, they were mere shadows of their former selves. I had cut them back to about three feet tall.
I'm quite sure this will not discourage these hardy plants. By the end of the year they'll be back covering the windows again, unless I find the time and energy to keep them trimmed.
There was a lot going on in the garden this week. My husband continued with his project of laying a moss rock edging around the beds. Things are looking good on that front.
Moreover, there are a lot of new blossoms brightening those beds, as well as some little visitors adding interest to the plants.
rose rosette disease, but my 'Radazz' plants are healthy enough so far and, if they go, they are going in a blaze of glory!
Much of my time in the garden this week has been spent watering plants. It is very dry once again and the forecasters are telling us to expect continued drought conditions over the long term. It is shaping up as another challenging summer. But then, it's always something, isn't it?