Wednesday 19 September 2012
William, after three days topiary training at Cliveden National Trust property in Berkshire (famous for its 2 metre high yew maze), has been putting his expertise into practice in the Shamrock Garden. Just look at that horseman, perfectly shaped and looking as though he is going to race off into space. The curved hedge appears to have been finished off with nail scissors. William should be very pleased with the result as it is stunning and being admired by the visitors.
We were cutting back the dead heads of seven lavender beds on the South Terrace. It sounds straightforward but it is quite exacting. The stems have to be cut right down to the grey leaves but not into the wood. It looks unsightly if any of the stems are left so each cut has to be exact. It is a lovely job as the smell of the lavender is all around, staying on our clothes and hands. A favourite thing to do.