What’s that in the tree?

Wednesday 17 September 2014

 Stuart trimming one of the bay trees at the Sunk Garden


Stuart trimming one of the bay trees at the Sunk Garden

Stuart and Jason have just finished trimming the six bay trees on the Terrace. They had been on a 3-day topiary training course at Cliveden, a National Trust property in England and their training showed in the perfect shapes of the bays, not a leaf out of place. One of the older retired gardeners, Joe Hamilton, remembers when he used to trim these bays in the days before the long handled shears and the scaffolding. He used to throw himself over the top and lie flat on his front and clip the curve going downwards. Obviously health and safety wasn’t heard of then.

We were doing the last tidy up of the season in the Sunk Garden. Dahlias and salvias lasting longer than usual without rain and wind to batter them down so everything still looks very good.

Jill

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