Today the sun was shining and I took my jacket off!

I was gardening in a lovely large garden in Edinburgh today.  I have been working in the space for 8 months and I am looking forward to seeing in another summer and the changes that have taken place.

I am working closely with another garden designer and together we have planted a lot of new plants and there are big plans still to be put in place.

Today, however I was doing some maintenance and tidying.  I cut back the dead stems from a few Hydrangeas then I tackled the Viburnum tinus, which has taken over the flower beds, swamping anything that happens to get in its way.  It has finished flowering and the berries are starting to appear, which are a  stunning shade of blue, but it really needs to get done and allow the plants and trees to get some spring sun.

I am not one of these people who can merrily hack things back.  I find it distressing and let’s be honest damn ugly. So, always make sure to cut to just above a leaf node to prevent seeing nasty dead stems.

I always stand back from the plant as I am pruning to make sure I haven’t taken too much off one side or the other and the overall shape is good.  I suppose it’s a bit like a hairdresser making sure they haven’t given you a squint fringe.

I decided to give up when I had filled all my garden waste bags and trugs and couldn’t get anything else in the car.  I will continue the pruning next time I am there.