Day 71: the mark of cane

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year

Short canes and labels marking out the phlox in the Peacock Garden at Great Dixter

Short canes and labels marking out the phlox in the Peacock Garden at Great Dixter

In the borders, we’re enjoying the calm before the storm – old stems cut down, shabby leaves pulled away, all the remnants of last year’s garden carted off to the compost. Even the weeds have yet to get into their stride, and the most conscientious of us may even have got a good layer of mulch on the beds. It’s a perfect time to mark each plant with a short cane (even a label, if that’s your thing) – particularly helpful when you’ve just chopped off any tall identifying stems to leave you with nothing but a low mound of easily-damaged new shoots. Canes and labels will soon be covered by fresh foliage but, until then, you’ll be able to avoid trampling fresh grown or planting divisions, annuals or summer bulbs too close to established, albeit temporarily invisible plants. 


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