Day 180: going over

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Suddenly, with the longest day behind us, my gardening mind is filled with lists of plants ‘going over’ and requiring ‘cutting back’. The flowers of Alchemilla mollis, at their peak just a week ago, are starting to go brown – I can countenance a bit of that. But flopping? It will collapse outwards, particularly after a wet end to spring when it’s put on a great spurt of growth. And then there are a few plants who should have been cut back weeks ago, and I can’t really ignore any longer – many of the hardy geraniums, and also the euphorbias. Snip snip. The compost heap will dine well tonight.

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