To cut or not to cut, that is the question. These santolina plants are way too long and wayward. Each and every plant needs a jolly good chop. But I don’t want to do it just now. Wayward as they are, they do give great colour and texture in the calabert garden.
I actually weeded there today; cutting back the secum and the worst of the flea bane weeds. But there are gaps. Annoying gaps. I need at least five more lavender plants to fill in the missing bits. Â The cistus is flowering, the lavender stoechas flowering like mad, despite a lot of dead branches. And the valerian is almost over and needed cutting back.
It will do as a start, but needs a more careful weed when it is less hot and time less pressing.
Pause there, we have creatures in this roof. I just heard scrabbling in the chimney. I suspect it is more of the pine marten variety. But I must remember to put a camera up there tomorrow to check. I was woken early this morning by an almighty crash in the roof and dreaded more rats.
Are pine martens better? Well at least they are more photogenic.