What a difference a haircut makes!

Before the haircut

Finally got some time this weekend to work in the garden.  There seemed so much to do to make me feel like I am in control.  So I decided to start at the beginning of one border and just  work my way round, clearing leaves and cutting  back perennials.

I seemed to get distracted by the Stipa gigantea which had taken a bit of a battering in the recent snow.  I cleared the leaves that had collected in the centre of the plant, I must admit some of them have been there since last winter.  I cut back  the old flowering stems and wasted a ridiculous waste of  stems pulling out the dead leaves which I dont think  I have really done for  a couple of years. Removing the dead leaves thinned  the plant right out and actually made the new leaves seem to lift.  Just to finish my hairdressing session off I trimmed the ends of the leaves so they didnt drag on the ground so much and again helped lift the plant.

I am really pleased  with the result, the plant looks a lot healthier and all ready for the spring.  However, I don’t think there  is a career for me  as a hairdresser.

After the haircut

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. lifeisgood13 says:

    I definitely see a difference! You sound like me, I get a great feeling when my yard is under control! 🙂 Your yard looks great.
    I garden in Southern California so we probably have huge differences in what is going on in our yards.

    We just had a week of heavy rain (El Nino) which is unusual. This week will be sunny most of the week so our plants will start their march into spring time blooming. I posted some pictures of the roess that I transplanted 2 weeks ago just in time to enjoy the rain! My blog is Lala Land

  2. lifeisgood13 says:

    Since I am new at this I didn’t know the correct way to send someone to my blog. It is lalaland1960@wordpress.com

  3. I love it when grasses look all tidy ready for the coming year. One of my gardens had a huge amount of stipia that I used to rake out in the spring. Yours is looking very handsome now
    K

  4. It is amazing what a bit of TLC and pruning or cutting out old stems will do for a plant. Quite the transformation! How lovely you get to work in your garden!! carol

  5. Anna says:

    It’s looking much improved for your action. You are braver than me – I’m holding back for a few weeks before any haircuts including my own 🙂

  6. easygardener says:

    I am sure the plant feels better – and so do you. A few jobs in the garden and we are back in the swing of things. Thank heavens!

  7. Nice to be able to do some chores in the garden, isn’t it? We’re under snow here so my tasks are to look outside and dream about spring. 🙂

  8. Gosh, would you like to come round and do mine? I think you definitely have a Vidal Sassoon way with your cutting techniques. I have been hacking back overgrown weigelas this week, not so much a haircut as a mass amputation, and I wouldn’t dare show you a photograph either before or after, I’d be too ashamed of the neglect in the first and the barbarity in the second!

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