This is a view from the driveway yesterday. Even though I’m hopelessly in love with the road, the new car air freshener dangling from my rear view mirror, and my odometer locked in around 65 mph, I like the slow lane leading up to my garden and the quiet joy that emanates from a respite of my creation.
But I’m also rest-averse when it comes to spending time in the garden. I feel like I have to be doing something. Sitting and enjoying is nice, sure, but doing, gardening, and milling about seems more my style. Yesterday’s chore was to hem back my billowy specimen of Solidago drummondii (syn. S. rugosa ssp. aspera), which happily flopped over everything nearby. Sedums, dianthus, small peonies, and centaureas, this thing takes no prisoners when it getsa’ growin’.
So it’s time for a haircut. Don’t ever feel bad about taking early fall blooming perennials back by a third or half sometime in mid-summer. You’ll get a denser, lusher flush of foliage and likely a better crop of blooms. It’s hardly a chore either. Grab a sharp pair of hedge trimmers or hefty pruning shears and you’ll whip up a new do in less than five.
Here’s a before shot:
Now grab the shears and go!
Here’s an after shot:
You can’t even tell it was there! It’s so manicured looking now and I can see behind it! I’ll post an update later in the season when it fills back in and another when it starts to bloom in September. If you don’t have this goldenrod, you must track it down. It’s simply exceptional.