Updates from the hills of Tuscany, a restored farmhouse in Chianti, midway between Florence and Siena. We write about local history and culture, life in Tuscany, the seasonal changes, pleasures of the garden and country kitchen, local stories and encounters with wildlife.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Reflections on Pruning
can be a pleasing activity:
removing the dead stems,
the leaves that might spread infection,
cutting the shrub or tree back to its bare essentials,
anticipating, through the exercise,
an abundant leafing and flowering in spring.
It is a complex art, since each species or variety
can react differently to the cut,
and weighty decisions must be taken.
Although I plan to buy an electric hedge trimmer,
since forty lavender bushes,
and burgeoning hedges
exact much labour,
I am aware that some of that fine pleasure will be lost.