We have come to the time of year when it is time to cut back the wildflower meadow and clip back lavender.
Doing the wildflowers this year was a much harder job, mainly because there are a whole bunch of stinging nettles and brambles in there. I ended up having this particular fly buzzing around my head for ages and a couple kept going to the sweaty bit behind my knee (I also had a scratch there – so delicious blood for them too).
The trick is to cut it all down, then leave it for a couple of days so that any seeds can fall into the patch. Then you bag it up and take it to the dump so that the soil can’t be fertilised by the rotting cuttings – you want the soil to be really poor quality so grass doesn’t get in there and take hold.
One good result is that my jasmine is doing far better than I had thought – I arranged it back on the trellis and I hope it will take hold now that it isn’t mixed in with a load of nettles and bindweed.
We have some elderberries, which are edible. I tasted a few; they were sweet and delicious.