In a brief spell of rather cold sunshine, I tackled the annual job of cutting back the sallows today. Before and after pictures below.
There has been a surprising amount of growth on the sallows during the year and I continue to wonder where they get the nourishment from as no fertiliser is ever applied to the box. I suppose it must come down in the rain and, to some extent, through the nitrogen fixing abilities of the clover and vetch.
The stick at the rear on the left is a two-year old wand which I have allowed to grow to about half a metre as a sort of cordon or pollard
With a bit of tidying up the top of the box looks quite presentable and very varied.
It does collect a lot of dead leaves in autumn though and I never know whether to leave them or tidy them away. Perhaps I could put them into a neat leaf mould pile in some neglected corner.