Italians love their topiary.
I have always met specimens of topiary with a mix of wonder and hilarity. Why exactly does one do this to perfectly acceptable trees?
So it is with personal shock that I announce that I have fallen into the 'Talian Topiary Trap.
For some time I've been having ugly thoughts about a box tree in my garden. It has 5 twisted trunks, is 6 feet tall and lopsided. To be totally honest, it's a lump. An ugly blob. A blight on my delicate cottage garden.
On my 5km morning walk yesterday morning I noticed that someone had made a nice topiary job on a multi trunked blob and made it into something quite elegant.
So yesterday afternoon I took to my tree with the saw, cutters and clippers. I will expose the trunks, remove the greenery off the lower half of the tree, then even up the canopy into a nice rectangle.
Unfortunately I can't finish the job this year because too much change may traumatise the tree...but at least it's on the way to becoming a beautiful and loved part of my garden.
Above: As it looks now
Above: I am working towards something like this
Above: I am NOT working towards this!