This is the time of year when the shrubbery shows its muscles. Various shrubs have expanded to twice or thrice their winter dormant (pruned) size, and it’s time to get out the shears. The plants along the borders are feeling oppressed, starved of sun and space. I hear you, Potentilla! I’m coming, Schizostylis! Major cur-back time for the nine-barks, the Forsythia, the mock orange, the ever-aggressive thimbleberry, and the elderberries – except for Big Blue. Blue elderberry is a late bloomer, just now flowering, and he doesn’t get chopped back until October. He is now about fourteen feet tall, and within a month will sport sprays of powder blue berries. He’s a bit much, I guess, but sometimes a bit much is okay.
Big Blue (last year), and the berries yet to come.