Posted: 20/04/2015 at 13:20
About 15 years ago I planted a small knot garden, using Buxus sempervirens, the plain green, and the variegated. Sorry, I don't actually have any photos to download at the moment, the pc is playing up
I suppose there are about 160 plants in total and although I maintained it assiduously for years, it has become neglected and weed-infested since 2011 when I had to have partial knee replacements ( arthritis! ) and was left unable to squat and advised NOT to kneel for prolonged periods! That, plus working, meant there was never enough time in the week to devote to it.
Now I'm not working I can spend time trying to rejuvenate it....but where to start? It's pretty parched, as it faces south and there's a beech hedge immediately behind it, as well as a greedy old Bramley apple tree. The autumn leaf drop from nearby oak, ash, sycamore ( the latter now chopped down ), alder, lime and hazel clog up the understorey and creeping buttercup and bugle ( Ajuga reptans ) prance about in and out of the root run. A few of the box plants seem to have died of drought ( I don't think it's box blight ) and the whole thing is overgrown, weed infested and very sorry for itself, even though the majority of the plants look healthy.
I've started clearing under and around it, which will take weeks, and am giving it a foliar feed of seaweed fortnightly before I even think about cutting it back into shape.
Advice would be greatly appreciated on what to feed it with, what to mulch it with, and when to give it a haircut.....I know not to do it in full sun, but various websites give a wide range of dates from April through to September, via Derby Day in June! I used to trim it in mid May ( I'm in NE Scotland ) but can easily alter that plan if advice received suggests something else.
I really don't want to lose my knot........would appreciate input from any fellow enthusiasts!