I am still getting a handle on what sort of picture I can take with my phone and what I am actually taking a picture of...
As you can see from the picture above, my boulevard cypress is having a particularly bad "ugly season". Unfortunately, its "ugly season" always corresponds to my clean up the garden mode. Some years I have sat down and carefully removed every little bit of brown desiccation, other years not. It seems to better when I don't. There have also been the years where I stand there, saw in hand, ready to cut it down.
It was one of the stars of the garden walk last year, so I will abide within myself that urge, counting carefully to 100, if necessary, until that urge passes. In four to six weeks I will take another look and prune a bit for shape.
|Boulevard cypress last September, underplanted with a white clematis, for which it will provide a wonderful contrast and framework, I hope.|