Time to Prune the Spirea
I post this picture of The Heap to warn you of what can happen if you do not prune your old fashioned spirea at least every other year
This Spiraea x vanhouttei was only a little slip of a thing when Lois fobbed it off on me – admittedly quite a while ago. The house is 20 feet wide. The spirea is still on the march. How did this happen? Too much to do in early July, right after the thing gets done blooming, is how. Planting the second round of vegetables, weeding, mulching, seeing the friends deeply missed all winter when they were in Maine (where The Heap lives) and I was in the Hudson Valley.
Like forsythia and other spring blooming fountains, spireas are prettiest when there is a firm hand regularly removing old stems right at the base. So this year I was firmly resolved to beat my way in there and get to it before there was one more season of “do as I say, not as I do.” Then I tore my knee. Can’t kneel or crawl. Unless some brave soul comes to the rescue, it looks like heaphood will triumph once more.
Update, 4/12/09 – Kristi did come to the rescue, last fall. Now, of course, is a better time to prune spirea – and forsythia and a lot else.