Spring is when gardens finally, well, Spring to life again. Upward, outward, and onward—except in the case of so many of my own trees and shrubs. With my help, their Spring direction is downward. "A little off the top" doesn't begin to describe our little get-together with pruners and loppers and ladders and folding saws.
But it's just this uncompromisingly enthusiastic Spring massacre that will make the garden's July to October peak as big and high and bountiful as it can be.
Welcome to a series of Spring prunings.