Helping droopy Annabelle
My two Annabelles have defeated their cages and are drooping pretty badly this summer. I have them in a two-layer system: peony cage holding up the center with stakes/rubberized wire holding up the outer branches, which has worked well for the last three years. This year they have grown so large and the flowers are so big that they've drooped right down over the top of the supports and are pushing the wire down. The centers are splayed open.
So my question is: do you think it's worth trying to prop them up this summer? They are so big that it would be a two-person job, and I'm not really sure it would be successful. Or should I just wait until spring when I can see what I'm doing?
Also, would it be a good idea to cut them back in the fall or early spring? I have had them for (I think) 4 years and have not yet cut them back. I know I'm likely to get smaller blooms, but that that the stems may be weaker.
And does anyone have a brilliant support system that's a bit taller but still mostly invisible? maybe chicken wire fencing?