Monday, 3 January 2011


It is cold again and the garden is a mess from neglect, snow etc.

Mr E. and his two helpers are laying the hedge at the bottom of the garden. It belongs to B.T. but I have agreed to pay for it to be laid to improve our view and help prevent cattle of various sexes trampling into the garden. B.T. has agreed to put up a good wire fence on his side of the hedge after Mr E. is finished.

They are doing it properly and have agreed to save the wild plum, Prunus cerasifera, and, at their suggestion, a fine young oak seen in the photograph below.

We will get a good load of logs from this and they have agreed to saw the suitable wood into 9" lengths ready for stacking to dry for the wood burner.

The bottom picture shows the young oak on the left
growing out of the laid hedge.

The hedge will then be left for a few years before being done again to provide a stronger and thicker structure. Unfortunately it would have been better if there had been more hawthorn in the hedge but . . .

Apart from oak and the wild plum the hedge also contains cherry, hazel, blackthorn, sycamore, willow, sallow, beech, ash, rowan, elder, holly, and self-sown Rhododendron ponticum so the hedge must be of some age to have so many species in just 60 or 70 metres.

The main surprise this had produced is that we have more garden than we thought.

Mr E. says that the lower garden will be less boggy now as the sun can get at the turf. I can thus put off drainage a bit longer.

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