Friday, 1 August 2008

My Country Hedge



There are not many things I am proud of creating but my native garden hedge is one of them. It began as tiny seedlings in little pots when we were in our temporary rented house at Brackenside and I planted them out when we got here to The Willows. It consists of 18 species of native plant (and one non-native the Copper Beech which sort of crept in by accident).



The native species are:-
Beech
Downy Birch
Silver Birch
Pedunculate Oak (English Oak)
Goat Willow (Great Sallow)
Wayfaring Tree
Guelder Rose
Holly
Field Rose
Hazel
Hawthorn
Field Maple
Rowan (Mountain Ash)
Elder
Horse Chestnut
Hornbeam
Apple
Pear

Even though it is less than four years (and only three growing seasons) since we moved in, the hedge has been layered once and trimmed at the top twice already. It doesn’t need to be stockproof but it is. The wildlife loves it and so do I.

2 comments:

  1. And so do I. Imagine if I could grow one here!

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  2. Very nice. I like the "quilted" specimen collection. (I may be inspired, we'll see.)

    I have a boxwood hedge and a creeping fig that has covered a long brick wall. I'm 23 years in my house, and it's only been the last 10 or so that I've really been able to devote some time to gardening. (And some brick work.)

    Your garden looks lovely, and I'm appreciating it through your lens and blog.

    Don

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