Its been a bit all over the place this past week at Gortnalee. The farmer next door had the hedge that forms our boundary cut back a few weeks ago and it was clear that the hedge had been completely destroyed by brambles. Last year we had a situation where two of the original blackthorns broke off at the root – they were competely dead. Most of the other original blackthorns were also failing.
|Puss kept a close eye on the digger man|
There was nothing to be done to revive hedge plants over 100 years old! The farmer decided to remove the whole hedge and the bank replacing it with a stock-proof fence instead. I am really ambivelant about it all. The hedgerow was such a haven for wildlife even if it was a nightmare to manage.
In some ways it feels like how the garden was when we first came here – the wind whistling through and the whole place feeling really open and bare. However, it is only one side of the garden – the rest of it is unchanged. I have already planted the boundary now all I need is the patience to wait for the new shrubs to grow.
I have extended the Laurel hedge down past the seating area we call the Coffee Corner so that it will once more be a sheltered spot to sit with the best view of the garden – it will just take a while! The rest of the boundary border is Escalonias that I tried to grow there when the hedgerow was behind them and they are already looking happier to have space and air!
The lower garden is still a work-in-progress but already I am making plans ….
And there was I thinkg the garden was NEARLY finished ……..