Saturday, 18 January 2014

Winter Walks and Dead Hedge

Various issues and a break in the weather have made me take to the lanes with my faithful beagador. It's reminded me what a fabulous place I live in, and how grateful I am for the healing spaces, the big sky, and the great, rolling downs and the tiny, perfect details.

[caption id="attachment_618" align="aligncenter" width="640"]ditch2 the ditches are full, beneath the still bare blackthorn and hawthorn[/caption]



[caption id="attachment_617" align="aligncenter" width="640"]harepath high on the downs, Charlie's barns can be seen in the far distance, beyond them way up, our wethers graze the Wansdyke.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_620" align="aligncenter" width="640"]ivy berry Ivy berries glitter in the hedgerows.[/caption]

Meanwhile turning the problem into the solution, I've been clearing shrubs, hedges and general gubbins, and creating a dead hedge round the veg garden - well, I've done about 20 metres.  The idea is to create a bit of shelter on the windward side,  add to biodiversity, and hopefully even keep the ducks in.

[caption id="attachment_619" align="aligncenter" width="640"]hedgeclose Alder stakes in my embryonic dead hedge[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_621" align="aligncenter" width="640"]hedge1 filling the gap with ivy, hawthorne, and general brash.[/caption]


[caption id="attachment_622" align="aligncenter" width="640"]hedge raspberry canes from pruning the main raspberry plot, plugged into the soil, along with some buddleia and other ready rooters, in the hope that the dead hedge will eventually become a live hedge.[/caption]


  1. Hopefully you will have some living willow hedge around the place soon!