Holes in the hedge

One of the disadvantages of lockdown is that I’ve spent too much time over the winter looking at the garden and getting depressed about the bits that really don’t look good (most of it actually at this time of year). While I blog and tweet about the lovely little spring flowers – here was yesterday’s #SixonSaturday,

the lawn is a mud bath, the pond is overgrown, the raised beds are full of either deadish plants or are covered in cardboard or freezer baskets (to keep the cat off) and the hedge at the back of the garden is looking very unloved. Despite my attempts to rejuvenate it after we got rid of the conifers ( see here), it is very sad looking at this time of year. The privet is growing ok at the top but is very bare at the bottom. I’ve got all sorts of things that will grow up and fill this space in the spring and summer but not in February. Anyway, I was feeling a little depressed about all of this and decided to have a closer look. One thing that is doing exceptionally well is the ivy which had clogged up everything along the bottom of the hedge and was difficult to get at because of a stretch of plastic coated wire which runs the whole way along. You can see it in this photo from 2018

I’m not sure why this wire fencing was there. Possibly an attempt by a a previous owner to stop animals getting through – it may have worked for them but these days all the local cats and foxes use the gaps in the hedge as a major highway to joys of all kinds.

Anyway, yesterday I ripped the whole lot out, removing bins full of ivy and taking care not to damage the various climbers that I’ve planted alongside the hedge over the last couple of years. That was very satisfying but it left me with a bins full of ivy and a great pile of plastic covered wire, making the garden look even worse.

However, I’ve advertised the wire on freecycle and someone is coming to get it (I hope) tomorrow, leaving me to fantasize further about what to plant to fill the spaces. The big gaps in the hedge mean that I can chat to my neighbours over the back, who don’t seem to mind about the holes. They’re relatively new neighbours and they’ve just had a baby. I just need to make sure the hedge has filled out enough before the baby gets too mobile. On the other hand, it might be quite nice to have a little visitor crawling into my garden for a chat in the summer.

Tomorrow is March, supposedly the first day of spring. The daffodils will come soon and I will be able to start sowing seeds and hopefully not be so disheartened.

6 thoughts on “Holes in the hedge

  1. Your last paragraph is more or less what I’ve just written!

    Anyway, good work m the hedge. Fingers the freecycler takes away the plastic tomorrow!

  2. I am of the school that believes that spring starts on 22 March so I am not getting too excited yet, especially with six cold nights in a row forecast. Well done for getting a taker for the wire netting.

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