Thursday, 3 March 2016

Hedgerow more !

                                                    So I bought some more !
....they arrived faster than I expected and I got them planted ., you really have to get them planted as soon as possible back is really aching now !

                                                  I love the tiny daffodils .

 The Snowdrops seed pods are fattening up , I,m going to gather and re-sow these .

                          My little lady blackbird friend who follows me around .

Oh ......and here's the Voodoo Lily Update . Look at those leaves !  I thought that they would be like the Arum Lily, arrow shaped , but these are far more interesting !
We have had strong gales and sleet , so over night I put it into the Porch , I think I need to rig up some kind of support , I dont want those stems to snap in the wind . Its actually the wind I,m more worried about than the cold .

Planting a Hedgerow

So today I,m taking you all up into my meadow and here we are ,  looking over the shared boundary across to Tregonning Hill .
 I have been trying to get a good native species hedgerow growing along here , I think it would be great for sheltering nesting birds , hedgehogs ,butterflies etc .
 It will be so much nicer to look at than that ugly pig-wire fence .

So off to Trevena Cross Nursery , Breage .Where they have a great selection of bare root hedging to choose from at the moment . I bought 5 green Beech , 2 May tree whips and 1 Sea buckthorn . I already have a couple of willow bushes , one oak tree ,one small fir tree  a Pittasporum and a lovely Buddleia along here ( although sadly smashed by horses ).
It took me two back breaking hours to dig out the planting holes for my young saplings ...I was still finishing off as it became dark .

 I know , you cant see them , but they are there !  It was at this point that I realised that 8 sapling trees was not going to make a hedge .....I also realised that I had forgotten to buy any rabbit guards  .
I planted the last remaining Sea Buckthorn up on another Cornish Hedge boundary.  I have seen Ray Mears  and also Hugh Fearnley Wittingstall  foraging for the orange berries of this thorny beast in vitamin C . I,ve seen it growing up in Dorset  , but not  down here in Cornwall . While I was taking that last photo , a beautiful sleeping pheasant popped its head up and flew off making a frightful noise !
Both startled !

                                                            There he goes !