Hedges, Hedges, Hedges………

Once again it has been very dry and everything is beginning to look very crisp. However, although it’s later than normal,  I have finally got around to cutting hedges; the boundary hedge and the box hedging.

16_08_01_2961A mixed hedge along the boundary which we put in some years ago to reduce the wind coming across the field. There is a large shrub and flower border along the hedge and in order to make hedge cutting easier and to enable the border to be maintained from the back we have narrow gravel paths between the back of the border and the hedge.

We have utilised box hedging in a number of ways.16_08_04_2973 Here the hedge lines the main entrance to the garden and leads the eye into the main event.16_08_04_2974Around a small lawn in Ivy’s bed, (and that yew hedge needs cutting next week).16_08_04_2975Between the gravel and the border in the Italianate area, a more formal part of the garden.16_08_04_2977Edging the base under the pergola although at this time of year it almost disappears under the plants!16_08_04_2976In the Japanese bed together with clipped yew balls and Hakonechloa macra. 14_07_16_2885All the hedge cuttings are shredded and are mixed with lawn cuttings and added to the compost heap.

Clematis of the week


Clematis viticella ‘Alba Luxurians’

Clematis viticella ‘Alba Luxurians’ is a large deciduous climber with pinnate mid-green leaves tinged grey. White flowers marked and tipped green and often tinged with pale violet to 7.5cm in width have purple-black stamens. Flowers midsummer to early autumn.

Gardening Hours
This week Since June 19th Average
20 122 17

Lets hope for a bit of rain next week.


2 thoughts on “Hedges, Hedges, Hedges………

  1. What an absolutely gorgeous garden. I love your low hedges. I am trying to do something similar around the edge of the lawn to define the drop down to the next level. Being very wet in Devon I was worried about blight so have used lonicera. Main problem is going to be keeping up with it.. it seems to need clipping weekly!

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    • Thank you jessica. I try to take some precautions against blight. When I clip the box I always get up all the clippings using a garden vacuum. Also giving a feed of liquid seaweed seem to help too. It seems that blight can be overcome particularly if you get onto it as soon as it appears. As you may have read in my blog I did remove some box balls I thought had blight. Apparently because there is less air movement within a ball they are more susceptible. I note that Monty Don seems to be getting on top of his blight and that seemed to be a bad attack. I guess we just have to be vigilant………….there seem to be so many more plant problems coming.


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