Rejuvenated hedge

Those of you who follow my blog regularly may remember back in February we laid one of our hedges.

Hedge laying

Hedge laying

It looked rather drastic at the time – but this type of hedgerow management has been used for hundreds of years in Britain and Ireland. Our hedge is looking well, all the trees have regrown. This is what it looks like today.

Laid Hedge

Laid Hedge

Ash in hedge

Ash in hedge

The climbing roses which grow though the hedge are a heritage variety. They have been flowering all summer. The smell is heavenly.

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21 thoughts on “Rejuvenated hedge

    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Thank you – yes I think our wet summer has really suited the hedge and it has put on lots of growth – as have all the trees in the garden:)

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  1. Jane

    Can’t believe the transformation with the hedge – good old ancient practices. Where did you get your heritage roses from – more tradition upheld. Brilliant!

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      I got them mail-order from a garden shop in Dublin. Most rose growers do keep some heritage varieties, I think people like them because they often have more scent than modern varieties.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Well you learn something new everyday. Seeing your comment I googled Led Zep and hedgerow only to find that the word appears in the song Stairway to Heaven – one of the few Led Zep songs I know (and what a great song). So thank you!
      “If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed now,
      It’s just a spring clean for the May queen.”

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Thank you Melissa. We’ve plenty of hedgerows around us. This was a good experiment for us though and we’re very pleased with the result.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      The hedges can have disadvantages too – like creating shade where you don’t want it (ie in my veg plot but that was bad design on my part – should have had wide paths around the outside edge). You are right they are a great asset:)

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      1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

        I use red and black currant bushes as a type of hedge and I think they would work well. And I’ve start trailing one the of tay berries over the beech hedge – I’ll see how that goes:).

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