Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Gearing up for winter projects

This end of year is proving to be a busy one, especially in the garden.  We have almost completed an area of gravel near the dark side of the house.  We chose a local flint which has a lot of white and has already made a difference to the light on darker days.
Last year we had a deer fence erected on one boundary, and this winter we propose to plant a hedge just inside this fence, eventually to overgrow it.  I'm busy sorting out the quantity and variety of native hedge plants which will feed the birds in years to come.
Hawthorn grows well here, and provides lovely blossom as well as berries - and thorns to repel unwanted visitors!
Holly has the same qualities as the hawthorn, but the added benefit of being evergreen, and thus providing a bit of all round privacy.
Guelder rose, the common viburnum is a plant I really love, also with blossom and berries, but it has the added beauty of glowing red leaves in autumn.
Spindle, euonymus, has berries like earrings - such an exquisite delight to discover when looking closely.
Dogwood, cornus, provides interesting leaves in the summer and attractive stems in the winter.
And I am assured that they will all grow quickly at about the same pace.


  1. How lovely these plans sound. I especially like the trio of bare branch pictures at the end of your post ... So good for giving colour in the dead part of the year. Meanwhile, our garden just looks sad and dead. We, if you'll excuse the pun, need to take a leaf out of your book!

  2. Margaret we try to have something interesting in the garden for all seasons. We have a couple of splendid mahonias which are in bud at present, and their perfume in January will be amazingly strong. I've always loved dogwood - and councils and highways plant it to give winter interest. We have a bit of wetland and they love those conditions. Grasses are good through winter too - if it does not snow too much and knock them over.
    We are also lucky in having chalk ground on which euphorbias flourish, and they too are bright green over winter, their flowers following early in the new year. Have fun choosing what to plant for next year!