I’d been lulled into a false sense of security by the incredibly mild winter we’ve had so far here in East Anglia but the last few days have been surprisingly nippy and the weather people are threatening snow. I’ll be pleased if we have snow as I love snow and it makes being freezing cold more worthwhile. It will interfere with the hedge planting though.
If you’ve never seen bare-root hedging going in it can seem rather brutal. You have a tiny tree, about 40 cm tall with a spindly root on the bottom. A slit is made in the soil, the plant is rudely shoved into the slit, which is then closed by the application of a muddy wellyboot. A cane and spiral guard are supplied for protection of the wee thing and you move onto the next one. I find the fact that it works borderline miraculous.
There is generally a flurry of hedge planting on the estate at this time of year and I get dragged from my garden into the wider estate to help. This year there’s even more than normal – 1,750 plants, all native hedging species. That’ll keep us busy for a little while.
This week I’ve also planted 50 oak trees to form a double oak avenue.
It doesn’t look like much now but in 40 years it’ll be amazing I promise!