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When is a hedge not a hedgerow ?

When it’s a Cornish hedge is the answer. Technically speaking a Cornish hedge is a stone faced earth hedgebank with bushes or trees growing along the top, not to be confused with the more common hedgerow or dry stone wall. Overtime the man made dry stone wall facing and the native flora merge together creating a unique habitat that has benefits for man as well as the resident flora and fauna. Here’s a link to a website all about the Cornish hedge http://www.cornishhedges.co.uk/different.htm#cornhedge Of course it takes time for a fully functioning Cornish Hedge to establish itself but it would be interesting to try and create one in the garden.

We’ve been on holiday in Cornwall over the past week and saw many a Cornish hedge. We were staying near Tintagel where a specific herringbone pattern is used to make the dry stone facing of the Cornish hedges in the locality. This construction method is known as the ‘Kersey Way’ or ‘ Jack and Jill’.

Here are some pictures of Cornish Hedges.

The stretch of coast around Tintagel is home for over 400 different species of plant. The constantly buffeting wing and salt air has resulted in a maritime grassland that supports a wide variety of flora and also fauna. Some of the native plants in abundance include: wild thyme, thrift, kidney vetch, oxeye daisy, spring and autumn squills, sea campion, sheep’s bit, tormentil, dyer’s greenweed, hemp agrimony and my old favourite bird’s foot trefoil which in Cornwall is known as eggs and bacon. I also spotted some tutsan and grass vetchling.

Here are some pictures of the native plants I found on the cliff top and around Tintagel. Can you identify them ?

Of course the landscape in Cornwall is pretty spectacular as well.

Teaseltastic, caterpillar city hedgerow border

After a torrential downpour earlier in the week the garden is looking a bit less parched. This year the hedgerow border has really come into its own. There are new flowers appearing each week and it’s a real haven for wildlife.

My teasel continues to grow and is now taller than me (I’m 5’8”). It seems quite sturdy having survived the gales that came along with the downpour earlier in the week. Here’s a picture.

One of the honesty plants seems to have become something of a caterpillar city .

And the ladybirds are out in force, here are 2 having a little tete a tete on the hazel.

There are several of these flowers spread throughout the border, not sure what they are. If you know post in the forums.

 

As well as the hedgerow border my oxeye daisies go from strength to strength with a mass of cheery blooms and the bird’s foot trfoil provide nice ground cover underneath them.

In the herb garden we can’t keep up with the parsley (there is only so much parsley pesto I can eat).

Vegetable wise the new potatoes should be ready soon as they’ve just started flowering.

Garden update

This weekend has been gloriously sunny. I didn’t get to spend much of it in the garden though but I did mange to get my potatoes in finally after having them chitting on the kitchen windowsill for weeks. 

The hedgerow border has sprung into life with the majority of the hedging plants having made it through the winter. As well as the hedging plants I’ve also sown a hedgerow wildflower mix in this border so I’m never quite sure what is going to appear. Over the past week or so there’s been a fabulous purple / pink flower appear that is very pretty against the background of green However, I can’t remember what it is. Here are some pictures.

the new herb garden is also flourishing with a profusion of Viola tricolor

  

The sage cuttings are doing very well

And the parsley is getting a bit rampant

The first of the comfrey plants has flowered as well

Whilst the comfrey patch is there to provide the necessary ingrediants to make our own plant feed they are very pretty plants in their own right. The comfrey liquid plant feed factory is still producing lovely (but stinky) liquid plant feed and I’ll be topping it up soon with some of this years comfrey. Here’s the link to our post about how to make your own liquid plant feed factory: http://www.hootershall.co.uk/2010/06/19/liquid-plant-feed-factory/