Update of a Cornish Hedge

In 2019 I decided to revamp the Cornish hedge which borders one side of my car park / utility area of my garden. You may remember that it was full of nettles and brambles and grass.

May 2018/19

In the autumn of 2019 my son helped me to repair the end of the hedge and I pulled out all the weeds and planted a few cuttings of plants from my garden and scattered a packet of wildflower seeds on top.

May 2020

August 2020

By last August some of the cuttings were getting established – the Erigeron and the Sicilian chamomile forming neat clumps, wild origanum and marjoram and some Persicaria providing ground cover. Wild carrot and Ox-eye daisies emerged from a pack of wildflower seeds sown the previous autumn.

This May it was looking like this:

May 2021

The Sicilian chamomile is growing beautifully down the stone face and cuttings of Osteospermum ‘Tresco Purple’ are becoming established, the orange splashes are from a wallflower cutting and a Calendula and as you can see Herb Robert and Forget-me-nots have self-seeded at the base of the hedge. There are still  some weeds and creeping buttercups are a problem, but as long as they are not too invasive I shall let them remain. Soon Campanula and Persicaria and the Ox-eye daisies will take over.

I have removed armfuls of the FMNs and the Herb Robert from the base since these photos. The buttercups are much harder to dig out. I’ll have another update for you in August, to compare with last year.

34 Comments Add yours

  1. Graham says:

    That’s turned out beautifully. Cornish hedges might be made of stone, but they’re also very much a living thing.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Of course the proper ones don’t have these flowers. The grass, nettles and brambles are more natural.

  2. Pit says:

    How wonderful a hedge!

  3. dunelight says:

    Absolutely gorgeous side garden!

  4. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    It looks stunning:)

  5. BeckyB says:

    Magical transformation

    1. Heyjude says:

      Still too gardeny, but much better than the weeds. I will try and gather some red campion seeds and introduce that to the top.

      1. BeckyB says:

        Ooh that be fabulous.

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