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 stillΒ  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

  1. janesmudgeegarden says:

    I remember when you started it Jude, and it’s looking splendid now.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Jane. Now I need to find some pockets for the native plants.

  2. bushboy says:

    It looks a treat Jude. A great project that came to fruition πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      Still too many garden plants in it, but a lot better than the brambles, although I have spotted a few of those.

      1. bushboy says:

        Much better. Don’t let those weeds back in after all that hard work πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  3. It’s beautiful! What a gorgeous floral display.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It is that! Now to try and get some more native plants in the mix.

  4. So beautiful and peaceful!

  5. beetleypete says:

    Great work, Jude. A real transformation! (Why dig out buttercups though? I like those.)
    Best wishes, Pete,. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      The creeping buttercups get everywhere and are hard to remove from the gravel. I don’t object to the other kind in my lawn.

  6. Oh I’m so glad you gave us an update on the Cornish Wall! It looks fabulous!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Hedge, Megan, hedge. You should never call it a wall or hedgerow πŸ˜‚ even though there is a wall within.

      1. 🀭 😬 πŸ€£πŸ˜‚ ooppps!

        1. Heyjude says:

          πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  7. A beautiful spill of color. As someone who lives on the edge of the forest, where green is the predominate color, I am envious.

    1. Heyjude says:

      There are so many layers of greens, unless it is a single species forest. But I must admit that I do like colour.

      1. Lots of colors, lots of species. Beautiful in its own way. But oh those colors!

  8. Nature and it’s wonders πŸ‘ŒπŸŒ·beautiful photos πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ™

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks πŸ™‚

  9. IΒ΄m loving these wild mix! great colors as well, I bet bees are hovering over there now.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The bees are busy with the lupins at the moment πŸ™‚

  10. artfulcrone says:

    !!Wow!! Gorgeous!

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