уторак, 16. март 2010.
How to Plant a Traditional English Hedge...
A mix of Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Crab apple, Guelder rose, Dog rose, Wild privet, Honey suckle, Hazel, Field maple and Holly makes a secure and attractive traditional English hedge.
Guide to hedgerow mix
Blackthorn/Hawthorn 50% -Hazel/Field maple/Holly 35% -Crab apple/Guilder rose/Dog rose/wild Privet/Honey suckle 15%. In a large garden Trees could include Ash, English oak and Sessile oak. AVOID ELDER
Crab apple is a small, deciduous tree with thorns and pink buds and blossom in March, takes about 5 years to flower and fruit. Grows to about 10 ft over 10 years. likes sheltered well drained sites Try making Crab apple Jelly from the fruit. Crab Apple can help skin to heal. The rotting fruit attracts the Red Admiral..
Blackthorn is a very thorny tree,with lots of white flowers in spring turning into dark blue berries in August. It grows to about 10 feet in 10 years. A tonic helping bowel problems can be made from the flowers and fruit and sloe syrup helps rheumatism,the berries are used to make Sloe gin. Walking sticks are still crafted from the wood. Blackthorn will grow in shady,open and wet conditions and provides food and shelter for birds, butterflies and many other wildlife
Hawthorn native hedging is very similar to blackthorn with scented white flowers in spring, followed by red berries it grows a bit faster to about 10 feet in 8 years. Some trees have lived to 400 years old Hawthorn can help circulation and heart problems. and like Blackthorn will grow in shady,open and wet conditions and provides food and shelter for birds, butterflies and many other wildlife
Hazel is an attractive tree producing hazelnuts in Autumn and again grows about a foot a year so works well in a traditional hedgerow and adds to the attraction with its catkins.
Walking sticks, shepherd crooks and baskets are still made from Hazel.Its important to the dormouse and other wildlife and the nuts make a nice treat at Christmas.
Field maple produces yellow-green flowers in Spring followed by "helicopter" seeds and makes a interesting and attractive addition to the hedgerow growing at about the same rate as Hawthorn. Ok in exposed, windy but well drained sites . Its good for wildlife, including the following moths - Winter, Maple Pug, Mocha.