North Hedge Roses and Barberry


Yesterday was another epic session but very gentle compared with the north veg hedge, no Lovely Lisa problems to trip me up; I’ve noticed myself beginning each task with, “I wonder what that damned woman has got for me this time?”. Not good, don’t like ducking from my garden with those sorts of thoughts. On the good side, I’m getting lots of “Phew! Thanks! That feels better from the Garden Spirit as she feels able to move her muscles again, unrestricted by, rocks, coal, rubble, carpet and bubble wrap! I am getting a bit of plaintive, “would really like all of that bubble wrap out … when you can … please … it’s itching and scratching horridly …”. I’ve said I will, once the plants are in, and she does understand that.

Plants really do not handle being out of the soil for long, although they do manage in a bucket of water so they can at least drink and are getting sunlight, carbon dioxide and water to do a photosynthesis with. That’s also how your cut flowers manage for several days in a vase, and manage better if you leave them some leaves as that’s where they do the photosynthesis.Berberis_ottawensis_purpurea_Superba

Yesterday, I planted up 15 Berberis thunbergii (the lovely purple barberry) and 10 Rosa rugosa (the pink one) in the North hedge; Got 10 more Rosa to go in today then that hedge will be full. It’s about 2-3m deep so will do its windbreak job well, and be good habitat for birds, insects and mammals. The birds like the shelter, it can be several degrees warmer inside a good thick hedge and the branches disperse the wind so taking away its strength, the birds don’t get blown about but can sleep more peacefully, the branches and thorns make them safer from predators too. Small mammals like it as well; undergrowth happens under shrubs and trees – as it’s supposed to in nature, nature doesn’t have our concept of “weeds”! – and that provides more shelter for them, and the plant roots make the soil easier to burrow into if you’re that kind of critter. And the Rosa rugosa does fantastic hips!with hips.jpg

Undergrowth, through its flowers and leaves and seeds, provides them with food too. And the insects love the shelter and food flowers too; insects don’t enjoy being blown about in strong winds either; they get blown off course, out of the natural habitat, and often die of this. The North Hedge trees and plants are mostly native, not the berberis though, that was brought in from China by the old Plant Hunters and has naturalised quite well, it works in a wildlife hedge, the insects and birds love it. It’s beautiful too, one of the plants I enjoy, so me, the garden spirit, and the wildlife all get to win!rugosa-roses--rosa-rugosa---close-up-73898809-5b1d399fba617700378d3520.jpg

The digging was easy (no Lisa-traps!), so I mattocked out some trenches, grabbed the Rootgrow and half a back of organic cow muck and set to. And the sun shone on me, so I had my lunch of a mug of bone broth and an apple sat the by the pond – well pond-to-be! It whimpered at me gently, said it felt neglected and what about it? Ha! I’m not going to get any let-up from this garden for months! But I’m so pleased it’s all happy and doing well, and helping me get it right.

I need to make a list … project manage this work LOL

Tomorrow is put the 5 Stromberg roses into the veg garden east hedge … Ummmm! I wonder what Lovely Lisa has left for me there ….




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