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Autumn in Full Swing

November 25, 2016

Fagus sylvatica as beech hedging comes into its own at this time of year offering an appreciation of form and rapid changes to excite the senses.  This was it three weeks ago…

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…and then at the weekend after torrential rain and cold winds it turned a rich, burnt orange.

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The hedge grows either side of the path and offers clean lines to compliment the low-growing form of the evergreen box parterres. The box is Buxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’ which with regular pruning can be kept to a manageable height of no more than 50 cm.

And even the golden hop, Humulus lupulus ‘Aureus’, clambering over the metal arbour is looking richly decorative in its decaying stage. I can’t bring myself to prune it back…1-imgp1291

The spent flower-heads of the deciduous Hydrangea aspera Villosa against a pale sky give a fantastic silhouette…

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Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ has deepened in colour and contrasts well with the grey leaves of Euphorbia characias…

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It’s been too wet to garden so baking filled the time with a couple of Lavender and Lemon cakes which were delicious. You can buy lavender flowers from baking suppliers but I saved and dried 4 tablespoons worth from flowers in the summer.  These were then added to a Kilner jar of 500 g caster sugar to infuse with a lavender flavour.

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There are very few flowers to pick in the garden but these lovely little tins have been knocking about here for a few years and I’m experimenting. Ikea regularly stocks small metal containers (even if you have to punch a hole in the base) and they can be planted with herbs or sweet hellebore (spotted in Lidl) for possible Christmas presents.1-imgp1331

And the spent artichoke heads are now sprayed with Oasis Super Silver spray and have taken on the paint rather well leaving them with a good weighty finish.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 25, 2016 3:25 pm

    The beech hedge looks beautiful and very well cared for. How big were the plants when you put them in and how long ago. I ask as I’ve just recommended a beech hedge to my MIL and it went in yesterday.

  2. November 25, 2016 3:38 pm

    Hi Christina
    I bought bare root plants in a bundle about ten years ago. As you can imagine they were quite spindly for the first five years. I then regularly removed the lower branches to make a hedge on stilts and it has fattened up considerably ever since. My husband likes the challenge of pruning and clipping it regularly (to my huge delight).

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