September Return

September is a favourite month; in fact I'd rank it in my top twelve. The light is sharp and low and the gardens look pretty good with much still in flower.  But there is a chill in the air that promises change. It will soon be time for regular bonfires and leaf raking; time for … Continue reading September Return

Cutting The Mixed Hedging

There are three 'Priory Big Jobs' punctuating the summer: the cutting of the mixed hedging, the cutting of the beech hedging and the cutting of the meadow.  Last week, I set aside two days to tackle the first of these. The Priory drive is a third of a mile long and lined on either side, … Continue reading Cutting The Mixed Hedging

The Mixed Hedging

Snaking up from the house to the road, the Priory drive is about three hundred yards long and for much of that distance is bordered by a beautiful, old, mixed hedge.  The predominant species is hawthorn but with a mix of various other species including ash and blackthorn, dog rose, field maple, oak and hazel. … Continue reading The Mixed Hedging