The West Garden continues to evolve. The loss of most of the box hedging to Box Blight during 2010/2011 provided a great opportunity to redesign certain elements of the West Garden. Last autumn at the end of year sales, I bought Yew plants, both Taxus Baccata ‘Repandens’ and the hybrid Taxus m. ‘Densiformis’ to replace the blighted Box and planted them in the freezing November rain by torch light! I have no idea whether this will work. The result will (I hope) be a dense yew parterre with the hedging measuring about 40 x 40cm. Small adjustments have made to the dimensions of the West Garden as a result and only time will tell whether the Yew will provide a successful alternative to the Box.
So far this year there has been far too little time for gardening. The main job has been the annual spring lawn care which is done every April. I do this in spring rather than autumn in Bergen due to the winter damage the lawns endure. (Edit Feb 2013) I have posted a Lawn Care video on my YouTube channel describing this process further. Note; Low cut-rake-spike/aerate-topdress. I only lime if necessary.
Daytime temperatures remain low and we have had night frosts during the last week. On several occasions I have rushed out in the evening to cover roses and vulnerable plants with horticultural fleece. Rather cozier are my four patio greenhouses which are crammed with annuals such as Cosmos, Lavatera, Poppies and Sweet peas as well as some early strawberries and Sugar Snaps which the children love!
The slide show below shows the rather battered (but well on the way to recovery) West Garden and lawn during March/April 2012.