After a very cold and dry winter spring finally arrived a month late and many of the surviving plants were slow to get started. The 15 metre long Spirea hedge in the West garden was diseased and so I removed it this spring and replaced it with young Hornbeam trees (Carpinus betulus). A temporary hedge of sweet peas was planted behind the Hornbeams to provide a screen this year.
The young Yew hedging (Taxus x media ‘Densiformis’ and Taxus baccata ‘Repandens’) planted in autumn 2011 is also establishing well in the West garden and I hope that within another couple of years the West garden will be back to its best and the Box Blight will be long forgotten.
Here are some photos of the garden from 2013;