I just received a garden update from the Oregon State Extension Service and read an interesting article on hedgerows. You know, the “hedgerows” they always mention in books set in England or Ireland.
Huh? What? Why was the extension service mentioning this? I don’t think I even knew what the word hedgerow meant until I was in my thirties. It’s hardly a part of our lexicon here in the states (at least the Western states- I don’t know about the East. Do you use this term?).
Well, they got me, and I clicked on the link to see what was up. Apparently, these types of mixed hedges were common years ago and have been disappearing. And since they are great for wild life, they’re encouraging people to think about planting mixed “hedgerows” (or borders, to you and me…) when they are able.
Which made me run out and take a picture of our back border to show you:
Honestly, is it just me? Why did the previous owners live with this view?
Whatever. We got rid of the cement and dog run so fast I didn’t get a before picture. And we started planting a mixed border, oh…sorry, a hedgerow, of laurel, camellia, viburnum, arborvitae, weigela, small trees, and perennials. Though at only 100 feet, it’s probably not on the scale of the old English hedgerows.
If you look really close you can see the two RVs and poorly constructed shed behind the fence we are trying to cover.
Now, I’m planting a “hedgerow” for all the wildlife and I’m helping our environment. Who knew?
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