By roses382, Feb 9 2016 07:31PM
After 13 years of living here, the structure of the garden is shaping up nicely. When we first came here, things were mostly laid to lawn with little in the way of hedges, and although we are in a dip, the wind blew around ferociously. We planted plenty of Yew, and Beech and Holly hedges in the garden (and native mix hedges around the Orchard and surrounding fields), dividing into 'rooms', partly because we would work on a section of garden as and when finances and time constraints would allow (and with 3 small girls time was very limited!). I also like to change the feeling of different parts of the garden, so that each area is a surprise and interesting to explore, and divisions allow me to do this.We planted fairly small hedging plants, and now, 13 years on, the hedges are as big as I want them to be, proving that Yew is not nearly as slow growing as people think. Initially, when the hedges were small, the wind would rip things out of the ground, or snap stems, but now I can really appreciate the difference that the strucure has made.Yesterday the winds were gusting around 75 miles an hour and I didn't lose anything.
The photo isn't a great shot, as it is looking towards the house via the compost heaps and working area, but it does show the structure quite well, and once the trees on the hill come into leaf again, the garden won't be as visible as it is now.
You can see in the picture, St. James' Church, for which the house was built, which is actually across the road from the house. The church is mainly 13th Century and is still used on occasion, which is lovely.