‘Wild garden’

As the garden at Chapelton Cottage takes shape this year, it has been a joyful experience witnessing the wildlife activity.

A fantastic start for the hedge that was planted in March to the sound of Curlew who were looking to nest in the adjacent field. All 85 of the plants are doing well and none appear to be struggling at all.  Most are starting to reach the top of the stone wall that borders one side of the garden.  The hedge will, eventually, provide food and shelter for many and be a lovely mini wildlife corridor.

Having decided to leave a small strip of ‘wild garden’ I maybe got a bit carried away and have left a wider strip than intended.  Of course it will take time to establish, but there is already a diverse collection of flowering plants (weeds?) that have got the bees, caterpillars, butterflies and bugs engaged in activity.