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  • Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

    Yew berries are very poisonous, deadly, what about passing children? I know someone whose horse died from eating yew.

    We've had a bit of discussion about this elsewhere. Grazing animals might eat lots of it and die as a result, but:

    1. people very rarely chomp a lot of hedging

    2. generally, people train and look after their children

    3. yew trees are everywhere and we don't close down parks, churchyards and the countryside because there yew trees around

    4. lots of other plants are toxic; where do we stop?

  • lisa69lisa69 Posts: 119

    Hi Bill Mansfield

    I agree with santaslittlehelper, you can buy and plant bare root hawthorne and other native hedging now and even as little spiky plants they should give passers buy the message.

    I have a lovely hawthorne in my garden that has been left to grow into a tree and the birds have loved it this winter, what about hawthorne, blackthorne, rosa rugosa etc only thing is they are all deciduous and drop their leaves in the winter so maybe mix in few evergreens like photinia red robin?

    Its a lovely size plot, good luck with it and be nice to see what you decide to do.

  • lisa69lisa69 Posts: 119
    Sam Glendinning wrote (see) It is tradition to decorate the Mayberry on the Summer Solstice with garlands of flowers and ribbons. Its also known as the 'Gaurdian' in the tree world.

    Beware of an Oak, It draws the stroke,  Avoid the Ash, It courts a flash, Creep under the Thorn, It will save you from harm.

    Wee bit paganism about the Thornimage

    This is lovely Sam, I was wondering when the earth witch in you would surface image the Winter Solstice is almost here image

  • Love and light Asilvert. Lol. I pop up every now and again lol. The Solstice is almost upon us. Time of the dark becoming the light and will be out watching for the sun rise to welcome home an old friend.

    Am I correct in saying you are a fellow follower?

    I have to say though...Yew berries are not actually poisinous! The flesh is edible and is a cross of strawberry and raspberry. Its the seeds that are poisinous. NOT THAT I ADVISE TO TRY!!!

    You can find many a good munch in a hedge lol. know what you are looking for. I am found often roaming with a willow basket chopping through what I have found lolimage
  • Yes its a tough decission as I will be with it for a long time and its going to be some investment to make and so not easily or cheaply changed. Fortunately I am in no rush really.

    I ask about the flowers, knowing they are insignificant, because from the photos I've seen, the flowers are on the stem, not at the end of a stem or growing out of the plant. If this is the case and some flowers will persist, then it will attract insects.

    I am torn between wanting it to look "good" as its a large main corner plot (we all have our pride) and sodding it all and making it purely for the birds and the bees!

    I like the idea of a native hedge, but am daunted by the prospect of having my hands full dealing with it, with my limited experience...

    The help and suggestions here has been amazing, but not so confusing now, just difficult to decide.


  • okay decision made, plants ordered and arrive tomorrow. Could be a mistake, but we'll see. I decided on the box hedge. It was my first thought and there are 4 good examples near to my house and all are healthy and look good. I looked at all the other options either other peoples hedges or in garden centres, but my mind was already on the box and nothing else seemed to be right. Also I am putting lavendar along the path leading to the door.

    Unfortunately due to cost, the box plants will be very small to start with, so I think I will have to put up some kind of other barrier until it is established... like Rudolf says.

    I also have an apple, pear and plum tree arriving for the back garden. Together with 2 sorbus: J rock for the front and Chinese Lace for the back.

    I have spoke to a local saw mill who is going to make 2 raised beds, one for the back for veggies and the other for herbs at the front.

    I have a long list of shrubs and herbacious plants for the grden side of the hedge, but they will come a couple at a time as and when can be afforded and time permitting.

    Thanks for all the suggestions.


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  • discodavediscodave Posts: 510

    I planted 2 rows of box hedging last year and so far I am thrilled with the result. They have grown reasonably quickly but will take a few years to get to the exact height I want. From what I have seen its worth the wait..

  • started planting, photos in other post, shrub suggestions

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