Posted: 10/04/2015 at 21:21
When we moved in 2.5 years ago our woody area was a mess, an old dangerous shed, over grown etc. Plus it was dark due to a neighbouring lleylandii hedge.
The hedge has gone and we have cleared the area lots, plus I had some advice to remove the bamboo as it wasn't native. Which I have done.
Now I'm wondering how best to tackle this area. The front half is covered in bluebells, snowdrops, daffodils etc and looks great at this time of year. The back half though at the moment, I have moved primroses up there, daffodils and snowdrops for next year, plus I planted foxgloves last year so looking to see if they amount to anything.
I'm just wondering what else I can do to make it look nice in summer and keep the nettles and alkanet at bay, which is what will happen if I don't manage it to some extent. I'm happy for nettles in two corners from a wildlife point of view. but also want it safe for my children to run around in, hence keeping the nettles at bay.
This is the view from the lawn.
This area now gets pretty much full sun, due to neighbours hedge removal.
This side is very dry and gets lots of sun. I was wondering if I could plant any ferns at the back as we have a stump there, so to make a stumperie ?? Will it be too sun baked ?
How would you all deal with this area ? Would love it to be a nice english woodland area. It has 6 x 80ft Scots pine, 2 oak trees and a sycamore in it.
Any advice very gratefully received. Thank you.