Posted: 11/04/2014 at 07:26
Thank you all.
There is nothing in the garden at the moment other than a rather ugly chain link fence and the site is quite windy. (I border a links golf course.) The soil is very sandy and free draining, so I have improved with topsoil and have mulched and am watering well.
The hedge is mainly hawthorn but I have planted a few dog rose in amongst it here and there. I was inspired by a hedge running along a coastal path in Devon - much warmer there than in Scotland, of course, but there is plenty of hawthorn around here so it should be hardy enough.
I am hoping that in several years time my hedge will be a haven for birds and other wildlife.