WEST HILL BLOG no. 5
At last May has arrived with the warmer temperatures and the feeling that at last summer is here. May is such a beautiful month in the countryside with new leaves emerging, hedgerows full of colour & early flowers emerging.
March & April were unusually dry here, though this didn’t seem to reduce the growing speed of the forb (herbaceous flowering plants), however April is historically a month of sunshine & showers, both necessary for new growth.
April 30th; heavy rain .. Hoorah !! as a Gardener this makes me happy as I know, plants have been stressed through April, as the soil was dry & the trees particularly, which need huge volumes of water will now be able to continue producing leaves & flowers.
The main job of the week was thinning the Forest, by that I mean remove dead & weedy trees that have been out competed by stronger growing trees. This will allow shards of light to penetrate the forest floor & make it more inviting & accessible. Dead branches that surround tree trunks have been removed to make access through the trees far safer. We can now see the wood for the trees ...
|Trees before pruning|
|Trees after pruning|
|You can now see the wood for the trees!|
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