The Long Brown Path Before Me

DSCN1282Like the rest of the garden the woodland is showing increasing evidence of the joys of spring, with primroses in flower and clumps of bluebell and wild garlic building up strength for flowering later. The ferns on the whole retain their green fronds all year, and on close inspection there are now hundreds of wood anemones pushing their leaves above the woodland floor, their tough, creeping wood-stock running just below ground and often visible on the surface. It’s hard to believe that none of these were here 13 years ago – no trees, no primroses, bluebells, garlic, ferns or anemones. Realising we did have space to create a woodland was an inspired moment all those years ago!

It may look natural, but it still needs a bit of maintenance. Most years I re-lay bark chippings to form a defined path, and before I did so today I roughly raked leaves off the route and dug up some wayward garlic bulblets, taking pity on them and replanting them under the trees – the holly seedlings, though, were yanked out, and various strands of ivy detached from their main stems, both of which would colonise the whole garden given half the chance. The garlic is too new and not yet widespread enough to be considered thuggish, but I shall monitor its progress to ensure it doesn’t ally with the holly and the ivy in their takeover bid.



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13 Responses to The Long Brown Path Before Me

  1. Pauline says:

    Woodland gardens are a real joy at this time of year with so many spring flowers out, enjoying the sunshine while the trees are still bare. Our wood chip path needs topping up as well, must do it soon, another job on the list! You are brave, allowing wild garlic into your woodland, hope it behaves itself!!

    • Cathy says:

      Are you trying to frighten me off the garlic?!! I know where it has been thuggish in people’s gardens they wouldn’t entertain at all, but we shall see how it goes here. But yes, I feel privileged to have this little woodland, which arose from thinking out of the box

  2. Holleygarden says:

    Oh, I like your path! Giving me ideas here! 🙂

  3. croftgarden says:

    You can keep the ransoms (nicer name than wild garlic) under control by eating it! The flower buds are zingy – but you might need some parsley to chew afterwards!

    • Cathy says:

      Ah, that’s interesting, as I understood that the leaves would give a mild garlic taste with no smelly breath afterwards – so does ‘zingy’ mean garlicky? I don’t think the Golfer would approve as he has an aversion to garlic, so I usually avoid the real stuff – but these could be useful in an argument perhaps…? Not that we could test that premise though 😉

      • croftgarden says:

        Zingy interesting and exciting, full of zest. In this context an explosion of flavour which makes the taste buds sparkle, a definite wow factor. If you are garlic adverse I wouldn’t recommend the flower buds, but do try chive flower buds, same effect but hot and oniony!

        • Cathy says:

          I have clearly lived a very sheltered life as I have not even considered chive flower buds but I shall definitely have to give both them and the wild garlic buds a try – unless you are teasing again (can’t see if you have a straight face…) 🙂 I was intrigued, though, to read on my packet of Tagetes ‘Paprika’ seeds that its flowers and leaves are edible and have a citrus taste ‘making them ideal for adding to salads, sandwiches, seafood or hot desserts’, so thoughts of eating my flowers were already in my head. Please keep expanding my horizons, Chris!

  4. Can’t wait to see pictures of your woodland garden full of spring blooms!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks – the bluebells didn’t do at all well last year as they were smothered in lamium [dead-nettle – earlier posts describe the war I waged on it]. I am hoping they will do better now they don’t have to compete with the evil intruder 🙂

  5. hillwards says:

    Looks very smart. And do post your banana loaf recipe, you can never have too many ways to use up those last bananas…

  6. Anna B says:

    I can’t wait to see more of your woodland garden! Looks really cool – your own little wood in your garden 🙂 amazing!!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks. It was triggered after visiting an open garden in a local village where they had a strip of woodland which I really envied until I realised I had space to create one myself – see my post from Sept 2nd for a ‘before’ view

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