A Garden Project.
As many of you know I have a part of my garden which I fondly call ‘the wild bit’. It’s the dingle dell, fairy ferny kingdom where I walk and linger to think and sometimes hide! It’s on a slope and in spring reveals a carpet of wild flowers and bulbs which are illuminated in the dappled shade. At the base of the slope lies the pond and recently I have been investigating having it dredged and re-lined with clay to help maintain the water levels and encourage more wildlife. Two large oaks overhang the pond, one of which is leaning precariously close to the house, so the first step towards the ponds rejuvenation is to take down the said oak.
It goes without saying that I haven’t taken that decision lightly, mature oak trees are beautiful, and provide shelter and homes for a host of animals but sometimes tough choices have to be made in the garden.
Then, I had an idea.
The top area of the ‘wild bit’ is full of ferns which have naturalised despite the sometimes dry conditions there.
It’s a restful place to sit year round being slightly in a hollow surrounded by other exposed tree stumps and roots.
So why not add a loggery there with various different widths and sizes of logs partly buried in the ground to make a wave of log top seats? In between the logs I can plant other ferns such as the Maidenhair fern, Adiantum jordanii, and the Hart’s tongue fern, Asplenium scolopendrium, along with shade loving plants. I watched Chris Beardshaw’s clip about creating a stumpery using logs. Fresh logs are also ideal for growing your own Chanterelle mushrooms. Dowel plugs can be knocked into wood and left covered for 6 months for the mycelium to start it’s magic. The oak will also provide lots of wood chips which could be used to surround the loggery and for other places in the garden. Perhaps the felling of the tree could provide a habitat for the endangered Stag Beetle:
Looking up to the loggery area:
Looking down on the area:
So tomorrow is the big day for the tree surgeons to come, any thoughts and suggestions about this idea from anyone would be much appreciated. Thank you!