Today a friend lent a hand and got stuck into a job that we have been meaning to do for ages, cutting an ancient hedge of Winter Honeysuckle, Lonicera fragrantissima, back almost to ground level.
The honeysuckle hedge that divides The Horse Paddock from the native bushland was planted over a hundred years ago by the original European settlers, the Blackman family, and is the last remaining section of what was once an extensive system of boundary hedges at The Drip. In the twentieth century the family's fortunes declined and for many years the hedging had been neglected, eventually becoming an overgrown eyesore. By cutting it back at this time of year we are allowing it to burst into vigorous new life in the Spring and it will soon provide a dense and beautiful boundary as it must have done so many years ago.
Renovating the hedge allows us to open up The Honeysuckle Track which forms part of The Main Garden Walk. To see more about this walk click here.