Saturday, February 24, 2018
The lane in the cold
Along the lane they have been cutting the hedge by machine (permissible until 1st March). The rather brutal results with shredded wood and white broken branches harmonises well with the bitterly cold wind from Siberia. It reminds me of of Totes Meer, the painting by Paul Nash: http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/nash-totes-meer-dead-sea-n05717
There are some very Gothic shapes among the battered bushes, especially where the hedge is thin, but I expect it will all fill out quite nicely. The other day we had a visitor from Alberta in Canada and she asked why we had hedges round our fields instead of fences - that gave me an opportunity to hold forth on the English landscape and its conservation.
Despite the frigid weather and brutal hedging work, there were some signs of spring in the lane. Patches of snowdrops, little 'tommies' (Crocus tommasinianus) escaping from our neighbour's garden and a few flowers on lesser periwinkle.