The Dogwood Fedge

We used to have a willow fedge on the farm, which was quite useful. They make good windbreaks, are sustainable and don’t take a lot of skill – just some thought and a bit of hard work.

I hadn’t thought of the word “fedge” for several years but it came back to me this week. So did “pressure graft”. It means the bits of branch pushing against each other an eventually joining up.

I’m not sure we need a new word to describe them fence or hedge would do the job without being mashed together in a new word.

When we went to Harlow Carr we saw a development we hadn’t seen before – a woven dogwood fence. Or hedge. Actually, I suppose there is a use for fedge now I think about it – it does save the effort of making a decision over use of the word hedge or fence.


Dogwood Fedge at Harlow Carr

It’s an interesting decorative border, I’ll take more photos as the year moves on. They willow ones get quite leafy – I’m intrigued to see how the dogwood version does.


Dogwood Fedge at Harlow Carr – rhubarb forcing pots in the background

19 thoughts on “The Dogwood Fedge

  1. Helen

    I’m always pondering what to do to edge my front garden. Willie would be a no-no, being right next to the house, but dogwood might be okay. I’ll see how the one in the back garden progresses and then have a further think.

    Fedge is a good word. I know you can have a living hedge but they aren’t normally woven, are they?

      1. Helen

        I’ve seen that type of woven hedge in the country park next to our house. Not sure if it’s living.

  2. arlingwoman

    This is interesting. I know about weaving willow, but this is more like a border. And I wonder how they grow? I’ll look for further posts.


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