Granny’s garden is a small area behind Pear House which we have fenced off and “rabbit-proofed” planning for a woodland garden in memory of Andrew’s mother Betty (Elisabeth Margaret Harvey nee Hollands) who died aged 96 in 2010.
Overall at Pear House and field we have been happy to live at peace with the rabbits, who after all have been resident here for many generations. Granny’s garden however has been different! Despite putting rabbit-proof wire netting carefully all round the fenced area, everything we initially planted was eaten.
The rabbits have come up in the middle of the garden repeatedly, despite covering their holes with stones. They have come through the field wall, so further rabbit-proof fence was placed inside it. They have come through the house, finding an old access window close to ground level, which I have filled in. They have made or extended a hole in the wire fence on two occasions which have been blocked. They have dug through from burrows established under the old ash tree within Granny’s Garden.… and still they come!
Finally in March 2015 I have a sense of progress with the first budding daffodils holding their own for at least 2 or 3 weeks after first breaking ground, bluebells just surviving to flower, and lily of the valley (one of my mother’s favourite flowers) recovering after the first devastation in 2014 to flower in 2015. We shall see… In time I can hopefully go on to record success with the snowdrops, primroses, hellibore, aconites all waiting for their final planting when the “all clear” comes.
From early on we planted a walnut tree against the north fence; this had been grown from a nut from our garden in North Lincolnshire, and it is growing slowly but so far surviving the exposure and cold
We have also planted a rowan grown from seed from the same garden which is growing better than those planted in the wood and has fruit in 2015 for the first time.