Archive entry 10.01.10
9th January 2010
The Field Maple is a lovely small tree, often used around fields
for making dense compact hedges. When I moved onto this site I needed to plant windbreaks
as fast as possible and I chose Field Maple planted in rows across the site. The choice was
based in it's practicality and economy - I paid 12p each for these as 30cm seedlings.
Through the years they have done an excellent job in controlling the wind, but last year
I finally had to accept that this row at least, had to go. They are being replaced with
terribly stylish Magnolias that are looking a bit miffed at being planted where they still
feel a stiff breeze, but they will get over it.
In years to come I will have a row of fat smug Magnolias here and however magnificent they are
I will always miss the rather wild and lumpy Field Maples that made it possible.
They have cost me a lot more as well.