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DeclanTipp's Journal

DeclanTipp's Journal

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18 September 2017 22:13:33
Willow Hedge

Willow Hedge

Twenty Five days after purchase my bulbs from Mr Middleton have arrived ! In this day and age that's s little slow . I get other purchases in 3-4 days including abroad ..oh well it's Mr Middletons and Hermitage bulbs loss . 

The willow Hedging has been tied down and it will be interesting to see this develop in the next few years . It should be really sturdy eventually . 


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Scrubber Scrubber 19 September 2017 20:00:09

I think it will be a formidable structure Dec! Well you have plenty time to get them in!


TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 19 September 2017 20:52:16

I'm interested that you are tying down the willow at this time of year? I usually let the top bits wave in the wind till Spring!


DeclanTipp DeclanTipp 19 September 2017 21:13:51

Hazel , these have been waving about and a nuisance as they lean into my veg garden. If I leave them they get shredded in the winter winds too. I was cutting them off each year but they are really strong this year and long too . Ideal for hedging now . When the bee growth comes in spring I will have loads to weave with hopefully . The hedge will make an ideal Bee protection too ! 


TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 19 September 2017 21:53:16

That's interesting - especially what you say about the bees. I had a bit of an invasion of wasps on my willow structures the past two years - I think they were after the sticky resin that some of the plants exude in July and August. They completely took over a Willow Arbour with a seat in it this year - it wasn't safe to use the seat at all! I tried using a Wasp Decoy but it didn't make any difference.


DeclanTipp DeclanTipp 19 September 2017 23:20:06

Haze , yes propolis is a very important substance for Bees but Iam not sure about wasps using it . This sticky substance issued to seal and waterproof their hives . Some bee keepers collect it for sale using specialised methods .

Willow when in flower is much liced by bees and other pollinators . 


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