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TheH (Hazel)'s Journal

TheH (Hazel)'s Journal March 2010

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Willow fencing

18 March 2010 21:57:47
Fence and future arch

Fence and future arch

I had a visit from Klaus Kahl who came to teach me how to erect living willow fencing. My sister came down and we had great fun weaving the willow into the fence format. I wanted an arch, but Klaus recommended just making the kind of "posts" and letting them grow on for one or two seasons when they can be tide together across the path to make my arch.

I saw his own willow fencing at the end of the summer and it looked most spectacular with about 6 feet of growth on top of the fence. This is then harvested and can used for further projects. Roll on next autumn!

I've put a few pictures an album as well as this one.

What to do with a container

17 March 2010 21:48:51
Camouflaged Container

Camouflaged Container

Well, we gardeners tend to think of containers as nice places to plant.  There is another kind of container - the large ones that are moved about by lorries! We acquired such a container as a builders shed when we were building our house. Unfortunately Brendan found that this container made a great secure place to store water filters, pumping equipment and most of all the many tools he needed for the many little jobs around the house - so I was left with the problem of how to make it look less like a container. The long side of the container faces the front so that was the most urgent part to camouflage. It isn't helped by being completely north-facing. First step was to paint it green. There is a little wall running along the length of it at about a metre high. Last year I tried growing sweetpea in planters along the wall but they hated the lack of sunshine. So this year we had a special gardiniere made out of heavy timber the full length of the container and with a bit of trellis and choosing plants that like the north facing aspect I hope to do a bit better. I've planted Virginia Creeper, Helleborus, ferns and some primula so far and I plan to get some ivy later. I am open to suggestions of what else will thrive in these limited conditions. The only redeeming feature is that it is very sheltered, since most of our wind is from the South-West.

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