A rainy day story

After a spell of sunny, mild weather that made gardening a delight, we are experiencing some rain.  Now, I am always happy to see the rain, and it is so important for the fast growing plants in spring, but it does not take the edge of the spring fever encountered by gardening addicts who are confined indoors.

Their enthusiasm has to find another outlet.

Well, we had just cut the willows and I know they should be dried and re-soaked but…

Beginning (1)

We decided to start off by bringing our aluminium planter indoor.  It is still holding the remains of dead basil plants and the re-surging shoots of Melissa officianalis (makes excellent herbal tea!).

We stuck seven sturdy cut willow stems around the planter to provide the correct diameter of base for the structure.

1st row (1)

We had to move it to give us more room for the weaving and we started to make a woven base and then tied the top of the wigwam.

Second band

There had been no design plan so the second row was added “by eye”.

3rd row

Then the kitchen steps were called into play and the last two woven layers added.


It popped easily out of the planter and is completely self-supporting and two and a half metres tall.

We were rather surprised that we have managed our first attempt and we have more supports planned.  We don’t really need such tall ones it just seemed a shame to waste such tall willow.

One precaution we have taken is to store our wigwam inside the atelier for the moment as we are pretty sure that if we stuck it in the ground just now it would probably start growing – and that is not the objective.



18 thoughts on “A rainy day story

  1. Jacqueline Dumont

    Very impressive!……you shame me with your excellent use of free resources and time…….I have spent these rainy windy days cruising garden Centres and spending a fortune on new things to plant….I am in the process of transforming a jungle into a garden ….yes, I have used some cuttings and grown things from seed but a feeling that with advancing years…..I want quicker results!


    1. I must admit I regret not having invested into some larger plants, like some trees, earlier on. There just was too much to do and it seemed a lot of money at the time. If you are sure of where you want to put things, I think some good plants/trees from a reputable nursery are a good investment. They don’t stop you having fun with friends cuttings and plant sales. Amelia


  2. Hi Amelia..
    Probably start growing…. you are “avin’ a larf”!
    Will start growing…. and even this will leaf partially…. using residual water in the stem!!
    I make dead-hedges here… as they rot down they make a good habitat at the bottom for hibernating creatures and are a neat way of getting rid of all the brushwood without using power/fire.
    I have had those come into leaf…. until the heat kills the leaves!!

    As for your work… excellent quality… Horrid Horticulture and other companies charge a small fortune for these!!
    I can just see Morning Glory, or Black-eyed Susan …. or even Runner Beans…. growing over this!

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