Thursday, 16 April 2009

Let's Twist Again!

As the plants grow rapidly in the hebaceous border, it is now that time of year to add support to them for the coming months. These plant supports are made from material harvested from coppiced Birch and supplied to the college by Harcourt Arboretum, part of the Oxford Botanic Garden.

Each piece of Birch is
twisted and weaved
into shape and
then bent around
the plant that
requires support.

This is a slow process as some plants require more support then others. Several pieces of Birch are placed around the plant and a frame built by joining the pieces together.

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