The unofficial musings of the gardeners of Worcester College. This site does not necessarily represent the views of Worcester College and its members.
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
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.
Oxford, The gardens are usually open afternoons 2-5pm (Winter 2-4pm)
We're a motley crew varying in age and experience, bravely lead by the head of gardens and grounds, Simon Bagnall. Nine of us in total:
Simon - Head Of Gardens And Grounds,
Joss - Grass Aficionado and Second in Command, Ady - Foreman, Ali - All round plantswoman and blog writer, Kieron - Hippy Handyman & Fruit Tree Guru, Graham - Good Ole Boy,
Callum - No Longer A Budding Apprentice, Qualified!, Andy - Groundsman, Peter - Apprentice