Hazel, willow, beef and storytelling from Bedfordshire

Gardeners are go

9 obelisks departing in a lovely yellow pickup (want one!)

9 obelisks departing in a lovely yellow pickup (want one!)

We’ve been very busy since February and particularly in April and May, making structures for gardeners – obelisks, cloches, hurdles. At the same time, demand for hazel bean poles and pea sticks has been very strong and we’ve just about sold all our stock this spring.I think Monty Don may be behind the increase in interest in hazel sticks – nice one Monty and BBC TV’s

Two 6 foot tall obelisks - ready for those sweet peas or beans or something

Two 6 foot tall obelisks – ready for those sweet peas or beans or something

Gardeners’ World (if that was the case). Credit is also due to Richard Thomason and ‘National Beanpole Week’ a splendid venture driven by Allotment Forestry and the Small Woods Association. It’s got to be good that more people are thinking about buying local sticks rather than imported ones; it helps that hazel is such a good material for climbing plants.

Next move is to watch out for the Chelsea Flower Show where last year plenty of gardeners spotted some lovely cloches in the Laurent-Perrier garden – and I’ve been copying them ever since – I’ve never said I do anything original!

1 Comment

  1. February 19, 2016    

    That was a really interesting post, thanks for sharing!

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