We are on the look out for un-wanted metal hoops from horticultural tunnels. We don’t need the plastic polytunnel covering – just the curved galvanised metal poles. Helen’s father, Bill (of Fruitwrapper fame), brought four lengths to the HoBB and they have made great climbing frames for clematis and wisteria. As we want to grow a long tunnel of wisteria, we need some more curves so contact us if you have any you do not want any more. Those that have visited the Laburnum Tunnel at Bodenham Arboretum, near Kidderminster (UK) will know the sort of effect we are trying to get using Wisteria floribunda ‘Macrobotrys’.
The main Wisteria arch, in front of the Cottage, has two purple Wisteria climbing it which should grow up to 20 meters when they have supports to climb upon. At the moment we are cutting both back each year to the single arch we have built.
Waves from underneath the arches ~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant
We’re selling off some of our stuff to fund improvements at the HoBB. You may notice a few opportunities on this site to buy a bit of our history but it’s in a very good cause as we desperately need to renovate ramps, sheep fences, gabions and steps around the gardens etc..
We built them up with wood to get the levels right and now they are starting to rot so need to be strengthen with stone on proper foundations. Sometimes it looks as though we have taken on a lot too much, but when it’s sunny and we can sit outside with friends and take a break from Nature, it all looks worthwhile.
A lot of work was put into the ‘Le Petite Moulin Rouge’ project in Birmingham. These two paintings (above) were first exhibited at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens Summer Show. After the Local Council went off the idea of continuing the Super Prix through Birmingham’s streets, the project (right next to the pit stop) was shelved. The last meeting we had on the project was with “Goldie” (now off doing Bond Films and his own music) negotiating to get his graffiti skills for a lavish site board.
~~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ waves from Grant