Redolent White and Purple Wisteria Walk

Redolent White and Purple Wisteria WalkHi,

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

WWW (‘Weeping Willow Walk’)

WWW (‘Weeping Willow Walk’)Only online at HoBB Virtual does ‘www’ stand for something unhuggable; at HoBB Real, our real WWW grows daily.

As a tribute to nature, I have designed a path leading to a tree I will always respect, the Ginkgo. This species has declined to evolve – surviving unaltered for 200,000,000 years – for me, an emblem of sound natural design.

Its modern name, Ginkgo, is the Japanese version of the Chinese yin-kuo, meaning ‘silver fruit’ – the roasted peanuts and cashews of the ancient Chinese.

The path to our Ginkgo will only be found by crossing a small bridge and entering under the canopy of a Weeping Willow Tree and following part of an ancient route towards the vineyards that once grew above the village in the medieval ages.

Both Ginkgo ( 25ft / 7.5m in 20 years) and (Weeping Willow 40ft/ 12m in 20 years) are growing well.

Anyone know what part of the Ginkgo they use in these various ‘preparations’ and how they do it then contact me. I’ve seen the duck-foot shaped leaves on many a cosmetic bottle – let me know what you know and we’ll have a go with our Ginkgo tree and see what we get.

Waves and respect ~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant