We provide 7 varieties of organically grown basketry willows from January until March
You can grow a fair amount of willow on a small amount of land. Willow provides the first pollen of the year to bees. Willow needs to be grown, ideally in damp soil, away from large trees. It is best kept weed free, so we advise you to plant through a membrane, such as cardboard or thick mulch. The willow is coppiced every year between January and March, then stored until dry. Once dry you can re-soak the willow and weave. All these willows need to be soaked for 2 days per foot in the summer and 3 days per foot in the winter. Being self-sufficient in willow gives the same level of satisfaction as eating your home grown spuds .
We provide 7 varieties of organically grown basketry willows from January until March. Cuttings can be posted. Please contact Kirk for planting advice and placing an order.
14” cuttings are 50p each plus postage and packaging. Contact Kirk on firstname.lastname@example.org
A stout rod , great for log baskets , produces a beautiful curve on a border . Colour orangey/red brown-dark brown.
S. purpurea “Le Bleu”
A long , thin soft rod. Great for tying in a slath, or for frame baskets. Colour light grey/bluey green.
S.purpurea “Dark Dicks”
A thin, hard rod. Looks good on a French Rand. Beautiful vibrant colours , can be checkered red, green all the way up the rod.
S.purpurea “Green Dicks”
A long thin rod with considerable strength. Great for tightly packed borders and holds its curve. Olive green with a shiny bark.
S. purpurea “Brittany Blue”
A favourite of our students . A strong rod which soaks up nicely. Colours range from dark bluey purple at the base to a grey mossy blue at the top
S.purpurea “Packing Twine”
A tough rod can sometimes need extra soaking, difficult for beginners to weave with though. Colours range from subtle browns to orangey brown.