Sunday, 6 February 2011
Today was sunny and mild and I had a tranquil morning cutting my willow whips which form a fedge* along one edge of my allotment. Some of the stems were eight or nine foot high (3 metres) and had grown straight skyward others have branched out at ground level, some at chest high. The willow is unusual in that cuttings can be placed in the ground even upside down and they will grow. The colours of the new growth are a beautiful fresh yellow, green or lovely copper brown and the buds are swelling ready to burst into flower and leaf.