We have been blessed with rain, this spring, so much of it that you could encounter a long lost bog at any point through a walk in the wood. The willow cuttings I received in mid March, from Dunbar Gardens, have been hold-up in my fridge, faking dormancy and hoping to keep them viable for what I have been waiting for, for some time time- to be in a place where I could commit to planting a row of willow for coppicing. I will tend to this copse, carefully, in the first year so that the cuttings don't have to compete with grass and the like. I will tend to this planting, getting to know the willow and how it grows before weaving a basket. I want to get to know each variety, and the qualities- color and width and length of cane. Watch each cane leaf out and learn what will like to hide among the thicket as the willow grows- which birds will this copse attract? What other critters will wander through... I will watch for the leaf fall and the time I will need to cut each cane the first year. I have wanted to tend a willow bed since weaving my first willow basket at a traditional skills gathering called Saskatoon Circle. I feel it is important to be a part of the whole process and to learn from the willow, as she grows.
I look forward to the stories that will unfold through the tending, the harvest and the weavings.
I am so grateful for this beautiful place, so grateful to be a part of it and the possibilities of sharing this with others brings me joy in my heart.
Walk in Beauty