A SIMPLE DOME/PLAYHOUSE
LONG WILLOW WHIPS
See the criss
Right - Push your longest whips into the
ground (about 6 to 9 inches is sufficient for them to root - go deeper if you wish). Space them evenly - leaving an opening for the
entrance. Bend over two opposite whips, wrap them around each other where they overlap and tie together. Do the same with opposite pairs. See the photograph below.
Add 2 'diagonals' per gap - except
at the entrance - planting diagonally
encourages denser side growth.
Ideally weave the diagonal whips 'in
front of one vertical and behind the
next' as this makes the structure more rigid - although tying the whips
together will help while you are
working especially towards the tips.
You could join the 'diagonals' to
create semicircles - rather than just
leaving them to end in a straight line
as on the wigwam.
For a denser structure add extra
Where the diagonals go across the
entrance simply bend them around the
vertical whip a weave them back into
the criss-cross pattern.
The whips for the dome were planted in January .
The first three photographs below show growth in early May .
Baby - Rachel - included for scale !
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How to make a Playhouse/Bower
These two photographs show the same dome the following year in June with Anne weaving in some of the new growth and Rachel 'helping'
(The new growth can be left, if you prefer, for a shaggier and denser look).
. . and June
the next year.
Offering willow grown in Northamptonshire.
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