I’m not sure whether the elements of this beautiful weave are from Willow trees (genus Salix) or perhaps, more likely, of Dogwood (genus Cornus). This was taken at Wakehurst Place an estate not too far from us which also is the repository of Kew’s Seed Bank
On the day we visited, elsewhere on the estate, Dogwoods were being cut back. The genus is well-known for the variety of vibrant stem colours that range from purple through reds and on to lime greens and yellows in winter. As the stems were pruned I noted how they were being graded and stacked by colour and thickness, which suggested that they were being saved for use – for weaving perhaps. (I should have thought to ask).
The image is a small part of one of a number of woven arches over the paths that I think have appeared in the last few months, because I don’t recall noticing them on previous visits. The arches feature a range of tones from pale grey through browns to charcoal black.
Beautiful work and a very pleasing addition to the landscape.