wattle

 

Autumn is approaching, and it seams we're still catching up from the Spring. The seasons are weaving themselves together, the harvest came early, the respite is coming late, and so it only seams fit to post something from the past. 
This Spring we had the pleasure of weaving a wattle wall for a friend using alder saplings, and cuttings from willow, and dogwood. We respectfully harvested crowded alder saplings, and limited our pruning on every plant so as to not take too much from an individual. Saplings and young branches are quite pliable in the spring, and lessen more and more towards winter. Although some species remain workable year round.
Creating a wattle wall is a great intro to basketry, and other more complex forms of weaving, as well as wattle and daub which is a natural building technique used to create quick, thin, earthen walls, whereby you apply cob to a wattle wall form, pressing it into all the space between, and surrounding the wattle. The light and air that filters through a wattle wall or fence, is particularly pleasing. Wattle also makes great garden boundaries and features, and integrates well with climbing plants. 
So, as autumn and winter approach, spring is surely just around the bend, and I strongly encourage you to try to weave some wattle into your next years plans.