This is the old section of fence from 2009. December 2011
Visitors to my garden have called these charming & clever. But they've never given them a name. I call them wickets, which sounds a lot like cricket. I think it refers to weaving sticks together, in this case to support perennials & the notoriously floppy Paeonia suffruticosa (Tree Peony) The dictionary says wicker means 'made of twigs.' These wicker fences are best at supporting perennials that flop in one direction. I use them for Crocosmia. I also use them for Helleborus x sternii, which backs up against shrubbery, or it would flop in every direction. I use them with less success for Tree Peony. The blooms are so heavy that they often need to be staked individually, preferably before the buds open & it rains. This year I started weaving the peony canes in with sturdy upright poles (warp) & thinner cross-pieces (weft) cut from Corylus avellana 'Contorta' (Contorted Hazel) Viburnum & Weigela. I think it will hold most of them up this coming spring. I've been making these for 4 years. Weaving is fun. It's a reward for cutting hazel risers, which is tedious work.