Stems of dogwoods and willows at BAC

Earlier in the winter I posted a blog about the value of coloured stems in our garden. We have lots more up in the community gardens on our allotment site, Bowbrook Allotment Community. Now we have a little sunshine brightening our days I thought it would be interesting to see the colours in Cornus (Dogwoods) and Salix (Willows) that we have accumulated in our 4 year development.

First though a look into my sketchpad.


We put together a collection of stems of all the different Cornus and Salix  that we grow in the communal gardens and photographed them on a rare sunny day.

First the Dogwoods ….

stems 2 stems 3 stems 1

….and then the Willows.

stems 6 stems 7 stems 5

About greenbenchramblings

A retired primary school head teacher, I now spend much of my time gardening in our quarter acre plot in rural Shropshire south of Shrewsbury. I share my garden with Jude my wife a newly retired teacher , eight assorted chickens and a plethora of wildlife. Jude does all the heavy work as I have a damaged spine and right leg. We also garden on an allotment nearby. We are interested in all things related to gardens, green issues and wildlife.
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16 Responses to Stems of dogwoods and willows at BAC

  1. childnameart says:

    just listening to Berkley james Harvest on You tube!!

  2. Christy says:

    I think sometimes things like stems are taken for granted. We don’t even see them because we are too busy looking at the flowers. But these are absolutely beautiful. They look like colored pencils. And I must say that you are quite the artist. Very nice sketches!!

  3. I really enjoyed seeing the stems together with all their beautiful color along with your sketchbook Malc. I am such a sucker for sketchbooks! 😉 Margie

  4. Love this post and seeing your sketchbook.

  5. bridget says:

    Wow! Your sketches are impressive. Love the Dogwood stems.

  6. Love your sketch book.

  7. What beautiful stems and so beautifully captured in your sketch too. We have one Cornus with red stems and it is lovely at the moment. 🙂

  8. Love the beautiful sketch work, very impressive!

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