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SCULPTURES UNDER CONSTRUCTION
"A temporary pontoon bridge makes it very easy to take the branches ashore. They will be used in the osiers in the wetlands along the dikes of the river Oude Maas. The white willow (Salix Alba) is very easy to propagate; you just have to drill a hole with a hand auger - 50cm or preferably deeper, cut a chisel shape on the end of a branch and put it in the hole. If the soil is (kept) wet enough it will grow. Planting in early spring is best. And when the groundwater level is near the surface, like in Holland, you are very lucky.
I have hand augured hundreds of planting holes for my willow projects, always auguring the holes as deep as I can - to keep the branches from being turned by the wind (or even worse - by people) just when the delicate roots start forming. Since my first willow project, round - in the garden of the Dordrecht Museum in Holland, the willows which have not rooted can be counted on the fingers of one hand - even when you are missing some."
Lucien den Arend
2006 - pollarding the willows of the in Barendrecht, Holland