Structures have always formed part of the garden, whether they were for escapist play as a child or for plant support, protection and for aesthetic purposes in later years.
The tepee was a familiar form of structure as it provided a simple but generally strong support for plants which were climbers or had lengthy stems. tepees had been constructed for young plants in the new raised beds and whilst sorting out canes and sticks a bundle of hazel was found. they were fairly straight, but quite long. it was surprising that they had not been broken up and placed into the back hedgerow to provide homes for wildlife. Thoughts regarding other uses came to mind, such as, if the small round covering nasturtiums were given support how high might they grow?
The sticks were sorted and eight selected. The nasturtium growth might turn out to be heavy and so the support should be sturdy.
Once the form of the structure had been decided upon another decision was made that only items found in the garden should be used in the construction. The usual ties of scraps of cloth or packaging material were not permitted. Some weathered strap-like leaves were found and (although they were not particularly flexible and tended to tear rather easily), wrapped around the top of the hazel branches to hold them together. A site was then chosen where there would hopefully be least access to rough coastal blasts, avoiding the possible roll of freezing air later in the year but close enough to the nasturtium plants to encourage them to grow along the upright lengths.