I can’t get settled on a form for these boys. Whether to turn the outside, draw knife it, just take the bark off, bark on or what. The variety does please me:
I do like the wobbliness when they are a simple hollowed branch.
Then there’s the lids … turned, free form or what?
There’s a Swedish type of top I was reading about (come on it was in German -Ed), well looking at then, in Jogge Sundquist’s book. These are carved but using saw cuts to cut in to make deeper profiles easier. Watch this space.
I’m getting ready for four days at RHS Harlow Carr in Harrogate this weekend, so lots of making mini hurdles, stools, benches and maybe a few bean poles and pea sticks, busy, busy.
In my original post I mentioned the hazel plant supports they were putting in the herbaceous borders. It seemed like a really good idea and my wife Jane has just installed some in our garden. Here’s how:
Get your husband to source some hazel branchlets:
It takes about five to surround a decent sized plant (these are mainly herbaceous geraniums). Make sure the cut ends are pointed and push them into the ground and start to form a platform above the plants by bending the rods over.
Then tie the twigs to each other with twine to hold the structure together.
It’s easy to write it up, but rather more effort is involved actually doing it, but worth it for the results I think. Jane was having difficulty pushing the sticks in because the ground is so hard – very unusual for here at this (any) time of year.
In Summer the plants will grow through the hazel which will then become an invisible support.