Wood Gabions

Wood GabionsNot the most long-lived of systems but wood ‘gabions’ certainly blend into the background scenery fast. In the short term, these untreated Oak framed, branch lined and rush filled supports are keeping back the natural slide of soil that occurs year on year. Soil has filled many of them so a lot of nearby tree roots have taken advantage of this.

In one location alongside the Vegetable Garden, the Wood ‘gabions’ have been left clear of soil where the structures are built alongside tree roots and within the drip area. This is to ensure the tree roots get air and the tree remains healthy.

I’ll be probably working with regular gabions of galvanised wire with stone-fill when we start work on ensuring the top road remains level. These work well and function for years as riverside protection and by roads cut with resultant steep sides. I have also noticed an article in a recent Architectural Mag. showing the use of these gabions as a wrap around wall/ wind insulation system and in one gardening program, flexible ‘rope’ light was interwoven through the stones of a set of gabions that formed garden surround seating.

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Away in a Manger, one quid for a garden design gem

manger in Garden DesignAlongside the top terrace, beneath the newly planted White Wisteria, we’ve formed a railing from three sections of an old manger which cost us just one (UK) pound in a local farm auction – and we love it.

If you are over this way on a Wednesday and have never experienced the buzz of a local auction, let us know and we’ll introduce you.

Trying to find instant maturity to blend-in around here, often delays the finish of features but we can afford the luxury of delay on our own project house. Most internal and external features at the HoBB ‘grow’ as we find the next piece they need regardless of the ‘wait’.

This method of incremental architecture allows us to enjoy the art of construction in many ways. Visiting friends contribute their thoughts and actions to HoBB features in the same way that Cairns in Scotland are often built, one rock at a time, and by returning to a feature with freshened eyes it remains alive.

Some see the many features at the HoBB as ‘unfinished’, but they are ‘in progress’ and grow as steadily as our young trees. Gardeners, and farmers, are forever seeing the changes they cultivate and I have been both farmer and gardener in my time.

Many modern makers of finished ‘product’ remain proudly attached to their finished works and in this ‘build and move on’ climate, too few remain in touch with their former ‘babies’ long enough to experience their growing pains. When I design a garden I enjoy seeing it grow more than designing it.

If you are right at the start of a garden re-think and want to bat ideas around you are welcome to say hi when over this way. Drop me a line.