Thursday, 18 August 2016

Bonkers.

Hello, back again. This is the gaping hole in my hedge left by me chopping down lilac trees. Not a pretty sight. I could struggle on with my basic tools and try to remove more of the stumps, but the closer to the ground I get the more backbreaking the job will be. I think they are best left as they are, they may start sprouting new growth from what's left of them. If this happens I expect it will take least a year for the hole to become anything like a real living hedge again. 
So something needs to be done while I wait for mother nature to work her magic. Now what have I got that would fill the gap. I have some spare pot plants that I could relocate to disguise it a little. What I need is something to create a barrier behind the stumps, something with a little height. There must be something lurking amongst my collection of odds and sods in the garage. 
 Yes, there was. A few months ago I was mooching around Uncle Stan's garden with him, when he pointed out several pieces of what was mostly junk, and offered them to me in the hope I might be able to do something with them. I declined the rotten pallets, but a piece of green wire mesh caught my eye, that might come in useful, I thought.

It fit's the gap just right. I had a couple of lengths of metal  which used to be a gazebo frame, they were threaded through the mesh and hammered into the ground, one at each end. All it needs now is some kind of decoration to make it more interesting. I have plenty of old freebie cd's, some old and very hard paint brushes, some Christmas baubles, and two wire flowers with a couple of plastic ones. Move four of the pots into place, and there you have it. A new, completely bonkers, art instillation in the hedgerow. I love it, and I think Uncle Stan would approve.

Thanks for popping in. We'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip

34 comments:

  1. Inventive as ever. Bonkers perhaps, but I do love your take on life! X

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  2. Looks nice!

    If you wade into your lilac bush once a year and do some judicious pruning, it will fill the gap and not have such large stumps in the future.

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  3. you are right, completely bonkers but innovative too

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  4. It's super Ilona and those CDs will really sparkle when the sun shines on, I have some hanging on my trellis and they are really pretty.
    Hszel c uk

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  5. Looks pretty and always good to give stuff a second life (Nick)

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  6. I really like it!
    I would not have thought of reusing the old brushes though.
    Wondering if the kitties will stay out of there.
    You probably will get new growth soon.

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  7. We chopped a conifer down, try as we might we were left with a stump that was a foot off the ground, I picked up some of the half log roll used as edging, put it round the stump like a raised bed and filled it with soil and compost and then planted some trailing plants and Hebes in it, it looked great and a few years later mother nature had rotted the tree stumps.

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  8. Looks great - do your neighbours like it? SueM

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    1. Hi. Housebound elderly lady can't see it, son mows the lawn that's all, 2 daughters visit every day, not asked them but they are easy going and know I am a bit bonkers.

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    2. I did make that comment tongue in cheek because I can't imagine you not getting on with your neighbours! SueM

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  9. yep....bonkers....but rather fetching to boot.

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  10. I love it! It's wonderfully uplifting and makes you smile.
    If it was next to my garden I would ask you to come and do the same on my side. x

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  11. Blooming Bonkers! Saw this and thought of you!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-37118611

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  12. Almost like a "charm fence" instead of a charm necklace. I love how little you give a toss about convention!! We've resolved to make a start on our garden properly once rehoming our chickens (the next door neighbour who owns the boundary won't put up a fence which means we can no longer free range them :( ) and I'll be scouring your gardening posts for advice!!

    Come say hi sometime :) http://thriftcottage.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Or a charm-o-fence-if, har, har! I think it's lovely!
      Margaret P

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  13. Ilona, you are a little bit bonkers, but in a brilliant way.
    Karen

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  14. Well done on the shed winnings - was great to watch

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  15. WELL DONE ILONA YOU REALLY DESERVE TO WIN.

    HAZEL C UK

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  16. Congratulations on your win!

    Maggie in Kent

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  17. A finalist! I've just screamed and scared the cats!!!!!!

    Linda xxx

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  18. Love it! You are so creative. Just watched and whooped through your bit of Shed of the Year but won't say who won in case people haven't seen it. Sure you will do a blog post

    Jane

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  19. Well done on winning your category Ilona. Well deserved. Hooray! Love Ann x

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  20. Hi Ilona just watched shed of year. Well done, and well deserved. AMAZING. I love your creations you are an inspiration to all us 60+ladies who live alone. Love it.
    Jane x

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  21. OMG congrats for winning in your category (i did vote :) )

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  22. Just watched 'Shed of the Year' well done my dear, so proud to say you are a friend even though we didn't get to meet up when I was over your way. Rang my Mum to tell her and she watched the later re-run and rang to tell me to add her congratulations,she thinks you are fab too. She also said you should have won the final as you are a true frugal being and she admires that. Hugs from here!

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  23. Brilliantly bonkers, but practical too 😊

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  24. I suspect all kinds of shoots will come up, but the question may be, is that really the effect you want? These sort tend to look "not the best"/"not that uniform" / "bit nasty"..etc..

    if you should wish to get rid of those stumps over time, try drilling holes up and down and filling with fertilizer. This is supposed to rot them out. Not having tried it myself, cant swear to how well.

    Your potted plants look very nice. All in all, not giving you the privacy you had previous though (is that important?). If privacy is important, maybe some type of sculpture or upright water feature?

    I suspect one day I will "tune in" to find you have created a new work / design for this, grin.

    Re the shed competition. Reading up above I notice you did not win, and I too am aghast that it is not more regulated for folks who recycle (as you), or spend little. It hardly seems that sheds who spend tens of thousands should be in a shed competition. Maybe a luxury small home competition, but not shed.

    Loved your shed, myself. Well done for all your effort. I suspect it was all fun, and you got to meet some lovely folks. Who knows, maybe you will maintain many of the connections (as you seem a friendly / chatty sort), and that may be its own prize.

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  25. oh.. and congrats for winning your category...just read that post (I really need to catch up, sigh)

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  26. Congratulations on your win. Couldn't have been more well deserved or gone to a better person. Kristel.

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  27. Congratulations again, Ilona. You've started something now, as my daughter and future son-in-law watched the programme too and he has been inspired. Who knows, maybe next year.

    Joan (Wales)

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  28. Watched George and Wil launch their brilliant beach shed boat this week - those two are so incredible and inventive. Can't wait to see the episode of your shed - congratulations. Don't know how long I will have to wait. Also loved the New York school bus conversion - really clever. Audrey from New Zealand

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