It’s summer holiday season and everyone is heading to the shore. Long walks and beach combing often turn up treasured souvenirs of a great vacation that can also be used in a variety of ways in garden projects.
Driftwood, with it’s beautiful patina and quirky shapes and sizes is beautiful on its own or as the base material for creating outdoor garden features.
And as a little side note…I find I have to explain this to people all the time…do you know that the natural patina on wood is often just as good of a protective coating as any chemical, oil, or other wise that you can spend a lot of time and money applying? When working with woods that have a natural rot and water resistance (ipe, cedar, black locust, etc) it is really just an aesthetic preference to put a sealant on the wood. If you can live with silvering (which looks amazing next to plants) you can save yourself alot of time and money and enviroment alot of needless chemicals.
Back to beautiful driftwood….
Garden Use #1- Anchor Water Plants
Use driftwood at the bottom of your pond or water feature to attach water cleaning plants. Full details of plants and how to accomplish this little project are available at Aquascaping World.
Garden Use #2 – Sculpture
Softened by the moving water and beached by the sun and element, a unique piece of driftwood can make a beautiful sculptural statement.
Garden Use #3
If you live near the water and can collect many larger pieces easily, consider using it to make a fence or another garden structure like an arbor.
Garden Use #4
Pay attention while on the beach to also collect beautiful shells or beach glass and make a windchime from your treasures. Here is a good link to guide you on making your own.
The Blue and white chime is from Aurabali Craft and The beautiful brown and white version is available to buy from BayBeachScapes on Etsy. The heart is a beautiful handmade gift made by the talented Cavania.
Garden Use #5 Get imaginative!
I am convinced that I could make a beautiful version of this light feature myself with some outdoor lights or even candles. I would use it to dress the center of my long picnic table for a breezy summer dinner.
Image from Trianon
and Finally….Isn’t this sculpture inspiring….Do you know where it is? I will answer in my next post…..
image from Swiss-Miss.
Oh- and one more little side note….before you start collecting, make sure it is legal to do so and that