This border was designed and planted back last spring (2015) to provide year round interest. The summer and autumn colours for the past two years have been quite amazing and I knew that it would look pretty special with a hard hoar frost. The week before last we had one..!
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Here’s a recently completed pair of oak driveway gates made for a client that we met at the Stock Gaylard Oak Fair back in the summer. They feature curved rails and braces with asymmetric opening.
The gates are made from air dried oak to minimise movement as the timbers acclimatise and weather. All structural joints are mortice and tennon with oak draw dowels. The hinges and latches were forged at the Dorset Forge specifically to fit the curve of the rails. The gates have a sanded finish and have been treated to an undercoat and two top coats of OSMO UV Protection Oil.
Rather a tricky build on the side of a hill but we nailed (and screwed) it! Cleft chestnut fence, Douglas Fir structural timbers, cedar deck and step treads. Finishing touches to be done on Monday.
I was at one of my favourite gardens yesterday getting lost in the borders which I designed and planted a couple of years back. The “woodland” areas got most of my attention, removing the dead winter foliage from the grasses and ferns and tidying up the hellebores. Along with a small amount of weeding. It was lovely spending the day with the bumblebees feeding from the hellebore flowers.