With our 14 beaches in the Town of Southold many have driftwood but there is one beach that has such lovely pieces after big storms. The largest piece I found one January day as I just strolled the beach in the sunshine. It's hollow and that made it simple to get home. I'll attach a photo of my big find.
At first I just featured the driftwood with pots around it (pictures will follow) and then decided to fill the void with plants and prefer that look. Next year it will be filled with Pennisetum Rubrum, coleus to match (Solar Shade), possibly a fern and definitely a very dark dahlia like Arabian Night.
While vacationing in the Bahamas we found a very nice small piece and I managed to get it home without a question or problem, thankfully. Photo will follow.
We found another long piece with a blackened head, from kids have a beach party no doubt, and it appears to me to be a black faced shark sans fins while my husband thinks it looks more like a pterodactyl without wings. Haven't yet decided where to feature it. A photo will follow.
This past Sunday we came home with more pieces and while one is simply to replace a rotted piece we brought home in '92 and has been placed already, the other one is more challenging. When I put it where I thought it would look good I felt it looked more like a broken section of tree so I'll have to do some pruning on it.
This has some thought provoking ideas though the thought of spending $1,153. for a mirror trimmed in driftwood is a bit much. Maybe it will end up being a winter project for me. http://www.nextag.com/driftwood/search-html
Wonderful stuff driftwood. Collected a bucket years ago when visiting the Oregon coast.Still have to find uses for most of the pieces; although have propped up a few in my little succulent beds.
pirl-looks like a pterdactyl to me , with the crescent curved beak.
Most of the stuff that lands on the beach from the lake comes under the list of "trash to be picked up !!!:( But some neat stuff-including small arrowhead.
Last week, in Damariscotta, Maine, at the river, I found an oyster shell from the huge mounds called middens that the Indians (per the literature and Google) left behind more than 2200 years ago. It is flat but this is an awful photo of it only taken to try to show how flat it is - about 1/4 of an inch thick.
Yes! Like a Golden Lab, right? If I put a witch's hat over the burned portion, stood it upright, and rigged it up to bark I could scare little kids back home again on Saturday! Then I could eat the candy!
Pirl and ge1836, I'm so impressed with your driftwood pieces and how artfully you've both used them. I'm afraid in landlocked Kansas, driftwood is nonexistant other than what you might drag out of a creek. We do, however, often find interesting wood that has come down in a storm, etc. and I've often wanted to incorporate some into my flower beds. You've given me great ideas, but I'm wondering about the planting into them. Do you use anything to keep them from eventually rotting out, or does that just give you room for more good finds eventually? Does the planting mixture need to be any special mix...what do you use to fill them with? I have a couple old trunk segments that we've used to sit on by our fire ring and over the years the centers have fallen out. I'm thinking of filling them with some sort of planting medium and flowers next summer. I also have the top of a dead tree, just about 4'-5', with wonderful woodpecker holes that I was wanting to use somehow. I really love what you've both done. Pirl, I was also interested to see that you're from Southold, N.Y. as my mother's family had lived there since sometime back in the 1700's. I haven't seen it mentioned often, but with 14 beaches, it must be beautiful. No wonder they stayed put so long through a time when everyone was going west.
How coincidental! Here many cars have the bumper sticker, Southold Native. (not us)
I've only planted an actual stump once and that was just with Angelina sedum since I thought it could take the abuse and it worked. I didn't add soil at all. Clematis 'Omoshiro' grows happily next to the stump on one side and two 'Nelly Moser' clematises on the other side. The stump has been in the process of decay for about 17 or 18 years now.
Your thoughts on limbs, pieces of wood, bark, etc. (especially the woodpecker house) sound very interesting and I've used lots of odd pieces here.
This idea was presented long ago by fly_girl and I thought it was great for a stump. I hope by enlarging it (copying it) and enlarging it again on your photo program you can read enough to get you started.
What a beautiful photo with the clematis. I like the idea of the sedum, then other things beside it. I think I can get the other picture enlarged alright. It looks like a great planter. I will try to go out and shoot both the woodpecker piece and the stumps tomorrow after church. I have a new camara, so I'll have to read just how to transfer them over.
Must be lots of old timers in Southold. I just thought my family must not have been too adventurous, but maybe that was just the way Southolders were. Thanks for the info.
Well, I've been trying for a week now and just can't find a way to get my pictures to load. I followed the directions under Dave's Garden FAQ, but for some reason nothing switches over. I may go retake with my old camara and see if that works any better, because I do want to be able to share. I'm using a canon SX110, just a little point and shoot, but don't know of any reason it wouldn't want to open onto this website. I'll just keep working. If anyone knows of problems with this camara, let me know.
I do not have many photos of driftwood but I have many photos of tree trunks. I have a thing for god's creative skill of tree trunks. This is a enormous tree in Santa Barbara, California by the Library. . I bent over, got close to the inside and took the picture. I never did see it with my own eye. When I go back I will crawl under and take a long look. But it is a dark and scary place. It is even scary to walk by because it is so big.
We could not take anything including seed. Some kind of microscopic worm that would destroy California and Florida fruit crops. Anyway, that is what I was told when I called the authorities to find out what I could bring home. Has to be inspected by the authorities. Another tree trunk from Santa Barbara.
I was having such a great time in Santa Barbara. I had my two granddaughters who were 16 and 17 at that time. They just thought grandma and lost it entirely. We were driving around in a rental car in many high end neighborhoods, and then I would veer to a stop. Oh No Grandma, not another tree! But soon they got with the game and picked out some beauties. The photo is Hannah, Sarah and their California cousin Jade . This tree is at the courthouse. Sarah is on the left, Hannah is in the middle and Jade is on the right. You should have seen the looks on their faces when I started see animals in the clouds. But that did not take long for them enjoy that also.
Yes, the two granddaughters are very tall and flat chested. That comes from my daughter but they have their father's brain so that is even better. Both straight A students. Hannah, in the middle and the tallest, is 18 an a freshman at BYU. She is very homesick but will make it. She has always lived in Las Vegas and Provo, Utah is very cold this time of year so she is freezing. Her roommate is from Boston and is teaching her how to dress in layers. We do not dress in layers in Las Vegas. It seems just like yesterday Hannah was born.
Pollyk, do not mean to hijack Pirl's thread but show us some tree trunks.
Well, living in Las Vegas is like WOW. We do not down on the strip but we do see these young ladies around our part of town shopping. Their implants just keep getting bigger and bigger. And you are right. Both granddaughters are straight A students and that will get them farther in live. Another Santa Barbara, CA trunk.
My latest hobby is watching a movie w/ DD and keeping score as to who is natueral and who is fake.
Poor women cant gat away fron it.
Polly your right about gardening. I'm investing in a sports bra for next year.
Wow! Here it finally is, and wouldn't you know I have it sideways. This is the piece with the woodpecker holes. There's another on the back side but I couldn't get a picture showing both. Now I'm going to try to get the stumps up too! I don't have any intention of trying to grow something in it, but I was thinking of around and even up it although I don't want anything so thick it would hide it altogether. Or maybe I should try to put it down as though it had fallen...any opinions?
Here is the upright stump. I think it will be fairly easy to fill the center and plant, but I'm not well versed in what to fill with and what will grow well in this situation. This is a shady but fairly breezy spot. I'd love any ideas.
OK, last log. This one sits near the upright one. I had thought of filling the center with some planting mix of somesort and then planting something fairly hardy into each end to spill out onto the ground. Probably some type of ground cover. I'd love any creative ideas.
Here is a picture of the two logs as they are lying right now. I need to work with the wood where it is as I am still on crutches until next year and can't move big things around too well. DH could do it but seems to disappear quickly when I start getting that "new project" look in my eye, and he honestly has had to take on alot more now while I can't. This edges our driveway on the barn side, and has a fire ring where we burn things but also have our hot dog roasts and family bonfires, so I would like to get it looking nicer. I would like to put, probably vinca minor, here as there are two old elm trees on either side and that's about all that grows well under them. I could easily put an assortment of pots with flowers into the vinca around the logs though and add some color. You can kind of see the enormous pile of ice storm wood we still have to use in our bonfires. Hopefully the ice will stay away this winter and we can start catching up.
Those are great. The one looks like if you leveled it by digging it into the ground, you could make it a chair. I love the one laying on it's side. I see moss, Australian violets, something that would climb, creep into the many crevices but not completely fill the center. I bet all the experts on here have great ideas..
I saw annuas and sedums in the "chair"
Maybe a impatien too.
I wouldnt hide it in the garden.
The form is so dramatic. Maybe it could be placed at the front along the outside of a curve so it really stands out
Thanks so much for the ideas and links. I love the Aussie pictures! What really unique pieces of wood. I agree the "chair" could be planted with the same technique as a real one. We have been using the sideways log as a seat which is why it no longer has bark. I really appreciate your thoughts and encouragement.
Pirl, I loved and voted for that Clematis picture in the photo contest. It is so beautiful.
Willowwind, those are going to be beautiful planters. You folks are giving me some really good ideas.
I have this metal sculpture sitting on a log section in the garden to raise it. It really helps break up this sea of green when nothing is blooming. But, I'm not happy with that much bare log showing. Maybe I could hollow some of it out and plant annuals in it. Does anyone have an idea of how to do that? Maybe it would be easier to use some power tool to cut a section out of it. Right now it's got all kinds of Wood Ears growing on it.
stormyla I love your metal sculpture. It looks like a combination of cool wind and water lifting through your plants. A chisel is what first came to my mind too. What kind of wood is it? Didn't the indians actually set hot coals on a log they wanted to hollow out for a canoe, and let the fire burn down into the wood so it was easier to hollow out? Seems like I remember some sort of technique like that...or I could have just made it up, nor sure. It would be very pretty to plant things in beside the sculpture.
Thanks, Everyone. The log is about 18" tall.The sculpture is about 3' tall.
I like that idea of burning into it. I don't know what kind of wood it is. I found it along a street sitting on top of a sewar grate. It was on my way to work. You should have seen me out there in a dress and high heels trying to lift the thing! I couldn't even turn it over to roll it down the street!! Had to call DSO, also on his way to work. He was not very happy, but came back & helped me.
I'm reading a book about a city detective married to an FBI agent. She wants to spend a weekend at a B&B on Long Island. He hates B&B's, but says, OK. He explains that he'd rather face a team of terrorists armed with assault rifles than one PO'd wife!!! Some men are wise
Willowwind, that's exactly what I get from that sculpture too, water and wind, the elements. But the azure blue also reminds me of summer tropical waters.
Polly, I hadn't thought of Hen's and chicks as I wanted to add color. I know they come in purple and red, but I wanted a color that won't be eclipsed by the azure. I've had a penchant to try that Love Lies Bleeding, but I've never seen it in a garden, so I don't know it's growth habit. Something cascading is what I have in mind. There's always Purple and white or fuschia fragrant Petunias.
I have love lies bleeding. I'd seen it some place here on Dave's and wanted it desperately. I finally found it in 4" pots at a nursery I don't frequent very often. Planted it and was amazed at how fast and tall it grew. It would cover your sculpture in no time if you got the same variety that I have. There may be a more low growing one that I don't know about. Here's mine. This photo is when it was fairly well behaved. It gets about 3 1/2 to 4' tall.
Wow! That's a dandy. You could sure make one whopping big canoe out of that...kind of like the new cruise ship that's in the news! Is your area sunny or shady? I could see daylilies and hosta so thought it might have some shade but wasn't sure. Some of the impatiens have a little more weeping habit, or even a tuberous begonia or lobelia could give you some color if you have shade. Petunias, alyssum and portulaca can all be a bit more weeping and take sun. I'll bet you could even tuck in the love lies bleeding at the side of the stump and have it grow up and around the base of the sculpture. You'll have to show pictures of how the hollowing progresses.
Pirl, I meant to say thank you for getting me in touch with NEIL. He was able to solve my problem and I'm so delighted. Thank you, thank you for your good help.
Stormyla, that tree is gorgeous, but I would love to get a hold of it with a couple tree climbers and trim off the bottom branch and clean it up. Then it would be magnificent. I bet if typed into Google, how to do whatever you want to do, they always have the answer. Every time I do it, I come off the computer with, "Google is Amazing".
I was thinking earlier also that a chenile plant would give it some bold color that would drape. I was looking for a photo of it and ran across some pretty coleus containers I had a few years ago and thought coleus would be perfect there. You could pinch them to keep them the size you want them and plant the cuttings elsewhere to add some pizzaz in other places also. They wouldn't be so great at this time of year, but in the summer time, with that sculpture there and the kaleidoscope of colors in the coleus it would be beautiful!
Thank you everyone. SKwinter, that's not my tree! LOL I'll pass your trimming suggestion on to the owner. It is a magnificent specimen.
Willowwind, that part of the bed has the lightest part of the canopy. I get more sun there than anywhere. Dayliles bloom wonderfully in 3/4's of my shady beds, so do many other sun lovers. I think it may be too sunny there for coleus. But it might not be sunny enough for Petunias. The first thought that came to me was Purple Petunias with white LLB and a touch of something coral. Let me get started on the burning and I'll worry about the plants later.
The more I think about this, the more I think Polly may be right. The purpose of the log is to raise the sculpture so that it can be fully seen when the foliage grows tall. If I make a really showy planting, it might take away from the beauty of the sculpture. I may explore the Hens & Chicks.
Nice thread Pirl, I have been a driftwood collector for years. I also bring home unusual shape branches and hollow logs for planting. In 1999 we happened to be vacationing in the Outer Banks N.C. during hurricane Dennis. After the storm Ric and the boys took our small 14ft boat out in Manns Harbor they came back loaded with driftwood. The boat was riding low in the water from the weight and the guys barely had a spot to stand in. One of the pieces was so large that they towed it in. Luckily our son in law had come down in his truck or we would never have gotten the load home. We kept the largest piece for ourselves and quite a few of the smaller pieces. The rest several large pieces were given away to friends and family.
Here is the largest piece which was towed to shore. It is 8ft long and 5ft high and 21/2 ft wide. We have it standing up in the yard as a natural sculpture.
Ric's comment "If anyone had seen us come in they would have thought we were crazy"
This piece of wood was destined for the wood stove. Hard to see in this pic but it has a very nice curve to it. It was just the right size and shape to be used as a border for a small corner bed near the patio. This summer it was just laying there but I think I may sink it in the ground just a few inches next year.
Holly, The whole time your computer was broken, I kept thinking you should post your photo of that big piece here. It really looks wonderful in your garden and, when seen in person, the size is staggering.
Oh, It is sooooooo nice to have the computer back. I only have about 1/3 of my pic downloaded and Ric is slowly working on organizing them. I was lucky that to have a few driftwood pic in this first batch of pictures. I have several other pictures of driftwood and branches to post later when we get more of the pictures downloaded.
Pirl, My son Jamie just gave me the idea last month of using some of the small pieces of driftwood to make picture frames. Much like that mirror frame. I have a watercolor that we picked up in the Bahamas that needs framing and I thought that would be a good project. I'll post a pic of it when I get it done. Not sure when that will be.
HollyAnn, you better put a guard by the large piece standing. That is absolutely outstanding. If Pirl and I were there we would have understood what you were doing but the majority of the population, excluding DGers, would not have a clue. They would walk right by your magnificent piece and not even see it. I cannot wait for your other photos. Thanks for sharing. This is not driftwood but a pillar under a wharf near LaJolla, Ca. Many pillars were wrapped in canvas. I understand it was done to protect the pillars. Well God did his thing and this is what they look like after two years. There again, I was standing there in total amazement and everyone else was just walking by.
Holly, I love your big piece of driftwood. It is absolutely a perfect sculpture all on its own. I also like the way you used the wood to edge the bed. I just ran across an enormous old cottonwood the other day, but didn't have my camera. I'm going back for pictures and maybe I'll find some good windfalls with it. I'll have to post the pics now that I've finally gotten that operation figured out. I'll be looking forward to seeing your picture frame. My daughter is quite an artist and I would love to make some unique frames for some of her nature work.
skwinter, I was typing when your pictures posted so didn't see them 'til just now. What fabulous colors. When I first looked at the small pictures I thought it was a piece of wood on fire. God does the most amazing canvases of all! You're absolutely right, most people would walk by and never see that at all. I'm really glad you were the one who caught it and could share.
Willow, I could not determine where the red and orange came from. I studied for some time and then spotted a very large nut and bolt above on the pier that was very rusted and bleeding on to the canvas.
Ultra fantastic driftwood Holly! The big piece would command a very hefty price and the border piece is ideal. I also have a curved border piece in one garden to help lead the eye.
We were back gathering driftwood for the mirror project a few weeks ago and came home with bags filled with it. Anything not used can be kindling unless I find another project. You've given me an idea to frame the art work we bought in the Bahamas so it may end up that we'll make more beach trips as we did the day before Thanksgiving.
We found two more pieces but we'd need a crane and a huge flatbed to get them home so they'll remain at the beach for someone else to consider for their gardens.
Sharon - what wonderful photos of the pillars and such great colors, too.
Originally the large piece was laying down and I was trying to decide if I was going to turn it into a large coffee table with a glass top and then one day we stood it up and I said this is what I want. We have moved it around the yard from spot to spot but always in the back where I can see it from my windows.
skwinter, Very interesting pics I especially love the group shot. I can't remember ever seeing pillars covered with canvas like that. Wonder if it keeps the barnacles from attaching?
I really do not know why but they are beautiful. They were aboutm4 miles down the beach from the condo. I had to hike back and get my camera. That was not easy but I was afraid it might not be there the next morning. I got my work out that morning. I am really pleased you enjoyed them.
How funny! I also picked mine from that wonderful book, many years ago. When I very first got adventerous enough to get on some websites, coached by my kids, I discovered I had to come up with a name. I was sitting by my bookcase and the first thing that caught my eye was that book. I didn't want to use Frog or Toad so Willowwind came to me next. We also had willows growing by the pond so it seemed to fit where I come from. We now even have a big, white percheron named Willow. Here's her picture(rather dark) getting a kiss from my granddaughter. This Willow is bigger than both of us put together. LOL Great minds must follow the same lines!!! :) It's so nice to meet you.
I've been driving down this road for almost 40 years and there has always been a chain & a "Do not enter" sign across here. Yesterday, I noticed that it wasn't there and decided that today I would check it out.
I'd always noticed that there was a pretty large herd of white tailed deer roaming back there. It's about 4 miles off of the back side of Valley Forge National Park. There are several mysterious entrances to old large estates back there. One of them is John James Audubon's Mill Grove. None of the others are open to the public, including that of his father in law "Flatlands".
Oh Ev Vey.. Probably spelled wrong but you know what I mean. I was Jewish is one life, just not this one. Now I am English, Indian. Welsh and whatever. If I was a dog my pedigree would state mongrel. I worked for Chase Manhattan for over 30 years. I was chased all over the world. You guessed who was the chaser. I never got caught...Smart girl. I would see them, married, coming and just follow behind them around the room. At the end of the conference they would say, "I have not seen you all week". I would answer, "I was just so busy, Sorry." Kept my job for over 30 years. My mother did not raise a dumb girl...LOL. Actually she did, I learned all my tactic from working for an advertising agency for the strip hotels for two years. I learned very quickly. Believe it or not, one week was enough for the girl from the sticks to figure out that all the pretty boys spoke with forked. I was so fascinated with this gorgeous boy that told me everything a young women would want to hear. Well the next day, he was at the next desk talking to another secretary the same way because he wanted to see someone else in the agency. All he wanted was to get in to see my boss. The light went on an on, an on. I was very young, 22, but I never forgot that lesson.. I, still to this date, could not believe he was talking to her the same way he talked to me at the next desk the next day. My poor husband has paid for that for over 35 year. LOL...
I am not a hoot. I am a quick footed blond female that was quick on my feet, years ago. Remember I was raised in Las Vegas so New York was amateur land...End of story ...The names have been changed to help the innocent. Not a LOL...
Sorry to drift from the subject LOL
I just couldnt decide where this project belonged.
My garden hose guides are made of rebar( dangerous and ugly)
I have been working with fused grocery bags and all things plastic.
I have made bags mostly but treid some cone shapes for trees.
I modified them to cover the rebars and made plastic guides for the hose.
Stormy what an adventure. Those pics are great. The size of that tree is truly impressive. What beautiful old buildings.
ge, those hose guards look like party hats leading us to the party. LOL
I will have to search fused grocery bags. I don't know anything about that craft.
When I saw that huge sycamore tree, I was reminded of the song we used to sing when I was a child...
Zacchaeus was a wee little man
Zacchaeus was a wee little man, and a wee little man was he.
He climbed up in a sycamore tree, for the Lord he wanted to see.
And as the Savior passed him by, He looked up in the tree,
And he said, "Zacchaeus, you come down from there;
For I'm going to your house today, for I'm going to your house today"
Zacchaeus came down from that tree, as happy as he could be,
He gave his money to the poor, and said: "What a better man I'll be."
stormy - you're welcome to hijack anytime with photos as you've posted. Loved the sycamore, of course! I think the small building may have been a caretaker's cottage. There were many huge estates, mostly in Nassau County (twenty minutes to NYC), for the very wealthy people of the 20's when the area was called The Gold Coast. I've seen many of them on Decorator's Showcase tours but none had a barn like the one you showed us.
This piece hangs in the stairway to the second floor right next to the front door. It is not quite 3ft long and although rather plain I love the lines. It hangs over the coat rack that Ric made for me several years ago. The coat rack is made from oak boards that use to line of the horse stalls and the coat hooks were used to hang the bridles from.
BTW. Those are all hand painted ceramics that I made years ago.
Here is my Bahamanian watercolor. I just laid a few pieces around the edge to get an idea of what it will look like. I plan on matting it with a woven mat maybe something grassy or a material like burlap. Then a plain wood frame (maybe Ric will make that) and then add the drift wood. I have a lot of small driftwood in 5 gallon buckets for craft projects like mobiles and Ric reminded me that there is a wheelbarrow full down in the barn that came home from the beach on our last trip.
What an adventure to be able to explore that old estate. Beautiful trees. Gave me goose-bumps. I love, love, love old houses of all kinds. This was really a treat to see. And what beautiful country where you live.
Ge, I love your hose guides. They look very festive and will be especially appreciated this coming drab winter. Hose guides drive me nuts. I tried 4 types, before settling on one and now don't have enough.
Holly, I love your driftwood and ceramics. I need a big ceramic turkey. I had one before, but sold it when I lived in the high rise. Not enough room there for so much "stuff".
I imagine you will spend a lot of time sorting your driftwood for that painting. I think it's really neat when people make great frames to compliment art work. I once had a really nice octagonal painting frame made out of barn wood. But every time I dusted it, it gave me hand splinters, so I got rid of it.
Stormy, You don't dust picture frames made from barn wood. You just let the dust pile up for a more authentic look. LOL
Josh and Jen made several very nice rustic frames from the old grey sawmill oak boards that had at one time been the old chicken house we still have some of those boards stored for future projects.
Here are a few more pieces some of them were used in the frame picture. The big piece is pretty interesting it is about 18 in. X 12 in. X 12 in. I've been thinking about polishing it with tongue oil and seeing what it looks like.
Polly, I've wanted to see those estates in Suffolk County. I've seen some of the ones on the Hudson, but haven't seen any of the beach ones on Long Island. I'd really like to see them in the winter and fall as it wouldn't be so crowded. I remember touring the ones in Newport in August and the lines were terrible.
There are barns on all of these, because most of the barns were added in the 1840's, the era of the Gentlemen Agrarians. It was the time of scientific farming, practised by educated wealthy folks of other professions, who were compelled to carry on the family tradition of farming. Each of the owners of these estates were several generations of lawyers, judges, legislators, industrialists, scientists and nation builders. I can remember these lands all being actively farmed as recently as 10 years ago. A lot of the fields were rented out to other farmers. Even parts of the main section of VF Park were still farmed, but not anymore, other than to grow straw and hay for the deer.
Willowwind, Thank you. The East Coast of the US has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. We are so lucky to live here. Your part of the world is pretty spectacular too. Ours is just on a much smaller, gentler scale.
I found this old painting of the estate on the web this morning. Seems all of our forefathers were enamored of the Greek Revival style. If the British hadn't captured Philadelphia, the Capitol would probably still be here and most of our city would probably be done over in this style. It's interesting that the part of the house that is still standing is the oldest stone farm house portion, before the addition of all of the grand embellishments.
I love all the driftwood pieces, Holly! The more you stare at them the more you think of uses for them. I do that much too often as I'm collecting pieces at one of our beaches.
Bought a new Dust Buster...with a cord and several attachments and it would be ideal for dusting that frame! I wanted it for the sunroom/porch since there are always falling leaves from all the plants in there and it's great...much better than the battery operated type we have in the mud room.
It must have been the day for tree adventures Stormy. After church we went out to the old cottonwood I'd seen the other day and tromped around taking pictures and picking up interesting pieces of wood. I found several to lay along the edges of flower beds I think. I'll have to get them cleaned up a little and have a better look.
What an absolutely great exploration you must have had with that old mansion. It's fascinating to hear the history that goes with it. The painting of it in earlier days really shows the grandeur you can still probably feel when around it. Those trees are enormous...much bigger than mine, but for Kansas this one is quite huge. It surprized us as we first drove past to see the east side of it completely hollowed out. It's probably still 40' -50' tall, and still full of buds up in the top, but has at least a 3' diameter hole in the base that goes to the ground. A bear could live in there except we don't have them in Kansas. My granddaughters thought it was fun to pose in, though the oldest was a little worried about what might come out of it. The 3 yr. old, shown below wasn't worried a bit.
Holly, your driftwood and ceramics are beautiful together, and that painting will look wonderful with that framing. Be sure you post pictures when it's done. Isn't it amazing what the Lord leaves around right at our fingertips if we just take time to see the beauty!
Willow, What a wonderful photo!! I don't think I've ever seen a Cottonwood Tree in person. Don't believe they are native here. My father's family farm on the praries of southwestern Ks. There are probably not more than 50 trees in a hundred square miles there. When they visit here, they feel like they've entered another world.
There is a cypress swamp about 35 miles from here just across the Delaware state line. I bet that would be a great place to look for driftwood. There is often quite a bit in our creeks and rivers. I have been wanting to get some ever since I saw this arrangement at the Burpee/Fordhook Farm.
Pirl, Thanks for that link. I will have to study it.
Here's the west side and you can see from here the long branch that comes down and reaches clear to the other side of the little creek it's by. I had a hard time keeping my daughter from trying to climb across on it, as I would have probably tried some years ago. There was a lot of wood washed up along the fence from flood waters that had crossed here and it yielded a few interesting pieces.
It takes me so long to upload photos on my old dial-up connection that I miss conversation and sound disjointed, but it's fun to see what's gone on while I'm tied up. Beautiful lily pirl. I'm hoping to use the wood pieces I picked up today kind of like that, to edge a bed. I hadn't thought of it but I bet they would be good protection for things growing up alongside.
Stormy, I haven't been east for many years, but yes, I do remember how many more trees there were...and definitely bigger older ones. Actually, here in central Kansas we do have fairly heavily planted areas and in eastern Kansas where I went to college there are many beautiful wooded areas. I lived out in western Kansas for many years though and really worked to get trees growing. People don't even think of planting them out there sometimes which just seemed bizarre to me, but they probably thought I was nuts running around planting all these sticks in the ground. The cottonwoods are native to the whole state though and can be beautiful big old things. They're pretty fragile when they get old though, so you don't want one hanging over your house. Every late spring we go through 1-2 weeks of cotton, as the seed pods break open and tiny fluffy bits blow on the wind all around. It's messy at times, but actually like late spring snow. The trees are related to Aspen and have the same shiny leaves with a square stalk that almost sparkle when the breeze blows through them, and a beautiful, butter-yellow fall foliage color. Most of us here really do love them.
And I love the smell of cottonwoods on the first warm days in spring. We have them native here also.
DH and I drove to Cape Cod in '94 in October. It was amazing from Missouri on. Just like someone threw a quilt over the whole country. All the color. We drove down through Missouri and then thur St. Louis up to Indiana to see my aunt and then on to Niagra. We took Hwy, 20 thru New York state and stopped in Cooperstown. All over Cape Cod, clear out to Provincetown. Loved it all. I think we went right thru the middle of Kansas also. Desiduous? trees are much nicer to live under than conifers. This last spring when the firs bloomed we were covered in yellow pollen for weeks.
Wow you guys. This has been a wonderful relaxing thread to enjoy on a cloudy day. Thank you so much. I will have to ask around where we might have drift wood here in the southwest. Probably Utah and Idaho. Thank you so much for sharing I do not think there is anythng more beautiful than a great tree dead or alive.
Willowind, That tree is also hugh. Do you know how old it is? Your granddaughter looks so tiny in it. Did you have to lift her up? I looked it up and Cottonwoods are not native here. There was a, now extinct native, the swamp cottonwood, different than your eastern cottonwood. We have 138 native species of trees.
Willowwind2, Last month I was reading about the native trees of Washington. If everything that I read is correct, you have a very small number of native tree species, like 31. Seems very unlikely. Your hugh conifers are magnificent and your photo is lovely.
Super tree, WW! It looks as though the limb that reaches left goes through two vertical pieces of the young tree next to it.
WW2 - we go to Cape Cod every June just to relax after the madness of spring planting of annuals, vegetables, and containers. We love Provincetown but we stay in North Eastham on the Outer Cape. The beaches are works of art even if they don't have driftwood!
Here we have conifers and deciduous trees and it's nice to have both. The pines look so wonderful with a light blanket of snow and I use the pine cones for mulch for our hydrangeas. That must have been a lovely car trip!
stormyla - the little pieces make great landmarks for where specific plants are located.
OK, Pirl, Now you'll have me collecting driftwood at the beach. Why not, it will be a nice way to entertain the kiddies I usually go with. Don't know how much driftwood there will be at Cape May in NJ. The central part of NJ has forrests that go right into the ocean like in Maine. But I never go there, although it is very beautiful. Is that gorgeous photo from Southhold or Cape Cod?
I remember reading all of the descriptions of the homes on Oyster Bay in The Great Gatsby.
Cappuccino was the first Asiatic lily that I grew. It looks beautiful against the wood. You ladies would surely chastise me if you saw the 6' long sections of bark that I gave away. They were wide enough and had enough wood left on them to make benches.
Some of those homes were more than splendid. I always wondered what they did on the hot and still days of summer when there wasn't even a breeze. Visiting the Gould-Guggenheim estate I noticed a room where the floor and walls were all marble and seating was far from the windows. I guess that was cool enough. I had chills just walking through it!
We honeymooned on Cape May and then Chincoteage...but we weren't looking for driftwood then. My how life changes!
I wish I knew how old the tree was or anything about it but I don't. I know there are couple of old cottonwood bases at my in-laws' farm that are about that big around and are probably around 150 to 175 years old, but that's fairly young as many trees go. Cottonwoods have a good rate of growth if they're by the water. I just haven't seen many alive at that size...especially with such a hole. We did lift Acacia up since she was in church clothes, but she is quite a monkey.
pirl, you're right, it does look like those trees are all wound around each other. Now I'll have to check it out the next time I'm over that way.
Willowwind2, isn't it funny how our memory affects perspective. I have wonderful memories of all the pines, firs and spruces in the Colorado mountains where I lived the first 4 years of my life, especially the smell. Now I miss them as we just don't grow them as well here as deciduous trees. Of course, I'm sure I have no memory, or even took notice of pollen problems like I would now as an adult.
Thanks all for a forrest full of tree thoughts this evening.
Cottonwoods are not allowed here in Las Vegas. Too much pollen and they go for the water. No water, they break into the sewer or water lines. We actually have many trees that are outlawed because of allergies.
Pirl, I know a gal who hand makes furniture who lives on very modest means. I bought them for next to nothing at a flea market with her in mind.
A marble room would be great for me as I am always hot. Marble House in Newport is like that. Don't you remember the case of Sunny Von Bulow, left to die (or not) on the cold marble bathroom floor in her Newport mansion? I think all of those people were the celebrities of their era. Society folks were always in the papers and the more outlandish their spending, the more the public fascination.
I read the site on the Coe Estate. How incredible to move a 60' Beech and pay for the removal and replacement of the utility poles. Imagine having enough money and an era where you could buy influence to have the city move a road so you could have a better view of your entry way. It was almost sickening to read of such extravagance, but then it was also a testament to the american dream.
Va_Wild_Rose has had a wonderful thread on her two recent trips to Chincoteague in our MidAtlantic Forum.
What a great thread this is.
Sonny von Bullo ahhhhh yes, as a diabetic I always refree to her when the doc wants to increase my insulin.
I still believe her money in her husbands hands is what put her into a coma for many years.
I believe she died but was in a vedg.state for many many years.
He got off and continues to enjoy the good life , unless he has died too.
Great pictures of the Chinquatege.
I used to do business in Maryland and after I was done ,would go there to chill and watch birds.
Its beautiful, hope it doesnt become overdeveloped.
THere is a lady here in Indiana who makes these great wall hangings out of driftwood , I think her wood is from the great lakes.
They are named after harbors in Michigan
It is all drift wood except the stairs.
Wow, Gus! Someone has incredible imagination and abilities. I wouldn't want to have to dust all the nooks and crannies on the chair, but the table wouldn't get so bad with the glass cover. Those are truly amazing. Thanks so much for sharing them.
Gracious, I just saw the big one. I kept thinking it was like a doll house, but for boys. What little boy wouldn't have a ball playing pirates with something like that, although it would have to be carefully monitered to prevent breakage. That really is fantastic.
Love all of them, I remember seeing a driftwood chair years ago the seat was slung leather with a lambskin throw for extra comfort. I was very modern looking and pricey. But I have never seen anything quite like it since. That table is gorgeous. I can't even imagine the time and talent it takes to make those wall pieces.
Speaking of rich people and moving roads--I live on Hood Canal and there is a resort on the water at the foot of our hill. Bill Gates has a compound down next to the resort and microsoft money from a VP or something bought the resort a couple of years ago.
The highway used to run right in front of the inn and the parking was across the road. So they moved about a 1/2 mile of it over to get the parking lot on the same side as the Inn. They had to remove part of the hill and ran dump trucks 24 hours a day for a month to get it all to a different spot. They did do wonders for the old inn, but us peons are not so welcome there any longer.