Driftwood - Part 2

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Let's continue chatting about the driftwood pieces we've found, seen or own.

Trees, stumps, bark and such are all welcome.

On Cape Cod we often passed a shop named Yak Arts. What a treasure it is. Most of the wood items come from Indonesia.

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(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Here is a collage of some of the offerings of Yak Arts outdoors. The inside of the shop is equally interesting.

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(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

The benches are unique!

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(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

These faces are made from the very fast growing trees in Indonesia, which are planted in sand. The top of the tree is cut off and used for other purposes but it leaves the roots that are very easily lifted from the sand and local artisans create these wonderful faces.

The pieces are very large and very beautiful.

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Moundridge, KS(Zone 6a)

Pirl, thank you so much for starting part 2. I'm one of those dial-ups and this will be much easier. I love the benches and the root face is stunning. It makes me want to get a whittling set and start carving, but I'm afraid my thumbs would be the first things to come off! :( As a camp nurse I became quite skillfull with steri-strips due to whittling classes. You started such a fun thread so I'm glad we can carry it on.

Willow

Norristown, PA(Zone 6b)

Pirl, I've seen some of those beautiful benches from Indonesia. I've often thought of getting one, but wouldn't want to use it outside. Don't have the right place for one inside. There are also beautifully carved pieces of Mahogany from Indonesia.

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

There is such extreme joy in wandering around Yak Arts and it's a place many people seem to just drive by and pay no attention to it seems. It is never crowded.

When people ask how we can go to Cape Cod each and every June I feel they must not absorb what's to be seen and enjoyed. Even at a Rhododendron Park there was no one but us on a gorgeous sunny afternoon where I spotted this peeling bark.

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Las Vegas, NV(Zone 9a)

Love the bark.

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Me, too. Just saw similar bark last week at the library when I didn't have my camera with me. I'll have to go back soon.

Norristown, PA(Zone 6b)

Pirl, Is that a Birch? I keep seeing those exfoliating bark birches everywhere and keep thinking how handsome they are. But I have a large River Birch and nowhere to put another. I like them because their leaf cover is not overwhelming.

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

I believe it is. Only the Rhododendrons had name plates.

We had two white birches but they aren't meant for this area and it's the most common tree to see arborists removing, sadly. They just rot out.

Crape Myrtles and our Andromeda have lovely bark as well but not as nice as that birch.

Norristown, PA(Zone 6b)

Mine loses one of the mid to large size trunks about every 3 years. Each year I let 2 or 3 of the starts grow and there are always replacement trunks going. It's the same all over the Mid Atlantic region too. I don't know if this is not the case anywhere in the US. But they are pretty.

Here is my favorite Crepe Myrtle, Red Rocket. It also get wonderful bronze berries and foliage in the fall.. I'll have to pay closer attention to the bark.

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(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

It's lovely and it stands out so well against the white stucco of the house. Go out and check the bark tomorrow. You may be very pleasantly surprised.

Provided I remember, I'll take a photo of the bark on mine tomorrow along with a few other driftwood pieces.

Moundridge, KS(Zone 6a)

Beautiful birches Pirl. Birches grow well here but are subject to borers. I don't have one here but did in western Kansas. It the was the closest thing to satisfy my love (and missing) of aspen, and yet handle our growing conditions here. I didn't realize crape myrtles peeled either, I'll have to go look at mine now. Stormy, I love that Red Rocket...what a beautiful color.

Here's a couple of interesting pieces I hauled back from my tree hunt. The first one is an old knot-like area or maybe root part. I thought I could plant some sedums or hen and chicks in the bowl it's created.

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Moundridge, KS(Zone 6a)

This is just an interesting and aged branch that I thought might be fun to use as an edging somewhere.

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(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

I'd use it on the diagonal and from the tiny split I see at the end it just makes it so tempting to put in some tiny plant that can grow.

Moundridge, KS(Zone 6a)

What a wonderful idea! I have some tiny-leaved sedum that has a blue-green color...always reminds me of little blue spruce trees. Maybe I could pack the split with some potting mix and add that. Or if I wanted to go for color I could seed some portulaca in there. thank you so much.

Willow

Norristown, PA(Zone 6b)

Willowind, I think Portulaca would look great in there.

That Red Rocket grew to that size from an 18" twig planted 4 years ago. I have 2 of them on that white wall, one at either corner along the side of the house.

Pirl, I worked a lot of hours today and couldn't get into the garden at all. Will try to check it tomorrow.

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

Might the pealing bark trees be PaperBarl Maple or River Birch?

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

The Crape Myrtle has interesting looking bark but it's not the peeling type.

I have those tiny Christmas tree type of sedums! I'd shy away from Angelina - it grows way too fast.

Norristown, PA(Zone 6b)

I had to move the Angelina around a lot because of it's aggressive growth. It's one Sedum that doesn't even mind wet conditions.

Dover, PA(Zone 6b)

Stormy, Hi! We have a clump white birch out front Jamie and I brought back from coal country 15-20 years ago. A couple of the trunks will have to be removed before winter (egad, more craft material LOL). We also have vigorous new growth (much to Holly's disappointment) coming in. I love this thing in any season: the white bark is such a contrast to the juniper background, the early spring catkins are a harbinger of things to come, and the summer foliage seems to shimmer in the slightest breeze ( I can understand why willowwind finds it reminiscent of aspen). It also makes me think of the sensitive little guy tagging along on Dad's heels through the north woods to find one suitable to dig up and drag home. Ric
P.S. Holly thinks she could put the space to better use and I will admit that we are at the southern most range for these to grow well without northern exposure or elevation.

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Las Vegas, NV(Zone 9a)

Has anyone used Wire Vine. I found it a couple years ago and love. I am trying some cutting but only one of the five seems to be alive. Here I have it in a pot with tiny spruces I am trying to some what bonsai.

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Moundridge, KS(Zone 6a)

sk, I have wire vine in several places and have liked it. The biggest problem I've had is having grass or weeds seed through it. It is really quite tough and comes back just when I'm sure it hasn't made it. Mine hasn't developed into anything very sizeable, but my daughter has one that has really taken off. Hers is about 4-5 years old now.

Ric, your white birch is so pretty...it makes me miss mine. Sounds like it has special memories too.

Willow

Norristown, PA(Zone 6b)

Ric, LOL, I remember Holly talking about how attached to that tree you are. Those Junipers make a beautiful backdrop to just about anything.

My birch lost both of the outermost branches this summer.

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Las Vegas, NV(Zone 9a)

Willow, bending with the wind, looking very pretty, warm as the sun...

Just seemed like the thing to say. My wire vine lives year round. I have it in planters, hanging baskets and pots. In the ground, I do sometimes get wild grass coming through but I just lift it up and weed under it. I have not seen it attach to the ground. I wonder if I covered some long strands if they would root. I think i will try that because I have about 10 cutting going and it looks like only 2 or 3 are going to make it. Have you seen the seed?

Beautiful Birch. Love the multiple trunks.

We are going to freeze tomorrow night.

Moundridge, KS(Zone 6a)

Oh, I wish I fit your discription just now sk. No warm as the sun right now. It's windy and 33 degrees...and this is supposed to be the pick day of the week. Br-r-r-r! I've never seen the seed, but mine does root along in places and I have been able to make a few divisions to spread it around. Hope you didn't get too cold.

Willow

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Cold, nasty and constant light rain here. The temperature says it's 41 but it feels so much colder. Glad I gave my newly planted lilies a good covering of our own compost.

Norristown, PA(Zone 6b)

No snow yet, Pirl? It's coming your way at least from the south.

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Not yet. The weather report says we'll have a low of 34 so even if we get snow it will be gone fast. Several very nice days coming up so I can still garden quite happily.

Las Vegas, NV(Zone 9a)

We are OK as long as you are in hr sun. In the shade it is cold. Problem in Las Vegas is we do not have a lot of winter clothes. My DGG Hannah, left her for her freshman year in Provo, Utah. Her roommate is from Boston. Her roommate kept telling her to layer her clothing. She had no idea what she was talking about and finally told her. Her roommate was on the floor laughing in disbelief. The roommate said that is something you learn in Boston when you are very young. I think I am going to write a letter to BYU and state they might include a website to go to for instructions for layering of clothing for us Southwest desert rats going to cold areas for college. LOL.

I had a great day. Did a lot inside and I may get caught up on the house and start on the photo albums. Those are my winter projects. Photo albums and cuttings. Hope you all had a great day. But I think my DH has watched at least 9 football games in two different rooms. Maybe that is why I got some work done. LOL..

Dover, PA(Zone 6b)

Here are a few more driftwood pics. I keep a piece in my birdbath for the birds to perch on. Here is a pic of the whole birdbath. For those that may not have seen it before it is a fountain with a 3ft deep pond at the bottom. The water bubbles out the top and drips back into the pond base. There is a Robin sitting on the driftwood.

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Dover, PA(Zone 6b)

Here is a closer pic of the top. I had to put out the winter bird bath a much smaller heated saucer.

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Moundridge, KS(Zone 6a)

What a wonderful idea HollyAnn. Did you make it or purchase it as is? I love the idea of the falling water, and it's really beautiful with the frozen areas. The driftwood it a great perch. Did you have to anchor it in somehow? Obviously the robin likes it!

Dover, PA(Zone 6b)

Willow, We were helping friends move and they were going to leave it. Not really sure where they got it from might have been in the yard when they bought it. It's cement and very old. There was a pedestal and the top, it may have been originally used as a fountain as there is a hole in the top that runs all the way thought the pedestal. I knew what I wanted but was having trouble finding something for the pond bottom. One of my sons was working for a company that makes cement products, basement stairs, pipe, septic tanks culverts. He custom made the pond bottom just to fit the pedestal. They make this 6ft wide 3ft deep well and he poured a center core the same size as the pedestal with a hole running thru it also. We put a circulating pump in the bottom and a flexible tube runs all the way from the bottom of the well up thru the core and pedestal then out the top. I didn't want it to spray up high just enough to bubble over and drip back into the pond bottom. I have fish and frogs as well as pond plants in the bottom.
The driftwood just sits in the top I have never had to secure it in any fashion.
Here is a summer pic pretty overgrown by this time.

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(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

How lovely, Holly! The perch is a great idea and I, too, love the frozen artistic look to the ice at the side of the bird bath - you probably arranged it!

Moundridge, KS(Zone 6a)

Goodness, those plants look happy as clams! That is really something, and to come by it the way you did is so lucky. It's a good thing your son is so capable in finishing off the project. We have an old stone BBQ/outdoor fireplace that was built here in the 40's and is now falling apart on the sides. I had wanted to put it back together to use, but DH said he just didn't think it would be structurally sound at this point, so....now I want to try to make it into a fountain. We have an old sink thing that was used for flushing large amounts of mop water and old meds at the nursing home where I worked and it will fit perfectly into the cooking area. I figure, if I cover it over with the rock thats come off the sides, and some extra as well, I can run tubing up the chimney and allow the water to spill (just bubbling too) over the top and back into the bowl under the rocks. it should allow for drinking and bathing, but not be exposed where it will need cleaning all the time. We'll see if it works.

Norristown, PA(Zone 6b)

Sounds like a grand idea, Willow.

Holly has wonderfully talented men in her life who love to make beautiful things for her! Lucky Gal.

Norristown, PA(Zone 6b)

Holly, whenever I see a photo of your fountain iced up, it reminds me of this sculpture. I so want one of these.

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Moundridge, KS(Zone 6a)

Oh Stormy, when I first looked at that picture I couldn't figure out how the water could have frozen so quickly to be caught in mid-air. Then I read your post and saw the word sculpture. How silly I feel! That really is beautiful...where is it?

Holly really is very lucky. I really love my husband, but I think his structural integrity arguement may have been more of an "I really don't want to do it." fuss. I don't know though, because he was amazingly enthusiastic about making it into a fountain. Maybe he just doesn't realize how well I want to cover it with rock! :) At any rate, it will be interesting, and I have a bed winding around it anyway so the heat from cooking might play havoc with the plants, but water certainly won't.

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