Monday, July 25, 2011

Weaving in more vines

Post: Bernie: July 25, 2011
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Started to add more dead vines...


Road side view.


Yard side view.

I'm also keeping up with training everything to grow up and spread out...

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

It's coming alive

Post: Bernie: July 19, 2011
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So here we are in mid July 2011 just about year from the start of our project.


The Gathered Hedge has been raised from the "wild art of the winter wind", has already survived a few thunder and lightning wind storms and is changing daily..



View from the yard side at about 5:00 p.m. on July 19, 2011.


View from the road side at about 5:00 p.m. on July 19, 2011


Our vision is that by the Autumn we will have a few feet thick wall of growth about half way up the Hedge (I am doing some training of the vines and growth so that happens, while Joey would rather see it just grow up however it does).

We are still undecided about if we will weave some more textiles into the mix, but we are certain that we will weave more passed by vines in.

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The finials

Post: Bernie: July 19, 2011
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The "before the Fall" photo with finials.

Last year "before the Fall" Joey had begun to create finials that would go atop the poles.

First we need to add some cloth at the top so them can fit tightly.

Post: Bernie: July 25, 2011

July 25, 2011 with some finials now in place.



I also added a few gourd birdhouses that friends gave to us.








Joey will be making more as the summer progresses and I will add them to this post. And I hope to make or "gather" some more birdhouses and gourd houses as well.

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Helping nature take hold

Post: Bernie: May 25, 2011
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As you have read The Gathered Hedge is intended to be a collaboration with Nature.  The growing things that existed on site are the first line (mostly wild grape vines and Brier Rose).
But as the word "gathers" implies we will not shrink from "gathering" plants from other sources and locations.


Here are a few of the plants that we have "gathering": English Ivy from the yard of Joey's Mom and Dad in Rhode Island, many transplants of Brier Rose bushes from around the yard, vines of all kinds from around the yard (from places where I don't want them) and even some Pole Beans (from Lindell's again).








Evening comes to The Hedge.

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Setting the yard side Cedars

Post: Bernie: May 23, 2011
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The next day I dug the two remaining holes, "gathered" more Postset.



Then Joey and I set up the last two Cedars.






We then needed to straighten the Hedge up a bit.




So I found "Y" shaped Cedar branches that I could use to brace and push out the ends poles.

I drilled holes for the branches (using my power drill) and glued them into the trunk of the trees. They look really natural (I may use this technique to build a tree sculpture someday)!


After long months, "The Hedge is back" (as a motorist yelled as they drove by)!

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The Hedge raising

Post: Bernie: May 22, 2011
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We decided to make a party of it!

I made Lasagna and Joey made a huge salad. We had wine, beer, Guinness, solar ice tea and our homemade Pear Hard Cider (blended with Honey). And gathered some friends and family.

At about two o'clock (Abby was up from her nap) and we all gathered up by the Hedge.

The object was to get the poles (that Joey and I reinforced with Rebar) upright and back into their sleeves.

(trying out The Hedge Raising "album cover" poses)



All ready for a raising!







Some of us were on the yard side pushing the Hedge up (you can't see us in this picture).

While...




While Joey and our neighbor Bob from down the street pulled on ropes that I attached to poles and hoisted it up and one by one and got the poles upright and into the sleeves.



Here are Ken and I on the yard side.





Getting the poles back into their sleeves (as The Hedge was raised).








Yes! but a bit wavy still (we'll work on that tomorrow).






We then evened out the poles by driving them into their sleeves until they were again even (more or less) across the top.




"Abby. what is crazy Poppop doing up there?"





Then we tied off the poles to the Cedars.










(The Hedge Raising "album cover" pose)

We then had a celebratory dinner on the terrace.


Here you go Abby take some pictures...

(Abby took all of the following photographs) (cool)










"Long live the Hedge!"

The other two Cedars will be set up on the yard side and sandwich the Hedge in between themselves and the roared side Cedars.

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