Finial Fun In The Knot Garden


A new year at the Fairegarden means new projects. The first item on the agenda was some tweaking of the knot garden. Click to read the background of it here-The Knot Garden. Last year it was decided after much careful pondering that after the grand display in spring of white viridiflora tulips the quadrants surrounding the center quatrefoil were just plain blah. Bamboo tripods were erected with grapevine woven balls on top to support tall Chinese trumpet lilies and annual vines. Liking the results, more permanent verticals were the next step towards the improved vision. There were already a couple of clay finials holding rebar poles together on either side of the shed. Liking the look, the search was on for more finials for the quads.


They were found online at a very nice shop called Burrd in Melbourne, Australia. The speed with which this order arrived, just before Christmas, was nothing short of astounding, five days from the other side of the earth to southeast Tennessee. Emails were sent to keep us abreast of the status of the order by the charming Simone. I sent them a photo to show the finials placed temporarily along the wall on some shorter bamboo stakes. This was an all around pleasant purchasing experience.


Tulipa ‘Spring Green’ blooming in April 2009 with the grapevine topped tripods in place. They aren’t really tripods, there are four stakes in each. What is the name for that? Anyone? Quadrapod sounds just wrong. Added: Pyramids!!! Thanks, Gittan! More added: Tuteurs!!! , thanks Kathleen and Nell Jean. My vision of tuteur involves crosss pieces, which can be made with some copper wire on hand in the shed. Thanks to you all for sparking an idea to make these poles even better, and having an elegant name for them. :-)


Lilium ‘Lady Alice’ blooming July 2009 with the photographer standing in the same spot as the first photo in this post showing the onion finial, note the butterfly bush flower to the left for perspective. Each quadrant received one bulb each of L. ‘African Queen’, the lady and Asiatic L. ‘Tiger Babies’ last year.


There is a part two to the knot garden project. An irksome ongoing problem of digging devil squirrels burying black walnuts from the neighboring large trees causes unearthed tulip, crocus and iris bulbs in the quadrants, not to mention disruption of the groundover thymes. Grids of rebar and bamboo stakes helped somewhat, but new layers of soil conditioner have covered those deterrents and the many holes and half eaten bulbs found continues to elicit growls, howls and skyward fist shaking towards the criminals sitting and chitting sassily in the nearby nut trees.


Another project completed last year was the installation of a gravel zen garden. Read the story here-Rock My World-A Zen Garden. The pea gravel needs cleaned up, fallen leaves removed and a fresh new raking of the waves, but there has been no digging by either loo seeking felines or the ravaging rodents in the thick layer of stones here.


The quadrants are planted with various varieties of creeping thyme with naturally occuring moss adding furry fuzzy chartruesness, especially in the winter months.


These thymes thrive in the dry hot summer conditions at the top of the property and should enjoy the gravel mulch added in a thin layer to each section. Our hero The Financier carried the heavy bags of rocks on his shoulder up the paths, changing his moniker to Indentured Servant for the task was done in sub freezing termperatures during the holidays. Thanks, hon! This was a job that had some urgency because crocus and Iris reticulata bulbs are already poking up along the curved edgings. The gravel must be spread before the precious tulip tips appear and would be crushed by little gardener tootsies, no matter how careful the trodding.


All four areas have been mulched. The color of the gravel is shockingly bright and light, but the vision shows the thyme filling in to cover the small rocks over time, or make that over thyme. Moss spores will spread to the stones to soften the look as well. It feels good to check this project off the list. Now, what’s up next?

Frances

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52 Responses to Finial Fun In The Knot Garden

  1. Saif says:

    Very very nice blog, please keep it up :)

    Thanks Saif, and welcome. Same back to you! :-)
    Frances

  2. Darla says:

    Those Finials are very interesting Ms. Frances. They are going to look superb in your gardens. Those White Tulips are just beautiful!! Lady Alice is something to write home about too. I just love how creative you are…why does part of my creeping thyme turn brown?

    Thanks Darla, we love them too. They are up and in place now, despite inhumanly cold temps. I just bundled up. Spreading frozen bags of gravel is not fun, I’m here to tell ya! HA As for that thyme, the same thing happens to me. I think it has something to do with the high rainfall this year. The gravel should help, for this is an herb that grows naturally in rock scree. I had been adding soil conditioner to hide the brown parts and hope it would fill in. That was fine in the drought years, but not this wet summer we had. High hopes for this gravel mulching. :-)
    Frances

  3. gittan says:

    I think you could call them pyramids =) Lovely to see anything else but snow! Every blogger here seems so amazed by all the snow we’ve got and that the temperatures are much lower than normal. I want to see garden pictures! Hurray for you Frances “LOL”

    Oh that’s perfect, Gittan, thanks! Our temps are lower than normal here and we have snow as well, about an inch. I am glad that this project was completed before the snow. It was still horribly cold, I had to really bundle up, wearing the new ski pants The Financier got me for Christmas. I don’t ski, but they are perfect for cold weather gardening. Stay tuned for the plant portraits with summer colorful photos coming up soon! :-)
    Frances

  4. Great job Frances, you are lucky that you can get out in the garden and get some jobs done. I am sitting here with ideas burning a hole in me head, but frustrated by the great white drifts. What great finials, I can’t believe how speedy they were!
    Deborah

    Hi Deborah, thanks. We don’t often have any snow cover here, although we have about an inch right now that won’t be melting anytime soon if the temps do what is forecast. Next week it will thaw and we will be able to get out and do something, anything! Burning a hole is an apt description of what happens when we can’t get out. I don’t know what I would do up north. When we did live in PA, where snow would be knee high for months, I remember trudging out to hang clothes on the line, stepping in the footsteps of previous trips. With four young children at home, I believe there was lots of cleaning up, crafts and cooking to keep me busy. And naps. No gardening until spring. HA :-)
    Frances

  5. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Oh my gosh Frances. You are an inspiration. I haven’t even looked outside for a few days. We received 3-4″ of snow yesterday. It is 12F right now and not supposed to get much warmer today with the wind blowing. Brrrrr. The finials are great. Those lilies with their blooms will look great sitting beside them. The thyme will love that rock bed. You have a kick start on spring chores.

    Hi Lisa, thanks. I won’t be out today, that’s for sure, cold and a layer of icey snow will keep me in. I can bundle up against the cold, but the fear of falling on the ice isn’t worth venturing out. I am hoping all these projects will work out as you say. The thyme has a habit of dying back in places and it is hoped the gravel will be more to their liking. It is hard for me to not be doing something, I am not a tv watcher, other than the news. Thank goodness for blogging. :-)
    Frances

  6. Joy says:

    Frances what was it about the Australian order that prompted you to do business with them ? and I can not believe how quickly you received it either ! Now that is astounding .. I think your name for the four legged creations is dead on girl ! LOL
    Love the white tulips .. very fresh for a Spring display .. actually that one rock in the zen garden made me think of a sharks fin at first glance ! LOL
    Joy

    Hi Joy, thanks. I was trying various phrases of terracotta finials in the google search, getting many drapery rod ads!, when this one came up. They had exactly what I wanted, even a variety from which to choose. I knew they were in Australia, but thought what the heck, I’m in no hurry. I will order from them again, definitely. Gittan helped with the name, pyramid, but it will be hard not to call them tripods. Maybe just finial stands. The rock does look like a shark fin! But that is not very zen like. HA :-)
    Frances

  7. Kiki says:

    Gorgeous! Yay..it looks like so much fun..I love finials..always nice to add decorative elements! Wonderful! I love knot gardens too..they steal my heart! AWesome projects you have..look forward to more of them!

    Hi Kiki, thanks. I have always loved knot gardens too, and have tried and tried over the years to get this one to meet the vision. It is an ongoing struggle, but the vertical interest of the finials and gravel are good improvements, I believe. :-)
    Frances

  8. Rose says:

    I don’t know what’s next, Frances, but I’m sure another creative idea will pop in your head very soon. I have to echo Lisa’s comment–with my garden buried under snow, there’s little chance of completing any kind of project right now. I can only dream…and look through garden magazines. I do have a few projects in mind, but Mr. Procrastinator rebels at being an indentured servant most of the time, so I’m not sure when I’ll get those completed:) I call the quadropods pyramids, too. I love the look of the creeping thyme and the moss–makes me think I need more plain green in my garden.

    Hi Rose, thanks. The next project, if it can be called that, will be to cut everything down to start all over again, sometime around Valentine’s day. We do have to work around the weather here too. The Indentured Servant is not toting bags of gravel whistling a happy tune! The thymes are a mix, some variegated, some not. The gravel mulch for them has great potential for success. It already grows great in the gravel paths, as does everything else! :-)
    Frances

  9. I can’t wait to see it during the growing season! The pyramids will look really nice when covered.

    Hi Dave, thanks, me too. It seems like the frozen tundra here at the moment, but is supposed to get up to 50 next week. That will be great! The pyramids, can I get used to calling them that?, already give some welcome vertical to the knot garden view from the lazyboy. :-)
    Frances

  10. Willow says:

    I just love the garden. Each year I try to add more decor to our yard.

    Thanks Willow. It is nice to have art out there and these are useful in holding the stakes together for the tall lilies and annual vines.
    Frances

  11. Good luck with deterring the varmints Frances. My grandad had a pellet gun that was quite an effective squirrel deterrant. 2.8 degrees this am with another inch of snow. I was thinking about my Delospermum which would die off in winter wet feet. Some got moved to a steep slope hoping for better drainage and survival. The thyme might like just a wee bit of a berm slope too.

    Hi Christopher, nice to see you. I guess your comment means you still have power, and hopefully heat and water too! As for the critters, I let Kitty out to chase them when we see them, but they often dig on the sly, when my back is turned. The thyme does well up there, but this wet summer we just had along with the extra bags of soil conditioner did not help. This part of the garden has to be flat, the only really flat spot anywhere. Maybe mounding up slightly in the middle of each quad would work though. Hope your ice plant lives, ours kind of dwindled this year, too wet.
    Frances

  12. Gail says:

    I love them! ;-) gail

    Hi Gail, thanks. They are very cute. More could be used around and about. There are little ones available that fit on just one stake that would nice, we have stakes all over for the lilies, to mark their location and help hold up the heavy flowers on some.
    Frances

  13. Oh Frances how I envy your being able to work on garden projects… Your Lady Alice is astounding and I am in love! I could shrink and sit calmly in your Zen garden for days. I cannot wait to see how your knot garden matures. It already looks so lovely. Your finials atop tripods or pyramids will look stunning covered in green and blooms. As always an inspiring post beautifully illustrated! I want to slip in a ‘Thank you!’ for your very kind comment! Carol

    Thanks Carol. The projects get worked on when the weather allows. None for this week, outside anyway, but next week sounds promising with one day of 50 in the forecast. Lady Alice and the others put on a wonderful bloom show for their first year. Lilies are hard to beat for sheer presence in the garden. Your posts are always amazing, Carol! ;-)
    Frances

  14. nancybond says:

    I love your white tulips, too — there’s something about white flowers in spring. They seem to speak of the pureness, newness, or virginal aspect of the growing season. Your creeping thyme is very pretty, too. It’s so refreshing to be able to share your garden this time of year. :)

    Hi Nancy, thanks so much. I love white flowers and these tulips have proven to come back reliably with just a little moving around to fill in the gaps every couple of years or so. I hope the gravel makes the thyme happy. :-)
    Frances

  15. Cameron(definingyourhome) says:

    Love the finials and knot garden!
    Am in Santa monica for a week. Trying to read blogs from my iPod touch

    Cameron

    Thanks Cameron. Lucky you! Enjoy the beach and take plenty of photos, I know you will. :-)
    Frances

  16. LOL, I thought your zen garden was a really big bird feeder! You’ll have to excuse me but I have tons of ducks and the snow is so high and floofy, I’ve been putting down seed for them on my shoveled brick path, and the size of your bed would be perfect as a duck feeder!! :)

    HA Monica, no ducks allowed in the virtual waters of the zen garden, yuck what a mess that would be. My daughter has raised ducks, they leave quite a trail behind, although they are cute. :-)
    Frances

  17. Hello Frances,

    I always enjoy visits to all the different areas of your garden. I like your garden art and the new finials are a little different from the norm, which I like. From looking at your photos of last year, I am looking forward to seeing your garden bloom come spring!

    Hi Noelle, thanks so much. Spring in the knot garden has always been wonderful, the lily pyramids will offer interest in the summer into fall. Oh I can’t wait for spring! :-)
    Frances

  18. Anna says:

    Amazing just how quickly the finials got to you from Australia – must have been some sort of world record ! The white tulips look great Frances. Must be great to be able to get out in the garden – my fingers are getting itchy and everything is covered by snow.

    Hi Anna, thanks. The finials arrived so fast, I have just ordered the smaller ones to go on the single stakes for a little added decor. We’ll see how quickly they make it without the extra employees used by the postal service at Christmastime. You have more snow than we do, it looks so pretty. We only got a light coating this last time around, but it is quite cold. Glad to have gotten the knot garden jobs done before the bitter cold arrived.
    Frances

  19. Cindy, MCOK says:

    Frances, the white tulips look smashing and remind me that I must get over to my late friend Amy’s house to plant hers for her. She always said she wanted white tulips to be her signature flower. I’m hoping to continue planting them in her garden in her memory for years to come.

    Hi Cindy, thanks for visiting. That is so sweet of you to remember your friend’s request for the white tulips, such a luxury for your area. I too hope you can keep up that wonderful memorial tradition. :-)
    Frances

  20. Joanne says:

    Hi Francis your endless energy to garden wears me out. In all the snow I am having a compulsery break from gardening apart from rescueing the odd pot plant that has needed a bit of extra protection. I love your Spring Green tulips something to look forward to.

    Hi Joanne, thanks, I think. Since this project was completed, we have been nothing but lazyboy potatoes, and I am straining at the bit to get back outside when it warms up. The pea gravel was spread while it was frozen solid, breaking some of it apart with a hammer. We really need it to warm up. :-)
    Frances

  21. Gloria Bonde says:

    Frances, I love your garden. I am having my first peeks at it and it is a pleasure to my snow blinded eyes. The knot garden is lovely and I love finials. I am always looking for things to top my “hose guards” This year I was thinking I would try little colorful voltive holders. Gloria

    Hi Gloria, thanks so much. The finials are perfect in the knot garden, the style suits the plantings and design. I am so happy to have found them. Your colorful toppers sound perfect! :-)
    Frances

  22. Jen says:

    Francis, your garden, and your blog are a delight to visit, no matter what the season.

    Loving that knot garden.

    Jen

    Thanks so much Jen, what a sweet thing to say! The knot garden is one of the best parts of our property, and is planted more simply than the rest. I need to take a lesson from it. :-)
    Frances

  23. Susie says:

    Nice post, loks like you’ve been busy the last few weeks. Perfect time to get the bones of the garden in order.

    Thanks Susie. I would love to have been busier out there, but it has been colder than normal. Next week, the forecasters are promising, will be better. And I’ll be out there. :-)
    Frances

  24. Dang those rotten tree rats! I feel your pain, only in my case it’s peanuts instead of walnuts. If I find an attractive alternative to chickenwire and metal baskets, I’ll let you know. I really like the finials.

    Hi MMD, thanks, knew you would be sympathetic to the battle against the diggers. I am hoping the gravel is a deterrent. The gravel paths, which have plenty of plants growing in them are never bothered. I believe the rocks ruin the squirrels manicures. :-)
    Frances

  25. Diana says:

    Hello Frances, that obelisk will add some wonderful drama to the garden. Happy New Year

    Hi Di, thanks and the same good wishes back to you and yours. I like that, obelisk. We do have a couple of those type structures on either side of the bench in the knot garden. :-)
    Frances

  26. Catherine says:

    Reading about you working on garden projects now is making me anxious to start something here. I’ve got a very long mental list started.
    I love how the finials look. I remember you mentioning them in a recent post and they sure look nice. I can’t wait to see the knot garden in Spring!

    Hi Catherine, thanks. This is a favorite time to work on hardscape, normally our temps are much more mild though. As soon as there is a warm up, I will be back out. The lazyboy and I are becoming one, not a good thing. :-)
    Frances

  27. Teresa O says:

    When my world is white, it’s so refreshing to take a garden walk in a thriving, beautiful place. The finials are indeed fun! They remind me of acorn finials I had on a picket fence once. Thank you for another marvelous post.

    Hi Teresa, thanks so much for those kind words about the garden. It is a frozen land at the moment, but will thaw out next week, I hope! Acorns are a favorite of mine too, I almost chose that shape for the finials, but these onions won my heart, that little twirl at the top was irresistable. :-)
    Frances

  28. Kathleen says:

    and so begins another gardening season! The work is well underway in Fairegarden Frances. Good for you. I love the finials ~ they are a great finishing touch. As far as what to call your four legged vertical structures ~ my vote would be for tuteurs. I always understood that obelisks were round and tuteurs were four-legged. Some gardeners say those two terms are interchangeable. Either way, I say, the more the better. I cannot believe there are iris and crocus poking up. Oh wait. Yes I can. I remember how early they seemed to bloom for you last year. It won’t be long now…

    Hi Kathleen, thanks, and thanks for offering up the word tuteur! I think of those as having more to them, but immediately began thinking of some heavy copper wire in the shed that could be wrapped a couple of times around the legs, perfect! Those bulbs always show early, but kind of wait in a holding pattern until a warm spell, which is so not happening at the moment. This has already been a much colder winter for us, and everyone else it seems. But spring will still come. :-)
    Frances

  29. Nell Jean says:

    By the time the word ‘Tuteur’ came to me, Kathleen had already thought to post it.

    Thanks anyway, Nell Jean. That is a good word for these structures and I will add some wire to them to make it more fitting. You still will get credit and a link. :-)
    Frances

  30. Janet says:

    The close up of the finial looks so different! wow.
    Love the close up of the thyme.

    Hi Janet, thanks. The onion shape with the curly top really caught my eye too. I was looking for just round balls, or acorns, but these were perfect and had a little bit of attitude. :-)
    Frances

  31. Sunita says:

    Oh, I do enjoy your projects! They’re always such fun and end up looking so great.
    I wonder when some gardening genius will ever get around to breeding tulips which can survive our hot humid weather. Those white beauties have really caught my fancy.

    Thanks Sunita, you are too kind. The only tulips that might work for you are the species Bakeri. We had them in our southern California garden which is fairly tropical. They are smaller and shorter, but rather cute. :-)
    Frances

  32. You made me smile on a cold blustery and very wet Northwest night…thanks! Lovely, makes me long for spring, Kim

    Thanks Kim, so nice to see you. It is cold and blustery here at the moment as well, but we hope it will warm up enough next week for us to go back outside and putter. Spring is on the wish list! :-)
    Frances

  33. Your garden projects are so interesting, Frances – they inspire me a lot!-Thanks for your kind comment which warmed my heart.
    Katarina

    Thanks Katarina, that warms my heart too. I loved your knights and wizard very much! :-)
    Frances

  34. Frances,
    Goodness, I think I am in love with ‘Lady Alice.’ I am always so inspired by your creativity. I’d like to thank you for your link to Burrd, they have some wonderful treasures.

    Hi Liisa, thanks so much. Lady Alice was a most pleasant surprise, I had no idea she would be so beautiful. I was very happy with the customer service and product from Burrd. I ordered the smaller onion toppers yesterday. It will be interesting to see how quickly they can make the trip from Australia to Tennessee. :-)
    Frances

  35. Good morning Frances, so great addings to your beautiful garden… and your white tulips are a great spectacle!!!.. and your zen spot is superb!!
    Muchos cariños,
    Maria Cecilia

    Hi Maria, thanks so much. When the white tulips bloom in spring, it is a magic time in the garden, very much anticipated. With zen. :-)
    Frances

  36. Sweet Bay says:

    Frances those are great ways to add vertical interest without using woody plants.

    I love the pictures of the knot garden in snow and the seedlings spilling out everywhere.

    Thanks Sweet Bay, structures are a good way to add vertical when plants just won’t work well. The knot garden is a different type than the rest of the gardens here, the only flat space as well. It has evolved and continues to do so each year. Fun. :-)
    Frances

  37. joey says:

    Handsome finials, Frances, the perfect choice for interest! I love your knot garden but your lovely photos reminded me that I forgot to plant my spring green tulips this fall :( Stay warm!

    Hi Joey, thanks. Is it too late to pot up those tulips? I would go ahead and do it and place the pot in an unheated but protected place, if you have something like that. Might as well! But stay warm yourself doing so. :-) Never give up!
    Frances

  38. easygardener says:

    I’ve planted some Tulipa ‘Spring Green’ in pots so it is nice to see them flowering in your pic. I’m quite taken with the twirly grapevine balls. I have an overgrown grapevine – next year it will be pruning with artistic possibilities – as long as I write down a reminder now.

    Hi EG, thanks for visiting. These tulips are always a favorite, more so than any of the others we grow, so elegant. The grapevine balls are so easy, like winding a ball of yarn. Be sure and wind while it is still pliable, makes life easier. :-)
    Frances

  39. Hiya Frances

    In old England finials were sharp to stop the devil sitting atop the structure.

    Tuteurs is a French word.

    Love those white tulips, really beautiful.

    I’m sure you’re not on first name terms with those squirrels!

    I’m off to google ‘Burrd’.

    Rob

    Hi Rob, thanks for all that. I looked up tuteur, fixed the spelling error on the post, funny it was wrong one place and right the next time, inconsistant or covering all bases. HA It seems tuteur and obelisk are interchangeable for these structures. I do have a first name for the squirrels that is unprintable on this family friendly blog. Burrd in the post is a link, if you are interested. :-)
    Frances

  40. Elephant's Eye says:

    I would call four legs an obelisk. Like Cleopatra’s Needle in London?

    Hi Diana, thanks. It seems all the terms, pyramid, tuteur and obelisk will work. I might just call them the onions, for short. :-)
    Frances

  41. Frances, I cannot believe how we’ve been on the same wave length! I purchased a “bunch” of bamboo posts at the end of the Summer… and a bunch of wooden finials, with the intention of doing this very same thing! I really like the look of the LARGE finials… may give some more thought to mine. :-)

    Happy Winter! (I can work on these indoors!)

    Hi Shady, thanks and have a happy warm winter indoors yourself. The finials were an investment, but should last a long time, as will the poles, rebar covered in green plastic. The grapevine and bamboo was just a test to see how they looked without spending any money. Wooden finials will be cool and could be painted too. A fun project. Great minds…. :-)
    Frances

  42. Love the finials, of course! I like the grapevine ones very much, actually. As for seeds…it’s been several years since I did anything but wintersowing a few things. It’s a matter of timing; things don’t like being neglected in spring, and other committments often take me away during crucial seedling tending times. So I vicariously seed with you and other blogging buddies.

    Hi Jodi, thanks. I like the grapevines too, and had even made new ones for this year, but they disentegrate in one season and the look over the winter is not nearly as nice as the onions. Seed fun is a nice distraction for me over the winter, but the success rate is abysmal. Getting the babies into the ground at the correct time is the weak link in the chain. But I do it anyway, year after year. ;-)
    Frances

  43. Frances, you had a busy 2009. Are you and Gail coming to Buffalo for the latest blogger fling? I hope so. Would love to see you both.~~Dee

    Hi Dee, thanks for visiting. We are both on the list for Buffalo, so hope to see you there! :-)
    Frances

  44. The pink finials look classy but I’m going to copy your whirly vine tops. I get more vine than grapes with my vines so it will be fun to have something to do with all the traily bits. I bought some green rubber balls with holes in a few years ago. One is supposed to use them in a construction project which results in a fruit cage made from bamboo poles. I suppose the best that could be said for them was that the price was worth the enjoyment my family got from watching me trying to fit it all together. (Failure!)

    Hope the mention on Esther’s Boring Garden Blog is alright, Frances. And many thanks for seeking out the answer to the mini-Christmas tree ID question. At first, I thought you had cracked it but having looked at a few more photos . . . I think it is back to an open issue. The mystery deepens! I do appreciate your interest. Esther

    Hi Esther, thanks for the link love although I am sorry to hear my ID was not correct. I do hope you are able to get the right name from the suppliers. The grape vine toppers are nice, I should have done a neater job with them but was in a hurry. Our grapes are wild ones on the property borders, not enough vine to make the best balls. Good luck with yours. They still will decompose quickly, in one season and have to be replaced. I wanted something more permanent. I have seen those balls to hold the bamboo, glad to know they are difficult if not impossible to use.
    Frances

  45. TC Conner says:

    Hmmm, those finials…I can’t quite put my finger on it, do they appear phallic or erotic? Or both? I suppose it’s another one of the obscure ways I have of looking at things.Perhaps I’ll view them differently once you’ve planted things that twine their way up and around the tepees.

    Hi TC, you do always have a fresh perspective, and a unique one to the other comments! I do appreciate that about you. :-)
    Frances

  46. commonweeder says:

    And my husband thinks I dream up too many projects! Ha! I do admire you – and one of my project this year may be the grapevine balls atop a ‘tuteur’. I am thinking more about UP this year.

    Too many projects!!! No such thing. HA The grapevine balls are great, but fall apart in one season here. I made them too fast, not doing a good job because I wanted to see how they would look. Take your time and pull them tightly when wrapping, add more pieces than you think you need to make them more dense. It will help them stay together better. Up is good. :-)
    Frances

  47. Town Mouse says:

    Oh, I love knot gardens, though I’m not orderly or patient enough to have one. Very impressive (I looked at the earlier post). Did you ever see the one at Filoli? http://www.filoli.org/downloads/garden/gardeners…/knot-gardens.pdf

    Hi Town Mouse, thanks. As for Filoli, it is the best knot garden in the world!!! I have looked at pictures of it online, have magazine tear sheets of it and dream about it! Thanks for the link. I need a Filoli fix! Oh no, the link did not work. :-(
    Frances

  48. Town Mouse says:

    Sorry about that. Did you leave the … in? They need to be there, weirdly enough. Otherwise, google Filoli knot garden and you’ll be there. The best thing, BTW, is that they have a minature not garden about 3×4 feet that mirrors the large one, complete with tiny “trees”. You’ll have to come see it.

    I just clicked on the link in the comment and it says error. I will try the google method, for Filoli is worth the effort! I have seen photos of the mini knot garden, I think they are in the magazine tear sheets in my idea book too. This is one fabulous garden, on my list of places to see in Blotanical on my plot, always has been. :-)
    Frances

  49. Lola says:

    Hi Frances,
    Love those finials. Will have to check them out. It seems I will have to do more growing up as my space is so limited.
    I had seen some Terra cota finials at a nursery but they have since gone out of business. Sadly I failed to get some before hand.

    Hi Lola, thanks. Growing up is fun. HA We bought our first ones at a shop here about ten years ago. They sold what they had and didn’t get more. I was happy to have found them online.
    Frances

  50. catmint says:

    Hi Frances, as a Melbourne gardener I might be expected to claim some knowledge of this company but have never heard of them before. But when I check out their website it is certainly appealing. I have a need for projects too. Unfortunately projects for me usually seem to entail removing all or parts of plants and virtually starting again. Your garden looks great, and your partner a useful multi tasker. Cheers, catmint

    Hi Catmint, thanks for visiting. Your projects do sound like mine, involving plant moving that is somewhat daunting. It is the correct way to do it, but we are put off by the thought of it. More planning needed. :-)
    Cheers,
    Frances

  51. Lynette says:

    I’m new on this blog…sitting in California, not in snow, but rain. Started knot garden last spring-will finish this Spring (fingers crossed)Have obelisk in center with heliotrope and Black Knight Scabiosa around it in Spring. I had a clay pot that drove me nuts…until I painted it periwinkle blue…aaaah…better. It’s a gorgeous color with the garden… Love this blog. Be well,Lynette

    Hi Lynette, thanks and welcome. Your knot garden sounds sublime, I love your plant choices, and their colors! Painting the pot seems perfect, I love that color. Do visit again! :-)
    Frances

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