A guest post by Geoff Stonebanks of Driftwood By The Sea
My coastal garden, Driftwood, in East Sussex on the south coast of the UK, is a real haven, some might say a final resting place, for many rusted, old, garden tools and implements. To me a garden is as much about the ephemera contained within it as about the stunning plants planted therein! I have some very personal items that belonged to family members no longer with us. Some gorgeous vintage objects, simply bought for their beauty and elegance and inevitably those acquired simply for their practicality. I’m obsessed by gardening and have seen over 10,000 visitors view both these objects and my collection of over 600 plants on show at Driftwood over the last five years.
On the personal note, I have a lovely rusted metal lawn roller that belonged to my father who died back in 2007, which has pride of place in the garden, gracefully allowing plants to grow up through it as though it had lain where placed for many years! This, despite the fact I no longer have a lawn! Still, it looks great! I am still in possession of some of my grandfather’s garden tools as well! He died back in the 1970’s, and I so enjoy bringing them out and using every so often. You can see in the picture there is an old hoe, rusted rake and a well used shovel like spade, all belonging to him! Hanging in the shed there’s also a pair of lawn edging shears that no longer get used but look great hanging there!
I couldn’t resist the lovely children’s’ wheelbarrow (pictured) when it leaped out at me in an antique shop in Devon a few years ago. It makes a really great feature, not to mention a great talking point, carefully placed in one of the seven garden rooms. Several years ago we were browsing in a local antique shop and came across a stunning, original Victorian umbrella topiary frame, now resting by the pond and looking so at home, simply as a rusted piece of sculpture. I recently saw a beautiful French sack barrow in the same shop and realized it would be a great addition to the garden too. It now resides, part practical but mostly decorative in one of many garden rooms.
If this has whet your appetite, why now take a good look at what else is hidden in this seaside sanctuary by visiting www.driftwoodbysea.co.uk