Rob Gorrell - Folk Artist

Get your lanterns now. It will be dark soon.

container garden

>It's time for a garden party, rustic style.

WhateverRob GorrellComment

>The other night we had some of our friends over for a casual dinner in the garden. Shelley set a nice table under the dogwood tree and we put the jazz channel on the radio and we were set. It seems like we have to have company to get ourselves to quit working on the garden and just enjoy it. Does that happen to you? you can't really tell from the photos but we have been working for the past few seasons to convert more of our property into food producing space. We have replaced box woods with blueberries and a pathway with a variety of raspberries and blackberries. I guess we are becoming part of the urban farming movement on a very small scale.

We found that there was not enough light in the back yard for vegetables and moved them onto the driveway, which gave me another rustic project to build. I made these tripods from local willow.I guess I really don't have a point to make, just wanted to show off my herbs before they blister in the heat and croak on me.

>A few new rustic garden projects

WhateverRob GorrellComment

>The rain has finally stopped and we are deep into our garden and yard projects. I thought I would post these to show why I haven't been posting much tramp art lately.

I have been trying to grow vegetables for a few seasons in our back yard. Most of it turns out to be too shady for many veggies. But we have found that we can grow strawberries and blueberries really well.
This year we added some more berries and I needed to build a new bird screen over the plot. This is what we came up with. The previous cover was made from willow twigs which kept snagging the bird screening when we tried to open the side to pick berries. This rustic cage is made in such a way that we can roll up the sides to pick fresh blueberries and still have a nice open feel to the area.

We decided to move the vegetables to the driveway since it gets full sun most of the time. Of course this meant that everything had to go into containers. This gave us a great opportunity to have some fun with rustic and salvaged materials for our garden. Time will tell how well this will work. In the coming days I will be building a rustic trellis over our tomatoes and squash that will be inspired by the gardens of Chenonceau France.

And finally, Shelley reworked the rustic tin and wood Celtic cross that I made last summer. She whitewashed the old tin and created a new shrine area in a shady corner of the yard.