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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Wattle I Do

Do you see what I see? Way out back at the edge of the woods?
The grass is finally greening up in our north central WI., and on occasion, we see a deer or two. It was 7:30 this morning when I spotted these two whitetails in Mom's field.
So I thought I'd share....Here's looking at you Colleen, you little city slicker but oh, so country at heart, gal. We miss you too!
I finally finished a wattle around a small flower bed at the south end of the deck.
A wattle is a fence made with flexible twigs woven in and out of support sticks. It's pretty generic, but pretty to look at too. It also reminds Bill that, should I let him do the lawn mowing, that there is a line where lawn ends and flowers begin. I hope this works at deterring the lawn mower and the weed wacker.
After edging and placing the support sticks, in this case, grapevine sticks, I started to weave more grapevine. I didn't like the way it was working out, the vine being too twisted and not straight enough. I had to come up with another plan, so I took a ride to the cabin driveway.
With my devoted tools, the loppers and the bypass pruners, I went to work cutting and trimming long, straight sticks that were still green and flexible. Most of what I cut was dogwood, alder or yellow birch.

Wattling takes time but is so worth it. I am not pleased with this fence so I can get away with calling it 'practice' for the one I will make tomorrow.
The same fence from the other end of the bed looks a little better. So ends the first part of 'Project 2'. As you can see, I still have debris to clean up. I think you all should go out in the wild, gather some straight, flexible twigs, and create your very own wattle. Have fun!
Bless Every One of You


Tookie said...

I really like your stick fence! It looks like a fence that might be straight from a picture book....maybe from Mr. McGregor's garden.

Paula said...

The fence looks really nice. You do have to give those men a little hint sometime as to where the flowers and lawn shall meet. Don't think I'll make one though. John's sister insisted I make a basket with her one time and I'm not over that yet.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Neat Dar..... I have seen these before--but never knew they had a special name... You are a waddling-pro, Dar..... You need to open a Waddling Business!!!!!

Thanks for the education--for this city gal!!!

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

Now that fence is just too darn cute!!! I want one.

Cher' Shots said...

Well now, wattle a person say about that! Cool!

Dianna said...

WOW...I love the look of the wattle, Dar! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and your pictures! Hugs coming at you!

lil sis said...

Wattle you come up with next???

I like your fence - you don't need to change a thing.
Just be patient and let the flowers add their
finishing touches to it and it'll be awesome.

Rebecca said...

I never knew of a wattle but I love it. Looks wonderful. I know the pain of the weed wacker and lawn mower on the garden edges all too well.

Fred Alton said...

Dar - you've given me a great idea that I'll probably put in practice at the Cabin ... maybe next year? LoL ☺

Leedra said...

I really like the waddle fence, would like one of these with daisies or black eyed susans all around it. Great photo op when the flowers get close to the fence.

Can't visit very often, since you are still set to embedded, but I keep trying.

Anonymous said...

I really like that edging you are doing. I think it looks great. I never would have thought of that. If you have a lot of grape vine around it would make for the great edging and save some money at the same time.

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jack69 said...

Well lookee here! That is some kind of cute. That would catch a lot of eyes down here. Too bad I already made the fence to keep MJ out of the garden.
Now I know what a waddle is, and I thought waddle was only for ducks.!!!!
Love and hugs from down in NC

jack69 said...

got my waddle and wattle mixed up!

Suz said...

why that is just the best fence!
boy you just keep showing us up
you talented woman you...
now I have to go outside and look at my crappy green metal one from Wal mart

~mel said...

wattle ya gonna do tomorrow?? waddle ~ like me... lol

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Dar: That is so decorative, nicely done. I do love to see the deer.

Pat's Addition said...

Always loved this wattle fence look. Takes a bunch of sticks and time tho.