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As you may know, it was our Wedding Anniversary last week – and I was taken to Wisley as a treat. Remember my blog about it?

What I didn’t tell you was that we ordered my present that day, too!

Going back to last Autumn, my friend and I went to the AG Show at Shepton Mallett. I found a stand selling driftwood sculptures from New Zealand, and had an idle thought about having one in my garden as a focal point in the fernery. I kept a card with the website on it, just in case – www.woodenzone.com.

We followed it up and looked at the gallery on the net – and my present was decided! Nigel from ‘Woodenzone’ was exhibiting at the Windsor Garden Show, so we went there before Wisley – and looked at his exhibits. He is a New Zealander, and goes out there for a month each year , bringing back a container load of driftwood of all shapes and sizes which he works on for indoors and outside too.

One stood out as being ‘the one’ – I just loved it! Amazingly, he said that it would be delivered today, which gave us time to prepare the site with a paving stone for it to stand on.

But instead of packing it up for a carrier to bring, he decided to come down himself! It was a great help to have Nigel there to unload it from the van.

Then he and my husband manoeuvred it into position. Not easy, due to its weight, and I was was fully expecting some squashed plants!

I had to stand back and decide just the right angle for it!

They had to shift the paving stone a few inches as one edge of the sculpture was against the Pittosporum tree. At last it was there – in position!

Now the stepping stones into the fernery actually go somewhere – to my beautiful, unique sculpture! I hope our visitors in June like it as much as I do… I just love it. What a great present – for my garden, as well as for me.

I asked Nigel what the wood is – it’s ‘Rata’ in Maori, and Metrosidius robustus in latin. He also told me that my sculpture had been destined to be exhibited at Chelsea this year – well, not now it’s not!

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Happy anniversary Spritz!

10 Apr, 2009

 

Nice piece of sculpture for the garden, Spritz, and you know that it has got a story behind it.

10 Apr, 2009

 

Fantastic piece of sculpture and a great anniversary present! Happy Anniversary!

10 Apr, 2009

 

Good choice spritz - looks like it's always been there

10 Apr, 2009

 

Wonderful sculpture... hint, hint dear :-)

10 Apr, 2009

 

wow its awesome...happy anniversery from me tooo.

10 Apr, 2009

 

What a wonderful present!
It is stunning.

10 Apr, 2009

 

Lovely to have this special garden feature to celebrate your anniversary. :o)

10 Apr, 2009

 

Thanks, all - I'm so glad you like it!

10 Apr, 2009

 

really stunning spritz. I find this natural sculpture so in keeping with a fernery. what a love piece. i am turning green! from some angles it looks like a host of dragon heads good luck omens too.

10 Apr, 2009

 

It sometimes feels as if something picks you instead of the other way round - this seems to be what happened to you, Spritz, and it's absolutely perfect where you've placed it.

10 Apr, 2009

 

Congratulations, your new sculpture is very evocative on it's plinth, it is a great place you have chosen to put it.

I am green with envy - I hope you have a lot of pleasure from it.

10 Apr, 2009

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Congratulations Spritz on your Anniversary and your stunning new sculpture it looks absolutely perfect in it,s new home .....................

10 Apr, 2009

 

I agree with you all, Its Stunning Spritz and looks perfect in its Setting, it takes more than plants to make a garden..as i said, Stunning.... Dee...

10 Apr, 2009

 

Happy Anniversary! That looks fabulous, almost like a dragon. I'm sure you'll find it hard to stop going to keep looking at it, I know I would!

10 Apr, 2009

 

Sbg thought it looked like dragons, too - I shall take a fresh look at it tomorrow! (I shall be out there seeing how many new ferns are needed to plant round it, too!)

10 Apr, 2009

 

Its certainly a fabulous piece,I,ve turned lap top sideways and upside down Spritz and it tells many a tale,I love it and yes it was destined for your fernery,hope you have many more anniversaries to admire and enjoy it.........

10 Apr, 2009

 

Lovely Spritz! There's something special about driftwood isn't there? I know it's just wood that's ... drifted (Duh!!) but in its transition it seems to take on something else - as though it has a deliberate intention to morph into something recognisably animal. We visited my partner's family in South Wales recently and had a short trip to a beach where driftwood lands. Some of it was amazing, but couldn't be brought back here in cabin baggage! I'm always checking out nooks and crannies on beaches here for driftwood, but haven't found any yet. I'll keep looking! Enjoy your lovely sculpture for many, many years to come.

11 Apr, 2009

 

It's wonderful and I'm sure all your visitors will like it. I think you have it in the best place too with ferns around it.

11 Apr, 2009

 

Stunning - if only we found pieces like this on our beaches!

No such luck if ever tin cans and bits of discarded net catch on ..yes can see the dragons head in your first pic.How about Spritzs Griffin Grotto ? Got a certain ring to it dont you think ?

Hubby excelled himself there , promised Jane that if we still together and breathing in 43 years time I ll get her one ! Many congratulations on your anniversary .xxx

11 Apr, 2009

 

Its looke great... looks like a monsters head.....

11 Apr, 2009

 

What a brill pressy.

11 Apr, 2009

 

It looks fantastic Spritz. What a lovely piece. I agree that it looks like dragon heads. You have it in the perfect place in your fernery. :o)

13 Apr, 2009

 

Absolutely love it Spritz! it really is stunning, what a wonderful pressy!

13 Apr, 2009

 

OH my ghos what a gift how very special I am so exicted for you that was so kind to share with all of us enjoy it, you have worked hard to have this gift after all these years of hard work swet and love...That is what it takes God bless you.

14 Apr, 2009

 

Thank you, Lujean - yes, I do feel blessed with a happy and long marriage! Our home and garden are very precious to us now we are both retired, and I have tried to create a beautiful garden to enjoy. :-) It was a very special gift from my husband.

14 Apr, 2009

 

Hello, I'm new to gardening and have only really been able to put much effort into it since I was made redundant. Your garden is lovely. I thought your sculpture was beautiful and looked lovely where you had placed it. Congratulations on your wedding anniversary. I like the picture of your dog too - he looks like a fine fellow. My cat, a beautiful tortoiseshell, is never happier than in the sun in the garden.

15 Apr, 2009

 

Thanks, Newkid! You are very kind. :-) I'm glad you like my garden - and my beautiful pressy!

Henry is a wonderful dog - very good company and very loving.

15 Apr, 2009

 

We also think that your sculpture is just great, Spritz. James said that it reminds him of the dinosaur skeleton we saw in a museum last week, and also that your ferns look like Jurassic Park. Now, with some comments above mentioning dragons, I think he has "hit the nail on the head". Beautiful sculpture and setting. :-).

16 Apr, 2009

 

I reckon the seller must have loved that piece, to drive it to your place himself. It must have been nice for him to see where it would rest, having found it in the first place. And also that you "robbed" his prize for the show, lol! It looks like it was made to go in your space tho', no worries there!

2 May, 2009

 

I'm glad you like it, cos I do! :-)
He is a nice man. He thught it would be safer in his van than on a pallet, and of course he is used to moving his sculptures around.

2 May, 2009

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