Word of the day

I’m not one to share words for the day generally speaking but I came across a fantastic word just now and I simply have to share… πŸ™‚




Pleaching is the art of training trees to grow together into beautiful and creative shapes.

Howzat for a cubbyhouse!

A scrawny Ent from Lord of the Rings?

Now that is a stunning fence!

Oh my!

To pleach. Could you pleach a front fence or a garden sculpture do you think?

20 thoughts on “Word of the day

  1. Ooohh love these! Had never heard of pleaching…be neat to try πŸ™‚

    • I’d never heard of it either until 15 minutes ago although I have seen a fence made from interwoven willow sticks which grow together (illegal to plant willows here in Australia). I’m wondering if the term includes espalier because I plan to try that this season. If not I’ll be planting some olives that may well take to pleaching. It would be well fun to try. πŸ™‚

  2. One could have pleached thoughts? My “word” is underlining it red πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for this lovely post!

  3. I just love the long term vision in these. So amazing!

  4. LyndaD says:

    I shall expect to see a fence just like that one along the creek, OK? You had better start now before the goat arrives.

    • The goat will probably eat it! πŸ˜›
      I would have to research what edible plant could best be used for this. I think I might stick with my olive trees and I may possibly pleach them… But then again, I may not. I just want to harvest from them! πŸ™‚

  5. narf77 says:

    One day you are going to find Martin cowering in bed refusing to get up Jess…you really are onto something new every day aren’t you?! πŸ˜‰

    • Hey, I didn’t deliberately look this one up. I was browsing the Diggers catalogue and it just sort of came up. πŸ˜€ And anyway, aside from the seriously brute strength jobs like digging up and moving rocks, the garden has been my domain. He can cower all he likes, as long as the kids are cowering with him. πŸ˜‰
      Btw, rained all night. Itching for light so I can assess my pond. πŸ˜€

      • narf77 says:

        Same here with the rain water tank and it’s still raining πŸ™‚ Happy days and tea with rainwater! Hope your pond is full of taddies…I take that back, if it’s full of taddies, it will pretty soon be full of hoppers and the mess…THE MESS! I will stick with my rainwater tank πŸ˜‰

        • The pond isn’t even close to finished but I’m hoping the walls have held n the water has soaked in to make my digging it out job easier. We have frogs in the creek so I’m sure (hoping) they migrate up. The water is for watering the swales over summer if needed so I’m ok with it being a bit biological. πŸ˜‰
          Give your hair a wash in your tank water too. It will love you for it.

  6. Linne says:

    I LOVE new words!! And ‘pleaching’ . . . I’m awestricken . . .
    Yes, of course I can see myself doing this πŸ™‚ I can see myself doing most anything! (unless it falls in my personal category [hope no males are reading this lol] of ‘that’s why God created men!’) Not as big a category as that sounds πŸ˜‰

    A friend of mine has a weeping decorative fig tree in a pot that was pleached by braiding three slender saplings together. I always thought when I settle down, I would take seven (and a large pot, of course!) and make my own variant on that. And now I have a name for the process.

    I would think that most trees would pleach if helped out a bit. I loved all the photos, but the woven fence particularly appeals to me.Too bad willows are illegal; I suppose they are an alien species? It’s just that they are so handy for weaving baskets and lots more. Mum and I both love to do basketry, too. If I ever unearth some of my works, I’ll share pics. What do you have that’s native to Australia that’s similar?

    I love the cubbyhouse, too; if it were mine, I’d hang a hammock inside and sleep out most of the year. And the summerhouses . . .

    I’m going to be reading up on pleaching now . . . I think your idea of using it for fruit trees is great. Different varieties pleached into a fence on the north (your south) end of the orchard . . . but I want some pleached things for indoors, too. Just for fun. Or maybe I’ll do a few real figs and put them in my (dreamtime) solarium . . .

    Thanks so much, Jess! You may have to do a word of the month or something . . . πŸ™‚ Words are the best!

    • Words ARE teh best, chuk out the rest! πŸ˜‰
      We have willows here, millions of the bloody things and therein lies the problem. They’re a weed. Fortunately for us, our creek (just upstream from us) has several so I can harvest them for baskets and goat food but I don’t fancy planting them and getting my butt kicked by the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE). On their positive side they do keep down erosion and it has been said that it may be better to leave them there rather than remove and then spend years rebuilding the native fauna as the erosion in the meantime would be catastrophic. The jury would be well out on that one I can tell you.
      I’m sure there are natives that would pleach well. I wonder if wattles would. How beautiful would our wonderful accacias look, pleached into a house with a fluorescent yellow flowering bee haven in season. STUNNING! Not sure if they would work or not. A horticulturalist or plant expert I am not.

      I believe you can buy already pleached plants started off but the site I read (couldn’t link it though sorry) said they were from Italy so maybe italian web pages might be the place to start to really learn about it.

      Thinking about it, I reckon poplars would pleach well too, not that I intend on trying with the wretched things. And a plant that can be coppiced might well work too. Hazels maybe? I think I’ll stick with the olives at this stage. Looks like I will be grafting my olive trees and pleaching a free standing espalier style olive wall. πŸ˜€ Me likeee

    • btw, figured you’d like this post and word. It kind of covers several topics I know you like – gardening and language. πŸ˜‰

  7. Chrissie says:

    Love your energy, girl!!!

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