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18/02/2014 at 16:14

Last summer a tree fell down in my garden, Tarzan swing of 20+ years still intact. I decided to drag it behind my bench where nothing grows, add a few old branches from other trees and hey presto - is this the general idea of a stumpery - and what do I   do next?

Sorry sideways



18/02/2014 at 17:12

I would try to dig around them so the 'stumps' are partially in the soil, a bit like a rockery - then you can plant ferns, hostas and hellebores around them, and I also like the look of some climbing/trailing plants over the stumps, maybe some herbaceous clematis or even ivies (if you're prepared to keep it under control). 

18/02/2014 at 17:28

Thanks Dove, The upright stumps are partly in the ground already. Think I'll steer clear of ivy but certainly ferns and hostas. I hope it proves to be an interesting part of the garden but easy enough to remove if it turns out a disaster! The main tree trunk is well rotted and much of it broke away as I moved it so it won't be a lifelong project but good fun for now!

18/02/2014 at 17:38

Have you thought about edible mushrooms Mrs Garden?

Just a idea.

18/02/2014 at 17:42

ooo no sorry Edd, some stumps already have their 'own' mushroons -  nice idea, just not for me!

18/02/2014 at 18:47

Looking good MrsG,  look forward to more pics. Ferns and climbers sound good, 

18/02/2014 at 20:23

Mrs g excellent idea

18/02/2014 at 20:55
thank you. I'll let you know the progress - its in the area which is dark and dry, so that will add 'drama' and plants suggested should be ok with shade at least. better than before when it was a bit of a dumping ground!
01/04/2014 at 23:10
Bump for sgl. Have rearranged and added some plants now so looks a bit different. Tarzan rope still there though!
01/04/2014 at 23:31

Ah yes MrsG,  remember it now. Hoping to get some assorted shapes/sizes of logs etc.  Want to put plants in too. A fern and some 'woodland' type plants. Look forward to seeing your new stumpery. Thanks for bumping thread up.

01/04/2014 at 23:32

Looks like you have also been reading the 'PALLET' thread MrsGarden. 

Anything you want to share with us??? Those planks were stumps before?

Kind regards.


01/04/2014 at 23:39
ahhh edd that's my lovely bench
t'other side is a bit of a messy fence.
02/04/2014 at 15:23

I saw the stumpery at Highgrove, and it was just that - stumps.

It was where a large tree had been cut off low plus the large roots.  There was a whole pile of them, and pretty ugly they were.  Black.  Admittedly the whole thing was softened by ferns but it was something that did not appeal. 

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