Last weekend the South East Scotland branch joined up with other Scottish branches to help the West of Scotland Dry Stone Walling Association with the building of their annual entry for Gardening Scotland's show garden competition. This year's entry is based around a giant dry-stone sundial, with a fountain for the gnomon.
The water will come out from the wall on the left in the picture above, between the two formers (the wooden arch-topped things, which are there to support stone arches while they're being built, and which will be taken away once the arches are completed), and into a hole in the large square of stone in the centre, using a special pump which produces a very steady bubble-free stream of water.
The formers are for stone niches which will contain plants, and there are a couple of stone ledges for plants as well.
The fountain will issue from a roman XII set into the wall at the noon position ... the stone for the numeral proved a bit fiddly to cut, until someone managed to borrow a stihl saw ...
In previous years quite a few of the other show gardens have featured dry stone, but this year I only spotted one other - the stonework is by our chairman, Richard, and our resident master craftsman, Bruce.
This blog, and the rest of the site, are produced by Donald McInnes, treasurer of the SES DSWA (I'm the baldy one, sometimes in a saltire hat).