Bowls, balls... habitats

Red dogwood balls, made by garden volunteers, on the top of the sweet pea canes.

Red dogwood balls, made by garden volunteers, on the top of the sweet pea canes.

We quite like the idea of having 'bowls' or balls of different materials in the former bowling green - and they are easier to make than other shapes too. The Cornus (dogwood) was cut from the park by volunteers and used while it was still supple.

We were given these large hanging baskets some time ago and have been waiting to collect enough fir cones to stuff them. The ball also has some small terracotta pots, leafmould and straw in it, cabled tied. It should be a good habitat for creatures but is quite heavy - we need to find somewhere safe to hang it and a strong chain!

We were given these large hanging baskets some time ago and have been waiting to collect enough fir cones to stuff them. The ball also has some small terracotta pots, leafmould and straw in it, cabled tied. It should be a good habitat for creatures but is quite heavy - we need to find somewhere safe to hang it and a strong chain!