Day 222: gate latch

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


The back gate has been desperately in need of a new latch for some time, but I’ve just not found the right thing. I’m feeling fed up with functional and indifferent to decorative – something chunky and honest would fit the bill. In the photograph, it helps that the front gate to the meadow at Great Dixter has, well... Great Dixter beyond it, but if you were to restrict your gaze to the woodwork and the iron latch itself – just the right amount of restrained flounce to that spiral – you’d see there’s a kind of simplicity and hand-crafted solidity that you don’t find with the tinny fare on offer at the local DIY shed. This is going to require a little investigative effort, and possibly a blacksmith, but the gate latch is one of the very first objects encountered when entering your garden, and a very little magic at this point is not an unreasonable thing to ask for.

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