Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Festoon

To festoon is to decorate elaborately. It's also the name of a chain of flowers and/or foliage hung in a curve as decoration (also known as a swag) or a carved or moulded ornament reflecting this.















It's not listed in my dictionary, but I believe festooning is the name for the technique of bending and tying down fruit tree branches to restrict vigour, whilst increasing productivity.

18 comments:

Maggie May said...

You are quite right Patsy. I found it under 'festooning apple trees' in my search wotsit!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Patsy ... what lovely photos ... and I'd never thought of festooning carved stone - quite delightful ... and per Maggie May - festooning fruit trees ...

Cheers Hilary

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That second one with the dead duck is impressive.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Over here, we just say we're going to bling out

Rachna Chhabria said...

Liked both the pictures :)

oscar case said...

I wonder if that works on ornnge trees.

liz young said...

Festoon always conjures up curves - fastooned with scarves al a Isodora - so to see them in stone makes sense.

Anonymous said...

Smashing pictures, and I'll store that word in the back of my mind for future use, thanks.

Wendy's Writing said...

Seeing this reminded me of the gargoyles we saw when we met up in Chichester.

Patsy said...

I'm glad I didn't make it up, Maggie!

Patsy said...

Does sound as though it should be something soft, doesn't it, Hilary?

Patsy said...

Very!

Patsy said...

Here bling tends to mean shiny, Mac.

Patsy said...

Thanks, Rachna.

Patsy said...

I imagine it would, Oscar.

Patsy said...

It does sound curvaceous, Liz.

Patsy said...

Hope it comes in handy, Suzy.

Patsy said...

I do like to see a building festooned with Gargoyles, Wendy.