There is a long tradition of dry stone wall building in rural Ireland. The Irish landscape is liberally covered in old walls.
We make our own stone walls here at Fermoyle. They are higgelty piggelty but they serve a purpose and they have their own charm. The narrow beds that border the main vegetable patch hold gooseberries, currants and blueberries. The wood they are made from is beginning to warp and rot so I am building a dry stone wall to support them. We come across a lot of stones in the garden while we dig and move soil around. We keep them to one side for jobs like this. It is especially satisfying to find the perfect stone to fill a tricky spot or to come across a large piece of shiny quartz which looks great in a wall.
I am digging a shallow trench along the edge of the new wall and using the earth to layer in amongst each rock as I stack them one by one.
Every year I forage for a little more Sea Pink from down by the sea (Armeria Maritima) to plant in my walls. I also like to collect the very common daisies (Bellis perennis) and Primrose (Primula vulgaris) for the same purpose.