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Monday, 31 July 2006

summer holidays and the plant challenge

We've had another proper summer holidays day today - we went to visit the Three Locks in Soulbury, which was a wonderful combination of nature and humanity; Christopher really enjoyed helping push the lock gates open and shut for some friendly narrowboaters, we attempted (and failed, unfortunately) to find a geocache nearby, then went for a return trip to the wonderful Walter Rothschild collection in Tring.

Foolishly, I didn't have the presence of mind to take any photos, and I couldn't find it in myself to make a sound-seeing tour (or 'audiotour' as I prefer it), but we had a great time, and I was exhausted by the time we arrived home.

Once I'd perked up after a cup of coffee (thanks, Beth!) I set to trying to complete the bamboo screen on the patio. The battery ran out on my drill before I could mount the middle pole, which has some 2x2 wood to which I will attach the centre of the screen, but at least I've prepared the mountings on the brick wall, so I'll not further risk unpopularity with the neighbours!

When the children went to bed, though, I did a little work on the small collection of growing things in the garden. We bought some plants in a sale at Christopher's school, so I thought I'd install them properly in the tubs by the stones area. I would consider myself an extremely ham-fisted gardener, so it'll present a fair challenge to keep the plants alive (especially since it's hard enough even to water them every day). Keep watching the garden picture gallery (and this blog) for the continuing saga.

Barry, a year old and thriving!Beyond the shed is still something of a wilderness, but even that has its benefits - there are some sweet blackberries growing there, and the apple tree has borne fruit (albeit crabapples!)

I'm feeling somewhat optimistic about the survival of the plants - my first ever venture into the world of houseplants - Barry (the aloe vera plant you can see to the right) has thrived so much in the office that I've had to bring him home. He's now in a tub of his own, guarding over the studio, and - more importantly - still alive over two years since I bought him!

   

geraniums

little plants

the wilderness

blackberries!

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Posted by james at July 31, 2006 11:09 PM


 
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