Thursday, February 01, 2007

January Garden news 2007

I have a very sore shoulder at the moment; some small movements cause a stabbing pain down my arm. It’s funny because I can still do most jobs, dig holes, shovel soil ect but when I try and do little things like lift a pot or wash my back in the shower the pain starts. Hopefully with some cortisone and massage I can get back on track.
I have started on the lily pond, I was going to make the new garden an island with two branching pathways, my son had a look and persuaded me that it would look better as an addition to the existing garden, so that’s the way I am going to go. I was very proud of him coming up with this idea.The ‘Dingo’ is coming this week the dig the hole for me, and then I start on the pavers, rocks and soil, then of course the choice of suitable plants. I think I will have the large yellow ‘Blanchetiana’ Bromeliads with Red Sensation, Red Fountain Cordylines, colour is really important in our garden. So far we are three weeks into January with high temperatures and absolutely no sign of rain. It’s so bloody frustrating. Basically we are only just keeping our plants alive; nothing is what you could call thriving. What a great garden we could have if we only had good soil and unlimited water. Having a garden like ours is a real test of character. The mini excavator arrived on Australia Day and Chad had the grass out and the hole dug in a little over an hour. The ground was as dry as a bone; I could never have dug this hole. As it was the temp was 35c with about 80% humidity and I was silly enough to cement the paving strip and place rocks and point. At the end of the weekend I am exhausted.

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