106/366: makeover magic

Having been so busy in the garden with multiple projects since starting this daily blog, I have neglected some areas requiring maintenance. As I eat my breakfast, I see the patio. Why not give this area a revamp since I look out at it every day?

The old adage of a stitch in time saves nine can be true in the garden also. I had to tackle a number of problems before I could work my makeover magic.

The Black-eyed Susan needed cutting back, as it was entwining itself around anything and everything. Unfortunately, I had been untangling it and carefully trimming extraneous vines when oops, I mistakenly cut the wrong one and ended up losing the whole lot. Oh well, it may grow again.If not, at least I still have photos of it!

Meanwhile, the asparagus fern had been having a party of its own, wrapping itself around branches, as well as the string of LED lights that I had placed on the bush some months ago.

Once all that was cut back and detangled, I utilised my earlier vision to create an arched effect. Adding a few pots, I actually spent no money on the whole job, because I recycled and relocated things we already had. Another achievement!

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90/366: pressed for time

What a surprise! I went outside to do something entirely different, and ended up taking a stroll down Memory Lane, a place I often like to visit.

I managed to be distracted by the Black-eyed Susan, a flower of which was lying on the patio. Even when I cut it back, it manages to find a way to survive. Maybe I’ll train it onto some trellis where I would prefer it to be? It seems to be having a battle with the Asparagus Fern.

Aha, I thought, it might be a good idea to press that. Not having pressed any flowers for years, I sourced the flower press. Even though I am rather a hoarder, most of the time I can still find things, though the percentage of success varies.

My trip to the past involved finding some flowers I had pressed from bouquets my daughters had received at the end of the Calisthenics year in 1994. I must remember those, as they could be used successfully for scrapbooking, a hobby I plan to return to in the winter months.

My favourite finding was the flower that looks almost like a water colour painting. Now, that’s a sample of life imitating art.