Midsummer Chills and the Pyramid

At the beginning of May we had a week of summer temperatures, and at the beginning of June we had three consecutive days where the sun managed to break through the cloud cover for more than a few fleeting minutes.

These are the ‘interesting’ times we now live in, and which will continue to get more ‘interesting-er’ as the seasons progress.

The seedlings I started in pots and carton-halves in the patio are only now strong enough to go out into the gardens. I will tend them as I can, but their survival is uncertain.

The beans and climbing cardinals, (I have no idea what they actually are but the flowers looked pretty on the seed packet) will be going into a new garden that Mrs Widds and I constructed, in between rainshowers and thunderstorms.

Baby beans ...

Baby beans …

... and baby cardinals

… and baby cardinals

Our little rented house on an island in the middle of a lake is a duplex. Since the new owners took possession four-ish years ago, the other half of has remained vacant except for their infrequent flying visits, so we basically have the yard to ourselves.

A previous tenant had build a firepit with old bricks, but it soon degenerated into a pile of ash and weeds. In order to do some sort of gardening this season I decided to take it in hand.

First there was the removal of bricks and weeds …

… to reveal a decent heap of ash, most of which we removed to the compost heap, then rebuilt the soil with compost and sandy topsoil. Then it was time to assemble the required tools …

An assortment of dried bamboo sticks ...

An assortment of dried bamboo sticks …

Scissors, a ball of old wool, and duct tape - a gardeners best friend

Scissors, a ball of old wool, and duct tape – a gardeners best friend

… and construct this …

I stopped stringing the wool halfway down to plant the seedlings

I stopped stringing the wool halfway down to plant the seedlings

Look at that craftswomanship!!!

Look at that craftswomanship!!!

Here are the babies, all snug and sound in their new home ...

Here are the babies, all snug and sound in their new home …

That white stuff on the ground isn’t snow, (although the high passes to the interior just north-east of us did get a bit of a fall for Summer Solstice) it’s crushed eggshells, to ward off slugs. They don’t appreciate all those sharp edges …. bwhahahahaha …

The sun graced us with her presence yesterday so I took advantage of the light for the final shot.

... and now we wait

… and now we wait

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27 comments on “Midsummer Chills and the Pyramid

  1. Teepee craftwomanship to the highest level!

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  2. Suzanne says:

    Good luck with your vegies. I love the idea of living in a rented duplex with the owners away most of the time. I’m still seeking the ideal way of living – this place is ok in summer but with winter all the problems are becoming very acute.
    The weather is bad over here too. So much rain! At present I’m mostly gardening in pots and have spent the time between downpours rescuing plants that have become utterly waterlogged. Who would have thought gardening would become so difficult in our lifetime!

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  3. TanGental says:

    Hope they understand the trouble you’ve been to and crop magnificently

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  4. That’s an impressive structure. I like how you used the bricks with holes. Very clever. I hope the beans appreciate it. And at least you have rain; here in Victoria, it’s been windy for a solid week. We’ve had all of 2 mm of precip so far in June. My soaker hoses are getting a workout, and I shudder when I anticipate the water bill in August.

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  5. There are gardens here, for those who want to keep their hand in – with lots and lots of sun, and water right by. But I’ll probably never garden – I miss my perennials in New Jersey, but I didn’t have the energy or the ability to sit and weed them, and I refuse to try to find out what happened to them under the new ownership.

    The gardens are right outside – maybe I’ll go see what other people are growing.

    Enjoy your garden, and I wish you sun.

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  6. Impressive work! Good onya! I hope you get some sun and summer soon.

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    • Widdershins says:

      Thank you. It was fun creating my first garden sculpture. πŸ˜€ …
      Sun, yes … summer, not so much. πŸ˜€ My ideal summer temperature range is between 19 and 24 degrees. Anything over that and I start to wilt. πŸ˜€

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  7. jenanita01 says:

    Impressive use of the holey bricks, Widds. I would never have thought of this design for runner beans, brilliant idea! Come to think of it, it would work well for sweet peas too!

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  8. More evidence of your eminent craftwomanship (No WP, not craftsmanship)

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  9. tidalscribe says:

    Egg shells, why didn’t I think of that. With all the rain the slugs are in abundance.

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    • Widdershins says:

      The trick is to dry them out thoroughly, which discourages anything wanting to snack on the shards, by chucking them in the oven after you’ve finished using it and letting the ambient heat bake any moisture out of them. Note: don’t put them in the oven while it is still turned on and forget about them. The resulting stench is … impressive! πŸ˜€

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  10. selizabryangmailcom says:

    That IS a nice, unaggressive, pacifistic approach to discouraging snails and slugs!

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    • Widdershins says:

      It also means that the critters that dine on snails and slugs aren’t poisoned either! πŸ˜€ … it’s a win/win situation … but if they don’t get the message and persist, I fling them over the back fence with a stern warning not to come back. πŸ™‚

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  11. Jay says:

    Wow that’s quite the structure!

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