Thats enough introduction - on with the plants!
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5th August 2012
The week has seen a few light showers which have helped in the garden. Not enough to wet the soil significantly but enough to lower the temperature and settle the dust. It has been the wettest year since Noah built the Ark so it is difficult to imagine the soil being dry, but it was. Fortunately we had a mighty deluge in the night. The ground is wet and the water tanks have filled up. I had taken a short break from planting things out and will leave it until september before I start again, but it feels as though I could get away with it this week.
In the break from planting I have started work on a small greenhouse for the Agave. At present they are in temporary homes in the bulb house, and there isn't really room for them. The first part of the process involves sinking foundation stakes into the underlying rock so I have been a happy little dwarf, whistling while I work and banging a long rock chisel with a big hammer. Let's just call it laborious, there has been enough language shed over this one already.
Walking back from the site, tired and dusty with a bruised finger (I hit it with a hammer) I saw the Cyclamen had started. I regard them as the first breath of autumn, innocent pink portents of the ice storm to come. I have mixed feelings about their appearance but I was saddened when the rabbits ate the flowers. I still had this one when I went to take the pictures. It is a little chewed but there will be plenty more.
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