I’m joining in with this weeks photo challenge at weeklyprompts.com which is Bloom. It’s been a wonderful week for me, especially with the weather as it’s been just lovely.
It’s Been Hot
I know some people find the hot weather too much to bear and also with some illnesses, it doesn’t help. Personally, I love it. There’s something about blue skies, sunshine and warmth that makes me want to jump out of bed in the morning and hug the world. Usually, the extreme heat doesn’t last too long, perhaps a few days. Then it’s back to grey, rainy days and cooler temperatures which don’t make me want to jump out of bed in the morning!
A Rockery In The Garden
I’ve been making a rockery in the garden. It came about because I had quite a few large stones leftover from a fireplace project and didn’t know what to do with them. My gardening knowledge isn’t brilliant. In fact, if I wrote a book on the subject, the number of pages could be counted on the fingers of a boxing glove. So where to start?
A Pile Of Old Stones
There’s only so much you can do with a few lumps of stone. My first port of call was to search Youtube to see if there were any instructions on how to build a rockery. It’s like having a giant DIY manual to hand is Youtube. So far this year I’ve found out how to build a picket fence, a gate with a ‘z’ frame, replace a faulty light switch and now a rockery. All for free.
Mr Gardener on Youtube showed me how to lay the stones in a proper manner and then suggested filling the middle with old bricks before covering with upside-down pieces of turf. Oh dear. Where am I going to find old bricks and the turf? Enter our neighbour across the road. As fortune had it, he was taking up part of his lawn to make a parking spot for his car. Bingo, we had the turf and old bricks he had as rubble. He was happy, we were happy and I almost have a new rockery.
All that had to be done now was to fill the remaining space with a few bags of topsoil, top off with pretty little stones and find some plants. Without changing the subject, there’s an old ‘Blues’ song I’ve loved ever since I was about 14. It’s called ‘Hey Hey‘ by Big Bill Broonzy and was played by Eric Clapton on his Unplugged album. The first ideal plant I came across was called ‘Hey Hey’. I said to wifey, “Hey, hey, I just have to have this plant!” She told me to stop calling her ‘Hey’.