Monday, 29 August 2022
Monday, 22 August 2022
The miscanthus grasses are a little shorter than usual, but have done well.
So, what have I learnt? Shrubs have managed well. They have longer roots so that they can reach moisture further down in the soil. Having just had to dig out a very unhappy rose which had been in the border for twenty years or so, I can attest to the power of the roots. I would expect the grasses to manage well and Buddleia seems to be one of the toughest plants I know.
Re-evaluating my garden will be ongoing - removing some of the plants which didn't cope well and replacing them with tougher ones. I have a feeling that other people will be doing this too. Climate change is making its presence known and we will all have to adapt.
Friday, 12 August 2022
here.) I used scraps of copy paper from various printing projects and cut them down to make very small squares. I added warm water to the scraps and mixed them up to create a pulp. The kit has a hand-held paddle to which you attach a piece of netting with clips. You then pour the watery paper pulp over it (making sure it is over a bowl or the sink) and then flip it onto some woollen material and remove the clips. You press the water out using a sponge, then carefully remove the paper from the netting and let it dry. It is certainly easier than having a netting in a frame which you dip into a vat of paper pulp. The paper has come out quite thick in places, but I like the rustic effect! Above was one of my first attempts.
I have used some of the paper which I inked up and added some gilding polish to make an anniversary card for my sister and brother-in-law. The texture comes through beautifully. I am looking forward to more experiments using junk envelopes etc. Watch this space...