Haughty and Cultural in a Small Way

 I have had my normal life (not that I ever have one of those!) disrupted since Thursday, and this will continue until 17h00 tomorrow.

On Thursday, after kid collection, I had to load various things we needed for the Durban and Coast Horticultural Society’s stand at Durban’s Sustainable Living Exhibition.  Loading and carrying a miniature garden designed and created by Much Better Half and her sister was quite an exercise.  The purpose of this display is to demonstrate the various disciplines that come into play when creating a pleasing garden.  Things like balance,  scale, movement, grouping, and texture must all be considered.

Miniature garden layout

As soon as we set it up, and armed only with a Leatherman and some sticks, I created the pergola.   This pic was before a bit of fine tuning, but gives an idea.  Actually, it has attracted quite a lot of interest and has been photographed a lot. 

Then I set up the screen and the projector for our looped Power Point shows of Garden of the Year competitions and other things of horticultural interest.  

After that I had to do some editing.  I looked at the freshly-erected signage (arranged by the Durban Corporation).  ‘We have to kill an Al,’  I announced,  ‘because we have one too many.’  The sign read, Durban and Coastal Horticultural Society’.  Some scraping while balancing on a chair murdered Al No. 1.

DCHS stand

DCHS stand - ferns

On Friday I was there helping to fine-tune and deal with public until I had to shoot off to fetch granddaughters and one school friend from their respective schools (and watch R do  Swimming Squad practice at her one).

Today was sports day for young J, so I was at that, and taking pictures until the last event J was in (tug of war – her team won), and then back to the show.

Tomorrow I am due to be on duty from 09h00 to 17h00 at the show, after which I should feel a bit gardened-out.  Much Better Half has had to opt out of the whole exercise.  She has been fully occupied staying in bed and trying to get rid of a nasty attack of the lingering flu doing the rounds at present.  I fear I may have the beginning stages.

Colonialist August 2015 (WordPress)

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Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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34 Responses to Haughty and Cultural in a Small Way

  1. MoreThanACat says:

    Poor Al. Al-ways the first to go 🙂


  2. I love garden shows. My dad, my uncles, and bunch of my elderly relatives were in the Men’s Garden Club of their small town/county after retirement. Competition gets pretty fierce.
    Been reading backwards, but really enjoyed all the exhibits and fun.
    Growing up on the farm – as there were no kids near us – I used to construct little gardens with moss and pebbles and stuff. Later while living in WIlliamsburg, VA I found these little miniature lawns and flowerbeds pieces where you could “plant flowers” and trees and construct gardens – they were for landscape artists I think. Spent all my allowance on parts.
    Outdoor landscape important to how people indoors looking out through windows feel.
    Very cool stuff at the exhibit.
    (Hope you are managing to stay well)

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  3. gipsika says:

    Love that design! Sorry to hear about MBH’s flu and yours beginning – take your Echinaforce! 🙂

    I’ll bet R is winning for her swimming team all the way, too!


    • colonialist says:

      I have been glugging Advil. Helps.
      The ‘squad’ does intensive practice which, hopefully, will lead to success when gala season comes up again in due course. She is improving by leaps and bounds … er … kicks and strokes.

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      • gipsika says:

        Whoa, Advil – for some reason I saw you glugging superglue there, for a second, and I thought I have to stage an emergency intervention. But Advil is ok. Probably indicated, too. 😉

        Little R is such a winner!


  4. calmgrove says:

    Love the bonsai-ed effect, very, erm, yes very. (Good! That’s the word I’m after!) Just feel sorry for poor old Al, forever separated from his beloved coast.

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  5. I hope not (the flu, I mean) and that you cosset much better half back to health. It doesn’t help that you are trying to fill pint pot time with gallons.

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  6. Ruth2Day says:

    what a great idea to start mini and grow larger 🙂 you might need a week off to recover after all that activity

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  7. Pussycat44 says:

    Quite a variety of visitors, too. School kids and man with walker! I can’t wait for Spring so I can revamp my garden patch.

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  8. de Wets Wild says:

    After the hectic weekend you’ve had it’s no surprise that the flu has attacked you as well. Hope the two of you will be feeling lots better soon!


  9. Love your miniature garden effort. You’ve made me feel quite exhausted just reading about your abnormal activities. Hope MBH soon recovers and that you haven’t caught the bug. 🙂

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    • colonialist says:

      Thanks; it would appear that many others did too. I feel almost more exhausted writing about it than I did doing it. MBH is on the mend – I definitely caught it but have been dosing with meds strong enough to keep it at bay while what needs to be done is done.

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  10. The miniature garden looks delightful. What a busy day though. I would be thinking of one thing only —when is nap time? Hopefully your wife is on the road to recovery and has not passed the nasty flu on to you.

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  11. Tokeloshe says:

    Very well done on the miniature garden.
    It is interesting to note many similar design principles in gardening.
    I hope Much Better Half feels better soon ;-(

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  12. Barb says:

    I’m tired just reading about it. Pulling a few weeds is the extent of my gardening skills. Nice job.


  13. Arkenaten says:

    As much as I love gardening I am not so sure I believe the whole Fine Tuning argument.

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