24 August 2014

waiting on firing

I still don't have my own kiln so I am waiting for my two pigs from Facebook fame to be fired and also my second sculpture which will then need to be smoke or sawdust fired.

In the interim I have got back into my sadly neglected garden...

I had a pond in this garden bed which I moved out and put my water lily plants into a large pot.  That worked well but now I have a large hole to fill in the garden bed.

I am also redoing the planting style.  After seeing all the cottage gardens in the UK like this one:

Corner house in Dalish Wake Somerset UK in May 2014

and flowers like these:

Clematis vine on fence in Wales

Black Tulip - Somerset UK

Orange double poppy - Somerset UK

I am determined to have more flowers in my garden.  Just have to buy more soil to fill in that hole and get planting.  Of course we don't get the rainfall here that Somerset and Wales would enjoy but I can adapt and still enjoy more flowers.

refurbishment under way..  note the big hole in front of shrubs.  The nandina bush was moved to the back to allow planting in front of it..


Linda Starr said...

the more flowers the merrier I always say, Ha. what about your test kiln, what happened with it?

Anna said...

Hi Linda
I've always held back on flowers as my husband gets really bad hayfever but he was OK in Somerset so I guess it depends on what flower.
My test kiln? *face palm* long story short, it turned out to be a glaze slumping kiln and totally unsuitable for pottery. I am now trolling eBay and Gumtree for a second hand one. I am so embarrassed but so was the person who sold it to me and she gave me my money back.

Sadhana Peterson said...

Aww sad news about your kiln….they are a constant frustration!!! I have just spent $600 on repairs to mine and it still isn't getting to temp ARRRRGGGHHH The garden is great place to bring one back to equilibrium though. Good luck with it all xx Sadhana

Anna said...

Hi Sadhana
Thank you - maybe that is why I keep hesitating about installing my own kiln, reading stories like yours but then when I have to transport pots for firing I again wish I had my own. One day :)