May 2nd, 2012
Making a Cat's Cradle in the Garden
Posted by Sharkey
Before I hurt my dewclaw and needed surgery, Francesca and I were making our usual rounds of the farm, looking for anything new and different. It was difficult for Franny because she had classic tunnel vision due to wearing the cone-shaped color, so I guided her around. It’s good to help each other out.
1 Francesca! Can you believe how tall and how full the herbaceous peonies are? It looks like the display of blooms will be extraordinary this year!
2 Wow, Sharkey. You're right! Some of the buds look like they're ready to explode!
3 The plants are so tall that Wilmer has been busy forming the string plant supports.
4 Peony flowers are so beautiful and can be quite large and rather heavy, causing the stems to bend. A good rainfall can cause those bending stems to break.
5 The peonies stay upright by resting upon the twine. Martha usually has a party when the peonies are blooming. I wonder if that's happening this year since the peonies are blooming so early?
6 Come on, Sharkey! Let's grab some twine and help Wilmer with this task!
7 Franny, before we chip in to help, I'm going to watch Wilmer to make sure we do it properly!
8 Wilmer has already evenly space these special metal stakes. Then, he ties an end of twine and begins zig-zagging the twine through the eyelets.
9 Nice job threading, Wilmer.
10 Wilmer threads the lower eyelets first and then repeats the process through the upper eyelets.
11 Sharkey, it's mesmerizing watching Wilmer work.
12 Doesn't all this zig-zagging remind you a bit of that string game, Cat's Cradle?
13 Francesca, there's no time to be mesmerized! Let's help Wilmer finish the rest of this peony project before they start to bloom!
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