i blame the lasting cold ground, the partially shaded planting spot and planting the seeds too deep for the slow growth of this years home made christmas present for claud, which only today, Jan 3rd, had sufficient climbing sugar snap peas and green coverage to classify it as an inhabitable, edible den. peas subsequently planted 10 day after the initial planting have dotted it with pretty white flowers and will keep up the flow of pea pods for this insatiable eater of greens a little longer, if i resist the urge to put them in a vase.
claud squealed "oh this is so sweet" at the unveiling. subsequent responses have been muffled by chomping noises, my interpretation "it was worth the wait mama".
i'm only slightly worried about the neightbours hearing claud refer to her den as the P-house (p is a nasty drug here in NZ which frequently results in houses being blown up in it's production).
as it's been a real hit we plan to make this an annual project, instead in the sunny uncultivated part of the garden among the wild strawberries, so she doesn't have to do fairy steps through the vegetables to get there. we'll also lower and widen the cane frame to accommodate a growing girl who would benefit from more den elbow room since the peas didn't made it all the way up to the top. and i might try planting it a week or so earlier than the 10 weeks we gave it this year too.
the DIY tree swing is last years homemade birthday present.
i am show and tell-ing and creative spacing this happy, sunny thursday x