Step­ping out­side

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - LYNDA’S PROJECT -

If you’re a keen gar­dener, lad­ders look lovely propped up against a tree trunk with pot­ted pan­sies, cheer­ful polyan­thus or bowls of spring bulbs pret­ty­ing up each step. Change out for sea­sonal colour.

In the Vic­to­rian era, when dainty Dusty Miller prim­roses (Prim­ula au­ric­ula) were pop­u­lar with well-to-do col­lec­tors, these bloom­ing beau­ties were shown off in spe­cial dis­play boxes known au­ric­ula the­atres. Lad­ders do the same job of pro­vid­ing bleacher-like seat­ing for pot­ted or­chids or ar­chi­tec­tural suc­cu­lents.

In early spring, when sow­ing vegetable seeds in trays or plas­tic pun­nets, ar­range them on the steps of a north-fac­ing lad­der so they are ex­posed to all-day sun, al­low­ing for quicker ger­mi­na­tion and strong seedling growth.

Add some style to your gar­den shed with a cu­rated col­lec­tion of green­ery, gar­den­ing ac­ces­sories and op-shop finds on a flip-top plat­form lad­der painted matte green (Re­sene Pad­dock).

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