This year I am working hard to improve our backyard, and create a playscape rich in natural opportunities for learning, discovering, playing and growing.
When we added our Dirt Kitchen to the backyard last year, you might remember that I started training a vine into a roof of sorts. Here’s an image of it in August, 2010:
It was growing so well that it began to weigh the strings down, so I started thinking about ways to prop it up. Then wandering the aisles at Bunnings (as you do…) I found this arch for under $10. I figured it was worth a try, and it turns out it was perfect for the job. I didn’t want it to be the full height, so I just left a few pieces off. Then I went back to Bunnings and bought a second one!!
Look at it now!! With all the rain we’ve had in Brisbane, most plants have seen rapid growth. Instead of just a roof, now we have a whole nature cubby growing. Every day we see new growth, and the kids and I are enjoying winding the tendrils around the arches to create our walls and roof. That “shady space” I said I was dreaming of back in August is looking like a reality – and all for the grand sum of $20. Bargain.
Stay tuned for more posts about our nature cubby, this interesting vine, and the creatures that are making this cubby house their home.
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10 thoughts on “Playscape: Nature Cubby”
This is wonderful… Naturally!! Hehe
love it! Think I might be off to Bunnings – that looks great (and wonderful low cost too)
Oh my goodness. I can’t believe how much it’s grown in a couple of weeks. It’s looking fantastic. Just goes to show that there is something good to come out of all that rain.lol
Wow…so inspiring! My backyard is a mess. Half-dead veggie garden, 4 chickens and unmowed grass…lots of potential though. Will have to work on it!
That’s great! My kids are a great inspiration in the garden for me too. Although I don’t think I could bring myself to grow a creeper at the moment as we are battling the world’s most resilient ivy at our place!
What an awesome place to play. I’m a fan of bargains, so this one is great!
Well you just know I’m going to say I love this
Oh so cool! I’m adding this to the list of back yard things we’ll do when the renos are done!
It looks wonderful. What type of vine is it?
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