12 April 2014
“Flat Kathy, are you up for some garden work?” asked Richard. “We need to re-plant some of the lawn that we removed while they were paving the courtyard. There used to be some grass growing around this big old rhus tree, but we had to take it all out and leave it in some large pots, while the workers put down the new pavers, and created a border around the trunk of the tree.”
“I’d love to help,” I replied. “May I offer you the use of my stick?”
“That is very kind,” said Reggie. “But I think a spade will probably be better. We don’t want to break your stick.”
Miss Tuffy-Cat strolled over to have a look at what we were planning to do. I explained to her that we would be re-planting some of the dark green lawn thingies around the big rhus tree.
She nodded approvingly, and even helped Richard and Reggie, as they removed the loose bits of cement and sand that the workers had left behind all around the trunk of the tree.
“We need to get out all the cement sand,” stated Reggie, “because the plants won’t grow well in there. We’ve got some compost and potting soil instead.”
It wasn’t easy putting in the little plants, as the tree has a couple of large roots. But we were all very pleased with the result.
“Flat Kathy, you have been most helpful,” said Reggie, when we looked admiringly at our handiwork. “And you too, Miss Tuffy-Cat.”