Stakes and cakes

I don’t think it’s much of a secret that I love using colour. One of my favourite tips for quickly bringing colour into my garden is to deploy some brightly painted stakes around the beds.

Stakes at use in the 3 sisters bed last year.
Stakes at use in the 3 sisters bed last year.

Yes, it might seem a bit of an effort to paint the stakes in the first place, but I find it one of those soothing, mindless activities, just right for a bit of post-Christmas relaxation. Not to mention the fun of going and looking at all the colour cards at the paint shop to select what I’m going to use. This time, apart from the intense Iris (blue/purple) and Yellow I’ve chosen a pastel Aqua blue. It will be interesting to see how it ‘works’ in the garden. I find that the stronger colours work really well against the greens of the veggie beds, but that could be due to the very intense light we have in Canberra.

Garden stakes in different sizes and colours.
Garden stakes in different sizes and colours.

I also have some friends who are not afraid of deploying a bit of colour. Last Sunday our spinning group (as in spinning and weaving) met for the traditional Rock Day, or St Distaff’s Day celebrations (7 January), the day when women traditionally resumed their work of spinning post-Christmas. It was a ‘bring a plate day’ where everyone bought food to share. The most colourful and also very tasty offering was this rainbow cake. Makes my garden stakes look quite subdued!

The Rainbow cake in all its splendour.
The Rainbow cake in all its splendour.