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Saturday, July 5, 2014

garden update - and stress test for beads

Tea Chrysanthemum

 I will try to grow white ones next year too!  They make a wonderful tasty and healthful tea!



Here are some problems with the oxblood tomatoes.
maybe it was not a good idea to try this tomato variety without having lots of tomato experiences.
I grew 4 different tomato varieties this year and no problems at all, except the oxblood.
They are doing well, but the leaves on top began to wither....ok let´s wait and see... my mantra regarding gardening problems...



And now to some beads I got.
They look wonderful and I´m always in search of silver glass beads!
unfortunately they often are not abrasion proof or light resistant.

But these are looking great and first tests are promisingly, so I will make some stress tests
like leaving them on a window sill outside in the sun, for months...and other cruelties.. 
Of course it can be advisable if beads are eminently interesting, to use more sensitive ones, but I have to know it for giving care instructions.

Crafting a sphere and wearing it for some time on a necklace is also a good testing opportunity.







By the way, one of the beads that passed through a 100% successful stress test are these old red beads above!

after some time I will come back with the results for the silver charlottes.




3 comments:

  1. I had no idea that beads such as these have different stress aptitudes, but it makes sense.
    Beautiful garden you have!

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  2. no worry for the curled leaves of the tomatoplant, we have the same, but the tomatoes are still delicious.
    Happy the beads give you no more stress but just wunderful results!

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  3. Viktoria your garden images are so lovely. The tomatoes may be fine, we had a similar experience with an indoor cherry tomato that ended up being just fine. And we'll be dreaming of a cup of tea made from flowers fresh from the garden come the first signs of Autumn! :)

    And the beads. . .though I have no real "need" for such a bead at the moment those are exactly the sort of thing I'd buy for "future considerations". . . which have their own rather large drawer in my studio : )

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