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RE: Houseboat Gardens/tree houses

my brother and i started building a tree house in a blue gum eucalyptus that had been chopped down at one time and now had four or five very sturdy leaders growing up around a large stump. we built a platform among the leaders as far up as we could reach, which was maybe, with ladders, 8 or 9 feet off the ground. then we built another one about 4 or 5 feet above the first one.

we tore the first one down, nailed a ladder to a leader, and built the third one with the materials from the first one--about 5 feet above the second one. that gave us a cabin-like structure about 15-16 feet off the ground. we put a complete cabin-like second story on that. we slept in it, cooked in , and played childhood fantasy games in it. we finally decided to add a third story. it was the middle of world war ii and we needed a platform to snipe at nazi soldiers as they ran through our parents' back yard.

we got the third platform about halfway built when our parents decided to move. i'm not sure whether there is or is not any casual relationship between the new platform and the move. our new house, however, had no blue gums. and not long after, germany surrendered.

At 07:35 AM 12/17/02 -0600, you wrote:
Makes you want to be a child again, doesn't it?  My childhood tree house
was just a wide comfortable limb high in a huge (to this child anyway)
mulberry tree.  I spent untold hours each summer up there with a good
book and all the ripe mulberries I wanted to pick and eat as I read with
my back cradled on the trunk of that tree, legs stretched out along the

Zone 7 - West TN

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Donna
Sent: Monday, December 16, 2002 7:27 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Houseboat Gardens

Although I have not had time to read all the articles since CLG just
arrived in todays mail... How about those tree houses! :)

Also can not believe all those plants survive in Alaska. I realize you
all are going to give me the Alaska weather report, but ice and cold
comes to my mind....


> Scottie - couldn't help thinking about you when I got the Feb. 03
> of Country Living Gardener.  There's an article about a houseboat
> gardener that you would enjoy.  Almost can't see the boat for the
> flowers.
> Lynda
> Zone 7 - West TN

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