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Thy Kingdom Come!

29 March 2011 10:08:22

Well, I'm back from thew few days away with the women, chilled out and revived (although I did visibly wilt when I saw the kitchen when I got home yesterday evening - how can they make so much mess when they didn't even cook this weekend?)

Kerry is a magic and wonderful place. I love it. Everything is growing like mad down there - the roadsides are vibrant with all shades of green, lime spikes of montbretia, bright new shoots of lots of things that I don't know the name of! and the hydrangeas where all growing like there'd been no winter! Camelias were amazing - my two look as if they've kicked the bucket altogether, even though they were sheltered by a fence, ditch, overhanging hedge and trees! Maybe it's the soil I have wrong as they didn't seem to settle in completely. Note to self: get a soil tester.

The sun was shining and the sea air was meaty, the town dead quiet - which is exactly what was required - result: 4 totally chilled out refreshed women.

Now back to work - this week that plan is to pot on the seedlings, and grow more!

Whoop whoop go Spring!

Periwinkle Periwinkle 29 March 2011 10:43:22

Ha-ha! Great journal! Glad you had a good break.

Hosta Hosta 29 March 2011 11:33:49

Sounds like a great weekend.

Cloncaw Cloncaw 29 March 2011 11:43:09

I know the feeling walking into a diaster zone kitchen hard to get them trained into clearing up although they at least make an effort here now if I'm away. My youngest who's 19 was giving out at the weekend about the state his father and older brother left the kitchen in as nothing was put away.

ladygardener ladygardener 29 March 2011 13:56:31

I used to think it was the kids but I've noticed when they're away for the weekend the kitchen is even more of a tip come monday, worse really cause it'll have garden stuff all over the counters and my wellies forks shovels etc. landed in the hall.  Glad you had a good weekend Amy i'm heading to Killarney in a few weeks myself.  Any sign of the rhododendrons opening?

Amyg Amyg 29 March 2011 14:04:58

Ladygardener, no sign of any rhodos, I was looking out for them cos someone had said to keep an eye out, but I just saw camelias and loads of them.

Cloncaw - I'm puzzling how to train Hubby! as obviously can't blame the children he is the Adult! lol! how to register disappointment without the  "Well you got a weekend away"? mmmmm much thought and coffee required for that!

It's mad - 4 women in one house, all meals cooked and cleared up, we stayed in all weekend and the place was spotless when we left but sure whatever! will not dwell on the slobs I live with! Will make positive plan of action that makes them think for themselves... I'll update ye!

Anyway, off I go to get busy (hopefully)

Cloncaw Cloncaw 29 March 2011 16:37:34

Amy I blame it on older Irish mothers running round after them, afraid I'm not like his late mum I don't have the time. The thing is they need trained young unfortunately here what they see their father do they follow suit suppose after nearly 34yrs I should be used to it. I'm envious of others when I read their journals about dinner cooked and well Headgardener deserves a medal for even doing the ironing along with everything else. Great to escape though but it was back to reality quickly by the sound of it.

Ballycarbery garden Ballycarbery garden 04 May 2011 17:33:19

I'm laughing about your trip to Kerry. You obviously visited while the weather was nice. Try growing trees in the Kerry coast and you'll see how windy it is.  But you're right there's a ton of great colourful wild plants to see such montbretia, fuchia, gorse and (in Killarney) rhododendrons.

Warm Welcomes

25 March 2011 10:02:18

Thanks everyone for the lovely warm welcome to the site, I was pleasantly surprised by the friendliness - I always knew that we gardeners are a great bunch!

I am indeed very lucky with my Father-in Law, with the whole family infact. I am blessed indeed - I think my Granny is watching me making things grow for me lol! She was a great one for taking little snips of things (from all sorts of places including gardens and garden *ahem* centres!) then sticking them in pots and away they'd grow!

The kids are loving the garden - Ellen is almost 11 and she was really involved last year - David is 2.5 and I just want it to be a way of life for him, but Mallory is 18 and not a bit interested! haha - give it time I say! I was the same at that age. But they all enjoy being sent down to the end of the garden to get the herbs or peas or carrots for dinner, I've often caught Ellen running around (full of beans she is) munching on a carrot barely washed that she'd just pulled!

 

So thank you all for the welcome and the tips - I look forward to learning and making some mistakes along my gardening journey - gardening is great for making one leave the perfectionist in you at the gate!

Off the Kerry for the weekend with some girlfriends wayhay!

Cloncaw Cloncaw 25 March 2011 10:19:24

Amy if they catch the bug early enough hopefully even if they go into remission for a while it'll reappear in later years.

Amyg Amyg 25 March 2011 10:23:13

lol! Cloncaw assuming you're talking about the gardening bug! I remember my Mam out the front garden watering the flowers at bedtime every evening when I was about 6 and for the life of me I couldn't see the reason why - surely things just grow! Now I know better!

ladygardener ladygardener 25 March 2011 11:06:20

Garden centres! now thats funny

Hosta Hosta 25 March 2011 11:07:45

A big welcome from me also.  Think you have the 'bug' alright :-)  Enjoy Kerry, should be lovely in this weather although it's lovely all year round really.  Only about an hour from Killarney myself so hop back frequently.

J.D. J.D. 25 March 2011 16:38:46

Hmmmm not so funny!!!! WIll be watching people with extra interest.

Enjoy your girlie weekend.

Amyg Amyg 29 March 2011 09:55:20

lol Jacinta, that was over 20 years ago that she did that, she died in 1996 so I think that garden centres all over Ireland are now safe! Although she does seem to make things grow for me - if something is not happening for me I have a little chat with her and hey presto! it flowers or does whatever it's supposed to do!

J.D. J.D. 29 March 2011 20:28:58

I turn a blind eye almost every day to people who are robbing bits off plants. :)

Gotta say though, I would NEVER attempt such a thing. Not because I am totally honest, but because I am the biggest chicken going. :)

Feeling Fruity!

24 March 2011 08:30:12

Wednesday 23rd March 2011

 

Well, fruit trees had been sitting in a bucket of water overnight so Father in Law arrived over around 11 to plant them. He 's great - does loads of the heavy gardening so sometimes I wonder whether it's me gardening or him!

We picked out a sunny spot over in the corner of the front garden, where no one goes. I had this in mind since we moved here, but it was a no go for ages. Hubby came around only this year - I'll make a gardener out of him yet! This morning he asked when do we put down the peas!

Planted the apples near enough to each other, the pear is out to the front between 2 small oaks (they came from my Father in Law's homeplace in Mullingar). They cherry is out on it's own the poor thing, I have room for another tree, so am thinking of getting another variety of pear, just to ensure pollination. Baby David (he's 2 and a half) had a ball watering them all in, and then himself and me. Note: it's not that warm out! Then we watered the window boxes and ourselves again. Wellies were sopping wet. I'm delighted with my window boxes, they're full of snakes head, hyacinths, primroses, tiny narcissus, snowdrops and hellebores, so when they go over I can move them into the woodland area.

Didn't get any seed sown, I forgot we had music practice and I had a cooking class to go too so I will do it today. Will be off for the weekend to kerry so there won't be anymore done boohoo. but I'll do my best to enjoy myself!

ladygardener ladygardener 24 March 2011 09:22:36

A great family collaboration, enjoy Kerry the rhodos might be starting to bloom down there

Monkells Monkells 24 March 2011 12:32:21

I miss the time when mine were young enough to want to help their mummy        :-(   Sounds like fun times in your house!! Enjoy Kerry!! Weather supposed to be fab!!! Welcome to the site!!!

Cloncaw Cloncaw 24 March 2011 14:54:29

Great fun with David so much better being out involved in the fresh air than watching TV. Your lucky to have such a helpful father in law and no doubt hubby will get more involved given time.

J.D. J.D. 24 March 2011 18:19:18

Enjoy the fresh air, and David will be all grown up before you know and won't want to do ANYTHING with his Mum. Sounds like you have things pretty much 'sorted'.

rosburke rosburke 24 March 2011 21:23:21

sounds like you had great fun. Great father-in-law helping out. lucky you

Herbie!

23 March 2011 10:25:07

Herbs went down today, well, some of them, basil, parsley, chives and fennel, the garlic is looking well.

Basil and parsley are from seed, the others are plants or bulbs! Got the mini 3 tiered greenhouse from Aldi too, so that is in residence in the corner of the dining area and I moved the mini greenhouses into it, minus the lids. bingo! the pumpkins just popped up! Hope that they actually grow this year cos last year I left it too late to plant them out, and then I planted them in a cold patch - not good! they did nothing and I can't blame them! This year I will sort this out - really want to make pumpkin soup this autumn. Want to go find some butternut squash seeds too.

Today I'm going to sort out where I will put the apple and pear trees, and will sow some flower seed too. will be back to note what it is I sow!

J.D. J.D. 23 March 2011 18:55:11

You definitely picked a great day for it all, Amy. Best of luck with everything. You'll love this site. You are very welcome to Garden.ie

fintan fintan 23 March 2011 21:18:44

hi amyg ,  careful with the frost , it will clear all those seedlings! .

Cloncaw Cloncaw 23 March 2011 22:52:36

Your really ripping along with all your grub growing will be great to be picking food for the table.

Grub is growing already!

23 March 2011 10:20:21

Monday, 22nd March 2011

Our Grub is growing already! wayhay!

So excited - can't believe it's up already in well under a week, still waiting on the peppers but the rest is flying, sure I suppose they're kind of fool proof growers anyway but it still gets me excited! Butterflies like elephants! Have taken to peering in to the pots every half hour looking for more shoots!

We popped into Aldi yesterday and picked up some apple trees, a pear, a peach, a morello cherry and a plum tree. Now to sort that our, Father in Law has said he'll be over to give a hand. I'm thinking of training some to the soft fruits against a fence which is south facing, also wondering if they can be grown in huge pots for a while? Our house has no back garden, but we have a terraced area with a small kinda courtyard. I think the peach and plum would be nice in there, and it's a sunny warm spot too. mmmm lots to think about.

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