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A few photos from the garden

05 July 2015 13:16:51

Hi folks i took afew pictures this morning hope ye like it. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 05 July 2015 13:24:27

Hiya Damo. Lovely to see those lush borders. Your T-Rex looks a great size.

damo19 damo19 05 July 2015 13:45:51

Hi jacinta it certainly lives up to its name the only problem now is its starting to shade the plants around it. I have a couple of bananas under it that i will have to move or they will die.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 05 July 2015 14:18:11

I usually just cut off the offending leaves.

fran m fran m 05 July 2015 17:20:21

Looking great.

ladygardener ladygardener 06 July 2015 09:32:11

Absolutely love those large foliage plants Damo

TerriShoos TerriShoos 06 July 2015 12:05:21

Looks great, Damo. 

New bed

05 April 2015 18:43:54

Hi folks happy easter to we all. I have been working on a new bed for a few weeks and finally got it finished today. The area where the new bed is has been idle for a couple of years after i moved the greenhouse to a different part of the garden. The new bed is 20 foot by 16 foot so there was no way i was going to dig it by hand. Idecieded to do a lasagne bed on top of the grass that is already there and then add topsoil on top of the compost.  My wifes company was selling off old compost for a euro a bag so i got forty bags and set to work on my new bed The first thing i done was the edging for the bed That was done with scaffolding planks , then a load of cardboard was put on top of the grass followed by a thick layer of compost and lastly five tonnes of top soil. I exhausted after all that but i'm looking forward to planting up the new area later in the year.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 05 April 2015 19:04:41

Gosh, Damo, that's some size. What are you going to plant into it?

damo19 damo19 05 April 2015 19:14:08

I think this year i'll just put annuals and afew plants i have around the place in while it settles. 

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 05 April 2015 19:30:17

Wow thats a big bed and well done to you on all that work, great idea to cover the grass with cardboard. i hope the grass dont come through, i shall look forward seeing the finished planted bed. Have a lovely weekend

TinaJ TinaJ 05 April 2015 19:48:15

I bet that will turn out the business Damo...well done !

Michelle finn Michelle finn 05 April 2015 20:38:14

wow that was some work 

Rachel Rachel 05 April 2015 20:57:46

Excellent. Thumbs up from Wexford!

PeterW PeterW 05 April 2015 21:23:07

that is fantastic, look forward to seeing this develop

Kathrin Kathrin 05 April 2015 21:32:46

A blank canvas to go and play with, enjoy. I will be looking forward to seeing it develop.

Its been awhile

12 March 2015 19:49:22

227 days since i last done a journal (shame on me ). I would like to say i have a good excuse but i dont. Last Sunday i got around to a bit of tidying up as is the way with these things every job done led to two more, and soon realised how far behind i was this year, i soon lost track of time and remembered why i like this gardening crack so much. At the end of the day i got around to sowing some seed. This year i got seed from sarah raven for the first time, untop of what i saved from last year and other purchases i have far to much seed (as usual ),so i picked a few to start and the rest will have to wait. My first batch of seeds are cosmos, dahila, nicotiana ,zinnia, ammi ,didiscus caeruleus, gypsophila kermesina, rudbeckia prairie sun,monarda bergamo, trachelium pandora. That should be enough to get me started. All these went into my propagator in the greenhouse so in the next week or two ill get that buzz of the first shoots appearing above the compost. Happy gardening.

Rachel Rachel 12 March 2015 19:53:06

The prodigal son returns :)

Looks like you'll have one or two seedlings for a change! ;-)

Conrad Conrad 12 March 2015 19:54:18

You'll have a riot of colour with that lot Damian!

Kathrin Kathrin 12 March 2015 19:59:15

Exciting times ahead for you with all those seeds. 

Clara Clara 12 March 2015 20:01:48

Welcome back from me also .....you will be busy with all those seeds and good luck with all ....should have some great photos....

Jacinta D Jacinta D 12 March 2015 20:10:13

Good to see you back again, Damo. Lots to look forward to in your garden again. Best of luck with everything. :)

TinaJ TinaJ 12 March 2015 20:28:32

Best of luck with them all!

PeterW PeterW 12 March 2015 21:02:12

Welcome back Damo, well done on the seed swoing. It will be a great show

damo19 damo19 12 March 2015 21:08:57

Thanks folks its good to be back in the swing of things.

Periwinkle Periwinkle 12 March 2015 21:13:37

Damo, good to see you back! And back into gardening with a rush too! Hope they do well for you.

fran m fran m 12 March 2015 22:29:15

Hi Stranger, good to hear from you. I was only thinking of you on Saturday as I planted something you gave me ;)

JoanG JoanG 13 March 2015 00:21:28

Welcome back Damo, and you're off with a bang, I hope the seeds all flourish for you.

Sussex Prairie Garden

28 July 2014 18:38:13

The second stop on of the day brought us to Sussex prairie garden. I did'nt know much about this one as its only a couple of years old but i wanted to see a prairie garden after reading about them and seeing loads of pictures of piet oudolfs gardens, i wanted to see one in the flesh. The garden is on a six acre site with the prairie garden taken up about half of that.All the beds are about twenty foot wide and are planted with hugh blocks of grasses and perannials there is small paths through the beds so you can see everything from inside and out. When it was first planned they drew up a plant list and discovered they needed 30,000 plants. The effect of 30,000 plants in the one place is amazing and i'm delighted i took a chance going there. I dont know if its was the expectation of seeing great dixter and the uncertainty about this one but this was by far my favorite of the two. I put up a album now and let the pictures do the talking.

fran m fran m 28 July 2014 18:53:43

With grasses like that it would be hard to get me out of the place LOL

Thanks for posting ;)

Jacinta D Jacinta D 28 July 2014 19:03:17

Wow, that's a smashing place.

damo19 damo19 28 July 2014 19:06:02

I was there for about a 1 1/2 hours fran and it was'nt enough but it was six oclock i  had to leave. I sure you would have loved it.

matt64 matt64 28 July 2014 19:45:05

Fabulous place Damo....

Jackie Jackie 28 July 2014 19:51:47

Oh wow that is a gorgeous place. Love all those Echinacea and the grasses are amazing. My only criticism is those awful 'cattle' walking in the middle......but otherwise a stunning place and some stunning photographs too.

damo19 damo19 28 July 2014 19:58:56

The full album is just finished uploading now. God it takes ages.

Jackie Jackie 28 July 2014 20:14:26

You need to be 'fibre powered' Damo....it takes minutes ;)

damo19 damo19 28 July 2014 20:35:33

 Fibre power is only a dream where i live Jackie i might have it in 2020

ladygardener ladygardener 28 July 2014 21:00:17

Breathtaking.... inspiring.... thanks so much for showing us Damo

andyf7 andyf7 28 July 2014 21:52:07

very interesting album, love the contrast achieved their. 

Greta Greta 28 July 2014 23:09:24

Looks like you had a great weekend . Glad you enjoyed it. Pics are brilliant .

sallysarah sallysarah 03 August 2014 12:38:26

Loved the photos of this garden - looks a great place.  Noticed your photos taken in Rachel's garden and thought that you took some different ones - another very special garden!!!!

Great Dixter

28 July 2014 15:01:16

Hi folks I'm back from a great weekend in England visiting friends. While i was there i got to see two great gardens, i did hope to see one two more but we just did'nt have the time . Great Dixter was the first stop, i was very excited to see it after reading Christopher Lloyds books and seeing all the wonderful pictures i was like a child on christmas morning as we approached the ticket office. Once through the gate there is alot to see but i was particularly interested in the tropical border. I have to saw it was alot smaller then i though it would be but at the same time it was stuffed with plants, one of the bananna plants had fruit on it whitch i have never seen before. The rest of the garden was a series of garden rooms with huge beds with a mixture of trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals. Alot of the beds had gaps in them and some of the plants were past their best but it was a great experance to see a garden that is said to be one of the best in the world and i would recommend it to anyone.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 28 July 2014 15:09:54

Sounds like you had a ball, Damo. I loved Great Dixter. Well, what's NOT to love about it. No doubt you came back with lots of ideas for your own garden.

damo19 damo19 28 July 2014 15:16:31

It was great Jacinta, the one thing that stuck in my mind was the bigger the border the better the effect. I'm already planning expanding some of my borders but think i will leave that until winter time.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 28 July 2014 15:49:35

Best of luck with it. Looking forward to seeing the results, which, I'm sure will be awesome.

JimCal JimCal 28 July 2014 16:18:25

looks great. loved the meadow with topiary photo.

fran m fran m 28 July 2014 18:17:27

Damo great album, brought back lots of memories.

One thing about deep borders to remember is access. Have fun.

Jackie Jackie 28 July 2014 19:38:48

Brilliant Album....looks an amazing place.

Yes I do love the BIG BORDERS too.....lots and lots of planting.....brilliant ;) Good luck with it.

matt64 matt64 28 July 2014 19:51:37

Looks like you had a great time Damo...lovely album....

matt64 matt64 28 July 2014 19:51:39

Looks like you had a great time Damo...lovely album....

andyf7 andyf7 28 July 2014 22:03:37

beautiful dramatic planting, what a treat to get to visit it. 

sallysarah sallysarah 03 August 2014 12:42:36

Great photo album and I loved those pots in photo No 3.


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