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This is just a short update to say that since converting to Apple, it has not been possible for me to post an album to this site. The site does give you an opportunity to choose any pictures for an album.  So, all I can do is post lots of Journals where you can upload  up to 3 pictures.  That will have to suffice.


In haste .... at last

17 February 2018 13:52:19

Yes, I am writing this in haste.  At last, at last.  A really wonderful day. The best for the past 5 months.  The sun is warm: in sheltered spots it up to 10°.  About 8-9 elsewhere.  Only a light breeze, so no wind chill.  Also, we almost had a rain-free day yesterday. Only a short light shower in the evening.  Will this be the first day with absolutely no rain in 15 weeks?  

So good to have bright sunshine, a  beautiful  calm sea with the sun catching the curling    lip of the waves.  I feel great!  Back to work now. Pleasurable work, not housework, and there are no prizes in determining what I am doing!  


BUT, I am in a rage with the site!  Just spent ages writing a comment to my own journal ?!? , sorting it & rephrasing. Then I noted it would be too long as a comment, so I copied and cut 2nd paragraph and hit “publish it ” to send tne 1st para.

What do you think happened?  It told me I was “timed out” and the 1st part of my comment is lost!  Have you EVER come across this?

Anyhow, here is the 2nd para. which I had cut and and now pasted here.

 In November I managed to set 1000 crocuses, mainly on the grass verge of the lower drive and in some other spots as well.  And they have finally appeared.  Mixed naturalising ones.  they will be so pretty in another few days.  The snowdrops have multiplied very well on the other verge. They have been there a few years now.  Last Spring,  I wanted to intersperse  short tête à tête daffodils.   Happily, didn’t I find I come across a load of small pots of these daffodils, and as the flowers had gone over they were being sold off for a song.  What a stroke of luck!  It meant that I could position them among the snowdrops and not ”on top”  of them as I would inevitably have done in the Autumn.  

Tomorrow is to be .... wet..... again, but as soon as I can I will try to get some pictures of snowdrops and short stemmed daffodils on one grass verge of the drive and the crocuses on the other.  

PS  whom do you think “sowed” the idea in my head?  Mary (Gracedieu) of course.  It was a picture she uploaded a couple of years ago.  I think I will need another 1000 next autumn.  


fraoch fraoch 17 February 2018 20:09:29

You definitely deserve a good day after so long! Damp and drizzly here.  My guess would be that you were working in the garden!!??

JoanG JoanG 17 February 2018 22:04:43

I can feel your joy, Margot!  The northwest has had terrible weather for so long.  Hope you enjoyed every moment in the garden today.  I had a lovely afternoon in the garden here and it was great to be out. 

Fleurette Fleurette 17 February 2018 22:33:21

Yes Heather. Glad my intoxication came through, Joan. 

I have now added another para to my original journal.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 17 February 2018 22:36:26

IT has been a long winter, Margot. A lovely day for gardening and so good to get out and get working.

Fleurette Fleurette 17 February 2018 22:54:02

Yes indeed, Mary. Please take another look at my journal, because the  said adfitional para was being written while you were commenting.  

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 17 February 2018 23:19:31

What is the weather man doing to us? You've heard of "false Dawn" well That lovely day that Margot describes is only a "false spring" with frost still visiting most nights! 

I was muttering this to myself today in the garden when I suddenly thought - this is only FEBRUARY !!!!!! 

Fleurette Fleurette 18 February 2018 10:06:47

Yes, yes, Hazel. You are so right.  But, I am trying to do the Autumn clean-up which never took place.  

How can anything emerge and not rot when the water is visible on the surface ....but to see it, you 1st need to remove the layer of large rotting leaves that were not removed in the Autumn? This was work that was impossible earlier. Fortunately  the ground on the verges of the drive was less wet and I managed to get the crocuses into the ground In November. And now it is so rewarding to see the soft cheerful colours of the mixed naturalising crocuses.  






TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 18 February 2018 13:21:55

It hasn't been as severe here Margot but I also didn't get the Autumn clean-up done but I'm taking advantage of any non-raining day to catch up and I'm about half-way through now. I started on the areas I can see from the house and so when I look out I can feel really virtuous looking at the tidy bits! I have filled two large "ton bags" with leaves so far and the second compost bin is overflowing but turning the compost is way down the list! 

And thank you JoanG.

07 February 2018 22:17:48

Isn’t this such a lovely little iris?  Given to me by Joan at Johnstown Get Together 2 yrs ago.  Iris Katharine Hodgkin.  So far this year 3 flowers.  

So, when I go out I can wave to you, Joan, but I can also salute you from inside the conservatory.  


JoanG JoanG 07 February 2018 22:30:42

Ah, glad you like it Margot.  The bulbs have multiplied well here over a few years and I hope will do the same for you. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 08 February 2018 00:49:57

Definitely going to liberate mine from a totally overcrowded pot where the pretty details can't be appreciated!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 08 February 2018 07:48:16

My favourite Iris at this time of year.

Michele Maria Michele Maria 09 February 2018 21:12:20

Looking lovely. 

Spreading his wings

27 January 2018 10:05:54

Ah, yes, he is indeed, and its Conrad I am referring to.  

As I write this I am listening to Gardeners’ Corner on Radio Ulster.(9.03 - 9.45am)    As always, Conrad is thinking beyond the obvious boundaries.  He and his uncle, and volounteers, are going to “beautify” (in the best possible way) their village of Ballyvoy.  I will leave you to discover how and what they intend planting.

You can hear this radio programme on Radio Ulster Gardeners ’ Corner playback.  This morning’s programme was most interesting in other ways too, as Avril Milligan, the head gardener of Rowallane Gardens, was doing a demo of pruning espalier pear trees. I understand this is a video and is available on today’s  playback of the Programme. I must check that for myself now.  

PS. whilst you cannot see past TV programmes when you are outside UK, radio programmes are available.  

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 27 January 2018 10:54:52

That sounds great, Margot. didn't know this about UK radio!

Myrtle Myrtle 27 January 2018 18:19:50

Its an excellent programme.

Dick Dick 27 January 2018 19:37:41

I suppose you saw Conrad's article a few months ago in the Irish Garden, Margot. He has an exotic garden there in Co. Antrim and grows plants that one might think would be grown in West Cork . There he is at a latitude like you but he tells me that the real secret is shelter.

JoanG JoanG 27 January 2018 19:49:05

Missed the programme this morning as I was out but will listen back shortly.  I always enjoy Conrad's contributions especially and the whole programme is good.  We don't get Radio Ulster live on FM in Dublin, so I usually listen to it via the radio channel on TV. 

DecfromTipp DecfromTipp 27 January 2018 20:56:40

Dick mentioned shelter . I remember all the country houses and farms having “ shelter belts “ years ago . These were often trees and hedges planted to provide shelter for man or beast . Simple ideas that worked 

Fleurette Fleurette 27 January 2018 22:16:53

Conrad is a most knowledgeable gardener and is creating great shelter in his new garden.  He gained valuable experience in his previous one.  As you say, Dick, shelter is key.  And yet, that in itself poses a problem when shrubs and trees grow tall after a  number of years.  They cast shadow, and one has to remember, that sunlight brings heat and we are devoid of this up here. It is cool and damp in the shade.  


Jackie Jackie 29 January 2018 07:37:14

Thanks Margot that is good to know for the future.

I hope you are feeling good now and recovered from your recent fall etc. Its very wet here this morning but hopefully it will clear soon!

Fleurette Fleurette 29 January 2018 11:07:32

Thank you all. I hope I am right about radio.  It is what I do here in Inishowen.  

 Jackie: the SUN is shining so it is easy to feel good.  I am going out now to do more leaf raking and lifting.  The sort of work that was impossible all Autumn. We haven’t had a full 24 hrs without rain since end of Oct.  

Ribs etc are healing and so I hope to do some catching up today.  All my crocuses are now in the wet sodden ground.  1100 of them.  Previous years’ ones are coming into bloom.  Also, last week I uncovered the swathes of snowdrops emerging under a great carpet of ground cover.  Who ever advocated ground cover?  Probably myself!  Wasn‘t life simple when we could spray glyphosate without a moment’s thought?

Fresh air and activity is the best medecine of all.  

A few more action pictures

17 January 2018 22:59:06

A few more pictures of the Day........

Jacinta D Jacinta D 18 January 2018 05:49:34

Great photos, Margot.

Jackie Jackie 18 January 2018 07:37:33

Lovely photos!

Dick Dick 18 January 2018 17:55:31

I recognise most of thr club, Margot. What a pity I didn't meet them.

Scrubber Scrubber 18 January 2018 21:14:30

Scrubber looks like a sennchai retelling an old old story while the others all have the courtesy to listen and humour him.

Scrubber Scrubber 18 January 2018 21:14:32

Scrubber looks like a sennchai retelling an old old story while the others all have the courtesy to listen and humour him.

JoanG JoanG 18 January 2018 21:18:51

The smiles say it all, what a great day!  Lovely photos Margot. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 18 January 2018 22:47:48

Great photos, Margot.

Dick, hopefully we will have one nearer to you in the coming months.

Johnstown Pictures

17 January 2018 22:51:17

Here a few pictures I took at the Johnstown Gathering.  Another most enjoyable event.  It is so special to meet up with our gardening friends from the  4 corners of the country.  I look forward to another perhaps in warmer weather.  

Jackie Jackie 18 January 2018 07:36:55

Lovely photos Margot. I have very few from the day as it was go go go and I hadnt time to take many. It was a great day and lovely to see you again. Look after yourself and hopefully you will feel better real soon :)....hopefully will see you again during the year on one of my trips!

Dick Dick 18 January 2018 17:59:31

lovely photos, Margot.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 18 January 2018 20:23:35

Thanks Margot! It was great to see you and I hope you are feeling better now! You were turly amazing to make that long journey when you weren't feeling in the pink!

JoanG JoanG 18 January 2018 21:17:52

Great photos Margot (I've borrowed the one with me in it for my new profile pic!).  You were marvellous to make the journey when not so well and I hope you are recovering now and look forward to seeing you again, hopefully later this year.  All the best.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 18 January 2018 22:51:18

Lovely photos, Margot and I hope you are recovering and we will all meet up again in the coming months.

Love the profile photo Joan.


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