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TerriShoos's Garden

TerriShoos's Garden

A year on from my first entry I'm amazed and delighted at how everything has changed. This time last year it was all plans and drawings and ideas, but now the piles of soil are a productive polytunnel and deep beds, and the remaining topsoil heap is vanishing fast into all the beds. The blank lawns have sprouted a pond, young shrubberies, a wildflower meadow and lots more trees and hedges. The front border is beginning to be less low-maintenance and more high-interest. The daffs we brought from our old house and the others that we've bought are springing up all over the garden and will be a picture this spring. Best of all the birds and animals which used to live all around us are foraging amongst the beds and stones and making good use of the trees and pond. 

It's been hard work and difficult with my knee replacement last April, but so, so satisfying. Bring on the year, we can't wait to see it all bloom! 

 

Journal

May the fourth...

04 May 2017 10:34:57

....be with you! Isn't the May weather glorious? Apart from all the watering - and thank God our well taps into a strong spring. The garden is really starting to bloom despite the dry soil. 

We have a love-hate relationship with this Spanish gorse. It's very well-behaved, doesn't self-seed and apart from one brief spasm in May is as boring as mud. We've gradually taken it out everywhere else and just these two bushes are left. Their days are numbered because the earth wall of the forest garden house will be there, so we're enjoying the flowers now. 

The silene was a slip from Nuala Shanahan at a Johnstown some years ago, its own slips are all over the garden and it's gorgeous. 

Open Arms is just a lovely neat climber. It's buds are the most wonderful deep rose, and the flowers are a honey-pink fading to white. Scented too! It's a bit susceptible to bug attack, but you can't win èm all. 

Lovin' this gorgeous season!

LindaB LindaB 04 May 2017 10:46:39

Your garden looks amazing but especially in the second photo!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 04 May 2017 11:07:20

I absolutely love Gorse. I was amazed how rampant it is in the hedgerows around Sligo last weekend. It's such a gorgeous deep shade of yellow.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 04 May 2017 11:31:43

Just spotted your album, Terri. Things are certainly looking shipshape in the Terri Garden.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 04 May 2017 13:20:42

Lovely summer album and fantastic rose.

Scrubber Scrubber 04 May 2017 19:17:53

When furze is out of bloom, kissing is out of fashion. The kids in school used to titter at this old saying. The scent of Furze is I think my favourite of all-rich coconut.I am sure there are loads of other gorse bushes around so you wont be without it,

Dick Dick 04 May 2017 19:32:15

Great colour Terri. Number 3 looks great. There is sun all over but I think the wetern half has got the best. Plenty of sun here but a bit cool compared with the early days of the week.

JoanG JoanG 05 May 2017 21:49:32

Lovely views of your garden Terri.  I love the pond garden too. 

Jackie Jackie 06 May 2017 08:53:59

Great album Terri. I too love the 2nd photo in your album, a view we don't see that often. Gorgeous. 

Terri's Happy Place

02 May 2017 10:13:06

Now, I don't like to moan but the old potting shed just didn't cut the mustard. It was grand at first, but its only window faced north, so you had to work with the door open for light, and if a west wind was blowing it blew stuff about and was chilly to boot. Then we had to have a water filtration system and that took up a big chunk of space. Then we got a shredder and leaf-blower and they had to be kept in Alan's studio because there wasn't room. Then I got really into growing plants from seeds and cuttings and the polytunnel staging started to burst at the seams. Then the filtration system sprung a leak and it all had to be dismantled and suddenly there was no space for me at all at all. 

Our friend Padraig said he had some old double-glazed windows. And we had some greenhouse panes sitting outside for years. So one basic shed later and I have an absolutely gorgeous propagation area, with great light, lots of staging and workspace, and the cold frames can go on the front once the guttering is finished and the waterbutts connected. 

I am one happy, happy bunny. 

Jackie Jackie 02 May 2017 11:08:00

This is just super. What a great idea and a fantastic job too. Oh you will never be seen again lol. It's great to have your own space and do whst you want. Enjoy Terri;) 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 02 May 2017 11:11:16

That looks super, Terri. And the windows make all the difference indeed. I would have claustrophobia working in a windowless area. It looks so inviting.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 07 May 2017 00:39:33

And with such a pretty workplace you couldn't possible make room for a shredder ..... LOL

Perverting the pensioners!

02 May 2017 09:59:10

So off we went to Ennis to hear Mary Reynolds give a talk and see her film about the Chelsea garden she did back in the day. And of course we bought her new book. Well, talk about a can of worms... more like a whole compost bin! I don't think we are quite as extreme as Mary in our views about gardeners and their gardens, but we have always seen our garden as a collaboratin between us and all the life in it, from the soil organisms upward, asnd we don't mind nature creeping in and taking over bits. 

But there we were sitting having coffee on the front bench Saturday morning trying, as we have for the last six years, not to see that Godawful expanse of useless tarmac (we always use the other entrance and of all the visitors we've had, nobody has ever parked their car on this side). It's just a wind trap, ugly as sin and an offence to Nature. So I got a bit of squared paper and started doodling with ideas for a forest garden. As you do over a cup of coffee.... 

And Himself gets that new-project gleam in his eye that makes me say, 'I want my staging finished first! And my guttering and waterbutts up on the new shed! And you're a pensioner and too old for digging that much tarmac!'  'Hmmm....' saith he thoughtfully, 'it's a thin enough layer. I could do it in bits. And you'd leave the bits where the paths will go...'

Now, on the first night we were in the house four hares came and sat in the garden and we said, 'Ah, the cailleachs have come to bless us!' So on Saturday night a big hare came and sat right in the middle of the drive. We looked at each other. 'Well, that's that. The hares say we should do it.' And yesterday a pheasant came and walked right across the garden. I guess the wild neighbours think it's a good idea. We'll remember that when Himself is in traction!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 02 May 2017 10:16:09

Ha ha let's hope it won't come to that, Terri.

Love the look of the plan. So when all the other jobs are finished then we all have something to look forward to. 

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 02 May 2017 10:44:42

Oh Terri stop him at all costs!!  Himself is a creative gentleman and that would be a soul destroying job. That is apart from the traction.!

Any hope you could manage to get a man with a machine to rip though even a part of it so you could start your plan?

I would love to hear Mary R talk, I love her attitude to gardening though agree it could be a big extreme.

Jackie Jackie 02 May 2017 11:03:14

Oh Terri I love it. Always evolving and planning. That's our motto here too lol

Now I do agree with Elizabeth a little bit too. Jimmy thinks he's Superman at times but sometimes, rarely I might add, I do have to say to him 'you know you are not as young as you used to be'!!! I hope Alan is thinking of getting some manual labour to give him  a dig out, pardon the pun!! It might be a thin layer but it's what's underneath that layer could take him by surprise. But I'm sure he knows best. Can't wait to see it in motion. Plenty of photos too ;) 

Geranimojess Geranimojess 02 May 2017 20:50:14

Stop him at all costs...I thought the same and now I'm paying the price and once the backaches begin no amount of Lotions / Creams will reverse the damage done...I always had that same gleam in my eye when Jean would suggest an idea for the Garden and many a time I'd have begun the Job before she'd even finish the sentence...not any more...nowadays I look out the window hoping for a spit of rain so as I wont have to mow the lawn...

Tell Jimmy to enjoy his Health while he has it...I ignored that same advice several years ago...

TerriShoos TerriShoos 04 May 2017 10:13:39

Words of good sense. I also thought I was invincible in my youth and have paid for it in surgery, osteopaths and chiropractors ever since. We won't be doing anything until much later in the summer so by then wifely persuasion will prevail... with cake. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 07 May 2017 00:37:17

sounds like a very exciting project - for a "man with a digger" generally to be found by discreet enquiries among the locals .... but of course you are long enough there to be considered "locals" yourselves!!!!

LGT Rides Again.... or not!

25 April 2017 10:17:42

Well, the Little Green Trolley was very excited! After a winter spent dozing in his cosy shed, the lengthening days made him wake up and stretch and say to himself, 'It's about time my nice owners went to a few garden shows!' So he was thrilled when the lady gardener came and took him out of the shed. ' Come on, LGT,' she said, 'We're off to Fota and we'll need your help!' 

Well, she tried to fold him up but he was a bit stiff after a winter indoors, so she called her husband. 'How does this yoke fold up?' she asked. LGT was more than a bit offended at this, but he said to himself, 'She's English. She obviously uses some Irish colloquialisms without understanding that 'Yoke' is a term used to denote inanimate objects, not sentient ones. ' But after all, she was a nice lady, so he decided to forgive her.

She had soon worked out the problem, and in no time LGT was in the boot of the car and they set off.  But they were only just down the road on the way to Ennis when a worrying warning light came on in the dashboard. Being sensible people, they turned back. LGT was very disappointed, but soon found that he was in demand as the nice, if colloquially challenged, lady re-potted some plants and asked him to transport them. 

LGT was pleased to help, and was even more pleased to hear that the following weekend was the Ennis Garden Festival, when he would no doubt be going for another outing. He was looking forward to a very busy summer!

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 25 April 2017 10:46:49

Glad he is happy such a cheerful looking chap!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 25 April 2017 11:22:05

You see, he's smiling from ear to ear. Happy Outing, LGT. May you carry LOTS!!!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 25 April 2017 13:57:22

Great journal. If you are coming to Mount Congreve for the Rare Plant Fair in May, be sure to visit us.

fraoch fraoch 25 April 2017 21:10:25

Great fun to read! He is cute, isn't he?

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 26 April 2017 01:49:27

I thought I might find LGT's brother at FOTA as there is a great shortage of LGT in Laois! None at Fota either!

Jackie Jackie 26 April 2017 08:25:22

Great journal and love LGT too! 

Alan's Tesco special

21 April 2017 10:10:05

Alan came home from Tescos a few years ago and presented me with a pretty little aquilegia he just liked the look of. It's has just kept on getting prettier and bigger every year since. One of his best buys!

This year the cherries have bloomed their socks off, so hopefully we'll get a nice crop if the cold weather promised for the weekend doesn't do for them. I like the blossom and green leaves against the red cherry leaves, the woodland corner is getting nice and full now. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 21 April 2017 10:32:24

Extremely pretty.

LindaB LindaB 21 April 2017 11:17:00

I have a Tesco one too that flowers and flowers, so lovely!

 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 21 April 2017 13:37:40

Everything is so early this year, a least three weeks ahead of normal. Your woodland is filling up nicely.

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 21 April 2017 19:51:19

Oh i have that same aquilegea and its a super plant with super flowers.

fraoch fraoch 21 April 2017 21:08:55

I love Aquilegia, and that one is really nice.

JoanG JoanG 21 April 2017 22:35:13

That's a fabulous specimen Terri, well done Alan. I love Aquilegias too but found that having a blue one in the garden turned nearly all the others blue, so now I remove the blue ones.  I see your pink one is still pink! 

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