a mediateam website

See a sample issue of The Irish Garden!

TerriShoos's Garden

View more photos

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! 



Getting there, bit by bit!

06 August 2017 17:33:59

Between the grandkids, who did indeed have a marvellous time digging and 'helping', and my stint covering holidays at the garden centre, Alan has been left largely to his own devices this week apart from my hasty sketches left on the kitchen table as I rush off in the mornings. But he's doing a great job laying out the path structures and moving big rocks. We did manage to get the bones of the first bed down, just so there's a hint of garden in the distance, and we've had fun between showers playing with designs and planning the nhext stages. Hope to make some woven hazel edging and new herb beds tomorrow. Long way to go, but it does look a bit less like a bomb site and a bit more like the beginnings of a new garden. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 06 August 2017 19:18:25

That's going to look fab, Terri. Well done, Alan. Just think, it's a whole new area to look out the window at now, and especially welcome on such a miserable day as today has been.

fraoch fraoch 06 August 2017 22:56:58

Fantastic, Terri!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 07 August 2017 20:41:41

Looks great, Terri. Alan must be exhausted doing hard work like that and after a visit from the grandchildren.

PeterW PeterW 07 August 2017 21:46:57

It's very exciting, look forward to seeing it develop

JoanG JoanG 07 August 2017 22:07:16

That looks inviting, look forward to seeing it develop. Well done Alan. 

Scrubber Scrubber 07 August 2017 23:00:40

Always knew that Alan was a homunculus musculus! Love the ideas that are beginning  toappear. If we didnt do things bit by bit we would never get all the bright ideas that strike us. One thing leads to another. Onward and upward!!!!!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 09 August 2017 11:01:52

How exciting! Please keep posting the progress!

That Father Christmas moment...

21 July 2017 10:00:12

...When you look out the window at what is supposed to be a glorious new garden and think 'F-f-f-Father Christmas, what have we done?' Mind you, we thought that about the new septic tank and now it's a fantastic mass of flower. Nature, as a friend once poibnted out, is very forgiving, and we are hoping that when the grands are here next week we can plant some trees, including one for Josh Darlington. I hope Mummy has packed lots of muddy-play clothes, but they'll have a whale of a time helping out, and we'll ony do everything twice as slowly as we would on our own, bless them!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 21 July 2017 13:55:50

That's some project! Looking forward to seeing it develop as the combination of gardeners and artist get loose on it :-)

Jacinta D Jacinta D 21 July 2017 14:27:41

Keep that rain over in the west please. Enough now. Hope the childer have a great muddy time.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 21 July 2017 15:52:38

A brave woman to take out your drive. As you say nature has a way of reclaiming it's own and I am not a big fan of tarmac. Weather seems to be good for the early days of next week, so the children should have great fun.

JoanG JoanG 21 July 2017 20:22:38

Woo-hoo! That's bringing in the big guns Terri.  Have fun creating your new area and the grandkids will have a whale of a time! 

Moya Moya 21 July 2017 23:56:03

Omg you are so brace to take on such a big project Terri. Can you outline the plan for us in a journal? You might have done so already and I missed it. Am very interested. 

Hope you and Alan have a great time with your grandchildren when they arrive.

Hazel's Open Day

11 July 2017 09:04:25

Wonderful afternoon on Sunday at Hazel's. Our friend Annette didn't believe that Hazel does all this virtually on her own. As ever it was a real pleasure to visit and see Elizabeth and Jackie and Michelle Maria, as well as this amazing and lovely garden. Great to see so many fledgeling robins hopping about enjoying themselves too!

This is the third album I've tried to upload but the site STILL isn't doing it. It's very clear that the administrators have lost interest and aren't bothered about the .iers. I'cve really tried to support the site but it's been one technical issue after another this year so I'm not bothering again. I'll port on FB instead. It's a real shame, I've loved the site, but it's a waste of our time. 

Jackie Jackie 11 July 2017 09:30:30

Oh no Terri!!! And I was banking on you with the photos. Great meeting you, Alan and Annette again. What a lovely day. 

I put up a journal and can't believe that the photo is right way up! 

I feel your frustration too. I've tried so many times to put up my May and June albums with no success. Hopefully something will be done really soon, as Gerry said! 

fran m fran m 11 July 2017 09:34:08

Hurricane Hazel is your only Lady for a Garden Storm ;)

PCON PCON 11 July 2017 15:43:20

Sorry you won't be here, Terry. I'll miss your Burren posts. I don't do FB, so maybe you will come back some time.

JoanG JoanG 11 July 2017 22:26:17

I can understand your frustration Terri and I too will miss your engaging posts.  I don't like Facebook and only hope the technical issues on this site will finally be fixed soon before everyone departs, which would be a great shame. 

Scrubber Scrubber 12 July 2017 00:34:16

O Terri dont leave us! Like Joan im not a facebook fan! Do write to Gerry and let him know about the technical issues that are plaguing you. So far I have escaped them but I havent been trying to do albums lately.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 12 July 2017 21:45:02

It is terrible that the site is giving so much trouble as we would all have loved to see an album of Hazel's Garden. I am not on FB and will miss not having a site like this.

Jackie Jackie 13 July 2017 00:42:14

I tried to upload an album of my own garden again this evening and nothing!!  I even tried to add photos to other albums that I have and they didn't work either. I'm hoping it's because they are 'fixing' the site is the reason we can't upload. Very frustrating. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 13 July 2017 19:15:31

I'm not even getting email notifications now. Just sent Craig a message, so I'm hoping he can sort it out if he is still on this site. Maybe they've all abandoned us at this stage. :(

Bodnant Gardens

02 July 2017 11:12:56

I last went to Bodnant as a 12 year old with my mum, dad and sister, and my aunt and her family, while on a caravan holiday in Wales, so I had some very happy memories. I didn't remember much about the gardens, but they were lovely. It was around 30 degrees, and very humid, so just as well I'd gt fitter as the Welsh hills are pretty steep! But the formal gardens are lovely, and the rose garden just stops you dead in your tracks. Then you dip down into the beautiful Dell and wander round by the lakeshore where there are some great places to sit and watch for kingfishers. We came back through the Arboretum and across the wild meadow, a warm walk but a lovely one. The family motto is 'Nefoedd ar Ddaear', which for the non-Welsh speakers among us is 'Heaven on Earth'. We wouldn't argue!

I've tried all ways to get the album to upload but it still won't so I'll put some up on FB. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 02 July 2017 11:16:50

Wow! The third photo is spectacular.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 02 July 2017 11:25:23

It is one of my favourite garden and until last summer we have always visited it Spring. Would totally agree about the Rose Garden, stunning. 

Jackie Jackie 02 July 2017 18:55:33

Glad you had a great time and those photos are stunning too. Pity you cant get the album here, strange how it doesnt even give an option to 'add' the photos!!! ooooh so annoying! Ill catch you on Fb then !

Moya Moya 03 July 2017 00:14:42

Wow! Wow! Wow! Must get there some day.

RHS Harlow Carr

02 July 2017 10:58:45

We were  really looking forward to the Flower Festival, but wouldn't you know it, it poured thick drizzle all day. The gardens were beautiful, especially the streamside garden that threads all the way down the valley, and the new Woodland Gardens. The veggie gardens for me are the showcase of Harlow Carr, they are so unusually set out and very attractive as well as useful. And the collaboration between the local army unit and schoolkids to recycle old boots was gorgeous. But sad that it was so soggy and gloomy. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 02 July 2017 11:11:19

Pity about the weather. But it looks lovely.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 02 July 2017 11:21:27

Would love to see an album! Pity about the drizzle, but the primulas are loving it.

Jackie Jackie 02 July 2017 18:52:41

Thats a stunning first photo! Disappointing when the weather is so bad!! but glad you enjoyed yourselves!

Moya Moya 03 July 2017 00:16:58

Those photos are gorgeous. Glad you got there.


Garden.ie Members

Not a member yet?
Join now to:

Join Now

Existing Members

Forgotten password

Garden.ie CLUB

Join Ireland's first online garden club! Share pictures of your garden, make new friends and chat with other gardeners. It's simple to join and free! Register Here

Featured Members


Thousands of gardening facts at your finger tips:

Ask Gerry

Gerry DalyTry our unique advice service from editor Gerry Daly. Got a question right now? Search here to see if it has been answered already:

a mediateam website

©2017 Garden.ie. Mediateam Ltd, Media House, South County Business Park, Leopardstown, Dublin 18.

Tel (+353 1) 2947777 Email info@garden.ie

Website Design by KCO.ie