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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! 



The new baby's growing!

04 October 2017 09:09:12

Well the ex-drive actually has the end in sight. I don't know how many barrowloads of gravel and topsoil Mr S has shifted, or how many of turf-dust I have, but the soil's nice for the new plants anyway and we are getting so well-muscled we could enter competitions! It's been lovely planting the baby trees. The first of the Irish yews to go in today or tomorrow. Now that Alan's finally fully retired (or as retired as he's going to get, anyway), it should rocket on. Just as well as the autumn maintenance is piling up!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 04 October 2017 09:30:00

What brave gardeners you both have been to take on such a huge project. The light in your photos it fantastic. Well done.

Scrubber Scrubber 04 October 2017 13:34:26

WOW! and wow again. Its beautiful already but wot larks when it fills up with plants. Very well done to both you muscular gardeners!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 04 October 2017 13:53:36

That looks beautiful already. Happy Retirement, Alan. :)

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 04 October 2017 17:30:24

Looking great but a curious mind wants to know can you still drive in?

JoanG JoanG 04 October 2017 19:11:33

Hats off to the pair of you, it looks terrific especially in the golden light. Can't wait to see how it develops! 

DeclanTipp DeclanTipp 04 October 2017 22:48:53

Looking great already 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 05 October 2017 00:41:18

That is shaping up to be a truly fantastic area - I really admire how you work around the difficult terrain of the Burren! Can't wait for your Open Day next year :-)

Jackie Jackie 05 October 2017 07:47:53

I just love it!!! It looks amazing and well done to you both as that's a lot of work. I'm sure Alan will enjoy his retirement even more now that he has all this added space to play with ;) 

Fleurette Fleurette 05 October 2017 22:45:23

That is great work.  Its is really taking shape.  Isn’t the light so glowing and warm?  


18 September 2017 11:27:38

Well the panic has been over for a whole week. Yes, there were plenty of flowers out for the wedding, and yes, the bride liked them! It was really lovely to have a part in Rob & Eilish's wedding, and I enjoyed doing the jam jars and bouquets, but I can't say I would ever take floristry up for a living. Too stressful!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 18 September 2017 11:47:08

You did a wonderful job with the flowers, Terri. I'm a bit 'hit-and-miss' with arranging flowers myself too.

Dick Dick 18 September 2017 17:46:07

Plenty of colour Terri.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 19 September 2017 19:36:39

They look terrific, Terri - and the Bride and Groom seem happy too!

fraoch fraoch 19 September 2017 19:45:13

They look beautiful, Terri, well done!

Scrubber Scrubber 19 September 2017 20:07:51

Lovely fresh colour scheme! And all answering one another. Such a change from the often staid and not very lively cliched arrangements. There was thought here and a bit of quirkiness. Lovely!

September roses

18 September 2017 11:23:51

The roses are all bursting into their autumn flush, and how we're enjoying them. They don't do brilliantly here, I think we are a little too limy, but I can't resist them. 

Fleurette Fleurette 18 September 2017 23:02:26

And the winner is : Gertrude!  Such a lady. 

Having said that, you have another Lady there too, and lively she looks.

And then the Open Arms to greet us.  

What more can you ask for?  

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 19 September 2017 19:35:07

Such beauties! I didn't think roses objected to lime? I was just noticing today that I have more roses in September than I had in the summer!

I'm soooooo proud!

30 August 2017 17:21:10

When the grandkids were here we planted a Betula Jacquemontii for Josh Darlington in the first of the new beds, and I planted several perennials around it. A flower-stem on a penstemon broke off and Cathy decided to 'plant' it so that it could grow. I didn't explain that it was highly unlikely to do anything except die, as I thought that by the time she comes back she'll have forgotten all about it. I trimmed the flower off and most of the stem after she'd gone home and then forgot it myself. So I was astonished to see that it is now producing a few tiny shoots! Her first cutting at the age of five, I am so proud of her! One day, when she's getting her first Gold Medal at Chelsea, I will shed a little tear and think, 'It all started with that tiny penstemon....'

Jackie Jackie 30 August 2017 19:08:42

Wow well done Cathy!! Thats fantastic and she will be ever so proud I am sure as you are now!! Terrific

JoanG JoanG 30 August 2017 20:13:14

Good for Cathy!  Hope this success doesn't go to her head LOL.  Penstemons can be obliging plants, though not always so you are right to be proud. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 30 August 2017 20:28:41

Ah, brilliant, Cathy. I'm sure you can show her via Skype. She'll be thrilled.

Scrubber Scrubber 30 August 2017 21:04:16

From tiny acorns mighty oaks!

fraoch fraoch 30 August 2017 22:12:14

Well done, Cathy! She's certainly starting early.

sallysarah sallysarah 31 August 2017 08:18:52

Aw what a lovely Journal!

That lovely evening light

29 August 2017 07:33:00

Took these last week, after a fairly gloomy day it turned i9nto a wonderful evening so we got the camera and took some photos then we spent it in the studio doorway reading our books, watching the sun go down over the Burren. One of those evenings that you do all that gardening for!

Jackie Jackie 29 August 2017 07:42:50

Fabulous Terri. We have had some beautiful evenings....and to be fair really nice days too. It's lovely though to sit out and actually relax and enjoy all your hard work too ! 

fraoch fraoch 29 August 2017 10:27:12

Lovely photos, Terri.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 29 August 2017 17:21:54

A nice way to enjoy a late summer evening.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 29 August 2017 22:12:59


JoanG JoanG 29 August 2017 23:59:10

A perfect end to the day! 


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