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Two Hostas, One Dicentra "Bleeding Heart" & One  Omphalodes Verna bought and ready for Shady Corner! Thanks Andy and Joan. Think I shoulf put a beer trap in place near the Hostas?


Flower ID

10 October 2017 20:49:24

I must have planted these up from smaller plants or seeds but for the life of me a name is not to hand . They are nice and doing well in the Greenhouse . Hopefully they are perennial ? They look like Pinks ? 

JoanG JoanG 10 October 2017 21:00:03

Yes, they do look like Pinks (Dianthus) and a nice mixture too. Good luck with them. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 10 October 2017 21:07:51

Pinks, probably Sweet William.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 11 October 2017 09:06:10

I think dianthus, Declan.

The Gardeners Grumble

08 October 2017 14:13:16

I came upon this carved stone slab today in the grounds of KELLS Priory and ruins Co Kilkenny . The Ruins date back to the 12th Century and later works in the 1500s . The poem is probably later but still interesting to us gardeners today . Try and read the words if you can but clearer images are available from Mr Google .

DeclanTipp DeclanTipp 08 October 2017 14:20:43



It is January.

Ice-shards in hoof-prints. The dark way of silence.

Light lying down on the straw-coloured grasses.

We are cold and ill-tempered but dinner is pigs' cheeks.

In church they are eating the body of God.


February's Bridgit's with spring round the corner,

and hard on the spring comes the sweet smell of summer,

three o'clock matins then dawns wild with birdsong

and I'm in the garden, shape-changed to a blackbird

grubbing about in the body of God.


Kerry Hardie


JoanG JoanG 09 October 2017 21:04:26

Interesting find, thanks for posting Declan.  The slab looks old but it seems from Google that the poet is still alive! 

Scrubber Scrubber 09 October 2017 22:31:40

very much alive Joan and I shall tell her you were pleased she still is! Kerry is also a keen and talented gardener Declan. The poem is in her 2009 collection Only this Room.She has written two striking novels and about six books of very fine poetry. I found Kells very impressive when I visited but I missed the poem so thank you!

DeclanTipp DeclanTipp 09 October 2017 23:11:46

Yes indeed ! Well it's modern history at least . 

Rose Cuttings

07 October 2017 18:13:30

These 2 were still going strong today and giving beautiful scent . Thanks to Dicks advice I take Rose cuttings every year now and most do well . These 2 are for some Cuttings tomorrow ... before I forget 

The Holly was grown from a little plant I pulled from an old cobbled yard three years ago and is covered in berries already . I bet there's none left for Christmas though ! 

JoanG JoanG 07 October 2017 19:05:48

Two beautiful roses Declan and a nice holly too, well rescued. How do you treat rose cuttings? I've never succeeded with them. 

DeclanTipp DeclanTipp 07 October 2017 21:32:38

Joan I simply take a 14 inch stem about a pencil thickness , remove all but the two very top leaves and push it over half ways into a prepared drill or trench . I find well draining soil is best . Plant more than you need as not all take but I get  about a 60% success rate . I now have Ten Rose bushes growing in my veg garden for transplanting . I dont remove them from the veg garden until year 2-3. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 08 October 2017 09:14:27

Dick has always been very successful with rose cuttings and so glad that the process has worked for you. The roses are gorgeous, cannot decide which is my favourite. The holly tree looks a good size for three years. 

We haven't heard from Dick for a while, hope all is well with him.

DeclanTipp DeclanTipp 08 October 2017 14:07:58

Yes I think I'll drop Dick a message soon .

PCON PCON 08 October 2017 22:24:22

I have grown a few roses from cuttings. It works better with ramblers oor climbers, but could work with any rose. Takes a couple of years to produce flowers, so you need patience. 

Jackie Jackie 09 October 2017 08:09:24

Those cuttings look so healthy too. Perfect. Love the Holly 

Time to Pickle and Forage

03 October 2017 17:37:19

Last of the broad beans and some blackberries for jam . The Cucumbers are pickled at last 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 03 October 2017 19:21:15

I love broad beans, and they are so pretty. I ADORE blackberries. :)

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 04 October 2017 09:15:46

It is a great time of year for fruit and so nice to pick it straight from the bush or tree. I am having blackberries and Autumn raspberries these mornings on my cereal. Pickled cucumbers are delicious. I plant my broad beans around this time of year for an early crop in May/June.

TerriShoos TerriShoos 04 October 2017 10:44:01

I've planted October broad beans for the several years but have had much better crops from spring planting in the last two years. I think it's because of the very windy conditions over winter, they've just got too battered. 

Scrubber Scrubber 04 October 2017 13:40:36

Sounds like a very good idea to pickle cucumbers. And thanks for reminder re broad beans.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 05 October 2017 00:35:43

Great crops!

Jackie Jackie 05 October 2017 07:40:27

Oh they look delicious. 

Hip hip hooray

18 September 2017 22:13:33

Twenty Five days after purchase my bulbs from Mr Middleton have arrived ! In this day and age that's s little slow . I get other purchases in 3-4 days including abroad ..oh well it's Mr Middletons and Hermitage bulbs loss . 

The willow Hedging has been tied down and it will be interesting to see this develop in the next few years . It should be really sturdy eventually . 

Scrubber Scrubber 19 September 2017 20:00:09

I think it will be a formidable structure Dec! Well you have plenty time to get them in!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 19 September 2017 20:52:16

I'm interested that you are tying down the willow at this time of year? I usually let the top bits wave in the wind till Spring!

DeclanTipp DeclanTipp 19 September 2017 21:13:51

Hazel , these have been waving about and a nuisance as they lean into my veg garden. If I leave them they get shredded in the winter winds too. I was cutting them off each year but they are really strong this year and long too . Ideal for hedging now . When the bee growth comes in spring I will have loads to weave with hopefully . The hedge will make an ideal Bee protection too ! 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 19 September 2017 21:53:16

That's interesting - especially what you say about the bees. I had a bit of an invasion of wasps on my willow structures the past two years - I think they were after the sticky resin that some of the plants exude in July and August. They completely took over a Willow Arbour with a seat in it this year - it wasn't safe to use the seat at all! I tried using a Wasp Decoy but it didn't make any difference.

DeclanTipp DeclanTipp 19 September 2017 23:20:06

Haze , yes propolis is a very important substance for Bees but Iam not sure about wasps using it . This sticky substance issued to seal and waterproof their hives . Some bee keepers collect it for sale using specialised methods .

Willow when in flower is much liced by bees and other pollinators . 


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