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DeclanTipp's Garden

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?

Journal

Day 3 similar

12 December 2017 11:30:39

No change yet though rain is forecast . It’s really dangerous to even walk the dogs so Iam sticking to the fields . No gritters where I live !! 

People manage through , is there an alternative ? Now Iam off to cut some fallen timber kindly donated by next door . P

Jacinta D Jacinta D 12 December 2017 13:59:45

Gosh, we've been lucky. This morning has been the worst frost so far this year. I almost mistook it for snow when I looked out.

Love that last photo, Declan. Do I spy a lovely frozen lake over yonder?

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 12 December 2017 17:21:10

Nothing like that here in Waterford. Looks so beautiful. 

DeclanTipp DeclanTipp 12 December 2017 21:33:12

No lake Jacinta .... Flood in field 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 13 December 2017 00:09:55

I suppose we shouldn't complain as in 2010 when Dublin was well and truly covered we escaped with only a little snow - mind you, temperatures of -17 made up for the lack of snow! I so agree with you Declan. It is treacherous when we get a hard frost on top of all that pretty snow! We had drizzle today and a bit of a thaw but no proper rain! I'm only 3 miles from the Tipp border so our weather tends to be very similar. Someone (probably the Laois Council) deposited a heap of sand/salt at a central location in Donaghmore where we could pick it up for free - it was great to get it to make the area around the house safe for walking on. 

Bees in garden slumber

11 December 2017 22:56:11

This cold spell has finally convinced my bees to cluster for their winter snooze . Here’s hoping they have enough supplies till Spring. I’ll be moving some hives away from the veg garden shortly and across the lawn.

In 2016 I started with one hive and now there are six going into year 3 .  I have found since starting bees that iam much more plant aware and have stopped using pesticides . 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 12 December 2017 06:02:44

That's a big plus when taking the bee's welfare into serious consideration.

Declan, how long does it take newly-established hives to produce any honey?

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 12 December 2017 10:33:14

My son travelled back to Limerick last Sunday morning and told us it was bad up around Tipp town and it looks like you had a good covering of snow. I don't think many bees will be out in this weather.

DeclanTipp DeclanTipp 12 December 2017 11:24:57

Jacinta , in a good year and healthy bees you can hope to get some honey in year 1. Of course this all depends on how early you start a new hive and how strong the colony is , how productive the Queen is etc . I had only 2 hives producing this year and in fact my year 1 hive produced more that the 2 year old hive . That was because the older stronger hive I allowed to swarm ( not good ) so lost half the hive for three weeks . The new hive I prevented from swarming ( lesson learned ) so they did really well. 

Now I have six hives going into winter so next year should be busy ! Of course weather is so important , mild dry winter , early spring and dry warm summer, not much to ask for in ireland ha ha . 

My two hives this year produced 65 kilos of honey which was very good in my first year .

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 13 December 2017 00:04:08

Gosh! That's amazing Declan! I had no idea they produced so much!

Chilly in Tipp today

10 December 2017 20:04:48

Woke up at 630 no snow. Got up at 930 ( well it is Sunday ) and wow . A winter wonder land . My new bamboo centerpiece was bowed under but only from weight of snow. The trees all looked stunning . The dogs really enjoyed the initial fun . 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 10 December 2017 22:26:08

Wow, that's a healthy 'sprinkling' of snow. None in Dublin. Just miserable rain.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 10 December 2017 23:09:29

Winter Wonderland!

LindaB LindaB 11 December 2017 10:27:17

So pretty!!!

DeclanTipp DeclanTipp 11 December 2017 22:48:35

Heading for another day also 

Dating Service now ???

28 November 2017 20:54:31

Ah here , first it was ladies lingerie adds now we have POFCUSTOMERSERVICE dating ??? Hope the dates are all into gardening like me 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 28 November 2017 21:21:53

I don't even think BIG BROTHER is watching any more. :(

Jackie Jackie 28 November 2017 22:24:15

Nope...........I would have thought that new memberships  would come under some form of moderation. Obviously not!  And still no update either! 

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 29 November 2017 00:56:24

I have reported two personal commuications that came to me  as Elizabeth 7  one of which was a bit disturbing. This happened over the past few months.

I still say sort out Garden.ie before attempting any revamp of the entire site.

CraigK CraigK 29 November 2017 08:56:53

The offending poster has been removed. Thanks for your patience.

Liztai Liztai 30 November 2017 00:07:44

My sympathies to Craig - Alogrithms to me are often as irresponsible as those people in the bank who say"the computer made a mistake" I wish there was a way we could bombard them back - the owners might program more carefully if we could. (Not sure my spellings are correct - it's too late at night ....)

PeterW PeterW 03 December 2017 08:51:02

Am I too late hahaha did they have plants to swap ha

Orchids 2

24 November 2017 17:17:10

Second few 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 24 November 2017 18:29:15

They're all gorgeous.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 24 November 2017 23:24:28

Fantastic flowers.

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