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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?


A little bit done

28 March 2017 22:25:10

Glad I got the early potatoes in as the rains came today. These always start off my veg garden each year . I sowed the French beans and Runner beans indoors as these are two heritage varitues I picked . The 2017 garlic is well up and last winters crop will be ready in a few months. Onions are also peeping so some mild weather now would be lovely. I managed to plant out some overwinteref Monarda plants today as the homegrown stuff was beginning to stockpile a little. Of course I then ended up slipping some Bay cuttings from the neighbours lawn when I was passing later on !! The Dahlia seeds are starting to sprout indoors so I will have more potting on to do shortly . 

The Paulownia Tormentosa is ready to leaf up too and has survived the winter chills . 


I did my first Bee Hive inspection during the warm weather and all looks good . Bees are already breeding and bringing in early pollen and nectar which is a sure sign of life . Got a call from the local bee society asking was I ready for my new colony which is coming this week . The society breeds starter colonies or nuclei for beginners which you may buy. Safety in numbers as it's unwise to keep just one in case of winter losses . 

Recycled Wellies

21 March 2017 17:20:36

Had to treat myself to a new pair of wellies today as my old ones were leaking and threadbare after 5 good years . Took a notion to recycle them as planters for some Dahlia Tubers I had indoors 

I filled the soles with gravel for drainage and ballast . Hope they bloom this summer and  I can place them outside the front door . I might spray paint them yet !!

The south facing workshop window sill is now expectant with seeds ...

Jacinta D Jacinta D 21 March 2017 17:52:19

They'll look great with the gorgeous Dahlia blooms atop them. I have an old pair out in my own garage that I must copy. :)

Myrtle Myrtle 21 March 2017 18:51:37

Like the expectant  window! :)

Jackie Jackie 22 March 2017 08:56:39

All looking great ;) 

Dick Dick 22 March 2017 15:02:03

Declan, you are a great man for the environment: reduse, reuse, recycle.


Geranimojess Geranimojess 22 March 2017 16:29:51

Or just like myself I hate to throw anything out no matter how Old / worn out they are... you will always eventually find use for it...

Geranimojess Geranimojess 22 March 2017 16:29:58

Or just like myself I hate to throw anything out no matter how Old / worn out they are... you will always eventually find use for it...

Geranimojess Geranimojess 22 March 2017 16:29:59

Or just like myself I hate to throw anything out no matter how Old / worn out they are... you will always eventually find use for it...

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 22 March 2017 19:45:54

Looking forward to seeing them in flower.

Michele Maria Michele Maria 23 March 2017 22:19:41

Great idea!

I don't believe it !

20 March 2017 17:22:55

The threat of summary dismissal or worse must have worked . Today one of my potted Camellias honoured me with a FLOWER .

Thank you William Bartlett for your presence . Thanks too to the .iers who persuaded me to persevere !!!!  

Jacinta D Jacinta D 20 March 2017 17:48:57

That's a beautiful Camellia, Dec. It almost reminds me of Rosa mundi with the darker flecks throughout.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 20 March 2017 17:56:25

Delighted it has flowered and it looks gorgeous. 

roofy roofy 20 March 2017 18:34:34

A beauty Dec.

fraoch fraoch 20 March 2017 18:44:27

Beautiful. I think threats can work, but now you must tell it how gorgeous it is. Carrot and stick!

accsean accsean 20 March 2017 18:46:38

Delighted for you, Dec and that is a beautiful flower.

PeterW PeterW 20 March 2017 19:51:55

Looks great Dec

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 20 March 2017 20:17:06

Thats some beauty love that stripe

Jackie Jackie 21 March 2017 07:26:49

That is a real beauty, I love the markings on it. Gorgeous. 

TerriShoos TerriShoos 21 March 2017 12:34:23

Love the markings too. Sometimes you have to lay down the law with kids and plants!

Mary B Mary B 22 March 2017 19:57:48

Wow that is beautiful! 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 26 March 2017 23:03:52

After reading Carmel Duignan's article on camellias in the Irish Graden magazine we now know why the don't flower, Declan.

Frames and foundation assembly

19 March 2017 21:20:14

No gardening today but a little preparation for the summer nevertheless. 

I intend starting a second hive so it was time to put together some brood frames and wax foundation . A brood box ( where the Queen lives and lays eggs) contains ten of these frames which give the bees a start . They can make their own wax but it takes 8 ounces of pollen to make one ounce of wax. These frames and s sheet of wax foundation allow them to establish quickly and hopefully thrive . 

Some keepers allow the queen a brood box and a smaller second box on top for her duties as it provides more working Bees in a year . Iam not sure which route I will take yet . Possibly I will try a hive using both . 



Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 19 March 2017 22:24:55

Having the hives will add so much to your garden. The range of plants you grow will increase to provide pollen for the bees.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 20 March 2017 07:15:36

Loving hearing all about the bees, and constructing the boxes/frames/brood boxes. Keep them coming, Dec.

Jackie Jackie 20 March 2017 07:36:44

What a terrific hobby and also to learn how it all 'works'. Fascinating Dec. 

Gardening Bee Association

17 March 2017 22:02:57

Well it appears that many of my new Bee keeping friends are also avid gardeners and surplus plants and flowers are often brought to meetings and given away to members !! There's a lady bringing in Rudbekia divisions to next Tuesdays meeting. Of course all are Bee friendly plants and sources of pollen and nectar . Bees gather water and propolis also on their travels . Propolis being the sticky stuff from Tree buds they use as glue and sealant in the hives . 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 17 March 2017 22:07:40

I find all your information on bees so interesting, Dec. Keep it coming. I'd keep bees myself, only Steve is not too keen, and space is a priority. But I know that my little grandson, David, would be a big fan. Here's hoping.

Scrubber Scrubber 17 March 2017 22:31:58

Very interesting. So propolis is the bees Uhu! Yes My bee keeping friend is a keen gardener.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 17 March 2017 23:11:25

Honey from anyone who keeps bees is in a different league from honey you buy, even expensive ones.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 17 March 2017 23:20:01

I've never tasted honey that didn't come from a supermarket jar. It would be nice to taste the difference.

Jackie Jackie 18 March 2017 08:28:13

I too love all this information. So interesting. 

Mary B Mary B 18 March 2017 15:59:46

A fascinating hobby!

Myrtle Myrtle 18 March 2017 18:23:46

Flowers & bees go together:)

Dick Dick 18 March 2017 19:48:29

As long as we keep growing flowers it will help to keep the bees at work. The flowers and bees reciprocate. A friend of mine here in Carlow is named Bernard. He told me that St. Bernard is the patron of beekeepers.

Fleurette Fleurette 18 March 2017 23:33:03

My daughter in law was given a hive and my son has now made her another to go alongside.  She has attended classes and has been promised a swarm when a spare ones appears.  All set.  

Deckyoshea Deckyoshea 19 March 2017 19:29:42

Fleurette, my association provides a nucleus hive or " nuc " to new bee keepers  when starting up and they have a two day course done . It does cost but doesn't everything . My current hive came from a swarm thanks to my helpful big brother but this year Iam buying my second hive. Of course more experienced keepers can " split " a hive or even breed a new Queen in order to expand ! 

Jacinta , very little space required . many people living in cities keep a hive on their flat roofs or in limited space . Not annoying the neighbours is a priority but Bees like to travel to forage . I seldom see my own bees  in my garden . 

the honey we buy in stores is really a syrup as honey is mostly solid when kept cool . It's warmed up before use or sale . 



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