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I have added a few recent photos from June/July.  I managed to get a little bit of colour planted with some very nice lupins and a few other items I got at reduced prices.  Also a Sorbaria which I was delighted with and it seems to be doing well.

The pond lilies are magnificent this year and there is plenty of wild life in the garden.  The weather has been fabulous but it played havoc on some of the plants I was looking forward to seeing.  The Astilbe plumes seemed to burn up as they appeared and the budlias did not  like the hot weather at all.  They are reviving now with the tropical rain.

Got some other work done, like painting the small potting shed and was even able to put up the gazebo this year so it has been an enjoyable summer in the garden so far.  I started a bed out the front too and used the blanket weed from the pond as compost for that so all in all am pleased with some of the work done.

Things grow faster than I can keep up with but we did get a reprieve from grass cutting I am sure you will all agree.


The year ahead

28 January 2016 00:12:19

I haven't posted anything for a long time but the garden was looking really nice through summer 2015 and into the Autumn.  Winter days have made it look pretty untidy and the work must start again as we come into the Spring.  Towards the end of September last, prevailing circumstances following redundancy in 2013 left me with no option but to put my house on the market which is why I take the opportunity to post this journal.  My house and garden deserves a new owner who would have a special interest in the garden itself.  It's a fantastic space for the garden lover and I hope that when it sells it will go to someone who will really enjoy bringing it on, perhaps even more than I have been able to.  So if anyone knows anyone with a keen garden interest who is looking for a Dublin 20 location please feel free to pass on a word about my home and garden.

In the meantime because there will be viewings on the horizon, I will be working hard to keep the garden looking well as we welcome in the spring weather.


Jacinta D Jacinta D 28 January 2016 06:22:45

Aw, that's sad news that you have to re-locate. But I'm sure your new garden will be as well kept as this one. Love that sunken pond. The very best for your new home. Hoping you will keep us up to date with your new garden.

Jackie Jackie 28 January 2016 07:21:31

What beautiful pictures. Its hard to leave behind something you love and treasure. We did that 3 years ago but haven't looked back. In fact we have bigger and so much better now. I wish you the very best of luck in your new home and I'm sure you will have no problem selling this with this wonderful place. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 28 January 2016 08:06:57

Best of luck with the sale and I am sure you will make a beautiful garden in your new home. Looking forward to you posting photos of your new garden and best wishes for the future.

fran m fran m 28 January 2016 08:33:43

Best of luck with everything, lovely photos and I have no doubt in time you will work your magic on your new house and garden.

TinaJ TinaJ 28 January 2016 14:30:27

Best of luck to you and i do hope you find a keen gardener as a potential buyer

Scrubber Scrubber 28 January 2016 16:18:31

That garden has a real wow factor and I hope te buyer realises it . very sorry that circumstances dictate your selling but wish you every success in doing so. Prices do seem to be on the up and up in Dublin now.

JoanG JoanG 28 January 2016 16:46:37

Your beautiful garden certainly deserves a caring buyer; best wishes for the sale and for your new home and garden.

HeatherG HeatherG 29 January 2016 21:16:03

Thank you all for your very welcome and much appreciated comments.  Nice to see you are all pressing ahead in your gardens. Jackie, I had looked at your new garden - it looked really fantastic.  I think I will end up with a smaller garden but I hope I can turn it into something I can enjoy sitting in and at the same time be surrounded with some nice colour even if in tubs and a small pond perhaps.  Enjoy your spring and summer projects, I will post some pics as I get things tidied up and let you all know how things work out.

November garden

18 November 2013 23:52:31

After a fantastic summer, the days have become shorter as we head from Autumn into Winter which so far has not been too bad.

Mainly tidying up the garden for the winter months, bringing in the last of the cooking apples of the tree and promising myself to make some nice apple pies.

A few pics added, nothing much blooming at this point, berries about the only colour along with the glow of autumn leaves to brigthen up the dark days.  I love the Autumn colours and shall miss them as we face the bare branches of winter.

Christmas coming and then we can look forward to Spring!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 19 November 2013 04:55:12

Wow, Heather, what a fine crop of apples.

TerriShoos TerriShoos 19 November 2013 07:15:07

You still have plenty of leaves, lots of shelter. It looks like a great garden, full of life. 

HeatherG HeatherG 19 November 2013 11:45:06

Thanks guys, yes got lots of apples this year, some nicer than others.  I am not good at knowing what to spray, when and how to avoid spots appearing  but they are ok when peeled.  Plenty for apple tarts if I can get started on the pastry making!

JoanG JoanG 19 November 2013 20:34:33

Lovely photos Heather.  Looks like you have a good sized garden with lots of interest and space for a nice pond.

roofy roofy 20 November 2013 06:25:56

Gidday Heather,great pics.Abit of a misunderstanding(thats a big word eh!)I,m in Crookwell Australia not New Zealand.

                                                     regards roofy.

HeatherG HeatherG 20 November 2013 23:56:00

Gidday Roofy, I was going to check where Crookwell was when I saw the birds visiting your garden and then I saw someone had mentioned New Zealand.  Well Australia must be a fantastic location for gardening!  It looks wonderful.

Anybody know what these are?

26 June 2013 00:41:39

I love the look of these plants but I don't know what they are if anyone has any ideas?  I cut back part of the hedge about two years ago and a number of plants have grown in the space and I didn't plant them. 


andyf7 andyf7 26 June 2013 00:59:22

echium i think.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 26 June 2013 06:23:13

Echium pininana.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 26 June 2013 08:29:53

Echium. What a lucky woman.

HeatherG HeatherG 26 June 2013 12:17:37

Thank you all, that makes sense as I know some years back we had two of those growing in bed nearby but the foliage was not as high while the very large flowers were high in the air.  I thought they had gone dissappeared but they must have seeded over into the empty hedge space and I see another small one growing in the bed.

I think my husband brought back seeds from Tenerife or Lanzarote, so probably am really lucky that they would grow here.  I saw the large flowers in someone else's garden photos on site so they must have got some seeds also.

I didn't see flowers on them last two years, that's why I was not sure what they were.

maureendid maureendid 26 June 2013 23:41:13

A real show stopper! Love them.

rhody rhody 30 July 2013 00:05:35

They are lovely, and good combination

TerriShoos TerriShoos 19 November 2013 07:14:08

Lucky you!

Weed search

23 June 2013 01:52:09

Found out what my strange weed is that is spreading throughout the garden.  Its a perennial weed/herb Hedge Woundwort or Hedge-Nettle, Stachys palustris L.  Seems like it is very difficult to eradicate.

andyf7 andyf7 23 June 2013 02:17:06

round up is a great eradicator.

Jackie Jackie 23 June 2013 07:23:50

Heather the photos of your garden are just amazing. Really enjoyed all the different views you have.  Hope you can Manage to ge rid of this weed. I've had great fun ( not) trying to get a handle on ivy that is taking over this garden. Good luck with it. 

Garden Heaven or Garden Hell

20 June 2013 01:35:15

It can be either, some days I despair of it - feeling that no matter how much time I spend on it, I cannot do enough to keep it under control.  Then I look around and I see what I have done and I think to myself, 'I have done pretty well with it today really'.  It's a very large garden and there is so much in it, plus it has a mind of its own. 

There is a life force in it that just keeps shooting things up out of the ground that I haven't even planted.  This is apart from the weeds.  Wild Cherry trees are growing in many places, I don't know what to do with them; whether to do away with them or leave them for a while.  I can't let them all grow up but some of them look nice.  Then there are bay laurels shooting up everywhere too.  I cannot understand that; if I could pot them all I could have my own garden centre but who would want to buy them?  Things seem to root underground and reproduce faster than I can keep up.  Last month I discovered a new tree.  It looks like a maple, maybe a Norwegian Maple - I have no idea how tall it might grow but it looks nice for now.

My garden is broken up into different sections.  My husband (ex) planted it.  He put such a lot of work into it but he overplanted it and created a potential monster of a garden.  Hence my title Garden Heaven or Garden Hell.  It's a beautiful garden really but it requires a lot of work.  I love the garden, especially in the summer and since I am currently unemployed; at least I have the time to work on it now through the summer and enjoy those Paradise moments when I can sit in the beautiful sunshine and look at the beauty of it all.

The pond has about 20-25 fish, it used to have over 100 but in the severe winters over previous two years they did not survive.  Blanket weed is a problem, I even have grass growing on the blanket weed and it covers a third of the pond but the fish love it and they hide in there most of the time.  They are safe from the heron there.  I will have to remove some of it in the next month or so and it will be about 12 inches thick.  This year it is going to make some nice compost.  Last year I bagged it for waste and then discovered it had rotted down to compost material so I didn't have to dispose of it at all.  The remainder of the pond looks pretty good, with the lily pads spreading out, should have some buds opening up soon.

Throughout the garden, there are a variety of weed problematic areas.  Bindweed kindly covers a huge pile of wood cuttings that I put in one area but it did so too quickly this time before I have a chance to cut my way through the pile, now that I have decided to utilise all the wood in the garden for a wood burning stove, which I don't have yet but I hope to have one at least before the winter sets in.  I am using everything I cut now.  If it's wood, it's cut for the wood burner and if it's leaves, it will go to compost or leave mold.

Then there is the tale of Horsetail, where that came from I do not know but now I see it springing up everywhere and faster than I could manage to pull as many as possible before they sprouted.  They are not a bad looking weed but they take over with their feathery like appearance and spread themselves in front of all the plants you want to see.  That's another thing the plants I want to see, are not in my garden.  Most of them are still sitting on the shelves in the garden centres.  The plants that are growing in my garden are not all plants I want to see in my garden.  Some are very nice but I would like to see some different plants like Lupins and Delphiniums, Hollyhocks tall plants at the back of beds and some smaller ones in the front.  I would like to see lots of colour when I look at the beds.  At the moment I see too much green, not that green is all bad; I would just like to see an array of different colours throughout each of the summer months but I will get there!  Another weed came into my garden last year and it is now popping up everywhere and I don't know what it is.  It could be woodbine or something like that, it has a strong smell and now it is beginning to flower with a purple flower at the top.  When I pull it up, it's root runs underground but I don't know how it has spread everywhere, I guess it must be through seed after the flowering finishes.

On the other hand there are a lot of plants and shrubs growing in my garden that are in the garden centres.  I think to myself sometimes; 'wow I have that, and that, and that'; as I said very many things growing in this garden.  Two apple trees down the back both doing well this year unlike last year; I only got about two or three apples but I see plenty of little apples on both the eating and cooking trees this year.

Well this is my first journal post.  I will write some more and upload some more photos as the summer continues. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 20 June 2013 06:32:07

Welcome to the site, Heather. Interesting journal.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 20 June 2013 07:33:12

Welcome Heather. You have a lot of work to do in your  garden. Looking forward to your photos over the coming months.

fran m fran m 20 June 2013 07:40:33

Welcome from me also. 

Yor have your work cut out for you with the horsetail, you might consider spaying this with a good systemic weedkiller.

TerriShoos TerriShoos 20 June 2013 07:57:43

Great to meet you Heather - if you have friends that grow maincrop spuds, you can make a tea out of horsetail that's the organic preventive for blight so ask your local allotments if their members want it.  Sounds like a wonderful garden for wildlife. Look forward to the photos.

Rachel Rachel 20 June 2013 10:11:06

Heather, welcome to the site. We all have despairing days of the garden.

A useful hint I found, when starting out, was to make one small border near the house (or where you regularly sit) and concentrate on keeping that lovely. We all need to look to something nice for positive inspiration, and know what we are aiming for, rather than obsessing about the horsetail or bindweed!

Good luck and hoping to hear more from you.

kindredspirit kindredspirit 20 June 2013 16:19:33

Your garden sounds interesting. Can you put up some pics? (we love pics.)

ladygardener ladygardener 20 June 2013 18:48:56

Welcome from me too.  The wild cherry's are annoying; they sucker from the roots and can come up anywhere.  I think the Laurels are easier to control as they spread more by seed and you can pull the babies up.  Sometimes I've given the babies to people who need a new hedge and they're pleased to get the free plants.  The horsetail problem is one I've struggled with for years as it's immune to regular weedkillers.  No point trying to dig it up either as the roots are meters underground.  The only thing that helps is weedkillers that target it specifically or brushwood weedkillers mixed with a degreaser.  (Alternatively bruise the horsetail so the brushwood killer can penetrate the skin or spray it with the degreaser before the weedkiller).  Anyway don't let it get you down, I've seen horsetail in some of the best gardens so you're in good company.

ladygardener ladygardener 20 June 2013 18:50:57

Just a thought Heather if the horsetail has seemed to come up from nowhere and you havn't imported any topsoil; perhaps you've already sprayed the area with a general weedkiller which horsetail is immune to?  The weeds that were helping keep the horsetail down are now cleared giving the horsetail a free run?

Jackie Jackie 20 June 2013 19:27:00

Welcome Heather

I hope you put up some pictures as Im intrigued to see your garden!....good luck with it all :)

HeatherG HeatherG 21 June 2013 00:34:07

Thank you all for your for your encouraging comments, I will add some more photos; they take a little while to upload I found.

Michelle finn Michelle finn 22 June 2013 21:22:06

welcome heather. i seen that you were asking how i dug out the beds. i use a edging knife to mark out the areas and then the spade to dig out the sods. sounds like to have more than you can cope with. my dreaded weed is the couch grass, it is really bad in parts of my garden but because it is in a flower bed i cant spray plus i dont like using weedkillers or sprays i try to be as organic as possible as far as the veg are concerned and the garden. i do use slug pellets to protect my hostas thats it. 

JoanG JoanG 22 June 2013 21:53:30

Welcome from me too Heather.  It's a great site and hope you enjoy being here and joining in.  Looking forward to reading and seeing more about your garden.  A large garden is a lot of work but so rewarding too; my garden is small and I often wish I had space for more plants! Happy gardening.

HeatherG HeatherG 22 June 2013 23:34:17

Thank you Joan,  I have uploaded more photos of my garden. Yours looks really lovely, so neat - lovely selection of plants!

Michelle finn Michelle finn 23 June 2013 00:52:36

fabulous garden heather and it is big and lot of work to it, enjoy it


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