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Jackie's Garden

These pictures were taken in our old house, we moved out  in Dec 2012 to a house that has a garden about 6 times the size of this one. I absolutely LOVED this garden. It was the size of a stamp but it had everything in it. I loved all the colour. I love hanging baskets, lots of colour in the garden. I would grow anything and get great enjoyment from it. It was so compact too. We had two pergola's.....I had lots of different clematis growing up them. I love Reubens Montana...as its a wonderful clematis for coverage and it grows so fast. I will have to get some for my new garden. Its a daunting prospect trying to figure out what to do and I worry I wont get the same pleasure that I did with my old compact little garden. But time will tell!


Taking it all in.........

28 March 2017 07:43:28

Sometimes it's nice to just sit and take it all in. 

And that's what I did for a little while yesterday. Another gorgeous day and another bit of planting and tidying done. But I spent more time just sitting and looking around the garden too. Even the 'boys' thought it was a good idea and joined me on the bench. 

What a great few days we have had. A little more cloudy this morning but still quite mild. As long as the rain holds off I don't mind and maybe get another little bit done today. Fingers crossed. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 28 March 2017 07:50:21

Little and often. That's the key.

LindaB LindaB 28 March 2017 08:01:06

Your garden is looking amazing, great to sit and enjoy it!

Jackie Jackie 28 March 2017 08:09:49

Thank you Linda ;) 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 28 March 2017 08:53:43

Garden is looking fantastic, Jackie. Yesterday was warm and the breeze that we had over the last few days had died down. I too sat for a while, a little exhausted and it was the first day that I came in from the garden this year that I drank numerous glasses of water, a real sign that gardening is in full swing. Misty here in Waterford this morning.

accsean accsean 28 March 2017 09:44:31

Looking splendid, Jackie. I sometimes think We don't take enough time to sit back and admire our gardens.

fraoch fraoch 28 March 2017 17:52:53

Your garden is looking fantastic, Jackie, good to sit and enjoy it sometimes. Mostly dry here today, but a couple of showers.

PeterW PeterW 28 March 2017 21:28:26

excellent weather this past week and your garden is looking great and why not sit back and enjoy your hard work as it's certainly paying off. We had a dull day today with rain but to be expected a this time of the year. here's to more nice days and longer evenings

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 29 March 2017 00:13:21

That's the way to do it, Jackie! 

"What is this life if full of care we have no time to stand and stare ...." or even sit and stare!!!!

As the sun was setting...........

27 March 2017 08:08:45

.........it created a fabulous sky at the bottom of the garden, which was just stunning. 

Mother Nature at her best once more, she never fails to impress! 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 27 March 2017 08:50:33

Beautiful, there has been wonderful skies over the last few evenings.

Dick Dick 27 March 2017 15:21:51

I agree with you and Mary.

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 27 March 2017 16:57:11

It was a cracking red hot sky, and went so cerise pink.

PeterW PeterW 27 March 2017 22:07:27

Well captured Jackie

Jackie Jackie 28 March 2017 07:44:49

Thanks guys those were taken from my couch!! Just love that view. 

What a great weekend!

27 March 2017 08:05:13

Well this is the start of it! 

It couldn't have been a better weekend, blue skies, warm breezes, enjoying the garden and sharing Sunday with family.....simply perfect! 

I only had a small amount of time in the garden on Saturday as I generally visit my sisters for our weekly catchup ;) ( gossip more like lol) but I did plant out my two Magnolia which I bought in Lidl during the week. Also mulched a little bit more and did a small bit of weeding too. But it was back breaking so had to give up.............

Then yesterday was another stunning day. Took a few photos and put out some of my garden trinkets. I noticed lots of new growth and particularly on my Clematis Montana. That was a fabulous display last year so I'm hoping for even better this year. Lily bulbs are shooting up and lots of growth on plants that literally disappeared over Winter. I love to see the surprises of what appears above ground when you least expect it!!

Then all the family arrived for Mothers Day and we had a lovely afternoon. 

So today I'm hoping to maybe get an hour or so in the garden to do a little bit more. Little being the operative word here, as I'm finding it quite strenuous at the minute. But I'll get something done as its another stunning day............

Have a great day whatever you do! 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 27 March 2017 08:55:34

What wonderful weather we had, couldn't have wished for better. The garden is certinaly coming in to growth and it seemed to happen in a few days.

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 27 March 2017 16:59:41

It sure was a wonderful bright sunny & warm weekend, i got lots done too, so refreshing 


Dick Dick 27 March 2017 17:37:36

Lovely pictures taken Jackie. The weather is still great.

PeterW PeterW 27 March 2017 22:11:56

it has been great weather Jackie and getting out even for a little bit is just super on these sunny days, who'd have tought it was the end of March only.

Jackie Jackie 28 March 2017 07:47:27

I can't believe that Saturday is the 1st April already!! But the weather has been amazing lately

Plant ID please

24 March 2017 08:17:35

I bought this little plant last year on the 'special offers' counter, I think it might have been Woodies. It was only a couple of euro. It totally disappears during Winter and has the most beautiful foliage and blue flowers to boot. 

But can I remember the name? I remember JoanG commenting on it too. But that's about it!!

Any idea what it might be called?  


LindaB LindaB 24 March 2017 08:36:49

It looks like some type of Corydalis and after googling it looks as if it could be one called purple leaf!  Bargain if it is!

fran m fran m 24 March 2017 08:56:34

Def Corydalis, like it.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 24 March 2017 08:59:43

Definitely Corydalis.  Mine disappeared over a few years.

fraoch fraoch 24 March 2017 10:18:31

Nice one! I'm always buying bargains in Woodies here too. I call it rescuing them!

JoanG JoanG 24 March 2017 14:08:49

Yes, definitely a blue flowered corydalis and could 'Purple Leaf' as Linda suggests.  They love being divided and moved around after a few years and prefer some shade.  Great bargain indeed Jackie!

PeterW PeterW 24 March 2017 21:30:52

yup what the rest say and good for shade

Jackie Jackie 27 March 2017 07:28:41

Ah great thank you all. It's a really pretty little plant. 

Go Compare!

23 March 2017 07:54:05

So during last year, Mr Middleton had a warehouse sale and he was selling 1000's of bulbs. So of course I had to have a look and bought quite a few!!!

One of the packets I bought was called 'Alaskan Aurora' which according to the picture had thse beautiful white Daffodils and almost ripple stained tulips. Just gorgeous. 

However, the daffs have now opened and looking at the picture on the packet and the flower that has opened, they don't look quite the same!!! No tulips as of yet have opened but hoping they will be the same as the picture. 

I feel a bit like Mary being disappointed with these, but then when I see how delicate the little daff is I'm happy with it as its very pretty, but another case of not being 'exactly as it says on the tin' 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 23 March 2017 08:30:52

Unusual alright. It's a change from the yellows. I like it.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 23 March 2017 09:17:21

Jackie, I remembered those were featured on the front page of the catalogue. I was tempeted to buy them, but ran out of funds. I hate when I buy a plant and it is not what is says it is regardless of how pretty it looks. I also hate when plants are incorrectly named and then there are one plant with two different names.

Jackie Jackie 23 March 2017 09:41:50

It is a nice change Jacinta but more a buttery colour. 

Mary these were €15 and I bought two bags!! The name was Alaskan Aurora but the actual Daff has no actual name so I was so surprised to see this one. But annoyed really as I really liked the white one in the picture. I'm thinking of emailing Mr Middleton and sending  my photo. Will see!! 

LindaB LindaB 23 March 2017 10:58:40

Yes they are very different, it annoys me too, your one looks a bit like Thalia which I love.  I got a bag from Woodies two years which should have been orange cupped but they turned out completely yellow and fairness they did replace the following year and gave me free summer bulbs to the value of €20.  If I were you I would email Mr. Middleton with the two photos, you have nothing to lose and you might gain!!!

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 23 March 2017 15:30:30

Oh that has happened me over the years, and it is quite annoying, but the one you have is really nice, hoping for your sake the tulips will be just what you paid for


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