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Where did the summer go?

14 September 2010 22:36:08

Hello everybody! As I sit here looking out the window, my question is "where did Summer go?" The veg garden here is dying down, all the apples are off the tree, the leaves on the trees and shrubs are starting to change colours... a sure sign of Autumn. We in Saskatchewan have had quite a bit of rain... too much for even the slugs as they are a nasty sight, crawling up the walls and such, ugh! Even the earth worms say it's too wet in the ground. The farmers are not going to be happy... as they will be wanting to harvest their crops of wheat, canola, barley and the like.

I have made my plans to leave Canada and head to Ireland before it gets really cold, so early December I will be ready to do my gardening in Cork.. hmmm... maybe I'll just get to potter around the place and plan what to put in my naked garden for Spring :)


fraoch fraoch 14 September 2010 22:39:56

December in Cork?? You could have all four seasons in the one day of course.

Canuck Canuck 14 September 2010 22:47:25

Ha Ha... here they say if you don't like the weather now... wait 10 minutes! :D

Jacinta D Jacinta D 15 September 2010 06:07:22

What a joy that will be, planning your new garden from scratch. Blank Canvas.

Canuck Canuck 15 September 2010 15:50:15

Yes it will be exciting Jacinta. I was just reading on the site that planting of shrubs can be done in December as long as the ground is not too cold/wet. Who knew!  I thought all a person did in December was watch the snow pile higher and higher. :)

Drainage, Drainage!

16 July 2010 05:17:08

Looking at Clara's tumbling pots... I have to remember when I plant all my flower pots.... drainage, drainage and more drainage... I'm afraid last year, some of my plants drowned at my home in Cork... where I come from, (Saskatchewan) it can get pretty dry and pots need watering pretty much every day in the summer. This spring/summer has been exceptionally wet for the Prairies though.. the farmers should have planted rice, since it is too wet to plant wheat.I sure hope we don't get the "40 more days of rain" :)

Permaculture Blog Permaculture Blog 16 July 2010 10:25:45

The weather system here is different, that's for sure...you've hit on the right note! However, I have noticed a change in the system, giving us more torrential rain and less of the mizzle that we have traditionally had.

Johnplotman Johnplotman 16 July 2010 10:41:21

Weather is getting on the dangerous side again Canuck.

Periwinkle Periwinkle 16 July 2010 10:43:33

Hi! Canuck, welcome to the site! This has been an exceptional year in Ireland too weatherwise. Little or no rain for the first 6 months, even here in Donegal. So we are glad to be getting some now. Beating the weather is part of the challenge of gardening- enjoy!

Dick Dick 16 July 2010 13:17:22

Hello Canuck, The wet weather has been welcome in the last week. Many plants were dying on account of the drought. Now things have changed. Yesterday 15 th was St. Swithin's Day and we had rain, so are we going to have 40 days of rain?

Canuck Canuck 16 July 2010 14:54:14

Hi guys,, thanks for the add. If there's something we all agree on it's the Weather! Forever changing! In Sask. we rarely have fog and only occasionally get drizzle, usually falls by the buckets! In the summer with the daytime heating that's when the nasty, scary clouds build up and dump their buckets, with a tornado or two thrown in just to keep things lively :)  and with that comes the HAIL... sometimes golf ball sized! usually pea to cherry size but still hurts if you get caught in it. We had a bit of hail about 3 weeks ago. I survived...luckily so did my flowers :)

fintan fintan 16 July 2010 22:20:38

hi canuck , lived in australia for many years , had to relearn everything here for gardening .the claimate was the big thing and the quick change of season!

Canuck Canuck 17 July 2010 02:44:27

I'm with you on that Fintan, have to learn to adjust but being from the prairies of Western Canada, we are used to extremes in the climate :)

Periwinkle Periwinkle 20 July 2010 20:01:45

Had a look at your photos and you are certainly seeing progress. Will be worth the waiting!

Sallykinos Sallykinos 20 July 2010 20:52:49

Welcome Canuck, Photos look great.  We are about to embark on an extension and wondered where you got the Solar Panels from.  Something we will be looking for later.

Certainly will look impressive when you are done.  Looking fwd to more photos.

Canuck Canuck 22 July 2010 00:22:18

Well I'm glad you can see progress...for me it's like...c'mon, c'mon, when are we going to get to see some DIRT! ha... I can't wait for the green things to be put in, even if I haven't a clue what to put there! Thankfully my "clerks of work" are pretty good gardeners too, so I'll leave most of it in their capable hands. They've been doing a splendid job so far and I'll have plenty of time next year and the years after to add my personal touches to the land :)

I'll be adding pics as I receive them which is a job in itself...have to sweet talk my guy to "get in there and take more pics, please!"

rhody rhody 27 July 2010 22:22:29

Hi Canuck, willows would enjoy your wet soil. In a garden near me there is a small growing willow called [ woolly willow] a nice silvery grey colour. They dry period was great, though the garden looks healther now the mixed weather is in.

Canuck Canuck 27 July 2010 22:40:19

Thanks Rhody, I checked out pictures of "Salix lanata" woolly willow and I like them.. looks like lamb's ear... a good, interesting shrub :)

Monkells Monkells 29 July 2010 19:28:15

Hi Canuck !! Welcome to the site!!! :-) Wouldn't be too worried about your plants drowning last year!!! We nearly all drowned - we had so much rain!!!

Monkells Monkells 29 July 2010 19:30:06

Just looking at your photos. That looks like some amount of work you are doing in Cork. Garden in Canada looks great!!!

Canuck Canuck 29 July 2010 20:16:42

Thanks Monica, yeah I know what you mean about the drowning.. I was in Ireland in the Spring and Winter last year.. .Floods, ICE, Freezing pipes...crazier than Canada!!haha It is hot here right now in Sask. not a cloud in the sky :)

First Entry - July12, 2010

12 July 2010 20:22:23

Yes, my first journal entry, not sure what to say.... have been a member for a while, just never added anything. Today I uploaded a pile of pics... some are from here, in Regina, some are of over in Cork. For the past 3 years or so, I've been going back and forth between here and there... someday soon I hope to make Cork my permanent homestead in the meantime, I just dream what it will be like and play in my gardens here in Saskatchewan:)

In my pics you can see we are causing havoc in the neighbourhood with construction work. We used to have huge trees and hedges and such but it's all gone...even my shed! I'm excited though, as I will be getting a brand new garden from scratch, even a new shed!... all the plans I have.... unfortunately I won't be able to do much until I get back there, maybe late this year so I have to leave it all up to the pros that are there :)

P.S. please feel free to add me... all friend requests welcome :)

Jacinta D Jacinta D 12 July 2010 20:45:54

Welcome to Garden.ie. Great craic, great friendships, great advice etc to be gleaned from this site.

Canuck Canuck 12 July 2010 20:59:16

Thanks Jacinta... lots to check out :)

Jacinta D Jacinta D 12 July 2010 21:00:47

Just take all the time you need. Just find your feet first. We will ALWAYS be here. :)

fraoch fraoch 12 July 2010 21:25:03

Welcome from another Corkonian! Hope you enjoy the site.

fran m fran m 12 July 2010 21:29:42

Very welcome and enjoy.

Canuck Canuck 12 July 2010 21:40:47

Well I love the site and although I'm not a Corkonian yet, I plan to be soon:) I'm looking forward to building my new garden and hopefully receiving advice and guidance from everyone here... seems you guys know what you're doing, I'll just watch what you do and follow along ;)

Clara Clara 12 July 2010 23:17:33

Welcome to Garden.ie its a great site to learn and have a good laugh  [ sometimes] Just looked at your lovely photos great colour in your gardens

Kate & Graham Kate & Graham 13 July 2010 00:32:20

Welcome, it is a great site, you will keep coming back all the time

Cloncaw Cloncaw 13 July 2010 22:03:19

Welcome  you'll get lots of inspiration, advice and friendships through the site photos are great of your gardens.

Abbeybay Abbeybay 15 July 2010 21:10:59

Hi Canuck welcom to garden.ie. This is a great site you will get a lot of help and answers to your questions here.

Johnplotman Johnplotman 16 July 2010 10:04:45

You are very welcome to Garden.ie Canuck.Good luck with all your garden plans.

Lìga Lìga 21 July 2010 10:03:48

Welcome here Laura:))!!!


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