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Mullingar

05 July 2009 00:25:19
Well, what a day. Sun, rain, more sun and much, much more rain. Don’t you just love summer in the Irish midlands,J

I hope everyone will be attending the garden show on the 18. Marie and I are looking forward to it immensely and it will be good to put faces to the profiles.

 

sparrow sparrow 06 July 2009 23:46:05

Yes the weather has been bad for the past couple of days and not much done in the garden. I think everyone is looking forward to going to Belvedere house on the 18th. Just hope it will be a dry day. See you there.

Rachel Rachel 23 July 2009 00:14:28

Were you there? If so sorry I missed you!

Grass

26 May 2009 10:06:08
Yellow Oyster

Yellow Oyster

Has anyone noticed that grass is growing very slowly lately. I have been away for 10 days and my grass is still only ankle height. I got a nice surprise when I returned. Some very late Tulips my daughter braught from Holland have finally flowered. My favourite is the yellow Oyster.

Thailand was a complete disaster, rained all day every day that I had free time. The only time the sun came out was when I was stuck in meetings. Typical. The Botanical Gardens were closed due to flooding so no pics I'm afraid but I will be back in July and hopefuul will have better luck. 

spider spider 26 May 2009 12:46:33

You must have trained not to grow while you were away. Cut mine yesterday and there was a enough grass to fill a silage pit. I not the better for pushing the mower around for three hours, think I'll buy some sheep and let them deal with the problem. Thailand must have their monsoon season at the same time as us.

Jim & Marie Jim & Marie 26 May 2009 13:47:38

Theirs is wetter, warmer and more spectacular. Almost biblical in fact.

Monkells Monkells 26 May 2009 22:07:18

What kind of grass do you have?? Must get some. Mine is growing ever time we have a shower. See your off to Blooms on Friday. I am going on Saturday. Have a great day. It is supposed to be beautiful weather on Friday!!

Jim & Marie Jim & Marie 26 May 2009 22:42:52

My grass is weird, One week it grows 6 inches and the next it hardly grows at all. Fingers crossed for Friday and Saturday.

Jacinta Jacinta 27 May 2009 22:29:08

I might get artificial grass. Oops. No. Seriously. Only joking. I love the look and smell of freshly-cut grass. You can't beat it.

Jim & Marie Jim & Marie 27 May 2009 22:44:56

The only thing that smells better than grass you have just cut is grass that someone else has cut.

sparrow sparrow 20 June 2009 19:55:02

Yellow oyster is beautiful. I agree with you about everything been slow growing especially the grass.

Mairin Mairin 04 July 2009 00:21:20

Grass - don't mention the grass. We got lawn laid last summer because we had renovated the back. The guy who laid it told me to feed it in autumn. So I bought the lawn feed in the box which has the top adapted for spreading the feed. I gave the box to himself. We read the instructions. I left him to do it one Saturday when I wasn't around. The grass started to go brown and patchy. I minded it all winter and spring. Not great now even still and I have to water it every night (apart from the other night when it lashed). I just happened to mention that it was in very bad shape and just wondered if the autumn feed was too strong for it. This is the reply I got back "Yea, I did do as it said on the box but then T (our son of 3 at the time) wanted a go". 'Tis no wonder ours is in such bad shape.

Gismo1981 Gismo1981 13 July 2009 13:56:02

wish my grass would grow slow :( cant get it dry enough to cut at the moment its a disaster. your tulip is gorgeous I would love to go to Holland but I would be bankrupt for the bulbs I would buy. pity about your trip and the weather being so bad.

Travels

12 May 2009 21:56:44
I am off to Thailand today. I have arranged to visit the national botanic gardens in Bangkok on Saturday. Looking forward to it as I will. Have a keen Thai gardener to guide me. Hopefully lots of photos to follow.
Rachel Rachel 17 May 2009 23:25:38

Bon voyage and don't forget to put up the photos. Can't wait.

Jim & Marie Jim & Marie 21 May 2009 14:27:01

Disaster in Thailand. Rain Rain Rain. Botanical Gardens were closed due to flooding. I will be back for another try in July and hopefully the weather will be dryer if not cooler.

Jacinta Jacinta 21 May 2009 23:08:50

Hey Jim and marie, The bird feeder from aldi is brilliant. The birds in my garden love it too.I have to say they do come up with some great bargains.

Jim & Marie Jim & Marie 26 May 2009 20:45:22

Yes, it's brilliiant. The only problem is the sparrows fighten everything else away.

Great deals.

09 May 2009 21:05:07
Twin Japanese Maples

Twin Japanese Maples

The plan for today was to cut the grass. Not a chance!!! Rain Rain Rain...Summer is here at last. Instead of cutting the grass I went into Kells to get a haircut. While there I dropped into the saturday market which had also been rained out There was a guy there selling plants and after a half hour chatting and bargening gave me these two Japanese Maples for €50. I have been looking for two matching shrubs for a while now and the nearest  I got was two maples in Balliskillen which would have cost me considerably more. Driving home I hardly noticed the rain. Although I didn't get to do anything in the garden today I don't feel as hard done by as I usually would when I am rained out.

Ternie Ternie 10 May 2009 20:21:17

Oh, who is that cute fellow between 2 marples?

Jim & Marie Jim & Marie 10 May 2009 20:41:08

Its one of my wifes plants. She tells me it is a dwarf carnation. she has promised to find the exact name for me and I will pass it on to you.

steveo steveo 11 May 2009 00:00:26

Well at least you made good use of the wet day, see all you did, Sign of a good organizer.

Ternie Ternie 11 May 2009 10:17:23

Oh, I believe that before this picture there was another one with dog :) but of course, I'm interested in plant too! :)

Jim & Marie Jim & Marie 11 May 2009 10:56:25

Sorry, missunderstood. The "cute little ellow" is Bobby, our dog. He is a 4 year old Jack Russel that would eat anything and loves attention.

Jim & Marie Jim & Marie 11 May 2009 10:58:13

Hey Steveo. I wish I was. I usually just cross my fingers and hope for the best.

Trees from seed

06 May 2009 21:37:57
Three Trees :)

Three Trees :)

Last Autumn I plucked 6 sycamore seedlings from our gravel drive. I potted them up and basically crossed my fingers, Happily three have suvived the winter. They are in full leaf now and about 4 inches high. I think the best way to avoid killing them is to leave them alone.

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