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Another year.

21 December 2016 12:16:13

As we have reached the shortest day and another Christmas is just around the corner, I want to take a moment to thank all my friends on this site  for their sharing of their gardens and gardening experiences both good and bad! It can actually be encouraging to know that others also have their failures!

Like many of you I look back on the past year and am thankful for all the pleasure and support that friends have given through the ups and downs of the year and I would take this opportunity to wish you all a peaceful and happy Christmas. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 21 December 2016 12:53:33

Many Happy Returns, Peri. Have a lovely Christmas.

fraoch fraoch 21 December 2016 18:42:11

Many happy returns and all good wishes for 2017.

Jackie Jackie 21 December 2016 18:56:02

Best Wishes to you too Peri and I hope you have a peaceful and happy Christmas too. Look forward to maybe meeting up in the New Year at some stage.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 22 December 2016 12:13:14

Happy Christmas, Dorothy and let us look forward to a New Year.

accsean accsean 22 December 2016 17:09:47

Many happy returns. Thanks for your good wishes.

JoanG JoanG 23 December 2016 22:34:37

Lovely thoughts Dorothy.  Hope you have a peaceful and blessed Christmas and thinking of you and Myrtle especially this year, with its sadness as well as joys.  Wishing you all the best for the new year. 

Periwinkle Periwinkle 25 December 2016 19:03:37

Thank you all for your kind thoughts. 

A favourite spot!

03 November 2016 17:37:46

Like many gardeners I don't sit for too long in the garden in general!  But I have a favourite seat in the east corner of the Lower Garden that is well hidden but gives a great view across the garden at any time of day. Lovely to sit there in the shade of an early summer's morning with a mug of tea and watch the sun waken the garden with its morning rays and if your early enough you can observe the birds as they finish breakfast!

But perhaps my favourite time spent on this seat is at the end of a busy autumn afternoon when there is more time to just sit and enjoy the atmosphere and sense of fulfilment that a garden exudes at what is really harvest time. The garden and the gardener seem to sigh contentedly: "we've done it for another year"!

I took this picture from this seat the other day so thought I'd share it with you all. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 03 November 2016 17:47:51

Magnificent view.

Periwinkle Periwinkle 03 November 2016 17:50:36

Thanks Jacinta,  it really is beautiful in autumn as there is the 'borrowed view' of the hill beyond.

fraoch fraoch 03 November 2016 17:52:25

Lovely view, no wonder it's your favourite place!

roofy roofy 03 November 2016 19:22:44

Thanks for sharing the beautiful view.

Jackie Jackie 03 November 2016 20:00:04

Dorothy your description of those moments in the garden sound absolutely amazing and now with the photo I can see why. I have seen lots of beautiful photos of your garden throughout the year and its one beautiful scene. No wonder you have a little corner that you can sit in and take it all in no matter what the season is! Just stunning, you must be so proud of it and feel so lucky too.

accsean accsean 03 November 2016 23:17:24

I always think we don't take enough time to sit and enjoy the garden, the view from your favourite spot is simply divine.

JoanG JoanG 04 November 2016 09:50:36

Well said Dorothy. There is something special about the light and quiet of the garden on an autumn late afternoon and you have created a beautiful spot there to enjoy it  

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 05 November 2016 18:08:41

I love your favourite view! I also like to take the odd mug of tea down the garden so I can take it all in! Your description is positively poetic!

Periwinkle Periwinkle 05 November 2016 20:32:49

Thank you all for your kind comments! I probably see my garden through 'rose-tinted glasses'!

For those who may be interested!

05 August 2016 22:03:07

On Radio Ulster  FM tomorrow morning Gardener's Corner will be visiting two gardens and mine here at Sea View will be one of them.

As many of you may not be able to pick up the station on radio you can also listen through IPlayer or download as a podcast.  

JoanG JoanG 05 August 2016 22:26:40

Thanks Dorothy, I'll be listening through my tv which picks up Radio Ulster perfectly. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 06 August 2016 08:15:57

I was wondering which gardens they were when I heard the announcement at the end of Gardener's World last evening. We will be listening and congratulations Dorothy.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 06 August 2016 09:53:12

What a great programme, such a pity it wasn't television. Dorothy you did a great job bring us on a tour of your garden and the presenters were very good not taking over from your input. I also enjoyed the other garden in Co Down that is open this weekend and if I was living in the area would be off today for a visit. Hopefully, the next time I visit Donegal I will get to see your garden and after the programme it is top of my wish list.

Periwinkle Periwinkle 06 August 2016 10:20:25

Thanks very much , Mary. I am pleased and relieved that it turned out so well! Great publicity for DGT and Donegal! .will look forward to having you in the garden! 

JoanG JoanG 06 August 2016 23:22:52

Congratulations Dorothy, the programme came across so well and I enjoyed every minute of listening. It's just made me more determined to visit as soon as I can! Well done. Like Mary, I enjoyed the other garden too. 

Periwinkle Periwinkle 07 August 2016 09:28:15

Thank you Joan!  Glad you e N joyed it! And like Mary, you will be very welcome at Sea View. 

Thank you, Keego and Linda B.

07 July 2016 20:50:00

It is always a treat to meet up with friends from Garden.ie and a double treat when they take the time to vist my garden.

Over the last couple of weeks I have had a visit from Keego and some of her family and also from Linda B. and some of her family!

Even though the weather was rather unfavourable and the garden suffering from the excess of rain that has fallen in recent weeks this did not deter us from enjoying a walk through the garden sharing ideas and gardening triumphs and defeats!  

This sharing has been one of the pleasures of Garden.ie from its beginning and both Mary and Linda, like myself, have been members from the start.  It has, indeed, introduced me to some great gardening friends and I have learned so much from them over the years.

Thank you Mary and Linda and your plants are a lovely reminder every time I walk past them.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 07 July 2016 21:40:21

It's great to have other people appreciate what you appreciate.

fran m fran m 07 July 2016 23:14:07

Lovely sentiments, You nearly had another visitor last week as we were in Sligo, but sadly under time pressure. Hopefully back by the end of the Summer so we'll see what happens next time ;)

Jackie Jackie 08 July 2016 08:06:37

Your garden looks amazing, Dorothy. i can relate to your journal about all I have learned over the past few years since joining. Plus also friends that I have made. And it's great that others see what you see and enjoy it too. 

Periwinkle Periwinkle 08 July 2016 09:00:07

Fran, you are welcome anytime!  Jacinta and Jackie you know exactly what I mean!

LindaB LindaB 08 July 2016 13:07:11

It was a hugh pleasure to visit you Dorothy and the rain did not stop put us off at all.  Your garden is wonderful and I have taken many ideas from it and it has given me great encouragement!  Thank you again!

Keego Keego 10 July 2016 21:03:50

Dorethy the visit to your garden will definately be one of the gardening highlights of this Summer - We had such a lovely time and your garden is inspirational and shows what love of gardening and hard work can achieve. Glad to see the lillies blooming. There are so many lovely people on this site, gardening friends for life in all corners of the country. I hope to see you in Cavan before the Summer is over


14 May 2016 22:24:12

As I have not added a journal recently I thought that I would put up a few pictures from the garden this evening to a Mid-May album but I seem to have difficult in doing this with only a few going up. 

Sorry folks but nothing I can do!

Periwinkle Periwinkle 14 May 2016 22:29:14

And I see that only the title of the journal appears until you click on it - is this something new?

Jackie Jackie 15 May 2016 01:27:54

Dorothy there are photos on the album 9 I think and they are beautiful. You have a gorgeous garden 

The reason only the title comes up on your journal is because you havent put  a picture with the journal. If you do then you will see more ;) 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 15 May 2016 06:02:35

Great album, Dorothy. Can't get over the size of your M. 'Stellata'. It's gorgeous.

JoanG JoanG 15 May 2016 10:15:23

Your garden is looking wonderful Dorothy and the shrub border really inspiring. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 15 May 2016 23:01:07

Great selection of plants, the garden is looking beautiful.


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