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My garden is small urban west facing. Front is very small, hard landscaped with driveway, granite and surrounding bed with eipmediums, viburnum davidi, lavender, lambs ears, tiny geraniums, grasses, one weddingcake tree, 2 tiny copper beeches 2 acers - it is very easy to manage. Back garden is a bit larger and is a funny shape, sort of L shape with one long side and a short bit sticking out at side of house. Back is surrounded by high walls and unfortunately there is a school building project behind the wall which has been an ongoing pain for last 3 years - dirt, dust, noise, diesel fumes (and audible conversations of builders). However due to high walls the sun seems to strike in spots and miss other spots - areas of the garden are like Newgrange and only get sun about once a year!! A lot of the soil in the back is really bad, very stony and dry. I have had one small new bed installed which I hope has better soil. Most of the back garden is patio. I got 2 raised veg beds installed a few years ago and am growing mainly summer salad, peas, beans, tomatos beetroot outdoors. So despite the small size, I am trying to achieve max capacity. Am a bit worried about the implications of water metering as I seem to water a lot during the summer months. Any ideas for water conservation would be welcomed.


after the deluge

11 June 2012 00:44:18

went to garden early yesterday morning very apprehensive about after effects of so much rain. The bedding plants generally got hammered and are looking very poor. which is a shame as I had planted up a good few containers and baskets - the petunias and surfinias look quite flattened. However the veg are fine and I expect they will thrive after the nice sunshine today. Actually ate my first pea of the year today - well there were some teeny peas and a delicious pod. Potatoes have some flowers and runner beans are running up the beanpoles. CAbbages are spurting out of the ground - probably sustaining an army of caterpillars. salads etc are growing well. The garden seems rather grubby after the rain - petals and sundry bits of plants smeared all over, and other lovely things like dead worms all over the patio. tomorrow I will get out there with the broom and sweep away vegetation and corpses.

 concerned that a climbing rose which I planted a couple of weeks ago has got a white mildew on a lot of the leaves. It has a number of buds and seems OK apart from the white stuff. Not sure if that is anything to worry about - my first rose so I am not well up on rose care. Any tips from rose experts? 


good week to everyone



Keego Keego 11 June 2012 13:11:37

Bonnie lovely day today here in Cavan too and like you out surveying the damage I do not go in much for bedding plants or annuals apart from what I grow myself but a lot of the tall perennials took a right battering. Like you the vegetables and salads are all flying along and the strawberries are loving the bit of sun and they are so sweet. I am not a rose expert but my mam always swears by a bowl or basin of water with washing up liquid worth a try good luck - the small peas are the best they get tasteless as they get bigger

ladygardener ladygardener 11 June 2012 15:26:26

I would definately spray the rose with rose clear.

Myrtle Myrtle 11 June 2012 18:56:04

I notice grey spots on lupin leaves in my garden after the rain. I think mildew thrives in damp warm weather.

andyf7 andyf7 11 June 2012 22:09:20

mildew thrives in damp conditions, spray is the only answer.

rain reigns

07 June 2012 22:37:23

It is bucketing down here - sheets of the wettest . Enough of the stuff! Oh dear, sounds as if tomorrow will be equally drenching. Hope all gardens are ok and able to absorb the extra drink. 

thanks for all the advice about keeping cats off plants. | will follow up and see if my  moggies can take the hint. (they spent the day sleeping, eating, yawning and occasionally scratching). I was not too active either, spent afternoon teaching myself to twitter - good fun. But I have no twitter followers which sounds a bit pathetic! lets hope the weather improves so I can get out to healthier pursuits!!

suspect the rain has done a bit of damage to the bedding I put down earlier in the week - I can see some very droopy petunias. Sometimes nature is too generous. 

love reading the journals and enjoying the fellowship of the soil.


JoanG JoanG 07 June 2012 22:53:18

Yes looks like another day of indoor pursuits tomorrow.  Haven't dared look at my bedding yet. 

Moya Moya 07 June 2012 23:10:46

That is why I have a tunnel and greenhouse!!!

andyf7 andyf7 07 June 2012 23:24:01

looks like we will all be twittering and anything else we can, as i dont think we will get much of a summer now, mid summer on the 21st. enjoy twitter :-).

Clara Clara 08 June 2012 00:08:42

I felt squashed in my greenhouse today but dry oh! I hope this rain stops.


CathCronin CathCronin 08 June 2012 00:22:51

Me too Moya, I went out due to cabin fever this evening and planted some little tom plants that a mysterious person left at my door a few days ago....had been asking all neighbours did you leave this? No....No one...until I got a fone call today from a gardening online friend...Mystery solved, so I was detirmined to plant the little buggers...no room for them but potted them anyway.....I am a sucker for tom plants....!

We down south here in Cork have torches and candles at the ready and than god I live at the top of a hill overlokking the river Lee!

Row....Row...Row Your Boat Gently Down the Stream.......! 

milliemouse1234 milliemouse1234 08 June 2012 00:29:05

merrily merrily merrily merrily life is just a dream.

CathCronin CathCronin 08 June 2012 00:39:00

LOL....Hope there is no waterfall at the end of that Dream or Stream, then we could be up Sheet Creek without a paddle!! Wish I had the money to buy a boat...LOL!

Rain is suppose to stay for another few weeks...:( 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 08 June 2012 00:55:15

Once the rain stops your bedding will probably have shot up!

Moya Moya 09 June 2012 20:03:04

Good one Cath! The tomato plants will do fine in pots if you have no space in the borders. Nice pressie.

Hazel, so will the weeds unfortunately...

CathCronin CathCronin 09 June 2012 20:19:07

Well...what a pleasant surprise today......beautiful sun and warmth.....even put on suncreen.....been out ALL day, made sandwiches and ate out doors...only just in at 8.p.m!! Now bacon and home grown cabbage ..;)

Let's enjoy whatever we get now! 

Moya Moya 09 June 2012 21:58:10

Max 12 degrees here Cath. Had to put on the range and the fire!!!

sun, wine, roses.. and cats, slugs

30 May 2012 22:01:37

Still enjoying great weather - amazing how a few days of sun turns us from a sullen miserable population of grumpies and moaners to a light, happy, energetic, slightly sunburned gang of grass cutters and barbeque lovers!! Long may it last.

Absolutely energised by the nice day I planted out the last of the peas and runner beans I grew from seed. They look nice and sturdy so am hoping for a decent crop. Peas and beans seem to try to produce irrespective of the weather. Now I can turn to the fun stuff and plant some nice bedding - petunias, verbenas and geraniums and fuschias. Annuals seem to have gotten very expensive so I am being careful about how and where to plant. I have made some hanging baskets which are a little indulgence I allow myself - they cheer me up with gaudy bling...and we can all do with some quick happies.

Loving the journals - completely bowled over by the gardens. How do folk manage to create such lovely spots in all corners of the country? Hats off to the garden heroes.

Why do spoiled pet cats regard freshly dug flower beds as convenient little ensuites? As fast as I plant some sunflowers, small cat is enthusiastically uprooting them. Big cat watches for the more challenging experiences - like flattening a whole row of lettuces simultaneously. And I can almost hear the slugs munch the salad..what a year for bugs! The battle for supremacy of human over pest is epic - suspect I have already lost.

Hope all garden.ie-ers are in great form and loving these precious days of warmth and growth 


Jacinta D Jacinta D 30 May 2012 22:07:29

You certainly can't beat a bit of 'bling' in the garden, Bonnie. But I find prices the same as last year. And are of great quality too. I have a cat, but luckily she decides to do all her damage elsewhere. Lots of bugs here too, even after I installed a Ladybird Hotel last year. If they're not up to the job, I'll be issuing them with their P45.

Keego Keego 30 May 2012 22:19:35

What a lovely positive cheery journal. As the proud owner of 2 dogs, 5 cats and various types of poultry i think there is a place for all of us to co-habitate, albeit lots of giving out along the way. As for the pests well the battle goes on happy gardening 

JoanG JoanG 30 May 2012 22:30:48

The good weather had made happy gardeners of us all, a great time to enjoy the outdoors and get stuck in.  No domestic pets here; I love the wild birds and keep them fed, so cats are banned ... officially, that is, some of the neighbourhood cats have other ideas.  To keep the wildlife happy and nature in balance, am trying not to use pesticides though have to confess to spraying my roses last weekend as the aphids were taking over and blackspot making its first appearance of the year.  Enjoy your garden. 

ladygardener ladygardener 30 May 2012 22:30:49

i'll admit to 3 dogs all misbehaved.  If the lovely weather didn't have me in a good mood the lovely journal would have done the job. 

Spideog Spideog 31 May 2012 00:11:43

Actually peas & beans love damper more humid weather - if we have a bad summer (I hope we don't but you can't predict the weather in this country) then the squashes and pumpkins do terribly but the peas will love it!

"...they cheer me up with gaudy bling...and we can all do with some quick happies."
I love that; couldn't have put it better myself! There's nothing sophisticated or chic about hanging baskets, etc., but they're cheerful & colourful if nothing else!

Oh yes cats! I have 2 & I love them to bits but I am at war with local ones who parade through the garden, stalk birds, spray, nibble & roll on the occasional plant and taunt our 2 when they're indoors. One of them decided to do his business in my newly mulched border in spring (I found it accidentally - wasn't wearing a glove - ugh!) and he presumably scratched the ground afterwards & knocked off the 2 young leaves of a delphinium planted only last year - thus killing it. I was not happy that day!

Mary B Mary B 31 May 2012 20:59:49

Lovely journal bonniecat :-D i certainly agree with you about the gardens on this site, each beautiful and magical in its own way. It's amazing how they are all different and somehow seem to match the personality of their owners.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 31 May 2012 23:24:27

Great journal, bonniecat. I got sutff from Bakker to spray on the newly dug beds to keep Puss from using it - it has a tolerable kind of soapy  scent which the pussy seems to hate!

what a difference some sunshine can bring

22 May 2012 21:11:27

wow, what a positive weather change. lovely warm bright day. about to embark on planting sweet peas around a nice willow tent shape - never had any luck with sweet pea in the past but am always optimistic. Isnt it great to see growth and new shapes. Does anyone else creep around the garden in early morning, clad in unglamorous woolly dressing gown, with mug of coffee, looking with such pleasure on every little new leaf and shoot? Maybe the garden.ie ladies are drifting round in glamourous little outfits but the joy in nature is the same! Have been enjoying nice little lettuces and baby spinach. spring cabbages are taking shape and will be on the plate in a few weeks I hope..yum. Other veg are taking time to grow and get flavour. Hope everyone is enjoying this lovely week, and able to take advantage of mild bright evenings to get in some good time in the garden. Looking for ideas for a nice little new corner raised bed backed by fencing, sheltered and sunny from noon to evening. I got a climbing rose, and will also put the sweet pea in that bed. Any suggestions would be wonderful.

Scrubber Scrubber 22 May 2012 22:57:57

Bonniecat are you living in Ireland? That lovely journal sounded meditteranean. If Scrubber were to go out in a very warm wooly dressing gown hed be found frozen in the drills between the as yet unsprouting new potatoes! with icicles in his beard.

andyf7 andyf7 22 May 2012 23:11:40

good journal and sounds a very appealing way to enjoy your morning. you would need to

put up a few pics in your album so we can see the space and get the "feel" for what would

look good. 

bonniecat bonniecat 23 May 2012 20:30:29

hi scrubber and andy - I am situated in that most exotic of places - sth co dublin!little sign  of the mediterranean around here- well, we do eat feta and sundried tomatos. So those chilly early morning visits to the garden really demand wooly dressing gown and warm socks! I am a very amateur gardener, prone to wild bursts of enthusiasm and then long periods of reflection ie I look at the weeds and hope they will disappear. I am absolutely in awe of the gorgeous gardens in garden club and I have  to say I will never reach the standard of members. but I will hoist a few pix of my little patch - homely but much loved.

Hope everyone continues to enjoy the sunshine, long may it last.

heres to another day of planting, enjoying - and of defeating the weeds and bugs.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 23 May 2012 23:51:32

Glamourous little outfits ....???? Mine consists of muddy loose and baggy tracksuit bottoms, scruffy jacket or sweatshirt, a cotton headscarf with an artistic stain of wood stain from last year, and calf-high laced-up boots!!!! Definitely the high end of the glamour stakes! (Hee Hee)

bonniecat bonniecat 24 May 2012 21:11:21

Hi Hazel - you sound like  a woman with a mission, dressed for success!! But wasn't it great to be able to spend the day in the sunshine - even got a litlle bit of sunburn. (Just retired from long working life so still a little giddy with delight at the freedom...and sunshine as well). Seems like tomorrow will be very sunny also so no excuses for me, out to the veg patch. have a great day (I guess we can shed  a few layers!)


rain rain rain

01 May 2012 12:05:51

about 2 yrs since I last posted --- but I have been in the garden. Bought cheap cold frame recently, got it assembled with minimal damage to self esteem and installed it. Very good buy even if it sustained some damage to lid due to enthusiastic cat leaping on it!! Potted on runner beans and put them in cold frame prior to planting in veg garden. it is too cold and wet to spend much time out of doors!! took chance and planted lettuce, calabrese, chantanay carrots, beetroot, spinach, cabbage at weekend. Hope they are not damaged by rain and cold.

Now, for a question. I am thinking of getting a water butt installed. Any advice from Garden club members?

andyf7 andyf7 01 May 2012 12:33:41

welcome back,  ya wont be doing anything outside today, lashing down here. it  is a good idea to get a water butt, but their will be no metering for awhile, but from a plant perspective soft rainwater is their favourite tipple. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 01 May 2012 17:18:39

You're going to need the biggest one ever to collect all the rain that is falling today.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 01 May 2012 21:27:18

I get great use from my waterbutt on the side of the house nearest the greenhouse - so much so that I'm thinking of installin one at the other side too! I just hate to see all that lovely rainwater running away - My water-butt is just a large barrel and has a tap at the base - don't forget the barrel needs to be raised enough for a watering can to fit under the tap!!! However, most of the time I just dip the watering can into the top - with the current weather the level never goes down too much :-))

Jacinta D Jacinta D 01 May 2012 21:36:32

We converted our green bin into a water butt. Just attached a firemans' hose to the downpipe, and bored a hole in the lid. Hey Presto!


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