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16 January 2012 18:27:01
Finally after nearly three months of no gardening I'm starting to get back into the groove managing to spend a couple of hours last Thursday morning cutting back all the debris in the NW bed. The weather was really spring like with lots of bulbs starting to push their way up such a difference to this time last year. Today managed to get another stint outdoors no sun but still workable, set to removing debris from the beds that run along the front of the house as soon as I turned the corner to the east gable bed I was met by a sharp breeze coming from the SE. Still a lot more cutting back to do but weather permitting the east gable bed will be finished tomorrow then I'll tackle the terrace bed and pots leaving the east bed and the south bed below the terrace till last. One job that has to be done is to rebuild the arch at the top of the steps that disintegrated in the gales so as the climbing roses and clematis are able to be pruned if it's not fixable then I'll need to source a new one. Another job on the list is to go for a wander around to see what needs to be removed or divided and where plants sitting in waiting can go once the tidy up is finished. Fingers crossed I'll also get back to posting up comments and journals, my lap top seemed to be hi jacked by James since he came home at Christmas as he was busy studying for exams and doing assignments for his final year.
28 December 2011 23:45:30
Posted up an album from November it's so unusual seeing flowers blooming in the month of November after last years big freeze. Elsa Spath decided to bloom again mid November, the gales mid December caused the arch to come apart so one job to be sorted is will the gothic arch reasemble or do I need a new one at the minute the clematis and also the Iceberg roses are blowing in the wind.
28 December 2011 12:20:22
Belated Best Wishes for Christmas to everyone but the wind seemed to be playing havoc with getting an internet connection. What a difference to last year sun is streaming in through the windows at this moment although it's very stormy outside and there's been some very squally showers. It really hasn't felt like Christmas I don't know where the years gone and the weather is so mild all the spring bulbs are peeping up out of the ground which is going to make it a bit more difficult to clear up all the dead foilage that still adourns the garden but such is life. It's been a pleasure to meet so many garden.iers in 2011 and visit beautiful gardens in Waterford and Wexford, hopefully 2012 will be a bit less chaotic and I'll get back into a routine of gardening and keeping up with Garden.ie as I really have missed it over the last few months.
Wishing Everyone A Very Merry and Properous New Year for 2012.
25 November 2011 11:17:22
I will be back but at the moment I just seem to be chasing my tail. Having recovered from the flu and got my voice back I was looking forward to getting some garden time when the weather was reasonable but it wasn't to be. Two weeks ago last night Caroline cut her hand when trying to prevent a glass from falling off the draining board and ended up with stitches in her left hand near her forefinger but with luck it was only going to be a couple of weeks and then back to normal. She had no feeling on one side of her finger so had to go to St James to have it checked out Tuesday last week arrived home Friday lunchtime hand in a splint having severed a nerve and partially severed two tendons requiring three months off work so as someone said the other day I'm having to double job not only teaching but having to look after the horses and tack up for lessons so time and energy is scarce by the time I get back in well after 9pm each night- but these are the trials and tribulations of life. Everyday I look at the garden and think how untidy it is, will have to make time to lift all the pots into the tunnel as I'd hate to lose plants that would succumb to harder frosts also need to finish planting bulbs, off to do some work and then never know I might get a bit of time on what is a reasonable day at the moment. Have been checking in now and again to see what's going on but just cann't get into posting up comments hopefully I will be back soon.
08 November 2011 15:33:36
Hard to believe it's nearly 4 weeks since I've posted up a journal but with one thing and another I've been under the weather, not just the effects of the torrential rain but suffering from flu and laryngitis which is still lingering on. I wasn't fit to get anything done in the garden or feeling up to doing anything much, went for a walk around yesterday to discover I really need to get up and running to tidy up everything up for the winter, especially now that we've had a couple nights really severe frost lots of mushy looking vegetation to be removed. The last week has been busy due to courses and competitions so I missed the opportunity of being out working in the garden on fabulous autumn days which was a pity. Had hoped today would be favourable for gardening but it's sort of mizzling rain so I decided that it wasn't wise to venture out given that I've got to be fit to work, fairly difficult giving riding lessons by sign language. Hope to catch up on what everyone's been at over the next lot of days, thanks to those who sent pm's to me wondering where I'd disappeared to : Cloncaw is alive and kicking.