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All set for the sun

23 May 2010 08:45:31
I'll be doing no gardening today.  It's going to take from today til tomorrow to get the dirt and stains out of my nails from the now permanent job of digging weeds out of the concrete I euphemistically call soil.  Instead, I'll be working on my tan for Chelsea while using the excuse of having to soak the hands to get them to look even reasonably presentable.  Don't think Jacinta would think much of a houseguest with dirty fingernails!! 
Jacinta D Jacinta D 23 May 2010 08:49:42

Actually Bea, I would PREFER it. Then I wouldn't feel so bad about MY dirty fingernails. Yea, I might just do the same today myself, once I get a few jobs out of the way.

Lìga Lìga 23 May 2010 08:55:10

Ha,ha...good girl:))

fran m fran m 23 May 2010 09:21:10

Talk about looking after yourselves....................tuc

Jacinta D Jacinta D 23 May 2010 09:22:26

If WE don't do it, nobody else will.  :)

Rachel Rachel 23 May 2010 23:14:43

Good nails=bad gardener. You'll never get interviewed at Chelsea if you have manicured nails!

Bizzybee Bizzybee 24 May 2010 07:39:05

Watch out for me, so!

Lazin' on a sunny afternoon

22 May 2010 15:27:12
Too hot to work in the garden, today, but couldn't resist sharing this photo.
Gismo1981 Gismo1981 22 May 2010 16:54:38

Cute pic. its sweltering out there.

fran m fran m 22 May 2010 18:22:40

Great shot.

Monkells Monkells 22 May 2010 20:27:59

Great photo!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 22 May 2010 20:38:17


Cloncaw Cloncaw 22 May 2010 23:18:10

Wonderful shot.

Bizzybee Bizzybee 23 May 2010 08:27:26

You should have seen me trying to catch the little beggar!!! For the shot I mean!!

New Discovery

03 May 2010 09:30:13

I've just discovered that a tree which was in all its blooming glory in my garden last week  is an Amelanchier - I'd coveted this having seen Brenmar's fantastic specimen in their album not realising I actually had one.  It had flowered last year but I thought it was a flowering cherry!  I'd bought 2 small bareroot ones last autumn but they're still in their pots because I was reluctant to chance planting them thinking they wouldnt survive in the conditions I have here.  Must be a really toughy.  Unfortunately I'm having trouble uploading photos - I've a new computer and the operating system is making it impossible to do anything online.

Can I take this opportunity to thank all who've encouraged me to add a journal entry - a special thanks to Liga - I may not always add a comment but I enjoy reading about what everyone is saying and doing - such energy and enthusiasm is incredible  

HeadGardener HeadGardener 03 May 2010 09:37:58

Welcome back, Bee's have a long winter Hibernation don't they, saw your entry about the willow and wet site, there are so many plants you can plant on wet soil Bee so dont worry even on a wet site there loads of plants for the job. I'll let you know when I'm having people round the next time so you can pop up and discuss it.

Bizzybee Bizzybee 03 May 2010 10:00:59

Thanks, Bill.  I'm dying to see the willow work.  I visited a garden in Clare last year where they'd done some willow tunnels.  Must root out the photos and post them.

fran m fran m 03 May 2010 11:24:49

Great find Bizzybee.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 03 May 2010 18:51:59

Welcome back, Bea. :)

Cloncaw Cloncaw 03 May 2010 19:03:17

Brilliant to discover your wish has come true- Are you sure you Had it last year or did the fairies bring it?

BRENMAR BRENMAR 03 May 2010 19:17:15

Great to hear from you again Bea and delighted you now have your own lovely amelanchier.

Bizzybee Bizzybee 03 May 2010 19:43:09

Certainly something magical happening in that part of the garden, Cloncaw- it's the most neglected area and yet the shrubs  I'd expected to lose are doing great e.g. wedding cake tree (cornus contraversa variegata or somethin') and acer negundo "Flamingo" (again, or somethin')  

Clara Clara 03 May 2010 21:22:46

Nice you are back and welcome,  and you are having a bit of luck in the garden,

Lìga Lìga 03 May 2010 23:30:13

Then atlast:))Welcome back Bea!!!I hope you will sort out problems with computer soon,and you will uploud some pictures too!!!

AitAlainn AitAlainn 04 May 2010 00:24:20

Bizzybee - where in Clare was the garden you visited??

Bizzybee Bizzybee 04 May 2010 08:40:31

Just outside Kilrush - Vandeleur gardens - they've a wonderful walled garden where they can grow tender shrubs & trees.  Mind you, I don't know how they fared over the winter!!

Bizzybee Bizzybee 04 May 2010 08:52:32

Thanks, Liga.  I'm going to get my old laptop out and try uploading some photos from it - I've been having problems with the power lead.  The battery won't charge and the power keeps knocking off.  It's why I bought a new one!  But I'll give it a go.

Kate & Graham Kate & Graham 04 May 2010 10:51:44

Lovely pics of Vandeleur gardens, I keep meaning to go to see them every time I go home to Clare to visit my parents but I never get around to it.I will make sure I go this summer...... 

Bizzybee Bizzybee 04 May 2010 11:46:17

I can't believe the photos have been viewed, already.  I've only just finished uploading them - I've been at it for the last 2 hours!

Bizzybee Bizzybee 04 May 2010 11:50:00

Ooooh lucky you, Kate & Graham, having somewhere to stay in Clare - such a beautiful county.  You really must visit the Gardens - they're well worth going to see.

HeadGardener HeadGardener 04 May 2010 13:57:36

That garden looks lovely Bee.. and I hope our willow will turn out as nice as the oness you saw.

Bizzybee Bizzybee 04 May 2010 20:34:33

I think what you've done will leave them in the shade!!!

Myrtle Myrtle 04 May 2010 20:36:13

Just looked at your photos, you have lovely garden, it looked so well cared for!

Drumanagh Drumanagh 05 May 2010 10:28:59

Gorgeous photos from Vandeleur gardens. I love the willow scuptures and the pleached tree walk. Thanks for putting them up, will have to schedule a visit there sometime.

AitAlainn AitAlainn 06 May 2010 23:51:09

The Vandeleur Gardens are very near me - they have an Open Day there on Sunday - hoping to go!

BizzyBee - we have a holiday house so don't ever be stuck for somewhere to stay if visiting West Clare again!

HeadGardener HeadGardener 07 May 2010 07:41:45

I'm down for the JP McManus pro am golf in July if I stay over I might try and see if I can get over and see it.

Lìga Lìga 10 May 2010 18:02:18

Beautiful colours in your garden,forget-me not look so good,have to sow them atlast.

Bizzybee Bizzybee 15 May 2010 08:51:15

Myrtle - I only photograph the best bits.  You should see the rest.  But it's a new garden so I'm happy with the way it's progressing.  I have to remind myself sometimes that it's only two years in the making and Rome wasn't built in a day!

AitAlainn - appreciate the offer, thanks.

Bill - you really should if you can - they're not too big so not too time-consuming if you're pressed for time - the willow-work looks much better close-up- I was never good with a camera so the pics don't show it well.

Liga - they are so easy - once you sow them you'll have them forever!  What's in my garden came from a seedling I discovered when I planted a shrub I'd brought from my garden in Dublin - a seed had obviously been lurking in the pot.  I now have a blue cloud throughout the garden.  I watch out for seedlings and move them into place  and leave them to get on with it! 

Rain - wot Rain?

04 October 2009 10:08:20

Where's the rain that was promised?  I'm living in a dust bowl at the moment.  I was going to water the garden on Friday because of the imminent wind and thought it'd end up a swamp because of the deluge I'd expected!!  Now the poor plants have to recover from drying gales and dust at their feet.

 I spent most of yesterday watching as clouds rolled by, merrily on their way to somewhere that probably doesn't even want their contents dumped!!!

This morning I'm expecting a nice trailer-load of rotted farmyard manure to arrive so when it does rain next week I'll be ready with the mulch to seal the moisture in. 

Clara Clara 04 October 2009 10:19:55

We got a bit of rain yesterday and was happy with it but still have to water the pots as they ae still not getting enough , good luck with your manure it will be smelly but will do your plants a lot of good

Happy gardening.

Mairin Mairin 04 October 2009 22:22:33

Strange year weatherwise.  But the weather is to break on Monday night.  So they say............

Ladybird Ladybird 05 October 2009 20:45:09

I think your poor plants will be lucky to-night, just been out in  the garden and felt a few drops.

HeadGardener HeadGardener 09 October 2009 23:39:53

Well Bee was the rain on Tuesday and Today enough for you :-D

Bizzybee Bizzybee 17 October 2009 12:53:20

Would you believe me if I said it was the perfect amount, Bill?  Enough to wet the ground without turning it into a bog which is usually what happens. I'm getting so much work done in the garden this week I don't know myself.

HeadGardener HeadGardener 17 October 2009 20:52:15

Bee theres no excuse not to get things done now which is a shame as I quite like the odd skive off from the garden, especially when the work is labour intensive. By the way read your comment on the Thuja thanks, just to say on your lawson cypress hedge sorry to hear it's not working, go with your instinct next time or post it on here to get advise.

Clara Clara 07 December 2009 10:04:09

Just noiced you are on the list for Carlow and did you notice we are on the featured members list to the left of the screen looking forward to meeting you Clara.

Bizzybee Bizzybee 08 December 2009 19:04:26

I'm looking forward to meeting up with all who're going on Sunday - it's such a great idea!  I'd hoped to contact those I saw on the list but things are just a little hectic with me at the mo.  I also noticed that we're featured members and wonder why that is.  If I was a regular contributor I'd understand but as I don't have broadband I find it difficult to keep in touch

Dick Dick 01 May 2010 16:53:49

Hello Busybee. I notice you have been very quiet since December. Things of course have changed and we have had it generally dry since then although very cold for a while. How has the garden worked out? Have you still had a problem with the drainage. April which had gone to day must have been one of the warmest and dryest I can remember. I am in a part of Carlow where the drainage is excellent and since the weather broke this week I was pleased with the change. Like many others, my plants have been affected by the frost. I am looking forward for some to revive.

Bizzybee Bizzybee 02 May 2010 10:54:27

I tend to hibernate, Dick, and emerge in Spring which is late this year.  With the dry spell we've had I've been able to do a little around the place.  The problem is I overdo it once the conditions are favourable and then my back gives in and I can't work for days.  The house I live in was built on this site because the land was not fit for anything else!  It wouldn't even be worth putting in land drains because I've been told there are  natural springs here.  And no soil to boot!!  I live in hope and just keep topping up with manure but it's hard work trying to get beds cultivated and anything to grow.  I've developed a keen interest in rampant plants because even they seem to be curtailed by the conditions.

Johnplotman Johnplotman 02 May 2010 11:33:09

Delighted all is going well Bizzybee,apart from garden set-backs earlier in the year.Good luck with all the gardening.

The 'F' word

02 October 2009 08:55:16

I just heard the F word on the radio this morning, folks - FROST!! -  so watch out.  My biggie, though, is the W word - WIND!!  I'll be spending today coralling all the pots I have around the place - all the plants I buy and then can never decide where's the most suitable place for them.  Mind you, I'm chuffed with all the work I've got done in the last couple of weeks.  I'm busy dividing and replanting - it took me 2 days to split a lovely daylily I have - I ended up butchering it but I'm hopeful it'll live up to its reputation as a toughy.

Work is progressing nicely on the new veg bed - himself's been busy double-digging and getting the well-rotted manure into the soil.  The missing parts for the new grower frames arrived in the post from Arboretum yesterday so I should be very busy in the next few weeks finding ways to get the best use from them!  Photos to follow.

As they say: Lots done, more to do! so I'm off to get ahead of the forecasted rain. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 02 October 2009 09:00:55

Good for you, Bizzy Bee. You are really on top of things.

Labourer! Labourer! 02 October 2009 09:32:56

F? No I don't think so with increasing cloud cover, but then you folks in the East do have it colder than us in the West. W, yes for sure. See my SIT REP journal.

Clara Clara 03 October 2009 07:28:26

Dont mind the weather just get out and enjoy your garden even if it is to tie everything down enjoy!!!!!

Ternie Ternie 04 October 2009 09:35:25

Lots of work is garden, that's true, but as Susan said to me - that's a labour of love.

Mairin Mairin 04 October 2009 22:21:42

Yes, frost is back.  Bugger!

HeadGardener HeadGardener 09 October 2009 23:38:20

Bee I don't think it was a serious frost on Wednesday but fleeced anything delicate anyway. The first true frosty night last year for me was the 27th October so I'm using that as my guide.


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