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22 July 2012 22:28:04
It's been some time since I've been here. Progress is very slow in the garden but it is coming along, bit by bit.
I've put up some photos of plants in garden for which I have no names.
I'm particularly interested in the climber which is on a south facing fence. This is the best its been in three or possibly four years. Can anyone tell me what it is and why it might not be doing so well.
03 July 2011 22:01:48
Hi thanks to each of you for the all the advice.
Yes Clara, you got that right; well spotted. I am closer to the sea in the Greenhill area.
Digging out a bed makes sense really. Recently walking through Merion Square I was very taken by the beds of heathers and miniature pines, at least that's what I think they were. I decided there and then that's what I want to do. They seemed so easy on the eye and very peaceful to sit and look at. So, instead of a raised rockery, I intend to lay an area out flat and make a feature out of a rock or two or a piece of old wood.
I did like the old fence; it had character but it was begining to merge with the bacground and I had to think security. I spend the day putting on a coat of Fence Life. There are eight panels (sixteen sides) and I got six sides done. My arms are sore but had to take advantage of the weather.
02 July 2011 11:27:19
Hi, It's been a long time since I wrote something here but I'd like to give it another go. I'm still interested in the garden and doing a bit. I want to create a new bed in the lawn which I have some ideas for. What I'd like to know is do I need to take out the grass, turn it over or can I just put earth over it. I don't mind it it should be dug out but I don't want to do work that is unnecessary. Would like to hear some suggestions on the best way to go about it. Regards, Derek
08 May 2010 15:49:36
Yes it has been some time since I visited these pages. But I have been doing some few things in my garden mainly keeping it trim. I have planted more plants which have come mainly from my mother's garden, for example: Inula, Campanula (white), Hemercallis and a miniature Fuchsia. I will put more photos up soon. My health is greatly improved but I need to learn that the garden is for pleasure and relaxation and should not be another source of pressure or stress. Though I have many plans and things that need to be done I will take time over it. I hope to keep in touch with you all through these pages and learn how to garden.
01 November 2009 18:35:33
I got help from my neighbour to cut the grass recently. He pulled the starter and emptied the box when it was full. I had the easy bit, pushing it around though with semi-motorised wheels there was little or no pushing. I am making good progress and I am now out of any danger and feeling very good in myself. It was important to me that the garden looked well as it gave me pleasure to look out at it. I feel very grateful for the beautiful weather we had during the time I was laid up; it kept my spirits up.
As winter closes in I am looking forward to the Spring. I can wait till then to work in the garden.
Recently, with some friends, I visited Kilmacurragh Arboretum in Co. Wicklow. The estate was taken over by the state some years ago and is managed by the National Botanical Gardens. You could say it is in a process of development with lots of young plants set out amid tall and exotic trees and shrubs.
I have included the link below for those who are interested in finding out more. If you go there be advised there is no cafe there but they do have good 'facilities'! Bring a picnic. There are guided tours/walks in the afternoon.