We're still renting so our garden mostly consists of large pots embedded in the soil and a few scattered seeds.
I love to rescue plants and most of our plants have travelled around Ireland with us and each have a story.
17 October 2009 16:28:35
A day in the sunlight.
A couple of weeks ago my cactus flowered. The stalk took about a week to grow but the flower only lasted a day, the next day it had drooped and before long the stalk broke off. I'm so glad I took this photo. I'm also glad I tried experimenting with letting it dry out a bit then deluging it with water.
I've yet to see how some of the others might flower, a couple of them do the small purple flowers but I'm now hoping for some drama from the ones that have yet to give me a show.
15 October 2009 11:53:32
Faded grandour being restored.
I've been away from this site, things at work have been getting busy but I managed to fit in holidays to Italy and Amsterdam.
Italy wasn't solely a holiday but staying in Riva del Garda at the tip of Lake Garda in the northern Italian lakes was magical. I loved the faded elegance and grandour of the place and these gardens summed that up perfectly.
Then in Amsterdam I was marvelling at the bulbs and resisting (fairly successfully with the help of friends) from buying all of them.
But while I've been away I haven't forgotten and have a few photos to share later on (my cactus flowered). I was reminded to come back after picking up the magazine for the train ride back from Dublin last night. It was Gismo's profile on the inside cover and remembering how friendly everyone was when I joined back in August that encouraged me to come straight back on this morning.
07 August 2009 13:13:16
Four for one and a very cheap one at that.
When I acquire a new plant I frequently face the choice between potting it so we can take it with us or planting it out where it would look lovely and thrive better but may have to stay behind. So I was delighted to discover four seperate plants to my new rose that was cheap at the supermarket. Currently I've potted all four and will decide later which to plant out and where.
The top right of the photo also just about shows my new catnip, that's a definite plant-out. Even the local semi-feral cat deserves her fix of cat cannabis!
05 August 2009 12:48:06
75% success rate!
I decided it was time the ferns from our bedroom windowsill went outside. At which point one of them promptly curled up and died!
In general I'm trying to get all our plants outside (except the lemon trees, avocado trees, plams, cactuses/cacti and other house plants) because when we eventually get our own place that's where they'll live. And it saves on watering!