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Back again

26 February 2013 17:59:02

Can't believe it is almost a year since I last wrote in the journal. Although I have ben following Garden IE on Facebook.

Last year as we all know it was the most awful summer. The garden got away from us as the year progressed. It was just impossible to keep it in order. My husband found grass cutting a trial.

Despite this I had some plants which did well. I actually managed to have a good crop of tomatoes despite lack of sun.

I was out gardening this afternoon as it was sunny and there was a little warmth. It feels good to start tidying beds and seeing all the spring bulbs coming up.


Well this year we are going to have a brilliant summer! Gardeners are always optomistic.


I have ordered my seeds from the Irish Garden Plant Society so hoping for a good gardening year.

Clara Clara 26 February 2013 19:48:51

Welcome back Hilary ...hope you are right about the Summer going to be a brilliant one.

Rachel Rachel 26 February 2013 20:40:14

Yes, let's be optimistic. Welcome back, Hilary.

Moya Moya 26 February 2013 21:56:21

Of course you are right - we need an antedote to the doom and gloom.

Welcome back.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 26 February 2013 23:03:45

Welcome back Hilary. Best of luck with your seed sowing. Mary

Is Spring on the way?

03 February 2012 14:02:41

Can't believe it is so long since I have written anything. Where do the weeks go? Too much time spent on Facebook.

I have had 3 or 4 sessions in the garden already this year.  Mostly cutting back and weeding. We tackled the Bay Tree and cut off all the dead branches from last winter. All now waiting to be shredded.

I have also been potting up lupins in the greenhouse and penstemons that I grew from cuttings. The penstemons are in the house to protect them from the cold.

The Witch Hazel flowered from Christmas Day and the snowdrops, crocus, primroses and irises are going strong at the moment. Lets hope there will not be much snow.

I have sweet pea seeds ready to sow . This time of the year all the new cataloguies are coming in. Great temptation!

Starting to think about Hillsborough Horticultural Society's Spring Show on 31st March and helping to plan for the Irish Garden Plant Societys AGM which the Northern Group are planning this year 12th and 13th May.

Off out into the garden wwhile the sun is still shining. 

Rachel Rachel 03 February 2012 23:05:18

That poor old bay tree! But aside from that, this winter has been so good that we forget previous years' travesties.

Periwinkle Periwinkle 04 February 2012 18:09:20

Hi Hilary, good to see you back on again and know you are still busy with your large garden! What nurseries show at the Hillsborough Spring Show? Myrtle and I have been at the last two summer shows in May but will probably give that one a miss this year, cant be everywhere!

hilary36 hilary36 10 February 2012 17:39:38

Good to hear from you. The Hillsborough Show is our local gardening club not garden Shoe Ireland. We are on a much smaller scale. Having said that we do have a plant stall and always do good teas. It is Saturday 31st March. A little bit early for some people but we have to fit in with the daffodil exhibitors. 

Don't forget any time you are up North you are welcome to call.

I have had 1 day in the garden this week but got a lot done. Plenty more to do.


Bay Tree survives

26 August 2011 23:30:07

I thought the Bay Tree had totally died but lots of new shoots are now appearing. Need to cut all the dead branches of now and shred them.

Of the 4 beds we cleared last year I have managed to replant one. This was done in June and has now filled out really well. Cerinthes are especially good.

 Some beds have been in good order this year,others need a lot of work. Liatris flowering at the moment and Verbena Bonarenis . They were covered with Peacock and Tortiseshell butterflies this afternoon when the sun came out briefly.

Have been transplanting Delphiniums, Ranunculus, Echinacea, Foxgloves, Canterbury Bells and Lupins. I have also planted over 100 wallflowers in the border at the front of the house.

We had 20 lbs of strawberries from 2 raised beds.  Just had them for desert every night. Now need to tidy them up for next year. Lots of crab apples this year so jelly making will be on the cards soon. 

1st weekend in September is the Hillsborough Autumn Show so plenty of work to be done before them. It is open to the public from 2 4.30 and is the Village Centre in Hillsborough. Anyone who is up North would be very welcome. Teas and plant stall.

My frozen shoulder is still giving bother but nothing like it was a few months ago. Physio is finished but I am still doing exercises every day. 


Rachel Rachel 26 August 2011 23:34:54

Hello Hillary and what a fabulous display of Livingstown daisies. Your garden sounds great. I'm glad to hear the shoulder is on the mend.

Cloncaw Cloncaw 27 August 2011 00:58:39

Nice to see you back again and even with the shoulder problems you've been busy, good luck with the show.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 27 August 2011 06:11:01

Gosh, I didn't dare get any mesembryanthemums this year, with the summer being as dull as it was. I would never have seen any open flowers.

Glad your shoulder is on the mend. Best of luck for Hillsborough.

fran m fran m 27 August 2011 07:11:53

Glad your on the mend. Great photo.

hilary36 hilary36 27 August 2011 13:30:38

Thanks for all the comments. I love these daisies and have grown them since I was a child. They look like little jewels in the sunshine. Wonderful colours.


16 June 2011 14:22:00

At last new computer is up and running and I am experimenting adding photos of the garden. These were taken last year and this year. More to follow.

Hoping for a bumper crop of strawberries this year.


Wounded Wing

20 May 2011 19:36:47

I suddenly realised today that I hadn't posted anything for a long time.Main problem has been that I tripped over a box in the house on the 18th January  and dislocated my shoulder which was excruciatingly painful. This has turned into a frozen shoulder so I am still having physio and doing exercises. I haven't driven since this happened.

Naturally it has slowed up gardening work but it is amazing the weeding you can do with one hand. Fortunately I am right handed. I instruct Jeffrey about what needs moved or lifted.

Our cherry trees were magnificant this year and the lilac is in full bloom at the moment. I lost a lot of plants during the winter. In fact my bay tree which is almost 40ft high is totally brown. There are a few green shoots in the centre but I don't know if it will regenrate.. I have been busy seed sowing in the greenhouse and have cosmos and cornflowers coming up. Edelweis which I grew from seed two years ago have actually flowered this year. The primroses have done well and I had masses of bluebells (native ones) which are just going over. Amazingly enough a fuchsia in the ground has survived and is starting to grow again. We had a wonderful display of daffodils this year. Any planted in pots just rotted but the tulips fared better.

All the fuchsias which were in pots in the greenhouse all died but it gives me an excuse to buy more.

One of the beds we cleared last year is just about ready for planting. We planted 2 raised beds of strawberries last year and there is a mass of flowers on them. Heres hoping we get to them before the birds do.

I have been told it takes nine months to a year for frozen shoulders to come right so I have a little way to go yet. Will do a smuch as I can in the garden.

 I have a new notebook computer so hopefully I will be able to get some photographs posted at last.

If anyone is up North you will always be welcome to come and see the arden. Bye for now, Hilary


Ashlawn Ashlawn 20 May 2011 20:18:12

Hi, Hilary Ashlawn here in Wexford, sorry to hear about your shoulder.

Your garden sounds a lot like mine. I'd say your bay tree will come back in time. I have a lantren tree which also got a terrible battering, I cut off the weithered branches and only left the new shoots and it looks like it's growing very well, obiously there were no lanterns on it this year(there were thousands last year) but hopefully it will flower next spring unless we get another terrible frost next winter. I'm hoping to get some pictures of my garden up soon.

Glassmanden Glassmanden 20 May 2011 22:05:25

Hello Hiary. Denis from Kerry   hope your shoulder heals soon, best of luck with gardening

Cloncaw Cloncaw 20 May 2011 22:18:34

Nice to hear from you again Hilary must be really frustrating not being fully independant. Lots of plants suffered over the winter I'm glad that I'm not the only one who lost all their fuschias I had mine in the tunnel haven't decided whether to replace them or not.

sallysarah sallysarah 21 May 2011 10:00:20

i can't believe how all my fuschias came through last winter including cuttings I had taken which I overwintered in lean-to greenhouse.   What a shame Geraldine  & Hilary that you both lost all your fuschias. 


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