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15 December 2017 10:02:27

The last few days I have been down-loading journals that I put up over the years, but I think that some maybe missing. I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem. The reason that I am doing this is because I use the site as a diary for what I am doing in the garden and also a record of gardens I visit. The journals I am missing seem to be between June 2011 to July 2012, but it could be that I didn't write anything during that year. I also noticed when I changed my profile photo a few weeks ago that the number of days since I visited was over 280 which is not right. 

A few photos of gardens I visited this summer on this cold bright winters day.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 15 December 2017 17:03:22

I haven't even attempted to download journals. They look like gorgeous gardens.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 15 December 2017 17:20:45

Jacinta, not down-loading all just ones relating to the garden and visits. I don't know if the journals and albums will be lost if a new site is launched.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 15 December 2017 17:46:09

I know that Hazel posted instructions on how to do this. But I'm afraid I'm not up to that task. If they're lost, they're lost.

PeterW PeterW 15 December 2017 21:20:24

The number of days you have visited is from the last time you logged in through a computer. Doesn't seem to change if you login on through a phone or tablet. I'm on now commenting on this journal but says I haven't been on since 10 Days ago. But then again I'm on my phone now. Not sure how you lost journals and I might do similar saving of journals when I get my old laptop back from repair

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 16 December 2017 09:22:19

Peter, I use an iPad or the phone all the time. If I up-load an album I e-mail my photos to Paddy's laptop which explains the number of days issue. I do think the site is finished with so little members posting. I love the site as a diary as I would not bother writing a diary and also following the exploits of other gardeners.

PeterW PeterW 16 December 2017 20:58:06

I love it too as it's more intimate and we have all become friends and follow each others gardens as they're our own. But very little people here now and such little journals it's hard to see it staying around. I wished they just did launch the new site and hopefully draw people back and new memebers too and get the thing going again. I used to love nothing more than getting home from work and checking journals especially in spring and summer.

DeclanTipp DeclanTipp 16 December 2017 22:51:07

Same few posting most of the time . Iam only a relative newcomer 4 years but it was brilliant for me in the beginning . Loads of ideas and helpful advice whenever required . Hopefully the wheel will turn full circle . If there were some Irish garden TV programmes  it would be a huge boost 

Snow, Sleet and Rain.

13 December 2017 23:50:48

The weather over the last week has been a right miserable mix. We had rain on Sunday morning which turned to snow and dark grey skies all day long. The snow was thawing by late afternoon and was gone completely by Monday morning. The nights have been cold and every night this week I have had to cover the plants in the glasshouse with fleece. It was nice and bright today, but very cold winds and followed by rain tonight. I did manage to pick a few Iris unguicularis this morning which I suppose was a bonus. 

On Sunday during the snow showers a heron paid us another visit. This time he seemed to be less frightened by us and spent from about eleven o'clock until darkness staring into the pond which has no fish. It was very easy to take photos of him this time. 

The early snowdrops are well and truly up, but are slow to open when temperature are low. I have also noticed crocus, Iris and early species of tulips pushing through the soil. I have cleared the leaves from the hellebores and the flower buds are swelling nicely. Despite the weather there is a promise of a little colour returning to our gardens before too long.

Looking forward to the get together at Johnstown in Janurary and getting the gardening year started again. I do hope we have a good attendance.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 14 December 2017 00:44:12

I think this week is challenging all over the country Mary! We had rain turning to hailstones and then a thunderstorm which caused a power-cut! Power came back after about an hour so not too bad!

I'm hoping the new stategy of sending my journals to Facebook will help to remind folk to put it in their diaries!

I'm going to see if I can create and "event" on the garden.ie friends group and see if people will say they are going or not there. That might encourage a better turnout. I won't be doing anything more on the organising front till after New Year. Once the venue is booked there is nothing more to do till much closer the time - bit like planning a wedding really! 

sallysarah sallysarah 14 December 2017 09:06:50

We have strong winds along with frequent showers of hailstones!!!!!   

Jacinta D Jacinta D 14 December 2017 12:28:05

Not as much as a single hailstone here in Dublin. But it's cold enough outside for ME to wear a hat, something I rarely do.

JoanG JoanG 14 December 2017 21:49:17

So far we have got off lightly in Dublin and let's hope the weather will be kind over Christmas especially for people who are travelling.  It's only a week now to the shortest day and we can look forward to the year turning, the late winter and spring flowers starting to appear ... and of course to Johnstown! 

PeterW PeterW 15 December 2017 21:45:43

Has been very cold and wet here too over the week but no snow. Not long now before the days start getting longer and as you say the snow drops, hellebores and spring flowers appear 

Flying In.

06 December 2017 14:38:47

A miserable day here in Waterford, but the local herons have been landing in the garden all the morning. If they are visiting in hope of taking fish from the pond they will be disappointed as all the fish have died of old age and they won't be replaced as I only bought them for John when he was a little boy. Photos are dreadful due to all the raindrops on the window and they seem to be a very alert bird.

JoanG JoanG 06 December 2017 21:50:52

I love to watch the herons along the shores of Dublin Bay; they always do look alert and watchful.  Maybe yours got fed up out on the cheerless river bank and decided to come and visit a beautiful garden for a little rest. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 06 December 2017 22:01:11

What a pity about your fish. It must be slim pickings for the herons on the river. Yes, they are very alert, and extremely quick on take-off. So you did well to capture them with the camera.

Jackie Jackie 07 December 2017 07:39:16

Great photos Mary. I also love your new profile picture ;) 

LindaB LindaB 07 December 2017 16:48:27

I love the photos with the raindrop effect.  Hope the Herons will be Flying Out too!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 07 December 2017 17:10:39

It was nice to have them coming so close to the house yesterday. Not a sign of them today. Thanks, Jackie.

Scrubber Scrubber 07 December 2017 20:26:25

Despite the rain drops , fascinating pictures Mary. Hope all keeping well. We dont want a repeat of last year's cough Paddy! Those herons look so exotic!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 07 December 2017 23:02:54

Peter, all fighting fit.

rhody rhody 08 December 2017 18:27:41

You may have to feed the Herons Mary as they have no fish. We have snow here.


Myrtle Myrtle 09 December 2017 16:55:39

Beautiful birds !

TerriShoos TerriShoos 10 December 2017 12:06:51

We see them often overhead but they haven't landed in the pools yet - good thing too as I'd worry for the liners, not to mention the poor old newts! Jackie's right, that is a very cool hat, too!

Mid-Winter Blues.

05 December 2017 07:24:26

At this stage of the year it is hard to have the enthusiasm for getting out into the garden to do any work. The days are so short now and the garden has little colour, but Spring is just around the corner, so I keep telling myself. I always find it more enjoyable to garden in Janurary than December, despite Janurary been colder. I feel the light is coming back into the days once the New Year is in and of course the spring bulbs are starting to flower. The early snowdrops have already started,  Galanthus 'Faringdon's Double, Galanthus 'Three Ships' and an Irish snowdrop Galanthus Castlegar'.

The greenhouse is about as far as I get these days to water and clean off any dead leaves from plants. At this time of year there is a balance about how much watering to do to keep plants ticking over. Paddy did cut the grass a week ago as it has been reasonably dry and any leaves on the grass were cleared as well. The birds are like children with bricks tossing the leaves all over the place, a constant job collecting them.

With the cold weather forcast for Thursday/Friday, I will have to get out today and cover one or two plants that are a little tender.

I am looking forward to the Get together in Johnstown this year as I missed out last year due to a family celebration.  I hope more members  turn up than are posting on the site at present. Hazel is very good to take on the organising of the event again this year and I hope we have a good turn out and who knows maybe the site will be re-launched on the day. Live in hope.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 05 December 2017 07:32:54

What a gorgeous pot of succulents, Mary. Is that going to be taken in for the winter, or are they hardy enough?

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 05 December 2017 07:39:05

They are hardy, Jacinta. Looking at that photo, I must sink the pot of primulas a bit further down.

LindaB LindaB 05 December 2017 10:39:45

That pot is gorgeous!!

PeterW PeterW 05 December 2017 11:41:32

Looking great Mary, yes an awful time of the year to get motivated or even time for me in the garden but as you say once Christmas is over I find we get back in our stride again and look forward to the year ahead. I will also try make the get together in January and too hope they relaunch the site before everybody leaves.

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 05 December 2017 16:14:34

Lovely succulents Mary.

I was so glad to read your comment and also Peter's.

I had been feeling quite down because of my lack of interest in the garden. There are some areas I have not looked at in weeks. The whole place looks like a miserable brown blob with islands of weeds!!

But I feel much better now knowing I am not alone so many thanks for a well timed post.

Jackie Jackie 05 December 2017 17:25:54

Great photos Mary. Lovely pot but I love the snowdrops. Looking forward to seeing lots in the Spring. I haven’t had any time outside lately with one thing and another. I hate Oct/Nov but once Dec is gone I just love January. New year new beginnings and Spring coming. My favourite time of the year.  Can’t wait to get going again :) 

Christmas Cactus.

17 November 2017 16:42:35

I have a few different coloured Christmas  Cactus which I grow. I bought them a couple of years ago when they were for sale in Lidl as small little plants. The white one has been the first to flower this year. All the others are in bud and hopefully should take me up to Christmas Day.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 17 November 2017 17:37:36

Wow, I love the colour. It's so feminine.

Jackie Jackie 17 November 2017 18:21:30

Thats just beautiful Mary.......and what a bonus to have at this time of the year!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 17 November 2017 19:07:08

Gosh that's amazing, Mary! I have one solitary bloom on mine so far!

fraoch fraoch 17 November 2017 21:39:08

Gorgeous colour! I think I saw a bud on mine today.

Fleurette Fleurette 19 November 2017 20:56:11

I just love these robust, tough, non-fussy plants.  I’m sure you all remember form “your  Granny’s house”  the large pots of pink ones that flowered right at Christmas time  and then the pots took up so much space for the rem ainder of the year.  These small ones, coming in so many colours are just lovely. last week  6 of mine all came into flower at once and are a sight to behold.  They are absolutely pot-bound, but still flower their socks off.  My Aunt always said you had to treat them cruelly in summer and let them bake.  Baking up here is not an option.  If only the rain would stop.  Days and weeks and months!  

Scrubber Scrubber 19 November 2017 23:11:47

mary that's an exquisite one! Lidle no less. It could have graced Kew!

Scrubber Scrubber 19 November 2017 23:11:49

mary that's an exquisite one! Lidle no less. It could have graced Kew!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 20 November 2017 17:54:22

I bought another two in Lidl this morning at €1.99. Margot, great colourful plants for this time of year. My ones spend most of the year in the glasshouse, so don't take up house room after they flower. Thanks for all the nice comments. Good to see you back, Peter.


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