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Am I ready for Brian???

20 October 2017 21:12:24

I'm still trying to clear up after Ophelia and even with the help of Elizabeth we only got the arches dismantled ... then we had a monsoon day yesterday ....Then they started putting out more storm warnings and I was on my own today so I desperately wrapped the greenhouse in baling plastic and reused some of the stuff from the arches to try and hold the plastic in place - so all fingers crossed - I really would like to have enough of the greenhouse left to repair when I can get some help!

I also have some very tasty cut-and-come-again lettuce that I'm trying to protect ....

Oh and I took a photo of the Tetrapanax that is my "makes me smile" plant - and today it did make me smile - well, until the monsoon returned! Just as well its dark now and i can't see if the greenhouse is surviving !!!!!

Scrubber Scrubber 20 October 2017 21:16:45

No Hazel the question is is brian ready for you!!!! Ihave never thought of tetrapanex as a smile plant but as I have three Im going to remember!

Scrubber Scrubber 20 October 2017 21:16:47

No Hazel the question is is brian ready for you!!!! Ihave never thought of tetrapanex as a smile plant but as I have three Im going to remember!

Dick Dick 20 October 2017 22:24:06

Hazel, I don't think this part of the country will be affected by storm Brian. Early on, I cancelled some voluntary work but later the forecast seemed to be less harmful. I felt sorry for the damage done in your garden although I had thought that Co. Laois would be safe. Well, done in the temporary work done on your greenhouse. One thing certain is that Brian or no Brian, there will be no brine in your or my area unlike the maritime areas.

DeclanTipp DeclanTipp 20 October 2017 23:01:05

Don't over worry . I believe Dick is correct . We will

escape the worst of the windy Brian . Wet we may get 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 20 October 2017 23:51:27

Yes, I was feeling ok until I saw the forecast showing the eye of the storm ploughing right across the country! Its not very reassuring when they say the winds won't be as bad as Ophelia "only 130 km gusts" !!!! There has been a really strong wind with lots of rain here since about 4 pm. My house is very exposed so the winds tend to strengthen here.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 21 October 2017 07:33:09

It looks like we were spared once again in Dublin. You're well-prepared anyway, Hazel. Hopefully it'll be enough.

JoanG JoanG 21 October 2017 10:22:53

Fingers crossed for you Hazel; you have enough damage to be dealing with from Ophelia. Your preparations look impressive!

Fleurette Fleurette 21 October 2017 14:31:16

Your tetrapanax is magnificent, Hazel. 

I can smile, and say that we did not suffer unduly from Ophelia, and we are hopelful that  the south will wear out Brian.  But I do feel for you all having so much damge.  It can be heartbreaking.  .... and costly.  

fraoch fraoch 21 October 2017 20:35:25

Hope you don't suffer too much, Hazel.

Dick Dick 21 October 2017 22:17:09

Hazel, there was no damage done in my garden by Ophelia. However Brian did a little bit as regards the back garden but on Monday I should put it right.

Best Plant(s) in my garden

18 October 2017 10:59:53

Margie really set me thinking so I had a scroll through my photos for this year and there was no way I could find one that met all the criteria - also I've noticed that I seldom take photos of the plants that fit the first two criteria!

1. Best worker

2. Least minding

3. Lifts your spirits when you see it

4. Makes you smile when you pass by

So I'm combining 1 and 2 in my first photo - this is one of the Potentillas that I have in my little mini-Burren area. They are so trouble-free - just give them a good trim in the early spring and they flower for months right through the Summer into Autumn. They are so forgiving that even if you forget to cut them back for a few years they don't mind at all!

My second photo is the "Lifts your spirits" one - and it is one of my Rhus Typhinas - Rhus 'Tiger Eyes'. I have a couple of these and their wonderful Autumn colour really does lift my spriits particularly as I really dread the shorter days of winter which are just around the corner.

And the third one - the "Makes you smile" one is definitely my Tetrapanax Rex - this photo was taken in April after a late frost had killed off the first spurt of growth - but I have no recent photos of it in its prime! It is such a giant and it is the plant that most visitors gasp when they see it, and for this it definitely makes me smile when I pass it!

akeelahhassan akeelahhassan 18 October 2017 11:32:52


Jacinta D Jacinta D 18 October 2017 13:23:01

Three great plants. I don't have any of the shrubby Potentilla. But I agree about Tetrapanax. One of my favourites too. I've just been out photographing some of my top few.

LindaB LindaB 18 October 2017 14:08:09

Love the 'Tiger Eyes'!!!


MargieD MargieD 18 October 2017 14:55:03

Great to read about those Hazel. I will now keep an eye out for them. 

Thanks for posting. 

I'm finally getting organised with a gardening file. 

PeterW PeterW 19 October 2017 16:53:38

3 super plants, the rhus does have spectacular autumn colour and I would consider even exotic looking leaves.

Ophelia - you hussy!

16 October 2017 17:20:16

Look what you did to my garden, Ophelia - and I thought you were a lady!

I wonder could the wrecked arches become some sort of Art Project? 

And this time two of the missing panels of the greenhouse have vanished without trace!!!!

Think its time for a re-think!

But the main thing is that I am OK, the house is OK and Puss came home LOL


Dick Dick 16 October 2017 17:40:59

Sorry Hazel to read your journal and see the awful damage done in your garden. So far no structural damage done in my place. I remember when I was working in Ballina, in 1961, I saw a lot of damage  done by Hurricane Debbie. My sister who lives in Castlebar not too far away says that very little damage has been done in her garden. I remember a few years ago there was glass broken in my greenhouse but no sign of same this time. Good that your feline friend has returned.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 16 October 2017 18:48:48

Oh, Lordie, Hazel. That's awful. We've been very lucky in Dublin. I took a lot of pots under cover this morning and secured my furniture. Nothing has blown over, thankfully. But maybe we're not finished with it just yet.

MargieD MargieD 16 October 2017 20:22:54

oh no is that your beautiful hazel archway I thought that was fabulous on your open day.

I suppose days like this make us think about what really is important to us, and as much as i love my garden it can be replanted.

Take care, its blowing a gale again outside here now. hope power dosen't go again!

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 16 October 2017 20:35:05

Sorry to  see the damage Hazel . What a day and it is still howling outside. Power is back and I am so grateful to the engineers who fixed it.

And of course so important your Puss is home.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 16 October 2017 21:13:45

Just have to make this into an opportunity to do something different - after all, that's what gardening is all about isn't it? And yes, Elizabeth, I'm so glad poor Puss has come home.  He always disappears when the weather is rough so he must have a really safe hidey-hole to retreat to!

fraoch fraoch 16 October 2017 21:42:54

Oh that's a shame, Hazel, but as you say human life is the most important thing so take good care of yourself.

LindaB LindaB 17 October 2017 15:13:24

So strange that the glass just disappeared Hazel, glad nothing more severe.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 17 October 2017 16:24:42

It was a dreadful storm, Hazel and so sorry to see all the damage your garden suffered. Glad that both yourself and your cat are safe. The missing glass maybe blown out of your glasshouse, so be careful when working in the area. It happened to our glasshouse years ago.

PeterW PeterW 17 October 2017 22:45:42

Oh no Hazel, what an awful site to come out this morning. It can be very disheartening but then again a challenge to see what you might so instead but yes the important thing is that you and the house are ok and the garden will recover.

JoanG JoanG 17 October 2017 22:54:22

That damage is such a shame Hazel but, as you say, you and the house and the cat are thankfully safe and unhurt and that's what matters.  You have absolutely the right philosophy, looking on it as an opportunity to do something new.  You have bags of creative gardening talent and whatever you decide to do will be lovely I'm sure.  Take care. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 18 October 2017 00:11:46

The mystery of the missing panes from the greenhouse has puzzled me for a long time. The last major storm that wrecked it a few years ago also resulted in disappearing panes - the problem is that they are not glass, but polycarbonate and so are very light and when they are liberated from the frame they can literally fly! I never found the missing panes last time and so have no expectation that I will find them this time either! 

Thanks for all the sympathy - all set to get going on clearing things up tomorrow.

Jackie Jackie 18 October 2017 08:38:28

Oh no Hazel!! I can only imagine those panes have landed in someone's garden or field!! Did you ever think of 'mastiking' them in?  When Jimmy put up my greenhouse. He used this mastik type sealant on each pane of glass to make sure they didn't go anywhere. As where mine is sited is quite exposed. It has worked so far. A bit expensive but so worth it in the end. Especially if you have to replace those panes now. Just a thought as I know your site is quite exposed too. What a pity about those lovely arches. But I look forward to seeing what you come up with ;) 

Puss turned up!

16 October 2017 17:07:23

The storm must be just about over in Laois because Puss came out of hiding and was looking for grub!

I gave him a treat and he seemed to appreciate it!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 16 October 2017 18:45:54

Poor Puss, has he only got one eye, Hazel?

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 16 October 2017 21:08:20

Yes, Jacinta! He had a run-in with another Tom and he came off worst! When he got the eye sorted they also did the other job so he is much more home-loving and friendly now - although he still doesn't like to be lifted!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 17 October 2017 16:26:40

It must have been a dreadful for animals yesterday.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 18 October 2017 00:06:15

Puss is very resourceful! From when he first came here he has always disappeared when there is any sort of bad weather and turns up when it improves, bone dry and demanding food! I reckon he must have a really cosy hideaway close by where he feels safe and cosy! We don't ever own our cats - they condescend to live with us :-)

Getting prepared

15 October 2017 21:38:59

Just spent some time putting the garden furnitute out of the way of Ophelia .....

Jacinta D Jacinta D 15 October 2017 21:47:23

If only I had somewhere to put mine. Didn't get much use out of it this summer and would hate for it to be smashed to pieces as we only bought it last year. Stay safe, Hazel.

Scrubber Scrubber 16 October 2017 13:38:48

Well done hazel. I put in bins and ladder and anything else that might fly! Two lovely pots of mums were whisked out of their pots and I see half a chestnut tree is down in the scrub!

Scrubber Scrubber 16 October 2017 13:38:50

Well done hazel. I put in bins and ladder and anything else that might fly! Two lovely pots of mums were whisked out of their pots and I see half a chestnut tree is down in the scrub!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 16 October 2017 14:40:23

My good neighbours arrived up at 8 am this morning to help me secure anything I couldn't lift in myself! 


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