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25 February 2017 01:19:40
The highlight of our visit today was captured by Elizabeth when I was formally introduced to my very own Rock in the Scrub!
24 February 2017 23:37:32
Elizabeth is soon to return home so we were trying to plan a visit to a certain garden before she did but we were having difficulty co-ordinating the diaries (as we busy gardeners do). In desperation and to avoid disappointing Elizabeth I suggested we make do with a trip to Altamont. So off we headed bright and early - yese, really bright anyway as the sun was doing us proud!
Well would you believe it - we had only got as far as Abbeyleix when the phone rang and guess what? the diaries had come together at last so a quick change of direction was called for!
So off we went to the depths of Carlow to finally catch up with Scrubber and Mrs. Scrubber, "Whats new pussycat" and all the denizens of the Scrub! And what a great day! The rain managed to hold off until we drove out the gate on our way home!
Every visit to this lovely garden is a joy. This was my first spring visit and I was not disappointed! Someone kept trying to convince us that the snowdrops had gone over but we didn't believe a word of it! The artfully placed snowdrops in the Lower Lawn, the serendipitous snowdrops here and there through the woodland , the fabulous helebores, all were flowering their socks off! Michilin Dee managed to shake of his autumn leaves but declined to invite us in for tea as Sebina was away for the day!
We wended our way down the lovely woodland paths admiring once again the astonishing rocks that are such a feature of this area.Making the circuit of the garden we arrived back to the more formal garden at the front of the house where Anna was waiting to invite us in for tea and some of her delicious fruit-cake. so after a lovely chat over the tea we headed for home.
Thank you Peter for a truly lovely day - and definitely much more enjoyable than Altamont would have been :-)
24 February 2017 00:07:21
Usually when we have a storm here I'm woken by the roof tiles rattling but last night I slept through the whole thing! i had to head to Dublin very early this morning so didn't check for damage till I got home! I should have known there was trouble as Puss cam out to greet me when I got home telling me all about his traumatic night!
So one of the Wheelie Bins had keeled right over- the lovely Camelia that Elizabeth got as her Kris Kindle at Johnstown that has been waiting patiently to go home with her had come completly out of its pot - and that was just as I came in the gate!
Round the corner and the big box where the cushions for the garden chairs live had been turned on its head and flung right across the deck - and three of the chairs had also keeled over!
Finally I turned round and saw the worst bit - the shelves where a load of recently potted divisions had lived was completely down - and plants well scattered! I should be getting used to this by now! Some sort of whirlwind seems to develop in my garden and nothing is sacred!
Fortunately the rain stayed away long enough for me to rescue my cuttings and divisions and move them to a safer home.
Going into the greenhouse to get the trowel I was greatly cheered to spot my first Auricula showing colour - gonna write the colour on each label this year!!!!
And then a second cheery sight - some tiny iris I bought at Johnstown have been flowering their socks off hidden from view!
So how was my Doris? Not too bad I reckon!
21 February 2017 00:36:51
Just spent a happy evening catching up on all the journals - can it really be almost a week since I posted?
Haven't been able to snatch much gardening this week but woke one morning to the most fabulous view of mist just being melted away across the fields. My camera really isn't up to these views but the lord loves a tryer!
14 February 2017 20:20:34
The latest border I tackled is the Small Pond. This border has some stunning planting in the summer when Rogersia and Ligularia vie for attention with a couple of white Agapanthus, some very tall Iris Sibirica Silver Edge all held together by Cotinus "Grace". I always mean to get round to tidying it in the Autumn because none of these plants diebackgracefully!
The first photo tells the sorry story!
So the first day I just cut down all the worst offenders. See Photo Two. Some progress but still a bit to go!
Photo Three is the whole border weeded and ready for mulching - or so i thought! I even brought up a wheelbarrow full of great mulch but just as I was about to tip it out I realised that the weeding and tidying hadn't reached to farthest corner of the border.
As luck would have it I only had an hour to spend in the garden that day so the weeding had to take priority.
And why only "almost" done? The wheelbarrow of mulch is still waiting patiently on the path for me to have another hour to spare - or even only half an hour ....