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What a difiference!

16 March 2017 22:56:56

My son and his little family in Bardelona treated me to a trip to celebrate a "significant" birthday and I was delighted to talke up the offer and spent a lovely week in Barcelona. Arriving back I was greeted by a delightful display of my favourite Spring flowers - the humble Daffodil! But of course there were lots of other Spring flowers to enjoy! Putting up a journal hopefully capturing my delight in how the Spring aspects of my garden have matured.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 17 March 2017 08:18:00

Aw, that was a lovely treat from your family. I hope it was warm enough to give you that pep in your step. And your garden is a real retreat to come home to, no matter who you have been with. It's looking lovely. It's great to see new things opening up every day too.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 17 March 2017 09:20:50

What a lovely birthday present. I am sure your little granddaughter is growing up fast. There is a blie and yellow theme going on in your garden which looks gorgeous.

Geranimojess Geranimojess 17 March 2017 09:34:41

Have to say how impressed I am at the beautiful display in your Garden, everything looks so natural and unspoilt...that was also a lovely gesture from the Family...hope you enjoyed your break in Barcelona...

Dick Dick 17 March 2017 11:19:39

That was great, Hazel, having a holiday, in Spain. I hope you got good weather, although one might say: The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain. We had excellent weather here but it is back to normal, now. Your garden is super. A Happy St. Patrick's Day to you.

Jackie Jackie 17 March 2017 19:06:14

Im sure you have a wonderful time with your family in Barcelona and how thoughtful of them too.  Fantastic photos of a fantastic garden too, Hazel, really lovely.

Jackie Jackie 17 March 2017 19:08:09

Gorgeous album, but what is the name of the pink flower in no's 11 & 12, really lovely


TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 17 March 2017 21:49:21

Thanks for all the lovely comments! Jackie that is Virtually Beth Evans. It disappears completely when it finishes flowering and I forget about it for the rest of the year! Every Spring it reappears and delights me!

Scrubber Scrubber 17 March 2017 22:47:07

Oh Hazel how beautiful and natural it looks. Im off to see the photo journal now! Hope you had a beautiful time in Barcelona for that fiftieth! Have gone to the journal and spent a lovely time 'walking' around your garden. Really lovely and of course I love the rocks! Virtually Beth Evans? But what species is it-excuse my ignorance!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 17 March 2017 22:59:34

Sorry Jackie - predictive text got in the way! - should be Corydalis Solida Beth Evans

JoanG JoanG 17 March 2017 23:18:29

Such a nice birthday present, I'm sure you enjoyed every minute with the family.  Hazel, I've visited your garden in summer and know how beautiful it is then and your spring photos are just a delight for the eyes.  What lovely planting, it took my breath away, especially the front garden. 

Jackie Jackie 18 March 2017 00:07:31

Yes Hazel I googled it, it's a beauty. Must keep a lookout for it. 

HelpX Abu

04 March 2017 01:02:43

I am so impressed with my latest helper in the garden. Now only did she know what she was doing but she is also a tireless worker! I was encouraged by her enthusiasm and really enjoyed the company in the garden.

We got through a amazing amount of clearing and tidying as well as getting the compost heaps sorted. We even takled the first of the paths using a new hoe-type tool I bought in Johnstown.

I'll put up a few photos showing the areas we cleared!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 04 March 2017 08:07:38

You've really been blessed with all your Helpers so far. The garden is looking fab, Hazel.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 04 March 2017 08:40:05

You have the garden looking fantastic and it is nice to have company gardening, a good worker is a huge bonus.

Fleurette Fleurette 04 March 2017 10:56:57

Now that is a tidy garden!  Many hands make light work, and added to those hands, you have a young person with a wonderful smiling face to encourage you upwards and onwards.

Dick Dick 04 March 2017 19:29:25

Your garden looks great. You and your helper are doing really great work.

PeterW PeterW 04 March 2017 22:31:52

Hazel that looks fantastic and great to have such an enthuasiastic worker with you

Been a bit busy

28 February 2017 21:50:06

I have a HelpX girl with me at the moment and she is proving inspirational!  We collected her on the way home from our visit to Scrubber and she was eager to get started early next morning. It is truly amazing how much more has got done with two pair of hands instead of one! Several borders weeded and mulched, the Willow Arbour trimmed and the shredding up to date and the grass has had its first cut!

I've even started doing the annual job on the path behind the Rhus Walk. Here I hit a bit of a downer - my enthusiastic helpers last year were so diligent in raking this path that they managed to move the edging stones about 6 inches off the weedblock! Sorting it out is proving to be a tedious and time-consuming task but Emily is there, offering to start at the other end to shorten the task for me! Such a great helper!

My most exciting moment this week was when I found that the Helebore seedlings I had planted at the Rock Garden have turned out to be seedlings of the lovely dark one I have in the Woodland area Helleborus Hybrid 'Harvington Shades of the night'. These are the first seedlings from this plant to flower and I'm thrilled with them!

Hoping to get that darned path finished tomorrow - weather permitting of course!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 01 March 2017 07:29:55

That's brilliant having the extra help, Hazel. Borders are looking lovely.

fran m fran m 01 March 2017 07:39:07

Looking as good as ever Hazel ;)

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 01 March 2017 08:31:21

That Cornus reall stands out. Hope you both get the path done without too much trouble. Very windy weather forecast for the south today with snow in the midlands. March seems to be coming like a lion.

Jackie Jackie 01 March 2017 11:38:19

All looking great Hazel and aren't you blessed with your helper too. 

Mary a gorgeous morning here. Sunny and barely a breeze. Just back  from my walk. Hope it picks up down South. 

Keego Keego 01 March 2017 13:10:34

Great work Hazel and so good to have extra help, what a lovely surprise with those lovely dark hellebore seedlings.

Dick Dick 01 March 2017 14:11:36

Great work there Hazel. The weather is quite good here, dry and calm. 

Deckyoshea Deckyoshea 01 March 2017 16:38:59

Almost a summer like display Hazel . Inspirational .

JoanG JoanG 01 March 2017 19:02:19

You are well organised as usual, Hazel, getting a helper for the garden; the results look brilliant!  Got my little patch of grass cut this morning too and glad I did as the rain is chucking down now. 

LindaB LindaB 01 March 2017 20:07:34

The colours there are gorgeoous Hazel.

Special Moment

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!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 25 February 2017 07:27:29

I have no doubt that you had a wonderful day and from Peter's recent photos The Scrub is looking beautiful. I am sure both yourself and Elizabeth had a day to remember.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 25 February 2017 07:36:30

What an honour for you to have your own rock.

Does Mr. Scrubber ALWAYS garden in a shirt and tie, or was it purely for your benefit?  LOL

Jackie Jackie 25 February 2017 08:21:53

What a great photo and to be honoured with your own rock is the perfect tribute. You both look so well. 

Scrubber Scrubber 25 February 2017 12:34:32

The tie was in honour of my guests Jacinta! I have been known to garden in boxers!!!!When trying to clean stream! No dont try to imagine it! Hazel was actually thinking of that photo this morning and said i must get a copy and now Ihave it! many thanks for your lovely if flattering account!

PCON PCON 25 February 2017 12:36:50

Mr Scrubber needs  a new nickname. "Rocky"

fraoch fraoch 25 February 2017 15:19:04

Lovely photo of you both. I'm glad Peter wasn't cleaning the stream again!!

Fleurette Fleurette 25 February 2017 23:04:58

Such a happy picture!  


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 :-)

Jackie Jackie 24 February 2017 23:43:14

Sounds just pure bliss. I'm so glad you both enjoyed your visit. Peters  photos sure tell a magical tale of a beautiful place. That is definitely one trip I would love to make some day. 

Scrubber Scrubber 25 February 2017 00:46:39

And we will see you jackie never fear. It was lovely to eventually get our diaries-more mine than hazels to co-incide. I was thrilled to have such appreciative visitors-I dont think we ever went so slowly around the  scrub but every detail was seen and admired and commented on. The Scrub Denizens thought 'they were lovely ladies' and so they were and are. Many thanks for all the lovely comments hazel. (The snowdrops  by the way had gone over!} It was a lovely day for us as well.

Scrubber Scrubber 25 February 2017 00:46:40

And we will see you jackie never fear. It was lovely to eventually get our diaries-more mine than hazels to co-incide. I was thrilled to have such appreciative visitors-I dont think we ever went so slowly around the  scrub but every detail was seen and admired and commented on. The Scrub Denizens thought 'they were lovely ladies' and so they were and are. Many thanks for all the lovely comments hazel. (The snowdrops  by the way had gone over!} It was a lovely day for us as well.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 25 February 2017 07:34:10

So envious of both of you. Scrubbers garden has been on my wish list for quite a long time now. But wasn't that phone call was a stroke of luck.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 25 February 2017 07:37:54

So much nicer visiting a private garden than a public garden anytime. The garden is looking great. 

Peter, your snowdrops are looking good still. We were in the north on Monday for three days and the snowdrops there are at their best now. Ours have in the last week gone over and so quickly.


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