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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.

So how was your Doris?

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!

fran m fran m 24 February 2017 07:55:51

Sorry to hear this Hazel ;(

One thing you could do with the shelves would be, on the bottom shelf place a concrete block either lying down flat (works better) or one standing on it's edge at back of shelf. You may loose a bit of shelf space but the extra weight should help.

Jackie Jackie 24 February 2017 08:01:15

Oh no!! She was a demon wasnt she!! I'm sorry you had so much happen but am glad that you got this divisions and cutting to a safe place. Mother Nature at her best or should that be her worst!! Great to se the Auriculas coming into flower. 

Cant get over how bright it is these mornings. Bright here at 6.45am. Only a few more weeks and Summer time begins ;) 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 24 February 2017 08:16:35

No structural damage, so you can easily deal with the rest. I thought the bedroom window was going to be blown in on top of us.

Hope you managed to salvage the precious cuttings.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 24 February 2017 10:07:13

Like here in Waterford you got off without too much damage. The roads on Wednesday were dreadful, I should think you were glad to get home.

Mary B Mary B 24 February 2017 12:36:56

Glad your damage wasn't too serious Hazel and that you saved all your cuttings and divisions.

Here in Cork we had a worse night on Wednesday with very high winds and rain but thankfully no damage

fraoch fraoch 24 February 2017 14:32:56

I'm glad you had some good things to counteract the bad, Hazel. Apart from some battered Daffodils my garden seems to have escaped and I've given the Daffs a bit of a shake with a cane inserted under them and they are perking up a bit.

Fleurette Fleurette 24 February 2017 18:57:32

Oh dear Hazel!  But you seem to have been able to rescue most things, and isn't it just as well you went off on your trip to Dublin first, or you may not have got away so carefree? Still, you were able to smile a greeting  at the auricula. 

For a change, I have nothing to moan about.  The storm from Derry on up to the N. of Inishowen was not nearly as bad as further S.  The wind woke me, but we are so used to that.  Then the rain.  I was due to drive across the Glenshane Pass towards Ballymena and as there were snow warnings, (unfounded as it turned out) I took a different route via Limavady and a lower mountain area.  No problems at all, DG.   

Further East into Co. Antrim, they had a bad time;  so many elctricity poles down and some supplies were only restored this morning.

JoanG JoanG 24 February 2017 21:45:11

It is awful to return home to damage in the garden, but thankfully you were able to rescue plants Hazel.  We didn't fare too badly here, the glass in the greenhouse door shattered as the catch was loose and it banged open in the wind, but I was almost expecting that! 

PeterW PeterW 24 February 2017 21:50:12

These Storms can be so disheartening and i'm glad the damage was minimal. Winds here too but nothing major

Misty morning

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!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 21 February 2017 08:29:00

Lovely shadows on your decking in the morning.

Fleurette Fleurette 21 February 2017 18:14:01

You and your camera did a good job, Hazel, and caught a lovely quiet moment for us all to enjoy with you. 


accsean accsean 21 February 2017 18:47:16

Beautifully captured, Hazel.

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 21 February 2017 20:44:49

Sometimes Hazel, our eyes see better than any camera, i am a photographer and i see it alot when it comes to great nature

Jackie Jackie 22 February 2017 07:24:32

Yes it's captured beautifully. 

TerriShoos TerriShoos 22 February 2017 12:54:16

Goodness, what's that shiny thing in the sky? Not a lot of that here lately! All you'd get in Clare is a soggy camera....

Another border done ... well, almost!

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 ....

Mary B Mary B 14 February 2017 20:29:41

Gosh Hazel, I am always amazed at the amount of work you do in your garden, well done!

PeterW PeterW 14 February 2017 20:43:39

excellent work hazel

Jacinta D Jacinta D 14 February 2017 21:36:47

That's a super job already, Hazel.

JoanG JoanG 14 February 2017 21:50:32

Great work!  The border is looking terrific Hazel, even before mulching.  Can see the pond again LOL! 

accsean accsean 14 February 2017 22:36:52

God bless the work.  Even if it never got the mulch, it would be looking splendid.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 14 February 2017 22:48:22

It is looking great and it won't take long to finish the weeding. With this weather it is very hard to get what you want done, but little by little. 

Dick Dick 14 February 2017 23:18:51

Great work, Hazel. i feel ashamed that over the last few weeks, I have done very little outside.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 15 February 2017 00:38:33

Thanks everyone! Hope to get tha barrow load of mulch in place over the next day or so!

Jackie Jackie 15 February 2017 07:37:20

I love how you methodically do each area. I'm easily distracted lol. It's looking fantastic now Hazel and I'm sure it will be mulched in no time. Great job! 

fran m fran m 15 February 2017 15:02:16

Bit by bit Hazel ;)

fraoch fraoch 15 February 2017 19:11:29

Great work done, Hazel! Isn't it amazing how when you think you've weeded an area a whole lot more appear when you look again! You're really making fantastic progress though.


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