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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.
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!
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!
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 :-)