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Garden Open

23 June 2010 18:28:47

A great deal has changed since I was last on this website. In the springtime my husband and I were working on the latest alterations to the garden, planning how to plant our vegetable plot and looking forward to the summer season. We were expecting visitors to our garden as usual in the summer and Noel always liked to have something new for people to see each year.

Sadly he died very suddenly in March and didn't get to see his latest projects finished. I didn't know whether I could cope with the 3 acres of garden on my own but I have had some help from family and friends. I decided to go ahead with the visits which had already been arranged as it was what Noel would have wanted. He loved to have visitors to the garden and could talk for hours about his plans.

The garden doesn't meet his exacting standards but I am sure he would still approve of my efforts.

I am opening the garden this weekend 26th and 27th June 2-6pm. It is situated approx 3 miles south of Armagh just off the A29 Keady Road and will be signposted on the day.

Everyone welcome.

Rachel Rachel 23 June 2010 18:32:03

I'm very sorry for your loss. Unfortunately I can't make it to your open day but I'm sure it will be a great success and you will do your husband proud.

fran m fran m 23 June 2010 19:33:28

Sorry to hear such sad news, Hope all goes well for you on Saturday. I am sure you have done a great job, and you husband will be smiling down with total satisfaction.

MartinB MartinB 23 June 2010 19:35:21

Hope all goes well for you. Very sorry about your loss.

Clara Clara 23 June 2010 19:45:00

So sorry to hear your sad news and the best of luck on Saturday and Sunday it will be a great success  you have a beautiful garden.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 23 June 2010 19:49:58

Oh gosh. So sorry to hear about your husband. But you are definitely doing the right thing by opening. He will be watching you every step of the way. Best of luck with everything.

Doreen Doreen 23 June 2010 20:22:43

Really sorry to hear about your husband. Hope to make it to your opening. Living in Monaghan so your not far from me. Looking forward to it!!

rosburke rosburke 23 June 2010 21:03:53

Very sorry to hear about your loss. Best of luck for the weekend, I am sure Noel will be looking down proudly on you

Deborah Deborah 23 June 2010 22:33:49

Kathleen I am so sorry to hear about Noel. I remember him fondly, the way that he  helped us on our hunt for the hoblins that morning during breakfast. Such an awful terrible shame. I am glad that you are able to get some comfort from your garden, you know how much he would have liked to see that happen. Martin sends his best to you, he didn't recognise you from your garden.ie name. Take care. x

Fireside gardening

02 January 2010 13:54:59

It's not weather to do much outside. The pots in the tunnel are very dry at the moment but I'm afraid that if I water them I will put them at greater risk of frost damage. These are benchfuls of young plants facing their first winter in an unheated tunnel. Watch this space...

This time last year I was given 3 begonia tubers by Apple. I saw them growing in tubs on her patio the previous summer and they were a profusion of bright orangey red. I received the tubers around Christmas in a brown paper bag and didn't disturb them but left them on the dresser in the kitchen. In January buds started to appear and I cut them up carefully leaving a bud on each piece. I got 17 of my 3 tubers, they made good growth and I didn't lose one. I used them in large patio pots 4 to a pot I also put 3 round the base of dark leafed red flowered canna and they were a perfect match. Such good value plants they are worth looking after through the winter. They must be kept frost free; the hotpress is a good place. this year I have 17 plus I don't know haow many more from previously. They are all packed in paper bags warm and well in the cupboard beside the kitchen stove.


Jacinta D Jacinta D 02 January 2010 14:27:43

I have had beautiful begonias in pots here for the last 3 years. I have never lifted them, they always came back with as much gusto as previous years. But now with this really cold weather, I am wondering how they will fare off this year :( I wonder will I ever see them again.

Rachel Rachel 02 January 2010 14:40:04

Bramley, I have had the same thoughts about watering over the last while. I haven't dared water in the greenhouse the last while and everything's so dry. My begonias are int he greenhouse. They are in pots where the soil is completely dry and are covered with about three layers of plastic. The same for my acidanthera. I am hoping both will survive and I don't have a sad story to tell in spring. That's a great tip about cutting up the Begonia tubers.

Bramley Bramley 02 January 2010 14:44:45

Jacinta you are so lucky you don't live in the frozen north!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 02 January 2010 14:46:02

At the moment, Bramley, I live in the FROZEN EAST. Although I think there has been a bit of a thaw.

fran m fran m 02 January 2010 17:17:12

The only thing to do in this weather, enjoy.

Mairin Mairin 02 January 2010 22:39:30

Good idea about the begonia tubers.  I have an indoor boiler for the heating system and because of the way the kitchen is set out, I had to have 2 kitchen unit doors covering it even though it is just slightly bigger than one unit.  I should have tidied it out and put my cannas in there for the winter - bugger!

Periwinkle Periwinkle 20 April 2010 21:17:02

Just wondering how your plants in the unheated tunnel survived the terrible winter?

Periwinkle Periwinkle 20 April 2010 21:17:03

Just wondering how your plants in the unheated tunnel survived the terrible winter?

It's blooming cold!

01 January 2010 10:29:54

Happy new gardening year to everyone. I am still  taking notes but here is a quick run down of the blooms I have found in the garden so far today. As expected it is not as good as a normal year, at 10am it was -10C in the front garden.

The viburnum bodnantense, viburnum tinus, mahonia and lycesteria formosa are still flowering. The red flowers on the  parrotia persica have just appeared and the silver tassels of the garrya elliptica are glistening in the frost.

A few of the old roses are braving the cold but the blooms on the Graham Thomas are starting to look sad. This cold snap is taking its toal as the Graham Thomas usually flowers throughout the year.

At a lower level there are cyclamen, primulas, violas, heathers  and heliobores in bloom and the perennial wallflowers are still holding on.

The alstroemerias I lifted and moved to a sheltered position 2 weeks ago are still in full bloom. I'll split them and pot them up. They are a beautiful plant but it is usually the heavy wet soil that proves to be their undoing in my garden, and the drier spot seems to have done the trick.

There is still plenty of colour too from the berries and hips on shrubs and trees so there is some food there yet for the birds.

Myrtle Myrtle 01 January 2010 12:02:03

You certainlly have a good number there. I was wondering what plants I'm going to lose this winter as I have heavy soil too.

Clara Clara 01 January 2010 12:05:10

I have heavy soil also but we can replace them good excuse for a change ??

Cloncaw Cloncaw 01 January 2010 16:46:39

Good selection of plants in flower or with colour in your garden, here lots of plants badly affected by the winds and cold.

Periwinkle Periwinkle 01 January 2010 21:26:49

Paths too slippy to take pics today. But not much in bloom. Everlasting Wallflower, Rose Old Blush China, a bloom on a rambler, helleborus, Virburnum tinus, mahonia, cyclamen. Most colour from evergreens and varigated shrups and silvery buds on magnolia.

slim pickings

31 December 2009 21:52:22
I expect the flower count on this New Year's day will be well down on previous years as a result of this cold snap. There will still be a few brave souls peeping out to herald in the new year and I will take a headcount as usual. While I was looking around the garden today we had a skift of snow, I can't remember when we last had such a prolonged cold spell and it is bound to take its toal.
Mairin Mairin 31 December 2009 22:04:47

Yes, this cold spell has resulted in casualties in my garden already.  No sign of improvement either!

Rachel Rachel 31 December 2009 23:01:54

We may have some flowers here - no snow yet!

Cloncaw Cloncaw 01 January 2010 16:22:16

Beautiful birch, so cold here that a lot of plants look really sad frazelled with the winds and cold.

Blue Moon

31 December 2009 20:21:48
just a quick reminder, be sure to see the moon tonight and make your wishes as it's a Blue Moon. There won't be another Blue Moon to herald in a New Year for 19 years so don't miss this one!
fraoch fraoch 31 December 2009 20:23:36

Yes and also an eclipse but it may be over by now.

fran m fran m 31 December 2009 20:31:33

Did not know about either of those, I thought blue moons were only ever in spring and autumn, thanks for the info, never know what you learn on this site.

Rachel Rachel 31 December 2009 20:31:48

We get to make a wish - excellent!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 31 December 2009 20:39:27

You dont get to make a wish, Rachel, unless you have seen it. Ha ha. Only kidding. You can make a wish WHENEVER YOU WISH.!!!!!!!!!!!

Rachel Rachel 31 December 2009 20:41:45

We've all stood outside in the cold and wished for the things that Santy can't bring. Here's hoping. It might be the kind of moon you see once in a blue moon but it really wasn't very blue...

Jacinta D Jacinta D 31 December 2009 20:44:43

Maybe its our moods that are blue. Naaa not tonight. Things can only get better. HaPPY NEW YEAR, Bramley.

Mairin Mairin 31 December 2009 21:02:06

A sister texted me about it but I didn't understand the significance of it.  It was lovely.

AitAlainn AitAlainn 31 December 2009 21:32:38

Saw it earlier Bramley. It was great and the night was perfect - so clear. Last eclipse on New Years Eve was 350 years ago!


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