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Scrubber's Garden

Many thanks to all the many people who have welcomed me to the garden club. I have only just realised that gardening can be very much an on your own task and there are so many good things that one can now share with other like-minded people, things that only a gardener appreciates, like for example seeing the first grey green tiny leaves of helenium nestling in the very bottom of the old withered stems. I know Ill have to wait until late summer but theres a joy in knowing they have overwintered. It was my first time planting them last year.

Went out today and settled in the two new pots. they were a bit too high so I set them into the earth. They are at the bottom of big cypress trees so the roots didnt help my positioning! I wondered about trimming off some of the lower branches to give a bit more air and space but would that be a desecration?

Will get in touch with everyone who kindly welcomed me but it will take time. Am really pleased to be part of the community!

Also decided to spend twenty minutes shaping up a quince that had become overgrown and had thorns going through it. An hour and a bit later, scratched, mauled and pierced, the battle was over. And battle it really was. There is a great show of red buds and though I had to sacrifice some there will be plenty left. The rabbits had made a very comfortable burrow behind it! Live and let live as long as they dont eat too much!


Drippy wet damp....

19 November 2017 23:00:42

Its a strange new wet world out there and lots of the leaves have been raked up. Scrubber put in over a hundred tulips recently so he is expecting a bit more colour next spring. He labelled where he put them which was as well because Tom Jones just loves newly raked earth in which to---well no need for detail-and when done she scrapes the earth back and often sends my labels spinning!

I did get that rock I mentioned into position. Quite easily in fact for it's size and named it after my cousin Billy who was very unwell. Billy died on saturday so his rock will always be a reminder of my childhood friend and playmate.It's part of a wall that I straightened a bit earlier on this year. The original is an old field wall butte back is higher than the front so there is a lovely broad edge which has loads of snowdrops in it and when I thin out the forget me nots I shall line it with them as well. It borders a new path and as I say once you do one thing it suggests another and things have a habit of coming together at this time of the year when they are more exposed.

A little box hedge put in about two or three years ago is now getting a bit more obvious. they were tiny when I started as i subdivided the plants into three!

I see I have that nasty coral spot on my walnut trees but I just cut away the infected branches and loads more come so here's hoping.

Still some raking to be done and lots of small branches to be cleared but as Tom Dooley said when I snagged my trousers climbing a gate into Sr Josephines convent orchard 'There's definitely an end in view' and then give him some nice cold frosty dry days and scrubber will be well pleased!


TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 19 November 2017 23:56:12

Sad to lose a childhood playmate but very fortuitous that you had created the memory of him in your garden!  The raking is a bit endless at this time of year isn't it! Don't tell anyone but the latest project shold be unveiled by the end of the week provided there are at least some breaks in the weather LOL

Jackie Jackie 20 November 2017 19:27:26

So sorry to hear of your sad loss of your dear friend and what a lovely memory to have in your garden too. Since the removal of the big tree outside my house at the front,  it has made a huge difference regarding the falling leaves. The back garden, well thats a different story!

Boring but necessary.

06 November 2017 20:27:15

All Scrubber is doing at present is raking and piling leaves and putting them into the tarpaulin which is then lugged down to the bottom of the Scrub. same old same old. But today was dry and the leaves were quite crisp and light so even though it was monotonous there's now a huge pile of beech leaves that will turn into lovely compost. And snowdrops cant be too far away. I saw little tips of snowdrops and daffodils when I cleared deep drifts of leaves and there's definitely one white hellebore is well into bud. There was also a rock-there always is- but Scrubber decided to leave it until he had more help. You see I do listen! My laptop has given up the ghost so cant do new photos. Pity because the ozakasuki is a blaze of scarlet.NOW I cant even get up my old photos. Please bear with me.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 07 November 2017 08:37:25

I did notice snowdrops as well when clearing the flower beds during the week. Just that time of year for collecting leaves. Horribel job. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 07 November 2017 19:15:59

Clearing beds and leaves is more than I'm getting done right now. And I need to give the grass at least one more cut this coming weekend so I can let the snowdrops come up unhindered. Then there will be a ban on the lawnmower until after they have flowered. 


fraoch fraoch 07 November 2017 19:27:00

Yes, it's great to see the bulbs poking up.

JoanG JoanG 07 November 2017 21:01:55

All that lovely leafmould will be worth the hard hauling Peter.  I have to go down the road in search of leaves for bagging, as there are not enough in the garden.  Heaven knows what the neighbours think of me! 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 08 November 2017 15:27:34

Those little bulbs peeping through are a real sign of hope! My Helebore Niger has been flowering for weeks - very confused plant!

After seven long hours today

28 October 2017 22:35:17

Scrubber is quite exhausted. My good friend Jim cam over to help me clear the dead trees after the storm. Its easy enough to cut them down but the amount of twigs boughs leaves pine needles----that's the hard job. Also making the decision to cut or not to cut-there are a few now big gaps. But by six we had the place a bit back in order though it will take me many days more.

The other day i cleared the path down to the scrub and that cleaned up very well. And I also managed to add six to eight inches in height to a giant boulder by sloping in the ground towards it. So I was happy with that.I also put in four hellebores in Eileen's flowerbed and four dwarf salvias in the long border. I do seem to have put in a lot of plants for next year.

The guelder roses I put in were a success and the leaves are a colourful pink! Next year I hope to have lots more of the lovely red berries.

Glad tomorrow is Sunday. I shall just take a walk around the cleaned up areas and relax. Sorry I cant put up new pictures. the autumn colours are stunning but my 'new' laptop is banjaxed and this old one is not up to it so I can only put up old ones.

Jackie Jackie 29 October 2017 08:35:53

It sounds like you got lots done and I'm sure it's looking amazing. Today you have an extra hour to rest and relax. Looks like a nice day too. So go and enjoy that beautiful garden :) 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 29 October 2017 08:56:21

You have the whole winter to clear away all the debris after the storm. We did not have too much damage, but were without power until last Saturday(21st). A lot of damage from trees falling on to the road and for a few days we were unable to get into town. The first of the snowdrops are up and should be flowering before Christmas. Hope you saw Gardener's World on Friday as they had a feature on snowdrops.

fraoch fraoch 29 October 2017 09:47:17

Have a good relax today, you definitely deserve it. Sorry to hear you had so much damage from the storms, but take it easy clearing it away,, you don't want to damage yourself!

Dick Dick 29 October 2017 12:37:38

A time when you have plenty of work in cleaning up. Quite a lot of leaves lying around the place, plenty of work to do and I know that you will have the place spick and span before long.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 29 October 2017 19:52:46

Yes, its definitely the small branches and leaves that take most time to sort! I can;t get down some of my paths for leaves but they will have to wait for a bit!

Scrubber Scrubber 01 November 2017 22:08:50

Know the feeling Hazel!!! Oh Dick you have such faith in me! Of course not heather. Did I ever? Good Lord Mary. Hope the fridge was full! So many trees on your road of course.I only now seethe power cut bit. Hope the fridge wasnt too full!!!! Amazing Jackie? strange-unusual, different, a bit nekid!

Oh dear oh dear oh dear!

18 October 2017 21:59:05

Did you see that nursery on the news where all the lovely trees were smashed by Ophelia. My heart went out to them as they were devastated. It made my own situation a lot less important. The scrub got an unmerciful battering. Atree on the main lawn that blew down a few years ago and that I propped up and later removed the prop, stayed upright. But down in the scrub there was a lot of damage three trees smashed, big branches down and one of them was the support for a wonderful thirty year old rose alberic barbier whose stem is wrist thick so I dont know what todo withthat. But having cleared up all the debris on the lawns six tarpaulins!and indulged in a little rock therapy-three stones moved about five inches each-I relaxed. When i take out the trees and branches or rather get them taken out- there will be opportunities for planting! And luckily one tree came down but missed the new terraces that I did recently. So that tree nursery story got my priorities right.

Not able to put up pictures till I get my laptop back.Ill leave it to your imaginations and hope nobody else had severe damage.

Dick Dick 19 October 2017 12:23:49

Sorry to read about the damage done in your garden Peter. Living only 20 miles away, there was little or no damage done in my garden. The greenhouse came our without a hitch even though one pane had been affected a few years ago and stuck with Ducktape. Like you I felt pitiful for the people in Co Tipperary  with such trees lost with the storm and they cannot be replaced over night.

PeterW PeterW 19 October 2017 16:46:23

Sorry to hear of the damage Peter, it was a dreadful storm and glad yours is minimal and hopefully easily tidied up and as you say oppurtunities for new planting. No damage here but lots of trees down around the surrounding areas. Such a pity about the nursery when it is their bread and butter.

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 19 October 2017 21:26:02

Yes it was grim and hope Brian is not too bad. Also hope you escape the floods which are a major worry down in Cork.

fraoch fraoch 20 October 2017 13:26:40

Sorry to hear about that, Peter , but glad it wasn't worse.

MargieD MargieD 20 October 2017 17:53:37

Sorry to read that you had damage done by Ophelia, Peter.  Hopefully the worst of if is now behind you and its great that you are already planning what to fill the voids with.  That rose sounds beautiful and with a strong stem that thick, it might survive the bashing it got. It might even do better than ever next year.

Keep safe during Storm Brian.


Scrubber Scrubber 20 October 2017 21:26:03

Thanks margie I may leave the stump of the tree. Id hate to lose it. Got it in Butterstream hundreds of years ago. Thank you heather so amI! Im high up enough Elizabeth to escape floods. Yes Peter so glad you escaped.And Dick the wind must have swerved!Glad to hear you got off!

Scrubber Scrubber 20 October 2017 21:26:05

Thanks margie I may leave the stump of the tree. Id hate to lose it. Got it in Butterstream hundreds of years ago. Thank you heather so amI! Im high up enough Elizabeth to escape floods. Yes Peter so glad you escaped.And Dick the wind must have swerved!Glad to hear you got off!

Fleurette Fleurette 21 October 2017 14:39:11

So sorry to read about all the damage, Peter.  We really got off scotfree.  Well almost.  No worse than what we are used to.  

Interesting to see you mention Butterstream.  It seems such a long time ago, doesn’t it?  

Scrubber Scrubber 28 October 2017 22:22:34

Yes indeed it musy be well over thirty years margot. It was magic as I knew very little about gardens then (and now!)

Autumn all around us

15 October 2017 15:07:34

Gorgeous colour from maples and viburnum and beech. Very busy yesterday. Decided that the new juniper was slightly smaller at the end of the line of five so I swapped it for another and put the taller at the end. That gave me a better line. Then  I planted five small pieris-four varieties- along a path in the scrub and I divided up the asters into 15 pieces and put them into Eileens bed and in the long border. Monty advised doing them in clumps like this. Then back and dug around the circle  of box and relaid the veryy narrow turves on the surface of one of the terraces. I also hauled up two wheelbarrow loads of clay and gunk from the drain excavation and spread that along the terrace to even it up. Its still very raw but I know it will settle and become grassy and the old concrete box is gone so the view from above is immeasurably improved. 

Sorry i cant show pics of same but will do when i get my laptop back. Meantime it looks  as though its batten down the hatches for Monday! I might get the study tidied!

Dick Dick 15 October 2017 16:40:06

Great work , Peter. To morrow with the storm, its a chance to get something done in the house.

Scrubber Scrubber 16 October 2017 13:33:35

Thank you Dick-as i write the storm is pretty bad. ihave half a tree down.

MargieD MargieD 16 October 2017 21:19:39

Peter that was a great weekends work you did. I had been proud of clearing a bed full of Comfrey until I read your post. It was a job i'd been putting off for ages. But now I've a pillow case of comfrey leaves in a water butt hopefully making a brew for next year!

The line of Pieris will be a sight as you go along that pathway. It is a lovely plant, especially when new growth starts and you get a mixture of colours on it.

Hope you got the study sorted today and no storm damage was done to your garden.


PeterW PeterW 17 October 2017 22:54:43

Great work Peter and lovely hellebore in the pic


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