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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!



19 March 2017 00:01:00

Just to say Lidle has got in a lot of nice stuff. Got a good biggish magnolia stellata for a tenner! There were two sorts and nice big rhodos for thirteen euro. Id say they will be snapped up soon so if you are near a Lidle...

fran m fran m 19 March 2017 09:24:08

Lovely photo Peter.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 19 March 2017 09:34:39

Great autumn colour in that photo. I'll be in Lidl today, so thanks for the heads up, Peter.

Dick Dick 19 March 2017 19:22:02

I have two Magnolia stellata in my garden for a few years. One is getting bigger and better every year. The other is not doing well. Your picture is really good.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 19 March 2017 19:30:25

Saw the magnolias and rhododendrons, very good value. Plants were very dry, but if kept watered over the Spring/Summer the will do really good. They will look great planted under the trees.

Deckyoshea Deckyoshea 19 March 2017 19:31:34

Don't tempt me .. go magnolia require acidic so though ? 

Scrubber Scrubber 19 March 2017 23:29:04

My soil is acidic, I think it helps, Dec. Yes Mary was sorry I had exceeded my budget before I saw them!Otherwise Id have spent and spent! Wonder is it a question of soil Dick? Or are they stellata and soulangea? You are so welcome jacinta. Thanks Fran-had used all the others in the photo journal so had to go back a bit!

Scrubber Scrubber 19 March 2017 23:29:06

My soil is acidic, I think it helps, Dec. Yes Mary was sorry I had exceeded my budget before I saw them!Otherwise Id have spent and spent! Wonder is it a question of soil Dick? Or are they stellata and soulangea? You are so welcome jacinta. Thanks Fran-had used all the others in the photo journal so had to go back a bit!

Jackie Jackie 20 March 2017 07:28:28

Thanks Peter! I did see them but resisted..........just!!

Dec my soil is not acidic and I have two Magnolia growing here. M'stellata' is in flower at the moment too. 

I promised to put up some pictures

17 March 2017 21:16:01

And if I can manage it ill do an album but these few are to explain my previous journal-the levelling beside  Katie's path. Have an amount of plants to get in-maybe tomorrow-two very nice  (cheap) small conifers, three hebes, a heather, alstromerias and loads ofmichaelmas daisies (again very cheap-looked very shook but all now revealing green shoots, oh and two Nandinas that need a bit of cosseting, The magnolia soulangea seems in bloom very early. Hope frosts dont come,

Jacinta D Jacinta D 17 March 2017 21:21:12

Is that third photo a member of the Lysichiton family?

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 17 March 2017 21:29:17

I think so Jacinta. Peter, you never told us about that. Very choice plant.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 17 March 2017 22:12:14

Peter, lovely album. I love the combination of the Pittosporum and the white daffodils. I also see you have Lysichiton americanus. How did the Lily of the Valley do for you? I have just noticed ours is starting into growth.

Scrubber Scrubber 17 March 2017 23:10:18

Yes Jacinta its Lysichiton camschatcense ok I had to look up the spelling! Ive had four plants for about thirty years. I think I have lost one. Every year i wait hopefully. They dont spread at all but the yellow one-much bigger doesnt spread either here. I think in Kerry it can be a problem? Glad you like the album mary. It probably wasnt ever out when ye were visiting. If the americanus were out you'd surely have smelled it! Not called skunk cabbage for nothing!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 17 March 2017 23:19:29

The yellow one seeds with us, could see it being a problem. I agree Peter about the smell. Paddy use to think that there was something wrong with the septic tank when it flowered.

Scrubber Scrubber 17 March 2017 23:22:12

I could understand that Mary. Of course our drains would be different!!!!!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 17 March 2017 23:38:52

Very, very different, Peter.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 18 March 2017 01:27:59

Classic view of the Scrub is definitely my favourite picture from your album!

Jackie Jackie 18 March 2017 08:25:57

Wow Peter what a great album. My goodness that bog is very boggy. Will that dry out completely?  You have such great views of this fantastic garden and the photos really do show it off. Gorgeous. 

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 18 March 2017 10:23:08

Looking great so much colour and such a diversity of plants all adding their character to the Scrub. What birds live there?

fraoch fraoch 18 March 2017 13:46:43

Terrific photos, Peter, and I love the way you have put captions with them all.

Mary B Mary B 18 March 2017 16:03:40

Super album, thank-you :)

Myrtle Myrtle 18 March 2017 18:29:49

You have a lot of nice plants in your scrub now,  your boggy area certainly looks wet!

Scrubber Scrubber 18 March 2017 23:15:00

Yes Myrtle my bottoms have been favourable commented on once or twice!Thank you Mary B! Sure Heather, Scrubber cant ever shut up! Elizabeth apart from the ones who come to visit me from Cork and Laoisand Waterford......pheasant, thrush, wren, robin, dunnock, swallows (on river), bats, tree creepers, blackbirds, blue tits, longtailed tits,(flying teaspoons), magpies...all watched carefully by Tom Jones! Jackie it does dry up very well in Summer-we have had a lot of rain lately so it looks worse than it is. Yes Hazel thats one of my favourite viewing spots as well!

Fleurette Fleurette 18 March 2017 23:47:07

There is nothing new for me to add.  It has all been said: fabulous pictures of an amazing garden that is becoming more and more intriguing.  

Scrubber Scrubber 18 March 2017 23:52:45

Merci Fleurette. tu es comme d'habitude toujours gentille!Excuse the bog French!

Funny that!

13 March 2017 22:45:22

Yesterday i was walking along the wood path and looked down on the one below, Katies path! It is bordered by three or four larger rocks and then smaller ones. There is a slight slope down into the boggy area. I think I distinctly heard a whisper but Cherub Lute said he wasn't in the vicinity. It sounded like him though and he has been so instrumental in creating the Bottoms, maybe it was just one of his many thoughts lingering in the air. 'If you levelled out that tiny slope it might make the edging rocks more imortant and then the tree might stand out more and the steps might be more pronounced...just a suggestion..' so Scrubber was down digging out soft black peaty soil and raking it and levelling and it did look well or at least better. Funny how a little thing just works. The path is better, the edge is better, the link to the boggy bit is better.

Then back to real work-trying to root out all the debris under the prickly ivy smothered base of the berberis , The border will be all the better for it but its dirty tangly work. I also had earlier trimmed the stipa gigantea-with a scissors! so I also had to tease out all that hay!!

I have a lot of plants to get in but have to get the border weeded first. So I was glad I took the time off earlier to follow that mysterious suggestion! Will put up the photographs of the work tomorrow night.

JoanG JoanG 13 March 2017 22:55:18

Another productive day, Peter, and great to have a whispering Cherub for inspiration!

Scrubber Scrubber 13 March 2017 22:58:38

Oh Joan where would I be without him and of course previously Cherub himself. Many thanks.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 14 March 2017 06:56:08

Great to come on 'soft black peaty soil'. I wish I could find some of that for a little project I am planting up. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 14 March 2017 07:42:28

It all sounds great, Peter.

Jackie Jackie 14 March 2017 07:59:35

I love how you speak about your garden. It has such mystery about it and you uncovering rocks here and there and I'm sure many other hidden treasures. And it comes across just how much you love it too. :) 

fraoch fraoch 14 March 2017 13:38:16

As usual you have done a huge amount. I don't envy you working round Berberis, it scratches you when you least expect it, like when you think you've finished and start to stand up!

PeterW PeterW 14 March 2017 21:56:36

Sounds like the mysterious suggestion was worth it.

Scrubber Scrubber 15 March 2017 00:39:09

Yes Peter it was! Heather berberis is a right b....... (beautiful? bold? belligerent?,,,) Jackie the real mystery is how there's always something else to engage one's full attention. Will those Cherubs ever give up? Thank you a lovely compliment. But Jacinta is it all sounds and little substance? Mary when one puts a foot wrong and the soft black peaty soil turns into a schlurping wet boghole and overflows the welly its not quite as inviting!Looking forward to viewing the new scheme.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 16 March 2017 22:06:11

Isn't it awful how those mundane tasks prevent us from doing the bit we REALLY enjoy!

Scrubber Scrubber 17 March 2017 21:04:34

'Zactly Hazel but when they are done one feels so SMUG!

Back again in garden

11 March 2017 20:32:55

 Scrub Denizens were watching Mr scrubber very carefully today as he has had a gammy hip for a while. X ray showed its just a gammy hip and does not need replacing for which Scrubber was so grateful. Held up well today so that is the last you will hear of it.

It was a wet morning but the day turned and I was able to plant up a little area with a new pieris-I had six of them- and I put them in for Joshua as I remember the day he came with rachel to visit my garden, a lovely quiet earnest eleven year old. I will always remember him when I see them.

After that I went to my long border and started at the back, edging and clearing and putting the extra forget me nots down in the Scrub. I used a saw-real one-to divide a big clump of that grassy flower-libertia? and reset  them .

Then took the snowdrops out of the urns and set them in the side border and of course that necessitated cleaning it up sufficiently to do so.I noticed a thirty year old Buddleia was almost dead so that will have to come out but it has given huge service.

So grateful to be out again. Spring was defiitely in the air if not quite in my step.And the Magnolia seem to be coming very early this year. Now that I think of it I bought a magnolia....oh no I remember-It was a present for a dear friend-for a minute there I wondered where I had put it!!!!Senior phases rather than moments!!!




Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 11 March 2017 20:58:07

Glad to hear that the hip is still in working order. Always sad to see the end of the snowdrops, but when you are dividing you know that they will be more next year. 

Dick Dick 11 March 2017 20:58:54

Great work, Peter. Great weather here too. It will be getting warmer by next week. Sad about Joshua.

Scrubber Scrubber 11 March 2017 21:23:12

Yes Mary and every year seems to come round a bit quicker these days.! Thanks Dick. Looking forward to that warmer weather! Yes unbearably so.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 11 March 2017 21:30:28

Hip Hip Hooray! So glad it doesn't need replacing. We had a very drizzly day here in Dublin. But the sun did manage to shine for 5 minutes.

fran m fran m 11 March 2017 21:55:06

Glad you had a good day Peter.

PCON PCON 11 March 2017 22:28:48

Hi Peter. Still working away. That gammy hip needs replacing when you feel you can't put up with it any more. Not when the X-Ray says so. Glad it has not reached that stage, and hope it never does, but it is nice to know it can be done if it ever becomes necessary. Don't test it too much with those rocks. Best of luck. 

Jackie Jackie 12 March 2017 08:50:53

Peter that is great news that the hip is holding up but do be careful. The photos are lovely anf the mass of Snowdroos are terrific. Maybe some day my clumps will be as big! it was a lovely day here, can't believe it was drizzly with you Jacinta, but as my son is home I didn't get time to get out to the garden, so hoping today I will  for a while ;) 

Geranimojess Geranimojess 12 March 2017 11:37:11

That was a nice gesture with the Pieris I'm sure he will be looking down on them...as PCON says dont wait for the X-Rays to tell you, I made the mistake of waiting and I'm paying for it now but thankfully I can still get around be it on a Stick...

I love the Steps leading down to "I wonder whats around that Corner"I always loved the Mystery of exploring Moss covered Rocks / Trees and feeling / smelling the dampness and finding new Plants...maybe the Sun will shine on you as well...Cheers...

Scrubber Scrubber 12 March 2017 15:52:44

Many thanks Geranimojess. Ill follow PCON's advice and at present I'm doing well. That last bit re moss etc. was sheer poetry! Jackie the snowdrops do bulk up quickly esp. if divided. I try to do as many as I can before the leaves disappear.PCON thank you so much for the good advice. I have lately revised my rockability programme! Ask for help my new mantra!Thank you Fran. Hope all is on course ! Jacinta never thought of Hip hip like that before!Nice one!

Geranimojess Geranimojess 12 March 2017 16:38:52

A Colleague I worked with many Moons ago never got on with the Boss and was constantly up in front of him...on one occasion the Boss had to go into Hospital for a double Hip replacement , following the Operation, the next Morning at Tea break they were talking about the Boss when this Colleague stood up and said,"Lets have 2 Cheers for Mr Cullen...Hip Hip Hurray...Hip Hip Hurray"...now he can't say I wasn't thinking about him...

He was still at the Company 3 yrs later when I was Transferred...

Scrubber Scrubber 12 March 2017 21:16:35

Perhaps he was driven to it! Some bosses need a hip others need a heart! Really enjoyed that!

PeterW PeterW 12 March 2017 21:44:44

A lovely gesture with the pieres Peter and sounds like you had a great days work in the garden.

Scrubber Scrubber 13 March 2017 22:25:15

Thanks Peter. It will remind me of a time when a lovely quiet earnest eleven year old visited.

Re my last photo album, all sixty pics!!!

22 February 2017 20:15:03

Its been a wet day but the soaking will be great for the little beech hedge surrounding the Pwincesses seat and the two azaleas that went in yesterday. It has also washed Hazel's rock clean and it looks so well,. And I got the time to label all sixty photos in the album I set up last night. So if anybody wants to recap on them ....

next I have so many beds to clean it will take me till Christmas! Got a nice size apricot Prunus (not americanus but something like that) for 10 euro in Arboretum. We were buying a present for a dear friend's birthday Magnolia L Messel and when I put the tenner with it I got a fine new handfork for nothing. a really nice one. Whats not to like!


Moya Moya 22 February 2017 22:52:15

Wow, you're a great man for the bargains! I can't believe you labeled all 60 photos - must go and have a look. That's a beauty of a Hellebore.

Scrubber Scrubber 22 February 2017 22:56:25

Im areal good labeller Moya!Hope you like the photos.

Moya Moya 22 February 2017 22:58:30

I said WOW! about 20 times as I went through them...you can see that I have a very well developed vocabulary. LOL

Fleurette Fleurette 22 February 2017 23:04:09

Snowdrops, the heralds of Spring, in such huge numbers and over such a vast expanse, along with the crocuses, the naturalising daffodils,etc etc.,  the paths and the rocks, the tracery of the taller plants and the ferns, all join up to give the Scrub a truly mystical feel.  No wonder its inhabitants love it.  They are strangely quiet these days.  Are they overcome with awe?

M. Scrubberr, you are a magnificent custodian!  

Jackie Jackie 23 February 2017 07:59:57

Peter I've just looked through your album and all I can say is , you have definitely created a piece of heaven in your garden. It's just amazing. Wonderful areas, woodland, lawn, bottoms, it goes on and on and on. The amount of Snowdrops is incredible. You have it looking magnificent. I love it!! 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 23 February 2017 09:00:25

Peter, your snowdrops are amazing this year. Your dividing of them are an inspiration to us all to do the same. Love the idea of the hedge behind the Pwincesses Chair. I am sure your friend was very pleased with the magnolia.

accsean accsean 23 February 2017 10:33:38

Splendid album, Scrubber. I love when there are notes with photos. What are the Azaleas you added to the garden?

'Over the edge' is like a scene from 'Lord of the rings', delightful.

Mary B Mary B 23 February 2017 14:29:14

The Scrub is beyond beautiful. Thank you for labelling all sixty photos, it brings the album totally to life!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 23 February 2017 23:20:05

That was some task labelling all those photos! Does the "bottoms" not get too waterlogged to go down this time of year? Have I got the geography right that the bottoms are down beside the river?

Scrubber Scrubber 23 February 2017 23:31:32

Hazel as always you are right. My bottoms though wet are not saturated and the squelchy path runs through it. I can walk most parts. MaryB I loved your alliteration!May I use it please? Sean my house is named Lothlorien!!!(The azaleas were two a florist gave me-they were totally dried out. I think they are indoor butI have chanced them! He was thrilled Mary (Leonard Messel) I am hugely amused at being an inspiration to you and others!!!Sr Josephine would be so proud. And astonished! Thank you so much Jackie so do I. Margot sometimes they do go quiet and contemplate the coming of Spring but they will soon break the spell! Moya Wow is more than adequate I find to express the deepest sentiments. I often think wow listening to Beethoven or mahler or Justin Bieber!


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