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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!


So long since I was on site!

24 July 2017 20:21:41

Havent been out for a while. Various demands on time that could not be avoided nor would i wish to avoid them, Kept me out of garden, But went out recently and redid the stones I mentioned in my last journal and reset them and trimmed a philadelphus which gave me room to plant a lovely (Glanbia) Rhodo Yakushima? I put an answering one a few yards further on where I had enlarged the steps near the acer Ozakazuki, Im very pleased with the way that path has now become a nice feature.And it follows on nicely from the path created at the bottom of the Scrub, I also dug out three roses that I continually manage to strim when working, I put them in a safer place so hope they grow-there's not a lot left of them but I took out a big rootball,

I also managed to paint my new obelisk-my last one! and its in place, Ian is to make me a little double gate for the scrub, I have Eileen's bed fairly cleared and have put in nine lupins and two big rhodos so at least its looking cleaner,When I finally get my new phone Ill be able to upload, In the meantime Ill use some old pics if you dont mind, Tomorrow I want to clean a border or two and rake some of the old leaves in the Scrub to help define my new paths.

Monty Don had 850 people at his talk in the Arboretum!!! at 25 Euro a head. No I wasnt there, I can get a very fine Rhodo for 25 Euro and can watch Monty on TV every Friday, I think Ill christen it Monty's Bush!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 24 July 2017 20:49:11

P. 'Katsura' is a great one, Peter. You'd do well purchasing a nice Rhodo for the same pricel

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 24 July 2017 23:35:50

Welcome back, Peter. Busy as always. We had a lovely weekend in Castletownbere with Anne P. a few weeks ago. We were at the Monty Don talk in the Arboretum on Friday and it was very enjoyable, even Paddy enjoyed it.  Are you going to any of the events this week in Carlow? I would like to go to Hardymount tomorrow to hear John Anderson.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 24 July 2017 23:37:19

Sounds like a busy time! I often hear you mention strimming - I have a pristine strimmer residing in my shed - I've made many attempts to thread it but the minute I try to use it the darned thread breaks!!!! 

JoanG JoanG 24 July 2017 23:45:46

Nice to hear you're keeping busy Peter.  Lovely photo of that path.

Jackie Jackie 25 July 2017 08:58:51

Great photos Peter and I really love that second photo. Lovely to see you are here again ! 

fraoch fraoch 25 July 2017 14:12:53

You've been doing loads of work as usual!Good to see you back on site.

Scrubber Scrubber 25 July 2017 22:04:37

Thank you Heather back on site and back on site if you take my meaning! Yes Jackie thats my favourite one too. Joan I see you like it as well! Hazel bring it into any repais place and get them to advise you. I used use my teeth to load mine until I got sense and asked. They will be glad to advise as you will be a customer and a strimmer is a terrific tool. Id be lost without it.Mary ye should have dropped in but then I was down in Waterford loading a skip! I liked hardymount when I visited it earlier in the year but have been so tied up last week I didnt get anywhere and doubt if I will this week either.Yes jacinta I have me eye on a glanbia one! and I have the place for it as well!!!!

A nice sandwich-and how clever is cherub lute!

10 July 2017 23:57:23

The sandwich is simply that I had a nice beginning and end to my work today. I went over to Ian with my little sketch of the gate I am hoping he will make and though I told him I would not mind if it was too awkward he said it could be done and seemed a lot surer about  how to go  about it than I was. Then at the end of the day Cherub Lute suggested I cut back the edge of a path to make it a more uniform width all along. There was a biggish stone at the end and he thought it could be easily set in a bit further. I thought so too but in shifting it I found another very suitable one underneath! Now how did he know that. I was able to make a little corner with the stones that ends (or starts) the path nicely and I spread the clay I dug out to even up the other side of the path.

Now they were the sandwich breads if you like but the filling was a lot of digging and clearing in Eileen's bed. In my innocence I thought it would be a day's work but a week's is the truth. A lot of digging out unprofitable stuff and I got in the three euonymuses and two rhodos so they filled a bit of space. Incidentally some day lillies I planted in the bog are about to bloom. I never thought they would.

Had a nice swim as well so a good day's work.

JoanG JoanG 11 July 2017 00:27:54

A good day's work indeed, lots done and it must have been warm work, so it's great you have a river to hand for cooling down!  

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 11 July 2017 01:06:41

I hope you will have better luck with your prostrate junipers - I've just pulled out three in the Buddha Garden because one of them died and the others were non too healthy! Looking forward to seeing this gate! I have to say Day Lilies are wonderful show-stoppers! in the Scrub they will be sensational!

fran m fran m 11 July 2017 09:38:22

Rumour has it that a VIP is on the way, glad to see your getting things spick and span.............. ;)

Scrubber Scrubber 12 July 2017 00:43:00

Joan I am a veritable dipper! especially when hot and dusty from weeding!. Hazel I do hope so! Three is a lot to lose. Its only a rumour Fran so I am not really worried-just as long as VIP maintains a judicious silence when confronted by Dandelions, Scutch and the occasional snaky bramble!!!

Good luck to Hazel tomorrow!

08 July 2017 21:30:49

Im nearly certain she is opening her garden for charity tomorrow. Every success.

Well I called into PC World and a very helpful young man managed to get the pictures from my phone to my laptop but when he tried again nothing happened so it seems as though I will have to upgrade my phone and then Im off again. I can however put up some phone pictures which I have not used so things aint too bad.

Spent a very tiring half day on Eileen’s bed lately. It had been neglected and ground elder was rife also a lot of straggly plants that I hadn’t the heart to uproot but this time I was ruthless!!! Am taking out anything that doesn’t really give a decent return. I have three big euonymus? And think they might give a bit of backbone to the bed and today I bought two large rhododendron in Glanbia which filled the boot! They were  gone over for this year so there was a bit off!-which was why I was able to have two! They are pink and early so should help to offset an over- abundance of yellow with the daffodils (Or easter bells as some nice German people down in a boat on the river informed me.) I ran them into Borris yesterday just to see the town and visit a pub-I didn’t join them as it was dinner time. But we were in Waterford last night and at the door when we came back was a box of very nice Lily Obrien chocolates with ‘Thank you for the taxi’ written on it. They had gone on upriver last night.

So the rhodos and euonymus might help to ground the bed. There are two more rhodos I have my eye on for my next visit!

Also my friend who makes my Obelisks has been asked to make me another! I just felt that theres a small step in the lower wall and if there were two obelisks they would enhance the step. So I shifted one closer to the other but now need to have one to replace that. Also Ian has offered me two gate posts .I already used one other to mark the end of a row of small roses-I was in danger of walking on and breaking them. They are lovely narrow square iron posts with a round ball on top and I visualise a tiny double gate hanging from them and framing a big step through hole in the wall. I kow its impossible to imagine without a photo. I find it hard to imagine myself! But Ian will know the best way to do it and it will be so beautiful down in the scrub that I cant wait! But Ill have to!

Such are the dreams of a very fallible gardener but often Nature gives us a little lift up and carries things to a higher level!  

This was the first cemetery mass since my Mam died (Last year) and my sister had organised the engraving on the stone, It was very simple and underneath the names was room for ‘Together may they rest in peace’ which was I though very beautiful. I did matching wreaths and will try to get them up to show you.In fact they were so matching I copied Dad's twice bymistake-sorry!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 08 July 2017 22:29:39

They are very beautiful Peter. I think whatever our age we miss our parents terribly when they go. I remember after my second parent died - my mother - when I was about 30 years old the thought came to me that I was now an Orphan - and I sat and cried for them both!

Scrubber Scrubber 09 July 2017 00:10:33

Thank you so much Hazel. I had them for a long time and am a fairly hairy orphan at present! But your mam and dad are your mam and dad no matter what age you are! Good luck tomorrow!

fran m fran m 09 July 2017 08:41:29

Very, very true, and well said Peter.

Best of luck Hazel, not in a position to travel today.

Moya Moya 10 July 2017 00:01:22

The wreaths are beautiful Peter and so it the message engraved on the stone.

You have been very busy Peter as usual and making improvements all the time. The obelisks and gate sound wonderful as indeed the new plants do.

Hazel, I hope your open day went well and you got better weather than we had today.

Scrubber Scrubber 10 July 2017 23:44:59

Many thanks Fran! Yes Moya busy as a bee. I hope the real thing matches the sound!

No up to date pictures yet

03 July 2017 21:42:53

The fact that I haven’t been on in a while doesn’t mean that Scrubber has been idle. No even today I was up at the crack, well a good bit after dawn! The weather was dry so I hared off down to the local metal yard-yes we have a very good one. I got some iron lengths and on the way home stopped at a convenient telephone pole! E.g. one that stood out a bit from the wall. I slipped a rod behind it and pretended to look like an Eir representative! Then I bent the rod-you need no strength to do this by the way. But I realised this didn’t give me a big enough ‘hoop’. On driving in the gate at home-no -through the gateway I noticed the pillar in the middle of the circle of walnut trees, Yes a bit bigger than the phone pole! I tried it. Perfect!

Next I stuck the rods into the lawn and was thus able to paint them very easily. While waiting for them to dry I scratched around the trees in the lawn and finished some mowing, hoping all the time the mower would hold out as it had recently cost me 70 euro for repairs,It did and I got the rest of the main lawn, the lower lawn and a lot of the Scrub done, Don’t worry, the Scrub is not prettified-just that the paths are a bit grassier. After lunch I went out and turned the rods upside down and painted the remaining six or seven inches. Then the rain came down heavily, But I had like Brodrick a ‘cunning plan’. Down into the Scrub again and cut and disposed of some large branches I had cleared a few days before.

Back up then and a beech at the edge of the lawn caught my attention-a branch hanging down that had died, That came out and then another and then another and then I was up into the tree-not very high though and sawing away goodoh! I think Cherub Lute was on a roll, When I had finished what had been a tangle of branches was now a shapely tree or so I like to think-Is there no end to the man’s conceit?

I only wish I had a camera-Have you seen the PRICES of cameras lately. But I could show you my shapely tree and you could judge- and the new paths and the roses and some reshaped beds and the day lilies and….. But I haven’t got one yet so that’s why I try to make up by describing what’s being done, even when it’s raining! Hope you are all also enjoying your gardens at this time.


accsean accsean 03 July 2017 21:56:10

Great descriptive journal, Scrubber. I'd say they based MacGyver on you.

Your Cat is beautiful and the image of our fellow who strayed into us about a year and a half ago. It took a long time to gain his trust but He is happy with us now, while maintaining the independence that I love about Cats.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 03 July 2017 22:13:21

A very energetic day.  I hope no-one say you pretending to be a Eir Rep.  No rain here this evening.

fraoch fraoch 03 July 2017 23:02:00

You don't really need photos, your descriptions are so vivid! Still it is nice to have them. Does your phone not take photos?

Moya Moya 04 July 2017 00:18:15

Scrubber, I wish I could hire you here for one day - you get so much done! I mosey round and am very slow indeed, also I could not do half the tasks you seem to be able to do - climbing and pruning trees, bending rods (well I can do this LOL), not to mention what you get up to with rocks!

Liztai Liztai 04 July 2017 00:55:56

Re Cameras - depends on what you regard as expensive - I see Argos have the Canon IXUS 177 with 20 megapixels for 102.99 Euros. I'm on my third IXUS now, and find them very good. They do much more than I'll ever need (Images average 4-7 Mb each) - and they get cheaper as the years go by - I think my first one was about 160 Euros.

Good luck with your purchase when you eventually buy. How you can bear to wait so long I'm at a loss to understand. For me the camera is a historical recorder as well as everything else.

Scrubber Scrubber 04 July 2017 15:56:01

Liz I regard EVERYTHING as expensive but I think I may buy a new phone and use the camera in it thus killing two birds with one stone. many thanks for your very impressive advice. Moya I dont ever tell you about the long breaks and the ability to ignore necessary but not inviting tasks! Thank you very much heather. There has been a long boring saga re my phone and laptop. I have a phone but its not compatible.No mary I just pretended but was not challenged! Tom Jones thans you Sean and compliments you on having impeccable taste!

fran m fran m 05 July 2017 13:42:06

Ahh, come on, just admit it and be done with it Peter, too much sitting around in the sun and swimming.........

hence no gardening!!!!!!

Scrubber Scrubber 06 July 2017 23:23:14

Oh cruel and cutting comment Fran and only half true!

fran m fran m 07 July 2017 09:02:03

Don't I just know it Peter. LOL

I feel bad about

24 June 2017 21:03:25

not having any photographs as Ive been told the camera is kaput. Does anyone know how I get photos from a Samsung Y I phone to the computer-Windows 10 on my new laptop. I have tried but failed. I plugged in to computer and to phone thinking it would suddenly work but no.

Am desperately trying to reclaim Eileen's bed as Ground elder has retaken it, I notice I lost about four good lupins  in the resulting jungle. But I have more. Was in Keoghs of New Ross today and got two beautiful almost bonzai'd juniper. They are a little pot bound but anywhere else would have cost about 12 to 15 euro each and I got them for 4,95 each. I am going to 'nestle' them in among the cobbles surrounding my small ball fountain on the patio. I hope it works.

The river is a touch cooler but still a joy to plunge into after working in the dust and heat. As I swam across I see the far bank has lots of lovely wild waterlillies-they look like troillus- yellow and ball shaped and the near bank has a beautiful white-o lord I forget the name-Normally tall and  ah eupotorium? Think it has a common name yes Joe pie weed. Normally pink. Theres a rock on the other side to which I can swim and perch and survey all the beauty around me. Im blessed.

I cleared the weeds back from a little smothered box hedge and it looked as though it had benefitted from the shade!

I also managed to cut down a big branch of the old fallen willow and that opens up the space a bit. Damn! I wish I had my camera!



Moya Moya 25 June 2017 02:57:34

I wish you had your camera too, or better still I wish I was there - it sounds so idyllic. Ground elder is a constant challenge but one I've got become accustomed to.

PCON PCON 25 June 2017 11:42:25

 Hi Peter , If you can download icloud on phone and laptop it will transfer photos both ways


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