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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!


God bless Mr Sweeney!

07 February 2018 19:52:29

The owner of the garden centre in new Ross. I brought in the spade and he has promised me a replacement within a week or two. I bought some lovely hellebores niger very healthy and very reasonable and when I came home I learned a dear friend's  had died. The hellebores made a lovely sympathy gift and nicer than a wreath as my friend is also a gardener. She has planted a tree for her mother and the hellebores are to go under it. I can aways get some more.

I have one or two unusual snowdrops -mostly from Paddy and Mary and Lady Gardener. But one I got from Robert Miller as a present was Drummond's Giant. As you probably know this is a carlow snowdrop. Statia O Neill of Ballon noticed six in a box in Drummonds Seeds in Carlow and realised they were special. She and corona North propogated them. They are quite large and the leaves are more like tulip leaves. I got the one bulb about twenty years  and I now have about ten! I will try to put up a picture of them.

Otherwise not a lot done. I am scuffling around in the flower beds and retrieving the odd lost soul ie a Salvia hot lips that had all but disappeared and other such like. Has anyone a foolproof method of removing three cornered leek. The Scrub is infected. Its a pretty flower but all encroachin and Im strimming it in the hope of weakening it???

JoanG JoanG 07 February 2018 21:18:15

Good news about your spade; it's so frustrating to be without a favourite garden tool.  Sounds like a garden centre that really values its customers (or perhaps your charm won them over?)  Love the unusual snowdrops but I'm afraid I'm no help on the wild garlic ... just relieved it's a problem I don't have here.  

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 08 February 2018 00:45:24

Javinta has been trying to keep back the tide of  wild garlicgarlic from her next-door neighbour for years without much success . If you find a cure be sure to share your wisdom;

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 08 February 2018 07:56:42

Delighted to hear that Sweeneys replaced the fork. Galanthus 'Drummond's Giant' is a good strong snowdrop and will divide well for you. I think you should try and live with the wild garlic and the strimming should stop it from seeding. Best wishes to Anna.

Had only an hour today so did a bit

30 January 2018 18:02:33

on Ann's border, named after my sister. Mostly uprooting creeping buttercup and an abundance of forget me not. The snowdrops stand out more now so I was pleased with the little I got done. But I also marvellous to relate managed to upload some pictures. Some days it works others it doesn't. Hope you like them

Jacinta D Jacinta D 30 January 2018 18:47:02

Are you sure you weren't digging rocks with that spade?  LOL.   It looks like there was a definite flaw in its production.

Lovely photos, Peter.

MargieD MargieD 30 January 2018 22:11:32

Isn't it great to get out for any lenght of time in January. Even an hour makes a difference.

That spade looks like it was in a battle. What did you hit with it? hehe Unusual place for it to break. 

I love the Pittosporum Peter, lovely photos.

Isn't this time of year uplifting and full of hope? The evenings are slowly stretching too.

Hopefully this snow warning they're giving tonight and tomorrow bypasses us. 


Jackie Jackie 31 January 2018 07:36:17

Oh wow I just love Felicia's way......and those rocks!!! fabulous......you have that area looking fantastic. And those rocks....you must be in your element ;)

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 31 January 2018 13:53:50

All that work you are doing no wonder the spade broke. Garden is looking gorgeous.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 01 February 2018 00:14:19

Lovely photos! my sympathies on the spade!

ladygardener ladygardener 01 February 2018 09:11:43

I am willing to share my border with your sister, it's looking well :-)


Scrubber Scrubber 07 February 2018 19:21:59

Anne you already have a nook and a crinoline walk! Which are also looking well! But Hazel Im getting  a new one gratis! Mary I only put the blade into earth and it snapped! Yes Jackie I thank the men who long ago laid down  that huge wall. All I did was tidy it slightly. Margie and Jacinta I WASNT at rocks. As I said to  mary I just levered clay and it suddenly snapped. God bless Ed Sweeney as he is to get it replaced free gratis!

Impulsive, Mr.Scrubber....? and disaster averted

29 January 2018 21:13:29

Scrubber had noticed that his early daffodils about which he used well not quite crow! But he certainly used celebrate their early arrival. They arrived in January. But this year many didnt arrive at all. They had gone 'blind'. Scrubber looked up the advice and was advised to wait until the leaves died back and then separate. He reasoned that if they were going to do anything it wouldnt make much difference if they were done in the green!!!! If they dont come back Ill plant new bulbs. BUT when I dug them up they were small and very closely packed . I got a lot out of them so if lucky they will be beautiful next January  and early as wel!!!!

The disaster? well when digging holes for the newly separated bulbs the blade of my  lovely small spade bought about two years ago suddenly snapped across. Scrubber said 'Tut' tut but then got a brilliant idea. He rang Ed Sweeney of Sweeneys garden centre New Ross where he bought it and Ed could not have been more helpful. He thinks I should get a replacement as the company is reputable. So if I do I might be tempted to get a small border fork.... Luckily I have some nice Christmas vouchers..... But wasn't that very nice of him. 

Got some lovely photos but cant download them so ill use the most recent ones

Jacinta D Jacinta D 30 January 2018 08:13:45

Good customer service.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 30 January 2018 09:04:52

Peter, the photos of the snowdrops are gorgeous. The daffodils should settle down well with plenty of moisture in the soil and temperatures rising. Well done to Sweeney's Garden Centre.

Dick Dick 30 January 2018 16:40:05

The snowdrops are great, especially when others are not to be seen.


Scrubber Scrubber 30 January 2018 17:46:34

Very, Jacinta! Yes Dick my hellebores are takingtheir time! Thanks Mary that's encouraging. never realised you were afraid of anything!! (Elizabeth's journal re mice)

Scrubber Scrubber 30 January 2018 17:46:35

Very, Jacinta! Yes Dick my hellebores are takingtheir time! Thanks Mary that's encouraging. never realised you were afraid of anything!! (Elizabeth's journal re mice)

Jackie Jackie 31 January 2018 07:30:58

Now THAT is good Customer Service indeed. And what a lovely way to spend those Christmas vouchers too. :) I love the photo of the snowdrops too

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 31 January 2018 14:04:09

Peter, when I was a teenager we had a mouse in the house and I moved out and lived with my cousin for a week or so until my mother got in Rentokil. 

How little but how rewarding

24 January 2018 21:27:04

I came in after an afternoon's gardening and was surprised at how little I had done but it was a lovely day, bright and not cold and snowdrops were up im bunches. All I did was collect a lot of leaves blown around the yard and some twigs that had been blown down and cleaned out a shore. Then I wed around the quern which is a small square about a foot wide and the circle of box around a variegated dogwood in the lower lawn. That was all but it filled my time. Just as dusk arrived Anna and her friend arrived back from tea and each had four lovely yellow primula for me. I got them in on the rockery just before dark. I also took some photographs and with a deal of bother got them onto my laptop so I hope i can transfer them to the journal.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 24 January 2018 21:58:00

And that was you doing LITTLE?  I don't think so, Peter. Love your garden, it has such a natural look.

JoanG JoanG 24 January 2018 22:25:12

Yes, that's plenty for an afternoon; lovely photos Peter, your snowdrops are such a pleasing sight. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 25 January 2018 00:13:02

Those "clumps" are coming along nicely! I'm determined to remember to divide mine this year!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 26 January 2018 11:33:32

I think that was a good days work, Peter. The snowdrops are looking great and will only get better in the next few weeks. You have one of the best snowdrop gardens I know and it is a credit to you that you have divided them over the years. Enjoy.

Scrubber Scrubber 29 January 2018 20:47:15

Mary coming from a family of galantophiles like yourself -an' hisself that means a lot! Good for you Hazel-its a nice job and very satisfying. Thank you Joan.Natural is my middle name Jacinta!!!

Wasnt it funny the way Mr.Scrubber

18 January 2018 20:59:29

went out to do one thing and ended up doing something completely different' Said cherub cymbals to no one in particular. 'Humph!' from G Nome. 'I dont find it funny or strange. Mr Scrubber is always doing that as far as I can see. 'If you ashk me'interjected Micilin Dee 'I think personally that Mr Scrubber is always open to differnt poshibbitlies and thash in my opinion ish commendable'.

'Well said Cherub Lute, (who had put on a little moss over the christmas) I think he intended to plant the forgetme nots he uprooted yesterday but having read Mr. Dicks last account of pruning roses he attempted to prune one. And that led to the next...

And indeed it did because Scrubber thought he could do the job in half an hour not realising he had a few more roses than he realised and some of the wilder small flowered ones had thrived! He absedmindedly began counting as he snipped and was amazed to hear figures like 78 and 92 snips to be made on single bushes. He has either massacred next years crop of roses or primed his garden for a wonderful display.

Near the roses are planted the agapanthus so kindly given by Paddy and Mary so that border should be a sight next june. I put the nerines out near the gate so Ill see them coming in and going out-me not the nerines of course!

It wasn't as cold as I expected and I was out till half four when a thunderous hail shower put an end to work. maybe tomorrow the forget me nots will  be planted?

JoanG JoanG 18 January 2018 21:21:43

Well done Mr Scrubber, you were brave to be out at all; very cold here all day. 

Scrubber Scrubber 18 January 2018 21:27:28

Yes Joan like Hazel I doubled up on the socks and coats!

Scrubber Scrubber 18 January 2018 21:27:28

Yes Joan like Hazel I doubled up on the socks and coats!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 18 January 2018 22:16:28

Brave Mr. Scrubber. Freezing in Dublin today, and yesterday. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 18 January 2018 22:42:27

Well done, Peter getting out in this cold weather. I have started doing a little everyday, but only an hour or two. Paddy on the other hand seems to be able to do a full day. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 18 January 2018 23:44:44

Gosh I'm really feeling guilty at not having all my roses pruned by now .... Hey! Wait a minute - last time I looked at my calendar it was JANUARY 18th!!!!!

Get a grip lads! All the books say FEBRUARY for pruing roses LOL

Scrubber Scrubber 19 January 2018 20:28:28

Thank you hazel. The lads have noted it for next year! But sure Mary he's hardy out!Not as cold here Jacinta otherwise...

Dick Dick 20 January 2018 19:44:08

Well Peter you seem to be a man of iron. I did nothing in the garden over the last few days but viewing what Joann Donnelly had to say we will be away with it as the temperature rises to believe it or not a great 12 degrees. I hope to be able to get a lot of pruning done. I have heard it said that if you want your roses pruned, get your worst enemy to do the job. Hazel, in the past, I tended to wait until February. Some people told me to wait until late February and Dermot O'Neill said March. However I took Gerry's advise a few years ago and got at the job in January. It worked and I had good early blooms on the bushes.


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