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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!


Round and round and round...

22 April 2017 22:48:52

Was a bit disheartened at all there was to do at present so Scrubber very sensibly followed cherub Lute's advice. It just floated into Scrubber's mind 'Do one small area well and then see what happens'. He is so wise for one so young. After all he's only about 100 in our years which is nothing for a cherub.

So for two days I laboured on the circle of walnuts at the front and finished this evening. Theres a small one foot border around and little circles around the trunks and box bushes. Theres a lot of Lady's mantel but a lot of weeds daisies plantain vetch etc mixed in with the roots so painstakingly inch by inch Scrubber moved round and round but it was satisfying and he forgot all the other things-

Oh and also found time to collect another obelisk! Two more to finish-- and managed to paint it and place it. They dont dominate at all and I hope the clematis will soon grow up around them and also the sweet pea that Jackie told me are in Lidle. Is it too late to sew seeds as I have two packets???

So if anyone feels like despairing-dont! Just do a little bit well! (Although I cant help  wondering how another garden seems to have every little bit at perfection level...)

fran m fran m 23 April 2017 09:28:06

And all because the Lady loved ........ Oblisks!!!!! or she will do in time LOL

Mary B Mary B 23 April 2017 11:34:55

Peter, Monty Don said ut's too late to sow sweet pea now so get thee to Lidl I think! I bought some there after reading Jackie's tip, they are a bit crowded in the pot and weakly but i am hoping they will come on with a bit of TLC.

Scrubber Scrubber 23 April 2017 12:55:33

Fran I dont press it just go on gently adding them in. Actually at mass today I was dreaming of a lovely small iron bowl I saw in the good Ians yard-Now if it were placed on a pole or better and old railing.........

Mary sure what would Monty don know about county carlow. Im going to chance them anyway as i have the packets. Yes I saw the programme. TLC does wonders!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 23 April 2017 17:24:42

Sow the sweet pea seeds next October and you will have big healthy plants to put out next Spring. There is always loads of work to do at this time of year, ivy and ash seedlings everywhere.

Scrubber Scrubber 23 April 2017 17:30:32

I find I grow forests of sycamores these days Mary, 'all those lonely seedpods where do they all come from'!To be sung in the key of g minor!

Scrubber Scrubber 23 April 2017 17:30:34

I find I grow forests of sycamores these days Mary, 'all those lonely seedpods where do they all come from'!To be sung in the key of g minor!

fraoch fraoch 23 April 2017 21:31:36

I would definitely try some of the seeds now, after all what have you to lose? !

A book is no' a pwesent!

20 April 2017 20:11:52

So said my very wise grandson on one accasion when I thought I was doing well by telling him I had a present. A Book is no' a pwesent I was told very firmly. I know how he felt as I worked today. 'Sweepin' is NOT gardenin' I spent a lot of time sweeping the yard and the grass clippings on the drive and doing the joints in the sets with one of those longhandled  wire brushes.

Earlier I planted four clematis in advance of the ordered Obelisks! I am going to have three more of the pillar like ones and if the clematis dont work Ill fill them with sweet pea! Had great fun trimming the branches of a hawthorn as one of the obelisks fits beside it and so I had to ensure that there was lots of light in the canopy. Now that WAS gardening and I enjoyed meself.

Managed to get some lawn cut as some of the daffs have finally turned yellow. The snowdrops also. Got an idea of leaving a narrow grass path -actually the lawn but no snowdrops and I will try to set them behind it in a long triangle of grass. The pattern was there but I didnt realise it until I cut the grass.

And Im definitely going to have loads of tulips next year both in beds and in grass. Im going to start buying bit by bit as soon as they come into shops but wont plant until november.

But theres SO MUCH to be done at present as everything is racing on. Grass is knee high and weeds are flourishing and veg beds are totally empty,,,,,,,,

Jacinta D Jacinta D 20 April 2017 20:45:35

Sweeping isn't gardening. But neither is sweeping puddles of water off my patio. So I know how you feel. But it'll all result in a well-loved looking garden. :)  Your garden doesn't need sweeping though. It's just perfect as it is. :)

Scrubber Scrubber 20 April 2017 21:23:05

Ah jacinta-keep on raising my spirits!

Jackie Jackie 20 April 2017 22:41:55

Another great day by the sounds of it, even if sweeping was on the list. Those obelisk's?? obelisques lol the numerous ones you have....i would say are looking fantastic. And no better man to sort them all out too. Love the piece on the top. Very artistic. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 20 April 2017 22:44:17

You were busy despite having to sweep, definitely not gardening. The foliage on the snowdrops is all but gone at this stage. It was only a few weeks ago when they were flowering, where does the time go. We were in a beautiful wood today near Templeorum full of bluebells. You would have loved it.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 21 April 2017 00:24:21

Since you have obviously mastered the technique for the wire brush between slabs you should start hiring yourself out! I'd be your first customer !!!!!

Mary B Mary B 21 April 2017 07:46:45

The obelisk is simply magnificent! How wonderful to have someone make it for you!

TerriShoos TerriShoos 21 April 2017 09:44:24

My mum used to say, 'If you did as much housework indoors as you do in that garden, you'd live in a palace!'  Yes, Mum, but with two teenagers, two dogs and two cats, not to say friends of said teenagers, orphan sheep, ducklings etc. etc, in the house, tidying the garden was so much more rewarding! 

Scrubber Scrubber 21 April 2017 14:48:44

Terri you have your priorities right! And Mary it didnt cost an arm and a leg!Hazel you know Id do anything for you but I baulk at wire scrubbing!Yes Mary I read paddy's brilliant irascible account. Where did you get him? Jackie so glad you approve of the spear point. As its very old I love it! Odd that!

Another Obelisk has landed!

19 April 2017 20:30:38

Before it did I managed to get down to that path edge. There was a huge reed growing over the main stone. I went at it with an axe and it just folded! I was quite surprised and wondered if I went at more things, people, taxes with an axe would I clear them as easily!. The main stone the one at the end, caused me no grief but the one beside it was awkward. easy to dislodge but difficult to reinstate. The secret was little by little and no straining. Funnily enough the muddy ground below yielded up quite a few nice small rocks- I had no idea they were there- also the top of an unbudgeable! I just cleared the clay from the top and left it. Had some nice wildish looking primulas and I put them in and today I transplanted a few dogwoods which should look well in Spring next year.

Yesterday as I laboured at the new edge of the bottom path I got a text to say the new obelisk was ready. I had asked ian to make me a sort of columnar obelisk that would fit a narrow border. When I saw it I was delighted. Exactly what I requested and he capped it with a spearpoint from an old railing he had. I spent a happy two hours painting it today. It began to rain when I was halfway through it so it was fun trying to get the half painted obelisk into the garage without mucking it or me!

I took a photograph or two so you could see it. Hope you like it as much as I do.Sorry have tried twice to upload and it wont work.Ill try one more time.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 19 April 2017 20:54:44

You have been busy and the retaining wall looks great. A fantastic obelisk and looks great painted. I gave my day giving the garage door a second coat of paint, but no rain here. I did manage to plant out my sweet peas this evening.

Scrubber Scrubber 19 April 2017 21:08:49

Thank you mary. My sweet pea are not up yet. scarcely surprising since I havent sown them yet. But they will look nice maybe on the obelisks!!!

fraoch fraoch 19 April 2017 22:27:56

The obelisk looks great. Will be lovely with the sweet pea, so get sowing!!

Jackie Jackie 20 April 2017 07:07:00

Love the obelisk and those rocks look great. I notice Lidl had Sweet Pea seedlings yesterday for €1.49 if you wanted some 'in a hurry' ;) 

Miserable, wet day here yesterday, so nothing done! 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 20 April 2017 07:50:22

That obelisk looks to be a great height. 

Scrubber Scrubber 20 April 2017 19:35:19

About seven to eight feet jacinta from the ground. Thanks jackie that would really suit me. Ill try them. Sure thing heather.


17 April 2017 21:06:35

Some people might say I have a sad life! I am sitting here and looking forward to tomorrow. Now there's lots of work to be done, weeding, strimming, clearing...BUT today i was down in the scrub and as I glanced down at the bottom path I suddenly saw that one rock that bordered the path was really striking and that if I were to-no not move it!!!--- if I were to cut away the reeds that were at the back of it it would enhance the stone and show up the edge of the path and make it more defined. So before I do any work tomorrow I'm going down to do that and Im so looking forward to seeing the difference. As I said above -a sad life! but a happy one! And there's NO MOVING INVOLVED!

Im going to put up some egghunt pictures. There not very  eggciting but as Micileen would say they gave the children eggshepshional fun! --and the adults!I enclosed below the clues I gave them. If you have been to the Scrub you may recognise some of the places!

Easter Egg Hunt First set of clues 16/4/2017


1)            Down the stone steps in a basket I see

Where a statue is minding a nice egg for me!


2)There’s a goose in the scrub and an egg she is minding

Although it’s not golden, it’s really worth finding!


3)A tree with four trunks, a stone head in the middle

Might just show you an egg and answer this riddle!


4)I know a wise owl who sits in a tree

And who possibly has a small eggy for me!


5)Theres a wheel in the garden that never turns  round

But within its bent spokes a nice egg might be found!


 Easter Egg Hunt  Second set of clues 16/4/2017


1)The Lantern of Knowledge may show where you find

The first of your eggs, the rest not far behind!


2)If you walk the wood path and look up to the skies

A bird’s house might harbour a pleasant surprise.


3)Who knows the mind of Buddha? let those who  would draw near

A nice surprise before your eyes, behind the Buddha’s ear!


4) Across the little wooden bridge, there lies a leaning tree

And in its core there’s something more, a little treat for me.


5) Of all the rhododendrons, the nicest is the white

And up among its branches there is the strangest sight!




accsean accsean 17 April 2017 21:18:05

I have always thought from your photos that the scrub was like somewhere out of Lord of the rings and I am further convinced now with your puzzles, Gollum woiuld have approved.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 17 April 2017 21:24:41

Sean, I couldn't agree with you more. 

Peter, what great grandparents you and Anna are. You utilise brain power, eyesight, and whatever other senses that are required in the egg hunt. Much better than just handing them an egg.

Scrubber Scrubber 17 April 2017 21:31:15

Yes Sean its a very preciousss place! Jacinta the red velvets are indispensible! You are so kind!

Jackie Jackie 18 April 2017 07:53:31

Fantastic egg hunt!! 

By the way it's not SAD at all that you can't wait to get out there today!!!! I feel like that everyday too and my garden hasnt a patch on your mystical, magical place. It's great you still have the enthusiasm and excitement for it and that definitely shines through in your journals.......as I've said many times you should put these journals into book form and they would be a best seller for sure!! 

Have a terrific day in the Scrub and look forward to that journal too!! 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 18 April 2017 08:18:54

The fact that I know your garden, your clues brought me on a little tour of the Scrub. Great grandparents to put so much effort into giving your grandchildren such lovely memories.

Liztai Liztai 18 April 2017 09:34:15

We knew you were a writer

(an audience delight-er)

But though we didn't know it,

Turns out that you're a poet!

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 18 April 2017 13:42:40

Never knew my Granfathers but would have loved one like you.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 18 April 2017 13:47:14

I toured the Scrub with your grandchildren too!

We had such a ball!

17 April 2017 13:09:01

Yesterday was a day the Scrub should remember for a long time! We had an early morning egg hunt and both grandchildren kindly forgot their ages and humoured grandad and searched diligently. They had separate sets of clues and having gathered five eggs each they merited the special envelope containing their Easter Prize!

Then after a wonderful lunch their two young cousins arrived and the three boys had another egg hunt! They had such fun and ended up taking off their shoes and running through the mud in the bottoms missing all the lobelias by a miracle.'We ran between the flowers Grandad!

Meanwhile the parents sat on one of the big rocks and enjoyed the chase. Then still on the rock had tea and buns and red velvet cup cakes freshly made.

The Scrub Denizens approved mightily. 'Lovely to hear all the young voices' Micilin Dee and even G Nome said it was nice to watch the shenanigans!

Id say it will have been a memorable day for all. And it was nice to see the scrub being used as a playground and a cafe! 



Jacinta D Jacinta D 17 April 2017 13:54:05

Aw, Peter, that sounds like an idyllic Easter Sunday. I can tell that YOU had as much fun as your grandchildren and their cousins.

Scrubber Scrubber 17 April 2017 14:36:25

Yes Jacinta and so had Anna. It was very special. And the Lobelias are unscathed!

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 17 April 2017 16:14:38

Such a lovely story to read, im glad ye all had fun.

fraoch fraoch 17 April 2017 19:16:08

Sounds great, Peter! Glad the Lobelias survived.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 17 April 2017 19:44:23

Lovely memories and can almost taste Anna's cakes, red velvet. 

Dick Dick 17 April 2017 20:03:05

That was interesting, Peter. I had an interesting experience with Easter eggs. Right through the season of Lent which was not the appropriate time for Easter eggs SuperValu which is one mile from me had an abundance of Easter eggs. I waited until after Mass on Easter Sunday to buy mine. As I moved through the shop and in particular the area where the Easter eggs were displaid, not one Easter egg was to be seen. I said to myself. "surely this is the big day and no Easter eggs" I enquired and was told that a small number was available in a certain area. I bought one. This morning, a slightly greater number was available and some were priced three for €5 , very good value and I bought them. Strange that in the Easter season, practically no Easter eggs.

Scrubber Scrubber 17 April 2017 20:32:27

Dear Dick remember when you got your lovely Christmas hat for a song after Christmas! Well the Eggs are the same. Im afraid there are far too many eggs left here after the grandchildren went. I hope I can resist!Mary they are irresistible! Yes heather first things first! Id have sacrificed them to see the joy on their faces. Oh Jackie fun was the word!!!

accsean accsean 17 April 2017 20:58:04

Evening Scrubber, that is a great description of what must have been a great day. Even at my age I would love to have a run through the scrub on the proviso that some oxygen tanks were on hand.

Jackie Jackie 18 April 2017 07:36:54

What a great journal Peter and the excitement jumps up from the page. An amazing day had by all both young and not so young. And what a place to have an egg hunt !!!!! I'm sure the children will have this story also to tell their friends and what a fantastic time they had too. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 18 April 2017 13:41:26

I can almost hear the children enjoying your marvellous Scrub from here!

JoanG JoanG 18 April 2017 20:29:42

Thoroughly enjoyed reading that!  What a wonderful way for you and family to enjoy your garden at Easter.  The children clearly love it and that shines through. 


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