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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!


In hospital no not me

23 September 2017 17:33:18

My laptop.am doing this  on the phone and it's very difficult as the screen is so small.Just to explain that I won't be online for a few days as a result. Finger improving Got nice bulbs in lidle.maybe wed I'll be able to plant.

fraoch fraoch 23 September 2017 21:14:37

Glad it's only the laptop! Hope it's better soon, we'll miss you!

Not to labour the medical

20 September 2017 20:12:43

was advised by Anna to go to Doc this morning and our very kind Dr. assured me all was well. No need for a stitch which apparently is quite sore in finger tips-our tips have lots of nerves, Instead Dr, used super glue of some sort and gave me tetanus and the flu injection so Im now stronger than ever and very grateful and will be even more careful with the rocks from now on.

I went out and took photographs to show new log edging. You can just see the little pegs I hammered in to hold the logs in place.  While looking around I noticed a fairly young oak but in the wrong place. Its twenty or thirty years old and not especially lovely. Scrubber is in two minds. If I do take it out the area will look better and airier and the other trees will look better as a result. But one hates to take out a tree thats not diseased. The trunk is about 10 inches diameter. I know Im hoping people will tell me to do it........

Lots of rain today so wouldnt have been able to get out anyway. I expect to get back next wednesday.Hope you like the third photo. I looked out and saw the sun shining through the other morning and ran out and caught the light.

Dick Dick 20 September 2017 20:55:01

We should all get the 'flu vaccine this month. I get it every year. That 3rd photo is super. This is the time to observe the webs


Fleurette Fleurette 21 September 2017 00:06:38

Such careful work, M. Scruberrr.  The path is looking pristine And better than before.  

Are you listening to the friendly advice of the denizens of the Scrub these days?  They will sort out that out for you.  

So sorry about the finger, but glad you had it checked out.  

Oh, what are lace cap spiders which you mention on the caption to the third photo?

fraoch fraoch 21 September 2017 22:07:21

Glad you've had the finger seen to. That last photo is gorgeous!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 21 September 2017 23:45:56

Best to get a tetanus when you had a deep cut. The edging look super. Hope you will be back in the garden before too long. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 22 September 2017 22:14:23

Love that edging to the path - and the spiders web is spectacular! Mind that poor finger!!!!

Scrubber Scrubber 23 September 2017 17:23:19

Yes Dickleburgh they are lovely in the morning. Sorry  margot  the Web looked like a little cap.I wasn't namingredients the spiders.thank you Heather  yes I was pleasedoing with  it.thank you Mary. I hope so as well.lots to planot got bulbs  in lidlerror. Thank you  Hazel your approval is valued! 


19 September 2017 19:51:46


Oh dear and things were going so well! I had edged the newish path with logs and hammered in supporting pegs and it looked fine; I had done great work in clearing the long border and had finished about two thirds of it. I had planted eight dwarf Rhododendrons in the area beside the new path ‘Via Felicia’ and an odd hellebore that had self seeded. All going well until a branch caught my eye and I thought I could lop that easily and some more and I did all that as well. While standing on the wall to do same I noticed the rock I was on was wobbly. ‘That could be dangerous’ I sensibly thought and began to stabilise it-luckily wearing heavy leather gloves. The blessed rock slipped and landed on my finger. No bones broken but damage done. Ill spare the details. Put it under a tap and held it there for a while. Into house and Anna got me lint and bandage and rang Doc who was unavailable. We decided to leave it so and its not causing me grief except I was going to start swimming in Enniscorthy tonight and had to put it off and will probably be out of garden action for a few days. Lucky I had so much done and luckier that I was wearing my big gloves. And luckiest of all I was BEING CAREFUL. It wasn’t as if I were trying to shift a boulder with the crowbar. It was a simple accident.

Otherwise all is well and although not floriferous, the garden is looking better than it has done for a long time, the new circle around the tree in the lower lawn makes a big difference and I was going to get going on digging the veg beds this week so that winter frosts could work their magic on them.

Ive managed to get som crocii and some fritillary bulbs-snakeshead and will get them in soon. Meanwhile Ill read all your journals and enjoy other peoples gardens instead of doing my own. And as you see I can type despite the well bandaged middle finger!

By the way the picture is of the path before I edged it. Ill put up a new one showing the improved version as soon as I can!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 19 September 2017 21:56:25

You will keep trying to improve on perfection! There is nothing wrong with that lovely path!

JoanG JoanG 19 September 2017 22:50:24

Oh dear, the hazards of gardening.  I do hope the injury is no worse than you think and you'll be back to safe rock moving in no time. 

Jackie Jackie 20 September 2017 08:22:40

Oooops!! Thankfully nothing broken. I agree with Hazel, that path is lovely. Take care ;)

fraoch fraoch 20 September 2017 10:29:05

You poor thing. Mind yourself and don't try to get back to gardening too soon.

Scrubber Scrubber 20 September 2017 19:53:48

But Hazel you are always improving everything in YOUR garden! And succeeding!!! No Joan its fine tonight and will be ok in a few days. I always do Jackie despite my mishaps! Oh Heather I wallowed in your kind sympathy!

Oh happy day!

11 September 2017 18:41:46

Scrubber was a happy bunny today! He had one major job to do today and got it done just before the rain came. I had intended cleaning the area before the old farm wall in the scrub. It would have involved removing a load of Ivy and raking and clearing the 'path' beside it. Its where I put in the new gate recently and I hope to get a photo.

It all went very nicely and the ivy came off easily, Then there was one fairly big rock that I had never tried to move before. It jutted out from the back wall. Out came the crowbar and the large boulder couldnt have moved more easily. A little here a bit there and it slid into place perfectly. On the top of the wall there was a good covering of fine black clay. The ivy had covered it and it was weed free.

There were three large tarpaulins full of ivy and leaves and debris. The small stones went back into the wall and once it was all raked there was a transformation!

Its weird, Cherub Lute in action perhaps. But there are areas in the gardenthat just seem to be in waiting, And then their time comes and one idea leads to another-in this case, the new gate then a little planting around it, then changing one big stone , then another, the very large one today, the nice clay on top of thewall they all add up! I wonder whats the next area there quietly waiting its turn. Has Cherub Lute perhaps a secret and long list? I like the idea of them waiting quietly until their turn comes and they say 'Yes, It's time. We are ready'

Then I came in as it was raining and looking through the window I saw a minor miracle. A rose that had long since vanished sent out a long new shoot and there at the top a beautiful pink red rose, This was thefirst rose I had ever planted in my garden so I was so glad to welcome it back! Havent its name but its scented and has a lovely form,

So happy day indeed.


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 11 September 2017 19:33:59

A year already, Peter. She had lovely Anenome japonica growing in her garden, must pass down Philip Street to see if they are still there. The path to the gate is looking great. We were in Inistioge to day looking at colchicums and got no rain, the showers must have been very localised.

Dick Dick 11 September 2017 20:32:25

A good way, Peter, to remember your mother RIP.

fraoch fraoch 11 September 2017 21:23:48

A lovely idea to remember your mother with flowers.

You were lucky to get all that done before the rain and it's looking great.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 11 September 2017 21:27:56

What a beautiful wreath, Peter. I'm certain your dear mother loves it.

JoanG JoanG 11 September 2017 22:18:02

A lovely tribute to your dear mother RIP.  You did well to get your jobs done, it showered all day here; must be Cherub Lute at work indeed. 

Moya Moya 11 September 2017 22:52:18

The photos of that area are lovely. You are doing wonderful things in the garden but of course you have help from some amazing sources!!

Lovely floral tribute to your Mum.

Scrubber Scrubber 12 September 2017 00:15:58

I answered all but stupidly forgot to send! yes Mary. Dad was actually the gardener. he got the anemones from the Mercy nuns and geound elder with them! Both of which I inherited! Thank you Dick. mam had a very long life.She died at 95. Thank you heather for the compliment and yes I was very lucky. Glad you approve jacinta. I hope she does. Thank you too Joan. Cherub Lute does indeed go into overdrive attimes. Glad you like them Moya. Yes amazin'! Glad you like the flowers as well.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 14 September 2017 00:08:07

That wall is truly wonderful! Cherub Lute is deinitely earning his keep these days. I wonder does he go wandering like his mentor? My head is buzzing with ideas for "tweaks" and such like to lots of places in the garden at the moment. Or maybe it's little Cliona's Fairy whispering in my ear .....

Scrubber Scrubber 15 September 2017 22:57:20

Thank you Hazel. I hadnt noticed that Cherub Lute goes wandering but he wasnt or isnt as experienced as Cherub who could easily keep a lot of projects going at the one time! I do know Cherub was very fond of you and your garden so maybe... but I certainly would not discount Cliona's Fairy.

Scrubber should really mind his own business!

08 September 2017 19:46:44

No its not that the scrub denizens are in open rebellions, its Scrubber ruefully acknowledging that he should stick to what he intends to do, For example there were three things on the list today a) finish long border as far as the steps b) start clearing the rockery and c) edge the lower lawn border and remove the overabundant forget me nots----all originally from two handfuls from my dad's garden.Now taking over!

Well He began on the border and got about a metre done then noticed such a lot of brown withered foliage and branches in the conifers behind the border, 'Hmmm might just trim those and clear it out. Not realising what a job that was going to be! Hours later with prickles of conifer in my hair, down my back, up my sleeves,,, Filled the tarpaulin and dumped in the bottoms but on the way back a large rock in a big rough wall in the scrub caught my eye. 'Hmnn! I think I could replace that by turning it around. Up for the crowbar, Some moved easily some didnt and some slipped out and had to be placed back,

It didnt help that there were two HUGE heavy showers. But before I knew it ,it was evening and I had to go in, And the rockery and the lower lawn border???Need you ask. They are on the list for tomorrow! That is if I stick to the business!

The photos are not great sorry! The ploughshare picture should be one turn more.The name on it is P Byrne Graig, The river has a lot of churned up mud in it.



fraoch fraoch 08 September 2017 20:11:46

I think we all get distracted from what we set out to do, no fun otherwise! The obelisks are settling in nicely and that ploughshare is interesting.

Scrubber Scrubber 08 September 2017 20:20:20

Dont know whether it was FUN Heather!!!! In the shower I was still shedding! The ploughshare looks better as it really is-standing upright.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 08 September 2017 22:12:04

Pardon my 'city' ignorance, Peter. But could you tell me what a ploughshare is?

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 08 September 2017 22:19:49

The obelisks are gorgeous, fitting in so well. I noticed that you were not distracted when moving  rocks. Very light showers here today and nice and sunny.

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 09 September 2017 10:23:24

Smiling here.  Has any gardener ever headed out with a list of jobs to do and actually stuck to it?  Hands up who has?

Anyway you did a load of work so well done you.


Moya Moya 10 September 2017 22:55:07

Yes, as Elizabeth says you got lots done - who cares about the list. The obelisks are looking great!

It was horrible weather here today - not a day to get much gardening done.

Scrubber Scrubber 11 September 2017 18:13:50

Sorry to hear you had such nasty weather Moya, We have been lucky here so far.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 14 September 2017 00:10:55

The real thing about those obelisks is that they look as if they have always been there!


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