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Mairin's Journal

Mairin's Journal

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Starting to get out and about

18 January 2010 00:01:17

With the temperatures rising during the day, I take the horticultural fleece off the greenhouse and hang it on the clothes line to dry.   Casper is considered too scary by my pair and when they see the fleece blowing in the wind, I am very quickly told that it is scary looking.  I often wonder what way their minds work!

There is a hugh amount of damage done by the bad weather.  In fact, as I looked around today, everywhere I looked I saw more damage.  I would need a week off work to get it sorted, which, considering my garden is so small, this gives some indication of the level of destruction.  Before winter set in, I had tidied up the garden (both front and back) and had all the perannials cut back.  Looking around now, you would think I hadn't set foot in it for months, let alone having done any work in it.  To add to the cutting back of the damaged plants, I seem to have got a tonne of leaves in every nook and cranny of the garden. 

Today, I went through the greenhouse, taking the damaged leaves off, any of the cutting which have no roots and look decidely not going to take at this stage were removed, gave it a tidy up and watered everything. 

When that was done, I headed off to the garden centre to get a replacement pot.  I got a pair of glazed pots, for E30 (half price sale).   I love this particular garden centre because the owner is normally on the premises and he chats to everyone, passing on great tips.  Today, he and his son were the only two there when I arrived.  They are renovating the premises and they will have a lovely large premises when it is finished.  I asked about my cannas (which I had bought from them last year).  The leaves have turned black but the base is still firm.  I was told to leave the black leaves on them to provide protection to the base, should more frost occur.  Phew, did I breath a sign of relief as I hadn't cut them off for that reason but I had debated it in my head!   

I got a bag of vermiculite while I was there but I think seed planting will be a while away until I get the  place half decent looking. 

No photos - no self respecting gardener would put up a photo of the state of the place!


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Clara Clara 18 January 2010 00:21:33

I am the same about my garden at the moment it is a mess but I worked so many hours this week I did not see it in day light I took a strole in the garden this morning and I was so shocked to see everything in the glasshouse black but some may come back I will wait and see. My cannas are also black so i will take your gardeners advice and leave them as we were also told in carlow to leave them outside so heres to new growth and happy gardening. You got new pots today what are you going to put into them???? 


Mairin Mairin 18 January 2010 00:28:40

Clare, I had to get one as one of my containers with a load of plants has split in two places from the frost.  It was only when I got to the garden centre and I was told of the sale that I decided to get a pair.  I  have no idea what I will put in to the second one but somehow I don't think it will be plant-less for too long! 


Clara Clara 18 January 2010 00:38:20

I painted one of my pottery plant pots with gloss paint and it did protect it .maybe it was luck but it was ok


Jacinta Jacinta 18 January 2010 07:29:56

Mairin, which garden centre is this? I dropped into 2 on the way down to Skerries last summer. One of them was absolutely awful, dead plants everywhere, and very badly stocked. No Irish staff. Not very welcoming. But the 2nd one, can't remember its name, was way better. Quite run-down, but extremely helpful and friendly. And I came away from this one with a few really good plants. Happy camper, I was.


fran m fran m 18 January 2010 08:35:32

Good days work Mairin, well done, good luck with the Cannas


fraoch fraoch 18 January 2010 11:18:32

Mairin I have leaves everywhere too. Where did they all come from? I thought I'd finished with clearing leaves at the end of Autumn.


Lululupin Lululupin 18 January 2010 14:14:21

... unless you do a "before" and "after" picture - that will make you feel really good! Good luck!


Liz.M Liz.M 18 January 2010 17:35:09

My garden too looks like a war zone!  Looks like no-one has worked in it for years!  Have not ventured out yet to tackle anything, way too wet still here. 


Gismo1981 Gismo1981 19 January 2010 13:51:14

I am afraid of what I will see in my own garden when I have a good look around. The cannas I left outside are black as well. I kept the newer one's I cut off in the bathroom downstairs they are doing nicely.


Mairin Mairin 21 January 2010 23:23:26

Jacinta, I could nearly name those 2 garden centres for you.  The one which you got a few good plants is on the road between Blakes Cross and Lusk (and by coincidence, owned by Peter's uncle by marriage).  The other one is between Lusk and Skerries. 

The one I was talking about is Rolestown Garden Centre, which is inland from Swords.  For years, they couldn't get planning permission to upgrade it but they have it now.  They have already started to renovate it and it looks fantastic.  I can't wait to see it when finished.


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