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Oct / Nov issue of The Irish Garden

Elizabeth7's Journal

Elizabeth7's Journal

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20 November 2014 18:13:45

To whoever it was alerted us to the Glorious gardens programme. I had been doubtful about the balloon but now see what a great view it provides. But Christine I find hard to take just too exuberant about it all and I feel like saying Cool it a bit!!

Bodnant so far is my favourite because though I have been there a couple of times never in the Summer and so failed to enjoy the borders....what a fab place it is.  Amazing how many wonderful gardens there are and so many that I for one had never heard about. I will look at them again with the sound turned off!

Kennedy primroses.

17 November 2014 22:40:27

I like some , others not so much. But went to see if Avondale was showing and was amazed at how they had clumped up.  I got 8 small plants from one and 6 from another. Dark Rosaleen , not Kennedy, is another amazing clumper . I love these plants and some Primulas/ primroses are the best of value for division.

Garden fairies and other creatures

15 November 2014 13:45:09

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Recently I was discussing ‘Garden Whimsey’ with a friend , those of us who like to have Fairy houses and various ornaments around the garden.  Amongst my garden friends Deb and Martin have to  my mind a delightful Whimsical garden which is one reason why I love it so much.  I boast only one enclave of Fairies  but do have lots of Animals and bits and pieces around the garden. Sometimes I think visitors may feel a little lost for words as they spot a Squirrel up a tree or a Rabbit under a bush.  ‘ Lost for words ‘ like ‘ what the heck is she at’.

I have a mad urge to get ,,,wait for it….. a G-nome !! It would sit up in a tree  but then being me I would decide it was lonely and get another. I vowed one of these would never enter my garden but time will tell.  I was looking at a site where this man makes fabulous large, like 3ft fairies from metal wire , just amazing and how I would love to have one but shudder at what them must cost.

They would look just wonderful in the famous ‘ Scrub’ …..so Mr S should you win the Lotto maybe??

So weather permitting tomorrow I am going to photograph all my Garden friends and will put up an album but right now it is time for the Purple pills !!


Purple Pills

09 November 2014 15:10:42

Fran has been known to remind me to take these daily and until today I never understood why.

Turn the clock back a good few years and enter Tropaeolum speciosum a real must have plant for me. So I got one and waited for the great flowers to climb up a tree , and waited and waited. That was effort number one....at least 6 more attempts have  been made and all failed dismally. So another effort was made last year and I bought two of them. One died in the pot within weeks. The other was planted at the base of a conifer and I resolved to ignore it totally, not a word would be spoken to it for the year. I glimpsed it occasionally but refused to enter into conversation and that was hard cos I talk a lot to all my plants. Slowly I noticed it grow along the ground for about a foot.. but  said nothing. But today as I was weeding in the mud , there it was alongside me  looking sad and now about 14 inches long , it was so hard to harden my heart and ignore it as I chatted with the plants in that area.  So now I feel very guilty and think I will have to give in tomorrow and have a word or maybe just up my quoto of Purple pills. Do you chat with your plants?  I think plant talkers like me also find it impossible to get rid of unwanted plants so can you ditch a healthy plant if you no longer want or like it?

Missing( not garden related!!)

02 November 2014 15:22:14

You know when you have a bar of choccie and you go for the last piece, you just know there was a piece uneaten but where is it ,usually turns up under a paper or the like.But I cannot find my last piece that I left on the table for my afternoon cuppa!!!!  Meg is not looking guilty and in fairness does not steal stuff... so who took it!!!   This is most serious as those who know my addiction will realise.  Do I have to go all the way to the shop again????

More Gold

02 November 2014 15:13:51

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Yes in the height of a rotten wet week  the trailer arrived and deposited another heap of that fab manure....pile looks smaller than it is as due to rain photo taken from doorway.

You should have seen it as it was tipped out a cloud of steam and the heat was amazing.  Pity it had to be dumped there but as there is a crop in the field the trailer had to stay clear.  Actually he could have put it in the sitting room it is so great.

~Most of this will be barrowed to the hot border where the final stage has been prepared. Eddie removed about 10 cornus and all the sods ....cornus went to other place....and when many loads of manure are dug in ready for planting. The borders will then both be about 60ft either side of the path.  You can see my Throne in the photo!! I love this area of the garden.  The rest of the borders up there will  also get a mulch of this stuff when the plants die back..... The big Phormium in the photo is from Fran...thanks pal.

I spent an hour weeding today....in November....weird.


28 October 2014 00:14:58

Hour back, spirits down for a couple of months so time to imagine.

So there is a knock at the door and you have won €2000 that has to be spent on the garden.  Anything plants, equipment etc , new design.  Photos to illustrate what you may evisage , Google job!!

It may be too much work but maybe we could price it as much as possible via , once again good ole Google. For example I would buy some big pots and will find out where and price and tell you. So if we give ourselves say a couple of weeks to research it and then tell  it might be helpful to hear prices of various items and where to get them in case you too like them. Should we decrease or increase the money allowance?

Shall not be a bit offended if you think it a daft idea ...being a bit daft I am going to do it anyway as I badly need to keep in the gardening mode. I should hope to get a few of the smaller items I select.


What about this plant

24 October 2014 17:26:47

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I was thinking back over the years here and can't recall any reference to Convolvulus  cneorum . I feel sure there was but I missed it. Anyhow I have tried this about 3 times and failed on each occasion. It needs to be planted in poor soil, did that no luck then in sort of medium good soil ,,,no luck. So one last try in super soil!!!!  Well it should not flower this time of year so hope it is not the last hurrah.  I would be interested to hear how anybody else fared with this plant. The foliage must be the best grey/silver  there is so I so hope it likes the super soil and against all odds does well.

Just an Acer photo they are so great.

Pots galore.

16 October 2014 16:50:05

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Well it was started today the big tidy up.  I have this quite large structure built originally for a pusscat who never used it! So it turned into a potting shed/ greenhouse but most of all a super place for drying clothes. There are lots of gaps so it does not get all  that warm in Winter but is frost free.  It accumulated the shredder, lawnmower (never in use) tons of pots and sundry garbage. As the photo shows there is now a pile of pots and bags of garbage stacked up in the middle ready for disposal.  When this is done I hope I have the energy to put up bubble wrap over the gaps and my seeds and cuttings will survive. I look forward to showing a picture when the tidy up is complete. I would love to have electricity and maybe that can be arranged. Oh I had better go out and get on with the job….not my favourite.

Wonderful and weird

12 October 2014 14:22:45

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Well just came in from sitting on my garden throne and being totally amazed at the colour still in the garden. Furthermore there were loads of Bees feeding and Butterflies flitting around and this mid October...how lucky we are.  I put up an album to record this eventful day!

For Peter W

08 October 2014 11:53:10

Peter the reply facility on my PM has stopped working.....many thanks for your message.

Problem solved

08 October 2014 11:46:04

No more decisions about keeping the garden going. Last night/morning a violent thunderstorm solved the problem and torrential rain flattened most of it.  Guess many of you had that storm. Meg doggie sat on my bed   (and me) and barked for the duration of the storm so I could do with new ears this morning.  Without doubt I can now put away the hose.  I would be interested to hear from those with dogs, did they bark or just hide away somewhere or both??


04 October 2014 17:31:53

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The viewing platform still in picturewhile the Ash tree is on the boundary line. Finally leaping off the grassy knoll this photo shows the third part of my garden with thle trees and shrubs. IF you lasted this long you are probably bored silly!!!!  And further more it sounds just as garbled  !!!¬ Oh the final photo is of the tree/shrub area.

Back is front garden

04 October 2014 17:26:13

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I have recently given a garbled description of my back is front garden. Today I climbed a grassy knoll which is on the boundary and took some pictures that may sort it out to anybody interested.

The first photo shows the hot, actually not so hot, borders with the path between. To the right is the side of the cottage. At the end of the path steps go down to a gravel area with table and chairs and from there another path leads you to the next photo. Here you can see the quite large gravel area . Then moving right the pond is in the centre of the photo with a small patio.. The two trees are growing in an olde stone wall and what you don’t see cos the garden is on a slope is the third segment where there are mostly trees and shrubs The last photo is panning right again and the viewing platform is just visible the blue structure to the right.

Last two photos in next post.



Senior moment....another

04 October 2014 00:07:10

Racking ?brains to remember  the name of the Nursery that sells plants for very reasonable price and visits places like the Fota and all the plant fairs. Trying to track down source for Lobelia cardinalia as I want to get some.

Oh another senior lapse today was when I was just about to use a fungacide ointment  and found myself applying  from the tube of cat fur ball prevention ointment.


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