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Elizabeth7's Journal

Elizabeth7's Journal April 2011

Last Post 1090 days 23 hours ago

Helping hands

29 April 2011 23:38:04

The only help I get on a regular basis with matters gardening is grass cutting.  Every few weeks the grass is cut, there is a lot of it,  and the strimming is also done.Today was one of those days , a lovely day and what a pleasure to walk around the newly cut grass areas. It makes such a difference to the look of the whole place.

Now I did deserve a treat having spent hours digging out Ivy roots deeply embedded in a very old dry stone wall. I want to preserve these walls and repair them when necessary.  My cottage/farmhouse is reputed to be about 200 years old and I imagine the garden(field) walls must be very very old.

Great to see so many plants starting to bloom. I am a hardy geranium addict and the early flowering ones are starting to make a good show. One or other will keep going right into Autumn.  Some visitors are surprised at the huge variety of flower and leaf in this group of plants.

Enjoy the weekend.

Thank you for the welcome.

27 April 2011 11:35:14

Many thanks to those who welcomed me to the Club, much appreciated.

I mentioned in my profile that I have a garden site which follows the developement of my garden here in Cobh since the very start;  lots of photographs if anyone is interested to have a look.

Now today  is 10% off for Golden Oldies in B&Q  so I will take a trip to Cork and no doubt leave a few euros behind. Top of the list is Sequestrene, the soil here is neutral so the Camellias, Rhodos etc need  a tonic a couple of times a year. They were so good this year I may even add a drop of gin!

Then Cement is required and it comes in ready to use sacks which are too heavy for me to lift. That means loitering with very pathetic attitude until someone comes to the rescue. Seems I don't do 'pathetic' very well because I waited ages for help the last time.

Hope everyone has a good day.

Good day for Gardening

26 April 2011 22:57:52

It was a case of which tasks to choose!  Top of the list were painting the garden furniture which is in an advanced stage of moulting. Then there were all the seedlings to prick out and pot on not to mention urgent weeding, yet again.

I attacked the seedlings and potted on lots of Cosmos, what a great gap filler,  foxgloves and  geraniums.  It was then time for a cuppa so I sat by the pond and surveyed the weed. I enjoy removing this so postponed the pleasure for another day.

I then studied a large area of the garden where I hope to have a wooded area but there is no structure at all and it is hard to come up with a good idea. Quite a lot of trees planted but no paths or features. I hope inspiration strikes soon.

As all this studying and thinking takes so much time there was no opportunity to paint the furniture!!!

 

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