19 October 2009 23:06:39
What with long hours at the office and the dark evenings there has been no gardening for the last two weeks so it was great to get out on Saturday and it was a lovely day.
I got a lot of my bulbs planted I also got lavender clipped and some more perennials dug up and split.
With the ponds project we are on number 5, foundation in and blocks almost laid - would have got it finished yesterday but then the rains came.
I have had no time to read anybody's jounals so hope you are all ok and that you enjoyed the really nice weather we have been having. I finally got sending off the application form for the gardening course last week have not received anything yet Did any of the rest of you join up for it I wonder??
Still lots of colour in the garden the roses, Kafir Lillies, Geraniums (Jolly Bee), anemone along with the berries on the Contoneaster tree and the mountain ash and the changing colours of the leaves have all made for a lovely Autumn.
Can anybody tell me the name of this plant, I am not sure where it came from but I think it may have been a bulb that I Set a couple of years ago but this year is the first that I have had flowers and it is really pretty so any information that you can supply to me greatly appreciated
Happy gardening to you all
04 October 2009 23:05:52
Sedum in full bloom
What a lovely day it was in Cavan to-day no wind no rain lovely and mild with bursts of sun - the kind of day that makes you glad to be alive I had to work this morning for a couple of hours got home and the roast was ready (Thanks Gerry) to tuck into and then out to the garden.
Last weekend when my mam and Dad were here my Dad brought his clippers with him it is a standing joke in our family not to let Daddy loose on the shrubs as he tends to get carried away well I had a large escallonia that really needed cutting back - I thought as I left him to it do your worst!! well now I know he is not to be underestimated to say that he cut it to the but is an understatement well anyway to cut a long story short we decided due to the amount of space it was taking up and the lovely plants it was hiding that we would remove altogether ( considering all that was left was the bare trunk!!!) We could not get the root out so we ended up cutting it at ground level with the chainsaw and pained it with round up. Maybe in Spring we will be able to have a another go at getting it out.
To give Daddy credit he next attacked under hubby;s watchful eye out boundery hedge along the lane they worked on it all afternoon and cut it back about 4 ft It was full of all sorts of bushes, briars ash etc a big job but looks so well after and it is over this hedge that we have our best views so thanks Dad for all your hard work - we just won't be letting you anywhere near our shrubs!!
Once we got the root out I prepared a little bed for Emma (my apprentice gardener) for her Spring bulbs - we did not get them planted but maybe tomorrow evening if we can beat nightfall.
Clipped our new escallonia hedge all along the Drive, this was planted up last Spring and we put Cotoneaster on the Bank underneath - this is a small leaved variety and seems to be taking forever but at least it will be good for keeping weeds down when it does eventually come.
when I was leaving work I had to pop into Woodies for some potash and when I was in i said I would have a quick look around but resolved that I did not need anything but willpower non existent ended up coming hope with a new acer (marked 22.99 got it for 15.99) Salvia hot lips, and one other lovely purple leaved shrub with bright pink flowers (can not think of name).
Gerry got pond No 5 dug out and this is the next one for building - then it will be shelves in the top two ( we think )for the water plants. We are getting there.
All in all a lovely day. The bees buzzed the cats purred and the sound of the childrens laughter as they played outside all day until night forced us all in my idea of a perfect day
Have a great week.
04 October 2009 00:08:58
Pond No 4!!
Good day in the garden to-day once I got the gang fed headed out to plant some of the heritage bulbs that I ordered - Planted 40 up in the "HOT" bed. I also planted up Purple and white tulips in the new bed beside the patio and also some purple and white crocuses. I dug out a kaffir lily out of this bed and I would say that I had enough to spread around all my gardening friends if only you all lived near by so I replanted several bits of it around the garden and potted the rest up in pots to pass on to the first entheusist that comes about the place.
I Was in the mood then so I did the same with DAY lily that I have had for years but It did not flower as good as this year so I figured it needed to be dug up and divided up so I replanted bits all around the garden hope to get the rest potted up tomorrow.
Tidied up last of the peas and threw stalks on compost. loads of leaves down but no point in brushing up as we will have loads more. I will leave them for a few weeks until all down and besides the kids love chrunching through them.
Meanwhile Gerry got a couple of hours to spend on the "ponds" project pond No 4 almost complete - it is getting exciting now as we will soon have to go and see about sourcing the stone which will be used to cover the lining
Have to work tomorrow morning but hoping to get a few hours in the afternoon
Happy gardening to all.