18 September 2014 23:18:36
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I won Best Presented Front Garden Balbriggan/Swords in the Fingal County Council Cleaner Communities Awards. Delighted but in a state of shock. I didn't expect it.
30 July 2014 23:20:05
Sweet pea 'Violet'
I read that if you want to make sure your sweet peas continue to flower, cut all of the existing blooms off every week or so and the plants will respond with more blooms. So tonight, armed with the secatures, I went out. With each cut I made, 'all off' kept going through my head. It comes from a scene in the film 'Roman Holiday' when Audrey Hepburn wanted her hair cut. The barber cut a bit and another bit; finally agreeing to 'all off'. In the film, once the job was completed, a beauty emerged. As my cutting job was completed, I can't in all honesty say that a beauty emerged. Quite the opposite - I looked in horror as the plant stood devoid of all flowers.
In the meantime, I have a beautiful vase of blooms, giving off a wonderful fragrance. I suppose that is the immediate beauty. I just hope in a few days time, I shall see a new beauty emerge when loads of new blooms on my plant.
14 June 2014 22:48:31
Rose Variegata di Bologna
This rose was bred in Bologna, Italy - hence the name. According to the books, it likes a North facing wall. I was sceptical as a north facing wall in Italy is probably warmer than a south facing wall in Ireland. But I put it on a north-west facing wall, in moisture retentive soil. It is thriving. It looks like raspberry ripple ice-cream, it smells divine. Only disadvantage is that is does not repeat flower. What is rare is wonderful!