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TerriShoos's Journal

TerriShoos's Journal

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Alan's Tesco special

21 April 2017 10:10:05

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Alan came home from Tescos a few years ago and presented me with a pretty little aquilegia he just liked the look of. It's has just kept on getting prettier and bigger every year since. One of his best buys!

This year the cherries have bloomed their socks off, so hopefully we'll get a nice crop if the cold weather promised for the weekend doesn't do for them. I like the blossom and green leaves against the red cherry leaves, the woodland corner is getting nice and full now. 

Everything's bustin' out!

21 April 2017 10:05:01

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Going out in the mornings for a look round before getting onto the PC and work is so exciting these days, there's something new in bloom every day. The new roses are putting on great growth, I'm blown away by the freeby sparaxis we got from Mr Middleton, the tulips arre great this year ( when did we plant all those colours?) and the work we have done in fertilising and improving the soil in the borders has really paid off, the growth is great. 

We have been under some strain lately with family problems, and it's been such a comfort to spend even an hour doing some simple chore like a bit of weeding or pricking out or watering. Gardens are so blissfully uncomplicated! Even if I had a flat I'd have to have a little balcony and pots and window boxes, just for those moments when you need to escape outside your own circling worries. 

Uncurly-wurlies

08 April 2017 05:57:32

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You can keep Easter chocolate, just give me all thos April goodies in the garden. I've put up an album of April pictures, but although the flowers are the big muscles, let's not forget the glorious uncurling ferns. 

It's not Jimmy Shoos, but it's exciting!

08 April 2017 05:51:57
It's not Jimmy Shoos, but it's exciting!

It's not Jimmy Shoos, but it's exciting!

Some people get very excited about shoes or designer handbags. Me, I'm beside myself waiting for my new potting shed and propagation house. A friend has given us some lovely double-glazed windows so we've ordered a basic shed and are going to insert them into that, our carpentry skills not being up to designing one from scratch. I suspect it'll be cheaper than designer shoes! That'll leave the other shed for all the big machinery and tools. As it is I can hardly move in there, especially as the water filtration unit is in it and it's currently in bits with a fault. 

Once the new shed is up, you'll find me in there, in my old gardening boots, happy out!

Mr Shoosmith's Opus

02 April 2017 16:47:15

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Well I must say I'm pleased with Mr S! In the nick of time he's made this lovely cold frame, the first of two which will go on the front of my new potting shed, which he has also ordered! Not bad for a man who is not any kind of carpenter. No sooner painted than it's filling up.... Happy days!

Tulip Sylvestris

29 March 2017 12:32:01
Tulip Sylvestris

Tulip Sylvestris

We got several new varieties of bulbs from Heritage last year, including these Tulip Sylvestris. How exquisite they are! 

Surprises all over!

29 March 2017 12:30:08

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So good to have the light evenings back and to know we'll have light, light, nothing but light for months. Also delighted that a lot of new plants are flowering or budding. The erythroniums we bought last autumn are in flower, though the slugs are already having a nibble, I see. I couldn't remember which varietry they were, but they're obviously 'Pagoda'. The camassias are also in bud and the 'Bodnant' in the circle bed has just burst into bloom. Daphne or viburnum? I can never remember! (Yes, I do have this stuff all written down but it's in another room.)

Thanks, Elizabeth!

21 March 2017 12:26:52
Thanks, Elizabeth!

Thanks, Elizabeth!

This little clematis was a present from Hazel's sister Elizabeth (Liztai). I believe it's an alpina, and it's delicious and very brave - it's in the teeth of the north-east wind and flowering like a good 'un. 

For the weather that's in it

21 March 2017 12:24:35

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We'd tried to keep the week free for gardening and what does it do? It snows. And hails, and rains. Well, this is Ireland in Global...er...Warming??, I guess.  But we did get some nice pics of the garden last Sunday in brief spells of sun between showers.  Thrilled to have our first fritillaries.

BUY ONE GET ONE FREE!

21 March 2017 12:21:28
BUY ONE GET ONE FREE!

BUY ONE GET ONE FREE!

Got this bargain in a B&Q near our son's house when we went to buy bedding and strawberry plants for his small garden. He's hoping to move so we planted up some planters. Mr Spotty was declared free of quarantine so they tried to buy up the garden centre. Cathy was particularly keen to buy every flower that had a Pollinator Friendly label, and though I wholeheartedly approve of her stance towards bee protection, the budget wasn't that big! They had a great time planting and were very proud of their efforts, though we had to curb a little enthusiasm at times. 

Just tried to download Alan's photos and the PC has lost them all... grrr!

Off to the spotty twosome....

13 March 2017 12:18:11

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Off to Scotland tomorrow to visit our chicken-pox-ridden grandchildren. Cathy's pretty much recovered but poor Aaron is covered. So lots of stories and games, but if we can get to a garden centre we'll get some bedding plants and maybe plant up a bit of Daddy's little garden with them. 

Meanwhile we had a lovely few days catching up with jobs, including taking out the two front round beds and replanting them in a symmetrical pattern - that'll teach me to do random planting! Sometimes it just doesn't work and you have to be a bit disciplined. 

Still, lovely as the weekend was, our hearts kept turning to the Darlingtons and our thoughts were constantly with them. 

Hats off to David Austin!

08 March 2017 12:22:53
Hats off to David Austin!

Hats off to David Austin!

A few weeks ago I ordered 2 roses from David Austin. They arrived quickly and in good order, and a week later I had 2 emails, one telling me there was about to be a 15% off special offer, and the other asking me to complete a customer survey. I duly did, and commented that I wished I'd had advance notice of the sale, because I'd have delayed my order to take advantage of it. 

Lo and behold, within a few days a refund of 15% had been made to my credit card account! You don't get service like that too often, so hats off to David and staff. 

A touch of the Timperleys

26 February 2017 14:33:57
A touch of the Timperleys

A touch of the Timperleys

When we moved the rhubarb and comfrey beds to make way for the new waste system they were temporarily housed, i.e. bunged, in an empty bed, but despite some very chilly nights the rhubarb was determined to survive. A few weeks ago  Alan made two big new beds which he filled with some good manure, topsoil and bark mulch, and the Timperley Early has come on in leaps and bounds. Roll on stewed rhubarb and custard!

A brief spasm of sunshine

26 February 2017 14:29:40

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I've been working all week covering holidays so was looking forward very much to a day out in the garden. Well, what a washout. The rain came down in torrents, buckets and deluges. We took Oscar for a walk between showers and ended up drenched, so we abandoned all hope and phoned the family instead, getting the good news that the relatives are trooping over en masse for our son's wedding in September. But the sun came out then and we dashed out for a chilly browse round to admire the spring flowers before being rained off yet again. So it's an afternoon with Geoff Hamilton DVDs I reckon. If you can't garden, watch Geoff, I say. Always a cheerer-upper!

At it again!

20 February 2017 11:14:18

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Yes, there's much hanky-panky among the local frogs, they're breaking all records with 16 piles of spawn in the pond at the last count. But I'm horrified how many corpses we see on the short stretch of road between here and the woods, and how many of them are females full of unfertilised eggs. They say habitat loss and fungal diseases are their biggest threats, but  it's traffic that kills most of them around here. 

On a happier note, I too am at it again and am awaiting a happy event. I hear you all saying, 'At her age? They must run on batteries!' No, it's not what you're thinking. My boss has gone on his holliers which means that a little extra income is burning a hole in my pocket. Am I wisely husbanding it for a rainy day? Am I heck. I've already spent a chunk of it in the garden centre  - staff discount, don't you know! Plus a browse on the David Austin website on my day off, because we've replaced the wild rose on the pond garden trellis with a clematis (Dr Ruppel) and I just happened to spot a gorgeous pale pink rose that the bees will just adore, and don't we all have a responsibilty to look after them? Well, my finger hit the order button before I could stop it. I got two, one for each side, so I now have to get another clematis to match. I've had my eye on Etoile Violette for a while...  I think we all know how this story ends, don't we? 

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