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TerriShoos's Journal

TerriShoos's Journal

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Pheeeeeeeww!!

18 September 2017 11:27:38

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Well the panic has been over for a whole week. Yes, there were plenty of flowers out for the wedding, and yes, the bride liked them! It was really lovely to have a part in Rob & Eilish's wedding, and I enjoyed doing the jam jars and bouquets, but I can't say I would ever take floristry up for a living. Too stressful!

September roses

18 September 2017 11:23:51

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The roses are all bursting into their autumn flush, and how we're enjoying them. They don't do brilliantly here, I think we are a little too limy, but I can't resist them. 

I'm soooooo proud!

30 August 2017 17:21:10
I'm soooooo proud!

I'm soooooo proud!

When the grandkids were here we planted a Betula Jacquemontii for Josh Darlington in the first of the new beds, and I planted several perennials around it. A flower-stem on a penstemon broke off and Cathy decided to 'plant' it so that it could grow. I didn't explain that it was highly unlikely to do anything except die, as I thought that by the time she comes back she'll have forgotten all about it. I trimmed the flower off and most of the stem after she'd gone home and then forgot it myself. So I was astonished to see that it is now producing a few tiny shoots! Her first cutting at the age of five, I am so proud of her! One day, when she's getting her first Gold Medal at Chelsea, I will shed a little tear and think, 'It all started with that tiny penstemon....'

That lovely evening light

29 August 2017 07:33:00

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Took these last week, after a fairly gloomy day it turned i9nto a wonderful evening so we got the camera and took some photos then we spent it in the studio doorway reading our books, watching the sun go down over the Burren. One of those evenings that you do all that gardening for!

In the queue

29 August 2017 07:26:57

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We have been at the garden sales locally, having a big bed extension to plant up, and the side of the house is starting to look like Arnotts at opening time on the first day of the sales. Some of the plants are looking very pot-bound and sad, but they'll perk up with TLC and a good home where they can stretch their roots. Delighted to have acquired some bearded irises very cheap! I will be splitting those in due course a la Monty. 

We're off to Wexford - and apples...

24 August 2017 17:13:26

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We have just booked a weekend break to Wexford over the weekend of Alan's birthday from September 21st to 24th, so we'll be free on the Friday and Saturday of that weekend. We hopw to visit Altamont, but would also like to visit one or two gardens. Is anyone in that area open to visitors on either of those days? I should warn you we will have the dog with us, but he's well behaved and could stay in the car in a shady spot. 

 

Changing the subject, I'm thrilled by the crop of apples on the young trees, though they're so heavy on the small branches that we've had to support one of the trees before it keeled over in the winds. 

Anyone know who all these assignment folks are? Are we being spammed or hacked? Bit worrying, I must say!

Getting there, bit by bit!

06 August 2017 17:33:59

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Between the grandkids, who did indeed have a marvellous time digging and 'helping', and my stint covering holidays at the garden centre, Alan has been left largely to his own devices this week apart from my hasty sketches left on the kitchen table as I rush off in the mornings. But he's doing a great job laying out the path structures and moving big rocks. We did manage to get the bones of the first bed down, just so there's a hint of garden in the distance, and we've had fun between showers playing with designs and planning the nhext stages. Hope to make some woven hazel edging and new herb beds tomorrow. Long way to go, but it does look a bit less like a bomb site and a bit more like the beginnings of a new garden. 

That Father Christmas moment...

21 July 2017 10:00:12

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...When you look out the window at what is supposed to be a glorious new garden and think 'F-f-f-Father Christmas, what have we done?' Mind you, we thought that about the new septic tank and now it's a fantastic mass of flower. Nature, as a friend once poibnted out, is very forgiving, and we are hoping that when the grands are here next week we can plant some trees, including one for Josh Darlington. I hope Mummy has packed lots of muddy-play clothes, but they'll have a whale of a time helping out, and we'll ony do everything twice as slowly as we would on our own, bless them!

Hazel's Open Day

11 July 2017 09:04:25

Bodnant Gardens

02 July 2017 11:12:56

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I last went to Bodnant as a 12 year old with my mum, dad and sister, and my aunt and her family, while on a caravan holiday in Wales, so I had some very happy memories. I didn't remember much about the gardens, but they were lovely. It was around 30 degrees, and very humid, so just as well I'd gt fitter as the Welsh hills are pretty steep! But the formal gardens are lovely, and the rose garden just stops you dead in your tracks. Then you dip down into the beautiful Dell and wander round by the lakeshore where there are some great places to sit and watch for kingfishers. We came back through the Arboretum and across the wild meadow, a warm walk but a lovely one. The family motto is 'Nefoedd ar Ddaear', which for the non-Welsh speakers among us is 'Heaven on Earth'. We wouldn't argue!

I've tried all ways to get the album to upload but it still won't so I'll put some up on FB. 

RHS Harlow Carr

02 July 2017 10:58:45

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We were  really looking forward to the Flower Festival, but wouldn't you know it, it poured thick drizzle all day. The gardens were beautiful, especially the streamside garden that threads all the way down the valley, and the new Woodland Gardens. The veggie gardens for me are the showcase of Harlow Carr, they are so unusually set out and very attractive as well as useful. And the collaboration between the local army unit and schoolkids to recycle old boots was gorgeous. But sad that it was so soggy and gloomy. 

Barnsdale Gardens

29 June 2017 11:54:43

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This garden was really the icing on the cake on our gardens-friends-and-family holiday. We both love Geoff Hamilton - no better man for brightening up a wet weekend in February than one of his DVD series. The individual gardens were so full of inspiration, and each was beautifully situated among borders and plantings that complemented and enhanced each other, so that the gardens borrowed from the borders and vice versa. It was a literal masterpiece.

Bodnant, RHS Harlow Carr and Wisley are all magnificent as showcases, but Barnsdale is a gardener's garden, whether you're a beginner or an experienced gardener looking for new ideas.  We spent a very happy hour in a sunny pub garden down the road that night with paper and pen, sketching plans and pick-n-mixing ideas. There is inspiration for everybody. I just wish it had been a garden.ie outing! The cafe is good too. If you want to go to the UK and see gardens, don't miss it. 

It's an ill bit of sand that blows no good!

08 June 2017 09:20:02

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While we were on the beach with the grandkids in Scotland, Alan got sand in his camera, and the manufacturers have told us it's banjaxed and not worth repairing. So yesterday we treated ourselves to a new camera. I really love doing close-ups, but we didn't want to burden ourselves with a big SLR, so we got a nice little Canon digital and spent a happy hour yesterday in the rain playing with it. We used Oscar as a model yesterday evening for some close-up shots and I have to say he was most unimpressed. Plants are generally much happier to sit still and be photographed!

Meanwhile, back in Blanchardstown....

06 June 2017 15:48:53

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... Jackie has probably forgotten our visit, so far back  in the mists of time was it. But we flew off to Scotland that night and when we got back our Internet had failed completely and we have been a week out of the ether. Having said many times that it's a nuisance and I'd rather live without it, I am now admitting that no, I can't! We have got a new provider who has upgraded us from 1.8mg to 89mg so now we can live stream, whatever that is. 

But I digress from Jackie's wonderful garden and even more wonderful hospitality. No photos I've seen really do justice to this lovely garden. It was a perfect place to sit and chat and while away a sunny morning, drinking coffee and wandering round to look at the myriad of glorious flowers. It's a garden that throws the rule books out the window, it's full of exuberance and fun and colour and is obviously created with such love and passion that it shines. And Jackie provided a delicious lunch and some slips and cuttings too! What more could you ask... 

May the fourth...

04 May 2017 10:34:57

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....be with you! Isn't the May weather glorious? Apart from all the watering - and thank God our well taps into a strong spring. The garden is really starting to bloom despite the dry soil. 

We have a love-hate relationship with this Spanish gorse. It's very well-behaved, doesn't self-seed and apart from one brief spasm in May is as boring as mud. We've gradually taken it out everywhere else and just these two bushes are left. Their days are numbered because the earth wall of the forest garden house will be there, so we're enjoying the flowers now. 

The silene was a slip from Nuala Shanahan at a Johnstown some years ago, its own slips are all over the garden and it's gorgeous. 

Open Arms is just a lovely neat climber. It's buds are the most wonderful deep rose, and the flowers are a honey-pink fading to white. Scented too! It's a bit susceptible to bug attack, but you can't win èm all. 

Lovin' this gorgeous season!

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