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I can't believe it!

12 November 2017 15:08:03

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Months after I gave up putting up journals because the site refused to upload albums, I've just gone to upload and it's exactly the same! Obviously Gerry, Craig et al have lost interest altogether. How sad. It was so great to be able to keep all the collections of memories from our gardens. Anyway here are a couple more of today's photos. 

The Very Last Project!

12 November 2017 15:02:19
The Very Last Project!

The Very Last Project!

Yeah, right, I hear you say. Well, of course we'll be tweaking and changing bits and incorporating new plants here and there throughout the garden - that's what gardeners do, isn't it? But three and a half months of backbreaking earth-moving have taught us that we may be fit but there is an age limit to landscaping by hand. Apart from anything else, the rest of the garden has been pretty thoroughly neglected and there's a lot of catching up to do. 

There are still some bits to finish - the summerhouse needs building,  plus some stonework, including the bed for the second yew. But the bulbs are in and the bulk of the perennials too, and the majority of the trees, all except the apple I hope to graft next year and some bare-root woodland edge shrubs when they come in at work. 

We're delighted with it, and can't wait to see it all growing, it's so much nicer than the old drive. But we have both had enough of major projects and are looking forward to going back to ordinary gardening again. After all, even the good Lord knew when to say, 'Okay, that's all  need to create!' and take a day off!

I've put up an album of photos from the beginning if anyone wants a look.

The new baby's growing!

04 October 2017 09:09:12

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Well the ex-drive actually has the end in sight. I don't know how many barrowloads of gravel and topsoil Mr S has shifted, or how many of turf-dust I have, but the soil's nice for the new plants anyway and we are getting so well-muscled we could enter competitions! It's been lovely planting the baby trees. The first of the Irish yews to go in today or tomorrow. Now that Alan's finally fully retired (or as retired as he's going to get, anyway), it should rocket on. Just as well as the autumn maintenance is piling up!

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. 

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