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DeclanTipp's Journal

DeclanTipp's Journal

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Day 3 similar

12 December 2017 11:30:39

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No change yet though rain is forecast . It’s really dangerous to even walk the dogs so Iam sticking to the fields . No gritters where I live !! 

People manage through , is there an alternative ? Now Iam off to cut some fallen timber kindly donated by next door . P

Bees in garden slumber

11 December 2017 22:56:11

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This cold spell has finally convinced my bees to cluster for their winter snooze . Here’s hoping they have enough supplies till Spring. I’ll be moving some hives away from the veg garden shortly and across the lawn.

In 2016 I started with one hive and now there are six going into year 3 .  I have found since starting bees that iam much more plant aware and have stopped using pesticides . 

Chilly in Tipp today

10 December 2017 20:04:48

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Woke up at 630 no snow. Got up at 930 ( well it is Sunday ) and wow . A winter wonder land . My new bamboo centerpiece was bowed under but only from weight of snow. The trees all looked stunning . The dogs really enjoyed the initial fun . 

Dating Service now ???

28 November 2017 20:54:31

Orchids 2

24 November 2017 17:17:10

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Second few 

Orchids

24 November 2017 14:51:12

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I tried an album but don’t think a photo album can be done from iPhone ( yet ) ? Iam enjoying the orchids of which I have 6 ( 3 here ) . Amazing the varieties available and I see no difference paying Johnstown prices or the far cheaper Aldi costs!!

Abutilon or not ?

12 November 2017 13:34:36

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Not sure this is Abutillon as its looking more Mallow like now ! Does anyone have an opinion ? It was grown from seed and is about 4’ tall . A nice looking plant which didn’t produce flowers this year . 

Ton up !

02 November 2017 19:19:31
Ton up !

Ton up !

Well not quiet a ton but enough for a new Dahlia bed or four ! My neighbour God bless her off loaded some dug up tubers yesterday . Then I had some in pots myself that I believe will do better in beds next year . Thought I had them all done when I discovered more later on . Oh well ...  

We try to hard

31 October 2017 20:39:01

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This little lady has been flowering away all summer on the north facing gable of my house . Growing from the tarmac , no soil , no feeding , no watering ! Still flowering today as I removed some moss. Judy goes to show !!

Nationwide this evening with Shirley Lanigan

30 October 2017 13:26:00

Non Gardening Posts ?

29 October 2017 15:04:17

Abutillon Cuttings

29 October 2017 14:52:42
Abutillon

Abutillon

My first Abutillon was given by a bee keeping friend this year . I am wondering can it be propagated from lateral side shoots like these shown ? I believe the plant itself dies over winter ?

Ideas please ..

20 October 2017 15:37:56
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I've cleared out the Greenhouse beds today and am now wondering how best to make winter use of them ?

Ive planted up one with some Foxgloves that were self seeding about the place and sowed some Bean for Sprint planting out. 

Apary from the various pots and cuttings etc I've room for more ! Just wondering what others do ?

Flower ID

10 October 2017 20:49:24
Flower ID

Flower ID

I must have planted these up from smaller plants or seeds but for the life of me a name is not to hand . They are nice and doing well in the Greenhouse . Hopefully they are perennial ? They look like Pinks ? 

The Gardeners Grumble

08 October 2017 14:13:16

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I came upon this carved stone slab today in the grounds of KELLS Priory and ruins Co Kilkenny . The Ruins date back to the 12th Century and later works in the 1500s . The poem is probably later but still interesting to us gardeners today . Try and read the words if you can but clearer images are available from Mr Google .

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