31 January 2010 22:01:02
Beautiful and sunny here though very cold. The garden was neglected though as Sunday is one of our walking days so it was a couple of lovely hours in West Cork.
29 January 2010 16:23:28
Lovely day here and I did a bit of tidying up in the garden. Fabulous scent coming from the Sarcococca (Christmas box)--first day I had noticed it.
25 January 2010 12:27:36
Bad weather passtimes
Ternie was making lovely jewellery, I was more prosaic-- rescuing an unsatisfactory sweater! The sleeves were really wide and floppy at the wrists and even though I knew this I couldn't resist the colour and so I bought it. But I got really sick of the sleeves so ripped out the rib and knitted it back down. One done one waiting--the knitting bit is easy it's getting started is tricky.
22 January 2010 22:09:26
I think it was Myrtle suggested that we could compare our various snowdrops so I took a close-up today. I think I must never have looked at a snowdrop from below before-absolutely amazing!
19 January 2010 12:34:38
When I was admiring Myrtle's snowdrops yesterday I was wondering what was keeping mine. Then this morning when I was doing some badly needed tidying of brown and soggy stuff I suddenly spotted a little white flower! The moral of the story is don't just go looking for things go tidy!
16 January 2010 10:49:42
Miracle of growing from seed
It's hard to believe that one of the tiny green dots in front could turn into a plant like this.(Begonia Semperflorens that I grew last year and brought in at the end of the summer.) The actual seeds are so tiny they wouldn't show up in a photo. By the way I don't think yogurt pots are ideal as the seedlings are too cramped but I'm short of space!
12 January 2010 20:09:55
This morning an amaryllis had collapsed and needed a stake and I certainly wasn't going out to the shed in the rain so I used an old knitting needle.
11 January 2010 20:50:36
Avocado from a stone
Just thought I'd tell how I grew an avocado from a stone --by mistake! I had tried to grow one several times years ago with no success ao gave up the idea. In more recent years I've been putting them in the compost bin and one day when I was weeding I came across this lumpy thing and discovered it was a half avocado stone and it had sprouted!! so I potted it up and brought it indoors. I don't expect it'll ever have fruit but I just love doing funny things like that.
09 January 2010 17:56:19
First seedlings up
Hooray! Something cheerful for a change. The first of the seedlings have come up, a couple of Verbascum and also a couple of Antirrhinum.
07 January 2010 12:18:26
Managed to get a fairly good photo of this redwing.
06 January 2010 21:57:12
We had a tiny flurry of snow this afternoon but mainly it is just extremely cold. A few of did a walk around the Mahon walkway, the Marina and the Atlantic Pond and discovered that it was partially frozen over.
05 January 2010 21:33:33
With Jacinta breathing down my neck (joke!!) I decided to do a job on the Tradescantias. It turned out to be one of those jobs where one thing led to another as one of them had grown so much that it knocked down a few other things when I lifted it and so I ended up having to clean up the whole area! No harm as I had been ignoring it for ages. The light coloured one had plenty of short stems so I took the lazy way out and just cut off the straggly bits. Probably not a good idea. Anyway Jacinta the bits are on the way!
03 January 2010 21:54:11
Took out the seed packets and found some that say sow from January so I got out the yogurt pots and compost and now have six lots of seeds in my little propagator on the warming mat I had for wine making when that was the in thing. I also put in some Protea that I bought in south Africa but I'm not sure if they will do here. Anyway time will tell.
01 January 2010 21:38:34
I've just written a whole lot and when I went to do a photo the writing disappeared! Anyway I've repotted my old ones and my Lidl ones are flowering!(Much shorter version!).
01 January 2010 16:42:24
New Year's Day 2010
I went round the garden this morning and took photos of any bit of a flower I could find and I will do an album in a minute (or 6!). They are mostly just hanging in there and not in great condition!