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fraoch's Journal November 2010

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Snow in Cork!

30 November 2010 10:54:56
Snow in Cork!

Snow in Cork!

Woke up this morning, just the same frost as the last few days. Stood up after breakfast to get ready to go out and all was changed, snow pouring down. It's almost stopped now, but activities for the day have been cancelled. That's the great thing about being retired, you have a choice about most things.

Snow (or just frost?) on Avocado.

28 November 2010 11:35:59
Snow (or just frost?) on Avocado.

Snow (or just frost?) on Avocado.

This is my Avocado, grown from a stone, with a light dusting of ,I think, snow, but maybe it's just frost. I would have thought it would be dead by now!

Tree silhouettes

27 November 2010 19:56:39
Tree silhouettes

Tree silhouettes

I was interested in the piece in the Irish Garden as the picture was quite like the Ash tree at the end of my garden.

More Autumn leaves

25 November 2010 19:48:22
More Autumn leaves

More Autumn leaves

This is Viburnum Opulus, the Guelder Rose. It's only a couple of years old.

Up already!

24 November 2010 21:47:32
Up already!

Up already!

I only planted these Autumn Crocus a few weeks ago and lo and behold they're flowering!

Full moon

21 November 2010 20:50:40
Full moon

Full moon

This is my pathetic entry. Either I need a better camera, or I left it too late or I'm just a useless photographer! Is there a booby prize?

Pots planted up

21 November 2010 20:31:21
Pots planted up

Pots planted up

I called to Woodie's yesterday to get some Nyjer seed for the birds and some Violas for a bit of colour. Needless to say I had a look at the reduced rack as well and got a variegated Vinca and a yellow Chrysanthemum.This morning was lovely so I potted up some of the Violas with the Vinca, some more with some Lamium that I had dug up from under the trees and put the rest in a bowl I got (reduced of course) last year with a small conifer and a few Polyanthus. Then I did some cutting back in the front as the path was being encroached on and shredded that for the compost bin. I took the afternoon off then and went bird-watching in East Cork-- very interesting though  it was really cold!!

Cornflower out of season

20 November 2010 19:49:30
Cornflower out of season

Cornflower out of season

Spotted this in the garden this morning, I always think you appreciate things more when they are unexpected.

Perennial sweet pea seeds?

19 November 2010 21:33:33
Perennial sweet pea seeds?

Perennial sweet pea seeds?

I have a few pods that look almost ripe if anyone is interested. It's pinky-purple, I think quite ordinary.

Minor wind damage

18 November 2010 20:12:27
Minor wind damage

Minor wind damage

Went out yesterday morning to have a look around and this is what I saw. Luckily there were only Petunias in both the window box and the pots in the plant stand and they were on their last legs anyway. I put the broken bits in water and the rest of them out on the patio in the back to finish off their lives!

Bad night here

16 November 2010 19:57:15
Really wet and windy to such an extent that our card group called off the game tonight -- unprecedented!

In the garden today I found...

12 November 2010 19:44:52
not an unexpected flower, but a trowel I had mislaid months ago!! Why are so many garden tools green????

And another...

11 November 2010 19:25:37
And another...

And another...

This morning I found this Cranesbill with a flower.

Unexpected flower

11 November 2010 19:23:02
Unexpected flower

Unexpected flower

This Streptocarpus got left on the patio earlier in the year, and to my amazement yesterday morning I spotted a flower on it!

Glad this Petunia broke off..

08 November 2010 13:58:05
Glad this Petunia broke off..

Glad this Petunia broke off..

Because I never noticed before the lovely markings at the centre of the flower. This is the second bud to open indoors, in water, and there's another one I'm hopeful about.

Leaves ...for Fran

06 November 2010 21:05:23
Leaves ...for Fran

Leaves ...for Fran

Would these qualify me?

Not too many leaves left

06 November 2010 20:50:13
Not too many leaves left

Not too many leaves left

Did another bit of leaf-clearing this morning and it looks as if the worst is over!

Autumn colour in Fota

05 November 2010 20:26:57
Autumn colour in Fota

Autumn colour in Fota

Went to Fota on Wed to see the colour, will put up album.

Flowering in November

04 November 2010 19:57:25
Flowering in November

Flowering in November

I went out the other day to see if I could find anything in flower in the garden and was amazed to count over twenty different species. Admittedly some of them are just hanging in there and a bit scruffy! I'll put up an album .

Rescued Petunia

01 November 2010 22:04:25
Rescued Petunia

Rescued Petunia

The plastic greenhouse broke a bit of a Petunia when it fell on it and as it had a few buds I stuck it in water--and now I have a flower!

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