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30 September 2009 20:59:11
Visitor to the garden!
This pigeon has been coming to the garden every morning and evening for a drink in the bird bath, he is the largest bird to visit the garden
29 September 2009 20:23:16
Bare Back side!
Hoping it wont be a cold winter or the bare back side of my hedge suffer from the cold!
Have put up some more photos in Back Garden Album showing an improvment!
26 September 2009 18:33:54
Found the first little flower open on this plant today. This is the plant Cooper gave me at Belvedere. So pleased with it! Thanks again Linda.
25 September 2009 19:03:18
I am putting up photos of our back garden, we got a new shed which was put on the other side of the back garden but we are just now getting rid of the old shed, what a mess, it is a major job which hubby has taken on and because the hedge is bare where the shed was he has decided to cut the rest of it back to bring it all in to line. I have concentrated on making two beds for hydrangeas that I had to take out when the new shed was put in, I had already planted them but the holes filled with water and they nearly died so had to take them out and do a major job on the beds with gravel etc to improve the drainage before improving the soil with compost etc. The soil was really terrible sticky glue even after 2 dry weeks. Today I finished one bed and got it planted up, two hydrangeas and some saxifrage "Apple Pie" which is supposed to do in shade as that side of the garden only get the sun in the early morning.
25 September 2009 08:29:51
Oncidium - Orchid
I am putting up a few photos of this especially for Ternie, I bought it in flower as I thought it was unusual and had a lovely delicate perfume, I have now managed to get it back in to flower and I am delighted with it. Not easy to get a good photo these dont do it justice. In Orchid Album
22 September 2009 08:46:42
10 Laws of Gardening
Nothing ever looks like it does on the seed packet.
Your lawn is always slightly bigger than your desire to cut it.
Whichever garden tool you want is always at the back of the shed.
The only way to ensure rain is to give the garden a good soaking.
Weeds grow at percisely the rate you pull them out.
Autumn follows summer, winter follows autumn,drought follows planting.
Evergreens go a funny shade of brown in the winter.
The only way to guarantee all year round colour is to buy a garden gnome.
Howvever bare the lawn grass will grow between the patio stones.
Annuals mean disappointment once a year.
none of this applies to garden.ie gardeners !
21 September 2009 12:52:57
An 8 week bundle of joy!
21 September 2009 10:47:00
New Gladioli to welcome me home!
Back from a visit to my little grand-daughter in Bath, and was welcomed back by a new coloured gladioli, very flamboyant!
12 September 2009 15:00:24
I have had this flower in the garden for about 3 years and always thought it was a Gazinna or something like that but I found the label today and I must try and propagate it. Rachel the web says it does well on dry sunny banks! Might be one to watch out for.
12 September 2009 13:28:29
I bought a packet of Gladoli bulbs - half price I think it was €2.50, didnt think I would get a flower at all this year as I was late putting them in- I have 10 flower stems and so far they are this peachy salmon colour. Better value than 2.50 on a cup of coffee!
09 September 2009 14:27:36
Clara told me to check out the bulbs in our local garden centre, I bought 10 Cheerfulness narcissus (Your right Clara they have a good selection) and then went to Woodies and bought a pot to plant them in as I want them at the door where I can enjoy the perfume when they bloom. On my way back I decided to nip in to Lidl to see what they had, didnt need any of these plants but couldnt resist the price €1.49 each, if you were making a new bed it would be the time to run out and buy a good few, there were a few more differnt ones but I just bought the 3 that I am putting up on photo album "Lidl". By the way sleepers in the Patio Centre were €38 so if you got them for 20 it was a bargain!
07 September 2009 18:37:48
Really enjoyed the afternoon out in the garden. Dug up two hydrangeas as they are looking sick as they have been sitting in a pool of water constantly over the last few weeks, so have decided that when the soil dries out a bit I will replant having filled the botton of the hole with stones for drainage and give them hopefully less water for their feet to sit in.
I also decided that my varigated Myrtle was taking up too much space in the bed at the front so decided to "lift the crown" which I believe is the term for taking off all the lower branches. I am reasonably satisfied with the results which required a lot of work with the secateurs and a saw. this will now give me space to put in some low growing plants or bulbs underneath.
04 September 2009 13:33:30
I see this is the plant for today on the home page, when we were driving over the Pettigo mountains on our way back from Donegal, we saw lots of purple heather, in an other week I'd say it will be at its best, really lovely. This would be the time to see it on the Highlands of Scotland, take note Periwinkle!
03 September 2009 13:12:11
Coffee at the garden centre!
When in Donegal we went to the garden centre for coffee! as you do! and there I saw Ladybird's rose and couldnt resist! I'm sure I could have got it in Dublin in a garden centre near me but JUST INCASE I bought it there and gave it a ride in the car! Ladybird you must have boosted the sale of this rose!
03 September 2009 13:01:27
After the rain!
Just came in for lunch and read your entry Pat, havn't been doing any work in the garden as the ground is too wet but just enjoying getting out and doing a bit of dead heading where I can reach without standing in mud! Took this photo to show some things enjoy the rain. I had to cut this back earlier in the summer as the slugs had made a mess of it and now it has just grown great again.
01 September 2009 20:51:12
Despite the rain!
There is still a lot of colour in the garden and after being away for a few days, I enjoyed a walk round my little garden.