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29 November 2010 15:29:35
Moved to a warmer spot.
I have just taken all my pots out of the cold frame, a lot of them were frozen solid, even though I had bubble wrap over them. I have now moved them in to the boiler house and although they wont get much light they will be warmer. It wont be too warm as it is a long passageway which has been roofed over. I really dont want to lose them as it sounds like this weather is here for the rest of the week.
All the plants in the garden are looking sad even the one with the hat on!
29 November 2010 15:18:23
Its a great life!
My little grandson arrived safe and sound this morning (doubt if he will get tomorrow) and of course the plan was to build a snowman. Graddad was off so I had a helper which was just as well as the snow was so dry that it wouldnt stick together. so he cut the bottom out of an old bin and filled it with snow, like you would if you were make sandcastles! and this is the result:)
28 November 2010 16:19:50
I know you are all ............
fed up with me and my acer but its on my mind again! Its a mother and child thing!
28 November 2010 10:54:58
I took this through the window this morning, must put the boots on and get out and enjoy it!
27 November 2010 16:24:06
Rose in the snow.
I took this one! For some reason brought back a poem that we learned in school by Joseph Mary Plunkett " I see His blood upon the rose". Hadnt thought of it in a long time.
27 November 2010 12:42:12
I wrapped up well and went out to put some of my pots in the boilerhouse. The ones that were in small pots and would get frozen through quickly and the more precious ones. The rest I have covered with fleece in the coldframe and then put old car mats on top of the lid, hopfully will give them a better chance. I brought in to the house my pot with 5 little cuttings from Clara's geranium, one promised to Liga, and one to give back to Clara as I think she lost hers. Hopefully they will survive to the spring when I will hand them over, not going to disturb them now for the get-to-gether.
27 November 2010 08:45:20
27th Nov 2010
I dont remember thunder and lightening with snow, very strange. Not going anywhere this morning, will have to forget about seeing Santa. Oh I was looking forward to it :(
View from window, still in dressing gown!
26 November 2010 14:13:30
This one survived outdoors all last winter but may not be quite as hardy, but it is a beauty!
26 November 2010 14:11:07
I have two Fuchsias which I would be happy to bring on the 4th. This one is hardy.
25 November 2010 20:59:13
Was in Powerscourt today and had a quick visit to the garden centre where I bought 20 tulips for €3 ! Half price. Now I already had planted quite a lot of tulips but at that price it was worth getting a few more! I had this kind last year and they are still in the ground but whether they will flower or not I dont know, so I will add some of these which I know WILL flower.
25 November 2010 20:48:05
Rudbeckia 'Cherry Brandy'
On 12th Nov I put up a journal with seeds for anyone who was going to the get-to-gether. Here is another one to add to the list, I promised Jacinta some I know. I saved a flower head and dried it off and this is a photo of what I got, I hope they ARE the seeds! Maybe Clara can tell us. Anyone who wants any of these or the others let me know.
22 November 2010 17:24:31
Plants are like people
You know the sort of plants you have in your garden for years, mostly unnoticed, not very beautiful or showy, but doing a very good job of, say covering a wall, or being a good background to other more beautiful plants.
They dont cause problems by encroaching on other plants and spoiling their shape or beauty. Their roots dont become a hidden menace underground, popping up where they are not wanted.They dont throw their weight around by self-seeding everywhere and causing a nuisance. They dont grow so fast that you have to keep chopping them back to keep them in their place.They dont just flower once and then you have to try and hide their ugly foliage for the rest of the year.
When we do take time to notice these great plants in detail, we realise not only do they do a great job in a quiet and unobrusive way but they also have a special beauty that is present in every season and can give us great pleasure if we only take the time to look and appreciate them.
This euonymus is in my garden for 27 years and came from our first house. It has a varigated leaf which is a lovely fresh creamy green in the spring, it demands very little attention and has these lovely berries on this wet and cold November day.
I dont even know its full and proper name. Shame on me for taking it for granted.
18 November 2010 12:50:49
I rescued my pot with these from under the ruin of the Lidl greenhouse and brought them indoors and they are now in bloom. I think they would look nice mixed in with the pink ones in the garden so I will plant them there in the Spring.
15 November 2010 10:31:28
Recovered well over the summer, although in a sheltered spot still had frost on it this morning.
15 November 2010 10:00:34
A cold and frosty morning
Icing on my Sedum "Autumn Joy"
13 November 2010 14:54:40
Pleasure in the details
I think this is the time of year when we give more attention to the details of plants and it gives much pleasure. I had put up a photo of my Fatsia flower a few journals back but yesterday I noticed that it had opened fully. The photo wont show just how lovely it is, balls of tiny flowers. Well it gave me pleasure anyway!
12 November 2010 17:39:55
I have quite a few seeds and as I will only be sowing a small amount myself I thought I would bring them on 4th. If you would like some I will put your name on some.
Here is the list:
Tall Blue Cornflower
Dodecatheon "Queen Victoria"
11 November 2010 19:16:30
Abbey House Gardens, Malmesbury.
When watching Alan Titchmarsh on Tues I was reminded of this garden which we visited in June 2009. It is known for being owned by The Naked Gardeners. But we saw no naked bodies on the day we were there and it is a really beautiful garden, I would like to go back again.
11 November 2010 14:00:43
I need sympathy :(
I was just making lunch when Ron looked out back door and said "I have bad news for you". I looked out and my Lidl greenhouse had blown over! The frame broken in a few places and scattered everywhere, the plastic completely useless as it had ripped up a full seam. So that is gone in the bin, part of the frame may be useful as shelving, but I'm not going out again in this weather as I have a sore eye and dont want the wind to make it worse. I had a few pots of things I wanted to try to keep over the winter, like Rachel's canna, some pots with bulbs and a big pot with my Dahlia Bishop of Llanddaff. I also had a pot with Nerine Alba, which had 2 flower stems and I had hoped to save it from the weather, I have now brought it in to the house and hope I will still be able to enjoy the blooms. Some of the pots were knocked over and I have had to repot them but I am just glad I didnt have more stuff in there.
11 November 2010 12:06:26
Despite the weather!
Hubby was off yesterday and we spent a lot of the day getting rid of leaves. I think today should bring down the remainder and then we will have a final clean up. It does look a good bit better. I noticed several flowers on my carpet rose, very cheery dispite the weather!
11 November 2010 12:00:36
Liga I have this in bloom!
Not easy to show in photo!
07 November 2010 22:00:40
A Quote for Fran
As you all know we had a great evening at Frans belated birthday party (Thanks to Maria who was the perfect hostess). We even enjoyed his garden in the dark. Both his home and garden show the eye Fran has for making beautiful things. I found the following quote which I think is very appropriate for Fran's special birthday:
Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old - Franz Kafka
May the beauty of your garden grow with each year!
01 November 2010 19:05:13
Would anyone like this?
This dahlia does not fit in to my colour scheme for this bed and I havnt enough space anywhere else so if anyone who is near enough to collect it either from here or at next get-to-gether can have it. I will not keep it over the winter. This is the flower on it at the moment.
01 November 2010 13:39:00
Found this photo of Helen Dillions Rhapsody in Blue. Will add it to the "Olga's Visit" album.