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Kate & Graham's Journal May 2010

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Bird Quiz ( no prize)

31 May 2010 21:53:41
Mystery bird

Mystery bird

Can anyone identify this bird please? it came into the garden 2 weeks ago and sat on one of the raised beds for about 10 mins opening and closing its beak. It allowed Graham to go to within 10 feet of it before it flew away. It is bigger than a Finch / wagtail about the size of a blackbird. I will put a few pics in an album it may be easier to see.

I'm Back

31 May 2010 20:47:08
Mrs Perry, just flowered today

Mrs Perry, just flowered today

Hi Everyone, I have not been on here for nearly 2 weeks as I have been in Clare with my parents ,I had to take my Dad to Limerick hospital for a little procedure last week he is grand again. I decided to stay down there and do a bit in their garden they are getting on a bit so appreciate the help (she is 81 he is 92 ) bless them they are wonderful. I am adding some pics of my Dads veg garden in mixed album,

We have tickets for Bloom for Thursday really looking forward to it, I think the weather is promised good.I was reading the journals and looking at the pics of the of the guys that went to Chelsea Looks like everyone had a brilliant time.  

Kylemore Abby

21 May 2010 22:28:16
Kylemore Abby

Kylemore Abby

We had some friends over from UK last weekend and we took them to Connemara and while there we just had to visit Kylemore Abby, the walled gardens are just beautiful. I think we were just a little bit too early for the Rhododendron not too many of them were in flower. I have added some pics of the visit.

Beautiful fresh morning

14 May 2010 10:39:48
Raindrops on Leaf

Raindrops on Leaf

It is a beautiful fresh morning here, everything is looking so much better after the rain 

Visitor to our garden this evening

13 May 2010 19:24:00
Visitor to our garden this evening

Visitor to our garden this evening

I could hardly believe my eyes around 7pm when I looked out the living room window and there was a fox drinking from the pond, I got a few pics  (see album)as she was in no hurry to run of.. that has made my day!

Got bit carried away today

12 May 2010 22:13:56
oval blue and white

oval blue and white

We just had new doors put in and it cost less than what we had in the budget for it so what else would I do with the money left over but go to the garden center. 

We are making 2 new beds over by the pond and needed some plants for them, I also wanted to put something into the bed at the corner of the driveway, it already has" forget me not" in a ovel shape so I wanted something to put into this oval ,I got some bedding begonia in white 30 in total they look really nice. see pic in album 12th May.

Now I just need the energy to get it all planted 

List of plants bought today...

2 Brooms....All gold and Lena.

2 Acers...Dissectum / Palmatum Atropurpurem.

2 Buddleja... Royal red / Nanho blue.


Arum Lily.

Hemerocallis  ( Bonanza)

  2Cistus  Alan Fradd /Purpureus

2 white  Chrysanthemum's

2 Geum ( borisii / Mrs Bradshaw


2 hollyhocks

Achillea (cloth of gold )

Malva Moschata 

Portentilla  Aurea

30 white bedding begonia 



85 Geranium ( cranesbill )

10 May 2010 10:37:29


Last October I planted about 90 little geranium plants inside the front wall and after the winter we had I did not expect any of them to survive as they were small and the ground is not great near the wall, I am delighted to see that almost all have survived. I put some new earth with compost added around them on Sat ( that was when I counted them) and they should look good when they flower against the white wall.

Random pics

09 May 2010 23:54:21
Deer in the field on 30th April

Deer in the field on 30th April

I just put some random pics up, things change so fast in the garden this time of year and pictures are a great way of capturing these changes, 

Sunset in Roscommon 9th May

09 May 2010 21:21:58


06 May 2010 09:08:10

€2 delights

05 May 2010 21:20:55


04 May 2010 22:25:13


My Amaryllis which flowered at Christmas last year has still not flowered this year, it has produced a stem which is now 31 ins long and still growing. I followed instructions I got on the internet which said to put the root in the bottom of the fridge for 8 weeks in October then pot it up and it would start to grow again, It has a flower bud for weeks now but seems to be taking ages to open, Just took this pic tonight 


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