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Kate & Graham's Journal November 2010

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Back in Dublin

29 November 2010 17:41:29
Mystery footprints in the snow

Mystery footprints in the snow

Drove back from Roscommon this afternoon. The main roads and motorway are fine , the small country roads are the worst so care is needed.I brought back some Carnation's I have rooted in small pots, and also some Grape Hyacinth, I planted some of the bulbs in pots...so if anyone  wants  some I will take them with me on Saturday

I took this pic this morning, I think we must have had a little visitor during the night  judging by the prints in the snow 

Lace made in the garden

28 November 2010 10:09:22
Nature at its best

Nature at its best

Another beautiful morning here, it again made some snow overnight, and it is very cold, but the sky is blue and the sun is bright. I checked the temp in the glasshouse earlier -5  .............. took some pics which I will put into an album. The snow makes everywhere so beautiful, it is hard not to keep taking pics..  I love this pic of a spiders web, which is on the corner of the glasshouse, I think it looks just like lace...

Beautiful morning

27 November 2010 10:04:51
Ray of sunshine

Ray of sunshine

Beautiful morning down here in Roscommon


25 November 2010 21:32:06


Down in Roscommon tonight until Monday, it is very cold but dry. I got this Cyclamen from Garry for Mothers day and when it finished flowering I thought that was it ... but seems the cold down here suits it as it is in full bloom on the kitchen window

A stake too far

23 November 2010 21:05:36
see album for more pics

see album for more pics

I discovered this in the garden this evening, some time in the past I must have put this metal bar with a forked top up against the Viburnum to keep it straight and forgot all about it . Now the stem has grown around it and in a strange way it looks  kind of good. I should be punished for being so cruel to the poor plant , in my defence I will say I am sure it was only till I got a proper stake ... and I got distracted and forgot ......

Visit to Howth

21 November 2010 22:05:10
Beautiful bird

Beautiful bird

We stayed in Howth with friends this weekend ... went for a walk along the cliff this morning .. added some pics to an album if anyone wants to have a look ...There are some beautiful views from the cliff top  .. the camera does not do them justice. The seal and the gull were out at Howth Harbour 

Visit to Jacinta

21 November 2010 20:43:14


16 November 2010 16:53:07

Great day out in Co Wicklow

15 November 2010 20:14:59
Botanic Gardens

Botanic Gardens

We had a great day in Wicklow. Over 40 of us descended on Cappagh Nurseries in Aughrim this morning, and spent a few very enjoyable hours in the sunshine, completing lists of questions set for us by out tutor on all aspects of the nursery .I picked up my order which I had sent in last week and of course added a few more items that I could not resist. It is a lovely place. We left around 2ish and headed to Kilquade where we filled another Questionnaire on the different gardens they have set up there.  We did not have enough time really, so a return visit is a must... I have to say my head is spinning after such a busy day. For anyone that is interested this is the list of plants I came home with

Arbutus Unedo

25 Escallonia ingramii  (for hedging

Euonymus europeus

Gingko biloba

Symphoricarpus chen. 'Hancock'

Symphoricarpus alba laevigatus

Paulowinia tomentosa

Weigelia 'Bristol Ruby.'

Weigelia florida 'Folius Purpureus'

Rubus Tricolor

Rhus Glabra

Lonicera nitida

Lonicera pileata

Callicarpa Profusio

Arabis Old Gold                                                    



Nursery visit

12 November 2010 23:11:25
Leaves at Dunamon Castle

Leaves at Dunamon Castle

 A group of us  from college are going to visit Van der Wel nursery in Aughrim in Co  Wicklow on Monday.  I have already sent in my order  for bare rooted trees and also some hedging and shrubs  I have ordered a Gingko Biloba,I had never heard of it until I started this course, there is one in the college and I like the look of it, also I have been told that it was the first tree to be grown after the Hiroshima nuclear bomb so I think the it should be able for a bit of frost in Ireland :) I have also ordered Arbutus Unedo and Eunoymus Europeas again there are some in the college and I like the look of them. Another one on my list is a Sumach also some Escallonia for hedging around the Haggard,  I lost most of the Griselinia I put in last year due to the frost, so I will try Escallonia this time...


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