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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal December 2010

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Spring kicks in!

31 December 2010 20:40:55
Spirea 'Snowmound'

Spirea 'Snowmound'

Had a few minutes out in the garden this evening. Was delighted to see this Spirea 'Snowmound' spring into new growth, albeit slowly. The rest of the shrub is almost totally blackened at this stage. I just love this one, it produces beautiful arching branches of tiny white clusters of flowers resembling a heavy snowfall (like, we have had enough of the white stuff).

"Shiny Happy People"

31 December 2010 18:54:21
'Shiny Happy People'

'Shiny Happy People'

As a Goodwill gesture the water restrictions have been lifted for the New Year. Haven't been able to shower here since last Sunday. Wahoo! Steve nearly had to drag me out of it. It's amazing the way we take the simple little things in life for granted. But come on! We ARE an island, and are surrounded by water. It has been very difficult going to work, and dealing with the public, without the magic of running water. Happy Camper now, though. Going out to put on 4 washes before it's cut off again tomorrow.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYBODY.

Sagittarians Kill Rhododendrons

31 December 2010 05:51:13
Rhododendron 'Goldflimmer'

Rhododendron 'Goldflimmer'

According to Anna Pavord, Sagittarians are responsible for killing the most Rhododendrons. Rachel, that comment sure made me laugh. This is the only Rhodo I have ever owned. Remember last summer when I asked Steve to pull it up out of its pot so I could give it a bigger one? Steve accidentally broke half of it off. I thought this was a 'gonner' but now the bit left is looking decidedly like a 'standard' and lots of buds too.

Please excuse all the weeds in the compost. A job for this weekend, before it comes into flower. 

Something to look forward to....

30 December 2010 20:02:40
Aquilegia 'Winky Blue'

Aquilegia 'Winky Blue'

I love ALL Aquilegias. But this one only gets to about 10 inches. Really looking forward to a bit of summer colour.

Joy in the greenhouse

30 December 2010 06:05:44
Joy in the greenhouse

Joy in the greenhouse

My Abutilon is still flowering its socks off. I smile at it every time I open the door. The sheer audacity of it performing so well under such harsh conditions recently. Ah! just give me the simple pleasures in life. Everything in the greenhouse needs hydration badly. Unfortunately it will have to be put on hold. No water here since Sunday. Bummer.

There for the taking

29 December 2010 21:07:14
3 nice little Acers

3 nice little Acers

Accomplished so much today. Have finally disposed of ALL cyclamen, leaving a lot of bare shelves. Spent a bit of time reducing stuff all day in the hope I can draw customers back out. After hearing about Deborah's Clematis bargain yesterday, I reduced all of ours to 50c. If they don't sell at that price over the next 1-2 weeks, I will reduce further. Already, there is active growth on all of these.

We have some Acers here that just don't sell very quickly. My argument is that we get them in way too late in the season for them to ever have the chance to go. Some things I don't have the authority to cancel as they are Allocations from Head Office. Lovely ones here priced at €44.99. I reduced them for the third time today, down to €15. So we'll see. Other ones (€7.99) were brought down to just 20c each. Bought 3. These only grow to about 100cm so can fit easily into ANY garden (All are palmatums 'Little Princess', 'Sango-Kaku' and 'Orange Dream'). These were bought for my new area with David in mind.

Also got 2 (4pack) Sedum spurium 'Purpureum' for 50c  each for some possible swaps later on. Did well getting the lot for just €1.60. Verrrry happy.

Tea and Sympathy

29 December 2010 20:01:24
Tea and Sympathy

Tea and Sympathy

Managed to get just a few moments out in the garden this evening in daylight. Dusk fell so quickly. Another broken planter. Only bought this cup and saucer last year, not impressed to say the least. Here comes a big tube of Evostik!

Fern

28 December 2010 22:56:23
Dryopteris convulata

Dryopteris convulata

So relieved that this one has survived. It must be evergreen?

Belfast Sink

28 December 2010 22:20:20
Belfast sink today

Belfast sink today

These echeveras are looking pretty respectable at this time of the year. Was a bit concerned.

In mourning

28 December 2010 20:51:00
In mourning

In mourning

What a traumatic day I had today in work. I knew during the bad weather that this day was coming. I could see all my cyclamen losing the will to live day by day. When I had all the indoor plants tended to, out I went. This is only a very small portion of what I had to dispose of in the skip. More of the same tomorrow, and the day after.

Todays bargain

28 December 2010 18:15:40
One flower stem stll to enjoy

One flower stem stll to enjoy

This WAS a two-stemmed Amaryllis. On one of the days that I was off, the lads were responsible for watering indoor plants. OMG everything was soaked. The first flower stem rotted before it even had the opportunity to flower. So I cut that off today, and bought it for 50c. I like 50c bargains. :)

Ice Cubes

28 December 2010 06:27:27
Ice Cubes

Ice Cubes

While outside yesterday I emptied out a bucket that was completely filled with ice. Some ice cube, it was, measuring 12inches in diameter x 12 in depth. But another container with a smaller bit of ice was also emptied. Obviously there were leaves in the container before all this snow occurred. It reminded me to make up some pretty ice cubes, possibly for ringing in the New Year. They would be lovely with some herbs placed into the trays prior to freezing, like mint, bay etc. They could be used to cheer up some cocktails by chopping up strawberries. The choice is endless.

Curious Gardener

27 December 2010 20:52:39
Meet Froggle

Meet Froggle

My grandson, David, is going to have a small section of the garden built with HIM in mind for next year. I aim to provide surprise elements in this area to encourage him to use his imagination as he gets older. Already he is a curious little chappy. When he picks something up for the first time, he turns it over, examines it, turns it over again, licks it, then does his best to eat it and grind his only 2 teeth on it. Already he has tried this on a number of my houseplants which are positioned on the floor due to their big size.So plants are now part of his diet.:) He loves Schlumbergera, especially ones that are like 27years old and really woody. 

I have started a small collection of frogs, and there are also some real ones in the garden, and today I bought this lovely verdigris fishing frog in Homebase. I can use it as a bird bath, or just let it sit on its own under some nice foliage. Either way, I reckon he will tempt David to peer closer.

Out and about today!

27 December 2010 19:41:41
Crocus-growing kit

Crocus-growing kit

We decided to get out for a bit today. Headed over to Homebase where we were met by an almost empty Garden Centre except for a few shrubs. All bedding plants had been removed from the benches. Bargains to be had in Paperwhites, Amaryllis, Hyacinths etc. At the checkouts I spotted some nice little gift sets containing growing jars with Crocusses. Never saw these being sold for indoor growing. And at only €1.99 a box, who could resist. So I bought 2. Should make pretty little indoor displays when my Hyacinths go over.

The roads were dirty and slushy, but mainly clear. We didn't even travel very far and I was amazed with the amount of huge pot-holes in the roads. There was even a section of a ramp that had become dislodged from the rest of it, making it a real hazard as it had upturned, especially to an unsuspecting cyclist. Not good in this day and age. Surely roads should be built to last. It has been lashing here since about 2.30. So much water out there, and NONE in our taps. Lots of burst pipes around the area so the water has been cut off. Luckily we still have a decent supply out in the garage from the last water cuts.

Where there's life, there's hope!

27 December 2010 09:48:45
Buddlea 'globosa'

Buddlea 'globosa'

I am an eternal optimist. I will avoid trampling outside on the slushy grass today. Otherwise it will end up like a quagmire. Yea, I probably have lost a few things, but not too much. And they can always be replaced.

Fintan sent me some cuttings of Buddlea 'globosa' (Orange Ball tree) a few weeks ago. Happy to say all three are showing signs of growth already, one in particular is doing really well. Thanks, Fintan.

 

 

'Spin Cycle'

27 December 2010 07:44:21
'Spin Cycle'

'Spin Cycle'

Wow, what a night of constant rain. All day yesterday, temperatures only reached 3 degrees. It got higher overnight - up to 5/6 degrees. So much water and thick thick slush out on the road. In the back garden, the snow has melted so much that you can now see the original footprints from me walking through the grass during our first fall of snow. There was still 6 inches of snow here yesterday. Let the temperature gauge keep on rising.

It looks like my garden needs a 'spin cycle' to shake off any excess.

Getting bored again!

26 December 2010 17:39:12
Plump pigeon

Plump pigeon

Birds have been feeding frantically all day, for the last week or so. They have an array of different foods out there. And twice a day I am throwing out bits of bread, apples, grated cheese and birdseed. Blackbirds and thrushes have been at each others throats over titbits. And at last the Foldfinches have returned to my garden.The pigeons don't look as if they have starved in any way.

A steady temperature today of 3 degrees. And it's raining nicely now. But things are to get below freezing yet again. I feel another 'doss day' is on the cards for tomorrow. Must make a shopping list for Steve.

Avalanche!

26 December 2010 13:43:25
Paralysed from the waist down

Paralysed from the waist down

After reading Frans journal, I UNTIED myself from the kitchen sink and went out in pj's to give all a quick inspection. I didn't venture too far. No need as I can see the whole lot from under the loggia. There is a big thaw underway. Everything is dripping. Where is all this water going to end up? Shrubs have lost the majority of their snow blankets, but there is still an awful lot of snow on the ground. It has been so long since I saw the water in the ponds. My poor angel looks like she is paralysed from the waist down with all the snow.

And while looking at everything, I was treated to a bloody AVALANCHE of snow that came crashing down on my head from the Loggia overhead, and now it's running down the back of my neck.

I reckon I should STAY tied to the kitchen sink.!

PJ Party!

26 December 2010 12:23:56
Look what Santa brought for Steve (hee hee)

Look what Santa brought for Steve (hee hee)

The day went magically smooth yesterday despite having the turkey and ham cooked WAY TOO soon. Steve's Mam and Dad were here for festivities, all had a brill day. Steve and I were racing around like headless chickens (sorry, turkeys!)  sharing cooking responsibilities. Must say we made a good team. Up since 5.00am this morning. Internet went shortly after midday yesterday and has only come back 5 minutes ago. Don't know how Rachel managed having none for over 3 weeks. However, back on-line now. Didn't get ANYTHING garden-related for CHristmas, but I did get a book voucher and a voucher for a 'Nail and Beauty Bar'. So both will end up being used as a result of the garden. :) To be quite honest, if I had been presented with NOTHING, I wouldn't mind one bit. Santa didn't disappoint David on his first Christmas. And that is worth its' weight in gold.

Today is going to be a more relaxed affair. Not answering the door to anyone I don't know. Staying in PJ's and scrubbing my kitchen until it looks 'like a little dairy' (as my Mam would always say).

I am half tempted to start putting all the decorations away. I know that would probably horrify a lot of you out there. I was always impatient to get my tree up, then just as impatient to get it down. I don't think it has EVER been there till the 6th January. I just get in a hurry to have everything back to normal. But today, I will do nothing much. It will be a 'self-service' day. 

Happy New Year!

Timing's all wrong

25 December 2010 11:56:14
Timing's all wrong

Timing's all wrong

Don't know how I managed to have the turkey and ham cooked already. Dinner is not until 2.00 at the earliest. But then, it's a lot easier to carve the meat when it is a bit cooler. Hmmm, I feel a beverage coming on!  Hee hee.

Room with a view

25 December 2010 05:40:25
Room with a view

Room with a view

While wrapping all my pressies yesterday in my bedroom, I was given a 'birds' eye' view of this beautiful Thrush sitting on top of the Cordyline that didn't die last winter. I wonder now will it survive!

OOOH I HEAR A NOISE DOWNSTAIRS.......SANTA.

Hard Hat Area

24 December 2010 22:31:36
Hard Hat Area

Hard Hat Area

Maybe you remember a couple of weeks ago, I reported that part of the gutter on the front of my house caved in with the weight of the snow. I had forgotten about it really until today. Going down to Dad with pressies and spotted some huge icicles hanging again. Amazing. But I thought it was largely due to the missing piece of gutter until, on the way down, I realized that everybodys seemed to be more or less the same. Strange that.

I knocked them off from the upstairs bedroom with a sweeping brush (as advised by Fran, way back then). The longest icicle measured about 2 and a half feet in length and about 2 inches in diameter. It could have inflicted a horrific injury to an unsuspecting visitor. 

Santa doesn't come to dirty boys!

24 December 2010 18:40:19
Santa's coming to MY house tonight!

Santa's coming to MY house tonight!

Not that he was exactly forced into his little bath, he loves every minute of it. David has just been wrapped in swaddling clothes and had a bottle (I'm next). All ready for Santa's arrival. Christmas has been given a whole new dimension as of from this year. Wahoo!

A bad case of dandruff!

24 December 2010 16:12:23
A bad case of dandruff!

A bad case of dandruff!

Can't seem to shift this bothersome dandruff over the last few weeks. Pass the Head and Shoulders.

Job satisfaction

23 December 2010 22:45:17
All mine!

All mine!

I forget what it feels like. It has been 3 weeks since I worked PROPERLY in MY garden centre. Yes, it's MINE!

Men at work!

23 December 2010 21:45:30
Men at work!

Men at work!

It's a wonder why these lads weren't out in our carpark three weeks ago when the snow was constant. I suppose 'better late than never'.

He must be on his way!

23 December 2010 17:21:29
He must be on his way!

He must be on his way!

Oooh it's getting close now. Just think how much at home Santa will feel flying over, and landing in Ireland right now with all this snow. Home from home! Hope you're all behaving yourselves!

Time consuming job

23 December 2010 06:00:42
Orchids in the Ladies

Orchids in the Ladies

It is extremely difficult when tending to all our indoor plants as we don't have water-tight shelving. After a lesson in Orchid care at my party last Friday, I took all the orchids into the Ladies the other day and gave each of them 2 litres of water. Put them all to drain into the handbasins. I must make sure I don't leave a trail of water all over the shop for someone to slip on.

Customers who came in to use the Ladies had to share the handbasins with the orchids. No choice. Gotta make sure I don't have to sell these off too cheaply like last year. But I am STILL not tempted to buy any more.

Hot Stuff!

22 December 2010 20:02:00
Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas

Pretty cold start to this morning, and that was INDOORS. However, we decided to head out for a short while to complete our Christmas shopping, and grocery shopping. All sorted now. Steve wasn't able to fix the heating, so family members were called upon. Luckily it is now in full swing. It is a pleasure to, once again, be able to sit here in short sleeves. Just the way I want it, for now.

I feel that I can sit back and relax finally. So tonight I shall indulge in just the one, as I don't finish up work until Friday evening. So, Happy Christmas, everyone!

Meticulous grooming

22 December 2010 18:48:17
Meticulous grooming

Meticulous grooming

It never ceases to amaze me how fastidious the birds are, even with their winter grooming. Captured these birds bathing in the bit of ice-free water in the Upper Pond today. Oooh! it made me shiver just watching them. But then I suppose a bird's gotta look her best at ALL times!

You learn something new every day!

22 December 2010 14:31:51
Food for the birds

Food for the birds

I wasn't aware that the birds would feed off this Malus 'Red Sentinel'. I have enjoyed the ornamental apples for quite a long time. It's their turn now!

Contemplating the options....

22 December 2010 07:58:37
Contemplating the options....

Contemplating the options....

I have been up since 5.15am. Couldn't log on to Garden.ie.

Still have no heating, so I stuck the gas oven on to heat this dining room cum kitchen. Temps finally have climbed up to a whopping 11 degrees, from 3 degrees at 5.15. If we can't sort it out today, I may contemplate STICKING MY HEAD IN THE OVEN!

Only Joking! I might miss my Grandsons delightful expressions on Christmas morning. Couldn't have THAT!

Would you believe......

21 December 2010 21:16:53
Would you believe......

Would you believe......

That this Abutilon is still flowering in my greenhouse today?

Thoughtful gift

21 December 2010 20:33:27
'Nature Pendant'

'Nature Pendant'

Got this beautiful pendant as a Birthday gift from a couple of girls in work yesterday. Couldn't have picked a more appropriate present. It's Newbridge Silver 'Nature Pendant'. And there was I thinking they didn't know me very well, as I spend most of my working day outdoors.

We better just 'grit' our teeth....

21 December 2010 18:40:34
We better just 'grit' our teeth....

We better just 'grit' our teeth....

Unbelievable. Snowing all day, practically non-stop. We still have no heating. Steve has been trying to get rid of the airlock since he came in from work. No joy. Hopefully he will get a better run at it tomorrow as we are both off to do our last bit of CHristmas shopping. I might even buy an electric blanket or two!!! Either that, or sleep fully clothed. Why is the bathroom always the coldest room of the house? 

I can't wait until the summer, when the sky will be a completely different colour to the ground.

 

Happiness is.....

21 December 2010 13:54:30
Happiness is.....

Happiness is.....

Your hands wrapped around a big mug of Cadbury's Bournville Cocoa.

Brrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

21 December 2010 06:15:56
Brrrrr!!!!!!!

Brrrrr!!!!!!!

OMG the thermometer here in the dining room is reading 3 degrees. We have had no heating here since my party on Friday night. Except for the open fire in the small front room where we are all getting on each others nerves, and David is running over everyone's toes in his walker. Oil couldn't be delivered yesterday, probably due to demand. If it doesn't come today, I'm going back to bed and not getting up until March.

I think there was a major blunder when I was born. I was born on the wrong continent!

Back to square one!

20 December 2010 20:45:38
5 minutes ago

5 minutes ago

This horrible white stuff is beginning to feel quite like a normal winter. It has been snowing here since 4 o'clock. Lots more up in the sky.

The Moon

20 December 2010 19:46:37
The Moon

The Moon

Weird moon this morning. Wish I had a better camera.

Ok, that doesn't look so weird. WIsh I had a better camera anyway!

Here we go again!!!!!

20 December 2010 19:18:12
Here we go again!!!!!

Here we go again!!!!!

Not a journal about the heavy blizzard outside for the last 3 hours. This is just to say that I should really apply for a vacancy for Santa this year. With my third (ok this little one isn't too bad) Birthday cake, my waistline is getting bigger and b i g g e r and b  i  g  g  e   r. Santa would be soooooo envious of my winter padding. That's IT. No more!

Happy Birthday to Me!

20 December 2010 06:26:57
Keep the home fires burning

Keep the home fires burning

It has been EXTREMELY difficult to keep journals going since the bad weather came upon us. But let's face it, there seems to be very few people out there who are even bothering to 'log on'. Are you all so busy preparing for Christmas that you don't even have the energy to switch on. Am I not domesticated enough? Should I be cleaning, shopping, tidying, cooking at this time of year? That ain't gonna happen.  All necessities have been accomplished. The only difference with this time of year is spending more time with family. Apart from that, things shouldn't change.I will still do my utmost to post journals, no matter how pathetic they may seem.

I am sure GERRY wouldn't mind if we used this site temporarily as a source of communication and festive silliness while we are waiting for Christmas to pass, and weather to improve drastically.So come on, everyone, help the few people here who are doing their best.

Today is my birthday. It would be a terrible shame if I had to celebrate on my own.

Winter casualties

20 December 2010 06:02:20
Winter casualties

Winter casualties

While inspecting everything outside yesterday, I noticed that there were lots of broken pots around the place. Ok I promise NOT to buy ANY pots next year. Hopefully everything will get planted into the soil.

Hyacinths

19 December 2010 19:20:42
Perfect!

Perfect!

The two planters were planted up with some Hyacinths today, just two of which I kept back. These are not the 'prepared' ones so will flower a bit later. Couldn't find a suitable container/jar for these. Until......I spotted my whiskey measure in the press. Now, I need another one.

Christmas planters

19 December 2010 14:36:24
Christmas planters

Christmas planters

I got two decommisioned small crates in work last week, and loads of bulbs reduced to 75%, 2 basket liners, and a 6 pack of red primroses.

This morning I varnished the crates and let them dry. Just made up two nice rustic planters, and added some Christmas decorations after looking at Fran's journal with his lovely arrangement. That's one of the good things about this site. Someone else's actions inspire us to be more active. We are 'out of' bags of sisal moss in work, hence the decorations to disguise some of the bare compost.

I planted blue and white Hyacinths, Chionodoxa, and Narcissi 'Hawera' and 'Minnow'. I just dropped them in randomly and left them where they landed to give them a more natural look. Overplanted with a few of the primroses, and embellished them with festive cheer. Watered everything in.

I am not putting them outside while the freezing conditions are still with us. One will go out into the porch, the other....hmmmmmmm I'll have to shift things around a bit to make space. 

Prolonged cold weather

19 December 2010 10:18:48
Upper Pond this morning

Upper Pond this morning

Even though last winter was very harsh, the koi, shabunkin and goldfish survived it all. However, it's only December. I just hope they are strong enough to withstand this prolonged cold spell. I mean, let's face it, our winters usually only start proper in January.

Winter pruning

19 December 2010 07:52:26
Winter pruning

Winter pruning

Acer and Birch trees awaken from winter much earlier than other varieties of tree. Any formative pruning should be carried out before the end of the year, to prevent early-rising sap from bleeding out of cuts made too late.

The North Pole

18 December 2010 21:40:21
'Snow Patrol'

'Snow Patrol'

The local pub where we went for a meal last night put on a Christmas display every year. They remove the seating from 2 booths and set up a life-size animated band with Polar Bears performing. I love it. This is the first time that I actually remembered to take my camera.

Hmmm! I wonder!

18 December 2010 17:30:30
Cheese Plant

Cheese Plant

There are two leaves on this Cheese Plant that seem to be affected by something. If I didn't know better, I would think they had been subjected to some kind of a spray. But this is beside my patio door. ANd I am the only one here to clean windows. So if anybody has any other suggestions, spill the beans please!

You can't choose your family.

18 December 2010 10:05:49
You can't choose your family.

You can't choose your family.

I was 'duped'. My girls took me out to dinner last night, with Steve and Dad of course, to celebrate my Birthday which is on Monday. Everything was 'white' when we got outside. Was dying to get home and into my pj's and slippers, and 'log on'. But on approaching the house, there was something very strange about the place. Couldn't put my finger on it.

"Surprise!" Happy Birthday, Sis. I'll kill them. My whole family jumped on me, place littered with banners and balloons and poppers, and God knows what I am yet to find. I had told the girls that I didn't want a party. And especially NOT in this house as it's in bits, and I am hoping to get a whole new kitchen after Christmas. But ha ha after a couple of very colourful drinks, I didn't even know I HAD a kitchen! And I had the surprise of my life when I saw a familiar face (two actually) amongst the throng of people who I am proud to call my family, Liga and Liam. So delighted you took the trouble to travel on such a horribe and cold night. 

Girls, and indeed my WHOLE family, you did me proud. I love you. Now come down here and clean up!!!!!

You can't choose your family. But if I could, I would choose those very same people. Great start to the weekend. And it's not my Birthday until Monday. So I think the celebrations may just be extended. On Monday, I will be as old as the oul' fella in Shankill.

Aloe

16 December 2010 21:27:59
Aloe?

Aloe?

This is a photo of the parent plant that I stole a baby from in Lanzarote, and smuggled home. Hopefully someone will be able to tell me which Aloe this is?

Question for Fraoch

16 December 2010 20:20:14
Question for Fraoch

Question for Fraoch

Heather, do you remember you sent me a cutting of Iresene (wrong spelling, please correct me)?

This is growing well, but is just one stem and is about 12 inches tall. Can I lop off the top half and root this, and insert in the same pot to 'bump it' up?

Saving the few coppers

16 December 2010 17:09:23
Saving the few coppers

Saving the few coppers

These two small crates were being used for merchandising small items in the store. Spotted them in the skip today. I managed to persuade the Manager to give them to me. 2 basket liners, and lots of bulbs down to 75% of their original price will make up a couple of nice rustic-looking containers for the Spring. Got Hyacinths (blue and white), Narcissi 'Hawera', 'Minnow',  Chionodoxa (Glory of the Snow), and a six-pack of nice warm red primroses. Also bought some Lily-flowered tulips 'Ballade' and a double 'Miranda' which I will plant up into pots at the weekend. The whole lot cost just €20.

Aloe, Aloe, Aloe!

16 December 2010 06:02:54
Aloe, Aloe, Aloe!

Aloe, Aloe, Aloe!

I know I posted a journal on this one before. But the 2 pieces of Aloe that I plucked from their Mother in Lanzarote in October not only have 'taken off', but have now produced babies. There are 7 plants in the one pot at this stage. Where will it end. It would be nice to think that they will survive and THRIVE. But I reckon it's only a matter of time before their demise as unfortunately I CANNOT replicate their required growing conditions. It's fun watching it though!

Getting ready for the next Big Freeze

15 December 2010 17:50:59
Protection in progress!

Protection in progress!

Spent all day dead-heading cyclamen in a desparate attempt to try and improve their appearance. The flowers can't survive anything lower than -5 degrees. A lot were completely 'past it'. So many went into the skip. We have 6 packs, single ones which are a bigger size than the others, and 4 packs of 2 different types. I only managed to get the 6packs done. Lots of shrubs went into the skip, Wiegela, Fuchsia, and Hebes. 'Orphan Annie' was the only Hebe that succumbed to the cold snap. All others were fine. Perennial Gerberas also got dumped. Pansies, violas, primroses etc all fine.

Decided to tack up the fleece when I finished my shift, just in case things deteriorate drastically overnight. Managers just draped it over the cyclamen two weeks ago. But I pulled the fleece taut, and tacked it firmly. At least now if it does snow, they won't have mounds of snow sitting on top of them.  I also removed all bedding from the top shelves and shoved them in underneath the second and third shelves. Temperatures were down to 1 degree by the time I clocked out. Hands were numb all day. Hopefully I will get everything else protected tomorrow.

A day of cleaning

15 December 2010 07:33:32
Scattered Solanum Seeds

Scattered Solanum Seeds

Weather has taken its toll 'big-time' on plants in the garden centre, mainly bedding. I will be spending a lot of time today disposing of dead material, and doing a lot of cleaning up after the blackbirds. They are eating all the berries on the Solanum, and spitting out the seeds all over the place. Gonna be another cold day, but thanks to the blackbirds, I will get a good workout sweeping the whole garden centre like a 'madwoman' :)

Ric-Rac/Zig-Zag Cactus

14 December 2010 21:39:44
Ric-Rac/Zig-Zag Cactus/ Orchid Cactus

Ric-Rac/Zig-Zag Cactus/ Orchid Cactus

Here is my one, which is also called Orchid Cactus. As you can see, Clare, the leaves on your plant are wider. And the edges of yours don't seem to be as serrated as my one. The leaves on my one seem to be much more 'fleshy'. Although I would say both yours and mine are definitely  Epiphyllums.

Cold day

14 December 2010 19:40:51
Upper Pond today

Upper Pond today

Temperatures today didn't get over 3 degrees, but it was a lovely dry day. Only got time in the garden for a couple of photos. Can't believe the amount of ice still on the Upper Pond. It measures about 4 inches thick in most places.

Big Clean-Up

14 December 2010 06:38:29
Cyclamen yesterday

Cyclamen yesterday

I have my work cut out for me in the garden centre today. I managed to get outside yesterday for a short while to survey all the damage. First job today will be to dead-head lots and lots of Cyclamen. I hope they will bounce back.

Jack Frost

13 December 2010 20:09:11
Jack Frost

Jack Frost

I bet you thought I was going to talk about the weather again. Hee hee.

Jack Frost

It looks dramatic and icy cold, but it tastes delicious and has enough kick to warm you up despite the cool blue colour.

Serves 1:

3/4 measure blue curacao, iced

icing sugar

1 measure chilled tequila

2 measures chilled cream

1/2 cup crushed ice

Dip the rim of a medium-sized cocktail glass in the curacao, shake off any excess and dip immediately in sugar. Set aside in a cold place to dry and set. Shake the rest of the curacao and the tequila and cream over ice until well-frosted. Pour carefully into the glass.

 

 

 

 

Look at this!

13 December 2010 18:00:29
Look at this!

Look at this!

Ha ha these are brilliant. Zoe bought them in the supermarket today!

Time on Houseplants

13 December 2010 05:59:58
Getting a dusting down!

Getting a dusting down!

Spent a bit of time yesterday on houseplants. It's important to dust down broad-leafed plants regularly to allow air circulation. Plants have minute Stomata (pores), usually on the underside of the leaf, but not always. I cleaned down my Orchids (Dendrobiums, Oncidiums and Phalaenopsis) with a damp cloth. Looking much better for it. This is one that I bought last year, and is now producing a flower (hopefully!). Then they all got a good watering with rain water that had been allowed to reach room temperature, and their saucers were topped up to provide their much-needed humidity.

Looking good!

12 December 2010 21:34:36
Looking good!

Looking good!

All plants in my Alpine Circle are looking fine, despite the premature winter. I also noticed a big improvement in the grass around that area.

Euonymus alatus

12 December 2010 20:49:46
Euonymus alatus

Euonymus alatus

I only bought this about 2 months ago. It has stunning Autumn foliage, but unfortunately it started to shed shortly after I got it. It's completely bare now. But looking at it more closely today I noticed its very unusual branches. They look a bit like the fletches on the end of an arrow.

Help the Homeless

12 December 2010 17:59:53
Help the Homeless

Help the Homeless

Need funds badly. Eskimos have nowhere to live. Their igloo is rapidly disappearing!

A day with Dad

12 December 2010 17:25:33
Some of Dad's tomatoes today!

Some of Dad's tomatoes today!

Went down to take Dad to do his Christmas shopping. Had a bite to eat, and then he gave me a big bag of tomatoes that he has just taken off the last of his tomato plants. Cor Blimey! He is still picking them in December. And he is ripening lots of green ones in newspaper, something that I never did. It was good to see him after an absence of 2 whole weeks on account of bad driving conditions.

Deborah's Delights

12 December 2010 08:18:04
Deborah's Delights

Deborah's Delights

Forgot to mention that Deborah's 'Packet of Promise' arrived on Friday. Great selection of hopefuls, and very thoughtfully, Deborah has everything listed with their growing requirements. Thanks a mill, Deborah. There are at least 5 things I can start sowing immediately. Will be busy today with family, but hopefully will be able to get these sown later this evening.

Gazanias in full glory

12 December 2010 06:06:56
Gazanias in full glory

Gazanias in full glory

And this is what they looked like in August. Roll on sunnier times.

Gazania

12 December 2010 05:59:02
Gazania

Gazania

I have had Gazanias in my garden for a number of years now. However, they didn't flower for me this year, even though they looked like they were just about to.

I got impatient (what's new!), and bought fresh ones which gave tremendous colour and cheer right throughout the summer. And one was about to flower just prior to all the snow. I knew it would be a long shot, as they need lots and lots of sunshine to make an appearance. This is what they looked like yesterday. I can say good-bye to this lot.

Ho, Ho, Ho! Happy Christmas, everyone!

11 December 2010 21:19:24
Ho, Ho, Ho! Happy Christmas, everyone!

Ho, Ho, Ho! Happy Christmas, everyone!

Steve and I collected our Christmas tree this morning. I chose a more modest-sized one this year. Spent most of the afternoon dressing the tree, my Grandson David's very first one. Now all Hell is going to break loose. I am spending so much time now saying 'No'. God Bless his little heart. He has a lot to learn.

'Tis the season to be jolly, trah lah lah lah lah, lah lah lah lah' Cheers everyone. Have a lovely Christmas.

Frustration

11 December 2010 19:21:24
Crassula and Echeveria

Crassula and Echeveria

It's frustrating not being able to relax for too long outside. There is a lot that needs cutting down, pulling up. Lots of black and mushy brown stuff where plants used to 'shine'. But being out there for too long is just putting way too much, un-needed stress on the lawn.

However I busied myself with less mundane tasks today, like sorting Christmas decorations. Oooh! everything is full of colour and twinkle. Don't you just LOVE this time of year indoors!

These are two small plants that I bought the other day. I love the Echeveria, with it's speckled foliage.

Bikini days return!

11 December 2010 09:19:26
Bikini days return!

Bikini days return!

Wow, lads. A whopping 5 degrees out there right now. I have just rooted out my bikini and sun factor. Just when I thought I would never need them again.

All is not lost!

11 December 2010 06:10:56
Abutilon megapotamicum 'variegatum'

Abutilon megapotamicum 'variegatum'

Was off work early yesterday. It was great to be able to get out to the garden while it was still daylight. I was relieved to see that my new Abutilon is still looking in 'fine fettle' in the greenhouse. Can't wait for it to give its FULL performance next summer.

TV Tonight

10 December 2010 18:51:08
TV Tonight

TV Tonight

Don't forget Diarmuid's Garden Designs on RTE1 at 8.30 tonight.

Black, black grass of home

10 December 2010 15:56:05
Blackened Grass of Home

Blackened Grass of Home

Well, a great thaw set in today, and coming home from work in a taxi just now, it was great to see the 'green' areas in the vicinity green once again. Was dying to get out to see how my own 'green' space had done. Very little snow and ice left. But the patches of grass that are visible now are not very nice at all. In all my years, I have been warned about even WALKING on grass that had frost or snow as it would go black. I never listened to a word of that, thinking it was a load of Mullarkey. OMG look at my grass. Most of it is black. Very little green. Hope to God it recovers.

Food for the Birds

09 December 2010 19:16:52
Solanum minus lots of berries

Solanum minus lots of berries

At least the birds didn't go too hungry with all the snow in the garden centre. Blackbirds, in particular, love these solanums. You should see all the seeds from inside these solanums just scattered all over the place.

Back to reality

09 December 2010 18:36:01
Note the hoe and BRUSH!!!!

Note the hoe and BRUSH!!!!

After spending most of the morning re-arranging indoor plants to accommodate Christmas baskets and planters, I headed outside. I figured I might as well make a start on trying to remove some snow and ice from the garden centre. I had to hack at a lot of snow that was lying on all the plants, and use the sweeping brush to remove the excess. Gosh, so much stuff is going to be lost. But as I knew, the hanging baskets with pansies and violas are already bouncing back. Cyclamen are looking so bedraggled, as are the ornamental kales. Most of the shrubs should be fine once they thaw out. Maybe NOW they will consider putting in a canopy over this area.

Then I tackled the ground. I reckon people might want to venture outdoors soon, they are so fed up being stuck inside. I also had to clear a path to facilitate trollies of plants from deliveries coming through. I had to use a hoe to crack the snow, and ice underneath, and then try to sweep it away. I hope to God it doesn't snow again on top of the bit of pathway that I got done. I can see my shoulders bothering me again tomorrow. Good job tomorrow is Friday. Was happy enough with what I accomplished today, and I felt like I got a bit of a 'gardening fix' finally. Will take things a bit easier tomorrow.

I'm so sad

08 December 2010 20:44:15
'In the mood'

'In the mood'

Went into work today. I dragged out tending the indoor plants as I was supposed to finish at 4 today. Went on early lunch (12.00). After that I headed outdoors and nearly cried. I would say at least 75% of the stock will end up in the skip when it eventually thaws out. It makes me laugh when they say a thaw in progress. I mean, how can anything thaw out at 0 degree. However, I consoled myself by assisting putting out lots more Christmas decorations in the store. At least now I could familiarize myself with the stock on the shelves. And the afternoon just flew by. Couldn't resist this little papier mache boot for my porch which I will fill with Holly foliage. I think I might be 'getting in the mood'.

For those with a sense of humour

08 December 2010 19:31:06
Cold at Dublin Zoo

Cold at Dublin Zoo

Got this in an e-mail from a friend today. Don't comment, if you don't have a sense of humour. I thought it might bring a smile to many peoples faces at this very gloomy time. And I, for one, could do with a bit of a laugh!

If anybody is offended by this, I humbly apologize.

The value of a Journal

07 December 2010 21:30:53
Schlumbergera

Schlumbergera

It's not just about what you get up to in the garden. It's also like a Diary entry, forthcoming plans, thoughts, likes, dislikes. And let's face it, none of us can exactly fill up a journal on 'what we did today' with the current bad weather. So why not share our thoughts or plans with friends on the site. It will keep this site going too.

Architectural interest

07 December 2010 20:16:42
Architectural interest

Architectural interest

in the winter garden is being produced by these humble poppy seed-heads. Nice!

Surprise, surprise!

07 December 2010 19:53:59
Mesembryanthemum or Lampranthus?

Mesembryanthemum or Lampranthus?

Today I decided to check on my Lithops (Living Stones) which I had left in my very cold, unheated porch. I also had a Mesembryanthemum that Trish gave me from Lanzarote. They really needed to come inside to the heat. However, when I went out to bring them in, 'lo and behold the Mesembryanthemum had started to flower. Actually, looking at the fleshy leaves on it now, it looks more like Lampranthus. Are they the same? And maybe I should have left it in the cold porch!!!

So Bored!

07 December 2010 19:07:50
Frozen Fairy today (oops! she lost a wing)

Frozen Fairy today (oops! she lost a wing)

"Is there anybody there", said The Traveller,

knocking on the moonlit door.

And his horse in the silence chomped the grass,

On the forest's ferny floor.

And a bird flew out of the turret,

above the travellers head,

and he smote upon the door, again a second time,

"Is there anybody there", he said.

No one descended to the traveller,

No head from that leaf-fringed sill,

leaned over and looked into his grey eyes

where he stood perplexed and still.

Where is everybody today. I took another day off work today and did nothing. Got myself bored witless. Very few people on the site all day. Right, that's it! Work tomorrow - hail, rain or snow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liking the change of scenery

07 December 2010 16:33:44
Aloes

Aloes

These 2 plantlets were plucked from their parent in Lanzarote in October. I didn't think for one minute that they would survive here, even in the house. The 2 plantlets (Aloes of some sort) have already multiplied. Very pleased with that.

Shudder!!!!!

07 December 2010 06:23:57
Gift from a 'friend'

Gift from a 'friend'

A friend in work came to me yesterday with closed hands. Curious to see what she had, I went to her to investigate. I nearly died when she tried to present me with a brown  'furball'. She stupidly thought as I love the great outdoors, that I would also love this 'thing'. She found him at the front porch of the shop, and reckoned he was dying as he didn't move much when she picked up. Uuuugggggghhhh! What was she thinking?

Ric-Rac Cactus

06 December 2010 23:12:57
Ric-Rac Cactus

Ric-Rac Cactus

Liga, the central stems growing from this plant are not like the ones around the edge of the pot. Look at them. They all have little hairs. Hopefully it will start to flower soon. Don't really know what to expect. But here's hoping!

Not Again!

06 December 2010 21:29:16
Partially thawed pond today

Partially thawed pond today

Temperature gauge is measuring 0 degrees right now. And it has started to snow again!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hopefully it won't cover over what has already thawed out.

Another Low-Maintenance plant

06 December 2010 21:16:08
Ric-Rac Cactus

Ric-Rac Cactus

for indoors is this Ric-Rac Cactus. Just the odd drop of water, and it gives very unusual growth habit. Loving this one. I think it's also called Zig-Zag Cactus.

Contorted Hazel

06 December 2010 20:13:30
Corylus avellana 'Contorta'

Corylus avellana 'Contorta'

Corylus avellana 'Contorta' is planted out in my border only since last year. Normally it is quite hidden in a very packed border. But thanks to the presence of this snow, I can see it for what it really is now. Plenty of new buds showing right now.

Putting my best foot forward

06 December 2010 18:44:42
Shoe Grips

Shoe Grips

Kim came up yesterday evening with part of my Christmas present. Not one to give presents until the time, but she thought this was the perfect time for this. Shoe snow-grips. You just slip them on over your shoes and they provide perfect traction in slippery conditions.

Unfortunately I went off without them this morning. But not really feasible for use in work as they are NOT designed to be worn on a non-slip surface regularly.. However, if this snow and ice sticks around for much longer, they will get lots of use. Thanks, Kim. Very thoughtful pressie. She knows exactly what kind of a chicken I am in weather like this!

GORDON BENNET

06 December 2010 06:06:25
GORDON BENNET

GORDON BENNET

Hey Martin, I bought a new book on cocktails yesterday. I love trying new ones, especially over the Festive Season. And of course, on browsing through it I spotted this. I thought of YOU!

This is enough to serve just 1 person

GORDON BENNET

1 Measure of Gin, iced

1 Measure Cointreau, iced

cracked ice (we have plenty of that)

Lime Slices

Soda Water

Place the gin, Cointreau and ice in a chilled highball glass and stir until well frosted. Sqeeze the lime slices and add to the glass. Add soda water to taste.

Then sit back, and enjoy

Resisting Temptation

05 December 2010 18:46:48
Schlumbergera

Schlumbergera

I persuaded Steve to take me shopping this afternoon. I just HAD to get out. Very few groceries in the house as I had left it up to Steve to get it during the week. So after Aldi, we went into Homebase as it is close by. The garden centre is quite bare. They were selling mainly cut and growing Christmas trees. A lot of their bedding was reduced to ridiculous prices. But I wasn't tempted. They were also selling Autumn-flowering Camellias but were quite pricey. 

Orchids were quite expensive, not that I was going to buy one anyway. But I couldn't resist 2 lovely Schlumbergeras. One has beautiful deep pink/coral flowers which I haven't seen before. And I couldn't resist this gorgeous white one. My 2 Amaryllis have gone over at this stage, and I was very disciplined in not buying any more. I also resisted the temptation of Hyacinths, and Narcissus 'Paper White. I am proud of myself!

'All God's creatures gotta place in the choir'

05 December 2010 15:59:14
They all deserve a feed

They all deserve a feed

The Starlings are eating everything in sight. They have to eat too, I know. But what about the little ones? Today I got out - finally! Was going 'stir crazy'. Bought this cool feeder in Aldi. It's squirrel-proof and won't allow access for the bigger birds like Starlings or Magpies. Music to my ears. Now there is a suitable feeder for all of them. Just hope they use it now.

Nepenthes 'Rebecca'

05 December 2010 06:01:01
Nepenthes 'Rebecca'

Nepenthes 'Rebecca'

This is a pitcher plant I bought at Bloom '09. Didn't have a clue how to look after it when I decided to buy it. However, we live and learn, thanks to lots of sound advice from Rachel :)

It requires rainwater at room temperature, humidity, which is provided by the steam of the kettle almost directly underneath, a bright area but not direct sunlight, and doesn't take too kindly to being moved. If pitchers are present, it also appreciates a small bit of raw meat, like mince. occasionally. Pitchers on it are long gone, but I can just about make out tiny tiny new ones forming at the leaf-ends. I feel now, though, that it requires a bigger pot this Spring.

Different Layers

04 December 2010 22:01:48
Ice, Snow and Ice

Ice, Snow and Ice

After watching all the Starlings having a party on the new pond yesterday I decided to investigate what the attraction was. It was water. The top centimetre was made up of ice, underneath that was compacted snow measuring about 6 inches, and below that again was about 8 inches of ice. (And before anyone mentions it, yes, I have mixed imperial with metric, don't ask!) But never, in all my years (and there have been many! ) do I remember arctic conditions like this.

The section of gutter, which fell off the roof yesterday, is now dripping water above the front door. Ordered a Chinese this evening, and your man who delivered nearly ended up in the hallway when he skidded on the ice that formed from the drips off the gutter.  Not good.

Double Whammy!

04 December 2010 21:04:07
Chilipepper 'Scotch Bonnet'

Chilipepper 'Scotch Bonnet'

This was a seedling that Chilipepper (Dave) gave me during the early summer. I haven't eaten any of these chilipeppers yet. I'm half afraid, as they are reputedly the HOTTEST chilipepper going. However, even if I don't have the guts to put them on my dinner plate, they do bring a bit of festive cheer to the great indoors. They are indeed edible AND decorative. Hoping to overwinter this plant till next year.

Dipladenia sundaville

04 December 2010 18:47:39
Dipladenia sundaville

Dipladenia sundaville

Bought this one in the summer. Before we went on holidays I brought it into our unheated porch. Before the cold weather arrived, I took it into the house. And boy, am I glad. This is it today. Flowering its socks off. Time to give it another feed. And a light misting.

Clivia

04 December 2010 18:04:51
Clivia

Clivia

This is a houseplant that is very low-maintenance. It is a member of the Amaryllidaceae family. Even when the flowers 'go over' it is still a very interesting plant to look at. Looking forward to plenty of flowers (which should be pale orange) in Spring.

Bougainvillea

04 December 2010 17:17:38
Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea

I bought this half price in Ratoath Garden Centre at the end of Summer. I was tending to all my house plants this afternoon, and watering everything. I noticed plenty of new growth on this Bougainvillea, which I thought would surely perish under my incompetent care and usually OVERWATERING. I may just be learning....

Orchid Advice

04 December 2010 14:49:54
Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis

When this Phalaenopsis had finished flowering last winter, I left the stem that was carrying the flower on it. Was I supposed to cut it right back down to the base of the plant? Now there is new growth appearing on that very same stem. Is it a flower? All advice welcome.

And the rains came.....

04 December 2010 08:36:38
I think he'th goth a 'thaw' head!

I think he'th goth a 'thaw' head!

Still lots of snow lying on the ground, but it has started drizzling now. Temperatures are only reaching 1degree so far and hopefully will climb a bit more during the day. This is the snowman that Zoe made yesterday. He must have been on the 'vino' last night.....

Hen Party

03 December 2010 21:29:36
Hen Party

Hen Party

Sorry, a Starling Party. Don't know what the attraction was today with the pond partially thawed out, but they seemed to be enjoying it anyway.

P.S THAT WAS A LOVELY PHOTO BEFORE IT GOT CROPPED.

A helping Hand

03 December 2010 19:09:52
A helping Hand

A helping Hand

Had great pleasure today in watching the return of the birds to the feeders. Don't know where they were yesterday and the day before. But their lack of numbers were made up for today. Lots of bluetits, blackbirds, magpies, sparrows and so many starlings. Still awaiting the arrival of some Goldfinches. I decided to hang fat balls in every conceivable place and concentrate less on the birdseed. Roland was here today and for the previous 2 days (not having that). I decided to hang them from my rotary line also, seems that it is not being used in this weather.

As if it couldn't get any worse!

03 December 2010 17:54:41
As if it couldn't get any worse!

As if it couldn't get any worse!

Two feet of snow expected tonight. God help us all.

Terra Nova - Just for Martin

03 December 2010 13:40:02
Terra Nova - Just for Martin

Terra Nova - Just for Martin

All my photos of Terra Nova are in an album of the same name in Garden.ie. This is the only one I have on the computer itself. Hope it's ok. I copied it when you posted it ages ago.

The Black Stuff

03 December 2010 11:31:26
The Black Stuff

The Black Stuff

I thought this looked a bit like a pint of Guinness a few minutes ago! And let's face it. We have all had enough of the 'white stuff'! Cheers, everyone.

A Near Miss

03 December 2010 07:00:42
A Near Miss

A Near Miss

Just waving Steve off at the door. A section of gutter is on the ground. Obviously strained under the weight of the snow. It is completely frozen into the snow. And it landed a mere 2 feet away from my car. That was a lucky escape. Hopefully when the icicles up above start melting, they won't stab anybody who comes to the front door.

No Fresh Snow

03 December 2010 06:02:09
Cordyline in front garden

Cordyline in front garden

No fresh snow overnight. It looks the same as it did when I went to bed last night. But I can imagine how slippery it is outside.

The condensation at the bottom of the patio doors is frozen. Amazing! It remains to be seen whether or not I will be getting into work today.

Spirea

02 December 2010 20:10:51
Spirea 'Snowmound'  :)

Spirea 'Snowmound' :)

I am NOT joking, but this Spirea is called 'Snowmound'. I am getting great flowers in Summer. And now with winter interest too. Wahoo! Value for money, yea?

Buckets of Ash

02 December 2010 17:46:21
Buckets of Ash

Buckets of Ash

Had to throw buckets of ash from the fire under the wheels of Steve's car as he was coming in the driveway. Wheels spinning, and sinking deeper and deeper. Still snowing hard, and lots more on the way. Hope I can open the front door in the morning. Not looking great.

Now you see it - now you don't

02 December 2010 14:37:28
Now you see it - now you don't

Now you see it - now you don't

This is a serious amount of snow. There has been a right blizzard for a good while now. Begonia Island has almost disappeared. It stands roughly 24inches above water level. This is all that's left.

A dirty great rat is running around the food at my bird feeder. Tried to get a photo of him, but Zoe came up behind me and I didn't want her to know. She would surely freak out if she found out. Is he always there, or is he just an opportunist taking advantage of a free meal in these extreme conditions?

Worth its weight in gold

02 December 2010 08:25:37
The value of an Airstone

The value of an Airstone

A good portion of our Lower Pond has remained ice and snow-free thanks to our airstone. Definitely worth its weight in gold. And, a lot of the birds are using this clear area as a 'watering-hole' for both drinking and bathing. Something that is in short supply in the last few days.

Another Day Off

02 December 2010 06:32:03
My Poor Pansy seedlings

My Poor Pansy seedlings

Now I am getting fed up. I might actually have to tidy the house today. Ugh!

 Looks like my houseplants are going to benefit from my presence, and get a good tending to.

Saturday 4th December

01 December 2010 21:36:15
Saturday 4th December

Saturday 4th December

Lads, it looks like the majority of Garden.ie members will be pushed to attend Saturdays' Christmas Get-together. It's not really feasible travelling in treacherous conditions like this. Why not make it a New Year Get-together instead, for safety sake.

Sunny Winter

01 December 2010 20:07:54
Sunny Winter

Sunny Winter

These little primroses are trying their best to bring some winter warmth into my garden today.

It's gone!

01 December 2010 19:22:16
It's gone!

It's gone!

I need to have a walking stick now going out to the garden. The pond has disappeared.

Libertia

01 December 2010 19:07:26
Libertia 'Goldfinger' and SNOW!!!!!

Libertia 'Goldfinger' and SNOW!!!!!

I love the colour of this Libertia 'Goldfinger'. 

At least, I THINK it's 'Goldfinger'. See, Fran, more snow. You just can't get away from it, no matter how hard you try.  :)

Over the edge

01 December 2010 16:29:37
Over the edge

Over the edge

If we have just one more inch of snow I might fall in, as I won't know where the edge of the pond is.  Yikes!!!!!

Moving House

01 December 2010 13:06:42
Moving House

Moving House

Spent all morning surfing the web for a new property. I think I found the perfect home! And all are welcome. We could have our Christmas get-together here if you like!

Wise decision

01 December 2010 09:54:01
My Babies

My Babies

I took these little baby Tree Ferns into the house before all this snow started. They are 'snug as a bug in a rug'. I might even keep them in all winter.

Festive Season Approaches

01 December 2010 06:12:00
Festive Season Approaches

Festive Season Approaches

Who ever wrote the song "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas". They may just get their wish.

Roads looking pretty lethal this morning after a fresh fall of snow overnight and it's to get worse over the next 48 hrs. Take care if driving.

Happy 1st December!

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