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Jacinta D's Journal December 2012

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Not Garden-Related

22 December 2012 23:09:54

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But just have to post a couple of photos of the Ladies Restroom in Cork International Airport Hotel. Whacky, or what!!!

3 days since.....

21 December 2012 20:20:54

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.....I have posted a journal. Wow, that's a first.

But to be honest, I have had nothing to talk about. The Garden Centre has been so quiet during the last week that I have been helping out my indoor colleagues with Christmas. But I spent all of my shift today getting things in order for my absence. It was great to get out again. And it was mild enough to be working without a fleece. 

Off early today on account of 'good behaviour', so had a few minutes in the garden checking things over. And all the while I was being 'observed' by my pal.

Paperwhites are flowering nicely now, just in time for my departure.

Have a lovely Christmas, everyone. And we'll see you all in Johnstown.

Who'd have thought!!!

18 December 2012 19:29:54
Bedding cyclamen in their 2nd year

Bedding cyclamen in their 2nd year

I do love them, but I hate the work that is involved in keeping them looking good in the garden centre as we usually have really wet winter weather.

Bought some again last year, but this time  planted them out on Primrose Hill (soon to be re-named). And 'lo and behold, they have flowered for their second year. Aren't mild winters just great! I wonder how many years I will get out of them.

Right on cue!

17 December 2012 20:00:56
Right on cue!

Right on cue!

Was greeted this evening by my Helleborus niger. Well timed, indeed.

Feathered Friends Feeding Frenzy

16 December 2012 19:27:28

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Gosh, the bird feeders are being emptied at an alarming rate in the last week. I just hope they don't abandon my garden altogether while we're away.

This little robin was far more well behaved and subdued than the flock of starlings making a total mess of the food on the feeders today.

We went to Ratoath GC today to collect my paintings. Only one sold. But one is better than none. Spent a lovely while traipsing through the borders, admiring all the winter colour this place had to offer. Might put up a small album after dinner.

All my Birthdays have come together.

15 December 2012 22:25:56

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Had the pleasure of having Zoe, my daughter, and David, my little grandson over for the day. This will be the last opportunity we will have to see each other before Steve and I head off next weekend. We exchanged Christmas presents, and my Birthday pressies too, each one very well chosen by a very astute daughter. 

One of the little pressies Zoe got me was this cute little bird feed that you make up into a cupcake and hang out.

But the downside is that I won't have family around me on the Big Day. 

Happy Holiday

14 December 2012 20:34:20
Happy Holiday

Happy Holiday

I don't normally help out indoors in work at this time of year, but it seems to be a busier year than normal. All good news for the retailers. 

After having a very tough personal year I was delighted to receive our tickets in the post today. So if I forget to wish you all a very Happy Christmas before next weekend, I'm wishing you festive cheer now. And I hope all your dreams are realized ( ok, that's pushing it!!!).

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Proud of myself!

13 December 2012 19:11:11
Agave? Which one, though?

Agave? Which one, though?

Ok, I'm actually more surprised than proud really. I plucked this teensy weensy baby something or other from its' mother plant in Lanzarote in October 2009. And IT'S STILL ALIVE!

It was either Bruno, or Conrad who suggested that it was an agave. Which one, though, I just can't remember. I didn't write the name down so would love to find out AGAIN which one it is.

But for someone who doesn't have a great track record for keeping houseplants alive, I think I haven't done too badly. It has grown quite a bit since I acquired it. A few leaves, through sheer neglect, are slightly brown at the tips. But on the whole, the plant is looking OK!!!

Office Job

11 December 2012 20:50:42
Office Job

Office Job

Every day I count my blessings that I work out in the open. I worked in an office for years before having my babies. I often wonder how I stuck it, being confined to four walls.

This is the kind of 'office' I prefer now! Funny how things change. I couldn't have a better ceiling than these Brent geese flying over periodically during the day.

Festive Cheer

11 December 2012 19:46:45
Antirrhinums in raised bed.

Antirrhinums in raised bed.

Funny how the humble antirrhinums seem to be overlooked at this time of year. These are planted in the raised bed in work which is in a very exposed area that I affectionately refer to as 'Siberia'.

I have some lovely pale yellow ones in my garden, but in the winter sun, the photos all come out as if they are white.

Hardy little thing.

10 December 2012 22:44:33
No name on this acer

No name on this acer

This is the only acer in my garden that still has all its leaves. Mind you, they are a bit frost-bitten, but not badly. I wonder how long more will it hold onto them.

On the Late Shift

10 December 2012 12:46:44
Still up!

Still up!

Not in work today until three o'clock. But it's not overtime, they just put some of us on a later shift as three of the young lads are on holidays this week. Ah,well, at least the roads have had a chance to thaw out at this stage. I did more housework this morning than I did all weekend. So I'm going to work for a rest. :)

It's a glorious morning. The sun is shining with all its strength outside. Pity it's not the weekend all over again. The fish in the Lower Pond are still coming up to the surface, totally unheard of for this time of year. I guess they suffered with the lack of sunshine also throughout the joke of a summer we had. The other two ponds are completely frozen over still. Hope my frogs are ok.

Stupid, or what!

08 December 2012 22:16:52
Campanula

Campanula

Don't know whether this campanula is brave ,or just plain stupid, flowering during a very cold December.

Hanger-on!

07 December 2012 21:11:27
C.'The President'

C.'The President'

Clematis 'The President' is still flowering away.

Polyanthus

07 December 2012 19:50:50
Polyanthus

Polyanthus

I bought this one last Spring. And I must admt that it is, so far, my favourite in the garden. It just makes me smile every time I pass it by. 

All this spare time!

06 December 2012 21:21:15
Oasis balls with split broad beans and rope

Oasis balls with split broad beans and rope

I usually try to buy one or two, or MORE new Christmas decorations every year, being ever careful not to break the bank. With no gardening time to occupy my weekends in winter I have used my time to make some homemade decorations. All you need is a few oasis balls, a packet of broad beans (each one split in two), and/or rope, and some PVA glue (not for sniffing!).

You can create some lovely garlands also with sliced oranges, lemons or limes, dried on a low setting in the oven. I think with yesterdays' budget, it's time to help ourselves.

It's officially Christmas here

06 December 2012 19:15:36
Bromeliad

Bromeliad

What a rotten day. So bad you wouldn't put a cat out in it. I can't help sometimes feeling sorry for Holly,as she is an outdoor cat, through her own choice. 

For once, I actually didn't WANT to work outside today. But as inside was hectic, I decided my time would be better spent helping out my hothouse plant colleagues for once. The day flew, thankfully. Ok, that's enough though. Back to the great outdoors tomorrow hail, rain or snow.

Made a start getting Christmas decs from the attic this evening. But so tired. Will finish it off at the weekend.

I bought this bromeliad a while back as I haven't seen one like it before. 

REAL, REAL, REAL winter warmers

04 December 2012 21:24:19
REAL, REAL, REAL winter warmers

REAL, REAL, REAL winter warmers

I bet Bruno had no idea that there would be so many journals about his latest topic.

Here are my INDOOR winter warmers while sitting at the computer with the heating off, and Steve is inside with a roaring fire going. Way too hot for me. I like my hot water bottle cushion for my feet.

Reluctant to let go!

04 December 2012 18:38:23
Malus 'Elstar'

Malus 'Elstar'

My Malus 'Elstar' is growing in a pot. Such a bad year for apples. I got the sum total of three from this little tree. I pulled one prematurely a couple of months ago. But we're into December and I did think that these last two would drop of their own accord long ago, and hence get bruised.

Today, I picked the other two. But there was no way they were letting go without a bit of a struggle. I had to really twist, and twist before they were released. Very tasty too. Mmmmmmmmmm!!! Let's hope for a bumper crop next year.

Penstemon

03 December 2012 20:33:01
Penstemon

Penstemon

Penstemon 'Garnet' is still flowerng away! Does she not realize it's December!

My 'real' winter warmer

03 December 2012 18:48:29
Knautia macedonica today

Knautia macedonica today

Ok, my previous journal doesn't really count as it is an inanimate object. Here is my 'real' winter warmer.

Knautia macedonica - photo taken today and still looking great after all the recent frost we have had. This gets a big thumbs up from me.

Winter Warmer

02 December 2012 20:46:18
Winter Warmer

Winter Warmer

There are so many plants in the garden that hold winter-warming memories for me this year. But winter is here, and most of them have 'gone over'. However, the front-garden is providing me with some winter-warming feelings. Sunny looking even at this time of year with its sedums, ivy and yucca. Sedums have gone over now too, but the colour of the canoe looks great with the gravel.

Getting organized

02 December 2012 19:40:35
Getting organized

Getting organized

Hazel is organizing the Christmas get-together so this is just a small query. I will be going on holidays shortly. And as I will be doing the name tags for the Christmas get-together, I need to how many people will be attending. I may have to travel further afield to get the blank tags. I won't be back until a few days before Johnstown, so I don't want to leave it until the last minute.

Also, I'd like to know if there is going to be some kind of raffle. I will donate one of my paintings if there is. 

Just dusting off my Christmas hat now.

They're back!

02 December 2012 18:29:23
Goldfinch

Goldfinch

I haven't been doing very much in the garden recently. Except getting out and filling up the bird feeders. I had thought that I'd never see a goldfinch here again, put out some niger seed. It has taken them about two weeks to find it. I love their markings, and colouring. It's good to have them back.

Happy Holiday

01 December 2012 05:28:44
Happy Holiday

Happy Holiday

Into December already! Happy Days. Sorry about not being online much last night. I need a new charger for my laptop and I'm trying to restrict my 'plugged in' time. Hopefully I will buy a replacement today. 

Happy December, everyone! And wrap up warm today if you're outside.

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