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Cloncaw's Journal

Cloncaw's Journal

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Getting Back in The Gardening Groove.

16 January 2012 18:27:01
Lone Anenome in NW Corner

Lone Anenome in NW Corner

Finally after nearly three months of no gardening I'm starting to get back into the groove managing to spend a couple of hours last Thursday morning cutting back all the debris in the NW bed. The weather was really spring like with lots of bulbs starting to push their way up such a difference to this time last year. Today managed to get another stint outdoors no sun but still workable, set to removing debris from the beds that run along the front of the house as soon as I turned the corner to the east gable bed I was met by a sharp breeze coming from the SE. Still a lot more cutting back to do but weather permitting the east gable bed will be finished tomorrow then I'll tackle the terrace bed and pots leaving the east bed and the south bed below the terrace till last. One job that has to be done is to rebuild the arch at the top of the steps that disintegrated in the gales so as the climbing roses and clematis are able to be pruned if it's not fixable then I'll need to source a new one. Another job on the list is to go for a wander around to see what needs to be removed or divided and where plants sitting in waiting can go once the tidy up is finished.  Fingers crossed I'll also get back to posting up comments and journals, my lap top seemed to be hi jacked by James since he came home at Christmas as he was busy studying for exams and doing assignments for his final year.

Elsa Spath Mid November

28 December 2011 23:45:30
Elsa Spath 15 Nov

Elsa Spath 15 Nov

Posted up an album from November it's so unusual seeing flowers blooming in the month of November after last years big freeze. Elsa Spath decided to bloom again mid November, the gales mid December caused the arch to come apart so one job to be sorted is will the gothic arch reasemble or do I need a new one at the minute the clematis and also the Iceberg roses are blowing in the wind.

Where Has This Year Gone?

28 December 2011 12:20:22

Trials and Tribulations

25 November 2011 11:17:22
Still Going In the November Sun.

Still Going In the November Sun.

I will be back but at the moment I just seem to be chasing my tail. Having recovered from the flu and got my voice back I was looking forward to getting some garden time when the weather was reasonable but it wasn't to be. Two weeks ago last night Caroline cut her hand when trying to prevent a glass from falling off the draining board and ended up with stitches in her left hand near her forefinger but with luck it was only going to be a couple of weeks and then back to normal. She had no feeling on one side of her finger so had to go to St James to have it checked out Tuesday last week arrived home Friday lunchtime hand in a splint having severed a nerve and partially severed two tendons requiring three months off work so as someone said the other day I'm having to double job not only teaching but having to look after the horses and tack up for lessons so time and energy is scarce by the time I get back in well after 9pm each night- but these are the trials and tribulations of life. Everyday I look at the garden and think how untidy it is, will have to make time to lift all the pots into the tunnel as I'd hate to lose plants that would succumb to harder frosts also need to finish planting bulbs, off  to do some work and then never know I might get a bit of time on what is a reasonable day at the moment. Have been checking in now and again to see what's going on but just cann't get into posting up comments hopefully I will be back soon.

Under the Weather

08 November 2011 15:33:36
In The November Sun

In The November Sun

Hard to believe it's nearly 4 weeks since I've posted up a journal but with one thing and another I've been under the weather, not just the effects of the torrential rain but suffering from flu and laryngitis which is still lingering on. I wasn't fit to get anything done in the garden or feeling up to doing anything much, went for a walk around yesterday to discover I really need to get up and running to tidy up everything up for the winter, especially now that we've had a couple nights really severe frost lots of mushy looking vegetation to be removed. The last week has been busy due to courses and competitions so I missed the opportunity of being out working in the garden on fabulous autumn days which was a pity. Had hoped today would be favourable for gardening but it's sort of mizzling rain so I decided that it wasn't wise to venture out given that I've got to be fit to work, fairly difficult giving riding lessons by sign language. Hope to catch up on what everyone's been at over the next lot of days, thanks to those who sent pm's to me wondering where I'd disappeared to : Cloncaw is alive and kicking.

Jade Frost Making A Come Back

14 October 2011 15:05:34
Jade Frost

Jade Frost

I bought this eryngium Jade Frost at Birr in May, it was in the plants in waiting area when the dogs desicrated everything was left very tattered looking. Repotted it a while back into a terracotta pot and moved it round to the collection of pots on the terrace as the foilage was looking good now there is a flower stem rising. Will now find a spot for it once all the tidying up is done, feel there's quite a few plants that need to be relocated to show them off a bit more as well as a few that need to be given a serious chop in more ways than one as they're taking over beds to the detriment of other plants.

Rhodochiton

14 October 2011 14:40:46
Rhodochiton

Rhodochiton

Thanks Alison ( Drumanagh) for giving me this little plant at Bill's get together, never realised until recent journals how beautiful the flowers were with this central bell.

What to do with Lily Bulbs?

14 October 2011 14:35:51
Lily Bulbs

Lily Bulbs

Have been on a tidy up in the garden and on Wednesday was removing the brown stems from one of my lilies discovered they were pushed up in the ground so I lifted them they are massive also removed a big bone so obviously one of the dogs had been doing a bit of burying. This is a tall white and pink stargazer type lily any advice on what's the best way to get new plants would be welcome?

Perwinkle's Roses from Cuttings

14 October 2011 14:29:14
Roses from cuttings

Roses from cuttings

Was given a rose stem by Perwinkle end of September last year I made about 4 cuttings from it into pots, two rooted and these are the two rose bushes sitting in plants in waiting. Would never have considered trying this before but I'm delighted with the result. Perwinkle can you remember which rose it was I'm sure it was pink?

Who's Been Digging In My Bed?

05 October 2011 00:10:41
Who's been digging in my bed?

Who's been digging in my bed?

The other day I noticed that there was a long hole in the S bed today I discovered that the hole had been extended in a sort of tunnel coming down between the boulders in two different places definitely not Connie or Brady going to take a bit of work to reinstate the soil but need to deter whatever's trying to set up home behind the boulders.

Poppies Popping Up Everywhere

05 October 2011 00:06:04
Poppies 04/10

Poppies 04/10

A while back I wondered about removing these poppies and taking advice I decided to leave them in place. Really glad I did as they are putting up a great display to brighten up these windy autumn days looking out from the kitchen to the terrace bed.

Ruby Red Jewel

05 October 2011 00:01:40
Ruby Red Clanger

Ruby Red Clanger

After the disasters of losing my dahlias last year due to being frozen solid in the ground and not really finding any tubers that I really wanted I bought a packet of Clangers mixed dahlia seeds and they were worth sowing although they are a mix of colours and forms. This ruby red beauty is in the terrace bed and after the wind and rain it's still looking good they have also survived without staking these are definitely one I'll grow from seed again might try saving the one's I really like.

Covent Garden = Perfection

02 October 2011 21:39:20
Covent Garden = Perfection

Covent Garden = Perfection

This rose Convent Garden is just so perfect despite the heavy deluges of rain over the last few days. It was one of the first roses I planted here and flowers all summer long certainly earning it's place in the garden not bad for a rose bought from B&Q 3 for £10stg.

October Off To A Soggy Start.

02 October 2011 21:28:06
Rudbeckia Goldstrum brightening up a soggy October day

Rudbeckia Goldstrum brightening up a soggy October day

Have had little or no time in the garden since my last journal 10 days ago really had withdrawal symptoms. Last Saturday my lap top decided it needed a little rest and it was Thursday before it was sorted with a new power cable was really feeling lonely not being able to check up on what everyone was up to. Weather on Tuesday fabulous managed to plant some of my bulbs in the shady corner and planted out some plants from waiting into the corner on Wednesday as well, then along came the rain so nothing done through weather and work. Sunday and Monday last were spent making delicious Elderberry and Crabapple jelly and as the weather was pretty miserable I didn't miss out now 10 pots of this ruby red jelly stored in the cupboard. Trying to update my business website so no gardening today which would have been limited as the ground is very soggy after really heavy rain last night again. Took a few photos today there are certainly some plants that have impressed with the lenght of time in flower Ann Folkard geranium, Campanula Elizabeth have been providing colour for months. On the downside discovered a big hole in the south bed with plants rooted out so will have a bit of repair work to do if the weather holds up tomorrow.

One Down One To Go.

22 September 2011 23:17:08
Another Clanger

Another Clanger

Had to go down to the kitchen garden to dig up some potatoes, lift carrots and a turnip, was shocked to discover a number of potatoes littered over the two raised beds. Looks like they've been pecked so can only think the blasted crows have decided to attack them. Went to locate some paper sacks and started digging finished off one bed, one bag full along with a large trug load. Into cook lunch and asked for some help to lift the other bed couldn't believe my ears when David our 2nd son informed me he wouldn't have a clue on digging potatoes. Did manage to get him to lift the sack load of King Edwards into the basement for storage, hopefully if weather's good I'll get the rest lifted tomorrow more King Edwards and Marius Piper. Another job I need todo is remove withered foilage and roots from the onions that are on racks in the shed and move them to the basement for storage as well. Weather permitting  I'll go out to pick blackberries, crabapples and elderberries to make some jam  this weekend no point in missing such free delights also need to pick blueberries off Jacinta's bush well the one she gave me last year blueberry muffins on the menu yummy.

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