03 February 2012 14:02:41
Last garden photos of 2011
Can't believe it is so long since I have written anything. Where do the weeks go? Too much time spent on Facebook.
I have had 3 or 4 sessions in the garden already this year. Mostly cutting back and weeding. We tackled the Bay Tree and cut off all the dead branches from last winter. All now waiting to be shredded.
I have also been potting up lupins in the greenhouse and penstemons that I grew from cuttings. The penstemons are in the house to protect them from the cold.
The Witch Hazel flowered from Christmas Day and the snowdrops, crocus, primroses and irises are going strong at the moment. Lets hope there will not be much snow.
I have sweet pea seeds ready to sow . This time of the year all the new cataloguies are coming in. Great temptation!
Starting to think about Hillsborough Horticultural Society's Spring Show on 31st March and helping to plan for the Irish Garden Plant Societys AGM which the Northern Group are planning this year 12th and 13th May.
Off out into the garden wwhile the sun is still shining.
26 August 2011 23:30:07
Bay Tree survives
I thought the Bay Tree had totally died but lots of new shoots are now appearing. Need to cut all the dead branches of now and shred them.
Of the 4 beds we cleared last year I have managed to replant one. This was done in June and has now filled out really well. Cerinthes are especially good.
Some beds have been in good order this year,others need a lot of work. Liatris flowering at the moment and Verbena Bonarenis . They were covered with Peacock and Tortiseshell butterflies this afternoon when the sun came out briefly.
Have been transplanting Delphiniums, Ranunculus, Echinacea, Foxgloves, Canterbury Bells and Lupins. I have also planted over 100 wallflowers in the border at the front of the house.
We had 20 lbs of strawberries from 2 raised beds. Just had them for desert every night. Now need to tidy them up for next year. Lots of crab apples this year so jelly making will be on the cards soon.
1st weekend in September is the Hillsborough Autumn Show so plenty of work to be done before them. It is open to the public from 2 4.30 and is the Village Centre in Hillsborough. Anyone who is up North would be very welcome. Teas and plant stall.
My frozen shoulder is still giving bother but nothing like it was a few months ago. Physio is finished but I am still doing exercises every day.