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TheH (Hazel)'s Journal July 2010

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Back in the Garden

26 July 2010 00:54:32
Alchemillas everywhere!

Alchemillas everywhere!

Did a bit of damage to my back last week and today was the first day back in the garden. I've been like a caged lion looking out at all that needs doing.... so today I started on the next phase of the Native Wood in the front garden. The clover is very pretty but it is too difficult to mow in and around all the shribs so a new plan is called for. The hedges need to be easy to get at so they can be kept in trim, so I've cleared a pathway next the hedge which will become a path. I saw some alchemilla used as ground cover among trees at Bloom and it looked great, and by good fortune I have some alchemilla that has outgrown its current location. I lifted three of the plants and divided them up for replanting among the trees - from the three plants I got a total of 56 plants!!!! Is this a record?

 

Evening Primroses

26 July 2010 00:18:53
Evening Primroses

Evening Primroses

I was delighted to see that Gerry Daly shares my enthusiasm for the lovely Evening Primrose. I got mine as part of a "wildflower" seed selection and they were alovely surprise last year. This year they are just as good! I didn't know what they were called but these amazing plants are about 5 feet tall and keep on flowereing for weeks! I've put some more pictures in the July photo album.

Windy 4th July

04 July 2010 22:31:52
My little visitor....

My little visitor....

Today was so windy that the turbine nearly took off! I hope the ESB are happy with all the electricity we generated for them today! My daughter came to visit and to drop off her cat who is going to stay with us for a couple of weeks. This cat lives in the middle of Dublin city and usually has only a very small yard as her outside space. She stayed with us before and we kept her indoors the entire time, but this time with the hot weather we decided we had to try to get her used to the outside! She was very fearful at first, but started to see the bright side when she flushed out a couple of blackbirds from the hedgerow. Unfortunately, being a complete house-cat she thought that the best approach was to run at them growling and snarling .... hasn't really got the idea yet! However, she then settled down to investigate the garden and having spent a very exciting day she is now flacked out on the couch.

The willow fence is looking splendid so I've put a pic in the Willow folder. I also put up the latest pics of the garden. Check out the Clover Lawn.... the new folder is "4th July 2010". The lemon tree is also featured!

There is an update picture of the long-suffering Lemom Tree - I took the plunge and trimmed it down to the new sprouts! The other good news is that there are some very tiny shoots on the baby Cordalines - I await developments!

The Lobelia pictured was a favourite with the rabbits - they nibbled away at every bud - so I sprayed them with Grazer and they are now in full flower - other rabbit victims take note - however you have to spray them daily for three days to be effective!

Dug the first of the spuds this weekend in honour of the daughter visit ... very tasty!

 

 

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