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TheH (Hazel)'s Journal July 2011

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One week later ....

31 July 2011 21:33:04
Green Acre?

Green Acre?

I am actually grateful for the changeable weather we have had for the last week - I mentioned in my Journal last Sunday that I had planted the latest bit of lawn - and was worried that nothing would come up because of the diesel that got spilt in that area - but lo and behold! I couldn't believe my eyes - looking down the garden there was a definite greenish tinge  - I am amazed!

What a day! Jacinta & Joan

28 July 2011 13:12:00
Studying wildlife ...

Studying wildlife ...

I'm finally surfacing after a good nights sleep - yesterday was packed with interesting events for me - domestic stuff got in the way in the morning so I was later than planned arriving at Jacinta's magical garden. The rest of the gang were tucking in to the lovely spread Jacinta had provided, and of course I was offered food and beverage the minute I arrived - however, with coffee in hand I couldn't wait to see the garden - and what a sight! The first impression is of a blaze of colours, the full rainbow is represented in this garden. Then as I went through it my attention was caught everywhere by the hundreds of different plants - some unusual some spectacular, but all blended together in a riot of colour. I was overwhelmed!

I loved her three significant ponds and had a great chat with Steve about the actual construction of them, and of course apart from the really healthy and luxuriant water plants, there was the additional interest of inhabitants of the ponds! 

The weather smiled on us so we spent a lovely relaxed and interesting afternoon in this really surprising garden - so much fitted in to a relatively small space, and designed so well that it gives the impression of being much larger than it actually is! Well done, Jacinta on a truly beautiful work of art that is your garden!

I was only sorry I had to leave so soon as I would have loved to spend more time studying the many interesting plants there - but there was a second event planned - my friend Joan who has been so helpful when she has visited me was due a visit with some plants for her own garden, so off I went to Clontarf. By the time we had our tea the sun was gone and clouds were gathering, however, we persevered despite the gentle patter of raindrops, and got all the planting done before dark. Great to visit old and new friends and spend time with them on a perfect day. 

Another day another step ....

26 July 2011 23:52:35
next steps

next steps

Well, those of you following the Saga of the Steps in Hazel's garden might like an update....

Brendan and I headed off this mornign bright and early and collected a few lengths of decking board to use on the proposed steps.  I was so glad of his help with constructing "frames" for the steps (when I say his help, I mean all the sawing and makingup with screws - I had the imoportant job of holding things steady and being the Go-for)

Of course, once the frames were made I had to go and see how they were going to work - I'll out up a few more photos in the album - and it immediately became clear that there was still a good bit of excavation to do. As I struggled with the hard soil with the sun blazing down, I speculated - if I wrote to Time Team and told them I'd found something in the garden would they come and dig out my steps for me? (must have been the sun - my brain was melting)

As is usual with this kind of project there were some redesign happens as the project progresses ... so Revision One - the top step needed to be deepened quite a bit and as this work progressed it became clear that I only needed one step instead of two at this point. Having excavated it I then deepened the remaing steps and fitted the new frames. The design is that the frames at the edge sit on the frame below - I think the pictures make it a bit clearer - the frames will be filled with bricks on edge set in sand with a bit of "dry-mix" brushed into the gaps. To prevent the frames from moving I have hammered in some lengths of reincforcing bars (I had them from the rabbit fences of two years back).

I was really delighted with the progress and went indoors to have dinner. As we were chatting over the progress, Brendan raised a good point - I had levelled the top step with the timber border of the path, but this has created a potential "trip factor". A better solution is to level it with the path rather than the edging. I feel Revision Two coming on. So it looks like I'll be doing a bit more excavating ... but not tomorrow! I'm off Dublin to see Jacinta's garden!

I hope this journal isn't too boring but I hope it will be heloful to other "step-builders" who can maybe learn from my mistakes and redesigns! 


First Fruits

26 July 2011 22:29:15
Tomatoes at last!

Tomatoes at last!

So happy to have my first Tomato Sandwich - they were so sweet, and still warm from the sun ... looking forward to many more over the coming weeks!!!

Out of step ...

25 July 2011 00:44:14
Pretty Primula

Pretty Primula

... and nothing to do with the step project :-) 

My primula are all bursting into flower again - in the past I noticed one or two repeat flowering but this year they are all at it! Not that I'm complaining, just a little bit surprised.


Steps begun ....

24 July 2011 00:50:30
Steps in progress

Steps in progress

Today was a lovely day, almost too hot to work! First I planted the lawn that was levelled yesterday but I'm not optimistic about growth as there was some diesel spilt on the ground when we were burning the infected willow :-(

So next on the list was the project of the new steps down to the stream. When I start this kind of project I ususlly can see the finished task in my imagination, so I visualise how I'm going to get the the desired result, taking into account my limited muscle capability so it usually involves ways of getting around the heaviest bits.

Thanks to my friends on this site, at least i knew which end to start ;-) I  have taken photos as I go along and will post them all when the job is done!

First step was to get the materials together - I was planning  to use three slabs left over from a previous job as the treads on the steps and to fill in the rest of the surface with bricks laid like setts, so the three slabs and about 30 bricks were transported to the site of the steps.

Next step was to get the marker spray out and mark out the approximate layout of the steps. So far so good! Then I dug out the bottom step to the depth of the bricks. Then I started digging back the next step. Next was the tryout - put some bricks in the bottom step, put the slab on the edge fo the next step - Oh dear! Problem! The slab is not as deep as the bricks so getting them all level is going to be a problem.

Fortunately Brendan came by to see the progress at this point - and a second pair of eyes saw the solution immediately - forget the slabs, just use bricks for the steps! Problem solved!

The slabs will make stepping stones elsewhere instead! I then continued with the excavation of the steps using the bricks  as a guide to the depth of the steps.

That was enough for one day! 

Just realised it is very difficult to take photos of steps! 

My new toy

22 July 2011 21:20:25
Tiller success story

Tiller success story

Well, finally unpacked and assembled the garden tiller with the help of my long-suffering husband Brendan! Took it down to the area near the stream where I removed all the bark a few weeks ago and taking my courage in both hands, started up the mighty beast! 

It wasn't just my courage I needed in both hands - the tiller jumped about like a bucking bronco  and it took both hands to keep it more or less going where I wanted it to! It is an electric one and isn't too heavy, so after a few minutes I got the hang of it.

The area to be cultivated is very stoney, like the rest of my garden, so there was quite a lot of stone removal involved in the project. I filled several barrows of stones from the area in the photo and of course then had to find a home for them so they got tipped into an area where they won't cause too much problem!

 The garden falls away quite a bit beyond this - that is the Hot Border and the stream - and the proposed steps will give access to the "works" of the stream for maintenance.

The verdict on the tiller is a definite thumbs-up. That entire section has been chopped up, de-stoned and raked level in an afternoon and considering that the earth is clay and was like concrete in parts, that isn't too bad! I'm looking forward to getting lots of use out of it in the vegetable area in the future. It is quite small, so may even be useable among the shrubs to loosen up the soil that compacts so easily in this part of the garden.

Tomorrow should see the grass & clover seed sown in today's area and that only leaves one more section to do! Then I can start playing with the steps !!!! 

Chores have to be done too ...

21 July 2011 23:58:32
New Dawn

New Dawn

I had a serious attempt at trimming the hedgerow over the past few days which resulted in a prolific spread of lethal thorny chippings all over the driveway. the trailer had been used yesterday so i had to hot-foot out and sweep up the thorns before it was returned to it's normal home.

To let you all into a secret, I HATE sweeping, especially sweeping driveways! It took most of the morning just to make the place safe for wheels! I had thought to trim the remaining hedge, but I was so fed up after all the sweeping that I decided to do some "nice" gardening!

Over the past while I have seen various seedlings reaching a respectable size in the herbaceous bed and in the little pond bed so to day I carefully lifted these seedlings and potted them up. Very satisfying, getting plants for free! So far all the little plants that I potted from the aubretia and the cerastium earlier are all doing well. Today's plants included a euphorbia, several pink hardy geraniums, some yellow stonecrop, and a few other bits and pieces.

I also did a bit more rock moving getting ready for my final piece of lawn laying. the soil that was under weedblock and bark is like concrete so I've splashed out on an electric tiller to help me prepare the ground. I'll keep you informed of the progress with my new toy :-)

One of the things I want to do in this area is to construct some steps as there is a bit of an incline to be negotiated to get to the "workings" of the stream and I want to make it more accessible.

I have a question - if making steps in a slope, do you start from the top and work down or start from the bottom and work up? Any advice would be welcome.

The steps need to be cut out of the slope, and I have some slabs for the edge of the steps but I am not sure how to go about cutting out the steps...... 

Old friend, new plant

19 July 2011 22:28:42
Aquilegia William Guiness (Web)

Aquilegia William Guiness (Web)

Today I went to meet two old friends from Dublin. We had a splendid time, having lunch in the Keadeen in Newbridge (nicely half way from them to me) that finally ended at a quarter to six that evening. One of my firends has a brother who is a really enthusiastic gardener - he goes to Chelsea regularly and brings back seeds every time. 

Imaging my delight that he has sent me a very healthy plant that he grew from his Chelsea seeds. It is Aquilegia William Guiness and I am so looking forward to seeing it in bloom!

The photo is a web photo.

I have sent her the link to this site hoping that she will encourage him to get involved - no easy task since he is rather computer-shy :-( 

Weather forecaster

17 July 2011 23:57:54
Osteospermum in sunshine

Osteospermum in sunshine

Wind was terrible today so I had a chill-out day and spent a while looking over my garden photos remembering that we used to have a summer here a few days ago!

One that caught my eye was this view of some Osteospermum. These are the most amazing flowers - in the sunshine they turn their faces to the sun and show the pretty centres of their flowers and their petals are a delicate white with a tinge of mauve - then when the sun goes behind clouds and rain is on the way they close up and reveal the deep mauve undersides of their petals. As the rain comes they close up tight, waiting patiently for their friend the sun to come back again. This little miracle is repeated the whole summer long - if ever a flower deserved space in my garden this one does!

Four seasons

16 July 2011 23:19:25
Blue and White

Blue and White

Today we had four seasons in one day, so a typical Irish summer day! I started off feeding and spraying the roses - they are really good this year!  It was a day for doing a bit, then running for shelter from the frequent "hay-makers" so that task took a bit longer than expected.

Yesterday I weeded and fed the Laurel hedge in the front garden so today I was trying to tame the hedgerow behind it a bit! One big advantage of the new hedge is that we left a sort of ledge behind it. so now, standing on the ledge I can reach the top of the hedge. It looks much tidier now but of course that showed up the next bit of hedge - this bit is alongside a driveway so is more accessible, but it has been overrun with brambles so it never looks anything. The hedge at this point is too deep for me to reach right across the top but I reckon if I keep it neat the bit I can reach it doesn't look too bad. 

Started cutting it back to the same line as the front making good use of the loppers - what a tool! - and as I was lopping away I started cutting out the brambles. The showers were still pretty frequent but this is the sheltered side of the house so I was able to wait out the showers under the roof overhang. The whole operation took the whole afternoon, and resulted in a trailer full of brambles for dumping. As I went through the hedge I realised that it is mostly blackthorn with just a little hawthorn.  I treated a section of hedge in the back in a similar way last spring, and it has really improved. The brambles are still there, of cours, but the hedge had had a chance to recover. I'm hoping I'll have the same effect on the latest bit. At least it looks more like a hedge now ....

As I was bringing all the stuff back to the shed I passed these Campanula - I thought I had only blue ones, but this little white one hadn't flowered before so came as a big surprise! 

Mystery plant

15 July 2011 10:28:13
Bridie's plant from Enniscorthy

Bridie's plant from Enniscorthy

I spent the whole evening looking online for this - tried gound cover, tried purple leaves, tried wild flowers but nothing showed up!

As I said, it came from the garden of a friend so I would really like to know its name. I'll put up more photos in my July album. 

Seed planting payoff

14 July 2011 22:51:54
Nemesias go Japanese

Nemesias go Japanese

Thank you to all my garden.ie friend who encouraged me in growing things from seed - this little photo shows some of the results - these nemesia have been a godsend in bringing colour to odd places here and there in the garden.

I am currently on a mission to divide various ground-cover plants as I need to plant the edges of the woodland next the gravel paths as the birds are having a field day scattering the bark over the paths! 

To date I have about 20 aubretia, some from my "rough and ready" propagation technique described earlier, and some more conventionally from division of an existing plant. I've also got about 12 snow-in-summer and a few campanula that self-seeded. Next on the list is the yellow sedum "stonecrop" that has spread very happily in the herbaceous border and had seeded all over the place!

I have another plant in the rockery that I have no name for - it is so invasive that I suspect it is a bit of a weed - it has lovely tiny wine coloured shamrock-like leaves and very insignificant pom-pom flowers at the moment. No photo at the moment but will get one tomorrow as I would love to identify it. It is one of those plants that came from the garden of a friend no longer with us, so even if it is a weed, I'll still keep it! And I even have the perfect place for it - along the edge of the woodland! It can invade all it wants there without upsetting anyone - and should look quite pretty next the gravel path. 

How did you get there?

14 July 2011 22:30:15
Anthemis seedling

Anthemis seedling

This little anthemis seedling has decided to do battle with the Osteospermum - lets see who wins :-)

I noticed for the first time today that this Osteospermum ( one of the hardy perrenial ones) closes up its flowers if there is a threat of rain - it looks like a completely different flower as the underneath of the petals are a lovely shade of mauve! (Sorry, no photo of the undersides!) 

Too hot to work ...

14 July 2011 01:18:52
'Ghislaine de Feligonde'

'Ghislaine de Feligonde'

Today was so warm that i gave myself the day off - had some stuff to do in town, so just spent a really enjoyable hour or so dead-heading the roses and a few other things that had gone over, including the Astrantia - hopefully i got the seedheads before they had a chance to spread ... it is taking over my border so i have to be ruthless!

This rose is the rambler 'Ghislaine de Feligonde'  that i mentioned as being like one in my godmother's garden years ago. I love the way the clusters of blooms have all the various colours that the rose goes through in its life-time.

I was thinking today how much i enjoy the "chore" of dead-heading - it gives such an opportunity to get close to the plants and is for me an essential part of gardening - and perfect for a day too hot to do heavy work! 

Stay or Go?

13 July 2011 01:00:29


Having a ramble round the garden I spotted this sad little plant. Hard to see it, but this is my beautiful Nandina which didnlt like -15 degrees last winter. It was always struggling a bit but now it is just pathetic!

My resolution after the harsh winter was that anything that perished would not be replaced, but would have something more hardy as a replacement. By this little shrub hasn't made up its mind whether to survive or not!

What do people think? Leave it to struggle on? Replace it with what? 







Potentilla for Tina

12 July 2011 10:55:08
New Potentilla

New Potentilla

Good morning Tina! the sun is shining so I got this photo of the self-seeder - it appeared between a P.Fructicosa "Red Ace" and a "P.fructicosa 'Kobold'.  I have a whole bed of them and they self-seed a lot. Most ot fht seedlings seem to be the strong yellow but this one is a real cutie! I think they would only come true if propagated by slips.

Wasn't it warm today?

12 July 2011 00:43:10
Helebore in July

Helebore in July

Today was very warm and humid here - kept threatening to rain, but nothing happened! 

Set out to cut the lawns, but first got sidetracked to weed the gardiniere beside the shed. the cosmos there are all in bud so I'm looking forward to them. The virginia creepers and the climbing hydrangea are doing well, the campanula is outshining them all!

While weeding I got a pleasant surprise - one of my helebores is starting to flower agai! It had lots of flowers in the spring so the new buds are a realy bonus! 

Lots done today

10 July 2011 00:28:48
Aubretia cuttings

Aubretia cuttings

We had beautiful sunshine most of the day today so I took full advantage and got through quite a few tasks. First off was the vegetable garden - badly in need of weeding and hoeing.  Then I planted a forgotten packet of dwarf runner beans - no idea if they'll do anything or not! Had to move a few of the recently planted Brussel Sprouts to make room for the runner beans! While I was there I checked on my onions. Oh Dear!  They are doing NOTHING! They won't even be scallions at this rate!

Having watered the seeds and the transplanted sprouts, I spotted a white butterfly checking out my spuds so I ran up to the shed and got the netting to cover the sprouts - I hope I was in time!

Then I took a break and made a list of the potentilla bed as I couldn't remember which was which last year when I wanted to give seedlings to friends. I also had to decide where I would store the bark that is being removed from the lower garden where I plan to make a lawn around the fruit trees which will set off the Hot Border and the stream. The front woodland areas are looking good, but I'm not happy with the grass paths I left in the East woodland so I plan to kill off the grass paths and replace them with the bark. With my soil tending to waterlog so easily the bark is a really good surface to walk on in wet weather so it should be a good surface along by the new Laurel hedge. 

So with that decision made I could start on the lower area,  moveing the bark and lifting the weedblock that is causing serious compaction of the soil in that area. Hard slog was the order of the day and about half the area has been cleared.

The final task was to fill in around the edges of the clover lawns in the front garden. There are wooden edgings along the curved paths but the soil in places is much lower than the top of the edging making mowing and edge clipping very laborious so I have filled in the edges with soil and will sprinkle some clover seed tomorrow.

Then put the tools away and changed out of the boots, but it was such a beautiful evening that I decided to sit on the deck for a while before starting to make dinner - of course, two minutes sitting there and I spotted the Delphiniums lookng sad. On Gardeners World they showed them being cut back once the seeds have formed to prolong the flowering. In the blink of an eye I had the secateurs out and the delphiniums were looking a lot better. Then, since I had the secateurs in my hand, I had a look at the aubretia cutting I planted the other week and gave them a tidy-up. I am delighted to see that all 12 have new growth so my rough and ready way of planting up the cuttings obviously works!  



Beauty of Livermere Seedbox

09 July 2011 23:46:03


Couldn't resist this beautiful seedbox on my 'Beauty of Livermere' poppy. Each seedbox seems to be different. They remind me of snowflakes in the wonderful variety of their patterns.

Down but not out

08 July 2011 20:20:26
Poor wounded soldiers

Poor wounded soldiers

The appalling weather had taken it toll on the beautiful poppy I posted a few days ago. The whole plant is flattened. I noticed it yesterday evening during my evening walk around the garden with Jo but decided not to do anything with it for the moment.

When I went out this evening to take the photo of Mr. Big I found to my amazement that the fallen poppy was trying to resurrect itself. One of the buds is trying to open so it appears that leaving it be was the right decision. There are some seedpods on it too that  can be watched carefully - I'll try the rattle test in a day or so....

I suppose I was taken by surprise in the height of these lovely poppies so they need to go in a more sheltered place next year.

I'm a bit confused about the whole poppy family -  which are perennial, which are annual, etc.

I have three distinct leaf-types among my poppies this year.  The "Beauty of Livermere" has very green leaves with sharply defined jags in the leaves and I know this one is perennial. The lovely wine and white ones that I think are "Danish flag" have very pale green leaves and are very brittle. This kind of leaf is also on those wild pink ones posted in other journals. Are these ones annuals or perennials?

Then in another bed I have the Californian Poppies which are annuals but self-seed so well that they might as well be perennial! And then there is the whole Meconopsis versus Papaver thing - will I ever get them straight?

Great visitors!

08 July 2011 19:32:32
Mr. Big's New Home

Mr. Big's New Home

We had a visit from my cousin Noel and his wife Jo - they came for dinner last night and stayed over.

Noel and Jo are very keen on the garden, and they both work hard in their large garden in Meath. They were both interested to see the progress in my garden since their last visit about a year ago.  They had the opportunity to stroll around it yesterday evening, and as we walked around Jo spotted my "Mr Big" rock with the wrecking bar and several stones that I had been using in my feeble attempts to move him. "Noel will move that for you, no problem!" she exclaimed! 

This morning the weather was terrible, but we managed to go out during a lull in the downpour and wonder of wonders, using the wrecking bar, a couple of concrete blocks and a scaffolding board, Mr Big made his way slowly to his new home!

It is one of the frustrations I find with getting older that I cannot do this kind of thing myself (Yes, Liga, I KNOW it was a big rock!!) but today I got some good hands-on advice on how to approach this kind of task. Noel is the same age as me, is of very slight build but is very wiry, but where he really had the expertise was in the maneuvering of the board, blocks and wrecking bar that he succeeded where I didn't.  

So a huge THANK YOU to Noel for his help. Guests like him are always welcome D 

So now where is the next rock to move ...... 

Ya gotta be quick .....

06 July 2011 00:56:30
Ya gotta be quick .....

Ya gotta be quick .....

.... to catch these beauties before the wind steals all their beautiful  petals! I was so delighted to see three flowers all at once! They are definitely raising the temperature in my Hot Border. 

You can probably see in the photo that there are lots more buds to come. This was a "before breakfast" photo as i was afraid they would go over before i could capture them on camera.

A bonus was to see not one, but two bees enjoying the nectar on one of the flowers.

Had to make a big decision about my weeping willow. It was completely covered with Willow Canker. It was planted three years ago and the first year it had the canker so I cut off all the affected foliage (which included most ot the branches) and sprayed with fungicide as suggested. To no avail. the next year it was just as bad. finally this year it was so unsightly - and also because I'm afraid it will spread to my willow fencing - so the decision was pretty unavoidable. So today was spent cutting down this tree. I suppose I should be glad it is the first major failure in the garden. I wasn;t happy to put the branches anywhere near my compost, not did I think I should send it to landfill - so I had to resort to burning the offending timbers. Apparently Salix Tristis is particularly vulnerable to this disease.

Heigh Ho! But even from this kind of disappointment  can open up opportunities. The area where the willow once stood should make a nice point for a seat ..... 


Beautiful day

04 July 2011 00:59:13


These Astilbe are really maturing nicely - I love the three colours together. 

It is finally starting to feel like Summer - so I sat in my new seating area this morning reading my Irish Garden - what a treat in more ways than one! Tonight I'm paying for it with some pretty tender sunburned arms - that will teach me to remember my sun-block!

After lunch, suitably protected I had a great time planting up some of the "plants in waiting". It never ceases to amaze me that no matter how many "plants in waiting" I plant the area outside the greenhouse never looks any emptier. 

First I planted the black-eyed Susan  at one of the new arches. that part of the herbaceous border is being colonised by violets which came from my sister's garden as "passengers" with some other plants. Therr is NOTHING "shrinking" about these violets - they are the worst self-seeders I've ever come across! 

Next on the list was the lovely Carex and the variegated grass  (thanks Fran). They now have a new home in the small pond bed where they make a nice contrast with the other plants in that bed. No photo yet!

Then I planted the little chrysanthemums I got from Bakker weeks ago - they were tiny when they arrived so I potted them up and have been minding them ever since, so now they look strong enough to face the big bad world!

And I think I spied some colour on that poppy - so first thing in the morning ....out with the camera..... 

How's this for a cover-up!

04 July 2011 00:29:15


Spot the septic tank .....

Sad tale of a poppy

02 July 2011 23:07:59
Poor Danish Flag

Poor Danish Flag

Yesterday evening I was very excited to see some colour starting to show on one of my Oriental Poppies in the Hot Border - first let me explain - I planted some poppy seeds myself, Hosta sent me some more seeds that I also planted, and I think I picked up some additional plants along the way - as you know, poppies look very similar when they are grown from seed ... so I can be forgiven for not being too sure which poppy is which!

 I've already had a beautiful deep orange almost red flower on one plant, so this is why I was so excited - the colour showing through was red - no trace of orange - so I couldn't wait to see what it would be like!

This morning was shopping day, so we didn't get back home till about 2 pm and when I looked down the garden I could just make out the red poppy. Dashed into the house for the camera and rushed down to the hot Border. Imagine my disappointment - the flower was already going over! The photo gives an idea of how beautiful ti would have been if I'd taken the photo first thing this morning. I think it is "Danish Flag" - thank you Margaret (Hosta)! 

 However, I'm happy to see that there are at least six buds still to open!

Having gone down to the Hot Border I spent the rest of the day tidying, weeding and dead-heading that area and finished off giving them a good watering.

I also fed and watered the strawberries, weeded, fed and watered  the magnolia that lives in a half-barrel and the lime-tolerant Rhododendron, using water from the rain-barrel as I guess they wouldn't like my very lime-rich well water! Also gave my new lawn a bit of a sprinkle and am delighted to see the delicate shadow of green already in evidence after only a few days!

Mr. Big

02 July 2011 01:36:39
Mr Big

Mr Big

Manged to move one of the two remaining large stones to make way for the next bit of weedblock removel. I felt like one of the druids moving the stones to make Newgrange! Have learned to use a wrecking bar (my new favourite tool) and with a combination of easing it from side to side and heaving it with my strongest spade, the rock is now happily in its new home!

Then it was the turn of Mr. Big. A fine specimen of Laois Limestone Rock - as you can see. So far he has resisted all attempts to coax him down that hill to join the smaller rocks behind him. The new technique is to lever him up and shove those flat stones in the foreground underneath him and then, having got him a bit off-balance, try to get a zig-zag movement going! He has moved about 4 inches towards his destination, and has turned aroung by about 90 degrees .....

So Scrubber and all other rock lovers .... advice please :-(

Enjoying the garden

01 July 2011 00:26:59


Today we had a visitor and since the weather was behaving, we spent  a nice relaxed time, had a wander round the garden and sat in the sun for a while. When our visitor left I decided to dead-head the roses and sort out the strawberries. There is something strange going on with the strawberries - I suspect uneven watering.  Many of the strawberries are quite deformed, with some bits hard, even when they ripen. Some of them appear to have splits in the skin.  Anyway, I took off the worst ones, and also the runners and gave them a good watering. There are still quite a few strawberries on the plants so I hope they respond. I was thinking of giving the a feed of tomato fertiliser. Any suggestions would be welcomed. and before you all start feeling sorry for me - we have had enough healthy strawberries to have them for dessert every day for the past couple of weeks:-)

Dead-heading the roses has its reward too - chance to get some nice photos! 




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