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TheH (Hazel)'s Journal May 2016

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Coming along nicely

29 May 2016 22:41:36
Coming along nicely

Coming along nicely

This border is one that I don't often stop to look at. This particular border is one I pass when I leave the house and I have to confess that I'm usually in too much of a hurry to pay it much attention but today I caught sight of it with the sun showing it to its best and I realised that this border has quietly gone about its business and filled out beautifully. I love it when the garden surprises me like this!

I hope you all got the opportunity to get out and enjoy the sunshine today

I've been busy ... Ta Da!

28 May 2016 20:39:44
I've been busy ... Ta Da!

I've been busy ... Ta Da!

The real reason why I've been deserting my friends on garden.ie and on facebook can now be revealed ....

I've been creating a new website for Gortnalee Garden AKA Hazel's place.

The idea is to open the garden by appointment to all and sundry but I want to make it clear that my garden.ie friends are welcome at any time.

I was inspired to do this because I had an enquiry from a Gardening Club earlier in the year to visit my garden in July. 

i have had truly great support and encouragment from my friends here and I hope that you will all feel free to drop by any time as before. 

If you want to see what I've been up to check out:

Gortnalee Garden


And finally - veggie update

26 May 2016 23:24:26

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I know I swore I'd give up on veggies but I mentioned that the gift of some seed potatoes put me in mind to have another go - so here's an update - The spuds are up and have been earthed up, two kinds of peas - MAngeTout and Garden peas are starting to reach for the chicken-wire supports, the onions are thriving, I'm still harvesting the Purplr Broccoli and broad beans have been sown. The lettuce from the greenhouse is still producing outdoors, some coriander has been planted as have some carrot seeds and last but not least the Strawberries are caged up! Last year the birds got ALL my strawberries so I reckon its my turn this year!

So after all that, I;m off to catch up on the 17 days of journals I've missed and then I might have time to read my Irish Garden :-)

Back on track

26 May 2016 23:12:47

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I haven't been online for ages due to lots of non-gardening activities but the past week has seen me back into my old routine - losing all track of time and finally coming in to make food at about 9 pm! 

As I was uprooting as many of the Spanish Bluebells as I could I realised I was not a moment too soon as there were several definite hybrids among those I lifted so to be on the sure side I'm also removing all the flowers of the native ones too. I do realise I will probably have to repeat this for a while to try and preserve the native ones but I reckon that it will be worth the effort. 

So having completed that task it was time for some "real" gardening! Weeding paths is a high priority as I want to try and avoid using weedkiller if I can. So to encourage myself I'm trying to keep a note of how long it takes to weed each section - that way the task feels a bit smaller :-)

So the path along the Laurel hedge and round by the Oak trees took about 4 hours and the path alng the opposite hedge AND the border beside it also took about the same! I get a real kick out of seeing the paths looking tidy and if I weed them carefully they stay clear for most of the season - well, apart from having to do the occasional "dandelion hunt"!!!


26 May 2016 22:55:48

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My late mother-in-law always referred to Columbine (Aquilegia) as "Concubine" - so in her memory here are three beautiful Aquilegias - or Concubines if you prefer - that I have for the first time this year. Two were gifts from .iers  and the third is from Bakker. I love them all! I plan to move them to where the other ones I have are doing well - especially William Guinness. Sadly I seem to have only one remaining of the lovely yellow ones I got from Liga many moons ago.

Native Plants

09 May 2016 12:01:55

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I've been giving a lot of thought to the subject of native plants in the garden. My woodland area was planted up with the intention of supporting the wildlife in the garden and so I paid less attention to the details of the planting - as long as it was native that was good enough for me!

Then in my enthusiasm to have a real "woodland" effect I introduced some Spanish Bluebells instead of having the patience to let the native ones migrate out of the hedgerow which they are really starting to do this year!

So as I was wandering round the woodland on my regular "dandelion hunt" I was suddenly struck by the real beauty of the native cherry trees Prunus Avium which I am inclined to overlook until it does its magic thing over my Buddha Garden!

So native can be pretty as well as environmentally good - but don't eat the cherries!

Now begins the task of reducing the power of the Spanish Bluebells - and I am really reluctant to remove some white ones that are doing very well! Maybe I'll just do Mary's solution of deadheading those ones!

Weather forecast

09 May 2016 11:42:37

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Its looking good for the Summer!

If the Ash before the Oak

Then we surely get a Soak

But if the Oak before the Ash

Then we only get a Splash

So looking at the specimens in my garden there is no contest!!!!

So here's hoping for a very small Splash!

Been a bit busy lately ....

07 May 2016 23:48:44

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.... so haven't had time even to catch up on journals never mind write my own! And most of the distraction wasn't garden-related although that lovely day on Friday certainly tempted me to leave everything and steal a full day in the garden!

So the Auriculas did much better this year - probably because I kept them safe in the greenhouse instead of subjecting them to the wild Laois weather - so a few days ago I put them out - on the slightly more sheltered side of the house - and the lovely yellow ones really cheer me up when I come to the front door.

Will put up an album soon .....


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