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31 May 2010 22:47:51
Took this today. Goodnight all
31 May 2010 22:12:59
Aspenium onopteris for Rachel
this is Martin Rickard studying the frond in order to pick me off the tiniest piece to propogate. What you see in the other pic is the prothallus which are each about the size of a pin head at present. there is both male and female there and the male has to send his stuff across a film of water under them to fertilise the female and so produce a fern. More primative then seeds where all is done and ready. Please ask anything Rachel.
31 May 2010 20:48:07
I have this little tree for about 14 years and it has never increased in size.
31 May 2010 20:44:14
Esculus mutabilis 'Induta'
Horse chesnut Fran. We have it growing for many years and it is only four feet tall
31 May 2010 20:37:21
Fern hunting with Martin Rickard last year, we visited one of only five sites that this fern has been seen growing wild in the last ten years. Expressing a desire propagate to my companion, he inspected the tiny fern minutely and picked off the tiniest piece of a tiny frond for me, and low and behold look at my prothalus's now each the size of a pin head. When I have them growing properly I will give one to any of you who visit. If anyone wants to see a picture of the fern let me know or of the killarney fern that we also found.
31 May 2010 13:30:15
Deb has been planting into our inside two greenhouses garden today, raised beds can be such fun as it brings the plants nearer
30 May 2010 21:31:23
Pink cow parsley
This looks wonderful this time of year. I am exhausted after mowing the neighbour's field all day, so you have my pemission to feel sorry for me. thanks
30 May 2010 13:22:26
Cutting the lawn !!!!
Here is me trying to cut the lawn next door with my new big wheeled lawn mower, have come in for a spot of lunch or do we call it Tiffin Jacinta. (By the way the thug is covering the kitchen window on the back of the house) By the way the lawn next door has never been cut before. :-(
30 May 2010 09:29:31
A beautiful thug at the back of the house.
30 May 2010 00:16:13
Just a garden shot
29 May 2010 08:22:02
Pup 2 for Geraldine
A few hours later after the scissors
29 May 2010 08:20:51
pup 1 for Geraldine
The morning before we got out the scissors
28 May 2010 23:39:11
Puppy for Liga
Here is the puppy Liga, he is now called Rory and excuse us, for we cut off his hair and made an awful mess of the little fellow :-)
28 May 2010 23:21:25
This fern is just starting to unfold; I have a lot of these.
28 May 2010 19:06:04
Here is Zoey straight from school and helping Deborah in the polytunnel area, puppy was helping too :-)
28 May 2010 19:02:08
Here is a shot of the side of the house
27 May 2010 23:06:56
This lovely lace Viburnum is getting so tall thata lot of the flowers are 8 feet up facing the sky
27 May 2010 22:58:17
I believe that this is the president, it has been moved around a bit in garden changes.
27 May 2010 22:53:24
Today I paid 300 euro for this second hand lawn mower and then I made 4 new wheels for it and attached them. It is to mow our neighbours field as she has let us put a polytunnel in it and now cant let the horses in. It is very rough, the extra height might help
26 May 2010 23:53:40
Took this shot this evening as i was walking over the bridge that crosses the old wild life pond
26 May 2010 22:25:22
The flower heads remind me more of an elder
26 May 2010 22:21:37
A lovely refreshing yellow tone.
25 May 2010 23:07:01
Snowball close up
Just in case you are interested.
25 May 2010 22:42:38
Here is a picture of the moon this evening from the garden
25 May 2010 22:40:35
A more pleasant reminder of the winter past
25 May 2010 22:37:20
A dash of colour
24 May 2010 22:38:35
This wisteria is just coming into flower, it has the longest tassles, will show again when in full flower if Fran promises to bring me back a present :-)
24 May 2010 22:35:30
Some more Alliums
23 May 2010 21:19:05
These are looking good too, there are good types with big heads and lastability
23 May 2010 21:17:09
Lily of the Valley
this clump is looking good. See how we have it contained my the grass, any that rise there is soon mowed out
23 May 2010 21:13:56
The aquilegias are looking good in the garden now, a most wonderful plant to lead you into summer, easy from seed and even easier to remove where they do not suit.
22 May 2010 22:15:34
22 May 2010 21:57:54
This is a cross between a laburnum and a broom, some flowers are pink and some are yellow, if you really would like to see one of the pink ones then you only have to ask ;-)
22 May 2010 13:32:06
Lovely day for gardening and a lovely evening last night, i took this shot of the half moon while I was watering yesterday evening
21 May 2010 23:16:43
Here is an variegated Aralia that I planted over ten years ago
21 May 2010 22:21:13
Where is my toggs
Went to our beach hut this evening to change for a dip, but could not find my swimming toggs. Someone has taken them. Just wondering did we have any male guests here in the last week?
21 May 2010 22:17:10
this wonderful flower hides under the leaves, it is a woodland plant and likes shade
21 May 2010 22:11:53
Here is a pic of a large leafed podophyllum, if you would like to see the flower underneath that wonderful leaf then you can say so:-)
20 May 2010 22:54:01
Yes are wisterias are coming into their own, this is the first to flower
20 May 2010 22:46:33
Sunset in Thai house
As promised I have put up a view of the tree ferns as the sun was going down, a hopeless shot but here she be.
20 May 2010 22:41:42
A neighbour called in to show me his plan for a building that he is going to build in his garden, he had built a model twelve times smaller and was asking my opinion, as it happens I had a camera in my hand and I asked him if it would fit on his head. He knows me not. :-)
19 May 2010 23:18:04
Fran and me
We need to know the name of the flower
19 May 2010 22:55:57
Bigger picture Jacinta
NOt sure how it will look as I took it this evening in low light
19 May 2010 22:32:15
Full of flower now, could show you the bigger picture if enough of you ask me :-)
18 May 2010 22:23:36
Yes the tree ferns have returned to terra nova
17 May 2010 21:02:18
Here is a clematis growing up a bush, which is the way that most of our clematis's enjoy life. It is great for us as it can give a bush two sets of flowerings for the year, or three if you pop another clematis in, some we grow up trees. They seem to be happy enough growing this way even with all the competition for nutrients. Hang in there :-)
17 May 2010 20:55:51
Here is a peony that Deb grew from seed, I haven't a clue what it is called though.
16 May 2010 23:15:37
The bat tree
This tree always resembles a flock of bats at this time of year, hope that the picture shows it.
16 May 2010 23:12:15
This tree fern is not aware that we had a bad winter, amazing when most died and the other few that might live are struggling to do anything.
16 May 2010 09:17:40
This is daughter Zoe and her friend at loch gur the other day, I may take an hour off gardening today and visit the place with the two of them and puppy today.
15 May 2010 16:48:35
Where are you all
Oh I see you all in your gardens working, well done and keep up the good work
15 May 2010 14:00:42
Thanks for this item that you found by digging your garden, any railway memorabilia welcome, so get digging if you are on an old track. :-)
14 May 2010 20:40:23
Present from Fran 2
Here are my four children looking at the present from Fran.
14 May 2010 19:51:58
A present from Fran
Imagine my joy and surprise today while working in my garden, to look up and there was Fran with a present for me. A wonderful piece of driftwood with a magnificent shape, and small and tidy enough that it can sit on the shelf beside me as I send this journal
13 May 2010 22:26:11
Does anyone know what this fern is called I have lost the label, I thought that I could ask you lot or wait until the BPS (british fern society) come to the garden in July.
13 May 2010 21:53:50
I bought this at crug farm a few years ago, it was collected one from some expedition. We were their first customers of the year and so I nabbed this beauty, out in a pot all winter.
12 May 2010 22:03:12
Matteucia struthiopteris spreads by stolens, and our one grows to four feet high, soon you will not see the naked lady until early autumn when the fronds start to fall around her exhausted and spent :-0
12 May 2010 09:14:13
A plant to put a smile on your face. Goodmorning to you all
10 May 2010 22:27:43
Adiantum eleuticum Fran
I could show you a few ferns over the next few days so that you might better consider your options :-)
10 May 2010 07:56:52
For Rachel, a sweet pea
This one is called Flaky Chocolate, It is to die for.
09 May 2010 21:47:36
Yes we sold just about every plant, see Deb here smiling. Thanks to all you guys who came up and said hello, it was really wonderful to meet you, like you were all characters coming out of a favourite book. One of you gave me a hug and thank you, some of you looked like you would want to and thank you for that.
08 May 2010 14:04:06
Acanthus Lady Moore
Well i won't be around tonight, so cyber hug to you know who and hope to see the rest of you at the rare plant fair tomorrow, though we will be so rushed off our sneakers that we might not be able to have extensive chats. :-)
07 May 2010 20:19:34
INternational space station high in south 9.52 passing Mars, and back round again 11.27 low in south west. I used to spot steam trains. I have gone up in the world. :-)
07 May 2010 20:16:04
My favourite plant lives
Tree ferns are my favourite plants, and my favourite among them is one called the Beast, due to being almost too wide in girth to put your arms around (It is called hugging Fran). Anyway great is my joy to say that the croziers are rising. she lives. :-)
07 May 2010 20:05:59
Gardening with Deborah
Deb is like a wild mustang, she will plant anything without fear.Here is Japanese knotweed coming up for the summer. It is contained but escapes on a regular basis and vigilance is needed. This plant can go 15 metres underground to find a new place to come up, and it is sneaky too for it will send runners out a good way before coming up. Someone once told us that his one was not spreading, until he phoned us the next year with strangled cries.
06 May 2010 22:40:37
Fern of the day
Here is a picture that I took this afternoon of Athyrium niponicum pictum, which was not affected by the cold winter.
06 May 2010 22:33:42
Deb's veg patch
Deborah asked me if she could put a vegetable patch in our garden and I said ok, but was concerned that it might ruin our ornamental garden, but it did not. :-) iss 11.02
05 May 2010 22:52:29
If you need a closer shot then I can go out with the old flash
05 May 2010 22:34:43
Darmera for Rachel
A close up, could go closer if you want
05 May 2010 22:20:17
Look at this beauty growing in the bog garden, these flowering stems come up before the leaves and look amazing, will give you a close up if you play your cards right :-) ISS 10.37 passing by Mars high in south
04 May 2010 22:40:09
This is a lovely gently spreading fern that has formed a nice clump in the garden.
04 May 2010 20:41:53
Night time gardeners
Hi, watch the International space station go over high in the south past Mars at 10.12 pm. Mars is the little orangy thing that does not flicker. Later at 11.47 but low in the west.
03 May 2010 22:44:03
Part of front garden today
Flowering cherry and dark elder. The wet path was from me watering plants in. deb had left for work and gave me 125 pots of mainly primroses to plant.
03 May 2010 21:35:29
sunset in the polytunnel
Hi you guys, lovely day. International space station is going over near saturn at 9.48 this evening and it will be back around and go over near mars at 11.22. Exciting stuff to get you in your garden tonight
02 May 2010 23:23:10
My daughter and her puppy from Bunclody
02 May 2010 22:32:34
This is another of our many species peonies that are coming into flower
02 May 2010 22:27:39
Note how red the leaves of roses can be this time of year, amazing aint it. This one is vira de flora. not sure if spelling correct. Oh by the way guys look for the international space station at10 57 this evening high in the south passing close to Mars. Be out earlier as it can be seen a few minutes earlier than this as it approaches its zenith.
02 May 2010 22:22:06
Hi you guys. this is a whiskery bluebell. Brian Cross gave us a piece years ago after we have admired it on an ongoing basis. This method can work with friends.
01 May 2010 22:08:21
Sunset tonight in Dromin
ISS passing over 10.33 high in south, passing in front of Saturn
01 May 2010 13:38:48
I dread swallows at this time of year as they keep flying into my workshop and getting stuck in some nook or cranny where I have to go to great lengths to get them. I try to keep the door closed but they are quick to see any error in my door closing technique (ie when I forget to close it) this one flew in this morning and dropped between two panes of glass, the inside one being a leaded panel which I had to smash in order to release him. He was only there 10 minutes before i released him to the skies. If you want to see the broken glass then I will show you otherwise I will keep it to myself.