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31 October 2010 19:14:54
Ha ! You thought it would be a plant, but it is a spooky halloweeny thing :-)
31 October 2010 11:33:09
Do you remember how good this looked with the snowballs on it earlier in the year. I took this shot just now from the house; it is that kind of day. Will have to get on with my sewing
31 October 2010 10:28:34
We put them into old tights and hung them up off the rafters putting sacking over the rafters for extra protection from frost. We lost them, so do not follow this method :-)
31 October 2010 10:26:09
Here is Deb in 1997 washing cannas prior to storing them
30 October 2010 18:17:35
Just as I was half thinking of finishing up for the evening this aero plane flew by very low under the clouds, I did not have time to fit my zoom lense though.
30 October 2010 18:12:42
My grape is looking good with its autumn colours.
30 October 2010 18:02:26
I normaly prume our kiwis in the early spring and they bleed for weeks, so this year I pruned them back today, while so doing I found fifteen fruits, which I proudly carried up to the house in my new trug. :-)
30 October 2010 17:48:20
For my pal
My pal is coming to see me and pick up a bamboo later this year, so I put this little white birch aside for him in case he wants it for his new area. It was one of the ones self sewn in our garden but is nicer than the rest and low and behold look at its autumn colour. It is a one off a varient. He might not accept it as he is having a huge problem with leaves at the moment. Can anyone guess who my pal is, a prize for the first when I next meet them, and no blooming googling this time!
30 October 2010 09:43:33
Took a picture of Jupiter last night from the garden, I do not seem to have enough zoom
29 October 2010 19:37:11
More of an aerial shot still
This was taken by J.P. McManus's helicopter pilot as he passed over to pick up J.P. Ours is the garden with the trees and stuff not the empty one beside it. This was taken about this time last year. You see I have friends in high places :-)
29 October 2010 19:26:58
I took this picture of the pond from up the ladder while cutting the top twenty feet off the eucalyptus tree a few days ago. I have ordered my new chainsaw, with which I will be taking out the bottom ten feet. It will be with me on monday. I ordered a petrol one instead of electric. Will put up a pic when it arrives, it is costing 199 euro including travel expenses.
27 October 2010 17:15:23
Hi guys, this is not a gardening question, but it does have a gardening prize.
2 ferns grown from spores going to whoever is the first to punctuate these words and so make sense of them.
That that is is that that is not is not that is it is it not
I am off to give a talk in Nenagh now, well Deb is giving the talk and I am carrying her stuff :-)
25 October 2010 13:58:47
This is what now remains, I will have to buy me an electric chain saw to remove the bottom as it is too thick for the bow saw, and I need to buy one anyway
25 October 2010 13:55:30
Here it is with the upper ten feet or so removed. Deb grew this from seed and I planted it as a tiny twig 12 inches tall in 1997. It is amazing how trees can grow from carbon dioxide, water and a few minerals from the ground.
25 October 2010 13:49:21
Here is me up a ladder extended to 20 feet in height armed with bow saw and a candle stick
25 October 2010 13:47:19
This tree is over 30 feet tall and has died, I set about removing it today
25 October 2010 11:49:35
Standing six feet tall. Just took this 3 minutes ago
24 October 2010 21:03:06
Just cropped the last picture for this
24 October 2010 20:59:54
Close up of Rowan
I found this one that I took today Clara, will see if it good enough to blow up a bit more.
24 October 2010 14:40:11
Looking over a pond full of promise, a hundred little fish with no competition and the Heron at last gone :-)
24 October 2010 14:34:48
I love privet, if allowed to grown into a bush it will have many white flowers and at this time of year will drip with black berries. This is a golden form.
24 October 2010 14:30:12
This rowan tree has also coloured up nicely
24 October 2010 14:23:07
This red leaved bush is what I showed as a green leaved one early in the year with yellow flowers dangling down, what an all rounder it is
22 October 2010 20:36:57
took this from the garden tonight, the clouds looked cool sweeping before the moon
22 October 2010 13:12:40
Preparing himself for the winter ahead, he has a selection of gardening coats
22 October 2010 13:07:51
I had to burn the Box that had blight. The lawn looks like it needs mowing too.
20 October 2010 20:39:04
And what was that
Oh its only Clara. Apols. this is the only one of the 4 that was not taken from the garden today
20 October 2010 20:36:42
What was that
Oh its only a plane. Growing paranoid
20 October 2010 20:35:11
I pulled netting over the pond today, but have lost hope now :-(
20 October 2010 20:31:31
The war continues
The heron has found our little pond where I put all the fish for safety. after days of checking out the bigger pond he has now started to perch overhead the little pond and dropping down into it when he thinks that no one is looking :-(
17 October 2010 22:45:28
From now on this shredder will be busy. We won this as a prize in 2005. OOps I have just remembered that I owe someone a prize, I will have to keep a low profile again.
17 October 2010 21:32:12
Deb and I busy all day starting to cut back and and tidy up for the winter. A lot of shredding done.
17 October 2010 19:09:39
Box hedge trimmed
I hope that she doesn't think me heavy handed
17 October 2010 18:59:51
Deb was trimming the standard holly trees and asked me to trim the box hedge around the naked lady, I shall put up the result of my trimming in the next journal :-)
17 October 2010 10:05:11
Pup helping in the garden yesterday. Deb gave him a haircut the day before
16 October 2010 21:17:04
Today I borrowed my brother's pond vac, in order to suck out all the sludge at the bottom of the pond, but it kept getting jambed when a little stone would go up, so it was not a success.
15 October 2010 20:18:54
Rosa Summer song
If I was the boss I would hack all roses to the ground now. They left us high and dry after their first flush in early summer and now are all in full bloom in the autumn. All I want to do now is to tidy the garden up.
15 October 2010 20:13:23
Ricinus 8 foot tall
Pup is overshadowed by the tall annual
15 October 2010 20:11:28
OK friends, even closer
Yes even closer.
15 October 2010 20:09:39
Ok don't all shout at once, here is the close up
15 October 2010 20:06:58
Autumn colour on witch hazel leaves, anyone for a close up?
12 October 2010 22:38:30
Heron being chased away
It is a little difficult to take a picture of the heron that one is chasing, but here it is for what it is worth. Hope that he gets the message that there are no fish to be ate.
12 October 2010 22:33:21
Just a garden shot. Yes the Heron had to be chased away a few times today.
10 October 2010 23:10:31
Pup checking the outlet
I was pumping the water to a spot behind the pond where it all drained away; pup was checking that all was well.
10 October 2010 22:42:42
I drained the pond today, and caught 50 large fish hiding beneath the plants at the side of the pond and I put them in the pond in the side garden, where the heron has never visited, with them went 20 little ones, this still left a hundred little ones in the large pond. They are so small that I hope the heron will not be bothered with them. I estimate that we have lost about 50 large fish to the heron. I noticed that the bottom of the pond had a foot of sludge so I borrowed a machine off my brother which is supposed to suck all this out. I will attempt this next weekend.
07 October 2010 09:32:13
I do like the colour of the clouds
Took this about 7.30 this morning, while pup and I were heading out for a walk
06 October 2010 21:30:29
This picture was taken in august and showed a happy pond. The big fellow is gone and I have not seen the others for weeks now. The heron ignored my bubble wrap again today and was seen standing in the middle of the pond. I have me a plan and on sunday I am going to drain the pond and haul out any fish that are still alive and put them in the smaller pond in the side garden. The above link if it works will show you how demented I am getting about the heron. :-(((
04 October 2010 18:45:53
Saw this in the garden today, will have to ask Deb what it is
04 October 2010 18:42:50
The fruit of my vine
I have never picked or tasted them yet, though I have this plant for 15 years. the look on the faces of those that try is enough for me to desist
04 October 2010 18:39:09
The leaves of my vine
Starting to show their autumn colours
03 October 2010 16:15:08
I've spent the morning setting up a tropical aquarium on a pair of filing cabinets. Dodgy work, but it seems ok. I planted about a dozen real plants into it, and have soil for them under the gravel and two different fluorescent bulbs to give then the proper light. All being well I can buy the fish next weekend. Safe from the Heron and if all is still alright in 7 days then it should surely be alright for them.
02 October 2010 09:41:46
Nicandra close up
Not sure how this will turn out as the system crops my pics. Note all the previous flowers the long line of them. What a wonderful annual and free as it gives you so many seeds :-)
02 October 2010 09:13:57
Look at this naughty fellow, and how quickly he pounced. Thank God we don't have giant ones about.
02 October 2010 09:11:25
Look at the size of this white flowering shoe fly plant, and see how many flowers are still there. It is one of the stars of the garden at the moment, and wait a while friend and take a close look at 'splash of cream, how small it is beside it.My next journal is to do with flies as well, but if you are squeemish then don,t look.
01 October 2010 19:08:44
Today on their 60th wedding anniversary
We just off to the bash
01 October 2010 19:06:32
On their wedding day
This was the uncle that got Deb interested in gardening when she was a young slip of a girl, well 18 .
01 October 2010 13:41:29
Tilia henryana closer still
I think this gives an indication of the leaf shape
01 October 2010 13:39:36
Tilia henryana closer
I shall have to zoom in BIT more