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brigette's Journal

brigette's Journal

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Wildflower Meadow.

04 September 2011 08:47:21
Wildflower Meadow.

Wildflower Meadow.

Working with the children at our local school in the Spring a wildflower meadow was planted. Each child spread a handful of seeds and four months later the result has been great. Not the 16 varieties the of flowers the seed packet promised. Mostly Chamomile and Corn Marigold with a scattering of Poppies and Corn Cockle. Meadows like these are a great help for insects as their natural habitats decline. The pic shows Andy strimming an access path for the children to walk among the flowers.

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Cosmos.

01 September 2011 08:19:38
Cosmos.

Cosmos.

Cosmos are one of my fave flowers. Easy to grow, lovely colours, long lasting. I will save seeds from this lot for next year's crop. These are in a large container by the polytunnel and have already been flowering for months. The only maintenance is deadheading and an occasionaly liquid feed of Comfrey and Nettle brew.

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Lovely Lilies.

20 August 2011 11:20:05
Lilies.

Lilies.

The Lilies are doing well despite the weather. We had a full day of rain on Thursday and I thought they would be destroyed, but no, they are still looking grand. They have a great scent too. I must plant some more in the Autumn.

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Musk Mallow.

06 August 2011 11:40:14
Musk Mallow.

Musk Mallow.

Malva moschata or Musk Mallow is flowering for the last few weeks. It is a perennial easily grown from seed. It likes moist soil and will tolerate some shade. It is apparently an edible plant but I have'nt tried it.

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The Potato Experiment.

04 August 2011 12:22:00
Colleen potatoes.

Colleen potatoes.

This year we experimented with a new way of growing the humble spud. First we put down paper, to keep down weeds. Laid Potatoes on top then covered with rushes. They were fed twice with Comfrey and Nettle liquid feed. Result!

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Galega officinalis"Alba".

31 July 2011 11:29:21
Galega officinalis'Alba'.

Galega officinalis'Alba'.

I love white flowers. They bring out they colours of their neighbours and never look out of place. This Galega or Goats Rue is one of my faves as it also has nice foliage. It propogates easily from division.

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Poppies.

29 July 2011 11:01:39
Poppies.

Poppies.

These Poppies are flowering at the moment. Thankfully it's not forecast to rain as it just destroys the flowers. The do self seed everywhere but I just pull out the excess. You can't beat free plants that need no care.

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Trip to Tipp.

27 July 2011 09:18:57
My Mother's front garden.

My Mother's front garden.

Visited the folks in Tipperary at the weekend. As usual my Mother's front garden is a blaze od colour. A lot of the plant are grown from seed in the small polytunnel, more of them self seed including the Sunflowers.

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Weird!

22 July 2011 08:40:21
Weird!

Weird!

Saw this amazing sight on a garden visit recently. This Pine tree had blown over in a storm last year and stayed bent over! It continues to grow.

More weird and wonderful pics @

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It does'nt have to be a flower pot!!

12 July 2011 09:02:38
Succelent planted in snare drum.

Succelent planted in snare drum.

We use all sorts of things to put plants in. This is a snare drum from Andy's old drum kit planted up with a succelent. The rest is the kit is planted up too. I love succelents as they are easy care, not too fussy about watering and grow easily from cuttings.

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Blackcurrant Harvest.

08 July 2011 15:25:28
New puppy Freddie dozes under a nearby bush while I pick Blackcurrants.

New puppy Freddie dozes under a nearby bush while I pick Blackcurrants.

The Blackcurrant Harvest continues here in Arigna. I freeze them in 1kg bags, a good size for making jam or cordial later. They are not ripening all at once this year but slowly slowly so you have to keep going over the bushes. It's worth it for all the goodness of the Blackcurrant. They are very high in Vitamin C and antioxidants. Recent research from New Zealand shows that Blackcurrants have a compound which may help asthma.

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Lychnis coronaria.

05 July 2011 10:34:43
Lychnis coronaria.

Lychnis coronaria.

You can't miss this one in the border. It's striking magenta flowers demand your attention. There is also a white one but this is the one for me. I must save some seeds from this, I want more of it. I wonder if they will breed true?

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Spotted Flycatchers

02 July 2011 10:07:57
Spotted Flycatchers

Spotted Flycatchers

A pair of Spotted Flycatchers have set up home, behind a trellis, at our neighbour's house. They have produced a brood of five chicks. They are thirteen days old and will fledge in the next few days. It's a joy to be able to observe nature at close range like this. The nest is just below eye level so easy to have a peek in every now and then.

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Dianthus.

18 June 2011 16:24:49
Flashing Light.

Flashing Light.

Dianthus (Flashing Light) has just come into flower. I grew it from seed last year. I think it was worth the wait. Small flowers but such a huge colour impact.

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More on Birr Castle.

16 June 2011 12:28:23
Box lined path leading to glasshouse.

Box lined path leading to glasshouse.

The walled garden at Birr Castle has many lovely aspects to it, as the whole place has. I love how the box lined path leads to this lovely old glasshouse. It is now sadly much underused, just some summer annuals in pots on the benches. This would once have been a hive of activity propogating seeds brought back from the great plant hunting expiditions.

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