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Snowdrops on the way..

02 January 2018 21:03:30

Tidying around the garden the other day I notice lots of spring bulbs popping up but more importantlt at the moment my snowdrops. This one is G. Lavinia given to me by Paddy & Mary a couple of years ago. It's a nice little clump now and delight to see it's nearly about to flower. It's now the gardens are waking up and we have a great run of 10 months ahead of us to look forward to.

Dick Dick 03 January 2018 21:13:09

Great , Peter. While we usually think of January as the cold dormant month, isn't it interesting the way the snowdrops come up at this time. i noticed the same with Viburnum and heather(Erica), I have found it a bit wet and windy to get at the garden so far.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 03 January 2018 21:56:56

My snowdrops are not nearly that near to flowering Peter! however, I do have some heathers showing colour!

JoanG JoanG 04 January 2018 12:56:04

Great to see them popping up; my snowdrops are a bit slower but some primulas are flowering. 

Scrubber Scrubber 04 January 2018 20:24:47

what we all owe to Paddy and Mary. I have a lovely Colossus out for the last few weeks but there are hundreds pushing up of the normal ordinary ones which should make a lovely scene in a few weeks time. They give such rewards for very little work.-Not that Im suggesting you do little!

Scrubber Scrubber 04 January 2018 20:24:48

what we all owe to Paddy and Mary. I have a lovely Colossus out for the last few weeks but there are hundreds pushing up of the normal ordinary ones which should make a lovely scene in a few weeks time. They give such rewards for very little work.-Not that Im suggesting you do little!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 05 January 2018 08:47:48

Lovely.  It's only now I'm itching to get back to see what my garden has been up to.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 05 January 2018 18:59:42

Glad the snowdrops are flowering for you, Peter.

A few hours done...

29 December 2017 19:45:59

I have not done anything in the garden in weeks and was great to get out for a few hours today. Planted a good few alliums and tulips I got half price recently and also got a lot more cutting back and tidying up done with loads more to go. I felt really good after it and hope to get more done before I got back to work on Tues. I have my old laptop back working again so should be easy to use the site again for now. Hope everyone had a great Christmas and also Happy New Year.

I got this cup that's a pot or a pot thats a cup haha

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 29 December 2017 20:47:17

Happy New Year to yourself, April and the kids. It was freezing here today as we had very strong winds. Must keep an eye out for some tulips. Off to Limerick tomorrow so hopefully next week I will get out and do a little tidying up.

Dick Dick 31 December 2017 11:33:56

Happy New Year, Peter. Great to get at the garden. To morrow January 1, if the weather is good I hope to get at the pruning of the roses. Good joke about pot or cup. When I saw it first I didn't notice the hand and thought it was a flower pot. 

fraoch fraoch 31 December 2017 22:43:06

Happy New Year to you all, Peter.

Jackie Jackie 01 January 2018 11:28:47

Happy New Year to you , April and family. I bet you loved being outside. I can’t wait to get started again. January is one my favourite months. Starting all over again. You put up great photos on FB too. Hard to believe we live in the same country lol. Hope 2018 is a great year for you and your family :) 

Another book...

05 December 2017 11:37:35

Easy to know it's winter when I start buying stuff online but another book I have wanted for awhile now. It's Christopher Loyd's Exotic Planting. Again I have just glanced through it but looks like an excellent book and fantastic planting ideas that I will try and use. It was again a 2nd hand book from ebay for €8 inc postage and is in immaculate condition. Below is some images of planting in the book and think they are just fantastic

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Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 05 December 2017 15:32:40

Christopher Lloyde was a very good writer. You would enjoy his other books as well.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 05 December 2017 16:51:09

I love Christopher Lloyd. Those plant combos would really suit your garden. :)  That's great that you're getting the books secondhand. It makes buying books a lot more attractive as they are so expensive normally. Just be careful, Peter. Santa is coming soon. LOL.

Jackie Jackie 05 December 2017 17:33:31

Happy reading!! Yeah definitely worth your while buying online. 

DecfromTipp DecfromTipp 05 December 2017 18:55:24

That’s great value Peter . 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 05 December 2017 19:09:53

What I want to know is when do you get time to read all these great books ?????

Dick Dick 31 December 2017 11:37:32

Great bargain Peter. I hope you enjoy it.

Dick Dick 31 December 2017 11:37:33

Great bargain Peter. I hope you enjoy it.

The New Exotic Garden...

03 December 2017 08:38:57

This arrived in the post for me the other day. A book I haven't wanted for awhile now written by the late Will Giles an inspiration in tropical/exotic looking gardens in our climate. It was hard to find this book new online and if I did it was crazy prices so I was assured on the Hardy Tropical site on facebook that most 2nd hand ones people got were like new. So I checked Ebay and found one for €7 inc post so bought that and when it came it was immaculate. Have only glance at it at the moment but looks good and has me itching for next spring already to get going.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 03 December 2017 11:08:41

Looks very interesting, Peter. Great that it was in such good condition after purchasing it. 

Joann Joann 03 December 2017 23:12:21

some good reading there in preparation for next years garden Peter, great price too

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 05 December 2017 07:35:14

Have often seen Will Giles's garden on television. I think it is still being gardened since his death. Paddy has that book, but must admitte that I have never read it, might take a look over the Christmas. Enjoy your read.

PeterW PeterW 05 December 2017 11:38:31

haha 'HAVE' wanted it :D

Jackie Jackie 05 December 2017 17:14:12

Great stuff. You can get some great bargains online. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 05 December 2017 19:02:14

Exotics are good fun Peter - especially HARDY exotics :-)

My Bulb Addiction..

25 November 2017 10:02:52

Here is a photo of most of the bulbs I bought this Autumn for the garden, most are planted out now with just a small few left to get in the ground. I am thinking over the weekend to go and try get more bargain tulips as they are a great filler in the garden until I plant out the dahlias. Ypu can prob see the labels in the photo too, they were to get a bit of string on them and tie to each of the dahlias that I dug up.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 25 November 2017 13:21:26

Your colour scheme seems to be a very rich spicy palette.

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 25 November 2017 18:26:36

I agree with Mary great cheery colours , look forward to seeing them all in bloom.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 26 November 2017 18:57:14

I hope that those labels did get tied on! Otherwise you may get some surprises when you plant out the dahlias next year LOL

The tulip selection is pretty impressive!  Last year I planted a load of tulips more or less at random in the border I can see from the house - it was the most cheering sight ever when they flowered. I totally agree they are a great bit of colour when other things haven't started flowering.

JoanG JoanG 26 November 2017 20:48:47

Good to see another tulip addict.  Lovely selection Peter. 

Jackie Jackie 27 November 2017 07:45:54

Fab selection Peter and great colours. Last year I had a great display , all in pots. So I did the same this year. Hooefully they too will be as good 

DecfromTipp DecfromTipp 27 November 2017 21:00:09

My two barrels of Dahlia tubers will be nameless going into the ground next Spring. Plant and hope I suppose . No names as usual with me ! 

Joann Joann 29 November 2017 22:59:25

Wow Peter, gorgeous selection

TerriShoos TerriShoos 30 November 2017 09:54:11

You mad addict. Still there are worse addictions! They'll be gorgeous when they all bloom. 

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