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Journal

Recovery

04 March 2018 19:06:36

Yesterday I noticed that my beautiful Leptospermum had doubled over with the weight of the snow. Today, after a decent thaw overnight and throughout today, it has recovered very well. Let's hope there will be a lot more plants that will follow suit. I'm seeing lots of brown mush in the borders. So time will tell.

Dick Dick 04 March 2018 19:13:13

Nice pictures Jacinta. While you in Dublin got it much worsre than we in Carlow, I don't think it will be that bad. The temperature was not as low as in 2010 nor did the snow last as long. It is virtually gone here.

Michele Maria Michele Maria 05 March 2018 09:22:38

I hope the ‘mush’ comes back to life. 

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christinemeany christinemeany 23 June 2018 15:46:23

oh its so nice 

Frog Watch

02 March 2018 19:46:09

I was delighted to see the frogs getting active again the week before last. But now I'm really hoping that all the resulting frogspawn will survive this snow. 

Scrubber Scrubber 02 March 2018 19:54:45

Last week I walked the river bank and the inside stream was bubbling with frogs! Such croaking and shoving -at least i think that was what they were doing! I had never heard them croaking before. It will be interesting to see what happens!

fraoch fraoch 02 March 2018 20:10:40

Yes I hope the cold weather doesn’t do for them.

Dick Dick 02 March 2018 20:29:29

This would normally be the time for the frog spawn but with ice at the top of the pool would the tadpoles move down where it is less cold and have less oxygen to live.

JoanG JoanG 02 March 2018 22:22:43

Fingers crossed, hope the frogs and tadpoles will survive.  This is so late for snow, though I know not unprecedented.  

Jacinta D Jacinta D 03 March 2018 07:16:48

Way too early for tadpoles. It's still frogspawn at this stage. But we'll see. As Joan has said, it's very late for snow. In all my memory we've only ever possibly had a sprinkling of snow in March. So time will tell. But the frogs WILL survive, which is the important thing.

Fleurette Fleurette 03 March 2018 10:19:27

Well Jacinta, you have a fellow sitting up there seemingly quite happy to hug the snow.

Frog spawn has been in my pond since 4th week January, which is normal in my place, but they are very very slow to grow, I think because my pond is really cold being constantly fed by water coming down from the hills.  (We have an overflow pipe). 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 03 March 2018 11:58:42

That's reassuring so, Margot. I'd hate to have a year without tadpoles. My grandsons love watching them.

Photo Journal

28 February 2018 17:23:35

Poor little Daffs. But they don't mind one little bit. Keep warm and safe, everyone. It won't last too long and we'll be out there with a vengeance afterwards.

Dick Dick 28 February 2018 19:29:52

Nice photos, Jacinta. My tete-a-tete were not to be seen this year.

fraoch fraoch 28 February 2018 20:00:37

Some of my Daffs are a bit battered looking. Take care and keep warm.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 01 March 2018 17:58:43

I just glimpsed a tiny bit of yellow in the snow but the rest are well covered here! Will this severe weather affect your froggies Jacinta?

Jacinta D Jacinta D 02 March 2018 07:51:29

I think the frogs should be ok, Hazel. But I'd be concerned about the spawn.

Garlic and Garlic

21 February 2018 16:58:41

What a super day today was. When I was finished my errands this morning I donned the gardening gear and got out into the front armed with bags, and gloves. I've never seen so much Prunella (Self-heal) out the front, so that all got pulled up and bagged. Also, the wild garlic seems to have been totally evergreen this winter. My back is broken (well......almost) from removing so much of it today. Couldn't get it all done in one day but I certainly made a dent in it. Now to keep it up. One of these days I'll actually be free of it.

Did a bit more tidying up in the back too. Lots of discarded plastic pots were removed from the Lower pond. And I got some PROPER cultivated garlic planted into a large window box. Really enjoyed the couple of hours outdoors, it makes such a change from recent times.

Jackie Jackie 21 February 2018 18:22:00

Oh my goodness all that garlic....and to think some years ago I used to think when I saw it in others gardens that it looked lovely !! how wrong was I!

Yes these past 3 days have been super to be outside, really enjoyed it myself. But I think there is a very bad spell to come next week and I really hope it doesnt do too much damage! 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 22 February 2018 00:22:07

I think we have all been spooked by the forecast for next week! I've been in a mad panci trying to get stuff done while the weather is good!

Dick Dick 22 February 2018 17:40:17

Nice photos Jacinta. Middle photo of Kayak looks good

TerriShoos TerriShoos 24 February 2018 12:29:20

Maybe we've been lucky in the west but I do think they're just making a lot of media hype out of the Beast from the East and other so-called' freak' weather events. I'm not denying climate change in the least, but we used to call storms and icy spells normal winter - now it's panic stations. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 24 February 2018 17:51:18

I agree with you, Terri. And then if the predicted weather DOES come about, the meteorologists can say 'We told you so!".

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 24 February 2018 19:58:11

That wind today certainly felt like it was coming from the Baltic alright! Im just hoping that the snow won't materialise!

christinemeany christinemeany 23 June 2018 15:48:07

funny idea, and looking also not bad 

A bit of Cheer

16 February 2018 16:24:49

Haven't been doing much gardening in recent times due to a viral infection which has really knocked me for six. Basically I'm outside briefly just taking daily photos and keeping watch on things looking good, or starting to flower. One such plant is my Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer'. It's in a big planter and I don't think I've ever seen so many flowers. Not fully open yet, but it's promising to bring a big smile to my face.

And my dear little Holly, who would have been celebrating her 18th Birthday this year, has passed away. She certainly earned her keep restricting the numbers of rodents big and small in the garden. Although I won't miss having to clean up her poo from the flower beds, and my potted plants in the glasshouse will no longer be squashed. I'd happily trade all that to have her back for a few more years. But I guess her time had come. She'll be sorely missed. And Wee Davey will be making a little St. Brigid's Cross in her memory. He's gutted.

fraoch fraoch 16 February 2018 18:35:27

Sorry to hear you’re not well, Jacinta. Hope you’re feeling better soon.Sad about Holly, she looks beautiful. I guess 18 is old for a cat, is it?Mind yourself!

Jackie Jackie 16 February 2018 18:53:05

Awww Poor Holly she did have a long life though. Sad when our beloved pets go. It took a while for us to get over our dog  Scamp going after 16 years. Hope you feel better soon too! :)

Dick Dick 17 February 2018 12:49:33

Sorry to hear about your cat. It was a great age. Will you get another?

JoanG JoanG 17 February 2018 22:06:17

Take care of yourself Jacinta.  So sorry about Holly but I guess she had a good long life in cat years; you will miss her though, she gave you so much joy. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 17 February 2018 22:40:29

It is dreadful to loose a pet as they become part of the family. She was a great age, so well cared for over her lifetime. The Rhodo will be a fantastic sight when in full bloom.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 17 February 2018 23:14:00

I hope you are taking care of yourself! Those virus attacks can hang about for a long time! This bitterly cold weather is not enticing anyone to go outside!

So sorry that your poor Holly has gone. You were very lucky to have her for so long. 

accsean accsean 19 February 2018 15:13:58

Hello Jacinta, i am so sorry to hear about Holly. I adore cats and she was beautiful, it was great to have her for so long, but that doesn't make it easier. Fair play to Davey, that is a lovely idea and it will help him.

Hope you start to feel better soon, a bit of decent weather will help shake off that virus.

Your R. christmas cheer is a credit to you. What a wonderful hybrid it is.

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