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Getting Back in The Gardening Groove.

16 January 2012 18:27:01

Finally after nearly three months of no gardening I'm starting to get back into the groove managing to spend a couple of hours last Thursday morning cutting back all the debris in the NW bed. The weather was really spring like with lots of bulbs starting to push their way up such a difference to this time last year. Today managed to get another stint outdoors no sun but still workable, set to removing debris from the beds that run along the front of the house as soon as I turned the corner to the east gable bed I was met by a sharp breeze coming from the SE. Still a lot more cutting back to do but weather permitting the east gable bed will be finished tomorrow then I'll tackle the terrace bed and pots leaving the east bed and the south bed below the terrace till last. One job that has to be done is to rebuild the arch at the top of the steps that disintegrated in the gales so as the climbing roses and clematis are able to be pruned if it's not fixable then I'll need to source a new one. Another job on the list is to go for a wander around to see what needs to be removed or divided and where plants sitting in waiting can go once the tidy up is finished.  Fingers crossed I'll also get back to posting up comments and journals, my lap top seemed to be hi jacked by James since he came home at Christmas as he was busy studying for exams and doing assignments for his final year.

Scrubber Scrubber 16 January 2012 18:36:33

Hurrah! Hurrah! Great to have you back! Hope james' work is going well. You have ben very busy these last few days but as i think you told me once it will soon clear itself up and you will see progress. Bulbs are up all over the place. Am not at all surprised you are archless after those awful storms. sorry you didnt get to Johnstown. we had a ball!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 16 January 2012 18:36:59

Ah Geraldine, it's great to see you online again. Best of luck for James in his final year.

It sounds like you haven't been sitting on your laurels in the last while. Hope your health has improved a lot too. Welcome back. 

Clara Clara 16 January 2012 18:46:31

Great to see you back Geraldine and just take it easy don't go over board doing so much for the first few days , enjoy the garden.

Hoeys Hoeys 16 January 2012 18:58:04

oh great to hear from you again. i begin to worry cause did not see your journals for so long.

TinaJ TinaJ 16 January 2012 19:05:13

welcome back Geraldine

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 16 January 2012 19:12:23

good to have you back, Geraldine!

fran m fran m 16 January 2012 19:58:35

Echo all the above ;-))

Moya Moya 16 January 2012 20:13:43

Good to see you back Geraldine - I missed meeting you at Johnstown.

Myrtle Myrtle 16 January 2012 21:18:45

A big welcome back from me too!

Cloncaw Cloncaw 16 January 2012 23:42:51

Thanks all for the welcome back, I would have loved to have met everyone at Johnstown but unfortunately I had to work, hopefully I'll get to meet everyone later in the year.

Rachel Rachel 17 January 2012 22:32:14

I missed this journal of yours somehow, Geraldine. Welcome back. Is that a wood Anemone in your photo or one of the bulbous ones?

LNolan LNolan 18 January 2012 20:45:48

Good to see that you're back Geraldine. I took a break from the garden over christmas myself. We need to rest too.

Wellie Wellie 21 January 2012 22:05:58

Ah Geraldine you give me hope, I'm finding it very hard to get back to the garden this year, never enough hours in the day, but then we get a balmy few hours that reminds us that spring is just round the corner, now where can I get some energy? Lovely to see you back:-)

Dick Dick 25 January 2013 12:23:02

Good to have you back Geraldine. The first two weeks of January were great and the spring is not to far away. 

Elsa Spath Mid November

28 December 2011 23:45:30
Posted up an album from November it's so unusual seeing flowers blooming in the month of November after last years big freeze. Elsa Spath decided to bloom again mid November, the gales mid December caused the arch to come apart so one job to be sorted is will the gothic arch reasemble or do I need a new one at the minute the clematis and also the Iceberg roses are blowing in the wind.
Monkells Monkells 29 December 2011 09:52:43

Mine flowered all the way to mid December - great isnt it. I suppose since we didn't get the big freeze we got sent the wind. 

fran m fran m 29 December 2011 10:15:04

Great amount still in flower, great photos Geraldine.

Clara Clara 29 December 2011 20:32:08

Great to see you back here Geraldine and I loved all your photos Happy New Year to you and all the Family .

Keego Keego 29 December 2011 22:26:37

Geraldine great to see your post hope you had a good Christmas and that all is well with family and work best wishes for 2012

Scrubber Scrubber 05 January 2012 21:21:47

Beautiful colour. I think all you people in the Northern parts should get medals for bravery in gardening in the wildest elements!!!

Where Has This Year Gone?

28 December 2011 12:20:22

Belated Best Wishes for Christmas to everyone but the wind seemed to be playing havoc with getting an internet connection. What a difference to last year sun is streaming in through the windows at this moment although it's very stormy outside and there's been some very squally showers. It really hasn't felt like Christmas I don't know where the years gone and the weather is so mild all the spring bulbs are peeping up out of the ground which is going to make it a bit more difficult to clear up all the dead foilage that still adourns the garden but such is life. It's been a pleasure to meet so many garden.iers in 2011 and visit beautiful gardens in Waterford and Wexford, hopefully 2012 will be a bit less chaotic and I'll get back into a routine of gardening and keeping up with Garden.ie as I really have missed it over the last few months.

Wishing Everyone A Very Merry and Properous New Year for 2012.


Scrubber Scrubber 28 December 2011 14:32:50

Lovely to have you back on line Cloncaw. I know where the year went-most of it down the scrub reclaiming. but where will next year go. All the best for 2012!

Monkells Monkells 28 December 2011 15:11:01

Wishing you all good things in 2012 :-)


Jacinta D Jacinta D 28 December 2011 17:25:20

A very big welcome back, Geraldine. And I hope Christmas went well for all of you. Best wishes for the New Year, and looking forward to having you online regularly once again.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 28 December 2011 17:25:20

A very big welcome back, Geraldine. And I hope Christmas went well for all of you. Best wishes for the New Year, and looking forward to having you online regularly once again.

fran m fran m 28 December 2011 19:14:21

Best wishes Geraldine, hope it's a good year for you all.

Rachel Rachel 28 December 2011 19:15:46

Happy Christmas, Geraldine.

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 28 December 2011 19:35:09

Glad to see you Geraldine , you were missed. Best wishes to you and your family for the coming year.

Michelle finn Michelle finn 29 December 2011 00:13:37

glad to see you back on line and many happy returns to you and all the best for 2012

Keego Keego 29 December 2011 22:54:58

Geraldine great to see your journal hope Christmas went well for you and family and all the best for 2012 Hopefully you will get to lots of get togethers

Trials and Tribulations

25 November 2011 11:17:22
I will be back but at the moment I just seem to be chasing my tail. Having recovered from the flu and got my voice back I was looking forward to getting some garden time when the weather was reasonable but it wasn't to be. Two weeks ago last night Caroline cut her hand when trying to prevent a glass from falling off the draining board and ended up with stitches in her left hand near her forefinger but with luck it was only going to be a couple of weeks and then back to normal. She had no feeling on one side of her finger so had to go to St James to have it checked out Tuesday last week arrived home Friday lunchtime hand in a splint having severed a nerve and partially severed two tendons requiring three months off work so as someone said the other day I'm having to double job not only teaching but having to look after the horses and tack up for lessons so time and energy is scarce by the time I get back in well after 9pm each night- but these are the trials and tribulations of life. Everyday I look at the garden and think how untidy it is, will have to make time to lift all the pots into the tunnel as I'd hate to lose plants that would succumb to harder frosts also need to finish planting bulbs, off  to do some work and then never know I might get a bit of time on what is a reasonable day at the moment. Have been checking in now and again to see what's going on but just cann't get into posting up comments hopefully I will be back soon.
Clara Clara 25 November 2011 11:53:21

Ah! Geraldine you are so busy and hopefully all will be fine just do as much as you can without getting to tired dont mind about the garden,  just take in all you pots for safety , look after Caroline,  and sit back and relax  (I know if you can) but if Geraldine gets a relapse who will do all,  you are not a magician just thinking of you all ,keep calm .


Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 25 November 2011 12:48:23

Hi Geraldine so sorry to hear of Caroline's accident and hope her finger mends soon.

Don't worry, I am just in from the garden which looks quite awful!!  But I think that every year during the Winter  and just look forward to Spring when it will leap into life again. The poor plants do need a rest! Take care of yourself , that is top priority.

Rachel Rachel 25 November 2011 15:29:44

Poor old Caroline (not really old, but you know) and poor you too! It is always disturbing when an ordinary accident has such long reaching effects. I hope things ease soon and look forward to you being back.

PS Did you see the journal about our get-together on Sunday (I know, not your day) 8th January in Johnstown?

Dick Dick 25 November 2011 17:12:15

Sorry Geraldine to hear the bad news. They will tell you that it never rains but it pours. Please God you will recover before long from the 'flu. Looking forward to Caroline's recovery too. 

Michelle finn Michelle finn 25 November 2011 18:44:00

your are both going through the mill. think of ye and as clara said just bring in the stuff you dont want to loose and stick the bulbs in a few pots and leave it and that. it is too cold for you to be out for too long

Scrubber Scrubber 25 November 2011 19:11:41

Oh dear Oh Dear take a big collective virtual Hug from all of us! You deserve it. just out of Flu and into that. And another big collective hug for the Patient! All gardens are untidy and not looking their best now. I mean if Elizabeths looks awful, well than thats enough! Dont worry about comments. We can wait!

fran m fran m 25 November 2011 19:56:35

Get youselves sorted out first, the garden will be back to normal in no time when you do get at it. Take care and best wishes ;-))

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 25 November 2011 22:11:26

Poor Geraldine! You really are under pressure.  Take care of yourself and your patient.  I'm sure your garden will look wonderful on the Spring - a little bit of neglect often lets plants mature!!!!

Lìga Lìga 25 November 2011 22:54:32

Yes,from me too,agree with Peter,big hug.I'm sorry Geraldine,poor you and Caroline..Garden will be on same place all time,take easy after being sick,hope Caroline will be well soon. 

Moya Moya 25 November 2011 23:05:05

It is hard when things go pearshaped like that for a while and the activities that keep you sane (gardening for me anyhow) cannot be got to. Such a small accident to lead to such pain and complications.

I hope all will be well with both you and Caroline very soon.

I haven't got near the garden much myself due to other commitments and it is truely a mess as well. We will get to it eventually.

Take care.

Periwinkle Periwinkle 25 November 2011 23:09:17

Cloncaw, just pleased to see 'Something' from you!! Sorry things are so difficult for you at the moment, but you will catch-up with the garden in time and thankfully the weather is mild so plants will be able to survive. So not to worry about it! Just take care of yourself and I hope Caroline will soon be fine again and back to work.

Keego Keego 26 November 2011 19:15:11

Geraldine I Am sorry to hear about Caroline but thankfully with time and rest she will recover you must look after yourself and not be worrying about the garden - it will wait and hopfully we will have a mild winter and there will be no losses

Under the Weather

08 November 2011 15:33:36

Hard to believe it's nearly 4 weeks since I've posted up a journal but with one thing and another I've been under the weather, not just the effects of the torrential rain but suffering from flu and laryngitis which is still lingering on. I wasn't fit to get anything done in the garden or feeling up to doing anything much, went for a walk around yesterday to discover I really need to get up and running to tidy up everything up for the winter, especially now that we've had a couple nights really severe frost lots of mushy looking vegetation to be removed. The last week has been busy due to courses and competitions so I missed the opportunity of being out working in the garden on fabulous autumn days which was a pity. Had hoped today would be favourable for gardening but it's sort of mizzling rain so I decided that it wasn't wise to venture out given that I've got to be fit to work, fairly difficult giving riding lessons by sign language. Hope to catch up on what everyone's been at over the next lot of days, thanks to those who sent pm's to me wondering where I'd disappeared to : Cloncaw is alive and kicking.

Rachel Rachel 08 November 2011 15:55:29

I was just wondering yesterday where you had got to and saw you had logged on recently but not posted. Poor you, Geraldine. I hope the laryngitis passes and you're soon fighting fit again!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 08 November 2011 16:29:27

Welcome back, Geraldine. And remember 'Rome wasn't built in a day'. Take your time getting back into the swing of things.

Scrubber Scrubber 08 November 2011 17:25:27

Yes and dont go out in drizzle. I loved the idea of riding lessons in sign language. And I know what you mean by mushy herbaceous as we had a hard frost for the second time last night! Glad that you are coming around though.T.I.E. (Take it easy)

Myrtle Myrtle 08 November 2011 17:55:10

Good to have you back, hope you continue to feel better.

AitAlainn AitAlainn 08 November 2011 19:45:41

Had noted your absence, Geraldine but good to have you back!

Periwinkle Periwinkle 08 November 2011 20:04:16

Welcome back, Cloncaw! Noticed you missing! Glad your beginning to improve but do take care. The garden will still be there.

fran m fran m 08 November 2011 20:16:24

Geraldine, the garden will wait, health is you wealth etc.

fraoch fraoch 08 November 2011 21:10:54

Yes, mind yourself,Geraldine. There isn't really any other cure for flu etc.

Ladybird Ladybird 08 November 2011 21:40:16

Take care Geraldine and return to full health & strength soon.

TinaJ TinaJ 09 November 2011 07:10:38

plenty of rest and fluids,keep warm

Keego Keego 15 November 2011 22:44:06

Geraldine I am delighted to see this entry - i have only been dipping in and out over the past few weeks but had noticed your absence and was hoping all was ok - take care and get yourself well - the garden will have to wait

Michelle finn Michelle finn 17 November 2011 23:55:47

i am glad your on the mend, so sorry that i didnt pm you, but i did wonder where you were. glad you are back


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