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And this is why they are called .....

20 January 2018 22:53:18


And today I was passing Johnstown and popped in to see if they had "root trainers" for my Sweet Peas which I have seen on some gardening programmes - Alas they don't have them, but what they DID have was the very best value in Bird Seed that I ahve seen ANYWHERE!!!

Over 14kg for €14.95 !!!!

If you have hungry birds in your garden its well worth getting! I usually pay about €12 or €13 for the 5 kg tubs so I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it!

So if anyone knows where these "root-trainiing" pots are available I'd be really grateful for the information!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 20 January 2018 23:39:45

We were very lucky we had no snow. The snowdrops are lovely planted at the base of the tree. You might get the root training pots from Fruithill. Good value in the seed and the poor birds need it in the cold weather of the last few weeks.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 21 January 2018 09:35:36

I bought root trainers in Woodies a few years ago. I'm quite sure they'd probably have them again. Worth trying.

Dick Dick 21 January 2018 11:59:13

Great value, Hazel. about €1 per kg, I don't think I would get it for that in Carlow. Ihave just been out to feed the robin and he was down to me like lightening. Snowdrops look good at the base of the tree.

DecfromTipp DecfromTipp 21 January 2018 21:18:57

25 kg bag was €30 locally some years ago . Now €55 a bag ! I don’t mind but it’s probably produced abroad by slave wages for a few euros a bag . 

Zen Garden in Winter

19 January 2018 00:17:08

I have the impression that we have had a bit of extra winter weather so far - a few flurries of snow and lots of storms is how I percieve it so far. I haven't been able to get any time outside since Johnstown but today I did about an hour or so of shredding but gave up as the material for shredding was too wet so kept clogging the shredder. On the bright side, I did manage to capture the Zen Garden when the last bit o snow was still on the ground!

My lovely daughter and her husband gave me a great Japanese Lantern to provide the finishing touch to the Zen garden. In the third photo you can see the stems of the birch tree planted some years ago to commemorate Colin who died of Cancer so I am now dedicating the Zen Garden to Josh and this part of my garden will soon have a small plaque remembering two young men who left us long before their time.

LindaB LindaB 19 January 2018 10:00:16

Lovely idea Hazel, it looks very cool with the snow.  It is so bitter out you would need three pairs of socks out there!  Stay warm!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 19 January 2018 14:11:30

Love the third phot with the birch and the lantern. I am sure you are delighted not to have grass in this wet weather. No snow here in Waterford, but has been very cold and windy.

Scrubber Scrubber 19 January 2018 20:25:44

Hazel its breathtaking. And the dedication is very moving. Thank you for sharing. The lantern is lovely and is the rock formation a turtle? Excuse my ignorance if Im wrong. Wonderful and the snow a lovely touch.

Dick Dick 20 January 2018 19:30:07

I did nothing in the garden to day, Hazel. It wasn't so cold but wet. i must admire your garden including the Japanese Lantern and the birches. That was a very good idea to commemerate the young people who died in recent times. won't it be great as the temperature rises over the next few days.

After the party ....

16 January 2018 18:52:50

Now that we have all got safely home from Johnstown its back to “normal” gardening journals!

This year I seemed to get a great burst of energy once the Turkey was finished. We had a good bit of bright but cold weather most days so I took full advantage – doubled up on everything – two pairs of socks, gloves and trousers – even two jackets and a thermal insulated hat – and gardened away to my hearts content for 5 or even 6 hours each day! The Main Herbaceous Border that has had some random bulbs added and the few remaining sedums cut back, the other border alongside the new patio has had a major make-over which will give a new emphasis to that area of the garden. The Potentillas have had their annual haircut, the Small Pond area has been weeded and mulched, another border with lots of bulbs, narcissus and tulips and even snowdrops, has been weeded and mulched too and the bulbs seem to be growing while I look at them! The Rhus border took a lot of work as one of the Rhus had died but left dozens of “babies” behind!

I am getting real enjoyment walking in this part of the garden, with the new Zen Garden providing a lovely focus. The finishing touch to this garden has been the arrival of a lovely Japanese Lantern as a Christmas present and the patterning of the gravel with my new special rake made for me by my son-in-law! (Photos later!)

However I have to confess that the “goodies” from Johnstown are still un-planted and will remain tucked up in the greenhouse until the snow is gone!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 16 January 2018 19:00:21

Wow! That's a lot of work. You're putting us all to shame, Hazel.

Moya Moya 16 January 2018 19:24:13

OMG Hazel! Where do you get all that energy? I still haven't managed to get out and do a proper bit of gardening this year yet. The snow has come on now and there will be no gardening for the next week or so.

Joann Joann 16 January 2018 19:34:02

I feel exhausted just reading what you have done!!!  My garden hasnt been touched in ages, and with all the rain we have had the last few weeks I cant go near the soil for a while yet, heavy clay

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 16 January 2018 20:17:15

You have done a huge amount of work since the Autumn and it has paid off, the garden looks fantastic. I don't think much planting will be done this week. I sowed the sweet pea seeds that I bought on Saturday and used my new black labels in the glasshouse to name some of my cacti.

JoanG JoanG 16 January 2018 20:19:26

You're an inspiration to us all Hazel, great work and the garden looks super tidy.  Looking forward to seeing the new area develop. 

Jackie Jackie 17 January 2018 07:17:59

Wow that is some amount of work......and its definitely showing in those fabulous photos. Its great to get out and see what is going on. I have only managed a day here and there but did get a few hours on Sunday in the greenhouse which was a real treat. Snow now overnight put an end to any outside work today though!

LindaB LindaB 17 January 2018 15:31:43

Fantastic Hazel, wish I could have time for the same.

Fleurette Fleurette 17 January 2018 22:37:31

Hazel, you have done great wok and the beds look so tidy.  I just wish my place was half as well-tended as yours.  Gardening has been an impossibility here since the beginning of November.  

All your planning and hard work is paying off.  

Scrubber Scrubber 18 January 2018 21:26:17

Oh my goodness Hazel! What finish, what design, what eclat-I dont know what eclat actually is but I think it suits you garden to perfection! Wonderful!

Scrubber Scrubber 18 January 2018 21:26:18

Oh my goodness Hazel! What finish, what design, what eclat-I dont know what eclat actually is but I think it suits you garden to perfection! Wonderful!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 19 January 2018 00:30:35

Eclat sounds wonderful whatever it means LOL

Get-together 2018 - Plant Swap arrangements

11 January 2018 19:08:15

Hi Everyone! I hope you are all getting ready for the great Plant Swap on Saturday! 

For those who may not have participated before here are a few pointers:

1. Having a list of "what you promised to who", and "what you asked for from who" is very useful to have with you! 

2. Labels on plants are very helpful - even if you don't have the full title of a plant!

3. To make life easier for yourself put the name of the person you promised the plant to on the label - maybe on the back.

4. Its really nice if people put their OWN name on the label too! I have arrived home from previous gatherings with lovely plants and no idea who they came from!

And since the weather for Saturday is not brilliant try and keep to the timetable! We should all be indoors by 12 o'clock so leave bringing in your Kris Kringle until after that! There is a carefully worked out system that avoids people getting their own gift back, and it takes a little time, so please be patient!


Jackie Jackie 11 January 2018 19:11:32

THanks Hazel

Periwinkle Periwinkle 11 January 2018 20:18:52

Sorry I won't have any plants to swap as travelling down by bus!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 11 January 2018 20:49:41

Thanks, Hazel. I hope the weather improves by Saturday.

JoanG JoanG 11 January 2018 20:54:58

Thanks Hazel, looking forward to it all. 

Joann Joann 11 January 2018 22:20:30

OK, I will be there Hazel as my car arrived home about 2 hours ago and my mechanic says it is as good as new (i.e. there is so many new parts in it at this stage!!!)

Anyway, see you all Saturday

Fleurette Fleurette 11 January 2018 23:25:28

Peri, not a good excuse.  That means we'll just have to make it to Seaview!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 12 January 2018 01:12:45

Plant swapping is not compulsory, Periwinkle! We'll be delighted to have your company!

PCON PCON 12 January 2018 13:56:03

Very sorry, Hazel. I will not be able to come, tomorrow. I will miss you all, and I congratulate and thank you for all the enormous effort you put into it, year after year. Brendan would be proud of you. As one of the senior members, perhaps the senior, I just don't have the energy right now. Add to that, the expected bad weather and some trouble with my car,(also pretty ancient), it is just not on.

   Wish you all the best, and look forward to lots of pictures. Please convey my apologies.

Jackie Jackie 12 January 2018 14:29:45

That’s a pity Peter. There will be lots of journals I’m sure. ;). 

Scrubber Scrubber 12 January 2018 17:41:10

Peter you will be missed. I do hope energy levels rise in the springtime and that you make the proposed (still just a proposal) summer get together. Also of course Hazel many thanks for all your very hard work and all those who chip in to help.

Scrubber Scrubber 12 January 2018 17:41:12

Peter you will be missed. I do hope energy levels rise in the springtime and that you make the proposed (still just a proposal) summer get together. Also of course Hazel many thanks for all your very hard work and all those who chip in to help.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 12 January 2018 20:47:36

Thanks PCON (Peter) Such a pity you can't make it! and Scrubber (Peter) are you droppping enormous hints? Definitely think we should have a gathering when the weather is less horrid!

Moya Moya 12 January 2018 21:50:38

I'm sorry you're not coming PCON but delighted the other Peter is - Scrubber it wouldn't be the same without you.

I second that proposal for a Summer get together and maybe on a Sunday too as the roads a quieter.

Johnstown - Helpers on the day Please!

10 January 2018 22:52:25

As usual I'm looking for helpers to look after stuff on Saturday! It is the same story as for the last few years - about 3 people to look after the Kris Kringles and two people to look after the raffle - and if someone would look after badges too please?

 Jackie - Thanks for the offer of help with the nametags!

Mary and Linda for the Raffle

Moya and JoanG for the Kris Kringle

If a third person was willing to help Moy and Joan it would make the job much easier!

Moya Moya 10 January 2018 23:13:02

Joan are you doing the Kris Kindle again? If so, I will help you. I am not organised enough to do it on my own. LOL

Jackie Jackie 11 January 2018 07:31:01

No problem Hazel. 

So if anyone has their name tag please bring it along with you on Saturday. Otherwise I can do one for you. just let me know if you need one. Thanks

sallysarah sallysarah 11 January 2018 09:11:51

Wish I could be there, Hazel.   Wishing you all a lovely day at the get-together on Saturday.

LindaB LindaB 11 January 2018 09:23:41

I can help Hazel, put me down for whatever your short for.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 11 January 2018 09:55:54

Would love to give you any help I could, Hazel.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 11 January 2018 10:07:37

So would Mary and Linda manage the raffle please?

JoanG already offered to help Moya so if someone else helps you out then we are sorted!

LindaB LindaB 11 January 2018 11:28:18

Great will do.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 11 January 2018 19:04:01

No problem, Hazel.

JoanG JoanG 11 January 2018 20:40:22

It will be great fun to do the Kris Kringle with Moya again!  I have a full book of raffle tickets (yellow), so there's plenty to use for both Kris Kringle and raffle if needed.  Will bring sellotape, pens and box/hat etc and I've even found Hazel's idiot proof instructions from last year to keep us on the right track!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 12 January 2018 01:07:27

Ah Joan! I knew I could rely on you!

Moya Moya 12 January 2018 22:16:52

So did I! You're a good one.

Moya Moya 12 January 2018 22:16:54

So did I! You're a good one.


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