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what variation!

03 March 2018 13:10:14

So Fleruette showed us a landscape with hardly any snow, Dick reported that the snow in Carlow is nearly gone, and here I am less than 40 miles away in Laois and I was snowed in! My water pump packed in so my good samaritan neighbours came and "rescued" me on their tractor! My first experience of travlling by tractor! I stayed away overnight and really enjoyed the luxury of a hot shower this morning!

Most of our roads are impassible - even the main roads just have a single lane cleared by snow-plough!

I am with Scrubber and Jacinta - this snow stuff has definitely out-stayed its welcome. We are forecast to have more snow tonight! 

fraoch fraoch 03 March 2018 13:26:54

You look quite at home with the tractor! Great to have good neighbours. One of mine called to me the other day to see if I needed anything, but I had already walked round to the shop. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 03 March 2018 13:54:20

To the manor born, Hazel, or........tractor. Hope your water pump is back in action. Great photos. 

Preparations for Emma and the Beast from the East

01 March 2018 18:37:41

I take Met Eireann's warning pretty seriously and I'm not at all happy with this snow on the anniversary of the 1947 blizzards. The bright but cold days last week were really good for gardening but once the temerature plummeted I had to make arrangements for Puss to survive this. He has always been an outdoor cat and even when we let him in he gets very edgy and can't wait to get out again.

I am so glad that I did the sheltered Pergola outside the door so his house is already under some shelter. As luck would have it I was doing a clear-out recently and had a heavy winter-weight double duvet surplus to requirements so I have now wrapped his house in this! Insulated Kennel! What next!

Photos taken yesterday after I had swept a path to the bird-feeders - beautiful fluffy snow! I found a tool I bought for cleaning windows years ago that was useless for windows but proved brilliant for clearing the snow!

I made a path around the car too but then decided not to go driving. 

Of course by this morning all those lovely paths were covered in again!

Being confined indoors like this gives me cabin-fever very quickly so I'm really hoping that things will get back to something approaching normality very soon!

DecfromTipp DecfromTipp 01 March 2018 18:51:41

 nothing much happening in Tup yet . We have had snow but no blizzard 


fraoch fraoch 01 March 2018 22:15:18

Lucky Puss! No blizzard here yet either, though we do have snow.

Dick Dick 02 March 2018 09:12:34

Still snowing here, no blizzard experienced, have no cats here but fed the robin a while ago.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 02 March 2018 11:29:21

Lovely cosy kennel for Puss. I'm sick of the snow now. And like you, I'll be fit to kill if I can't get out soon.

Scrubber Scrubber 02 March 2018 20:05:14

Well I got about a third of my desk tidied and my good son kept the paths walkable-until today when as he swept the snow came again. Our Tom Jones cant make up her mind to be in or out. She also turns her nose up at milk and -wait for it fish pate ! There was a tiny bit left and as a big treat she was given it....another nose turn up but the birds enjoyed it.!

Scrubber Scrubber 02 March 2018 20:05:15

Well I got about a third of my desk tidied and my good son kept the paths walkable-until today when as he swept the snow came again. Our Tom Jones cant make up her mind to be in or out. She also turns her nose up at milk and -wait for it fish pate ! There was a tiny bit left and as a big treat she was given it....another nose turn up but the birds enjoyed it.!

JoanG JoanG 02 March 2018 22:07:42

Lovely photos Hazel.  Puss certainly gets the royal suite and I hope your birds are doing ok.  It's been a challenge keeping the birds fed here, especially the ground-feeders like blackbirds. 


26 February 2018 22:53:52

My local Gardening club had a demonstration of pruning fruit trees in the garden of our resident horticulturalist. I was waiting for this event so I could apply the instructions to my own trees which haven't really been pruned in any scientific manner in the past.

My main concern is that the trees should be kept in check so I can actually reach the fruit instead of just getting windfalls! It was great to see trees that had been severely cut back in his garden and he demonstrated how to keep them that way! He tackled a Pear tree that needed to be reduced in height, an Apple that is very old but has been kept at a manageable height. Then he moved on to Raspberries, Summer and Autumn where I picked up some great hints about managing mine. He also dealt with gooseberries and currants so a really comprehensive demonstration. And for good measure he showed coppicing of Cornus and Willow just because we were passing these shrubs!

We finished up with some delicious homemade soup with scones and bread also homemade!

That was Saturday morning - so saturday afternoon I attacked my fruit trees while the techniques were fresh in my mind! I'm not sure I did it perfectly, but if there are actually any fruit this year they will be within reach!!!!

Photos of hacked fruit trees are not inspiring so here is the photo of some really pretty crocus that I spotted on my way - they are actually even more blue than the photo!


Jacinta D Jacinta D 27 February 2018 07:56:05

That was a good idea striking while the iron was hot. Sounds like a very practical demonstration altogether. What's the point in having fruit out of your reach.

TerriShoos TerriShoos 27 February 2018 12:39:16

Hazel, your photo of the crocuses reminded me of a story by Gavin Maxwell, who wrote Ring of Bright Water. Living in a very remote Highland croft, he once sent a postal order to a distant shopkeeper with an order, and received a parcel back with a note saying 'Sorry I have not the item you require in stock, am sending two pounds of sausages instead.' I must say the crocuses are prettier than sausages!

Dick Dick 27 February 2018 15:28:28

A good time of year for pruning, Hazel but due to the exceptionally cold weather, I would not venture out to the garden at present. A week ago I was working at enjoying the garden but not at the moment.

JoanG JoanG 27 February 2018 22:27:37

Sounds like a very comprehensive demonstration Hazel; having someone show you the techniques is much nicer than reading about them.  And great you got the job done too!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 28 February 2018 00:10:30

Ha ha! Joan! Time will tell! I may well have frightened the trees into giving up fruiting altogether LOL

Another real Spring day!

22 February 2018 00:42:20

Have you all been feeling the urgency to get stuff done while we have this lovely Spring weather? I certainly have! I recently got my pressure-washer fixed so I was testing out ways to resolve the issue of flooding at my front door that I had this winter. I haven't cleaned the tarmac for at lest 5 years so it was pretty grotty and probably contributed to the flooding by not draining away water. Very soul-destroying work but necessary.

I did the first section on Monday took a break on Tuesday and got back at it today.

So yesterday on my Day Off I took some photos and did a bit of "real" gardening - cleared another border and even caught up on the shredding! 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 22 February 2018 07:35:19

I used to use a power washer on the tarmac in work and the power washer dislodged sections of it. It was probably bad quality tarmac though. Hope you don't have the same problem.  

Love those sunny photos.

Dick Dick 22 February 2018 17:34:24

Lovely photos, Hazel. No power washing here but did some more work at the rose beds.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 22 February 2018 20:38:47

Jas you were probably using a commercial one. Mine is probably the smallest and I don't use it too close to the tarmac either but thanks for the warning!

Jackie Jackie 22 February 2018 23:05:11

Girgeous photos Hazel. I’m sure the power washing will transform the area. I find it very therapeutic. Mine needs cleaning again on the paths in the back garden. Might try it tomorrow now you’ve given me an idea ;) 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 22 February 2018 23:23:36

The photos were taken with my camera instead of the phone! Its so tempting just to whip out the phone when something catches my eye but using the camera is well worth it!

Dick Dick 23 February 2018 10:47:09

Well Hazel, it was real spring early on but the winter is back at least for a while. This morning the wind would literally skin you and I believe it will get colder. However the real spring weather will return.

TerriShoos TerriShoos 24 February 2018 12:26:21

You're really on the ball Hazel. The wind has been so cold here it's put me off and though I did some potting on I haven't had time while Alan was away, the day to day stuff just tok over. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 24 February 2018 19:55:45

Terri - my solution is the double-up - two coats, two pairs trousers (normal and waterproof), two pairs socks and gloves, wooly hat with hood pulled up! My gardening Club  had a demonstration on how to prune fruit trees this monrning. Very cold but being wrapped up helped a lot! This afternoon I put it into practice - well as much as I could! I'll either have a great crop or nothing this year LOL  

First Anemone

18 February 2018 23:22:15

Another delight at this time of year is the pretty Anemone Blanda.  I  have managed to get them to naturalise in my Hazel Grove but its a bit early for them yet. However, arriving home today I glimpsed the blue as I drove in the driveway. And there it was - the first Anemone among the snowdrops!

That's when I remembered that way back in 2009 when I planted that area initially I had a vision of the blue and white contrast of the Anemone and the Snowdrops - unfortunately the rabbits put paid to my ambition! However one brave little  anemone managed to come back each year but this is the first time I've noticed it shining up among the snowdrops! So now I know where I want to transplant snowdrops to in the next ew weeks - to where the anemones are already successful!

Whenever it stops raining I'll check for others elsewhere!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 19 February 2018 07:16:04


LindaB LindaB 19 February 2018 13:01:02

Yes that is early Hazel, no sign of mine yet!

Dick Dick 19 February 2018 23:16:24

Quite early Hazel. To day was a real spring day here with temperature as high as 14 C. I believe that it will get cold again, with winds from Olga's country.

Jackie Jackie 20 February 2018 07:35:09

Beautiful Hazel and Im sure a real delight to see while driving in! Fantastic day again yesterday....today looks promising too!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 20 February 2018 10:44:15

I was weeding the Gardiniere along my shed yesterday and there are lots of anemone buds on their way! Really feel spring is on its way at last!

JoanG JoanG 20 February 2018 21:43:08

Such a pretty flower.  There is nothing like the sight of little spring flowers appearing to gladden our hearts!  Hope they will all survive the cold blast the weather forecasters have just announced! 

fraoch fraoch 21 February 2018 20:59:45

Isn’t it great the way things are popping up now! I just noticed a couple of A. blanda the other day too. They must be fabulous with Snowdrops.


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