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Nothing to see here!

19 January 2018 07:19:50

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Its bitterly cold this morning and everywhere is white with frost. Gorgeous to look out on but very cold.

On Sunday I went out to the greenhouse to have a look at all my lovely swaps and purchases from Johnstown and what a delight to see so many new plants that I dont have.

Then on Monday I went out when it was a bit sunny but cold and into the greenhouse again. This time I divided one or two plants I bought and potted them up. All of a sudden Winter arrived outside and it was lashing rain and windy. Ten minutes later the sun was out and it was so warm in the greenhouse. I really enjoyed my time in there and would be lost without it.

Took a little trip around the garden and seriously not too much to see. Yes there is a bit of growth with Hellebores, Primroses, Snowdrops, Wallflowers and a few shrubs which have the added bonus of just beautiful foliage. But Im just so excited to get going again. I cant wait to get that buzz and be out there in the 'sunshine' or something similiar. 

So another few weeks and we should be off properly. Im hoping to get some Sweet Pea sown over the weekend, as I didnt get a chance before Christmas. Usually mine are quite established by now....ah well.......we will get there. The real seed sowing season will be here real soon.

But for now..........nothing to see here really.............

A few photos from the garden......hopefully not upsidedown!!

Johnstown Get-together 2018

15 January 2018 07:29:18

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Well what can I say that hasnt been said already. I had a terrific day on Saturday and it was just fantastic to meet up with everyone again.

I arrived around 10.30am and found Margie in the carpark. So off inside for a cuppa and the Donegal entourage arrived and joined us. It was just so nice to see Moya, Margot, Brid (Moya's friend, who has attend for the past 3 years, lovely lady) and Daphne (Kittybane) she has the most magnificent garden in Derry if you ever get a chance to visit it, its amazing.

So after lots of chit chat we were off out again to the carpark for the plant swap. Now there were lots more people arriving and it was getting exciting. Everyone was chatting and swapping, which is great craic. Running from car to car, who's getting what and who's giving what. Great to meet everyone again.

Off inside again and it was now time for food and chat.....the raffle and Kris Kindle. The day was just flying by, which of course always happens when you are enjoying yourself. Lots of laughter and cheering and the next thing it was time to go outside.

Well thats just the icing on the cake haha........everyone outside having a look and trying to decide what to spend their vouchers on (those that won them!) and others, like me, just going to spend anyway.

Found a few 'bits and pieces' and I was happy. And before you know it its all over again for another year............gone in a flash.

I had a fantastic day, great company, great food, and lots of great retail therapy too. 

Hazel has decided to step down now as organiser, and she has done a great job for all those years and I thank her for that. So now Terri and Alan will fill those shoes, which I am sure they will do a terrific job.

Really looking forward to the next get together whereever that may be. I am also hoping that my Linda will oblige and hope to get to see Moya's garden and maybe even Seaview in the coming months.....watch this space, I feel a road trip coming on lol

So thank you all for the plants and the great day. I dont have a lot of photos as I was so busy enjoying myself I completely forgot, we didnt even get a group photo on the day! that will tell you how quick it all went. But it was just fantastic to have that again this year. 

So on to the next one now......cant wait!

Name tag for Saturday!

11 January 2018 19:17:33
Name tag for Saturday!

Name tag for Saturday!

So at this stage we all nearly know who is who, but of course there will always be a newbie arriving, hopefully, who would be totallly lost without the good old name tag!

Do you have one? 

Do you need one?

For the past couple of years I have been doing these name tags and at this stage you should all have a few!! or at least one! If you do will you please remember to bring one along with you on the day. 

If by chance, like me, you cant find one or you need a new one, or your first one, will you let me know on this journal and I will have some sort of name tag for you on the day.

So go on, get digging, in those cupboards I mean and see if you can find your name tag or if not, just let me know!! 

Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday, should be a great day, as usual!

Plants for Johnstown

09 January 2018 17:08:35
Plants for Johnstown

Plants for Johnstown

So here is a list of plants that I have if anyone would like some. Just shout out. So looking forward to meeting up with everyone again. Can’t believe another year is here! 


Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

Salvia ‘Royal Bumble’ x 2  Mary Jacinta

Achillea Pink/dark pink x 4

Sambucus Nigra ‘Black Lace’ x 4

Lobelia Queen Vic x 3   Linda Joann Margie

Heuchera Purple Palace x 3

Heuchera Lime Green x 2 Hazel

Persicaria campanulata x 2

Geum orange ....some seedlings 

Pelergonium sideoides x 2   Mary JoanG Joann

Amni Majus seedlings x 5 Moya Joann

Anemone Cinderella x 1  Linda

Zantedeschia Easter Lily x 4  Moya Brid

If you see anything there just let me know. Or if I’ve told you I’d give you something g during the year and I’ve forgotten!!!  please remind me too. 

Happy New Year

28 December 2017 09:44:53

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Its been quite a busy few weeks here for us.

We headed to New York for 5 days, Jimmy, Nicola, Linda, my son, Chris, met us there after flying from London and myself. We had an absolute ball of a time. THe snow came and it was freezing but in New York you dont mind as its so magical at this time of year. Especially going around Central Park and the Rockefeller centre, pure bliss and the Christmas lights just magical. 

Then we all arrived home for Christmas which of course was lovely with us all together and the grandchildren. It was a hectic few days I can tell you but so lovely. Then yesterday my son had to return to London, work beckoned after 2 weeks!! but it was sad to see him go as its been a while since we had him home for so long. Now the house feels so empty........I cant wait for the New Year to be over and start January, my favourite month of the year.

New beginnings and lots of planning to do both inside and outside in the garden. Looking forward to meeting up with everyone at Johnstown and doing some shopping!!!

I bougth this brilliant new Apple Macbook Pro and thought Id be in business putting up photos here, but alas that is not to be for some reason!! Will that new site ever materialise..................I do hope so because I wont be able to put up any photos unless you all stand on your head or sideways! lol, 

Anyway.........lets see if the new year brings a new site, we live in hope!

So finally, I would like to wish you and your famililes a Wonderful New Year, blessed with health, happiness and peace. 

Hope to see some of you in the next few weeks!!


28 December 2017 09:24:57

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I got a new Apple macbook and I wanted to see if it would work with photos on here, so here goes!!

This was taken yesterday when I was coming down the stairs as the dogs were waiting to see if I would take them out for a walk!!

Happy Christmas to you all

23 December 2017 23:51:10
Happy Christmas to you all

Happy Christmas to you all

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and a safe, peaceful and healthy New Year. 

We have had a busy few weeks and just back from a 4 day trip to New York with my family. It was just fantastic with plenty of shopping and we went to the show ‘Wicked’ on Broadway. Just out of this world, what a show.  I would highly recommend it when it comes here to Bord Gais. And to top it off and give it that real Christmassy feel.....it snowed too. Amazing!! 

Looking forward to seeing you all at the get together in January and throughout 2018. Sharing plants and seeds etc and enjoying our gardens. Hopefully we will have a new site to share all our stories too. 

Enjoy everyone and see you all soon 


24 November 2017 07:43:58

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Now me and houseplants do not go hand in hand. Yes I am very lucky in the garden and can grow almost anything, be it from seeds, cuttings etc. But when it comes to indoors.......well that’s a totally different story. 

A few months back Tesco were selling Orchids for €6. Not a flower that I would be keen on. But Liga posted pictures on FB and I thought I’d give them a go. So bought 6 different varieties and Liga gave me some advice. 

Hmmmmm all the flowers fell off!! One or two definitely looked bedraggled. But then the other day I spotted this one in the sitting room which had flowers on it!!! Wow!! Totally neglected (well to be honest I lost interest in the green leaves)!! 

But really surprised to see this happen. Now it’s only one plant. Nothing to get too excited about but a start! So I’ll give the others a few more weeks and if they don’t perform, they are out!! 

Im certain the photos will not be right way up but here goes! 

Mixed up weather!

17 November 2017 08:39:30

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Its cold and frosty here this morning and what a fabulous day we had yesterday. Bright blue skies and sunshine. And warmth in the sun too. 

Trying to organise the garden when the weather can't quite make up its mind can be a real headache. A few days ago I padded out my Tree Fern and then covered it in fleece to tide it over the Winter. It has really grown so well this year and I want to make sure it survives. 

I would love nothing more than heading out there and chopping everything back, but I'm being careful for a change!! 

So when I can I'm taking a small area at a time and doing some cutting back. The bending just kills me so its little by little. I tidied up the greenhouse bed and the pathway that runs up to it. It's looking so much better. I also cut out a load of Geranium that I got from a lady up the road. No name for theGeranium but it's a bit of a traveller. So instead I planted up G Ann Folkard in its place at the base of the pergola. 

It looks like it's another fine day so I may tackle a little bit more. I also got some new shelving for the greenhouse so that needs to be sorted with some help from himself!! Sounds like a weekend job! 

Still some colour too in the garden. This little Geum is still flowering away since Spring. And I noticed new buds on my Californian Mallow which I grew from seed last year too. 

Have a great weekend whatever you do !!

She never ceases to amaze!!!

14 November 2017 07:41:42

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I'm talking of course about Mother Nature..........

Just when you think you've seen it all, something else to astound you. I'm constantly in awe of what lives and survives in my garden. I'm not an expert, I get by with a bit of weeding here, mulching there and the odd prayer that it will survive. But I don't go with the rules, well I'm not too sure of them if I'm really honest, but I plod along and see what happens. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't, but when I weigh it all up, it seems it works better than I thought. 

Here we are in the middle of November...WINTER....I believe and still there are some gems from the Summer 

Campanuala 'Elizabeth' which I bought in Bloom this year is not going anywhere just yet. This is her third time to reappear this year!! 

This Salvia 'Neon' has been flowering away since I got it last year in B&Q. I planted it up in early Summer. I never took it in in the Winter and it's still flowering. 

Lavetera 'Barnsley' another one that just keeps giving. It's been chopped back here and there as it was getting a bit unruly but still producing flowers. 

So much still going on and all to do with the beauty of nature!!

Amazing this gardening lark!! 

Time never stands still!!

14 November 2017 07:10:05

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I'm just finding the time is running away with itself and I'm chasing after it!! 

So much going on at the moment it's hard to find time to do everything and before you know it it's nearly a month since I posted!!! 

Not much really done in the garden over the past while. I've been looking after my granddaughters so that is taking priority. But I've had a day here and there where I've cut back lots and found lots!! It's hard to know what to leave as the place looks great when tidied but bare also.  I've tucked up my Tree Fern for the Winter now and hopefully that should help it get through if we get that cold snap they've been forecasting.

I love finding the buried treasures under the old perennials that need cutting back .  Hellebores are starting to flower, primroses are appearing, wallflowers, and I see foliage of the Spring bulbs appearing too.  Great sight!! 


I've taken in some Dahlia, a few favourites and some in pots. Some Salvia that havent reached the planting stage yet, more purchases waiting to be housed!! Also Begonia that where exceptional during the Summer months  

I had an hour to spare yesterday and I bubblewrapped half of the greenhouse.  It's hard to do it when everything is in there, but I did it and that's another job ticked off the everlasting list! 


Hope you are all till enjoying your gardens  and this site. I can't wait to see what the new one brings  


A bit of colour in the garden yet!

26 October 2017 08:14:48

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Today looks like it might be mild but dull. My aim is to get out and sort out the back garden as its gone wild!! 

I'm trying to keep my Cosmos going a bit longer as I want them to form seeds, but then I think they look untidy!! 

Amazing to see some colour now at the end of October. I'm expecting frosty days and yet it's so mild. Incredible. 

So here are another few beauties. This first photo is Hellebore HGC Maestro which I bought in Johnstown last year. Really lovely markings on the back of each flower. 

Second photo is my Chrysanthemum beppei Bronze. This is a Dealz plant, in a pot, thrown aside, but still flowers every year. I really must plant that out. 

Lastly my Salvia 'Embers Wish' and Parahebe 'Avalanche' which I think look good beside each other. Both have just grown so well this year. The Parahebe was chopped right back and regrown and has some more beautiful flowers. 

Im hoping today to find a few more beauties and will post them up soon. Well that's the plan. I bought some plants last week while in JGC with Margie  and then on Tuesday I had to go to Naas and popped int B&Q and found some bargains .  But that's another journal lol 

Hope you all have a great day! 


25 October 2017 08:16:26

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Just checking from my phone whether I can upload photos as they wouldn’t from my iPad. Very odd. These are probably upsidedown or sideways too. 

Quietly carrying on!

25 October 2017 08:12:07

Garden video

09 October 2017 19:25:57
Garden video

Garden video

I was telling you a few weeks ago  how my next door neighbour asked if he could use my garden for his upcoming video to a piece of music he composed. He also took some footage from the Botanic Gardens

Well today he uploaded the video onto Facebook. I have put the link below but I am not sure if you will be able to access it from here. I think you will need to  copy the link and then paste it into your address bar. If that doesnt work then you can go to either the Garden.ie Friends page or my own page on FB and see it there.

I think it looks fantastic and I just love the piece of music too. 






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