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Sowing the Seed

18 January 2018 17:49:58

The Ins and Outs of Gardening

16 January 2018 12:56:57

Life Back in the Garden in January

11 January 2018 15:20:29

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We usually think of January, as the cold month. However we see life coming back in the first month of the year. Recently, as every year I have noticed plants showing flowers. We usually think of the snowdrops but also we see flowering types of shrub like Jasmine and Viburnum and there are others. I have noticed these in my garden and of course they are not affected by the low temperatures. Perhaps it is due to the fact that the days are getting longer. Around January 6 we often speak of the cock step meaning that we now notice the increase in the length of the days. The heathers which will do well in the limestone soils as is the case around Carlow, this area, and many other parts of the country, Erica in other words, are thriving and of course the Hellebores. So we may say the spring is on the way. I have bought my first packet of Tomato seeds and they should be sown very soon.

Happy New Year to All in Garden.ie

31 December 2017 19:31:32

How an Irishman made a lot with a dead donkey

30 December 2017 12:58:37

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I came back from Dublin yesterday, by train. I only use the car for short distances. I met several of my sister's family (she had 9 children) I met 8 of them. I got a fair number of presents. I didn't have room for all. Here is one I got from a niece of mine.

A Happy New Year to all.

Back on the internet. A Happy Christmas to you all

21 December 2017 12:41:06

Gooseberries Robins and Roses

19 November 2017 20:39:48

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I had a bumper crop of gooseberries this year. I had quite a  lot picked when things went wrong. The plan was to make gooseberry jam which I had made for decades. I put over 8 lbs into the fridge and hoped that i would get the time to make the jam but  between hospitalisation and other factors, the jame was not made. So between the fruit which I picked in June and the others which were devoured by the birds, none was made at the appropriate time. Recently when I seemed to have the time, the only thing I could do was to throw them into the compost heap. 

Roses seemed to be very good in June, then things went wrong. I still have a few. Normally I would have them until December. The recent frost didn't do much for them. Some of them, on the rose tree were almost as big as my hand.

My feathered friend, the robin,  comes to me quite often  Sometimes he comes in the back door for his food. Often when I go outside he is there waiting for me so when some bird seed is put in his box, he is in. Recently when I raked the leaves, and we seemed to have a lot this year, he comes along to pick up any live objects which probably is his favourite.


27 October 2017 17:31:41

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Here we have a later photo of the Liquidambar. I took a photo early on but not very much colour other than green. Then came storms Ophelia and Brian and I was afraid that the foliage was all gone. I would have expected something better if these storms had not come. To day started with fog, not very easy to drive although I did. Later it turned out to be a pleasant day. I took the photo. Here it is. The photos were taken from two views, same tree.

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24 October 2017 15:01:00


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