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Liztai's Journal

Liztai's Journal

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Out my front window

28 February 2018 12:42:35
Out my front window Feb 28 2018

Out my front window Feb 28 2018

B-r-r I'm glad I'm inside. Snow is not my thing, but I admit it adds a nice simplicity to the view from the window.

22 February Flowers

21 February 2018 13:27:07

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Not so many flowers yet, despite Spring beginning to dawn.

Hopefully, if you cut and paste the link below, it will take you to My Drive where you can see the other flowers today

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ynGQYGXdi9-xVZTm5RR5sVF4dhnn6Cv3

Two men looked out ....

05 February 2018 15:50:36

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Two men looked out from prison bars

One saw mud, the other stars.

I was reminded of this little rhyme that my mother often quoted when I read the great comments people made to Peter's Hellebore posting.

What lovely people we are, so supportive when someone is a bit down, perhaps a bit disillusioned.

But some other wise person told me that to be 'disillusioned' was a wonderful place to be as it meant that I wasn't codding myself with illusions any more.

I actually think Garden.ie is a great site, despite all the negative comments. Yes I can't put up albums in the easy way we used to be able to do, but we can still put up three pictures at a time - we could work around by adding pictures with comments, as some people have done. and we can even do an album following Hazel's directions a while back !

And yes, sometimes the pictures aren't the right way up - but is there a possibility that this problem might originate with a person holding the phone camera upside down? I used to do that myself - and another thing I used to do with the camera, not phone, was to turn it sideways to give a portrait view - that's another way the original pictures didn't look right.

But for me, while I really do love the pictures, what I enjoy most is the personal comments that people make - where else is there such a combination of friendliness, information, advice, and good-natured banter? Please, please, please reconsider if you are thinking of leaving the site - the technicalities are a minute part of what happens here - lets look up at the stars

PS and do make a posting, even a short one 

 

Time Lapse

04 February 2018 16:44:18
Marigold in January

Marigold in January

We think we are great observers of what's happeing in the garden - but we surely miss a lot.

Cut and paste this link, and enjoy.

https://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/short-film-showcase/watch-a-garden-come-to-life-in-this-absolutely-breathtaking-time-lapse

Happy Spring-time everyone

Apropos the damp weather

22 January 2018 11:44:18

Johnstown Thanks

13 January 2018 17:05:18
Johnstown Booty

Johnstown Booty

Just a quick thanks to Hazel and her team who organized a truly lovely day for us at Johnstown - and thanks also to Johnstown manager and staff who made us feel so welcome.

You can see in the image, that I got my fill of 'retail therapy', and now have to find mild enough weather to plant us my new treasures which include  Salvia Hot Lips (from Joann), as will as Saracocca ruscifolia and it's new pot. Concealed in the Johnstown bags are some Irish primroses. Sad to say, I got the news that these primroses are currently going out of production, so I hope the ones I got survive as I'm now classing them as 'precious'.

Great meeting you all

Elizabeth

 

Johnstown plants

11 January 2018 16:44:07
Kitchen Gardening

Kitchen Gardening

It was bitter so I just rushed out, grabbed the plants and the oilcloth and tools, and rushed back in to get them ready for Saturday. Now I have to put them out again, poor things!

What I have is as follows:

1 x buddlea (V.large flowers) LindaB

2 x buddlea unknown colour

1 x bergenia might be Apple Blossom Joann

1 x zantedeschia (Easter Lily)

1 x vinca minor (dark wine flowers) includes passenger small oxalis yellow.

See you soon

 

Greetings - Belated Christmas, Early New Year

26 December 2017 12:18:00
Honesty Angel

Honesty Angel

Good day friends on a bright, but perishing St Stephen's Day.

Sorry I missed saying Happy Christmas, but I hope it was what you hoped it would be.

So now I wish you all the best in New Year 2018. May it be gentle and peaceful, with lots of pleasant garden surprises.

The 'Honesty Angel' was a charity donation. You bought the angel, and the gift brought (Honesty on mine) was on a card at the back. Mind you, I'm not decided on whether I like the 'onsie' outfit!

Cosy for Winter

19 December 2017 23:31:33

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Job's done. All fuchsias double wrapped (fleece and bubble-wrap) and now bedded down in the new fleece tunnel.

Regarding the vine-weevils, I couldn't face any more 'squishing'. (Not only did I do the 50 from the 'Champion Pot', but also 29 in another pot and 32 in another.

So I thought back to that great gardener we visited in the Burren (was his name Karl?). He also had a number of fuchsias. When I asked him about vine-weevils, he said the garden was full of them. His philosophy was that he was bound to lose a few plants, and if he did he would just plant more.

So I will join him in that thought for this year. But next year, it'll be nematodes April and September - no matter how busy I am!

50 in one pot

18 December 2017 22:41:53

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You know how they used to say:

If Mohammed cannot go to the mountain, then the mountain must go to Mohammed.

So if Elizabeth cannot go to the fuchsias (for fear of hypothermia), then the fuchsias must go to Elizabeth. And this is just what they have done - to the kitchen precisely, where along with my current HelpX helper Jon, work is progressing on the large pots which will be remaining out of doors.

We are assembling a mini-tunnell? tunell? you know what I mean - out of fleece. But in case that isn't sufficient, its 'belt and braces', with bubble-wrap either inside or outside the pots, and fleece caps on top.

But HORROR OF HORRORS, I spotted a vine-weevil on the base of one of the pots, and we decided to look in case there were others. We found FIFTY alive and wiggling in just one pot. No hope of the cold discouraging them!

I cannot imagine there are not others. My understanding is that nematodes suffer even more than I do when the soil gets below 5 degrees, so I will hope for the best, and wait till early Spring to treat them. 

PS I just put the heron picture in as he looks very calm and peaceful.

For and again all this cold ....

13 December 2017 13:45:20
Chilly Sunrise

Chilly Sunrise

I'm a bit paranoid about venturing out if the temperature isn't at least at 'feels like 5 degrees, so in a way, I'd appreciate at least a slight warming - even if not the global kind, so that I could sort out my swaps for Johnstown.

But then, there is a huge advantage in having a cold winter. For a Fuchsia Fanatic like myself, there is a 'nasty' lurking in the UK called Fuchsia Gall Mite It isn't mentioned on the Irish Invasive Species site, so I hope this means it hasn't reached us. But apparently, a cold winter kills it. 

So it's truely an ill wind (chill wind) that might be an advantage to some.

41 Flowers in December

04 December 2017 18:05:18
Nicotiana

Nicotiana

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1qWil-l5Sj-rfNkoR-U3DU7NRv24O_Fbb?usp=sharing

This link will take you to the Album on My Drive.

NOTE Dec 6 - Sorry folks, but there seems to be something wrong with the link. We'll have to be patient while I sort it out.

The focus is a bit blurred on some images - it was a perishing day, so either my eyes were fogged with the cold, or my hands were shaking - But I think the evidence is there - I am amazed that there is still so much colour.

Enjoy - when you can :-S

Album: 51 Flowers in November 2017

15 November 2017 00:19:19
Azalea from Hazel

Azalea from Hazel

OK folks, let's see if the link works!

51 Flowers in November 2017

 

 

Hurray - yes it's there.

Sorry some of the images are a bit blurred - it was early morning, freezing cold.

Names will follow at the week-end, I hope.

Watch out the Sky might Fall ...

14 November 2017 15:37:12

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Imagine it - two journals a week apart - hope I don't give myself a heart attack.

I went around the garden this morning in med November, and photographed everything in bloom. When I counted the pics there were flowers in bloom on 51 plants in my tiny gardens - and that's not counting what's now in the gazebo!

So hurry up with those instructions Hazel - I want to make an album using your work-around.

Here are three images to get started.

Good Work

06 November 2017 23:10:44
Gazebo for winter

Gazebo for winter

I have had a lovely HelpX lady with me for the past two weeks. She has done trojan work sorting out my overgrown semi-wild garden. She also re-organized the gazebo, and brought in lots of the fuchsias for winter. I'll miss her when she returns to France tomorrow.

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