Cleaning up is never the most exciting nor enjoyable of gardening activities though there is a certain satisfaction when the work is done and so it was this week. We had tree surgeons here on Monday, two "climbers" and one who dealt with what they cut. We had seven trees removed completely, seven box maples … Continue reading Cleaning up in a Peculiar Autumn
We have begun preparing for winter. The dahlias tubers have been lifted, dried and stored until spring. Garden furniture has been brought into the garage and the glasshouses have been prepared to store the tender plants. The last tomatoes have been picked, some still green, and brought inside, stored with a banana, in hopes of … Continue reading A Sunday Selection
The words, phrases and thoughts that come into one's head when lying awake in the dark hours of early morning can be very odd and peculiar and make one wonder how in the love of god such and such came along. The old man's complaint, as Statia, a companion of my working days, used call … Continue reading Yes, We’ll Gather at the River!
Our garden is north-facing and in a river valley where fog is common and dew persistent and, as the angle of the sun drops lower and lower, there are many days when the grass does not dry at all, even on what we might call a "good drying day". This is also the time of … Continue reading Days when the Grass Don’t Dry!
Winston Churchill never said it but the "quotation" has grown legs over the last few years and I'm sure he would have been happy to have spoken the words. The story (the false story!) is that at some stage during the second world war, it was suggested to Churchill that funding for the arts should … Continue reading Was It Worth It?
The colours of this caterpillar scream it loud and clear - Don't touch me! It is a general assumption on my part that those insects with are coloured most brightly and garishly are sending a warning to us and to other creatures that it would be unwise to meddle with them. Of course, it may … Continue reading Noli me tangere!
When the light is right it is very easy to spend the few minutes it takes to stroll around the garden and take photographs. Over time, many of the shots become routine - the regular views are taken regularly but, rather than becoming repetitive they show the changes of the seasons and the changes of … Continue reading A Walk about the Garden.
Isn't it always the first to flower of any group of plants which seem to get us most excited. We see the first peep above the ground and are out each day to monitor progress, clicking away with the camera at the first show of colour even before the flower is fully open at all. … Continue reading The New Kids on the Block
Destinations for our days out are chosen for what we perceive as their safety, their lack of people, and the village of Ardmore in the west of Co. Waterford suits our requirements perfectly. A quick dash to Wikipedia tells me that it has a permanent population of around 430 but, of course, this swells during … Continue reading Taking the Sea Air
It happens very often that a flower will catch my eye when I am working in the garden, most usually as I am on the lawnmower when, of course, I don't have a camera to hand and I am caught between carrying on with what I am doing or going for the camera to capture … Continue reading Simply the Best!