This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Simply enjoyable weather

A little seasonal arrangement (pictured left) has lasted and lasted. It's simply a plastic  pot with some twine tied around it, and bit of greenery/pine covering the container and pushed into the sides. 

It's planted with a few daffodil bulbs and pansies. It also has a few shrub cuttings stuck into it. I've been amazed at how long the pine and shrub branches have lasted considering they are just stuck around the edges of the container (no roots on them). This little seasonal container has been outside since before Christmas and it looks like there will soon be daffodil blooms as well as pansy flowers to keep it going.  

I'm afraid I didn't make it. It was bought for £5. A good idea for a low cost container!

Its been a bit colder  lately with some snow. 
Perfect weather for walks. Pictured: Cushendall, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Of course, no snow on the beach, but very cold! Cushendun, County Antrim

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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Gardening Year in Review

January: Cabbage Jan King - a welcome winter sight!
I feel like I've been in hibernation over the past six weeks! Time has flown by, and now that all the seasonal festivities are coming to an end, I’m hoping to get back to regular blogging and catching up on my blog reading too!

Here’s a little review of 2014 in the garden and how the year took shape....

February: seaweed added as a mulch.
2014 was a year that began with some of the wettest, stormiest weather on record.
March: Spring crocus bulbs look bright and cheerful.
Mild weather gave way to an early Spring with bulbs popping up a few weeks earlier than usual.

April: A new herb container with thyme, oregano, chives, and lavender is added to the garden.

May: lots of pretty pink and purples come into flower.

June: The bees start busying themselves in the garden. Pictured on Gaillardia 'Arizona Sun'.
June and July were lovely months for gardening with some warm weather.

July: Summer is all go with weekly volunteering in the community garden.

August: brings lots of colour with roses, perennials and annuals.

September: lots of veg being harvested, particularly towards late Summer. September was the 2nd driest on record, and we had some fab sunny days. The insects also seemed to enjoy the 'Indian Summer'.

October: I consider seeds and order a few new varieties (e.g. asparagus lettuce) - only a few packs purchased this year!

November: I tidy up the herb container and cut straglers back.Weather reports describe 2014 as a topsy-turvy year! Most years in the garden are a bit topsy-turvy. All in all, I'd say a great year!

December: I bake, eat, visit family and think about the New Year goals for the garden!
Happy Holidays Everyone!

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Thursday, 6 November 2014

Plant Swap

A couple of weeks ago my gardening group had its first plant swap! What fun! 

It was a fab night with food and socialising and lots of plants to choose from. We also brought along gardening books and magazines to swap them too. However, the plants proved most popular on the evening.

I came home with lots of goodies, some of which are pictured here. I acquired two new shrubs, one a Weigela which is now potted up. I also came away with 2 Agapanthus, 2 Lychnis Coronaria, Primula Auricula and various other plants. Some I have in holding areas until I do some further Autumn tidying.
It was amazing to see such a variety of plants brought along by our small group. I think we had about 15 people on the night. Everyone was delighted with the numerous free plants they took home and we'll be planning this event on an annual basis.

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