The return of Green.

16 May


It’s a wet day today. I woke up to the sound of rain this morning and on and off it’s been raining all day.  Not your soft Irish rain but monsoon like downpours. The garden is too wet to do anything  out there. I took this pic through the conservatory window earlier. As you can see everything is very green again. The brown of Winter did seem to last a long time this year. In this bed there is loads of Lemon Balm, Geum of which I don’t know the colour yet. Looks like it will bloom soon though. Daffodils which are just finished now and a few Roses I transplanted here earlier in the Spring.


Last week we planted our first tree here. A Victoria Plum… plums do well here in the North West…they seem to like the heavy soil.


Andy hammered a good stout stake when the tree was in. It’s always a good idea to stake trees as they establish better when they’re not rocked by wind.


When Andy sat down for a break Freddie decided to give him an all over head massage…with his tongue.


Better put up a picture of Lettie in case she gets jealous. Don’t think she’s too unhappy with the wet day! Crazy to be lighting the stove during the day at this time of year but that’s how it is so far this year.


Elsewhere in the garden the Cherry tree has loads of blossoms. I’d be made up if we got ripe Cherries. Apparently the birds go mad for them. This is a small tree so it could be netted.


The Hawthorn is also in leaf now…I love how the perennial Geranium has grown up closely around the trunk of it. Don’t know what colour flower this Geranium has…it was already planted here. Surprise gardening is the theme this year as a lot of stuff was already planted  when we arrived…just wait and see what comes.

As I write the rain has stopped…and the sun is shining. Hurray!  At least we have the longer evenings now so all is not lost.

Bye for now! I’m off to catch a few rays.

21 Responses to “The return of Green.”

  1. KL May 16, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    Isn’t this lovely — all the greens after the depressing winter. I can’t have enough of it..I am trying to enjoy each moment by using all 3 senses – hear, smell, see as it all will soon be over. October will be here soon as days are passing by too fast.

    • bridget May 16, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

      I agree…the days seem to pass very quickly now. Has someone speeded up time I wonder?

  2. Jane May 16, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

    No one does green quite like Mother Nature!
    Jane x

    • bridget May 17, 2013 at 7:52 am #

      She’s given Ireland 40 shades of it…apparently!

  3. Kevin May 16, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

    There is nothing like an Irish green. By the way, happy birthday!

  4. Donna@Gardens Eye View May 17, 2013 at 1:02 am #

    The greens and browns are so rich and I adore the hawthorn tree…I am liking the periodic rain here much better than the drought we had earlier in the month.

    • bridget May 17, 2013 at 7:54 am #

      We Irish do complain about the rain but yes it is far better than being in a drought situation.

  5. islandthreads May 17, 2013 at 8:18 am #

    Bridget your garden is very green, I too like the geranium skirting the hawthorn, surprise plants can be a mixed blessing but it will give you a good idea of what has done well there in the past, I gather from the stone ring surrounding the new plum that your garden also privides lots of stone to play with,
    rain in moderation is fine but imho we can have too much and after experiencing a few months of drought last summer I prefer drought so long as I can water, that way you can put the water where you the gardener want it, here’s to sunny days ahead …………. Frances

    • bridget May 17, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

      Yes, there’s lots of stone about…from old farm buildings and walls I think. I love stone and of course it holds heat too.

  6. crabandfish May 17, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    Bridget your garden is so green with such rich soil. We have lit our fire for the first time this season and like your doggies, our cats love it. Enjoy your special time of year – love the blossoms! Cheers,

    • bridget May 17, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

      Hopefully the blossoms turn into fruit. Enjoy your fireside.

  7. june May 17, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

    Beautiful photos, Bridget. All that gorgeous, lush green…wet though it may be. But today? Today it was a case of tons of gorgeous (almost summertime) sunshine in the daytime, but then again turning cold and wet and blustery. Crazy, crazy weather.

    I love that plum tree. You have such gorgeous soil – I’m jealous, lol. We have lots of stones and rocks and very hard soil. We did plant a couple of apple trees two years back, but apart from a few undersized ones (that were actually quite tasty, I have to admit), we just don’t seem to have much luck with fruit trees.

    Oh!.And I love Freddie saying ‘hi’ to Andy in his adorable way… Lettie too, of course. 🙂

    • bridget May 17, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

      Hi June, yes the soil here is fairly good. There’s lots of rocks from the old shed and farm walls that used to be around the place. Today we worked in the garden most of the day, even though the weather forecast was for rain. We did’nt see a drop until 4 o clock. It was time for a tea break then anyway. Hopefully the plum will be productive. As for Freddie…the little demon…there is’nt one like him! Hope you have a good day at the market tomorrow.

      • June May 19, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

        I’m pretty confident that your plum tree will be quite fruitful (sorry…pun irresistible). But you’ve inspired me to get out there and try again – maybe check out our local Connacht Gold’s garden centre and take one or two new fruit trees (apples again, perhaps?) home with us.

        As for the market yesterday, between the headache from hell that began on Friday evening and didn’t ease up until last night, coupled with the horrible weather that was probably as bad in Boyle as it was here in Sligo, I unfortunately wasn’t feeling all the best to be able to set up shop yesterday at the farmers’ market. I have a couple of commissioned pieces that were meant to be given to their new owners yesterday, so I’ll need to apologise to them when they return this coming Saturday to collect them. Sometimes, these things happen, unfortunately, and thankfully, the headache’s gone
        (good riddance) and I’m fine now, and will of course be back there this Saturday. Thanks for your good wishes, Bridget – and again, it was lovely chatting with you last weekend.

  8. maria May 18, 2013 at 3:00 am #

    Everything is looking lush and beautiful 🙂 Spring is a time of hope, of renewals… my favorite time of year 🙂 m.

  9. Dee Sewell May 18, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    Love your pictures, very warm and cozy with signs of hard work and pleasure 🙂

  10. sweffling May 21, 2013 at 2:05 am #

    Isn’t it exciting when we can feel, and see, the sap rising again!

  11. Rambling Woods May 22, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

    It is always good to have furry helpers….cute…Michelle

  12. wellywoman May 23, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    Love the geranium at the base of the tree. It looks like a wedding dress train. The rain has certainly made everything green here too.Your own cherries would be amazing. They’re my favourite fruit but I don’t have anywhere to grow them. I have heard though they’ll be gone before you know it if the birds get to them.

    • bridget May 23, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

      That’s true. Friends had cherries which always fruited but the birds always got. This tree is small so I’m hoping to be able to net it…says she optimistically.

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