Summer days at Flynn’s Cottage.

6 Jun

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The weather has been fab for over  a week now. Temperatures of 22 c every day. Housework is neglected and all the time is spent in the garden.

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All the trees on the lane are now in full leaf…everything looks lush and healthy. The dappled shade gives shelter at the hottest time of the day.

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Yesterday was World Environment Day and to mark it we planted more trees on the laneway. You wouldn’t think any more would fit but we managed to squeeze in about 10 more trees.  Some were bought as bareroot while others…

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like this little Oak were grown from seed or in this case an acorn which is of course the seed of the Oak. Hopefully it will stand here proud and strong many years after we have left our present incarnations.

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In the pond Bogbean is in flower. This little water loving native flowers from April to July and is the food plant of the Elephant Hawkmoth Caterpillars.

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The Bumble Bees love it too. There seems to be lots of Bumbles this year…haven’t seen any Honey Bees though. According to the Irish Beekeepers Association 76% of Irish Honey Bees died over the long Winter. It really is a serious worldwide problem…every third morsel of food we eat is dependent on the Bees for pollination. If we don’t stop the environmental damage we are causing, the Bees and many other insects will be extinct. We do our best to provide a little natural oasis here but when you see the neighbours spraying poison on a few weeds in the yard despair begins to set in.  I am however an optimist by nature so that doesn’t  last for long.

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Andy has been busy cutting away Snowberry and Ivy from around the trees. It’s amazing how much space the spreading Snowberry takes up. When he was finished we planted a Damson and Buddliea here…also some Comfrey which can be just chopped and dropped in situ to feed the growing plants. Comfrey has a deep taproot so it brings up nutrition from deep in the earth. This permaculture technique is one I have used for many years…it works really well.

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It was a revelation when the Ivy was cleared from these Hawthorns. Lovely evening sunlight flooded in and we had a clear view through to the Ash plantation beyond.

Here’s hoping these wonderful Summer days continue for a few more weeks.

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26 Responses to “Summer days at Flynn’s Cottage.”

  1. Rambling Woods June 6, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

    Lovely post… Michelle

  2. Diana Studer June 6, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

    that new garden is starting to reflect cherished and loved!

    • bridget June 6, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

      Thanks Diana, it certainly feels more us now that we are putting our stamp on it.

  3. cathsveggies1 June 6, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

    Oh Bridget….your new garden looks lovely. Great weather makes all the difference too. Such a shame about the bees, we have not seen any down south either 😦

  4. islandthreads June 7, 2013 at 5:37 am #

    hasn’t the weather been good, ours has not been as hot as yours, Bridget your garden is really coming on nicely, lovely to have so many trees, Frances

    • bridget June 7, 2013 at 8:39 am #

      I do love the company of trees Frances.

  5. cindyricksgers June 7, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    Stunning photos! Your gardens are looking wonderful!

  6. Mike @ Midwestern Bite June 7, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    I just put in three comfrey shoots myself around our small apple orchard. As they grow I’m sure I’ll be splitting for other places around the property. It’s so great to harvest those minerals deep in the earth and bring them up for other plants to use.

    • bridget June 7, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

      Comfrey is great, especially mixed with Nettles, it makes the best organic feed. If only more people would use it instead of buying fertilisers in the store.

      • cathsveggies1 June 7, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

        I have not bought for the last 2 years. I mix the nettles and comfrey in a big container.I also get seaweed when my neighbour goes to the beach….great stuff, and worth the smell 🙂
        I bought a few Comfrey roots online, but she lives quite near in west Cork.Now my Comfrey has it’s own corner. I also cut some leaves and put them in the hole before I plant tomatoes!

      • bridget June 7, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

        That’s a good idea putting comfrey leaves in the planting hole. Might rob that idea Cath.

      • cathsveggies1 June 7, 2013 at 9:45 pm #

        Steal Away,Bridget 😉

  7. Forest So Green June 7, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    You have lovely trees and I share your concern about the environment.

  8. Alberto June 7, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    Hi Bridget! I loved the last picture, although I’m looking forward to seeing some ivy covering the trunks of my skinny trees in the woodland garden, I have to admit that a woodland must be kept tidy too.
    I am very interested in this Comfrey thing, I have a pale yellow flowered growing wild in my garden, could you please give me some reliable links on how to use it?

    • bridget June 7, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

      All Comfrey is very high in potash so it makes great liquid fertiliser. The smell is terrible so keep it away from the house. I usually use a black dustbin as black heats up more thus breaking down the plants quicker. Add some Nettles to the mix as their nutrients, mixed with the Comfrey, make for an ideal fertiliser for all crops but especially good for Tomatoes. Another way to use Comfrey is to cut, scatter around your chosen plants, I use it around the fruit trees, it will be washed down into the soil and also provide a good moisture conserving mulch. The liquid takes about 3 weeks to mature. It is then diluted, ten parts water to one part liquid. Water your plants before applying the Comfrey otherwise it may just run off and not be absorbed by your plants.

  9. elaine June 8, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    Your garden is really beginning to take shape Bridget – step by step you will get it the way you want it. Our weather hasn’t been quite as good as yours – we always seem to have a chill wind even when it’s sunny.

    • bridget June 8, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

      I think we’ve waited quite a while for this break Elaine. I think it’s back to lower more normal for time of year temperatures on Monday. It has been a great chance to catch up on garden work.

  10. Donna@Gardens Eye View June 8, 2013 at 10:48 pm #

    Such a relaxing day working in the garden…amazing what happens when we clear the garden…trying to tackle all my weeds…your weather seems better than ours has been.

  11. Marylin Warner June 9, 2013 at 3:34 am #

    Beautiful pictures, especially the last one. It would make a delightful writing prompt: “how many shades of green can you describe?”

    • bridget June 9, 2013 at 10:00 am #

      Thanks! According to the old song there’s apparently 40 shades of green! In Ireland anyway!

      • cathsveggies1 June 9, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

        i just came to say 40 shades too, but saw you beat me to it,Bridget 🙂

  12. KL June 11, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

    What a beautiful place you have. How big is it, if I may ask. I am not seeing any bees this year 😦 and I am not optimistic. People in the WORLD just use TOO MUCH CHEMICALS :-(……

    • bridget June 15, 2013 at 9:09 am #

      Our land is three quarters of an acre…plenty to grow all the veg we will need.

  13. wildsherkin June 17, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    Hi Bridget, gorgeous pictures! You are doing great work. 🙂

    • bridget June 17, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

      Thank you so much. I just love it!

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