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Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

17 Mar

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Don’t know if this is the man himself but it fits the popular image we all have of him. This is on a building in the grounds of  Dublin Castle. We went there last week to visit the Chester Beatty Museum.

Today as usual on Paddy’s Day we are at home working in the garden. We always plant some of our potatoes on this day. Ratte is the one we are planting today. Ratte is a lovely chestnut flavoured potato apparently much regarded by French chefs.

Best wishes to you all on this St. Patrick’s Day. Have a happy day!

Ever met a Scoodoo?

12 Mar

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This is a pile of twigs! Before your very eyes it will turn into a Scoodoo. If you want to know more about the tree spirits that are Scoodoos go to http://www.scoodoos.com. Under the tutelage of Ciaran Burke and his wife Hanna from Kilmovee, Co. Mayo we made our very own Scoodoo to go in the garden.

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First you get some fresh branches or long twigs. Don’t use dried out stuff as it will be too brittle. The longer the branches the bigger your Scoodoo will be. So….take some branches and start putting them into a tall 2 litre pot.

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Keep on adding branches until the pot is full.

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Then take a roll of florist’s wire…attach it securely close to the base of one of the branches.

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As you go up and around the branches start pulling the whole thing together with the wire. That’s Ciaran on the left helping Andy with our Scoodoo.

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As you get towards the end it will taper off to form a “nose.” Secure the wire well and there you have it…

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your very own Scoodoo. Well actually this one is ours but you know what I mean!

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Each one is different. These 2 ladies made a skinnier one with a long nose. As we all chatted the lady in blue revealed that she was a follower of my blog. I was chuffed!

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Voila! The finished Scoodoo.

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This is our Scoodoo relaxing at home in the conservatory. A condition of having a Scoodoo is that it is given a name ending in oo. Meet Woowoo who in the next few days will be allocated a space in our garden where Woowoo’s spirit will protect all the trees. Do you fancy a Scoodoo in your garden? Easy to make. Go on…I dare you.

To secure it in the garden just bang a stake into the earth and then slip your Scoodoo over it. Finito!

At Terra Nova.

15 Sep

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Our builder finished on Friday…yippee! To celebrate we decided to have a day out on Saturday. Nine thirty saw us heading off to Kilmallock in Co. Limerick to visit Terra Nova…the wonderful garden designed and created by husband and wife team Deborah and Martin Begley. We were in the local village of Bruff by one o’clock where we dined at The Old Bake House Restaurant. Then a short drive to check out the town of Kilmallock. By two o’clock we were at our real destination just as the gates opened. We were’nt the only ones…

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This really is a magical garden. It is only half an acre but due the way the garden is divided into several small gardens it appears so much bigger.

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Even the small front garden is sub-divided into two smaller gardens. Each sub-division is totally different but the whole thing flows like a dream.

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Every space is filled…even the gable end is furnished with lusciouscly filled pots of beautifully healthy looking plants.

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Love this little pond which is totally covered in by trees and shrubs which creates the beautiful  dappled shade. Until you enter that little area there is no hint of what lies there. Love this!

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The other gable end is also filled with potted plants. A little gift shop is nearby plus complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits.

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We are now in the back garden at the Thai Tea House. So lovely to just sit here and sign the visitors book. A very serene spot…surrounded by plants with the sound of trickling water nearby.

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Looking out to the garden from the tea house. Could sit here for some time but so much more to see…

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Another gorgeous water feature…leading on to

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beautiful Birches.

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This meditating Sprite sits quietly among the plants…

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whilst another plays a flute by the pond in the woodland garden.

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A lovely sample of Martin’s  stained glass work in the Fairy House.

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There’s so many more pictures I could show and so much more I could say about the amazing work of art this garden is but I will leave it there. If you ever get the chance go for a visit…it  will be worth it. I think it’s our fave garden…ever. Closed now for 2013 put it in your diary for next year. We intend to go back to see the garden in it’s full Summer splendour in 2014.

Sunny garden days.

5 Apr

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The first of the Blackcurrants have been dug up and rehomed today. I am thankful for the late Spring which allows these to be transplanted so late in the season. These will be planted quickly and hopefully will take off straight away. I like Blackcurrants as much as anyone but I think the previous inhabitants of this place must have had an obsession with them. Any gaps were filled with a Blackcurrant. Under trees, among the shrubs and flowers, Blackcurrants everywhere. I counted over 50 plants… far too many.

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This bed will be emptied too. A big clump of Rubus tricolor and a Golden Ivy, nothing else. Not for me! Lots of plants from this to swop for new garden treasures. I guess if we all liked the same things the world would be a pretty boring place.

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Have spent most of the last few days in the garden. Pruning, planning and digging out stuff. The weather has been lovely… not stop sunshine. Half the conifers at the boundary line have been cut, the rest will go next week. When we bought the house it was with the understanding that these trees which were shading the bottom part of the garden would be cut. We get to have the timber too. It will need seasoning before being used in the stoves over Winter.

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Lettie kept herself occupied for hours today watching some little creature which was in the undergrowth…

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whilst Freddie slept in a sunny spot in the conservatory.

Out in the garden…at last!!

2 Apr

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After the coldest March on record in Ireland it looks like Spring is certainly here. Felt like it today anyway, 9 degrees (c) and not a breeze. We spent the day in the garden. There’s so much to be done here. Plants to prune  and plants to move or get rid of. So many Blackcurrants…everywhere. Andy dug up some today which my Mother will take back to Tipperary with her. The rest I offered on Facebook and a couple of people said they would have some. Great! Don’t want to be dumping good plants.005 

After dealing with some of the Blackcurrants we decided to tackle this neglected Rambling Rose. Badly positioned and badly needing a prune it looked a bit sad.

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After cutting out all the dead wood Andy gave it a good cutting back with a long handled pruners. Pretty thorny this one so gloves an essential.

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After pruning it was easier to dig out. Another job for Andy. We had intented to plant it into the earth on the south facing wall of the guest house but on trying to dig we discovered that the foundations come out quite a way. So….

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it ended up in a big pot instead. Hopefully it will survive and produce lots of flowers next year. Can’t see it flowering this year. I put some Rescue Remedy in the water to help the plant recover. Fingers crossed!

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That leaves us with a nice empty bed to plant up. The soil feels pretty tired here so lots of compost will be dug in plus lots of mulching when the new plants are in.

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The first plant to go in here will be this Prunus kojo-no-mai. It was a new home present from our nearest neighbours back in Arigna. Beautiful Spring flowers…just what the garden needs.

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The dogs loved the sunshine too. Little Lettie was totally crashed out as we worked away. Humans and animals alike, we all enjoy a nice sunny day. Hopefully it was the first of many.

The Garden.

10 Mar

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To finish the tour I will show you the garden  today. Much work to be done here. Even though the the house was lived in up to the time we bought it it seems that interest in the garden had been lost. The land including the lane amounts to three quarters of an acre. Plenty for us now as we don’t have any animals apart from our two dogs. It is nicely laid out in beds and there is a good flow to the garden.

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The old chicken run will be taken down as we don’t plan to get chickens. I’ve been through the pain of losing them to Fox  and Mink too many times. Actually the last inhabitants here were taken by Foxy Loxy.  This is where we are planning to put veg beds, should be nice and fertile from the chooks. Looks like it was used for growing some time ago as the outline of the bed is still visible. The conifers behind are on our neighbours land and they are being cut down in the near future.

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Lots of  Blackcurrants  and other fruits here. They need pruning but I wonder if it’s too late now? I don’t want to cut off the fruit buds. Maybe I should leave them until after fruiting.  What do you think?

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There is a good composting  area with lots of compost in there ready to go. Yippee!!

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In the back garden there is a pond, don’t know what the plants are, time will tell. Lots of Frogs in there at the moment havin their annual orgy.

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At the bottom of the back garden is Ivy House, the previous owner was a woodworker and he made the plaque with the name. This is the guest accommodation…eventually…at the moment it is full of our boxes. Alongside this is a workshop.

So as you can see there’s lots of work. The plan is to tidy up for now, see what comes up and then make any changes in the Autumn. Well that’s the plan anyway…lets see what happens!!

Bridget x.

The new place.

7 Mar

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Back in blogland again with a new blog from our new place. We moved in on February 1st, St. Bridget’s Day.  Today, March 7th, marks six months since we moved out of old place in Arigna. It took us some time to find a new house. It was’nt for want of looking I can tell you. We must have looked at every house in Roscommon that was in our price range. That’s a bit of an exaggeration but we looked at a lot of places.

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We both liked this place straight away and put in an offer within days. Thankfully it was accepted and this is now our new home. One of the things we both liked was the south-facing conservatory built by the previous owners. I look forward to many happy hours spent pottering here.

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On our third day here it snowed making the garden look wonderfully magical.

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Welcome to my new blog. I hope many of you who followed my ArignaGardener blog will follow here as we start our new adventure.

Bye for now,

Bridget x.

P.S: If you look closely at the header pic you can just see the white chimney of the cottage.

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