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Six on Saturday

Well it has been one stormy week. It hardly seems that storm Ciara finishes and we are now getting Storm Denis. I don’t think I have ever seen the place so wet.

  1. These tete-a-tete daffodils are standing in water. I have never had water standing in this bed before and this is the second time in a week.
DAffs

tete a tete daffodils

2. Earlier in the week between the two storm it got very cold and we woke to semi white – not snow but frozen hailstones. The garlic is just showing through.

Garlic

Garlic

3. Despite the cold weather the frogs have decided to spawn anyway – first spawn appeared today. We have not as many frogs as other years (about 50), but it may be due to the fact that there is water everywhere and they are spoilt for choice as to where to spawn!

Frog spawn

Frog spawn

4. I disturbed a pair of bullfinches feasting on the buds of one of the apple trees so they moved to the blackthorn in the hedge instead.

Bull finch

Bullfinch

5. In other years this willow would be buzzing with earlier pollinators. But this year and last year’s early spring means it is coming out before the pollinators emerge. This is one of the problems with climate change – when nature gets out of sync with itself.

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Willow

6. Winter Purslane – self seeds itself in the greenhouse and polytunnel and is a great addition to winter salads.

Pursalane

winter purslane

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Six on Saturday

In Ireland, some people optimistically consider the 1st of February the start of spring. It is also Saint Brigit’s day. The garden does certainly show signs of spring – so let’s be optimistic.

1. Hellebore

I have two – one white which is already fully open and this lovely red version which is nearly there.

Hellebore

Hellebore

2. Yellow crocus these are planting in grass under a birch tree and are usually the first crocus to appear each year.

Crocus

Crocus

3. Similarly these miniature daffodils are usually the first to appear. I have a couple of larger one that are also just opening too.

Daffodil - tete a tete

Daffodil – tete a tete

4. Snowdrops have been up for a couple of weeks – this pot was given to me by a friend a couple of years ago. (Sorry not best photo – always find them hard to photograph).

Snowdrops

Snowdrops

5.  I am happy to report that the Japanese onions I set in the polytunnel a few weeks ago (late) are doing quite nicely.

Onions

Onions

6. And the replacement for the Victoria plum I lost last autumn is in, finders crossed it will be bountiful in years to come.

Plum tree

Plum tree

We also managed to clean the very dirty windows of the greenhouse and tomorrow I may even plant some seeds!

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Six on Saturday – January 18th

After storms and very wet weather the garden is pretty much sodden. Then last night a sharp frost has left everything frozen solid. It was minus 4.5 degrees Celsius this morning – not often we get it that cold here in the west of Ireland.

  1. Poor robin was feeling the cold – all fluffed out trying to keep warm. We put extra food out this morning for all the birds.
Robin

Robin

2.  The pond is frozen too. We did a bit of pond maintenance last week – taking out quite a lot of sedges that had spread through the shallower end and bog bean which had taken over half the deep end. It looks quite a bit better.

Pond - frozen

Pond – frozen

3. I wonder if the honeysuckle is now regretting send out leaves?

Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle

4. The creeping raspberry looks very pretty with its frosted fringe. This is a good ground cover plant but we have never got any fruit from it. The bees do like the flowers though.


Creeping Raspberry

Creeping Raspberry, Rubus nepalensis (I think)

5. The poultry were finding it cold this morning too. Nelson (our drake) kept walking a few steps and then sitting down as if he was trying to warm his feet. Junior, the cockerel was crowing standing on one foot.

6. And finally our roof is looking a bit like a green roof at the moment. Possibly because of the really wet winter it seems to have become populated with lots of moss. I don’t really mind – it looks pretty.

moss covered roof

moss covered roof

Thanks to The Propagator for hosting – Six on Saturday

Six on Saturday

So for my final “six on Saturday ” for 2019, which special thanks to the Propagator for hosting.

  1. Some of you may have already noticed this robin cropping up in my previous posts. It is a very brave little fellow and is now regularly taking food from my daughter’s hand.

2. Bargains – I love bargains. I got a big bag of Japanese onions for just one euro on sale. I know it is late to be putting them in, but I have planted quite a few in polytunnel and I am hoping they will do there. It is just too wet to get anything outside.

Onions

Onions

3. My second bargain was some bulbs – I got daffs and these which weren’t labelled (but I am pretty sure they are crocus). So it will be very much pot luck as to what comes up.

Bulbs

Bulbs

4. And in the garden daffodil bulbs beginning to show. While it has been a very wet winter here, it has been pretty mild most of the time.

Daffs

Daffodils

5. In the polytunnel some of the pot marigolds are still in flower.

Pot marigold

Pot marigold

6. And finally my new hot composter called a hotbin composter. It is an insulated compost bin that is supposed to be much faster than traditional bin as it heats waste by  up to 60°c. We’re setting it up in the greenhouse for the winter at least.

Hot composter

Hot composter

Thank you to all those who have followed my six on Saturday garden posts during the year. Here’s to a great gardening year for 2020.

 

 

Six on Saturday

The weather continues cold, with low night temperatures close to freezing. However, there are a few leaves left to enjoy.

  1. Crab apple. Usually this tree is loaded with red / yellow crab apples but there were none this year due to late frost. Still the leaves are beautiful.
Crab apple leaf

Crab apple leaf

2. Hazel catkins

Hazel

Hazel

3. Highbush cranberry, Viburnum opulus, is not a true cranberry. The fruits are very acidic and are said to taste like cranberries, but I did not find them very palatable.

Highbush cranberry

Highbush cranberry

4. Some birches are still clinging onto the last of their leaves.

birch

birch

5. Though many trees are like this hazel, devoid of any leaves. Still there is something beautiful about bare branches of trees against the sky.

bare

 

6. Wood for the fire – so important on these dark cold nights.

firewood

firewood

 

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Six on Saturday

We are at that period of late autumn when we get the best colours from the trees around us – so that is this weeks six on Saturday.

1. Oak is probably one of my favourite trees. We have a few young oak in our hedgerow and I have planted some acorns we collected a couple of weeks ago.

Oak

Oak

2. The beech hedge is turning from yellow to brown now, and is proving popular with the little birds particularly the blue and coal tits. It’s a great place to hide after you managed to get a whole peanut from the bird feeder!

Beech hedge

Beech hedge

3. Larch grows in the wood that borders the garden.

Larch

Larch

4. I love the way these willow leaves go banana yellow – we had three nights frost earlier in the week and they really start to yellow up after that.

Willow

Willow

5. Lots and lots of rain today – here a dying hazel leaf next to some new shots – a promise of spring to come.

Hazel

Hazel

6. And finally alder seeds – again covered in raindrops.

Alder

Alder

 

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