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Rhubarb Crumble???

Friday, 29 June 2012 12:52 Published in Garden Blog

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Rhubarb Crumble?????

Great weather?? Well even though the weather has been fairly bad to say the least a lot has gone on in the Walled Gardens our bedding display is planted out and so far it is true rabbits do not like Marigolds. The Sweet Pea are out too all a bit shocked by the heavy rain. This is really ideal weather for Slugs and also a few very humid days so Potato Blight is always a worry. We are using copper based organic Slug Pellets and the potatoes have been sprayed with Bordeaux Mixture (blue stone & washing soda). The woodlands are looking great too the pieces of Sculpture, for The Roscommon Schools Sculpture Competition, have settled in nicely. At the moment there is lots of rhubarb coming into The Woodland Walk Cafe in Strokestown Park so some lovely Rhubarb Crumble and Tarts being made. The image this week was taken by one of our visitors (Tony Carton from Celbridge) and it shows how the walled Gardens abounds with all sorts of Wildlife. Great picture thank you Tony.

Rhubarb Crumble???

Friday, 29 June 2012 12:52 Published in Garden Blog

Dragon_fly_walled_gardens

Rhubarb Crumble?????

Great weather?? Well even though the weather has been fairly bad to say the least a lot has gone on in the Walled Gardens our bedding display is planted out and so far it is true rabbits do not like Marigolds. The Sweet Pea are out too all a bit shocked by the heavy rain. This is really ideal weather for Slugs and also a few very humid days so Potato Blight is always a worry. We are using copper based organic Slug Pellets and the potatoes have been sprayed with Bordeaux Mixture (blue stone & washing soda). The woodlands are looking great too the pieces of Sculpture, for The Roscommon Schools Sculpture Competition, have settled in nicely. At the moment there is lots of rhubarb coming into The Woodland Walk Cafe in Strokestown Park so some lovely Rhubarb Crumble and Tarts being made. The image this week was taken by one of our visitors (Tony Carton from Celbridge) and it shows how the walled Gardens abounds with all sorts of Wildlife. Great picture thank you Tony.

Rabbits, Rabbits & More Rabbits

Friday, 15 June 2012 09:50 Published in Garden Blog

 

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Rabbits, Rabbits and More Rabbits.

The weather is not being kind to the walled gardens or to the woodlands. Beds flooded, perennials being knocked over and trees losing limbs. But we will survive. The border is doing its best to stand up to these conditions it is holding off on a lot of its flowering at the moment , the minute we get a really good spell (which should be very soon) it will burst into flower. All of the pieces of sculpture are now in place on the woodland walk for the Roscommon Schools Sculpture Competition everybody should try to get out to see what the students have created and vote for your favourite piece. The winning school gets €3500 sponsored by Investec Bank. Well the rabbits are causing havoc as cute as they are they have become a nuisance. They actually went into the glasshouse to dig under tomato plants, crazy. We are trying strips of carpet soaked in Jeyes fluid as a barrier(kept well away from the plants of course) at the moment and it is working so far. If anyone has any other ideas, apart from the obvious, we would be delighted to hear them. Our annuals are ready for the bedding display just hoping for right conditions now for planting out. The really Great news is that Broomhilda the beauty queen of all scarecrows is back in the vegetable garden looking more glamorous than ever (in this picture she reminds me slightly of Jedward).

Lots Happening in the Woodlands & Walled Gardens

Friday, 01 June 2012 16:09 Published in Garden Blog

 

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Lots going on in the woodlands

All of the pieces of sculpture are in place now for the Roscommon Schools Sculpture Competition and voting begins on Tuesday 5th June. Really great work again by all who have taken part this year. Make sure you get over and visit. One of my favourite plants is in flower in the woods at the moment - Foxgloves, there is one clump that we were very careful about while putting in the path and it is in full bloom at the moment. I hope you like the photo. Earlier today as I was  out putting posts up for the sculpture comp I came across a red squirrel using one of the squirrel feeders, this is great they are really getting used to people these days. I took a photo with my phone but it would not upload, maybe next week. The walled gardens are colouring up nicely the herbaceous border is getting a major weeding these days and last few veg plants going out. Rabbits are now becoming comical you go into the garden and they just sit looking at you, it’s their garden. They think! The croquet club are doing really well, nice to hear the whack of a croquet mallet and ball on a sunny day. Enjoy your Bank Holiday weekend.

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