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A Cold Spell

Friday, 15 March 2013 12:21 Published in Garden Blog
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Well that has been a cold spell as low as minus 5 Celsius at night; the wind chill some days was so bad. Warming up a bit now again, thank goodness.

Some plants are showing the signs of the cold weather a few tips burned but nothing too serious I think.

Lots happening in the glasshouses at the moment Peaches in flower, will need help with pollination soon. Seedlings emerging also. Even though it has been cold it has been dry and sunny too so the glasshouses built up some heat during the day.

Out in the vegetable garden some growth too. Rhubarb is looking good and mysteriously rows of parsnips have emerged, we thought the slugs had eaten these last year (imagine false accusations against slugs).

Herbaceous border staying quiet at the moment very small bit of growth. Birds and squirrel are really feeding continuously from feeders these days hard to keep them filled.

Happy Saint Patricks Day.

Scent in the Garden

Monday, 04 March 2013 12:39 Published in Garden Blog
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Lots of Spring bulbs are beginning to show their colour now in the Walled garden I would say in a few weeks time they should be in full bloom. The Hellebores are still in full flower also.

However I feel that any plant that provides scent at this time of year is worth its weight in gold. One such plant in full flower at the moment is Daphne mezereum a truly wonderful shrub, beautiful lilac flowers along the stems and the sweetest most delicate scent.

Work is ongoing in all areas of the Walled Garden; rotavating is starting in the vegetable garden, ground lovely and dry at the moment and still a bit of frost at night to help break up any clumps.

The Glasshouses have received a disinfecting and sowing has begun. We have begun a programme of sowing concentrating on perennials should help fill out any bare patches in the Herbaceous Border.

Out in the woods birds and Red squirrels are emptying the feeders continuously great to see this. Getting ready for The Strokestown Park Easter Egg Hunt and Family Fun Day in the Walled Gardens on Easter Sunday should be a great day like last year.

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