What better way to show off the sun than by capturing some lovely crocus in the park at DCU?
Happy Sunny Day!
Hmmm, I am wondering how I somehow sneak back into blogland after not posting anything for three months? Do I just jump back in and pretend I’ve been here all along??? Or maybe I list the five million reasons why I haven’t been able to blog??? No, I think I’ll start with:
I have REALLY missed taking pictures and blogging!!!
O.K., now to my list of excuses 🙂 Suffice it to say that working, coaching, parenting kids who swim and Irish dance, and traveling 700 miles a week has kept me out of the garden. But it has been during this time when I couldn’t be on my blog that I discovered how much I truly enjoy working on my blog, and I really miss it. So once again, I will do my best to stay on top of my garden and reporting all things beautiful to you (while hopefully maintaining a level of sanity)!
What could be more beautiful than the greens from bulbs pushing their way out of the soil? I see this as new signs of life and hope for all things beautiful to come! I can even ignore all of the weeds and ONLY see the new greens from the bulbs … because why spoil something so exciting?
Look at the stones in my soil! I clear them away all the time, and new ones appear. Ha! The same thing happens with the weeds!
I bought this lovely “Winter Sunshine” Hellebore last year. The flowers are really pretty!
Have I mentioned our weather to you? I titled today’s blog “February brings spring to Ireland … sorta” because the weather we have been having is more “winter storm-like” than spring-like. We haven’t gone more than a day without rain, and I mean a lot of rain. The bad weather has been relentless since November. November! We’ve had major (rain & wind) storm after storm after storm. The funny thing about Ireland is, though, that the sun will peek out for a short amount of time every now and then… just enough to keep us from going completely crazy. Good thing!
O.K., now I have a picture that could win a prize for “Worst Garden Ever” due to the bed being completely taken over by grass. This is why you should never have a wild flower garden where you really want a proper flower bed. Lesson learned!
I definitely know that anything can be achieved by starting small. Just look at any of my gardening projects and you’ll know I have patience and perseverance. But this bed has me running for any other job in the garden! I’m hoping one of these days I’ll just dive in and dig up that grass (again)!!!
Elsewhere in the garden… My weeping Cypress Nootka is well settled in now. I simply love it.
Almost directly across from my Weeping Cypress Nootka is my newest tree, an Abies Koreana. It shouldn’t grow too big, and has a lovely “Christmas tree” shape. We grow our garden one tree/plant at a time!
The color in my ditch wall garden is really striking at the moment, don’t you think?
I probably have too many pictures of my anemone, but I love the color they provide in the winter and very early spring months!
It was so lovely sharing my garden with you. I hope you enjoyed it, too!
I hope that no matter what the weather is where you are that you are able to enjoy it! … and I also hope that the rain in Ireland eases up a bit so we can enjoy more time in the garden!
Happy Winter/Spring! 🙂
Given that I had a vase of flowers from the garden, I could hardly let my Monday go by without contributing to Cathy’s meme “In a Vase on Monday”! Thank you Cathy, of Rambling in the garden https://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/in-a-vase-on-monday-in-your-own-hands/ , for hosting such a fun meme! Pop on over to Cathy’s blog to see some great ideas for creating arrangements from what is in the garden now from gardens all around the world!
These parrot tulips are new flowers for me. We planted them last fall, and they have provided a lovely pop of colour in the garden.
They are rather unusual, or shall I say “sloppy”? Yes, I’m sorry, I think they are rather sloppy the way they open up and seem to almost hang with their arms wide open! I still like them, I just find them rather … odd?
Their petals have a fringe to them, too, just to make sure they are completely different looking to other tulips! 😉
My second vase is filled with flowers that were either on the ground, or I cut them because they were on their way out…
Lovely colours, even if a bit tattered looking!
I’m loving that I had enough tulips to cut for a vase. I *still* struggle with cutting flowers from the garden! It’s not so bad if they are nearly gone though.
I’ll finish with one more look at a most unusual tulip…
Are you smiling? I hope so! I had a little fun with this “In a Vase on Monday” post. I came across these cute puppets last week when I was deep cleaning our playroom (read: went through all of the toys to get rid of what wasn’t played with anymore). I’m hopeless though, and only a few things were actually taken away. Items like these cute puppets were just squished into higher-up cabinets to have on hand for little visitors. (Did ya like that pun?) Somehow, thankfully, the room did end up tidied and I found some props for my post!
I really can’t believe it is nearing the end of March. The weather was true to the expression: it was crazy at the beginning of the month and it has thankfully calmed down (enough to garden at least!).
We have collected quite a few different varieties of daffodils over the past few years and I am really liking all of them!
The small daffodils (Velocity) I bought from Mr. Middleton’s Garden Shop in Dublin. The catalogue describes them perfectly: early dwarf daffodil with deep yellow strongly reflexed petals and an orange red corona. So true!
I have only one pink anemone, but I thought it was stunning so I had to add it. It is my favourite colour of pink! Just one little bloom for the vase. This little guy is planted in a container. He did really well last year, and I’m delighted to see flowers again this year. I’ve read that the anemone will do better after several years. Lovely news!
We have been so lucky to have good weather on the weekends. I have so enjoyed working in the garden! The sunny days help to inspire creating an arrangement.
I was rather surprised to have enough for an arrangement. If you looked at the yard you’d wonder where the flowers came from, they are spread all around, not really making an impact just yet (except for the purple anemones as they have been making an impact all winter.)
The Mr Fokker Anemone fade to a light purple as they age. They start a lovely deep, dark purple.
I missed quite a few ‘In a Vase on Monday’ postings this winter. I have to say it is nice to be back at it again. I hope you will also join us! Cathy at Rambling in the Garden https://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/in-a-vase-on-monday-between-sweet-williams-two-lips/ hosts this fun (read: addictive) meme. You will see some lovely arrangements when you stop by!
What a wonderful weekend I had in the garden! The weather was perfectly spring like. There was so much weeding and cleaning up to do it was a bit overwhelming at first. Ever feel that way? All I could do was start with one little job at a time.
There are lovely signs of spring.
I also had some new plants to plant, and others to move around the yard. My husband is very good and does the planting for me, even the movings around of plants (sometimes more than once).
I had forgotten that I had some very pink anemone growing in a container. What a lovely surprise to see them this week!
Our strawberry plants are in a mess. You should really clean up the plants around September. Some how our schedules got in the way of our gardening last fall. So we are now in the process of cleaning them up and what a job it is!
I cut back all of the green leaves of my Hellebores. Some of their leaves were turning black and it wasn’t pretty. They have been flowering all winter, so if you are looking for a winter blooming plant, this is definitely one to get (and so many colours to choose from).
Our winter garlic is finally up, growing and doing well. And look at that, another strawberry bed in need of attention! (arg!)
This is the first daffodil in my yard. It is kind of lonely all on its own. Hopefully the others will be up soon!
I’m so happy to have had time in the garden this weekend! I hope spring has sprung for you, too (or will soon)!
Wordless Wednesday: oh how I love posting pictures just for fun!
I took these pictures in December on a cold but beautifully sunny day. The sun sits so low this time of year that shadows are unavoidable.
I made this cake for my niece’s 10th birthday. She picked the colour icing and the “white” cake (she didn’t want chocolate!). I tried something a little different with my favourite white cake recipe by adding peppermint extract. It was a love it or hate it reaction! I really liked it. 🙂
For those of you who are always looking for a good cake recipe, here is the link to my favourite: http://iambaker.net/the-perfect-white-cake/ Seriously, it is super moist and always comes out lovely!
I love this textured pottery cup and saucer. It is from Japan.
There. Finished. and I didn’t use too many words. sorta.
Happy Wednesday! It is blustery cold here. I hope wherever you are in the world that you are nice and warm!
We moved into our home four years ago. My husband and I really like living in the country, and our home suits us just right. The yard was more or less a blank canvas for us, except for the established lavender garden. What a treat! Lavender! So pretty to look at, and a scent to match that beauty!
Our first summer here, one of my sisters-in-law suggested I dry the lavender. I’ve been drying it and finding different things to do with it ever since. I have really grown to love it. It is so fragrant that I don’t even need to brush past it to enjoy the scent; it is already wafting in the air. It truly is a relaxing fragrance too.
Someone with so much lavender in their yard surely has to do something creative with it! I surprised myself last year with the number of lavender wands I made. The colors of the ribbons I used to weave the lavender were so pretty to work with.
I shouldn’t forget the wreath, either. I was really delighted with how it came out. This year I just haven’t had the time to spend on crafts, unfortunately. That is a huge unfortunately, because I really enjoy making things with my hands.
There is still a bit of time left to work with the lavender, so I just might get something made. This past week I have been cutting some of it to dry for bouquets. (All is definitely not lost!)
If you would like to try your hand at making lavender wands, you can have a look at my post from last year: https://mominthegarden.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/lavender-wands-my-first-lavender-wreath/
Even after working long days, it has been so wonderful to go into the garden and cut lavender. The lavender I just planted last year was the first in need of cutting. I can’t believe how much it grew! Lavandula angustifolia Lavender. It was just a bit bluer than my established lavender, and the blooms were a bit thinner, too. But still beautiful.
I bet you didn’t think I could pose this many pictures of lavender, now did you? Even the different times of day give it a different appearance!
I loved how the lavender gave some pretty color to our fruit and vegetable garden. I was sad to cut the color away…
And that is the story of my lavender this season! I hope you have enjoyed seeing all of my pictures. I wish I could share the beautiful scent with you too! Maybe one day we’ll have the technology to do that. 🙂
And you probably thought I was kidding, didn’t you? … So this is the story of friends getting together to enjoy each other’s company, share gardening stories, and have a walk about our gardens. “Tour” is such a formal word. We were among friends and there was laughter, a relaxed atmosphere, and it was a very enjoyable day! Oh, and yes, that tower is in a fabulous garden.
The organizer of everything wonderful is my dear friend Susan. She has such a wealth of knowledge, and knows tons about plants too! I couldn’t ask for a better friend. We laughed when I took this picture because I love the painting above her head. It was a very sly way of me capturing both. 🙂
I love pottery. Isn’t this purple design lovely? We enjoyed coffee (or tea) and homemade scones at the start of our visit.
Susan’s garden is amazing. There is a great deal of beautiful stone work in addition to the tower! It has a very welcoming feel all around. I found it difficult to capture it in pictures, try as I may. Even though you might not get the entire feel of the garden, I think you will enjoy seeing bits and pieces as captured through my lens.
It was a full morning just at Susan’s house! I will save the pictures from Debbie’s and Gio’s garden for another post. I’m grateful for my friends, and that they share their love of gardening with me.
Happy gardening (even better with a friend)!
Now that is a horrible picture to start a blog post with! And actually, that is not even (exactly) “in the beginning”. That picture is the year after I bought my hydrangea Selma. I had to dig it up and help the soil a bit. The poor hydrangea was not happy. Even with digging it up and helping the soil, it took last year for it to really settle in! Last year the plant looked nice and healthy, but didn’t have any blooms. Thankfully, this year is going much, much better!
And here are two pictures of the plant when I bought it in August 2010. I prefer what it looks like today 🙂
Another “Dana version” of Wordless Wednesday! Here is a link to what we did to the soil to help the health of the hydrangea, if you’d like to read about that: https://mominthegarden.wordpress.com/2012/10/18/hydrangea-selmas-new-life/
I’m so glad I had the chance to share all of my hydrangea pictures!
I should really challenge myself to actually post with no words… But what fun is that? 🙂
I was away from my country living today, and was in and around Dublin for the day. Being one to always be on the lookout for flowers and gardens, it struck me how many home gardens I saw. Gardens in very, very small spaces and with beautiful flowers! It was clear that no matter the size or location, the gardens were well tended and cared for; all throughout the Dublin area. The predominant flower was definitely roses. There wasn’t one color in particular that stood out, but rather, every color was represented. It was such a treat to see! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take any pictures (and you know I would have if I could have!).
This evening my son had a Gaelic football match in a nearby village. I think it would be safe to say that it was “in the country”. I was no less impressed on our drive there with the fantastic gardens in the front yards of houses. It is lovely how attentive people are to their gardens. I really like getting glimpses into different gardens, ideas, and flowers, especially when I’m not driving! 🙂
What a lovely day I’ve had. It was nice to really appreciate all that was around me. I still get moments of “wow, I live in Ireland”!
But mostly, I get feelings of “wow, I really like my garden”…
It is a work in progress. But it is all a labor of love.
I hope there is a beautiful garden near you to make you smile! Or at least, I hope a glimpse into my garden will make you smile 🙂