Do you see what I see?

stay tuned for this view in bloom...

stay tuned for this view in bloom…

My husband and I work for two different entities that are both located at Dublin City University.  We walk around the same grounds and, technically, we see the same things.  It turns out though, that we see completely differently what is right in front of both of us.  Funny how that is.  🙂

Looking at the back of the DCU front entrance

Looking at the back of the DCU front entrance

lovely rows of plants

lovely rows of plants

I tend to look at the trees, shrubs, flowers, and whether the environment feels inviting.  It’s no secret that those things bring me joy, so I seek them out.  My husband, not so much.

I guess I like to see things neat and orderly

I guess I like to see things neat and orderly

This whole conversation came about when I asked my husband if he liked how the crocus were planted among the daffodils, as we walked past them.  Maybe you can guess his response:  “What crocus?”  followed by “and what daffodils?”.  These flowers are in front of the Nurses building where we often meet for lunch.  I love the combination!  How did he not *see* them?

Crocus among the daffodils

Crocus among the daffodils

A non-close-up view of the crocus/daffodil combination

A non-close-up view of the crocus/daffodil combination in front of the nurses building.

I love the tall structure of the evergreens along the pathway.

the other side of the pathway near the Nurses building

the other side of the pathway near the Nurses building while the picture below is from the other side of the other side!

Looking out towards the tall structured evergreens

A boxwood oval formation with rocks and shaped boxwood inside the figure.  Hmmm, interesting look?

I really like the grounds at DCU.   I love seeing flowers.  I think they create an inviting atmosphere no matter where they are.

Near the front reception of DCU

Near the front reception of DCU

If there is “sun” in the weather forecast I throw my camera in my bag, because you just never know what you might see on your lunch-time walk.

ornamental cabbage in the park

ornamental cabbage in the park

Take this ornamental cabbage, for example!  What a pleasant surprise to see this in the park.  I must try growing these at some stage because it is wonderful to have some color in the garden at this time of year.

color in the garden with ornamental cabbage and primrose

color in the garden with ornamental cabbage and primrose

purple ornamental cabbage

purple ornamental cabbage

The loop around the park is a wonderful walk during lunch break.  It is peaceful and beautiful.

I see structure

I see structure among the trees…

But if you look closely underneath the trees, you will see these lovely crocus:

crocus under the trees

crocus under the trees

a bit of a curved yellow formation

a bit of a curved yellow formation

deep purple are my favorite

the deep purple colored crocus are my favorite

white crocus

white crocus

wild life ;-)

wild life 😉

an Irish robin in the park

an Irish robin in the park

The tete-a-tete were just starting to bloom when I took these pictures last week.

tete-a-tete (dwarf daffodil) with one anemone

tete-a-tete (dwarf daffodil) with one anemone

tete-a-tete and hyacinth

tete-a-tete and a hyacinth whose leaves have seen better days…

DCU woodlands ... sort of

DCU woodlands … sort of

I call the above picture “anticipation”!  So much bloomin’ potential!

crocus in the park at DCU

crocus in the park at DCU … I love the play of sunlight.

I hope you enjoyed “seeing what I see” while walking around DCU.

In peace,
Dana

There is so much more to this picture than just a building. Do you see the hedges, trees, monument, paving???

There is so much more to this picture than just a building. Do you see the two layers of hedges, tree lines, monument, paving?  😉

An Irish Robin, a Stone wall, and a February look at the garden!

An Irish Robin.

An Irish Robin in a Hawthorn tree.

We have been enjoying the most glorious weather lately.  There is a definite spring in everyone’s step that wasn’t there during the dark days of winter!  What a pleasure to be in the garden on such sunny days.  I’ve been pulling up ivy and brambles (haha! the never ending job!), and then loosening up the soil.  I’m happy to have extended the flower bed in front of the ditch wall for this growing season!  Now deciding on which flowers to plant might be just as difficult as was preparing the bed.  There are so many flowers that I want to have!   And that, my dear friends, is what keeps me motivated to keep pulling the ivy and brambles.   🙂

Clearing a new flower bed.

Clearing a new flower bed.

A closer look.

A closer look.

It doesn’t look like much, does it?  But that one section took ages to clear.  Those ivy roots run deep!

It certainly is a process.

It certainly is a process.

O.K., this ugly picture is just to get some sympathy!  That is what it looked like beforehand, and what the rest of the row looks like!

O.K., this ugly picture is just to get some sympathy! That is what it looked like beforehand, and what the rest of the row looks like! Yuck!

I was delighted to be joined in my work by a couple of very friendly robins.  I was surprised by how close they came to me, and that they stayed with me while I pulled out ivy.  They weren’t bothered by our cat Lucy, either, who was sitting nearby.  Thankfully, she is a better mouser than bird catcher.

The robin coming very close to where I was working.

The Irish robin is much smaller than the American Robin.

Too cute!

Too cute!

Robin on the compost.

Robin on the compost.

Tackling the ivy is something I can only do in small doses.  So to break things up, I took another look at the rock wall I was making as a border in front of the ditch wall.   I really like the stones.  My husband has honestly told me that he is not fond of the wall here.  It’s possibly too much to have more stones in front of the ditch wall.  I’m keeping an open mind while I put it together.   I love the puzzle aspect of it; finding the perfect stone for each place.  I’m making it sturdy enough to be walked on (because I know that little feet will invariably be walking on it!).  My problem is that I love stones with a rounded shape to them, and I find them harder to work into the wall.  For the most part though, it is flat along the top, which I think works well.   I’ve been visiting the fields around me to gather all sorts of stones (with permission from the farmers first, of course! They really do laugh at my requests at this stage!).   The entire process of gathering, sorting, and building the wall is what I find rewarding.   Who needs to go to the gym when you can haul rocks?

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A rock wall in the making.

A rock wall in the making.

The rock wall (so far).

As for the rest of the garden, there isn’t too much going on. My husband planted some raspberry canes which our neighbor James kindly gave to us.  I am patiently waiting for my husband to finish tidying up the new raised beds. One of our apple trees is now too close to one of the beds, so that will have to be moved.  I really appreciate my husbands help in the garden.  It’s just a pity there weren’t more hours to our weekends!

New raised beds (raspberry canes on the left).

February View of the Garden.  New raised beds (raspberry canes on the left).

Pulmonaria.

Pulmonaria.

I had forgotten how wonderful the sun is!  It was a long time since we’d seen it.  There are just a few flowers in the garden, and they were delighted with the change in weather!

London Pride.

London Pride.

Sunny days, and brighter evenings – what more could I ask for?
Happy end of February!

Dana