My First Weekend in the garden and boy was it lovely!

Pulmonaria

Pulmonaria

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.

Primrose

Primrose

There are lovely signs of spring.

Anemone Mr. Fokker

Anemone Mr. Fokker

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).

Anemone

Anemone

I had forgotten that I had some very pink anemone growing in a container.  What a lovely surprise to see them this week!

Anemone

Anemone

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!

Strawberry beds in need of attention

Strawberry beds in need of attention

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).

Hellebores

Hellebores

Our winter garlic is finally up, growing and doing well. And look at that, another strawberry bed in need of attention!  (arg!)

Garlic bed

Garlic bed

Garlic

Garlic

This is the first daffodil in my yard.  It is kind of lonely all on its own. Hopefully the others will be up soon!

Daffodil

Daffodil

I’m so happy to have had time in the garden this weekend! I hope spring has sprung for you, too (or will soon)!

Happy spring!
Dana

In a Vase on Monday: Mr. Fokker Anemone & Primrose in January

Mr. Fokker Anemone & primroses

Mr. Fokker Anemone & primroses

It is cold, wet and windy outside! So goes our January. The wind would knock your socks off!  Nevertheless, the sun has made several appearances so really I shall not complain.

Waterford crystal candle holder with anemone and primrose

Waterford crystal candle holder with anemone and primrose

I took a little break from my blog over the Christmas holiday.  I wasn’t really taking a break from blogging but rather making more time for the family.  I like blogging and was looking forward to getting back to it!  So when the sun was shinning bright on Saturday I decided to run outside and see what I could find for the meme In a Vase on Monday, hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the garden (http://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com).  It was COLD outside!

Mr Fokker Anemone in the garden

Mr Fokker Anemone in the garden

I have loads of Mr Fokker Anemone in the garden. Unfortunately, where they are in the garden doesn’t see the sun until the very end of the day (if at all).  So they are closed up most of the time.  It was lovely to watch them open after being placed in warm water in the candle holder (their vase).

The flowers opened up in the warm water

The flowers opened up in the warm water

The colours are lovely.  I kind of squished the primrose into the vase.  That bright pink is fabulous in the yard.  I have to say they look rather lonely though, as everything around them is pretty much in sleep/winter mode.

In a Vase Fokker 2

The candle holder usually sits in a room which we rarely use. So the only job it has is to collect dust.  I’m glad to put it to better use.

floating flowers

floating flowers

It is always fun to try and be a little creative with what is in the garden and what vase to use.  I hope you’ve enjoyed my In a Vase on Monday post!

bright pink

bright pink

I have to say that it is nice to have flowers in the garden in January.

primrose in the garden

primrose in the garden

I hope you have a good week and that you are nice and warm, wherever you may be!

Peace,
Dana

Winter Blooms in my Irish Garden (An anemone steals the show!)

Mr. Fokker Anemone

Mr. Fokker Anemone

When I think of winter certain things come to mind:  snow, cold temperatures, skiing, sledding, ice skating, hot chocolate!  Living in Ireland has changed that idea a bit for me. Our winters are usually fairly mild, with only a quick cold snap.  Snow is unusual. Cold is cold, but not like what I’d be used to while living in Central New York. And the winter is short. Really short if I look back to my days of having snow around until March!  I do miss the snowy side of winter.  But the tradeoff is having flowers in my garden even in January.

A frozen anemone

A frozen anemone

We had a deep freeze the other day: -5 degrees Celsius. I took some pictures in the morning, and by the afternoon the rain had come and everything thawed out!

First morning light over the frosty field

First morning light over the frosty field

This close-up of the crystals is my favorite

This close-up of the crystals is my favorite

Frosty evergreenToday was yet another mild day, 8 degrees Celsius, and sunny.  I am not complaining, I just hope it has been cold enough to keep the slugs at bay!  My garden has a few flowers which are blooming. The anemone have multiplied over the past few years. They don’t seem to mind that it is January.  Also giving some color in the garden are a few daisies and a black-eyed Susan plant!  I think they are simply confused. The primrose are a lovely bright color. There is also a lot of green in my ditch wall garden from poppies. Lots and lots of poppies!

The day after the frost

The day after the frost

This is flowering in January.

This is flowering in January.

A sunny winter day

A sunny winter day

January in the garden

January in the garden

Dogwood plant

Dogwood plant  has lovely red branches

Our area has really been very fortunate with the weather.  Even just seeing the sun for a bit of the day is refreshing to the soul.

Evening view from the front yard

Evening view from the front yard

The very last rose.

The very last rose.

Do you have any flowers growing in your winter garden?
Happy winter!
Dana

Happy Birthday to me with a Chamaecyparis nootkatensis “Pendula” tree!

Chamaecyparis n. "Pendula".

Chamaecyparis nootkatensis “Pendula”.

The proverb “good things come to those who wait” came to mind as the Yellow Furze nursery delivery truck pulled into our driveway. Ever since taking notice of trees around me; their shapes, colors, sizes, I’ve wanted one of these “droopy” trees.  As it turns out, my neighbor James has a mature Chamaecyparis nootkatensis “Pendula” in his garden. I was able to see what it looks like after 25 years (it is beautiful!).  So for my birthday, which was back in September, I ordered this conical tree.  It just arrived today! I didn’t mind the wait since September, though.  That gave me time to put some newspapers down to kill the grass.  I used our “turtle sandbox” cover on top of the papers to keep them all in place, and to give me the round shape.   My husband kindly dug the hole for the tree.  I love it. I think it fits in perfectly.

Marked area ready to be dug up.

Marked area ready to be dug up.

Another view of my new droopy tree!

My new droopy tree!

My favorite thing about it is the droopy look of the branches.  It has a character all its own!  I don’t mind the small size for now. It will grow in time, and as it does the garden will grow with it.  Such simple pleasures! 🙂

tagged.

Tagged.

The other saying that keeps popping up in my head these days is “Rome wasn’t built in a day”.  Yeah, maybe you can guess that I’ve been working on pulling down the ivy from my Hawthorn trees?  It really is mentally challenging!  The brambles and ivy are completely entwined with the trees and surrounding front and back areas.  I wasn’t sure if I’d find any more of the ditch wall, but surprisingly a few sections of it have been uncovered!

The new (pink!) gloves my kids gave me for Christmas to protect me from the Hawthorn thorns!

The new (pink!) gloves my kids gave me for Christmas to protect me from the Hawthorn thorns! And a view of the back of our trees where all of the brambles & ivy seem to thrive!

I would love to write about how easy it is to pull up the ivy, and cut the brambles, and that the hawthorn “thorns” weren’t sharp at all.  Yeah, except that would be lying. 🙂   For me it is enough that my husband has taken note of the laborious work entailed in freeing up the Hawthorn trees.   If the rest of the row of trees looks as good as the first tree I cleared last year, we’ll be delighted with the results!

Uncovering part of the ditch wall!

Uncovering part of the ditch wall!

Boy do I wish I had a finished “after” photo to show you though!  (This is where I chant “Rome wasn’t built in a day”…)

Looking for some encouragement here ... Go Dana, Go Dana, Go Dana...

Looking for some encouragement here … Go Dana, Go Dana, Go Dana…

A dark day, but we can see through the trees!

A dark day, but we can see through the trees!

And here is what I still have ahead of me :-)

And here is what I still have ahead of me 🙂

This is what keeps me going - The first Hawthorn and section of the ditch wall which I uncovered from ivy.

This is what keeps me going – The first Hawthorn and section of the ditch wall which I uncovered from ivy.

I found a little bit of color in the garden today.  These primroses weren’t recognizable when I moved them into my little “nursery” garden from the front gate garden this past summer.  The slugs *love* primroses!  I threw them into the nursery to see if they’d survive, and it seems they did.  The slugs still enjoy eating them, but at least they are recognizable for the moment.

Primroses.

Primroses.

Primroses.

Primroses.

Primroses.

Primroses, with a bit of a slug signature.

I’m so happy with my little droopy tree (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis “Pendula”)! Yes, I think it is worth waiting for what you really want.  I hope if you’ve been waiting for something special, that it finds its way to you!

Dana