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Rescued bullfinch

Hey stack!

Ode to Millet and Zirtec…

It is becoming increasingly more difficult to work on blog posts as the 9yr old seems to have become an expert computer user overnight. This also means that any spare energy I have is used up trying to get the 9yr old off of the computer and into the garden — a battle I am surely losing. Other than that, all has been well.


Just like I like it, overgrown and messy

The garden has been looking well despite my inability to make myself weed. It looked especially well around solstice time: big, happy, un-black spotty roses (unsprayed as well); fabulous clouds of purple flowers on the herbs which have really reached their peak; catmint abuzz; giant scabious swaying; astrantia looking regal and glowing as the sun sets.

Two lips

Here’s something from earlier this year.

Earlier in the year the bulbs were all amazing. It’s been so long since I’ve posted that I didn’t even get to share the photos I took of the beautiful tulips and daffodils. They were lovely and the spring was mild, though the warmer weather then took its time in coming and seemed to forget about end of April/beginning of May altogether.


Veg in the tunnel.

I spent a good deal of time earlier this year getting the veg in the tunnel sown and planted out. I made a trip home to America just at the time of year when all of those time-consuming veg chores need to be done. In a way, it was a good thing because it made me focus on the task at hand and I got things done quickly. Happy to say that most things survived the big red lad’s decidedly ungreen fingers.

Tomayto Tomahto

Miss Olivade.

I’m thinking of doing a Wordless Wednesday post this week as I have lots of photos I’d like to post that are nice to look at and don’t require me to blather on about them. Until then, enjoy the sunshine when you can!

Sometimes I feel like I spend more of my weeding time on paths than I do on beds. But then again, sometimes you get the nicest of surprises that sprout up on paths, especially if you have gravel paths which seem to be the perfect seed incubation site. Here’s a nice little Sedum seedling. I have a few around the place. I’ll remove this one from the gravel and pot it up to be re-homed most likely next spring.

Sedum seedling

Sedum seedling

My best self-sower is Verbena bonariensis. It could almost be called a weed if it weren’t so nice and so share-able. Every year I give away pots of the stuff. It creates a veritable forest and is covered with butterflies on sunny days.

Verbena bonariensis forest

Verbena bonariensis forest

Another nice little surprise I often find is Knautia macedonica. It is the favourite colour of course and fills a space nicely. It can get a bit floppy but, then again, can’t we all?

Knautia macedonica seedling

Knautia macedonica seedling

I worked a bit at the Big Garden last weekend. The rose beds were edged (three and a half hours later and with a gimped back). They look ok. I had to prune out most of the colour as the petals were dropping, but happily the dahlias (which were planted in the red bed to make up for the fact that the red roses were so pathetic) look absolutely fabulous. I don’t know the variety but they are ace. See for yourself.


Dahlias in the red rose bed

The big flower border needs edging (again) and general weeding and cutting back needs to happen. Hopefully I will be able to do a couple of hours tomorrow. The Little Garden really needs my attention but I’ll have to try and spread the love.

Here’s a nice way to end. Finally, a summer that has allowed for a pumpkin to grow outside in the west of Ireland. Here’s the progress so far:


Pumpkin at the Little Garden

Next time… a few new plants to show off, plus lots and lots of bees and flying varmints.