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Organic Gardening

Pests

1 May 2020 It takes a lot to make me cry but with this Clematis Montana Rubens I came close. When I moved here it did not take me long to realise that I was unlikely to be able to grow climbers in a conventional fashion for a long time. Despite the exposure I decided […]

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Weather Events

Blossoms for a challenging environment

13 April 2020 At the moment the rough land surrounding the house is ablaze with two main colours. The vivid yellow of the gorse and the lovely white flowers of the Blackthorn (Prunus Spinosa). The former appears to flower all year round here and although it dies back in the occasional winter, it seems unperturbed […]

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Weather Events

All changed, changed utterly

Saturday,  4 April 2020 Roaringwater Bay, the tiny dot just above the top island on the left is the famous Fastnet lighthouse W.B. Yeats wrote the famous lines – see blog title – in his poem Easter 1916 and they seem apt at the moment. It is hard to comprehend the changes that have taken […]

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Organic Gardening

Living Sculptures

6 March 2020 Windswept tree near Clifden, Connemara My success with growing vegetables has been rather hit and miss over the years. Until last year I was always able to produce a good crop of potatoes and enough onions to last me for the year. My leeks have been less consistent and my Brussel sprouts […]

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Weather Events

Wild and Willowy

29 February 2020 Storm Jorge I have just found a new way of passing the time during a storm which is fierce enough to persuade me to stay at home i.e., practicing my new found ‘skills’ in willow work. One of the advantages of this work is that electricity is not required. I am also […]

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Weather Events

Fenced In

Storm Dennis – 14 February 2020 The above photograph of Roaringwater Bay was taken from my window during the height of Storm Dennis. Skeam West island is in the foreground and you can just see the waves on the cliffs of Cape Clear in the background. There were times when the waves almost reached the […]

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Spring Weather Events

Storms and more storms

25 January 2020 I am always slightly reluctant to feed the birds each winter as I don’t want them to become dependent on humans for food. I have been trying to build up hedgerows around the perimeter of the garden to provide both food and shelter for them all year round. However, there is not […]

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Spring

Fighting furry fiends

Monday 20 January This morning I carried out my daily ritual of walking around the garden to search for the hidden gems that remind me that winter will soon be over. This is in spite of the fact that I was bundled in a warm coat, gloves and hat and had to keep moving to […]

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Weather Events

Storms, Mice and Christmas Trees

4 January 2020 My Christmas tree is growing! Many years ago, I decided that I could not justify cutting down a tree for Christmas despite the fact that I consider them an integral part of the season. I tried buying a tree in a pot, but soon realized that (a) if I used one each […]

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Weather Events

Storm Atiyah

10 December 2019 As I sit here in the aftermath of Storm Atiyah I am mentally preparing for the most common, and least pleasant, gardening task that I have had to carry out since moving to the South West of Ireland: checking for storm damage. The pre-storm ritual of making sure that nothing can fly […]