Wednesday, January 30, 2013

garden design

 Although I haven't done much gardening, I have been spending a few evenings trying to pin down some of the details of the overall garden design, particularly a patio area outside the sun-room doors. It's hard to imagine a time will come when we might actually use such a patio, given that it's about 18 months since we had 2 or more fine days in a row, but surely good weather will come again. I want an area about 4.5 x 4.5 metres.

a possible option for the main patio

the overall site

My material choice is not clear yet. It may well depend on price, but these all have their merits;

precast concrete  with a riven effect, inexpensive and easy to put down

irregular liscannor stone, not too expensive, but slow to put down

a type of concrete cobble stone from Roadstone, quite expensive

indian sandstone, all the rage a few years ago, okay price, but not sure now

Saturday, January 19, 2013


I came across several frogs while cleaning up leaves and debris around old plants in the glasshouse. They were all noticeably plump and healthy looking. I popped them into an untidy corner to allow them continue their hibernation.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Saturday, January 12, 2013

garden the progress in 2012

The years progress is not as much as I would wish, but not bad considering the weather and the amount of time available to me. Still, the general profile has been established and some trees planted. At the moment I am working on a garage door and gates for the main entrance.

the area on the right stretching back will be an orchard

the central area will be a lawn with a pond area centre back started

the path will lead over a bridge and swing to the left to loop back again

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


This peat is stacked on a bog in County Tipperary, cut in large sods, for use in horticulture.
Cut peat stacked on the bog.

Monday, January 7, 2013

evening hills

On a trip around Tipperary & Cork recently the setting sun lit up the hills on a rare clear evening.

Hills in County Tipperary

Hills in County Tipperary

Sun going down in County Cork

Friday, January 4, 2013

cut-away bog swans

These swans have become much more plentiful in this area since this area of bog became partially cut-way in the past 10 years or so. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

bog pines

Scots Pine near Woodford, County Galway

Scots Pine near Birr, County Offaly 

Scots Pine near Cloghan, County Offaly