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Post by Rocker » Tue Feb 21, 2012 2:59 pm

I'm almost afraid to start this topic! BUT is anyone interested in gardening not the Botanic type just the pottering around weeding, cutting, sitting. I have just come in from cutting the back garden grass for the first time this season and all life is springing up. I spend most of my days pottering around doing a couple of friends gardens etc and am learning as I go. Maybe there are some experts out there who can share tips.


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Re: Gardening

Post by Holla » Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:59 pm

Good idea rocker all the plants seem to be in full bloom very early this year ,I was just looking at the grass in my back garden and thinking Iam going to have to give it a cut the garden is fairly long I would love to win one of those make overs you see on the tele.



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Post by Rocker » Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:30 pm

Holla,

Looks like just you and me with the green fingers so far. Not to be deterred did yall know that the number 4 bus from outside the Blue Pool takes you over to the Botanic Gardens. Shame on me, but, I was never there till I retired last year and we went on the 4. It is anawesome place, much better than I thought it would be. Great restaurant and snack bar, little shop, marvellous friendly gardners who had time to talk and give tips. Free entrance well worth a visit. Good access for wheelchairs etc very small car parking area.


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Re: Gardening

Post by Gulliver » Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:08 am

Hey Holla
Just a few hundred yards from the No 4 terminus at this end we have a nice wee garden. I do the digging, weeding etc. SWMBO does the selecting, design, watering. We like to do curving paths, raised edges, hanging baskets, an arch or two, a bridge over nothing, lots of colour. Grass was so long that I cut it a week or two ago.. it's in good condition for the time of year... a little moss but less than most years.. nothing that a bit of heavy raking/scarifying followed by an application of combined fertiliser/moss killer won't sort out.. so we would hope to have really lush grass as usual. Honeysuckles, etc absolutely thriving, confused by the mild weather....lots of dwarf daffs fully blooming.

Bus service No 4 (Monkstown Ave-Harristown)to Botanics is wonderful - absolutely punctual every quarter hour (weekdays), half hour (Saturdays), every hour on the half-hour (Sundays)


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Re: Gardening

Post by Strum » Wed Feb 22, 2012 3:01 pm

Me too Rocker. Went out last year twice because it was so cool and I didn't get to see everything the first time.
Free in, free guides, clean toilets, lovely restaurant, nice friendly knowledgeable helpful staff. Highly recommended. :D
I don't know if you can see these photos on facebook but try the links anyway.
You should be able to see them because my profile is set to public. Let me know if you can't thanks. :D


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Re: Gardening

Post by Denis Cromie » Wed Feb 22, 2012 3:41 pm

I enjoy the garden but I'm afraid I'm a bit on the lazyside and only go into it to keep down the weeds.
That site Strum, came up as unavailable. Always loved the Botanic Gardens,the last time I was there they had a few red squirrels. I wonder are they still there.



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Post by Strum » Wed Feb 22, 2012 4:19 pm

Thanks Denis. I'll try sort it out. Well worth it for the photos...even if I say so myself. :D



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Re: Gardening

Post by Enviro500 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:26 pm

Denis,
You can come and have my Squirrels, There are at least eight of the buggers in my back garden and they are a bloody nuisance, eating the Birds nuts etc..

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Re: Gardening

Post by Holla » Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:06 pm

I went to the gardens last year the greenhouse with all its colour and excotic plants are amazing but my favorite was the hankerchief tree it looks just like an ordinary tree with hundreds of kleenex tissues hanging from its branches ,well worth a trip



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Post by Strum » Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:02 pm

As soon as I read that I knew the very one. This it Holla? :D



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Post by Holla » Thu Feb 23, 2012 3:22 am

Thats the very one its a beauty and unusual :)



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Re: Gardening

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Re: Gardening

Postby Enviro500 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:26 pm
Denis,
You can come and have my Squirrels, There are at least eight of the buggers in my back garden and they are a bloody nuisance, eating the Birds nuts etc..

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If they are Red, Enviro treasure them,they are becoming an endangered species due to the Grey ones invading their habitats.



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Post by Gulliver » Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:06 pm

My sweet Pea looking out the window this morning - soon they must move out
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Re: Gardening

Post by Gulliver » Mon Feb 27, 2012 12:27 pm

Aldi next Thur (1 Mar) has a brush which is great if you have paving. I have one which I bought a few years ago - one of the most successful tools I've bought in years. Find it here http://www.aldi.ie/ie/html/offers/speci ... _20698.htm


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Post by Strum » Mon Feb 27, 2012 12:35 pm

That looks handy. :D



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Post by Rocker » Mon Feb 27, 2012 2:06 pm

Great tip Gulliver thanks. I got a long handled tree lopper a few years from them for a fiver and have never been able to find one there again. It is invaluable also. Saw them in sime main stream shops for thirty euro!


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Post by spudseamus » Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:59 am

Enviro500 wrote:Denis,
You can come and have my Squirrels, There are at least eight of the buggers in my back garden and they are a bloody nuisance, eating the Birds nuts etc..

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How do they keep the birds on their backs long enough?? :shock:



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Re: Gardening

Post by Enviro500 » Tue Feb 28, 2012 2:19 pm

Denis Cromie wrote:Re: Gardening

Postby Enviro500 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:26 pm
Denis,
You can come and have my Squirrels, There are at least eight of the buggers in my back garden and they are a bloody nuisance, eating the Birds nuts etc..

Enviro
If they are Red, Enviro treasure them,they are becoming an endangered species due to the Grey ones invading their habitats.
Denis,
They are the grey buggers and bloody pests.
I even get the odd ADDER in the compost bin as it is warm, so I do not put my hand in there, My neighbour's girl got a nasy bite a few years ago and needed a Stoke Mandeville visit...O.K afterwards



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Re: Gardening

Post by Enviro500 » Tue Feb 28, 2012 2:20 pm

Enviro500 wrote:
Denis Cromie wrote:Re: Gardening

Postby Enviro500 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:26 pm
Denis,
You can come and have my Squirrels, There are at least eight of the buggers in my back garden and they are a bloody nuisance, eating the Birds nuts etc..

Enviro
If they are Red, Enviro treasure them,they are becoming an endangered species due to the Grey ones invading their habitats.
Denis,
They are the grey buggers and bloody pests.
I even get the odd ADDER in the compost bin as it is warm, so I do not put my hand in there, My neighbour's girl got a nasy bite a few years ago and needed a Stoke Mandeville visit...O.K afterwards
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Re: Gardening

Post by Denis Cromie » Tue Feb 28, 2012 4:22 pm

Enviro,it just goes to show you how lucky we were to have St. Patrick living over here. I wonder would he ever come back and banish them pesky grey squirrells. :lol:



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Re: Gardening

Post by Enviro500 » Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:37 pm

Denis,

Funnily enough, our resident Adder has laid eggs in the Composter and I plan to bring some 'Snakeens' over in May as, "Pilgrim Adders". if you like
it might encourage a mass return to "MASS" on Sundays...
St Paddy put to the test if you like...
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Post by spudseamus » Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:28 pm

Denis Cromie wrote:Enviro,it just goes to show you how lucky we were to have St. Patrick living over here. I wonder would he ever come back and banish them pesky grey squirrells. :lol:

But he was the only one seein' the snakes!! :D



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Post by Denis Cromie » Wed Feb 29, 2012 3:52 pm

spudseamus wrote:
Denis Cromie wrote:Enviro,it just goes to show you how lucky we were to have St. Patrick living over here. I wonder would he ever come back and banish them pesky grey squirrells. :lol:

But he was the only one seein' the snakes!! :D
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Re: Gardening

Post by Rocker » Thu Mar 01, 2012 2:17 pm

Denis

What will they of little faith celebrate on the 17th. We will all be out drinking to Arthur oh no! St Patrick I meant to say and they will have nothing to celebrate. Come on you boys in Green. :lol:

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I galloped all the way to Aldi in Sandyford and the ** lovely man had never heard of the Paving Brush. Anyway we will be borrowing yours. On the way I noticed that the Playright in Newtown Park is closed don't know when that happened. Now that is recession.


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Re: Gardening

Post by Denis Cromie » Thu Mar 01, 2012 5:04 pm

Saw a big Bumble Bee among my few crocuses today. Didn't expect to see them as early as the 1st March.



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