Saturday, 20 July 2019

A Picture Of Our Irish Potager.

I love walled kitchen gardens and French Potagers.  Vegetable gardens that use companion planting to attract the insects like butterflies and bees among the perennials. fruit and vegetables.  Thought I would show you our version of a Potager today.

All the daisies and other flowers are plants in plant pots that I have either made by division or by cuttings.  Some of them went away and I planted them in someones garden this morning.  I love perennials and half the veg plot is now my nursery for them and the other half is for the vegetables and fruit.  

The area was a little field when we first came here.  Its had lots of fym and some seaweed.  But its never seen granulated fertilizer or weedkiller.  The butterflies, birds and bees love our little Irish Potager.  Hope you do?

Thursday, 18 July 2019

A Ruined Castle On The Mizen Peninsula.

We went for a run out to the next peninsular: Mizen, this afternoon.  We visited Dunlough Castle also known has Three Castle Head.  It was originally built in the 1200s by the Mahoney Clan.  It's a dry stone wall construction and is now in ruins and one of the oldest Northern castles in Ireland.
 Looking out to Dunmanus bay or was it the Celtic sea?
 The magical ruins overlooking the lake.  There is supposed to be a ghost lady of the lake.  If you see her apparition you will soon die!  Flipping heck.  
 A goat or sheep track for us walkers.  Not for the faint hearted or people with limited mobility.  
Looking over to our Sheepshead peninsula.  Where my daddy was born and where I live now.  

Monday, 15 July 2019

"Daisy, Daisy.."

The big daisies have decided to come out and play in our back garden.  Here's a photo of  it in all its glory.

I adore mixed herbaceous perennial borders.  Cottage gardens are labour intensive and quintessentially English.  

I love them and would not have any other kind of garden.  Especially when virtually every plant was propagated by cuttings and division by yours truly and quite a lot of help from Mother Nature.  Isn't it a fantastic Summer for flowers?  

A nice garden doesn't need to cost a lot of money.  All it needs is interest and a plant collecting and propagating for an hobby.  

Saturday, 13 July 2019

A Good Year For The Roses. Even The Wild Ones!

This year has been great for flowers, especially the roses.  They love sunshine and soft rain.  Here's a wild one that I grew from a cutting and planted in one of the gardens last year or was it the year before?
I don't mind wildflowers in the garden planted with cultivated varieties like the daisies and yellow loosestrife.    The wild roses are relatively easy to strike and root from cuttings or by layering.  

September is a good month for making a cutting bed in the veg plot.
They soil is still warm and the rain regular waters them for you.  All you need is to paraphrase Take That:  "Patience!"

There are literally hundreds of songs about roses.  Here's one by the great English folk rock and new wave singer Elvis Costello.  I saw him once play a memorable and entertaining set at Glastonbury.  Way back in 1989.  He said we all looked like television screens.  Interesting!  

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Garden Flowers In Charity Shop Vases.

This red rose is a cutting I took last autumn.  My brother bought the rose for my mother before she passed on.  He was moving to another house and asked me to take a cutting because he could not take the climbing rose with him.  I planted it this spring in one of our borders and its flowered.  The vase is the one I paid a Euro for at the charity shop,  Do you remember?

A Rugosa rose from our back garden.  They are a seaside rose and make a great hedge and are salt resisitan too.  The vase is one of the sundae glasses I paid 50 Cents for.  You can see the bay in the background.

A purple rose.  My dad bought my wife this rose before he also passed on.  I managed to propagate this too.  This is our other kitchen window.
Loosestrife from the garden.  I brought this plant from England in a wheelie bin.  Don't think its the original one though.  You  know what I am like for making new plants.  You can see Beara peninsula behind the washing spin around gizmo!

Sunday, 7 July 2019

London Street Sellers From Times Gone By.

We went charity shop hunting again on Saturday.  The wife found these two prints.  They are called: Cries Of London.  They were in two modern and rather tatty picture frames.  What do  you want for one Euros and Fifty a piece?  You can see the price sticker in the right hand corner of the donkey picture.


The first one is entitled "Turnips and Carrots".

The second picture is entitled "New Mackerel New  Mackerel".

Francis Wheatley originally painted and exhibited his series of oil paintints "Cries Of London" at the Royal Academy between 1792 to 1795.  He was born in Convent Garden and painted the ordinary working people of that area.  His girlfriend is said to have modelled for some of the characters paintings.

Our prints are about 1920.  There are lots of them for sale on Ebay.  I saw one for sale for fifteen Euros and twelve Euros postage.  Not intrinsically a fortune.  But I still feel we discovered treasure and learned about a wonderful artist!  

I found this wonderful video on You Tube,  Enjoy!

Friday, 5 July 2019

The Last Of The Winter Onions.

These are the last of our Winter onions.  We call them: 'Japs'.  

They were first introduced from Japan in the nineteen seventies.  I first grew them twenty five years a go from onion sets.  They grow right through autumn, winter and spring.  Even in 2010 when the snow came and we couldn't get about for nearly two weeks.  The snow never bothered them.  They are usually ready to harvest in June.  

The beauty of growing your own is you can eat them when they are small. 

This year we have decided  to grow our winter onions from seed.  We may buy some sets too.
I found these online for sale.  We placed our order on the Sunday and the post delivered them on Tuesday .  How is that for service?  750 onion seeds to be sown in August.  Do you thi

nk I couild/should sow them now?  I have an area where some of the new potatoes were lifted and I think the'Japs' will love following them.

What do you plant after your potatoes?  Spring cabbage, Autumn King carrots, a Green Manure like mustard?  Answers on a post card or even leave a comment!  They're always very welcome!  Are you enjoying the sun?  I'm watering twice a day at the moment.

Here's an appropriate track for the blog theme: Green Onions and the great Jon Lord and his band.

A Picture Of Our Irish Potager.

I love walled kitchen gardens and French Potagers.  Vegetable gardens that use companion planting to attract the insects like butterflies a...