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« Reply #50 on: August 30, 2011, 05:52:32 PM »

The three marigolds by the bluebells, a little later....



there's a nasturtium in there too....

These two didn't survive long.

the heavy clay soil and full sunny position didn't help.
five or six by the Luas station.


All but one died.  And the last was stolen, you could see the hole left. It was in an open/exposed site and people must've seen me tend to them....

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« Reply #51 on: September 03, 2011, 05:04:43 PM »

Well, September is upon us and I've been busy over the summer. Don't know if they were ALL planted/sown on May 1st, but are looking good, so far.

July 20th, I think. Seems rather late in the summer....with marigolds,nigella,snap dragons and nasturtiums.


July 30th, with self germinating marigolds...



didn't want them to get too high, speeding trains may knock them over...

Aug 20th


the nigellas are showing nicely


Oh yeah, the evening watering sessions are paying off. Aug 31st

If they flower,I'll post the pics...
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« Reply #52 on: September 03, 2011, 05:09:56 PM »

In reference to the last photo in Reply 50

you can see the little depression where the last marigold was stolen...but you can't see the little depression in my mind..... Sad Huh Undecided  Cry

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« Reply #53 on: September 03, 2011, 05:23:02 PM »

Crocosmia in Reply 49, third photo...follyer upper photos...

well, here's a separate clump...for your delectation...




ahhh, here we go. So orange, amazing....they really brighten up the strip of evergreens...



hmm, do they need to be rotated?Huh Embarrassed
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« Reply #54 on: September 03, 2011, 06:22:05 PM »

can't resist the pull of Mr. Middleton










In with the white ones



being watered in...
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« Reply #55 on: September 03, 2011, 06:24:16 PM »

The weed whackers were about, so in an attempt to save my investment-PLUS two hollyhock plants were spotted where I'd spread seeds a couple of years previously... I resorted to drastic action ....check it out...

saving the pink... Wink




and...


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« Reply #56 on: October 19, 2011, 06:38:29 PM »

Well,

I buried so many sunflower seeds, one had to come up, eventually...

by Bastille Day, it was this high....



12th of  August...


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« Reply #57 on: November 05, 2011, 04:47:42 PM »

Well,

summer progressed...


tenth Sept.


Sept 24th, note flag!  Wink

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nearly there, nearly there...

Oh yeahhh, just two days later, much better looking...


UH OH!!!!


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« Reply #58 on: November 05, 2011, 04:49:54 PM »

what you see is it being tied up and supported by a bamboo



see the scissors and chunky wool in the background?Huh



eventually, someone stole the bamboo...




then they took the sunflower....
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« Reply #59 on: November 07, 2011, 06:19:01 PM »

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I have been busy over the summer with Sunflowers, other sunflowers....here you go.

July 20th?


July 30th.


August 12th

August 20th, still struggling. Time for some Comfrey mix!


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« Reply #60 on: November 07, 2011, 06:26:39 PM »

Further down the tracks, I was having more success, earlier in the summer...blossoming earlier at any rate.
June 4th,

and....from above....



June 19th,



July 1st. (with added bamboo support)


trying to stay out of shot!!!!  Wink


July 13th, both...


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« Reply #61 on: November 07, 2011, 06:29:40 PM »

July 20th



July 22nd


the flower head on the right was stolen not long after....
I thought I had more photos. Maybe later....
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« Reply #62 on: November 07, 2011, 06:33:48 PM »

Anyway, back to the other three or four....



September 15th, believe it or not....


September 17th, on the way home from t'pub. Anyone else think I got to t'pub for the  sole purpose of takin' pics on the way home?!!!


Sept 18th, with the stencil....


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« Reply #63 on: November 10, 2011, 04:50:47 PM »

November 5th...

Tesco cyclamen special offer....






trying to include the stencil, but not me...!  Wink

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« Reply #64 on: November 16, 2011, 04:25:13 PM »

November 12th.

How come the sunlowers are pointing north??? Shouldn't they follow the sun?




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« Reply #65 on: November 26, 2011, 06:27:00 PM »

Wha heyyy, the pink flowers  have blossomed again.!!

and the hollyhocks have been left alone. And even some marigold action goin' on...





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« Reply #66 on: January 22, 2012, 05:51:56 PM »

 Grin Im loving the sunflowers ----july 22nd--- well done keep up all your hard work --- Grin
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« Reply #67 on: January 25, 2012, 01:46:34 PM »

Daffodil January 21st 2012



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« Reply #68 on: February 04, 2012, 07:47:18 PM »

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the sunflowers have  been cut down. Oh dear......
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« Reply #69 on: February 09, 2012, 02:55:44 PM »

Riiiight,

I'd forgotten to post these photos last year. Turned out to be a successful year of the Marigold!!!

30th July...



13th August....



then the glory that was September 6th,


but check it out, they've self seeded and germinated.  Cool or wha'?



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« Reply #70 on: February 09, 2012, 03:10:11 PM »

...in fact, eh,....The Crocus in Reply 41 have germinated and are out of the ground.

these photos from the other day.



and....




and, not only that, a few days later.... one has come up. thanks to my 'supplier'  Rob.  Wink

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« Reply #71 on: March 29, 2012, 08:13:55 PM »

In the last photo in Reply 69, the seedlings look to have been poisoned chemically.....
...which is really... a kick in the teeth. I'd SO wanted a second generation to survive, you know???!!!

anyway, it's that time of year again. Tulips are out.



and I love these white daffodils...



more tiny tulips





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« Reply #72 on: March 29, 2012, 08:16:01 PM »

and oh yeah, I got a pleasant surprise the other evening. Hyacinths I'd planted a couple of years ago and planted further along than I'd remembered, I saw them again....



so, that's good..
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« Reply #73 on: March 29, 2012, 08:47:22 PM »

Some remedial work being done on the two locks, so I took the opportunity to 'walk on water'.







I walked on the dry canal bed and planted some daffs as low as I could...



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« Reply #74 on: April 27, 2012, 03:44:20 PM »

right, while the 'tide was out'...here....



I gathered up my donated daffodils thus...



along with my 2-euro-shop-bought ones...



close up...oooooooohhhhh




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« Reply #75 on: April 27, 2012, 03:51:04 PM »

they came out alright..




so, I decided to go across the water and brought my home step ladder to get down, and planted  three daffodils very close to the water's edge, to try and stop people 1. taking them, and 2. strimming them...

with the ladder to the right of shot...



trust me, there are three in there.....

right there.....the little oasis of dryness I could jump down to and climb my ladder to plant up..


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« Reply #76 on: April 27, 2012, 03:58:18 PM »

So, a couple of months ago, Homebase had a half price sale on Lupins, which i love. Slightly damaged, but still, half price. I'll take my chances....



six for 3.50

yeah, you can see the one on the right is dead...

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« Reply #77 on: April 30, 2012, 02:20:00 PM »

So, from this morning, looks like my worries about the seedlings in Reply 69 were unfounded. They have survived after all, or else more have germinated....

I put in some from elsewhere, transplanted, like....



then, a bit further down, near the station, I put in other seedlings that were donated by my madra.



and nutria's hollyhocks were seed bombed along here....so, we'll see what comes up...



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« Reply #78 on: May 28, 2012, 12:27:14 AM »

special offer in B&Q, 12 mixed crocosmia for a euro


Someone had stolen one of the newly planted rosa rugosa and I used the depression to plant them in. I brought a bit of potting compost and mixed it in and hey presto, job's a good one...





They are in beside the rose, featured in earlier photos...
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« Reply #79 on: June 04, 2012, 01:39:40 AM »

the stencil's holding up well...



I put out several nasturtium last weekend. A bit of a waste as during the week, while going to work I noticed a certain landscape gardener employee with a large plastic container strapped to his back with a spray gun in his hand.... As soon as I could I went back and rinsed as much as I could, but a lot of the following plants are goners, I'm afraid....




Marigold to the front and two nasturtiums to the rear, they're alright...


This one doesn't look too healthy. I'll sow some seeds in its place if it succumbs to the poison...


This one, it's going to be purple, I think...


yeah, deffo going to be purple. Will give it a feed of comfrey mix tomorrow.
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« Reply #80 on: June 10, 2012, 04:03:54 PM »

Right, I forgot to post this photo. it dates from May 29th. the margrites are looking even better, though it looks like there's been something climbing up the bank, straight from the water. Judging by the tracks and the width of the flowers that are broken, it must've been an otter.  The bank is quite steep...




And the poisoned calendula and lupins...deffo destroyed. Gone, kaput, disparu.

Anyway, luckily I have a one fifth share in an allotment and there are LOADS of marigolds growing from last year....here....






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« Reply #81 on: June 10, 2012, 04:09:04 PM »

So I legged it up and dug up a few. Oh yeah, just then a fox jumped over the 4m wall, and scrambled around. Jumped back up and went into the next field, a playing area of a school.  there were  three children wandering about the allotment who'd seen all the action too.  So the four of us wandered over to where it seemed the fox had dropped something. The children had seen it drop something. I was busy with the marigolds.

Anyway, turns out the fox had dropped not one, not two but THREE baby birds.  Dead as dodos of course. I couldn't tell immediately what they were, but realised afterwards they were baby swans. Awww.

Onwards and upwards.....Loaded up with the flowers on the back of the bike...


back to the canal...the scene of devastation.
Before:


There is one leaf left on the Lupin that looks healthy, but that's about it.
After:

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« Reply #82 on: July 08, 2012, 05:40:06 PM »

Well, I got chatting to this woman, admiring her garden and she gave me a cutting of a succulent in her front garden which I brought home and kept in water till I could plant it out...




and plant it out I did.  I also divided it into two cuttings, just because....!!!  See my trusty dibber??



beside the Lupins I put in a while back. One is struggling  but the one behind has nice purple flowers on it. I gave them a comfrey feed twice recently.  there are nasturtiums in there too beside them.  And marigolds. Fingers crossed....




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« Reply #83 on: August 21, 2012, 06:35:48 PM »

Progress from Reply 78 Finally the crocosmia are showing some signs of life...
July 28th.

Further progress has been made. I had a look at them on Saturday....Couple more out...





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« Reply #84 on: October 25, 2012, 08:59:33 PM »

Yeah, well.  You know how it is. You go into Lidl for something and you come out with something completely different.  I was looking for some soap. And instead, I bought ONE yoghurt and five primulas. (and some frozen potato waffles).


Oh well, may as well put them to some good use.

In by the oul stencil. I think I need another, to make it 2 x three.


As an aside, I'm known locally now as the 'Plant Bandit'.  And people have taken to leaving stuff in my front garden...thus...
some crocosmia

will plant them out over the Bank Holiday weekend and post the results. ciao for now...



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« Reply #85 on: October 29, 2012, 03:26:57 PM »

So, I picked a spot. Regular viewers will notice it's (almost) featured in Reply 48, photo 2 in The King and I thread.  The powers that be moved the cycle parking up a few metres, for some reason.

So,with my beautiful bike and my beautiful Bergen 40 (http://www.fjallraven.com/produkte/backpacks-and-bags/bergen-40) in the background...



I spaced them about 50cm apart in groups of five or six along the front, between the bike parking and the tracks. Wave to the drivers..."howyas lads"...

I suppose the photo could have been better.. however, it's alright.




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« Reply #86 on: December 22, 2012, 09:49:31 PM »

Further to Reply 84, I decided to supply a successful photo after all...with the sixth plant added to make two groups of three.  And in flower too...




And the succulent down by the station isn't looking too bad either. Quite pleased how it's survived...check it out...




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« Reply #87 on: February 28, 2013, 06:54:42 PM »

Well, thanks to Peadar for a donation of Montbretia/Crocosmia, I was able to complete the section in front of the bike parking area in  Reply 85    !!!   Grin



with a bit of luck, they'll be alright by the summer time....

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« Reply #88 on: March 12, 2013, 06:14:42 PM »

The crocuses in Reply 41 have come up en masse this year. hurray!!!



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« Reply #89 on: April 03, 2013, 07:03:39 PM »

I don't know what it is about Waterways Ireland. They love weeds, but don't like flowers.  I often wonder can they tell the difference. Or do they care?Huh

This is a few weeks ago....



it's not just a way of introducing my new runners to y'all!!!! Wink
but everything has been weedwhacked away.  The hyacinths on the "Simply Marbelous" thread are up and out of the ground. The ones here would have been too...pity...
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« Reply #90 on: July 27, 2013, 03:33:19 PM »

Well things have progressed in the last three months. Even since the photos below, have been taken...

Everlasting sweetpea are making a bid to escape the area!


and the hollyhock are up and out of the ground with buds ready to open. I visited the area yesterday. I must replace the protective canes that I had last year to prevent the weed whackers...



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« Reply #91 on: August 03, 2013, 06:17:31 PM »

So, a friend, Peadar made a donation to the cause of a few cabbages and lettuce seedlings. I am not altogether sure he knew he was making a donation to the guerrilla gardening cause, but after hanging with the Articultores crowd last summer, I thought I'd make an effort at growing veg as guerrilla garden plants.

~Two cabbages flanked by two marigolds...


a lettuce and a marigold....


a lettuce by itself...


a pair of cabbage seedlings.They were so fragile I decided to put them together for support...



a couple of weeks later and they show signs of settling in and progressing, even. Good times!

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« Reply #92 on: August 03, 2013, 06:45:14 PM »

July 10th, coming along nicely...


so I put a cabbage of Peadar's at either end of the  crocosmia....


and t'other end...


yeah baby, coming A-LONG!!!!


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« Reply #93 on: August 03, 2013, 06:57:34 PM »

Even better, this is the better one on July 13th.



And the crocosmia were starting to blossom aswell...
this was the first to show...


then a few more showed their true colours. I had no idea what colour they were going to be, as they'd been donated. Well, either red or orange, I suppose....

and I added some unloved and unwanted marigolds (even more, I know!)


below, July 21st

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« Reply #94 on: August 03, 2013, 07:01:10 PM »

Okay, enough happy clappy good news.

The cabbages were taken, and everything else, bar the  crocosmia was poisoned. In the photo below the bigger of the two cabbages was where the bottle cap is. The marigold is struggling and finally gave up the ghost a couple of days later... Cry

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« Reply #95 on: August 17, 2013, 04:59:17 PM »

Yeah, my work here is done.....I must say, it's turned out well. Except at the far end where there seems to be two missing. However I put some wild garlic in there earlier in the summer, maybe they'll come back in the spring...




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« Reply #96 on: August 17, 2013, 05:40:35 PM »

yeah, I'm very happy the way these have turned out. They were kind of 'leftover' from another project* and abandoned. So, I salvaged them and put them in here, not sure if they'd survive. (they were really tiny)  Not only survived, but flourished. I must go and see if I've any photos of them "before", y'know?



here's another beside a lettuce...

here they are at night...


anyway, I'll catch up with these next time....
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« Reply #97 on: October 18, 2013, 04:55:31 PM »

Right,

the last photo in Reply 48 here,


Decided to have another go at doing something here.
The ground is very hard, very heavy and needed something to lighten it up, some organic matter.  Luckily people just dump the contents of window boxes on public land for you to eh, borrow!


Let the train take the strain.  Too heavy to carry into position!




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« Reply #98 on: October 19, 2013, 06:57:29 PM »

you can tell it's an old pic, them's daffs going over!



Fast forward several months. I had some leftover marigold, a sunflower seedling and sundries from the Rialto Men's Group. So, rather than let them go to waste, I stuck them in here....
Anyway, always good to dig out a dandelion!

I put a bit of wood over the other dug-over soil to stop the hardcore gravel going into it...

See the dandelion hangin'Huh?
I was up in Tallaght and there are two stainless steel flower boxes near the Luas station, outside Red Rua caf? and the Civic theatre. And I saw something that would otherwise be wasted. So, I eh, requisitioned it for a better cause.

at least  the potting compost around the roots will improve drainage in the heavy clay soil here...
mix it all up.  There's a banana skin in there too!

A tip, you may find your local US multinational plc coffee shop is giving away for free, gratis and for nothing...coffee grinds to help in your garden. It's all organic matter, why not?

So I threw one of them in aswell...
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« Reply #99 on: October 19, 2013, 07:06:46 PM »

Right, this next photo is a progress report on the sunflower, the dandelion is still in the ground...


another view of the coffee grinds going in...


The last photo I have of the flower head. It did look a little better than this, more open, more developed, but by the time I got up to photograph it it was stolen/broken. Another failure so, Ted!


                                                                     
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