"The wonder is that we can see these trees, and not wonder more." --Ralph Waldo Emerson "When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world." --John Muir

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Daffidils and Tulips

  Daffodils in April


tulips, "Mickey Mouse"

 tulips by the back door

Nettlemas Eve, The evening before May Day, where playful children and naughty faeries whack each other with handfuls of nettles.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Foggy morning, bright day.

 Contorted hazel in the fog


Daffodils in the woods

Friday, October 24, 2014

autumn color

Teasing Georgia climbing David Austin rose

Blythe Spirit David Austin rose

William Morris David Austin rose

Puffball mushrooms in the Peppermint Woods

 A mushroom village under the hawthorn

Old mushroom by the Moyesii rose, the rosehips fallen on the grass.

Wild rose hips

Elstar Apples

Cherry foliage

 Rowan foliage

Sunday, June 15, 2014

June Roses

 Alba Semi Plena and Tess of the d’Urbervilles  with wild geranium

 De Meaux

 Graham Thomas



 Alba Semi Plena and Tess of the d’Urbervilles

 Teasing Georgia

Mortimer Sackler

 Tess of the d’Urbervilles

 Tinkerbelle and a Rugosa

 A wild rose volunteer

William Morris

Thursday, April 17, 2014

I saw a swallow!

The swallows are back! I love the sound of their twittering and chirping. It's always a pleasure to hear the first one of the season.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

contorted hazel catkins

Monday, December 23, 2013

winter animals

a crow flies across a winter sky

 a blackbird nibbles on apples 

a hedgehog sits amongst the honeysuckle

Thursday, August 08, 2013

August flowers

 toad lily, I got from a cutting from my Mom's neighbor's garden.

 Claire Austin English rose

 tiny wild shapdragons, seed I collected from the roadside.

wild fuchsia, a cutting from someone's garden in Castleknock.

geranium caffrum, seed from Secret Seeds

Friday, July 26, 2013

black currents

These were my black currant bushes two days ago. I like to pick a handful to put in my oatmeal for breakfast. I didn't pick any yesterday, as it was pouring rain in the morning. So this morning I went out, and disturbed a blackbird amongst the foliage. I looked at my bushes, and there was not one currant left!! The birds have eaten every single one.
Hmmm.. the gooseberries are still there, I wonder how they taste in oatmeal? I'll pick a handful and see :)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Rosa De Meaux

Rosa De Meaux, a rose I received by mistake, as I wanted the White De Meaux. It took 3 years to produce about 3 blooms, and seeing they were pink, at first I was disappointed, and stuck them in a pot around the corner so I wouldn't have to look at them. This summer, I discovered them blooming away beautifully, and they looked so cute, tiny little roses with teeny little leaves, like a little pixie bush. I put them right by the back door, so I could admire them all day! How could I have been disappointed by these, I adore tiny little flowers.

Monday, July 08, 2013

freeing the street trees

During my early morning walk, I became aware of all the street trees, held captive by those rubber things they put on young trees.

These trees are now 9 years old, and they seem a bit stunted. I took a cutting from this willow when it was first planted, and mine is three times the size of this one.

So I went back out with clippers, accompanied by my cat Tinkerbelle.

 And freed about 50 trees along the street.

I am sure they are much happier now!