Today is Marion’s birthday. Born in 19-somethingy-something, I didn’t know about it until the mid eighties. Last year was a roundy one, celebrated here with
family ár gclann and friends, but there’ll be only a small celebration today with Shepherds Pie, ice-cream and crinkled Hunky Dory crisps, following all guidelines and preferences.
In honour of the day, I built a woodpile. It’s not what she wanted this year, but as many of the shops are closed, I beavered away to complete this on time and within budget.
Insects and other garden creatures will be beaming with joy to have shelter on
cold days laethanta fuara. The upturned pot had been in place for many years but with an open entrance, the BER rating was very far below the required standard.
Neither myself nor the birthday-girl are
happy sásta about the lemon plant. The creatures from the woodpile are eating merrily, and have left telltale marks.
The Christmas tree was also put up to mark the occasion. Usually appearing on the 8th, I surprised her this year. In another change to house tradition it was moved to the conservatory-cum-blogspace. Finally, a touch of magic was added outside the kitchen window, as I planted some Gaultheria procumbens, known as Wintergreen, in some window boxes.
Apart from being very birthday-Christmasy, it is dioecious, meaning that the male reproductive organs are on one plant, and female on another. I get that, yet it is not normally the way of doing things in the plant world. It has too many
vowels gutaí for my liking.
In addition to that-way-of-doing-things, extract from the plant is used to soothe sore muscles (especially after doing things), and for mouthwash, toothpaste, chewing gum and American root beer. What a versatile birthday present it makes!
I don’t know why I include this on the 5th of December. It has no birthday connection. It flowers in mid-summer, yet I think there’s merit in keeping the spent stalk even after seeding is
Rosa Just Joey
In Marion’s honour, I worked hard to get one final bloom on my favourite rose. Actually, I tell a Trump. Nature did all the hard work.
End of November Ramble
Taken last Monday, the last day of November.
Here’s the YouTube version.
Head over to The Propagator’s blog for more accounts of early December garden favourites. You’ll find plenty garden writers linking their Six on Saturday rambles in the comments section.
Personal Remember-the-week Six
WaterfordPort Láirge beat Kilkenny 2-27 to 2-23 to reach the All-Ireland Hurling Final.
- Ireland has returned to Level 3 with extra concessions for Christmas. We have the lowest infection rate in Europe, but not yet a reason to get social.
- Very cold but not like December 2010.
- As you know, our first ever November Christmas tree is up.
ranshuffled slowly for 5km, but my time will only improve.
- Breaking news! Today is Marion’s birthday. If you’re reading this, I love you, a stór. And if you’re not, well… you’ll know when I share my hidden stash of Hunky Dory crisps.
To finish, here’s a look back to the
snow sneachta of 2010. I hope everyone has a great week, and that there may even be gardening or perhaps a special celebration. Slán go fóill.
5th December 2020.