Six-on-Saturday – Happy Days

20th February, 2021.

Mild weather in Ireland is generally associated with rain, and that’s exactly what we got this week. Temperatures got up to 10°C, and days are lengthening to such an extent that we now have our evening meal in daylight, watching the rain.

I am finally finding it easier to find six items of interest in the garden, as there are a few blooms, adding some colour. Of course Cinnte, not being able to find something of interest has not stopped me before. I simply create interest and magnify it to my satisfaction. My Six this week is a mixture of both.

Daffodil

The first daffodils are in bloom. As much as I like these flowers, I am completely in love with the Irish translation lus-an-chroimchinn, literally translated as Drooping Head Flower. This bunch in the kitchen window-box brightens my day while sitting inside. But spring is not a time for sitting inside, so I’m off to the glasshouse for number two…

Progress

After Tar éis an initial setback, seed-sowing is in full swing. These seedlings have been taken out of the heated propagator and they get plenty light in the glasshouse to allow them to grow well. I did bring them back into the house for a few nights last week because temperatures dipped very low, and I didn’t want a repeat of the earlier debacle. I also have fleece covering that I can put over them and I’ve used it a few times. Daytime temperatures inside the glasshouse are ranging from about 10-15°C, which is definitely enough to allow tender seedlings to thrive. Follow me back inside for some admin updating…

Digital Seed List

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I have a notebook to record details of seeds sown, but it’s a pain in the neck. It’s never where I want it and is increasingly smudged with damp compost. I’m told that there’s no need for me to be coming back into the house so often.

“When you’re out, can’t you stay out?”

In an attempt to see how I might improve matters, I created an online version of the same thing. Having used it for a number of weeks, I’m converted. I mean I’m actually converted to digital record-keeping. I’m in the habit of having my phone with me at all times so it’s easy peasy to update. Here’s the link, and for anyone wanting to find it at a later date it’s in the MENU on the homepage. On second thoughts, I’m wondering why you might want to find it. Next, I’m back outside again for number four…

A Mystery

I bought three cloches last month. Unfortunately, delivery from Thompson & Morgan to Ireland Éire was not available so I had them sent to my AddressPal address, in the knowledge that they would be forwarded to me. But it was not to be. They have arrived safely at AddressPal HQ, but I’m told they exceed the 20kg weight limit. I can see from my order that the package of three weighs 8.7kg. Either someone failed basic maths or Brexit is having a wobble, but these cloches are now in limbo somewhere. I’ve failed to find out how I can progress the issue, and I think they may die a lonely unfulfilled death on a shelf somewhere.

Therefore, when I spotted this lovely pair at my local garden centre, I did not hesitate. They fitted nicely in the back seat of the car, but if they had offered me free delivery, I’d have refused in a flash!

I have them in place to warm the soil for a few weeks cúpla seachtain. That will allow me to start sowing my lettuce, scallions and other vegetables a bit earlier. Happy days!

Abundance

Not far away from the new cloches, the lettuce in the glasshouse is thriving…

There’s still plenty lettuce to be had. This one is particularly tasty and I’ll be hoping there’s enough to keep me green until the little seedlings to the left are full grown. After that, I’ll surely have the first outdoor crop ready to be chomped with some Caesar Salad Dressing. Happy days again!

Sweet Pea Sweety Pie

Let’s just stay in the glasshouse for my final choice this week. It’s a very cozy 14°C (Friday at 2pm). These Sweet Peas were sown back in Autumn, and I’ve kept a close eye on them ever since. I wrote a short article about them recently, and now here they are again, accelerating upwards at a fierce rate.

These plants are very unusual for two reasons. Firstly, they are the only seeds this year that were selected by my good wife. She liked the old-fashioned varieties, and bought two packets for me to grow. Secondly, as they had been displayed publicly, one plant has been reserved by my fellow SOSer, Cady. Commandeered, more like it! Honest to god, two women on the trail of my beautifully-grown sweet peas! I can see trouble down the road.

I have fourteen ceathar déag mixed Sweet Peas and it’s likely that I’ll have enough space in my garden for five or six only. Therefore, there will be a flash sale free offering in early May. I’ll be looking for a few responsible paid-up members of the West Waterford Sweety Pie Society to offer good homes to my darlings.

Speaking of which and entirely unconnected, who remembers The Darling Buds of May? I remember it well, and Catherine Zeta Jones too.

In Other News… Perseverance

NASA successfully landed the Perseverance rover on Mars just before 9pm Irish time on Thursday. Part of its mission is to look for fossils in what is thought to have been a lake 3.7 billion years ago. That’s a lot of years. Who knows what will be here in my garden 3.7 billion years from now? A lake perhaps? On the off-chance that the Martians come looking, I’d like it to be known that it’s my garden so I’m going to bury a few of the Sweet Pea seeds, with a URL link to this article. Happy days!

I took the opportunity to send a Tweet with a special request. It just so happened that my Head Gardener asked me why was I smirking to myself? So, as you do, I told the truth. Well, let me tell you that when she laughs uncontrollably it’s a sight to behold!

Six-on-Saturday: Who are we?

We are a group of gardeners who write. We write about six items in our gardens, and we do it on Saturdays. I’ve been doing this since last June and I enjoy nothing more than reading about and seeing other gardens from as far away as New Zealand, Tasmania, USA, Canada, Britain and Waterford City. Lest we forget, hundreds more choose to publish on Twitter and Instagram. You can find out more about it here. Six things, in your garden. Could be anything, and frequently is. Do join in.

Sin a bhfuil uaimse don seachtain seo. I’ll be back again next week with another Six-on-Saturday. Thank you for reading. Have a good week. Stay safe. Slán go fóill.

Pádraig.

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35 comments

  1. I was more than a little amused to see your request pop up on my twitter feed yesterday! I do hope they keep in touch! With the amount of rain your get over there, I suspect you’ll be in a lake before the 3.7 billion years are up.

    I think it’s a great idea to put your seed list online – you never know when it might prove useful to someone (and yourself , of course). Nice to see a few flowers out.

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  2. Glad to see the seedlings looking so fine and dandy, such a wonderful time of the year. Yes, rain, rain and more rain here, we get the lot that misses the bottom of Eire, so I know just what you mean. Lovely to see the daffs!

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    1. Thank you Gill. After a long winter, it’s great to be minding new growth.
      Yesterday was first time I’e ever seen the patio flooded. On positive note, it’s better than the big freeze.

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    1. Language has a lot of meaning hidden behind words. This is a great example, I think.
      I fear the cloches are missing. Customer support have abandoned me. I may escalate the matter.
      Hope you have a great week.

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  3. An raibh tú déanach ag éirí ar maidin? Chuir sé ionadh, agus beagáinín de imní, orm nach bhfaca mé thú anseo romham inniu, mar a bhíonn de ghnách. Fliuch, báite athá sé anseo ar maidin mar a raibh i rith na seachtaine go léir. Mo mhallacht air mar aimsir! Ach, tá na plúiríní sneachta faoi lán seol anseo agus is radharc álainn ar fad í.
    Scéilín: fear, go bhfuil clú agus cáil air idir lucht na bplúiríní sneachta anseo in Éirinn, glaotar “Banríon na bPlúiríní Sneachta” air!

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    1. Mo mhallacht ort mar go bhfuil tú anseo romham! Tá mé fós sa leaba inniu. Crick i mo mhuinéal, dá bhrí sin tá mé ag tnú leis an bricfeásta anseo.
      Banríon na bPlúiríní Sneachta! Agus, abair liom anois… Ní tú féin an fear úd?

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  4. Lots of similarities this week, I too have my salads which have been presented and the seedlings which thrive well. The first daffodils have been open since this morning and I’m very happy because it’s often the real first sign of spring. Let us know when you hear from Perseverance !😂

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    1. After the cold conditions last week, we are delighted to welcome spring! I’ll get to read yours later this evening.
      And by the way… Congratulations after your rugby victory last weekend. Chapeau!

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      1. Oh, it was a stressful match until the end … We (the French players) played like Irish players the other times I guess: which made it possible to win because you guys are really, really good.

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  5. I think you had more sunshine than we did last week. Your sweet peas are doing well. The ones Fred gave me, which I sowed a few weeks ago, are progressing too, albeit a couple of months behind.

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    1. I’m delighted with them, granny. Let’s look forward to the beautiful scent we shall have in a few months… And just the right amount of rain perhaps?

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  6. I loved the Dropping Head Flowers! Say it like it is! Your lists are very practical………I love lists on my phone as well, because I don’t have to worry about a notebook and eventually they get big and unwieldy! At least mine do! But, I am good at making a list and then not remembering which title in my list is what! Now, about those Sweet Peas…….they are looking very good, especially that big, bold, fat one in the orange container third row back! She is really happy! But, who is Cindie? Is someone else after my Sweetie Pie? Ha Ha!

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  7. I think that now that you’ve bought new cloches, the others will turn up.
    I am reading Niall Williams’ new book ‘This is Happiness’ which is a gem, though I wish I could read it with an Irish accent in my head. (I do try, but not very successfully) A feature of his books, in case you haven’t read them, is constant rain!

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  8. Aren’t those drooping heads a cheerful sight? And the lettuce too, makes me wish I’d down some earlier – I suppose these are winter hardy varieties? I think I lost my sweet peas to the big freeze in my unheated mini greenhouse, sigh. Have sown more now…

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    1. Down some? 😅 Had to go to hospital yesterday. Told the doctor I ate a daffodil bulb.
      We’ll keep you for a while for observation, she says… But I’d say you’ll be out in the spring.

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  9. I am relieved you shared your digital planting calender. After I read what you were doing I felt inspired to create one. Mind is still very much work in progress while I decide on layout.

    As for Brexit and ordering from the UK, it is surprising how many companies won’t/can’t supply countries in the EU now due to all the Custom hoops. I wanted to buy some plastic cloche/or walk-in greenhouse. Found the perfect one in the UK, only to discover they did not delivery here. I then searched Amazon.es. .fr .de. only to draw a blank. I think I will be scouring the bins for some more discarded glazed window frames.or buy some heavy-duty heavy plastic.

    Your mini cloches look just the job!

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    1. I felt I’d only use it if it were to be easier and more useful than the handwritten version.
      Brexit is a total mess up. I tried registering on Amazon France but I’d need a French phone number apparently. Surely, importing from UK will need to be addressed. Importing plants is a whole other level of stupidity….

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      1. Maybe get your plants from Holland? The stuff we ordered from France was being delivered to our daughter who is in France. I’ve not ried to have a delivery here. So good tip re telephone number. German Amazon is effecient. God knows what will happen long term re Brexit. I am still fretting what we will do when we run out of teabags. Our ICeland overseas supermarket is struggling to get stock so looks like we will have to say goodbye to horseradish and piccalli 😦

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        1. I’m investigating as we speak. Apparently, there is a way to buy from Holland etc using my existing account….. Must find out more.

          First World problems!

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  10. Lovely post, and I do love the daffodils! So bright and cheery. I have been spurred on by your successful seedlings and hopefully today will see me start sowing some seed(probably Calendulas) to add some colour to the garden for winter/spring. What a pity about the cloches on order, but the new ones look great. I had a chuckle about your sweet pea plants (and the follow up comments)! That’s a good crop of lettuce you have.

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