31st October 2020.
Only once during the past five months have I included a photograph taken in the Front Garden, so today I intend to make amends. I suppose it is under-represented because I have no interest in gardening for the neighbours. My
castle caisleán is out the back. A YARD, as some of you lovely gardeners would call it!
The first storm of the season will be racing through today. Storm Aiden, I hope you behave yourself! In advance, I tucked a few wobbly plants away in a corner, particularly my two new Agastache. It seems I’ll be able to read many of the lovely SOS updates any time during the day because there certainly will be no going outside. How exciting!
1. Above and Below
Outside the front door is a pot given to me by my neighbour Joe. It has been a standout welcome-to-our-home all summer, filled with marigolds and begonia. I planted these around the edges, but the not centre because there’s a basket of daffodils hidden below soil level. I know they are there. I have written the
name ainm in the ledger and I know how many are there. They will pop their heads above ground very shortly.
2. Verbena bonariensis
We have a narrow section of loose stone beside the boundary wall, again planted for the
summer samhradh with some annuals. Several years ago we had planted three Verbena bonariensis on the other side, and they seeded among the stone everywhere. They are loved by butterflies and me.
The Latin word means Sacred Bough, used in rituals to cleanse and purify homes.
3. Walton Park
I ventured further afield yet stayed within the proscribed 5km limit. This pretty thing caught my eye in Walton Park during the week. It was very sheltered among taller shrubs and looks very content. Is it an Alstromeria? Please let me know.
That’s enough now. Come through the house with me to my castle behind. Wear your mask and use the
bleach hand-sanitiser. Firstly, I’ve got something for Halloween. I wrote about The Manic Fairy back in February ’19. He caused constant trouble. The Fairy Door moves constantly. Today it is well-hidden at the base of Potpourri Palace.
Halloween is a time of remembrance and a new beginning. It was the ancient Celtic New Year’s Day.
For my fifth today, I’m reminded that three years ago I planted thirteen heathers in three areas near the one and only
glasshouse teach gloine. You’ve not seen them yet. I’m waiting until winter to feature them. I got three more last weekend and I’ve decided to put them on the Sunny Rockery near the Budda Man.
5. Salads in Season
The glasshouse is brimming with enough salad leaves for three weeks. I’ve got a second
box bosca that is just three weeks behind, so there will be no loss of service. I’m waiting a bit longer to sow the next batch because with falling temperatures, growth of batch #2 will be slower. There are scallions and a hardy lettuce outside. I do not need much more. I’ll be able to have a la carte salad menus.
Here’s an excerpt from The Manic Fairy back in July…
The little fairy tapped on the window while I was having coffee.
Didn’t you think about it? The powerwasher kept cutting out, she said.
Was it you?, I asked.
Well, to be honest, no. I wouldn’t do that. But Mikey the Manic Fairy was all riled up yesterday and he said he was going to cause trouble.
What riled him?
You bought that Fairy Door in New Ross last week, and you just moved it to Abbeyside without asking.
You can’t be just moving fairy doors wherever you want. Mikey was all set to help Wexford score a few points in the hurling, and you took it all away. He’s here in your flippin garden and he’s not a happy fairy.
What can I do?
Well, if I was you, I’d face him head-on, coz he’s a crazy fecker.
I have written this same article a second time, but with added thoughts linked to most of the featured plants. Be warned this week… It makes for uncomfortable reading. I teared up a bit while writing. Here’s the link, or tap the image.
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Thank you for taking the time to read my article this week. If you’re new here, I do hope you’ve enjoyed it enough to return next week. Regulars here are regular for a reason, and I thank you all so much for your regularity, fun, interaction and your knowledge. I’m learning gach seachtain. I’ll be hoping to report on some further mischief after the US elections next week. Slán go fóill.
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