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The Wider View.

In arigna, Gardening, Off the beaten track. on August 7, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Have been asked by Elaine of www.rosebankramblings.com to show a few pics of the wider view of our place. So here we are, ready for a little tour.

This gravel garden which is in its very early stages, it was only started in April, is still being worked on. This is at the front of the house. Front entrance behind and to right from where I took this pic. The wooden building is a separate building, I will do a post on that soon.

From outside our back door, which is the entrance we use most and where you arrive to the house, looking left there is a big weeping Birch and a cottage garden style flower bed.

Looking right is the herbaceous border and beyond can be seen Corry mountain.

Round the corner of the house is this small grove of trees, Birch, Sycamore and Scots Pine. This is opposite the herbaceous border. The grass is left uncut, apart from an edging strip, until September. The goat shed can be seen in the field beyond.

Continuing on to the gate and our steep drive. Decent brakes needed here!

Looking back towards the house from the gate.

The next post will show pics from the vegetable and fruit garden.

Friday Fotos from Prospect Cottage.

In Gardening on August 5, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Sweet Alyssum, planted at the front of the border. It is a good one for self-seeding, I love free plants. A  small plant with a big scent. Bees love it.

Malva moschata or Musk Mallow grows to about 3ft and flowers from June to August. It is easily grown from seed. It will tolerate some shade and likes a moist soil. A perennial, apparently all parts of the plant are edible.

The Rose in the top corner of the polytunnel continues to bloom.

I spy a little doggie through the Cornflowers.

 This Polygonum, don’t know the species, has small pink flowers but lots of them. Like all of this family it is invasive but not as much as it’s much feared relative Japenese Knotweed. In this neglected corner it can be left to it’s own devices.

Interesting fungus taking over this old tree stump,

and Badger and Mole keep guard by the garden gate.

The Potato Experiment @ Prospect Cottage.

In arigna, Folklore, Gardening, Herbs, sustainable living on August 3, 2011 at 9:28 am

Monday last was August 1st, also known as Lammas or Lughnasa. In the not so distant past this was a time of fairs and horse trading in honour of Rhiannon, the horse Goddess of the Underworld. There is still one remaining horse fair held on this day which is I believe held somewhere in Galway. Here in Arigna we like to harvest produce on this day  as it is also a celebration of the abundance of the season. A time of gathering and preserving in preperation for the Winter which is just around the corner.

In April we planted Potatoes using a method new to us. Newspaper was placed on the ground, potatoes on top then covered with a thick mulch of rushes (straw could also be used). See post Blueberries, Potatoes & Rushes published on 11th April for more info and pics.

The variety planted was Colleen. Wow, the results far exceeded my expectations, I admit I was dubious. The Potatoes are clean, just pull back the mulch and there they are. Good yield, the amount above is from 2 plants. The size was a bit erratic, some very large Potatoes, some small. All in all we are well pleased and shall definitely use this method again.

In the new gravel garden, see post Elephant Hawk Moth & Gravel Garden published June 8th, everything is filling out nicely. The pots with mostly succulents in are doing particularly well. It is the sunniest spot. Many of the plants have flowered for the first time. Really love the little flower on this one.

In the vegetable garden Oregano is flowering now. The Bees just love it. Some of the flowers will be dried for use in teas. It is useful for colds, headaches and gastro-intestinal disorders. With the addition of a teaspoon of honey it makes a delicious tea. The leaves can also be infused to make a hair conditioner or added to your bath water to promote relaxation.