Posts Tagged ‘catmint’

Saturday Ponderings from the Arigna Valley.

In arigna, Gardening on June 25, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Catmint and Lady’s Mantle looking good together,   Foxgloves looking on. It is said that blue and green should not be seen together. This gives the lie to that.

The Tomatoes are doing well in the small polytunnel. I do find lettuce  is going to seed very quickly this year, probably due to the unsummery weather. The only outside crops doing well are Onions and Potatoes, the rest are just sitting there looking miserable. Thank goodness for polytunnels!

In the back field the Sycamore stands strong and proud, oblivious to all weathers. Sycamore is not native to Ireland but it has naturalised and self seeds itself profusely.

Facing West just outside the back door is Ganesh, a present from our friends Paul and Debra who visited last weekend from Co. Clare. Is’nt he fab? Ganesh is said to be the remover of obstacles. I think he has his work cut out for him here. The biggest obstacle, as regular visitors will know, facing us here in the north west is the threat of the destruction of the land in search of gas. The process called fracking, short for hydraulic fracturing, is the only one that can be used to extract the gas from the shale rock we have here. If this happens it will leave a trail of destruction. Water sources destroyed, land and air polluted, an industrialised landscape instead of the amazing untamed wildness we now have. I am still stunned that our government would even contemplate letting this happen. But it seems they have. Maybe Ganesh will be successful!!

Irish Museum of Modern Art Garden.

In Gardening on May 26, 2011 at 11:01 am

Could’nt take pics of the exhibitions, although we did take one sneaky one. This huge sphere made by Romauld Hazoume was in the courtyard.

Also by Hazoume, also made from jerry cans. Sounds from a busy day in Benin are playing continously giving this exhibit an exciting vibrancy.

There is a formal garden at the north side of the main building which could be easily missed if you did’nt know it was there. Well worth a look, there is no admission charge.

Lots of beautiful Roses, mostly scented. They are sheltered by the high walls of the garden.

Box hedging enclosing a bed of Catmint.

Aaaah! I’m outta here, she’s holding some blokes head!!

This one’s a bit more gracious looking!

Love the cherubs!