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Autumn Colour…

Can you imagine if every house in Ireland planted just one tree, how beautiful would this country look….

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I really do love this time of year.

Last week I was walking down Griffith Avenue and being honest it almost brought me back to my childhood days of not that long ago…
I used to love the leaves on the ground and absolutely hated it when people swept them all up and made the place look tidy. When I saw the piles I was one of those ‘little terrors’ who kicked them all over the place and most likely got an ear clipping for it 😆
Sidetracking slightly, Jane Powers who does the Irish Times garden column, this weekend wrote about the beauty of autumn colour. A great read. Bulaidh bós Jane.
You see, landscaping, well more the trends [?] took a turn for the worst in my opinion over the last few years. Trees, if not all then most definitely the larger members of the family were not allowed. They became surplus to requirement. Some, quarantined them in the high maintenance category. So much so that I find it hard to find [for example] a ‘conker tree’ in North County Dublin…. which is why I went to Griffith Avenue 😉 [I also visited my older brother who lives just off and had some home made chocalate pie and real coffee….]
But its not until, maybe, one sees a tree in its finest splendour through a season that one thinks…. well maybe I would like one of those. And with that in mind tree planting season is almost upon us…. Now is the time to decide that you would like.
Can you imagine if every house in Ireland planted just one tree how beautiful this country would look. If you don’t plant one…buy one for somebody you like to brighten their day up… then go and admire their one… or rake some leaves up and allow the kids to kick them all over the place…. 😆
As a by the way…. autumn colour is brought about by a build up in sugars from warm temperatures during the day and then a cold night where the sugars are held in the leaf.
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the big tidy…

some call it ‘garden hygiene’ but, it is simply, really, a good darned clean up combined with a close up inspection to leave you in good stead for next year. It is what my Mother used to do before Christmas in the house – the big winter/ spring clean – so to speak.

It is absolutely necessary. If the weather has made you neglect the garden for a while [?] then here’s a little helping hand for what should be done… [off the top of my head…]

  • cutting back of smaller growing plants [ieg lavanders] to prevent soft woody
  • growth which may rot
  • cutting back of all hedging type [ieg large fuchsia] excepy for those that may
  • spring flower [ieg forsythia]
  • division of herbaceous planting and replanting
  • fertilising [with a relevant SRF] of trees and shrubs
  • cleaning/ removal to the base of all planting of a seasons debris
  • a reshaping of all lawn edgings
  • the adjustment of all tree strappings/stakes
  • the removal of dead wood and growth
  • the removal and/ or treatment of all weeds
  • laying of bark mulch after spraying
  • the cutting of all hedges
  • planting of bulbs [now!]
  • planning for all tree and hedge planting and the ordering of [now!]
  • painting/ treatment of all fences, sheds, furniture and timbers
  • birds feeders and seed – go gettem – almost there!
  • fork that lawn

Once again, these are just some of the chores/ tasks that should be completed. The list is pretty much that, that will be done to my own garden. If there is anything more I should add… then just let me know; and if I can help in anyway – just pick up the telephone and I’ll be happy to have a chat with you!

good gardens, good planning

garden planning and tree planting

garden planning and tree planting

If one is thinking of where to start in a garden… at the top is usually a good place! In good gardens, good planning is everything. One can have anything they want and at anytime, but, when it comes to working with the seasons this is where one gets the most from their budget.

As I have said so many times, its not what you have – it’s what you do with it.

To analagise, one does not decide to buy Christmas presents on Christmas day. With regard to tree planting and garden planning – if this is something you could consider – one should begin that process now. The tree season of better value is almost upon us. Approximately eight weeks away and the greatest gardens are always made with great planning.

As a rule of thumb of when to plant bare roots and root balls its when the trees lose their leaves and go into a wintering state. But first of course we’ve got beautiful autumn to come when all the leaves are brown…