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supporting plants…

looking for a little alternative other than the sheet of trellice that keeps rotting away behind that overgrown climber? maybe a more presentable way to support that new tree you just bought? maybe a new way to divide that strip between you and the neighbours….. ?

Take a look and see what you think….

can you recommend a plant… ?

If you are looking for that splash of colour… for that flower-less bed that just never seems to appear bright at all or you simply wish to have a ‘bash’ at creating your own bit of inspiration…….

Then here are 18 little beauties that are guaranteed to bring a [greater] smile to your face. You need worry not, as none will grow to a gizillion feet tall or wide and all will, once planted, continue to flower year after year and are suited to small gardens and large….

Simply click on the image of the plant you like – to get the name – and then click again to enlarge.

Any problems…….. just leave a comment below 😉

3 minute wonder…

what is eating my plant…

not what... but who?

not what... but who?

I was out near The Curragh recently with really nice clients having a coffee… on the way out the door… I spotted Dolly having a go at the newest vegetarian options menu 😆

Humour aside, last year of course my cabbage plants had an absolute savaging by the insect world. Not being the biggest chemical fan in the world that I am… I inspected and it was pretty easy to see why the ‘law of diminishing returns’ had taken an entirely new meaning. Without getting into the entire lengthy discussion of insects and their habits…. for the moment I shall narrow amage of leave down to two types.

The first is by insects… [pauses] pests of plants – whose  mouth eating parts will only alow them to eat in between the veins of the plants leaves… the second type is bird damage who will eat through any part of the leaf including the vein.

operophtera brumata

operophtera brumata

In this case it is plain to see the Winter Moth Caterpillar [operophtera brumata] having an absolute feast.

To control these guys the answers are [excluding chemical warefare] pretty pre-historic. Assuming you do wish to end their life, it is by hand that is constantly recommended by almost all books… ie. they are to be removed by hand. The only other method it seems is to cover the planted area with a horticultural fleece to prevent them getting to the plant.

Whatever you do, whatever you choose to grow – remember not to get stressed and enjoy 🙂

10 green-er bits and bobs…. for you!

unusual...?

unusual...?

Every now and again, I get a list of things that generally wouldn’t make an entire blog post so to speak or simply just deserve a good mention…. here are another 10 green-er-[ish] bit’s and bobs…. just for you! enjoy 🙂

  • Two company’s I recently reviewed Qik & Maxroam – they’ve just joined forces. A great Irish business success story. A great man in Pat Phelan at the helm. Read the facts here. Tanáiste Mary Coughlan was on hand celebrate with the lads great news. Bulaidh bós All.
  • Limerick Mothers asked to get real…? I’d mentioned real nappies before… It seems Limerick Co. Co. are going a step further and doing something… I’m all for this one. April 22nd and 23rd… Pity this isn’t an All Ireland gig. Well done Sinéad Mc Donnell, Limericks Environmental Officer!
  • According to Clare County Council… well, their press release [read it here], 37 plots measuring 15m x 10m is the way to tackle the recession?! Great idea – slight bandwagon jumping on me thinks! Would have been nice-er if this was simply just a good news story…. But then it is The Mayor of Clare
  • Free Gig! Interested? Composting at home? Limerick County Council & the Irish Peatland Conservation Council Coláiste Iosaef, Kilmallock (7.30-10pm, Thursday 23 April). I wonder do they have brown bins in Limerick? For more info contact Helen Rooney at 061-496192 or e-mail hrooney [at] limerickcoco [dot] ie
  • Courtesy of Eoghan Mc Cabe – been sitting in my locker a while… just waiting….  Ma! ? Press play below…. 😆

  • Courtesy of Nick Mc Givney – a new meaning to green business cards
great idea...

great idea...

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