I WANDERED LONELY AS A CLOUD

I picked a nice bunch of Daffodils in the garden yesterday, and they opened up during the night in the warm room.  There is a slight scent coming from them, some are doubles, only one is a single Daffodil.  Looking at them here from where I am sitting, and enjoying their beauty, I am thinking of planting some more of them for next spring!  I thought I’d share part of one of my favourite Wordsworth poems;  “I wandered lonely as a cloud”

“I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.”
William Wordsworth

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MINI GREENHOUSE IS UP

Today, my partner Ian, finished setting up the mini greenhouse. It was a glorious, even a warm day here in West Cork, so between himself and Ruben, my grandson, they set it up, and it’s all done now. The strawberry plants are already on that raised bed and so they can start to really pick up. The Borage at the side was not damaged or affected and I will let that grow there for the bees and other delightful pollinators.
We have two more mini greenhouses to set up over some of the other raised beds. It will extend our growing season I think. I have young salad plants ready to plant out in one of those greenhouses, and there are other seeds on the go. If it gets really warmer later in the summer we can just peel them back, lift them off and let the garden get on with growing things.

Lots to learn of course as I have never grown anything in a greenhouse before.
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And a closer look.

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Daffodils are really opening up now in the garden, birds are singing, and all over there is a real spring feeling.

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HINT OF SPRING & GARDEN COMING ALIVE

Today was a lovely spring-like day, sunshine and about 6 degrees Celsius. I found daffodils up and budding to flower, also crocuses, primroses, and the borage, lemon balm and comfrey plants are sprouting and showing young new fresh green shoots – lovely. I did some mulching, and my partner started to take down a branch of the chestnut tree. I am also starting a few seeds inside, at this time it will just be sweet peas, but soon vegetables will follow. Then I picked some more produce from the garden to cook dinner. All in all it was a lovely day with a definite ‘spring’ feeling about it, putting a big smile on our faces.
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WICKLOW MOUNTAINS IN THE DISTANCE

Our journey to County Wicklow during the week was initially almost called off due to a promise of snow and stormy weather, however, at the last minute we decided to go. It was well worth it, a most beautiful area to visit, though disappointed that there are no snow except on the mountain tops. We attended a wedding in Manor House hotel. One of the features of these old houses are the ancient trees on the land, and I had to opportunity to take a walk and photograph some of them. Among the native trees there were the large and ancient Oaks, tall and beautiful Beeches, and many other trees. So very impressive and beautiful. And among the trees brightly Wild Garlic is growing, also coming up were Daffodils. On one of the trees I found a large fungus. I was able to identify those trees by the leaves found underneath, or in the case of the Beeches, the nut cases that were still plentiful on the tree branches.
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Though I was looking forward to taking photos of snow, we only saw snow on the tops of the mountains, it was still very beautiful.
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A large branch of the ancient Oak tree hangs low and heavy and supports all the thinner branches that reach the ground.

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Ivy climbs up some of the trunks and branches, as do lichens, and mosses.

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Wild Garlic (I smelled it)  and young Daffodils among the leaf litter underneath the trees.

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I thought that these tree trunks looked affectionate together.

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Oak leaf

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One of the magnificent Oaks.  Thank you owners of these large estates many years ago for planting these wonderful trees so that we can enjoy them now.  Food for thought and encouragement for us to plant trees also for the enjoyment of generations to come.