Sunday, June 03, 2007
I have been reminiscing about my trip to Ireland last summer. Especially since someone who went with us is ill right now. I have been going over a few photos and found these pictures of Irish roses. The first one is from a hopelessly beautiful garden in front of some modest townhouses (not sure what they call them over there). If I could cultivate a little more of this type of action I would be a rich man (not only monetarily). Some other photos I took during the trip can be found here:
I have some correspondence to send out today. I have been woefully lax in emailing friends and family. There are a couple of business emails to go too. I have to explain to everyone how far behind I am. The 1 to 2 inches of rain we are expecting from the remnants of Tropical Storm Barry isn’t going to help matters. I guess I can only do what I can do. I have to get the rest of tropicals out of the Conservatory and that sounds easy except they have to lowered to the first floor via the lift inside (try that with a 16 foot Ficus tree). I also have to finish putting the annuals in and planting the container garden. There is a big Garden Party a week from today at the Estate so I have been concentrating my efforts on getting everything ready.
Yesterday I had to go the garden with a chainsaw. I am guilty of often trying to nurse plants back to health but a few just had to go. Among the victims were a Albizia julibrissin 'Ernest Wilson', which is a tree I have vowed never to try and grow in Connecticut again. A large Kousa Dogwood on the island had to go as the top completely died. I had several plants killed by sapsuckers. Here is a photo of some of the damage on the Leatherleaf Viburnum.
Actually the plant is sprouting from below this damage but I had to cut away 75% of the 12-foot high shrub. The Sapsuckers completely ravaged a planting of San Jose Holly that were about 25 feet tall and 20 years old. I am not sure what to do about them; maybe I should buy a shotgun. I don’t mind sharing the garden with wildlife, that is all part of it, but these birds are way too destructive. A few Mountain Laurel cultivars had to go as they just didn’t come back after the winter.
^These are some 'new' Rose pictures from Ireland.