A small suburban garden, 100 metres (ok yards) from the sea. Home to cat, lots of soil critters (good and bad cowboys!) and the Head Gardener, who wants to record of some of the little things that mean a lot as a way of expressing gratitude. When things don't move quickly enough in the garden, Páraig (pronounced Paw-rig) heads off along the byways of SE Ireland on his bike "Gilhaney".
Thursday, November 24, 2016
The Christmas Rose is blooming. It's an exciting time of the year! Helleborus 'Christmas Carol' is a clump-forming, semi-evergreen perennial with leathery, deeply lobed, dark green leaves and, from winter to early spring, upright stems bearing outward-facing, sometimes green-flushed, white flowers with green eyes and prominent yellow stamens.
The other plant that is usually associated with Christmas in many households is the very tasty Brussels Sprout. Mine will be ready soon. As recommended, I removed the tops just last week in order to divert the little remaining energy of decreasing sunlight to the ripening harvest.
Brassica gemmifera Roodnerf
I grew 10 plants back in May and thinned them out to the strongest three. Later, during mid-summer, I noticed that they were being attacked at night by the critters. Rather than try to win a midnight war, I played smart, by giving one of the plants to them and protecting the other two. I'm happy to say that it worked. I'd call it a win-win situation.