Squirrels don’t intentionally dig up newly planted bulbs, but that’s how it seems. Your bulbs gets moved up to the surface as the squirrel buries it’s feast. Protect pots and new plantings with a cover of small mesh chicken wire now. Remove it when new growth is poking through the soil in spring.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
- Tidy and prepare the garden for the winter. Don't be too tidy though, leave cutting back perennial plants until the Spring as they provide, habitat for over wintering bugs, architectural seed heads, for both you and the birds to enjoy and, although the growth appears dead, it does provide shelter against frost for the plants below.
- Herbaceous plants will die back quickly once the frost strikes so mark with a stick those plants that could easily be damaged when digging.
- If you’re fortunate enough to have a pond and you haven't already done so, cut back overgrown plants, and divide those that need it. Cover the pond with pea netting or similar to catch any remaining autumn leaves and place a ball in the water to help prevent it from completely freezing over.
- Insulate any tender plants with bubble wrap, fleece or straw. Bananas, Cannas and Tree Ferns are good examples of those in need of covering. (Note keep an eye on your local weather as covering plants does depend on where your garden is situated. In some cases you may need to lift them.)
- If you don't own a shredder, hire one for the weekend to chop up all those woody prunings. They'll compost down much faster once they've been shredded. It works out cheaper if you can share one with neighbours.
- Check and repair fences, especially rabbit proofing if rabbits are a problem in your area. The netting should be buried at least 15cm (6in) under the ground in an 'L' shape to prevent rabbits digging underneath.
Posted by Ena Ronayne Labels: Seasons
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Bulbs, Corms, Tubers and Rhizomes have one thing in common, that is that they’re all underground storage organs, providing food for the plant to grow during its season. However, they’re very different in the way they do this and the way they look.
Bulbs are made up of fleshy scales, these are actually modified leaves. These tend to look a bit like an onion and often have a brown papery outer layer.
Examples of bulbs:
Muscari (Grape Hyacinth)Hyacinth
A bulb is formed from the plant stem and leaves.
The roots grow from the under side of the bulb (the compressed stem). In the centre of the bulb is the pre-formed bud for next year’s flower – cut one in half vertically, you can virtually see the flower inside. The shoots grow from the top of the bulb (the pointed end).
Whilst the plant is growing it used food stored in the bulbs fleshy scales, after this season this process is reversed and the leaves divert food back into the bulb for storage ready for the next growing season.
Irish Bulbs suppliers:
Bulb Suppliers outside of Ireland:
Posted by Ena Ronayne Labels: Bulbs / Corms / Plants / Rhizomes
“Biology does not condemn humanity to war the same species that invented war is capable of inventing peace. The responsibility lies with each of us.”
A powerful quotation from 'Seville Statement on Violence' 1986
mentioned at the Annual IFAE Education Conference, The Hague, April '08. Translated by Ron Farrell - well worth a read.
The International Foundation For Adult Education (IFAE) is a non-profit organisation, originally founded in 1985 to promote educational programmes that encourage cultural understanding, tolerance and personal development. The foundation provides guidance and support to organisations and schools that are developing initiatives for tolerance and conflict resolution.
IFAE presents highly regarded teaching programmes through the medium of lectures and Distance Learning in the Social Sciences to encourage understanding and tolerance.
They provide Educational programmes in the Social Sciences and Counselling, Diploma and Certificate programmes in the Social Sciences through Distance Learning to students throughout the world, Scholarships for education in developing countries, grant assistance for adult education in members states of the European Union, support to organisations involved in peace and tolerance initiatives.
Their aim is to help people to improve interpersonal communication and problem solving skills, inspire communities to continue to work and study in the area of tolerance and inter-cultural understanding, improve self esteem, confidence and allow people to feel their uniqueness as well as respecting the rich diversity that exists in the world, assist people to listen empathically and to communicate with authenticity in a caring world, encourage the involvement of local communities in inter-cultural education, challenge prejudicial myths and perceptions, disseminate information on inter-cultural dialogue within organisations, introduce people into an innovative community of learning and personal development where the seeds of the joy and love of learning are sewn.
Posted by Ena Ronayne Labels: Adult-Education