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Hi, my name is Grace Jolliffe and like it says up there, I like to garden, actually I love to garden but I couldn’t get that domain!

IN MY GALWAY GARDEN

We now have a large 1.4 acre garden which sounds great, except it isn’t a garden, it’s a wild place in Galway, close enough to the Burren to share it’s landscape – so there’s more rocks, stones, and weeds and scutch grass than soil.

WILD GARDEN

Although I love to garden I won’t be claiming to be an expert because I am far from it. I am planning to learn as I go along. Like lots of learners there will be mistakes. But, I’m not going to hide them because I want to show a real garden so I am going to post what doesn’t work as well as what does because nobody’s garden is perfect and even the real, professional gardeners have failures.

A REAL GARDEN

Real gardens aren’t like the one’s on telly either, they’re messier and tend to do their own thing, like growing weeds faster than you can believe possible – specially if you go on holiday.  In fact going on holiday and leaving an unattended garden behind is like leaving your teenage kids home alone, either way you will come back to a mess .

I was going to do all the garden myself with a bit of help from hubby. That was my plan but like they say, while we make plans, the gods make jokes and the joke on me was an accident where I broke both bones in my leg. Two operations and various pins and plates later, the recovery has been slow and I am still packing a lot of hardware in my right leg – hardware that’s going to stay forever, or so they say.

GOING POTTY

I wasn’t able to start a garden when I originally thought I would. All I could do at first was sit at the kitchen table sorting seeds and planting them in little pots.

Now I am still getting around okay although I do have  a pretty unstable leg but I can work in the garden quite happily although to do anything involving proper tools I have to get a bit of help.

lettuce-in-pot

One thing I had quite a lot of help with was preparing and planting a wildflower meadow. I had dreamed of a wildflower meadow. I thought it would be idyllic – you know like the ones in the pictures, the ones with the beautiful flowers, cornflowers and poppies, waving in a soft breeze and puppies and…But then I woke up! The dream was over and the nightmare began. Well maybe a slight exaggeration there but remember what I said above about ‘even the real, professional gardeners having failures,’ well my wildflower meadow seems to be one of these.

barren-garden

So, starting now I’m going to be writing about developing my Galway garden. I will be planting trees, shrubs and flowers as well as growing my own vegetables.  As I said above I am pretty much going to learn as I go, so I would be grateful for any advice or comments you may have. 

Come back soon!

Grace

flower pot man

 

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