My Donegal Garden – Tulips Singing “I Will Survive!”
My Tulips have been singing “I will survive” for much of March as storms, heavy rain and hail lashed these shores.
I am happy to report there have been very few floral casualties!
My coral varieties – Van Eijk, Toronto and Mystic Van Eijk, are still emerging and doing well.
However, the purple shades of Candy Prince, Purple Prince and Flaming Flag are a little further behind:
Hyacinths are providing a glorious scent in shades of Pink and Yellow:
The early Daffodils are now over:
While later varieties are still in bloom:
Cerise Pompom Primula are emerging among the Lenten Hellebore. I have many happy memories of adding them to Easter posies as a child:
I managed to prune my Roses in early March, before the storms arrived.
Some just needed a little tidy, and removal of dead wood:
While others needed a major haircut, like the before and after shot below, where I put all my cuttings into the soil around the mummy plant, to provide a nice large shrub in the not too distant future.
If you trim each branch to just above a leaf node, and make a slanting cut (to keep the rain water away from the emerging bud) it will be very happy.
In early March, I gave all my Roses their first of three nutritional feeds of the year. In the past I have used seaweed and organic compost, but I now prefer a specialised rose food, which has all the nutrients needed for optimum growth and flowering.
They seem stronger and happier with this new meal plan.
Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from debilitating illness.
She lives in Donegal, Ireland – an area of outstanding natural beauty.
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