Allow some mess for winter wildlife

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Posted on: 6th December, 2016

Category: Home, Garden & Environment

Contributor: Ruby Harte

Ruby Harte (a.k.a Mags Riordan) has been a professional florist for over 12 years. Ruby runs a family owned nursery, Bumble Bee Farm in Castledonovan, Drimoleague and is deeply concerned about the protection and cultivation of nature and its habitats.

‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year’. I must confess we love Christmas here at Bumblebee farm. We don’t really do glitter here. For us it’s all about the natural beauty of Mother Nature’s bounty, lovingly put together by our team. Because it’s a busy season for us, we are into the swing of it earlier than most and by now are decorated and fully festive. The smell of pine cones, seasonal foliage, orange and cinnamon have been getting us in the Christmas spirit for weeks. Almost all the prep is done, crates of wired cones, bunched twigs and cinnamon, dehydrated orange and apple slices and divine hydrangeas all ready to be assembled.

Hypericum cream at the ready – it’s the only thing that keeps my hands working, holly looks amazing but boy does it hurt!

Continuing our expansion mission, this sees two more tunnels up and almost ready to go, we won’t know ourselves with a tunnel dedicated to roses, imagine the scent that will greet us every morning.

We took advantage of the machine we had to clear the ground ready for the new tunnels and filled in drains, which has given us another half an acre of space this will be one of my more enjoyable winter tasks, planning it’s planting.

Strimming over the snowdrops and early spring bulbs still has to be done, but a must to really be able to enjoy these winter beauties. I do love seeing the bare bones of the garden in winter it shows the bits of wisteria I missed with summer pruning but the nicer bits are the contorted willows and hazel that really come into their own at this time of year. The paper whites are glorious, the explosion of scent really packs a punch it’s such a pity they won’t grow outside but you can’t have everything.

This will be the last outside work for this year unless we have a storm disaster. I must compartmentalise the workload for now and concentrate on indoor festive work.

It is a great time to take stock and plan all the changes and improvements you want to implement. It’s so much easier when things are dormant. I’m a disaster when it comes to removing something that doesn’t earn its keep if it’s in flower. It is so much easier to be ruthless now.

Please do let some ‘mess’, as it can be a lifeline to small mammals and invertebrates, seed heads and gone over flowers can look very striking in winter sunshine, cobwebs are like living sculptures in early mornings with frost still on them, there is still so much beauty in the garden at this time of the year, you just need to look at it a little differently, you’ll be surprised with what you may find.

We have almost finished our re-branding and delighted with the results. Our new website is www.bumblebeeflowerfarm.ie please pop over and have a look, it’s only the first stage with lots more still to come. For now, we would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

Find us on facebook – bumblebee flower farm Ireland. Mobile 086 0823318.

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Submarines, American Sailors, and the Underwater War in Irish Waters, 1917-1918
by Dr John Borgonovo in The Parish Centre, Clonakilty
on Thursday Oct 26 2017 at 8.30 pm

In 1917, unrestricted submarine warfare by German U-boats brought the United States into WWI and created a crisis in Britain. To defeat the submarine menace, an American naval fleet was dispatched to County Cork, bringing about 10,000 sailors with it. This talk will explain the circumstances of this extraordinary event, and how Cork residents dealt with their unexpected American guests.

Dr John Borgonovo is a lecturer in the School of History at UCC. His publications include Spies, Informers, and the 'Anti-Sinn Féin' Society: The Intelligence War in Cork City, 1920-1921; The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916-1918; Exercising a close vigilance over their daughters: Cork women, American sailors, and Catholic vigilantes, 1917-18; Something in the Nature of a Massacre: The Bandon Valley Killings Revisited (with Andy Bielenberg). His latest publication (with co-authors John Crowley, Donal Ó Drisceoil and Mike Murphy) is the highly acclaimed and magnificient Atlas of the Irish Revolution. In July of this year, he organised a very successful conference on Winning the Western Approaches - Unrestricted Submarine Warfare and the US Navy in Ireland 1917-1918.
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Apple Juicing Day in Clonakilty next Sunday Sept 30th. All welcome to bring their apples from 2-6pm to the Clonakilty Community Garden (on entrance road to Clonakilty Lodge).

Building on the success of its inaugural 2016 event, local voluntary environmental organisation Sustainable Clonakilty invites people to bring along their apples and press them to extract their own juice to take home, using the group's Apple Press.

Volunteers will be at hand to assist in the procedure. Bring along your apples washed; clean containers to freeze your juice (milk/juice bottles or cartons, plastic bottles with caps); clean, sterilised glass bottles to pasteurise with swing caps or suitable for 26 mm diameter metal cap.

A limited number of new 3 litres juice bags that are suitable for freezing and pasteurising, can be purchased for a nominal fee on the day also.

This is a free community event and donations will be welcome to cover costs.

For further information, please contact Xavier at xavierdubuisson@gmail.com or text at 086/0476124.
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