After a long dry Summer and Autumn there has now been plenty of rain, softening up the earth and replenishing the ground water. Our programme of winter planting of trees and fruit bushes has commenced.
The Lacken walk is almost covered with the rising flood waters
The board walk keeps our feet out of the water and allows the wetlands to be flooded
Board walk at Ossory Bridge, new signage has been erected showing the attractive loop walking routes available
The colder winter days brings new work for our many residents associations with the cleaning of planted areas. Beds where possible have a variety of sustainable plants that give colour all year round. These need to be weeded, the plants trimmed back, or in many cases divided and replanted elsewhere. Some winter colour is add with primroses and violas. The robin, a gardeners friend in the winter stands by, ready to pick up any tasty morsels which remain after the work.
Bulb planting in the autumn, we look forward to spring colour! This forms part of our annual planting each year giving colour on an ongoing basis. Areas with many bulbs are also thinned out directly after flowering, dried out and stored and the bulbs are then recycled into new areas in the Autumn.
The earthworms are near the surface and are disturbed as we do the bulb planting, the ground is quite damp after a lot of rain. (see 1 Euro coin for scale). Worms are very important for the health of the earth.
The recent heavy snow and crisp air presents Kilkenny in a new light on the evening of the 2nd day of December 2010. A pleasant walk a dusk through the historic Irishtown, St Canice’s and Black Abbey areas of the City!
Kilkenny City walls and gate.
St Canice's Catholic church
St Canice's cathedral and the historic round tower has seen many snow covered winters over the centuries.
St Canices steps leading from Irishtown to the Cathedral