Jon Crispin's Notebook

Paperwhites

Posted in biology, Flowers, Jon Crispin, Nature, Plants, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 10/02/2017

paperwhites

Just before Christmas I bought the last four paperwhite bulbs at Hadley Garden Center.  As they were the last ones, they looked a bit ratty.  Since we were gone most of January, Cris didn’t put them into the jar of rocks until just after we got home.  The first flowers came out today.  A full foot of snow outside but lovely to have these beauties in the house.

I spoke to my friend John Wilson in Stratford-upon-Avon late last week and he said the daffodils are already coming up over there.  I guess we’ll have to wait at least 6 more weeks before we see any here.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Howth

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We have been spending most of our time in busy cities on this trip, so we decided to take the DART train to Howth yesterday and spend some time on the coastal path.

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This is a lovely seaside  fishing village, and since it was Sunday it was a bit crowded, but we really wanted to walk, so it was worth it.

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As we walked through the carpark at the beginning of the path, we saw a guy in a superman costume get out of a taxi.  We didn’t think much about it at the time since it was a few days before Halloween.  We started our walk, and some minutes later looked down to a little island just off the coast and saw him jump off a diving platform.  He is in mid-flight in this photo but it is a bit difficult to see him.  Look for the red spot on the left.  Wild.

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It was a lovely day.  Not too hot, not too cool.

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Ireland is really green, and like Cornwall has a really interesting variety of plants.

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I can never keep these things straight, but I think this is gorse.  So lovely.

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There were amazing views throughout the walk.  In the foreground is an entire field of ferns that are just starting to turn brown.

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At one point the coast path crossed an enormous golf course.  We were instructed to stay quiet.  We obliged, and we did see some golfers teeing off.  It would have been a lovely day to play 18.

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But by far the coolest part of the walk was when we went through the Bog of Frogs.  It was boggy, but not noticeably froggy.

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We walked well over 10 miles, and it was spectacular.  It was great to get a pint and some fish and chips once back in Howth.

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As we waited for the train to Dublin, a Carphone Warehouse advert kept scrolling through this sign at the station.

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Once back in Dublin, we stopped at Mary’s Bar and Hardware for a whiskey.  They really love JFK here.  And the whiskey was nice.

Pink Lady’s Slipper / Red Eft

Posted in Animals, botany, Flowers, Nature, Orchids, Plants, Uncategorized, walking in the woods by joncrispin on 05/06/2016

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There are hundreds of pink lady’s slippers around the house.  We are very lucky.

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Red efts were out today as well, as it is a rainy, humid day.  These guys are tiny.

Lettuces

Posted in botany, Food, Plants, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 04/06/2016

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Amazing, beautiful lettuces at today’s farmer’s market.  Apparently there is a bumper crop this year.  Everything around here is flowering to beat the band.  The mountain laurels are just about to pop and the lady slippers are all around us in the the woods.

Tulips

Posted in Flowers, Plants, Seasons, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 01/05/2016

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The university has planted a ton of tulips in anticipation of a flood of people visiting for commencement.  Most of them are planted in regular beds, but these guys are interspersed with clumps of grass just outside of the recreation center.  Nice.

It’s Growing

Posted in Jon Crispin, Plants, Uncategorized, Water by joncrispin on 28/04/2016

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Here it is from a different angle.  It is growing nicely.  I wonder if it will flower.

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Water Plant

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We had a lovely walk in the woods this morning.  The trees are just starting to show new growth, and I was pleased to see that some of these water plants (identification anyone?) are starting to appear in the  small streams.  This one is right near a spot where Olive likes to lie in the water and rub her back on the moss covered rocks.

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This is from a few days ago.  It might be time for a bath.

Crocus

Posted in Flowers, Nature, Plants, Uncategorized, Weather by joncrispin on 31/03/2016

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We are supposed to have snow this weekend along with very cold temperatures.  I didn’t want to lose these guys to the weather before I got the chance to take some pictures.  Nature!

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Leaves / Ice

Posted in Nature, Plants, Seasons, Trees, Uncategorized, Weather by joncrispin on 28/01/2016

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I had a nice little walk in the woods today with the dog.  We don’t have any snow, but there is ice.

Beach Flower

Posted in Beaches, Flowers, Plants by joncrispin on 04/01/2016

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It is wonderful to come to a place in the month of January where wild plants are still flowering.  In all our miles of walking the beach, this was the only blossom we have seen.

Anyone out there have any idea what plant this is?

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