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Birthday Presents..

19 October 2017 14:54:50

Delighted that these 3 beauties I got for my birthday arrived into work yesterday. 3 x Musa Sikkimensis Red Tiger. I will keep in the greenhouse this winter and plant out next spring as they are not as hardy as Basjoo but i've been told by the supplier they have taken -3.8 for them so thats good enough for me. They are very similar plants to Musa Basjoo except you get lovely red stripes of variationon the leaves.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 19 October 2017 17:29:46

Happy Belated Birthday Wishes, Peter. Lovely gift.

Dick Dick 19 October 2017 21:43:28

The best of luck with them Peter. 

MargieD MargieD 20 October 2017 17:42:45

Belated Birthday Wishes 

Lovely to get a gift to grow!


TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 20 October 2017 20:32:26

Happy Birthday!

Scrubber Scrubber 20 October 2017 21:33:38

And who was the kind gifter April and Andrew? Arent you the lucky beggar! But you deserve it.happy belated 21st!

Scrubber Scrubber 20 October 2017 21:33:39

And who was the kind gifter April and Andrew? Arent you the lucky beggar! But you deserve it.happy belated 21st!

Best Plants of 2017

17 October 2017 22:42:45

After just reading one of Jacintas journals I decided I would do this one I saw people doing a few weeks back to try get back doing journals. It's very sad to see the site dying like this but not much we can do about it only hope they do make the changes they "promised".

1st has to be Alstromeria Indian Summer. Not only is it flowering since April to now but has great foliage and very exotic flower which bulks up very quick and so easily divided to spread around or pot up for friends, a top top plant in my eyes.

2nd is Dahlias in general not jsut the one but all of them. They can flowe from late May right up until first frost and you get very dark to light green foliage. Small, medium and large plants and the diversity in flower types, sizes and colours makes them another must have/top summer plant.

Last is A simple one I have grown from seed for the last two years now is Coleous. Easy from seed and for €2 you can have up to 40 plants to fill in gaps all over my small garden here with fantastic foliage and coloured leaves to bright up even the dullest of corners.

Dick Dick 17 October 2017 23:02:58

Plants looking good Peter.I have grown Coleous from seed in the past and will think about it again.I am not familiar with Astromeria and will have a look out for it. I have read your reply about Musa. I would hate to see it die. I don't know your views on sport but the Camogie side and the O'Donovans have put Cork on the map.

JoanG JoanG 17 October 2017 23:05:17

Three good choices Peter.  I was never taken by alstroemerias but might just change my mind after seeing yours ... and I love your planting of coleus.  There's a gardening talk I'm hoping to get to next week on "Foliage is better than flowers", a controversial title but you have a fine example there! 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 17 October 2017 23:12:26

That's a fine clump of A. 'Indian Summer', Peter. I am very envious of the Cork climate. As for Coleus? I grew a  few from seed this year. But it was a bit late sowing them and they didn't amount to much. Then, the fact that we didn't have a particularly sunny summer didn't help. But hopefully next year. I was in the Botanic Gardens at the weekend, and it never fails to amaze me with how well their Coleus grow in their glasshouses. Maybe I'll keep them in the glasshouse in future.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 18 October 2017 00:23:26

Your Coleous reminded me of my early gardening adventures - I bought some coleous and really thought they were beautiful but didn't realise they weren't hardy so was quite devastated when they vanished without trace on me!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 18 October 2017 08:13:29

For summer colour, Dahlias all the way. Alstromeria 'Indian Summer' still going strong after all the winds, a fantastic plant. Great foliage on the Coleous, was a favourite of my Nan.

Jackie Jackie 18 October 2017 08:44:49

Oh wow Peter they all look terrific. I agree about the Dahlia. Great addition to the garden and so many colours too. Your Coleous is also very striking. And The Alstroemeri is stunning. 

LindaB LindaB 18 October 2017 14:08:54

All gorgeous!


Two flowers

09 September 2017 10:11:00

Two flowers looking well the last few days here. A kniphofia I recieved off Bruno a couple of years back which has a very tall flower spike and repeats flowering throughout the summer. and 2nd is a small begonia I also recieved off Bruno and comes back every year no problems at all. I have no specific names for these just there common ones.

fraoch fraoch 09 September 2017 11:12:30

Lovely and bright.

Michele Maria Michele Maria 09 September 2017 18:09:16

they pack a punch.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 09 September 2017 20:51:19

Love all kniphofias. I also have a Begonia due to flower any day. Got it in Fota two years ago.

Dick Dick 09 September 2017 22:06:28

The Kniphofia looks good. I had a number of these for some years but no sign of them now. The Begonia, an anagram of a big one. You said it was a small one.

sallysarah sallysarah 10 September 2017 09:31:07

The begonia could be sutherlandii.  I had that one and lost it, such a shame as it's a little beauty.

Moya Moya 10 September 2017 22:59:01

They both look great.

DeclanTipp DeclanTipp 11 September 2017 12:34:16

Any colour now Peter is to be welcomed .

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 11 September 2017 14:22:45

Peter, good strong stem on the kniphpfia will stand up to these gales today.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 14 September 2017 21:32:50

Lovely colours Peter. I have a knophofia which is pure yellow - I bought it online and thought I was ordering the traditional "Red Hot Poker" - but my sister gave me some of hers! Then I got what was supposed to be a yellow one from the same source and guess what? Yes, its the red one!!!! 

Dick Dick 17 October 2017 16:54:08

The Kniphofia is great at this time of the year. Mine is in bloom at present.

Hedychium Assam Orange

27 August 2017 23:19:32

This Ginger is flowering here at the moment and it's seems a very hardy and very reliable plant for flowering as it has flowered very well the last two years and survived two winters no problem. Seems to bulk up quick enough so hope to divided this year or next spring and put in other places of the garden and see how it gets on.

I am going to put up a general album of pics in the garden I like this year. I haven'd done the month by month as it's very hard to get this old laptop going and can't do it on any of the modern devices...anyway enjoy :D

Jacinta D Jacinta D 28 August 2017 06:44:30

Brilliant album, Peter. 

Keego Keego 28 August 2017 19:26:16

That is a great Album full of wonderful plants

Dick Dick 28 August 2017 20:12:48

Lovely album Peter, quite a selection of plants. Is your Musa in the ground. My two are still in the pots but doing well. I admired the frog.

JoanG JoanG 28 August 2017 20:17:52

Fabulous plants in your album Peter, all perfect specimens. It's easy to see why they are favourites and you grow them so well.  Love the overall view of your garden. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 28 August 2017 21:40:29

A fantastic album, Peter.  Your garden is looking gorgeous and a wonderful selection of plants.

TerriShoos TerriShoos 29 August 2017 07:18:19

We were only talking about how gardens develop fronm raw, as ours is looking quite raw at the moment, and I was wondering how yours was maturing. Well, that would be brilliantly! Great album and some great healthy plants there. 

Jackie Jackie 29 August 2017 08:00:18

Wow Peter I love this. Definitely going to get me some as they look amazing. 

Your album is just full of beautiful plants. One nicer than the other almost and great photography too. 

What is the name of the little Geum you have in photo 9? It's a beauty. 

Also what is he name of the plant in  photo no 16? I think I might have asked before. That's a real beauty! 

Your garden is just stunning and really matured over the past couple of years. Very exotic looking. You must be so happy with it now. :) 

Brugmansia Sanguinea

27 August 2017 23:16:02

Delighted to finally see flowers on this Brug today and aren't they just fantastic. I'm so pleased to have gotten one to flower and it's so Exotic and the colours amazing. I got this as a small cutting almost 2 years ago and no flowers at all last year and looked like the sma e would happen this year so a couple of months back I decided to plant out and feed it like mad and now I have a few flowers opened today and a few more buds on the way. Very happy with this.


Jacinta D Jacinta D 28 August 2017 06:37:32

It's absolutely stunning, Peter. If you take cuttings at some stage, could you possibly put my name down for one please?

Michele Maria Michele Maria 28 August 2017 12:20:24

Well done on getting it to flower and what a fabulous flower it is. Will you take it indoors for the winter? 

Your 2017 album is great. I love that shot of the tulips.

Keego Keego 28 August 2017 19:27:34

Beautiful hot colours Peter your determination paid off

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 28 August 2017 21:42:15

Plants respond to plenty of feeding and you have got the results with that fantastic flower.

Jackie Jackie 29 August 2017 07:54:54

Peter it's magnificent. And well done on getting all those flowers. You definitely have the magic touch. fabulous. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 29 August 2017 22:04:28

Well done! They are truly exotic flowers! 


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