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a bargain and a poppy

20 September 2015 10:30:31

i got this poppy 'harvest moon' in april or may of this year, it flowered in its pot and that was it i thought it had died off as the leaves went on it but when i planted it in to the new area it took off again and now it is attempting to flower and i think the other two will follow this one has a fine big bud on it, the colour will be orange which fits into the colour scheme in this bed. i really hope it gets to flower again before the winter 

i got 2 solar spot lights in woodies for 5 euro, these change colour and look really cool in the grass beds, i must pick up a few more this weekend coming 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 20 September 2015 10:42:52

Lovely orange poppy. Those solar lights are very reasonable. They give a lovely soft effect to the night garden.

Michelle finn Michelle finn 20 September 2015 12:40:36

they sure do jacinta, it is end of season so they are trying to sell them off rather than be stuck with them 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 20 September 2015 12:59:37

I have the occasional poppy giving a late flower too - they really brighten things up! That spotlight is very effective! I have a whole box of solar lights I forgot to put out this year - maybe I'll put them out now ...... 

Joann Joann 20 September 2015 15:08:08

That orange is lovely, must watch out for that one. Good bargain on the spotlights too

Michelle finn Michelle finn 20 September 2015 19:57:35

you might as well hazel you should get a few weeks out of them before the winter. i think that one is called harvest moon, i will try to save seed from it joann and send it to you......................i will try anyway 

Joann Joann 20 September 2015 23:08:55

thanks Michelle, I have one, bright orange, I think it may be Allegro but not sure, I like that Harvest Moon is a softer orange

Michelle finn Michelle finn 21 September 2015 15:22:21

No problem hope I can get s flower out of it before the frosts the I will have the seed for you 

new area part 2

19 September 2015 17:10:51

here are a few more photos of the new area. i painted the boxes black so the plants stand out more 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 19 September 2015 18:55:22

Gosh, they do look great, Michelle. I agree, the black sure does the trick.

Michelle finn Michelle finn 19 September 2015 19:17:29

it does doesnt it. when i put on the first coat i though yes that is way better. the purple did nothing for the new planting scheme

Moya Moya 19 September 2015 21:50:18

You have some great plants there Michelle.

Michelle finn Michelle finn 19 September 2015 22:08:54

it has cost me a fortune last year moya but sure it makes me happy so it is so worth it. i have some more stuff to add to it to make it more japanese as it doesnt look like that at the moment 

the new area

19 September 2015 15:03:49

i took some new photos today of new area and this site wont upload them will try later what i did put up is of the new area during the big clearout and getting ready for planting. it is extremely frustrating when you take ages to put up an album and it wont take.

here are some photos for now 

Moya Moya 19 September 2015 21:43:51

That looks really lovely Michelle. Lots of interest with the different grasses.

Michelle finn Michelle finn 19 September 2015 22:06:43

it will look better with time and i will add some achilea and verbena bonariensis for next year plus aliums in the grass beds 

new area and tunnel almost complete

19 September 2015 14:12:58

 i havent been on the site much but i have been doing alot of work on the new area. when i have it finished it will be a japanese area. the tunnel has been cleared out and refloored as the old floor was in bad shape. it is now ready to house the tender plants for the winter. my neighbour made me 2 new doors so it will be extra cosy and secure, the old doors were falling apart. 

the new area is almost complete. a bit of light weeding and getting more bark for the beds and stone for the ground around the beds and add some box and rocks put in something that resembles running water   then it will be complete. planted the two grass beds yesturday with miscanthus and strippa aurences  two different phormiums the one with  the varigated yellow leaves is a phormium i had for two years in a pot and it finally found its home yesturday, i had to break it out of the pot, the pot was cracked anyway but the broken bits will come in handy for bottom of pots. 

it has taken a long time to get this finished but very happy with it now. i have an idea for a type of arbour/ summer house  for this area in between the two grassbeds this i will make myself with trelis.

looking forward to seeing the two spotlights light up. these change colour.

Rio the dog has found his own nuck in the beds so will have to leave that free of bark for him or he will tear up somewhere else.

i am putting up an album of the new area so far. i will start of with pictures of when it was first planted up 

Dick Dick 19 September 2015 14:37:18

Great job Michelle. Looking at it, it is a professional job , with the new floor, so neat and organised. The best of luck with it in the future.

Michelle finn Michelle finn 19 September 2015 14:56:55

thank you dick

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 19 September 2015 15:24:49

The tunnel is looking great so neat and tidy. Rio seems very content to be there.

Michelle finn Michelle finn 19 September 2015 16:53:22

he sure does elizabeth any plant that is in the way gets dug out the little monkey

Moya Moya 19 September 2015 21:47:28

OMG - that tunnel is something else and the doors are fab!!

Michelle finn Michelle finn 19 September 2015 22:10:16

my next door neighbour is brilliant the glass part is actually an old bath screen that he had in the shed for years. 

Moya Moya 19 September 2015 22:43:39

You are so lucky to have a nieghbour like that Michelle.

you know you are getting old when.................

05 September 2015 23:12:27

when jobs you used to get done really quickly and easily and now it takes you a week to sort out.  the tunnel.......this job used to be done and dusted in one day..............crikey my energy is gone. i paused the finishing of the new area until i clear out the tunnel because i need to have it ready in case the temps dive even more and my tender stuff needs to come in then i can finish this new area and show you what i have done so far. i have bulbs to add to it and then mulch with bark so by the end there should be a good bit of interest in it then for the different seasons.

sorted a load of pots today in the tunnel putting them into piles and clearing them out of the tunnel, just need to sort out and move the table out then i clean it and put down new mypex ( the good stuff)  as the one that is in it is gone very old and worn down and ripped up......thats the plan


Jacinta D Jacinta D 06 September 2015 06:06:24

I like those three yellows.

Yes, I understand about getting 'old'. I do about 30 minutes work in the garden and then take 30 minutes break. The only way to get things done for now. Hoping my new knee will give me a new lease of life next year.

Michelle finn Michelle finn 06 September 2015 12:56:18

fingers crossed it will jacinta. when i had these pics uploaded it dawned on me i just picked three yellows :) without thinking 

Periwinkle Periwinkle 06 September 2015 18:01:37

What is the third picture, Kitty?

Michelle finn Michelle finn 06 September 2015 19:46:15

dorothy it is evening primrose 

TerriShoos TerriShoos 07 September 2015 08:30:49

Yes, I used to garden for 3 or 4 hours withoput a stop, then go back out for the same time again. Which is probably how I banjaxed my joints!! Now it's an hour tops and the kettle's on again. But take heart - Geoff Hamilton's missus said he had a cuppa every hour, on the hour! 

Michelle finn Michelle finn 07 September 2015 17:11:43

i get frustrated because i just cannot do it anymore. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 07 September 2015 17:49:19

You and me both, Michelle. But you're a lot younger than me. LOL

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 09 September 2015 21:55:55

Wow!  Aren't  we all seeing the glass half empty!  I feel lucky every day that I have  the privilege of a space to call my own!

Periwinkle Periwinkle 09 September 2015 21:59:07

That's the spirit, .Hazel!  I totally agree. Having had a great day with our garden society visiting! 


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