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Nice and bright

27 March 2017 20:13:23

I wouldn't normally 'clean' my windows of the greenhouse, just usually blast the glass with the hose. But today I did a proper job. Took most of the tender potted plants outside for a breath of fresh air, and gave the glass a thorough clean. Gosh, the difference is amazing. That'll let a lot more light in. And the tenders are now snuggled back in for the night.

Had my tomato seedlings and sunflowers out today to start off the hardening process. But as tomorrows temps will be down on todays, and it won't be as sunny, I'm hoping it'll still be warm enough to continue the process.

Photo no. 2 is of Caltha palustris in the Lower Pond. As you can see it's a double. The other Caltha (photo no. 3) is in the Greenhouse Pond and looks more like a buttercup. Can anyone id it properly for me please?

Dick Dick 27 March 2017 20:15:58

Looks good Jacinta. Have you room for all of the plants?

Jacinta D Jacinta D 27 March 2017 20:25:56

It's a bit chocabloc in there at the moment, Dick. But the pelargoniums will go outside permanently soon. That will free up a lot of space.

JoanG JoanG 27 March 2017 20:44:00

It's sparkling, well done Jacinta, I hate the job of cleaning the greenhouse. 

Sorry, can't help on the caltha; they both look nice. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 27 March 2017 21:22:15

Jacinta, you have been a busy woman, but the difference when you clean the glass can be amazing, you never realise it. I think the third photo is Caltha palustris.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 27 March 2017 21:30:25

Yes, Mary. Both photo no. 2 and 3 are Caltha Palustris. But photo no. 2 is CP 'Flore Pleno', I think.

PeterW PeterW 27 March 2017 21:58:09

Great job Jac, I see your T-rex is a great size now and love that yellow fritillaria. i have been bringing my red Bananas out during the day aswell when it's sunny.

accsean accsean 27 March 2017 22:52:26

That's like an Aladdins cave. I love the beautiful, simple yellow flower in your third photo. No ponds in Murroe, I'm afraid.

Jackie Jackie 28 March 2017 07:27:21

Looks great!! Must do mine too! Lovely flowers 

LindaB LindaB 28 March 2017 08:02:07

Wow its like new, I bet that took a while!

F.A.O. Jacky

27 March 2017 18:06:11

Euphorbia myrsinites is a really pretty evergreen plant. I have this planted in very little, and poor quality soil around the Upper Pond.

PeterW PeterW 27 March 2017 22:01:57

very nice

Dare I hope?

26 March 2017 11:18:12

About two weeks ago I cut back my Dogwood and used what I cut off as cuttings. There was the tiniest bit of spring growth as I was doing this. In the greenhouse yesterday and saw new growth on the cuttings. Should I assume that the cuttings have already taken, or was the sap starting to rise already at the time I took them?


Have a lovely Mother's Day, all you Mammies out there.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 26 March 2017 12:43:11

I would say there is hope, Jacinta. Enjoy your day. I am off to the garden after I have a cup of coffee, so that's me settled for the day. 

PCON PCON 26 March 2017 14:19:03

Too soon for root growth, Jacinta. You will have to wait at least a few months. I hope they are in ericaceous compost? Best of luck.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 26 March 2017 18:34:10

Thank you both.

PCON, I wasn't aware that Dogwood needed ericaceous compost? The main plant is planted in neutral soil and is doing really well.

PCON PCON 26 March 2017 22:29:40

Neutral should be ok, but they are definitely lime haters. I don't think the cuttings will take in lime containing compost.

   Happy Mother's Day.

Scrubber Scrubber 27 March 2017 00:46:04

I stuck all my cuttings back into the bog beside the pruned ones. The leaves have come out but I doubt very much if they have rooted. But they will! So dare to hope Jacinta!

Jackie Jackie 27 March 2017 07:43:07

I'm sure they will root in time. Mine grow in neutral soil and are putting on lots of growth now. 

Dick Dick 27 March 2017 20:12:33

I hope you all have success with the dogwood. I have never grown it, even if the plant will not grow , the dog would:)

Cutting back.

25 March 2017 19:06:04

Another cracker of a day in Dublin, and I'm sure almost nationwide.

At the moment I'm trying to tackle the major clutter under my pergola. Can't move around for all the abandoned pots, and planters that were stored there over the winter.

To the left of the pergola I have an Escallonia hedge that hasn't seen a secateurs in over ten years apart from cutting back the odd wayward branch or two. So, whether or not it's the right time of year, it got a major short back and sides, and Honeysuckle and Climbing Roses over the pergola. My hands and arms are in bits from thorns.

A bit unstable being up on a ladder but the job got done. The Escallonia hedge had been taking up quite a large part of a short border that I was going to change around this year. Early days yet, and lots of other stuff to organize, so we'll see.

sallysarah sallysarah 26 March 2017 09:06:36

Jacinta - jobs done like those are so satifying - another glorious day here.  


24 March 2017 21:23:05

Trillium albidum has finally opened in the shady part of the garden.

PeterW PeterW 24 March 2017 21:28:53

ooh that is gorgeous Jac, I really need to invest in some of these

JoanG JoanG 24 March 2017 21:50:33

Nice one!

sallysarah sallysarah 26 March 2017 08:40:00

Mine is just about to flower.  I kept it in a pot since I bought it last Spring.  I'll plant it out now in a shady spot in the Spring border.  Lovely photos, Jacinta.

Jackie Jackie 27 March 2017 07:34:28



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