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23 April 2017 20:32:10
Went around like a madwoman today with the trowel and secateurs. Got so much weeding done, and cut back old fronds of Asplenium scolopendrium and other ferns. Also cut off the lower leaves of a big Phormium. It was getting impossible to get in around other plants without being cut to shreds. Also dead-headed my lovely Wallflowers, pulled out old stems of Montbretia, and dead-headed a lot of my Tulips now that the petals are beginning to fall.
I finally finished the power washing. Thank God, that's done now. I can start having fun in the garden. I used the power washer on the outside of the greenhouse too.
Weeded my Costa de la Hosta, and have the copper interwoven between the hostas. There seems to be a lot more slugs and snails around this year so I've also scattered a few slug pellets just to be sure.
23 April 2017 19:46:26
Amongst an order placed with Heritage Bulbs last Autumn were a number of Allium caeruleum. They're supposed to be blue, but they're looking awfully like wild garlic. Like I don't already have enough of that thug in the front garden.
22 April 2017 20:50:34
A lot of 'pottering' was done outside today. Bit miserable here, cooler than recently and very dull and drizzly late afternoon.
Just looking at my newly-acquired Narcissus 'Green Eye'. A bit insipid for my liking, so they'll get planted out in the front for next year I think.
My favourite plant in the garden at the moment has got to be my Tree Peony. Love its unopened buds, and the foliage is just reaching for the stars.
A few seeds sown now, and tonight I sowed some pepper seeds from supermarket-bought ones. Only doing what I know we will use ourselves.
22 April 2017 08:18:40
Discovered these growing happily away in the front garden the year before last and I decided to leave them be to see if they would multiply. They have done so. But as I'd never seen WHITE bluebells before maybe they are hybrids. They are growing alongside some of the blue native ones, which I want to keep. Am I taking a risk of them hybridising and drowning out the native ones?
21 April 2017 22:08:41
Today I decided to take a trip out to the newly-opened Avoca Store in Clonee, previously Plantagen. I was sorely disappointed with their selection of plants. Very run-of-the-mill. At least 1/3 of their plants had come in UNLABELLED and with no prices on them. Others were just labelled as 'ornamental plants'. Now what good is that. Really turned me off spending. I even put back a Mecanopsis on the shelf. I've had the same one before and lost it. Wasn't prepared to spend a tenner on something iffy.
But I did get myself a pretty Epimedium and a different Crassula.