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Productive Day

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. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 23 April 2017 20:45:57

Hosta bed is look great. Love the new fronds of ferns.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 23 April 2017 21:42:44

Thanks, Mary. :)

PeterW PeterW 23 April 2017 22:44:21

That's a super days work Jac, the Hosts area will be fantastic with that extra care. I've no problem with the pelletsif something needs protecting.

I want BLUE!!!!

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.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 23 April 2017 20:42:44

I would get back toHeritage Bulbs about what they sent you. How disappointing.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 23 April 2017 20:57:27

I'll be doing just that, Mary. But I'll let them open fully first and get a proper photo for them. I should have 20 A. caeruleum according to my order. Have it here in front of me. But they're normally quite good when they make a mistake.

Dick Dick 23 April 2017 22:35:35

Being a Dub, Jacinta, it has to be blue:)

Fleurette Fleurette 23 April 2017 22:39:01

oh dear Jacinta.  That's too bad.  

Fleurette Fleurette 23 April 2017 22:39:02

oh dear Jacinta.  That's too bad.  

PeterW PeterW 23 April 2017 22:47:10

That's a pity but dry get onto them as they would want feedback even if it's bad for them and will prob reward you with some nice stuff 

Bits and pieces

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.

Dick Dick 22 April 2017 21:45:36

Nice selection Jacinta. I will have to try the pepper seeds possibly a bit late.

Doreen Doreen 22 April 2017 21:46:45

I like your Narcissus 'Green Eye Jacinta... pure and simple. Very pretty! My tree peony is growing like mad too and lots of buds on it...it adds so much structure to the bed at this time of year.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 23 April 2017 17:32:44

Had Moya a journal up about that narcissus a week or so ago and she too was disappointed with it, not like it looked in the photo. I remembering seeing it in some catalogue last Autumn and it had a green marking on the trumpet. Beautiful bud on the paeonia, let's hope the cold weather forecast for this week won't destroy them.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 23 April 2017 19:55:39

Yes, Mary. The very same Narcissus. 

My tree peony is an area that gets plenty of protection thanfully.

Blue? or White?

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?

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 22 April 2017 09:01:27

I have a bunch in my front garden also and they are lovely to see, i have seen pink ones growing wild along ditches, must see if i could get some ?

Mary B Mary B 22 April 2017 16:47:14

They are super pretty Jacinta.

Dick Dick 22 April 2017 21:41:30

Jacinta, very unusual. I have heard of white blackbirds before, very rare, but white bluebells :)

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 23 April 2017 17:40:21

Pick the white ones and enjoy indoors.

Disappointing outing

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.

JoanG JoanG 21 April 2017 22:30:39

That's a pity Jacinta.  Is that garden centre now run by Howbert and Mays in conjunction with Avoca?  If so, I'm surprised as their small garden centre in Monkstown has good quality plants and always properly labelled, if slightly on the expensive side. The Epimedium looks lovely!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 21 April 2017 22:40:49

Avoca in Kilmacanogue is the only good garden centre Avoca has and you were better off buying a  Epimediums and Crassula. The Epimediumis very pretty.

Jackie Jackie 22 April 2017 00:53:54

Yes Joan it's is Howbert and Mays. I'm going there on Monday! Maybe just teething problems as they have only recently opened. And Easter thrown in there too. Lovely plants. 

When you were out that way you should have dropped in ;) 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 22 April 2017 07:05:12

Yes, Jackie, I'm thinking that myself. Time will tell. I think they just opened at Easter weekend.


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