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Names of flowers

22 July 2012 22:28:04

Hi

It's been some time since I've been here. Progress is very slow in the garden but it is coming along, bit by bit.

I've put up some photos of plants in garden for which I have no names.

I'm particularly interested in the climber which is on a south facing fence. This is the best its been in three or possibly four years. Can anyone tell me what it is and why it might not be doing so well.

Thanks

Derek

PeterW PeterW 22 July 2012 22:39:21

1st one i don't know but the second one the climber is a Passion Flower and the 3rd is Lysimachia punctata

JoanG JoanG 22 July 2012 22:48:31

The first one looks like a campanula though don't know which one; the climber is passion flower (passiflora) and the third is yellow loosetrife (lysimachia).  Not sure why the passion flower isn't doing well but you might try a high potash liquid feed to improve flowering. 

Derek M Derek M 22 July 2012 22:50:10

That's great to know that, especially the climber "Passion Flower". The Lysimachia was in the garden when I moved here. Now I can stop calling it the "yellow flower"!

Derek

Michele Maria Michele Maria 22 July 2012 23:29:53

Great photos and now you have the names too!

Alan S Alan S 23 July 2012 00:15:40

the inula in the other album is lovely. summery. friend gave me some to plant this year-1st time ever having it- and its doing very well tg.

fran m fran m 23 July 2012 06:33:02

Good to hear from you again Derek ;-))

Badger Badger 23 July 2012 11:25:40

Keep at it mate, your interest will grow quicker the the plants, get stuck in !!

ladygardener ladygardener 23 July 2012 21:03:42

Your garden is coming on great.  I like the slope it really adds interest.

Hoeys Hoeys 23 July 2012 21:12:39

it takes some time to establish the garden.

Derek M Derek M 23 July 2012 22:09:31

Thanks to all for the info and the encouragement. Yes, the slope sure adds interest Ladygardener alright - keeps me fit. There is a bit too much slope at the top where I'm trying to create a bed for miniature or small conifers. I like spaces between plants, I like to be able to see the plant and the ground. I think I will need to raise the bed at the front by putting in some stone or something. Putting in a little wall feels like too much though dry stone would be attractive.

Kind regards, Derek M 

Derek M Derek M 26 July 2012 22:20:54

Hi, I'm still not sure how you are supposed to respond to comments. I got some welcome comments last weekend and that was very nice. I then responded with some comments of my own but I'm never sure if you see them or is it better to respond to each individual comment and how do you do that. I don't want to make it complicated but I just want to make sure that I acknowledge people's interest and when they take the trouble to say something back to me. Ok! That's it for today. Thanks. DerekM

ladygardener ladygardener 27 July 2012 17:54:38

Derek I'm not an authority on this but when people comment on my journal I would usually post something like 'thanks for the comments' like you did above and if someone has asked a question just respond to that but in the same post.  I would think what you had done was perfect and everyone would feel acknowledged.

Thanks

03 July 2011 22:01:48

Hi thanks to each of you for the all the advice.

Yes Clara, you got that right; well spotted. I am closer to the sea in the Greenhill area.

Digging out a bed makes sense really. Recently walking through Merion Square I was very taken by the beds of heathers and miniature pines, at least that's what I think they were. I decided there and then that's what I want to do. They seemed so easy on the eye and very peaceful to sit and look at. So, instead of a raised rockery, I intend to lay an area out flat and make a feature out of a rock or two or a piece of old wood.

I did like the old fence; it had character but it was begining to merge with the bacground and I had to think security. I spend the day putting on a coat of Fence Life. There are eight panels (sixteen sides) and I got six sides done. My arms are sore but had to take advantage of the weather.

Clara Clara 03 July 2011 22:25:49

Take it easy Derek Rome was not built in a day.

ladygardener ladygardener 04 July 2011 18:40:18

The plans sound great, Hope you find some nice minature colifers I can't seem to find the selection that there used to be a few years ago.

ladygardener ladygardener 04 July 2011 21:09:53

If you get a chance Derek have a look at Glenellen's 'my garden' photos, there is a nice photo of a heather and conifer bed on his drive.

Work in progress

02 July 2011 11:27:19
Hi, It's been a long time since I wrote something here but I'd like to give it another go. I'm still interested in the garden and doing a bit. I want to create a new bed in the lawn which I have some ideas for. What I'd like to know is do I need to take out the grass, turn it over or can I just put earth over it. I don't mind it it should be dug out but I don't want to do work that is unnecessary. Would like to hear some suggestions on the best way to go about it. Regards, Derek
Clara Clara 02 July 2011 12:39:10

Welcome back Derek and just had a look at your photos all looking so well I love the new fence.  I would mark out the area and take all sods out and start digging if I am right but some one else might give you better advice.

Looking at the sea from your house I think you must be up near Rose Hill as my sister has same view its beautiful.

Dont do much hard work and keep well and enjoy your garden and view.

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 02 July 2011 12:41:59

Hi Derek I wonder what size bed you wish to make.  Unless you put on a good depth of earth the roots of any plants will be in competition with the grass so I would suggest removing the sod, then digging the exposed earth and adding some fertiliser . I learned the hard way that preparing the soil well  is very ,veryimportant . If you stack the removed sods grass side to grass side they will form a good compost in time. I am sure you will get other suggestions. Love that new fence are you going to grow climbers there?

corktony corktony 02 July 2011 13:14:15

liked the make-up and look of the old fence but having failed in its primary duty of staying vertical, its look and make-up are at least secondary.

not having had grass to start after a garden was used for builders during refurb, i haven't create bed in a grass area  but having created perimeter beds can definitely vouch for digging in as much and as deep as your fork, spade and muscles will allow.

your reward will not be this year but in future flowering seasons 

Myrtle Myrtle 02 July 2011 15:00:37

I would take out the grass and pile it up some where in a corner with grass sides down . You will be able to use this when it has rotted down. I would then dig in farmyard manure to give your plants a good start.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 02 July 2011 22:35:05

I read somewhere that if you completely cover the area to be planted with cardboard and then put the soil on top this will kill off the grass/weeds underneath and will breka down over time. A lot depends on what you want to plant on top! If you wanted to plant things that need to send down deep roots this probably wouldn't work.

Derek M Derek M 03 July 2011 20:48:46

Hi thanks to each of you for the all the advice.

Yes Clara, you got that right; well spotted. I am closer to the sea in the Greenhill area.

Digging out a bed makes sense really. Recently walking through Merion Square I was very taken by the beds of heathers and miniature pines, at least that's what I think they were. I decided there and then that's what I want to do. They seemed so easy on the eye and very peaceful to sit and look at. So, instead of a raised rockery, I intend to lay an area out flat and make a feature out of a rock or two or a piece of old wood.

I did like the old fence; it had character but it was begining to merge with the bacground and I had to think security. I spend the day putting on a coat of Fence Life. There are eight panels (sixteen sides) and I got six sides done. My arms are sore but had to take advantage of the weather.

fran m fran m 03 July 2011 22:41:38

Good to hear from you again Derek

Cloncaw Cloncaw 04 July 2011 00:03:52

Hope you get back into it and get encouragement from the site and lots of ideas.

sallysarah sallysarah 04 July 2011 19:45:30

Love those blue Irises.  Your mum's garden looks lovely - she seems to be successful with growing Clematis.  I loved the colour of her poppies.

ladygardener ladygardener 08 July 2011 09:56:09

Hi Derek you had a question about accessing your messages.  When you log in to garden.ie and go to your home page, under 'member options' you will see in bold writing Go to message centre if you click this it will bring you to you messages, Good luck

And to continue........

08 May 2010 15:49:36
Yes it has been some time since I visited these pages. But I have been doing some few things in my garden mainly keeping it trim. I have planted more plants which have come mainly from my mother's garden, for example: Inula, Campanula (white), Hemercallis and a miniature Fuchsia. I will put more photos up soon. My health is greatly improved but I need to learn that the garden is for pleasure and relaxation and should not be another source of pressure or stress. Though I have many plans and things that need to be done I will take time over it. I hope to keep in touch with you all through these pages and learn how to garden. 
Clara Clara 08 May 2010 19:23:15

Hi glad your back and gardening is to be enjoyed it is such a beautiful place no matter how small or big and even if we have only planted one plant it is like a Miracle to see it growing.

Periwinkle Periwinkle 08 May 2010 19:47:57

Totally agree with Clara. Dont compete, just do what you are able to enjoy doing. But be warned by one who knows, it can become an addiction!! But one of the healthier ones! Im just in from being in the garden since mid-morning! Fab day!

fran m fran m 08 May 2010 20:41:37

Great to hear from you again, take care and enjoy.

fraoch fraoch 08 May 2010 21:05:00

Yes little and often is the way to go.

Diana Diana 08 May 2010 21:43:16

When the weather is good make the most of it :o) and most of all enjoy.

Cloncaw Cloncaw 08 May 2010 22:16:11

Great your in better health and enjoy your garden and take care.

Rachel Rachel 05 September 2010 00:35:09

If you cannot enjoy your garden then there is no point. You are so right to realise that gardening should not add to the stresses in your life. There are enough of them already. A garden is to be enjoyed.

November 1, 2009

01 November 2009 18:35:33

I got help from my neighbour to cut the grass recently. He pulled the starter and emptied the box when it was full. I had the easy bit, pushing it around though with semi-motorised wheels there was little or no pushing. I am making good progress and I am now out of any danger and feeling very good in myself. It was important to me that the garden looked well as it gave me pleasure to look out at it. I feel very grateful for the beautiful weather we had during the time I was laid up; it kept my spirits up.

As winter closes in I am looking forward to the Spring. I can wait till then to work in the garden.

Recently, with some friends, I visited Kilmacurragh Arboretum in Co. Wicklow. The estate was taken over by the state some years ago and is managed by the National Botanical Gardens. You could say it is in a process of development with lots of young plants set out amid tall and exotic trees and shrubs. 

I have included the link below for those who are interested in finding out more. If you go there be advised there is no cafe there but they do have good 'facilities'! Bring a picnic. There are guided tours/walks in the afternoon. 

www.botanicgardens.ie/kilmac/kilmhome.htm 

Regards, Derek 

Ternie Ternie 01 November 2009 18:46:50

Hi Derek! Welcome to garden.ie! You have stunningly beautiful view from your garden, lovely.

Cloncaw Cloncaw 01 November 2009 18:54:26

Lucky you to have a helpful neighbour and good weather as here it's been terrible, great that your feeling so much better and by spring hopefully they'll be no stopping you again.

Myrtle Myrtle 01 November 2009 19:19:40

Nothing like have the grass cut to make you feel you have the garden under control.

fran m fran m 01 November 2009 19:24:19

Great news Derek, you will be fighting fit by Spring.

fraoch fraoch 01 November 2009 19:29:45

Great that your health is improving. Love your photos esp the butterflies.

Monkells Monkells 01 November 2009 20:37:49

Garden always looks so much better once the grass is cut!!!

Jacinta Jacinta 01 November 2009 20:48:44

And it makes it look much bigger too.My grass is like a jungle. Well done Derek getting that job out of the way.

Clara Clara 01 November 2009 23:51:43

Glad you are in form again so do a little at a time and keep well Welcome back.

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