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Anyone going to Fota?

23 April 2017 00:01:34

Meant to put this up much earlier - planning to be at Fota Rare Plants Fair tomorrow so if there are any .iers there maybe we'll catch up?

Jacinta D Jacinta D 23 April 2017 07:05:15

Enjoy. :)

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 23 April 2017 08:29:33

See you there 

fran m fran m 23 April 2017 09:30:42

I had plans on taking a stall there, maybe next year all going well.

Have a great day folks.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 23 April 2017 12:02:59

Enjoy, Hazel. Cannot get there this year due to family visiting, but know a lot of Cork members will be there. 

Fingers crossed - some seedlings!

22 April 2017 09:24:29

Those who know me will be aware that my attempts at growing things from seeds are never very successful. But not being inclined to admit defeat I am trying again this year!

Two packets of seed arrived on one of my magazines - Rudbekia and Cornflower - and then some Sweetpea on another magazine - I know - I shouldn't be getting so many magazines!

Anyway I took the bull by the horns and in they went! and to my utter surprise all three lots germinated well, and two out of three have got to "second leaf" stage - and number three is also looking hopeful!

So now all I need is the time to do the "pricking out" - at least the Sweetpea are in modules so no need to panic yet ....

I'm really chuffed to get them this far but I'm not counting any chickens yet LOL

Gonna take the easy way with some lovely pink poppy seeds and just broadcast them!

And Photo 3 is just for colour! Weeded that edge of the Clematis Walk and i think it is looking good!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 22 April 2017 10:00:41

Seedlings are looking nice and healthy, Hazel.

Love the Saxifraga in that border. It goes lovely with the gravel.

Mary B Mary B 22 April 2017 16:46:38

Looks promising for plenty of summer colour. Lovely to grow a few things from seed I think.

Dick Dick 22 April 2017 19:09:28

Well done Hazel. The half hardy type will take some time before they can be planted out. Next week will be on the cold side. I am on the way now to put down the hardy annuals.

Deckyoshea Deckyoshea 22 April 2017 20:28:11

You have struck oil this time Hazel !

fraoch fraoch 22 April 2017 21:33:27

They're looking great, Hazel. I think watering, too much or too little, is what can cause problems. Best of luck!

Doreen Doreen 22 April 2017 21:38:37

Well done Hazel! I too struggle with seed sowing.. some take and some dont... But i love trying and get a buzz when i do succeed.

Doreen Doreen 22 April 2017 21:38:39

Well done Hazel! I too struggle with seed sowing.. some take and some dont... But i love trying and get a buzz when i do succeed.

Jackie Jackie 23 April 2017 00:00:50

Oooh great results Hazel. I just love seed sowing. Have had some disasters but also some successes. Great to see what you have sown out in the garden later too. Onwards and upwards now! 

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 23 April 2017 08:28:55

It can only get better and better now 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 23 April 2017 17:36:48

You will be a convert to growing plants from seeds now, Hazel. The saxifrage makes a great ground cover and nice near the path.

My little Maple

21 April 2017 00:47:59

I've been watching enviously as other members posted journals showing their various impressive pictures of their Japanese Maples and I finally got a good photo of my little baby! Each year I watch with bated breath waiting for it  to come back to life!

But at last  I am rewarded! It appears that the hedges are providing the necessary shelter for it!


Jackie Jackie 21 April 2017 07:19:47

That is lovely Hazel. You really can't beat Acers in the garden. It looks well between those hedges too 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 21 April 2017 07:50:42

Perfect protection for it. And there are so many Acers to choose from too.

Mary B Mary B 21 April 2017 07:51:56

Lovely Hazel. I don't have one myself but I have been admiring them in the locality recently. The new leaves are incredibly fresh and beautiful.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 21 April 2017 07:58:53

A beautiful Acer, Hazel. They alway looks so delicate and soft.

TerriShoos TerriShoos 21 April 2017 09:40:43


JoanG JoanG 21 April 2017 22:51:20

Love them and you have it well planted to contrast with the green of the box. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 22 April 2017 08:56:42

Thanks everyone. Joan the contrast is accidental! Planted there to try and give it shelter! 

An Appeal for out Native Bluebells

16 April 2017 10:36:29

I am very lucky that there are native Bluebells in my hedgerow and they are migrating into the garden at a good rate. 

Many people are not aware of the threat to these beautiful plants from the more spectacular Spanish bluebells which are commonly sold here.

Hyacinthoides non-scripta is our native one and it is a deeper shade of blue - almost purple - than the Hyacinthoides hispanica or Spanich Bluebell.

Our native bluebell also has a perfume which the Spanish one does not. Gardeners World this week had a very good explanation of the diference - Hyacinthoides non-scripta is also native to The U.K.

The problem is the hybridisation between them. 

For the past year I have been systematically digging out anything that looks non-native. Its a pain, but I reckin it is worht the effort.

Yesterday we visited Heywood Gardens and I was blown away with the native bluebells in the woodland and they are not yet fully in bloom but the gentle perfume wafted out to us as we strolled by.

My appeal to you is that if you are buying bluebells please make sure you only buy Hyacinthoides non-scripta and try to preserve this lovely plant.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 16 April 2017 10:40:17

I think all of mine are the native ones.

Dick Dick 16 April 2017 11:23:17

Thank for that information Hazel. I was not aware of this. I have some and they seem to be similar to the native ones you have shown. Happy Easter to you.

Fleurette Fleurette 16 April 2017 19:21:20

I totally agree, Hazel.  Our native bluebells are lovely liitle girls, too shy to flaunt themselves with full skirts like the Spanish segnoritas. 

I find they - the native ones - are easy to propagate if you collect the seed heads when ripe and just throw them down under a hedge or .... wherever..... 

But once any hybridisation has taken place .....  well ..... not good .....

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 17 April 2017 00:53:46

So true, Margot. I am ruthlessly removing anything that has any suggestion of being a hybrid. The article on Gardeners World highlighted the fact that the native ones have a yellow stamen and a much narrower leaf and these two facts will help me to remove as many hybridised ones as possible. I may be swimming against the tide but I feel very strongly about this.

Jackie Jackie 17 April 2017 09:07:15

I havent seen GW yet so will definitely have a look at that. I have some here that I got from a lady up the road, must check them out. Am I right in thinking all the flowers are only on one side of the stem too?  They are a little beauty too! 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 17 April 2017 09:26:07

That's right Jackie. They have a much stronger perfume too!

Just in time for Easter

14 April 2017 22:34:56

I have mentioned before that I am not the worlds best at House Plants. Most of them survive until the flowers they came with fade. some of them don't even last that long.

There is one exception that I have kept alive for a couple of years - Ok - so it't only a Christmas Cactus that can be successfully grown by your average 4-year-old - but hey - its a success for me!

Rachel posted a great video last year onhow to get this lovely plant to flower at Christmas and I followed her instructions to the letter and was delighted to have flowers right through the Christmas season.

However, something strange has happened - my "Christmas Cactus" has decided it will be an "Easter Cactus" and has burst into flower again!!!!

I'm just hoping that this isn't some sort of Swan Song and that its going to turn up its heels and die on me now!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 14 April 2017 22:44:28

I think it can be normal for a Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera) to also flower for Easter. But then, I think maybe the leaves are a different shape, more rounded for Easter Cactus. Either way, Hazel, it's lovely.

So relieved the spring lambs were granted an Easter reprieve.

Moya Moya 14 April 2017 23:15:48

Well done Hazel - I mean that sincerely as I regularly kill houseplants.

JoanG JoanG 14 April 2017 23:27:37

I share Moya's sentiments!  Lovely to see the lambs in the fields at this time of year. 

Happy Easter, Hazel.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 14 April 2017 23:46:29

you should hear the racket of the lambs when its lunch time! for the size of them they really holler - and Mammy just gives a little bleat in reply and then they are off at a hundred miles an hour to get lunch!!!

Jackie Jackie 15 April 2017 08:25:18

I'm useless with house plants......that looks great. 

Lol I'm sure you love it really to hear all that noise!! I love the sounds of nature. 

Myrtle Myrtle 15 April 2017 11:55:46

It's such a lovely time of year it has decided to put on it's happy face again :)


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