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White and Purple

19 May 2017 01:01:41

Been very lucky with the weather the past couple of days. The forecast was dismal but I took a chance and ended up with long productive days weeding and tidying only having to dash indoors for the occasional shower!

Took a few photos of things that caught my eye and was surprised to find that I seem to be a bit obsessed with white flowers at the moment.

The Purple is my Cerinthes. This year the flowers seem to be an even deeper purple than I remember and I observed several different types of bees taking full advantage - they dived in, gorged themselves and were almost drunk as they headed for the next flower!

Cerastium tomentosum 'Silberteppich' is doing its annual treat for me. In a south-facing spot it nearly explodes with the flowers!

The Irises in the last photo are a real surprise. I planted some Irises along the south borders at random about 3 years ago and only some of them flowered and they were all the deep blue ones. I'm delighted to see that many of the "blind" ones have decided to flower this year - and they appear to be all WHITE!!!

Great to be getting stuck in to the garden again. I may be working myself to a standstill but the satisfaction I am getting when I stand back and view another border "sorted" is the best reward.

LindaB LindaB 19 May 2017 08:12:22

Looking great Hazel, love the second photo!


Jackie Jackie 19 May 2017 08:34:51

Lovely photos Hazel. You introduced me to Cerinthe almost 4 years ago now!! And it's been flowering here ever since. I love it so thank you. It's been ok this week here too. Plenty of warm sunshine even though we were told it would rain. We had a small shower yesterday afternoon but otherwise it's been nice. 

Dick Dick 19 May 2017 17:22:04

Looking good Hazel. Photo 2 looks great. Garden is still out though things are improving.

JoanG JoanG 19 May 2017 22:27:22

Your garden is looking great Hazel.  I love white and purple in the garden, great colours at any time but especially now.  Love that second photo too, the light is gorgeous. 

sallysarah sallysarah 20 May 2017 08:37:11

Lovely photos Hazel.  I had my Cerinthe for a couple of years but no where to be seen this year.  Must go down to the lady who first gave it to me - needs to be back in my garden!!  Yes, we've had much better weather than forecast.  Just two light showers yesterday so got bits and pieces done in the gdn.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 20 May 2017 09:02:39

Love the second photo, Hazel. It looks like a big gush of foamy water in a weir.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 20 May 2017 19:45:11

Thanks for all the nice comments! 

Sally - if you want some seeds I'll save them for you. You can send me your address by PM.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 20 May 2017 22:42:50

Your garden is looking great, Hazel. Cerinthe are always covered in bees feeding.

Maytime Clematis

15 May 2017 00:28:18

I actually managed to kill off a Clematis Montana Rubens last year having to move it while some building was going on but I am very happy with how all the Montana children are coming along! They range in colour from deep pink to white - the only one that is a bit of a disappointment is Clematis Monatana Rubens 'Marjorie' which isn't the lovely deep peach colour of the one I saw at Maryjoe's open day a few years ago. It is pretty insipid and the flowers are much smaller. I'll be giving it some extra TLC in case it is an environmental issue.

In the meantime I'm more than happy with the Clematis Walk and I think the Laburnum is going to really enhance that area.

The other star performer at the moment is the Wisteria which is making good efforts to spread along the Pergola.


Jacinta D Jacinta D 15 May 2017 07:27:24

I would so wish for a Wisteria to grow well, or to even grow at all, in our garden. I went to inspect mine the other day and suddenly remembered that I pulled it up last year it was that pathetic. Still have one more down under the Pergola so I must clear that area up and have a look.

Hazel, your garden is just so full of colour, it's really lovely.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 15 May 2017 12:03:21

The plants are certainly covering the arches and your Wisteria is gorgeous. I hope you are not getting this horrible weather that we have here this morning.

Myrtle Myrtle 15 May 2017 18:30:25

Sounds like your garden is on the up:)

accsean accsean 15 May 2017 18:50:37

Fantastic, Hazel. That first photo is special, I love the Laburnum.

Veggie time

13 May 2017 23:56:44

Time was a bit limited today but I was determined to get the veggie bits sorted. Last year the strawberries came to a sad end when a blackbird manage to get inside my caging while I was away for the day and gorged herself on strawberries for the day so she wouldn't fit out the hole she came in!

This year's cage is a new design - lets see if it works! The sides are rigid but the squares are a bit big so I'm afraid we might get another cami-kazi blackbird having a go - so the net is loosely over the top - should mean I can actually get at the plants to harvest them!

I can't secure the net too tightly as at the moment as I want the bees to be able to polinate them!

That was last weeks task - completed one evening in total darkness :-)

I had bought pots of Coriander and Basil in the supermarket so I took them out of the pots and divided up the totally overcrowded seedlings into rows in the raised bed.

Having gone to the trouble of preparing the bed it was time to get brave and plant some seeds - so two kinds of lettuce, some Mange Tout and some French Beans were all planted. Meanwhile Puss was watching me with great interest. He obviously thought I was preparing a Luxury Loo for him! so chicken-wire had to be added - and a little cloches to protect the herbs until they acclimatise.

The last planting was some ordinary peas down in the Vegetable Garden - but this only reminded me of all the work I need to do in that area ..... rasberries gone native ..... thistles invading all paths ..... Oh well, tomorrow is another day!

I've put in a photo of how the redesigned Rock Garden is looking after all the work on it last year - Then you Elizabeth for all your help!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 14 May 2017 06:38:22

If at first you don't succeed, try and try again! If that doesn't work I'll eat my hat. But I'll bet my bottom dollar you'll be havesting lots of delicious edibles after all that effort. Great job, Hazel. :)

sallysarah sallysarah 14 May 2017 08:21:48

Good idea about dividing the coriander and I do like your strawberry growing bed!!!

Good luck with the seeds!


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 15 May 2017 12:13:53

What a lot of work you are doing in your veg garden. The seedling and seeds should do very well with the present weather, soil nice and warm and lots and lots of water. 

Small Space - Big success

13 May 2017 23:29:24

My daughter and her husband have the tiniest yard you can imagine in the centre of Dublin.  It is probably about 6 feet by 8 feet in total and has a large manhole in the middle. Not a promising start for a garden then! Last year they both got very interested in making their tiny outside space a more attractive place and they filled the yard with shelves of plants and gained a lot of knowledge of what their plants might like in the challenging conditions of very little light!

When they travelled abroad for Christmas this year they saw and fell in love with the idea of a Living Wall.

So here it is!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 14 May 2017 06:31:28

Wow! Very well done to your daughter, and all involved. I suspect you had a LOT to do with it too.

sallysarah sallysarah 14 May 2017 08:18:42

Looks really cosy as well as colourful, Hazel!!

PCON PCON 14 May 2017 15:53:26

Very nice. Might be a bit cluttered in such a small space, but really making full use of it.

Fleurette Fleurette 14 May 2017 21:56:58

Well done to them!  Reach for the sky!  A living wall is so much better than a plain stone one.  Food for the eye and soul.  

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 15 May 2017 00:06:33

The walls are absolutely awful - so covering so much of them is a huge plus! 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 15 May 2017 12:17:12

A glorious space for them to enjoy and the lovely old brick walls set the plants off so well. I hope we get a sunny warm summer for them to enjoy their garden. Well done.

First Result!

12 May 2017 00:19:00

The first of the hot border flowers has opened .....

I;m looking forward to a bit more of a zing as the season progresses!

Remodelling the Hot Border was quite a task but it will be interesting to see how much "zing" can be introduce. I like the idea of lots of the dark red foliage plants but they need the brighter colours to set them off!

Jackie Jackie 12 May 2017 07:38:46

I too love the idea of a zingy border and I'm sure this will be hot hot hot!!! My 'hot' border last year was full of orange's, reds and yellows and I was delighted with it. Look forward to seeing how this progresses Hazel ;) 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 12 May 2017 08:07:44

That border looks great, Hazel. And every 'hot' needs a 'zing', definitely. A few Cannas would look great in there.

JoanG JoanG 12 May 2017 11:17:59

It's looking great already Hazel, look forward to seeing more as it progresses.  You'll only need a couple of dark foliage plants for contrast, too many can be overwhelming. The red flowers are lovely against the green leaves and the stones. 

accsean accsean 12 May 2017 13:24:07

'Zing went the strings of my heart', that photo is a good teaser of what is to come.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 12 May 2017 13:27:35

Thanks for that advice Joan. I've put a Ligularia in it because I think the strong yellow of its flowers ara also a dramatic contrast. In some ways the yellows and oranges are more of a "zing" than some muted reds.I'll be warned and be careful not to put in too much dark foliage!!!!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 12 May 2017 14:39:43

Gorgeous coloured flowers.

Scrubber Scrubber 12 May 2017 23:10:26

If anyone will put a zing into a border it will be hazel!!!Would you consider Lobelia cardinale? Im awaiting mine in the bog with anticipation!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 13 May 2017 01:27:01

Oh Peter! I've tried that beautiful plant three times but it has never come through the winter for me!


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