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Album: 51 Flowers in November 2017

15 November 2017 00:19:19

OK folks, let's see if the link works!

51 Flowers in November 2017



Hurray - yes it's there.

Sorry some of the images are a bit blurred - it was early morning, freezing cold.

Names will follow at the week-end, I hope.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 15 November 2017 01:33:28

Well done! And a lovely album!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 15 November 2017 06:57:34


Ok, I'll try it later. Thanks Hazel. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 15 November 2017 08:55:07

Gorgeous collection of fuchsias and thanks for putting up the album, Elizabeth.

Watch out the Sky might Fall ...

14 November 2017 15:37:12

Imagine it - two journals a week apart - hope I don't give myself a heart attack.

I went around the garden this morning in med November, and photographed everything in bloom. When I counted the pics there were flowers in bloom on 51 plants in my tiny gardens - and that's not counting what's now in the gazebo!

So hurry up with those instructions Hazel - I want to make an album using your work-around.

Here are three images to get started.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 14 November 2017 16:52:34

I'm so jealous of your Winter Jasmine!Mine never do as well as yours! I'll put the instructions up this evening for sure!

Liztai Liztai 14 November 2017 17:17:04

I wonder could it be because I'm a bit fanatical about cutting it right back to the ground immediately after flowering every year?

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 14 November 2017 17:47:28

Possibly! Mine is currenly buried in the second border affected by the Patio build! If it doesn't flower I'll just have to cut it back when YOURS finishes flowering LOL

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 14 November 2017 19:13:55

Lovely photos, Elizabeth. We are so lucky to live in a coutry that has such a mild climate that allows us to have something flowering everyday of the year, but 51 is amazing at this time of the year.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 14 November 2017 19:25:32

So many summer plants still flowering. 

I have a tiny Winter Jasmine, originally given to me by ClaireE as cuttings. I thought I had killed it as it has literally done NOTHING since then. At least, not over ground anyway. But this is the first year that I've noticed any growth on it. It must be there about 5yrs or more, so I'm hoping it'll flower next winter.

My next-door-neighbour had a beautiful specimen in his front garden. And I couldn't believe it when he dug the whole thing up. It covered almost the whole width of his garden.

Jackie Jackie 14 November 2017 19:33:08

Gorgeous photos Elizabeth and lovely to see you posting again!!

Jacinta I am the same here. I got some from JoanG a couple of years ago and it hasnt done much at all, not even a hint of a flower, until now. I noticed a couple of flowers on it yesterday, so maybe something there is hope yet!

JoanG JoanG 14 November 2017 22:23:59

Yes, great to see you posting Elizabeth and those are three lovely photos. 51 flowering plants in November must be a record for a small garden; must count how many we have here. 

I'm interested in your treatment of winter jasmine and the other comments on it; will post a journal on mine shortly. 

Good Work

06 November 2017 23:10:44

I have had a lovely HelpX lady with me for the past two weeks. She has done trojan work sorting out my overgrown semi-wild garden. She also re-organized the gazebo, and brought in lots of the fuchsias for winter. I'll miss her when she returns to France tomorrow.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 07 November 2017 08:10:41

Wow, Elizabeth, that looks terrific. They look as snug as a bug in a rug.

LindaB LindaB 07 November 2017 11:27:56

Yes looks cosy, I am sure they are very happy plants!

fraoch fraoch 07 November 2017 19:28:33

That was fantastic to get someone who did such a great job.

JoanG JoanG 07 November 2017 21:04:31

So tidy and well organised and great to have the tender fuchsias in before the frosts.  Delighted you got the help Elizabeth. 

Michele Maria Michele Maria 07 November 2017 21:16:48

I looks like your tender plants will be nice and cosy, not to mention tidy,  for the winter.


TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 08 November 2017 15:28:51

Gazebo looks amazing Sis!

Liztai Liztai 11 November 2017 23:14:13

Thanks everyone for your kind comments.

Jackie Jackie 14 November 2017 07:21:25

I just love how you covered the Gazebo. What a great idea. Everything looks very snug in there now. 

Easter Azaelea

15 April 2017 10:20:20

Happy Easter Everyone

And here are three azaelas that survived the recent reconstruction, which included about a foot or so being taken off the peat bed.

Take particular note of the Azaelea luteum which I'm thinking of renaming Golden Survivor. Hazel gave this to Tony and me for our Golden wedding in 2012. Tony never got to see it in bloom, and I had only seen one or two flowers myself. It was dug up and spent a few months in a bucket down in Laois, and was only replanted a few weeks ago when I got back to Tallaght.

Looks like Tony is working some magic on it from heaven.

Enjoy everyone!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 15 April 2017 10:36:04

That's great that they survived that temporary uprooting.

Happy Easter, Elizabeth.

Dick Dick 15 April 2017 10:47:40

Elizabeth, Tony  is looking down from Heaven and admiring your gardening. Remember it was in a garden that a very long time ago, we went the wrong way and it was a garden that thousands of years afterwards that we were moving back to redemption. You talk about plants that were put right. Sure St. Anthony is associated with finding things that were lost.

Liztai Liztai 15 April 2017 11:32:36

Thanks Jacinta - I've managed the delete as you suggested.

And thanks Dick - I deleted your comment too! Actually, the peat bed is based on part of the original footpath here, and built of concrete blocks. We filled it with so-called coal-dust from the coal man originally - it was full of pieces of turf, but over the years I removed most of them and added bags of ericacious compost, used only rainwater to water, and the acid plants seem to thrive fine.

Myrtle Myrtle 15 April 2017 12:01:51

Happy Easter to you Elizabeth. Great to see your plants have recovered.

Periwinkle Periwinkle 15 April 2017 20:00:35

Has it got a nice perfume? I love the azaleas.  A Happy Easter to you. 

Scrubber Scrubber 15 April 2017 20:31:41

Well he seesit now Elizabeth. Love the white one as I was given two similar that were being 'thrown out' I thought they would be too delicate to go outside but they too are survivors! Happy happy easter!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 17 April 2017 09:31:53

Happy Easter dear sister! Obviously all your Azaelea luteum needed was abit of Laois rain!!!!

Pollarding Suburban trees

15 March 2017 22:58:12

Another way of dealing with large trees in housing estate verges is 'pollarding'.

Our original tree, a Norway maple heading for 20 metres was removed by the council after being complained of as a being a safety hazard by lifting the concrete pavement crack.Since people no longer lift their feet, nor look where they are walking, we persuaded the council to 'sand' the offensive crack in the pavement.

The maple was then replaced by one of those new elm trees - Have you seen the height and weight of them in very few years! That tree died of strimming.

I was determined to have a tree, in fact two trees to protect me from the fumes of the two cars on either side, so I planted and oak and an ash in my side of the verge.

But I keep them pollarded - I can control them from ground level, cautting them back each year, but haveing a full head of leaves all summer.

Polllarding used to be very popular but I hardly ever see it now. It has to be started when the tree is young if it is to be managed from ground level - no ladder climbing as we wouldn't want to create a safety hazard.   

(Sorry no pic - camera cable mislaid during reconstruction!)


Jacinta D Jacinta D 16 March 2017 07:47:39

Your version certainly sounds like a sensible approach to urban planting.

Scrubber Scrubber 16 March 2017 21:21:59

when the camera does come back please let us see. It was very brave to plant oak and ash!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 16 March 2017 22:39:23

Not only that - but she forecasts the Summer weather with these trees!


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