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J.D.'s Journal

J.D.'s Journal

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Happy Christmas!!!

18 March 2012 19:26:45
Sedum sexangulare

Sedum sexangulare

Had a bit of a lie in this morning - 6.30 (lol). Steve and I headed to Ratoath as soon as they were open. I had ordered a beautiful acer a few months ago and had been notified that the delivery had come in. After seeing the same one planted up outside the garden centre last year, I knew it was meant for me. So I have been plaguing John not to forget me when they arrived. The foliage is only beginning to emerge, so that gives me plenty of time to choose a really nice pot. And while I was there, I also picked up a few other things, mainly for the front garden.

My selection was;

Hemerocallis 'Golden Zebra'

Helleborus ericsmithii 'Bob's Best'

Sedum sexangulare

Geum 'eos'

Leucanthemum 'Sunshine Peach'

Ophiopogon niger

Lithodora diffusa 'Heavenly Blue' (Lost this years ago. Must remember to plant in acid soil)

Saxifraga 'Peter Pan'

Sedum album Murale.

Acer Palmatum 'Red Pygmy'

And the best part of the visit today was that no money exchanged hands. I had a good voucher from Christmas.

I was so intent on admiring the front garden this afternoon that I FORGOT to do anything. Seriously!!!   lol

Back to work tomorrow. Weekend work will be starting very soon and I'm NOT looking forward to that.   :( 


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Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 18 March 2012 19:35:59

Christmas indeed and Santa was so good to you with that great list.


MartinB MartinB 18 March 2012 20:27:14

Gosh


Rachel Rachel 18 March 2012 20:35:42

Lovely use of vouchers.


Jemo Jemo 18 March 2012 20:53:07

Ah good old John L where would we be without him!


TinaJ TinaJ 18 March 2012 21:12:22

Nice haul!


Moya Moya 18 March 2012 21:59:42

You got a lot of lovely plants for your voucher, Where was it for - not familiar with the area?


J.D. J.D. 19 March 2012 05:43:13

Moya, the voucher was for Ratoath Garden Centre, Ashbourne, Co. Meath. One of my favourite gc's.


sallysarah sallysarah 19 March 2012 08:23:05

jacinta - didn't know that Lithodora needed acid soil.  I have a few in different areas of my garden in what I call ordinary soil - definitely not acid.  There's only one place where this plant isn't doing that well but I thought it had got knocked back by the last two winters.


J.D. J.D. 19 March 2012 08:26:18

Just going by what it says on the label, Sally. I do remember planting my last one in acid, though. So I thought I should have topped that up annually, that's why it died??? But obviously it grows well in either. But I think I'll err on the side of caution and stick it in ericaceous compost. UNLESS SOMEONE HAS BETTER ADVICE!!!  Would hate to lose it again as I love the flowers. Lovely little plant.


Myrtle Myrtle 19 March 2012 17:40:36

Nice lot of plants, Jacinta, I think Heavenly Blue doesnt need acid soil, I used to think it did but I was wrong:) Just looked at your front photos, it looks great and will give you extra space getting from the car too.


J.D. J.D. 19 March 2012 18:51:23

That's good to hear, Myrtle.  Let's hope my one thrives as well as Sally's.

Thanks!  


Moya Moya 19 March 2012 19:49:03

Thanks Jacinta. That's good to know as I can easily detour back onto the N2 when coming to Dublin.

Just got a voucher for a GC near here for my birthday from my mum. Hurragh!


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