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Jacinta D's Journal

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Great day!

06 September 2017 20:14:27

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Perfect weather for garden maintenance today. I got all the essential household and family jobs done early to leave me free for the garden. Lots of cutting back done, bags filled, and tidying up. Steve surprised me in the early afternoon by arriving home from work early. So he got the grass cut, that has been put on the long finger a lot over the summer months. And as soon as he had that done I asked him ever-so-politely would he cut back the Lythrum and Carex pendula in the Lower Pond as I couldn't reach in there myself. So I felt it was my duty to clean up what I had asked him to cut back. It was strewn all over the lawn. Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm' got broken in the process, but who am I to look a gifthorse in the mouth.

After watching Liga's Youtube video on cutting back pelargoniums, I decided to strike while the iron was hot. Also managed to take lots of cuttings for next year. One thing I learned from this video was that when cutting pelargoniums back, they need fairly dry compost, otherwise they will rot.

I was at the bulb sale in Mr. Middleton's on Saturday and bought plenty. So I decided now was the time to plant up. Indoor Hyacinths will now inject their intoxicating aroma over the winter months, they're called 'Gipsy Queen' and the photo on Saturday showed a strong orange, which sold them to me. We'll see. They looked positively 'peachy' according to Google. Also potted up Narcissus 'Peach Cobbler'. Also potted up my much-sought-after Iris 'Katherine Hodgkins' into a shallow terracotta bowl, and Erythronium 'Pagoda'. Google tells me that it takes about 3-5yrs for them to flower. I hope someone can tell me otherwise.

The Hosta bed got a good cutback today, they have behaved very well this year. I've just left the ones that are still looking good. 


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fraoch fraoch 06 September 2017 21:08:48

Great work by both of you! I got Erythroniums some years ago but I don't think they took that long to flower, maybe 2 years?

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 06 September 2017 21:17:36

You got some amount of work done and it was a lovely day for gardening. Now I know why all my pelargoniums rot. I ordered Iris 'Katherine Gold' from Mr Middleton, but no sign of them yet. Erythrronium 'Pagoda' should flower next March, unless the bulbs are very small. I bought Erythronium dens canis in Sweenys in New Ross a few weeks ago and the bulbs were a good size. Did you buy any other bulbs?

Jacinta D Jacinta D 06 September 2017 21:38:21

I finally bought Narcissus 'Rip Van Winkle'. And Lilium 'Manitoba Morning'. Pardon my ignorance, but are Lilies not planted in spring?

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 06 September 2017 23:01:48

Narciss ' Rip van Winkle'is a lovely daffodil. Yes, lillies are usually sold in Spring.

Jackie Jackie 06 September 2017 23:03:56

Good to hear the Erythroniums will flower in March as I got them too. Jacinta I bought Martagon Lily bulbs last year at their sale and planted them up straight away in Sept and they flowered in Summer 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 06 September 2017 23:10:05

Mary, is it not a bit too early to plant the lily bulbs now?

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 06 September 2017 23:14:17

Better in the ground, Jacinta than to find them a year later in the garage. 

Jackie Jackie 06 September 2017 23:15:38

As I said I planted all mine and they thrived. :) 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 14 September 2017 20:31:48

Good policy Mary - bulbs residing in sheds for a year are not really an option! I just found some and I have no idea how long they are in the shed - they haven;t gone to mush so I think I'll plant them in a pot and see what comes up!

Jacinta - I had an Erythronium that flowered the first year and one that flowered the second year. Hopefully yours will do the same! I keep my 'Katherine Hodgkins' in pots because they are so tiny and delicate that I wouldn't see them in the flowerbeds! They flower so early that I wouldn't be outside much to appreciate them, so within sight of the kitchen window for me is the perect spot! After flowering they get hidden behind the sheds till the next Spring! They have increased a lot since I've been doing this.


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