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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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Busy, Busy, Busy!

05 May 2010 20:03:56
Viburnum 'Anne Russell'

Viburnum 'Anne Russell'

Busy, busy, busy  like us all really!

I sowed a few trays of seed - probably the last major sowing for this year although I will do some more veg and wallflowers later. I sowed Sisyrinchium 'Aunt May' (thanks, Linda), Lemon Grass (thanks, Liga), Cosmos and Livingston Daisies (due to Linda's recommendation - decided to try them in the end, Linda).

Sisyrinchium 'Aunt May' is lovely and I hope it has better manners than the common yellow Sisyrinchium I have. I don't mind how it seeds about but it really does look raggy a lot of the time!

After that was done, I did some tending to my recently neglected orchids - 43 at this count - watering and feeding and repotting of one of them.

I also found a moment to pot on some Pelargoniums into clay pots I bought yesterday and took a few photos, which I will upload later.


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knocknakillew knocknakillew 05 May 2010 20:36:29

we sow our wallflowers middle of May and transplant them in September,  :)


Jacinta Jacinta 05 May 2010 20:51:55

Lovely Viburnum, Rachel.


Rachel Rachel 05 May 2010 21:21:54

I will try sowing mine mid May, John & Ann. I hope I remember.

Thanks, Jacinta. It has a lovely scent too.


MartinB MartinB 05 May 2010 22:31:25

Lovely view Rachel


Rachel Rachel 05 May 2010 23:04:09

Yes, Martin. Great view - accentuated by lack of garden plants ; )


Cloncaw Cloncaw 06 May 2010 00:29:28

Gorgeous viburnum love the colour must look out for that one.


HeadGardener HeadGardener 06 May 2010 00:48:49

Aunt May is much more civilised Rachel and much taller just cut off the seed heads of sisyringchium before they can set to stop all those annoying babies :-)


Lìga Lìga 06 May 2010 08:09:12

To lemongrass was very bad germination Rachel,sorry for it.You have 43 orchids right now???Wow,it is big number:)How is yours oncidiums?


Rachel Rachel 06 May 2010 09:09:37

I'm very pleased with that Viburbum, Geraldine. I bought it half price last year and in bad shape. But it did have one floret so I got the scent and that sold it to me...


Rachel Rachel 06 May 2010 09:11:06

Aunt May looks great all right, Bill. Linda recommends it highly. I might try cutting off the seed heads of the annoying yellow ones. Thanks for the tip.


Rachel Rachel 06 May 2010 09:17:09

Liga, I put lots of lemongrass seed in the pot because I will probably do just one sowing so hopefully...

The Oncidiums are doing great. Only 2 of the ones from Jacinta seemed that they would die but then one of them sent up a tiny little pseudobulb and new growth at the last minute. I discarded the second one finally yesterday.

By the way, I have a small Berry Oda for you if you want it (I know you like small)? It flowered this year but now I have other Berry Oda in a big pot from Myrtle. I can bring it to the next swap if you want it.


Myrtle Myrtle 06 May 2010 09:54:08

Lovely colour blossom and then the scent too!


LindaB LindaB 06 May 2010 09:55:18

Hi Rachel, my Aunt May has not germinated yet much to my disappointment!  Love the Viburnmum.  I have considered pulling up all the annoying yellow Sisyrinchium but it does give great colour for months.  Like Bill says dead head them every now and again and you won't have some many offspring.


Lìga Lìga 06 May 2010 09:55:50

Is "Berry Oda "scented?


Rachel Rachel 06 May 2010 09:59:56

We'll see, Linda. Maybe they're slow to germinate. Meant to tell you - that little alpine phlox you gave me is flowering beautifully at the minute.

Liga, Berry Oda is supposed to be scented. But, as we saw from the Orchid Fair, my sense of smell is not the best and I couldn't smell anything from it when it was in flower.


Lìga Lìga 06 May 2010 10:07:52

Ok,then  i want it:))


Rachel Rachel 06 May 2010 10:14:40

I hope to make it to the Celbridge Rare Plant Fair on Sunday. I will bring it along : )


Lìga Lìga 06 May 2010 10:48:59

Ok,then maybe do you want some mimulus plants,digitalis mix,mesebryanthemum(livingstone daisy mix),heuchera sanguinea,morning glory "sunrise serenade",eragrostis spectablis grass,and i can give one of carlina acaulis,some of coriander "Lemon",levisticum officianale,campanula medium,campanula medium.v.calycanthema,veronica spicata,origanum vulgare,polemonum yezoense Purple,asclepias speciosa,monarda punctata,luchnis arkwrightii "orange zwerg"...ok,thats all for now.You just think what you would love from all this.


Rachel Rachel 06 May 2010 11:20:46

Liga, you are very bad. I should be out gardening and instead I am in here looking up plants from that impressive selection of yours. I would just love to try some of that Lychnis 'Orange Zwerg'. If I were to invent a plant from my head, I think it might be that - it ticks all my boxes. Lets just hope it seeds around the place as well as ordinary Lychnis does!


LindaB LindaB 06 May 2010 11:28:01

That sounds like a good choice Rachel, I just googled it and it looks gorgeous.


Lìga Lìga 06 May 2010 11:33:40

Ha,ha,bad..Now you bad,,thats all what you want?You don't want carlina acaulis?It in life look much better like in all them google pictures...Thats all,one Lychnis???


Rachel Rachel 06 May 2010 13:59:30

Ooh, could I also try a purple polemonum yezoense?


Lìga Lìga 07 May 2010 06:58:02

Ok,now it sound better:)


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