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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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Seeds and Things

08 March 2011 12:02:06
mulched long border

mulched long border

I'm just back form meeting HeadGardener in Bunclody. We decided not to visit either garden as we would only end up taking ages for a look round when there's work to be done at home.

Bill was handing over my Amaranthus seeds from Chiltern. We placed a joint seed order ages ago but Chiltern had been out of stock on the particular type of Amaranthus I ordered. I was getting in a panic until now as I need those seeds for the whole back of my Annual Border so, when I heard Bill had received them, I wanted to pick them up asap. In fact, after writing this, I'm off to sow 8 trays of Amaranthus.

Of course we had a coffee and a little chat in Bunclody. Bill brought me a blue Mecanopsis plant division as I lost the batch of tiny Mecanopsis seedlings I manage to hatch over winter. No sooner home and I checked my ungerminated seeds to find that a new batch has germinated. Sod's Law, isn't it? However, it's tricky to keep the small seedlings alive so I'm very happy to have an actual plant from Bill.

I handed over a 5ft Amelanchier lamarkii, which I spotted for €7.49, and knowing Bill was looking for it, I had snapped it up, sure that he would like the price too! 

I'm off to sow those seeds now.


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LindaB LindaB 08 March 2011 12:51:09

Good luck with the seed sowing, the cocoa mulch has transformed your beds Rachel, well worth the effort.


Myrtle Myrtle 08 March 2011 13:04:19

The mulch really shows off the plants and the neat edging!


chilipepper chilipepper 08 March 2011 13:31:29

Best of luck with the seed sowing Rachel, the mulch sets the beds of well!


J.D. J.D. 08 March 2011 13:36:23

Lucky Bill having such a considerate friend. Well done on that. Happy seed-sowing.


sallysarah sallysarah 08 March 2011 14:18:56

My Amelanchiers are all in bud - just a lovely tree or shrub.   Rachel, I've read all the journals and looked at the photos re last Saturday get-together.  Just looks as you all had a great day - nice to meet up and to put a face to a name!!!!   My, you're going to be busy.   I now have 14 really strong seedlings of the Dodecatheon (August sowing).  The January sowing germinates half-heartedly and then keels over.  I am so happy with my August lot.  Let's hope we get some different colours!    Windy and raining here today. 


Rachel Rachel 08 March 2011 14:25:49

Thank you, folks. I am pleased with the mulch. I just wish I had more.

Sally, that sounds to me like the compost used for your January sowing was dodgy. I lost my first batch of Pulsatilla that way last summer. I sowed again and now have sturdy seedlings (a bit like your Dodecatheon story : )


sallysarah sallysarah 08 March 2011 15:17:44

Did you save the seeds of the Pulsatilla, Rachel?  Mine is just peeping up out of the ground.   You could be right about the compost.....................


fran m fran m 08 March 2011 18:14:09

Well done, totally sold on that mulch, looks great.


TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 08 March 2011 20:08:59

I love the way your garden "borrows" the landscape beyond!


rosburke rosburke 08 March 2011 20:49:21

fab work on your borders, looks great, but then your garden always does.


Rachel Rachel 08 March 2011 23:43:40

I was given the Pulsatilla seed, Sally, by Linda. I don't have the plant myself... until now.


Rachel Rachel 08 March 2011 23:44:38

Ah, thanks, folks. Lovely comments there.


HeadGardener HeadGardener 09 March 2011 09:36:02

Rachel good to meet you too, micromeeting is the way to go when very busy in the garden :-) I did like the price and thank you so much for thinking of me :-) OK all I have time for now back out into the garden for more digging over..


Lìga Lìga 09 March 2011 09:51:45

8 trays with Amaranthus,for me 8 plants would be too much:))


unagrant unagrant 10 March 2011 09:39:55

It's great having a garden.ie friend so near to help each other out.  Your mulch with sharp edges look great.


Rachel Rachel 10 March 2011 15:09:33

Power to your elbow, Bill.

Ha ha. Now you're exaggerating, Liga.

You are right, Una, and thanks.


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