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Sink or Swim

28 March 2011 19:37:29
Fritellaria persica

Fritellaria persica

It was another great day here in Wexford and, after doing nothing all weekend, I was glad to get out to the garden again.

The first task was to  make an edge to the border that recently had the Rosa rugosa backdrop removed from it. After doing this I sprinkled grass seed on the grass side.

Then, with hubby's help, I planted out my Musa basjoo. I have had this root hardy banana in the glasshouse for two winters now and, despite all precautions, I lose the trunk. It, therefore, seems to me that protecting it in the glasshouse has no value so I planted it out.

It was a similar story with the Phoenix canariansis that Myrtle gave me two years ago. It was badly hit both winters, despite being in the glasshouse, and I feel that part of the problem is that it needs potting on. Plants, whose roots are cramped going into winter, are more likely to suffer. This palm is too big for any pot now so I planted it out. I hope it will rally.

I also watered a bed and laid mulch on it and then watered the top to 'seal' the mulch. As the garden is so dry I then took the hose to a couple of other places, including my, recently unwrapped and probably dead, tree ferns. It was good to be able to take up a few tree stakes too as they are no longer needed.

I see little primulas beginning to open now and the fritellarias have buds. I think I may be developing a penchant for primulas. I have put a few more photos in my March album.

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Jacinta D Jacinta D 28 March 2011 19:43:17

Did you wrap the crown of the Phoenix canariensis? Of course you did. I have never seen someone as dedicated as yourself!!!! Pity about it, as they are such a 'statement' plant. Welcome to the 'Primrose Preciation People'. :)

ladygardener ladygardener 28 March 2011 21:01:11

I hope everything survives for you.  Rain forcast this week so we can take a break from watering thankfully.

fran m fran m 28 March 2011 21:25:27

Mulch looks great

Cloncaw Cloncaw 28 March 2011 21:44:05

Good to get out in the garden again the mulch looks great really setting plants off in the sunshine, everything could do with a little bit of nice soft rain to save on the watering

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 28 March 2011 22:15:03

Lovely selection of spring bulbs, I particularly like the cardiocrinum and the dracunculus, a plant that I had loads of but over the years have lost the lot. Mary 

Rachel Rachel 28 March 2011 23:04:22

I did wrap the crown, Jacinta. We'll just have to wait and see if it pulls through. How's your sago palm doing? Mine is sulking.

I saw the rain forecast, Ladygardener. I think we will all be glad of that.

Thanks, Fran.

Couldn't agree more, Geraldine.

I was delighted to see my Cardiocrinum survived, Mary. I didn't really believe in its hardiness. Your Cardiocrinum seeds are not up yet but that is to be expected. Peter Nyssen is good for Dracunculus.


Jacinta D Jacinta D 29 March 2011 05:59:40

Still alive, but only just!  :(

Lìga Lìga 29 March 2011 10:04:06

How is your tree ferns?Did you check them?

Rachel Rachel 29 March 2011 10:11:01

Good for you, Jacinta.

Two are dead, Liga. Not sure about the other two.

unagrant unagrant 30 March 2011 12:43:40

Everything looks so healthy and neat with that mulch

Rachel Rachel 03 April 2011 20:39:37

I'm pleased with it so far, Una.


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