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Elizabeth7's Journal

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Living and learning...great!

28 July 2016 20:12:03

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Well talk of living and learning. Headed to BQ today to get paint and a few other bits.

Colour Cuprinol I wanted not in stock so forced myself to head to the plants.....huge effort!!

To my great surprise I  find a yellow Salvia never knew they came in yellow. It is Suncrest Golden Girl. Sort of a dainty looking plant but having read about it since I came home gather it is quite tough. Tempted to head to Cork again and get another one. It is yellower than in the photo.

Also got a lovely Phlox  Rec Carribean. No photo yet.

But wanted to show you a lovely Crocosmia called Culzean pink. Got it years ago and it was a very slow spreader. That is until this year when having culled loads of Crocosmia it just took off with a take over bid. It is a small flower that never seems to open fully but very pretty IMO. Lucifer is in the background.

Finally the Red Gladiolus with a white rim. Every year I think I must track down more of this and then forget.

 

Mystery of Dying Shrubs.

26 July 2016 22:22:49

Hardly seems fair!

22 July 2016 21:09:27

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That this rather frail looking Brugmansia has produced 6 blooms, the slugs had a chew on one.  The leaves are very pale despite feeding , must be wrong feed.

Aralia 'Sun King' one of my favourite plants a vivid lemon yellow. Vanishes completely for the Winter and then zooms back come Spring.

And Monarda which has eventually made a take over bid in the garden after many attempts.

 

What are they???

15 July 2016 21:20:05
What are they???

What are they???

About a month ago I was at the Amenity to dump my rubbish and do the recycling bit. Sometimes the very nice guys in charge put some ''good'' pieces to the side. I got 5 chairs there one day. So I spotted the two terracotta thingies in the photo and asked if I could have them . Nice man on duty said he thought one of the other staff was taking them but if not he would put them aside for me. So today I was back there and the 'thingies' had been put aside for me...so kind. But what are they I ask myself. I thought they may be for chimney tops but then I saw what appears to be a drainage hole in the base of both. They are really  to me lovely and unusual . They are the same size but one looks larger in the photo, a very good size so one could put a 3lt pot in them. Anybody got ideas of the origin, have you seen that shape and design before?

 

 

Spotty Dotty

14 July 2016 21:14:37

Planters to hide walls.

04 July 2016 17:39:02

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The walls of most of my cottage/farmhouse are mud and stone, quite scary when you actually see what they are made from!  There is lime wash so not possible to grow anything on the wall .  It needs a new paint job but what with new windows that is not on for this year. So how to cover some of the shabby part and also enclose my hot area on all sides. Off to Done Deal and find someone who will make planters to your own specs. Turns out he is a retired gent and I was at school with his sisters, what a small world. So I ordered two with a 6ft trellis attached. They are 14'' deep and 3' long quite hefty chaps; lined and with 6 drainage holes. He brought them down and assembled them here and about two weeks ago I piled in the  compost , some my own and some bought. Then came the plants which you will see. Next year I hope to plant Clematis in them to cover the trellis. Hope you like them!

Margaret's aka Hosta Open day.

19 June 2016 01:11:22

A few photographs for June

15 June 2016 15:34:40
A few photographs for June

A few photographs for June

Showery today but did get some work done and also took some photos. The one here is of Iris Silver edge which I love. Thank you Mary for giving me this beauty.

Very important ID please....driving me mad!

08 June 2016 19:45:03
Very important ID please....driving me mad!

Very important ID please....driving me mad!

For ages I have been trying to identify this grass type weed that grows up throught most of the plants in my garden. It gets quite tall but the feature that marks it is that at the base/root there is a bunch of little grape like structures sometime a couple but mostly a big bunch of them. Very hard to prise out of the ground. It does not seem to conform to the usual culprits like scutch.  I have tried to get the ID a number of times but nobody ever comes up with the answer so it is over to you to solve this mystery please!! The photo is not great I thought I was clever taking it on a coloured background.....not!

A few favourites

06 June 2016 18:36:50

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It is about 6 days since I posted a photo showing the Roscoea Kew Beauty appearing above ground and here it is in all it's flower glory, talk about a fast mover.

The speaking of moving Dublin Bay is rushing up this Ash tree and looking very good as the flowers appear to be coming from the Ivy!

Finally one of my favourite shrubs Vallea stipularis.  The flowers are so lovely in clusters at the end of the branches. My one has rather bare branches and can look a bit straggly. I was thinking of pruning it but having had a Google it seems the habit of the shrub to have these bare branches.....anyone grow it and if so what is your one like.

Odds and bods !

30 May 2016 18:23:26

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Another lovely day really warm. All the same I confess to feeling a bit grumpy and fed up with endless weeding; three hours a day is pretty grim and even then there are plenty to be seen. BUT then I spotted that the Roscoea had pushed above ground and were looking really healthy and strong. So no more grumping. Then I saw a flower on Saruma henryi , don't know if you are familiar with this lad it is a wild ginger and related to Asarum thus the fiddling around with letters to make Saruma....can't think of the proper word to describe when this happens grrr. It flowers best later in the year and grows to about two feet and has lovely soft leaves. A woodland plant.

Finally Primula poissoni a rather dainty looking candleabra  but a lovely strong colour.

Happy accident

28 May 2016 15:42:43

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Lovely day here hope the same for everyone.

I just happened to plant some Iris in front of a Ligularia no colour scheme in mind. Then as the latter started to get tall and show the back of it's leaves  the iris decided to open with the same colour flower a lovely dark maroon.  Looks great especially when the breeze ruffles the leaves and really shows off the reverse side......yummy.

Chelsea

24 May 2016 21:47:39

Fern ID please.

12 May 2016 18:28:25

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The first one is a lovely light green, an airy type of fern which seems to have had a couple of babies!

The black croziers on this one are wonderful but unsure of name.

Candleabra primulas, thanks Gracedieu, link up well with  the Thrift in my ''river'' area.

Very warm day here.....great.

Me again

09 May 2016 15:18:11

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