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Elizabeth7's Journal

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Hot beds still going strong

01 September 2014 18:14:51

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Yes very pleased with the length of time I am getting colour in these borders. With a top dressing of my magic '''manure'' later in the year they should be even better next year.  The new border I am making measures about 30ft by 6ft and today it got 7 barrows of the magic stuff for starters. I want to plan this with some shrubs included as that is a mistake I have repeated in other beds .....all perennials and much work. Oh I did not barrow down all that magic stuff, Eddie who helps me once a week did that and he is my real magic ingredient.

Looking at these photos I want again to thank all my friends for the plants they have so kindly given me.

I see MaryJoe's  Ricinus and Echium;  Bruno's Tetrapanax luteum , Monarda and Persicaria amplexicaulis;  Rachel's  Heliopsis  and Dahlias from my friend Liz. Also Salvia confeterifolia from a cutting given by another friend.

So excited

30 August 2014 21:07:39

You probably expect to read I won the Lotto or somefing like that!! Well it is better, my '''manure '''' has just been delivered and I have never seen the like.  It is so well rotted there is just a big heap of black gorgeous crumbly earthy stuff a whole two ton of it. No excused here for plants not growing. There are not even lumps in it!!! I will take a photo tomorrow too dark now cos you must see it. Definitely better than the Lotto.

Diascia query

26 August 2014 20:03:49

I noticed in a garden today that the Diascia were still going strong, l it was an orange coloured one that was planted.  What do you growers of this plant think, is it usually long flowering, does it depend on colour or any other information. It is years since I grew it but any plant flowering at the end of August is a winner.

And then.....

23 August 2014 19:35:07

During the Winter the covers of my chimneys were blown away. In the Spring I watched as Rooks built their nest in one of them. What could I do?  Never even saw the babies take off. Decided I needed to get the nest removed and new covers put up. It happened this morning. You would not believe how long it took to make a tiny impression on the nest which was about one and half feet down the chimney. I hasten to add it was the ' chimney man' doing this. Eventuall he hooked up a lump of fur and wood and there were the combings from Meg and Maisie I had put out for any birds who wanted a nice soft nest. Loads of it!! At last this enormous nest came down the chimney and like an eejit I was saying oh this is Meg this is from Maisie!!

So the new hats were put on the chimneys and before he cleared the gutters we sat down and had a Coke. Gardening of course was mentioned and I bemoaned the fact I had no horse manure left. So then he said ' no problem' he could get loads of it for me. Well naturally one expects that from a chimney man....not. So next week two tons will arrive  and be deposited via the field , permission granted by Farmer, crop harvested,  in a very good spot just over my boundary.  He said it was about 3 years old so should be yummy.  Good day this was.

Martin, help please.

21 August 2014 14:40:35

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Martin would you ever give me the names of the Ferns I got from you at my visit?

They are in a trough at the moment waiting their final home.

Three photos , the first  one includes a self seeded  lad growing behind the trought but I know what that is.

Thanks very much

Loot

18 August 2014 17:26:12
Loot

Loot

Well I mean if you were passing Ballyseedy and dropped in to see when their bulbs are arriving and then spotted that there was a 25% sale on, what would you do????

Quite right and that is just what I did.

Caryopteris Blue Balloon.

Physosotegia virginian.

Heuchera Marmalade

Gypsophilla Deep rose

2 Dianthus

2 Dianthus/ Sweet william

White Hydrangea

Echinacea Pow Wow

 

So happy Bunny here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A few photos

16 August 2014 15:36:44

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Struck me today that I never show any pics of the lower garden. This is primarily a tree/shrub place  sort of a Woodland in the making. But there is a bed where I tend to put stuff that gets very tall and spreads!! So photo of some colour there and then looking back up the path. Then noticed how lovely the Geum looked peeking through the foliage of Cosmos.

Reconstruction

16 August 2014 15:31:01

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Yes it is on.  This is going to be a long post so abandon it anytime.

When you come to my house there is a very narrow entrance then it opens out into a large gravel area. This area looks very big and I have tried to bring the garden more into it. Trouble is that you really need most of the space for car turning/parking if there is more than one car.

There is one quite big area covered with ivy and Erigeron with a pump in the centre. My Well is actually under this. Another area I tried to make a scree type bed and it is sort of ok and there sits the fab 'Oakbird' a definite feature. BUT there is not enough colour.

So last year I made a round bed with stone surround and put pelargoniums and a few small shrubs in it.  Better but not good enough.

So today I decided to extend this bed quite a lot and make a border backing on to the stone wall. This meant taking most of the original bed to pieces again. I have taken a chunk out of it , dug the area of the new bed and marked out shape it will take. There it is has to rest until I manage to rustle up soil from somewhere, eye on field next door!!

Then the rest of the original bed is taken down and the stones sorted by size ready to build the new bed. I will build it into the backfill when I get hold of some earth. Hopefully I can make this colourful  and have even thought of getting a few Roses.....oh heavens ......did I mention the Rose word, vowed not ever to get shrub roses. So now I am back indoors about to make a cuppa and perhaps join Maisie cat on my bed for an hour. The photos just show the general idea.

 

Dahlias

13 August 2014 21:18:55

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I got Single Kiss, the dahlia that is, recently and like it very much indeed.

It is in the same series as Happy Flame in the second photo.

But my very favourite Dahlia of all the great ones is the third photo David Howard, just love it.

Couple of odd bods.

13 August 2014 17:17:39

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Unusual, I think plant.

Eryngium pandanifolium, great name for a great plant. This is now about 8 feet tall and hard to photo against the sky. The leaves are lethal, the worst thorns of any plant I have met. They bulk up a lot , this plant is about 3 years old and flowering for the first time. Bruno has a monster version of it!

Then Cynara about to open, the flower bud looking rather interesting and a Bee next door on the Solidago.

Very tall!

08 August 2014 19:31:27

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Yes the Eupatorium is reaching for the skies and a pink Lily likewise though it is hard to see the latter against the sky. Then Dianella with such lovely blue berries.

For Joan

06 August 2014 23:38:52

Joan I was looking at your photos, your  garden is absolutely gorgeous what fab plants and planting. Wish my place looked half as good. It is a credit to you. Going back for another look now.

Be vewy afwaid....

06 August 2014 19:04:06

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Weeding this afternoon, lifted a plant and this looked out at me. I honestly got a fright cos it is huge. About 4 inches long and an inch around.  It has a spike on the 'tail'.

Found out it is an Elephant Hawk moth caterpillar.  Feeds on Willowherb so must love it here as the .........weed is everywhere.

Hurrah!

05 August 2014 16:57:07

Yes I am feeling pleased and why?  Because for the first time in ages and ages it started raining after lunch and it is still coming down in a good steady stream. It did rain last Friday night but seemed not to make much impression on the soil it was so dry. This should save watering for a while.  No complaints at all about the wonderful weather we have had !!! But I was getting fed up dragging around the hose every night.

Before the rain this morning I headed to a garden centre. I had done very little visiting this year but I was on a mission.  My Blue bed is going to change.  There is just too much work to do here so while it will still have the blue theme some shrubs are going in. I decided on Blue hydrangeas but was in for a shock.  The prices were so high in the three places I visited. I wanted Blue Teller but at €23 each and i would have liked three, it seemed daft. I ended up getting one at €19 but a good size. Of course once on the garden centre trail that was not the end. I spotted some Tiger lilies, a Canna and one of the Happy series of Dahlia  , First kiss or some name like that.. Yes I could have got a second Hydrangea for the price of the others!

It struck me how expensive plants had become.   While taking cuttings of the blue hydrangea I have had for some time would have been a good idea but as years fly by I tend to opt for more established shrubs!  But I was glad to have taken cuttings of Cuphea, a lovely red Penstemon and a special Dianthus. Oh and some leaf 'cuttings' of the fab Sedum Purple emperor, one of my favourite plants.  But when the rain stops I will do a tour and take more cuttings of some perennials.

 

Ferns everywhere!

01 August 2014 18:33:32

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Much cooler today so able to get a good lot done.  While the hot borders are still looking good and I should get another couple of weeks from them, the rest of the garden is now needing drastic cutting back.  While weeding and cutting I was amazed at the number of self seeded ferns, everywhere, especially around the roots of other plants, hundreds of them. All Shuttlecock with a few Hart's horn. I potted on about 12 in case anyone wanted them and ditched loads.

So now the beds have big gaps and heaps of rubbish to cart away but they were good earlier so no growling about it.

When MaryJoe was here recently she noted the colour combination of Arundo donax and a Hydrangea with Nasturtium leaves thrown in; I had not heeded it but it is pretty so took a photo. Also of the Ferns .

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