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Elizabeth7's Journal

Elizabeth7's Journal June 2011

Last Post 1028 days 16 hours ago

Meant to explain

29 June 2011 23:38:53
Why I have been referring to plants but no photos. My laptop has broken and is at the doctors. My photo 'apparatus' is on that laptop so unable to download pics. for a few days.

River of no return.

28 June 2011 20:29:07
Went out this afternoon to do lots of work, weeding, cuttings, seeds etc. It was a pleasant day so wanted to enjoy the river that runs into my pond, well not quite a river but it is about a foot wide.  Thought the sound would be peaceful. Now my river requires a pump, unusual for a river I agree. So on with the pump but no flowing river. Down to the pond and delve into the murky depths to locate the pump, ugh it was nasty down there not to mention smelly.Plunge arm into slime while hanging over the edge and feel around for the pump think I have got it but it is a huge water lily root. Up for air, try again and lucky this time ,up it comes glug , glug. Remove pipe, all clear, open up and clean out , not so bad considering where it lived. Immerse in water again and turn on switch, nothing. Back to pond, another clean , turn on switch, nothing. Think bad thoughts about having to buy new pump. Seems ok when I test the circuit breaker which is plugged in then penny drops the ................ pump was NOT plugged in. Boy I really needed the soothing sound at that stage not to mention a bath tonight to rid myself of the slimey pong. Ah well original jobs can wait till tomorrow.

Filling Lupin gaps

28 June 2011 20:04:34
OK so the Lupins are finished and now when cut back there is a horrid circle of cut stems; so how do you hide them? Any suggestions? This has always presented a problem for me.

Candelabra primulas

27 June 2011 13:47:29
I love these but only have  wine coloured ones. I think, some time ago, someone mentioned a source for them and if so I would love to know it. I have looked in a number of garden centres with no luck. There is an orange/yellow one that I think is particularily lovely. Any help much appreciated. I could grow them from seed but as they seem to bulk up quickly and allow division I would favour getting plants.

What I learned today

26 June 2011 19:17:50
If you don't clear the gutters on your pump house for 5 years you can collect a big bucket of leaf mould; a bit smelly but with some all purpose compost should add a kick to the soil.

Today in the garden, a bit long!

25 June 2011 20:15:43

Well first day home and top of the list was to collect my cat , great to see her. Go for dog tomorrow and the family will be complete.

Next was the weeding and gee the growth of these during a week is amazing.  Some flowers had gone over but others were starting to bloom including a Phlomis which is going to be pink; This came as a surprise as I was expecting yellow. I forgot I had planted lots of Iris and they are looking very good. Several Clematis are putting on a good show . Many hardy Geraniums continue to flower but the Lupins are almost over. The best value plant is an early flowering  Aconitum that must be going now for more than 3 months, about to finish but  it must need a rest!! I have eventually come to terms with the fact that my garden will never have all the areas looking good. Physically I am not able to do the work needed to keep it all in good shape. But I am lucky to be able to do as much as I do and for this I am most grateful.  On the whole it is looking pretty good just now if you ignore some overgrown parts. I still have some of  a wall to complete so off to BQ on Wednesday for bags of mortar. Tomorrow must take some cuttings of a lovely pink dianthus which has the most gorgeous scent. Also a job I hate, clearing around the base of the young trees ; I know it will pay off if they are not in competition with grass and weeds so has to be done, ugh.  I will take some pics tomorrow to show how the garden is faring. Sorry this is long, sort of thinking on paper

Home again

24 June 2011 16:39:44
Home from a week in lovely Connemara; not a very nice drive home with non stop rain.Too wet to view my garden though won't be able to resist for much longer!! Went  to see Kylemore again they have achieved so much over the years. Must catch up on all the posts now.

Unusual colour?

15 June 2011 20:52:16
Unusual colour?

Unusual colour?

This is a Amaryllis I got free with a bulb order. The colouring is lovely but not knowing anything about these plants I wonder if it is unusual.

Hole in the trees

15 June 2011 20:50:05
Hole in the trees

Hole in the trees

I have lots of Ash trees in my garden and where the branches of two meet there is a sort of hole through which you can see away into the far landscape. It looks good in the evening for some reason suppose the darker light.

Rector off on his travels.

13 June 2011 19:12:48
Rector off on his travels.

Rector off on his travels.

Wonder if he will get to the top?

Whaddabout ME?

13 June 2011 19:11:11
Whaddabout ME?

Whaddabout ME?

Lovely Lily Montenegro darker than the photograph.

Front garden showing where Roses are.

09 June 2011 17:09:17
Front garden showing where Roses are.

Front garden showing where Roses are.

Just to put in perspective where the roses of the last picture are. The front garden is small like a semi -circle  with a border inside the hedge which is mostly Fuchsia, and brambles, then gravel. Nice place to sit.

In journal entries I tend to call the back garden the front garden as I seldom use the front door as it opens into the sitting room. During the Summer I hope to pace out the entire garden and try to make a map of where things are.

Anybody for Lovage

09 June 2011 15:58:37
Anybody for Lovage

Anybody for Lovage

Maybe the biggest one in the whole wide world!!

Roses and cottage door.

09 June 2011 15:32:59
Roses and cottage door.

Roses and cottage door.

Seeing all the pics of Roses thought I would show this one. Taken last year as the wind this year tore them down and they are convalescing! They will be fine.The one on the left was here when I came and is very old I think. On the right is Harlequin?.

Geum problems

08 June 2011 18:36:10

I bought and planted 5 Geums earlier in the year quite big healthy looking plants. Trouble is they are producing only mingy little flowers that seem to wither very quickly. Having seen some flowering in your gardens I feel something is wrong with mine or me ! Do they favour particular soil , like breakfast in bed, want to watch TV or what?  Happy they are not, so any suggestions please. On the other hand Aconitum has done wonderfully and must be in flower for 2 months now; it bulks up so fast I have made several divisions . One of the other plants that does not like me is the Californian poppy. I have seen these grow and seed over other gardens but here if two germinate out of a packet I am lucky. Then on the other hand, lots of hands, the Geraniums are as ever doing very well except for that praetense  that is the most promiscuous plant ever and appears all over the place. I fear lots of that will hit the compost heap soon.

I suppose this post sums up gardening, win some , lose some.

Aerial view from Jacinta

06 June 2011 21:43:49
Gee this is fabulous now I can enjoy your garden even more knowing the layout of it. Looking at your other photos now I know where various areas are. Love to have an aerial view of my place........I could photoshop out the bad areas  haha

Funny day today.

05 June 2011 23:07:49

Sort of mixed between gardening and watching French tennis finals.

Much walking up and down by the area I am thinking of making new border and wondering am I mad there is so much to do already. Then back to  mortar mixing to do some more work on the wall.  Next attack very bad corner of garden. It too is wall to wall primroses but now consists of  leaves mixed with the most horrid of weeds. So decided to dig up lots of primroses and plant them elsewhere. Only got about 100 done there is 5 times that left to move. It will be a bit by bit project as it is very heavy digging work. Some every day perhaps. Then I will put down membrane and if I can find some broken pavement slabs at the council site do a sort of crazy paving in that area. It is where the coal bunker is and the refuse bin and I could store planted pots not ready for the garden. At least it would look tidy , dreadful now. Gee that is really thinking out loud !!  So, conclusion, must finish that before taking on new border.

Looking for suggestions please.

04 June 2011 22:58:44
Primrose bank

Primrose bank

In the picture I show a ditch/bank that gets covered in Primroses and I just love it. Takes some work to prevent dock, bramble etc taking over.

Now I am thinking of making a border in front of this bank BUT it must be one that does not develop too early and block out the primroses. I will need to leave a narrow path at the base of the bank to allow me access for de-brambling. The border would be about 4ft wide and 16ft long , a sort of continuation of the border in the shrub/flower area of the garden. Any suggestions of plants that would give a  good show from June but not reach more than 1ft tall by end of April will be welcome.  while I like shrubs in a border I would have to exclude them in this location. There will, of course, if I do this ,be some hardy geraniums! These , probably blue, would go with any yellow, cream, peach, coloured flowers. Am I asking too much, like the best of both worlds? Please tell me if you think I am. Thank you

It happened today!

04 June 2011 17:22:55

Maisie my cat found the Nepeta.

It WAS a lovely plant.

Anigozanthos aka Kangaroo paw plant

02 June 2011 21:25:56
Anigozanthos  aka  Kangaroo paw plant

Anigozanthos aka Kangaroo paw plant

 I really like this plant though it will stay in a pot in case we get another bad winter.

It comes in several different colours I think , it would be good to get a few different ones.

Crambe in flower

02 June 2011 20:03:24
Crambe in flower

Crambe in flower

It does dominate the garden. and I think I feel another one coming on. So pretty and big!

I wonder why when I post here the pictures are not as bright as the originals, what am I doing wrong I ask myself and others.

More Poppies

02 June 2011 20:00:40
More Poppies

More Poppies

These are Aldi or Lidl poppies not sure what variety, would welcome diagnosis. They do add a touch of colour!

Bloom reports pretty please.

02 June 2011 19:50:35
Dying to hear all about it so please tell!

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