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Elizabeth7's Journal August 2011

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What a gardener!

30 August 2011 19:44:45

Clerodendron bungei

29 August 2011 18:31:52
Clerodendron  bungei

Clerodendron bungei

I think this is bungei,  fits all the descriptions I have investigated. Also suckers as if it wants to take over the world. Will pot up a few in case anyone wants to take the risk. This invasive theme seems to centre in Cork!!!!

Oh dear , tis catching.

28 August 2011 22:19:13

Potty

27 August 2011 19:26:54
Potty

Potty

Some succulents in a broken terracotta pot. Just planted some Sempervivums in a Tomato pot ; hoping they will grow around and join up together.

Crocosmias

27 August 2011 19:23:52
Crocosmias

Crocosmias

Some of the Crocosmias around the pond. My favourite Severn sunrise is in the foreground but still not doing it justice!

Helpful labels

27 August 2011 15:29:47
Helpful labels

Helpful labels

I was talking with a garden friend recently and we got on to the subject of labels.

She was saying it was a pity we could not buy the labels used by garden centres, the sort of interlocking ones. They would be so useful for labelling plants you want to move, adding any details re the plant and actually staying in place and not getting lost in soil or taken by birds. I had never seen this type of label for sale in gardening shops and perhaps it is. Anyway I tracked them down in the UK and ordered a sheet of 100 labels which cost around €9 inc pp. They offer them in a selection of different colours and I opted for a pale green. They arrived within days and the colour is super and quite hard to see on the plant. My friend was also very pleased with them. Anyone interested, or knows where they can be got here, I can give the UK contact.

Wanted; Will power.

25 August 2011 01:18:47

Crocosmias

22 August 2011 23:56:49

Scrubber , just do it!!

21 August 2011 23:11:06

Stop press ; Cordyline gives birth.

21 August 2011 18:19:59

RE; June Blakes

20 August 2011 23:21:29

Compost/ Shredder

19 August 2011 23:00:59

Met with two friends yesterday.

19 August 2011 01:49:20

Great visit to Hosta

17 August 2011 19:22:28
Great visit to Hosta

Great visit to Hosta

Well  I had so been looking forward to visiting Hosta, Margaret, and her garden was all I hoped for and more. Despite her very good directions I managed to pass the turn to her house three times. Wondered how I would ask someone 'do you know where Hosta er Margaret with lovely garden lives'. Yes I had her phone number but little good as it was sitting together with my camera and a bag of treats for Ruby dog on my kitchen table.

Anyway as you see in the photo there was no missing Margaret's house because she has taken on making the road as well as her garden beautiful.

Stephen very kindly lent me a camera so I could bring home the card and upload the pictures which will be put in an album.

Now this lady had injured her hip some days ago and it was giving her jip but nothing daunted we set out on the tour. I loved the layout of the garden and the gorgeous Acers ,other trees and shrubs. There are treasures everywhere and though we agreed that it was not the best time of year for our perennial type gardens suffice it to say I could walk around several times and still see something new. I was surprised when Margaret pointed out all the Winter damage as the site seemed very sheltered but not a doubt they will be filled again very soon.

I had better stop this epistle guess you have got the message of how much I enjoyed my visit. Very many thanks Margaret, Stephen and Ruby for the great welcome and the tea and bikkies. And yes you are right, Mrs Claus dipped into her bottomless bag and I came away with three great plants.

For Ladygardener

17 August 2011 11:04:07
For Ladygardener

For Ladygardener

Ann this is a picture of where the new border will be , I hope. Better than the confusing description I wrote!!

Good day in Cobh

16 August 2011 21:59:25
Part of the garden

Part of the garden

Busy day digging and stone removing, but it was a pleasure to get out in the garden again. The trees that were cut down have made a huge difference and I will put an album to show the change and some other August pics. I have ordered quite a lot of plants from Hayloft in the UK they have good offers so today I put in an order for 10 different Coreopsis for £10 the pp came to £4.40. Seems like  a good price though the plants are usually very small but well grown. I will need a lot of plants for the new border.

And another one!

14 August 2011 23:26:33
And another one!

And another one!

Maybe a giant butterfly's egg???

Bluebird egg??

14 August 2011 23:24:06
Bluebird egg??

Bluebird egg??

I know you think it is a real egg so sorry to disappoint!!!

I thought covering some stones with mosaic might be fun, still have to grout it.

Gunfire at Ash Cottage corral.

12 August 2011 22:24:15
Gunfire at Ash Cottage corral.

Gunfire at Ash Cottage corral.

I should have been used to noise  following my experience of a couple of days ago.

The hills were alive with the sound of gunfire so out I went , keeping head well down as I proceeded to the bottom of the garden. My worthy hound slid along behind me on her belly , full of courage. I kid you not that there was constant bang, bang, bang echoing around the area. Peering over the stile that separates me from the battle zone I spot two men down the field with what appeared to be deaf crows around them. I projected my very best glare towards them, it worked and one of the two gun men approached me. A cull of crows and pigeons was underway and if I would like a bird or two ready for the oven they were mine. I rejected this offer sure that one of the proffered birds would have once visited my garden for sustenance , how could I eat a friend and neighbour.Meanwhile the deaf crows , well they just stood there. Ping, penny dropped they were decoys.

Note hunter 'outside'  hide!! Deaf crows also in picture.

They speak of the peace and quiet of the countryside, not down this way during the past few days.

Wonder what tomorrow may bring.

Massacre at Ash Cottage.

12 August 2011 14:18:52

Lovely garden visit.

11 August 2011 22:38:31
Lovely garden visit.

Lovely garden visit.

Great visit to my dear friend Mary Walsh who has a most gorgeous garden at Kilcrohane in West Cork. It is as near to the sea as is possible with Dunmanus bay almost an extension of the front garden!!

Of course I came away with a few treasures including cuttings of Mertensia maritima and Californian fuchsia.

Fortnately the monster Agaves survived with not too much damage.


Lovely day, chat, tea and garden.

Goodie's garden.

07 August 2011 17:35:38

Thanks so much.

07 August 2011 12:14:46

Woe is me, sort of, a bit,

05 August 2011 13:18:21

What am I?

04 August 2011 18:38:05
What am I?

What am I?

I was in Fota this afternoon and my eyes were out on stalks when I spotted this plant.

It is the blackest leaf I have ever seen and the seeds were also black.

The appearance was like something from outer space with the seed heads waving around but it was just beautiful. Some seeds somehow leapt into my pocket.

Will put up two more pictures in an album

Dahlia with attitude

04 August 2011 00:29:09
Dahlia with attitude

Dahlia with attitude

This one seems to be making a takeover bid in this bed. It may be a single but wants to make an impact.

Who am I?

03 August 2011 18:38:01
Who am I?

Who am I?

Noticed this today and no clue what it is. Looks as if it was planted but planted nothing in that area this year. Will put up another picture in an album. Thank you

Oh the dark olive coloured foliage belongs to the plant, and the leaves emerge in sort of a rosette formation.

Bit of a muse.

03 August 2011 00:19:20
Bit of a muse.

Bit of a muse.

Earlier I mentioned I was going to let a Clematis vitacelli just go roaming, it found a good spot by leaping on to this Acer .

Such a scent in the garden from the Lilies , wonderful.

Bought a plant today called Parsley vine, had never heard of it. Seems it is a grape vine with rather large leaves but not keen on producing grapes. The plant had a lot of growth so I planted it  to grow up the  wire in my developing cave!

Have decided to extend the border about 20feet to link both parts of garden together. Seeing as I had previously decided to close down two beds to lighten the work rather a stupid decision but I do feel it will make a big improvement. Have asked man with tiller to loosen the ground as it is full of roots and stone too much for me and my pick axe. Will need to buy loads of compost to make a raised bed there......I get madder as the years go by.

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