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Elizabeth7's Journal September 2013

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Fota loot!!

29 September 2013 15:20:19

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This is my haul from Fota today.  Of course I met Bruno there weighted down with bags!  I can’t talk as I too was staggering under a load. When I got home realised that one nursery had given me a bag that did not belong to me containing three Anemone Wild Swan.  Will have to return them somehow. Forget  order of photos but they are Phytolacca, general view of loot and Agastache Raspberry summer


Anemone White Swan

Thalictrum Elin

Thalictrum  Illuminator

Helenium Sahin’s early flowering

Rudbeckia Prairie Glow


Geranium Sylvia’s surprise

Agastache Raspberry Summer

Garden visits.

28 September 2013 21:04:58

Ladies and Gentlemen

27 September 2013 22:01:01

Musing !

25 September 2013 19:31:53

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I was having a little muse as I walked around in the mist this morning. What had done well during this fabulous Summer and  what needed to be moved or get more TLC.  I have to say that Begonias of all varieties performed wonderfully.  The bedding ones survived in really dry areas and are still flowering. Agastache had given so much pleasure and I look forward to having more of them.  Eupatorium and Monarda took off like rockets. 

On the down side , Phlox was disappointing but could be due to drought.  Crocosmia too were not  floriferous this year.  Vitacelli clematis too for some reason was very poor .

All others behaved very well.

I have mentioned my stupidity about forgetting the overhanging Ash tree branches and indeed roots would make several borders very dry indeed. Lesson learned.

The hot border I just love and think the second extension will be great.

There is a lot of gravel in this new area and I am hoping it will aid the more tender plants by absorbing any bit of sun during the Winter and keeping the little dears warm. Time will tell.

Blue bed is best early in the year but has little to show from August onwards.  Funny how so many of the plants that do best at this time of year are of the yellow, red and orange variety.

End of muse if you have lasted this long!!

PS. A few photos  a lovely little Kniphofia whose name I would love to have; Impatiens, and showing still some colour in the hot bed. Not sure what order they will appear!


23 September 2013 18:48:44

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It is all Rachel's fault!! First time I ever got to know Agastache was Apricot Sprite in her garden . Now I just love them. I ordered plug plants of three more and they arrived today. Do hope they do well.  Names are A. Summer Glow, A.Summer Sunset and A. Blue Boa.  Photos are from the web.

Incidentally the fog and mist is really bad here all day .

Bidens hannay's lemon drops

22 September 2013 18:43:35

Kells House and Gardens

20 September 2013 16:43:25


18 September 2013 18:46:38

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Well it is not often I am lucky enough to find bargains but today I did very well. Called to a small nursery and came away with two Molinia, Salvia blue very tall , Rudbeckia Bright Star , I think and Viburnum compactus all for €15. They were all in 3 litre pots and strong and sturdy plants.  No names on pots but at €3 each those Molinia are super value may go back for two more:)

Stroll in the field.

13 September 2013 23:36:58

Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Majesty' or 'Baron'

08 September 2013 21:37:14

Me again!

03 September 2013 21:22:58


03 September 2013 18:22:27

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Yes it has happened, I have lost it!!

The last couple of years I have said, 'cut back , no more planting areas, the joints are getting creaky, don't be daft'.  And yet at present I am making the largest extension to date. I made the hot bed three years ago, added another bit last year and am in the process of adding another big area. This bed/border which was about 20ft long will now be about 40ft long , half of it 12ft wide and half about 8ft wide. The pick axe is in action removing roots and stones  and then of course it has to be filled!  I think having seen how well the plants are doing in this the only true south facing ,sunny, bed in the garden it is too tempting to resist.  But I do need to get some sense, wonder if there is a medicine I could take?

Fota plant fair

01 September 2013 23:18:05


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