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Elizabeth7's Journal April 2014

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Date for your diary....May 18th

30 April 2014 16:29:07

Scilla peruviana

29 April 2014 18:35:04
Scilla peruviana

Scilla peruviana

I met this for the first time a few days ago where a friend was growing it in a pot. She had about 5 big blooms. I thought it was fab and could not believe my luck when she produced another pot with two big buds about to open and gave it to me!! So home to identify it.  It reminds me of an Agapanthus in some ways. I gather from my friend and a posting on another site that it may not flower every year , anybody got any experience?

I acknowledge the Mediterranean gardener for the photo I copied from their site. There was not sign of copyright so hope it is ok.

Not an entry for.....

27 April 2014 16:42:38
Not an entry for.....

Not an entry for.....

The flower arranging 'competition'  but some Tulips broken in yesterdays gales. But they are an interesting colour, love them but too heavy to last.

Daffodils, calling PeterW !!

27 April 2014 15:13:16

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These two I really only noticed for the first time today, shame on me.

The photos are not good as it was windy so sorry about that.

They are both Jonquils I presume being multi headed but as to names not a clue. The first one has a lovely scent and a white band down centre of petals. The second one does not seem to be scented. Thank you.

''Forget me not'' police needed too.

25 April 2014 21:39:44
''Forget me not'' police needed too.

''Forget me not'' police needed too.

Yes these are not as bad as the Primroses but that is because I pull out so many every year. Still there are lots and lots and they are allowed in the 'hot' area as the only blue flower just because it will be a couple of months until the reds, yellows and oranges are at their best. From then on.....no blue may enter.

A warning re weather, there is a gale and heavy heavy rain here at present  and I forgot to stake my Delphiniums!!!! So if it is heading your way get those stakes in early tomorrow.

Help. primrose police needed.

22 April 2014 15:53:14

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Not complaining but they are everywhere , heading towards the doors and windows at speed  ,  a definite take over bid underway.  I remember looking out the windows of trains in my youth just yearning to see primroses growing on the banks, they seemed to love these embankments. Now I cannot glance anywhere without  seeing them everywhere.  Just to give you a glimpse of the abundance a few pictures.

Pittosporum tenuifolia

20 April 2014 20:44:56
Pittosporum tenuifolia

Pittosporum tenuifolia

Pittosporum tenuifolia, sort of sits  here and is a nice big shrub. Then every Spring while passing by there is this lovely scent of chocolate.  Then I remember to look for the tiny very dark maroon almost brown flowers which are so easy to miss even though there can be masses of them.   Anybody else grow this and enjoy the scent?

Happy Easter and a well meant warning!!

19 April 2014 15:55:27

Home from Fota

13 April 2014 13:40:07

April in the garden.

12 April 2014 18:19:22

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Well a perfect day here except for one April shower. Ideal gardening day just warm enough not to need three layers of clothes! Did lots of work but of course nothing that I had on my list , never follow the list as I get distracted. The scent from Euphorbia mellifera was gorgeous so I tried to stay in that vicinity.  The dry stone wall is looking good with lots of Anemones, Thrift , Saxifrage etc.  Pride of the anmones is Pavonina such a super red.  Primroses just everywhere though this year for some reason my bank that used to be wall to wall with them is rather sparse, most odd. This started happening after I planted Bluebell beneath them....wonder if they are not happy together. So many buds around and flowers starting to bloom on Plum tree.  Tried to remove a huge water lily from the pond last evening it is enormous. With the help of a bread saw I removed a large hunk of it, the stink of mud , got over my clothes so badly had to take them off and into the washing machine.  Ok I did put on other clothes!

Fota tomorrow hope it is as nice a day. It will be great to meet up with friends and try and lure them up here for a cuppa, I am only about a 5 min drive from Fota.

Clematis alpina Francis rivis is in flower. I must get some more of the Alpina as it is great to have them flowering so early.

 

Any Suggestions please?

06 April 2014 21:34:37
Any Suggestions please?

Any Suggestions please?

This is a tough one but just hoping someone may have a suggestion.

I have a sunken path 60ft long with borders either side. On one side the height of the border is about 12'' , on the other about 18''. At present this consists of earth in which billions of weeds take over.  I got a price on building a block wall   ,skimming and painting, this came in at €800  !  Then I went about scaffold boards with rebars, this would work out in the region of €500. There is no chance of planting anything to drop down over the border side as the weeds would be harder to remove. So is there any other method  I could use!  It has to prevent any growth and so be impermeable; I would go to €300.  This is an area which as years go by I imagine I will be concentrating on as it is sort of a separate area where my hot beds are , good views and easier to weed and work due to being slightly raised. Any suggestions ever so welcome.

Tulips

03 April 2014 16:15:00

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I am not a container person but this year when I was in Ballyseedy I noticed a packet containing Tulips and Crocus the colours appealed to me so home they came. The Tulip is Shakespeare and the Crocus is Remembrance.  At the same time I got Tulips Corona and I would definitey get them again. Sorry about my feet!!!

Tulips

03 April 2014 16:14:20

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I am not a container person but this year when I was in Ballyseedy I noticed a packet containing Tulips and Crocus the colours appealed to me so home they came. The Tulip is Shakespeare and the Crocus is Remembrance.  At the same time I got Tulips Corona and I would definitey get them again. Sorry about my feet!!!

Caltha pallustris etc..

02 April 2014 20:16:00

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The  Caltha is looking very good  I will need to divide it later in the year.  The Anemones on the wall add a great bit of colour as do the  Muscari in the Geranium bed, the latter will come later.

Mistakes!

01 April 2014 17:01:14

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