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Elizabeth7's Journal September 2014

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Changing Dahlia

29 September 2014 17:59:28

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 The Orange Dahlia I bought at Mt Congreve has changed colour to a new and interesting combination . The overall orange has gone and we now have a paler outside and a real red centre!! 

A photo of the new front border which already has quite a lot in it including many Bulbs. This was built over the past weeks thanks to the arrival of all that manure, stone edges yet to be refined!!  By the way this bed as is almost all my garden at the back of the house but I call it the Front cos that is how I come in and out and my front door is never ever used. Ok so that is confusing , sorry!!

And there is a sort of greeny tint to the today photo of the dahlia as I had to mess around a bit to get nearer to the true colour.

If I won millions

27 September 2014 19:23:09

Mt Congreve

23 September 2014 16:02:20

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No photos because there were some gorgeous ones put up recently though I can't find yours Rachel?

Just loved that walled garden sheer magic, may not have liked some of  Dahlia colours a lot but it all worked so well with the large plantings.  Oh we got lost , making a habit of that these days!! Nice man in shop did agree they were putting up more signs next year. Got a lovely orange dahlia , see photo, camellia Ace of hearts and I needed another Knautia so that came too. We were spending three days in the area and Friday was very overcast but the sun came out as we were in the walled garden.

Other photos are of an Aster in flower here and a Caryopteris Blue balloon. I have reservations about the latter not sure if it will survive but have taken a few cuttings.

Will be going back to MC in the Spring.

Fairbrook garden..?.?

19 September 2014 15:31:37


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13 September 2014 21:36:00

Calling Tina

12 September 2014 13:11:42

Three odd bods!1

08 September 2014 15:29:03

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First photo is of a giant Canna, imagine it is taller than the house!!

Second is of a Purple plantain. I like this plant a lot but it is a divil for seeding everywhere. This year I decided to cut out the flower spikes and boy was that a job!!Not the cutting but the fact that they are formed every day so it is constant removal. I have 4 of them and we are having a competition , they keep growing and growing trying to produce seeds while I go nip, nip nip.  I think this why they have got so huge this year.

Third photo is just plain daft.   Yes that is a Primrose flowering in September.


06 September 2014 13:48:41

Actaea (Cimicifuga)

04 September 2014 19:04:19
Actaea (Cimicifuga)

Actaea (Cimicifuga)

I saw this for the first time a few years ago in Fota house gardens and was smitten. I have it now for about 3 years and this year it has produced quite a number of spikes. I took this pic a few days ago and there are many more spikes now....yes I should have taken another....duh!

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.


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