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Elizabeth7's Journal July 2016

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Living and learning...great!

28 July 2016 20:12:03

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Well talk of living and learning. Headed to BQ today to get paint and a few other bits.

Colour Cuprinol I wanted not in stock so forced myself to head to the plants.....huge effort!!

To my great surprise I  find a yellow Salvia never knew they came in yellow. It is Suncrest Golden Girl. Sort of a dainty looking plant but having read about it since I came home gather it is quite tough. Tempted to head to Cork again and get another one. It is yellower than in the photo.

Also got a lovely Phlox  Rec Carribean. No photo yet.

But wanted to show you a lovely Crocosmia called Culzean pink. Got it years ago and it was a very slow spreader. That is until this year when having culled loads of Crocosmia it just took off with a take over bid. It is a small flower that never seems to open fully but very pretty IMO. Lucifer is in the background.

Finally the Red Gladiolus with a white rim. Every year I think I must track down more of this and then forget.


Mystery of Dying Shrubs.

26 July 2016 22:22:49

Hardly seems fair!

22 July 2016 21:09:27

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That this rather frail looking Brugmansia has produced 6 blooms, the slugs had a chew on one.  The leaves are very pale despite feeding , must be wrong feed.

Aralia 'Sun King' one of my favourite plants a vivid lemon yellow. Vanishes completely for the Winter and then zooms back come Spring.

And Monarda which has eventually made a take over bid in the garden after many attempts.


What are they???

15 July 2016 21:20:05
What are they???

What are they???

About a month ago I was at the Amenity to dump my rubbish and do the recycling bit. Sometimes the very nice guys in charge put some ''good'' pieces to the side. I got 5 chairs there one day. So I spotted the two terracotta thingies in the photo and asked if I could have them . Nice man on duty said he thought one of the other staff was taking them but if not he would put them aside for me. So today I was back there and the 'thingies' had been put aside for me...so kind. But what are they I ask myself. I thought they may be for chimney tops but then I saw what appears to be a drainage hole in the base of both. They are really  to me lovely and unusual . They are the same size but one looks larger in the photo, a very good size so one could put a 3lt pot in them. Anybody got ideas of the origin, have you seen that shape and design before?



Spotty Dotty

14 July 2016 21:14:37

Planters to hide walls.

04 July 2016 17:39:02

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The walls of most of my cottage/farmhouse are mud and stone, quite scary when you actually see what they are made from!  There is lime wash so not possible to grow anything on the wall .  It needs a new paint job but what with new windows that is not on for this year. So how to cover some of the shabby part and also enclose my hot area on all sides. Off to Done Deal and find someone who will make planters to your own specs. Turns out he is a retired gent and I was at school with his sisters, what a small world. So I ordered two with a 6ft trellis attached. They are 14'' deep and 3' long quite hefty chaps; lined and with 6 drainage holes. He brought them down and assembled them here and about two weeks ago I piled in the  compost , some my own and some bought. Then came the plants which you will see. Next year I hope to plant Clematis in them to cover the trellis. Hope you like them!


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