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damo19's Journal

damo19's Journal

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A few photos from the garden

05 July 2015 13:16:51

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Hi folks i took afew pictures this morning hope ye like it. 

New bed

05 April 2015 18:43:54

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Hi folks happy easter to we all. I have been working on a new bed for a few weeks and finally got it finished today. The area where the new bed is has been idle for a couple of years after i moved the greenhouse to a different part of the garden. The new bed is 20 foot by 16 foot so there was no way i was going to dig it by hand. Idecieded to do a lasagne bed on top of the grass that is already there and then add topsoil on top of the compost.  My wifes company was selling off old compost for a euro a bag so i got forty bags and set to work on my new bed The first thing i done was the edging for the bed That was done with scaffolding planks , then a load of cardboard was put on top of the grass followed by a thick layer of compost and lastly five tonnes of top soil. I exhausted after all that but i'm looking forward to planting up the new area later in the year.

Its been awhile

12 March 2015 19:49:22
full propagator

full propagator

227 days since i last done a journal (shame on me ). I would like to say i have a good excuse but i dont. Last Sunday i got around to a bit of tidying up as is the way with these things every job done led to two more, and soon realised how far behind i was this year, i soon lost track of time and remembered why i like this gardening crack so much. At the end of the day i got around to sowing some seed. This year i got seed from sarah raven for the first time, untop of what i saved from last year and other purchases i have far to much seed (as usual ),so i picked a few to start and the rest will have to wait. My first batch of seeds are cosmos, dahila, nicotiana ,zinnia, ammi ,didiscus caeruleus, gypsophila kermesina, rudbeckia prairie sun,monarda bergamo, trachelium pandora. That should be enough to get me started. All these went into my propagator in the greenhouse so in the next week or two ill get that buzz of the first shoots appearing above the compost. Happy gardening.

Sussex Prairie Garden

28 July 2014 18:38:13

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The second stop on of the day brought us to Sussex prairie garden. I did'nt know much about this one as its only a couple of years old but i wanted to see a prairie garden after reading about them and seeing loads of pictures of piet oudolfs gardens, i wanted to see one in the flesh. The garden is on a six acre site with the prairie garden taken up about half of that.All the beds are about twenty foot wide and are planted with hugh blocks of grasses and perannials there is small paths through the beds so you can see everything from inside and out. When it was first planned they drew up a plant list and discovered they needed 30,000 plants. The effect of 30,000 plants in the one place is amazing and i'm delighted i took a chance going there. I dont know if its was the expectation of seeing great dixter and the uncertainty about this one but this was by far my favorite of the two. I put up a album now and let the pictures do the talking.

Great Dixter

28 July 2014 15:01:16

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Hi folks I'm back from a great weekend in England visiting friends. While i was there i got to see two great gardens, i did hope to see one two more but we just did'nt have the time . Great Dixter was the first stop, i was very excited to see it after reading Christopher Lloyds books and seeing all the wonderful pictures i was like a child on christmas morning as we approached the ticket office. Once through the gate there is alot to see but i was particularly interested in the tropical border. I have to saw it was alot smaller then i though it would be but at the same time it was stuffed with plants, one of the bananna plants had fruit on it whitch i have never seen before. The rest of the garden was a series of garden rooms with huge beds with a mixture of trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals. Alot of the beds had gaps in them and some of the plants were past their best but it was a great experance to see a garden that is said to be one of the best in the world and i would recommend it to anyone.

Trip suggstions

23 July 2014 10:46:15

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Hi all i'm heading to sussex in england at the weekend and i'm looking for a few suggstions on gardens in the area that would be good to visit. I will be there for three days but i will only have one day to visit gardens. I will definitely go to Great Dixter and maybe Sussex prairie garden. Depending on time i might get another one in but i,m sure where else to go. I have already got some advice from Rachel about seeing merriments and sussinghurst and i'm wondering if anyone else knows of good gardens in the area. Thanks. I took the pictures this morning its a cracking day here.

Garden shots

29 June 2014 10:43:00

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Nice sunny morning here the garden is filling out nicely.

Bartlettina sordida

29 June 2014 10:33:11

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I got this plant in dhu varren garden last year. I bought it for its dark folage as it was'nt in flower at the time. I'm delighted to see  it in flower now as the flowers are a fantastic bright pink and very usual looking. I hope to sow the seed off it later ,maybe one for johnstown.

Cheating

19 May 2014 21:25:25

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I have been waiting awhile wondering what to do with my black  tree fern. Its not hardy so i cant plant it out, but i dont think it would look great in a pot, so i decided to get two pots from my local nursery so i could put one in the ground and then put the tree fern in the other one. The pots are the type with handles so i can lift out the pot with the tree fern when winter comes and leave the other pot in the ground for next spring when i can drop the tree fern back in. I'm happy with the result i hope the plant is to.

Cyathea medullaris

25 April 2014 21:23:40

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Last year i bought a black  tree fern which is a tender plant but if you have a greenhouse it can be over wintered and moved out to the garden in the summer. I loved so much i decieded i would try to grow some from spores. After googleing how to do it and getting loads of different answers i decided to use a large plastic container that i first put a inch of perlite on the bottom and then put in two inches of compost. I then poured in two kettles of boiling water and have left it over night. Tommorow i will add the spores and leave it for about six months. Hopefully i will have some to give around at johnstown next year.

Patience is a virtue

25 April 2014 20:44:40
Patience is a virtue

Patience is a virtue

I sowed seed of lapageria rosea a couple of months ago and had given up on them. I decided i would throw them out at the weekend but never got around to it . Luckly i did'nt when i looked at them again today one had germanated.I guess i better give the rest of them some more time.

A welcome sight

13 April 2014 09:52:12

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Last year i made a new border with exotics such as bananas and palms and anything else i could grow of swap. The bananas i grew from seed two years ago with this new border in mind. I kept them in the green house last winter as they were'nt big enough to plant. Last spring i planted four and they grew great last year.  The  banana is called musa sikkimensis and is said to be hardy, but i still could'nt help but wonder if it would come back. The last few weeks if have been checking daly for any sign of life and last night i finally found what i was looking for, a small sprout no more then a inch tall pocking out of the soil. Pheww i can relax now and stop acting like a overbearing mother fussing after her kids lol.

Only a gardener would understand

22 February 2014 19:10:16
Only a gardener would understand

Only a gardener would understand

The thrill of having a tonne of compost delivered to the door, my wife certainly does not. She was looking at me strange today as i ran my hands through the compost and made oohs and aah with a big grin on my face, but then what would she know lol .

New Toy

02 February 2014 19:34:07

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I managed to get out for afew hours today and get the seed sowing started. This gave me a chance to use my new toy. My wife gave me a thermostatically controlled propagator for christmas, its a bio green jumbo propagator at 46cm x 76cm it gives me plenty of space for seed sowing, cuttings and growing on. Today i only get a few annuals sown but its a start. Springs coming yeah.

New seeds

27 January 2014 10:32:57
New seeds

New seeds

The postman dropped these through the letterbox today, witch of course brought a big smile to my face. This is the first time i have used Chiltern seeds instead of some of the bigger seed companys. I find with the bigger companys the seed is not always fresh or the plant is not what it should be. Chiltern seed dont have the glossy catalouge or website but i'm hoping the quality of plants i get will be so good that it eclipse's everything else. Now i'm off to scrub some pots and get ready some some sowing.

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