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Fota Plant Fair

23 April 2017 22:29:31

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My selection of plants I got today at Fota. 

Hedychium Tresco

Aquilegia Chocolate Soldier 

Geum Tequila Sunrise 

Dodechateon Red Wings 

Clematis Princess Kate 

Got there after 12 which is late for the best plants but still thought the general selection was only fair and not as much than two years ago but delighted with my haul all the same. I really like the Aquilegia. 

On another note I'm finding it harder to use the site now from a phone and tablet. It was fine on our old laptop but obviously the site hasn't moved with technology and I so wish it would or none of us will be still on it. I have to try get my old laptop working someday to get up some albums as I can't upload them through the tablet.

Echium Wildpretti

03 April 2017 22:07:30

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This echium is really on the move now so cannot wait to see it flower. I have the plant A year and a half now. I think pinky/red flowers rather than blue like pininana

Dicksonia Antarctica

03 April 2017 22:04:14
Dicksonia Antarctica

Dicksonia Antarctica

Delighted to see the new flush of fronds on my tree fern today. It is dry the most fronds to come with one flush since I have it. It thinks it's like an octopus haha

Persicarea 'Purple Fantasy'

01 April 2017 20:11:56

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This started growing again at the start of March and it has just taken off since with very rapid growth. I really love this plant and the foliage is just fantastic on it. It clumps and spreads quick enough and because of its quick growing it gets the full Chelsea chop every year.

Acer 'Orange Dream'

31 March 2017 19:34:29
Acer 'Orange Dream'

Acer 'Orange Dream'

Well the pic should say it all really. Looking incredible as it's coming into leaf. One Acer that looks super at the start of the season and the end.

Erythronium Pagoda

31 March 2017 19:27:14

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This is a plant only introduced to the garden in the last 2 years which I really love and glad to see it's bulking up nicely for me. I had to rescue my other Erythronium 'Jenny' as where I had it the last 2 years it was getting smothered and no flowers so hopefully next year. Must keep an eye out for more as they are so exotic like lillies 

Pieris Japonica

30 March 2017 21:48:05

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A plant that is in the right spot and is absolutely showing why it won't be unnoticed in spring is this pieris I have planted at the back of the garden and it's just stunning. Every year I look out at it and I'm amazed. A plant I would not be without.

Yuccas

30 March 2017 21:33:39

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I have no name for these variegated yuccas as they were gifted to me 5 years ago from April's aunt. They were poorly when I got them and much smaller but improved year after year and every so often I tidy them up like in the photos and think they look fantastic now and great to see a good stem on them. I have weeded out new young plants trying to grow around the bases as I just want 2 single plants. This is the same border my kniphofias were lifted and divided and I'm really trying to tidy up the borders and re-arrange stuff as a lot of what I planted over the last 3 years is too crowded or in the wrong places. 

Tulip 'Exotic Emperor'

27 March 2017 21:12:57

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Love these tulips which I always make sure to pick up each year. I wonder does anyone know If these come back? They looked great today in the afternoon sun.

We've had just glorious weather the last few days and I'm getting loads done as I get the chance  re-arranging stuff I wasn't happy with and getting rid of plants that just aren't doing enough to earn their keep here. I have now all my dahlias and new bulbs potted up which is a relief and they can grow away for another month until I'm ready to plant out. Also divided my giant kniphofia which was after turning into a big clump and replanted some in a new spot with the rest potted up.

With the weather so good it's hard to remember we are still only at the end of March. 

Wisteria...

24 March 2017 21:25:26

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Delighted to see my 2 Wisterias are covered in flower buds and even more so that I'll have 3 or 4 of the white flower. After last year's few I was not expecting this much this year but I'm sure all the feeding is paying off.

Exotics waking up..

24 March 2017 18:43:51

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It's that time of the year again when the days are getting much warmer and nights milder. My muss basjoos have started growing again a few weeks back and mulched with some multipurpose compost last week to give em plenty to feed on over the summer.  Next is my ensete (red banana) which I started off last week with a small bit of water in the greenhouse and they are all slowly growing again which is a relief considering I don't touch them from October. Lastly is one of my gingers assum orange which I leave out and very happy to see new shoots emerging today, hope to divide it next year to move around the garden. 

Rhododendron Leucaspis

20 March 2017 13:33:21
Rhododendron Leucaspis

Rhododendron Leucaspis

One of the very 1st plants I ever bought for the garden and didn't even know what I was buying. But a plant I do love especially when it's in full flower like it is now. It is planted in the front garden in the shade and seems to be growing away no problems except for some reason only seems to flower every second year even tho rhodo Percy Wiseman next to it flowers everyyear without fail. so I'll enjoy now just in case I have no flowers next year.

Getting something done..

14 March 2017 20:23:06

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Delighted with this spell of good weather and stretch in the evenings. It was great to get out this evening after work and give the grass it's 1st cut of the year and the garden is instantly better for it. Some photos of flowers at the moment in the garden.

I love this combination...

12 March 2017 21:03:37

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...and scent. I always had the white hyacinths with the purple Dark dimension and a couple of years ago I repotted them with Anemone Blanda. I think this year it is looking incredibly well and all flower together. They looked particularly well yesterday on a rare warm sunny day. 

Can I ask aswell how do you multiply hyacinths, I really want more of the Dark Dimension??

Some more colour...

24 February 2017 20:44:20

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1st photo is of a hellebore I've had a few years now just coming into flower. It's a super looking flower and seems to really like the shade of the front garden. 

2nd photo is of the ever reliable and fantastic primula Dark Rosaleen. Clumps up nice and fast and I plan to spread it even more this year. My very top primula. Hope to get a bit done this weekend.

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