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PeterW's Journal

PeterW's Journal

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Birthday Presents..

19 October 2017 14:54:50
Birthday Presents..

Birthday Presents..

Delighted that these 3 beauties I got for my birthday arrived into work yesterday. 3 x Musa Sikkimensis Red Tiger. I will keep in the greenhouse this winter and plant out next spring as they are not as hardy as Basjoo but i've been told by the supplier they have taken -3.8 for them so thats good enough for me. They are very similar plants to Musa Basjoo except you get lovely red stripes of variationon the leaves.

Best Plants of 2017

17 October 2017 22:42:45

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After just reading one of Jacintas journals I decided I would do this one I saw people doing a few weeks back to try get back doing journals. It's very sad to see the site dying like this but not much we can do about it only hope they do make the changes they "promised".

1st has to be Alstromeria Indian Summer. Not only is it flowering since April to now but has great foliage and very exotic flower which bulks up very quick and so easily divided to spread around or pot up for friends, a top top plant in my eyes.

2nd is Dahlias in general not jsut the one but all of them. They can flowe from late May right up until first frost and you get very dark to light green foliage. Small, medium and large plants and the diversity in flower types, sizes and colours makes them another must have/top summer plant.

Last is A simple one I have grown from seed for the last two years now is Coleous. Easy from seed and for €2 you can have up to 40 plants to fill in gaps all over my small garden here with fantastic foliage and coloured leaves to bright up even the dullest of corners.

Two flowers

09 September 2017 10:11:00

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Two flowers looking well the last few days here. A kniphofia I recieved off Bruno a couple of years back which has a very tall flower spike and repeats flowering throughout the summer. and 2nd is a small begonia I also recieved off Bruno and comes back every year no problems at all. I have no specific names for these just there common ones.

Hedychium Assam Orange

27 August 2017 23:19:32
Hedychium Assam Orange

Hedychium Assam Orange

This Ginger is flowering here at the moment and it's seems a very hardy and very reliable plant for flowering as it has flowered very well the last two years and survived two winters no problem. Seems to bulk up quick enough so hope to divided this year or next spring and put in other places of the garden and see how it gets on.

I am going to put up a general album of pics in the garden I like this year. I haven'd done the month by month as it's very hard to get this old laptop going and can't do it on any of the modern devices...anyway enjoy :D

Brugmansia Sanguinea

27 August 2017 23:16:02

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Delighted to finally see flowers on this Brug today and aren't they just fantastic. I'm so pleased to have gotten one to flower and it's so Exotic and the colours amazing. I got this as a small cutting almost 2 years ago and no flowers at all last year and looked like the sma e would happen this year so a couple of months back I decided to plant out and feed it like mad and now I have a few flowers opened today and a few more buds on the way. Very happy with this.

 

Coleus planted out

17 August 2017 21:24:02

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After growing these from seed I had loads in small pots dying to go into the ground so I had a free space by one of my tree ferns and stuck a load of them in there and will hopefull enjoy them well into October until the colder weather gets them.

Senecio Petasitis

17 August 2017 21:20:51
Senecio Petasitis

Senecio Petasitis

Recieved this from fran a about 2 years ago as a very small plant and then planted out about a year and a half ago and it has just gone from strenght to strenght and grown into a fine size plant. A typical type of plant i'd grow for foliage and when it flowers that's just a bonus.

Coleus

07 August 2017 21:28:09
Coleus

Coleus

Grew these from seed again this year although a bit late but see worth it as I have about 40 plants to plant out now and could have had triple that but had no need. A great gap filler and super foliage colour. 

Some flowers

27 June 2017 12:04:25

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Some more flowers over the past week or so coming into flower here after the recent spell of good weather.

1st is Dahlia 'Pooh' which is a collarette type dahlia and it is def one of my top dahlias here for look, colour and bulks up very well to be divided each winter into more plants.

2nd is a Roscoea Beesiana I bought from Lukon Bulbs a few months back and is the first Roscoea for me here in the garden and have to say I love it. A very exotic looking plant even ginger like and no doubt with having one type here already more should follow.

3rd is of my red Abutilon which I have no name but I do just love it. I see some people in the UK get way with these outdoors in a sunny sheltered spot so I might take some cuttings and try the same.

Summer is here...

19 June 2017 11:53:16

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At long last since last week we have been getting amazing weather especially over the weekend. It was so welcome considering the dull dreary start to the month. Yesterday we had a BBQ outside for the 1st time this year and you could nearly see the gardening growing in front of your eyes.

2nd photo is of a new lily here I pruchases from Lukon Bulbs earlier in the year and I just love the colour and shape of it. As someone said on Facebook a very Zingy colour.

3rd is an ever reliable Day Lily Fran's Hal, just a beautiful flower.

Exotic Oranges

06 June 2017 21:34:00

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Some photos of plants flowering here for the last while.

The 1st is one of my all time favourite flowers Lewesia 'Sunset Strain', I think this oozes exotic and love the orange and shape of the flower. Have it a few years now and i've multiplied it to a few plants now which are all now in my Belfast sink.

2nd flower is new here but no proper name only that it's a Martagon Lilly which I have a few new ones this year and I do love them and this is the first one in flower.


Lastly is my Isoplexis Canariensis (Canary Island Foxglove). Bought last year as a small plug plant on Ebay and produced a couple of flowers then. I left out all winter and only cut off old flowers and left it to it's own devices and it's rewarding me with loads of flowers this year and the most gorgeous colour orange which really stands out amongst the green.

 

I used old laptop to put these up as I didn't want them going sideways

A very wet Monday

06 June 2017 15:09:12
A very wet Monday

A very wet Monday

Yesterday I had planned to do loads of gardening but the weather was just rotten wet for the whole day and did not give up at all. A quick photo of the garden in the wet but as you can see stuff is just taking off and some of my plants are finally maturing to a very big size. Just need a bit more colour now 

Belfast Sink

05 June 2017 19:37:27

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I've been thinking about getting one of these for awhile now and said it to April today and she found one on sale about 20 mins from here for €18 which is good value I think. We went down and the one she took the photo of had lots of chips and was painted which was not great but the lady said she had another at the back of her garden. Went over and looked at it and was much nicer and not painted or anything so I offered her €15 for it and she accepted. Delighted with my buy I had to roll it down the garden and around the side to the car and it weighed a lot more than I thought but got it in and home it went. 

Got home and put crocks over the hole and made a good free draining mix and also put in some plants. 3 Lewesias, orange, yellow and pink. Sempervivum and a Delosperma were added. I will add some bulbs for spring colour and 1 or 2 small hardy alpines.

Snow in Summer

18 May 2017 21:52:22

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Another plant that's doing super at the moment and I've never seen so many flowers on it.

Alstromeria Indian Summer

18 May 2017 21:46:39
Alstromeria Indian Summer

Alstromeria Indian Summer

Just coming into flower now and will go on well into November. A plant that bulks up well and divides easily  I have two clumps of it in the garden now and plan to put more out in the front garden. One of my top plants.

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