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PeterW's Journal

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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.

More from the front garden..

29 April 2017 22:18:03

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Prob my shadiest border but the plants there seem to love it. One of my other tree ferns which is starting to unfurl some new fronds at the moment. My Rhodo Percy Wiseman is also just coming into flower and never fails to flower every year, just a terrific and reliable plant. And last a Solamens Seal plant which are just terrific at this time of year for me filling a gap between spring and summer flowers.

Lidl Compost

29 April 2017 22:08:45
Lidl Compost

Lidl Compost

I bought two bags of Lidls peat free compost recently and used as a mulch in one of my front borders which badly needed it. For anyone who hasn't used it I think it's terrific stuff and looks and feels much better than a lot of compost on offer in other places. Quite happy with this border how it's slowly coming on. The banana should grow well this year and in time other plants will get bigger too and I'll add more colour to brighten it up.

Lewesia

28 April 2017 20:55:42
Lewesia

Lewesia

1st of these to flower for me and I really love them. I find easy to keep once they have good drainage and keep them from getting over wet in winter. Bought a new yellow one recently in Woodies but looking forward to my favourite one Sunset Strain to come into flower. 

Patience pays off..

28 April 2017 20:52:14

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I bought this clematis about 4 years ago in Aldi as it was reduced to 90 cent and half dead. I repotted and then did nothing with it for over a year so was just neglected. I then decided in a last attempt to save it I planted it at the base of an apple tree here and nothing again last year. But this year I am delighted to firstly see loads of buds and now loads of flowers. Don't have a clue about the name tho?

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. 

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