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PeterW's Journal

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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.

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.

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