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More Midsummer's Day pictures

22 June 2017 00:37:23

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A few more pictures taken this morning, Midsummer's Day.

We had almost no sun at all today, but there was flat calm, and so the temp. was the highest I have ever experienced in the shade in Shroove. 24.6°C.   There was some heavy rain in the afternoon and rumbles of thunder were heard.  

Under the Dawn Redwood.

22 June 2017 00:04:50

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A few pictures taken today under the Dawn Redwood: metasequoia glyptostroboides.  

You perhaps already know about this fossil tree.  So, this tree was known by botanists  to have existed, but there were no examples.  Then, in the winter 1943, 2 British botanints discovered this tree in a remote region of China and were permitted to send "material" to the Arnold Arboretum in Boston Mass.   incredibly, a few hears later, a young was received by BrookHall Arboretum i. derry and also by Glasnevin, followed by Kew.  I bought mine for £8.95 just over 20yrs ago.  An incredibly cheap purchase, would you not think? 

So, here I am writing you a long story and then I cannot find a decent picture which includes said tree.  

I like the flow of this planting which I only developed over the last 2 yrs when I decided to crown raise the Dawn Redwood, and give me "Woodland" type space below. The mixture of lilacs, blues, pinks are very pleasing. 

the Rose Fragrant Cloud is a real old faithful friend. She was redundant as being considered old, in a relation's garden 25 yrs ago and given to us.  Yes, parts of her have died off and been removed, but new strong shoots just constantly gently come along.  

There is another lovely young small tree tomthe left of the rose.  Probably very didficult to see, but my intention had been to photograph the blue campanulas, the white ones, the erysimum, etc.  Anyhow, this tree that is still shrub size is a Lagerostrobus Franklinii.  It has taken a couple of years to settle down.  

That is next door's drive.   


A big mistake

18 June 2017 21:12:19

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Yes indeed, a mistake, but not that big.  However, please judge for yourselves.  

So what's the problem, you may ask.  It's the grass.  

You can see how it has bulked since June 2014. What I am not so  happy about, is the state it is in just now. I did not cut it down in the spring as the curls were still lovely, and then the weeks passed and unlike another one, this one was not trimmed back.  Then it was too late as I could not separate the new blades from last year's.  

The yellow/copper rose was in a little pot given to me by the children yesars ago.  So no name.

Oriental poppy "Beauty of Livermere" has never bloomed better than this year, but we had a fair bit of rain last night and it is not looking its best today.  

Mothering Sunday gifts

09 June 2017 23:18:24

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Ah! The joys of putting up Journals on this site!  

I am just now wanting to show you 3pictures of one of the paeoies that one of my dear daughters sent me for Mothering Sunday as few years ago.  But which year?  Is it three, or has time flown and it could be more?   So, I have just scrolled back through the years and months of journals here under my name  and here it is.  The Journal of 27th March 2104. :- The unpacking of a lovely box.  

The pictures today are of P. Shirley Temple.  Coral  Charm is also in bloom, but it is in a less favoured position and has fewer flowers.  

Isn't Shirley Temple just so frilly and full-petalled?  Just like that little girl who charmed audiences 60??? years ago.  This plant has reached this level of flowering in 3yrs.  I think that marvellous for a paeonia.  

More Yucca in flower

06 June 2017 23:30:43
More Yucca in flower

More Yucca in flower

Yes indeed, Dick.  Here are my yuccas in full flower, in the month of May!  Ive been meaning to put up this journal but was far too busy.  

What is irritating me these days is that I have to keep logging in, and telling "IT " to remember me.  Well the site must going senile, because it just does not remember me any longer.  Yet for years, it did remember ME,  never forgot me!  I feel very hurt ..... and frustrated.  4 times this evening.  You cannot even sneeze ......  

Anyhow, back to the Yuccas.  The yuccas I have,  come from my parents' garden in Dundalk, where they always flowered in August, I think.  Here the flower buds form and start growing , reach 18-24" or so, and by then it's winter.  Occasionally, they have reached their full height, and the winter storms debud them completely.  That is always so sad.

However this past winter, in spite of the ever rougher winter weather, this  did not happen this last season, and here we are with last year's stem in full and glorious flower.  It honestly is a 1st in this garden.  Only 35 yrs awaiting!   

Sorry about the poor photo.  I had taken another a few weeks ago, but cannot find just now.  

For Dick

22 May 2017 15:39:42

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Thought of you Dick, this morning when I noticed the sweet perfume in the conservatory, and hey presto, were the two most perfect flowers, which in my "busy ness" over the past few days, I had not noticed being so close to flowering.  I suppose that by the morning, they be wilting.  But isn't that a spectacular flower?

Where would we be ...

17 May 2017 23:13:21

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without our gardening friends?  Our garden would be a much colder place, in that it would be devoid of friendships and memories of happy times and relationships.  

So, as I go round and weed, and move things about, and propagate, I greet a plant and say "Hi" to this one and that one and remember that my father got that from Bundoran where his Aunt lived and must have died well nigh 100 yrs ago, or another one I always greet and say hello to was from my good friend's Mother's garden in Bessbrook Co. Armagh. And then I remember her saying that her Mum used to ask her ( as a child) to go and scrape out a pot full of compost soil from under the hedge.  The old country ways!  Would that ever come to my mind were it not that I had once again encountered her plant that is in fact a lovely and very well-behaved ground cover plant.  I may remember the name by tomorrow!  (It's the time-lock delay on the brain. Ssh!).    And then there are my 1st camassias received years ago from Ann who is calling tomorrow. 

And so on and so forth, until the explosion of plant gifts started to arrive here ..... form the .iers!  From the 4 corners of the country.  How else could that be?  These are so much more precious than bought ones. So many plants from so many friends.  Why wouldn't we enjoy the Johnstown Get Together?  And enjoy rattling on about our doings in the garden on these journals? 

All I can say is that it's no wonder that gardening makes for contented and happy people, with a positive disposition, even if we have sore backs.  

Having mentioned Camassia, here are 2 new ones this season.  I see the bees like them. 

A few more of Kittybane garden

16 May 2017 23:38:20

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I have been visiting this wonderful hillside garden of Daphne's since she started to develop the barren hillside above the house, round which she had already established a good cottage garden to one side, and a more formal lawn with trees and shrubs at the other side.  

The hillside garden was begun in the Millenium year : 2000.  As I said, it was a barren rocky piece of land with a few self-sown ash trees growing over it and dear knows what else.  Now it is quite steep, so when she ventured forth, it was by traversing across sideways  and avoiding the rocky outcrops.  Then when the paths had been laid in gravel, it was a matter of hoking and poking to find areas for planting and gradually using every availalble space .  At all costs, get the ground covered.  She knows ground cover can always be removed for a more choice subject when necessary.  

 I am putting up 3 pictures, but as you may know I cannot upload an album. You may find time to check this journal with one I did in May 2014. Anyhow, doesn't Jackie's of today show it beautifully?

It is a happy, freeflowing exuberant garden.  A happy place.  

I would just wish to add that the Kittybane garden is open to groups, on request.   

Yes, they are HERE

06 May 2017 11:18:31
Yes, they are HERE

Yes, they are HERE

Yes, yes, yes.  The swallows reached here yesterday afternoon.  I'm so happy.  But they weren't , because we were standing close to the shed in which they usually nest.  And where do they build this nest?  On top of the fluorescent circular light fitting!  This means that we have to remember bpnot to switch on the light after dark. They usually have a couple of clutches a year.   

Here is the little orange tipped white butterfly that I found in the kitchen sink last evening.

Jacinta, I wonder. ...?

06 May 2017 10:21:03

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I have just gone outside with camera.   Here is a pot I bought a coupke of weeks ago And is waiting for my attention.  I have another from a few years ago, and also the old common one that seeds and is very tall, and topples over in strong winds.  In fact did I mention it in my 1st comment yesterday?  I intended to ...... 

Well. What do you think?  This one is currently quite common on the market.

Sidalcea Elsie Heugh.  

Nature will have its own way!

02 May 2017 23:52:40
So sweet!

So sweet!

I just spotted this today.  Isn't it lovely?  I certainly would not have planned it.  

Matthiola arborescens

02 May 2017 23:07:47

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Just a few pictures of a plant I have had for several years now.   It is a standard Brompton Stock and of course, it has that wonderful fragarance.  I particularly like this plant because due to being on a standard stem, it takes up less room on the ground And we can fit i. Low subjects beneath it. Aren't we gardeners always greedy for space?  We raise the crown of a tree to make room down below for woodland plants. When the spring bulbs go over we can't wait to see the foliage die down, and yet we were so eager to see the very same plants emerge 6weeks ago!  

Anyhow, this is a good plant and I would recommend it for well drained areas. My First one lasted quite a few years.  

1st May

01 May 2017 11:39:54
1st May

1st May

This is the 1st May: a date that holds many memories for me.  

In Belgium and in France, one offers a sprig of Lily of the Valley on this day as a good luck token. "Le Muguet des bois"   My family have always kept up the tradition.  In Brussels we had a very good display of these lovely fragrant flowers.  Anyhow, as I say, we always kept up the tradition and if (as is usually the case in this colder clime) the flowers were not yet in bloom, we would just send a picture.  And then the untinkable happened.  My Mother died quite suddenly on May 1st. 30 yrs ago today.  A loss for which there is no cure.  

I am posting a picture of my clump of Dutch irises because there is still a long wait for  the  Convallaria.      These irises were her 2nd favourite flowers.  


The Tulip conundrum.

27 April 2017 21:22:22
NW facing. Wet ground!

NW facing. Wet ground!

Regarding Tulips and the arguments for ditching after the 1st year or just leaving them in situ and having a nice surprise the following or even years, continues.  What is  good advice?  What conditions do they like? Where will they thrive?  

I thought that because they really do repeat flower for me for many years, just getting a little weaker as the years pass by, it was because mine are very deeply planted in full sun, on very light sandy soil.  But the attached picture of atown house, shows two clumps of red ones that have been in situ since that house was built over 12 yrs ago.  The position totally contradicts what I have said above!  The border is NW facing, getting the sun only from 4pm and their feet are in the wet.  Even very wet  in winter.  Can you credit it?  There is absolutely no sign of these weakening in any way.  Perhaps they get a wee sprinkle of rose fertiliser.?   Rose fertilzer is the very best thing and money well-spent.  

The bottom line is : talk to them And wish them luck!  

Amaryllis sequel - the unwrapping.

27 April 2017 20:56:01

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You may remeber my Journal of 4th April where I showed you a very amazing and unusual presentation of and amaryllis which my daughter in England had bought.  When I was with her,  the flower had already gone over.  

So here we are yesterday unwrapping it back at home.  

1.  I removed the wire stand from the base.

2.  Peeled off the orange wax.

3.  What do I find as the inside layer?  A tight rubber  vest round the bulb, a bit like a thick ballooon.  When I removed that wrapping, there were  young roots forming in the moisture which I tried to capture in the picture.  

4.  I will now pot up the bulb and hope for a flower next year! 


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