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Winter Jasmine

14 November 2017 22:41:28

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I was very interested to read that Elizabeth (Liztai) cuts back her winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) hard every year and it keeps on flowering; while others have commented that this plant just doesn't perform for them.

I've had winter jasmine growing along my north facing wall for many years now, flowering reliably every winter with scant attention, just cutting back the shoots that had flowered by about half every year and letting it hang down in a curtain.  By last year it had grown too far out from the wall, with a lot of dead wood behind, and I wanted to make a path through the back of the border, so for the first time I cut it back really severely in summer 2016 though with great trepidation.  I'm delighted with the result: good new growth this year and it's flowering nicely again now.  So I will follow Elizabeth's example in future and cut it tight to the wall every year. 

For those of you who haven't succeeded with it, maybe it can take a few years to get going but for me a large part of the success is in training it along a wall, fence or trellis to make the most of it.  Left to its own devices, it tends to end up in a gangly unruly heap.

Addicted to bulbs ... tulips

09 November 2017 23:33:29

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Mary, you are not alone in your addiction to bulbs.  They bring such joy every spring that I can't resist either and this year tulip addiction seems to have taken hold.

Here's what I bought for my small garden.  Some are to add to bulbs I already have but most are for new excitement.  Crocus 'Blue Pearl', Narcissus 'Jetfire', Iris 'Katherine's Gold', Allium 'Purple Sensation' (as if I didn't have enough already!), and the following tulips:  'Apeldoorn', 'Apeldoorn Elite', 'Ballerina', 'Curly Sue', 'Jan Reus', 'Gavota', 'Red Impression', 'Sweet Impression', 'Holland Beauty', 'Diamond Jubilee' and 'Spring Green'.

Photos are from last spring's display.  Most of the above are still sitting in our utility room but will hopefully be planted next week.  So what has everyone else bought? Tell us please. 

November colour

07 November 2017 21:25:30

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I can't believe it's nearly a month since I put up a journal, though I have been reading everyone else's, usually late at night.  Other priorities have taken over from gardening recently, so I'm hoping to get out for a day or two later this week to catch up with cutting back, tying in, dividing, leaf collecting, mulching, tulip planting etc, etc.  I bought loads of tulips this year, some for adding to those in the ground and others for pots, and now is the time to get them planted.

Meanwhile the garden is carrying on with the season and I took a few photos last weekend when the sun came out.  I'm pleased with how well winter jasmine on the north facing wall is coming on since its major hack back last year.  Also making progress, though very slowly, is the witch hazel planted a few years ago in the front garden and this year Mahonia x media 'Charity' is looking better than ever.  

Let's hope we get some more nice days before winter takes hold. 

Out of season

10 October 2017 20:55:52

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I know it's not unusual for primulas to have a second flowering in autumn, but Pulsatilla?  Certainly a first time for me, and there are two more buds coming on it. 

Red and orange

06 October 2017 21:10:56

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The red berries came early on our pyracantha this year and it's still looking good, though the blackbirds are gradually working their way from the top down!

A couple of weeks ago I finally decided to take out the Lucifers in front of it, after a third year of only producing one flower on a decent sized clump.  I've replaced them with Crocosmia 'Emily McKenzie' which I hope will do better.  It's a deep orange, rather than the vivid red of the Lucifers, with attractive mahogany coloured markings.  I don't know why the Lucifers didn't do well here; they were not grown too soft and I have seen them looking splendid in other gardens. 

Compost bin screening

03 October 2017 22:28:41
Compost bin screening

Compost bin screening

When I finally got around to tidying up the area beside the shed last autumn and made a proper planting bed, I was able to release the long-suffering Fatsia from its pot and get it into the ground.  It has really taken off this year and is starting to do a grand job of screening the two compost bins. 

Gardening talk with a difference

03 October 2017 22:20:47

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Last week Myrtle and I went to a fantastic talk on autumn interest perennials given by Rosy Hardy of Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants, a specialist nursery in Hampshire.  

Now most speakers give their talks based around a slide show but Rosy went one better; she came over to Dublin in her van and brought the plants with her!  They were lined up on the platform at the start of the evening and as she proceeded with her talk, she picked them up one by one so we could see their merits in reality, arranged them in a 'border', and we could go up after the talk for a closer look.  Rosy did also show slides towards the end of the evening, mainly to illustrate what the plants she had chosen for their autumn foliage looked like when in flower earlier in the year and also show other recommendations.  Her plants were stunning and included quite a few I had never heard of before, including the gorgeous Lespedeza thunbergii shown here (photo from Hardy's website). 

There was a raffle for a few choice specimens and a good selection of plants for sale too.  Pity the garden here is already too full :-(  Both Myrtle and I fancied two Amsonias which had lovely bronze foliage but were not for sale, Amsonia 'Ernst Pagels' and Amsonia ciliata.  If any of you grow these I'd be interested in your opinion of them. 

A terrific speaker and a most enjoyable evening; if she is ever speaking in your area, go along, you won't be disappointed. 

3 best plants of Summer 2017

25 September 2017 20:55:39

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Well, Elizabeth has started something, so here are my choices.

Penstemons always do well here; I really like them and have a few but this year none can beat Penstemon 'Evelyn' which has put on a fantastic show since June and is still putting out new buds. 

Also in flower since June is Salvia 'Heatwave Glimmer' which Myrtle gave me last year. Myrtle is, of course, our Salvia queen and this lovely low growing one has tucked nicely into the patio border here.  Many thanks for it Myrtle. 

And you won't be surprised to see Anthemis 'E C Buxton' included in my top three; always a profuse flowerer here from July to November.  

Of course, I could easily have chosen three more :-) 

Feeling very foolish

15 September 2017 21:07:14

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Remember my Japanese knotweed alert a while back?  Well, after several discussions with the local council, our neighbour behind us and investigation by their gardeners, it turns out not to be knotweed after all, leaving me feeling relieved but very sheepish after all the sympathy and concern my friends here expressed (especially PCON, thank you). 

All the growths that sprang up are/were from the large aspen tree in the neighbour's garden which was cut down last autumn.  Apparently, if you cut down an aspen before it has died, it will keep on throwing up suckers from its extensive root system in a bid for survival.  A forest in Colorado covering over a hundred acres has grown in this way! So yesterday, with the growths treated with glyphosate having died off and the ground softened by recent rain, I decided to dig.  The photos show part of what was uncovered. The roots, which must have been under our garden for some time, extended to the edges of the lawn in all directions and are under the concrete paths too but hopefully (unlike knotweed) won't break through there.  I'll be keeping a watchful eye in spring and will continue the Roundup treatment for any suckers spotted in the borders. 

The lawn is now a mess of course but I'll deal with that over the coming weeks. 

Spring bulbs in Lidl

12 September 2017 22:05:30
Spring bulbs in Lidl

Spring bulbs in Lidl

I was in our local Lidl today and lots of spring bulbs have arrived.  There is a decent selection of tulips, daffodils and assortments, all reasonably priced.  The tulips marked 'premium' were good sized bulbs and generally everything looked to be good quality.  I didn't buy any, as I had already bought or ordered most of my bulbs except for tulips for the patio pots but they didn't have the colours I was looking for. 

Happy shopping! 

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