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JoanG's Journal January 2012

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Will I never learn?

27 January 2012 19:13:37
Yummy, bird seed and crocuses

Yummy, bird seed and crocuses

Why do I persist in planting spring bulbs under the bird table where, of course, the pigeons will trample them?!  A case of "hope over experience" maybe.  Does anyone else do equally daft things in their garden?

Excuse poor photo, taken through a window. 

Posy of roses

20 January 2012 20:45:42
Rosa 'Iceberg'

Rosa 'Iceberg'

Pruned my roses when I got home this afternoon and was able to collect these flowers from Iceberg.  This January sure is amazing.

Also, I had cyclamen in a pot on the front doorstep.  Took my eyes off them for a few days and today I discovered daffodil tips (tete a tete) peeping out the side of the pot.  Took off and repotted the cyclamen and found lots of yellowed bulb tips underneath.  So, Scrubber, you're not the only guilty one!

Garden birds

16 January 2012 21:20:01
Ireland's Garden Birds

Ireland's Garden Birds

If anyone would like to find out more about the birds that may visit our gardens, can I recommend Ireland's Garden Birds by Oran O'Sullivan and Jim Wilson published by Collins Press.  I was given it as a Christmas present.  It has details of over 55 birds, with good photos and information to help with identification, nesting details, life span and what food to put out.  Also a useful introductory section on gardening to attract birds and other wildlife. 

Re Jacinta's earlier journal on the robin, the book tells us that the average lifespan is 2 years, with the oldest known individual bird 8 years old ... so if we help them with suitable plants and with feeding, they may last longer than the average and they do bring us such joy in the garden. 

What to do about the black stuff

10 January 2012 18:32:45
What to do about the black stuff

What to do about the black stuff

No, I haven't taken to the drink!   Inspired by all your Johnstown jottings and great photos, I headed out to the garden today to start on a few jobs and discovered lots of the leaves on my camellia covered in sooty mould.  The plant is about 15 years old and I never had this trouble before.

After spending a good half hour or more washing affected leaves with soapy water, which got rid of some of it but by no means all, does anyone have any suggestions for dealing with this problem?  I gather it's caused by aphids or scale insects which probably should be tackled in the summer ... I'd prefer not to use chemicals/insecticides. 

Still enjoying all your journals and photos from Sunday and hope to meet some of you during the year. 


Keeping my New Year resolution...

03 January 2012 16:56:50


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