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JoanG's Journal

JoanG's Journal March 2012

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Spring fresh

28 March 2012 21:06:57
Euonymous 'Emerald Gaiety'

Euonymous 'Emerald Gaiety'

Another glorious day today.  No gardening as I headed off to Glendalough with a friend ... Co Wicklow looking its best with the hillsides a blaze of gorse and so warm we sat by the lake for most of the day.

Back home in time for a check round the garden.  This euonymous is a great little shrub at any time of year for lightening a shady area and looks its best now with fresh spring foliage emerging. 

Canna advice please

26 March 2012 21:13:36
Canna tropicana

Canna tropicana

I grew a canna for the first time last year, in a pot.  In autumn I cut it back and put it in the greenhouse for the winter.  It has now produced new shoots and I'm wondering should I repot it in fresh compost, replace the top few inches of compost, or just leave it alone and feed it regularly through the summer?  Any advice on canna care would be appreciated - it will have to live in a pot.

Nice weather this week but ...

23 March 2012 20:03:02
Front driveway bed

Front driveway bed

I didn't get much gardening done due to other things going on.  I did get the rest of the compost that was ready applied as a mulch, did a bit of a tidy up and potted up primula seedlings kindly sent by Sallysarah.  Got the camera out and have started a March-April album.  Hope to get out a bit more next week.  Happy gardening everyone. 

Nice surprise

12 March 2012 21:45:54
Eccremocarpus (Chilean glory vine)

Eccremocarpus (Chilean glory vine)

This eccremocarpus has overwintered in the ground and recently showed signs of new growth.  I got this pleasant surprise when I had a look at it today. 

Any hope for this?

07 March 2012 20:24:50
Sad sarcococca

Sad sarcococca

This sad looking sarcococca was planted in a semi-shady area over a year ago.  Hands up, I admit to leaving it too long in its pot before planting out but I did prepare the soil well and checked it was not potbound.  The leaves are pale and there's no new growth, though it did flower this winter.  A euonymous elatus planted beside it at the same time is doing fine and another mature sarcocca in the same area is thriving.

Any ideas please?

Plant fashions

05 March 2012 21:01:14
Spirea Goldflame

Spirea Goldflame

Recently Elizabeth7 posted an eloquent journal extolling penstemons and I was reminded of this when about to prune my spirea goldflame, a plant once popular but seldom seen in garden centres now (smaller spireas are available but this is a medium sized shrub). It's one I treasure for its copper new foliage turning later to cheerful yellow-green, a nice contrast with the purple flower heads. 

Since almost losing this plant to coral spot a few years ago, I keep a lookout for another as I've had no luck in trying to propagate it myself.  Does anyone else have it and succeeded? If so, please say how. 

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