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JoanG's Journal

JoanG's Journal May 2012

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So thrilled ...

29 May 2012 23:04:34
Wren's nest, from the web

Wren's nest, from the web

... to discover wrens nesting in my buddleia beside the greenhouse today.  This bush is right beside our patio, against a wall, and I had seen a wren going into it over the weekend but didn't realise there was a nest there until I heard the little birds cheeping today.  Oh joy!  So now I'm tip-toeing in and out of the greenhouse to disturb them as little as possible.

Wrens usually make a domed nest and I can just see the side of it from inside the greenhouse but can't photograph it without disturbing the birds, so here's one from the web.

Hawthorn flowers

27 May 2012 23:05:14
Hawthorn 'Paul's Scarlet'

Hawthorn 'Paul's Scarlet'

Another gloriously sunny day, mainly spent sitting in the garden plus some pottering about in late afternoon and this evening. 

I just love the clusters of little deep pink flowers on our hawthorn tree in late May.  Hope you all had a nice day.

Enjoying the sunshine

24 May 2012 22:56:30
Aquilegia & fern

Aquilegia & fern

What lovely days this week at last.  Yesterday enjoyed an outing with a friend to Co Wicklow, the countryside looking magical in the sunshine. 

Got down to gardening today and planted some of my Bay Garden purchases: Solomon's seal, francoa, brunnera.  Still have to make room for roscoea, species fuchsia and the parahebe.  Also planted sunflowers, white cosmos and a few more foxgloves, both in my garden and my neighbour's.  Then bit the bullet and dug up a browned and sad looking juniper in the front garden. 

As I finally came indoors our local male blackbird was singing his heart out at top of a big conifer tree over the back garden wall.  I love this time of year.

This aquilegia seeded itself in a potted fern, mother nature at work again.

Took a few photos and have started a May-June album today.  Happy gardening everyone. 

Houseplant ID and advice please

21 May 2012 21:49:19
Houseplant for ID

Houseplant for ID

My neighbour has asked me to "rescue" this plant which she was given recently.  I don't think it looks bad but have fed and watered it as some of the leaves are droopy.  Does anyone know what it is and how to care for it?  It's in a four inch pot ... should I pot it on? 

I like it; if it survives she'll be lucky to get it back!

Four lovely gardens, one great day

17 May 2012 21:19:20
Bay Garden Visit 17.05.12

Bay Garden Visit 17.05.12

Early this morning called to Fran, who had offered to drive Clara (Clare) and myself to The Bay Garden.  Fran's garden, lovingly created, beautifully designed and immaculately planted, was the perfect start to a great day out.  We collected Clare then on to the Bay Garden, with lots of chat and laughs on the way.

I had heard and seen photos of the Bay Garden and the reality certainly didn't disappoint.  A wonderful garden to meander in, taking time to savour the luscious planting and vistas and enjoy the company of Rachel, Headgardner (Bill), Rubberboots (Brian), LindaB, and our host Ian.  Many of the garden "rooms" lovely now in spring and other areas to visit again later in the year when they will shine.

Then on to LindaB's beautiful country garden for a mosey around, tea and delicious home baking and more great chat.

Finally Fran and I popped in to see Clare's delightful garden on the way home and enjoyed another cuppa with Clare and Greg.

Was so embarrassed to go empty handed this time out, as I came back with so many lovely plants, only a few of which were purchases.  Garden.iers are so generous and I'll make up for another time.  All in all, couldn't ask for a better day.  Thank you all so much.

PS  Am having awful trouble trying to load photos, only the first five would save.  I'll try adding the rest later.

So was it the toilet rolls?

14 May 2012 19:40:17
Fungus & mold - the aftermath

Fungus & mold - the aftermath

Things happen when you take your eye off the ball.  For various reasons I haven't been gardening lately and even the greenhouse only got the odd check.  Then when I looked more closely, I found a horrid fungus growing among my sweet peas, which I had sown as usual in toilet roll tubes, and the tubes were largely covered in black sooty mold.

I got such a shock that I quickly binned all the fungus-filled ones before I had the presence of mind to take a photo for you all to admire -) but picture something like slimy beige pasta shells and you'll get the idea.  This photo taken later shows the black mold.  Fortunately many of the plants have survived and I have isolated them as a precaution. 

What could have caused this?  It wasn't the compost, as other plants in the greenhouse are unaffected and for the same reason I doubt if the recent miserable weather brought it on. 

So, could it be something in the loo rolls?  Never happened before but we did change our brand in the past year!  LOL

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