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JoanG's Journal August 2012

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Another kniphofia

28 August 2012 22:30:46
Orange kniphofia

Orange kniphofia

This orange kniphofia (name unknown) lives in a pot near the back door and always brightens the day when it comes into flower.  It has eleven flowers so far this year ... didn't think they particularly liked rain but maybe they do. 

Chocolate cosmos advice please

28 August 2012 22:09:26
Chocolate cosmos

Chocolate cosmos

I grew this chocolate cosmos last year and overwintered it in its pot in the greenhouse.  Had almost given up hope of it flowering this year as it has looked pretty miserable all summer but at last there are just a few flowers. 

Worth the wait I think ... wonder how I can get it to perform better next year?

Visit to Helen Dillon's

25 August 2012 22:33:30

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Well, as Myrtle and Jemo have already said, we had a lovely time this afternoon in Helen Dillon's garden in Ranelagh.  You'll see from the photos who was there, though somehow I didn't manage to get one featuring the organiser of the day, so many thanks Bruno for a great visit and to everyone for your company and the chat.

It's quite a while since my last visit to the Dillon garden.  On previous occasions I was there in spring and early summer and what struck me today was the sheer exuberance of this garden in late summer.  The herbaceous plants were enormous, colours stunning, and of course so many rare and unusual plants.  Like Myrtle, I'll need educating so am looking forward to IDs on the album she has put up. 

And the weather was kind too until we were leaving! 

Rainy afternoon treat

24 August 2012 19:34:17

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Unexpectedly I had a couple of hours free this afternoon and decided, despite the ominous sky, to visit Charleville House Gardens in Enniskerry on the strength of Conrad's, Andy's and Myrtle's recommendations. 

Yes, it rained and I got quite wet and had to end the visit rather hurriedly but I am so glad I visited as these are splendid gardens with so many lovely and interesting areas opening up on one another.  Though Conrad, Andy and Myrtle have already put up albums to savour, I really couldn't resist creating one myself.

Maybe we could arrange a club visit next year as I feel sure everyone would enjoy these gardens.  Meanwhile, for anyone who can still make it, the gardens are open tomorrow (Sat) and Sunday, 9am to 1pm.  Take the road past Powerscourt in Enniskerry, continue on and over the narrow bridge and the entrance is on the right.  The gates may be closed but will be opened for you.  Entry is €6. 

Offers for Saturday

21 August 2012 17:38:37

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Looking forward to meeting everyone going on the visit to Helen Dillon's garden this Saturday.  Let's hope the sun shines or at least that it stays dry.  I haven't a lot to bring for gives/swaps but if you would like any of the following please let me know:

Seeds from my garden:  Eccremocarpus (plenty), digitalis Pam's Choice (2 lots), also white and pink foxglove.

Seeds free with magazines: Dianthus Sonata mixed, Canterbury Bells mixed, Clarkia Elegans (Pretty Polly mix), Basil Dark Opal (purple leaves), Pak Choi.

Plants:  Rhodochiton (2 plants in flower + 3 babies to grow on for next year).  Reckon this plant should be renamed in honour of Fran who is responsible for this bounty.  Also have Persicaria Affine (several) if anyone wants.

Am out this evening so will pick up replies tomorrow. 

Rogue among the gold

21 August 2012 17:21:04

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Rudbeckia Goldstrum is one of my favourite perennials, glowing away in the front garden for months in late summer and autumn.  This year they started to flower in mid-July; the extra moisture probably brought them on early.  

I thought I had rid the area of Japanese anemone 'Honorine Jobert' but it fooled me again. 

Lovely day today; I cut back the informal hedge of Hypericum Hidcote even though it still had some flowers and the front garden looks tidier now.  Have added a few more photos to the July-August album.  Hope you all enjoyed the day.

Sad end, and something to cheer

13 August 2012 20:57:47

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Here is the sad tale of my recently acquired Lobelia 'Russian Princess', looking nice in the first photo shortly after planting about three weeks ago and just look at it now after the slugs did their worst when my back was turned.

After that discovery I needed something to cheer me up.  Lucifers fit the bill this time. 

Buddleia, for Jacinta

03 August 2012 23:04:52
Buddleia 'Royal Red' ... maybe

Buddleia 'Royal Red' ... maybe

I'm catching up on journals after being busy with non-gardening matters.  Jacinta, you commented on Myrtle's journal about her visit to my garden asking which buddleia this was.  I'm not absolutely sure: when I got it I had asked for 'Royal Red' but have always been a bit doubtful as it's purple rather than red, though not dark enough to be 'Black Knight'.

Bit of a monster now but I still love it.  It takes easily from cuttings so let me know if you want one. 

Clematis .. both sides now

03 August 2012 22:40:23

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Myrtle recently posted a journal about clematis 'Star of India', so it's confession time.  I bought this at Bloom along with another clematis and have to admit it's still in its original pot, as I left it on the patio while trying to decide where to plant it and meanwhile it grew and twisted itself around the sweet pea stakes, so it will stay there for the time being.

Despite this woeful treatmeant, it's flowering beautifully and I like the reverse of the flowers as much as the face. 


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