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JoanG's Journal October 2013

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Prostanthera query

23 October 2013 20:08:48

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I spotted this unfamiliar shrub while out for a walk and after a little research I think it may be prostanthera cuneata.  Can any of you experts confirm or otherwise enlighten me please?

Do you grow it?  Would welcome any comments if you do.  The little flowers are quite pretty and the foliage has a minty scent, so I might look out for it when the front garden gets its revamp.

Favourite acer

19 October 2013 22:47:07

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Many acers are looking lovely at this time of year. They are great plants for form and colour from spring through to autumn.

I've really appreciated my acer 'Orange Dream' and it's turning to burnt sugar now before the leaves fall.

A nice autumn afternoon

19 October 2013 20:14:57

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We had a heavy shower just after lunchtime today and when the rain stopped I went for a much-needed walk.  Took the camera into the garden when I got back and have added October photos to my Sept-Oct album. 

I love the quiet of late afternoon in autumn,especially when the low sunlight brings a glow and there is plenty of colour still to enjoy in the garden.

Hope you all had a good day.

Getting bolder

14 October 2013 20:06:57

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Around this time last year, after much agonising, I decided to take out the Goldcrest conifer in our back garden which was well past its best.  We planted a little golden Irish yew, taxus baccata 'aurea,' in its place and I have no regrets.

This year when it again came time to call in the chap who does our early autumn pruning (the top of the pyracantha hedge and other stuff I'm no longer prepared to risk doing myself), I took a deep breath and asked him to cut down the thuja Smaragd (Emerald) in the front garden.  It was over 25 years old, close to the front window, and had reached the top of an upstairs window and was starting to go brown and fat.  Does that sound like a lame excuse for taking out a tree that we had enjoyed for so many years?  Next year we are hoping to have our driveway re-paved and the gate widened, so a revamp of the front garden is on the cards ... and this is the first step.  Over the winter, I'll do my best to dig out the stump!

Mount Usher, Social & Personal

11 October 2013 21:16:23

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Fran and Rachel have already described our visit to Mount Usher yesterday on a day of beautiful autumn light, still reflections and mellow colour.

Thanks Fran for choosing the ideal day for our visit.

A few characters completed the perfect day out.


National Garden Exhibition Centre, Kilquade, 4 Oct

04 October 2013 22:09:59

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It seems several of us made efforts to visit gardens today after yesterday's miserable weather.  Like Fran, I was busy until mid-afternoon, then buzzed down to Kilquade for a relaxing hour and a half in the exhibition gardens, which have free entry until the end of this year to celebrate their 20th anniversary.  I've visited several times before and still feel it's well worth a visit.  Some areas are going over now, like our own gardens, and will need a tidy up after yesterday's rain but there was lovely autumn colour in many of the display gardens and the acers were especially beautiful.

Kilquade also has a decent garden centre, an impressive range of bulbs to choose for spring colour, a cafe, and there is a garden furniture company also on the site.

I've put up a small album ... there are more gardens to see but I only took photos in the ones I liked best.

A few Autumn thank-yous

02 October 2013 21:22:43

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At our Johnstown get-together in January, fraoch handed me a large plastic bag of cyclamen hederifolium.  I had never grown it before and when I got it home was amazed to find a clump of stems attached to what looked like a large brick.  I planted it in a dish, the soil barely covered it, and hoped for the best.  Well, they're up now, so lovely and since taking this photo look even better as the marbled leaves have come too. Thanks Heather, I'm thrilled with them.

Fran gave me a small piece of his sedum sieboldii 'Dragon' earlier this year. This is one for a pot or planter, as it has a trailing habit.  I love red edge to the leaves and the way the leaves turn colour.  It's come on fantastic, thanks Fran.

And the ever so generous folk at Terra Nova gave us this delightful asarina scandens (among several goodies) when we visited in summer.  Thanks Deborah & Martin, I'll be saving seed to grow this again next year.


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