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JoanG's Journal November 2013

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Photos of the year (Joan)

29 November 2013 22:44:32

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Well, as others have said, it's hard to pick three photos to encapsulate this wonderful year in the garden.  I'm going for one from each season.

Camellia 'Donation' always flowers well and throughout the year its glossy leaves and overall presence give good structure in my small garden; with the cold spring it was slow to get going but more than made up for the late start.

For me, this July photo just sums up the bounty of our terrific summer 2013.

And last but not least, I just love acer 'Orange Dream' for its changing foliage through the seasons; a reminder of the fantastic autumn leaf colours we all enjoyed over recent weeks. 

For me, gardening is a privilege and a pleasure ... and garden friends make it even more special.  Thanks Peter for getting us started on this theme.

Flying visit to the Bots

26 November 2013 21:10:57

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I was over in the Glasnevin area this afternoon and, with just half an hour to spare between dropping off and picking up a friend, made a flying visit to the Botanical Gardens, mainly to check out the grass beds.

It was late in the afternoon and the light was beginning to go, but gosh the grasses were still looking good!  I've put up a small album if you'd like to have a look.

And to cap it off, there was a brief but fantastic sunset on my way back to the car.

Borrowed landscape

15 November 2013 22:06:48

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It's just over a year since the owners of the large garden behind us cut down their wall of leylandii.

For the past few weeks we've been enjoying the views of the magnificent alder tree and the stunning colour on this rowan over the wall.  It's a real bonus to have some nice borrowed landscape to enhance our small garden.

Mahonia

13 November 2013 22:38:41

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Mahonia 'Charity' performed poorly for years in the corner of our front garden, overshadowed by the neighbours' dense shrubbery.  Two years ago, the neighbours cut down the trees and shrubs.

The mahonia still looked unhappy but gradually, with a little pruning, feeding and improving the soil, it has come back and now is looking good again.

They are normally tolerant of dry soil and shade but too much had been asked of this one and I'm delighted at how the extra light and some TLC has improved it.

Do any of you grow the spring flowering mahonia aquifolium (Oregon grape)? Would be interested in your opinions of it for a small garden.

November reds

05 November 2013 21:10:54

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I know December is traditionally the month for red but these will all be gone by then. 

There's a fantastic crop of berries on the pyracantha this year and Mr & Mrs Blackbird are settled in residence and eating all around them.  Little begonias are flowering away, though will be pulled up soon to make way for dividing and spreading out primulas. 

I have this euonymus alatus over two years now and it has come on really well.  When it grows larger it will look even better beside our neighbour's cotinus, a fortuitous accidental planting combination.

Some gardening done

03 November 2013 20:41:38

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After being away most of the week and yesterday's strong winds, it was good to get out into the garden today and start to catch up.  Gave the grass what's likely to be its final cut, as it gets no sun in late autumn and winter so will probably be too wet from now on.

Then potted on cuttings of parahebe and fuchsia in the greenhouse, swept up some leaves and deadheaded the cosmos which are still flowering away.  I really should be pulling them out, as bulbs are waiting to be planted in their place, but will delay and enjoy them just a little longer. 

I love violas and recently planted these in the large fuchsia pot on the front doorstep to give colour in winter when the fuchsia is bare ... though it's showing no sign of resting yet!

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