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JoanG's Journal August 2014

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Surprise

25 August 2014 21:39:28

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Look what popped out when I was cutting back in the patio border recently.  He gave me quite a surprise but at least hung around while I fetched the camera.

We don't have a pond and, as far as I know, none of our neighbours do either ... and the walls of our back garden are seven feet high! 

Abutilon? ID please

23 August 2014 21:26:21

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I saw this lovely flowering shrub on an outing to Birr Castle during the week.  I think it may be an abutilon but have never seen one with this flower, which is white with a strong pinky red blotch at its base, and I can't find similar on the web.  The plant is about 4 to 5 ft tall and flowers are upright, not drooping.

Or maybe it's something else?  I'd be delighted to have a name if anyone can help.

Botanic Gardens today

19 August 2014 22:16:09

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Got the chance for a flying visit to the 'Bots' today.  The grass beds are coming into their own now and they, and the herbaceous borders, were looking lovely in the afternoon sunshine.  The cutting back in the herbaceous borders has started, though there's still lots to appreciate.  Have put up a small album.

I hope to get back to see more of the gardens in a few weeks' time, when the Sculpture in Context exhibition will be on.

Sedums

15 August 2014 21:46:54

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When the sedums start to flower we know autumn is on the way.  I'm not complaining; I love both the season and these plants, which I've come to appreciate more in their variety since joining this site.  Before, I just had one and now there are five in our little garden. 

Flowering now are Sedum 'Purple Emperor' - this is in its second year and should bulk up over the next couple of years, great for both flowers and its deep purple leaves - and Sedum 'Carl' which I bought at Mount Venus autumn sale last year ... I really like the flower colour on this one!

Three more to come ... photos in due course.

Fran's bulbs

15 August 2014 21:13:47

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It's been interesting to see the results from the selection of summer bulbs that Fran won and so generously shared out. Mine had everything going against them as I planted them in the front garden and most had to be dug up during the revamp.  But ... I now have some lovely callas (Fran, you must have known that I like colour matches) and a beautiful red begonia about to flower.

The gladioli look healthy but no flowers yet; I wonder were we too late with them, but maybe they'll appear yet.  How have yours fared Fran?  And many thanks,it's been fun to grow them.

Fuchsia 'Hawkshead'

11 August 2014 21:08:53

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I posted this on Facebook on Saturday when there were problems with this site, so apologies if you're seeing it twice but it's so nice.  PeterW gave me a small cutting at Johnstown in January and now I have this beautiful fuchsia, already 2 ft tall, growing strong and covered in flowers and buds.

The slender white flowers with a touch of green on the petals are lovely and I'm thrilled with it.  Thanks again, Peter.

Front garden revamp

08 August 2014 22:51:28
Front garden revamp

Front garden revamp

It's been a busy few weeks, family are at home from abroad and the front garden is finally getting its revamp.  I've put up an album of progress so far.  The 'before' photos don't quite start at the beginning, as I had already severely chopped back the hypericum hedge which was taking over.

A few sacrifices had to be made in order to widen the entry, remove the rusty gates and make room for bins.  Sadly these included the lovely fuchsia and a nice viburnum davidii; other shrubs well past their best went too, plus a tired raised bed in front of the window which was a trip hazard.

I've saved and replanted sarcocca, rudbeckia, carex and lavender and added Pittosporum 'Irene Patterson', a viburnum from Crug, leucanthemum, crocosmia, tellima, Fran's epimedium, Jurgita's fern and Clare's ajuga.  More plants will be included through the seasons plus spring bulbs.  The right hand side has still to be tackled, including screening for the bins and replacements for a couple of roses ... but we're getting there.

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