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JoanG's Journal October 2014

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Happy Halloween

31 October 2014 16:43:38
Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

Wishing all garden.iers a happy, spooky, scary weekend.  Enjoy it, whatever you get up to.

This little thing won't frighten any young visitors ... but I couldn't resist it!

Salvia revival

27 October 2014 21:21:15

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A couple of weeks ago while I was away, my Salvia turkestanica blew over in the wind and broke before I had saved any seed.  This lovely plant came as a seedling in 2013 (thank you, Deborah) and flowered magnificently this summer.

It's supposed to be biennial, dying after flowering, so I was pleasantly surprised today to spot new growth from the broken stump (fortunately, I hadn't dug it up!).  So maybe I'll have flowers again next summer? 

October Reds

20 October 2014 16:23:38

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In the Irish Garden magazine, Gerry Daly mentioned how autumn leaf colour differs from year to year, and this is surely the year of the reds after our beautiful summer.

Euonymus alatus always goes red, though never so intense before now. The new acer bought recently was chosen for its lovely crimson leaves (I melted when I saw it!) and Acer 'Orange Dream' has also taken on crimson hues this year instead of it normal burnt orange.

A lovely day here today, hope you all enjoyed it.

Plant of the year

17 October 2014 23:07:18
Plant of the year

Plant of the year

Thanks for suggesting we nominate our favourite new plants Fran; I've enjoyed looking through all the photos again even though my choice was pretty clear to me from the start.

The credit for my favourite new plant this year goes to PeterW who gave me a tiny cutting of Fuchsia 'Hawkshead' at our January get-together.  It grew amazingly well and is now a two foot high plant with these lovely delicate white flowers with green tips.  After the front garden revamp, I planted it close to the window where I can enjoy it from inside and out and it's still flowering away despite today's wind and rain. 

And for a bonus, two little cuttings are coming on in the greenhouse ...

Thank you Peter, I'm so thrilled with it!

Autumn colour in the Botanic Gardens

15 October 2014 00:49:00

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I spent a happy hour this afternoon wandering around the Botanic Gardens, enjoying the varied autumn tints of the acers, cornus and other large shrubs.  Some of the trees are showing beautiful colour as well, though there's plenty more to come for anyone who can visit over the coming weeks.

One of the gardeners I spoke with described the light in the gardens today as being "like honey"; his description fits well.

The produce display was impressive too!   I've put up a small album, hope you enjoy.



What could be better ...

03 October 2014 20:25:34

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... than a day out with gardening friends. Rachel, Hazel, Fran and Clare have already posted lovely journals and photos of our excursion to Mount Usher yesterday.  So this is just to say thank you all for your great company in one of Ireland's wonderful gardens.

Now if only we had a river ....


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