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JoanG's Journal June 2016

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Roses

24 June 2016 21:53:54

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It seems to be a good year for roses so far.  I don't have many but those I have are all flowering better than ever before.  Here are three of them; photos taken before today's rain. 

How are your roses doing?

 

Colour contrast

17 June 2016 23:45:22

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A few photos from Helen Dillon's garden last Sunday to show her superb plant combinations. 

Plant name please

14 June 2016 23:11:09

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Myrtle kindly gave me a cutting of this nice grey leaved plant with pearly yellow flower buds seen in her garden today.

Myrtle didn't have a name for it; can anyone identify it please? 

Tropaeolum polyphyllum

14 June 2016 00:18:22

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Yesterday at Helen Dillon's we saw this superb plant in her raised-bed mediterranean area, weaving and flopping its way around other plants with long arms of glaucous blue-green leaves and bright yellow flowers.

Helen told us it is Tropaeolum polyphyllum, originating in the Andes mountains.  It needs good drainage and increases by tubers which go down 3 to 4 feet into the ground, so the only way of getting at it to divide the tubers is to break up the entire bed it grows in, which explains why it is seldom available for sale!  Apparently it rarely sets seed in our part of the world.  The photos don't do justice to how fabulous it looked. 

Heuchera 'Palace Purple'

07 June 2016 23:05:08

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Heucheras are great edging plants and we have a few different ones in the garden, in the ground and in pots.  Heuchera 'Palace Purple' is a real stalwart, the original purple leaved heuchera from which many others were bred. I have it in several places and it always does well and seems to go well with almost any plant you combine it with.

It is easily divided and seedlings often pop up too.

The first photo shows it at the corner of the back border; second with Spirea 'Goldflame', Carex elata aurea and Heuchera 'Lime Marmalade'; third with Parahebe.  In winter it goes well with snowdrops. 

Late afternoon in the garden

07 June 2016 22:47:56

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The showers overnight certainly freshened up the garden and after a light drizzle this morning, it was another lovely warm afternoon.  I cut the grass, tidied up withered bulb foliage, weeded a bit, planted out a few annuals (cosmos, scabious and sunflowers) and took some photos in the back garden later on.  The light was lovely.

It looks like the nice weather will stay with us for another couple of days, so I hope you get chance to enjoy your gardens before it breaks. 

Summer Skies

06 June 2016 22:54:22

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Well, we've all been enjoying summer skies this past week or so and here in the garden the plant has also flowered, right on cue.

One of my favourite hardy geraniums. It has grown quite tall this year, almost 3 ft. 

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