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JoanG's Journal August 2016

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Front Garden - Summer 2016

27 August 2016 21:57:41

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It's two years since the front garden revamp and I am pleased at how it's looking this summer, with the newer plants having put on good growth and settled in well alongside the existing ones.

I've posted an album, covering June, July and August, if you'd like a look.

Late summer favourites

22 August 2016 22:46:46

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A few plants that I always enjoy at this time of year.

Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm'

Agastache 'Blue Fortune'

Fuchsia 'Hawkshead' (thank you PeterW).


Is this late?

22 August 2016 21:33:42

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The black bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra) that I bought in January put out two new culms in early summer which I was delighted to see.  Then, lo and behold, yesterday I spotted two more snouts appearing.  I'm new to growing bamboo so can someone please tell me, is it normal for new shoots to appear this late in summer?

Last Wednesday's downpour may have something to do with it, though I have kept the plant well watered all summer.

Insect Palace

12 August 2016 23:03:14
Insect Palace

Insect Palace

I've seen a few insect hotels before now but thought this one, in the vegetable garden of an old County Wicklow hotel where we had lunch recently, merited a grander title. 


Olivia Rose Austin

09 August 2016 21:24:13

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After seeing Mary's (Gracedieu) album and journal on their visit to the David Austin Rose Gardens, I thought you might like to see 'Olivia Rose Austin', which is only in its second summer here and doing really well so far.  In fact, I'm amazed at its profusion of flowers this year, as normally roses take about four years before they perform this well for me.

It's a pretty rose with a delicate scent, not as heady as 'Gertrude Jekyll' which I also have and smells divine, but very pleasant.  And, dare I say it, no blackspot yet which is a nice surprise as I don't spray.  Mary, I'm sure you'll be well pleased with your purchase. 

A few from the end of July

03 August 2016 21:46:35

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A bit late I know but I did take these photos on the 31st!

Cosmos 'Daydream', grown from seed this year and I like the colours, so may repeat next year as I have some seed left.

Leucanthemum 'Victorian Secret' and Crocosmia 'Harlequin'.

And this lovely pale blue Agapanthus which arrived as a pressie. 



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