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JoanG's Journal September 2016

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A treat for passers-by

30 September 2016 18:57:23

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Spotted while out for a walk today. Campsis radicals spilling over a high stone wall. 

Accidental match

28 September 2016 23:02:35

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When I planted Diascia personata earlier this year, it was just a question of finding a suitable spot for it and I wasn't thinking of the sedum in front of it.  Only now when the sedum has flowered have I discovered the perfect match!

Thanks again Myrtle for this lovely plant. 

Plant ID's please

23 September 2016 21:19:19

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Can any of you please identify these two plants we saw at Mount Stewart gardens earlier this week?

The first made a lovely mound of soft foliage and flower and I'm not sure whether it is a shrub or perennial.  The second (photo 3) looks like a salvia and was in a large planter with other plants. 

Mount Stewart gardens, Co Down

21 September 2016 23:05:52

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On Monday my sister-in-law and I had a day out to visit the famous Mount Stewart gardens beside Strangford Lough.  Neither of us had been there before.  We had planned to go in August and were wondering if we had left it too late but we were not disappointed.  

After a quick tour of the public rooms in the house, we headed out to the formal gardens where there was lots of colour and plants were lush, vigorous and thriving, especially dahlias, an array of salvias, fuchsias and late flowering clematis. I'll be seeking ID's on a few plants later.  We enjoyed the Italian and Spanish gardens, the terraces, the animal statuary and the topiary.  There are lovely walks through woodland and around the lake and beautiful views over the lough from the Temple of the Winds. We didn't get to the walled garden (next time!).

Seeing such vigorous plants, we assumed a rich heavy soil but were wrong.  A gardener we spoke with explained that the soil is light and too densely planted to work around much so they spray with liquid feed once a week in late spring and summer, mulch tender plants for winter (they don't lift dahlias, cannas, etc) and apply a good dose of horse manure about every five years.  With the gulf stream effect and great shelter provided by surrounding mature trees, the gardens have their own microclimate where plants clearly thrive.  

Photos are taken with my phone, so not the best quality, but hope you enjoy the album. 

Mount Venus Aster

17 September 2016 23:22:44

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Hazel, this is the aster that I got at Mount Venus when they had the three free plants offer.  The actual colour is slightly deeper violet blue than in the photos and it's about 18 inches tall, perfect as I wanted a short one.  I doubt if it's the same as the one in your first photo, as the name I have for it is Aster amellus 'Mira'.  

I couldn't get to Mount Venus today for the first day of their sale.  Did anyone go and, if you did, what did you buy?


Something cheery for a wet day

09 September 2016 23:03:08

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After a long wait, my one and only canna flowered last weekend and looked bright and cheery in the sunshine yesterday.  It has another stem growing well but I doubt if it will flower before time runs out.  I don't mind as the foliage looks good too.

And I went shopping for spring bulbs this week ... bought this lot in Malahide with a gift voucher I had been saving and then yesterday got two more packs of tulips and one of crocus in Woodies, nice firm bulbs and good value at 3 packs for €10. 


Enjoying September

06 September 2016 22:56:33
Enjoying September

Enjoying September

After Saturday's rain, which was welcome for this dry garden, the weather has been warm and balmy in the east and yesterday was sunny all day.  I just love the mellow light at this time of year and wandering out in the evening stillness.  The photo is from Friday at about 8.30 pm, taken with my phone. 

Had an enjoyable visit from Myrtle today, no photos, just chat and a wander round with a lovely gardening friend.  Thanks for coming Myrtle. 


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