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JoanG's Journal September 2017

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3 best plants of Summer 2017

25 September 2017 20:55:39

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Well, Elizabeth has started something, so here are my choices.

Penstemons always do well here; I really like them and have a few but this year none can beat Penstemon 'Evelyn' which has put on a fantastic show since June and is still putting out new buds. 

Also in flower since June is Salvia 'Heatwave Glimmer' which Myrtle gave me last year. Myrtle is, of course, our Salvia queen and this lovely low growing one has tucked nicely into the patio border here.  Many thanks for it Myrtle. 

And you won't be surprised to see Anthemis 'E C Buxton' included in my top three; always a profuse flowerer here from July to November.  

Of course, I could easily have chosen three more :-) 

Feeling very foolish

15 September 2017 21:07:14

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Remember my Japanese knotweed alert a while back?  Well, after several discussions with the local council, our neighbour behind us and investigation by their gardeners, it turns out not to be knotweed after all, leaving me feeling relieved but very sheepish after all the sympathy and concern my friends here expressed (especially PCON, thank you). 

All the growths that sprang up are/were from the large aspen tree in the neighbour's garden which was cut down last autumn.  Apparently, if you cut down an aspen before it has died, it will keep on throwing up suckers from its extensive root system in a bid for survival.  A forest in Colorado covering over a hundred acres has grown in this way! So yesterday, with the growths treated with glyphosate having died off and the ground softened by recent rain, I decided to dig.  The photos show part of what was uncovered. The roots, which must have been under our garden for some time, extended to the edges of the lawn in all directions and are under the concrete paths too but hopefully (unlike knotweed) won't break through there.  I'll be keeping a watchful eye in spring and will continue the Roundup treatment for any suckers spotted in the borders. 

The lawn is now a mess of course but I'll deal with that over the coming weeks. 

Spring bulbs in Lidl

12 September 2017 22:05:30
Spring bulbs in Lidl

Spring bulbs in Lidl

I was in our local Lidl today and lots of spring bulbs have arrived.  There is a decent selection of tulips, daffodils and assortments, all reasonably priced.  The tulips marked 'premium' were good sized bulbs and generally everything looked to be good quality.  I didn't buy any, as I had already bought or ordered most of my bulbs except for tulips for the patio pots but they didn't have the colours I was looking for. 

Happy shopping! 

September foliage - red and green

11 September 2017 22:10:53

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Lots of showers in Dublin today and cool with it, autumn has definitely arrived; just as well I was occupied with non-gardening matters.  Over the weekend I followed Monty's advice from Friday's GW programme, cut off the agapanthus flower stems and gave them one last feed of tomato fertiliser.  

I'm itching to plant some infill Narcissus 'Jetfire' and the new Iris 'Katherine's Gold' bought recently but the borders are still so full and flowering that I can't get into the spaces where I want to plant them!  Guess I'll have to wait a week or two. 

Leaves are starting to dress in their autumn finery, the young Sumach always being the first to colour up here, while the calm greens predominate on the shady side of the back garden.  I got Saxifraga stolonifera as a wee plant from Hazel at our last Johnstown get-together and it has certainly spread itself around in a short time.  Thanks Hazel, it's doing its job at the front of the shed bed and I hope to see flowers next year. 

Cyclamen hederifolium

07 September 2017 21:23:11

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I really love these little plants and watch eagerly for their flowers to appear every year. The paler one is the cyclamen that Heather gave me at the first Johnstown get-together I attended; when it came out of the bag at home, it was the size of a large brick! Thanks so much for it Heather, it's a treasure.  The darker one was bought in Mount Venus the following year and it always flowers slightly later. 

They are planted in two raised dishes at the front corners of the shed; between them is a narrow strip of soil covered with gravel which they have started to seed into, with a nice mix of the two shades coming up.  Of course, I forgot to take a photo of the gravelled strip! 

Plant ID please

04 September 2017 19:55:57

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Can anyone tell me the name of this lovely looking flower please?  I've tried RHS plant finder and google but no luck in identifying it yet. Notice the long tail spur at the back of the flower.


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