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JoanG's Journal October 2017

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Out of season

10 October 2017 20:55:52

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I know it's not unusual for primulas to have a second flowering in autumn, but Pulsatilla?  Certainly a first time for me, and there are two more buds coming on it. 

Red and orange

06 October 2017 21:10:56

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The red berries came early on our pyracantha this year and it's still looking good, though the blackbirds are gradually working their way from the top down!

A couple of weeks ago I finally decided to take out the Lucifers in front of it, after a third year of only producing one flower on a decent sized clump.  I've replaced them with Crocosmia 'Emily McKenzie' which I hope will do better.  It's a deep orange, rather than the vivid red of the Lucifers, with attractive mahogany coloured markings.  I don't know why the Lucifers didn't do well here; they were not grown too soft and I have seen them looking splendid in other gardens. 

Compost bin screening

03 October 2017 22:28:41
Compost bin screening

Compost bin screening

When I finally got around to tidying up the area beside the shed last autumn and made a proper planting bed, I was able to release the long-suffering Fatsia from its pot and get it into the ground.  It has really taken off this year and is starting to do a grand job of screening the two compost bins. 

Gardening talk with a difference

03 October 2017 22:20:47

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Last week Myrtle and I went to a fantastic talk on autumn interest perennials given by Rosy Hardy of Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants, a specialist nursery in Hampshire.  

Now most speakers give their talks based around a slide show but Rosy went one better; she came over to Dublin in her van and brought the plants with her!  They were lined up on the platform at the start of the evening and as she proceeded with her talk, she picked them up one by one so we could see their merits in reality, arranged them in a 'border', and we could go up after the talk for a closer look.  Rosy did also show slides towards the end of the evening, mainly to illustrate what the plants she had chosen for their autumn foliage looked like when in flower earlier in the year and also show other recommendations.  Her plants were stunning and included quite a few I had never heard of before, including the gorgeous Lespedeza thunbergii shown here (photo from Hardy's website). 

There was a raffle for a few choice specimens and a good selection of plants for sale too.  Pity the garden here is already too full :-(  Both Myrtle and I fancied two Amsonias which had lovely bronze foliage but were not for sale, Amsonia 'Ernst Pagels' and Amsonia ciliata.  If any of you grow these I'd be interested in your opinion of them. 

A terrific speaker and a most enjoyable evening; if she is ever speaking in your area, go along, you won't be disappointed. 

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