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DeclanTipp's Journal

DeclanTipp's Journal May 2014

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Fastest in the World?

30 May 2014 23:41:32

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Well the fastest growing trees in the world are sure taking their time !

Probably be eating my words in 6 months time now . They are beginning to form the large umbrella like leaf though so it's probably time to organise the 100 plus pots......

Clematis

27 May 2014 23:24:24
Clematis

Clematis

This beauty caught my eye at work yesterday, growing from small container but managing to produce huge blooms. Anyone recognize it ?

Chirping

25 May 2014 22:16:36

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I thought I heard some soft chirping from the old nest box. By holding the camera phone to the entrance this is what I saw. Last year it was Blue Tits but it appears the Sparrows beat them to it this year . 

Daff Seeds

23 May 2014 22:59:53
Daff Pods

Daff Pods

Today I collected some seed pods I left on some Daffs. Normally I just let them all wither awaybut following some .iers advice I deadheaded most this year. These seed pods looked too inviting to discard. Low and behold they contain some nice looking seed.

Different forums tell me to either sow them immediately in a cold frame or to wait until sept/oct.

I usually wrap any collected seed in tissue paper and put into storage until the Spring. Advice from anyone who has tried this before would be welcomed. I know you dont get blooms for ages but hey, I love an experiment.

Should I remove the seed from Pods before storage or leave them in the pods until sowing??

 

 

Rose ID anyone?

19 May 2014 14:37:30

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I presume this is a type of old cottage rose? Its been ever present in my gardens since I first moved here in 1991. It spreads rapidly, grows on long upright and very soft thistly stems and produces masses of these pale yellow delicate flowers for a few short weeks. It is easliy propagated from root stock which although difficult to dig up can take loads of hardship! It could even be used as atype of hedging with some care I imagine.

I have never known what it may be or indeed if it is a variety or hybrid. Any help from the Rose experts would be appreciated please.

Rhododendron

17 May 2014 22:14:45
Photo of woodies rhododendron purchase

Photo of woodies rhododendron purchase

Stopped in woodies on the way home from work this evening , just for a look now mind ! and came out with a Rhododendron tucked under my arm. €19.99 so I hope I enjoy it for some years to come .... Any advice welcome as it was you .iers that compelled me to but one!

 

Garden time

15 May 2014 21:18:14
Gods Grace in a garden

Gods Grace in a garden

What a day, I was reminded of the old saying. " one is nearer to God in a garden than anywhere else on earth " I certainly felt it today ! 

Clematis

15 May 2014 21:15:07

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I think these two clematis go well together but it wasn't any great planning ony behalf 

Hard Graft

13 May 2014 22:02:52
Grafter

Grafter

I've been trying to graft this delicious eating apple (old) for three years now without success. Read the books, googled the methods, asked the experts etc all to no avail.

Then an old expression was heard " Graft in April or Bud in May" Well I took to grafts from my eater in May and grafted them to the old cooking apple tree.

I do believe I see growth ? Could it be that the graft has taken? only time will tell.

 

My how you have grown

13 May 2014 15:41:17

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On the 1st of May I posted some "bird watch photos" Todays highlight the fact that the Pigeon Chicks are doing well in garden Leylandii !! Some growth for 12 days.

Hostas Le Vista baby

12 May 2014 23:42:17

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Think it wasvFrsn said to me last nov not to worry when my first three hostas turned to pulp! He said they would be back and he was spot on. Wow better than ever and so fast once they appear . Think I want more or do I divide them? Surely not to divide in full glory ?? 

Paulownia Elongata

10 May 2014 23:59:52

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Well the Paulownia seedlings have decided they like the indoor climate at long last and the two seedlings have now become over fifty. The second seed tray also has one seedling appearing (this was an afterthought and was left outside initially) so it looks like the tree experiment is taking off. Anyone want to order an early 50-60 ft paulownia ?? Ready in 2015/16.. Helloooooooooooo

 

Chucks

09 May 2014 21:47:53
Chucky

Chucky

In my early boyhood a Hen was a Hen. Most came in Red colours and the odd grey. These days you can have your pick from Red, White, Black, Grey, Speckled and so on and so forth......

We called them "Chucks" in my childhood. These three are Plymouth Rock, New Hamshire, and Daisy Bell breeds and I thought I knew hens.

Two went missing the first night and saw myself and wifey out searching high and low..The breeder had promised me "these are not flyers" which was brillant as the run was 6ft high all round so no extra work involved.

The missing two were found early the following morning still perched in the Leylandii . Branches have now been removed needless to say!

 

What happened today ?

07 May 2014 00:15:49

Deadheading Daffs?

05 May 2014 20:42:02

Spare Tyres

04 May 2014 19:59:27
Planters

Planters

Well, why not make some use of the rubbish ?? Strawberry planters 

Plant ID

02 May 2014 23:19:49
Wild Flowers

Wild Flowers

As I walked across a field today beside where I live I noticed these little flowers scattered about growing happily among the grass. Cows grazed the same field.

Thought first they may be a type of cowslip (which is yellow) but these are a light purple .

Anyone know them ?

Boxed up

02 May 2014 20:33:23
Boxes

Boxes

Spent a couple hours doing up ten window boxes with the Lidl bought bedding , let's see how these mature. They look fine all with good root ball developnent 

Tree Success at last

01 May 2014 19:40:34

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Many months ago I ordered Tree Seeds from the good old US of A. They duly arrived with such complicated growing instructions that I almost passed out! Internal 6 million candle fluorescent lighting (or such) Constant humidity at 21 degrees, 13 hours sunlight, water from the bottom and spray on top every day etc etc.

Well I decided to wait and wait and wait until Temp rose in the attic conversion room (remember sliderobes) and length of day increased. Waiting was not easy.

The "flats" were planted but I could see no seed whatsoever in the packet (well they did warn they were tiny). Weeks passed and I believed nothing would ever appear. I realised that instead of simply scattering the seed on the surface of the flat I had actually covered the seed with a small layer of compost... Damm Damm Damm..

This morning I was beside myself with joy on discovering 5 tiny seedlings in the tray. Tiny is the word. Hard to believe these are supposed to be the fastest growing tree in the world! We are not out of the woods yet but green is good.

 

 

Wendy House how are ya..

01 May 2014 19:06:09

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Some of my non gardener facebook friends called my little house a "wendy house" some months ago when I splashed out €59 on this it Aldi!

Well I do believe it has paid its way so far............

I was in my sister in laws glasshouse today (non gardener) and it was so hot with most plants DEAD !

 

Not Strictly Gardening but..............

01 May 2014 11:30:28

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The other day when Mammy (possiblyDaddy) pigeon remained on the nest while I peeped in I realised the Hatch must be close!

Too true as these pictures show. The small Leylandi is now home to these two Beauties? well they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

I hope to post more photos as thay grow. They will be doubled in size in one week, follow this post.............."Birdwatch Mohober"

 

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