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DeclanTipp's Journal September 2015

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29 September 2015 19:05:55
Seedaholic

Seedaholic

First ever seedaholic parcel.. Yippee now I can't wait for Spring . Love the info sheets with each seed packet . 

Tempted to go online again tonight .. Just forces look of course 

East Border looking better

28 September 2015 23:42:09

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Surprising what you find about the place by way of plants to divide / move when push comes to shove. I've divided 4 Hostas ( early I know ) found 2 Hydrangea new homes, planted out 2 Lychnis and moved a Hebe into the eastern border . I may not have to spend a fortune yet ! Today the compost heap was opened and I found a plentiful supply of dark compost which was wheel barrowed to the border. Seven full wheel barrows do at least three inches of compost added. I may yet add some leaf mould before the cold spell hits. 

Who mentioned " seedaholic" here recently?? I immediately went online and purchased flower and veg seeds ... Talk about impulse buying .. Nice site though . Ha ha , was it Moya who was shopping too ..

meanwhile the butterflies and bees are enjoying The Sedum " Spectabile " no end in this fine weather . I know I'll be taking some root divisions from this too . Love it and it's late flowering is just perfect 

 

Garden Mag Query

28 September 2015 23:24:40

Eastern Border Day 2

25 September 2015 22:16:29

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Five car trailer loads of old shrubbery removed . Iam beginning to get the picture . Day three will be adding hone compost and leaf mulch as this soil is tired . Keeping away from a garden center is my objective for at least another week ...

Eastern Promise

24 September 2015 20:58:12

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I've neglected this Eastern aspect border for years . It was already planted up when we moved in. Green and Varigated shrubbery and that was it. I'd forgotton the nice scalloped stone work until recently. Two huge trees at the southern end cast shade onto about half the bed. 

Its a project Iam not putting off any longer and Iam thinking Bulbs, Roses, Dahlias, Sedums and Hostas already. Any suggestions please ?  It tends to get plenty of sun from 12 onwards during the summer and lots of evening sunshine especially 

What , No Advice ??????

17 September 2015 22:05:44

Ranunculus Advice Please

16 September 2015 20:09:45

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I have seen some of you mention these in various posts which prompted an impulse buy this evening. Two packets now await advice on planting . A quick google tells me to treat them as Annuals as they are not frost hardy unless you dig up and store indoors after flowering ?

Another post says to use them in containers for color and keep this way .

iam leaning towards planting up in containers so all advice welcome . They do look nice though and cheap at 2 packets for €5. 

Her Good Self

15 September 2015 23:30:38

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My wife Mary arrived home some days ago with these two little planters bought for €15.  They contain mostly annuals I think, but begonias and dahlias too . No idea what these other two plants are. 

Are they worth minding over the winter I ask ? 

Tired

15 September 2015 19:49:32

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reported to work today for some maintenance but it got cancelled due to damp conditions . Weather here at home was lovely so I decided to plant my Dundrum purchases, two plum, one Apple and three rose bushes . 

The trees went in fine and then it was the roses turn . Of course this entailed removal of another spiky 40 year old shrub that was under threat for some time .

this one was difficult and eventually after much digging I hitched it to the car with a chain and pulled it out!! I hope the roses appreciate the effort. Iam bushed 

Tulip Trouble

14 September 2015 19:17:40

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Well not really but having planted up eight containers of Bulbs I found this one " idle" so planted it with left over bulbs and it remained outside . Of course they have decided to show themselves a little early . 

They will soon go dormant I suppose and check their adbance naturally ? The other containers will remain in exiting till 2016 I believe 

Dundrum Garden Center today

14 September 2015 18:55:59

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Ha ha , bet you thought it was the other Dundrum!! This ones in Tipperary ten mins from Cashel. Were advertising a Fruit tree sale so despite the rain my good wife and I took off. they have acres under plants and if it was a fine day I would still be there . Settled on three fruit trees , two plum and one Brambley apple and then Mary took a shine to three roses for €10 . Reminds me of her mum, couldn't resist a bargain.

Now if I cold get her planting them...... 

Sedum Cuttings

13 September 2015 19:47:01
Sedum Cuttings

Sedum Cuttings

Looks a bit rushed but here's hoping a few take . Some just cuttings with rooting powder and others are actual stems with roots attached from the plant base . I may well do some plant division later when the parent plants die back . Only my second year with these and I've enjoyed watching them regrow and eventually re flower just recently . 

Sedum Propagation Query

13 September 2015 00:12:29
Sedum Propagation Query

Sedum Propagation Query

Has anyone propagated their Sedums. My 2 are attracting lots of Butterflies and showing nice flowers right now . The variety is Sedum Spectabile Brilliant so I've taken some stems and potted them up using rooting powder? A google search says leaf cuttings work too ? I am interested in any experiences from any Sedum growers out there . Thanks in advance 

Red Admiral

10 September 2015 16:30:51

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First Red Admiral I saw all year and very welcome he is . His preference today is my Sedums and so intent he ignored me snapping these . always nice to see something benefitting 

Toms now

08 September 2015 18:32:37

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It's only now Iam getting my tomatoe crop . Must have been the colder than average summer temps. A nights frost won't help the remainder . Iam sure Dick is probably starting the 2016 Batch ! Simply delicious and soooo worth the wait. 

This Bumble Bee was making the most of the Autumn sunshine this evening. Oblivious to me and covered in Pollen. Seems to prefer coneflowers too.

time to start slipping some GeraniUna for 2016. I like the white and red combo do these two are the parent stock . 

Delphinium

05 September 2015 21:20:46
Delphinium

Delphinium

Wasn't expecting these 1st year Delphiniums to flower. Grown from a seed packet I thought year two was the goal . Pleasant surprise. The color is a much brighter light blue in daylight 

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