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Jackie's Journal

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24 November 2017 07:43:58

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Now me and houseplants do not go hand in hand. Yes I am very lucky in the garden and can grow almost anything, be it from seeds, cuttings etc. But when it comes to indoors.......well that’s a totally different story. 

A few months back Tesco were selling Orchids for €6. Not a flower that I would be keen on. But Liga posted pictures on FB and I thought I’d give them a go. So bought 6 different varieties and Liga gave me some advice. 

Hmmmmm all the flowers fell off!! One or two definitely looked bedraggled. But then the other day I spotted this one in the sitting room which had flowers on it!!! Wow!! Totally neglected (well to be honest I lost interest in the green leaves)!! 

But really surprised to see this happen. Now it’s only one plant. Nothing to get too excited about but a start! So I’ll give the others a few more weeks and if they don’t perform, they are out!! 

Im certain the photos will not be right way up but here goes! 

Mixed up weather!

17 November 2017 08:39:30

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Its cold and frosty here this morning and what a fabulous day we had yesterday. Bright blue skies and sunshine. And warmth in the sun too. 

Trying to organise the garden when the weather can't quite make up its mind can be a real headache. A few days ago I padded out my Tree Fern and then covered it in fleece to tide it over the Winter. It has really grown so well this year and I want to make sure it survives. 

I would love nothing more than heading out there and chopping everything back, but I'm being careful for a change!! 

So when I can I'm taking a small area at a time and doing some cutting back. The bending just kills me so its little by little. I tidied up the greenhouse bed and the pathway that runs up to it. It's looking so much better. I also cut out a load of Geranium that I got from a lady up the road. No name for theGeranium but it's a bit of a traveller. So instead I planted up G Ann Folkard in its place at the base of the pergola. 

It looks like it's another fine day so I may tackle a little bit more. I also got some new shelving for the greenhouse so that needs to be sorted with some help from himself!! Sounds like a weekend job! 

Still some colour too in the garden. This little Geum is still flowering away since Spring. And I noticed new buds on my Californian Mallow which I grew from seed last year too. 

Have a great weekend whatever you do !!

She never ceases to amaze!!!

14 November 2017 07:41:42

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I'm talking of course about Mother Nature..........

Just when you think you've seen it all, something else to astound you. I'm constantly in awe of what lives and survives in my garden. I'm not an expert, I get by with a bit of weeding here, mulching there and the odd prayer that it will survive. But I don't go with the rules, well I'm not too sure of them if I'm really honest, but I plod along and see what happens. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't, but when I weigh it all up, it seems it works better than I thought. 

Here we are in the middle of November...WINTER....I believe and still there are some gems from the Summer 

Campanuala 'Elizabeth' which I bought in Bloom this year is not going anywhere just yet. This is her third time to reappear this year!! 

This Salvia 'Neon' has been flowering away since I got it last year in B&Q. I planted it up in early Summer. I never took it in in the Winter and it's still flowering. 

Lavetera 'Barnsley' another one that just keeps giving. It's been chopped back here and there as it was getting a bit unruly but still producing flowers. 

So much still going on and all to do with the beauty of nature!!

Amazing this gardening lark!! 

Time never stands still!!

14 November 2017 07:10:05

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I'm just finding the time is running away with itself and I'm chasing after it!! 

So much going on at the moment it's hard to find time to do everything and before you know it it's nearly a month since I posted!!! 

Not much really done in the garden over the past while. I've been looking after my granddaughters so that is taking priority. But I've had a day here and there where I've cut back lots and found lots!! It's hard to know what to leave as the place looks great when tidied but bare also.  I've tucked up my Tree Fern for the Winter now and hopefully that should help it get through if we get that cold snap they've been forecasting.

I love finding the buried treasures under the old perennials that need cutting back .  Hellebores are starting to flower, primroses are appearing, wallflowers, and I see foliage of the Spring bulbs appearing too.  Great sight!! 


I've taken in some Dahlia, a few favourites and some in pots. Some Salvia that havent reached the planting stage yet, more purchases waiting to be housed!! Also Begonia that where exceptional during the Summer months  

I had an hour to spare yesterday and I bubblewrapped half of the greenhouse.  It's hard to do it when everything is in there, but I did it and that's another job ticked off the everlasting list! 


Hope you are all till enjoying your gardens  and this site. I can't wait to see what the new one brings  


A bit of colour in the garden yet!

26 October 2017 08:14:48

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Today looks like it might be mild but dull. My aim is to get out and sort out the back garden as its gone wild!! 

I'm trying to keep my Cosmos going a bit longer as I want them to form seeds, but then I think they look untidy!! 

Amazing to see some colour now at the end of October. I'm expecting frosty days and yet it's so mild. Incredible. 

So here are another few beauties. This first photo is Hellebore HGC Maestro which I bought in Johnstown last year. Really lovely markings on the back of each flower. 

Second photo is my Chrysanthemum beppei Bronze. This is a Dealz plant, in a pot, thrown aside, but still flowers every year. I really must plant that out. 

Lastly my Salvia 'Embers Wish' and Parahebe 'Avalanche' which I think look good beside each other. Both have just grown so well this year. The Parahebe was chopped right back and regrown and has some more beautiful flowers. 

Im hoping today to find a few more beauties and will post them up soon. Well that's the plan. I bought some plants last week while in JGC with Margie  and then on Tuesday I had to go to Naas and popped int B&Q and found some bargains .  But that's another journal lol 

Hope you all have a great day! 


25 October 2017 08:16:26

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Just checking from my phone whether I can upload photos as they wouldn’t from my iPad. Very odd. These are probably upsidedown or sideways too. 

Quietly carrying on!

25 October 2017 08:12:07

Garden video

09 October 2017 19:25:57
Garden video

Garden video

I was telling you a few weeks ago  how my next door neighbour asked if he could use my garden for his upcoming video to a piece of music he composed. He also took some footage from the Botanic Gardens

Well today he uploaded the video onto Facebook. I have put the link below but I am not sure if you will be able to access it from here. I think you will need to  copy the link and then paste it into your address bar. If that doesnt work then you can go to either the Garden.ie Friends page or my own page on FB and see it there.

I think it looks fantastic and I just love the piece of music too. 





Decisions Decisions

06 October 2017 08:17:22

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Yes and where to start!

Lately I've been thinking I need to change some things in the garden as it becomes choc a bloc with plants! Things need moving around, replacing or getting rid of too!! I've come to the stage where now I find some plants........dare I say ....boring!! 

So with that in mind I have noted some plants that are no longer of interest to me and they will be going!! This week has been an absolute beautiful week for the garden, bar Wednesday! So each day I've been out looking to see what will be staying and what will be going. Also moving around a few plants that are in 'the wrong place' 

The thing about doing this is that you then find hidden treasures underneath. Like this lovely little Primula. Hidden under a Shrub which would never be seen if I hadn't taken it out. Or find another little poppy like this almost black one, again hidden away. I will keep all the great annuals each year and definitely Cosmos are here to stay as they put on a show right through until the first frosts  

I need to be ruthless....to a point. And then look around at my plants in waiting and release them into the wild so to speak. I want to keep the character of the garden but try to enhance it that little bit more for next year :) 

Day out!

05 October 2017 08:07:30

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After doing a lot of tidying up on Monday and Tuesday in the garden, getting rid of plants I no longer need, want nor really like!!, I met up with Margie, a new .ier whom we all met at the January get-together and is generally on FB, and we headed to Avoca in Clonee. This was the old Plantagen shop and it has Howbert and Mays in there too. 

Fabulous shop, if on the expensive side. But I did find their plants reasonably priced which was nice. They had a few nice plants and I really wasn't looking for anything.

Last year I bought Anemone Prinz Heinrich and for the life of me I just cannot find it anywhere!!! But I saw this beautiful dark pink one called A. fantasy Cinderella and I bought that. I also picked up a lovely Heuchera Plum Pudding, a Geranium Ann Folkard and this really dark purple Salvia called Salvia Nachtvlinder.........pretty purple flowers which will look great with my other strong pink and red Salvia. 

So after that lot of purchases it was time to have a cuppa and a chat. It was a really relaxed enjoyable day and great to catch up too. I'm looking forward to getting out and planting these beauties up. I've so many plants in waiting that I really need to get them sorted before the harsh Winter months arrive. Today looks promising ;) 

What a compliment!

29 September 2017 07:58:09

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My next door neighbour is a musician. He teaches music in his home and also in some colleges. And has often appeared on the Late Late show!!

Last week he told me he was shooting a video for an original composition of his. He had shot some footage in the Botanic gardens but was wondering if he could use my garden also!!! He said he would love to use some footage as my garden was 'something special'!!!! Of course I said yes but I was just so surprised. 

As we had a wedding last weekend I didn't get a chance to go out and tidy up as he asked me on the Friday. So on Sunday afternoon I spent some time deadheading and trying to get the place in order in such a short space of time, plus exhausted from the long day beforehand.

So on Monday he arrived with a young media student and they spent over 40 minutes taking videos and shots of the garden. It should be ready to view in about 3 weeks. 

How mad is that. My garden!! Something that I just potter around in every day and someone thought it good enough for a video. Delighted I am......... :) 

Pelergonium sideoides......For Margot

20 September 2017 08:53:06

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Following on from Margots journal, I thought I would post a picture of this lovely little plant. It was given to me by Yellow Rose (Bernie) a few years ago in Johnstown. Ive divided it up many times and given some away. At the moment I have a few pots and slips on the go!! And only yesterday I took these two photos of one sitting up on the wall.

The flowers are just tiny and really long stems. But it's the foliage that I really like too. Soft and almost furry. I leave this out all Summer but have taken it in over Winter into the greenhouse. It flowers forever!! 

The trusted Cosmos.............

20 September 2017 08:42:25

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If it's one little flower that really earns its keep in the garden, it has to be the trusted Cosmos. 

I wouldn't be without them and grow them from seed every year. This year was no exception. I remember before I left my old house the raised beds were choc-a-bloc with them. And so easy to collect the seed for next year too. 

This year I noticed a few in Lidl, plants that were about a couple of inches grown. So I bought a few of these as fillers in. The thing is the Cosmos I grow are lovely tall plants reaching at last 3/4ft in height. But the ones from Lidl are only about a foot tall. Full of flowers though but a bit disappointing. However, the ones from seed are towering over other plants now and will do until at least the first frosts. If you havent ever had Cosmos, go ahead and try them, you won't be disappointed ;)

Saxifraga Rubrifolia

14 September 2017 19:37:46

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I got a slip of this plant from a .ier a few years ago. His name was Matt,  cant remember was his surname Connell, Connelly? anyone know him?  I think he may have had a nursery?

He sent this to me in the post and it has done so well every year. I noticed last year it was getting a bit crowded out and I wanted to move it.. So this year I moved it to the circle where I have the tree stump. Its been growing away nicely but I thought it might not flower after the move.

That was until today I notice, finally, that some flowers are starting to emerge. Its a bit later than usual I think and it has the most fabulous flowers too.  Delighted to see that its not given up on me!

What a week!

14 September 2017 19:22:18

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Well who would have thought it was still September.......November it feels like when those winds whip up and those showers get going.

Having said all that the garden is holding its own and really putting on a great show still. I cant believe how much is still in flower and how much colour I have too. But then it is still September and early September too!

Today I had a bit of free time and I planted up some of my Tulips in pots, didnt dampen them, but just wanted to put them in the pots and keep them in the greenhouse for the moment. In another few weeks then I will dampen them and put them outside and hope that come Spring it will be a riot of colour. 

I have some Fritillaria imperialis to plant out which I bought from Mr. Middleton. But there are so many plants still in the spot, like Dahlia and Helenium etc so dont want to disturb them just yet. Ive also some Narcissus 'Garden Club of America' which are a lovely flower but the bulbs are just HUGE.....these too need to be planted out but again Ive plants there still so will need to wait another week or so!

I hate to see the evenings getting darker and the mornings too! I loved those early early mornings before the world woke up and it was so bright! Ah well it will come again real soon. 

Today I also potted on some of my slips that I have taken these past few weeks too. As I said before I just cant throw anything out I have to put it in a pot, just in case it becomes a new baby. This happened with my Sambuca Nigra. Cut some of it back a couple of weeks ago and put about six sticks into a pot. Today I checked them out and they have all taken so now I have 6 more shrubs in the making lol. Also lots of new Salvia which again I cant throw anything out just in case ! And my Fatsia are growing fantastically well now too!

So should have a good few swaps come January!

A couple of photos of the garden as its looking now!


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