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Jackie's Journal

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Still doing well.............

16 August 2017 08:33:59

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........despite the ground being so dry of late. Plants have been hanging with the want of some water.  I was out Watering them on Sunday evening!! 

Then on Monday night we had the mother of all rain!!! My goodness it rained here from 2.55pm" ( I know this as I just got in the door in time!) and it never stopped all night. I've never seen rain like it before. So heavy that I thought our Velux Windows would come down on us. 

But then yesterday the sun came out! And everywhere looked so refreshed and bright. So a blessing really. 

Schizostylis, Kaffir lily starting to Flower now.

Also signs of Autumn are appearing when you see Aster 'Little Carlow' appearing. 

Another beauty is Ligularia 'Osiris Cafe Noir' which I got from Mary Keegan ( Keego). Beautiful dark foliage, which the slugs enjoyed, but also these gorgeous piercing orange flowers

So much colour still in the garden which is great. Deadheading is my favourite pastime at the minute. So this is definitely prolonging the flowering season. Let's hope we still lots more sunshine yet as it's still very dull here this morning !! Have a good one whatever you do ;) 

T.Rex ........thank you Elizabeth

11 August 2017 07:55:39

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A couple of years ago at the get together, Elizabeth handed me a pot with a small 'twig' in it. She said 'it's only a little baby T Rex'. Of course back then I had no idea what a big T. Rex was, let alone a baby. 

So I duly planted it up and it started to grow bigger and bigger. I mentioned it to Elizabeth and she said 'oh I meant it was a seedling!!!' ha ha. 

Anyway each year it has put on some more growth and this year was no different  

This was it yesterday. Growing mad and looking fantastic if spanning over some other plants. But I don't mind, it's beautiful. 

Plant ID please

11 August 2017 07:40:26

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I'm sure the label is there somewhere. But can anyone tell me what this lovely little plant is?  I really should take more care of labels. I'll jot this name down! 

Many thanks as always :) 

Orange and Lemon delights!

10 August 2017 07:54:55

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As we get nearer to Autumn the colours in the garden reflect this. Although I've still lots of pinks, yellows, purple etc, it's the oranges that seem to be taking over now. 

And some are very striking. Like this Dahlia 'Gloriosa' which I bought this year in Bloom. It's flowers are orange tipped with red. This is only starting to open this week. Quite late compared to others but still more than welcome here. 

Another one flowering now is Lantana. This has a great citrus aroma to it and beautiful little orange/yellow flowers. This I bought in Lidl a few years back and is doing great. I Over Wintered it in the greenhouse and I really thought it had died. But no, it's definitely full of life. 

Lastly is Leucanthemum 'Real Charmer'. Now this is gorgeous. The buds burst open to a beautiful yellow fluffy daisy-like flower with a golden centre. Then as it ages it turns white around the edges. Makes a lovely addition to the garden. 

Ive noticed this week that the evenings are definitely getting darker earlier. But still a good stretch. Today should be another fine day so finally I'm hoping to get some time in the garden as I've been tied up with family stuff these past two weeks. 

Have a great day whatever you do ;) 

How tall am I!??

26 July 2017 08:21:45
How tall am I!??

How tall am I!??

Actually I'm 5ft 3 inches. Which makes these Sunflowers a good 6ft or more and they still havent flowered yet lol.  They should reach a little taller before then. Just love Sunflowers!! 

Platycodon grandiflorus

26 July 2017 08:19:30

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This little plant was planted here when I first moved in. And to be honest every year I totally forget about it until it sends up these beautiful blue flowers. 

Yesterday was no different. After cutting back some plants that are becoming unruly, I uncovered this little beauty hiding beneath. It really is a little beauty. I think when it's finished flowering I will move it to a place I know I will see it once it first flowers!! 

I've been bitten!!!

26 July 2017 08:14:26

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oh yes, well and truely bitten too! 

That is bitten by acquiring Orchids!! Oh my what have I started. I'm not really a lover of the Orchid. I don't see the beauty in them as much as outdoor flowers. 

But yesterday Liga put up a post on FB about some Orchids she purchased in Tesco for a whopping €6!!! These resemble little butterflies. I did think they were beautiful in the photo. 

Later I had to go to Tesco anyway and thought I'd take a look. Yes of course they were beautiful. My daughter, Linda, who recently moved out, loves orchids and has tried a few but they died. Liga said these are SO easy to grow and they thrive. I am useless with house plants, but thought, what the heck if they are that easy we will give it a try. 

I bought 4!!!! One for Linda and 3 for me lol. So with a little instruction from Liga we are off. Just need to find a place to put them now!! Wish me luck ;) 

Accidents do happen!

19 July 2017 08:44:42

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But in a good way .........

When I'm planting up the garden, occasionally I do think this will go with  that or that would look well there. But there is no planting scheme on paper nor is there a plan of any kind. I know what I'd like and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. 

When I'm looking at my photos I do think 'oh that looks good'. Here are a few I think look well together and totally by accident too!! 

Jemo's Open Day

18 July 2017 08:54:09

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Sunday was a glorious day and a great day for a garden visit. Brian is only about 20 minutes drive away from me so it was a nice drive to get there. 

When I arrived I was astounded by the beauty of the area itself and then I walked into Brian's front garden. Beautiful plants in here and so lush too. I met Hazel here and Brian and we were ushered into the back garden. Here I also met with Maria, Brians wife, who is just lovely and so welcoming. Also met up with lots of friends whom I hadn't seen for a while. So it was great to catch up.

Well!! What a garden this is. Big is an understatement and just beautiful. Mature trees which I was told were planted by Brian many years ago, some with roses growing through them, added to the scenery and gave a lovely woodland feeling to the garden too. 

Brian's plants were just enormous. No matter what you look at. The Hostas were definitely on steroids, they were just huge and he has them planted in some lovely areas. Lots of space to walk around the garden with little nooks and crannys here and there. Lawns that have been well looked after, a vegetable patch with lots of edibles looking very good. But for me the pond was really the focal point. It was magnificent. And hidden away at the back of another border containing huge plants!! 

The pond was so still and full of water lilies and some in flower. I was blown away with the Clematis 'Princess Diana' which was growing profusely. Definitely need to find mine again and give it a serious talking to!! A fabulous Dierama sat at the entrance to the pond looking tall and striking. A garden bench was placed near this and you could just imagine in the evening sitting there with a cuppa and just relaxing, it was pure heaven.

This is a really stunning garden and I'm so glad I got the chance to see it. I had to leave before we all sat for tea etc but that didn't matter as I was full from all the beauty that surrounded me. Thanks again Brian and Maria for a lovely afternoon.  I thoroughly enjoyed myself. 

Shadows!

14 July 2017 09:20:50

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My garden is surrounded by tall trees at the back and a couple to the side. So as the garden is West facing and the sun travels around the garden, sometimes it makes the most beautiful shadows in the garden. 

So here are a few I took on Wednesday. Hope you like them:) 

Zingy colours

14 July 2017 09:14:42

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The weather has been really lovely this week and the plants are really responding quite well to it too. 

Some of my 'zingy' plants in the garden which are putting on a great show now. Long may it last! 

Before, during and after!

12 July 2017 09:06:12

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I love Salvia's. I've a good few here now and each one is lovely in its own way. 

But I really like Salvia Amistad. Even before it opens the flower buds are attractive. Then they blossom and fall off. Each stage as beautiful as the next......well I think so! 

Hazel's Open Day 9th July 2017

11 July 2017 09:26:36
Hazel's Open Day 9th July 2017

Hazel's Open Day 9th July 2017

Sunday was a beautiful day and of course Hazels Open Day. Linda and myself took ourselves off to see this wonderful garden but also to support Laois Hospice and the great work they do too. 

Firstly, I must apologise as I do not have photos as my phone died while we were travelling, and rendered it useless, I was so annoyed. But I will give you a brief wander through the garden and you can visualise it. You all know what it looks like. 

We were met my Hazels daughter, Ciara, at the gate and two lovely ladies directed us to the start of the tour of the garden, which of course is the beautiful woodland which Hazel has created at the front of the house. 

A little stroll around the side of the house brings you to the fabulous cottage garden at the back and those lovely views of colour and scent. Here I met Margie, another .ier but rarely uses here and is more active on fb. Also met Terri, Alan, their friend Annette, Michelle Marie and Hazels good friend Joan123. Elizabeth was at the plant sales stall working her magic and being so informative as usual about all of the plants.  Hazel and Elizabeth really make a great double act and compliment each other. They put so much love into this garden.   

Margie and myself took a stroll around the many meandering paths that run through this great space. Lots of colour, forms and textures greeted us wherever we went. Loved the little stream at the back and the little 'bridge' across which then leads to the fabulous Sedum bed. This is magnificent. Just coming into flower now with its yellow flowers. The picture here is one from 2 years ago and it's even better now. 

After going around this wonderful garden, through arches, made by Hazel with Clematis growing over them,  passing the Willow hedge, again by Hazel, fabulous!! and up to the plants for sale area. Now of course I don't need anymore, do I??? Well maybe just one or two more. After a bit of bartering with the lovely Elizabeth and her helper  it was time to sit and relax with a cuppa and some cake. And that we did. Sitting on the deck you could look out over the rolling fields and borrowed landscape. Pure heaven. 

Hazel you have an amazing garden and one I'm  sure you are very proud of and should be too. Full of lovely treats. We were blessed with the weather and yes I'm sure that both Brendan and Tony were smiling down on your most successful day. 

Well done!! 

Lilium 'Kushi Maya'

07 July 2017 21:12:44

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I have to apologise for the lily overload today!!

But this afternoon when I got home I found this beauty waiting for me. I noticed this morning that the bud was a bit bigger but didnt expect to see this!!

This was the first one I saw in Helen Dillons garden and it took my breath away! I just thought it was magnificent. Now hers are obviously a few years old and lots more of them in the container, she had them in and old bin, but they were spectactular. They dont seem to have a scent, but you know I dont mind. The colour is just fabulous and then the lily curls back when fully open!

Really looking forward to seeing the others open on this stem,it has 4 and then four more stems to come too!!

 

So exciting!!!!!

07 July 2017 08:28:17

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Being gardeners youwill all  understand I'm sure what I mean when I say my excitement levels are about at bursting point!! 

LiliEs are my favourite flower of all. Last year when I went to see Helen Dillon's garden I came across 2 huge amazing lilies she had in containers. Just gorgeous. So I googled their names and found a supplier and ordered them. Lillium Prescott Pink and Lillium Kushi Maya. These lilies have huge buds and I have 4 bulbs of each flower. Each stem has 4 huge buds too. 

So this week I noticed that L. Prescott Pink was about to burst open. On Tuesday night I photographed the bud and then all day yesterday I watched in amazement at it opening. 

Well when I say it is just beautiful and the scent off it is amazing. You literally can put your face right into the flower it's that big and drink in the aroma. I'm on cloud nine lol 

Now this morning I see others trying to open so hopefully in a few more days all four in each stem will be opened together. Also L. Kaisha Maya isn't far behind. 

This year has been the best for me so far in the garden. And this certainly tops it all!! 

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