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fraoch's Journal

fraoch's Journal April 2010

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My last Amaryllis

30 April 2010 11:30:48
My last Amaryllis

My last Amaryllis

These are my last to flower, a second flower stalk on Minerva which is new to me this year and the plain red one which must be 8 or 9 years old by now.

My garden

29 April 2010 19:19:53
My garden

My garden

I didn't do an album of the garden when I started on the site as I hadn't discovered how to upload photos so here it is belatedly. Have put up album now.

My small daff

28 April 2010 19:35:31
My small daff

My small daff

I was looking at Rosburke's tiny daff earlier so decided to take a photo of my small one. Not quite as small as hers I think.

One of my favourites

27 April 2010 20:37:01
One of my favourites

One of my favourites

The first of the Cornflowers is blooming. They are definitely one of my favourites, between the colour, the frilly shape and the fact that summer is on the way when they are in flower.

Hanging Container

25 April 2010 20:08:22
Hanging Container

Hanging Container

I planted up some of my seedlings into my hanging container the other day, Asters , Brachycome and Lobelia. They're all still tiny and a couple of the Brachycome have given up the ghost already. Still I have lots more of them!

Garden finds

24 April 2010 20:13:31
Garden finds

Garden finds

While I was doing a bit of weeding today I found some of last year's plants I grew from seed,  a Hollyhock and these ones which are either Verbena or Verbascum. Even last year I wasn't sure! They look a bit eaten but seem to have some new growth so here's hoping!

Streptocarpus

21 April 2010 20:26:15
Streptocarpus

Streptocarpus

The first of the Cape Primroses is in flower. I think this is maybe earlier than usual, I associate them with May. Also all my mauve leaf cuttings have put up a new leaf and one of the white ones also, so things are really moving at last!

Eden project tulip

20 April 2010 21:16:58
Eden project tulip

Eden project tulip

A group of us visited the Eden Project in Cornwall a couple of years ago and after participating in some activity we were each given a tulip bulb. Here is mine in flower now and it has a couple of buds as well.

Sweet pea planted

17 April 2010 20:33:29
I got tired of the sweet pea flopping all over the place and planted most of them today. Hopefully they will climb up the post of the clothes line. I had to plant them a few together as they had intertwined a bit. Just hope we don't get bad frost or something!

Tree survived

16 April 2010 23:06:31
Tree survived

Tree survived

Just noticed the other day that my tree that lost two branches in the gales earlier on is flowering! It does look a bit odd but who cares?

Gains and losses

15 April 2010 22:32:44
Gains and losses

Gains and losses

I've been lucky compared to lots of people as I didn't have many losses but the Pelargonium that was in this pot is dead I think. On the other hand I have a Cornflower that seeded itself, an Agastache (Hyssop), and several Tanicetum seedlings--they have loads of small daisy-like flowers. So it really is a case of swings and roundabouts!

Seedlings!

12 April 2010 22:12:47
Did some more separating today--trouble is they take up MORE space then! Roll on the time we can plant them all out and by then I should have my widening of the flower bed finished, did another bit today too.

Irish Times mention

11 April 2010 21:16:44
I noticed that Jane Power gave the site a mention in her article yesterday.

Mini-project

10 April 2010 19:56:59
Mini-project

Mini-project

Got some work done on my project to widen part of a flower bed. I put plastic and carpet on the grass at the start of the winter and took some of it off today, removed the moss etc and dug it over. Also had to clear out the weeds at the edges and try to curve the end. I know most of you would have done this much before breakfast but I can only do so much at a time and tomorrow is another day. I'll put up a few photos.

Things are happening...

09 April 2010 21:14:35
Things are happening...

Things are happening...

Things are really happening in the garden now. After being away for a week I see lots of changes, the Kerria is in flower, there are buds on the Lily of the Valley (Convallaria) and on the Dicentra (Bleeding Heart) and the grass needed to be cut. Luckily I had petrol for the mower and it started without too much trouble even though I hadn't had it serviced. I also got some seedlings separated out and put them all out to get used to the big world! Roll on summer!

Happy Easter everyone!

01 April 2010 10:53:34
Happy Easter everyone! I'm off to Kenmare for a week--hope the weather improves! Enjoy whatever you are all doing.

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