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fraoch's Journal

fraoch's Journal June 2010

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Sweet pea

30 June 2010 20:20:32
Sweet pea

Sweet pea

My Sweet Pea came on well while I was away and they have a beautiful scent.

How the garden did while I was away

28 June 2010 20:24:08
I was afraid that some of the Petunias or other things in containers might have died of drought but luckily  almost everything survived. Everything has had a growth spurt too and as we had rain last night and this morning I had to go out when it stopped and cut back or tie back several things at the ecge of the front path--either that or get wet legs going in and out!

Heading off again

19 June 2010 22:24:56
I'm off to Kerry tomorrow for a week to do a bit of walking , weather permitting. Enjoy yourselves in the meantime!

Darker frilly poppy

19 June 2010 20:35:17
Darker frilly poppy

Darker frilly poppy

I think this one is actually more like the original one I grew a few years ago.

Another photo

18 June 2010 23:05:15
Another photo

Another photo

This is the only other angle I have.

Anyone know what this is?

18 June 2010 22:29:18
Anyone know what this is?

Anyone know what this is?

It's a bulb and has been in this container for some years that's all I can remember about it. Probably in a free bulbs collection sometime.

Yellow and blue again

17 June 2010 20:06:02
Yellow and blue again

Yellow and blue again

I put this Geranium in front of the yellow Loosestrife thinking they would make a nice contrast but the Geranium would need to be a bit taller for it to work!

Frilly Poppy

15 June 2010 19:20:40
Frilly Poppy

Frilly Poppy

I'm definitely glad I didn't pull up this self seeder.

Petunias

14 June 2010 19:52:23
Petunias

Petunias

I thought the Petunias flowers were going over very quickly so decided that they were probably getting too big for their pots so I had to move them into bigger ones. It's amazing how fast they grow once they get going. So far I have 2 red, one cerise, one cerise with a white throat, one cream. one dark purple and one lighter purple and a couple still to flower so I'm very pleased with the result.

Climbing rose

10 June 2010 20:38:31
Climbing rose

Climbing rose

I don't know the name of this rose but it is incredibly strong. It's been in the garden more than 30 years. it was cut back to almost nothing about 5 years ago but it has bounced back and stretches along my neighbour's hedge for almost 10 metres. It doesn't repeat flower unfortunately.

First "baby" flowers.

08 June 2010 20:29:59
Petunia

Petunia

Today the first of my seedlings has flowered, a Petunia as usual. I find they reallly develop fast once they get going. This is when all the pricking out and hardening off is worth it!

Geranium Splish-Splash

06 June 2010 21:38:02
Geranium Splish-Splash

Geranium Splish-Splash

I grew this from seeds that came free with a magazine a few years ago. The flowers vary , sometimes completely white or completely blue. And I have another one which seems to have only blue flowers--maybe it self seeded and reverted or something. Plants can really be amazing!

Gaura changed colour!

05 June 2010 19:27:31
Gaura changed colour!

Gaura changed colour!

Last year I bought a pale pink Gaura as a bargain and thought it had died even before the winter came. But up it came and is now flowering , but it is a mauvish-blue! Even bluer than it looks in the photo.

Plants with labels

04 June 2010 19:43:12
Plants with labels

Plants with labels

When I was away on the trip I tried to get photos of plants with their labels and have put up an album of these. Sometimes it's hard to see which plant goes with a label so apologies if there are any mistakes!

Wisley

02 June 2010 22:01:14
Wisley

Wisley

On the last day of our trip we visited the RHS garden at Wisley which was absolutely amazing. In some ways I think I enjoyed the garden visits more than Chelsea itself, they were more relaxing certainly.

Chelsea

01 June 2010 21:37:44
Chelsea

Chelsea

I know that Jacinta and Fran have covered Chelsea already but hopefully we all have a slightly different take on it so I'm putting up an album too. I must say I found it a bit overwhelming and exhausting but also fascinating. Definitely an experience not to be missed.

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