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fraoch's Journal

fraoch's Journal August 2010

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Those of us who were in Chelsea...

31 August 2010 22:28:44
Those of us who were in Chelsea...

Those of us who were in Chelsea...

Did you notice that in the Subscribers newsletter with the magazine they mentioned the group from the web-site who met up on the tour?! oops, poor Bee seems to have got chopped.

Rocket

30 August 2010 19:46:17
Rocket

Rocket

Way back in the Spring I sowed rocket and it grew to about an inch and just sat there. So a few weeks ago I transplanted a few seedlings and they have really taken off! So  I decided the compost in the original container must be exhausted so today I emptied it out ,made a mixture of garden compost, soil and a small bit of the old compost and put a layer of multi-purpose compost on top and replanted the seedlings. Hopefully they will soon catch up on their brothers and sisters!

Home again

29 August 2010 18:48:45
Home again

Home again

This morning I was cycling to the airport in La Rochelle, now I'm back home,watering and dead-heading again! Lots of flowers were sorry for themselves , but I think they'll survive. The holiday went great with lots of changes of plan, lots of laughs and great variety. We stayed one night in a wooden cabin in a camp-site , a couple of nights in a beautiful 18th Century hotel and everything in between. Great scenery , wonderful skies and sunsets, and gorgeous flowers both in private gardens and public places. I've put up a few more photos in an album.

Heading off again

14 August 2010 12:27:21
I'm madly dead-heading and watering and anything else I can think of as I'm off to France for a cycling holiday, just three of us , our bikes and what fits in the panniers! We've done it the last few years and it's great crack--but definitely no plants will be bought!!

Pinky purple hibiscus

13 August 2010 20:09:25
Pinky purple hibiscus

Pinky purple hibiscus

It's definitely a purply colour, not the white and red I thought I had bought. But then I was sure I still had the label too but seem to be wrong about that too.Anyway it's lovely to have flowers at last.

Driftwood...for Fran especially

12 August 2010 21:49:25
Driftwood...for Fran especially

Driftwood...for Fran especially

Imagine what you could do with this...from today's Mail. Sorry photo didn't come out very well, but the man in it gives an idea of scale. It was washed up on the west coast of America.

Not sure about this one...

12 August 2010 19:49:05
Not sure about this one...

Not sure about this one...

I grew these stripy Antirrhinums from free seeds the last couple of years, but Im not sure if the stripy effect really suits them.

Another unusual Petunia

10 August 2010 20:09:07
Another unusual Petunia

Another unusual Petunia

This really amazed me when I saw it this morning-- on the same plant one plain flower and one with a white rim!

Petunia discovery

09 August 2010 19:45:20
Petunia discovery

Petunia discovery

I was belatedly adding water-retaining crystals to my pots of Petunias today when I noticed that some of them had tiny extra petals in the centre. It just shows there is always something new to spot in the garden.

Climb every ....bit of a hill.

08 August 2010 21:39:50
Climb every ....bit of a hill.

Climb every ....bit of a hill.

Did a lovely walk today near Glengarriff and here are a few of us at the top of the Col between Sugar Loaf and Gabhal Beag.

I wonder....

07 August 2010 20:21:45
I wonder....

I wonder....

After 4or 5 years my Hibiscus is finally showing colour, but I thought I had got a white one with red edges, but this looks very purple to me.

Another nice surprise

06 August 2010 19:35:33
Another nice surprise

Another nice surprise

I'd forgotten that I put Brachycome in my hanging basket so I was delighted to spot it today, especially as the ones in the ground seem to have given up.

Look what's appeared

05 August 2010 20:34:27
Look what's appeared

Look what's appeared

This little fellow always takes me by surprise and sure enough there it was suddenly in full flower, Cyclamen hederifolium.

Right-hand side bed in the back

03 August 2010 20:46:43
Right-hand side bed in the back

Right-hand side bed in the back

This is more or less the view from the back door at present and I'm quite pleased with it. It includes Phlox, Viola, Verbena, Dahlia, Antirrhinum, Campion, Hemerocallis, Sweet pea and Stock.

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