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fraoch's Journal

fraoch's Journal September 2010

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Plastic greenhouses??

28 September 2010 20:26:15
Plastic greenhouses??

Plastic greenhouses??

I patched up my plastic greenhouse the other day- I think a pigeon must have landed on it and made a hole in the roof. Then I started to wonder what they are really useful for? I thought last year that I could overwinter plants in it, but they are definitely not frost proof. At the minute it has some empty pots , a ball of string and a broken bucket! Any ideas?

Rocket takes off!

23 September 2010 19:47:55
Rocket takes off!

Rocket takes off!

The rocket that I replanted into better compost on 30 Aug has really taken off and Im able to eat it now!

Derrynane

21 September 2010 20:13:56
Derrynane

Derrynane

I was away for a few days --yes again!!--in Derrynane . We did some nice hill walks and were very lucky with the weather. Going through the grounds of Derrynane House I spotted these fantastic tree ferns. There were actually loads more, the photo doesn't do them justice.

Enterprising Montbretia!

13 September 2010 20:03:02
Enterprising Montbretia!

Enterprising Montbretia!

I was clearing out some Montbretia this morning. It's gorgeous in ditches in West Cork but not really suitable for small gardens. Last year I found some that had grown up through two plastic bags full of leaves which were turning into leaf mould. But today I found one growing through a rock!! I'm not sure if there was a hole in the rock which it just found or if it actually bored through it!

Diascia appears unexpectedly

11 September 2010 22:19:27
Diascia appears unexpectedly

Diascia appears unexpectedly

When I saw this first I thought it was a particularly good bit of Lobelia, but then I remembered that I had put a Diascia (a last year's bargain) in the hanging basket when I was doing it at the beginning of the summer. I thought it had died and then totally forgot about it!

What are these?

11 September 2010 19:39:45
What are these?

What are these?

Spotted these in the garden and wondered what they are. I have a horrible feeling they could be slugs eggs?

Spiders

10 September 2010 19:50:30
Spiders

Spiders

Saw a couple of spiders with webs in the garden this morning. I couldn't make out if this guy had caught something or if it was just a bit of dirt had blown against his web.

Small job that kept growing.

09 September 2010 20:12:50

Not too bad after the rain

07 September 2010 19:57:34
Not too bad after the rain

Not too bad after the rain

A small bit bedraggled, but the Phlox and Asters don't look too bad after the rain.

Grass greening already

05 September 2010 20:00:01

getting the bargains planted

04 September 2010 21:19:10
getting the bargains planted

getting the bargains planted

I managed to get the Potentilla planted the other day and also put in a couple of Helenium Autumn Lollipops that I grew from seed earlier but hadn't yet found a home. The rain came last night so they should be nicely settled in. I started taking out some of the pink Geranium too to make some space for the Hebe.  The ground in the front garden was as hard as a rock when I started digging it over. Hopefully the rain will have helped. The day was so lovely here that a few of us went for a cycle and had a swim as well so the garden had to take a back seat.

Bargains and where to put them

02 September 2010 19:57:00
Bargains and where to put them

Bargains and where to put them

Dropped into Woodie's the other day for a look and came away with three plants from the reduced rack--Primula Quaker Bonnet(mauve), Hebe Champagne( white tinged with pink) and Potentilla Manchu (white) , 2, 2 and 2.99. In total I saved 18 euro off original price. Then today I started looking round my already crowded garden for somewhere to plant them. The Primula said moist shade, so I spotted a space in a bit of ground that had appeared a few months ago when I binned a plastic bag full of weeds that had been sitting there for years and had killed the grass underneath. Dug that over, added some compost , watered it and planted the Primula. Then at the other side of the garden I spotted another bare patch where a wallflower had spread out over the grass and what was left of the grass was dying of drought so I decided that would be nice for the Potentilla so I dug out the remaining grass and weeds, composted and watered. By then I was hungry and exhausted so I decided to let the space settle before planting. I think I'll have to dig up some of a pink hardy Geranium in the front to make a space for th Hebe. I wonder why I give myself these problems??! By the way I got a lovely mauve pot with the Primula too!

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