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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

I had decided to take out some hardy geranium to plant my bargain Hebe and discovered the ground was dry and hard. then the rain came which helped, but in the meantrime I decided that I should move some white daisies that were at the edge and kept leaning out onto the path ( not nice when wet!) into the middle and put the Hebe at the edge.

So yesterday I dug out the daisies--harder than I thought needless to say--and went to get compost. filled the wheel-barrow which hadn't been used for yearsand then discovered it had a flat tyre. Anyway managed to bring it round, put it on and forked it over.

Getting tired at this stage but put in some of the daisies and the Hebe. Does anyone else find that when you dig things out they seem to multiply hugely? So I cut off the top growth and stuck them in a bag to give to friends.

 Time for lunch and then off for walk and swim and handed out the daisies which were accepted gladly.

At least I have some space left now for bulbs or...? No photo as too exhausted and not very exciting anyway.

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
When I got home from the hlos last week the back grass was amazing. Up near the house it had grown quite a bit and was fine and green but down under the overhang of the trees it was really short and like straw. I cut it this morning before the rain came and between the rain the other night and today you'd hardly notice any difference between the two parts now.

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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