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fraoch's Journal

fraoch's Journal September 2011

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Some cheer on a bad day

30 September 2011 13:47:42
Some cheer on a bad day

Some cheer on a bad day

Having woken up to lashing rain, I couldn't even go out dead-heading, so without much hope I had a look at my Busy Lizzy cuttings and they came up trumps, roots appearing! I'm really pleased with these as the plants that were under the trees in the back had died (drought I think) and the one in a container on the door-step wasn't much better. Still I reckoned it was worth a try and cut back the straggly stems and trimmed them and removed most of the leaves and put them in water a couple of weeks ago I think, and they've done the business. Considering that they are the descendants of one I got in a bargain container  two or three years ago, I can't complain!

My Anaphalis, for Jacinta

27 September 2011 21:23:23
My Anaphalis, for Jacinta

My Anaphalis, for Jacinta

I found a photo of mine, in and out of Michaelmas Daisies, for comparison. Actually the stems don't look as long as I thought. Maybe it's just the angle of the photos.I'd better put it in an album as you can hardly see that!

Fota Seminar

24 September 2011 19:51:07
I really enjoyed the day, Dermot O'Neill is so enthusiastic, and I hadn't seen the TV programme so it was all new to me. Brian Cross was great too, and they were both really natural, showing us plants together, and answering questions. Then we were shown the renovated greenhouses, which kept a lot of the original 19th C features, and also some of the gardens , hearing about how they were restored over the last 15 years or so. I'd say there were about 150 to 200 people there, Deborah, but I'm not very good at estimating numbers. There were a few Nurseries selling plants, and I just bought 2 different Coreopsis, although I was tempted to buy several other things, but I just don't have the space. We each got a bag of Gee-up fertiliser and some biodegradable plant ties. Altogether a lovely day.

Anyone else going to Fota Seminar?

23 September 2011 16:33:28
I 'm going to the Seminar in Fota tomorrow and just wondered if any othe ie-ers were attending or involved in plant sale or anything.

Penstemon seedling flowering

19 September 2011 19:43:30
Penstemon seedling flowering

Penstemon seedling flowering

I grew Penstemons from seed this Spring, but when they were ready to plant out I hadn't any space so left them on patio in small pots. Lo and behold one of them is flowering.

id?

18 September 2011 21:50:18
id?

id?

Anyone know the name of the wild flower in photo 7 of Inis Mór album? Tiny little flowers a bit like tiny Violas up a stem and leaves also going up stem as in photo. The whole stem probably about 3 inches.

Trip to Inis Mór

18 September 2011 20:56:07
Trip to Inis Mór

Trip to Inis Mór

We had a lovely time in Inis Mór even though we had to spend Sunday and Monday nights in Galway because of the strong winds. Not many flowers at this time of year, but we did spot this Burnet Rose.

It's hard to believe....

10 September 2011 21:00:52
It's hard to believe....

It's hard to believe....

...that I spent a good hour today cutting and tying back stuff in this bed! But at least I can get to the gate now without getting my legs soaked. Anyway I'm off to Inis Mór tomorrow...weather permitting!

Making a virtue of necessity...

09 September 2011 19:58:10
Making a virtue of necessity...

Making a virtue of necessity...

One of my Streptocarpus took a nose-dive the other day and a couple of leaves broke off, so I decided I might as well use them for cuttings.

Two free Fuchsias doing well

02 September 2011 20:02:38
Two free Fuchsias doing well

Two free Fuchsias doing well

The two Fuchsias that survived being too long in the package earlier on are now flowering good-oh! I still don't know their names, so any ideas are welcome. Sorry, one on left got cut off a bit.

Anyone know what this is please?

01 September 2011 20:51:04
Anyone know what this is please?

Anyone know what this is please?

Another lost and found story, but as well as that I can't remember the name of this! I had a hanging container for a few years that I got as a bargain; then last year the lip broke and everything in it seemed to be dead so I put it aside. A month or so ago I noticed a few green leaves and I thought it was the Fuchsia that had been in it , so I put it in a pot by itself and gave it lots of TLC. Then it put up buds and I knew it wasn't the Fuchsia, and now that it has flowers I know it was another plant that was in the container originally, but I've forgotten its name. Anyone able to help, please?

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