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Caroline killylea's Journal

Caroline killylea's Journal

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Lucifer Loot

30 April 2016 18:10:59

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Perfect day for gardening in here so started on the front border.  My initially well behaved Crocosmia Lucifer had rampaged its way around the bed so out the haul came and tidied it back to a few respectable clumps. 

In it's place I have planted 3 phlomis grown from seed so will keep you posted on how they perform.

Looking good is this cherry, bought from a market stall a few years ago.  It's rather a narrow conical shape so if anybody can tell me the variety that would be great

The sun is shining in Cavan

19 April 2016 18:51:50
Iberis and Aubrieta

Iberis and Aubrieta

Today the sun is shining and time out to inspect the garden shows the creeping buttercup and other weeds advancing at a serious pace. But hey-Ho that's Mother Nature and a least the soil is finally warming up here.  On the plus side the Iberis and aubrieta are looking good and waiting patiently alongside them but not yet flowering is the Alyssum 'Gold Ball'. Though not loved by all this plant completes a fab Spring trio for me.

A welcome return

12 April 2016 18:14:44

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Heading out this morning to feed the dogs I hear the welcome calls of the cuckoo for the first time this year in Killylea.  I always feel that Spring has truly arrived when I hear that sound and looking round the garden the perennials all are pushing up at a fast rate and it's great to see their return too. Looking forward to All the colours of summer.

 

April Fools - Not !!

01 April 2016 12:19:01
My layered pot

My layered pot

Well we are just back from Glasgow.

Thankfully we returned by boat yesterday afternoon and had a great crossing.  I would not want to be travelling today !! Thus maybe not an April fool...

What a difference a week can make.  These layered bulbs were planted late and the crocuses were just out before I left. Muscari blooming and the Daffodils though not yet opened have pushed up now with Tulips soon to follow.

What a welcome site from my kitchen window on this cold, wet miserable day

 

Nectar from our shrubs

28 March 2016 08:57:53
Nectar from our shrubs

Nectar from our shrubs

Some early flowering shrubs are grreat for the early feeders too.  This vibrnum I have growing in a pot provides evergreen interest all year round on my patio and flowers during the late winter months.  It can become a sizeable plant when grown directly in the garden soil

Early Perennial

28 March 2016 08:53:24
Pulmonaria Officionalis

Pulmonaria Officionalis

This plant has been in flower since February. 

Early nectar in Killylea

28 March 2016 08:37:03
Hellebore bought as a small plant in Lidl and thriving

Hellebore bought as a small plant in Lidl and thriving

Saw the first of the bumble bees a fortnight ago in a very cold Cavan.  I read recently somewhere that these are most likely females that have over wintered.  It highlighted for me the importance of providing nectar in the garden as early as possible.  Although it is difficult in my cold heavy clay there are a few plants that are doing great in my garden blooming from February onwards and soon my aubrieta and cherry blossom will burst into bloom

At the zoo !!

07 June 2015 23:44:26

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Took the kids to the zoo today.  While there I have to say I was very impressed with the planting and how all was so well maintained.  The African plains and Savannah are very impressive with lots of jungly bamboos and other plants that grow well in the microclimate created.  Attached are photos of a couple of guys peeping through the liberta.  This palnt is used extensively throughot the zoo and looks fab at the moment in full bloom. One to try here in the future in Cavan but I don't know if we have the climate for it.

Tattered in the wind

24 May 2015 22:29:17

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A warm spell in April saw the unfurling of the leaves on the Cornus Controversa, or Wedding Tier/Cake trees. Bought as small trees in Wicklow about 8 years ago and planted about 18 feet apart they were looking beautiful during the warm spell of weather we had in April. At over 12 foot tall now, one of them is a sad looking site with brown ,withered, scorched leaves due to the cold air and recent harsh winds.  It just goes to show the difference and importance of choosing the right planting space.  However things should get better and my sad little boy should recover soon should we ever get some decent summer weather.  In the meantime the sandals and shorts are on hold...

Caroline 

Wet,Wet Wet !!!

23 May 2015 19:41:57

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Finally a bit of a let up in the rain but my heavy clay is still very wet in the back border.  However things can only get better and planted today ar my 3 ligularia and the varigated flag iris.  Will update all in a while at how growing is coming along.  Just need to battle with the slugs meantime... If anyone has made their own garlic solution let me know how to make and what dilution rate to use thanks.  Attached are 2 photos before and after planting

Rare and Special Plant Fair

12 May 2015 14:49:07

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