23 May 2013 11:35:12
Arrived this morning, long before I had finished readind the May issue. As usual, I went to Rachel's article and I could do nothing but laugh. I do the same myself. When I am on my way to get at a certain part of the garden I see something which requires attention. I suppose many of us are like this but I never suspected that Rachel would be in this catagory:) So many articles in it.
22 May 2013 18:11:02
What is this plant
I got the seeds of this plant from a member in Johnstown, last year. It is now well established in the front at the side of the lawn. Who gave me the seeds and what is the name of the plant?
21 May 2013 23:36:21
Over the last few days, mainly due to other comitments, I got very little done in the garden. Friday, at the Country Market, where I sold a mere two tomato plants, then in the afternoon, a meeting. On Saturday due to a Confirmation of a grandnephew, in Kildare, again nothing, Sunday was a dies non as usual. On Monday I got a bit done, plenty weeds along the drive sprayed and dahlias planted out. To day the morning was taken up by meals and wheels so in the afternoon, I took out the mower to tackle the lawn (a big one). The grass had really grown and should have been mown a few days earlier. I wasn't long mowing and enjoying the sunshine when the cable on the mower refused to do the work. Was I going to get it done at all? Well the mower was put into the back of the car and taken to the building where it would be repaired. I was informed that it would be an hour and a half before it would be ready, so I got at other aspects of the garden. Some edging was carried out on a flower bed and some Pelargoniums planted there. eventually, I went and collected the mower. The mower was ready at 4 p.m. It was emptying twice as often as normal as the work went ahead. Eventually by five I decided to call it a day, partly due to the extra work with the mower and also due to the temperature. Part of the lawn has yet to be done but I should get that done to morrow. Despite the fact that I had sweated a lot, I enjoyed the day. I entered the greenhouse and the temperature inside! The heading may remind people about the Tornado in Oklahoma. God rest those who suffered and died. Sorry, no photos this time.
19 May 2013 20:52:58
Can Some One Name this Flower
I have this flowering plant for years but don't know the name.
16 May 2013 12:07:11
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Here is the greenhouse, a small one but capaple of growing tomatoes, bedding plants, cacti, and a vine. Note the bubblewrap.
15 May 2013 20:38:44
Two former colleagues of mine, Una and Jim arrived about 11.30 a. m. I had offered them some tomato plants. They come about this time every year. We had a great chat over a cup of tea and some cake supplied by Una. We visited the greenhouse and sampled the grapes. It is interesting that before when they called and my vine was not developed, I put some false grapes on the vine. This time they were real grapes and nobody complained about the flavour.
13 May 2013 23:03:10
I have tried in the past growing Pieris in my front garden without success. The plant didn't really die but was not doing well. I have known for some time that it is an acid loving plant and my place is limestone. I tried again, planted it in a new area, gave it plenty of peat and fed it from time to time with Siquestron. Now I have known for some time that this chemical binds up the calcium. During the week I found that it was doing well.
11 May 2013 17:56:30
Everywhere I go the place is infested with Dandelions. I wonder what is the reason. Isn't it interesting that the Dandelion has a big double flower similar to Kerria japonica Pleniflora. I have a big hedge of Kerria at the front and am very pleased with it. I have given some to members but as regards the Dandelion, we all want to get rid of it. Thursday week, another member asked me over the phone how to get rid of the Dandelion. I told her that a selective weed killer would do it. I met her that day in Woodies where we chose one of these herbicides. I was looking for a total weedkiller that would get rid of grasses and weeds and of course, I got it.
09 May 2013 19:10:01
This Hippeastrum is the same one I showed only different. The earlier flower stalk gave four flowers. Then two more stalks came up and four flowers on each. This means that while I have eight flowers at present, I have had twelve in all.
08 May 2013 12:02:05
Old Trunk Lies on Ground
You all remember December 2010 where the sub zero temperatures were recorded. I had three Cordylines all hit by the Arctic conditions but fortunately all three gave shoots at the base and are coming on very well. Yesterday, I pressed on the trunk of one tree, that was, and to my satisfaction it moved and I pulled it out. There are about five young plants. The system looks good now. Would anybody suggest that I may divide them and leave just on in that place and put the others elsewhere. I tried out the other two Cordylines. One is showing decay at the top, the other firm and immovable as a rock.