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28 July 2010 22:26:57
Rose 'Claire Austin'
He is soooo cute and I love him really, but.......................
Came back from Dublin last night and this evening went for the 'walk around the estate'(!) and was just trying to decide where to plant last weeks purchases when I became aware of some change in the Iinner Circle. It took a minute to work out what had changed but then I saw it!
I think I mentioned in the spring having nearly discarded a Raphiolepis del. 'Coates Crimson' that looked very dead, when I discovered a new shoot growing near the base. I left the little shrub in place and gave it some TLC and it rewarded me with a few very health new shoots. Well, this evening they have all disappeared, just the bare stem left.
I hate to say it but Im afraid that cute little hare has been visiting in my absence! The question is-can I forgive him? Or will there be hare soup on the menu?????
24 July 2010 21:00:13
When I went out to the garden this evening a young hare was in the Shrub Border and on seeing me made his way through to the wilderness so I got out the camera and to my surprise he was still grazing happily in the Wilderness. I didnt dare go any closer so if you zoom-in you might just see him. Later in the evening a parent went through but didnt hang around!
Ps Have added to July Album and Roses
24 July 2010 16:03:11
After a dull drizzly morning I decided to treat myself to a little retail therapy- of the Garden Nursery type. What else?!!
After visiting 2 Nurseries I came back with 5 new plants for €45. What else could you buy for that money that is going to give such long-lasting pleasure.
Prunus incisa 'Kojo-no-mai'; Vaccinium vitis-idaea Koralle Group; Hosta 'Snowflake';
Zenobia pulverulenta 'Blue Sky'; And an Arum with purple centre.
If anyone knows any ...reason why I should not plant the afore mentioned, speak now or forever hold your peace!!!!!!!!!!!!
23 July 2010 22:55:01
Angel's fishing Rod!
Weather was lovely this afternoon when I got home from work so I decided to get some work done in the garden. Deadheaded and weeded the front and southfacing borders and run the hoe over any bare earth and must say it makes all the difference. Hoping for a nice day tomorrow so I can do the shrub border and then to the Inner Circle. Funny how work in the garden is something to look forward to, isnt it?
21 July 2010 15:07:14
Lythrum salicaria Robert
I see from the ad. that Deborah is extoling the benifits of spiky plants in the garden in The Irish Garden mag. and I agree, they do add that lift to the border. This is Lythrum salicaria Robert. Planted in this border last year (another in Wilderness) and Im very pleased with the effect. I bought a new one called "Blush" at Hampton Court Show but will have to wait until hext year for flowers.
Have added more photos to July and Roses albums
20 July 2010 22:04:56
Sunset 10pm 20/7/10
Just taken this picture! beautiful sunset.
20 July 2010 12:12:17
A Shropshire Lad
No house should be without a lad like him! The first bloom to open on my David Austin rose "A Shropshire Lad" !!. I'm delighted!
19 July 2010 17:47:45
This Hydrangea was grown on from one given to my mother for Mother's Day years ago and it has kept this lovely deep pink/red colour. I do add a little lime in the spring to help keep the colour as the soil is quite acidic.
Had a great day here until around 4pm when heavy rain arrived, but that has now cleared and the sunshine has returned. (however I did promise myself that Id do some housework!) But earlier I did a big tidy-up on the 'nursery' area, emptied pots where the occupant had died or never came to life(!!!) and now have room for a new season of 'Trying'!!!
Took cuttings of H.Annabelle, Escallonia Ivyii', and Mahonia 'Charity' and they are now potted up. Maybe the will be on the Plant Stall next year! "Hope springs eternal....."!
Now to the housework?????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
17 July 2010 21:36:02
Hydrangea arboresens 'Annabelle'
this is Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'. In my humble opinion, one of the best Hydrangeas there is. It has such a long period of interest, from it first starts to form its flowers-going from small pale green and steadily growing larger and creamy, then white. You will be able to see what I mean from this photo. The flowers will comtinue to expand and can be as big as a football!
16 July 2010 23:05:02
I have added some more photos to both my Roses Album and my July Album! Sorry one or two' lying down'!!
- two tired to correct! hAVE SPENT AGES TRYING TO MAKE LISTS OF ALL MY PLANTS, MUCH STILL TO DO!
16 July 2010 15:29:05
Hemerocallis 'Black-eyed Susan'
At present I have 3 different Day Lillies in good bloom!A few days ago I put up a pic of Strawberry Candy. Today it is 'Black-eyed Susan' the other I dont know the name but it is a lovely soft buttery yellow. will add some more pictures to my July album tonight if time permits!
14 July 2010 22:36:22
My Bird Bath!
I know, I know it is ridiculous really to be so pleased about such a simple thing but I am!!!!!!
I bought this Bird bath at our local garden centre after having looked at it on at least two visits! Price was right:€29.95 - but the 'dish' just had a short bolt going through it that was supposed to go into a hole in the pedestal but the said hole was much too shallow and the top of the pedestal was very uneven!(You will understand that the whole thing is molded concrete).
A visit to the local DIY was called for and there I was advised that a special adhesive was available that would stick cement together!€8!
After some thought I purchased adhesive and then Bird Bath! Then paid a visit to a friend who has a drill and we made the hole deeper! Today was the day to assemble it, which had to be done in situ as too heavy to move afterwards.
All I can say is I hope the birds are as pleased as I am!
14 July 2010 22:11:32
Rachel, I am just delighted with the Heleniums that you gave me! All are now in bloom. My favourites are Waltraut and Moerheim Beauty, but the yellow one is good too. So thanks again for all these plants!
03 July 2010 16:21:04
Hemerocallis 'Strawberry Candy'
Just thought I would let you all know the results of my Open Garden as you were all so encouraging and kept me at it when energy flagged!
Yesterday I was able to post a cheque to Fields of Life for their Well Drilling Project in Uganda, which was my chosen Charity. The amount? :€1,845!
It made all the hard work, both mine and those who helped, very worh while.
Thanks to all who encouraged me!
02 July 2010 18:38:34
This is the first of my heleniums, given by Rachel, to bloom. rachel I love the colour and wonder if you can give me the name of the variety? The others are ready to open too.