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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal

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Nickola

17 December 2017 18:00:41

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I'm increasingly amazed with my non-stop Nicotiana that self-seeded out in the front garden over two years ago. Photo taken on Friday afternoon, despite some recent really frosty nights and lingering throughout the day, it's still flowering. Let's hope that the babies I lifted for the back garden will be as successful as the mother plant. Maybe, for the season that's in it, I should name it Nickola. :)

I'm also still getting new blooms on my white Hydrangea.

Casualty

12 December 2017 19:38:12

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After being away from home for the last few days, I was itching to get out and have a look around. This morning has been the heaviest frost so far. All three ponds were frozen over when I got home this afternoon. Spotted one of the Shubunkins on his side in the Lower Pond. Usually at this time of year they have already gone down to the deepest part. But, as it has been so mild of late, they must be very confused with the seasons.

I poked about gently at him, ready to remove his body. But where there's life there's hope. He was still alive, but only just. He's about 7yrs old at this stage. But it looks like he's on life support. I expect him to be dead in the morning, although it's to get slightly milder. Fingers crossed as I love having fish. 

Cyclamen coum is flowering away nicely now. And it's clumping up well too. I discovered a few Dahlias in pots that I had forgotten to take into the glasshouse. They're in now so I hope it's not too late. 

Winter ramble

08 December 2017 19:44:17

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Today I had a ramble around the garden. Plenty still producing the odd flower, but my Senecio petasitis is looking really nice, despite the cold weather.

Nada, niente, ne rien.

08 December 2017 07:02:43
Nada, niente, ne rien.

Nada, niente, ne rien.

Nothing new, but absolutely the bare minimum of gardening has been done in the last few weeks. A bit of tidying, and watering in the glasshouse was about it. Dad has been my main concern and today he finally gets back to his house. It's been a long haul and having been away for the last 6 weeks, he'll have to reacquaint himself with his new home surroundings. 

It has been a big upheaval for all the family, and the only therapy I've had recently is the painting. As I've nothing much to show in the garden, I'll post a photo of my latest painting - well, it is kind of garden-related. I have my last Christmas Fair this coming Sunday and I'm winding down now. But the little boys will be taking up some time in the run up to Christmas. 

Let's hope this cold spell doesn't last too long. Keep warm.

 

They're abuzzing!

05 December 2017 20:17:56

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I noticed quite a few bees buzzing around Fatsia japonica today, while I was tidying around and giving the plants in the glasshouse a light watering. Lovely to see the bees active throughout the winter months.

Chilly weather

01 December 2017 08:50:44

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Yes, we've had it relatively mild up until the last week or so. But so surprised that I still have some Marigolds flowering. And my Rhodochiton, which normally gets moved into the glasshouse for winter, is still outside and flowering away.

Just checking

24 November 2017 18:27:46

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As mentioned in Declan's journal just now, he wasn't able to post up an album. 

I've tried to post pics of our visit to Ratoath Garden Centre showing the lovely winter colour. Sadly, it's not happening.

Let's hope this is not the beginning of the end. :(

Frosty morn

17 November 2017 21:23:01

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It was a very frosty morning here this morning. But it cleared quickly and turned into a nice bright day. I had the window and door open in the glasshouse for about two hours. I'm still bringing in bits and bobs, and shifting things around to avail of every free corner inside. I never bother to bubblewrap the glass. Instead, I generally let things just get on with it. It's mainly Pelargoniums, Begonias, Hedychiums, Cannas, and my Brugmansia.

I love Acer ribesfolium at this time of year. I have a few Acers here, and this one is always last to lose its leaves.

Mary had mentioned that my blueberries were lasting quite a long time, but looking back on last years journals I noted that my last lot were picked on 6th November, only 11 days later this year. Today was definitely the last of this years crop. But there are already new shoots growing. 

My white Hydrangea  out the front is still producing some flowers.

It's to be a cold weekend, so keep warm.

Finally

16 November 2017 18:13:02
Paddington Bear

Paddington Bear

 

At the moment I'm putting the finishing touches to a lot of my paintings in readiness for my first Christmas Fair the weekend after next. And I've had a lot of time this week as I've been suffering with a viral infection which is affecting my bronchial tubes. As a result, I haven't even been able to visit Dad who is still in hospital. 

Not getting much done in the garden at all these days, so today I just couldn't bear to have Mr. Middleton's bulbs staring hopefully at me for another day. They finally got planted. I'm bored witless at this stage. Not much, but at least it's done. And I'm feeling a bit better today.

You don't need photos of the planted up bulbs, so I'll post one of my paintings instead.

Crazy!

15 November 2017 16:54:06

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What a crazy world we live in. Walking around the locality today and had to backtrack to photograph this mad Narcissus flowering away to its hearts content. Do Narcissi not need a cold period before flowering. 

And then further down the road there was a garden with Brachycome and Petunias still in flower. I also spotted a Kerria japonica in flower.

Hosta

14 November 2017 20:03:04
Hosta

Hosta

Can't remember the name of this Hosta. But it was the only one I hadn't cut back as it was the one to last 'untouched' the longest. But it's providing me with a bit of lovely autumn colour now.

Ignore the weeds, please!

Truly amazing

13 November 2017 19:06:05
Truly amazing

Truly amazing

This is my famous self-seeded annual Nicotiana that seeded into a crack in my driveway the year before last. I am not joking, but I guarantee that if you decide to visit me any time soon, it will STILL be in flower. It has had flowers constantly over the last two years, even throughout the winter months.

I'm thinking I should erect a kind of cage around it, somewhat like what they have in Blarney Castle for poisonous plants, but only to protect it from David who likes to bring flowers for me when he visits us. It has me totally gob-smacked. I took this photo today. And the baby is doing fine potted up out in the back, also flowering.

Rodents?

10 November 2017 21:03:40
Rodents?

Rodents?

Erythronium 'Pagoda' were some of the bulbs I bought from Mr. Middleton. Today I took the time to wander around the garden. I had planted the Erythroniums almost immediately after they arrived and had them just placed in the Blueberry Bed. Today there was lots of compost scattered over the edge and obviously something has been trying to get at them in their pots. I don't think the amount of compost that has been scattered would be from something as small as a rat or mouse? And I can't see that they would be considered a delicacy by a cat. Can anyone enlighten me, please? I've topped up the compost and brought them closer to the house to keep an eye on them.

"Oh, the weather outside is....."

03 November 2017 22:02:47

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extremely mild, and it's my first time witnessing my Phlomis flowering in November, and Lavatera. 

And I'm still picking blueberries.

The garden grows regardless......

27 October 2017 03:55:41

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Life has a habit of running away on  us. I thought once the wedding was out of the way that I would have more time for the garden. Unfortunately that hasn't happened yet. One thing has led to another and the garden is looking like a total jungle at this stage. The grass is like a meadow and Holly has taken full advantage of me not having time or energy to chase her when she's doing the business so the place is destroyed. But the grass is finally getting to Steve so I'm hoping he'll do something about it this coming weekend.

I had made a start on the autumn cut-back but that didn't last long. Unfortunately Dad has taken priority in my life right now - a few health issues. Plus the work on his house still hasn't been started, but things are beginning to move now. So basically I'm living just from day to day. 

There are still some bulbs to be planted from my Mr. Middleton warehouse sale, so when I get a chance this evening, I hope to be done with that lot. One small job ticked off the very lengthy list.

Hazel alerted me to her flowering Mahonia the other day. And lo and behold my own one M. 'Winter Sun' is taking centre stage at the moment. And to think I nearly missed it. Although Mahonias are good for their long-lasting blooms. Waterlilies are still performing well and it's almost November. Mother Nature is truly amazing. My Osmunda regalis dies back very nicely with its russet tones. It's one of my favourite ferns.

 

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