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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal

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Nice and bright

27 March 2017 20:13:23

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I wouldn't normally 'clean' my windows of the greenhouse, just usually blast the glass with the hose. But today I did a proper job. Took most of the tender potted plants outside for a breath of fresh air, and gave the glass a thorough clean. Gosh, the difference is amazing. That'll let a lot more light in. And the tenders are now snuggled back in for the night.

Had my tomato seedlings and sunflowers out today to start off the hardening process. But as tomorrows temps will be down on todays, and it won't be as sunny, I'm hoping it'll still be warm enough to continue the process.

Photo no. 2 is of Caltha palustris in the Lower Pond. As you can see it's a double. The other Caltha (photo no. 3) is in the Greenhouse Pond and looks more like a buttercup. Can anyone id it properly for me please?

F.A.O. Jacky

27 March 2017 18:06:11

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Euphorbia myrsinites is a really pretty evergreen plant. I have this planted in very little, and poor quality soil around the Upper Pond.

Dare I hope?

26 March 2017 11:18:12
Dare I hope?

Dare I hope?

About two weeks ago I cut back my Dogwood and used what I cut off as cuttings. There was the tiniest bit of spring growth as I was doing this. In the greenhouse yesterday and saw new growth on the cuttings. Should I assume that the cuttings have already taken, or was the sap starting to rise already at the time I took them?

 

Have a lovely Mother's Day, all you Mammies out there.

Cutting back.

25 March 2017 19:06:04

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Another cracker of a day in Dublin, and I'm sure almost nationwide.

At the moment I'm trying to tackle the major clutter under my pergola. Can't move around for all the abandoned pots, and planters that were stored there over the winter.

To the left of the pergola I have an Escallonia hedge that hasn't seen a secateurs in over ten years apart from cutting back the odd wayward branch or two. So, whether or not it's the right time of year, it got a major short back and sides, and Honeysuckle and Climbing Roses over the pergola. My hands and arms are in bits from thorns.

A bit unstable being up on a ladder but the job got done. The Escallonia hedge had been taking up quite a large part of a short border that I was going to change around this year. Early days yet, and lots of other stuff to organize, so we'll see.

Trillium

24 March 2017 21:23:05

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Trillium albidum has finally opened in the shady part of the garden.

Patience is my middle name!!!!!

24 March 2017 20:30:33

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Can't remember how long ago it was that ClaireE gave me some cuttings of Jasminum nudiflorum, possibly 5 yrs ago or more. I bunged them into the ground and NOTHING HAPPENED!! However, I didn't dispose of them. I've been watching them for the merest sign of growth over the years, and nothing.........that is, until now.

My next door neighbour who grows the dreaded wild garlic also has a stunning winter/spring display of delightful yellow flowers on some of the same Jasmine all along his front wall that makes me quite envious.

Ok, it's too late for me to get flowers this year. I'm only hoping that I won't have to wait too much longer though. The stems are still quite small, only about 8 inches or so. But they're very much alive as you can see.

Thanks again, ClaireE.

I hope you all had as super a day as we did in Dublin.

My favourite

23 March 2017 20:30:45

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It's not my first Camellia to flower this year - but it's my favourite. Camellia 'Wisley White' came earlier than todays one, C. 'Margaret Davis'. It's gorgeous. Smaller flowers again this year after its severe haircut two years ago, but lots more blooms about to open.

Common as muck

23 March 2017 18:31:20

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I used to think that Hippeastrums were so exotic. Still do, but since their introduction to Lidl and Aldi they have almost become as common as muck. These were purchased for a ridiculously low price in Homebase a few weeks ago (€1.80 each) and I will probably NEVER be able to resist them. Sometimes common is so beautiful!!!! And having both of them flowering simultaneously is a double whammy!

Front Weeding

22 March 2017 19:51:30

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Shocking weather here all day. So glad I spent time out in the front garden yesterday while the sun shone. Attacked all the weeds, and wild garlic in the gravel. Some wild garlic had also rooted into the cracks of the pavement outside the garden. I'll really have to let my neighbour know that it is a weed.We don't have wall dividing our gardens, so it's spreading more rampantly every year.

The small shoots are easy enough to pull out, they come out bulb and all. So I pulled what my back would allow, and then sprayed the rest with RoundUp. Thankfully it stayed dry afterwards to allow soakage. I picked the right day too as it has been raining constantly here since dawn today.

Good combo

21 March 2017 19:37:39
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Good combo

I have this Cynara carduncula (Globe Artichoke) a good few years now. But towards the end of the summer it becomes quite ungainly, with stems flopping over into the lawn. And it's very spiky so I was scratching myself as I was passing by. Didn't want little (not so little any more) David to get hurt so I got Steve to dig it up two years ago. Obviously there was some still left in the ground and it came back again last year.

It's still here this year, and looking healthier than ever. David has a bit more sense in the garden now and knows to steer clear of it. And I'm loving the combination of Erysimum 'Orange Sunset' just behind it. I reckon it's here to stay. Some yellow tulips that I took from Dad's garden two years ago will be in bloom shortly and will look good with this combination too.

Marsh Marigold

20 March 2017 19:02:01

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Did another bit of clearing of the Lower Pond today. It was a biting cold day but it needed doing badly. Delighted to see that Caltha palustris (Marsh Marigold) is beginning to open. This is in full shade all winter. And it's only today that it got about 30 minutes of sunshine. So it'll be better as the season moves on. I have another one in the Greenhouse Pond that gets full sun all year and it's still way behind.

First time

19 March 2017 18:22:43

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This is my first year with Fritillaria lutea. They only began to peep up out of the soil on 2nd March, and already they're about to flower. All they need is a couple of days of sunshine to do their thing.

I obviously didn't research them properly. I thought they'd be flowering mid-summer. But c'est la vie. They're still gorgeous, and I have no regrets.

Thriving on neglect

19 March 2017 03:06:41

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I had bought a lovely little Pieris 'Katsura' a few years ago while I was still working. But last year I neglected it badly and, slowly but surely, it wilted and died in front of my very eyes. However, as I wasn't able to do much last summer, the only consistent job I did manage was watering. This pretty Pieris had only one or two healthy looking branches left on it. And I was very reluctant to give up on it. It's now back to full health, and even flowering a small bit. The garden is getting back to looking ok this year bit by bit. And this little Pieris will have a more prominent location so I won't lose sight of it for long, and it will possibly be treated to some fresh new compost. So delighted with that.

The other day I cut back my Dogwood, and used what I cut off to root some cuttings. Just hoping it's not too late as it's just about starting to grow back now.

I took some Buxus cuttings late last year, and after ignoring them all winter, they're coming on a treat now. Thriving on neglect. I've been talking about doing a living sculpture for a few years now. I attempted to grow a Heron with some of Hazel's Hazel cuttings (or was it Willow?), which failed miserably as they were planted in too dry an area. But these little Buxus will be nursed and watched carefully until I see an obvious shape, then I'll go from there. Fingers crossed.

 

Indoors for outdoors

17 March 2017 18:40:28

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What a horrible day outside today. Typical for St. Patrick's Day. But usually the bad weather only lasts for the duration of the parades.

However, Steve and I went over to Homebase. Stocked up on some things and bought my favourite annuals - Violas and pretty red Primulas. Just happened to 'find' some flower pouches in the garage that I had bought years ago when I worked in Homebase. It's amazing what I still find out there. I had plenty to plant up two of these pouches, and some left over for a planter. Gave them a good watering, and a diluted tomato feed. Will lie them flat in the greenhouse over the next week or so, so that the roots can spread out and grip firmly into the compost. Flower pouches are good as they don't tend to swing about in gales as would a hanging basket. So they're less likely to dry out.

Also bought some tomato plants. Wish I had some of Dick's healthy ones. But c'est la vie. Will pot those on tomorrow and begin to harden them off.

 

Greetings

17 March 2017 10:39:35
Greetings

Greetings

I want to wish everyone a very Happy St. Patrick's Day. Hopefully the weather will improve as the day goes on.

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