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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal

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My Top Two

18 October 2017 20:16:58

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My first choice for favourite plants this year is as Hazel's, Tetrapanax Rex. Such a stunner. But before doing my homework, it was planted into my greenhouse border, where its leaves become so huge that the sunlight blocks a lot of plants underneath. As the summer progresses, I end up taking away some of the larger leaves. In truth, it was planted in the wrong place. But having been advised that if you disturb the soil around it, chances are that you'll get loads of seedlings. So for now it's staying put.

My second choice has definitely got to be Senecio petasitis, which is planted in my mini-Jurassic Border at the end of the garden. I love the velvety feel to the unusual shape leaves, and the newer growth is a lovely sight to behold.

A waiting game!

17 October 2017 21:14:09
A waiting game!

A waiting game!

Each time I post a journal, I wonder will it be my last. Looking forward to having something more user-friendly and preferrably a site that will upload photos properly, be they portrait or landscape mode, from all devices. I will always favour a laptop. It's so sad to see so few journals being posted. I think a lot of members have already given up on this site, which is a real shame.

Alstromeria 'Indian Summer' is still in full flower today, even after the bad weather.

 

Phew!

17 October 2017 18:48:27

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Well, how lucky were we here in Dublin during Ophelia's visit! I really feel for anyone who had structural damage. The worst that happened for me was that a very large planter with Eleagnus was tipped over, and luckily my untidiness in recent times meant that there was a rubbish bag right beside it and cushioned its fall.The wind was obviously blowing in the right direction. Planter intact thankfully, as it was expensive enough.

At one stage during the night I heard one of my watering cans blowing about. Nowhere to be seen today. 

But my famous Nicotiana survived those ferocious winds. It helped that there are cut-outs in the brickwork, ensuring that the winds were very much lessened. This little Nicotiana definitely deserves to be in the Guinness Book of Records, having been in flower constantly for over two years now.

An afternoon in the Botanic Gardens

15 October 2017 20:50:17

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Myself and my daughter took a trip over to the Botanic Gardens this afternoon, before the Sculpture in Context ends at the end of this week. I haven't posted any albums recently but I'll try in a few minutes.

The Gardens were very well attended, and lots of tours going on. Just want to share a couple of photos for the moment of their lovely pumpkin display in the run up to Hallowe'en.

Tomorrow morning I'll be out in the garden securing as much as possible before the arrival of Ophelia. Stay safe, everyone.

Mild Autumn

14 October 2017 21:46:00

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Isn't it smashing that so many of our summer plants are still performing well at this stage in Autumn. It's been mild, to say the least. And today was very (almost) humid. Not much time outside today, but can't believe that my Rhodochiton is still in full flower, and Didiscus that I grew from seed this year, and also Lavatera 'Blue Bird', which was one of my best buys this year.

I've done so little outside in the last few weeks that I'm really struggling to post anything of interest.

Seed grown

13 October 2017 21:40:39
Seed grown

Seed grown

This Dahlia is the only 'single' in my garden. I originally grew it from seed about 5 years ago. It's always the very last Dahlia to open for me, and very welcome coming to the end of Dahlia Season.

Spider's Web

11 October 2017 18:10:53

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Love this time of year when the pompom-like flowers of Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web' are showing.

Pinks

09 October 2017 21:52:35

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Two vivid pinks caught my eye today. Yes, I finally managed an hour or more outside at last. Loropetalum looks lovely in bloom and the flowers contrast very well with its purple foliage. Another one is this un-named Aster which is growing under my Taxus baccata.

Impatiens

08 October 2017 18:50:35

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Yes, very late indeed. But my Impatiens tinctoria is finally opening. I got this one at least 4, possibly 5, years ago by Sumjac here (Terry Smith on FB) I think! This is its first year to flower for me. Mind you, it's still in the original pot (a big one) and it has in fact rooted through the drainage holes, and into the gravel outside the glasshouse. I'd best look for a decent space in one of the borders. It's gorgeous.

Not much done

06 October 2017 08:54:41

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Lately I haven't been doing much gardening as Dad needs constant attention, and I'm also trying to get together a collection of paintings for a local Christmas Fair or two. But it's amazing to see that Nicandra 'Splash of Cream' is still flowering away, lots more to open and I've also gathered lots of seed for next year.

Still waiting for my ONE single Dahlia to open, the others are still looking really good at the moment. Mind you, they do respond very well to regular dead-heading and feeding. But the single ones are preferred by the bees as they have no difficulty in getting to the pollen. 

My half-price trailing Begonias that I bought in Homebase a while back have now started to open. They're quite an elegant one, and a soft muted mix of colour.

Is it, or is it NOT?

01 October 2017 06:13:57
Is it, or is it NOT?

Is it, or is it NOT?

A few years ago I was given a whopping great pot of Impatiens tinctoria by Terry Smith. However, I have yet to see any flowers on it, although it produces lovely healthy foliage. The other day I spotted what looked like flower buds. But as it's here a few years now, maybe something else self-seeded in the pot. Can anyone confirm that it's said Impatiens please? I had almost given up on seeing anything interesting so late in the year and having it for so long. If it IS, I can give it some winter protection.

T.I.A.

That time again.....

29 September 2017 20:44:07

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......when the grasses come into their own. Two on my best list are Cortaderia  'Splendid Star'  and Arundo donax. 

Side-tracked

29 September 2017 18:55:09

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Needed to shake the cobwebs off me today as I haven't been doing much gardening lately. So after my errands I intended to plant the remainder of my bulbs that I got in Mr. Middletons recently. Daffs, alliums, lilies still to go down.

So I started by harvesting the remaining tomatoes and pulling up the plants. Brought in a few tenders as it's getting noticeably cooler now overnight. Cut back bits and pieces to tidy the garden up a bit. I got totally engrossed and forgot about my original intention of getting those bulbs planted. They're still sitting at the patio doors. Tomorrow's another day. And the rain came down in torrents, so that put paid to the other jobs that needed attention.

Three of my 'can't do without' plants are my lovely little Polygonatum (Persicaria) that hugs the edge of my Lower Pond all summer long. I've also found that this is a great self-seeder around the garden, appearing in the gravel in the greenhouse, and self-seeding in pots and in between paving slabs.

Another one is an annual. Although, as its Mammy has already been here, and flowering non-stop for two years now, Nicotiana in the front is very dear to me. The babies that I transplanted a few weeks ago from beside the original is flowering away.

And my last one is French Marigolds. I think these are 'Sunset Mixed' which were sown from seed this year. Still lots more blooms yet to open. And today I collected loads of seeds of same.

 

Fruit

24 September 2017 22:41:30

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It's great to be still picking lots of blueberries daily. I'll be doing it for at least another three weeks. They haven't even been bothered by the birds despite the lack of netting. It's never been as good as this year.

Boston Ivy

24 September 2017 06:46:09
Boston Ivy

Boston Ivy

Last year after surgery, I took a brave step and decided to get rid of my car. I needed encouragement to get walking more often. I'm lucky in that I live in an area that is pretty central to all my needs. The only real drawback is that I can't nip over to Homebase to fill a trolley with compost and plants when the impulse arises.

I walk every day, and always take my camera with me. This garden has Boston Ivy planted all around one wall of a corner garden, and it makes for a stunning spectacle, which I look forward to at this time of year. You miss so much beauty when you're concentrating on traffic, and pedestrians. Life in the 'slow lane' CAN be good!!!

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