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Jacinta D's Journal

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Brugmansia still going strong!

23 June 2017 08:28:32

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I've had this Brugmansia about 4 years now. But this year, what with everything else going on, I've kind of neglected it, just giving it plenty of water and one feed so far. But yesterday I spotted two flower buds. Happy Days!

Aruncus

22 June 2017 22:28:29

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Aruncus is looking exceptionally well in my mini Jurassic Border at the moment, and in particular in the second photo against a shady background.

Lack of variegation

22 June 2017 02:48:18
Rosa 'Best Wishes'

Rosa 'Best Wishes'

How would a Rose with variegated leaves revert to green, could anyone tell me. That has been the case with my Rosa 'Best Wishes'. Apart from its gorgeous two-tone flowers, it was the variegated leaves that finally sold it to me a few years ago. I'm a bit puzzled by this one.

It's still such a pretty rose though.

Plant Id Please

21 June 2017 04:47:19

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When Gretta and I visited Mary and Paddy two years ago, I was kindly given this little plant by Mary. The only gap in my borders at the time was down beside my Eupatorium 'Joe Pyeweed'. Rather a silly place for it as we all know how large Joe grows. However, I spotted it yesterday and the only thing I can think of is a Sisyrinchium. Maybe Mary can confirm please.

It's a cute little thing, and as soon as it has gone over it will be relocated to a more suitable spot before Joe Pyeweed smothers it completely.

Pond life

20 June 2017 20:21:35

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I always get such a kick out of spotting Dragonflies/Damselflies. I have been rather too busy with family commitments recently. So I finally got to see my first one today hovering over the greenhouse pond. I think it's a male Blue-tailed Damselfly.

Contrast

19 June 2017 20:12:25

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Minimal tasks carried out in todays heat. Mainly watering and feeding, cutting back straggly branches of Camellias and dead-heading Lupins. Then I discovered some seedlings that needed potting on badly - Nicandra 'Splash of Cream', Cosmos, Nigella 'African Queen' and Didiscus 'blue something or other. 

These two plants make a nice contrast.

Sun!

19 June 2017 07:45:21

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It's already another scorcher out there now. Hoping to get some decent jobs done after lots of essentials. And if I can't take the heat, there'll always be ANOTHER pond to dip into. Gladiolus 'Prinz Claus' is opening now.

Have a lovely day, everyone. And take care in the sun.

 

Hot!

18 June 2017 21:50:53

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Wow, that was a hot one today. Steve managed to get the grass cut. Actually, we did it between us. Five minutes each before perspiring to the point of dehydration. 

Afterwards I decided the nicest job of all was to get into the greenhouse pond to do a bit of cleaning. Looking much better now. It worked wonders at reducing my body temperature too  and it was a lovely feeling having the frogs wriggling around my feet very happily. While I was in there, I cut back Phlomis in the greenhouse border, dead-headed Hemerocallis and pulled up lots of Briza maxima.

Most of the garden got a good hosing, as did everything in the greenhouse (and that was after dampening down the paving twice before that).

Dianthus

17 June 2017 21:43:37

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Dianthus season is fast approaching. A couple of really pretty ones starting to open now. The ones that David took cuttings of two or three years ago are looking so healthy. But not enough blooms to warrant a photo just yet. Great plant for youngsters to start off with. 

But my favourite to date has got to be this sweet little one, D. 'Coconut Sundae'. And they smell divine.

Let's create journals, however insignificant they may seem to you! Others may find them interesting.

Callistemon

16 June 2017 20:23:36
Callistemon

Callistemon

While out on a quick walk yesterday I spotted a yellow Callistemon. Haven't ever seen a yellow one before. Very pretty.

Leptospermum

15 June 2017 06:26:06

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Leptospermum flowers through Spring and is usually finished just before summer starts. This one threw out sporadic flowers throughout the winter and I thought that that was great. But it has flowered its socks away since January.

It just hasn't stopped producing its eye-catching, dainty flowers, and doesn't look as if it's any way ready to give up just yet. And I wouldn't mind, but I haven't added ANY ericaceous compost to this bed so far this year, as most of the shrubs/plants in this area were due to be moved to a better location. Doesn't look like it will happen this year either, but why fix what's not broken. I have never seen it look so good.

Sanguisorba

14 June 2017 04:43:15

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Normally half-way through the growing season I realise that I should have staked this lovely Sanguisorba. But with so much going on in the past few weeks, I never got around to it. But I've never seen it looks so good. I think it looks way more natural letting it do what it does best, and free as a bird.

Confined to barracks now for a few days as I had a surgical procedure done yesterday and can't wash my hair for ten days. Might be making my own bandanas out of tea-towels yet. LOL

Sisyrinchium

13 June 2017 20:32:43
S. 'Biscutella'

S. 'Biscutella'

A little Sisyrinchium that Mary kindly gave me a couple of years ago starting to open now.Thanks again, Mary.

Holly id please?

12 June 2017 21:44:36

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I bought this little shrub a good few years ago in Atlantic Homecare, and it was only labelled as Ilex (Holly). No variety given on the pot. But that's sometimes how things go. It lived in its original pot for a couple of years. But it finally got planted out about three years ago. It was only about 1ft tall in the beginning. Now it's standing at roughly 4ft now.

But this is the first year that I've noticed flowers on it. At a quick glance it looks a bit like a Rhododendron. The flowers don't have a great scent, but the bees are loving it. Can anyone suggest what variety of Ilex it may be?

Cephalaria gigantica

11 June 2017 11:30:50
Cephalaria gigantica

Cephalaria gigantica

I bought this plant a few weeks ago while visiting a garden centre in Sligo. Didn't believe it would get to the height that the owner had told me, as the foliage has remained very low. It's in a big planter that I had my Dad's Daffs in, and the flower is about 3ft tall or more, and a few more on the way. Dead impressed as with all these recent high winds, it still remains strong and unbroken.

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