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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal

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Productive Day

23 April 2017 20:32:10

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Went around like a madwoman today with the trowel and secateurs. Got so much weeding done, and cut back old fronds of Asplenium scolopendrium and other ferns. Also cut off the lower leaves of a big Phormium. It was getting impossible to get in around other plants without being cut to shreds. Also dead-headed my lovely Wallflowers, pulled out old stems of Montbretia, and dead-headed a lot of my Tulips now that the petals are beginning to fall.

I finally finished the power washing. Thank God, that's done now. I can start having fun in the garden. I used the power washer on the outside of the greenhouse too.

Weeded my Costa de la Hosta, and have the copper interwoven between the hostas. There seems to be a lot more slugs and snails around this year so I've also scattered a few slug pellets just to be sure. 

I want BLUE!!!!

23 April 2017 19:46:26

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Amongst an order placed with Heritage Bulbs last Autumn were a number of Allium caeruleum. They're supposed to be blue, but they're looking awfully like wild garlic. Like I don't already have enough of that thug in the front garden.

Bits and pieces

22 April 2017 20:50:34

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A lot of 'pottering' was done outside today. Bit miserable here, cooler than recently and very dull and drizzly late afternoon.

Just looking at my newly-acquired Narcissus 'Green Eye'. A bit insipid for my liking, so they'll get planted out in the front for next year I think.

My favourite plant in the garden at the moment has got to be my Tree Peony. Love its unopened buds, and the foliage is just reaching for the stars.

A few seeds sown now, and tonight I sowed some pepper seeds from supermarket-bought ones. Only doing what I know we will use ourselves.

Blue? or White?

22 April 2017 08:18:40

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Discovered these growing happily away in the front garden the year before last and I decided to leave them be to see if they would multiply. They have done so. But as I'd never seen WHITE bluebells before maybe they are hybrids. They are growing alongside some of the blue native ones, which I want to keep. Am I taking a risk of them hybridising and drowning out the native ones?

Disappointing outing

21 April 2017 22:08:41

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Today I decided to take a trip out to the newly-opened Avoca Store in Clonee, previously Plantagen. I was sorely disappointed with their selection of plants. Very run-of-the-mill. At least 1/3 of their plants had come in UNLABELLED and with no prices on them. Others were just labelled as 'ornamental plants'. Now what good is that. Really turned me off spending. I even put back a Mecanopsis on the shelf. I've had the same one before and lost it. Wasn't prepared to spend a tenner on something iffy.

But I did get myself a pretty Epimedium and a different Crassula.

Phlox

21 April 2017 07:43:40

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This lovely little Phlox started life in the Alpine Circle. Over the years it came up less and less. Then all of a sudden I discovered that it had travelled across the grass and self-seeded on the mini island in the Greenhouse Pond.

It has come on even better in this area. The Alpine Circle had great drainage and full sun, conditions that they like. But there is actually very little soil on the mini island and I've never seen it looking so good. It looks great with the single Caltha palustris in the pond too.

Noise pollution

20 April 2017 19:46:01

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A family day today, with my grandson and my Dad. Before David went home though, he had to plant up two identical planters with some Violas that I had lying around. Job satisfaction written all over his face, bless him!

When he went home, I continued the power washing. But I suspect my next door neighbour wasn't overly-enamoured by the noise of it. They went back inside and shut their door loudly. Hmmmmm. I do understand. But it means that it'll have to taken out again until the job is complete. Hopefully tomorrow, as I'm having a 'Me' day. I've now edged the lawn/paving to create a small gully to help drainage. That's why it's taking so long. 

Worth its weight in gold

19 April 2017 19:22:44

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I planted this in the front garden about 5yrs ago when it had a complete make-over. Didn't realise how well this little shrub would do. At the moment it's absolutely COVERED in pure white blooms. Has a delicious gentle scent too. It's funny but David never remarked on it until today. He came bursting in with the news that I had a gorgeous shrub in my front garden that 'smells positively divine' (his own words). :)

It was a bit of a miserable day here today.

Stymied

19 April 2017 11:12:54

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This looks awfully like a Ricinus coming up. Or could it actually be Veratrum (as labelled on the pot)? I thought I lost that last year and I use pots over and over. But I'd never chance a Ricinus seed to germinate outdoors.

Starting a Santa List

18 April 2017 19:38:39

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Yea, it's starting early this year.

Today I attempted to power wash the patio, and yard just in front of the patio doors. I am still using a very old PowerWasher that Dad gave me years ago, and in reality, I need a new one. I'd say this is about 15yrs old and bought in Aldi. It did the job fine for Dad, but there's got to have been a vast improvement on the performance of these power tools over the years. So please forgive me for starting my Santa list early.

Have cuts and grazes all over my arms and hands from the other day, my neck and shoulder is very painful from lifting and moving around heavy planters yesterday. The Power Washer relies on a strong grip on the trigger, so now I've cramps in my hands.

I gave up after nearly three hours, and it's only half done. All planters and patio furniture are still on the grass. Wee Davey is due for a sleepover tomorrow. If he sees the PowerWasher out, he'll want to do it. Maybe when he's 16?  LOL So the rest will have to wait until he's gone home on Thursday.

Feeling tired and very old tonight. But hey, my day was lit up afterwards when I noticed my Geranium 'Mourning Widow' open its first flower of the year. Happy Days!

 

 

Pretty

18 April 2017 06:50:21

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Just posting these three photos because I think they're really pretty.

The first is one of my many Hostas coming up beside the Lower Pond, with a backdrop of Caltha palustris 'flore pleno', the second is a close-up of the same Caltha. And the third is a single Caltha palustris, for which I have no name, in the Greenhouse Pond. The 'single' gets full sun. It's lovely even when it starts to lose its petals.

Time management

17 April 2017 20:56:14

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Didn't get as much time outside today as I wanted. I now have the tomatoes in their final pots (I keep my tomatoes in the greenhouse).

Potted up some reduced Kniphofias that I got in Homebase last week.

The water level of the dreaded 'Cave Pond' has dropped even further. But that just can't get sorted this year with Steve working away, and the wedding. Some nice Irises in this pond and the level had dropped below them. They have also outgrown their baskets which I thought were large enough when planting them. I don't think larger baskets are available anywhere. Anyway, they're now being held in the Upper Pond until repair work is carried out in the distant future. On a few occasions I have been tempted to just order 4 tonnes of topsoil and fill the whole lot in. But..........I would probably only regret it.

Delighted to see 'Solomon's Seal' open today.

Buzzing around!

17 April 2017 20:16:30

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Even though the flowers from my blueberries haven't quite opened yet, it didn't stop the bees from trying to extract some early nectar all day.

Last year, the blueberries were in the Acid Quadrant - neutral soil with an annual top-dressing of ericaceous compost. However, when the fruit was harvested last Autumn, they were all planted into the raised bed that Steve and Wee Davey made for them, with 100% ericaceous soil. So it'll be interesting to compare this years crop with last years.

White

17 April 2017 18:49:50

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A few years ago I took in a full delivery of Forget-Me-Nots in work. But when filling up the shelving I spotted just ONE pack of white. I hadn't even seen white before.

So as I was in the right place at the right time I bought the solitary pack of white. But over the years their numbers have decreased dramatically. So I was delighted to see these ones opening in the last few days.

Alstromeria

17 April 2017 07:14:46
Alstromeria

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A. 'Indian Summer' is now beginning to open. It's amazing how early everything is this year.

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