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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal April 2010

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Aquilegia

30 April 2010 22:23:16
Aquilegia

Aquilegia

This is one of my favourite Aquilegias ' Winky Blue'.

Deborah, Maybe You Can Help!

30 April 2010 21:58:56
Deborah, Maybe You Can Help!

Deborah, Maybe You Can Help!

Deborah, don't know if you have seen my photos of this mystery plant I have in my garden. So far, nobody has come up with anything that might convince me of its identity. Maybe you can help. It stands at about 24-30 inches. Same in spread. No sign of a flower, leaves almost glaucous. Growing on one stem, which is almost like the trunk of a young cordyline, much softer leaves though.

Tom Thumb (as Big as That)

30 April 2010 20:55:41
No bigger than my thumb

No bigger than my thumb

Mad in work. Got home and finally planted the last 2 lots of sweet pea.

My record for seed-sowing this year has once again almost ended in embarrassment. Almost! I may have lost so many seedlings. But I never gave up on the last few. Ok my toms are tiny, but still are looking healthy.

I have a little pot of Malope doing well, and Reseda odorata (Mignonette), Marigolds. Brachycome to be potted on, and lupins.

Tomatoes that have FINALLY put on their 2nd set of leaves are

'Tumbling Tom, red' (5 seedlings)

'Roma' (2)

'Marmande' (3)

'Garden Pearl' (12)

'San Martano' (1)

'Rozovy Titan' (1)

Sweet pepper (3)

Cucumber 'Crystal Apple' (4)

Gherkins (4)

Melons (4)

These seedlings are really really tiny. But I feel really grateful to them for sticking with me until now. Homefully tomorrow after work, I will pot these on. They are still only in the tiny Aldi pots.

A few new plants

29 April 2010 22:04:51
Aquilegia 'Black Barlow'

Aquilegia 'Black Barlow'

Was so delighted today when I discovered what was on the delivery. Bought myself Exochorda macrantha 'The Bride'. And a different Aquilegia 'Black Barlow', and a yellow Alstromeria which I think is called 'Felicia'. Too dark outside now and my boots are off. It can wait until the morning.

A few jobs

29 April 2010 20:51:51
Hostas planted up

Hostas planted up

Fed up with ignorant people just dumping packs of bedding on top of each other when they EVENTUALLY decide they don't want it. So much stuff has been damaged in the last few days, and it is done by people who are NON-GARDENERS! Why don't they just stay inside the shop!!!! Knackered after a gruelling day of so many trolleys that came in, both yesterday when it was my day off, and loads more today. When I clocked out at 5, there were still 6 trolleys of stock in the garden centre. I have tightened up everything as much as possible. Can do no more. My legs felt like lead going up to the canteen for lunch.  I didn't even get a chance to take my 15minute break (I normally take that in the afternoon).

I bought a gorgeous pot today for all the lily bulbs I bought the other day. Got home and filled the pot. Emptied out all 30 lilies to plant them up. Every one of them were rotten. It's impossible to tell the quality while in their packs as they are also filled with sawdust. Absolutely disgusted with that. I was really looking forward to that splash of colour. Will return them tomorrow and get my money back. So I used this pot for my new hostas, and actually they look terrific in them. I also used 2 of the Long Toms (thats what they are called) to plant a different type of hosta. And I used the copper tape around them. Hopefully they won't touch them. If they do, they will get scrunched underfoot. Not in the mood for any crap.

Planted out the last of my corn. I noticed that some of it that had been planted last week have disappeared. I can only presume that they were eaten by slugs. Tied up Mangetout, and Rat-tailed Radishes. Watered tomatoes in greenhouse and everything else. Not in good mood as my washing line has broken, and I will be working for the next seven days in a row!!!!

 

Funny how......

29 April 2010 06:29:28
Funny how......

Funny how......

when these tulips are 'going over' they take on the look of a poppy as they flatten out. Still gorgeous though.

Day spent with Greta

28 April 2010 20:50:22
Greta's front garden

Greta's front garden

Finally got the opportunity to visit Greta in Meath, and see her new house for the first time.

She had her garden rotavated recently, and managed to mark out her flower borders, leaving just winding grass pathways throughout. Was dead impressed with the size of the borders. It would be great to be starting from scratch. I managed to get a few plants into the ground for her while I was there. Pity we didn't get more time, as I had little David with me for the day, and he managed to take up a lot of our very valuable 'us' time. That is something I miss since Greta moved from Dublin. However, there will be plenty more opportunities to catch up during the summer. Great day! and weather was pretty kind too, even though it was dull for most of the day. I was hoping to sort her out on her computer, and show her how to download her photos. Unfortunately that didn't happen. So I will put an album 'Greta's Garden' into my collection if anyone wishes to see what she has done so far.

Copper bands

27 April 2010 23:58:32
Copper bands

Copper bands

Bought myself a roll of copper strip today to ward off any offending characters in the garden. Hope it was worth a tenner.

Don't you just love it!

27 April 2010 23:02:54
Don't you just love it!

Don't you just love it!

Even though Cherry blossom only gives us pleasure for such a short time, I can't help getting totally excited at the prospect of witnessing the cherry blossom period. So feminine. This is the start of something beautiful. To me, it is the onset of the summer.

Gotta eat more nuts!

27 April 2010 22:30:34
Slug and snail deterrant

Slug and snail deterrant

Just thinking to myself here (dangerous). Off tomorrow. So having a drinky-poos tonight, and Pistachio nuts. Have saved the shells. Hopefully they will act as a slug and snail deterrent for my new hostas. Maybe I should eat more nuts. Eh maybe not, coz then I would probably drink more. Can't have that.

Magnolia 'Stellata'

27 April 2010 21:11:28
Magnolia 'Stellata'

Magnolia 'Stellata'

For a while now, I have seriously been thinking of planting my Magnolia 'Stellata' into the ground. It has been restricted in a pot for about 4 yrs. I often wonder why I love this pretty bare small tree that rewards me with just a few flowers. But this evening when I came in and witnessed the first of those flowers( magnificent), now I know why I love it. And 'stella' is the Latin word for star. The flowers just shine like a glorious star. So aptly named.

I spoke too soon

27 April 2010 19:36:55
I spoke too soon

I spoke too soon

There was I the other day wondering where all the slugs and snails had disappeared to. I thought they had taken a trip across the ocean on a cruise. This morning out in the garden before work, I spotted this little fella trying to hitch a ride to God knows where.

Cancelled planned jobs

27 April 2010 18:52:27
Cancelled planned jobs

Cancelled planned jobs

Hurt my back in work this afternoon so took the opportunity to water the indoor plants. And reduce all summer bulbs by 50%. I bought 6 packs (each containing 5 bulbs) of Oriental Stargazer. Should pack a good punch into the garden. Will hopefully plant them tomorrow. All jobs planned for this evening will have to be put on hold. All I did was water cabbages and tomatoes in the greenhouse. It has been raining here on and off since I clocked out at 4.00. Looks like there is plenty more rain up there.

 

Jobs for later

27 April 2010 06:15:09
Pots for hostas

Pots for hostas

Won't get much done on my day off tomorrow as I will be minding my Grandson. So I better make the most of this evening. I will be off at 4 so straight home and get stuck in. I have a second lot of corn to plant, first lot doing great. Second lot is 'F1 Swift'. Mangetout is coming on in leaps and bounds. Have to tie it up at least every second day.

Lots of plants in waiting to be planted. 3 new hostas to find a space for. Mind you after planting my 4 small buxus at the weekend I now have 4 nice pots. Not sure if I will plant them in the pond border or pots. If I decide on the pots, I think I might buy some copper bands in work today. Only thing is they cost about €11. Not sure what length you get in the box. Was in a neighbours garden one day last year and all of her hostas are in pots, with copper bands round them. Hostas were completely untouched. ANd huge. Hopefully this evening, I will extend pond border JUST A LITTLE BIT (Steve is working late and maybe he won't notice :) ).

I sowed some peas about 2 wks ago into the open ground. How long should I expect them to take for germination?

Final Tulip

26 April 2010 21:31:04
Final Tulip

Final Tulip

Here is the last of them. This is Tulip 'Gavota'

Waste not, want not!

26 April 2010 20:20:57
Hosta 'Blue Angel' and 'Wide Brim'

Hosta 'Blue Angel' and 'Wide Brim'

Found a bag of new potatoes in the kitchen about two weeks ago, under a new bag. They were well sprouted. So I decided to throw them into the ground to see if anything would happen. Out in the gardening watering this evening, and 'lo and behold, peeping up out of the soil. That will be a cheap dinner when we get to eat them.

The weather really couldn't decide what to do today, very angry skies, but it stayed dry. Beautiful evening here now. I reckon Martin might have a good sunset for us later.....

Didnt get much time to do anything today as I was home late. I have some Echium candicans to sow later, and some basil.

Good offer in work, bought 3 Hostas for the price of 2 (€7.99 each) and also a Primula vialii. I had this in the garden a few years ago but I think I dug it up accidentally. I know these are not a very long-lived primula, but they are very pretty. And maybe I may manage to save seed from it (IF I can find it).

Garden Gimmick

25 April 2010 21:10:18
Garden Gimmick

Garden Gimmick

Another garden find today uncovered these three concrete feet which were covered in the undergrowth of the 'wilderness area'. I got these in some Garden Centre in Athlone oh some 9 yrs ago and they got cast aside to be dealt with later. Do you think if I was to sink them into the grass, would it look too much in my SMALL garden. Maybe I have TOO MANY things going on here. Will think about it for a while before I actually do anything about these feet.

Stone Seat

25 April 2010 18:15:58
Stone Seat beside Alpine Circle

Stone Seat beside Alpine Circle

Here is the stone seat that I was going to place beside the wilderness. As you can see, I have found the perfect spot for it. It is going beside my Alpine Circle, and the curve on the seat fits in perfectly with the shape of this circle.

Wilderness Tamed!

25 April 2010 15:45:45
Area cleared of mud, weeds, rubble, etc

Area cleared of mud, weeds, rubble, etc

Finished off the wilderness area, in between dodging showers, and cleared up the mess that Steve left behind. I have a stone seat which has been in a hidden area for years, waiting for the right place for it. Thought it would fit nicely into this area. No. Way too big. Will relocate it. No room for a seat of that nature, an ordinary solitary garden chair would be more appropriate. I have decided to borrow the border beside this area for veg until I have decided what to put into it. So my corn got planted into it today, leaving about 14inches between each plant. They have plenty of space to produce a good crop. WIll add more at a later stage. Will post an album 'Wilderness Tamed'.

Another Great Foliage Plant

25 April 2010 08:31:49
Myosotidium hortensia (Chatham Island Forget-me-not)

Myosotidium hortensia (Chatham Island Forget-me-not)

is Myosotidium hortensia (Chatham Island Forget-me-not). I have this one also in a pot in a corner of my patio that gets NO sun. Slugs and snails love this one too. I only bought this one last year at Bloom. Was hoping it would come through its first winter here unscathed. So far so good, and I can see a little flower pushing up already.

Fab Foliage

25 April 2010 08:10:08
Emerging Hostas

Emerging Hostas

I love foliage plants. Especially ones with bold foliage, like hostas. In this container, which is situated in the shade, I have a different range of Hostas and a Calla Lily. The foliage of the Calla lily lasted all the way through the winter. But I added some primroses for Spring Colour. Now the Hostas are peeping up. Oooh don't you just love them. Yesterday I scattered slug pellets around them just in case. Hostas give a lovely tropical feel.

Grow It Yourself

25 April 2010 07:39:25
'Sweet Sensation'

'Sweet Sensation'

While out looking for a new cooker yesterday, I seized the opportunity to nip into Homebase for an oul' gander. Was very surprised to see they had a wide range of multipacks of veg on sale. Also things that you wouldn't normally see like corn, which I bought. Should have asked the horticulturist if they were all hardened off. But they looked like they had been out for at least a couple of days, and nights. So I took the chance. I have my own corn growing, and the other day I sowed a little bit more. I have started the process of 'hardening off' with the first lot 'F1 Swift'. The others spent their first night in the greenhouse.

And now I have this new lot. I think it's 'Sweet Million'. Still in my bare feet. Hold on a sec till I have a look outside. Sorry, it's 'Sweet Sensation'. Haven't grown corn in years so really looking forward to this years crop.

Nesting Robins

24 April 2010 22:42:03
Nesting Robins

Nesting Robins

While out in the garden today I screamed (called) for Steve to come out quickly. I told him that there was a robin nesting in the bird box that he so lovingly made for me about 2 or 3 months ago. He nearly threw me into the upper pond. Hee hee. Good job he saw the funny side.

Looking forward to another one!

24 April 2010 20:58:28
Tulip 'Gavota'

Tulip 'Gavota'

Another tulip going to open up soon. This one is 'Gavota'. Still waiting for 'Washington' to open fully. Unfortunately today wasn't too sunny. Haven't heard tomorrows forecast. But the rain came down about an hour ago. The garden will look all the better for it. And there was me doing a lot of watering today.

Pretty Little Flower

24 April 2010 19:39:18
Beautiful Scent!

Beautiful Scent!

I had Freesia in my wedding bouquet. I loved it. And the scent was so magical. However, I was always told that Freesia was difficult to grow. Daw. You plonk the bulbs into compost, keep well watered and Hey Presto! Easy Peasy! Lovely flower. And have just started to open today. Hope they are not all yellow. I have had enough of daffodils.

Taking it easy AGAIN!

24 April 2010 18:33:03
Creating a 'secluded' area

Creating a 'secluded' area

Wasted a lot of time looking for a new cooker. What was going to be a relatively cheap addition will now probably cost a fortune. Couldn't get a decent cooker to fit the gap. So I think I have decided to get a whole new kitchen, and not before its time!!!

I dug out an arc around the Stone Circle to accommodate the four small buxus. I think I have made the right decision. They needed bigger pots anyway, so now they will be able to draw a lot of the moisture they need from the ground. AND I now have 4 matching pots for maybe sunflowers (that I might have to buy). Happy with the results. I mixed some Growmore in with the soil before I planted them. So that should give them a head start. I know they will probably take forever to form a hedge. But for once, I can wait.

 

Missing Molluscs

24 April 2010 06:24:20
Missing Molluscs

Missing Molluscs

Am I the only one who hasn't seen any snails around yet this year? Maybe the bad winter has had an adverse effect of their reproduction.

Peachy Babies

23 April 2010 23:13:37
Tiny peaches forming

Tiny peaches forming

Out in the greenhouse yesterday. Inspecting my 4 peach trees. Little fruitlets just forming. Here's hoping for a bumper crop this year, without the snails getting to them before I do.

Still a Mystery

23 April 2010 22:22:10
Still a Mystery

Still a Mystery

It is quite slow to grow. Still can't fathom what it is. New shoots coming up in the centre. But nowhere closer to finding out what it is.

One of the Seven Deadly SIns!

23 April 2010 21:26:59
Tulip 'Washington' nearly there

Tulip 'Washington' nearly there

So busy in work all day, with the only 'let-up' being at lunch time.  I could do with new feet. I feel a pedicure coming on. Got home, had a cuppa coffee. Quick look at my garden to see which or if any more tulips have opened. 'Washington' is almost there. Maybe after about two more sunny days. Then I crawled up to get sleep. When I was sufficiently rested I felt bad. It was still daylight, but I had missed out on so much time in the garden. Guilty of pure self-indulgence and Idleness.

Bought some Apple Mint (Mentha suaveolens), and English Mace (Achillea ageratum) to add to the herb garden. I have never seen Mace before. It has lovely serrated edges to it. Very attractive, even if I never use it. Will do this tomorrow.

Gotta go out and buy a new cooker. Hopefully this won't take too long. Will be anxious to get back to the garden. I have Steve's 'wilderness' mess to clean up. And I am sure I will find a million and one other things to do.

Help

22 April 2010 22:21:58
Help

Help

Here are pots of something I think I got in Aldi. I omitted to label these pots. Haven't a clue what they are. Any suggestions?

'Al Fresco'

22 April 2010 21:37:13
Dining 'Al Fresco'

Dining 'Al Fresco'

This evening we had the pleasure of dining outdoors for the first time this year. Roll on summer evenings.

Too early for Berries

22 April 2010 21:06:42
Too early for Berries

Too early for Berries

I would never have thought that the berries would appear on a Cotoneaster so early in the year. This is Cotoneaster 'Coral Beauty'. Photo taken today.

Creating new dimensions

22 April 2010 20:54:47
Adding New Dimensions to the Garden

Adding New Dimensions to the Garden

Steve is always giving out that we don't have enough herbs for his newly-acquired cooking skills. So today I bought Dill, Fennel, Coriander and Spearmint. I planted these up in a nice planter and bunged in a red geranium for extra colour. I also made up another plant pouch, using WHITE Impatiens this time. These two pouches will hang on the HOUSE side of the Loggia. Impatiens are great for shade.

This year I plan on creating a new dimension for the garden. I am fed up seeing ALL areas from the patio doors. So I will start on my Stone Circle. I have 4 small Buxus in identical pots. So what better way to start than with what I have. Yesterday I positioned these 4 buxus more or less where I want them. Hopefully in a few years, they will knit together and form a low hedge. I have regularly suggested to Steve about erecting fence panels, or trellises to create different secluded areas in the garden. All of these suggestions have fallen, to date, on deaf ears. Off this weekend, and will plant up these buxus. All opinions welcome.

 

Cheap bulbs for next spring

22 April 2010 06:33:23
Tete-a-tetes and Hyacinths for next year

Tete-a-tetes and Hyacinths for next year

The other day I had to re-plant up the display pots for work. I took all the Hyacinths and Tete-a-tete daffs out. But had to buy them. Yesterday I heeled them all in until all the foliage dies down naturally. The whole lot cost me just €1. Should give a pretty good display for my garden next spring.

Aldi Plants

21 April 2010 20:07:52
Tulip 'Cape Cod' finally flowers

Tulip 'Cape Cod' finally flowers

Had a really good look around the garden today. And I must say that all the plants from Lidl and Aldi that I potted up are coming to life. I am surprised at that, as some of them looked a bit weak when buying them. Now I really will have to extend the pond border even more. I had my seedlings outside today in the sun. Then I watered everything inside the greenhouse, and outside.

I also made up a plant pouch with Impatiens. The Impatiens I bought in Aldi 10pack for €2.99. I got the pouches for nothing. If I was to buy one of these in work, it would cost about €13.99. So money saved there.

Kiwi, grapevine and Goji berry are all doing really well. My small apple tree, Malus domestica 'Red Lane' is looking good too. My Freesia bulbs are beginning to flower. And my tulips are just to die for. Will post a photo album (21.04.10) It is to get down to 0degrees tonight. Mind all your tender babies.

Bits and Bobs

21 April 2010 19:25:19
Rhodie catastrophe

Rhodie catastrophe

Zoe was back at about 4.00. So that was my grandmotherly duty done for the day. Quick, out to the garden. I made up a hanging basket with trailing geraniums (deep red), Dianthus and Butterhead lettuce. It looks great. Then I planted up my big planter on the patio with the new Dahlia 'Sneezy' with white trailing geraniums all around the edges. I had some sweet pea soaking and was going to sow them into toilet rolls but I decided to just squish them down into the gaps in the compost of this planter. If they grow, fine. If not, I still have plenty more sweet pea around the garden. I have this beautiful Rhododendron 'Goldflimmer' which I thought was going to flower this year. But I think it suffered because of the pot it was in. I must have this rhodo for at least 7 years. And it is still in the same pot. While I was struggling to get it out, Steve came in and 'took over'. OMG He yanked the whole thing up out of the pot and I was left with one 'stick'. He possibly killed my one and only Rhododendron. However, no point in crying over spilt milk. What's done is done! I transferred this 'stick' into the new pot anyway. It may be ok. But it will take a long time to grow to the height it was this morning.

No Work - No Gardening!

21 April 2010 06:40:06
No Work - No Gardening!

No Work - No Gardening!

Yesterday when paying for groceries in SuperValu I spotted a little plant. Never get that kind of thing into our place. Lovely yellow flower. So Had a closer look. It was a Euryops pectinatus (yellow bush daisy) although I had to look it up when I got home as it had no name on it. It really caught my eye. It is said to be only half hardy. Any advice on this plant? It cost only €1.99. Maybe I should have bought a few.

I also bought a couple of Dahlia tubers in work. They were starting to shoot in the bags. This one is called 'Sneezy'. Another yellow flower. I have a big pot on the patio that had a big chunk taken out of it over the winter. Today, I hope to get the chance to plant it up with white trailing geraniums, and this dahlia 'Sneezy'. Although with a name like that, maybe the patio wouldn't be such a good place for this one.

Minding my grandson all day today, so the chances of me doing anything worthwhile in the garden are very slim. :( 

Remember my Mystery Plant?

20 April 2010 22:43:41
Remember my Mystery Plant?

Remember my Mystery Plant?

Photo taken today. So what is it then?

Has anybody....

20 April 2010 22:12:41
T. 'Czar Peter'

T. 'Czar Peter'

ever taken a really close look inside a tulip? Amazing!

Arisaema ciliatum

20 April 2010 21:07:45
Arisaema ciliatum

Arisaema ciliatum

Ok I am not sure which one rotted with the bad weather, either Dracunculus vulgaris or Amorpophallus konjac. But there is something growing in the pot that is supposed to be Arisaema ciliatum. Not sure whether it is a weed or THE REAL THING!

Have you ever wondered?

20 April 2010 20:25:47
Have you ever wondered?

Have you ever wondered?

Think of all the prestigious garden experts. Are they going by AKA's or are their names as they appear. It seems to me that a lot of them have a name that relates to nature or gardens in some way. Strange that.

Alan TITCHMARSH

Joe SWIFT

Bob FLOWERDEW

PIPPA GREENWOOD

Alys FOWLER (anagram of Flower)

How many more can you think of?

The dreaded Vine Weevil

20 April 2010 18:13:18
The dreaded Vine Weevil

The dreaded Vine Weevil

Fran was looking for a treatment last night for vine weevil. Here is what you need, Fran. It is systemic. And definitely works, but I usually prefer the organic approach. Its easier and cheaper to just dump the compost and start afresh. Mind you, if I was inundated with vine weevil, then I would definitely consider buying it. But so far, so good. It usually only affects the odd pot/planter.

One of my favourite Shrubs

20 April 2010 06:18:40
Spirea 'Snowmound'

Spirea 'Snowmound'

If this front garden 'make-over' EVER happens, I hope to keep most of the shrubs on the perimeter of the garden. And one of them is Spirea 'Snowmound'. It sits just to the right of my front door. Very well-behaved little shrub. I have it about 8 yrs and I have never tired of it. It only stands about 3 foot. And at this time of year it rewards me with its beautiful arching branches laden down with white blossom that looks like snow (hence its' name). From the time the leaves start to appear to blossom usually only takes about 2-3 weeks max. Gorgeous. Here it is.

Little Amuses the Simple!

19 April 2010 22:23:28
Horseradish

Horseradish

While outside this evening watering and inspecting things, I let a shriek of joy out of me. Steve came rushing out to see what was up. He thinks I need locking up. I bought a Horseradish thingy a while back. Primarily I was just going to try and grow it as when googling, I thought that it had a really pretty flower, and it was white. All I can say is that it looked just like some dead little twig. I have been praying that Krista's one was going to be better than mine. However, I planted it into a big pot. Ha ha the dead have risen. It's peeping up out of the compost. What a bloody miracle!!!!

My veggie bed in work

19 April 2010 21:59:33
My veggie bed in work

My veggie bed in work

Told Steve I would take a photo of this for him today. Because we can't spare anyone to erect solid fence panels for me, I have planted 2 clematis montana and bamboo at the fence hoping to obliterate the ugly disused premises beside us. Such an eye-sore. However, with all the gorgeous little yellow and orange violas nodding their heads cheerfully in the breeze, I smile every time I walk past it.

Rat-Tailed Radishes

19 April 2010 21:32:39
Rat-Tailed Radishes

Rat-Tailed Radishes

Ok I took the plunge this evening and planted my Mangetout with a wigwam of canes in place. Gave them a good watering-in. Have 3 wigwams side by side now. One with peas (haven't appeared just yet), Rat-tailed radishes, which are tied in, and now Mangetout. The rest of that bed is taken up with sprouted spuds from kitchen and I must also leave some space for corn. Will plant my sweet pea in a big pot on the patio for their scent.

Drainpipe pot

19 April 2010 20:57:28
Disguising downpipe

Disguising downpipe

Last year I got a beautiful trailing rose, together with this pot, from Bakker (is that spelt correctly?). However, when the rose arrived, it was half dead. I would say that all in all I got 10 leaves on it. Very disappointed with it and will never order from them again. However, I am still left with this ugly downpipe to disguise. So today I bought a small pot of nasturtiums. Doesn't look very much. Maybe tomorrow I will buy another 2 pots.

Today

18 April 2010 20:15:16
Today

Today

Busy in work today. People are buying in earnest. Good complaint in this day and age.

Got home to inspect the jobs I left for Steve. Ok so he didn't paint the gutters, but he DID finish off the 'wilderness' area. Now I will have to clean up after him. Still, happy enough with that. Planted out my Rat-tailed radishes. And have the Mangetout out for the night. Will plant them tomorrow after work.

'Dawn Ansell'

18 April 2010 19:24:35
'Dawn Ansell'

'Dawn Ansell'

Take a look at this, Sallysarah. I think this one is what you have.

Another Tulip 'In Waiting'

18 April 2010 07:56:37
'Cape Cod'

'Cape Cod'

Took this photo yesterday evening. Just waiting for another sunny day to be rewarded with this little gem. This one is 'Cape Cod'.

So Still Out There

18 April 2010 07:39:08
'White Ensign'

'White Ensign'

Just in from the garden. Not a puff of air anywhere. Respectable temperatures too  (8 degrees), I don't think temps went down much further than that overnight. Took the Mangetout out of the coldframe (will be planted today after work). Will also plant out Rat-tailed radishes. Better get some more Bamboo canes. Second lot of sweet pea have been hardened off now. They have really benefitted big time after their spell in the greenhouse. I may plant them also. I sowed 2 varieties with this lot 'White Ensign' and 'Beaujolais'. They are looking great now, but I am running out of space to plant them. I will be sowing 'Old SPice' this evening.

The sky looks a bit watery up there. Hopefully it will clear up and give all of you a very productive garden day.

Getting Verrrry Old!

17 April 2010 21:08:03
What are these?

What are these?

Wow what a day today in work. Running pretty low on summer bedding. May have to call in a favour from another store to supply us with more. Run off my feet from the time I went in at 9.00. Didn't get any gardening done this evening. Except  a check of greenhouse, and coldframe plants. Watered everything and unwound, while Steve was cooking dinner, Bless him! When down in my 'semi' wilderness  area I spotted this plant. It looks similar to Galanthus but it isn't that. It stands about 2ft tall. Don't remember ever planting this. Can anybody help me identify it? Steve had cut the back grass. Funny how the growth of the grass just crept up on me without my even realising it. Looks great now that it has had a haircut. He had also drilled holes in my new 'funky' tomato containers. I bought some Epsom Salts so in the morning I will give my new babies a small feed.

Scrap that last Journal

15 April 2010 19:53:07
All with just 2 leaves!

All with just 2 leaves!

Ok just had a head count on my seedlings. Things are not as bad as they seem. To date I have 7 types of tom seedlings, Tumbling Tom' Red', Roma, Marmande, San Martano, Rozovy Titan, Garden Pearl and 'Minibell'. Cayenne Pepper 'Heatwave', Sweet Peppers. But they all are still in those little Aldi pots (5cm) and all still only have 2 small leaves. I still have 3 Scotch Bonnet chilipeppers, and 3 'Sungold' melons. But.....

'Where have all the flowers gone'

I have a good germination rate of Pyrethrum, Dahlias, Lupins, and Brachycome.  But nothing looks even remotely ready for the greenhouse. I do have 3 cabbage 'Mammoth Red' in the greenhouse and are doing really well, and 8 Rat-tailed radishes. And first lot of sweet pea is already planted out, second lot is being hardened off, and Mangetout. Lollo Rossa lettuce is already planted up too. That's about it!

 

Such a Failure!!!!

15 April 2010 19:02:48
Such a Failure!!!!

Such a Failure!!!!

Feeling a bit low right now as most of my seedlings have perished. Everybody elses seem to be thriving. What happened? I gave up on my tomato seedlings long ago, and actually bought a 'Moneymaker' in work about 2 wks ago. It's just about surviviving.

This evening I had my LAST 'seed sowing  session'. If I don't succeed (funny that, ha ha) with this lot, NEVER AGAIN. I am getting way too stressed out that I can't even harden them off properly. I sowed more Cucumber 'Crystal Apple', Gherkins, Melon 'Edonis F1 Hybrid', more corn (just didnt have enough of this one) 'F1 Swift', Patisson 'Sunburst'. After dinner, I will also sow more Mangetout. I reckon I don't have enough of these either.

I spent a bit of time potting on a bit of stuff like 'Sungold' melons, and Sunflowers. We won't say much about all the sunflowers I was going to have in my garden this year. I think I said I would have about 12 different varieties. Hmph! Poppycock! So annoyed with their failure. I won't give up just yet though. I will sow more later.

On a more positive note, we got some alpines in today. ANd I bought Primula denticulata 'Ruby' and after seeing Rachels, Primula denticulata 'Alba'. Can't wait for these to put on a bit of growth so I can split them up and possibly share.

Takin it eazzzzzy!!!!

14 April 2010 20:52:50
Clara's 'Baboon's Bum'

Clara's 'Baboon's Bum'

Potted on my new small shrubs when I got back, and generally took things really slowly all day. I was going to get the back grass cut. That didn't happen. But I did manage to strim all the edges. So after work tomorrow I hope to cut the grass. It will take less time now. A job I hate doing, but love it afterwards.

I watered everything in the garden today with water from the butt and I have to say IT WAS A PAIN IN THE BUTT. Mind you, I was only using 2 big jugs from the kitchen. It would have been a lot more sensible to use the watering can, or two. But it was great to see how much I got watered without even making a dent in the volume of water the green bin holds.

I planted up my big window box for the front. Lots of the primroses were still flowering happily but I decided to plant them into the enlarged bed for the Robinia to add a bit of instant colour for now. For the window box I used purple-leaved Begonias and Bacopa. I have it near the greenhouse just in case there is a sudden frosty night. Happy with that.  I found another packet of strawberries that I got in work a couple of weeks ago. So I jammed them into 2 of the baskets that had only a few in them. Should give a good crop during the summer. I have 5 strawberry baskets now.

I have my second sowing of sweet peas in the greenhouse for their first night out. Hopefully we wont get frost. I also have dahlias in the greenhouse.  Radishes and corn out for their first time too in the cold frame, as are the Mangetout.

Foliage on potatoes just appearing on Homeguard. And on Arran Victory (Heritage variety). I managed to get ALL of my crocuses into the grass. VERY happy with that. Hopefully next spring they will reward me with an abundance of flowers. And finally, I got around to planting up Clara's Baboon's Bum (Fascicularia bicolour). Sorry Clara, I don't mean to refer to your nether regions. I have it in a very ethnic looking pot. I think it suits it perfectly.

I noticed my hostas coming up.

Jacinta's 'Concerto' in c major

14 April 2010 08:17:36
Tulip 'Concerto'

Tulip 'Concerto'

I have been totally besotted with tulips this year. Yet another change in my tastes. If we get a day of sun today (have my doubts) this little beauty 'Concerto' should be fully open by this evening.

Tulip 'Angelique'

13 April 2010 21:28:46
Tulip 'Angelique'

Tulip 'Angelique'

I have a display planter in work with gladioli to come up, and tete-a-tete at the moment with primroses. But in the next day or two I will have to change the display. Not sure what I will put in it. But one thing is for sure, I won't be letting this little beauty of a tulip go in the skip, even if I have to hand over a bit of dosh for them.

Finally....

13 April 2010 21:13:33
Czar Peter

Czar Peter

I have been waiting so patiently for some of my tulips to open, when everybody else seemed to have theirs bursting with colour. Well..... here is my first genuine one to open (not one in the garden centre, but MINE!!!). This is Czar Peter

Front Grass Cut

13 April 2010 19:24:16
After being cut

After being cut

Got the front grass cut today after work. First cut for the front this year. My front lawn is on a slope. Very spongey, and has very prolific weeds. But it never bothered me really. When they appear, I just take out the lawn-mower and Hey Presto. All gone. Hee hee. Really thinking of this area out front for this year. I never put ANY thought into doing it in all the years I have been living here. I spend all my time in the back. And so long as the grass was constantly cut during the summer months, I was happy. Yea something radical will have to be done. However, that's for another day.

Off tomorrow. What's on the cards. Ok a bit of shopping in the morning. Back grass needs cutting now. The more beds I dig out, the more strimming I have to do. Oooh Not good. Such a waste of time. However, it has to be done. Bought myself a couple of six-packs of Bacopa and Begonias for some more hanging baskets tomorrow and my big window box out front. I also got Arabis caucasica 'Snowcap'. Will plant that into pond border. Plus a whole host of other 'plants in waiting'. And maybe, just maybe, catch a few rays. I think the weather is to change a bit from tomorrow.

If I get a chance, I intend to do a major bit of weeding in the front. It was only today when doing the grass that I realized that my Dicentra spectabilis is in flower. I could have missed that. I have 3 small Hydrangeas that need to be dead-headed after the winter. I also have some broom, a couple of Hebes, 2 big prunus (Don't know which ones) and geranium. Lots of scutch grass growing all around these. I also have a gorgeous Spirea 'Snowmound'. It is just outside the hall door. The branches are arching, and in a few days they will be completely weighed down with blossom. I adore this very well-behaved little shrub. I may be off tomorrow, but then I will be working 7 days in a row after that. Bummer!!!!!

For Fran

13 April 2010 17:29:45
For Fran

For Fran

Just went out and took a photo from the same angle as yours. ???????

Still a mystery

12 April 2010 22:17:26
Does it still look like an allium?

Does it still look like an allium?

I Put up a photo of a plant I have growing in my garden a couple of weeks ago. And unfortunately I didnt label it. A lot of you said it could definitely be some sort of allium. Here it is today. Do you all STILL think its an allium.

The previous photo is in album 'What is it 31.03.10' if you want to compare it to what it looks like now.

Sorbus sorbaria 'Sem'

12 April 2010 21:12:11
Sorbus sorbaria 'Sem'

Sorbus sorbaria 'Sem'

I bought this small shrub last year at a very good price. Liga bought one too. Just look at the foliage on this. No one could deny its beauty. I have it in a pot and it just stands at about 2 and a half feet. It is a deciduous shrub. It looks absolutely stunning right now.

Baby Koi

12 April 2010 20:08:30
Koi above and goldfish below

Koi above and goldfish below

Summer of 2008 we got some koi for the raised pond. Steve came in from work this evening and went down to do a bit of weeding in this pond and discovered small fish there. He only saw two of them. Would it be likely that there are more than two there? We also have goldfish in this pond and 3 Shabunkin. Whatever was put into the pond initially were at least 4 inches in length, which leads us to believe that:

 1. They are genuine full-breed koi (too early yet to decipher whether or not they are koi as their barbs underneath their chins have not yet developed).

2. They could be koi goldfish as, whatever Steve spotted were brown. Our two koi are silver and a honey colour, and are over 10inches long, and extremely healthy and active.

We are so delighted with this discovery. Obviously we have the eco-balance good enough to encourage them to breed.

Come on all you fish experts out there. We need some answers. We have never had babies before so we don't know what to expect.

It's Good To Be Alive!

12 April 2010 07:33:40
Sunflower 'Irish Eyes'

Sunflower 'Irish Eyes'

That time of the year is now finally upon us. During winter months it is so hard to get out of bed and into the shower. Usually my eyes don't open, and my head is still sleepy until after I take a shower. For last week now, it has been a pleasure to get up and ready. And I actually have to stop myself singing in the shower for fear of waking all here at home. I should have been born into a sunnier climate. I am a Summer Person. For those of you who don't have to go to work, make the most of the day, and think of all of us who MUST work. Don't get me wrong. I feel lucky to have a job. But wouldn't you think it would make more sense to just work 2 days a week. Hee hee. Time for me to change my profile picture back to Sunflower.

Enjoy your day

Time to kick off the heels!

11 April 2010 19:34:44
My Perfect Little Angel

My Perfect Little Angel

Big occasion over now. Time to get comfy. Just kicking off the heels (ooooh the price you have to pay for vanity!), and getting tracksuit on. Day went so well. 4 babies christened together and of course my grandson was the only baby who slept right the way through the whole affair. He was passed from Billy to Jack and if he wasn't asleep, he was smiling. Such a pleasure. Obviously no gardening done by me today. Not to worry. The week promises to be great. And with sunset not until 8.00 that still gives me 2 and a half hrs of garden time tomorrow.  And today I saw the opening of my first tulip Czar Peter. Will make an album.

No Gardening Tomorrow

10 April 2010 20:33:03
David's first Cake. Pity he has no teeth!

David's first Cake. Pity he has no teeth!

I tried to get as much done as possible today as I won't get the opportunity to get dirty tomorrow. In between my garden jobs today, I had to collect a cake that was ordered for my Grandsons big day. If Mam was here today, she would surely have baked it herself. He will be christened tomorrow. I am just going to have a 'pampering' few minutes to myself, get the dirt out from under my nails, and all the 'girlie' things. :)

Knackered!

10 April 2010 17:54:40
My Little Flower

My Little Flower

Well, I managed to get all the jobs listed below done (except the patio furniture and digging the remainder of the 'wilderness'). I will hopefully get it done on my day off during the week. I planted Sparaxis, White lilies, Aquilegia 'Winky Blue', and Fran's Kniphofia into the pond border, which I only extended by about 18inches. If I did it any more than that, Steve might notice. Another bit next week :). I trimmed back my evergreen clematis 'Pixie'. It says on the label that it is hardy to -7degrees C. Wow, it is just about to flower. Another week maybe. It has lime green flowers and is very unusual.

I extended the veggie bed by about 3ft, rigged up a wigwam and planted peas (Hurst Green Shaft). Hopefully the pigeons or mice won't get them. I also had to extend the bed where I planted my Robinia as every time I passed it by, the branches were nearly taking the eyes out of me. This will make it a lot safer now.

I planted up my 'hardened-off' sweet pea. The second lot are not looking half as good. However, the ones I planted are mixed and should get to 6ft. They have been planted into a big pot up at the Loggia. Should be lovely sitting out there during a summers evening with its heady scent.

I also cleared out the greenhouse. I planted up the 4 hanging baskets, but didn't get round to doing the window box for the front as I ran out of bedding. Another day! And finally I did a lot of tidying around the herb section at the door of the greenhouse. Then I watered all my pots and stuff inside the greenhouse. Happy enough with what I accomplished. Zoe, David and David junior joined me outside for a while when everything was done. Hee hee. Knackered now. Eggs are boiling now and I am going to have salad for dinner.

Today in the Garden

10 April 2010 06:43:22
Will extend this border

Will extend this border

Well, what a mild night. I don't think temperatures dropped below 6 degrees. Yesterday evening I put my latest sowing of sweet pea out to the greenhouse for its first night. Hope I wasn't too premature in doing that. The first lot have been hardened off already. Today I hope to plant them out.

Jobs to be carried out today include:

Redefining edge of veggie bed (and possibly making it a bit bigger)

Positioning Obelisk in readiness for planting sweet pea already hardened off.

Make final decision what will be grown in that bed (so far, corn, potatoes,)

Finish off digging over 'Wilderness'

Possibly extending shady/Pond border so it won't all be in the shade

Making up 4 hanging baskets and one window box

If time allows, will sand down and varnish 2 wooden tables with chairs. Other two are glass tabletop and mosaic tiles.

Clearing away more unused/broken pots.

Planting up remaining tubers/bulbs.

Rigging up netting to go over coldframe, to discourage cat sitting on seedlings when it is left open.

Then sitting back to relax with Bacardi in the sun, sun, sun!!!!!!

Lots to do!

09 April 2010 21:22:59
Bedding for tomorrows baskets

Bedding for tomorrows baskets

Yes, I am off this weekend. It makes it all the better now that the weather seems to have settled down somewhat. I bought loads of bedding today. Tomorrow I intend planting up 4 hanging baskets, and a big window box for the front window which measures about 3 feet. I bought Begonias and Mimulus. I am not going to continue stressing over begonia seedlings. Let someone else do the worrying. I still have plenty here to make a decent splash of colour in the garden. I still have lots more stuff to plant into the pond border too, like lilies, more dahlias and I will have to root in my planting box to see what else...

I also have to finish off digging over the 'wilderness' area. Hopefully I will soon be able to call it a 'woodland border'. Or something suitably nice.

Camellia 'Wisley White'

09 April 2010 19:46:58
Camellia 'Wisley White' (To die for!)

Camellia 'Wisley White' (To die for!)

Words fail me every time I cast eyes upon this little beauty. Mairin gave me this gorgeous Camellia (don't know which variety) and it has tons of flowers on it. And that is inspite of it being dug up in its prime. My own 3 Camellias here really need bigger pots if I want to see them flourish to their FULL potential. Came in from work this evening and look at what greeted me. Can you imagine what they will be like NEXT YEAR when I give them room to spread!!!!!!!!!!!!

Survival of the Fittest!

09 April 2010 18:53:21
Looking Good!

Looking Good!

All my Cannas (bar one), Musa, Anigozanthus all perished over the winter. Forgot to protect my Tree Fern, and my Kiwi. Tree Fern not looking very lively. But Kiwi, which is hardy down to what, minus 6, is healthier looking now than it was this time last year. I brought it into the greenhouse about 2 weeks ago. Ha ha I don't know what I hoped to accomplish after leaving it out unprotected all winter. However. it has produced such healthy growth. Maybe I should leave it in the greenhouse. Has anybody ever got Kiwis from their plant, or is it purely for foliar embellishment?

Corn

09 April 2010 07:25:28
Corn seedlings

Corn seedlings

In my opinion, fresh corn is one of the tastiest veggies to grow. I grew some years ago. I had started 'hardening off' these three seedlings. However with the cold returning, they were taken back into the house. My Coldframe is a 'no-go' area at this moment in time, as Holly has taken to nestling herself in on top of any seedlings that are in there. I will have to rig up some kind of netting to keep her out. Ok so the corn is being put back out in the greenhouse (just 3 seedlings) before heading to work. Hopefully this 'toing and froing' will settle down soon.

Now What!

08 April 2010 23:46:26
Mangetout

Mangetout

I only sowed these Mangetout on Sunday. Now what do I do with them. I have lost so many seedlings so far, don't want to lose these.

First Tulip

08 April 2010 22:03:19
First Tulip

First Tulip

My first tulip fully open today. Ok, it's not REALLY mine. I just planted up this big pot for display purposes in work. Still waiting for my own to flower here in my garden. Maybe by the weekend?

Sundown

08 April 2010 21:29:20
Sundown

Sundown

Very busy day from the time I went in this morning. Didn't get a break until 1.30. I was ' wall-falling' at that stage. All I did when I came home was take a few photos. I intend finishing that 'wilderness' are on Saturday. Also I still have a few more bits to plant up, like Dahlias, Lilies, Sparaxis etc. Hopefully this weather will hold for the weekend.

Another beautiful sunset this evening.

Idle Mode!

08 April 2010 20:09:46
Dahlias ready to be potted on

Dahlias ready to be potted on

Had a cup of coffee when I got in from work. And instead of going out to do a bit, I decided to go up to bed for an hour. Feeling very guilty now, but at least I can chat to Steve now without falling asleep over the table.

Later I will be checking on all my seedlings. Melons seem to have taken a nose-dive and are flopping over their pots. Sowed Dahlias last week, and they need to be potted on now. They are looking great. Thank God!

Earthworm Jim

07 April 2010 23:23:00
Turning down a free meal

Turning down a free meal

With all the digging around the garden today, I thought it was very strange that the robins weren't gracing me with their company. I unearthed a lot of earthworms and there were no birds to avail of a free meal. I thought it was really strange.

Mouse Plant

07 April 2010 22:25:00
Mouse Plant (Arisarum proboscideum)

Mouse Plant (Arisarum proboscideum)

Here is a photo of it in flower last year

All ideas welcome

07 April 2010 21:52:09
All ideas welcome

All ideas welcome

Maybe you all don't know that Steve is a diver by trade. In his daily duties in the port he came across this 'lump' of driftwood. However, I wouldn't let him discard it, as I thought it would have so much potential. It measures about 4ft in length. All ideas welcome. It looks too good to throw out. I re-discovered it in the 'wilderness area' today. Time to put it to good use.

Couldn't believe it

07 April 2010 21:05:50
Aphid-eaters

Aphid-eaters

Last year I bought one of those 'Ladybird' houses from Mr. Middleton. I was hoping that a lot of aphid-eating ladybirds would be hibernating in this little house. But I was a bit dubious. However, today I discovered a whole host of ladybirds in the ivy on the wall. Delighted with myself. Hopefully the aphids will be breakfast, dinner and tea for the Ladybirds.

Mouse Plant

07 April 2010 20:57:11
Mouse plant (Arisarum proboscideum)

Mouse plant (Arisarum proboscideum)

While digging over my 'wilderness area' I discovered that my mouse plant 'Arisarum proboscideum' is just peeping up above soil level. Obviously this is extremely hardy, after the winter that we have had. Can't wait to put up photos of it when it is flowering.

Another New Planter

07 April 2010 20:41:33
Another New Planter

Another New Planter

Bought this planter in work about 2 wks ago. Was undecided as to what to plant in it. However, my Lollo Rossa lettuce needed to be potted on so what better place to put it than this planter. I also combined some parsley that I still had in its bought cell trays last year. And on the top part I planted some Arenaria. When I start to use the Lollo Rossa and it takes from the display, I can replace it with something more eye-catching.

Digging over the 'wilderness' area

07 April 2010 20:26:34
Digging over the 'wilderness' area

Digging over the 'wilderness' area

Yes, everybody has a 'wilderness' area, even if they don't want to admit it. I have one too. This area used to house a very large shed which measured roughly 25ft by 9ft. I used this area as a 'playhouse' for the girls when they were very small, and afterwards, I used it as a place where I gave 'Arts and Crafts' classes for all the local children. However, over the years the shed deteriorated and began to show signs of wear and tear. The roof began to look a little unstable, and bit by bit it started to rot. I had it disassembled, and on 9/11 I actually had it burned down in my back garden. It held great memories for me, and the girls. But the foundations remained. It is now two beds. One has a combination of Norway Spruce, Viburnum tinus, Mahonia 'Sweet Charity', Eucalyptus, Berberis, Pyracantha, Echiums (which died over the last 12mths) and a bit more. I had let the weeds take over and hadn't bothered to do anything about it, until now. Today I decided to tackle that area. And in the process I also discovered a lovely Tree Peony which I had forgotten I even had. I dug over this area today. My Oh My what a difference. It looks so big now. And I now have plenty of space to plant more things. The whole area had been taken over by lots of crap and couch grass etc. I was as happy as a pig in sh...

Still not finished. But I will be off at the weekend and can finish the job properly. So therapeutic.

New planter

07 April 2010 18:37:13
New planter

New planter

Decided to plant up some Dianthus and thyme into my newest planter. Hopefully the Dianthus will flower its socks off, while the thyme will be a valuable addition to Steve's daily culinary skills. I have given up cooking. No 'thyme' for such trivialities. :)

New seeds

06 April 2010 21:26:25
Cup and Saucer

Cup and Saucer

Bought Amateur Gardening this evening. Two free packets of seeds in it. Lobelia 'Cascade Mixed' and Petunia 'Confetti Mixed F2'. I suspect the Lobelia is going to be a bit finicky. Has anybody grown this before. I can visualize that this will be as difficult as Begonias.

Lovely evening.

06 April 2010 20:30:01
Clivia

Clivia

What a rotten morning, constant rain. Terrible for work. However it gave me the opportunity to tend the houseplants. But the sun came out at about 3.00pm. Perfect. Shovelled the last of the gravel from the shelves. Thank God that's all gone. When I came in this morning, I had to crawl under shelves to retrieve pots from plants that had blown off the shelves during yesterday and last night. The Bamboo screening at the 'made-over' area had been ripped to shreds. So  I cut it down. This Bamboo screen had been used to obliterate the neighbouring premises which used to belong to Oxigen. Very derelict looking area and it looked awful from our side. Hence the bamboo screen. I knew this screen wasn't going to last long, as I had one here in my garden. I wanted one of the lads to erect solid fence panels last year, but it never happened, that's why I ended up putting up the bamboo screen. I could put it up myself, without having to ask for assistance. So today I decided to give it a natural screen and planted 3 Clematis montana. At least it will provide some nice lush growth during the summer. And I reckon it will be far more durable and aesthetic than ANY fence panels.

Just before I clocked out a delivery came in. Lovely Clivias for just €6.99. Never had one before so it will be a novelty. Hopefully I won't kill it.

 

Aldi Next Week

06 April 2010 19:59:46
Sunday 11th April

Sunday 11th April

Not a whole lot on offer in Aldi for next week. Not surprising though. Must say their bargains in the last couple of months have been very good. They are permitted an 'off week'. But one thing of interest to me would be a weed gun priced at just €14.99.

Daytime Revelations

05 April 2010 18:02:08
Anemone blanda 'White Splendour'

Anemone blanda 'White Splendour'

Every morning before work, I take a quick walk round the garden, to see if anything else is flowering. I also take another look in the evening when I get home. However, today, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY, I got an opportunity to see my Anemone blanda 'White Splendour' in all their glory. So different to early morning and evening. They were so fully open. Love it.

Some things are more important than gardening

05 April 2010 17:23:06
He's in there somewhere!

He's in there somewhere!

Ah look at the little bundle that I was left with for the afternoon while Zoe and David (Senior) headed off to town. That limited my gardening activities somewhat. But some things are more important.

Weather Settling Down

05 April 2010 06:58:21
Weather Settling Down

Weather Settling Down

We have been having really good weather in the last few weeks (ok the odd days are rotten, but Hey, this IS Ireland). Had a lie-in this morning. Came down at 6.30. Temperatures must have been pretty respectable over night. Almost 10 degrees. Hopefully we can all start putting our seedlings out in the greenhouse at night times.

Risking my reputation as an artist

04 April 2010 21:32:25
Risking my reputation as an artist

Risking my reputation as an artist

Ok just remember I have had a couple of really strong bacardi's. Here is a quick sketch of what I want it to look like.

New Idea

04 April 2010 20:27:11
New Idea

New Idea

Now that I will be working weekends for the summer, Steve will need a couple of projects to keep him out of trouble. Just sitting looking out this morning before work and thinking (That's dangerous).  Last year I did a mini make-over on my small triangular bed. Took all plants out and replaced them with new stuff. And covered the whole lot with barkchip. Not very successful though. All the barkchip ended up all over the path. Ok so what if I was to make it a raised bed. Use timber as a retaining wall. And make it split level. I intend keeping the obelisk for Myrtle's sweet pea, or else Steve can erect a tall post at the back to do the same job. I want to bring the first level up to about 18inches to 2ft. Steve thinks this will be too high. The measurements of the area should end up roughly 8x8x14ft. Lots more tweaking to do before I am happy with the plan.

Nothing To Say!

04 April 2010 19:12:08
Nothing To Say!

Nothing To Say!

Smashing day for the garden. Smashing weather with perfect working conditions. Workplace was like a 'ghost town' all day, creating the perfect opportunity for mundane jobs that otherwise wouldn't get done, like disposing of so many Phormiums and Cordylines. Bought some bulbs during the day and ran off without them at 6.00 (Sparaxis and something else). I won't bother going over tomorrow to get them. They can wait. You can feel the cold coming on now. No plans for tomorrow. Only plan now is to dial a Chinese, and have a few Bacardi's. Is it Friday?  Ah what the hell. I've got that 'Friday Feeling'. Hope everybody enjoyed their day.

Work Again :(

04 April 2010 08:16:19
€3.99 each

€3.99 each

Make the most of what looks to be an absolutely gorgeous day here.Work again today. But off tomorrow. Hopefully I will get this weather. Smashing morning.

Check out Lidl next week. They have assorted fruit plants for €3.99 each.

Whatever the weather, enjoy your garden. :)

sowing seeds

03 April 2010 21:53:09
sowing seeds

sowing seeds

Only had the energy to sow some seeds this evening. African Marigold 'Crackerjack Mixed' and Sunflower 'Italian White'.

Work is Taking its Toll on Me

03 April 2010 21:10:57
Little treat

Little treat

I haven't had very much energy for the garden in the last few days. I am just so shattered after work now that the 'silly season' is upon us. The place was jammed today. Great complaint. You would never think there was a recession. But maybe with my daily chores, I should try and pace myself a bit better. Bloody gravel again today. Another 3 trolley loads shovelled up off the shelving, and into the skip. What a waste of gravel. Nearly finished. Only another 3 shelves to do tomorrow. Bought myself a little treat today as I was feeling sorry for myself for having to spend the whole weekend in work.Now, what will I put in it? 

Super Sunset

03 April 2010 20:11:25
Super Sunset

Super Sunset

Has anybody noticed such a lot of terrific sunsets in the last week or so. Couldn't keep this one to myself.

Veggie Bed in Work

03 April 2010 18:09:26
My little veggie plot in work

My little veggie plot in work

Just admiring my tiny little veggie plot in work today. Even though I say it myself, it is quite pretty. Container on left has runner beans (germinated). window box with onions, Window box on right has garlic and container has peas. Peas, as you can see, are doing really well, I planted them out over two weeks ago. The green bag at the back has Home Guard potatoes in it. This is the area that I did the 'make-over' on last summer. All in all not too bad looking. All this planting was done to facilitate the GIY clinic last Saturday. I also sowed peppers, and Lollo Rossa lettuce which were germinating in the canteen, until the manager decided that it wasn't very hygienic. So they were thrown down onto the shop floor where is it way too cold, and far too draughty for these to germinate. Better photos in album

The Easter Flower

03 April 2010 06:34:59
The Easter Flower

The Easter Flower

The traditional Easter Flower is the lily. The white lily is a symbol of purity. The single flower stem coming up from a bulb represents Christ coming back to life 3 days after his crucifixion.

But the most ancient association of Easter and a particular flower is with the Narcissus. This is still the tradition in parts of Europe. Happy Easter Everyone.

Cruella Grevillea

02 April 2010 20:47:19
Cruella Grevillea

Cruella Grevillea

Like a lot of people here on this site, I have lost lots of treasured plants over the winter. Not to mention all my Canna babies. But a new addition to my plants, Grevillea, really took a nose-dive when temperatures plummeted to sub-zero. I was told this was hardy. But I think the term 'hardy' will have to be re-thought over the next few years. I should have taken it under cover sooner. However, I was so smitten with it that I will definitely buy another one, should the opportunity arise. My Grevillea is for the compost heap. Not a chance that it will come back. It is a totally 'cruella-looking' Grevillea.

April Showers

02 April 2010 17:58:06
75 litres for €3.99

75 litres for €3.99

Oh My God, that incessant rain all day got me soaked to the skin. Huge delivery in and I had to tighten up everything to make room for it. Also had to remove gravel from a lot of the shelves. Initially I put it there as the membrane was holding too much water. At least then the plants weren't sitting in puddles of water all the time. However, The Examiner was here a few weeks ago and decided he didn't like it. So it all has to be removed before he comes back. So the afternoon was spent with me shovelling gravel into the skip from 3 trollies. The pain!!!

Bought a 4pk of perennials today, 2 pink Arabis, 1 Doronicum and 1 Hutchinsia alpina 'ice cube'. Got home and squelched my way out to the pond border and planted them. At least now there is a bit of colour in that border while waiting for all the summer growth to appear. I also got a 6pk of Bellis perennis that was reduced to €1. Nobody would buy it so I felt sorry for it. Not as big as the ones I bought yesterday but given time, they should look good. Also I got great value with compost (75litres Shamrock Multipurpose Peat Free Compost) for just €3.99. You all know where I work, so if you need compost, get down to your nearest store. Dave, you might be interested in that. It won't be there for long at that price.

Primula 'Dawn Ansell'

01 April 2010 19:17:51
Primula 'Dawn Ansell'

Primula 'Dawn Ansell'

Here they are in all their glory. White. Yes!!!!! Well worth €1.

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