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Jacinta D's Journal June 2010

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I reckon.....

30 June 2010 22:23:26
I reckon.....

I reckon.....

Steve sawed off the end of the barrel he got in work. He was being paranoid with his spirit level and had to dig more soil from the bottom.  He will dig a small trench in the floor of the new pond, position the cut off barrel on top, seal it with a layer of cement, and fill the barrel with topsoil so I can plant into it. Then a cement wash. When this is dry he will do another two, maybe 3 more. When that is set, he will put down a layer of Underlay. He will lay a double layer of heavy-duty Viscreen all over. And also line the outside of the cut-off barrel with the same Viscreen to disguise its blue look. And to finish with, he will edge the pond with the same blocks he used when it was just a stone circle.  I reckon by the weekend, I will have another pond. And Steve's other project will take precedence. Then the fun begins........

I feel like a new woman

30 June 2010 20:56:02
Alstromeria 'Felicia'

Alstromeria 'Felicia'

Got all my messages and errands done yesterday so I wouldn't have to go out at all today. Haven't had a pair of shoes or boots on since I got in from work yesterday evening. You have no idea how difficult it is wearing safety boots all day, and especially in that heat, and pounding the pavement and shop floor. I have been walking around the garden in my bare feet today. The best feeling. Talk about getting back to nature. That is the way it should be all the time.

Got a small bit done this morning before the sun got hot. I had here 2 Alstromerias in pots since last year, so I got them potted on. Wonders will never cease, Steve got me 4 lovely red geraniums from a chap in work yesterday. So I potted them up too. Watered and fed everything in the greenhouse this morning. I was inspecting my rat-tail radishes and lost my balance and nearly ended up in the incomplete empty pond. Oooh could have been nasty. :) I keep on forgetting it's there. Good job it hasn't been filled yet. Took up all my onions, bar one window box, and topped and tailed them. Very strong. Had a salad for dinner with them, and home-grown lettuce, mangetout and potato salad made up with my purple potatoes. I also potted on my two new Fuchsias, Mrs Popple and Snowcap. Was on the sunlounger most of the day, and even though it wasn't too sunny, I dozed. I must have needed it. But the best part of today was going about my business in my bare feet. Nothing like it. Ready for a new day tomorrow.

Time to Cut Back

30 June 2010 11:05:40
Cutting back Geums

Cutting back Geums

In my Dahlia border, I have millions of Geums swaying in the breeze. SO surprised with the height they have got to this year. I only planted them last year and they didn't exceed maybe 2ft. This year they are at least 4-4 and a half ft. Now that ALL my last years Dahlias are coming up nicely, I think it's time to tidy up that small border and cut down the Geums. They have done their bit very nicely as a filler in. Time to restore some order down there.

Tomato seedling

30 June 2010 08:56:38
Nice tomato seedling :)

Nice tomato seedling :)

A few of you may remember a few weeks ago I took a photo of a wayward tomato seedling that I found growing in a big pot on the patio. It was the strongest, healthiest tomato seedling that I had ever seen. I didn't plant it. Krista then informed me that it looked like a dahlia. Should have listened. Again. A mine of information, that girl! This is the tomato seedling flowering :(  And to think it came back after the winter.

New one to this flower

29 June 2010 22:42:32
Sparaxis

Sparaxis

Never grew these before. Very very delicate flower. When I held the flower facing up for the photograph, it fell off. I hope to get a lot more next year so they can make more of an impact. So pretty. And delicate. Unlike what I would normally go for. I think old age is changing my tastes. I feel a lot of pink creeping into my garden too, never had much to do with pink. Normally reds, yellows, oranges, blues, etc.

Second flush of flowers

29 June 2010 22:31:20
Second flush of flowers

Second flush of flowers

Bought this at the Rare and Special Plant Fair. It is only tiny and had a few flowers on it when I planted it. Gave it a bit of a trim, and tomato feed. Coming into flower one more time. Cute little thing, Dicentra 'Burning Heart'.

Grandparental Duties

29 June 2010 20:27:56
Blueberries swelling nicely

Blueberries swelling nicely

OMG I can't get anything done. The only thing that is keeping David quiet is sitting on my lap with the computer in front of him. This is his first lesson in computer skills. I reckon he may just have the flair for it. He is mesmerized by the screen. God help me when his arms get a bit longer.

Got nothing done after work. Zoe is gone to a fashion show. I haven't even watered yet. Just had a quick look round the garden. Everything looking good. Photo is of just a few of the blueberries on one bush. I have 8 of them so I am looking forward to the best crop ever. They are starting to colour up already. Off tomorrow. So I hope to rig up a netting over some canes to keep the birds away. Anyway, enough for now. Will be on properly when Zoe gets back.

'Angels Fishing Rods'

29 June 2010 06:18:54
Starting to flower

Starting to flower

Was delighted yesterday to discover that my Dierama at the Upper Pond is beginning to flower. Must get more to plant around the new project. Should look just the part.

Possession is nine-tenths of the law!

28 June 2010 23:05:35
Possession is nine-tenths of the law!

Possession is nine-tenths of the law!

I stole these Arisaemas in RHS Wisley. Myself and Krista spotted them while on the 'Woodland Walk'. Couldn't resist the urge to 'own' them. Doing fine too!

Colour dirt cheap

28 June 2010 22:22:54
Colour dirt cheap

Colour dirt cheap

Cannas that were going to be thrown out in work, I got for 50c. One of them is providing me with lovely rich colour for around the Lower Pond.

Bitty Day!

28 June 2010 20:59:02
Taking shape

Taking shape

Miserable day, with constant drizzle. Nothing too heavy, but it was making the digging out of the new pond rather strenuous. Went in search of my rainjacket still in bags from Chelsea. Couldnt find it, got distracted in the process and ended up tidying my bedroom. Oops, can't remember when THAT last happened.

Never found the jacket in the end. Rain petered off at about 4.0'clock. Decided to get niggly bits done before the next shower. Potted on my 3 Hibiscus 'rosa-sinensis', Abutilon and Solanum ranconettii into bigger pots, gave them a good watering, and tomato feed. And put them into the greenhouse for a few days till they settle in.

Fed scented geraniuims 'Orange Fizz', and the one I bought in RHS Wisley. Gathered a good few mangetout for dinner, and planted 'Ladybird' poppy seedlings that I sowed a couple of weeks ago and planted the Nigella seedlings into a nice chimney pot.

The Cannas that I got in work for 50c each are now flowering. Such a rich colour. Lots more flowers to open. Steve got in from work, and did a bit more digging on the new pond. Beginning to take shape now.

 

 

Should it stay, or should it go!

28 June 2010 12:21:10
Should it stay, or should it go!

Should it stay, or should it go!

I am still very reluctant to dig up my Tree Fern. No sign of growth still. What do ye think? Have I given it a decent enough chance to come back?

Keep Your Wexford Rain!

28 June 2010 11:12:56
Prunella 'Summer Daze'

Prunella 'Summer Daze'

Rachel, you divil. Did you deliberately send it up to Dublin. Lashing out of the heavens now. Gosh it really HAS been a long time since we had any. Maybe you did us a favour......  :)

I spent a lot of time watering everything this morning.

Honeysuckle and Roses

28 June 2010 00:31:42
Honeysuckle and Roses

Honeysuckle and Roses

The roses are my neighbours. Honeysuckle is mine. I think they compliment each other so well.

Spuds

27 June 2010 22:45:10
'Arran Victory' Heritage variety

'Arran Victory' Heritage variety

I really got fed up growing the spuds this year. The foliage was looking pretty crappy, and limp, and yellow. Even though they had only been flowering a couple of weeks, my patience got the better of me. Lifted Home Guard last week to find only the seed potatoes at this stage and they were rotten. Not sure whether they had been affected by blight. After this disappointment, I decided to lift some more. Nothing to report on that score.

This evening, I lifted the last lot 'Arran Victory' which is a heritage variety. I know they weren't even NEARLY ready to harvest. If only I had waited. These ones looked gorgeous with their purple skins. Gotta pray for patience! However, I will make up a small potato salad with them tomorrow.

One more lot to look forward to. These are the ones I found sprouting in my kitchen, so I just threw them into the ground. They have been flowering the longest, and look the healthiest of the whole lot. These just HAVE to taste the best.

Freesia

27 June 2010 22:12:10
Freesia

Freesia

They are looking even more beautiful today.

Me Showing Off!

27 June 2010 21:36:45
Me Showing Off!

Me Showing Off!

So proud of this. 'Mammoth Red' cabbage so far. I have three altogether. And by the way, I am in my work uniform just in case you thought that my fashion sense had hit rock bottom.

Nothing done

27 June 2010 21:32:32
'Snowball'

'Snowball'

Got in from work to find Steve had made a start on digging out the new pond. I will finish it tomorrow as I have a Lieu Day. Wahoo! So much to do. The garden was looking good last week when Fran and Maria came over. But now it is like a bombsite once again. Gosh it doesn't take long.

Speaking of Fuchsias, I bought another 2 today ('Mrs Popple' and 'Snowcap'). And when I got home today I noticed that the one I bought last year has lots of leaves but so far, no sign of flowers ('Black to the Future') That was a gorgeous one. So glad it pulled through. All I did today was water, and take up a few of my onions. I did 'Stuttgarter Riesen' and 'Snowball'. Not a bad lot.

Another small rose

27 June 2010 08:03:53
Another small rose

Another small rose

This one is in a pot. Patio rose. Love it's rich hues. This is called Flower Carpet 'Amber'.

I Think It's Time.....

27 June 2010 07:31:26
R.I.P.

R.I.P.

I bought a little tree fern (Dicksonia Antarctica) at Bloom last year. I really splashed out and spent €60 on it. Sadly. I think the time has come to pull it up. There is absolutely NO sign of life in it. I have it in my Bog Bed, but I think I may be able to find a substitute plant for that small area. Very sad about it though! :(

ALso the Laburnum that I rescued from the garden centre has no sign of any growth since planting it. That will get pulled up today after work too.

Saved myself a fortune today

26 June 2010 22:35:45
Saved myself a fortune today

Saved myself a fortune today

All of these came in as houseplants a few weeks ago. However, as I don't have any help out in the garden centre, I am exempt from tending these poor creatures. So it is usually left up to one of the lads on the check-outs to do the watering. Today the manager just wanted rid of this lot. She offered me all for €10. Each one of them were priced €19.99 so that makes a saving of €90. I got 3 Hibiscus standards, an Abutilon and a Solanum rantonetti.

Project Continues

26 June 2010 21:56:29
Project Continues

Project Continues

Steve managed to get through all the concrete. Now the fun begins. Tomorrow he will start digging out the new pond properly and put all the spoil into this area for the following project. Unfortunately for Steve, the two projects will have to be done simultaneously. But the ground work is done. So here we go....

Plans for 2011

26 June 2010 21:06:20
Not doing strawberries any more

Not doing strawberries any more

I have grown 5 different types of potatoes here this year, 4 in bags, and 1 in the border. Last week, I decided to have a look at my HomeGuard in the bags. Rotten potatoes, and that was only the seed potatoes that I put in. The foliage had become yellow and started flopping over so I thought it was time to harvest. Sadly, I won't be doing those again. I also lifted 2 other types/. The same with them. However, with the new potatoes that I found in the kitchen and planted, I find that these are so healthy looking. Flowering their socks off now and have been for the last 2 weeks or more.

Strawberries seem to be such a waste of space. I am lucky if I get 2 ripe ones at any one time. I have them in 2 hanging baskets, and a big container. I miss my baskets of summer colour.

Mangetout will be grown next year, but I will go for a different type. Also radishes, peas, onions and garlic. Plus the usual.

Great day for all concerned

26 June 2010 06:45:35
Lilies providing me with great colour

Lilies providing me with great colour

The sun is already shining brightly. Looks like Rachels guests are going to be blessed with great weather again. Long may it last. I hope everybody attending will have a brill time. And I hope to see lots of photos later. Wish I could be there.

Best of luck, Rachel.

Identity of another plant

26 June 2010 05:58:39
Identity of another plant

Identity of another plant

Bought this for my alpine circle. And of course lost the label. All that I can recall about it is its common name 'Lambs Tails'. Help please.

Name Please!

25 June 2010 22:59:11
Name Please!

Name Please!

In another life myself and Greta worked in Homebase. We got in a shrub once, which was discovered to be highly poisonous, so we were told to take them all off the shelf. Greta got one, and I got two. Free. But I never knew the full name of it. All I know is, it is Prunus something or other. It is an evergreen. And only yesterday I discovered that it actually flowers. Maybe I should wander around the front garden more often. Hopefully somebody out there can supply me with a full name!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

New Project Continues

25 June 2010 20:25:27
Cutting back ivy and brambles

Cutting back ivy and brambles

Steve and I got out after work and hacked away at the Ivy growing over from the neighbours wall, also the brambles. We are cut to ribbons. The amount of crap that we unearthed was unbelievable. We have fire wood for the winter as we found about 4 or 5 lengths of split log roll, old pots not in use, some broken, a big plastic dustbin with concrete blocks in it. Years ago I had a pyracantha in it as I was afraid it would grow too big. Ha ha and poor oul' Steve had to get rid of 2 big ones last week. Also an old Easter Island statue, might use that somewhere. We also discovered a bag of cement, and gravel. After getting rid of the brambles and ivy Steve uncovered the area of concrete from the old ducks pen. It measures 9x7ft. Hopefully tomorrow Steve, back permitting, will be able to hack away at the concrete and we will be rid of it totally. Only when this area is totally cleared will we be able to continue transforming the stone circle into another pond. I also discovered a big window pane behind the ivy. This brought back memories. My first attempt to grow tomatoes (20yrs ago) was done behind this old window frame. Anyway, that will be put aside for now, until we find a use for it, or not! Adding photos to 'Another New Project' album.

Just had a good long shower. I hope there is clean t-shirt for work tomorrow or I will have to 'pull a sickie'. :) Now I am seriously in need of rehydration!

New Purchases for New Project

25 June 2010 05:50:23
Acer palmatum 'Katsura'

Acer palmatum 'Katsura'

Yesterday I started  buying things for the new project. First on the list were 2 small Acers, both palmatums, 'Katsura' which will eventually get to 5 metres, and 'Yubae' which is a bit bigger (up to 7 metres). But before they get to their eventual height, they will probably get transplanted out into the main part of the garden. Looking forward to buying for this project, but probably the wrong time of the year for most of the plants I wish to buy. I also got a small pink arabis for 20c.

While in Chelsea I was spell-bound by a garden done out with ONLY acers. It was absolutely amazing. The hanging baskets were done so well, that you could barely even make out the brackets. AND they even had a tiny acer in the basket. What a novel idea. It was every shade under the sun. Well...almost.  I never realized that there were so many different acers. And who would have thought that you could get such a wonderful effect with just foliage plants. Gorgeous. However, that is not what I am trying to recreate here.

Project may be put on hold. Steve hurt his back yesterday trying to pull up the lilac stump. Maybe we should all realize that we are not getting any younger!!!

Not much done today

24 June 2010 22:08:32
Shuttlecock fern

Shuttlecock fern

All I did was water this evening. And watch on as Steve tried so hard to dig out the stump of the lilac. Nearly there. I don't envy him.

Just reading through the Irish Garden today. There is a very interesting piece on Bog Gardens written by Deborah if anybody is interested. That is, if you haven't already noticed. Lots more plants going on a list for the new project.

Teasels

24 June 2010 21:38:02
Dad's Teasels

Dad's Teasels

Was in with my Dad today after work. He has lots and lots of teasels growing both in his front AND back garden. Did you know that the seed heads of teasels are a great source of winter food for the European Goldfinch? Might try and grow these in the future. And they are extremely architectural too.

New Project for Steve

24 June 2010 06:22:21
Chopping down the Lilac tree

Chopping down the Lilac tree

Lilac tree is gone, except for the stump. Steve will hopefully get rid of it this evening. The new project for this area involves a lot of topsoil being banked up against the back wall and the neighbours wall. While he was investigating further last night, Steve discovered that because of the neighbours Ivy, it has pushed 2 bricks out of alignment, it is heading our way. So the next two steps in the project will involve bracing the wall, and digging out a big square of concrete that we put down years ago when making the ducks pen. Originally it had just been grass, but the ducks were permanently standing in wet soggy grass, so the concrete gave them a nice dry base. And the concrete was sloped slightly so that any poop didn't stay in that area for too long.

Rodochiton

23 June 2010 22:17:59
Rodochiton

Rodochiton

Steve, at the moment, is out in the dark, chopping down my lilac tree. With the new pond in progress, there is another project on the cards, and the soil is going to be banked up against the back wall. A lot of things will have to go to ensure a successful outcome for his new baby. Plus, we will now have a better view of aeroplanes taking off from Dublin Airport. :) That's all I am saying for now.

Rachel gave me a small Rodochiton in March. Planted it out about 2 wks ago. It measures about 18inches tall/small. And as sure as eggs are eggs, it is producing the tiniest little flowers already.

 

New Lunches

23 June 2010 21:18:05
Mangetout. Will look up the name later.

Mangetout. Will look up the name later.

Normally I take a sandwich in for lunch every day. Its getting a bit boring though. Frans idea of taking a salad in sounds much more to my liking. Maybe it's time for a change. And use what I have here in the garden. Also, if people see that I am taking in home-grown produce, it MAY just encourage some of the younger ones to try their hand at the same.

Bits and Bobs

23 June 2010 20:27:39
Back in pots again!

Back in pots again!

Got plenty of plants into the ground today. All the ones Dave gave me, Verbascum, Digitalis grandiflora, Campanula persilifolia, Papaver. I also planted my Anigozanthus (Kangaroo Paw) into the Bog Bed. Using the spoil from this new pond, I earthed up the border spuds. Planted my recently acquired Peony and a Helleborus 'Montstegur' into the triangular bed until I can decide where exactly I want them. Took seeds from Helleborus niger for sowing. This will be a first for me. So I would appreciate any tips or advice on same. Gave my sunflowers bamboo canes for support. After all the bragging earlier in the year about how many sunflowers I was going to have this year, I have only 4 different varieties, Russian Giant, Tall Russian, Italian White, and Paquito Mix. Also tied in my corn which is coming on in leaps and bounds. Spent a lot of time tying up Sweet Pea, radishes, mangetout, tomatoes, and cutting back foliage on tomatoes to let extra light in. All doing great. Gherkins have about 6 flowers on them.

I lifted the geraniums that were planted into the centre of the stone circle, and put all 5 into a pot. Then lifted the 4 buxus balls and planted them into the new pots. Poor things. They were only getting used to their freedom in the ground over the last couple of weeks. Now they are being confined once again. Gave all my bedding and tomatoes a good feeding. I picked some Mangetout this evening. Had stir-fry for dinner. And it was made by MY fair hand. Better stop that NOW or Steve may think that he has been made redundant from the kitchen!!!!!

I also managed to plant my 2 Wisterias. White one has gone down at the back wall of the pergola. The Liliac one has been planted on the right post of the Loggia up at the house. Hopefully they will do well there.

Today So Far

23 June 2010 09:03:14
Today So Far

Today So Far

Have had my shower, cleaned the kitchen and dining-room from top to bottom, done 2 washes and out, watered greenhouse, and front hanging baskets. Fed the fish in both ponds, and the cat. Going shopping now, and getting back to the garden for the day. Not too sunny so that might make it a bit more comfortable for working in.

Another Rose

23 June 2010 08:56:36
Another Rose

Another Rose

Took this photo yesterday evening. So pure!

I Love these

22 June 2010 23:18:38
I Love these

I Love these

I can't remember which ones these are. And in fact, I don't remember seeing them last year, although they must have been there. Unless I have a FairyGodmother somewhere. Like with the Iris.

Where did THIS come from?

22 June 2010 22:19:41
Where did THIS come from?

Where did THIS come from?

I swear I never planted this. Spotted it this morning in the garden. All on its own.

Canna Lilies

22 June 2010 21:51:29
Canna Lilies

Canna Lilies

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be able to get some Canna Lilies in work for just 50c each. After a bit of TLC and careful watering, they are beginning to flower. Wahoo!

A Perfect Match

21 June 2010 22:17:26
No time wasted here!

No time wasted here!

Sometimes I think Steve and I are on a different planet. But NOT tonight. He put forward an idea regarding my stone circle in the middle of the garden. Oh he definitely knows what buttons to press. He wants to make it into another small pond, and leave me with the inner circle for planting. And of course, I have agreed. I can see where he is coming from. What's the point in having a barren stone circle when I need more space for planting. His idea is that he makes the inner planting circle like a little Island in the middle of the pond. Now Cloncaw has a better concept of what an Island is, but I will just have to be content with what I have here.

Steve plans on obtaining 24inch wavin piping for the centre of this new pond, loading it up with soil for me to plant into, as before. Only this time, instead of the crazy paving, he wants to make another water feature. How could I refuse. The stone circle is at present a 'dead area'. I am so short of planting space that I reckon this could look even better than the stone circle. So now I can plant more aquatic plants ie just water lilies. White ones! My only concern now is the safety of my grandson who will be walking this time next year. I have consented to this plan ONLY if safeguards are put in place. And talk about 'striking while the iron is hot' he has already dug out the crazy paving in readiness. Hopefully it won't take too long. I have lots of plans already.

 

New Purchase

21 June 2010 21:48:45
New Purchase

New Purchase

Just a small item, a peony. Was asked today to reduce items already reduced. Luckily I got this peony for just 50c. Not posting a photo of the actual item or you may all think I am really crazy. There are two stems on this. Both broken. But I reckon once I get them into the ground, and water and feed them, they may perform for me this year.

Would Love This

20 June 2010 21:32:49
Would Love This

Would Love This

Took this photo in the Botanic Gardens today. I thought it was gorgeous. Anybody got any notion of what it is called? There is a more 'close-up' photo in my album.

Beauty on our doorstep

20 June 2010 20:48:49
Botanic Gardens 20.06.10

Botanic Gardens 20.06.10

I don't live too far from the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. Today I decided, as it has literally been YEARS since visiting there, we would go. Steve's last memory of the Botanic Gardens was when he was about 5yrs old and being brought there on a school tour. My God, did it re-awaken his childhood memories. Steve is NOT a gardener and today was the closest I have ever succeeded in getting him interested in plants. He was gob-smacked in the fern house, which was being misted at the time. You would almost expect to hear the roars of dinosaurs. Mind you, Steve was very curious to find out exactly how the mechanics were operating. He spent a lot of his time actually under the staging having a grand look. Mmmmm gets me a bit worried. Hee hee.

Weather was brilliant today, and the place was as crowded as I have ever seen it. I used to bring the girls there on picnics when they were very small. So I was delighted to be back again after such a long time. I had forgotten how great it is. And the Tolka river with banks filled with Rodgersias, Gunneras and ferns and allsorts was so lush. Waterlilies in abundance, ducks, fish, and cheeky squirrels running around our feet. Steve was looking at a small waterfall, and I could almost hear the cogs going around in his brain.........watch this space. And it has NOTHING to do with the plan himself and Fran were concocting in my garden last night. Take a look at my album 'Botanic Gardens 20.06.10'. There is bound to be something of interest there for EVERYBODY. Quite a large volume of photos.

Just When You Think It's Safe

20 June 2010 10:16:41
Just When You Think It's Safe

Just When You Think It's Safe

to sit back and relax, along comes a friend with a big box of plants. Madeline came over to the job the other day with 2 boxes of plants for me and Fran to divide out between ourselves. They included things like Verbascum (never had them before), Papaver, Campanula, Pulsatilla, Digitalis). Dave thanks a million. I will see they get a good home.

A Day for Entertaining!

20 June 2010 02:09:18
Lily flowering at last!

Lily flowering at last!

Today was purely a day for 'tweaking'. I gave everything a good watering at 7.30am this morning, so I wouldn't need to have water drenching our 'entertaining' area this evening. Did a bit of dead-heading and weeding, and placing lanterns in strategic places. That's about it!

Then on to a bit of essential housework and shopping!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tonight we had the pleasure of Fran and Maria's company. There wasn't a puff of wind, everything so still, and we sat out till quite late as there was NO let up in conversation and laughter :). Maria, I hope you weren't too chilly. Great company all round. What a way to end a perfect day!

Now, my bed is calling to me!

Sempervivums

19 June 2010 09:07:28
Sempervivums

Sempervivums

Bought a big pot of a selection of Sempervivums in England a few weeks ago. Planted them into a Belfast Sink. This is one of them presenting me with beautiful flowers.

Ponds

18 June 2010 23:08:18
Ponds

Ponds

If anybody has EVER had thoughts about making a pond, it is definitely worth it. You will give a whole host of aquatic creatures a chance of life ie. fresh water snails, fresh water lice, pondskaters, Dragonflies, frogs, toads etc. And all part of the food chain in their own way.  Plus, the sound of running water is so refreshing for the senses. We even discovered a tiny eel. Don't know where HE came from(possibly in a pond plant that we bought) but great nonetheless!

Horseradish

18 June 2010 22:48:22
Horseradish flowers

Horseradish flowers

Initially I just grew this Horseradish for it's lovely white flowers. It has now flowered. But It seems such a waste to grow it just for the flowers. What do I do with it now? How does one make Horseradish Sauce, or whatever? Or what else can I use it for?

Buxus Cat

18 June 2010 22:15:12
Buxus Cat

Buxus Cat

Here is a photo of my buxus cat. He has been growing for the last 4 years. I bought 4 very small buxus for €9.99. Made a mistake by planting 4 in a row. They should really have been planted like 4 feet. So I have a bit of a problem making the head look like it is raised above the feet. If the 4packs come in again, I will start from scratch, and do it properly next time.

Great Day

18 June 2010 21:52:49
First Tomato

First Tomato

Manager in question is on two weeks holiday. Yay! Peace and quiet! Had a great day in work, accomplished lots. Customers came and went, and went happy! Other Manager informed me that there was a big delivery due in tomorrow. My mobile is switched off. I am off this weekend, regardless! To shift a lot of stock today, I was asked to reduce further, so I bought 2 Helleborus or. 'Montsegur' original price €7.99 down to 50c. deep pink to red. When I got home from work, Steve told me (He had another day off) that he found either a toad or a frog in the Lower Pond. What is the difference? He got a photo on the very old camera. But there were 834 photos ready to be downloaded so I didn't bother. Hopefully I will witness him myself tomorrow.

I did nothing when I got home. Oh sorry. I bought 3 nice Dahlias. A bit like the Bishops with dark foliage, with pale yellow flowers. I had a gap where I pulled up the wallflowers on Wednesday. And I needed to fill that gap before tomorrow. Entertaining. Gotta have the place looking as good as possible. I didn't even bother to water this evening. Hope my tomatoes will forgive me!!!!!!

Lucky Leucanthemum

18 June 2010 06:22:36
Lucky Leucanthemum

Lucky Leucanthemum

I love Leucanthemums so much I buy them every year. No matter HOW much I protect them over the winter months, they always seem to perish. So this year we had the coldest one on record, and last years pulled through. Getting ready to flower any minute. Delighted with this.

Should Put Dates on All Photos

17 June 2010 22:27:22
Should Put Dates on All Photos

Should Put Dates on All Photos

Just looking at my peaches in the greenhouse this evening and wondering when I actually picked my first one last year. Unfortunately I have no dates on my photos. However, I will just have to wait until they are ready. This is one that is beginning to ripen already. Seems a bit early. Not complaining though.

Guess What I got Today?

17 June 2010 21:44:01
Guess What I got Today?

Guess What I got Today?

Steve had today off. So he was under strict instructions to be down in Aldi at 9.00 am. He said there were people queueing outside the door. The doors opened, and the crowd surged to all the hanging baskets. Steve seemed to be the only person interested in the Wisterias. They didn't have very many there. Just one dumper box. So he got me three. Got home and found them to be quite a decent size for that price (€12.99). They are about 3 ft tall.

I wish......

17 June 2010 21:11:23
I wish......

I wish......

I could tell you all about the rake of jobs I got done in the garden this evening. But sadly, that would be a blatant lie. I got in from work. Cooked dinner (very unusual) and then watered everything. Then I dead-headed a few things and gave some tomato feed to all my bedding. Finito.

Bad day in work today! Managerial crap! Don't need it! So a spell in my own castle was just the job! Ready to face another day tomorrow.

AND THEN OFF THIS WEEKEND! YAY!

What is this please?

17 June 2010 06:12:44
What is this please?

What is this please?

Found this in my garden yesterday. Can't remember what it is - no label in the ground. But I think Drumanagh may have given it to me in Mullingar in March. Centaurea comes to mind, but not sure.

Buxus sempervirens

16 June 2010 20:41:53
Buxus sempervirens

Buxus sempervirens

I managed to trim all my Buxus today. I have 2 spirals, 4 balls around the stone circle and a buxus cat that I have been shaping for the last four years. He is looking a bit better now that he is finally filling out. Will take a photo of him tomorrow. And ALL my Dahlias that I didn't lift over the winter are coming up. Wahoo!

Big Tidy Up

16 June 2010 20:22:06
Tidy Pergola Area

Tidy Pergola Area

I was going to cut the front grass, but realized that Steve had lent the strimmer to his brother. So, ok that wasn't really a problem. Got back from shopping and straight into garden gear. Got the lawn mower out, and couldn't find the extension lead. OMG I'll kill him. He also lent the extension lead to his brother ARGHHHHHH!!!

Ok Steve can do the grass himself when he gets them back. I concentrated on the back garden all day. What a heat! Even doing small little jobs I was breaking out in perspiration. I planted Mukdenia into the Bog Bed, and had a bit of trailing Lobelia and trailing Verbena left over from pots, so I put these into that bed too. It's a bit different. These will trail over the small retaining wall on this bed. Should look nice. And it's starting to flower too. I planted 3 small Cannas from last year at the Upper Pond. These should look great when they get a bit bigger. Also into this bed, I planted my Blechnum magellanicum, Dicentra 'Burning Hearts', Prunella 'Summer Daze', Peony 'Bowl of Beauty', Osteospermum (peach coloured) in place of a big clump of Wallflowers that had become too woody, Campanula 'Poem' and the ordinary one. Also put in some small seedlings of Digitalis.

I then planted up the 4 Cannas (Indica) that I got in work a few weeks ago for just €1 each. I have these in pots for around the Lower Pond. Planted finally my Beschonaria yuccoides 'Quicksilver' into a pot for this area too.

And then it was time to tackle the Pergola area. Most of the plants that went into the ground today were from this patio table. So it is clear now. The remaining few are just placed tidily on the rabbit hutch. At least we can sit at the pergola now. And now I won't be feeling guilty if I buy any more plants. Hee hee. I also pulled up any weeds that were coming up through the gravel.

Gave everything a good watering inside and out. Potted on my 3 cucumbers 'Crystal Apple' into the one pot. It's big enough to hold the three. Also potted on the 3 cabbages into their final pots, and 2 Cayenne 'Heatwave' into their final pots too. I still have to pot on 2 sweet peppers. That can wait until tomorrow.

I bought a beautiful Geranium in Chelsea, this got potted up too.Fran, can you remember its name? I lost the label. And finally I provided stakes for my Corn. Well pleased with all these little jobs today. And now my back is like a lobster, ouch!!!!!

So much to do today

16 June 2010 07:53:52
Honeysuckle on Pergola

Honeysuckle on Pergola

Gotta concentrate on the front garden today. Grass needs cutting badly. Also needs to be strimmed, but Steve lent the strimmer to this brother. And the shears is blunt. I might end up using the scissors on the edges. Oooh the pain. Won't be able to type later if I do that.

I have 2 nice Begonia baskets in the back, but I think they would be nicer out front. I need to inject a bit of colour and welcome to the front door. Just hoping that they don't get swiped like last years ones. If they do, that's it! Never again!

I have to clear the area down by the pergola. The garden table is full of plants in waiting. The old rabbit hutch is now home to unused pots of all different sizes. I need to get some order there. Bags and bags of compost need stacking up neatly and weeding needs to be done there in the gravel. And if time allows, I will lie back and soak up some rays.....

Even Better - First Water Lily to open

15 June 2010 22:44:29
Even Better - First Water Lily to open

Even Better - First Water Lily to open

Couldn't believe it opened so early this year. Photo not great as it was beginning to close because I took it late this evening. Other camera not uploading.

More seedlings

15 June 2010 22:24:47
Other poppies in my garden

Other poppies in my garden

Sowed some 'Ladybird' poppies and Nigella after getting back from Chelsea. Both have germinated, happy to say!

Bracteantha

15 June 2010 21:33:05
Bracteantha (Strawflower)

Bracteantha (Strawflower)

I would presume that a lot of people haven't even heard of Bracteantha. I certainly didn't until we got them in at the beginning of the summer. I had to google on this. It is also called Strawflower. And very aptly named too. I have them planted around my Taxus fastiagata (Golden Yew) and I have them in my terracotta cup and saucer. I must say I have been pleasantly surprised by their performance. They come in shades of pink and yellow (Rachel's favourite colour combination!) Will be buying these again.

Is this Blight?

15 June 2010 20:27:34
Blight, or Frosty Nights?

Blight, or Frosty Nights?

Kicked off the boots, poured myself a nice cool drink, ordered Chinese, and just chatted and laughed in harmony out on the patio. Yes! This is what relaxing in the garden is all about. Dinner digested, watering done. Everything looking great.

Some of my potatoes weren't looking the best. Home Guard hadn't even started to flower yet, but the stalks were looking pretty washed up, limp and a bit yellow. Anyway I decided to have a look. Not good. Some potatoes are rotten. Others are tiny. Even though I have grown potatoes before, none of them ever rotted. Never having witnessed Blight firsthand, I wonder is this what it looks like, or are the rotten potatoes due to frosty nights? I didn't bother even looking further down the bag. Felt very disappointed as I was really looking forward to eating them. The reason I chose Home Guard was they could be harvested by July, before Blight could take hold. But all is not lost. The others look ok. I have 4 more varieties.

Will it ever be as big as Frans?

15 June 2010 06:15:23
Will it ever be as big as Frans?

Will it ever be as big as Frans?

Rachel kindly gave me a seedling of Rodochiton at our last get-together. I have nursed it in the greenhouse, finally hardening it off last week. Now it is planted into a nice pot. It's still small, but I'm hopeful that it will really take off now. It is positioned at the downpipe. I am hoping it will grow nicely up that spiral support and wrap itself around the downpipe to disguise its ugly look.

Summertime

14 June 2010 22:57:42
Summertime

Summertime

And the living is easy

Fish are jumpin'

And the cotton is high.

Your Daddy's rich (I wish),

And your Mammy's good looking,

So hush little baby,

Don't you cry.

One of my favourite roses

14 June 2010 22:25:06
One of my favourite roses

One of my favourite roses

Is this little beauty. Just beginning to open now 'Tequila Sunrise'.

And

14 June 2010 21:16:34
Peony 'Bowl of Beauty'

Peony 'Bowl of Beauty'

Didn't say everything in that previous journal. I thought the internet was going down again. My other two roses are starting to come out too. And my climbing rose up the post of the pergola is looking great. Last week I bought Peony 'Bowl of Beauty'. Haven't Had the chance to plant it yet. My God, if a customer had seen that opened out fully as I did this evening, there would have been none left for me. So glad I got it before it was too late. Just look!

Today

14 June 2010 21:07:33
Mangetout on left - radishes on right

Mangetout on left - radishes on right

I watered everything inside and out this evening. Had to tie in radishes again, and mangetout. I thought that mangetout wouldn't grow any further once it set flower. Wrong! They now stand at 5 and a half feet. Flowers are beginning to appear on the radishes finally. Can't wait for these. Came in to turn on computer - no internet. Back out and decided to feed everything. I even fed the borders. Had to tie in more tomatoes. I love the smell of tomato foliage. It is filling the air in the greenhouse mmmmm. Life is good, and the crops are looking great too. Roll on harvest time :)

Thankfully the internet came back. Otherwise I would have been driving Steve mad all night. :)

It's got a heart!

13 June 2010 20:17:34
It's got a heart!

It's got a heart!

Even though the snails have been nibbling on them, the cabbages are finally forming a heart. Tomorrow I will sort out those pesky creatures. They aint getting MY greens (or Pinks, Mammoth Red). Will rig up wire netting and surround them with copper tape.

Bits before work

13 June 2010 19:19:28
Melons 'Edonis'

Melons 'Edonis'

Up very early this morning. When I got in from work yesterday the tomatoes in the greenhouse were very dry. Ok, so now it's time to start watering twice daily. So I got that done at the crack of dawn. They do look better now for it. However, I don't think they require a second watering. It wasn't so hot today.

I managed to pot on the melons. I have two plants together in each pot (4 plants altogether). It needed doing badly. Hopefully they will really take off now. Chilipeppers are beginning to flower. Mangetout have shot up in the last couple of days. And there was me thinking that they wouldn't have much more growth in them. Glad I gave them higher supports.

So glad I got those few bits done before work, as I really don't want to go out now. It is lashing out of the Heavens. And I have been out in it all day. Great day for getting work done, no customers taking me away from jobs that had been put on the long finger.

Dad's Honesty

13 June 2010 06:24:10
Dad's Honesty

Dad's Honesty

A while back I posted a journal with a photo of a flower found in my Dads garden. I didn't know what it was. A lot of you advised me it was Honesty. In with him the other day and noticed lots of seed pods on it. Looking forward to having this in my garden for next year. Should have enough seeds for sharing.

Agapanthus

12 June 2010 22:26:40
Agapanthus

Agapanthus

This is a white one. Last year it was so healthy. Thought it was a gonner but look at all the new growth now.....

Corn

12 June 2010 21:27:23
Some of my corn

Some of my corn

It seems absolutely AGES ago that I planted out my corn. It kind of 'sat there' and did nothing. But I noticed that they really only began to 'take off' during the fine weather this week. I have about 12 seedlings altogether. Can't wait.

'My Horse'

11 June 2010 22:19:46
Horseradish

Horseradish

Here is a photo of my HORSERADISH which I planted as a 2 inch STICK. Not bad,Eh?

RHS WISLEY

11 June 2010 21:55:07
RHS WISLEY

RHS WISLEY

While myself and Krista were taking the 'woodland walk' in RHS WISLEY, we saw so many of these. Either Arisaemas or Arums. Not sure. But whatever it is, it's ...... intermedia. And it was lifted illegally. Couldn't resist it. Possession is nine tenths of the law!  :) And doing extremely well!

Identify please!

11 June 2010 21:43:07
Identify please!

Identify please!

Found this beautiful weed in my garden yesterday. Anyone know what it is?

Apologies for being boring!

11 June 2010 21:20:08
Rat-tail radishes

Rat-tail radishes

But these are just amazing. Rat-tail radishes are an interesting veg than can be easily grown in your garden or as a decorative plant in your edible landscape, along with making a novel and delicious ingredient in a salad. Their pods have a spicy taste. It is a radish that is picked like you would a green bean, not a rootcrop. Unique, interesting and decorative all in one.

The plant grows to a height of 2-5ft. Attractive flower cluster that are either white or pink to purple with pink pollination lines. Pick seedpods when 6-12inches long. Harvest regularly.

Chilipepper (Dave) introduced me to these. I have been looking after the seedlings very carefully. I am afraid to advertise here that I have once again failed with seedlings. However, so far, these have been a major success. At the moment they are about 24inches tall. But when I was watering them this evening, I was checking that the water was actually getting to the roots. OMG look at the bulbous growth that is pushing up out of the ground. Unbelievable! And that's not even the edible part!

Didn't have to be asked twice!

11 June 2010 20:43:47
Didn't have to be asked twice!

Didn't have to be asked twice!

Dropped in to Dad after work. Didn't stay long enough. My garden was calling to me though. Not that I did much. But listen to this. Steve got a saw, and promptly went down to chop down the Pyracantha. There were actually only 2 down there. I would have thought it was a lot more, because of all the growth. Well I heard yelps, and curses, and saw red. Ha ha. It's not as if I MADE him do it. It took it upon himself voluntarily. Ok, it looks really bare now, but gives me PLENTY of scope for proper trees and shrubs now. The stumps are still there, but tomorrow's another day.

Another New Plant

11 June 2010 06:14:57
Prunella 'Summer Daze'

Prunella 'Summer Daze'

I bought another new plant yesterday. Hadn't seen this one before. It is an evergreen perennial that gives compact groundcover with neat growth and has masses of pink flowers from June to August. Eventual height should only be about 45cm, pretty manageable. Will get a better photo when the flowers are out more.

Murphy's Law

10 June 2010 21:42:18
P. 'Bowl of Beauty'

P. 'Bowl of Beauty'

We got some lovely Peonies in about 6 weeks ago. I thought they were ALL beautiful, but one in particular 'Sarah Bernhardt' really took my fancy. Usually when I see something I like, I spend the day saying "will I, won't I"? However, I just looked at it every day since. Today I put it aside for myself and got on with my work. This afternoon I noticed a customer struggling into the shop with an armload of plants, clearly overloaded. I went to her assistance. OMG guess what she had in her hand? MY PLANT! What could I do? I told her she had made a wonderful choice and she went in and paid for her stuff. I consoled myself with Peony 'Bowl of Beauty. Next time my conscience struggles with 'Will I, won't I" I will strike while the iron is hot!!!!!!

These are

10 June 2010 21:07:54
These are

These are

the Pyracanthas that HAVE to go!

Its days are numbered

10 June 2010 20:33:43
Time for this to shine!

Time for this to shine!

At my back wall I have a few shrubs like Mahonia, a small Berberis, Viburnum, Akebia and either 3 or 4 Pyracantha. I also have a nice Norway Spruce and a Eucalyptus. 25 years ago I decided to plant the Pyracantha as they're a great burglar deterrent. The back wall measures about 8 foot high. Nobody in their right senses would even attempt to climb over with the Pyracanthas ready to tear them to shreds. But every year, around this time, I cut it right back. It grows out into the garden a lot. And ends up looking pretty ungainly, and takes a lot of light from all around. And of course, cutting it/them back can be a rather painful process, drawing a lot of blood sometimes. It's only when I give it its annual cut that I realize there is a good clematis behind it. It never comes out into the open to show itself off because of the Pyracantha. There is also a lovely Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus) which I would like to see a lot more of.

This evening I decided the Pyracanthas days are numbered. I hacked away at it with a secateurs, but it needs a saw. This is a job for SUPERMAN!!!! Hopefully Steve will get rid of as much as possible at the weekend when I am in work. Then I might be able to plant something more interesting like Sambucus...still trying to think of something maybe not so run-of-the-mill. This is one of the Clematis, in the photo, that has been struggling for years. I think it's time for Euthenasia to be performed on the Pyracanthas.

 

This Evening

10 June 2010 19:24:32
Geranium 'Vancouver centennial'

Geranium 'Vancouver centennial'

I planted 5 variegated geraniums into the Stone Circle. I will sweep up the mess tomorrow.

Gave the Camellia that Mairin gave me earlier in the year a no. 1 blade. It was quite top heavy. This is the ideal time for pruning Camellias as from July they will start to form their flower buds for next year. I also gave my Mangetout a higher support. I don't think they will get much taller at this stage, but it's better to be safe than sorry.

Ah those Geraniuims don't look as good in the photo. I will take a better one when they settle in, and get a good watering and clean up. They are only a temporary choice until I can decide what I really want in this circle.

A Beautiful Rose

10 June 2010 06:28:23
A Beautiful Rose

A Beautiful Rose

for which I have no name. If anybody has any ideas........

I love this one, it is so rich looking and has a gorgeous smell. Planted down at the pergola amongst Geums, Dahlias, Sunflowers etc and just starting to flower.

Companion Planting

09 June 2010 22:16:15
Foxglove (Digitalis) with apple tree

Foxglove (Digitalis) with apple tree

I have a vague recollection of someone telling me recently that it was a good idea to plant Digitalis beside apples to deter certain pests. Or maybe I was just dreaming. Anyone hear that?

ANyway, today in the garden, I noticed a white Foxglove growing in the very same pot as one of my miniature apple trees. Funny that!

The Difference a Year Makes

09 June 2010 20:21:06
Good to see SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE. (Cheers)

Good to see SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE. (Cheers)

Last year I was very proud of how my garden looked. The grass was kept short and tidy for MOST of the time. And then, I got to thinking. I wasn't happy with just short neat grass, and hanging baskets spilling over with flowers. This year, I have swapped all that. My hanging baskets now have tumbling tomatoes, and strawberries. I have a veggie bed in front of my greenhouse now, with potatoes, mangetout, tomatoes, Rat-tailed radishes, and peas. In the sheltered corner outside the greenhouse I have 2 miniature apple trees, and doing so much better this year.  My greenhouse had just 1 peach tree, 1 vine, about 6 tomato plants (shop bought), cucumber. This year, I have numerous tomatoes of different varieties, and none of them are shop-bought. I also have 4 peach trees, 3 cabbage plants, 4 melon plants, aubergine, peppers and chilipeppers, gherkins, kiwi. And that's just for starters.

This year has also seen the addition of staging under my garage window, where I am keeping window boxes filled with garlic, onions, potatoes (in bags), Horseradish, more tomatoes, and gojiberry.

I have compensated my lack of flowers in hanging baskets this year by extending (and plans for further extensions) in my Pond Border. With the addition of the Alpine Circle and the Lower Pond, I have now created more work for myself (or Steve) as there are a lot more edges to be strimmed while cutting the grass, making the whole process a lot more time-consuming. Also this year, there are not as many hours in the day. Last year my working day took up less time. Talk about a glutton for punishment.

So even though there aren't as many flowers this year, I wouldn't change it for the world. Unless I won the Lotto, of course!

Boring jobs

09 June 2010 18:38:43
All ideas welcome

All ideas welcome

Looking at my garden this evening, you wouldn't think I had been busy out there all day. My time was taken up performing all the usual, mundane tasks of tying up mangetout, radishes, cutting away some tomato leaves to let light in, clearing up debris that wasn't done before. Cutting away more ivy. One of my miniature apple trees is right up next to it. I don't want to give the snails a bridge over to the apples. Shifted pots around to try and make the garden look a bit tidier. Cleared out the coldframe. It is completely empty now. The reason for this is, I want to give Holly a place to sit in, to stop her going into the greenhouse when the door is left open all day. When she gets into the greenhouse, she sits on all my plants. By the way, Holly is our cat!  :)

I topped off the Belfast sink with some gravel. It still looks rather one-dimensional so I will acquire a couple of small rocks for extra interest. The remainder of the gravel was thrown onto the Alpine Circle. The gravel in that area had been seriously depleted in the last couple of weeks, as Steve is using it for target practise with the slingshot. He is hoping to be able to scare off the Heron. Actually, he is just basically having fun using the slingshot. You know yourself.....boys and their toys  :)

I emptied the Stone Circle of all plants today. I lifted all the bulbs (different Alliums, Anemones and Eremurus tubers) Since the Anemones went over, I haven't been happy with the planting in this circle. Now I have to get the thinking cap on for another lot of planting. All the while, when working on this circle, I was kept company by 3 goldfinches. I was only about 10feet away from them. My presence didn't put them off one bit.

Earthed up potatoes again. The ones in the bags needed it a lot more than those in the bed. Just thinking about my Gojiberry today. When should I expect some flowers on it? When will it fruit? A few of last years Dahlias are finally appearing. I had thought that the bad winter had put paid to their appearance, as I had left them in the ground. And finally, I fed my 3 Clematis. Hopefully I will be rewarded with a lot more flowers this year.

Another New Plant

09 June 2010 07:53:09
Gladiolus communis ssp byzantinus

Gladiolus communis ssp byzantinus

 I got this one in Chelsea too. It's called Gladiolus communis ssp byzantinus and is flowering its socks off right now!

Ooooh I love this!

08 June 2010 23:25:36
Arisaema sikokianum

Arisaema sikokianum

Here it is this evening. It just gets better and better, the more it opens.

Can't wait for this!

08 June 2010 23:00:50
'Ray's Scarlet'

'Ray's Scarlet'

Last year I bought my first climbing rose. Planted it at the back post of the Pergola. It did well last year, it being its first year. Took this photo this evening. Look how many buds are on it NOW!This is going to be a profusion of blooms very very soon. It's called 'Ray's Scarlet'

Help Please!

08 June 2010 07:32:33
Help Please!

Help Please!

I bought this plant about 2 yrs ago. It is still in its original pot but sadly the label has worn off. I have a vague recollection of this being labelled as some kind of Hydrangea. Have never seen a flower on it. Probably because it has been cramped for so long. Can anybody help with the name?

Synchronised Swimming Snail

07 June 2010 22:46:46
Synchronised Swimming Snail

Synchronised Swimming Snail

A couple of weeks ago when in the greenhouse, I found a few snails slithering up the door and I fired them into the nearest pond. I was dumbfounded watching them emerging from their shells (not fully) and just stretttcccchhhhhing, almost loving it. And do you know what? I actually thought that this chappy looked beautiful wallowing away. I am putting up an album of this ones antics. Judge for yourselves.

A Change of Occupation

07 June 2010 22:06:23
Needing lots of TLC for 50c each (I love a challenge)

Needing lots of TLC for 50c each (I love a challenge)

I worked in an office in a previous life - where it was nice and cosy, and centrally heated, soft comfortable chairs, and the only walking I needed to do was to the canteen, and the bus stop. And I was always warm and dry. What happened? I decided I had enough of being cooped indoors in an office with NO windows, and not even realizing there was a growing green world outside. When I handed in my notice, little did I realize that I should grow fins first, or at least develop webbed feet.

Ok Back to Reality!

Got really stuck into my work from the word 'go' today. Got lots done. Had to clear a big delivery that came in last week. And then the rains started......It rained from 1.00 here and is still bucketting down. On the positive side, I rescued 2 small Cannas that came in as indoor plants. I found them in the Ladies today where someone had been trying to rescucitate them in the wash-hand basins. That's where I stepped in. I offered the manager 50c each for them. They need a lot of tlc, but I reckon I can give them what they need.

I also got 2 lovely scented geraniums 'Orange Fizz' for €3.99 each. The word 'orange' refers to the scent of the leaves. It has a little lilac flower on it. I reckon I did ok for my first day back. And to top it all, I was allowed home at 4.00 for 'good behaviour'. The tips of my fingers are still shrivelled like prunes from the soaking I got out there. C'est la vie!

Liga, Look at This

07 June 2010 20:02:28
Liga, Look at This

Liga, Look at This

Here is the pot that it came from.

One More photo

07 June 2010 19:42:37
One More photo

One More photo

Took this a minute ago.

For LigA

07 June 2010 19:24:57
This is the only other one I have.

This is the only other one I have.

Have a look at this.

The Big Tidy-Up

07 June 2010 07:19:12
Bloom 2010

Bloom 2010

Back to work today. Working till 6.00. Ugh!!!!   I only worked 2 days after getting back from Chelsea and was only beginning to scratch the surface with the clean up after my absence. Who knows what today will hold after being out sick for the week, I reckon most of my day will be taken up stock adjusting dead plants, as they don't realize that plants are 'perishable good'. Ah well, very ready to go back as I am getting cabin-fever once again. Miserable looking morning, it must have rained all night. But the sky is starting to 'blue' up now. Hopefully a dry spell will last until I finish this evening, at least.

Good luck to those going to the last day of Bloom. Hopefully decent bargains will be had for all of you who attend.

Nectaroscordum sicilum

06 June 2010 21:08:01
Nectaroscordum sicilum

Nectaroscordum sicilum

Deborah gave me this when I was down in Terra Nova. It opened a couple of days ago. Pretty little thing. Deborah, it's not the same as Allium bulgaricum, is it? It looks just like a smaller version.

By the way, it's pink.

Pottering in PJ's

06 June 2010 20:22:43
Lonicera 'serotina'

Lonicera 'serotina'

What a day. The weather just did NOT inspire me to even get dressed today. At about 11.00am I decided to go back to bed for a snooze. Still raining when I came back down an hour later. Sat looking out the patio doors waiting for the rain to stop. Got a bit of weeding done during a very brief respite in the rain. I have to say the lovely wet soil made the job a lot easier than normal. Tied up more sweet pea (Myrtle's and my own grown from seed). Earthed up spuds in the veggie bed. The potatoes in the bags really took a right bashing with all todays rain. They are falling all over the place now. I had plenty of 'observation' time today to decide which shrubs will get planted in the front garden. And what plants are going to be moved ie Alliums (totally in the wrong place). On Wednesday I will lift some of them and plant them into the Pond Border at the back. The water butt overflowed a lot today so the garden got completely drenched. Used 3 watering cans of it to water stuff in the greenhouse.

My first climbing rose 'Ray's Scarlett' decided to open on such an otherwise miserable day. Escallonia opened too. And Astrantia 'Star of Beauty'. Potatoes are flowering nicely now, so it's water water water from now on.

I have two miniature apple trees, 'Elstar' and 'Redlane'. Both of them will produce a lot more apples than last year. Yay! I have 2 Cherry trees. 'Morello' is doing great. I was beginning to think I got a dud with 'Stella' from Aldi or Lidl. But today the leaves just started to emerge. Blueberries are getting nice and fat and juicy. Peaches are starting to ripen. Escallonia and Lonicera flowering well. Things are looking good. And still in PJ's. Good job nobody called today! The rain  decided to stop at 7.30. I reckon Fran might have his new Bog Garden today without even trying. Squelch squelch!!!!!

Sunset.........boring......

05 June 2010 22:47:16
Sunset.........boring......

Sunset.........boring......

This photo is the perfect end to a perfect day. My first day feeling any way decent in nearly a week. Onwards and upwards!!!!

An Amazing Arisaema!

05 June 2010 20:22:11
Arisaema sikokianum

Arisaema sikokianum

I bought this tuber of Arisaema sikokianium in Chelsea last week. On Saturday I planted it into my Bog Bed. Look what I discovered this evening while walking around my garden with Greta. Wahoo! Couldn't believe it could come up so quickly. Absolutely gorgeous. I think when Greta saw my reaction to it, she thought I had definitely lost the plot. But come on, just look at it! And it's not fully out yet!

Bloomin' Good

05 June 2010 18:58:28
Steve and Greta

Steve and Greta

Yes, I was there too, and I agree with Rachel. I saw lots of plants on display that I wanted to get. But sadly some of them were not available. Next year, I will try and get there on the Thursday.

Very impressed with the gorgeous display of Primulas. I did manage to buy one, Primula secundiflora, which I am very happy with. If I had known the Claire, Yuko and Deborah were there, I would have sought them out. As for Rachel, if she had answered her phone....... lol. Admittedly she DID ring me back, but at that stage I was happily ensconsed in my home having a decent cuppa, perusing my purchases. :)

Other plants that I bought today were Blechnum magellanicum, Dryopteris filix-mas 'Crispa Cristata', Incarvillea delavayi, Dicentra 'Burning Hearts' and Anigozanthus (Kangaroo Paw). No, my Kangaroo Paw didn't make it through the winter, even in the greenhouse. This was a good price for €10. Or you could get 3 for €25. Colours not as strong as the one I had last year. However, I love them. Happy enough with my few purchases.

Shopping List for Bloom

05 June 2010 06:31:35

For Liga

04 June 2010 21:56:21
Geums

Geums

Here is a photo of Steve standing beside my Geums. They stand at 4ft. Only 12inches last year. I love the cottagey feel they lend to this area.

My Little Ray of Sunshine!

04 June 2010 19:33:37
My Little Ray of Sunshine!

My Little Ray of Sunshine!

Did nothing in the garden today except watering. It's great to see what each day holds for us with this smashing weather. My climbing rose 'Ray's Scarlet' is just beginning to open. Probably tomorrow. Also Astrantia and Honeysuckle.

It's little things like these that puts a smile on my face. And my little Grandson, David, of course.

Double Gift

04 June 2010 12:39:26
Pink Aquilegia

Pink Aquilegia

At our last Get-together in March, Myrtle gave me a great big everlasting Sweet Pea. Down there this morning tying more of it up and to my surprise I discovered a lovely sweet pink Aquilegia growing out from the middle of it. 2 for the price of 1. Thanks Myrtle.

One of my favourite

03 June 2010 21:00:51
Sagittaria latifolia

Sagittaria latifolia

pond plants is Sagittaria latifolia. See how the leaves are shaped like an arrow-head. And I am a Sagittarian.

A Bad Workman Blames His Tools

03 June 2010 20:01:06
Potatoes starting to flower

Potatoes starting to flower

Had the Belfast sink planted up before 8.00 this morning. But couldn't find the bag of gravel that I thought was in the garage. Some other day. Slowly went into a decline after that. Planted a few Antirrhinums, Watered everything, and fed all in the greenhouse with Epsom Salts. Everthing doing well there. Potatoes have started to flower now. I sowed some Nigella seeds, and Poppies 'Ladybird' into pots, for pricking out later.

Found the shears in the garage and started to cut back the ivy growing up the dividing wall. Shears blunt as hell, so that put a stop to that. No energy. Supposed to be going back to work tomorrow. But sick as a dog with tablets. Got sick leave extended till Monday.

Another Pet Day

03 June 2010 06:35:24
Another Pet Day

Another Pet Day

This is the weather we have all been waiting for. Hopefully today will be a more productive day. Maybe I should start to re-plan my Front Garden Make-over. Long overdue. But I need Steve's help doing the job itself, so he will have to partake in the planning. It will involve gravel and such.

Belfast Sink

02 June 2010 23:31:38
Sempervivums

Sempervivums

Tomorrow, I hope to plant up a Belfast sink with various Sempervivums that I bought in England last week for £7.99, and top it all up with gravel.

My 'Unplanned' tomatoes

02 June 2010 22:37:08
My 'Unplanned' tomatoes

My 'Unplanned' tomatoes

Here is a photo of some tomato seedlings that have found their way into a big pot on my patio. If these are tomato plants at all, they are the strongest I have seen yet. There are marigolds and trailing geraniums in the same pot.

Today

02 June 2010 21:12:22
Today

Today

Couldn't muster up any enthusiasm for the garden all morning. Beautiful, beautiful day. After a while I felt bad as I was really wasting the time (something which I am so regularly short of). My Pergola area at the moment is unusable, as there are so many plants on the table waiting to be planted. I set out to plant as much as possible. But most of them are shrubs, and I really don't have a clue where they are going. In the end, all I planted was a fern which Fran gave me last year, and a couple of cowslips. Oh, and also a Lupin which I got in work last week reduced from €12.99 to €2, and a Caltha palustris for around the pond edge. I had seen this in all its glory in Terra Nova. It looks nothing in the pot, but Deborah and Martins looks like it has always been there.

I would have cut back all the ivy growing on the dividing wall if I could find my shears. In the end all I did was cut back, with secateurs, any of it that had grown through the planks of the roof of the arbour. It looks a bit better. Hopefully tomorrow I will be up to a bit more. When Steve came in, he watered everything. Without me having to ask him!!!!!!!

What to do today

02 June 2010 07:53:04
Mangetout

Mangetout

I think I will take on more of a 'supervisory' role in the garden. Still waiting for an improvement with the ears. My spuds under the veggie bench are huge, not much more space in the bags to earth them up again. That's, I suppose, one disadvantage of growing them in bags. I am going to stand and watch and 'will' my mangetout to produce flowers as beautiful as Frans. As  far as I can remember, both Frans and mine were sown at the same time.

I have a few small peppers to pot on here, and a bit of dead-heading. I might also give all my bedding a dose of tomato feed, or Epsom Salts. So all in all, it's going to be a pretty boring day in the garden.

The Arrival of The President

01 June 2010 19:34:01
Clematis 'The President'

Clematis 'The President'

Spurred on by Chilipeppers journal earlier, I spent a bit of time in the greenhouse this afternoon, staking tomatoes and pinching out side shoots. They are doing really well. Cut back my vine a small bit. The branches were starting to take over the greenhouse. Did a bit of dead-heading outside. Couldn't do a whole lot more. Went to Doc. Ear infecton. And every time I bent down the pain was excruciating. So I lost the will to garden very quickly. I spotted one of my last years Bishops coming up at last. It's the only one so far. :( But one is better than NONE! And finally my clematis 'The President' has decided to open for us. Love that Clematis, blue being my favourite colour, although, you all probably think my fave is white!

Cucumbers

01 June 2010 09:49:39
Cucumber 'Crystal Apple'

Cucumber 'Crystal Apple'

Ok people here have warned me that cucumbers don't like root disturbance. I have grown cucumbers before, purchasing them from a garden centre. So if they DON'T like root disturbance, why do the growers offer these seedlings to the public. Anyway, just in from the greenhouse. I have potted on the three seedlings, so here's hoping THESE ones will be a success.

Still thinking I should go to work

01 June 2010 06:22:15

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