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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal July 2010

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It will do!

31 July 2010 17:13:52
It will do!

It will do!

Entertaining tonight. Rather than my guests seeing the new Greenhouse Border half empty, I decided to dot around all my plants in waiting into the gaps. AND at least they have a better chance of being watered regularly too. Happy with this mix, as I wanted good HOT colours in this border. It works, FOR NOW!

It was supposed to be a barbecue, but unfortunately it has been very showery and blustery all day. SO indoors it shall be. They can still look out at the garden which will be all lit up for their benefit.

The corn is as high as an elephants eye!

31 July 2010 13:40:20
'Sweet Sensation'

'Sweet Sensation'

Eh, I don't think so. This one is a combination of seedlings that I bought in Homebase, and my own sown from seed 'Sweet Sensation'. Obviously they are both fairly small growers. But coming along nicely as you can see. Did corn years ago, so really looking forward to this.

First Dahlia from seed

31 July 2010 08:44:39
Dahlia from seed

Dahlia from seed

I sowed so many seeds earlier, and nearly all of them perished. In the end I decided on dahlia seeds as I thought these would be robust enough to grow anywhere. I was delighting in the fact that these were doing so well. However, during the transition period of 'hardening off', these were lunch for slugs and snails. Only one remained. What a disappointment. I was going to have SUCH a splash of colour in my Pond Border. But this one escaped the clutches of the dreaded molluscs.

Clematis 'Polish Spirit'

31 July 2010 08:33:45
Clematis 'Polish Spirit'

Clematis 'Polish Spirit'

I am so pleased with this ones performance this year. It rewarded me with just 2 flowers last year (its first season in my garden) .

This is it today! What a 'doer'.

Lonicera 'Graham Thomas'

30 July 2010 23:43:19
Lonicera 'Graham Thomas'

Lonicera 'Graham Thomas'

When planting these years ago, I thought the combo of Jasmine 'Clotted Cream' would compliment Lonicera 'Graham Thomas'. I wasn't wrong. It is a pleasure to cast eyes on this pair, instead of an ugly oil tank.

The Bishop Down Under!

30 July 2010 22:29:47
The Bishop Down Under!

The Bishop Down Under!

Look what appeared for me today. Bishop of Auckland. Wahoo!

Ichneumon suspiciosus

30 July 2010 21:48:25
Ichneumon suspiciosus

Ichneumon suspiciosus

Look at this. He was in the greenhouse this evening. I have been seeing a few more out-of-the-ordinary insects here in the last few weeks. I wonder is it because of the new pond? However, this one is of the 'wasp order'. Just looking in a little pocket handbook here.

One of several red-banded ichneumons with a cream or yellow scutellum and cream spots at the rear of the abdomen. The legs are yellow and black. This insect is commonly seen on the flower heads of umbellifers. It lays its eggs in various caterpillars, especially those of the swift moth.

And don't worry, after having a really close look at him, I set him free unharmed.

Getting Very Excited

30 July 2010 20:56:59
Chilipepper 'Elefanten Russel'

Chilipepper 'Elefanten Russel'

about my chilipeppers. Have never grown them before. Such growth. One of them was actually curled up around the stem like a worm of some sort. Gently I prised it away, terrified it would break. All's ok though.

Look at the size of THIS one though. This is Elefanten Russel

I always wonder

30 July 2010 06:10:15
I always wonder

I always wonder

how such a fragile plant can support a horizontal row of developing tomatoes so well without the need for tying in, or supporting. These are 'Black Cherry'

Autumn Hues

29 July 2010 22:31:43
Autumn Hues

Autumn Hues

Nandina domestica (Sacred Bamboo, or Heavenly Bamboo) is beginning to take on its Autumn colours.

Wanted. Dead or Alive!

29 July 2010 22:09:52
Wanted. Dead or Alive!

Wanted. Dead or Alive!

Caught this little .... munching away on my tomatoes in the greenhouse 'Orange Giant' this evening. He has gone to meet his maker. Squashed underfoot without delay.

Big Toys for the Big Boys!

29 July 2010 21:42:09
Just testing!

Just testing!

I have mentioned a few times about another project that Steve has his heart set on. However, I haven't actually said what it is. I know I only have a small garden, but this boy has big ideas. Hee hee.

The new Pond by the greenhouse had a lot of spoil taken out to get to the right depth. And all this soil got banked up at the back wall of the garden. He hopes (sorry, he WILL) turn this mound into a series of waterfalls, eventually flowing into a small pond at ground level. I plan on a woodland type of planting either side of this.

Today, Steve went to Lidl. Got himself a BIG SUBMERSIBLE PUMP to do the job in hand. He decided to test it out beforehand. Put it into the new pond. And Voila! We have lift off!

A Lesson In Relaxing

29 July 2010 20:49:45
For the Greenhouse/Pond Border

For the Greenhouse/Pond Border

I am trying my best to slow things down in the garden. I come home every evening absolutely shattered. I bought 2 pots of orange dahlias today and a pot of lovely yellow argyranthemums. I thought the two colours looked brill together. However, I will be off this weekend and don't intend to plant them until then. They will be going in to the new Greenhouse Border. I am getting fed up looking at my Radishes, tomatoes, and Peas. They need to be 'out of there'. Lots of planting to be done. Sadly I will be waiting a long time before I can harvest any of these. So I'm stuck with them.

Bit disappointed with the orange dahlias in the photo. They look more like 'peach' than orange.

From a different angle

29 July 2010 20:28:48
From a different angle

From a different angle

Here is his Passiflora from a different angle. I love it. Did you know that Passiflora depicts the Trinity. ie the three persons in one?

Blackberries

29 July 2010 20:24:57
Dad's Blackberries

Dad's Blackberries

My Dad is one of those gardeners where you just CAN'T advise him what to do. He just does his own thing anyway. Hee hee. Dropped in to see him this evening. The amount of Passiflora in his front garden is just amazing. It is climbing over everything and he loves it. I must say, it DOES make a statement. And there is NO OTHER garden on his road like HIS. He even has blackberries in his front. And get this, they are RIPE! For God's sake, it is only July!

Guilty!

29 July 2010 05:35:27
Waiting in anticipation!

Waiting in anticipation!

Myself and Steve visited a big Garden about month ago. After seeing such an enormous display of fuchshia and geraniums, I couldn't resist 2 types of geraniums. All were spectacular in form and flower. Here they are today. I have them in the greenhouse. Both have taken. Can't wait to have my own gorgeous flowers.

Will have to take these indoors for the winter.

Keep Bird-watching for Winter

28 July 2010 21:02:29
'Red Admiral'

'Red Admiral'

After Fraochs last couple of journals with butterflies I went round the garden today like a madwoman trying to capture a photo of a butterfly. It took a lot of effort to get this one.

Tomatoes that I won't be growing next year

28 July 2010 20:36:09
'Orange Giant'

'Orange Giant'

are 'Orange Giant'. They aren't called 'giant' for nothing. I have picked about 4 so far. But not because they were ripe. They all had 'Blossom End Rot' on them. Usually this is caused by erratic watering. However this is not the case. I have been very diligent about my watering.

The one here in my hand, not sure if it is the beginning of Blossom End Rot or whether it is actually starting to ripen.

Although just looking at that photo I have realized that the Blossom End Rot appears on the BOTTOM (Obviously). Maybe it IS ripening.

Coleus

28 July 2010 20:17:54
Coleus

Coleus

I never knew Coleus flowered.

Identify these please

28 July 2010 08:43:20
Identify these please

Identify these please

Another un-labelled plant in the Pond Border. Is it one of the giant lilies that Jack gave me, or some other type of lily. All I can tell you is, it must be tender as I had the foresight to plant pot and all so I could just lift it for the winter.

Living in Hope ("Help please, Deborah")

28 July 2010 07:33:44
Arisaema or weed?

Arisaema or weed?

I got a few plants from Deborah ages ago. And I watched my Dracunculus vulgaris throughout the winter, SEEMINGLY growing. However one day I went out and touched it. Yea I am weird. I am into tactile. And the snout that was growing out of the pot just fell off in my hand. It had rotted away with the winter weather.

Am I being way too hopeful in thinking that this is NOT a weed, but an Arisaema? Need Deborahs help on this one. It would be nice to know that I didn't kill EVERYTHING that I come in contact with! If it IS an Arisaema, do I pot it on, or just let it grow away? Please tell me it's NOT a weed!

Cucumbers

27 July 2010 22:34:43
Cucumbers

Cucumbers

My cucumbers 'Crystal Apple' have finally started to flower. It looks like I will be playing 'Mother Nature' in the greenhouse tomorrow with my paintbrush. Hope these cucumbers aren't too late to develop.

Summer Nights

27 July 2010 22:24:48
Summer Nights

Summer Nights

and gorgeous sunsets are what I love right now.  And the fact that I have a day off tomorrow. Hee hee. Cheers!

Chilipeppers

27 July 2010 22:02:39
'Hungarian Hot Wax'

'Hungarian Hot Wax'

These little chilis are really putting on such a lot of growth in the last week. I would have thought that I would be harvesting much smaller chilis. But still growing away to their hearts content.

27th July

27 July 2010 21:16:11
Arbour waiting to be moved!

Arbour waiting to be moved!

Well, I must confess to do doing virtually nothing in the garden AGAIN this evening. Except for watering. Off tomorrow, so I hope to tackle my shrubs in waiting and decide where I will put them. I DO recollect not so long ago actually clearing this lot. What happened? As much as ever now. Actually, more!

Planning a shift around in the garden. We are hoping to get ourselves a decent-sized barbecue and as a result we will have to move the arbour somewhere else to accommodate the bbq over the winter months under cover. The arbour could end up going on my Triangular Bed. We have another project on the cards for that area and to have nice seating to appreciate it will be cool. I think the garden is closing in on us!!!!

Sad time in the Garden Centre

27 July 2010 05:29:02
Sad time in the Garden Centre

Sad time in the Garden Centre

I always get a feeling of sadness at this time of year when we start to get in all the Autumn/Winter bedding (Cyclamen, Chrysanths, Asters). Where has the summer gone? It seems like the summer has only really got into full swing and they are whipping it away from us prematurely. I hate winter. I think I was born on the wrong continent. It only seems like yesterday that we were all here on this site, desperately clutching on to a few houseplants, so we could do a journal. Whose Amaryllis will be first in bloom? Whose will last the longest? Whose will be the most spectacular colour? Whose Hyacinth will be first to appear? And what vessels will be used for them, Hyacinth vases or Faiths jars? Prepared Hyacinth or not! And not forgetting of course, the ORCHID frenzy. Something to while away the cold evenings.

Let's get out there and enjoy Summer while we can! And long may it last!

The Death of the Rodochiton

26 July 2010 21:42:32
A Dead Rodochiton

A Dead Rodochiton

OMG this was going to be the most spectacular plant in my garden this year. Rachel very kindly gave me a good healthy seedling earlier. I planted it, and it seemed to be thriving. I had it in a lovely container on my patio with a spiral spike for it to attach itself to. Look at it today. Embarrassment, or what! You win some, you lose some! Will try again next year. And the year after that if I don't succeed!

Cheap and Tacky

26 July 2010 21:18:39
Cheap and Tacky

Cheap and Tacky

I know you all probably think these are cheap and tacky, but I am trying to include elements now to draw my Grandson to the garden. He will probably be 'running' this time next year. And I intend nurturing any enthusiasm he will have for the great outdoors. These were reduced yesterday to just 50c each. I thought they would be a nice addition to my new 'wildlife' pond beside the greenhouse.

Hot Day

26 July 2010 20:55:42
Fuchsia 'Paula Jane'

Fuchsia 'Paula Jane'

Boy was it humid today. I worked up a sweat just dead-heading. It was sunnier than we were lead to hope for. I bought a lovely hardy Fuchsia today 'Paula Jane' and some white Platycodon for my new rustic chair planter. Clara posted a journal on Platycodon the other day. Her blue one was gorgeous. But I think that the white is a real 'Look at me, I'm here' plant.

I am watering stuff in the greenhouse twice a day now. And feeding every second evening. Every alternate feed is with Epsom salts. All doing well. I noticed a leaf of my cabbage eaten to shreds this evening. But I have no control over the snail population in the greenhouse. They are probably coming in the window, which is permanently open now. And I am certainly NOT going out there with a torch when I should be all tucked up in my bed. :)

New Series

26 July 2010 18:22:45
Sunflower 'Italian White'

Sunflower 'Italian White'

Tonight for half an hour on UTV a new series begins. 'Glorious Gardens' is on at 8.00pm. Irish gardening expert Eugene Higgins embarks on a challenging project to transform 6 tired and dull plots into glorious gardens. Might be worth watching.

Eryngium

26 July 2010 06:18:05
'Look, Son. This is how it's done'.

'Look, Son. This is how it's done'.

Took this photo before work yesterday. It looked like 'little bee' was getting a lesson in collecting nectar.

That's weird. The caption didn't come up under the photo.

50c Cannas

25 July 2010 21:46:56
50c Cannas

50c Cannas

are looking very healthy since I rescued them. Now the last lot are beginning to flower. And the first one is STILL in flower.

A helping hand and a word of encouragement!

25 July 2010 21:07:27
A helping hand and a word of encouragement!

A helping hand and a word of encouragement!

Messy day today in work, had to take all roses out to the Warehouse yard for spraying. Was in NO mood for gardening when I got home. That was, until I saw that Steve had already dug over the new Greenhouse Border, and lifted all the grass sods. It was blank soil just waiting to get planted. Hee hee. On my last day off I had planted my Laburnum watereri 'Vossii', and a few seedlings of Verbena bonariensis, Leucanthemum 'Goldrush'. Today I planted Rudbeckia 'Tiger Eye, Galtonia, Dierama pumilum x2, Zantedeschia a. 'Crowborough' x4, some Calendula. and in the other side I put some of my last years Cannas (complete with a surround of slug pellets),  Chusan Palm (Chamaerops humilis) and finally Sidalcea m. 'Party girl'. Now all I am waiting for is to harvest the 2 tomato plants, Rat-tail radishes and the Marrowfat peas so I can complete the planting scheme.  Pity we didn't do this pond earlier. I will have to wait a while for all these plants to fill out. And while I was watering the greenhouse, Steve was a busy little beaver inside in the kitchen, cooking dinner. Mmmmmmm  Thanks Steve!

I have added a few more photos into my 'New Greenhouse Border' album.

Solo

25 July 2010 09:51:40
Solo

Solo

Just out watering the greenhouse before work. Look what I found. A Lonesome , ripe Blueberry. Mmm.. little bit sour but well on their way!

Eremurus

25 July 2010 09:06:17
Eremurus

Eremurus

Foxtail lily

New addition to the garden

25 July 2010 08:22:36
Brodiaea 'Queen Fabiola'

Brodiaea 'Queen Fabiola'

Got these in Spring. They are in a pot, but I think they would be nicer in a border. Beautiful intense blue. Brodiaea 'Queen Fabiola'.

Clematis for Fran

25 July 2010 08:06:47
Clematis for Fran

Clematis for Fran

Fran, this is a herbaceous clematis 'Gazelle'. Lovely little pretty white flowers.

Oxygenators

24 July 2010 21:40:04
Oxygenators

Oxygenators

Our third pond, having just been completed, has plenty of oxygenating plants in it. This one in particular always fascinates me. Again, Mother Nature at her best. You should be able to see the roots extending into the water. If the water turns like pea-soup we will have to install some kind of pump, or airstone.

Peaches for Liga

24 July 2010 21:24:26
Peaches for Liga

Peaches for Liga

Here you go, Liga. A photo of one of my peaches. I thinned out the fruit to give the bigger ones a better chance. They are ripening very early this year it seems. Still a long way to go though as they are as hard as bullets. Looking pretty yummy, though!

Not a 'What's this Flower' journal.

24 July 2010 20:46:50
Not a 'What's this Flower' journal.

Not a 'What's this Flower' journal.

No quiz. No prize. Just a thing of beauty. Took this in work yesterday.

A Perfect Excuse for Idleness!

24 July 2010 20:02:41
Ouch!

Ouch!

What was that I was saying earlier about it being a Scorcher. Woah, how wrong was I. It started off with drizzle as soon as I started work. And got heavier and more persistent as the morning went on.

After lunch, it stopped. And when the sun came, boy was it hot! Run off my feet today. I could tell I wasn't going to be doing too much when I got home. Luckily Steve was only making a start on cementing the brick edge to the pond. My boots came off immediately. If only I had a spare pair of feet to put on for tomorrow. Oooh the pain. Just as a matter of curiosity I weighed one of my boots. It feels like they weigh a stone each. But not quite. They only weigh 1lb 8ozs each. Very surprised at that. My feet are now soaking in my foot spa as we speak.

PS the photo is NOT of my feet!

Gorgeous Day

24 July 2010 06:18:38
Gorgeous Day

Gorgeous Day

What a scorcher of a day it will be. There is no movement in the air, trees out there are unusually still.

Hopefully when I get home from work this evening I can resume planting in the new pond area. Steve will be finishing the cementing job on the brick edging today and I will be free to get dirty in the garden again. Over the last week or so, I have been able to stock up on a few nice but ordinary plants at very reasonable prices. Garden centres nationwide must be selling off quite a lot of their stock now at this time of year as they are all 'going over'. Way to go!

Rachel, the best of luck at the course in Hunting Brook. Looking forward to hearing all about it.

 

Miniature Apple

24 July 2010 05:48:09
Malus domestica 'Redlane'

Malus domestica 'Redlane'

My second year with this miniature apple (Malus domestica 'Redlane').

The flesh is red throughout. Very very sweet. And twice the fruit that it produced last year. Ok not a bumper crop, but it IS only a miniature, and in a pot. I would recommend it to people whose space is limited.

Melon 'Adonis'

23 July 2010 22:48:47
Melon 'Adonis'

Melon 'Adonis'

I sowed some melon seeds earlier in the year. They perished. Sowed again. They also perished. Sowed AGAIN. Here they are today. Starting to flower finally. I have my doubts about whether I will get any melons from them.

Not worth the effort

23 July 2010 21:42:00
Not worth the effort

Not worth the effort

Initially I decided to grow some Horseradish because I thought the flowers on google looked gorgeous. How wrong was I. A small portion of 'stick' was planted into a pot, and I waited. It appeared above soil quite quickly. Then the white flowers appeared. Nothing to write home about. This is what it looks like today. Now what? It's heading for the compost bin.

Necessity is the mother of invention

23 July 2010 21:27:07
Necessity is the mother of invention

Necessity is the mother of invention

My hose was leaking up near the tap. Steve cut a section off it this evening. And used what he cut off to attach to the watering can so I don't have to get my feet wet when watering or feeding bedding on Begonia Island. Nice one. Must look for my spare rose. Only planted these begonias about 2 weeks ago and already they have started to fill out well.

You learn something new every day

23 July 2010 06:19:58
Hungarian Hot Wax

Hungarian Hot Wax

I have grown edibles in the past. And enjoyed the experience. However,  this is my first time growing chilipeppers and yesterday it just dawned on me that these are growing UPWARDS, not downwards. Never noticed that before!

Gosh, I Need to Garden!

23 July 2010 06:03:04
Grapes in my greenhouse

Grapes in my greenhouse

I feel like I have accomplished NOTHING in the garden since the weekend. Actually I didnt even accomplish ANYTHING over the weekend as time was taken up just tweaking and tidying. Getting withdrawal symptoms. And not off until Wednesday. Here is a photo of my developing grapes.

No gardening.

22 July 2010 22:24:31
Ripening blueberries!

Ripening blueberries!

Steve's Mam and Dad called this evening so I got nothing done in the garden. Not peeling potatoes now, so just dialling for dinner.

Here are some of my blueberries this evening. Looking forward to a really bumper crop this year. Have 8 bushes. All starting to turn blue now.

So Mad!

22 July 2010 22:08:05
Solanum rantonetti

Solanum rantonetti

Was in the greenhouse this evening taking photos. A few weeks ago I bought 3 Hibiscus, an Abutilon and a Solanum rantonetti, original prices €20 each. So what should have cost me €100 I got for a mere tenner, thanks to the Manager being sick looking at these. I was just about to take a photo of the Hibiscus which was now in flower, but when I went to hold the flower for the photograph, the bloody thing fell off. OMG So upset. No sign of another flower just yet. Will live in hope. But instead I will show you the Solanum rantonetti which is also in flower. Much smaller flowers, but plenty of them.

Thought this was cute!

22 July 2010 07:18:35
Thought this was cute!

Thought this was cute!

Was out and about yesterday morning and bought this little planter for just €8. Not a fan of small planters, but couldn't resist this one.

Hopeless Resuscitation!

21 July 2010 21:23:18
Root? Where?

Root? Where?

Late last year, I rescued a Laburnum watereri 'Vossii' in work for a knock-down price of €10. I planted it and watered it and watched it for the WHOLE summer. I imagined the buds were growing, so left it where it was. I watched and waited, and waited some more. But my subconscious told me it was really dead. Today, I bit the bullet. I pulled it up. I laughed when I saw the NON-EXISTENT root. Ok you win some you lose some. It was wishful thinking. Luckily I have no shortage of replacements. My new Laburnum got planted into the greenhouse border, and here I planted Exochorda 'The Bride'.

 

LOOKING AT THAT PHOTO, IT REMINDS ME OF A FEMUR BONE!

Scrappy Day

21 July 2010 20:34:06
Scrappy Day

Scrappy Day

The weather today was so typical of the August weather I remember from when we were kids. Thunder, lightning, and very heavy downpours. I started out with great intentions of digging over the new Greenhouse Border. Not a terribly big area, but an area for extra plants nonetheless. And that is always worth it. You can see from the photo that either side of the pond will be dug up to become the new border, and there is a narrow strip between the pond and the greenhouse which measures about 2ft deep. However, 2 tomato plants, Radishes and peas are still occupying that area. I dug both sides today. No sooner had I started when down came the rain, in absolute torrents.

Was driven inside for a while. Got back out a few minutes later, and planted Laburnum watereri 'Vossii', Achillea millefolium 'Smiling Queen', Rudbeckia 'Tiger Eye', Sanguisorbia 'Rock 'n Roll'. Concentrated on just the one corner for today. I am guilty of putting the 'cart before the horse' again as I really should be waiting for Steve to finish the cementing between each brick.  But no, I couldn't wait. Now I am at a standstill. I need to maintain an access route to what's still in the old 'veggie bed' for now. In the past I have let plant after plant die in their pots but these really needed to get into the ground asap. At a later stage I will add Dierama, Galtonia candicans, Zantedeschia, Chaemerops humilis (Chusan Palm) and Thalictrum 'Hewitts Double'. I also planted a few stray seedlings I found in the Bog Bed of Verbena bonariensis into this new bed.

Last Years Dahlias

21 July 2010 17:34:32
Last Years Dahlias

Last Years Dahlias

I am relatively new to growing Dahlias. I really only started last year. Had lots of flowers well into the Autumn and was very pleased with all of them. However, I tend to be a lazy gardener at that time of year and didn't bother lifting them up. Instead I gave them a good thick bark mulch in the hope that they would return. This is the first lot of last years flowering today. Looking forward to plenty more. And my Bishops. All progressing nicely.

Another Sunflower

21 July 2010 06:35:59
'Italian White'

'Italian White'

My second variety of Sunflower opened at last yesterday. This one is called 'Italian White'. 2 more to go.

Shh! Shh! Shh!

21 July 2010 00:02:12
Hello?

Hello?

Where is everybody. The site is sooooo quiet now! Looks like I am the only one still up. Guess I'll have to take over Martins role.

Surprise, surprise

20 July 2010 22:51:26
Surprise, surprise

Surprise, surprise

Don't you just LOVE surprises? Steve went out to his car this evening and came back with this. He got it from a chap in work who was fed up with it. Can't believe it. Beautiful detail in it too. Now I am hoping to incorporate this somewhere in the new Greenhouse Border. Or maybe NOT. Maybe I should just let it stand on its own somewhere, and become a focal point in itself. We'll see. All ideas welcome.

For Chilipepper

20 July 2010 22:44:36
Literally hundreds

Literally hundreds

Here you go, Dave. Did you say that YOU are growing Rat-tail radishes this year also? There are so many here that I am going to need to 'off-load' them onto someone. Steve knows a chap in work whose father has a stall in Smithfield. He has asked him would he take them off my hands.

Please Help

20 July 2010 21:42:38
Please Help

Please Help

Another label lost. Hope someone can help with its identification.

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

20 July 2010 20:58:39
Rudbeckia 'Tiger Eye'

Rudbeckia 'Tiger Eye'

Fell asleep on the couch when I got in from work. Ugggh! Such a waste of time. Steve wouldn't disturb me, it gave him a bit of peace and quiet. Hmmmm am I THAT bad?

Bought some Rudbeckia 'Tiger Eye' today for my new Greenhouse border, which I hope to get started tomorrow, weather permitting. Some of the plants I bought in St. Anne's are also for this border. But at the moment there are 2 tomato plants, Rat-tail Radishes and Peas in this area. But tomorrow I will make a start on the shape of it. And clear off any of the potted plants that were enhancing it for the weekends barbecue. I also bought a Canna reduced from €5.99 to €2. I think it is the same pink one that Fran bought in Woodies a couple of weeks ago. A spell in the greenhouse, and good dose of tomato feed should do it the world of good.

On a more positive note

19 July 2010 21:52:48
On a more positive note

On a more positive note

I discovered a new geranium growing under my Norway Spruce down at the back of the garden. Lovely markings on this one, almost like a butterfly markings. I wonder does anyone know which one it is.

'Orange Giant'

19 July 2010 19:47:27
'Orange Giant'

'Orange Giant'

Two of my toms 'Orange Giant' were just sitting on top of the compost this evening. One had been eaten by something, probably a snail. The other one was starting to rot. I think I will give each tomato some kind of netting support as the weight of these whoppers seem to be too much. They are too good to lose.

My very first gherkin

19 July 2010 19:32:20
My very first gherkin

My very first gherkin

I thought my gherkins were beginning to rot this evening. The top and tail had become a bit discoloured. So rather than let the rot take hold, I decided to pick one. Chopped it up. A bit crunchy, and tasted quite like a cucumber, but then gherkins are usually eaten after being pickled. Very respectable specimen, I must say. Now, I better go and hunt for a nice jar to pickle them in. I will be happy enough to wait a little longer before picking the rest.

Looking forward to these

18 July 2010 23:07:20
Looking forward to these

Looking forward to these

Cobs starting to form on my corn now. My taste buds are being stimulated.

Sunset in Santry

18 July 2010 21:54:32
Sunset in Santry

Sunset in Santry

Angry sky or what?

Rose Festival

18 July 2010 19:30:15
Leucanthemum 'Goldrush'

Leucanthemum 'Goldrush'

We headed over to St. Anne's Park in Raheny in the early afternoon, before the weather had a chance to get even worse. Very heavy downpours. What a sorry state all the roses were in after being battered and bruised from last weeks torrential rain and strong winds. Also there were an awful lot that were subjected to 'blackspot'. However, it wasn't really the roses I was going for.

Not very many stalls selling plants. And most of them had already been at Bloom. I just concentrated on buying plants as I wanted to get out of there before the next downpour. I managed to get hold of a few nice things, even though I found them to be quite pricey.

I got Sanguisorbia 'Rock 'n Roll', Sidalcea m. 'Party Girl', Leucanthemum 'Goldrush', Achillea millefolium 'Smiling Queen' which is a lovely deep pink, Galtonia candicans (Summer Hyacinth).

I also bought a few plants from the Shady Plants stall, Osmunda regalis 'Purpurascens' (Royal Purple Fern), Dryopteris koidzumiana (Koidzumi's Wood Fern), Polystichum set. 'Rotundatum Cristatum and Athyrium nipponicum 'Pictum' (Japanese Painted Fern). Happy with my lot, and especially the Leucanthemum.

Black Aphids

18 July 2010 17:48:11
Yeuk!

Yeuk!

Who said that black aphids didn't bother Nasturtiums?

Years and years ago I had lots of Nasturtiums in my garden as I had very little knowledge of gardening matters. And knowing what impact all those oranges, yellows and reds together would give, I basically just had them in the much smaller, more boring borders. I was INUNDATED with the little blighters. ANd when I pulled all the nasturtiums up, I was left with nothing.

Then this year, people were mentioning their attributes. So I thought I would give them a second go. Luckily I only have a few in the area just at the downpipe. They are in a pot strapped onto the drainpipe, and are also in a big container below with some dahlias. Millions of the little blighters got ripped up yesterday. I was disgusted to find them. Disgusting creatures. So lesson learnt! Never will I have another Nasturtium.

A way with the girls.

18 July 2010 09:07:39
My niece, Harvey and my Grandson, David

My niece, Harvey and my Grandson, David

My grandson, David, is only 6mths old, and already he has a way with the girls. The baby on the left is my newest niece, Harvey. My brother and his wife, Michelle, will be emigrating to the Philippines at the end of the year. God knows how often we may get to see them after that.

Aren't they such a cute pair!

Tweaking in the garden

18 July 2010 07:27:58
Me with Zak (my nephew)

Me with Zak (my nephew)

Well it was so funny watching Steve yesterday in the garden. I had a lot of running around to do, getting last-minute things in place for the Barbecue. Steve cut the edges and went round the grass with the lawnmower. I even saw him robbing some of my planted containers for placing round his new pond.

It was my Mams 2nd Anniversary, and as Steve is not a church-goer, he opted to start up the barbecue in our absence. This is the first time I have witnessed him taking so much pride in the garden, and rightly so as he has put so much work into it. And it was more-or-less the 'unveiling' of the new pond.

We were so lucky that the rain held off almost all day. The odd shower was only very light, and we all ate, drank and laughed outside until about 11.00. Then those with kids started to leave bit by bit. Well such fun and great humours all round. Dad's last words to me as he was leaving were "Your Mammy would have had a brilliant night". It touched my heart.

What is this please

17 July 2010 17:10:11
What is this please

What is this please

My daughter Kim has just arrived for the barbecue this evening. She pulled a flower from a shrub passing by a garden, and expected me to know what it is. I haven't a clue, but when she eventually buys her own house, she wants this in her garden. It has a nice gentle scent. Does anybody know what this is?

Bee ootiful

17 July 2010 09:22:59
Bee ootiful

Bee ootiful

Couldn't resist taking this photo in work yesterday. It brought a smile to my face.

Drop the Shears

17 July 2010 07:51:53
Jasmine 'Clotted Cream'

Jasmine 'Clotted Cream'

For years Greta has been advising me to STOP pulling up things, and STOP cutting back others. I, of course, just always did my own thing. In front of my oil tank I have Honeysuckle and Jasmine. I have them there for years. I usually cut back the Jasmine to keep around the oil tank from looking like a total jungle. However this year, I decided to take my friends' advice for once. I left the Jasmine alone. I can't believe this is the first year for me to actually see it flowering. Buds are just starting to come out, and there are loads of them.

This is Jasmine 'Clotted Cream' and has a beautiful delicate scent.

Our favourite 'Outdoor Spot'

16 July 2010 23:22:12
Our favourite 'Outdoor Spot'

Our favourite 'Outdoor Spot'

Steve and I regularly take some refreshments outside in the evening. This is one of our favourite spots. Note the 'green bin' converted into a water butt in the background.

Todays Bargains

16 July 2010 23:00:06
Todays Bargains

Todays Bargains

Manager wanted all plants past their 'sell by' date reduced to a ridiculous price. I bought a Laburnum (at last) which was reduced from €16.99 down to €3 and 2 Zantedeschias 'Crowborough' from €7.99 to €1. I was hoping to plant the Zantedeschias in the new pond, but it says on the pot that they need winter protection, so I reckon they might die in the pond. Too lazy (or under the influence) to look up on Google. So if anybody knows anymore about this, please let me know.

Solar lights

16 July 2010 22:31:07
Solar lights

Solar lights

I was never a fan of solar lights. However last year when we (Steve) made the Lower pond I bought 3 floating solar lights. Initially I thought that they were going to look very tacky. But I was pleasantly surprised. They cast a magical glow on the pond at night. And I was hooked. Here are my new colour-changing solar lights. Delighted with them.

For Fran. And anybody else who wants to see....

16 July 2010 22:16:43
For Fran. And anybody else who wants to see....

For Fran. And anybody else who wants to see....

Steve's finished project. Now on to the next. But I will give him the weekend off. :)

Praying for good weather

16 July 2010 21:57:13
Praying for good weather

Praying for good weather

tomorrow night as I am supposed to be having a barbecue for my family. Bought these 3 solar colour-changing lights for the occasion. Haven't seen them in action yet. But I hope they will highlight the new pond so nobody will fall in. I thought they would be in keeping with the circles in our garden. And I also have lots of other lights and lanterns. I was always a bit of a pyromaniac. Steve got it finished this evening. It looks great.

Topsy Turvy

16 July 2010 20:55:39
Producing tomatoes against all odds

Producing tomatoes against all odds

Bought a Topsy Turvy during the summer, purely to do a bit of research for customers. Costing €9.99 from JML, it's basically a bag which holds a tomato plant, upside down. I thought it was a brilliant idea to begin with and decided to plant one into it. The tomato plant grows downwards as in a hanging basket fashion. However, after a while the tomato plant decides that it wants to grow towards the light. And when it tries, it is hindered by the bottom of the Topsy Turvy. As a result the tomato plant doesn't know whether it is coming or going. Definitely just a gimmick. But I HAD to try it. It has finally decided to produce some small tomatoes. I planted 'Gardeners Delight into it. But it's not a natural way of growing tomatoes. I almost feel sorry for the poor things. Next year I may decide to use the Topsy Turvy as a hanging basket. Nothing else.

Tutti frutti

16 July 2010 06:17:09
Tutti frutti

Tutti frutti

Can't wait for these little beauties to be ready for me to devour. They are a lot smaller than last year, but I reckon it's just because I didn't thin them out as much. However, they are on the road to ripening. And looking delicious.

Weird Insect

15 July 2010 21:54:25
Weird Insect

Weird Insect

Spotted this weirdo at the Lower Pond yesterday. It's not a Damselfly, or a Dragonfly. Don't have a clue what it is. Can anyone help? WIll create an album 'Weird Insect'

Rose Festival in St. Anne's Park, Raheny

15 July 2010 20:35:28
Rose Festival

Rose Festival

St. Anne's Park Rose Festival, Raheny Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th July. This festival is a family event with music, horticultural lectures and fun events together with craft stands and plant sales, food stalls and a farmers market. It offers something for everyone - and it is free.

I am hoping to get there on the Sunday.

Unproductive Evening

15 July 2010 20:19:27
Rain doesn't stop play. Or work.

Rain doesn't stop play. Or work.

Was only in the door, had a cuppa, and I was sent back over to work to get a another bag of sand. All I did was water, and get dinner. Steve is out in the rain, as we speak. Short 5 blocks for the pond, so he has just removed some from a hidden area of the Lower Pond. He will replace them asap. He hopes to get the new pond edged this evening. Unless the rain really comes down hard.

 Oooh it's starting to get really heavy now. He has come in for the rainjacket. The grass level at the greenhouse side is dipped and he is not happy with it. So he is now taking up the blocks that he has just laid. Then tomorrow he will build up that side with concrete and lay the blocks once again.

A couple more toms ripening now. But all looking really healthy.

Have just updated 'New Pond Started' album.

Gojiberry

15 July 2010 06:17:02
Gojiberry

Gojiberry

I never grew gojiberries before. So I bought one early this year. However, I know nothing about growing them. I potted it into a bigger pot after buying it. When can I expect flowers/fruit. No sign of anything on it at the moment. It is a very sprawly bush, and in fact to me it looks like a climber. Any info on same would be much appreciated.

Name please

14 July 2010 21:36:02
Name please

Name please

Yes, I planted these, and there is no room to get in to see the label.

Sunny Day

14 July 2010 20:56:53
Does it give me IMPACT?

Does it give me IMPACT?

I thought it was going to an indoor day, but luckily at about 10.15am the heavy rain stopped and the sun came out in full force. Spent a lot of time today dead-heading roses, clearing up all rose debris. I have a bit of black spot but didn't get round to spraying it. Weeded all my borders, and did a lot more dead-heading there. Tidied up all pots. ANy left over plants got planted into any containers with any space left in them. Tidied out the rabbit hutch and now have all unused pots in this. Weeded the gravel area under the pergola.

In the greenhouse, I provided my melons and cucumbers with stakes. Cut back a lot of foliage on the tomatoes. And accidentally chopped off a big huge unripe tomato. Ok, so I bought some bananas in the shop and told Zoe not to eat them. I laughed afterwards as I had used Steve's 'cement bucket' to collect all the leaves. I didn't want to dirty my new trug.  Re-arranged all containers on the staging. Gotta create impact. Looking at the garden this evening, I wondered had I done ANYTHING at all. All those bits and pieces surely has made a difference.

Oh Yea, I discovered MY FIRST RIPE TOMATO (Black Cherry) Wahoo!

Wee Davey

13 July 2010 23:20:05
Wee Davey

Wee Davey

was sitting on my lap this evening while I was on Garden.ie. He is taking it all in.

Under Lock and Key

13 July 2010 21:54:51
I dare him to TOUCH this!

I dare him to TOUCH this!

If he TOUCHES this, I will kill him. He is welcome to the 2 garden trugs that he destroyed on me. I have a chain and lock here for my new trug, and it will be chained to the leg of the table.

Alstromeria

13 July 2010 19:36:57
Alstromeria

Alstromeria

I have three different types here. This one flowered today. And of course I lost the label. I think it's 'Felicia'.

The rain in Spain......

13 July 2010 19:00:13
Mitraria coccinea (Mitre Bush)

Mitraria coccinea (Mitre Bush)

Not a bad day, all things considering. Garden Centre very quiet all day. Sometimes that is VERY welcome. Thanks to that, the garden centre is looking pretty ok now. I used the time very wisely. Coming up to that time of year for the Garden Centre of The Year Awards. SO I need to be on top of everything. It started raining at about 3 o'clock and has just got steadily worse. Threw off the boots when I got in, had a quick cuppa, and out to water the greenhouse. Waiting every day for a ripe tomato. They are not even NEARLY ripe.

Quick check over the garden looking for something in bloom. I had a Mitraria coccinea (Mitre Bush) hidden behind the greenhouse for years, all forgotten about. Was very surprised to find that it was still alive last year, and decided to finally plant it. This evening, it is in flower for the first time since it was planted out. Lovely vivid orange flower. Pity it's not a bigger bloom. They are only about an inch long. Beautiful nonetheless.

Miserable out there now. ANd it doesn't look like it is going to stop.

What Ails my Scotch Bonnet

12 July 2010 22:14:52
What Ails my Scotch Bonnet

What Ails my Scotch Bonnet

Was just looking at my chili 'Scotch Bonnet' in the greenhouse this evening. No sign of any pest. So what has caused the leaves to curl?

TRUGGERS ON STRIKE

12 July 2010 21:46:23
TRUGGERS ON STRIKE

TRUGGERS ON STRIKE

Steve is not known for his wit or sense of humour. SO can you imagine my reaction when I got home from work this evening and was greeted with this scene. Hee hee. He must have heard my car coming up the driveway and immediately posed for this photo. Not really on strike though. Just a bit of a laugh. And laughter is the best medicine.

Joy

12 July 2010 05:52:51
Bed freeing up for New Planting

Bed freeing up for New Planting

The Marrowfat peas that I found in my press got soaked for a couple of hours, and thrown into the ground. They have been growing away nicely for a good few weeks now. But they went down so late I was having my doubts about getting anything from them. Came home from work yesterday and discovered them flowering. Oh happy days! Mangetout will be completely harvested this week, so they can be lifted. Rat-tail Radishes will take a bit longer, and then the peas. But there are also 2 small tomato plants there that will have to remain. But I can work around them. THEN I have a free reign to plant more exotic things in my new Greenhouse Border. I will be extending this veggie bed to meet the pond, and will end up curving it both ends to come out at least 3 or 4 feet on either end. It won't be just that narrow little strip. Spuds being dug up yesterday have given me food for thought, AND the table. But delighted with the peas.

Trug

11 July 2010 21:46:48
Trug

Trug

Or maybe at this stage it is safe enough to call it a 'Cement Bucket'.

Steve Today!

11 July 2010 21:12:02
Will be a great reflection

Will be a great reflection

I was almost afraid to go into work for fear he might well and truly do his back in. No. He didn't. But he decided to build up the level of the ground on one side of the pond, as the water mark would look all wrong when it is filled. So he mixed a pile of cement and levelled the ground. AND WRECKED A 2ND TRUG (he calls it a cement bucket!!!!). He broke the two handles off it during the week while shifting the soil from the new pond. And replaced the handles with chunks of hefty rope!!!!That's 2 he owes me! Then he trimmed the Viscreen. Tomorrow a bit more will be done.  Just taking the photo and realized that there will be a lovely reflection of the pergola now.

The Joys of Gardening

11 July 2010 20:54:02
The Joys of Gardening

The Joys of Gardening

Spider just posted a journal about struggling to keep up in the garden. I can relate to that so well. I was bunched after work today, cutting back every clematis, removing 1 inch of soil in each pot and weeds, and topdressing the whole lot. Then I had to remove the inserted trellis that separates them all, sweep down the shelves and put them all back. Aw Man! I only managed to get half of them done. Will have to finish tomorrow. And that job was done with head bent all day. Not very comfortable when doing it for such a long spell. Wasn't going to do anything, bar watering, when I got home. Then I read Spiders journal. And it reminded me how much better I would feel if got out and lost myself in my own little world.

So I decided to dig up my spuds. Oh how much more pleased I am with myself for having done that. You probably all know that these were initially sprouting in my kitchen and I decided to plant them. Not expecting them to do anything. Look what I dug up.

Sumac

11 July 2010 09:35:33
Does this sucker?

Does this sucker?

Fran gave me a stick in a pot last year. This is it today. Thinking of using it in our next project, but I am wondering does it sucker?

Batten Down the Hatches

11 July 2010 07:18:46
Batten Down the Hatches

Batten Down the Hatches

 Maybe the rain is going to hold off until I get home from work. Wind is really picking up. I better go out and remove my remaining tomato plants from the staging. Last Sunday the wind ripped through the garden. knocked 2 off the staging and one snapped completely, but luckily there are still flowers underneath the break, so I will still get a few toms. I think NOW would be a good time to bring my Cannas into the greenhouse, before they get torn to shreds.

Winter

10 July 2010 21:56:12
01.01.10

01.01.10

Better start getting the winter woollies in. Winter will be here before we know it! :)

Seeds for Next Year

10 July 2010 20:33:47
New Guinea Impatiens and Coleus

New Guinea Impatiens and Coleus

We got some beautiful Coleus in during the week. Next weekend I will be off. But won't have much time for the garden as I am having the family to dinner on Saturday. Gotta make as much impact as possible. None of my family are gardeners, except maybe Dad. And they always look forward to visiting my garden. However, I still need to add that 'wow' factor. So I am going to concentrate on containers for colour. Today I bought some New Guinea impatiens and Coleus to plant into one container. Might get more tomorrow. I thought that these colours complimented each other very well. I think I will be sowing some Coleus seed for next year. I say this every year. Definitely for 2011. Never got to plant these when I got home. Hopefully tomorrow will be a bit drier.

First Sunflower for 2010

10 July 2010 20:10:41
'Paquito Mix'

'Paquito Mix'

Couldn't believe when I came in from work and saw my very first sunflower of the year flowering. This one is 'Paquito Mix'. How the hell did it decide to flower today of all days, what rotten weather. It is only beginning to flower and I took so few photos today I had to have SOMETHING to put on this journal. Tomorrow hopefully it will be open a bit more. Love the rich colour. Definitely one for next year.

Silly Journal Entries

10 July 2010 18:28:47
Nepenthes digesting a rat

Nepenthes digesting a rat

Ok I have nothing to read here since I got home from work. People couldn't possibly be working in their gardens with the horrible weather we are having today.  I think tonight I will post nothing but SILLY ENTRIES, seems that nobody is here to slag me.  Maybe I should GET OUT MORE!!!!!!!

Summer Blues

10 July 2010 06:43:16
Poppy 'Ladybird'

Poppy 'Ladybird'

Last year I only worked part-time. 'Twas grand. Just enough time in work, and plenty of time to play. This year I asked for help in the garden centre, and got extra hours instead. NOT WHAT I WANTED. Feel exhausted all the time. Get every Wednesday off, and every second weekend. I feel like I am in that place CONSTANTLY. And to top my bad mood, Broadband is acting up a lot.

Ok I have had my rant. Nice dry morning, thank God. I know all gardens needed all that rain, but I have to work out in it. I feel like it's going to be a productive and busy day. Have a nice one, all out there.

Today

09 July 2010 21:19:08
My share of 'Home Guard'

My share of 'Home Guard'

Very muggy all day. And constant drizzle. It was too warm to wear a rainjacket, but after a while I was beginning to look like I was taking part in a 'Wet T-shirt Competition'. Accomplished a lot today as business was pretty quiet. Cut back all the roses, and top-dressed them all. Spent a bit of time too on the fruit trees. They don't sell well in our place, so I get left with a lot of them and end up practically 'giving' them away.

Took up the spuds in the Veggie Garden. Wow, after all the disappointment with my spuds at home, these ones were a terrific success. Home Guard, same as my own. I was delighted to be able to offer the staff some for this evenings dinner, and I came away with a decent amount myself too, plus the potato bag for next year. The rain just got steadily worse as the day progressed. It's coming down in torrents. All I did this evening was water the greenhouse, and show off my Radishes to Kim, who called in for dinner. She was well impressed as she hasn't been here for about 4 weeks, what with work and college. It was a pleasure to hear that she has found some inspiration for her Art in the garden. She will be teaching Secondary School students come September.

Spot the Oil Tank?

09 July 2010 07:15:57
Spot the Oil Tank?

Spot the Oil Tank?

No. Very happy with the coverage over the oil tank, thanks to Honeysuckle and Jasmine. Usually I get a secateurs in my hand when it begins to get straggly and forget to stop cutting back. Not this year.

New Dahlias

08 July 2010 23:18:42
New Dahlias

New Dahlias

Have a family occasion Saturday week. I bought loads of these Dahlias today to provide my garden with INSTANT COLOUR. Can't let the side down.

Hungers Mother

08 July 2010 22:50:08
Hungers Mother

Hungers Mother

Feeding the Koi twice a day now. They nearly jumped into my hand this morning when they saw me coming with their food. Not very Koi.

Hey, Move Over!

08 July 2010 21:30:38
Hey, Move Over!

Hey, Move Over!

Captured this photo of a poppy this morning. 4 bees fighting for pollen from 1 flower. It made me laugh.

Looks like a good harvest

08 July 2010 20:51:15
Looks like a good harvest

Looks like a good harvest

Sorry if I am boring anyone here. But I really have to show you all my developing Rat-tail Radishes. It seems like I have been looking at JUST flowers for weeks and weeks on these. I go out every day, hoping that I will witness something more exciting. Well, that happened this evening. My Rat-tail radishes are finally producing the long-awaited for radishes which are harvested like a bean, not the underground growth. At the moment, the biggest ones are about 1 inch long. Better look up some recipes now, as there are going to be HUNDREDS of them.

No Sunset Tonight

08 July 2010 20:37:39
Yesterday sunset

Yesterday sunset

as it is lashing rain. However, I will do the 'Martin' and post a photo of YESTERDAYS sunset. It looked more like the sea than the sky.

Dendrobium

08 July 2010 20:24:12
New growth

New growth

I must be doing something right!!!!!!   I have a couple of Dendrobiums which I have been keeping on my Landing windowcill. It doesnt get direct sunlight, and in winter, it would be the coldest area in the house. I have them sitting on a tray of gravel, and regularly top it up with water. This morning I discovered some new growth on both of them. Chuffed with that. Normally I just throw out my Orchids after flowering, and start afresh the following year. Don't know what to do with them next, though. All advice welcome.

Teasles

08 July 2010 19:37:42
Teasles

Teasles

Dropped into Dad after work. How dare he have ripe tomatoes before me. Ha ha. And his Teasles are starting to flower. Some of them are about 9ft.  Definitely these will be in my garden for next year.

Another Homebase Purchase

07 July 2010 20:12:49
Another Homebase Purchase

Another Homebase Purchase

was a small Dipladenia for €10.49. I had one of these a couple of years ago and killed it. I wasn't aware until today that it could be grown outdoors, and with a lot of winter protection it will come back. Gotta be worth a try. Lovely rich red.

Keep Out!

07 July 2010 19:30:18
Keep Out!

Keep Out!

Went over to Homebase just for the fun of it. I needed to get out, and keep out of the garden for a while. Bought myself another Canna 'tropicanna', but the green and gold leafed one. It looks well with the darker one. And I must say it is gorgeous when the sun catches it. While I am sitting at the dining table, I can see the full force of the setting sun shining right through it. Beautiful. I was hoping to get something different in Homebase today. I did. I lost my white Agapanthus 'Snowball' during the winter, so I was able to get the same one today. Got home and potted up both.

Is it my imagination, or are the photos being cropped even more! Most annoying.

The Benefits of Water in the Garden

07 July 2010 16:09:55
Damselfly in my greenhouse

Damselfly in my greenhouse

Ponds, ponds, and more ponds. If you want to encourage aquatic life into your garden, make a pond, water feature etc. We have 3 ponds now (albeit small ones) and I am always saying its great for wildlife. We have water snails, pond-skaters, frogs, and probably a lot more than we realize.

Out in the greenhouse this afternoon. Guess what I saw when I was hanging up some Fly-traps? Yes, a Damsel fly. First one that I have seen here ever. So excited. I bought these fly-traps this morning as there always seems to be a lot of blue-bottles, flies etc zooming around the greenhouse. I often wonder what attracts them in. Now I am thinking I shouldn't hang these especially after spotting this beauty.

BLUE-TAILED DAMSELFLY (Ishnura elegans)

THE MALE HAS A CONSPICUOUS BLUE PATCH NEAR THE TIP OF THE ABDOMEN. IN THE FEMALE THE BLUE IS OFTEN REPLACED BY LILAC OR PALE BROWN. THE PTEROSTIGMA NEAR THE TIP OF THE FOREWING IS HALF WHITE AND BLACK, AS IN ALL Ishnura SPECIES. BOTH SEXES HAVE A SMALL SPIKE JUST BEHIND THE HEAD, EASILY SEEN WITH A LENS. THIS SPECIES BREEDS IN ALL KINDS OF FRESH WATER.

Another favourite for snails

06 July 2010 23:29:25
Developing grapes

Developing grapes

are my grapes. It is difficult to keep snails out of the greenhouse as they are coming in the open window at night. And I refuse to go out with a torch. I love my bed too much. Last year, I picked my grapes way too early for fear that they would be munched upon. I will last as long as possible this year. Lots on the vine. And more developing...... 'the piano has been drinking'......

Another Water Lily

06 July 2010 22:53:06
Another Water Lily

Another Water Lily

At the back wall of the Upper Pond I have a clematis growing (C. 'Miss Bateman'). No support given, and this clematis tends to lean over into the pond. I like this effect. However, today I spotted a waterlily that I never knew I had as the foliage has been so prolific. Don't know how I spotted it today. But had to cut back some waterlily leaves to get a proper photo. Lovely.

Martin, I hope this photo is to your satisfaction!

Myrtle's Sweet Pea

06 July 2010 22:45:23
Myrtle's Sweet Pea

Myrtle's Sweet Pea

Was overjoyed this morning when I discovered that the everlasting Sweet pea that Myrtle gave me has begun to flower at last. It must like its new home. Thanks again, Myrtle.

Wahoo, Internet at Last!

06 July 2010 22:34:35
Peaches and cabbages

Peaches and cabbages

What did I ever do without the computer. Have had no internet practically all day. Came home from work early due to back problems. Delivery came in and with constant bending and straightening, it was just aggravating it. Didn't do much when I got home. Why do I get bored so easily. Did a bit of greenhouse gardening, nothing too strenuous. Cut back foliage on toms and vine. Took off netting from Peach trees. The leaves were growing through and were beginning to look like Peach Leaf Curl. Had to check it out. All ok. I reckon the peaches will be a lot smaller this year as I didn't thin them out enough. But I will have lots of them. Not letting slugs and snails get them this year. Everything in the greenhouse is looking terrific. Did a journal this morning on gherkins and reported that I had about 20 on the one plant. In fact, there are 30. Not bad. Can't wait to pickle these. Now, I better stop typing before the signal goes AGAIN.

So what is this, then?

06 July 2010 11:53:45
So what is this, then?

So what is this, then?

Initially I thought that this was a Canna coming up. Not so sure now as Cannas leaves come up curled up. And are pointy at the top. It has more or less the same markings as a Canna. So what is it?

Gherkins

06 July 2010 06:08:24
Gherkins

Gherkins

I am growing a different type of cucumber this year 'Crystal Apple'. It is very slow to take off. It is the shape of an apple. Hoping that it won't be too big either as I am the only one here who really eats cucumber.

However, I am also growing gherkins. Wow, are they putting on some growth. I'm not sure how big I should let them grow. But judging from this photo, they should nearly be ready for picking. They measure about an inch and a half. There must be about 20 gherkins on the plant. Can't wait for these. Even nicer than cucumbers.

Last years Canna

05 July 2010 22:44:40
Last years Canna

Last years Canna

I have two of last years Cannas planted into the ground at the wall of the Upper Pond. One of them is planted beside my new Incarvillea, I think they both look the part together. The amount of growth in the Canna over the last week is incredible.

Around the Garden

05 July 2010 21:50:42
Black aphids on 'Italian White'

Black aphids on 'Italian White'

This morning before work, I had to assess any damage in the garden, after that brutal wind yesterday. My taller Sunflowers ('Russian Giant' and 'Yellow Russian')looking ok, but I decided to stake them up higher, just in case. 'Paquito Mix' and 'Italian White' looked fine too, but I had to spray 'Italian White' as it was covered in black aphids. Also my Dahlias that I originally thought were tomato seedlings were covered too. Steve did the honours with the watering today as he is off with a bad back. Potatoes are blown to bits. Stalks broken. So now I am wondering should I dig them up, or will they be ok to just let 'grow on'.

I tripped in work today after spending the day warning people about the hose. Yanked my back a bit, and am now feeling twinges. I feel so stupid. Hope to God I can get out of bed tomorrow.

Bought a Dierama (for Steve) and Pachysandra today, and a nice pot for my new Canna. I decided to leave planting it until tomorrow. Did nothing when I got in except take a few photos.

New Pond

05 July 2010 06:13:10
New Pond

New Pond

Steve is ringing in sick today. Hope I don't come home from work to find the pond finished. I have another nice idea for this pond. It involves a wire 'in-tray', and no back strain for ANYONE. More on that later.

Waterlily

05 July 2010 05:56:02
Waterlily

Waterlily

Here is another beauty that flowered in the Upper Pond yesterday. Another two on their way.

New Planters

04 July 2010 20:43:53
Alpine Planter

Alpine Planter

While in Ratoath Garden Centre today, I bought 2 lovely low flat terracotta planters for €11.99 (buy one get one free). I planted 3 alpines (Sedum spurium 'Fuldaglut', Dianthus 'Dainty Dame' and a Sempervivum) into one of them. Then topped the whole lot with green crushed glass. Still have to plant up the other one. Looks good though, I think!

Begonia Island

04 July 2010 19:50:14
Begonia Island

Begonia Island

Planted up 30 Begonias into the island in the middle of the pond. It's a bit late in the season for planting them, but they should look good after a few good feeds. This container has its own drainage system. It goes down into the soil of the garden, so any feeds I give the plants won't contaminate the water in the pond, or encourage algae. Better get myself a pair of waders by the time the winter bedding becomes available. Brrrr!

By the way, it will be a bit deeper when I finish filling the pond.

The Three Little Pigs

04 July 2010 17:27:45
No room at the Inn

No room at the Inn

Headed up to Ratoath Garden Centre today, only to keep Steve from doing too much in the garden. His back is bad again. He won't listen to reason. We got three more nice Water Lilies (Nymphaea 'Rene Gerard', 'Firecrest' and 'Rose Arey'). So I planted them into the new pond when we got back. Also bought a couple of pond plants (Pontaderia azurea, Lobelia cardinalis, Glyceria maxima 'Variegata', and a Canna Lily (Tropicanna). Even though my own are coming up from last year, I am getting a bit impatient for them to put on a bit of growth. Although this last week has seen plenty. I also got a little plant for my Alpine Circle (Rhodohypoxis 'Twinkle Star')

It was very windy before we went out. But by the time we got back 'Sweet Heavens Above' everything was blowing about madly in the garden. We had to tie the patio door open. I thought the glass would be taken out of the greenhouse. All four tomato plants in pots had been whipped off the top shelf of the outdoor staging. One has broken completely. I put them into the greenhouse for now. Can't swing a cat in there at this stage. I had a Camellia in a huge pot which had been blown over. Luckily no damage done. It's just like the story of the 3 little pigs. "I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house down". No sign of it abating at all.

Testing

04 July 2010 07:25:19
Testing

Testing

Had the hose in the new pond for about 2hrs yesterday evening, filling it up. No problems overnight. So the tap is on again. It's taking a lot more water than we envisaged.

Look what opened for me yesterday. Just love it

Blossom End Rot

03 July 2010 22:29:04
Blossom End Rot

Blossom End Rot

Can you imagine my distress this evening when I discovered this tomato in the greenhouse (Orange Giant). These tomatoes have literally been my babies, and I have been minding them just like my offspring. Looks like Blossom End Rot, caused by erratic watering. Usually affecting tomatoes grown in grow-bags or shallow pots. Not the case this year. However, with full-time work, it IS very difficult to make sure they get enough water every day. Hopefully, this won't affect any more tomatoes.

Not a productive day

03 July 2010 21:57:22
Not a productive day

Not a productive day

Went over to work to buy bedding for the Island in the Pond. Priced Butyl liner, just in case the Viscreen didn't fit. 13ftx10ft for €69.99. Good job the Viscreen was big enough. All went to plan. Visitors called in unexpectedly, so the job was put on hold. However, we got back to it eventually. Pond is filling as we speak. Looking good.

Actually, looking at that photo, it just looks like a bucket in a puddle!

The best

03 July 2010 07:43:56
'Rays Scarlet'

'Rays Scarlet'

I have 3 small roses here. Flower Carpet 'Amber', 'Gold' and 'White. Also a bush rose ''Tequila Sunrise' and another bush rose that I got from the neighbour next door before she moved down to Wexford about 10 yrs ago that has beautiful, big, deep red flowers. And lastly my real favourite is the climbing rose 'Rays Scarlet'. This one was only added to my garden last summer. How could anyone NOT be pleased with this. What a performance it is giving. Such an abundance of flowers. But it is down at the pergola, where recently I decided to stash all bags of compost and unused pots. Can't get a decent photo of the rose as there is too much crap around it. THAT will be one of my jobs for today. It has to be cleared so I can do a bit of dead-heading on it and give it a good feed. It deserves it.

Another new one to me.....

02 July 2010 21:20:47
Ixia

Ixia

Lads, here is a beautiful dainty little flower. Yet another new one to me. It is called Ixia. The foliage grows somewhat like a tiny Montbretia. The flowers appear atop a stem almost like a very fine wire. This photo can not possibly portray its sheer femininity. It has to be seen in reality to be appreciated. I hope to bulk up on this one for next year.

Pond So Far

02 July 2010 20:40:08
Rubber tubing to protect Viscreen cover

Rubber tubing to protect Viscreen cover

Came in from work and discovered Steve had split a rubber tube so it could fit snugly over the top edge of the barrel. When Steve was cutting the barrel, he couldnt manage to make the edge straight. So to stop the jagged edge wearing away the Viscreen, he thought of putting this in place. Good idea. Then he half-filled it with topsoil. Tomorrow I will add a couple of bags of Multipurpose compost.

But he's really done it this time! He ignored his backpain during the week. He did something very slight this evening, and now he is walking like an old man. Some people just don't know when to stop!

Uninvited guest

02 July 2010 06:28:50
Uninvited guest

Uninvited guest

This big poppy was NOT invited to my garden. However, she and her siblings are very welcome. There seem to loads of this type of poppy springing up everywhere around the place.

Help please!

02 July 2010 05:41:30
Help please!

Help please!

I planted this way back in spring. I have two of them. Can't remember what it is. Can anyone help?

Pond Update

01 July 2010 22:16:43
Pond Update

Pond Update

Steve dug out a small trench in the centre of the pond, and sank the cut-off barrel down into it. Then he cemented the whole lot. Hopefully the rain will hold off overnight and the cement will 'go off'. He didn't get time to put a cement wash on the floor of the pond but Rome wasn't built in a day. Have updated 'New Pond Started' album.

My New Angel

01 July 2010 22:00:26
My New Angel

My New Angel

I thought she was cute, she is similar to a larger one I bought last year.

Windy weather

01 July 2010 21:30:20
Gerberas

Gerberas

was playing havoc on the plants in the garden centre all day. Good job I had the foresight to take down my toms in hanging baskets before going to work, and the baskets out the front. All I seemed to get done today was watering. And reduce plants. Luckily the rain stayed away. I think it rained all  last night as the water butt was full this morning. Got home to find my wigwam of canes holding the mangetout was very wobbly on account of the very gusty weather today. Secured it, and watered everything. Managed to buy a Myosotidium hortensia €16.00 down to 42c, and Cistus corbariensis €6.99 down to 42c also. Also bought a small sleeping angel for just a tenner for the edge of the lower pond. Was tempted  by some brightly coloured Gerberas. They are ALL brightly coloured. I have always loved these but reckoned that they wouldn't last too well for the summer here in Ireland. No point in me suppposing, so I bought 3. Gotta say, they are such cheerful little flowers. Now at least I will be able to tell customers how well or badly they perform. So I planted them up. I have started buying for Steve's next project, Astilbe 'Little Sprite'. Had to pay full price for this. Shucks!

Arisaema

01 July 2010 06:30:44
Arisaema flavum

Arisaema flavum

Here is a photo of an Arisaema that I got in Chelsea LEGALLY. A bit disappointing with the hood curling down and it seems to be split. Don't know if this is its normal growth pattern. However, it IS different. Will watch and wait. This is Arisaema flavum.

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