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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal August 2010

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So Sexy!

31 August 2010 21:15:38
Hibiscus

Hibiscus

How come I never bought an indoor Hibiscus before? Oh yea, it must be because I have been too mean to spend €20 or over for one. Stroke of luck with the Manager reducing these. Loving them. Especially this yellow one. Hope I don't kill them over the winter now!

Bits and Bobs this evening

31 August 2010 21:01:01
Todays crop

Todays crop

First of all I did my usual walkabout to see if there was anything new to photograph. Sadly, not. Not to worry. Tomorrow is another day. Watered everything in the greenhouse and picked a good bit of stuff.

Watered everything outside. And fed my Camellias, Rhododendron, and Magnolias with the appropriate feed. Its a good idea to give them a feed now, and again in a few weeks time to bump up the flower buds for next year. And VERY important to water Camellias and Rhododendron regularly from now on to discourage bud-drop next Spring.

I actually planted the new Clematis too. Sorry, Fran. Too late.

Time for some winter bedding

31 August 2010 20:39:10
Flower Pouch with Patiola

Flower Pouch with Patiola

I planted up a plastic flower pouch with impatiens this year, rather than spend €16.99 on one already made up. Disposed of the impatiens this evening as they were past their best. Today I bought some Patiola (which is a cross between a pansy and viola). These have a semi-cascading habit which should make it a useful addition to winter hanging baskets. Usually the only trailing plant available in the winter would be Ivy. I planted up the flower pouch with some lovely blue ones this evening. I used 13 little plants. When it was all done, I watered them in, and I will leave it lying down for the next few days just to give the roots a chance to expand and allow them to get a proper grip in the pouch. It was a very fiddley job but it only took about 15 minutes. Never tried these Patiola before, (I am not a lover of Pansies) so it will be trial and error. The only reason I bought them was to actually see for myself HOW trailing they will be.

It's All Mine! :)

31 August 2010 20:24:46
Clematis 'Piilu'

Clematis 'Piilu'

After much deliberating over the weekend, I decided to get myself another clematis that came in on Thursday. Couldn't buy it yesterday as I was sick. But when I went in this morning, I discovered just one left. Oh Wow, talk about timing. I took it aside and hid it under a bench until I clocked out.

Scent to the Arbour

31 August 2010 06:10:04
Solanum loxum 'Alba'

Solanum loxum 'Alba'

Beside my arbour is a huge pot. This is what I have my sweet pea growing in and the scent in that area is just to die for. However, I also have my Solanum loxum 'Alba' in the same pot. I have been waiting and waiting for this to flower this year. It didn't disappoint me yesterday. Flowers are just beginning to show themselves. It can only get better.

Clashing colours

31 August 2010 06:02:29
Clashing colours

Clashing colours

This is how my dahlia border looks yesterday. Well, it's MOSTLY dahlias. In it too are roses 'Tequila Sunrise' which has made a comeback, and red Geums which keeps on coming back no matter how much I cut them.

Chili comparisons

30 August 2010 20:53:24
'Hungarian Hot Wax'

'Hungarian Hot Wax'

5 different chilipepper plants on the go here this year.

'Lemon Drop' stands at 3ft tall and is growing somewhat like a Standard. Fruits are only forming now. Maybe too late.

Cayenne 'Heatwave'  has very spindly growth and the chilis are growing steadily now.

'Scotch Bonnet' is a very squat plant (only 1 1/2 feet) but has plenty of growth on it. There are lots of chilis forming now.

'Elefanten Russell' is a very vigorous grower with lots of well-formed green chilis. Waiting in anticipation for these.

Very impressed with 'Hungarian Hot Wax'. It is a moderate-sized plant with huge chilis growing. Yellow at the moment and ripening steadily.

I also have a couple of sweet peppers on the go (seeds taken from supermarket-bought peppers). Growth on these is poor, and a lot of foliage has been eaten by slugs/snails. Still, little peppers forming and lots of them.

A day of observation

30 August 2010 19:46:57
Butterfly on Gazania

Butterfly on Gazania

Wasnt well today. So spent my time outside purely observing. It has been a bumper year here for insects of all kinds. Maybe I am more in tune with them this year. There are still wasps feeding on the sunflower stalks, and lots of hoverflies, which I initially thought were wasps all over the place, a never-ending supply of butterflies, bees and ladybirds and pond-skaters.

I noticed that the butterflies were only landing on the yellow flowers ie Rudbeckia, Gazanias, Gaillardia, Sunflowers, Calendula, Dimorphotheca and Arctotis. Lots of other colours around, but for some reason they chose the yellow ones. Strange that.

What are these?

30 August 2010 13:50:32
Insects on 'Tall Russian'

Insects on 'Tall Russian'

The wasps are still congregating down at the base of the stem of my 'Early Russian' and 'Tall RUssian' sunflowers. Curious activity there. So many of them.

But I noticed different insects feasting on the seedhead. They are very 'wasp-like', but much more streamlined and their stripes are paler. Don't know whether this photo will show them up properly until I upload it. Hopefully someone can tell me what they are.

Ok photo not great. Will post an album where it will be clearer. They are also on my Dahlias.

Weekend of 'Dossing'

29 August 2010 20:54:53
I feel a holiday coming on!

I feel a holiday coming on!

 I did very little in the garden all weekend, except enjoy it. Today I finally planted my long-awaiting Rhodohypoxis into the Alpine Circle. I don't know why I put it off for so long. Went out to lunch today, and did damn all when we got back home. Entertained then for the rest of the evening. I made the most of my first official weekend off.

Bonsai and Phalaenopsis

29 August 2010 12:23:13
Check this out!

Check this out!

Lidl are offering these next week.

Phalaenopsis with extra large flowers for just €12.99

Also Bonsai trees in 25cm pots for €15.99

Topsy Turvy

29 August 2010 07:41:48
Topsy Turvy

Topsy Turvy

I bought this JML product 'Topsy Turvy' purely out of curiosity. You grow your tomato plant upside down. Planted it up and waited. As the tomato plant grew, it began to turn up towards the sun and as it got higher, the bottom of the Topsy Turvy got in its way. I had to gently ease the growing stem away from the bottom to give it clearance to grow higher. Wasn't impressed with it to say the least. But I figured that as the tomatoes grew bigger, the weight would dictate that they start growing downwards. They have done just that.

At this stage in the game, it is looking ok. Plenty of tomatoes on it and all ready to start ripening. No sign of pests or diseases. And all tomatoes looking good. Must thin out some foliage today and maybe help it on its way by putting it into the greenhouse to encourage the tomatoes to ripen.

Fremontodendron

28 August 2010 22:04:08
Fremontodendron

Fremontodendron

Bought this in Newlands Cross Garden Centre a few weeks ago when Steve and I met up with Maria, Aoife and Fran. I am hoping it won't grow too large. Today it produced its first flower for me.

Another Exotic

28 August 2010 21:47:36
Indoor Hibiscus Outdoors

Indoor Hibiscus Outdoors

The first flower of this indoor Hibiscus fell off in my hand when I was trying to get a photo of it. Not today. And lots more coming.

Planning for next year.

28 August 2010 21:12:34
Canna seed pods

Canna seed pods

Discovered Canna seeds on the cannas in work. They 'fell' into my pocket. Red ones. And today I saw lots more on my 'Tropicanna' Cannas. I think my garden may just be overrun with Cannas next year. Should have lots to spare if anyone wants any.

A Chill in the AIr

28 August 2010 20:26:54
Gerbera

Gerbera

Temperatures have definitely plummetted today. And the winds were fierce. So much so, that I was fearing for the stability of my sunflowers, even though they are staked. I planted Lavender today (Munstead) into a pot which originally contained 'Hidcote'. However Hidcote hasn't done well for me this year. Had the bad winter got anything to do with it. I bought 3 for the price of 2 yesterday. So I have two more to plant. I was considering planting them in the white/pink/lilac/blue end of the greenhouse border. But I think they may end up too big for there. I'm thinking 'new pots' here!

I also planted my Gerbera into this area. And potted on my Arctotis 'Hello' into a bigger pot and sank it into the ground. I can now take it up for the winter and put it into the greenhouse. Not much else done today. I took my 'weekend off' to the extreme, and did VIRTUALLY NOTHING!

Dimorphotheca

28 August 2010 19:05:57
'Dimorphotheca'

'Dimorphotheca'

My seed-sowing record was appalling AGAIN this year. But I was delighted to see today that my Dimorphotheca seedlings actually opened up.

Dimorphotheca is a genera of the Calenduleae family. Osteospermums were formerly called 'Dimorphotheca'. But now this name is only used for the annual form. These annuals are also known as 'Star of Veldt' and are very different to the plants we know as Osteospermum.

Sunflowers for next year.

28 August 2010 10:52:37
'Early Russian' (A must for next year)

'Early Russian' (A must for next year)

After so many plans for so many different sunflowers this year, I only ended up with 4 different varieties. But all those that survived were brilliant. And each one will have their own slot in my garden for next year. Paquita Mix is a dwarf one, in tones of russet and edged with pale yellow. Each seedling produced at least 6 flowers, and they are still flowering their socks off. Italian White is a slightly taller variety and comes in a pale pale yellow/cream. This one will be in the greenhouse border next year.

During the week two more came out. Tall Russian lives up to his name. He now stands at 9ft. Early Russian which also flowered during the week has the BIGGEST flower I have ever seen on a sunflower. It measured 10inches in diameter Actually if I were to iron out the petals, it would be bigger. It has a big floppy head, with a sunken seed centre. It almost defies the law of gravity, by NOT folding over and dropping onto the ground. So unusual. And it is NEVER without feasting bees. A definite for next year too. Just love it.

The tables are turned!

28 August 2010 08:10:26
The tables are turned!

The tables are turned!

My first official weekend off. Poor oul' Steve has to work until 1.00 today. Just having my 2nd cuppa coffee. Now, should I go up and have my shower now and get out and to do a bit, or.............................just go back up for a snooze.......

Am I sad, or what!

27 August 2010 21:59:10
'Black to the fuchsia'

'Black to the fuchsia'

I even see beauty in an unopened Fuchsia flower. This one is 'Black to the Fuchsia'. Love this, and I didn't think it would pull through the winter. It's just about to flower. I think Liga bought this one in my place last year too.

Any day now!

I can resist anything but temptation!

27 August 2010 18:35:40
Clematis 'Piilu'

Clematis 'Piilu'

These new Clematis came in today. Oh the pain! Was really tempted to buy this. Still thinking about it. The photo is not the true colour. It's more pink. A bit like C. 'Nellie Moser' but much nicer. 'Nellie Moser' tends to fade quite a bit in the sun.

Maybe on Monday....

Beautiful morning

27 August 2010 06:42:00
Gladioli and Bishop of Llandaff

Gladioli and Bishop of Llandaff

It's to be a good one today again, and to remain good for the weekend. Wahoo.

Thought I would share this colour combo with you. Not really planned but I like it anyway.

HAVE A GREAT DAY!

What's my name?

26 August 2010 21:48:33
What's my name?

What's my name?

I have this grass by the Upper Pond for years now. But can't for the life of me remember what it is called. I thought I had the label in the soil beside it.

Another Sunflower

26 August 2010 21:26:53
'Tall Russian'

'Tall Russian'

Another one opened for me today. 'Tall Russian' This one is 8ft. But another flower ready to do its business which is easily 9ft or more.

Nothing done this evening

26 August 2010 20:32:39
Gerbera Everlast 'Carmine'

Gerbera Everlast 'Carmine'

Dropped into Dad this evening. When I arrived home, Kim, my eldest, came to visit. So I said goodbye to getting anything done, bar watering, in the garden today.

I bought myself a Gerbera Everlast 'Carmine' for the pink section of the greenhouse border. How well do they do, anyone know? To me, Gerberas are purely a short-season houseplant. Not sure how 'everlasting' they would be out in the garden. Only time will tell. I also bought a nice yellow Arctotis 'Hello' for the 'hot' section. I have been toying with the idea of buying this all summer long. Finally succumbed. I will plant it into a bigger pot, and just sink it into the ground. They need winter protection.

Kim was delighted getting a huge bag of freshly picked tomatoes to take home with her. Was amazed by the 'Crystal Apple' cucumbers in the greenhouse. She STILL thinks I am obsessed with the garden. :) I could think of worse things to be obsessed with!!!!

For Cloncaw

26 August 2010 06:34:35

Any Day Now!

25 August 2010 22:19:26
Crocosmia 'George Davidson'

Crocosmia 'George Davidson'

Really looking forward to this new Crocosmia (George Davidson). Love them all, but it's nice to have a yellow one (tinged with gentle orange). 'Lucifer' should be making his way to me pretty soon. Oh Yea!!! Hi Fran

Sumac

25 August 2010 21:59:53
Thanks Fran

Thanks Fran

Planted one of these years ago in my parents garden before I got married. I only ever got to see one year of its growth as the dog we had way back then dug it up and ate it.

But Fran came to the rescue and provided me with a small one earlier in the year. This is what I remember it most for. It's vivid colour. Haven't decided where to plant it yet, but I know I won't be disappointed with wherever it ends up.

Happy with this.

25 August 2010 21:43:28
Sidalcea and Achillea

Sidalcea and Achillea

Planted Sidalcea into the Greenhouse Border. But of course I hadn't really thought about colour schemes at that stage. Over the next week or two I decided on the far end being planted with pinks/lilac/blue/white so I uprooted it before it had a proper chance to feel at home. It is planted beside a pink Achillea (think this one is called 'Party Girl'). Very happy with the way the colours are falling into place now.

AND OF COURSE, THE PHOTO IS WELL-CROPPED! SO ANNOYING!

Lots done

25 August 2010 21:03:51
Greenhouse Border today (or part of it)

Greenhouse Border today (or part of it)

After running a few errands this morning, I got stuck into the garden by 11.00. Spent ALL day dead-heading, cutting back Penstemons, Lysimachia, roses etc. and spent a while weeding too. Put a lot of finished-with pots into hiding under my cherry tree. Once the crap was taken away, the place was beginning to look pretty decent once again.

The greenhouse has that very special smell as soon as the door is open. Sharp intake of breath! Don't you just love it. Cucumbers are putting on serious growth. Not sure when to harvest these apple-shaped ones.

I planted my Perovskia (Russian Sage) into the greenhouse border, and the gladioli bulbs I got in work. I also bought lovely white cyclamen which went into the ground today. Shifted a lot of pots around and just filled in gaps in the border with a good few.

Took away most of the leaves from my outdoor tomatoes. Mornings are getting a lot cooler now, so at least they can ripen quicker with the bit of sun that we have left. Tomatoes in the hanging baskets are slower to ripen than I would have thought. However, there are tons of them. Tasted one today. So juicy. Will be doing them again. Picked lots from the greenhouse. And used our very first Chilipepper (Elefanten Russell) today. Pork chops with fried onions and chili. Delishhhhhh. Didn't manage to get the grass cut but tomorrow after work, I will make sure to at least strim the edges.

Sunflower with a difference

25 August 2010 19:58:33
Sunflower 'Early Russian'

Sunflower 'Early Russian'

The central seedhead of this sunflower is not dome-shaped like a normal one. It is sunken in. I never saw this before in a sunflower. Bees were all over it today, busy gathering nectar.

Just wondering.....

25 August 2010 08:16:45
Just wondering.....

Just wondering.....

At the weekend I re-planted the display planters in work, with autumn/winter bedding. But I managed to pull up the beautiful white gladioli bulbs that are destined for my garden. Unfortunately I had to cut them almost to the bulb, not letting them die off naturally. Hope that doesn't effect next years growth. Anyway, the question is, should I wait until Spring before planting them, or is it ok to put them straight into the ground NOW? No name for these, but they will be going into the white/pink/lilac/blue end of the new greenhouse border.

It's 'Tidy-up Time'

25 August 2010 07:16:31
Ladybird in a weedy bed!

Ladybird in a weedy bed!

This will be my last Wednesday off so I better make the most of it. WIll spend all day tidying up in the garden, A friend from work will be over here on Friday evening having a look around. Gotta create some impression. If the weather is kind to us, I hope to get the grass cut too. From here I can see another sunflower about to open.

Have a nice day, All.

Wasp Feast

24 August 2010 23:14:03
wasps feasting on SOMETHING!

wasps feasting on SOMETHING!

While staking and tying up my few sunflowers, I noticed 9 wasps down low on the stem of this sunflower. It seemed like they were sucking the sap from the stalk of it. I wonder is there a wasps nest close by. Actually now that I mention it, there were 2 wasps in the greenhouse while I was thinning out the cucumbers.

Had to laugh at this!

24 August 2010 23:00:35
Early Russian

Early Russian

Another sunflower flowered today. This one is called 'Early Russian'. Gotta laugh at this, it being Autumn and all that.

Ecstatic with this

24 August 2010 22:30:30
Ecstatic with this

Ecstatic with this

I thought my corn wouldn't produce ANYTHING as it was planted so late, and in an area that is constantly neglected. However, I discovered about 5 corn cobs today. I am so excited about these. Brings back memories. I grew these first about 15yrs ago. But haven't grown them since.

Ornithogalum

24 August 2010 22:09:13
Ornithogalum

Ornithogalum

I think maybe mine is a different variety to yours, Dave. Mine seems to be more pointy. Maybe it has something to do with being crammed into small pots and basically being left to their own devices throughout the whole summer. But definitely will be getting more for next year.

Cat Comfort

24 August 2010 21:33:17
All tucked up

All tucked up

Came home early today and spotted Holly outside on the Arbour snuggled inside a Potato Bag. I don't blame her as it was a horrible morning here. Rather chilly, dull, windy and very showery. I couldn't think of a better place for her to snuggle into.

Todays crop

24 August 2010 20:59:42
Todays crop

Todays crop

This is a collection of what I picked today. The last of the peaches, the last of the grapes, tomatoes, and lot of blueberries. I get that amount of blueberries every 2 days. I might make muffins tomorrow as I will be off.

Beginning to ripen

24 August 2010 20:17:11
'Elefanten Russell'

'Elefanten Russell'

Purely by accident, I discovered this ripened chilipepper today hidden amongst the foliage. But as you can see, something else has been nibbling at it already. I must have the 'hottest' little slugs and snails here on this site. Looking forward to some nice hot chinese dishes now.

Thinning out and tying up.

24 August 2010 20:00:53
'Crystal Apple' today

'Crystal Apple' today

Was off today at 1.00 as the garden centre was totally dead. Horrible weather, and it looked like it was down for the day. Everything ship shape so I was let go early. Came home, had snooze, and up to thin out cucumbers, cut the rest of the grapes, trim off tomato foliage to let light in, and tie in all dahlias and sunflowers. Very windy all day. I was surprised they were all still standing by the time I got home from work. I also sowed a few pots of viola and pansy seeds as a result of dead-heading in work.

 

Plant Rescue

24 August 2010 19:41:20
'Moonfire'

'Moonfire'

Managed to pick up this Dahlia today for just €1. I don't know why these dahlias don't come in with stakes in place. They would only be in the garden centre a day and they start to fall over. We end up losing a lot of money on them.

This one is called 'Moonfire'.

Nigella

24 August 2010 19:02:39
Nigella

Nigella

Bought these seeds in Chelsea. Was late sowing them, but now they are beginning to flower. I'm feeling a bit sorry for them now as the weather has turned a bit chillier.

Nandina domestica (Sacred Bamboo) for Periwinkle

24 August 2010 18:14:03
Nandina domestica (Sacred Bamboo)

Nandina domestica (Sacred Bamboo)

Very trouble free little shrub. It has a lovely shape with the delicate branches growing in what could be described as similar to propellors, and in tiers. At the moment mine doesn't have its flowers but when they do come out, they will be white. But I think the main feature of this shrub at this time of year is its foliage which is starting to redden up with the closure of Summer. It will get more scarlet as time goes on.

Not a great photo of the shrub itself, as there is too much going on all around. As usual I have too much crammed in together. But definitely one to look up. I have had mine in a pot for the last 4 or 5 years but decided to plant it last year. As you can see it is a pretty slow grower. It's only about 2 and 1/2 feet at this stage.

PERIWINKLE, IF YOU TAKE A LOOK AT MY AUG 09 ALBUM, YOU WILL GET A BETTER IDEA OF HOW IT LOOKS. 

Lilies Open at last.

24 August 2010 17:56:25
Lilies Open at last.

Lilies Open at last.

Still don't know who gave me these, or why I decided to plant them in their pot, or which variety they are. But today they opened finally.

Floating lettuce

24 August 2010 07:18:06
Floating lettuce

Floating lettuce

Here is a photo of mine, Fran.

Just couldn't wait

24 August 2010 06:07:32
Is this Phlox?

Is this Phlox?

Last week I posted a photo of this plant in its immature state. Of course, there again, I was too impatient to wait until it had opened.

So do you STILL think this is Phlox? I like its colour.

Too Hasty!

23 August 2010 21:49:04
Too Hasty!

Too Hasty!

Yesterday when I got in from work, I posted a photo of my indoor bargain Hibiscus. As usual, I was impatient for it to open. But this morning at 6.00am, it was out in FULL flower. This photo is MUUUUCCCCHHH BETTER.

Perennial Sweet pea

23 August 2010 21:35:00
Sweet Pea growing up Obelisk

Sweet Pea growing up Obelisk

Just a photo to show everyone how happy Myrtle's perennial sweet pea is in my garden. Thanks again, Myrtle.

That reminds me. I must do a bit of dead-heading on it.

Cry Freedom!

23 August 2010 20:26:31
Cry Freedom!

Cry Freedom!

Every year I start working weekends for the whole summer. I usually start on Easter Weekend. However, this year it happened a whole month earlier. It usually goes on until the last week in September. You have no idea how difficult it is pounding the shop floor and garden centre in big heavy boots all day for 6 days, only to get one day off. And all in the summer heat. But because it happened a month earlier, this means that it is now OVER. Ecstatic. You've no idea.

The weekend just gone was my last working weekend until next March. I feel like I have just been given my 'freedom papers'. Now Monday to Friday. Very happy with that.

All Advice Welcome!

23 August 2010 06:13:38
All advice welcome!

All advice welcome!

I removed these little bulbous growths from the stems of my red cannas yesterday. I am presuming these are seeds. If so, I will try and grow them from these seeds for next year. Should I crack open the seed pods before sowing, or soak them, or just leave them intact and sow as they are? Do I sow now, or wait until Spring? It's so much easier to just buy new ones in each year. But I would like to succeed at SOME seed-growing. So any advice that anyone out there can give would be most appreciated.

Tough Day at the Office

22 August 2010 20:59:39
€2 Indoor Hibiscus flowers at last!

€2 Indoor Hibiscus flowers at last!

Very busy all day. With customers, AND jobs that just HAD to be done.

Every evening these days I rush home to see which new flower awaits me. They never fail. Something new every day. My bargain indoor Hibiscus Standard that I got for €2 (originally €20) rewarded me with its first open flower today. Worth the wait. Lovely rich yellow.

Just waiting for the other two now!

Unbeatable Colour for the garden

22 August 2010 06:46:51
Unbeatable Colour for the garden

Unbeatable Colour for the garden

Going to post an album of my Gaillardias. I didn't grow these from seed this year. However, after looking at all the seed heads at this time of year, I may do so next year. You have to admit, the colour is spectacular. And clearly the bees are loving them  too.

Gazania

22 August 2010 06:34:55
Gazania and Canna

Gazania and Canna

I didn't do much out in the garden yesterday after work apart from the usual watering and observing. I decided to take plenty of photos. Some interesting ones too. Took this one at the new pond, lying on my stomach. Steve thought I was ready for the Looney Bin. :)

P.S. THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A GREAT PHOTO EXCEPT IT HAS BEEN CROPPED BIG-TIME!

Triangular bed

21 August 2010 21:54:39
Sedum (I think this may be 'Ice Magic')

Sedum (I think this may be 'Ice Magic')

Did a mini make-over on this triangular bed last year. I have concentrated on mainly white plants for this area (white rose carpet, Leucanthemum, White-flowering Hebes and Sedum, and a fair bit of Ajuga reptans for ground cover, and colour) Would love to know which Sedum this is. Hopefully someone can help. Lovely plant. No fuss or frills. And definitely no maintenance.

However, there are new plans for this area in the pipeline, to be disclosed at a later date.

Campanula 'Cerastro'

21 August 2010 21:00:52
Campanula 'Cerastro'

Campanula 'Cerastro'

Just in case Fran missed my journal with my Campanula 'Cerastro', here is a photo of how it looks today. Thanks a mill. Looks gorgeous.

Dinner sorted for tomorrow

21 August 2010 19:30:09
To be assembled tomorrow

To be assembled tomorrow

It's a rare thing when I don't buy plants in work. Today, I decided it was time for a new barbecue. Got a much better one than the one we have at the moment. The manager decided to throw in a free cylinder of gas (€61) as I was such a good customer. He he. Steve looked as if all his birthdays had come together when I came in with it. He will have it up and running tomorrow by the time I come home from work. Wahoo. Hopefully the rain will stay away.

Does anyone know....

21 August 2010 06:08:34
Which ones?

Which ones?

what lilies these are? I don't think they are the huge ones that Jack gave me last year, but then, I don't think anyone else gave me lilies. And I certainly didn't buy any. Stumped, I am! Only about 12inches in height. And they must be tender because I have them planted in the pot so I can take them in. Looking forward to these.

10 out of 10

20 August 2010 22:04:39
Galtonia candicans, Take a Bow!

Galtonia candicans, Take a Bow!

I have a lot of new plants here in the garden this year thanks to Aldi, Lidl and the €2 shop. This one is my favourite of the whole lot. It stands about 3ft tall, and staking is unnecessary. It reminds me of big Snowflakes (Luecojum) or Snowdrops (Galanthus). I think this is also called Summer Hyacinth. And of course the colour says it all, white. Galtonia candicans, take a bow!

Which ONE plant is your favourite in YOUR garden this year?

 

As luck would have it

20 August 2010 21:19:15
Perovskia and sunflower 'Italian White'

Perovskia and sunflower 'Italian White'

During the week while witnessing my Perovskia (Russian Sage) in full flower I thought to myself how lovely this would be if this was planted over at the greenhouse border. I was going to dig it up and transplant it. I want something at the greenhouse that has light, airy foliage, as I need to let light into the greenhouse. Also last weekend, in June Blake's garden, I was asking her advice on different types of Thalictrum for the same purpose. If I don't see Thalictrum 'Hewitt's Double' in some garden centre, I still may transplant my existing one from the Upper Pond.

However, as luck would have it, we had an order delivered today and to my delight there was some Perovskia on it. Got 3 for the price of two. Will be happy now to leave my old one where it is.

Tomatoes

20 August 2010 20:07:26
'Marmande'

'Marmande'

Just finished watering and feeding all tomatoes, and everything else in the greenhouse. Then did the same with everything outside. I have been a bit neglectful of feeding things in the last couple of weeks. Just comparing greenhouse tomatoes to the ones outside. Ok none of the ones outside are ripe yet, but I haven't had to cut away any dead or dying foliage. And I didn't even bother staking the ones in the greenhouse border,they are just draping over the edge of the new pond. Not one of them have been subjected to slug/snail attacks. Also none of them have been affected with 'blossom end rot'. And they all look so much healthier than the ones in the greenhouse. Hmmmm.... got me thinking. I also have 3 hanging baskets with cherry toms outside. 2 'garden pearl' and 1 'tumbling tom red'. Also doing well. And have toms from them now. Maybe the greenhouse is not the ideal place for them. Might keep the greenhouse for the more fussy crops next year, and grow the tomatoes outside. We'll see.

Not a lot to report

20 August 2010 05:55:38
Malus domestica 'Redlane'

Malus domestica 'Redlane'

Nothing much happening in the garden these days. But I am happy to report that my apples (Malus domestica 'Redlane') are coming on nicely. These apples are red inside. And so so sweet. Last year (only a new tree) I had I think 3 apples from it. This year, it's a bit better. We have maybe 7 or 8. Getting better all the time. Great choice for a small garden.Can't wait to be eating these.

Low Maintenance House Plants

19 August 2010 21:01:25
Lithops (Living Stones)

Lithops (Living Stones)

I bought Lithops (Living Stones) in November of last year. Very little looking after on these. Just the odd bit of water and Hey Presto! You can see how much they have actually grown since buying them. The pale green is the new growth.

Productive day

19 August 2010 19:30:51
Productive day

Productive day

The weather started out pretty good today. Spent all day clearing away all the stock that is to be returned to the suppliers, listing everything, and sorting stock for 5 different suppliers. Nightmare. But managed to get it all done. I now have lots of space for all the incoming Autumn/Winter bedding. Everything got swept down, and moss removed from all shelves. Starting off now with a clean slate.

After lunch the drizzle came down. Not enough to don the raingear. However it didn't stop. 30minutes later I was getting really wet. Hoping the sun would appear. Didn't happen. By then I was soaking wet. Had the rainjacket on at that stage, but water was dripping down onto my trousers. Uggghhhh! Nothing worse than working in wet clothes but only another hour and a half to go. Had to drop into Dad on the way home. Didn't stay too long. Into dry clothes immediately. I feel a hot whiskey coming on.  Achooooooo!!! Still raining heavily as I type this. It's down for the night.

All I got done in the garden today was open the greenhouse this morning, and close it this evening. Not going out now. Tomatoes can do without water for one night.

Sweet Pea

19 August 2010 06:10:52
Sweet Pea

Sweet Pea

These were in a packet of 'Mixed' Sweet Pea I sowed early on. I have never seen a whole packet of these for sale, on their own. It would be lovely to just have THESE growing up the post of the Loggia. The markings are quite similar to the geranium versicolour I posted recently.

What is this?

18 August 2010 22:35:37
What is this?

What is this?

Krista advised me a few weeks ago that this is some kind of Malva. However, I have no recollection of planting Malva at ANY time. It is still as beautiful as ever, but not happy with it being 'Malva'. Any other suggestions?

Id of geranium

18 August 2010 21:48:14
Geranium versicolour?

Geranium versicolour?

Looked into geranium versicolour on google, thanks to Liga's suggestion. This is not one that I have ever seen before. But found it in my garden this year. When Greta was moving to Co. Meath, I was minding all her pot plants. She had the same in one of them and it must have seeded in my garden. However, today I dug it up, and split it into 4 separate plants. So hopefully at our next get-together, I can share it with other garden.ie members.

Poppy 'Ladybird'

18 August 2010 20:34:03
Poppy 'Ladybird'

Poppy 'Ladybird'

Ahhhhh couldn't believe they started to flower for me today. I got these seeds in Chelsea. And have been waiting and waiting. Very pleased with them. They look 'so cute'. Must save lots of seed for next year now.

Today in the garden

18 August 2010 20:00:38
Outdoor Autumn Kalanchoe in Handcrafted Pot

Outdoor Autumn Kalanchoe in Handcrafted Pot

Spent most of the day dodging showers. However, I did manage to get a few things done. Planted my Fremontodendron 'California Glory' into the greenhouse border finally, now that the radishes and peas have been harvested. Also planted Geum borisii and a nice primula with orange flowers, both of which I bought from June Blake at the weekend. Emptied a couple of pots of bulbs like Narcissi 'Hawera', Freesia and Ixia, and planted them into the same border, together with Anemone blanda 'White Splendour'. The Ixia was planted beside my Dierama. Ixia has the same kind of growth habit and flowers in different colours. That freed up the nice hand-crafted pot I have. So I planted the outdoor autumn Kalanchoe into that for a bit of autumn colour on the patio. I am hoping this pot will be a bit more frost-proof/resistant than all the other terracotta pots I have. I also got to planting the Persicaria that Rachel gave me on Saturday (thanks Rachel).

Scrappy day, but glad I got those few bits done. I also sowed some seeds of Spicy Salad Leaves.

Bishops Identity

18 August 2010 13:36:36
Bishop of Llandaff

Bishop of Llandaff

Wasn't sure which one this was, but this morning it seems to be producing those little yellow pinheads in the centre, so, Clara, it looks like you are right. Bishop of Llandaff. Well done on identifying this one for me.

Of course, if I had a shred of patience, and waited for it to open fully before trying to identify it....  Thanks, Clara.

Bishop Collection

18 August 2010 08:39:36
Very similar to top left except no yellow pinheads in centre

Very similar to top left except no yellow pinheads in centre

This is a photo of the Bishop collection that I got from Heritage Bulbs in Spring. 'Auckland' is in flower already which is the one on the bottom right, and yesterday a different one appeared. However, not sure which one. It is indeed very like 'Llandaff' except it has no little yellow pinheads. But what else can it be?

Scroll down two journals and see for yourself.

Colour Change

18 August 2010 07:09:04
Red Geums turn Orange

Red Geums turn Orange

I cut my red Geums last week and stuck them in a vase for the front room. I don't go into that room very often, as I am always in the dining room on the computer. However, yesterday morning I was putting the flowers into the bin. They had turned yellow/orange while in the vase. Funny that!

Bishop ?

17 August 2010 22:02:44
Bishop ?

Bishop ?

Anybody any idea which Bishop this is? It flowered today. Had it labelled but the marker faded in the sun.

Take up thy bed and walk!

17 August 2010 21:23:08
Take up thy bed and walk!

Take up thy bed and walk!

I must admit to being a total 'sceptic' when it comes to hearing about people with special 'healing' powers. I have been suffering with back pain since last Wednesday week after a fall on my garden spade.

However, Rubberboots sent me a message saying that he would send me something for the pain at 7.30am this morning. I believed none of it. I got up this morning, a bit of a twinge, but as the day progressed I improved steadily. Tonight I can sit at this computer free of pain. So whoever, or whatever did it, thanks.

Tonights harvest

17 August 2010 20:20:37
Fruit and veg

Fruit and veg

Well nobody is going to go hungry here. Picked a few tomatoes ' Amish Paste', Polar', 'Pink Giant', 'Black Cherry', Blueberries, Gherkin and the last of the peaches. Happy with my lot.

Ceratostigma

17 August 2010 18:50:28
Ceratostigma flowers finally

Ceratostigma flowers finally

He got planted into the ground last week, after being cooped up in a little pot for YEARS. Look at what he rewarded me with today after being given his freedom. Ok he's still very small. But hopefully will put on lots of growth from year to year.

Friendly Starter (thanks Dave and Madeleine)

17 August 2010 17:45:53
Friendly Starter

Friendly Starter

Dave and Madeleine dropped up to me in work yesterday so I could offload all my rat-tail radishes onto them. In return I was given some beautiful dill and courgette soup. Couldn't have it last night as we had unexpected visitors and not enough for all. However, just finished it this minute. It was absolutely beautiful.

Zoe just came out to the dining room and remarked that she could get a 'real Gran dinner' smell, Gran being MY MAM, who sadly passed away 2yrs ago. That is the highest compliment anyone could receive. Steve and Zoe have just polished off the lot with some lovely brown bread and real butter. Not your spreadable mullarkey. Thank you both very much.

Sorry but I robbed your photo.

Unexpected pleasure

17 August 2010 06:25:45
Clematis 'Polish Spirit'

Clematis 'Polish Spirit'

When Steve built the pergola I was very excited about being able to plant climbers, something I never had in my garden before. So I chose Clematis 'The President' which I was extremely pleased with. Then I bought a much smaller variety to grow up the other side Clematis 'Polish Spirit'. It never did much at all last year, and only grew to about 2ft. And never flowered very much.

This year I was about to pull it up. After all, things must earn their keep to stay here. But when I saw a great spurt in growth I decided to watch and wait. And boy, this little clematis delivered the goods. 'Polish Spirit' has NOT disappointed me in any way. And in fact, it is even better than 'The President'. It flowered early, smaller flowers, but now it is flowering prolifically again and is even BETTER than 'The President'. Can't wait to see how well it improves over the next couple of years.

Cucumber 'Crystal Apple'

16 August 2010 21:50:19
Cucumber 'Crystal Apple'

Cucumber 'Crystal Apple'

A bit late with my cucumbers this year. My fault entirely. I sowed twice before and failed. But didn't give up. So I did a third sowing. These cucumbers are in the shape of an apple. Even though they are late, they are finally starting to 'look' like cucumbers (well, apple-shaped ones).

Blowing his top!

16 August 2010 07:06:41
Blowing his top!

Blowing his top!

I found this chilipepper on my 'Hungarian Hot Wax' yesterday. The culprit who actually sucked the whole inside of it must have been blown out the window of the greenhouse. Who'd have thought that a snail could tolerate such a strong chilipepper.

Raft

16 August 2010 06:31:15
Raft

Raft

After Fairy Sally having a few false starts, Steve finally sorted out the buoyancy and she is now happily floating on the new pond with NO fear of capsizing.

When Steve was making this new pond, I wanted him to put in some kind of small slipway, so frogs, wildlife etc. could make their way safely out of the water. However, he wouldn't agree to this idea as he thought it would take away from the look of the pond. Hence my idea of the raft. Glad he agreed with this idea. Contrary to the belief that frogs spend their lives in water, they only actually spend about an eighth of their existence wallowing about. Now any little frogs that appear in the pond can make a safe 'getaway' from the water, and the raft is close to the edge so they can just hop over to the grass.

Radish Supper

15 August 2010 22:15:37
Maybe the roots taste better!

Maybe the roots taste better!

Just chopped up some garlic and threw the radishes into the hot oil with the garlic added. Mmmm smelt yummy. Left them on for about 6 minutes. And then the 'taste test.

DISGUSTING. I wouldn't even attempt to give any to Steve. However, not to be beaten, I decided to boil a few. Left them simmering for about the same length of time and added Soy Sauce. OMG DOUBLE DISGUSTING. All going on the compost heap tomorrow. We live and learn.

Ok this lazing about is getting us nowhere.

15 August 2010 21:39:18
We were sick looking at these radishes

We were sick looking at these radishes

I nodded off in the sun. Woke up in a sweat. That sun was REALLY hot out there. Really couldn't take any more torture. The rat-tail radishes were pulled up (by Steve) and I took them off the plants and had to also remove all the stalks. Graded them by size. Have filled 2 5litre containers already and still pulling off stalks. But at least I could do them while sitting down at the table.

Overseer for the day!

15 August 2010 21:00:35
Hey Steve, you missed a bit! (Ha ha)

Hey Steve, you missed a bit! (Ha ha)

I knew today wasn't going to be a very productive day. Pain in my back not getting any better. So I decided to make the most of the blistering hot sunshine on the lounger for most of the day while Steve got the grass strimmed and cut. Of course, that was AFTER he took me out to lunch. I just REFUSE to be in a kitchen on a day like that!

Time for another cocktail!

15 August 2010 06:38:53
Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise

This rose 'Tequila Sunrise' has decided to give me a second visit. Flowering away goodo at the moment.

Oh, yea, 'Tequila Slammer' is the cocktail, isn't it? 'Tequila Sunrise' is a song by The Eagles. Sorry about that.

Another Dahlia flowers

14 August 2010 21:24:44
Another Dahlia flowers

Another Dahlia flowers

I think this one is called 'Happy Flame'.

Jimi Blakes and June Blakes Gardens

14 August 2010 20:06:47
Jimi's Garden

Jimi's Garden

Great meeting up again. And meeting Violeta, Dorothy, and not forgetting Sammy for the first time. A very pleasant day spent in Jimi and June Blake's gardens. Weather couldn't be better. Jimi's garden encompassed a true woodland scene, complete with swamps and crumbling steps, ha ha. But not a problem. Scenes of ferns, lichen, arisaemas, fallen trees, and quagmire just SOOOO appealed to me. Then on to June's garden. Such colour. Vibrant is the word for it. And such a range of plants. And advice was at hand by June, herself. And of course, la creme de la creme was being able to buy a couple of plants afterwards. Definitely worth the trip.

Lovin' this

14 August 2010 06:19:30
Galtonia candicans (summer hyacinth)

Galtonia candicans (summer hyacinth)

Bought this in St. Anne's Rose Festival. Really love the fact that it doesn't seem to need staking. The individual florets on it look just like Leucojum (snowflakes).

Not too much

13 August 2010 22:44:02
Not too much

Not too much

Collected a bit of food this evening. Peaches, 2 types of tomatoes (Polar and Pink Giant) and some blueberries. Just enough to keep me going for now.

Question for Martin

13 August 2010 22:27:12
Question for Martin

Question for Martin

Someone gave me this fern which I also have around my Lower Pond. I wonder would you know the name, please.

New flowers

13 August 2010 22:16:37
Sidalcea m. 'Party Girl'

Sidalcea m. 'Party Girl'

Sidalcea m. 'Party Girl' flowered for me today.

But NOT disappointed with this....

13 August 2010 22:00:48
But NOT disappointed with this....

But NOT disappointed with this....

Just as I promised (was only guessing really) my Abutilon had opened by the time I got home this evening.

Disappointed with these

13 August 2010 21:44:05
Californian poppy 'Carmine King'

Californian poppy 'Carmine King'

Sowed a whole packet of Californian poppy ' Carmine King' (300 seeds). A whole 2 seedlings came up! I just hope these 2 seedlings produce enough seeds for next year when I sow them into individual pots, and THEN plant them outside.

Help please!

13 August 2010 20:59:25
Help please!

Help please!

Don't know whether this is a weed or a flower. Hope someone can help.

Outdoor Kalanchoe

13 August 2010 20:13:43
Autumn Outdoor Kalanchoe

Autumn Outdoor Kalanchoe

Has anybody ever heard of growing Kalanchoe OUTDOORS? I could have guessed that you could take a chance on putting them outside during the summer months. But Autumn? Have my doubts. Just HAD to buy some today. These are clearly labelled AUTUMN OUTDOOR KALANCHOE. I will have to plant my freesia into the ground so I can use this pot for them. It's a lovely handcrafted terracotta pot and will look lovely planted up with them. This is a first for me. I mean, Kalanchoe hail from Madagascar. What chance do they have of surviving our autumn weather. Excuse me if I am a 'doubting Thomas'. But I won't know until I try. Time will tell. It will be interesting to see how long I get out of them.

Happy Friday 13th

13 August 2010 07:00:32
Happy Friday 13th

Happy Friday 13th

For all you superstitious people out there (I'm not), take great care today!!!!!!!! Don't forget to put away all your gardening implements afterwards. We don't want any unfortunate accidents.

Happy Friday 13th

Another case of confusion!

13 August 2010 06:16:12
Confused Primrose

Confused Primrose

This little primrose has decided to put on a second show in my Alpine Circle. Must root in my box of plant names for this one. Pretty little thing.

What ails my Laburnum

12 August 2010 22:31:59
Slugs, Snails, or ?

Slugs, Snails, or ?

Bought this Laburnum. Recently, something has been chewing the leaves. I suspect slugs or snails as I saw a hint of a track today. ANy other ideas? I hope it won't do lasting damage as I have always wanted a Laburnum.

Bargain Hibiscus

12 August 2010 22:11:07
Yellow Hibiscus (I won't touch the flower)

Yellow Hibiscus (I won't touch the flower)

A few weeks ago I managed to buy 3 Hibiscus, 1 Abutilon, and 1 Solanum rantonetti which were originally priced at €20 each. I got the lot for €10 as the manager wanted to 'shift' them. Recently I was going to take a photo of one of the Hibiscus flowering, and accidentally knocked the flower off. Today I will show you another one about to flower. Won't wait till it opens fully as the same will probably happen. Lots of flowers coming on this one. I have had the solanum, and 3 Hibiscus outside for the last 2 wks, the abutilon is still in the greenhouse and will be flowering by tomorrow or the next day pg.

Ok Does anybody want this????

12 August 2010 21:26:57
Cortaderia selloana 'Splendid Star'

Cortaderia selloana 'Splendid Star'

Last year I bought 2 Cortaderia selloana 'Splendid Star'. One of them was planted in the corner of my Bog Bed. As you can see it is doing very well. Very well-behaved pampas grass. So it would ideal for a small garden. It only grows to 70cm. The other one I have in a pot. But is not doing as well. I think it needs open space. So it needs a good home as I have nowhere to plant it in the garden.

Wahoo!

12 August 2010 20:57:48
Larkspur

Larkspur

After having killed off most of my seedlings AGAIN this year, out in the garden today and spotted one that survived. Larkspur. Love the colour!

Who wants........

12 August 2010 20:49:02
Who wants........

Who wants........

Not doing strawberries again next year. I don't have the proper space to let them produce enough. Potted up 7 strawberry plants from hanging baskets today. So if anybody going to Huntingbrook on Saturday wants them, they're yours!!! Just say the word.

 

OK, YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE GOING TO HUNTINGBROOK TO ASK FOR THESE. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED.

Cutting Back

12 August 2010 20:42:08
Asplenium scolopendrum

Asplenium scolopendrum

As I said before, I spent the bit of garden time today cutting back, and weeding. We have a lovely tall grass in the pond (forget its name). It was dying back anyway, but looked awful. However, Steve wouldn't let me cut it back, as it was hiding the area where he removed a few blocks to finish edging the new pond. I cut it back before Steve got home. You wouldn't even notice the gap with the blocks. Pond looks better for it too. Cut off all the flowers of Alchemilla mollis before they had a chance to scatter. My favourite plant around the pond is this one. Asplenium scolopendrum. It looks terrific, but the best part is the underside of the leaf. DOn't you think?

Late Start

12 August 2010 19:12:33
Sedum sieboldii Mediovariegatum

Sedum sieboldii Mediovariegatum

Off today, but up at the same time as normal. However, when Steve went off to work I decided to go back up for an extra snooze. Oh My God, 10.00am. Wasting daylight hours. Up and out. Retail shopping. Spent more time out than I had anticipated. And got nothing to show for it. Swung by Aldi and picked up a grand hardy Hibiscus syriacus 'Lady Stanley'. Got home and planted it immediately. I decided to put a few things from pots, like my Brodiaea, into the greenhouse border where I am planting blues/lilacs/pinks/whites. They are still in flower but I needed the pot for the new sedums I bought. Did a lot of cutting back today. Watered everything, outside and in.

Planted my new Clematis 'Freckles' at the post of the Loggia so I can see its late-flowering blooms from the kitchen window. It should flower from October till January (ish).

Lily 'Dazzler'

11 August 2010 23:43:09
Lily 'Dazzler'

Lily 'Dazzler'

Just browsing through Amateur Gardening. Beautiful lily from Thompson & Morgan called 'Dazzler'. Got to be a 'must have' plant for next year. It is a ground cover lily, which rapidly knits together and is perfect for edging beds and borders. Good in pots too.

1st place goes to.....

11 August 2010 23:19:46
1st place goes to.....

1st place goes to.....

Have been waiting a long time for something to happen with my outdoor tomatoes. Finally this evening, Garden Pearl came in first. I have never tasted Garden Pearl before, so looking forward to the flavour.

 

"Well, Honesty!"

11 August 2010 23:14:05
'Well, Honesty!'

'Well, Honesty!'

Can't wait to have these seed pods of Honesty from my Dad's garden. Nearly ready for picking.

Am I a 'Wuss'

11 August 2010 22:13:34
Am I a 'Wuss'

Am I a 'Wuss'

I think I am losing the plot altogether. This year, I seem to be becoming very soft-hearted. I hope SOMEBODY out there can appreciate where I am coming from. I felt my heart-strings being plucked this evening when looking at the light shining through my garden, and casting a lovely soft glow to all the foliage. It made me go all 'squishy' inside.

Collecting like a squirrel

11 August 2010 21:40:22
Abandoned Robin's Nest

Abandoned Robin's Nest

Robins had been nesting inside the shop earlier on in the season. One had taken up residence in a lovely cozy furry Cat Box. Until one of the Managers moved it!!!!

The Robins never returned to this nest, as would be expected. However, before it got chucked on the skip, I decided to take it home. My Grandson is going to have as good an education on garden/wildlife as I can provide. Ok he only 6months old. But I say, get them while they are young. And they can NEVER be TOO young for learning about Mother Nature.

This one wouldn't die!

11 August 2010 20:58:06
Alive and Kicking!

Alive and Kicking!

We were going to do a make-over on the front garden this year. And going to remove the huge Cordyline in the middle of the grass. After the harsh winter, and everybody nationwide losing all theirs, we were hoping that ours would meet a timely demise. Ha! No such luck. It is hail and hearty. Never saw it looking so healthy. Make-over never happened. Probably next year before we get the time to do it.

Geums

11 August 2010 06:09:44
Good Cut Flowers

Good Cut Flowers

Yesterday I cut back all my Geums AGAIN. My Dahlias are all about to come into flower in that same area, and the geums are getting untidy looking. Didn't realize the Geums would make such good cut flowers for the house. I did have yellow ones too last year, but they didn't come up again. Hmmmm.

Am I missing something?

10 August 2010 22:05:37
'Auckland'

'Auckland'

Where is everybody? Am I the only one here.

Poppy 'Ladybird'

10 August 2010 21:25:56
Poppy 'Ladybird'

Poppy 'Ladybird'

Krista and myself got these annual poppies in Chelsea. Mine are almost ready to flower. Can't wait. Any day now. Hoping to save lots of seeds for next year.

Did you sow yours, Krista?

Lazy Sunny Afternoon

10 August 2010 20:32:20
Lazy Sunny Afternoon

Lazy Sunny Afternoon

I confess to having a very lazy day. After the fall the other day and hitting my head off the spade, I am now getting back pain so I didn't want to do anything too strenuous. Today is a Lieu day. Work tomorrow, and off again on Thursday. Not the way I wanted it, but what the heck. Spent most of the day laughing with my daughter, Zoe, and my grandson, David. I don't often get the opportunity to do the Grandmother thing with him. He is just such a happy baby. But I must admit I would NOT like to be a 'stay at home' grandmother. I feel that the incentive to be gardening would not be there. So long live working years. A bit more to go before I retire.

This afternoon I sorted out some of the plants in my Greenhouse Border. I shifted a few things and planted others. The far end will consist of blues/lilacs/pinks/ whites. The end nearest the house will have oranges/reds/deep yellow. Looking a bit better now. But I am still waiting to harvest my Rat-tail radishes, tomatoes and marrowfat peas before REALLY sorting out the planting. They are beginning to annoy me.

My eldest daughter, Kim, came visiting a couple of weeks ago and presented me with some bulbs that she bought in the €2 shop recently. Most of them were rotten, but some ok. Obviously they were last years stock and I didn't have the heart to say anything to her. So I planted Chionodoxa 'Luciliae' and Dwarf Iris 'Reticulata' into the blue end of the greenhouse border. So here's hoping.... My Sidalcea 'Party Girl' has begun to flower. Very small insignificant little flower, but pretty still. Galtonia candicans is a bit further on today. Picked more toms and tasted some. So far nothing compares to 'Black Cherry' for taste and reliability.

Liga, is this the one?

10 August 2010 13:21:50
'Orange Fizz'

'Orange Fizz'

I think I found the geranium I promised you a while back. It is a scented geranium 'Orange Fizz'. Correct me if I am wrong, Liga.

For Liga

10 August 2010 09:22:16
For Liga

For Liga

This is 'Auckland'.

Growth in Greenhouse Pond

10 August 2010 08:09:57
New water lily

New water lily

New pond is showing plenty of growth already. New water lilies are beginning to flower, even though they were bought pretty late in the season. Nearly missed this one the other day.

New Plants

10 August 2010 07:31:23
Sedum sieboldii Mediovariegatum

Sedum sieboldii Mediovariegatum

Off today so I hope to do a bit of planting in the Greenhouse Border. Yesterday I bought some gorgeous yellow potted lilies in Supervalu which will go in there. I also bought a lovely Sedum in work (sieboldii Mediovariegatum) which has gorgeous foliage. Haven't a clue where I am putting this. I will live with it for while and I am sure I will come up with something. It forms a spreading mat of cream leaves edged in blue-green and accompanied by starry pink flowers for early Autumn.

Another New Pond

09 August 2010 20:24:22
Another New Pond

Another New Pond

Hee hee bought this little paddling pool for my Grandson, David. When I got home this evening it was still so warm out. SO I suggested to Zoe (his Mam) that we introduce him to it finally. He was a bit 'iffy' to begin with but got over his shock of cold water very quickly. This is one pond that won't have fish or plants.

Pretty Primula

09 August 2010 05:39:05
Primula florindae

Primula florindae

I bought this early on in the summer for 50c. Basically it looked like a pot of compost. Watering sunflowers by the compost area yesterday before work and noticed that it has come into flower again. This primula is one of a few plants that I had been collecting for our new project. It's Primula florindae (Giant Cowslip).

Blissful Day

08 August 2010 21:21:12
Blissful Day

Blissful Day

Ok I was in work today. Not a bother. Great day weatherwise. Quiet in the garden centre, but that gave me the opportunity to see to more mundane matters of great importance. Uninterrupted. Well, almost....

Got home. Steve cut the front grass. And the back. I was a happy little camper. Poured myself a well-deserved drinky-poos! Sat back and surveyed all. Ok it's a small garden. But I got a lump in my throat looking at the beauty of it all, with the evening sun casting languid shadows where they did everything justice. I moved a couple of pots around the Lower Pond and laughed at Steve when he took out the scissors to cut the grass around where I had taken the pots. Tonight, the garden (in MY eyes) is JUST PERFECT!

Clash of Colours

08 August 2010 08:23:38
Clash of Colours

Clash of Colours

Clearly I knew NOTHING about gardening when I planted this pink Hydrangea and orange Montbretia together in the front garden. Oh! Just close the front door and go out to the back! Will do something about it in time.

Steve is Taking Over

07 August 2010 22:50:06
Asplenium scolopendrum

Asplenium scolopendrum

Ha ha Got in from work today to find Steve cutting back all my Jasmine 'Clotted Cream'. Funny thing is, I had forgotten what lovely plants I had at the back of the Lower Pond. One of them is a lovely fern that Clara gave me last year, Asplenium scolopendrum. Love it.

50c Cannas

07 August 2010 22:20:18
50c Cannas

50c Cannas

Bought a load of Cannas in work for 50c each. All yellow, until today. Startling red in amongst all the yellow. Lovely contrast. Don't you think?

PAWN

07 August 2010 22:04:11
PAWN

PAWN

If I don't stop putting my money back into the job on a daily basis,  I will become a right pawn.

Clematis

07 August 2010 21:16:27
'Freckles'

'Freckles'

Spurred on by Mairin's journal last night about clematis cirrhosa I decided my garden deserved a late-flowering one. Couldn't find the one Mairin got, but I did manage to get an evergreen too, Clematis cirrhosa 'Freckles'. Do I recall Deborah posting a journal about that recently? Bell-shaped creamy-pink flowers with red blotches from October to January. Highly scented. This also flowers in summer.

It's starting all over again!

07 August 2010 21:01:22
It's starting all over again!

It's starting all over again!

Here we go again. Manager reduced orchids today to €2 each, dendrobiums and phalaenopsis. Bought 3. Couldn't resist.

Not buying ANYMORE.

Gazanias

07 August 2010 06:25:23
Gazanias and Dahlias

Gazanias and Dahlias

Having seen Clara's journal the other day with her Gazanias she grew from seed, it made me wonder why the Hell mine haven't flowered yet. These have been in a pot for about 3 years. Plenty of green on them, no sign of flowers. SO last week I planted them into the ground and I have been feeding them with tomato feed. I can JUST about see some flowers appearing. However, I got fed up waiting, so I bought more yesterday. I just love their cheery faces and lovely vivid colours.

Head-wrecking Spade

06 August 2010 22:26:55
Head-wrecking Spade

Head-wrecking Spade

The photo I posted the other night of my garden fork and spade inside the patio door. That blinking spade sure caused a lot of damage to the top of my head. That night when I thought I was sitting down on the chair, I ended up falling backwards giving my head an awful whacking. Nothing broken, but a whopping great bruise on the top of my head. That'll teach me to be untidy again.

So Maria's phrase springs to mind from now on. 'A place for everything, and everything in its place'.

Productive Pond

06 August 2010 22:14:37
No. 15

No. 15

Our Upper Pond only has maybe 3 or 4 water lilies. Altogether we have had 14 flowers from them. And number 15 just opened today.

As you can see, I did more photography this evening than gardening.

Not what you would expect

06 August 2010 22:00:25
'Italian White'

'Italian White'

from a sunflower. I like this one, and it will be grown again here next year.

Just want to share..

06 August 2010 21:15:41
Just want to share..

Just want to share..

.....this photo with you. I think the white sweet pea (even though it is grey in the photo) goes exceptionally well with the dark, brooding sky above.

Gladioli

06 August 2010 21:03:36
Gladioli

Gladioli

I planted up a container in work to provide impact as soon as you walk out to the Garden Centre. Can't wait for these ones to 'go over' as they are destined for MY garden next year.  :)

Lovin' these.

06 August 2010 20:16:13
Lovin' these.

Lovin' these.

These are growing up the side of my Arbour. Just 2 colours, purple and white. Gorgeous. Have another type growing in the same container that haven't flowered yet called 'Old Spice'. These are supposed to be extremely scented. They don't look anywhere near flowering. So in the meantime, I will enjoy these.

New toms ripen

06 August 2010 20:01:23
New toms ripen

New toms ripen

They have finally started to ripen. I am half afraid to leave them in the greenhouse for too long just in case unwanted visitors decide to munch on them before me. So maybe I am picking them prematurely. Doesn't really matter as they can finish off ripening indoors in a bowl with ripe ones. Great to see 3 different varieties unblemished.

In the photo we have on the left 'Polar', right 'Orange Giant' (You'd never guess :) ) and in front 'Amish Paste'. Feeling a bit of relief now!!!!!!!!!!!

Brandywine

06 August 2010 05:54:07
Brandywine

Brandywine

Funny how different tomatoes are susceptible to different problems. This is one I won't be growing next year. Unless these two are the only ones on the plant to end up like this. And when you pick a tomato like this off the plant, you can see the fur flying around in the atmosphere, presumably spreading the spores to possibly affect more plants.

Tomato Nuisance

06 August 2010 05:46:10
Tomato 'Pink Giant'

Tomato 'Pink Giant'

This is my first 'Pink Giant'. Not impressed with slugs and snails here. Just wondering what course of action Chilipepper takes to avoid this kind of damage. Do you use Nematodes, Dave? I won't waste this tomato, just cut around the bad bits. Getting a clearer picture of which tomatoes I WON'T be growing next year. The first 4 'Pink Giant' suffered with 'Blossom End Rot'. So far, 'Black Cherry' tops my list of ones to grow. Excellent one.

Compost area cheered up!

05 August 2010 21:42:43
Compost area cheered up!

Compost area cheered up!

Planted some gladioli bulbs earlier to cheer up the area where I have my compost bin. Mmmm not sure about the colour. Seems very 'girlie'. Not really into peach! Sunflowers will be flowering soon, I hope.

Agapanthus

05 August 2010 21:06:24
Agapanthus 'Snowball'

Agapanthus 'Snowball'

I lost this one last year. I didn't realize it wouldn't be able to withstand the bad winter. But I was fortunate enough to spot another one in Homebase a while back. It's just in flower now. Don't you just love it!

This is one for the greenhouse this winter.

When is a gherkin NOT a gherkin

05 August 2010 20:11:30
When is a gherkin NOT a gherkin

When is a gherkin NOT a gherkin

I wasn't in work today due to a very dodgy stomach all night and day. Absolutely drained, and exhausted. Didn't do a whole lot. But I did manage to give my borders some tomato feed to keep them going for bit longer. Galtonia is getting ready to flower. Looks lovely. Spent a bit of time in the greenhouse, examining toms and all else. Picked my first ripe 'Pink Giant', but it has a bit of slug damage on it. I will still eat it, just cutting around the bad bit. It weighs 12ozs.

I was taking a closer look at my developing cucumbers, melons and gherkins. Good God, I found a massive gherkin which I obviously hadn't noticed before. Otherwise it would have been picked long ago. It is massive.

So what do you call a massive gherkin? A cucumber? A courgette? Who knows. Sliced it up, have removed the seeds for next year, and tasted it. It doesn't have the strong taste of a cucumber. I have never tasted courgette.

Fairy Sally Home to Roost

05 August 2010 19:48:02
Fairy Sally Home to Roost

Fairy Sally Home to Roost

Steve provided Fairy Sally's raft with an anchor. He tethered the 4 corners of the raft on to rope going down to 2 bricks on the bottom of the pond. All planted up once again, and Fairy Sally is finally looking pretty happy with herself.  :)

Oh, no!

05 August 2010 11:35:00
Oh, no!

Oh, no!

Went out to put Fairy Sally on her raft. Aggghhhhh! It had capsized, Mesembryanthemums floating on the surface, and all the compost at the bottom of the pond. A bird must have landed on it and unbalanced it when taking off.  Must have a word with my engineer when he gets home. What a let-down. It's amazing the way little things upset us most!

Fairy arrives in Dublin

05 August 2010 11:24:31
Fairy arrives in Dublin

Fairy arrives in Dublin

Look at her, she is beautiful. Perfect size for the raft! Going out now to put her on. Sally, thank you SO much.

Ceratostigma

05 August 2010 11:00:35
Ceratostigma

Ceratostigma

This is only a small shrub. Especially small for ME, as it has been cramped into a pot that's way too small for the last few years. Never really had an awful lot of flowers but I'm putting that down to being neglected by me. However, yesterday I finally got it into the ground into my Greenhouse Border. I will have other blue/lilac-flowering plants nearby, like Brodiaea, Verbena bonariensis, Frans Campanula 'serrastro' and anything else that will take my fancy.

Anyway, I am hoping now for this poor little Ceratostigma to take off now that it has a bit of freedom. Myrtle, hard to make out. I will put 3 photos into an album for a better look.

Hygiene standards

04 August 2010 23:14:24
Hygiene standards

Hygiene standards

Does anybody have the same standards of hygiene as we do. During the summer months we tend to just drop the fork and spade and USUALLY boots just at the patio door. Talk about laziness? Today was relatively tidy as we had visitors on Saturday night.

Phalaenopsis

04 August 2010 22:37:14
Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis

Today I noticed on the Landing windowcill that my Palaenopsis had a couple of growths on the top of the stem.Maybe they were always there, or maybe they have just appeared recently. Not sure. And not sure what to do with them. Are they the start of flowers?

Good Day today!

04 August 2010 20:58:15
Good Day today!

Good Day today!

In between showers today, I planted my herbaceous clematis 'Gazelle' and erected a wigwam of canes for supporting it. One good thing about herbaceous clematis is that it will not be subjected to clematis wilt. It doesn't actually need support but can end up scrambling through other plants. However, I wanted a bit of height in my new greenhouse border. We'll see how it does. I also planted my 2 orange Dahlias (they look positively PINK in the photo), yellow Argyranthemums, Red Canna Lily (still in its pot), Agastache which I got from Martin and Deborah, Ceratostigma (which has been in the same pot for the last 4 years ish!

Picked some Marrowfat peas, cut Mammoth Red Cabbage, planted Roosters for Christmas dinner, picked blueberries, scrutinized all toms, and cucumber 'Cyrstal Apple (forming at last). Not a bad day, weather considering.

Jinnyjo's

04 August 2010 19:39:43
Who is guilty?

Who is guilty?

Has anybody noticed the amount of jinnyjo's (dandelion seed heads) floating around all day. Must look over the wall to see which neighbour is cultivating them!!!!! My garden is going to be taken over if they don't do something about them. Huh! Inconsiderate neighbours!

Fat cats!

04 August 2010 18:05:37
Well-fed cat

Well-fed cat

Oh wow, dinner this evening consisted of Mammoth Red cabbage (reverts to green during cooking), home-grown spuds, home-grown Marrowfat peas, Ham and gravy. Normally the first thing Steve does when he sits down to a meal is to reach for salt. That never happened. I am still in shock. The patterns were practically licked from the plates. Delicious.

Dessert consisted of chopped peaches, grapes, blueberries (all homegrown) topped with yoghurt. Feasted like kings, we did.

Just hope Steve doesn't think I am going to cook every day from now on!

 

Now, I wonder should I buy a wooden barrel so Steve can trample the grapes into wine!  :)

Don't let todays weather get you down!

04 August 2010 11:33:22
Better than any lotto win

Better than any lotto win

I won't!  Postman Pat has just delivered a parcel to me this minute. Oooh Martin, thanks a million. A man of your word, not that I had ANY doubts!

Now how do I look after these little babies. Multipurpose compost? Indoors? Please reveal all, as I am sure Fran will be asking the same questions later.

 

P.S. Very clever packaging!

OMG I've killed him!

04 August 2010 10:29:54
OMG I've killed him!

OMG I've killed him!

I have just chopped off the head of my much-loved Mammoth Red Cabbage. I was getting fed up having no room to walk around the greenhouse. Now I have a bit more. But I don't want it anymore. I wonder would Superglue work! I shall console myself with the fact that I have 2 more. SO all is not lost. This one isn't exactly a Guinness Book of Records - weighed in at 1lb 6ozs.

Have a ham soaking, have chopped and washed the cabbage, and will also have home-grown spuds with lovely rich gravy for dinner. Mmmmmm. I wonder would 11.00am be too early to eat?

 

Childish Pleas

03 August 2010 23:58:52
Childish Pleas

Childish Pleas

I came in this evening and watered everything in the greenhouse. Just about to take off the boots after that and Steve was doing a dance on the patio with a look of disbelief on his face. "Aw please, please, please".

"What?", says I.

"Are you not going to plant up my pond plants?"

OMG so childish. But I couldn't resist the immature look of eagerness on his oul'  face. So I kept the 'chinese foot bandages' on for a while longer and got 4 pond plants potted. And also planted some Mesembryanthemums into the raft. I am hoping we will get a good deal of sun so their gorgeous faces will literally shine. And have left a small bit of space on the compost for a possible 'fairy'. Bit of a problem with the bouyancy so that's a job for Steve. Just needs a bit of tweaking and we're all set.

Light in the greenhouse

03 August 2010 05:54:09
Light in the greenhouse

Light in the greenhouse

I thought the grapes in the greenhouse looked gorgeous the way the evening light caught them yesterday

Verbena bonariensis

03 August 2010 05:36:49
Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis

Last year I had a whole row of Verbena bonariensis growing at the back of my Bog Bed. It was spectacular, and it obliterated the ugly view behind almost completely, and it created a lovely haze of lilac from the house. That area was just weeds and stuff. So I was looking forward to the same again this year. However I was led to believe it would self-seed prolifically. That didn't happen. Only a few seedlings came up. And actually some even came up in the grass which I moved over to the new Greenhouse Border area. Slightly disappointed with them.

Is this a stupid idea?

02 August 2010 21:01:46
Is this a stupid idea?

Is this a stupid idea?

A couple of weeks ago when Steve was making the new pond I thought of something different that could look really good. It involved a wire 'in-tray' and some moss/coir. Steve is good with his hands and this is only a very small project. I wanted him to make a 'raft' so I could place the wire in-tray on top, lined with the moss/coir, and plant up with shallow-rooted bedding for the winter. This will be floating on the new pond. And when the pond is likely to freeze, it will be relocated elsewhere. Steve was off today. But he was pottering around in the garden trying to perfect this before I got home. He used polystyrene for buoyancy underneath. Now all I need is the bedding.

Is it going to look stupid?

 

Tutti Frutti

02 August 2010 20:33:20
Tutti Frutti

Tutti Frutti

Look at what I picked this evening. Mmmmmm

I had yesterdays peach and boy was it delicious.

New Planter

02 August 2010 20:21:54
Malus 'Red Sentinel' in new planter

Malus 'Red Sentinel' in new planter

Got myself a nice new planter for my Malus 'Sentinel'. I chose a square one as I find this shape is easier to position into a corner snugly. I think it will look stunning when the ornamental apples turn bright red.

Potting Up Pond Plants

02 August 2010 07:53:17
Selection of Pond Plants

Selection of Pond Plants

Choose your pond plants carefully. Some of them can grow quite vigorously like the Skunk Cabbage (Lysichiton americanus) and others. Check the planting depth on the label. If it is still a young plant then raise them up on bricks, and as they put on growth, remove a brick at a time until the correct depth is provided.

Pond plants should be potted up in baskets that can be found in any good garden centre. Ensure that the basket is big enough for the required plant. Using aquatic compost, or sterilized topsoil, put a layer of this in the bottom of the basket, place plant in position and top up with more compost, firming in as you go along. It is a good idea if there are fish present in the pond, especially Koi, to top dress with a layer of gravel as some Koi tend to root in the surface of the compost, dislodging the plants.

Waterlilies dislike turbulent waters, so if you have a pump in your pond, position the lilies well away from movement. An airstone or a granite rock that just trickles the water into the pond should be ok.

I use topsoil for planting my pond plants. It is sterilized, and basically it is the same quality as aquatic compost. You also get more for your money with the topsoil. It is a good idea to plant up and leave them overnight before submerging the plants into the pond. When lowering them down, do it slowly or the water will become very cloudy very quickly and a lot of the topsoil is lost on the bottom of the pond.

Floating plants are a different matter. Just place them on the surface of the water and let them do their business. I bought Pistia stratiotes yesterday, which is a floating plant. This one is very spongey in texture. Looking forward to seeing how well THIS one grows.

If your pond is located in an area that gets full sun, it will encourage algae to form and therefore it will require more maintenance removing this. Dappled shade is best. But avoid an area with deciduous trees. Leaf fall will result in decayed vegetation at the bottom of the pond, encouraging other problems, and possibly affecting the health of any fish that may be present.

On the trail of the Snail!

02 August 2010 06:54:00
On the trail of the Snail!

On the trail of the Snail!

Just finished watering tomatoes in the greenhouse. I picked 6 snails off the window. Arghhhhhh!  Luckily there has been no damage done. Toms are all fine. They were all around my grapes. Deceased now. There is a noticeable drop in temperature out there this morning.

Today I hope to pick up a nice black glazed pot for my new Malus 'Red Sentinel'. And a few bags of topsoil so I can plant my pond plants.

Very lonely here this morning.

Newlands Cross Garden Centre, Dublin

01 August 2010 20:37:21
Some of my purchases

Some of my purchases

Newlands Cross Garden Centre has, for years, had a very good name for supplying aquatic plants and in fact I remember way back when they were actually the ONLY ones who supplied pond plants.  However, because of trauma involved getting through that Redcow Roundabout, Steve would never venture that far out. The roundabout has been sorted and is actually a pleasure to go through.

We went out there today to get some plants for the new pond. A bit disappointed with the selection, buy we DID manage to get a few. It's a good big garden centre, and prices are not as high as I had expected. A good range of plants suitable for every garden, big or small. I ended up buying Malus 'Sentinel' (I have always thought that Fran would get fed up with HIS and give it to me), a Fremontodendron 'California Glory', Acer palmatum Ribesifolium and Hemerocallus 'Crimson pirate'. The selection of pond plants we got were Scirpus lacustris, Typha latifolia, Cyperus alternifolius (Umbrella Palm) and a floating plant, Pistia stratiotes which is a bit like a floating lettuce. This is really spongy in texture.

We met up with Fran, Maria and Aoife, compared notes on our purchases, and then we all went to lunch for an oul' natter. Lovely food, company, setting etc. Lovely to see you all again!

Aint this Peachy?

01 August 2010 19:08:43
First Peach

First Peach

Ok, just NOT prepared to take any chances. I was in the greenhouse this afternoon feeling my peaches for any sign of ripeness. This one may not be too big but it is getting nice and soft. A sure sign that it is ready for picking. I WILL NOT give these over to the molluscs. I didn't do very much thinning out on 3 of the 4 peach trees. And as a result, the fruit are a bit smaller. However, with 1 of the trees, I thinned it out to just 1 fruit. And that one is WAY bigger than all the rest.

But at least I now have more than enough to share around (with the family, NOT the snails!).

Cabbage 'Mammoth Red'

01 August 2010 16:13:50
Cabbage 'Mammoth Red'

Cabbage 'Mammoth Red'

Here is what they look like today. Hoping they can be weighed and finally eaten. Just 3 cabbages. We will be eating for a week with just ONE.  :)

Problem solved!

01 August 2010 08:40:04
A little bit of support

A little bit of support

Inspecting the greenhouse in the mornings before work has left me feeling downhearted and deflated when I find huge unripe tomatoes on the ground. They are so heavy. And then slugs and snails are also finding them irresistable. So annoying.

Just been out there supporting some of the bigger toms with netting that oranges come in. I knew all this hoarding would pay off eventually. I also find that slugs and snails are very reluctant to slither over netting. It works on the peaches so far. SO hopefully the same will apply to my delicious toms.

Canna opens

01 August 2010 07:52:31
Canna opens

Canna opens

Another surprise for me this morning. My Canna has just opened. One of my favourite summer plants in the garden.

HAPPY AUGUST, EVERYONE. :)

New Cosmos for next year

01 August 2010 00:48:20
New Cosmos for next year

New Cosmos for next year

I have been buying Amateur Gardening Magazine all throughout the summer. I must say they have been giving away a good range of free seeds with each issue. Last week they had a different type of Cosmos. Looking forward to next year.

Hidden treasure

01 August 2010 00:16:19
Hidden treasure

Hidden treasure

Was tidying up today before my guests arrived and discovered this clematis that I haven't seen in years. No name, unfortunately.

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