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30 September 2010 21:10:35
S 'London Pride'
It's great the way something so ordinary can provide such lovely autumn colour as 'London Pride' (Saxifraga).
30 September 2010 20:38:37
Like a thief in the night.
A few years ago, before Steve made the Pergola, I had lots of Nerine bowdenii all against that wall (south-facing). However, I knew that they would get trampled on, so I disposed of them before that happened. And I had nowhere else to put them at the time. Raging now.
In with Dad this evening. I might go back at midnight to dig up his Nerines. He has his planted just like I had mine - with bulbs 50% exposed.
30 September 2010 19:21:25
Sedum spurium Purpureum
Can't wait for this one to show its flowers. Finally planted it yesterday.
30 September 2010 06:22:13
Cortaderia 'Splendid Star'
This one is great for a small garden. Mine is just producing its' first plumes down at the bog bed.
29 September 2010 21:50:36
So Lonely, So Lonely, So Lanum!
Beside my Arbour is a huge pot in which I have Solanum Loxum 'Alba' planted. This summer I also planted the purple and white Sweet Pea. Even though the Sweet Pea is still flowering today, I decided to pull it up. It was full of mildew. Now my Solanum is So Lonely!
29 September 2010 20:01:47
Disposed of a lot of summer bedding in containers out the back. Also dumped all my tomato plants together with their compost, but got a huge amount of still green toms from them first. More chutney at the weekend. Did a bit of cutting back of Perovskia, Lupins, Lobelia etc. The daff bulbs I took from the front got planted into the new greenhouse border. I had no intention of buying daffs this year as I have lots of tulips to plant. Uprooted Verbena bonariensis from Kiwi pot and planted those. Looks like they will be flowering any day. Pulled up Calendula from pink/blue/lilac/white end of the border. They were really annoying me. And planted a nice purple-leaved sedum in its place (deep pink flower). Looking forward to these. Also got my Gladiolus papilio from Mount Venus planted.
Washed all the tom pots, and stacked them under the bench all ready for next year. Another 5 black refuse bags of rubbish to join the 3 from the front. Now I am happy! Things are looking a lot more organized.
29 September 2010 19:20:46
A third of Montbretia bulbs disposed of.
Had a bad night and didn't get much sleep. However, I started feeling a lot better at about 10.30 this morning. Went off and did a bit of shopping. Came back and decided to do something about the front garden. It was a disgrace.
Under the window there is a very small strip of soil edged with concrete (like that since we moved in 24yrs ago), and about 12ft long. Obviously the previous owners knew nothing about garden design. For years I have had Montbretia in this small strip. It was just a bit of colour under the window. Then at the end of its (Montbretia) season I just chopped it back. On a number of occasions I have tried to dig all the bulbs out and gave up half way through. And as a result, they multiplied.
The strip is only wide enough to get a garden fork into so is quite awkward. Some of the smaller bulbs had actually made their way in under the concrete edge. Got 99% of the bulbs up and bagged them with all the foliage. Also managed to dig up any daffs that I had put into that same strip and a mountain of wild garlic. Spurred on by Ladybirds journal last night with her Wallflowers, I will buy some nice bedding for the winter. Then I cleared up all the leaves of the dreaded Cordyline that wouldn't die over the Winter. Gave my two Prunus a good trim, and my Spirea 'Snowmound'. Spirea has had the audacity to start flowering again. However, I still cut it back. God knows when I will get the urge to work in the front again! Collected 3 big refuse sacks for Steve to dispose of. The grass (weeds) was too wet for me to mow. Another day! Then on to the back garden...
29 September 2010 13:04:49
Flower Carpet 'Gold'
I want to move my Flower Carpet rose 'Gold'. When is the best time to move roses? I want my 'Amber', Gold', and 'White' put into border with Dahlias and R. 'Tequila Sunrise' . Was hoping to get this done today.
29 September 2010 07:27:12
Seedling from Dave
Wasnt sure how well this would grow as I usually kill seedlings. I love the way it hasn't grown too tall, fits in nicely down at the Upper Pond. Will collect seed from this for next year. Thanks, Dave.
28 September 2010 21:06:49
This pot is at my patio door. New Guinea Impatiens and Coleus. And both still looking really good despite the recent colder weather. Tomorrow I am going to try my hand at taking some Coleus cutting, as in an article in this weeks Amateur Gardening.
28 September 2010 19:50:28
Cheerful little things
Very miserable day all day. Rain threatened but never came to much. Then as I clocked out, down it came. Was going to dig up all the Montbretia in the front but the rain got heavier and heavier. So instead I fell asleep on the couch. Do they not say that the older you get, the less sleep you need? I have these beautiful primroses in the window box in the front. I love them. All I did out the back was pick ripened tomatoes, and take seeds of Sunflower 'Italian White'. Damp oul' night!
28 September 2010 05:57:45
Put to bed for the winter!
It seemed a bit ludicrous to put these beauties to bed in the greenhouse even though they are still flowering their socks off. Not prepared to take any chances though. Cannas are also still flowering well.Now the greenhouse is so full again, I can't get to my cucumbers which are at the back. (So are the McVities)
28 September 2010 05:47:32
Took this photo last night, but the internet went down and I couldn't do anything! Getting to be a real pain in the whatever....
27 September 2010 21:29:44
Close-up of Lipstick Plant flowers
I thought it was a very interesting plant.
27 September 2010 21:25:39
Aeschnyanthus (Lipstick Plant)
This is also called the Lipstick Plant. It is a trailing plant. Like most epiphytes, Aeschnyanthus require growing conditions that provide good light (not direct sunlight), combined with well-drained soil that is allowed to dry out between waterings.
It is believed that cooler temperatures help the plants tolerate less humid conditions of winter. Dry heat is destructive, but a cool dryness seems to be less so.
Bought this today.
27 September 2010 20:49:19
Dropped into Dad this evening, and after a quick cuppa we went out to his garden so I could dig up some more Pulmonaria. Ooops, I broke his trowel (a real old one with a wooden handle), so used the hand fork. Ooops, I broke that too. Embarrassment. But I did manage to get a few before the breakages. I will be up again probably on Wednesday to replace what I broke, and get some more. Got home and potted them up. Trying to gather a few plants for possible swaps at a later date.
He also gave me a pile of sunflower seedlings which germinated from a pinch of birdseed. Has anyone ever tried to grow sunflowers in the house. It might be interesting to see how far I can get them over the next few months.
27 September 2010 19:01:22
Aging with grace
I reckon he just might!
Happy Birthday to you,
Squashed tomatoes and stew,
Happy Birthday dear Fran,
Happy Birthday to you!!!!!!!!!
27 September 2010 06:20:31
These can stay!
I sometimes need the incentive of someone's forthcoming visit to shove a rocket under me and get things tidied up. Poor Liga called yesterday when I was in the middle of emptying (almost) the greenhouse border. But I worked quickly and things were 'ok' by the time they got here.
Just looking around for next year and have decided to shift a few things. My yellow Dahlia 'Happy Party' will get moved to the area beyond the pergola with other dahlias and roses. That area needs an injection of strong, lasting colour over a longer period. Not just one or two at a time. Hmmmmm I need something that has much more of a flowering season. This will become my 'Bold' border. Yellow Geums (Lady Stratheden) don't seem to flower for more than one year which is a pity. The red one will get shifted to hot end of greenhouse border. Even though they seem to flower all summer long, they are lost between the dahlias. They might be nice peeping up between Chusan Palm and Yucca gloriosa.
After seeing all of Cloncaw's brilliant asters, I plan on sowing seeds of same to go into 'Bold' border. Hopefully next years seed-sowing attempts will be a major improvement!
26 September 2010 20:29:24
Vacancy in my greenhouse Border (For Fran) :)
Just look at the gaps. They need filling up. Ooooh can't bear the thoughts of bare soil!
26 September 2010 20:24:21
Really delighted with my results of sowing Dahlia seeds. Here is another one! Will mulch this over the winter, and move it to the 'hot' border next spring.
26 September 2010 19:13:13
Steve and Liam engrossed -oblivious to our presence
I finally dug up the last of the tomato plants in the greenhouse border. Time to space things out a bit better. Will ripen what's left and use for chutney. Planted Chamaerops humilis (Chusan Palm) and Yucca gloriosa into the ground. I reckon those two plants being sharp and spiky would be a good place to plant my recent purchase of Atropa belladonna (Deadly Nightshade). When David starts to investigate the garden he is NOT going to want to investigate any further with those prickly plants in the vicinity. Problem solved!
I lifted the rest of the Cannas and brought them into the greenhouse.
Planted Aster tonga 'Barbados' in this border. Plus another Aster (Don't know who from or where from). Planted Crocosmia 'Lucifer' in their pots to keep them under control in the Hot end of the border (thanks, Fran), Helenium 'Moorheim Beauty' and a bargain trolley Miscanthus sinensus 'Ferner Osten'. Then I managed to get Clara's Anemone into the border too (thanks Clare). Planted my new Equisetum into the pond to keep Steve happy. Got all the geraniums dead-headed. Got all new plants watered in and tidied up just in time for Liga and Liam's (with Nikki) visit. She is so cute and well-behaved. Had a great afternoon and Liam and Steve just 'hit it off' bigtime, leaving Liga and I mooching about and relaxing to the full. Empty greenhouse yesterday - full today. Also brought my Roosters into the greenhouse under Liam's experienced advice. All in all, we had a very laid back day! Should happen more often!
Oh, and Liga very kindly gave me a lovely gift of Fuchsia 'Happy Wedding'. Beautiful. Thanks a million. Collected lots of seeds of Gaillardia 'Kobold' and Gaillardia aristata 'Arizona Sun' so they will soon be on their way to those who requested them.
26 September 2010 18:21:51
Not what it says on the tin!
Lysichiton americanum (Skunk Cabbage) was on the label when I bought this at the Rare and Special Plants Fair. I have been expecting a lot of vigorous growth on this since planting it into the pond. But on 'mature reflection' I think they may have got it wrong!!!
So what is it?
26 September 2010 07:35:13
Atropa belladonna (Deadly Nightshade)
It was the big fat shiny berries on this plant that drew me to it yesterday. Atropa belladonna 'Deadly Nightshade'. I checked with the guy when paying for it if it really was poisonous. "Extremely", he said. "And to make matters worse, the berries taste lovely and sweet".
Now on googling it this morning, I am very dubious as to whether it should just go straight on the compost heap. My little grandson will be up and walking this time next year. And we all know that you can't watch children 24hrs a day! Mmmm I have a while to ponder on this....
25 September 2010 23:07:17
Deborah, I need your help!
Bought this plant today. It didn't have a label on it when I got it home. Any ideas?
25 September 2010 22:08:25
Abutilon megapotamicum 'variegatum'
Ok, anxious to accommodate some of my new plants, so I dug up a couple of Cannas, potted them and put them into the greenhouse. It was very cold here last night. Cleared out all my tomato plants from the greenhouse as there are only a few tomatoes left on each plant. Hopefully the chutney will be made tomorrow. Also brought in my 3 indoor Hibiscus, Solanum rantonetti, and Abutilon. No sooner had I created space than it was taken up again. Hmmmm. Also brought in some geraniums and hopefully they will survive the winter in there. Tomorrow I hope to take some cuttings of same (just in case). Now after the 'clearout' the chilipeppers have more space to breathe. I managed to pot up my new Abutilon into a vacant pot. This will over-winter in the greenhouse also.
25 September 2010 21:42:27
What is this?
The only complaint with Mount Venus Nursery was the fact that no pots had labels on them. I read what it said about this plant before I decided to buy it. But do you think I can remember what it said NOW? Does anyone know what plant this is? Because I don't!!!!! I have a lot of googling to do!!
25 September 2010 19:29:12
Party-goers and Apple Strudel
Great day weatherwise for the mini get-together In Mount Venus Nurseries in Rathfarnham. What a treasure trove, and all plants all very reasonably priced before the 20% discount. Thanks to Fran and Maria for meeting up with us at Leopardstown Race Course. Only for that, we would have got well and truly lost. Fran turning 50? Nah, don't believe it, he went home looking more like a 5yr old. He was that ecstatic with all his purchases. :) When all purchases had been made, we went in to the coffee house for Apple Strudel (sorry, Birthday Cake!) Mmmm gorgeous.
We met Bruno for the first time, pity you couldn't hang around a bit longer but I just want to thank you for all you brought. There was an unlabelled seed in the lot that you left. Liga thought it may be some type of Impatiens? Hopefully you will know which one I am talking about.
I don't know how Fran was able to see out his Rear View mirror on his way home. His car was chockablock with greenery! Yes, very good party. When's the next one?
I got all this lot in my 'party bag'
1. Gladiolus papilio
2. Cynara cardunculus
3. Aruncus aethusfolium
4. Tiarella 'Crow's Feather'
5. Zingebar 'Mioga'
6. Atropa 'belladonna' (Deady Nightshade)
7. Helenium 'Moorheim Beauty'
8. Mitella brenini ( I have googled on this and can't find anything, I wonder did the
chap get the name wrong?
9. Abutilon megapotamicum 'variegatum'
10. Equisetum (for the pond)
11. Molinia (don't know which one)
and another plant which lost its' label
25 September 2010 07:19:12
A photo of the moon to the west this morning at 6.15am.
Looks like it's gonna be a good day. Happy spending!!!
24 September 2010 22:22:33
We usually spend our evenings with me on the computer, and Steve watching tv. Both in the dining room. The sun used to blind me in the evening as I ALWAYS look out towards the garden, and the garden faces West. Steve built the Loggia, and now it is clothed with Honeysuckle (Lonicera) and Jasmine. It is now creating a nice little evening canopy. Another year or two and it will be at its very best!
24 September 2010 21:56:16
So instead I am putting up a photo of my Grandson, David. I go into him every morning after I am ready for work, and spend about 20 minutes just playing with him and laughing. He seems to wake up automatically every morning just after I brush my teeth. It's a great lift to be able to go off to work after such a 'fun' session with him. As you can see, he is 'into' strings. Here he can be seen chewing on the strings of my work hoodie this morning.
24 September 2010 05:25:19
This poor little plant (a relative of Plumbago) was years in the pot that it was bought in. I only planted it in the greenhouse border maybe a month ago. Botanists have difficulty in categorizing this one, is it a shrub, or a herbaceous plant, or maybe a sub-shrub? You should have seen how pathetic a specimen of a plant it was while still in its original pot all this time. I have been on the verge of composting this for years as I couldn't decide where I wanted it, or whether I wanted it AT ALL. So glad I didn't give up on it. I can't believe the improvement since giving it a bit of freedom in the open ground. It can only get better.
23 September 2010 20:14:38
What a day. Started out ok and just got worse as it progressed. Luckily I had lots of indoor plants to water and tidy down. Dropped into Dad on the way home, and came away with some Pulmonaria. I am sure he will give me lots more if anyone wants any? It's growing all over the place. Planted it when I got home, even though it was lashing, and 'earthed up' my Roosters. Romping away like billio! Hopefully they will be ready for Christmas. Torrential showers drove me indoors. Frustration. Weekends plan (if I don't get to Mount Venus) will be to compost my remaining tomato plants, and do my last batch of Chutney. A few more green ones on the plants, but they can be used too. Then I will be able to bring in my 'tenders'.
Seems that the rain confined me to the house, I potted on the Kalanchoe seedlings that ClaireE kindly gave me last week. Now they have a bit more growing space.
This is the beginning of the 'wind down' in the garden, and I can see the house once again being filled to capacity with indoor plants. It is definitely a sickness! Better go to the doctor asap.
22 September 2010 20:34:32
Greenhouse Border today
I am delighted with the garden this year. With the addition of the new pond, it gave me the excuse to create another border. I was running out of planting space. I have planted a lot of things very close together to create impact. But realistically I should spread them out a lot more to give them the ideal growing conditions. Still waiting for the toms to ripen. Getting a bit fed up with them. I will do my final batch of Chutney on Saturday morning, and maybe try my hand at tomato sauce. Then that will be the end of them until next year. I must say I have enjoyed ALL of the different varieties, most of which Dave (Chilipepper) gave me. Now I have to concentrate on ways to preserve my chilipeppers, of which I have a lot.
My shady border was extended early in the season, thus making it a 'part-shade' border. I have planted a lot of different things, and all of which I have been very happy with. The garden still has lots of colour, Rudbeckia coming up trumps as usual. I just love the oomph it gives a garden. And such long-lasting colour.
New Years Resolution is NOT to start off sowing seeds too early. And NOT to sow any seeds that resemble 'dust'.
The only thing I am NOT happy with is that my garden is just NOT big enough. But, let's be thankful for small mercies!!!!!
22 September 2010 19:34:00
It finally opened today. Worth the wait. Although even at this late stage in the season there is still plenty of colour in the garden.
22 September 2010 18:26:29
They're all over the place!
Came in this evening, and saw the same caterpillar on the Marestail again. I spotted another one on the cherry tomatoes (Garden Pearl). How come all of a sudden they have made an appearance. Is it not a bit late for caterpillars? Are they not supposed to have transformed into some beautiful butterflies or moths at this stage in the year?
22 September 2010 06:26:13
Ages ago Liga kindly gave me a Pleoine Orchid bulb. I was chuffed to bits when I saw its' first signs of growth. And it has continued to grow well since. But recently I noticed that the main leaf has slowly been turning brown. I would normally associate this with over-watering. But that's not the case here. If anybody could tell me what I am doing wrong, please do so. I NEED to get this to flower!!!!!
21 September 2010 22:52:57
A bit different
for a Dahlia, I think. I wasn't sure I liked it when I bought it this year. But it has definitely grown on me. It is planted in my new greenhouse border at the end closer to the house with all the 'hot' colours. You don't often see flowers with orange and PINK. Hopefully it will come back next year. I plan on mulching this whole bed in the next week or two.
21 September 2010 22:06:55
Kniphofia 'Bee's Lemon'
Got in this evening and was furious. A snail had feasted on my Knophia 'Bee's Lemon'. He very quickly got flicked over the wall, even though I know snails have 'homing instincts'. Little .....
Slug pellets in future!!!!
21 September 2010 21:49:32
Dahlia from seed
A new Dahlia opened today. Another one that I grew from seed this year.
21 September 2010 20:11:32
Camouflaged on Hippurus vulgaris
Decided to do nothing much this evening, except for watering. Was down on my stomach, observing aquatic life in the Lower Pond and fascinated altogether. To see the water snails almost performing ballet moves in slow motion was spellbinding. However, my main concern was witnessing a caterpillar stripping aquatic plants bare. Amazing.
This plant is Hippuris vulgaris, (or more commonly known as Marestail) It is a common creeping herb found in shallow waters and mud flats. It is evergreen and oxygenating, and provides great cover for small fish. How did he manage to get to the next stem? They are too far apart for him to be able to stretch across from one to another. He remained motionless while I watched. Can caterpillars swim? And do you see how well-camouflaged he is!
21 September 2010 05:59:13
Gaillardia seeds are almost ready for collecting. They will more than likely be on their way to you by the end of the week. I think they are really decorative. If anybody else would like some, let me know.
I did make a big list a while ago and lost it.
20 September 2010 21:56:53
It's unusual for the garden centre to be so busy at this time of the year, and given that recent weather hasn't been great either. Spent a lot of time cleaning down shelves, tidying up 'past their best' perennials, and reducing them. Everything ship-shape now. Reduced some Cosmos 'Choccamocha' from €7.99 down to €2 and sold a dozen in about 5 minutes. And I only bought ONE! That's all that was left!
20 September 2010 21:20:54
Dipladenia Sundaville Red
Dipladenia is a Chilean Jasmine, a twining climber with deep green foliage and clusters of red trumpet-shaped flowers. It can flower for most of the year if kept above 8degrees C. I have this in a pot and it has been providing the greenhouse border with a good splash of vibrant colour, nestled in between other plants. It has performed really well. I think it's nearly time for this to be taken indoors.
20 September 2010 20:40:47
I am still waiting for outdoor tomatoes in the greenhouse border to ripen. Fran gave me some Crocosmia 'Lucifer' yesterday. Delighted with them. They will be going in this area. But to avoid them growing out of control I decided to pot them up into pots before sinking them into the ground. Will hopefully plant them during the week. Watered everything inside, and picked loads more in there. Then I planted my new Erodium into the Alpine Circle. I need to be careful with this circle, as it is getting VERY full! No more! Actually, I could do with thinning out a lot of it!
20 September 2010 05:50:27
Violas from work
I should have these really pretty little violas flowering in my garden during the Winter, as a result of dead-heading sessions. They have just germinated. :)
19 September 2010 20:04:13
Natural pond with bulrushes
Just a short journal to thank you, Geraldine, for the invitation to your house and garden and the opportunity for another get-together. Geraldine's house overlooks all the land around it and what spectacular views she is so lucky to have. Her borders are on a slant down from the house and are filled to capacity with glorious colour, and great taste. Great turnout altogether and I got to meet a good few people today for the first time, Kate & Graham (Graham is like Clive James double), Doreen, Salle de Bain (Sally), Keego (Mary) and her little girl Emma who was so well-behaved, Trixie, and Feverfew (Evelyn). If I have forgotten anyone, please forgive me. I will have to look back on the photos.
Geraldine has a massive natural pond which she can also see from the window, oh to have something like that. And a wooden bridge, newly built, over to the island. Heaven. Just Heaven. Once again, thank you so much. So glad my weekends are finished with now until next year.
18 September 2010 20:32:30
We only finished the newest pond the second week in July. Have the new border planted up. And also planted up the bright blue barrel in the middle of the pond with Begonia semperflorens. I knew they wouldn't let me down. The blue barrel was VERY visible when I planted the begonias into it. Steve painted the outside with Bitumen. Look how much the whole thing has filled out. And I guarantee they will still be there (and in full flower) right up until the beginning of November. Talk about 'value for money'.
18 September 2010 16:03:04
Gardening tasks will be somewhat curtailed over the next few months so it is time to keep our feathered friends happy and well fed once again. I bought a great little bird-feeder yesterday in the shape of a doughnut. This one can hold up to 8 fat balls. One continuous meal to keep them going for a while.
18 September 2010 06:50:34
I made a list a while ago of plants/seeds that I promised to garden.ie members. But can I find that list? No!
Please, if I have promised anything to anyone travelling to Glaslough tomorrow, could you please remind me. And the earlier you let me know, the more time I will have. Having a 'senior moment/day/month'. Oh heck, I AM a 'senior!
18 September 2010 05:42:08
R. 'Tequila Sunrise'
This is a Hybrid Tea. I am very ignorant as to how to properly look after roses, apart from applying Rose Food and/or manure. This one never produces many flowers at one time, stays in flower for about 2 weeks and then stops. But it just keeps on coming back with more vibrancy. I must feed my roses next year. I have been very guilty of neglecting their nourishment. And as for pruning, I am afraid I will make a hash of it, so I usually just cut off random branches. The colour of this one makes me all warm inside. Hopefully the rain will hold off for a while as it spoils the blooms.
My aim for next year is to learn the art of pruning for once and for all!
17 September 2010 20:22:13
Erodium reichardii 'rosea' Hardy, or not?
I bought a four-pack of this today (€3.99) for my Alpine Circle. I thought it looked cute. Was googling it and it says 'hardy to 15 degrees'. Is this Farenheidt, Celsius or Centigrade? Does anyone have this? If so, just tell me in plain English, is it hardy? I don't have much room left in my Alpine Circle. I can see it going elsewhere.
17 September 2010 19:56:22
Malus domestica 'Redlane' THIS YEAR
I checked on my 'Redlane' apple tree yesterday to see if they were ready for picking. They gave a bit of resistance, so gotta wait a while longer. I was watering them this evening and noticed some were missing. Mmmm... 2 windfalls in the pot. So I picked the rest of them. Not as red inside as they were last year. I wonder is this red apple thingy just a gimmick. Do they lose their redness over time? I suppose I have no choice but to wait until next year to compare them again. But it was good to see how they differed from last year (fruit and veg album). See for yourselves.
16 September 2010 21:27:37
I have 3 more tomato plants growing in this new greenhouse border by the new pond. But in the last few days I have finally been able to pick a few ripe tomatoes, so, they are on their way. I have lots of plants that need to go into the ground. Patience is a virtue. Not one that I possess. Everything here in this new border is neck and neck, with very little space in between. Can't wait to sort it out properly.
16 September 2010 20:24:25
I was off today as I had to work on Sunday for the stocktake. Spent the morning catching up with friends from way back, over a slap-up breakfast. Got home and the phone never stopped. Spent more time than I expected just chatting. It's good to talk!
Did a bit of cutting back this afternoon, and planted a few bits. Sprayed some Round-Up round the new pond. Steve didn't get rid of the grass just at the edge, and it is growing away like wildfire. Something needed to be done about it. Hopefully the Round-Up won't take too long to work. Spent a bit of time in the greenhouse cutting down a lot of the tomato plants and surveying the whole lot. Only a few tomatoes left on each plant so I needed to cut them back to actually see what was there. It also made more room for my still-ripening chilis. I noticed a couple of seedlings of my pink Achillea which was planted only 3 months ago. So I potted them up. I hope they don't wilt, like my Echiums. Will bring them with me on Sunday also.
Then I made my Chutney. Ooooh the smell wafting around the house was/is to die for. Still lots more tomatoes to use. Will do another batch on Saturday when I am off.
16 September 2010 18:51:39
Sanseveria (Mother-in-Law's Tongue)
I have my Sanseveria (Mother-in-law's Tongue) for a couple of years now. I am delighted at it being such a 'low-maintenance' houseplant, and one that requires minimal watering. I tend to either over-water or ignore completely my houseplants. I discovered this growth (flower?) on it this morning. Never saw this before on a Sanseveria. I wonder did its' spell out in the garden for the summer trigger the flowering process?
16 September 2010 08:19:38
Chaemarops humilis (Chusan Palm)
My new Chusan Palm has lots of 'seeds'. It would be great to be able to propagate these and get new plants. But I don't have a clue where to start, or when. Any advice out there?
15 September 2010 21:19:22
I just had to have it. My Birthday Present to myself. We only got 2 in today (Chusan Palm). So I bought it on my lunch hour before anyone else could buy the 2. I have a teensy weensy one in my new greenhouse border. But this one is a right 'Mama'. I wonder how old it is.
Oh, by the way, my birthday is in December. The early bird catches the worm!
15 September 2010 20:32:08
Not doing well!
Last weekend I potted up lots of echium seedlings for Garden.ie members. Unfortunately they are not doing too well. They have wilted quite a bit since then so I am afraid I won't have any worth bringing with me to Monaghan. They may improve a bit over the next couple of days, but I won't be too hopeful. It has been really windy and much cooler since the weekend. Sorry, Lads!
15 September 2010 06:04:10
We learn something new every day!
I bought a Golden Yew during the year. I have it planted on the side of the greenhouse where it will cast little or no shade. Lovely upright yew, and hopefully fairly slow-growing. But other day I spotted berries on it. Never knew they HAD berries. Hmm! We learn something new every day!
14 September 2010 20:29:39
All grown up!
They headed off at 6.00 to a hotel in Dundalk where there will be a theme night - 'The Oscars'. They both looked really lovely. My visitors have all gone now, and nice and early. Shoes have been kicked off and I intend chilling for the rest of the night. My baby is all grown up. I'm quite emotional right now!
14 September 2010 06:12:22
Malus 'Red Sentinel'
Got this one in Newlands Cross Garden Centre a couple of months ago. Have wanted one of these for years. Ornamental apples are reddening up now. Had to turn the pot around the other day so they could redden evenly. Love this one.
13 September 2010 22:56:17
What a day. Never saw daylight all day. Feet tingling with the pain of being on them for 13hrs. The only good thing about my last place of employment was it was only MANAGERS who did the stocktake. Ok my feet are in a basin of warm salted water and are absolutely TINGLING. Did NO gardening at all. AND I am NOT even doing any cleaning here for the Debs tomorrow. People will have to take me as they find me.
This new pond looks great with the reflection of the pergola in it.
13 September 2010 06:18:54
'Flower Carpet Gold'
I have only in the last year decided to add roses to my garden. But as the garden is small I decided to go for some from the Flower Carpet range (plus my climbing one at the pergola).
I have a white, red and yellow. The white one in the triangular bed is very small still and permanantly gets blackspot which I pretend not to see. The red one is in a pot and doing pathetically. The yellow one 'Flower Carpet Gold' is lovely. It is planted at the back of my part-shady border. Much taller than the one in the triangular bed and still has lots and lots of buds, and has been in flower all summer long. I wonder why this one is doing better than the white in the triangular bed.
Won't get much of an opportunity for the garden today as I am working from 9.00am till 10.oo pm. Will just look at journals and mabe post the odd comment. Then I will have to clean the bits of the house that I missed the other day - and THAT could take forever!!! The thoughts of another days stocktake is a killer.
12 September 2010 21:34:59
I added this to my garden last year. If flowered nicely in my part-shady border. However I didn't hold out much hope for it for this year. And in fact I even forgot it was there until the other day when weeding the area that I noticed it growing goodo. This one will give me a bit of late colour, just when I need it.
12 September 2010 08:52:24
Improving with age....
is my Miscanthus sinensis 'Ferner Osten', thanks Krista for reminding me of the name. :) This is bulking up each year, and looking good right now at the Upper Pond.
12 September 2010 07:31:32
Cute little plant
This is my Rhodohypoxis which I finally got round to planting in the Alpine Circle last week. It takes slightly acidic soil. The flowers fell off it when I planted, but have come back already after only one week. I think it looks so cute.
11 September 2010 22:30:01
'Black to the Fuchsia'
I am sorry to bore you all. But this is my all time FAVOURITE Fuchsia. Linda, I took a couple of cuttings today. If I see that they are 'taking' I will bring them to Monaghan with me.
11 September 2010 22:21:36
Any Idea which one?
A new Dahlia opened today. Don't remember ordering this, or ever seeing it before. Hopefully someone can shed some light?
11 September 2010 21:54:51
Canna Tropicanna Gold
Have a Deb's here during next week. I don't normally clean the house until about October. Life is too short. I usually just give it a 'lick and a promise' during the summer months. However, Zoe has her Debs night on Tuesday, and we are having a 'cheese and wine' soiree for friends and neighbours. The house really needs cleaning from top to bottom. So for every job I got done indoors, I rewarded myself with a half hour OUTDOORS. :) It's amazing how good your garden looks from the inside when you clean the patio doors. Got lots of dead-heading done and cut the edges around the ponds with a scissors (too lazy to get the strimmer out). Anyway, the showers were quite frequent and very heavy.
Put contents of some of the potted bedding on the compost heap and moved pots around for more photographic impact. My Canna Tropicanna Gold decided to flower today. Hopefully there will still be a decent amount of colour in the garden for photos on Tuesday. Working tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday, so time is VERY limited. Hopefully it will be dry enough for Steve to get the grass cut while I am in work tomorrow.
11 September 2010 20:22:36
Sunflower 'Italian White'
This is 'Italian White'. Just two seedlings produced all these flowers. They measure about 3ft tall/small. And have fairly small flowers compared to most sunflowers. More of a creamy/yellow than white.
11 September 2010 19:10:50
Topsy Turvy - a definite success!
Despite what they reported on Gardener's World a couple of weeks ago, I am declaring Topsy Turvy a definite success. I wasn't sure about it in the beginning as the tomato plants were struggling to reach the light. However, after a lot of manipulating, it took off. I planted 'Gardener's Delight'. I think Gardener's World planted cherry tomatoes.
Today, they have finally decided to start ripening, despite the very late start they got. Looking forward to these. Only ever grew them in the greenhouse before. And like I reported earlier, I have had far less problems with tomatoes grown outdoors this year.
11 September 2010 16:49:10
God loves a trier!
I only have a regular digital camera. And I have been trying to capture the magic of a spiders web glinting in the sunshine. I took one today, it looks good in my photos. Now the question remains, is it good enough to show up on a 'cropped' and much smaller journal photo?
11 September 2010 16:32:51
New Homes Wanted!
Spent a bit of time this morning potting on lots of Echium pininana. They need new homes. There is NO WAY I can accommodate all these seedlings for next year. And this is only half of them. If anyone heading up to Monaghan tomorrow week wants some, give me a shout. Lots to spare!
11 September 2010 07:21:13
The best 50c I have spent this year!
Here we go again. These 50c Cannas have just got to be the BARGAIN OF THE YEAR for me. They were only in my possession for about 4 wks and they started to flower. Yet another one appeared yesterday, and there are lots more to come. Hopefully the weather won't turn drastically cold. Don't want to put them the greenhouse just yet for the winter. It would be like cutting them down in their prime.
10 September 2010 23:42:08
Chili weather in store
Picked this chilipepper the other day. Funny shape. These chilis are weird. I only get one ripe every week or so. The good thing about them is this avoids a glut. And they are like fingerprints - no two are alike!
10 September 2010 22:42:06
Sambucus BLACK LACE 'Eva'
Ok this won't happen until next year. I really need to do something about this area. I dig, weed, level, and clear this area, almost completely, every spring. When the jobs in the garden get too time-consuming, I let things slip again. It ends up the very same as if I hadn't cleared it at all.
Today, from the bargain trolley, I bought Sambucus Black Lace 'Eva'. Paid a whopping €2 for it. Ok it needs a lot of TLC. Tomorrow I will pot it on, and leave it until Spring to plant it. Hopefully this, and other shrubs in my 'waiting area' will get planted into 'the wilderness'.
10 September 2010 21:51:02
More space needed!
My garden seems to be getting smaller and smaller. Running out of space rapidly. At the beginning of the Summer, Steve made me great bench out of rough wood. It's about 8ft long, and also has a shelf underneath. Where would I have put all those pots without it. I feel another one coming on.
10 September 2010 18:25:10
This is Joe!
Productive day in work. Pleased with what I got done. A customer came in to me at about 3 o'clock, saying that he had a present for me. He asked me to call up to his house and gave me his address. Mmm not to worry, everything is all above board.
I clocked out and drove to his house which is literally around the corner from work. He had the present in a shoe box. Hee hee. He discovered a couple of frogs in his borders when digging, and got the fright of his life when they jumped. He is a bit frail so doesn't need any unnecessary scares in his delicate state of health. I was the first person that came to mind when he decided they must go.
However, he could only catch one. I will name him after the customer. I released him into the Lower Pond. Lovely colouring. Hopefully he and ours will get on famously, and we will have lots of little froggies next year.
10 September 2010 06:44:29
Discovered this slimey little slug yesterday morning crawling over my Alpine Bed which has gravel around all the plants there. Obviously he had enough of the gravel and was taking a break on top of one of my sedums (I think it's a sedum). He looked as 'snug as a bug on a rug'.
10 September 2010 06:03:21
Sunflower 'Tall Russian'
After that horrific weather we had over the weekend and into Monday, my 'Early Russian' sunflower is ready for seed collecting, with her head just lolling over looking at the ground. It has to be a 'she' as her petals are so long and curly and feminine. :) But just look at how strong and healthy my 'Tall Russian' is. Two seedlings here and about 5 or 6 more flowers to come. The bad weather seems to have improved HIS appearance, except he is leaning over precariously, even though he is supported with stout bamboo canes. If I try to straighten him up, he will surely snap! Don't want that!
09 September 2010 20:26:35
Window box for front of house
Called into Dad this evening and collected the famous Honesty seeds. Should have plenty to spare if anyone wants any. Got home and decided to do nothing much. Really gruelling day in work. All I got done was watering in the greenhouse (it is to lash tonight, so that will take care of outside), picked loads of tomatoes, and made up a window box with primroses for the front window. No energy this evening. I feel an early night coming on.
It has started raining already. Big huge fat raindrops.
09 September 2010 06:40:54
Kniphofia 'Bee's Lemon'
Kniphofia are just getting better and better all the time. I don't remember them looking this good last year. They are shining like two torches in my garden.
08 September 2010 21:56:56
Couldn't resist this photo either.
08 September 2010 20:55:08
Couldn't resist taking this photo this evening.
08 September 2010 19:43:21
Pressie from Hosta (aka Margaret)
I was delyra and excyra when I got in and saw a small parcel on the table. Ripped it open with great gusto, and felt dampness coming from it. Oops, better tread carefully here. Ha ha it was a parcel sent by Hosta (aka Margaret). Wow, I wasn't expecting that. I must be brain-dead as I don't even remember giving you my address. I blame the 'DRINK'. It must have been on night like that (few and far between).
Hosta sent me Telekia seeds. Now, let's hope I can get them to germinate! She also sent a piece of Hakonechioa (grass), Inula hookerii and Hosta 'Wogan'. Margaret, thank you so much. They are already planted in temporary pots for over the winter.
Margaret, just googled the Hosta 'Wogan'. A few different 'wogans'. Which one is it, do you know?
08 September 2010 19:17:00
His car was in the driveway as usual when I got home. Steve gets off earlier than me so he is always home first. Chubb lock still on, what's going on here? Then I realized that he had to go to a funeral this morning. Sensible man leaving the car back home afterwards. It was weird coming into a still, quiet house. Zoe and wee Davey weren't even here. Was feeling a little bit lost in my solitude. Then I realized this should be MY time. Usually when I get in from work, I have a cuppa and bring it out to the patio. But I am usually like a 'hen on a hot griddle' getting up and down planting, tweaking, watering, picking, using the camera or whatever! And Steve is constantly saying 'Sit down'. By the time I finish all my bits, my coffee is freezing.
I did EXACTLY what I wanted this evening. No telling off from ANYONE! Bliss!
I finally bought the perfect pot for the Bamboo I bought at the beginning of the summer. We are having a stocktake all next week, and old pots have been unearthed from out in the warehouse. These were taken into the garden centre today to try and sell them off asap. Some had little chips taken out of them as the forklift (driver) can cause a lot of damage if driven carelessly. Happens a lot. Got this pot for a great price, undamaged. I think it will suit the bamboo perfectly. Only thing is the drainage hole needs to be knocked out. I need a man for that! I don't really, I just didn't want to do it. It is made out of lightweight lead. And I am hoping that it won't crack in the winter frost.
08 September 2010 06:19:20
Leucothoe is red pot
The other day Fran posted a photo of his Leucothoe in a lovely slate grey pot. Very tasteful, and should look great with his Oriental theme. Here is mine in a very different colour pot. Funny how we all have our own tastes. Pity I didn't wash the pot down before taking the photo. :) Must do it later.
07 September 2010 22:07:53
Deborah and Martin's Echium doing well
At the beginning of the year I did a lot of work weeding, digging and levelling my 'Wilderness Area'. Was very proud of the work carried on there and it looked great afterwards. However, this is an area that constantly gets left behind once the summer comes. I was down there this evening taking photos. OMG the state of the place. I am ashamed I let it get so bad. There are Echium seedlings absolutely everywhere. I am wondering would they do ok if I was to pot them up for next year?
There is ONE choice plant in this area though. And it is doing really well. It is also an Echium (a different type I think, as this one is not prickly to touch). I got this one from Deborah and Martin in Terra Nova. Hope to have flowers on this for next year.
07 September 2010 20:44:49
Last year I only had 2 blueberry bushes. At the end of the season I was very fortunate to be in a position to acquire another 6 at just €2 each.
I have been picking a breakfast bowl full every second day for the last 3 weeks or more. And this is only half of them. Lots more coming. They haven't had the chance to go into any muffins yet as they are being consumed fresh daily, usually by me. And sometimes sprinkled over yoghurts. Mmm delicious. I have also been giving them out to anyone in work who wants them. All have remarked on their super taste, and some of these staff members don't even eat fruit on a regular basis. I wouldn't be without them. No trouble.
And they are FULL of antioxidants!
07 September 2010 19:41:05
My ray of sunshine today!
We have a staff meeting every morning in work. Manager not seeing my way in a personal matter and I went out to the Garden Centre like a bull. UUUUhhhhh! I was so angry. I just wanted to be left alone. Out of nowhere, while working from my works trolley, I spied a very tiny movement from the corner of my eye. It was my little Robin grinning at me, sitting on the edge of the trolley.
This was the one who was feeding from my hand during the winter. After me erecting a birdhouse outside in the garden centre, he chose to rear his young inside (clever boy/girl) where it is nice and warm and plenty of birdfeed. I haven't gone near him all summer but whenever I see him outside, I give him my usual whistle so he knows me. So to reward his appearance today just when I needed it, I started to give him some birdfeed again outside, so I can tame him once again. Somehow I don't think it will take as much effort this year.
It's amazing the way something so simple as that can have such a positive effect on us. He made my day! Photo a bit distant. Don't want to rush things.
06 September 2010 19:30:49
The flood of August 2009
Got in this evening and noticed a big rise in the level of the two lower ponds. With the recent hot weather and strong winds, the levels had gone down a bit and I was going to top them up yesterday. However, I never got round to it. Now, let's hope Mr. Rainmaker knows when to stop.
The circle at the end of the garden is my Alpine circle. The 'stone circle' in the middle of the photo is now our latest pond, only a bigger circle.
06 September 2010 18:18:00
So so sad!!!!
I thought my car was going to turn into ChittyChittyBangBang today. It would have been handy to have an inflatable car so I could row home. The first thing I could think about was how badly my big sunflowers had fared off during the constant driving rain all day. And indeed, my 'Early Russian' was looking pretty much like a sopping wet ragdoll. But I was utterly amazed that they were all still standing, albeit looking so so sad, and a decidedly 'Hang-dog' expression.
06 September 2010 06:04:36
Californian poppy 'Carmine King'
I sowed a WHOLE packet of Californian Poppies around the edge of the Lower pond. All I get is ONE flower at a time. So disappointing. No point in even gathering seeds of same for next year. I shall put it down to ANOTHER loss.
It is 'BUCKETTING' out of the Heavens as I type this. Hope ye all repaired your boats over the weekend, it looks like we're gonna need them over the next week or more! Have a nice day and don't forget your lifejackets!
05 September 2010 19:47:02
Platycerium (Stag's Horn Fern)
Happy enough with having 'doctored' my 2 Buxus spirals today. Also gave them a trim, to bring back their shape. I think they look better for it. It was such a bad day here that I spent a lot of time watering indoor plants (Orchids, Platycerium, Rhipsalis etc). They needed it badly, and the water butt was overflowing, so put it to good use. Spent a bit of time this morning (before the rain) deadheading stuff outside.
05 September 2010 18:01:01
Last years Cannas
I had 4 Cannas that survived the bad winter in the greenhouse. This year I decided to give them lots of space and planted them into the borders in fairly decent-sized pots. But they haven't grown one iota. I can't explain this. And none of them have flowered. Do people have success with cannas year after year?
05 September 2010 17:24:11
Next years lot! Help
Todays weather has gone from bad to worse. The lights have been on all day. So dark and dreary. The rain is so misty out there I can barely make out the field over the back wall. I went off the Lidl this morning and bought myself a good selection of bulbs for next year. And that was after me promising 'no more'. What have I let myself in for.
While there I also bought myself safety boots. Who knows, at €24.99 they may just be better than my existing ones. I have had them on me all afternoon to try and break them in. Here's hoping.
05 September 2010 07:48:15
Buxus in trouble
I have 2 good sized buxus spirals in huge pots at the outer posts of the pergola. This year I have been very diligent about watering everything in the garden, except these 2 buxus. The problem is usually because it takes so long to give them the supply of water that they require. You have to literally stick the hose on each of them for about 5 minutes at a time. Very remiss of me this year. Now it looks like they are not too healthy. Hopefully today I will give them a bit of attention, and re-shaping. And then a small bit of Tree and Shrub fertilizer or Growmore, in the hope that they will 'green up' a bit. Don't want to lose these 2 buxus as they cost me €65 each.
05 September 2010 07:35:50
Incy Wincy Spider
This fellow has set up home on the Loggia. He has been living in this spot all summer long. And is VERY territorial. Yesterday I went closer to get a better shot. And of course while I was hiding behind the camera he decided to drop like a shot further down the web to scare the bejaysus out of me. Ha ha. I nearly dropped the camera. Serves me right for encroaching on his privacy.
04 September 2010 22:17:40
Is this the sedum I gave you? If so, it is 'Ice Magic'. Lovely one. And like all sedums, it's a magnet for butterflies.
04 September 2010 21:40:10
After it being such a miserable day, I spent my time extracting seeds from seedpods of Violas from my sessions of dead-heading in work and then sowing them into 5cm pots. Hopefully these will come true as they are very different and very pretty. Have some already which have germinated. So looking forward to the results.
04 September 2010 21:03:45
'BLACK TO THE FUCHSIA'
It finally opened today of all days.
04 September 2010 19:00:39
Start them early!
He spent quite a bit of time playing with flower pots I stacked up for him. It's never too early to get them used to garden goodies.....
04 September 2010 18:24:47
Just gave my Grandson, David (7 and 1/2 months old) his first taste of tomatoes. Ha ha needless to say, it's an acquired taste.
04 September 2010 11:06:05
Todays weather would put years on you. I don't care that we may need it. I just hate not being able to get out there. Actually there is nothing to stop me. It's only a drop of rain. Nothing stopping me getting the raingear and wellies from my car. Just can't muster up the enthusiasm. Just been to the shops for ingredients for chutney. However, Supervalu doesn't always stock ginger. Couldn't be bothered travelling further. Will do that maybe tomorrow. So I consoled myself with a pack of very soffffttttt fresh jam doughnuts which I shared with Zoe. Definitely a day for PIGGING OUT! Oops, my secret is out!
04 September 2010 08:33:00
Plans for today!
Just went for a shower and got into gardening gear. Ready for action.
Where did that rain come from. Hope it's not down for the day. I had planned on giving 2 patio sets a coating of Deck Reviver before the winter sets in. It wasn't done at all this year.
03 September 2010 22:44:49
Crocosmia 'George Davidson'
I bought this one weeks ago. It is very slow to flower. It's as if it's in suspended animation. Same this evening as it was this time last week.
03 September 2010 22:28:51
The Full Monty
One of my favourite annual poppies. Here is a better photo.
03 September 2010 22:12:36
It's even beautiful just before it opens up.
03 September 2010 21:30:26
Geranium 'Lemon Fizz'
It has finally flowered. Funny name for this Geranium. You would think the flower was going to end up being yellow. But no. Lemon is the scent you get when you rub the foliage. Lovely pretty little flower. Will try and take cuttings of this one.
03 September 2010 21:20:52
Cucumber 'Crystal Apple'
is in the eating. Here is my Cucumber 'Crystal Apple'. My third attempt at sowing seeds for these took off in the greenhouse. Lots of small cucumbers on the way, but it may be too late.
Geraldine, you may like to do this next year. Do I remember you saying that you are the only one in your house who eats cucumber? I took this one to work today and had it with a salad. And it's small enough for you to eat ON YOUR OWN.
Delicious, sweet (ish) juicy and crisp. And the best part of all is, it doesn't repeat on you. There is another one to come, the same size, that I will extract the seeds from for next year.
03 September 2010 06:30:35
Primula 'Quaker's Bonnet'
This little primula started to flower about 2 wks ago even though it flowered prolifically throughout the Spring. It's a double-flowering one. And it is flowering well again. 6months too early. Oooh maybe this year we will bypass the winter!
02 September 2010 21:02:37
Pardon my ignorance!
A customer brought this into me today to identify it. She has had a tree in her garden for years and is only trying to find out now. Can someone tell me is this a fig? If not, what is it?
02 September 2010 20:30:04
Kniphofia 'Bee's Lemon'
OMG the pain. I need new feet. Even though my feet would always be killing me by the time I get in from work, I refuse to take off the boots until I have had a walkabout the garden. Sometimes I will water, and plant. I have a pile of plants to put into the greenhouse border. Tried to do just that tonight. But there is no space for me to even place a foot in between the plants. I am hoping that the tomatoes in this border will ripen pretty pronto. I need the space badly.
Hard to miss this one with the camera. This is a lovely low-growing Kniphofia called 'Bee's Lemon'. It will NEVER out-grow its spot. And a very refreshing colour too. They seem to be shining like a beacon.
I watered EVERYTHING inside and out. Everything was just so parched. Didn't have the energy to root out my Foot Spa, which is buried under a lot of gardening crap in the garage. So it's the 'tried and tested' method for me tonight. A basin of salted water. Mmmm I feel like I am 20 again! Yea I DO remember that far back!
02 September 2010 06:11:28
These are the 'cheapo' Cannas I got in work ages ago. Not a bit disappointed with these.As soon as one flower goes over, another comes out.
01 September 2010 21:31:05
Happy as a pig in .....
Another journal for SallySarah. Just to let you know that 'Fairy Sally' is very happy sailing on her raft FILLED with the colour of Mesembryanthemums.
01 September 2010 20:44:01
Bought another Gerbera today. This one is white. And guess what? It will go in the greenhouse border where the whites/pinks/lilacs/blues are. Hope to God these really ARE hardy, as they are lovely.
I also bought lovely white cyclamen that have a magenta at the base of the flower. I made up two winter baskets comprising white cyclamen, Thyme 'Foxley' and beautifully scented carnations. Just waiting now for the summer baskets to 'go over' before replacing them.
Also got a nice Aster called 'Barbados' (purple with a central yellow disc). Looking forward to this one.
01 September 2010 20:11:55
Butterfly at last!
fairly decent photograph of a butterfly in work today. It was suicidal out there. I have NEVER seen so many wasps. Ducking and diving all day.
01 September 2010 06:16:30
Morning frost on Canna (Yesterday Morning)
Yesterday there was an early frost all over the garden. Hope this is not the approach of an early winter. I am wondering now whether or not to take in my 'tenders'. Is it back to taking plants in during the night and out during the day? Couldn't face that hassle so soon after things have been hardened off.