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31 October 2010 21:50:56
Jasminum 'Clotted Cream' today
Look at this little brave flower of Jasminum 'Clotted Cream'. To think it's nearly November and it dared to bare itself. Smells beautiful too.
31 October 2010 21:07:05
Bought Ornamenal kale before I went away, and Solanum the other day. Planted them up yesterday for a bit of winter cheer. I was never really very keen on Ornamental cabbage or kale. Another example of how my tastes are changing. Hopefully I won't get fed up with these. And hopefully the blackbirds won't eat all of the Solanum berries. They usually find them quite irresistable.
31 October 2010 19:57:11
Hippeastrum and Bougainvillea
We took Dad out for the afternoon and headed to Ratoath Garden Centre, in Ashbourne. He is really loving these garden centre trips. I did actually get my love for the garden from Dad. And these days, he is beginning to understand my complete obsession for new plants. I think he could end up like me if we keep on taking him out. He went home very happy with a 6pk of really decent sized Lavenders for just €7, and a couple of smoke bombs for his greenhouse.
I had intended asking John (the owner) about Callicarpa and ended up with a Flagpole Cherry, Prunus 'amanogawa', which John found in a forgotten about corner. Original price €41. I told him I'd buy it. So he charged me a mere fiver. It had been lying around neglected for some time, but I could see new growth on it and jumped at the chance of getting such a terrific bargain. I also bought a beautiful Euonymus 'alata', and I cheated a little bit and bought 2 Hippeastrums priced at just €3.99, and Uncinia rubra 'Everflame' . I also got some smoke bombs in readiness for the greenhouse Springclean. They were also selling off some Bougainvillea for half price (€9) which I couldn't resist. I took a couple of cuttings in Lanzarote and they are not looking like they will take. So this is just an insurance policy. :)
31 October 2010 19:35:32
Oil Tank Today
This is what is underneath the Lonicera and Jasmine.I won't cut it all back. I want to leave a bit of a skeleton over the winter. Hopefully next year, the growth will be even better.
31 October 2010 17:33:53
'No oil tank here, Missus'.
I was going to ring up for a delivery of oil. So I thought to myself no better time to remove the oil tanks disguise. The delivery man might just think I was taking him on a wild goose chase. Managed to get a bit of the Lonicera and Jasminum 'Clotted Cream' cut back before heading out for the afternoon. Very pleased with the growth of the Jasmine this year. For once, I didn't cut it back. I hadn't realized that it flowered on new growth. I have this Jasmine for oh maybe 8 yrs and this was actually the first time for it to flower.
31 October 2010 17:13:18
The Hallowe'en Munchkin
Oooh how many people is he going to scare tonight? Especially with that ferocious expression on his little innocent face. :)
31 October 2010 07:48:14
Photo of Mirabilis
Tried saving Net Photo but was very small. So just took a photo of same. Hope you can all see how beautiful this is.
31 October 2010 07:12:16
My pathetic specimen (Mirabilis jalapa)
Got this perennial (Mirabilis jalapa) in Aldi early Summer. It did absolutely NOTHING. So many times it was destined for the compost heap. Just before I went away I noticed a few leaves (albeit yellow ones). It still looks much the same today. But certainly NOT going to do anything else this year. I think maybe it should go into the greenhouse in the possibility of it surviving till next year??????
It's also called 'Four o'clock flower', or 'Marvel of Peru'. It can produce flowers of lots of colours on the one plant. Its' flowers open from late afternoon, which can be quite a bonus when other flowers tend to close as dusk approaches. I won't be lucky enough to witness that THIS year. However, it's got to be worth overwintering. This was one that I was really looking forward to. Ha! Murphy's Law!
31 October 2010 06:31:34
I forgot to dig up one of my Cannas before going on holidays. It has blackened with the cold weather. I wonder is it too late to dig it up?
My 50c Cannas in the greenhouse are producing more flowers. What a bargain. My green and gold one is also producing more flowers. Don't you just love it.
30 October 2010 21:41:46
Fascicularia 'Baboon's Bum'
Clara gave me this as a gift last year. Also known as Baboon's Bum. On seeing her journal re: same, I became fascinated by this plant. However, I have been wondering ever since when it would eventually show its' reddened arse. This is happening now. Patience is a virtue!
30 October 2010 21:09:30
Picked the last of the blueberries today. A bumper crop this year. No doubt about that,.
30 October 2010 20:00:47
Just thought I would show you the sheer size of this Oriental Poppy that Dave gave me as a seedling, and others here on Garden.ie too, during the summer.
30 October 2010 19:38:45
Planted up this plastic flower pouch at the end of the Summer with Patiola. 10 pockets for 10 plants. But some of them died while I was away. Still, it has filled out nicely, not too bad.
30 October 2010 19:02:25
These are the product of my dead-heading in work. SOme are Pansies. Others are Patiolas, which are a cross between a Viola and a Pansy with semi-cascading habit. Happy with these.
30 October 2010 18:44:27
The only reason I bought these during the summer was so I could give some advice to customers on how reliable they would be. I must say in the beginning I wasn't too hopeful. In my opinion, they are just for a very short term. And maybe something to create instant colour.
However, they flowered away all summer long. A few of the leaves developed powdery mildew, which I cut off as soon as I spotted them. They kept on flowering. Was just about to chuck them today when I noticed another couple of flowers appearing on them. So put them into a smaller pot and into the greenhouse for the winter. Who knows. They may just come back next year. Here's hoping!
30 October 2010 18:12:48
Tidy bench under garage window
After I recovered sufficiently from my Hypothermia this morning, I got a second wind in the garden. I know I spend all day ina garden centre, but you can't beat your own little plot. Was feeling a bit down during the week as it was so cold, and didn't want to even go out.
Today was different. It was an absolute pet of a day. I wasn't going to let it go to waste. I cut back so much stuff, and emptied all baskets and pots with summer bedding. Watered the greenhouse (first one since I came back last Sunday). Cleared down the bench under the garage window. Swept underneath as it was littered with scarlet leaves from the blueberry bushes. Then moved my Fuchsias to the second shelf for a bit of protection over the winter. Cleared most of the leaves from the waterlilies in the Upper Pond. They were brown and slimy. If left in situ, they would emit harmful gases that would affect plants and aquatic life. So it had to be done. Filled 4 black bags of garden waste, not finished yet. Still plenty of colour in the garden, even if it only the odd flower, like Ladybird poppy, Arctotis, Dimorphotheca, Oriental poppy, Gaillardia, Argyranthemum,etc. Lampranthus is beginning to flower at this late stage. Alstromerias are still flowering too. Pansy seedlings have come up. Should have plenty to see me through the winter for some pots of colour.
30 October 2010 11:30:50
Got into the pond and pulled up the mushy begonias. That only took a couple of minutes. Got back out and went for a coffee. Ok just bit the bullet. It's absolutely freezing in there. But funnily enough, if you stand still for a while, the cold doesn't seem so bad. Got 3 types of Narcissi planted 'Actaea', 'Replete' and 'Tahiti'. I didn't even label where I was putting each type. I just wanted to be 'outta there', and also planted pink and blue Hyacinths at the front so they could be seen from the house. That's it! Never again. Whose idea was this anyway!!!!! Will put up an album reflecting (pardon the pun) my Hypothermic ordeal!
All I have to do now is clean up the mess on the grass!
30 October 2010 08:40:00
Can't avoid this job!
Oh Jesus, God help me. Look at the state of Begonia Island. They have all turned to mush. As soon as I go buy the dinner, this will be my first job of the day. And while I am in the freezing water pulling up all that mush, I will plant bulbs (Don't know which ones yet). Not doing winter bedding here as I would have to dead-head regularly. And I am NOT a sucker for punishment!
30 October 2010 06:20:33
one of these. This Frangipani was in the Cactus Garden in Lanzarote. Beautiful. Then I went to visit Lanzarote Flora and noticed that she has a WHITE one in her garden. Does anyone know would they survive our weather?
29 October 2010 21:20:07
was this Marigold seedling which was sown very late in the season. Can't wait to spend a bit of quality time outside tomorrow, hail, rain or snow. The whole place needs a big tidy up. Took home my waterproofs from work this evening and wellies, so I have no excuse. Not that I am looking for any!
29 October 2010 20:52:46
Went out to the garden this evening, even though it was lashing. Can't help myself. It's just something I HAVE to do every day. And 'lo and behold, a new flower, which came from a seedling Dave (Chilipepper) gave me during the summer (one of many). A big bold poppy. A sight for sore eyes.
29 October 2010 19:50:20
Close-up for Martin
Here is a close-up for identification purposes.
29 October 2010 19:47:12
It must have been a very windy night last night. When I got into work this morning, there were pots all over the place. Anything on top shelves was on the ground. And one of them was a nice fern in a beautiful terracotta pot. However, I wasn't prepared to pay €30 just for the pot. This morning the pot was broken to smithereens. Ha ha, now's my chance. Got the fern for a fiver.
Martin, any idea (of course you do) what type of fern it is. Is it a common Dryopteris?
29 October 2010 18:41:05
I am stupidly jealous of Fran and anyone else that is being bothered by falling leaves. On my lunch hour I was having a smoke in the car and just gazing around the carpark. The trees are a gorgeous colour, and the ground is strewn with the same autumn hues. It was breathtaking. So if you are one of those people, just think how bare and uninteresting your garden would be without them.
Because I keep on digging up, and throwing out in my garden, I cannot boast any trees, except for my Eucalyptus. Now I am changing my plan for the garden. Hmmmm.
29 October 2010 18:05:35
Haven't seen a newspaper all week, and I didn't get the RTE Guide. Are there any gardening programmes on at all tonight? Is Gardeners World on?
28 October 2010 20:51:41
I couldn't resist taking this snap of a blueberry bush in work today. Such warm tones.
28 October 2010 20:15:25
Feeling very guilty
Didn't do a whole lot this evening. What's new! All I did was pot up the rest of Lanzarote Flora's plants. Since I got back from my holidays on Sunday night, I haven't been feeling very much like gardening after getting in from work each day. I feel guilty, but why? I garden because I enjoy it. I don't enjoy being cold anymore, or wet. And that's what the weather has thrown at me. And it's almost dark by the time I get home. And the clocks go back on Saturday night, so it will be even darker. Welcome home, Jacinta. It can only get worse.
28 October 2010 06:02:29
This was a piece of a Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera) that I found on the floor in work last year. Somebody had obviously knocked it off the parent plant when passing. I didn't honestly think it would be big enough to flower this year. Just reading in this weeks Amateur Gardening yesterday evening that Schlumbergera need a period of 12 hours total darkness, even lamps and ceiling lights can interfere, so it's best to cover them up with something from about 7pm to 7am (ish). Funny that. Mine is getting nothing like that attention to detail and look at it. Ready to flower its little socks off. Just goes to show that you shouldn't believe EVERYTHING you read!
27 October 2010 21:11:49
First one appeared
My Grandson decided to produce his first tooth 3 days after I went on holidays. Hmph! Typical of mens timing!
27 October 2010 20:16:15
Todays plans gone awry!
Had great intentions to plant up some daffs or tulips into Begonia Island after work. But as soon as I clocked out, the rain came down in torrents. And I was cold all day. So I really didn't feel like paddling into the freezing cold water. So I did nothing at all this evening, except string up the last of the peppers. Looking forward to comparing the three different types : Hungarian Hot Wax, Lemon Drop and Elefanten russel.
27 October 2010 07:18:18
Bird of Paradise
We visited lots of markets while we were away. I bought this Strelitzia (Bird of Paradise) in Costa Teguise. I could have boughts seeds of same, only I wasn't prepared to wait 4 years for it to flower. So instead I bought a 3yr old plant. It will be difficult enough having to wait one year. Strelitzia is one of the symbols of the Canary Islands, and can actually withstand temperatures of 6 degrees celsius. Looking forward to this.
26 October 2010 21:11:26
I noticed this year that they had changed the planting scheme in the Departure smoking area in Lanzarote Airport. Lovely!
26 October 2010 19:13:45
Dad's Hyacinth today
Had my work cut out for me when I went in today. OMG. But gotta face facts, I am the only one there who REALLY cares what the place looks like. Lots of bedding was just dumped in the wrong places, and on top of each other, matching price tags were nowhere near the product. Ground was filthy. Everything all higgledy-piggledy. But I enjoy a challenge. Threw myself into my work and before long I was working in T-shirt sleeves. Gave myself a good work-out!!!!! Maybe I shed a few pounds of holiday over-indulgence :).
Dropped into Dad on the way home. He has a Hyacinth in flower already.
26 October 2010 06:07:00
Very pleased with this one. Only have it 2 yrs and this is what is left to harvest after picking the first lot yesterday. It's very handy being able to grow an apple tree in a big pot, if you have a small garden.
OMG It's pelting down out there. I would love to just go back up to bed and have the duvet wrapped around me like a cocoon! Have a good day!
25 October 2010 20:23:23
First and last Aubergine of the year!
All begonias (Bedding ones) have turned to pure mush. Gotta pull the ones from Begonia Island up, but that can wait until after I get back to work tomorow. Have to have a proper look for some nice bedding for the winter. I also intend planting some tulips etc into this Island which will obviously have to be re-named for the winter :). I must buy some waders as tomorrow I will have to paddle in to remove the bedding and plant up with fresh stuff. Brrr!!!!!
All Dahlias have blackened, so they got the chop this afternoon. Asters looking pretty good still after cutting back a good few dead flowers from them. Cosmos got the chop too. Also cut back Perovskia. But surprise, surprise, some sweet pea at the downpipe are still in flower. A few tomatoes were left to ripen in my Topsy Turvy but they had turned mushy and watery so they got lobbed over the back wall. Who knows, maybe we will have lots of stray plants in the field for next year.
Chilipeppers still going strong. Aubergines have now finally decided to produce a proper, single Aubergine. Every other one wilted shortly after the flowers appeared. I was just saying that I would never grow them again. But maybe they were being given too much attention and cossetting. Picked my first lot of Elstar apple. They look quite delicious.
I brought my 50c cannas into the greenhouse before I went away, and now they are producing yet MORE flowers. Wahoo! Music to my ears!
25 October 2010 19:25:36
Trish's contributions to my houseplants!
Had to nip over to work today for cactus compost for my new babies. But not before an emergency call out from AA. Hmmm new battery on order.
Got home and potted up most of the plants/cuttings given to me by Trish (one of which is the Bead Plant that I have been trying to source for a while locally), and a few stray plantlets that found their way into my bags from around the place we were staying. Happy enough with that. Freezing here tonight. Have the heating on. Just what my new babies need after their cosy homeland. Just what me and Steve need too. Brrrrrr!
25 October 2010 17:38:15
Frank and Trish
I arranged before my holiday in Lanzarote to pay Lanzarote Flora (Trish) a visit. While driving around in the rented car one day, we just decided if we could find Trish's house. We were successful enough to have found her and Frank's beautiful home. It is always daunting to say the least when meeting people for the first time. But Trish pulled out all stops to make myself, Steve, and Steve's Mam and Dad so welcome. After having a quick coffee, I was itching to look around. Wow!!!!!!!!!! What a different way of gardening. There is no way my humble words could describe their beautiful home and garden, and indeed Trish and Frank as 100% Irish people. Instead I will let my photos tell all.
We were all then invited to dinner last Saturday evening. Such a dream, sitting out on the sun-soaked veranda with excellent company, beautiful home-cooked food and the tinkle of crystal glasses. All were made to feel so welcome. After dinner, we were treated to a fine display of a whopping great collection of Trish's jewellery crafted by her talented hands and imagination, and of course, I couldn't resist a few choice pieces.
A different way of life altogether. Trish and Frank run their own B&B in Guime, which is just a ten minute drive north of Matagorda. Visit them on www. clasacladdagh.com. Their garden is home to so many cacti, succulents, Stephanotis, Frangipani, and lots more besides. I think I'm great when I buy a different kind of cactus in the garden centres here in Ireland, but when you see how they are grown in their natural habitat, it pales our lot into sheer insignificance. But Trish is not without her own set of problems with plants. We have to contend with slugs, snails and lots of frost, whereas Trish can have plants literally destroyed with a insect known as 'cutchinell' (please tell me how to spell that correctly, Trish). And overnight a plant can be literally infested with ants. Then of course, she has to contend with intense heat and drought.
Trish had a big pile of cuttings ready for me after dinner, and all packed up and ready to go into my cases. Hopefully they will not only survive, but survive well. Thanks so much Trish.
Definitely another friendship for the long-term. Trish and Frank, thank you so much for everything, and for making all of us so welcome.
25 October 2010 08:17:23
Cactus Garden in Lanzarote
Oooh it was the MOST relaxing holiday I have had in many years. Nothing done in excess. Had the use of a rented car so we got to see a lot more of the island than ever before. Took a trip to the Cactus Garden. Such a spectacle. I think my houseplants will consist of mainly cacti and succulents from now on. SO many different types, and I can't remember the names of ANY of them. You could have fried an egg on the ground it was that hot?. Did you all get that Indian SUmmer that was promised the weekend I headed off? Not looking forward to getting out into the garden this morning, even though there seems to be a good deal of colour still out there, I hope the frost damage isn't too severe.
I left Zoe looking after the remaining Chilipeppers in the greenhouse. I notice now that the greenhouse door is wide open. Oops. Ok, I'm not too hopeful. As I wasn't expecting this recent cold snap, some of my Cannas are still outside. And my white Agapanthus is not looking the may west! Hopefully there will be no more casualities.
10 October 2010 04:52:38
Houseplants and aeroplanes
Couldn't sleep. I have just finished watering ALL of my houseplants. Kalanchoe seedlings that ClaireE kindly sent me are all doing really well. Coleus cuttings that I took the week before last are now showing signs of growth. Have now washed off soil from plants coming with me and will put them in a suitable size lunchbox to let them breathe. That's me done. Happy gardening!
09 October 2010 20:43:01
are still coming hard and fast. Have been dead-heading furiously in the last week or two. But managed to save seeds for people here. Promised to send them out by today at the latest. However, that didn't happen. I have plenty of time. Or maybe that should read 'thyme'. :)
09 October 2010 20:17:47
A few weeks ago I planted up this planter with 2 types of thyme, one of which is a trailing type, semi-cascading Patiola, which are a cross between a viola and a pansy, and Uncinia rubra. I like it.
09 October 2010 19:00:50
Kaffir Lily planted
Sorted. Finally. I have been like a lunatic without the computer. When Mam died 2 yrs ago I started up painting again. It was great therapy. And when I held an exhibition and sold 3 on the Opening Night, I realised that Mam had been with me every step of the way. However, once the exhibition was over, I turned to the computer. And having no computer for the last 24hrs has been a real trauma for me. I find being on the computer a great distraction to what's going on in my head and heart.
Had great intentions for the garden all day. Got nothing done as I was waiting for the Computer Doctor to ring with the prognosis. And to top it all, the ATM machine told me my card was faulty and to ring the bank. After paying €85 to have the computer fixed, I was left with chicken feed in my purse for my holidays. Hope to God the card works over there!
Computer now virus-free. And new anti-virus installed. No money for holidays, but what the heck! I have my bags packed and a roof over my head for the next 2wks, and a lovely blue swimming pool (probably all to myself). And Steve's Visa Card. :)
When I got back with my virus-free computer, I decided to pull most of my pots over to the shady side of the garden, JUST in case you all get that Indian Summer that you have been promised. At least then they won't dry out too much. But decided to plant my Kaffir Lily as it is just beginning to flower. Hopefully it will be in full swing by the time I get back. Watered everything in the greenhouse and picked a few chilipeppers.
Now it's time for chillin'. Cheers.
09 October 2010 08:31:39
First day of my holidays, and still up at the crack of dawn. How sad is that! Normally the computer gets turned on at about 5.00am. Not today. Guess what I did instead? Ha! I actually did a bit of ironing. Left it till a reasonable hour and went up to Zoe a few minutes ago grovelling for a loan of her computer. Really missing my own one.
Steve got off early yesterday and had the back grass cut by the time I got home from work. Brilliant. One less job for today. I have lots of plants in waiting to get into the ground, plus Narcissus 'Actaea', 'Tahiti', and 'Replete'. Should make a nice Spring display in the triangular bed. I have lilac and pink Hyacinths to stick into the greenhouse border. (Must mark them!).
08 October 2010 20:30:32
Cortaderia 'Splendid Star'
Took a few photos of the garden this evening, so I could compare to when I get back. Still looking ok.
08 October 2010 20:05:55
All for 6 euro
Turned on computer this evening, 35 viruses detected on computer. Gotta go to Doctor tomorrow. Using Zoe's one right now. But not for long. I'm being 'timed'. Bummer. More expense. Hopefully they will be able to sort it and have the computer back to me tomorrow.
Manager wanted everything on the Clearance Trolley reduced to 1 euro today. Happy days!. Got 4 Crocosmia 'George Davidson', Aubrietia, and Lampranthus all for just 6 euro. (Can't find the euro sign on this blinkin' computer).
08 October 2010 05:59:13
This Bergenia is looking pretty good right now. The foliage is all starting to take on its Autumn hues.
07 October 2010 21:19:13
Ornamental Kale and Heuchera 'Rave On'
Just down from 1st round of packing. Hopefully will finish it by tomorrow night. Got no time for the garden this evening between visiting, shopping and another visit to the Chiropodist (orthotics 50 bloody euro)!!!!!!! These feet are beginning to cost me a fortune!
I was going to make up a nice planter before I go away. A few empty pots now that some of the summer bedding has gone on the compost. Today I bought a lovely Heuchera 'Rave On', and Ornamental kale that looks like a doylie (is that how you spell it). I was going to team them up with some lovely deep pink Violas but thought the better of it. They will no doubt die in my absence. It can wait till I get back and there will be fresher stock in. Tomorrow from 5 o'clock I officially start my holidays. I will be celebrating with a tipple or two! So no gardening!
Saturday morning will be taken up doing my last batch of Chutney and picking as many chilipeppers as I can. Grass out back AND front need doing.
Also have 3 different lots of narcissi to plant. Where, you may ask?????? It will come to me in my dreams. Thinking of putting all of them into my triangular bed, considering it hasn't got a whole lot of interest in it right now. When I get back, I will plant all my new tulips, fritillarias, and can't remember what else just now.
07 October 2010 06:16:57
'Black to the Fuschia'
I love Fuchsias. All of them. Such intensely feminine flowers. And are the 'cream of the crop' in my garden at this time of year. I only have 5 different varieties, one of which Liga very kindly gave me 2 weeks ago.
But this one is definitely my very very favourite!
06 October 2010 20:13:09
Another Dahlia makes an appearance
I love this one. I am tending to lean towards pink a lot more in my old age!!!!!!!!!!!!
06 October 2010 18:53:37
Couldn't believe my eyes this evening when I discovered this late-developing seedling in a big pot by the irrigation system. Probably too late to get anything decent out of it, but it's looking pretty healthy despite the recent cold weather.
06 October 2010 18:31:08
I feel a change coming on.....
I was fairly happy with this when I planted it up, and convinced myself that 'shiny' was cool. Now, after seeing Hosta's Hypertufa, I have changed my mind. Well, it's a woman's prerogative after all.......
By the way, it was only planted up fairly late in the season. Hence, little growth on everything!!!! And thanks, Fran.
06 October 2010 17:11:03
For those who are interested....
in Fran's new idea, borrowed from one at Mount Venus, here is a bad photo. Didn't stand back far enough to get the whole effect. The wooden plinth is acually standing on 3 or 4 wooden pallets, raising it up to waist level. But I am sure Fran, whatever way he does it, will not disappoint us with his end result! I love the contours of the rock, together with the Acer, which lends a very Oriental feel to the whole display. I can see this idea merging beautifully into Fran's garden.
06 October 2010 06:40:05
I bought some Gerbera this year (not the perennial kind) just as an experiment. Never had them before as I always got the impression that they wouldn't last the whole summer. And it's good to be able to give customers sound advice when choosing their summer bedding. I am very pleased with them, they have flowered and flowered all summer. No pests, or diseases, and still going strong. Although the colour on the flowers seem to be a bit washed-out looking by now. But all flowers are welcome here, especially at this time when everything is starting to 'go over'. I will definitely get some of these again. Only earlier, so I get the full benefit of their gorgeous colour for longer.
05 October 2010 21:26:46
Bought this cactus on Sunday in Kilquade. 'Opuntia micradasys 'Albata' (Bunny Ears).
I can see my cactus and succulent collection building up already. They can go nearly all winter without a decent watering. Music to my ears! All I need is an extension.
WHERE IS EVERYBODY TONIGHT!
05 October 2010 21:13:46
I never thought I would still be picking tomatoes at this stage. I still have 3 outdoor plants, and also what's in the Topsy Turvey. Picked lots this evening. And some chilipeppers from the greenhouse. I am trying to get everything picked before Sunday. I have a big basket of green tomatoes, and lots of ripe ones. Chutney that will last us at least a year, will be made on Saturday morning. Now all I need is some empty jars! Blueberries still coming fast and furious.
05 October 2010 20:20:51
White one amongst yellow!
Planted these yellow Argyranthemums into the greenhouse border this summer as soon as it was possible to plant ANYTHING. Took this photo this morning while deadheading same. How did a white one appear in the middle?
Gotta say, I love Argyranthemums. No bother apart from regular dead-heading. And still going very strong. Hopefully should get another month out of these.
05 October 2010 19:28:21
Got home this evening, and took my usual walkabout. Everything still looking relatively good. Rudbeckia is starting to show some wear and tear at this stage, and Gaillardia. But most other things are pretty ok for October. Dahlias are good now, and Penstemon, Phlox, Asters. Cannas are still flowering their socks off in the greenhouse. And Hibiscus. I have left my spent sunflowers in the ground, but the birds don't seem to be going near them. Maybe I should dry the seeds indoors and keep them for the leaner months of winter.
Joe (my newly-adopted frog from a customer) was hopping about without a care in the world. Camera, unfortunately, was inside at the time. Luckily Holly was over the wall in the field. I don't know how he has survived here with a cat on the prowl.
Took a few cuttings of my Sedum 'sieboldii variegata', so hopefully they will be given away at some get-together. Hopefully they will 'take'. Actually, talking about the next get-together, shouldn't we be thinking of maybe a Christmas one? And No, I am NOT organizing this one. Not one of my fortes! Planted one of my SUndays plants into the greenhouse border 'Toad Lily'. Lots more flowers on their way with this.
05 October 2010 05:57:04
I bought this sedum ages ago to provide some Autumn colour. I loved the variegated leaf on it. It was bought as a '4pk Autumn Foliage' pack. Wasn't aware that it was going to flower (how stupid of me!), as I have never seen this one before. But it was/is beautiful even WITHOUT the flower, which has started to open up. This might be a good one to take cuttings from. Does anyone know which sedum it is?
04 October 2010 20:03:44
I bought this Viburnum 'Davidii' to celebrate my first Granchilds birth. It's not planted yet, just waiting to the right space to become available. Never noticed the red stems on it before. I like it!
04 October 2010 06:35:27
Low Maintenance Gardening
Planted these Carnations into a Cup and Saucer container, with some Thyme as a trailing plant. Apart from the odd sprinkling of water throughout the summer, it requires NO MAINTENANCE, and the scent is 'to die for'. My kind of gardening, when there is so much else to get done. And it is still going strong.
03 October 2010 20:29:50
Malus 'Redlane' have long been eaten. These ones in the photo are 'Elstar'. I am checking them every day now. Can't be much longer. Lots there too.
03 October 2010 19:16:35
An idea stolen from Terra Nova
I will be stealing little ideas to create a mysterious little world for my Grandson. No time like the present to get started. I love the way everything in Terra Nova would appeal to the inquisitive minds of children. Hoblins, Log cabins, streams, miniature cutlery, stained glass butterflies embedded into concrete, and so much more.
Steve will be creating a series of pools and small fountain, but has to wait until next year to let the soil settle a bit. I have been collecting woodland plants for this area. This is only a small area in the back corner of the garden. The mound that will be transformed is the spoil taken out of the latest pond. Seemed like a logical solution for all that excess soil. Will be doing a lot thinking over the coming months. But today I bought a couple of ornaments on the same style as those found in Terra Nova. I managed to get 2 different Hoblins which were reduced to half price. Couldn't resist. They just fit the bill perfectly! Deborah and Martin, I hope you don't mind.
My new area will be called Tir na Nog (The Land of Eternal Youth). Hopefully I won't make a hash of it. All ideas will be taken on board.
03 October 2010 18:15:51
Just for Martin!
Myself, Steve and Dad took a trip down to Kilquade Garden Centre this afternoon. It has been about 8 yrs since I last visited that one. I must say, it has gone from strength to strength over the years. According to the Assistant in the shop, it has undergone a major overhaul under the guidance of new management. It looked brilliant. I have never seen such a great selection of garden ornaments. And the quality and range of plants was very good too. And of course, Steve spotted Liga's head stuck in some plants. Small world, eh? I would say Steve was secretly delighted to bump into Liam again. So myself, Dad and Liga were left to our own devices. Hee hee. Nice one!
I was very good and only bought 4 plants. Tricyrtis formosana (Toad Lily), Penstemon 'Laura', Schizostylis coccinea 'Major' (Kaffir Lily) and a nice cactus for which I have no name as of yet. Dad NEVER buys any plants. Couldn't believe it when he picked up a gorgeous Abies 'koreana' and an indoor cyclamen. I told him when he got fed up with the Abies that he was to put my name on it. :)
Oh and I got a few more bulbs (Trillium Cunueatum, Leucojum Gravetye Giant, and Galanthus Woronowii). Sorted well and truly for the SPring now.
03 October 2010 07:57:48
Baby Tree Ferns
You gave me these tiny babies. I potted them up, and have been nurturing them ever since. They will remain in the greenhouse for their first winter. Already I can see lots of growth on them.
02 October 2010 22:22:50
Love this contrast
White Phlox (wish mine was as impressive as Myrtle's) against bright red Dahlias which I grew from seed. Hopefully the Phlox will get better and better.
02 October 2010 21:41:25
What a waste!
I have so many 'used' plant labels. And most of them have been also written on on the other side. The permanent marker doesn't wipe off, surprisingly. So unless someone can come up with a magic alternative use for them, these are going to be a complete waste. I hate wasting stuff. And that's only half of them.
02 October 2010 20:51:06
Thanks to Amateur Gardening, I have lots of seeds for next year. Spent a bit of time today organizing all of these, plus what I already had. They were dotted around in about 5 different places. Will have lots to share.
02 October 2010 18:28:21
After suffering with my feet for what seemed like years, I finally bit the bullet and did something about them. I feel like a new woman. Permanent frown on my face has disappeared. :)
Not much could be done today with the weather as it was. I used todays constant rain showers to my advantage, and put all my orchids out for a proper soaking. They look happier already. Plenty of new growth on all. Looking forward to seeing if they will flower for me a second time. Not great with orchids.
02 October 2010 06:39:46
Sanseveria having babies!
I have a lot of my houseplants on a unit beside the kettle. They obviously love the heat and humidity of the kettle. Just making Steve a cup of tea before he heads off, and look what I noticed on my Sanseveria (Mother-in-law's Tongue). It's having babies!!! If ever there was a no maintenance plant, it's this one!
01 October 2010 19:24:07
Malus 'Red Sentinel' today
Lately I have been feeling that the content of my journals is PURE crap. I am desparately clutching at straws trying to post ANYTHING that MIGHT be of interest. I know it's utter rubbish at the best of times. There is NOTHING of interest in my garden anymore. You have all seen ABSOLUTELY EVERY nook and cranny of my garden. I have nothing new to share with you all. Sorry!
01 October 2010 05:56:56
Marti Pellow and Rain!
A new day dawns, and October is upon us again. Time for 'Hyacinth' thinking, and Amaryllis, and definitely Orchids. Time for planning a Christmas get-together. Time to write our letters to Santa. Time for everything, now that the garden is winding down.
Time to get the wellies out. It's p****** out of the Heavens here this morning, and very windy.
Have a nice day, and a nice 1st of October