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Jacinta D's Journal March 2011

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Dafforama

31 March 2011 21:56:06
Dafforama

Dafforama

Couldn't resist taking a pic this evening of this trailing into the water of the pond. It was a very blustery day!!!

Blueberries

31 March 2011 21:18:59
Blueberries re-potted

Blueberries re-potted

Bought a few plants in work today. A nice new primrose 'Ken Dearman' I think, a white Aquilegia, Hemerocallis (orange) and Trollius (orange). Will be more specific tomorrow. It's too dark out there. I feel an 'orange' year coming on!

Also bought loads of ericaceous compost and repotted my blueberries into the old plastic pots that I grew my tomatoes in last year. They will have to do for now, as I don't want to delay potting them - their flowers should be appearing soon. Will re-pot into permanent pots after harvest later in the year.

Was beside the pond and spotted what I thought was blood on Holly's (the cat) leg. Lifted her leg to inspect closely and she lost her balance and fell into the pond. Oh Jesus, I couldn't stop laughing. I know it wasn't funny. But hey......actually, it was! She was ok. And what I thought was blood was just where she had rubbed up against one of the broken terracotta pots. Narrowly avoided a catastrophe!

Nobody Wants Me

31 March 2011 18:34:25
Acer platanoides

Acer platanoides

Thought I was doing well yesterday buying this Acer platanoides. I was aware that it would indeed grow quite big, but bigger than I can afford to give it. So if anyone wants this, it's free. Just let me know. There must surely be someone out there who needs to fill a big space!!!!!

A few bits today

30 March 2011 20:57:22
Camellia williamsii 'Tiptoe'

Camellia williamsii 'Tiptoe'

Watered everything in the greenhouse today with rain water. Removed my ornamental apple (not 'Sentinel') from a low wide pot today as I thought it would better suit one of my acers 'Trompenbourg'. So the apple had to get a new pot too. Was going to re-pot all my blueberries into the plastic pots that I had my tomatoes in last year, but I didn't have enough ericaceous compost. Wasn't going over to work on my day off. It can wait. Cut back all dead foliage from my white Agapanthus 'Snowball'. Looking decidedly better now. A selection of about 5 potted ferns all doing fine. Atropa belladonna coming back into growth too. Delighted with that. And another Camellia opened up today. A little beauty - Camellia williamsii 'Tiptoe'.

Wasted Day

30 March 2011 18:55:16
Acer platanoides (Norway Maple)

Acer platanoides (Norway Maple)

Was off today. Not a very nice morning so I headed over to Aldi for a bit of shopping and came home with three trees. Couldn't believe the price. These must have been leftovers from Sundays offers. I haven't really been aware of Aldi offers recently as we are a bit preoccupied with the new kitchen. Bought Sorbus Aucuparia, Malus 'Red Sentinel' and Acer Platanoides (Norway Maple). €6.99 each. Did a bit of googling on the Acer. In America it has been considered invasive (oops) and now garden centres over there won't even consider stocking it. Planted the Sorbus, but now in a bit of a dilemma over the Acer. Won't be in too much of a hurry on this one. :) Will wait for lots of advice and comments......

Who gave me this?

30 March 2011 14:47:32
Little Star!

Little Star!

Isn't this a little beauty. I don't know its name or its requirements. Someone gave it to me. I suspect it was Hosta as it is in a pot with Griffin's Garden Centre on it.

"Who's been eating MY Primrose".

30 March 2011 08:07:35
Caterpillar munching away!

Caterpillar munching away!

Seems that I couldn't do anything in the garden yesteday evening, I had a good look around instead. Was inspecting my primroses, of which my collection is building :) and noticed a lot of the leaves had been eaten away. Oops! Was thinking of the dreaded vine weevil. I am now thinking of getting rid of my Heuchera as I didn't realize that they were a bit partial to that. However, on closer inspection I found that it was just a very fat caterpillar. Phew! Took him down to the bird feeder where he met with his maker sooner than expected!

Clematis 'Gazelle'

29 March 2011 22:53:23
Clematis 'Gazelle'

Clematis 'Gazelle'

Got this herbaceous Clematis at the end of the 'growing season' last year. It has pretty little white flowers. Looking forward to seeing it in its full glory! I have it growing up a tripod of bamboo canes in the greenhouse border for extra height.  :)

Euonymus alatus

29 March 2011 22:02:23
Euonymus alatus

Euonymus alatus

Bought this deciduous shrub in Ratoath Garden Centre last September. It's small, about 2 and a half foot. Just looking at it more closely this evening. When I bought it last year the colour of the foliage was a startling orange. And a week later, it had all fallen. Didn't realize that it had such lovely, 'zingy' growth even at this time of year. Not bad having a deciduous shrub from now until Autumn.

Getting Impatient!

29 March 2011 21:39:06
T. 'Celesta'

T. 'Celesta'

Yesterday I could see these tulips 'double' potential. But I was getting a bit impatient. So I put them into the greenhouse this morning in the hope that they would be open by the time I got home from work. Not quite. Look how 'fat' they are, and hopefully bursting with colour! But I'm off tomorrow. Always hopeful!

Anemones

29 March 2011 21:04:01
Very deeply-rooted anemone

Very deeply-rooted anemone

When we built the greenhouse pond last summer, we banked the 'spoil' that Steve dug out up against the back wall. And as a result, I thought about an area for my little grandson, inspired by Terra Nova. This evening I noticed something different with that same 'mound' of soil. There were Anemones growing sporadically. Using a trowel, I tried to uproot some of them so I could pot them up for future planting. But I didn't realise how deep the corm was. Ruined a couple of them. But tomorrow I will use the fork and transplant them into the greenhouse border. Nice shades of blue.

Roses

29 March 2011 19:46:58
New Pond Growth

New Pond Growth

I was flattered that Rubberboots asked my advice on Roses. I have a grand total of 2 climbing roses in my garden. And one of those was only bought 3 weeks ago. To tell you the truth, I am RUBBISH with roses of any kind. I think they are high-maintenance, and they usually end up drawing my blood. :(  However, against my better judgement, I bought the second one recently. Rubberboots, I have posted an album with a selection of pink/peachy climbing roses as requested that you will probably find in lots of garden centres right now. And they all have an Award of Garden Merit. Hope they have given you food for thought! And thanks!

'Bridal Crown'

29 March 2011 06:27:49
'Bridal Crown'

'Bridal Crown'

Here is another Narcissus just opening in the garden. It reminds me of whipped cream. This one is 'Bridal Crown'.

Nearly there!

28 March 2011 21:44:37
Nearly there!

Nearly there!

A few of the Narcissi on the Island have opened. Looking nice and colourful right now. And lots more to come. I think this one is 'Actaea'.

Drooling here!

28 March 2011 21:14:39
Dad's Kerria japonica today

Dad's Kerria japonica today

Well really, lads. You have all been throwing terrible temptation in my path for the last few weeks. I just can't last any longer. I bought some rhubarb. Will wait until Wednesday before potting it up. No photo of it (Timperley Early). Dad's Kerria japonica (Jew's Mallow) will have to suffice.

'Debbie'

28 March 2011 21:01:53
'Debbie'

'Debbie'

But here is another Camellia that I have had for a good few years and looking just perfect!!

Miracle Needed

28 March 2011 19:50:46
Miracle Needed

Miracle Needed

Someone kindly gave me a Camellia at the last get-together. Unfortunately this Camellia had seen better days. In fact, it was looking like 'death warmed up'. I took it home and potted it up into a nice new pot with ericaceous compost, gave it plenty of water, and was going to give it a dilute feed as soon as it looked a bit perkier.

I bought more ericaceous compost today because really the pot I gave it is not big enough. But when I got home I looked at it more critically. Really it is not worth wasting any more compost on. It will stay in its new pot for now, and I will continue to water it. But it's NOT looking good at all. In fact it is very much worse looking than the day I got it. I tried!!!

Filtered sunlight

28 March 2011 06:28:29
Filtered sunlight

Filtered sunlight

Couldn't resist taking this shot yesterday of the sun shining through the bamboo. We dug this up a few years ago and bunged it into a big pot (Well, Steve did. I just issued instructions.  :)

Did a bit!

27 March 2011 20:38:55
Did a bit!

Did a bit!

Spent most of the day clearing out presses and lugging them out to the garage where they will come in handy for storing stuff. Left Steve to the rest. I tackled the garden. Gathered together any crap for the skip. Planted some Anemone 'De Caen' in the greenhouse border. Also sowed a few bits and pieces for the propagator ie. Aquilegia chrysantha (from Rachel), Laurentia 'Bullet Bush', Antirrhinum 'braun-blanquetii', Nasturtiums, Dwarf French Marigolds, Dianthus amurensis 'Siberian Blues' and Portulaca. I love Portulaca so I hope it's a nice sunny summer.  Most of these seeds came free with Amateur Gardening. So if they don't come on, not much loss. All the better if they do, though.

I took out a few of the perennials to the greenhouse. Next step will be the 'great outdoors'. Some growth on some of them like Nerine Alba, Amaryllis belladonna and others. Also planted Gloriosa rothschildiana and Babiana. Watered everything in pots with water from the butt. Also watered indoor plants that are hanging just under the supporting beam in the kitchen. Have to move them now for tomorrow. 

Grandson for Sale

27 March 2011 17:43:45
Grandson for Sale

Grandson for Sale

David is walking now. And absolutely adores being out in the garden. I let him loose today with a trowel. The first place he headed for was my Alpine Circle with all that lovely gravel. I might have known that as soon as he had the opportunity he would try and scoop it all up and throw into the grass. Hmmmmm!!!! Gotta re-think this one!

What are these, please?

27 March 2011 10:31:29
What are these, please?

What are these, please?

Just out in the garage sorting out my perennials and bulbs that can go to the greenhouse now. Have been sowing some seeds too and came across this pack of something. Don't know what, don't know who gave them to me. All in Romanian or Estonian.  Any ideas? They look a little bit like hoop petticoat daffs.

On the Move

26 March 2011 20:12:25
Soil testing in progress! dont tell Zoe!

Soil testing in progress! dont tell Zoe!

My mind working overtime here today. Thinking of moving things around a bit. I want to have lower things growing around the sunken pond like primroses, geraniums, arabis, aubrieta etc and graduating towards taller plants like rudbeckia, lysimachia, penstemon at the Upper Pond. In the middle I have grass-like plants ie Libertia, Kniphofia, Phormium that really don't fit in to the equation. Thinking of putting these in the wilderness bed or maybe the front until I can decide on what to do with the front. David (my grandson) and myself were out in the garden today trying to suss out a suitable alteration. I looked away for 2 seconds and he was helping himself to a good dollop of muck. Looks like he is a 'man of the soil'.

Lazy day

26 March 2011 18:49:36
running water in the garage

running water in the garage

Not much done today in the garden. Went over to work to get more of that compost in case it was sold out. €3.99 for 75 litres is too good to pass up. Had to do a bit of shopping in Aldi and bought a nice Calla lily with pot and compost, and 8 Freesias with same €5.99 each. Got home and potted these up. Also cheated. I have been feeling a bit 'hard done by' recently as I have been unable to sow as many seeds as I normally would. So I bought some plug plants of Cayenne Peppers and potted them on. No kitchen sink now as it has been moved out to the garage 'pour moi'. No cooker either so it's 'take-away' for a couple of days - not a problem. Pizza on its way. :) I feel some liquid refreshment on its way too. :)

Dud

26 March 2011 07:18:17
Dud

Dud

Bought this little set either in Aldi or Lidl (as we do) hoping for a little fix of indoor tulips on the table. The little dish came with compost and 3 bulbs. Very pale growth. And spindly. And not a sign of a flower. Pretty dish though!

Primula

25 March 2011 20:52:57
P. 'Dawn Ansell'

P. 'Dawn Ansell'

I really meant to post this photo on my journal below. I love this one.

Today

25 March 2011 20:46:08
Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba'

Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba'

Didn't get anything done this evening. Not a happy camper, have a bit of an injury. Dropped up to Dad after work and got his Mushrooms going for him. I told him I wanted his first one.  :)   Could have done lots when I got home but the mess outside is just annoying me now. Can't wait to get the skip. I don't know what I want to do in the garden, so maybe I should just 'go with the flow' for now. Just checking on propagator. Ricinus have germinated. Yay!  Watered tomato seedlings. Doing well, and now have their 2nd pair of leaves. 

Look at me now!

25 March 2011 06:26:34
Spirea 'Snowmound'

Spirea 'Snowmound'

This is my Spirea 'snowmound' yesterday. It's funny because I have the same one in the back in the Shady Border and not a sign of a flower yet.

Today was SUNday - not Thursday

24 March 2011 22:02:27
Erythronium

Erythronium

Gosh, what a brilliant day from start to finish. This is my favourite time of the year in work. All the 'mad' people start coming out of the woodwork to lift my spirits even more. I love the hustle and bustle. Shop was packed all day today. Garden Centre was even better. The sun shone from early this morning right up until sunset. So it couldn't POSSIBLY be Thursday!

Here is my first Erythronium - a nice sunny yellow. Hope to get more for next year.

Glory of the Sun

24 March 2011 20:01:38
Glory of the Sun

Glory of the Sun

Ha ha you can imagine how much I giggled to myself this evening when I spotted this. I have been looking at people posting photos of it for the last two weeks, and saying I didn't have any. I lied. Sorry. I forgot I planted these Chionodoxa (Glory of the Snow on a beautiful sunny day). Funny the little things that put a smile on our faces. Did nothing this evening except tidy the garden a bit.

Stunning Santry Sunset

24 March 2011 19:01:14
Stunning Santry Sunset

Stunning Santry Sunset

Wow! My view just over the back wall out into the field. The Old Airport Road runs from left to right just beyond the field.

Pieris

24 March 2011 06:29:28
Pieris 'Forest Flame'

Pieris 'Forest Flame'

I was raging when I realized I had left no room in my acid triangle to accommodate this Pieris 'Forest Flame'. It has been in a pot for years. If it does this well in a pot, think how much better it would be to have the freedom of open ground. And that would be one less pot to worry about. Love its colour at this time of year.

Is there anybody there....

23 March 2011 22:23:00
Is there anybody there....

Is there anybody there....

Is everybody gone to bed already? Like, it's only 10.20pm

 

Reprieve

23 March 2011 21:44:21
Reprieve for my Ricinus

Reprieve for my Ricinus

Sowed some Red Ricinus weeks ago. Was amazed at how quickly they had germinated. When big enough, I potted them on. Shortly afterwards, they looked pretty grim, and started to look very droopy. Have been meaning to throw them into the bin for the last two weeks but forgot. Came into front room this evening to light a fire. They have developed a second set of leaves. Ha ha I reckon these might just be survivors.

Here it comes again

23 March 2011 20:11:06
Magnolia 'Stellata'

Magnolia 'Stellata'

Wasn't going to do anything in the garden when I got home. But it's automatic. I decided to concentrate on edibles for a change. Got a great bargain in work with compost (Erin Multi 75litre for just €3.99 a bag). Using a different supplier now so we are trying to clear the last of the Erin compost. Bought 3 bags. Will buy 3 bags every day from now, until it's gone.

I sowed a long window box with Beetroot (Bolthardy). I grew beetroot in the ground years and years ago and they turned out pretty well. I also sowed some Cut 'n Come Again Lettuce into a smaller window box. 2 more window boxes were sown with Spicy Salad Leaves, and Cos 'Marshall' Lettuce. Then I resumed emptying out old compost from last years pots into the borders. Did a lot of tidying up. Will be getting rid of lots of rubbish next week when we have the skip that is coming with the new kitchen. So I am trying to gather as much as possible. I bought a beautiful Myrtus ugni shrub during the winter. Sadly, it didn't make it. It got 'chucked' this evening. Was going to sow more seeds this evening for the propagator, but my heart is not in it. Knackered today, and just found out that my WEEKENDS are starting the weekend after next. That time of year again. Good job I love my job!

No room at the inn

23 March 2011 06:48:08
No room at the inn

No room at the inn

I have everything that Gracedieu Lass gave me two weeks ago already planted except for one more thing. Looking at my little 'Bog Bed' yesterday evening I suddenly realized that there is no more room for further planting. Now what am I going to do?

My Fantasy Island

22 March 2011 21:27:36
My Fantasy Island

My Fantasy Island

Ok, I am exaggerating here. But, oh, how I remember the day after I got back from Lanzarote last October to pull up all the old Begonias and planting all of these bulbs. Wow! Did my feet get cold or what! Brrr!  Definitely worth it though. I have 3 different types of Narcissi here nearly ready to flower, with the Hyacinths.

More bits today

22 March 2011 21:02:32
Gotta get new pots

Gotta get new pots

After feeding the birds with all the vine weevil grubs, I sowed some carrot seeds (I think these are called 'Rondo'. The packet is upstairs in my work trousers) into a big three-foot long window box. I don't have a very good reputation for growing carrots. But these ones are a bit different. Will keep this window box raised up on the outdoor bench. The carrot root fly is unable to fly higher than 18 inches. So they should be well safe there.

Then I emptied a lot of the compost on other pots that had lain idle over the winter months. The birds got a grand feed. Then I cut back all my Fuchsias by about 1/3. Nothing stirring there just yet, but at least they are a bit tidier now. Brought my plants from the garage back out to the nice clean greenhouse. Have wire racking over some of the pots that have Cannas in them. Holly has taken to curling up in a ball on top of the pots if I leave the greenhouse door open when I am at work. Then I planted up my Pleione formosa that has been in the fridge for the last 2 months. And finally I fed my 4 Amaryllis with tomato feed. Steve is out in the garage as we speak, affixing some mighty hefty brackets for gardening shelves for when the old kitchen worktops will be transferred outside for my use. Wahoo! Can't wait.

Was clearing up lots of debris from broken pots that my blueberries are in. Such a shame. And such a needless expense. All have to be replaced.

Great Day at the Office

22 March 2011 19:42:27
Vine weevil grubs

Vine weevil grubs

What a beautiful day. Not too hot, not too cold, just right. Lots of colour coming in daily now and too much to choose from. Still painting the bloody garden centre and trying to get ordinary everyday jobs done at the same time. However, it has to be done (maybe by Christmas).

Got home and decided to plant some more potatoes into a pot. This pot was home to a rose a few years ago which I gave away. But kept the pot and still had the same compost in it today. Was thinking about Spiders questions recently as regards using old compost. I think I recommended that he got of rid of the old stuff completely as it is likely to harbour vine weevil grubs. Oooo! Rooted down to the halfway mark and removed the topsoil and you should have seen the amount of vine weevil grubs in it. I ended up emptying all the soil into the border, picked out all the vine weevils and brought them down to the bird feeder where they were gobbled up in a matter of minutes. My potatoes were treated to nice new topsoil. 

'Pairing off'

22 March 2011 06:28:17
Ruling the roost!

Ruling the roost!

Every morning for the last week there have been 3 wood pigeons 'millin' about the place. It is obvious that two males are vying for the attention of one female. Talk about getting aggressive? I wouldn't have thought it possible. And so it starts all over again......

A few bits

21 March 2011 21:11:41
A few bits

A few bits

Did a bit of weeding in the shady/now with added sun Border. Lots of dandelions coming up. Got the last of Paddy and Mary's generosity planted this evening in that area, that is, everything except the Iris germanica. Have to think about where I will put that one.

Thickened up my living sculpture's legs (heron) by adding two more stems to each of them. I hope to have a decent-sized body on him, so he will need fairly robust legs to balance on. I also bound the legs with twine for a bit of stability until it all knits together. I can see signs of growth on it already. There's hope for it, so.

It's gonna be hot, hot, hot!

21 March 2011 19:27:29
'Schoolgirl'

'Schoolgirl'

Ok, I have decided this year that the area from the door of the greenhouse all the way up to the house will be oranges and reds. No pink, yellow, lilac. I want this area to be hot! I have been looking out for an orange climbing rose for the last few weeks. We got some roses in on Friday. Only got a chance to put them up today, and 'lo and behold, there was just one orange. Nabbed it before anyone else got a chance to even see it. This is for a big planter at the loggia, where Sweet Pea was growing last year. I will be able to look out on this from the kitchen window. This one is called 'Schoolgirl'. On the label it says 'large orange apricot blooms'. Oooh, apricot sounds too like 'peach' or 'salmon' which I don't like. However, I planted it when I got home and treated it to lots of manure. Hopefully it won't let me down. It's a 'repeat' rose, which is definitely good.

Is this normal?

21 March 2011 06:34:34
Grevillea still flowering

Grevillea still flowering

Fran gave me a present of a lovely Grevillea in January. It was in full flower then. During sub zero temperatures, I brought it into the greenhouse. And I have been doing that on and off whenever it gets cold. Yesterday I decided it was late enough in the year for this to be able to fend for itself. Hopefully any further frosts won't be too severe. But it's STILL flowering away goodo! Is this normal?

Today

20 March 2011 20:35:33
Camellia 'Little Bit'

Camellia 'Little Bit'

What a glorious day here. One of the top priorities was to try and get the grass cut. That didn't happen, of course. I will have to wait for a couple of weeks until the sun is able to shine on the patch of grass closest to the patio. It is in constant shade at this time of year, and therefore very wet. However, there was plenty more to occupy us throughout the day. I took everything from the greenhouse into the garage. Tidied up a lot of moss, and surface weeds from the tops of pots and replaced the top 2 inches of most of them with fresh compost. Hostas are coming up nicely. I must buy some slug pellets tomorrow. Peony is also coming on nicely too. I am tempted to finally get this into the ground. It has been in a big pot for about 3 years. Then I decided to plant Bruno's Impatiens into the 'wilderness' bed. Must keep an eye on that.

Got rid of lots more pondweed. I sorted out pots on the outdoor bench, and checked over all growing there. Disposed of old compost and got rid of any 'no-hopers'. I got 2 cheap pampas grasses 'Splendid Star', tidied down any dead material there, and not looking too hopeful for any further growth on them. But I will give them a bit longer. Planted up my cup and saucer with some primroses, and tidied off the patio furniture which was filled with pots of tulips almost ready to flower. Steve cut back and tied in the climbing rose and clematis. I'll definitely make a gardener of him soon. He was whistling away to his hearts' content - not a care in the world. The birds are eating away at the feeders with voracious appetites. Filled them to the brim even though they were topped up only 2 days ago.

Beautiful sunset

20 March 2011 19:01:06
Beautiful sunset

Beautiful sunset

Couldn't resist posting this photo of this evenings sunset here.

Fumigation

20 March 2011 18:05:14
Fumigation

Fumigation

My Dad used to do this as a matter of course every year, to eradicate any unwelcome pests from his greenhouse before the start of each growing season. However, due to recent legislation, he found that the 'smoke bombs' were rather difficult to get hold of. Last year, we discovered a place that sold them. So today, I emptied the greenhouse completely, putting everything into the garage overnight.

After washing all the glass meticulously, I lit the wick of the 'smoke bombs' and shut the door and window. I never saw insects move so quickly with the smoke. It must be good. 

And The Lord said, "Let there be light".

20 March 2011 16:59:10
And The Lord said, 'Let there be light'.

And The Lord said, 'Let there be light'.

So Jacinta cleaned the glass in her greenhouse and the difference was truly amazing. 

It was the first time since I got the greenhouse about 8 yrs ago that I gave it a proper going over.

Seal of approval

20 March 2011 15:20:30
Solomon's Seal

Solomon's Seal

I was warned about this plant running riot about the place. I rarely heed advice if there is something I REALLY want. However, I will keep a close eye on it. I have wanted this for a long time, just never got round to getting it. Paddy and Mary, thanks a million. Hope Solomon behaves in the 'wilderness' bed.

Making up for lost time

19 March 2011 23:32:24
David sussing out his new swimming pool :)

David sussing out his new swimming pool :)

Gosh, I got absolutely NOTHING done today due to family visits here. Spent a short while in the garden with David, just enjoying the great outdoors. I reckon I have my little assistant in the making. He just did NOT want to come in. :) Tomorrow I will let nothing stand in my way as regards garden jobs. Everything has to come out of the greenhouse, and windows cleaned. I think I will bring everything in to the garage for an overnight stay as I want to fumigate the greenhouse with a smoke bomb. I will take the precaution of keeping everything away for about 24 hours to be on the safe side. But my vine will have to be well covered with fleece.

My first tulip of 2011

19 March 2011 18:15:06
T. 'Concerto'

T. 'Concerto'

Here is my first one. This one is T. 'Concerto'. Not the most striking of tulips, but very mellow.

Summertime.......and the livin' is easy.

19 March 2011 07:22:15
Summertime.......and the livin' is easy.

Summertime.......and the livin' is easy.

The fish are rising to the surface of the pond more and more now with the coming of this great weather. Great to see them looking so healthy after the winter we have had. Frogspawn is getting bigger by the day. New shoots, new growth everywhere. It's funny how much satisfaction we can get watching all of this in borders that we have been watching year after year. The garden is beginning to take on a new 'aura' and we are starting to rekindle our 'intimacy' with it all over again. What a glorious morning out there. Get out and enjoy. I'm going to start my day with a swim!

Mairin's Camellia

18 March 2011 20:40:32
Mairin's Camellia

Mairin's Camellia

I promised Mairin that I would put up a photo of the beautiful Camellia she gave me last year. See how similar it is to the flower of 'Wisley White'. Only this one has the faintest hint of pink throughout. Hope the camera has picked this up. Would love to get a name for this one.

Strange!

18 March 2011 19:56:10
Strange!

Strange!

Does anyone remember how I had to get into the pond about 3 weeks ago to upturn a bulb ( I thought it was a Hyacinth) that I had accidentally planted upside-down? This is what it looks like today. See the colour? Obviously chlorotic. But it sure doesn't look anything like a Hyacinth! I'm beginning to wonder now!

A welcome sight indeed!

18 March 2011 19:38:55
Spirea 'Snowmound'

Spirea 'Snowmound'

I love this little shrub. It's deciduous and slow-growing. Right now, it is coming into flower here in the garden- Spirea 'Snowmound'.

Give it with one hand- take it away with the other

18 March 2011 18:38:40
Give it with one hand - take it away with the other

Give it with one hand - take it away with the other

Can't believe how we are just getting used to having Gardener's World back again and because of the Rugby we have to do without once again. It's not fair the way our Gardening programmes are always targetted for the likes of Rugby, Soccer, Snooker or Wimbledon.

Something should be done about it!!!

Out with the old - and very dead!

18 March 2011 17:45:56
Out with the old - and very dead!

Out with the old - and very dead!

After the winter of January 2010 I realized that my small tree fern was dead. But I just kept on hanging on to the belief that it might produce some new fronds, even if they appeared a bit pathetic. But January 2011 really saw me completely convinced that it was time to mourn. I have just dug it up. So upset! And it cost me €60 at Bloom 2009, which probably wouldn't be considered a lot of money to some of you.

I have just planted a lovely little Acer in its place in the Bog Bed. Still, a little bit of me wants to try again with another Tree Fern. I just adore them.

IT'S A GOOD JOB I HAVE 2 BABY ONES IN THE GARAGE, THANKS TO MARTIN!

Did a bit yesterday

18 March 2011 06:09:05
Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer'

Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer'

I gave up on the site TOTALLY last night. So frustrating!

Yesterday was a brilliant day for the garden so I got those few jobs done. You had to keep on moving about though, or the cold might get to you. I stuck my Hyacinths that had 'gone over' into the Triangle, and then removed the newly planted Laburnum. It has now been planted down by the compost bin. The Aldi 6 pack of Heathers also got planted into the Triangle, and last but not least my new 'CHristmas Cheer' Rhododendron.I also planted lots more Gladioli bulbs. I love them.

I planted a few new Primroses (including the 2 new Irish ones) into the Alpine Circle. Happy with that as they need to be shown off properly. They might become overlooked in the borders.

SPent a bit of time taking pondweed up, and leaving it at the side so any wildlife might be able to find its way back in.

Also got my first spuds planted into the bag. This time I will do it properly. Only put 5 seed potatoes into the bottom. Usually I plant the whole bag of them and end up with very few. So both mine and Steve's Dad will be getting what's left over. These ones are 'Celine'. I have Pentland Javelin to plant also, but not just yet.

Magnificent Magnolia

17 March 2011 21:20:49
Magnificent Magnolia

Magnificent Magnolia

I was going to plant this Magnolia 'stellata' out into the new acid triangle today. Just went to move the pot down the garden, and discovered that the flowers were beginning to open. Oooh, so glad I didn't disturb it. It has never had so many flower buds on it. It will be planted out once flowering has finished.

This one pulled through!

17 March 2011 19:47:16
Chaenomeles

Chaenomeles

As you all have probably gathered by now, my front garden means very little to me. It really needs a make-over. It looks like it belongs to a 'rented' house. However, as my space is becoming rather restricted out the back, I will soon have to plant things in the front. This make-over is not before its time either. This Chaenomeles was planted about 2 or 3 years ago. I never noticed it flowering until now. And there was I thinking the winter killed it. Just goes to show you...

A 'Kick up the Arse'

17 March 2011 10:08:53
A 'Kick up the Arse'

A 'Kick up the Arse'

After my last journal yesterday evening, my computer became very hot. Zoe saw concern on my face - took the computer, and said to me (so condescendingly!!) 'Mam, when was the last time you 'cleared' anything from this computer'.

Hmmmm like NEVER! She started to delete 'history' and couldn't believe the amount of pure crap on it. She was going out so left me to do the rest. At 9.30pm I had had enough. Nothing would allow me access to Garden.ie or even Google. Fingers sore just pressing the same 2 or 3 buttons. A bit of panic creeping in.....no computer......poured myself a drink, and another. Fell into bed. Up at the crack of dawn this morning, same ol', same ol',  The thoughts of having to fork out the money for a new computer at the moment just doesn't sit well with me right now. But, hey, every cloud has a silver lining! 

IF I HAVE NO COMPUTER, I DON'T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING IN THE GARDEN

Then all of a sudden garden.ie allowed access. Damn. That was a right 'kick up the arse'. Garden.ie thanks!  Sincere thanks!  You have given me the incentive to go up and have a shower and get out there where the sun is doing its damndest to shine. Happy St. Patrick's Day all you gardeners!

 

'Hail, glorious, Saint Patrick'

16 March 2011 18:51:20
Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer'

Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer'

Like I need an excuse to buy myself a pressie. Now, it's all MINE!

Tomorrow I will dig up my Buxus Cat, bung him into a window box, and plant my Saint Patrick's Day pressie into the acid triangle. Talk about 'blousie'!. It's absolutely gorgeous! I also have to move the Laburnum which was recently planted into this same bed as it will grow too big for that area. I will plant lots of spent Hyacinths and a 6 pack of Heathers.  Was also thinking of planting my Magnolia 'stellata' here too. It has been crammed into a pot for years and I have seen how well it does out in open ground. It's not fair to restrict its growth when it is such a beauty. It's not quite ready to open, maybe three weeks or more. But I am wondering should I wait until after it finishes flowering?

That will give me another free pot! 

 

Tough decision to make!

16 March 2011 06:53:30
Camellia 'Wisley White'

Camellia 'Wisley White'

My poor oul' Buxus Cat has been dug up, transplanted, dug up, potted up, and planted again. It is now just STUCK in the acid triangle because I literally have nowhere else to put it. But 'Christmas Cheer' is cheering me on. I feel an urge.....

Maybe I can make room for Buxus Cat in the Dahlia bed.  :)

By the way, this is my very favourite Camellia that has produced its first gorgeous flower finally 'Wisley White'.

Last Chance Saloon!

15 March 2011 20:56:09
Mary and Paddys primrose

Mary and Paddys primrose

This evening I got a few more things planted like Myrtle's purple primrose, Hosta's Penstemon 'Husker's Red' and Pulmonaria 'Diane Clare' with a silver leaf. I scattered a pack of Poppy seeds in the greenhouse border 'Shirley Mix'.

Then after dinner, I sowed the last of my Ricinus seeds (only 3 left). My other Ricinus, even though they were looking very floppy last night, seem to be holding their own. Will not dispose of them just yet. My Mirabilis jalapo (Terra Nova strain) died as I put them out into the garage way too soon. God, it's beginning to sound like the very first time I ever sowed seeds. But, ha ha I want NO sympathy. Anything that has died so far has only been a few of each. I haven't sown many of anything. And it is still early enough to keep sowing. Kitchen will be started in two weeks, and after that, I can sow to my hearts content!!!!

Cruelty to tomatoes!

15 March 2011 19:45:16
Cruelty to tomatoes!

Cruelty to tomatoes!

This year I am only growing 5 different varieties of tomatoes. I didn't sow into individual cells but just sprinkled a pinch of whatever varieties I have chosen into 9cm pots. The varieties I have settled on are 'Rozovy Titan', 'Demidov', 'San Marzano', 'Tumbling Tom Red', and 'Black Russian'. It nearly killed me to be selective with the seedlings. I have just finished pricking them out and threw lots in the bin. I have to be realistic and not keep too many. This year I just can't give them the space here in the house at seedling stage with everything up in a heap still. Hopefully what I am left with will thrive and give me a bumper crop. I won't be keeping all of the seedlings in this photo. The extras are just an insurance policy, for now.

Was NEARLY tempted!

15 March 2011 06:36:11
Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer'

Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer'

Delivery of Rhododendrons and Azaleas came in yesterday. Woah! How could I resist the one in the photo. Absolutely bursting with blooms. I was thinking of my acid triangle, but this would be way too big. Gorgeous though, isn't it? Funnily enough it is called 'Christmas Cheer'.

Mandragora for Liga!

14 March 2011 21:54:44
Mandragora for Liga!

Mandragora for Liga!

This is what your new little seedlings will look like soon.

I Love Mondays!

14 March 2011 19:53:39
Pulmonaria

Pulmonaria

I am off early on Mondays. :)  A chance to get a few bits done before dark. I was really on top of things last week by getting all swaps and purchases planted asap. Now it's the same thing all over again after visiting Paddy and Mary yesterday. However, I was knackered after work today. There was no painting done while I was off for the week, so I was scrunched up on the lower shelves today trying to reach the trellis work at the back so I could continue painting it. Aches and pains now. And progress is very slow. I also have to keep on top of my usual jobs.

Got home and got stuck in to planting a few of the plants Paddy and Mary gave me. I planted a beautiful double yellow Primrose, for which I have no name. Doesn't matter. I know where I got it. That's all that matters. :) Also got a lovely purple one planted, a green-leaved Pulmonaria with a lovely strong blue colour flower, a tiny Alchemilla with a white edge to it (will take photo of it tomorrow to see if anyone can give me a name). Planted my new Bulbocodium, and Erythronium. Can't think what else, but happy enough with those few bits done. Brain dead now. Vegetating on the couch in pj's for the evening.

Sulking Ricinus

14 March 2011 17:54:12
Before potting on (12th February)

Before potting on (12th February)

I was totally amazed when my Ricinus Red germinated so quickly. I gave them bigger pots on 12th February. They seemed to be doing well since. But now they are shrivelling and are very droopy. They are still exposed to the same environment so maybe I should have potted them on sooner. Or maybe later? Either way, I think I will be re-sowing this evening.

Killing 2 birds with 1 stone

14 March 2011 06:17:51
Bulbocodium

Bulbocodium

It would have seemed such a waste of a trip down south yesterday if we didn't take that opportunity to drop in to Johnstown GC once again. Well, I did need to get my hands on the new Irish primroses. Luckily they still had lots left. I also bought a little pot of Bulbocodium. Later in Mary and Paddy's garden, they showed me lots of theirs that have decided a couple of years later just to produce a lot of green growth. Hmm! They still make a nice gap-filler though. So if mine decide never to flower again, they are welcome to stay.

The Perfect Day!

13 March 2011 21:55:29
Cornus controversa

Cornus controversa

Headed South this afternoon to witness the magic firsthand that is Paddy and Mary's (Gracedieu Lass) garden. Situated on the banks of the River Suir, and nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac is Paddy and Mary's very own chunk of Heaven. Even at this pretty bare time of year, there was more than enough to keep the conversation flowing. Both Paddy and Mary work in the garden equally, and in perfect harmony with each other. I could go through a detailed list of all the different plants/trees in their garden, if only I could remember it all. We were treated to a very wholesome homecooked lunch, with the trimmings :) cooked by Paddy himself. And confectionery of the highest standard created by Mary.

After lunch, we went strolling around outside, Paddy with fork in hand, and Mary with plastic bags, where they divided, pulled, uprooted anything and everything that I wanted. Their generosity was truly amazing. We also had the pleasure of meeting Jemima, Gemma, April, May, June, July, August (ok, I exaggerate) their 2 ducks and 6 hens. They also have an abundance of fruit growing. I didn't see any weeds anywhere, even though there were some bare patches of soil. It is obvious that these two lovely people while away their daylight hours with the sky as their canopy.

Mary and Paddy, thank you so much for today - and the free range eggs.

Beautiful!

12 March 2011 23:23:03
Beautiful

Beautiful

Deborah sent me lots of seeds, some of which I have sown only recently. My Amaranthus germinated, but perished. Probably too cold here. But lost the collection that she sent me. Fortunately I found them in the garage - nice and cold. So I sowed some more this evening.

I also sowed some Eccramocarpus (Tresco Hybrids) 'Chilean Glory Flower'. The actual seeds themselves are beautiful. I thought they would make lovely jewellery if you could just string them together. There was a ring around the outside of these seeds that were just glinting under the light. These are new to me, looking forward to them immensely.

 

 

 

Hidey Hole

12 March 2011 22:51:54
Hidey Hole

Hidey Hole

Caught this little fella hiding in my Tree Peony. I  have seen quite a lot of ladybirds in the garden so far this year. Is this a good sign?

Camellia 'Ingrida'

12 March 2011 21:55:15
Camellia 'Ingrida'

Camellia 'Ingrida'

I got this poor little thing at the get-together last weekend. On Friday when I went off to work for ericaceous compost I bought a nice pot for it. It looks like it needs lots of T.L.C. Potted it up this afternoon. Eh, pot too small. Sh...

Will have to wait until Monday.

Actually, just looking at that photo, I wonder how I could encourage more shoots lower down. Maybe a good feed. Ingrida, hopefully I can bring it back to full health. Thanks a million.

See how soggy the grass is?

Getting restless

12 March 2011 20:58:45
Part of 'My Section'

Part of 'My Section'

I had a fairly good week off work, and got a few things done that had been niggling at the back of my mind. Today, I got extremely restless, probably because I didn't manage to get a whole lot done yesterday. I was like a 'hen on a hot griddle' as I was going out to dinner with Dad so I had to keep clean. God, I hate that. But the weather wasn't very nice, rain threatened all day.

When I said Goodbye to Dad, I raced home (under the speed limit, of course). Couldn't wait to get my hands dirty. But not outside. The garden is very wet and soggy. It's amazing what you can find in my garage. I planted up some more Tigridia, Acidenthera murielae and Sprekelia. I still have one or two things to plant up but will wait until April. My portion of the garage is getting smaller by the day.

Not feeling very well

12 March 2011 19:13:39
Not feeling very well

Not feeling very well

I went over to Aldi this afternoon with Dad..........................

 

and came home with bread and cheese!!  I need a drink.

Minding this one well.

12 March 2011 10:48:23
Grevillea

Grevillea

This was a birthday gift from another Garden.ier

I lost my other one in the winter of twelve months ago. Was so upset. However, I haven't been taking any chances with this one. It has been in and out of the glasshouse, according to the weather. Still looking pretty good.

Spoilt for choice

12 March 2011 09:37:26
Spoilt for choice

Spoilt for choice

Normally our local SuperValu store is not great with their magazine selection. I would be lucky to just pick up the weekly Amateur Gardening. I am always on the lookout for any mags to do with growing your own. Can you imagine the thrill I felt yesterday when I spotted these. I had all three in my hands trying to choose. I ended up buying the three of them, plus Amateur Gardening.

In 'Grow It' there are free seeds of a Brassica collection, 'Grow Your Own' has 'Bolthardy' Beetroot, and 'Kitchen Garden' has 'Early Nantes 5' carrot seeds. My veg growing this year will be severely curtailed, so all of these seeds can go to a good home. Just say the word!

 

Dave, good article in 'Kitchen Garden' on growing peaches.

Chance Seedling

11 March 2011 22:10:40
Chance Seedling

Chance Seedling

I remember scattering a few Helleborus seeds last year, or possibly the year before, but I forgot where. I dug this little seedling up from the triangle during the week. Hee hee more now for next year. Very happy with this.

Looks promising

11 March 2011 21:06:52
Looks promising

Looks promising

My dwarf peach trees are looking like they may produce a pretty good crop this year.

Plants for the new triangle

11 March 2011 18:12:10
6-pack of Heathers €5.99

6-pack of Heathers €5.99

Was impressed with the quality of this 6 pack of Heathers in Aldi this morning. The new triangle now has just acid-loving plants in it and just a few bulbs. I am hoping not to over plant this bed - as is my usual habit.

Unfortunately I did no gardening today. But I may sow a few seeds later.

New Addition to the family

11 March 2011 16:23:11
New Addition to the family

New Addition to the family

Celebrating my daughters birthday today. Spent the day pigging out and playing with the new addition to her family, Yoshi (only 9 wks old). Let's face it, it wasn't exactly a day for outdoors.

Early Bloomer

11 March 2011 11:33:23
Early Bloomer

Early Bloomer

You can imagine the smile on my face just outside to see 'Early Dwarf' positively beaming amongst the daffs. Such a miserable day!

Trying to avoid the inevitable

10 March 2011 22:11:58
Herons legs!

Herons legs!

Today I spent MORE time than was necessary digging and weeding the Dahlia bed to avoid getting a start on my 'living sculpture' (the heron) at the Upper Pond. I got two stems for each leg, and wound them around each other, tying them in together at the top to hopefully form the start of the body. Looks a bit dicey right now, but let it put on a bit of growth before deciding. And I am deciding I should actually thicken up the legs a bit for a bit more stability. Tomorrow is another day. I LOVE the colour of the willow stems!

Another one bites the dust!

10 March 2011 20:42:13
Another one bites the dust!

Another one bites the dust!

Determined to get something worthwhile done before I go back to work on Monday, today amidst all the gales and showers, I managed to get the Dahlia bed dug over, weeded and levelled. During the digging process, I discovered lots of dahlia tubers. On examining them, most of them were fine. Just a few had turned to mush. And unlike Moya and Cloncaw, I cleaned them off, and re-planted them rather than potting them up separately. I mean, why bother when they have already survived the arctic winter conditions. Why waste compost also, and the weather is not likely to get any colder than our winter. I left the lid off the compost bin for the day, rather than waste time watering it with the hose.

I dug up a small Ilex 'crenata', and transplanted it into the shady border with another one of the same. A good little shrub to brighten up a dark area. Also dug up and potted a small Escallonia, hopefully to donate to another garden.ier. Another area completed. Happy with that!

Time for a break.

10 March 2011 10:47:08
Time for a break.

Time for a break.

I have just been out there digging, weeding, and moving things in the Dahlia bed. Cut back Escallonia. Would love to get rid of that as it's in the wrong place. But it's too big for me to pull out without Steve. However, I ended up just cutting it back again. Moved a beautiful deep red rose nearer to the wall.

And while digging around, the God's must have been reminding me to take a break, I discovered lots of potatoes in the soil. Ha ha I have NEVER planted spuds there, or anywhere near that area. It's lashing rain now, so it's time for a coffee break. Really blowin' a gale out there.

What is this, please?

10 March 2011 09:08:15
What is this, please?

What is this, please?

I don't even remember WHO gave it to me. It's in a black square pot, and not Squirrel Grass.

Who am I?

09 March 2011 21:55:41
Who am I?

Who am I?

 My owner didn't put a label on my pot. Now I'm all confused. Who am I?

A few bits today

09 March 2011 19:04:22
Area to be tackled tomorrow

Area to be tackled tomorrow

This morning I watered everything in the greenhouse and kept the doors open all day. A bit cooler today, very blustery and showery. But still good enough to get things done. After re-doing the triangle, I tidied up lots of pots. So many of them will be getting dumped. I was delighted to be able to plant up those acid-loving plants into the triangle. Less bother with watering them now, and most of the pots were cracked. It's funny how I always think I have more space than I really do. I had a vision today of being able to also plant my 7 blueberry bushes into the triangle. Ha! Fat chance of THAT happening!

In the Dahlia bed, I dug up 2 big clumps of Geums and potted them up. Another one to do tomorrow. They will be given away to whoever wants them. I found Myrtle's geranium 'Wargrave's Pink' blowing around the garden in a plastic bag, so I potted that up before the label blew away.

The plan for tomorrow is to tackle the Dahlia bed. It needs digging, weeding and levelling. There are two rose bushes in this area, a Holly and an Escallonia which need tidying up. Actually maybe I should just dig up these two shrubs and give them away. They are still quite small even though they have been there over 5 years.  You can barely make them out in the photo. And it would give me a 'blank canvas' for the Dahlias.

I would imagine that last years Dahlias are as dead as Dodos, so I will presume I am starting from scratch. Plenty more to plant in their place though. The new ones are potted up and in the garage waiting.

 

Nearly done!

09 March 2011 14:43:33
Nearly done!

Nearly done!

I have been out there on and off all morning. Showery and very blustery. My hair is like Wurzel Gummidge! I got everything that I had planned into the triangle. 3 Pieris, 1 Skimmia, 1 Leucothoe, and 3 Andromeda compacta. Some of these shrubs came from a garden.ier who visited Cloncaw last year. She is not a regular on garden.ie so I can't remember her name. But they need a bit of T.L.C. One of the Pieris came from Feverfew, I think. Thanks, Evelyn. I didn't really have as much ericaceous compost as I would have liked, but my hair is a mess and not going out anywhere. :) When they were all planted, I fed everything with the appropriate feed.

While digging over the site, I came across bulbs. None of them looked like daffs. Some of them smelt of onions so I am presuming they are alliums - I interspersed these bulbs amongst the shrubs and I sank a pot of Tete-a-tetes into the soil too. I may keep this bed just for shrubs and bulbs. That way, none of them will get spliced. I have my Buxus cat at the back of this triangle. I know it looks totally out of place but I don't really have a suitable area in the garden for him. I am quite fond of him as he took a long time to grow. Maybe when I am doing the front garden I will find somewhere for him.

The soil is mounded on this triangle. Now I remember why I had suggested it being a 'raised bed'. Will have to spread bark some other time as the whole area needs a bit of a border to keep the soil from spilling over.

Should it stay or should it go!

08 March 2011 22:25:03
Should it stay or should it go!

Should it stay or should it go!

I'm really not having much luck with my orchids. I threw 2 Oncidiums in the bin during the week, and one Phalaenopsis. Here is another Phal. Leaves have all fallen off. Took it out of its pot this evening. I am not sure if there is any hope for this one. If it is worth keeping, it's gonna take a lot of work. Should I count my losses and just chuck it. Help!

Time to decide

08 March 2011 21:59:28
Time to decide

Time to decide

I'm sick to the teeth looking at this triangle. It has seen so many different planting schemes over the last few years. I have now decided to plant all my acid-loving plants here. It was going to become a raised bed, but I am the only one here that actually wants it done. My weeks holidays will soon be over and I will have nothing to show for it. So tomorrow, weather permitting. I will go over to work and buy lots of ericaceous compost and dig it into this area. Then I will plant Skimmia, Pieris, Rhododendron, Andromeda compacta and Azalea. That area will be DONE AND DUSTED for once and for all.

Keeping clean, and gardening

08 March 2011 20:14:55
Dahlia 'Honka'

Dahlia 'Honka'

Because of the day that was in it, I was unable to get out and do a bit today. So while still keeping clean, I went to my garage (soon to be my 'potting up area') and planted lots, things like Zephyranthes 'Candida', Large-flowered Gladioli, Amaryllis 'Belladonna', Lycoris 'Aurea', Nerine 'Alba', Dahlia 'Seattle', 'Honka', 'Willie Willie', 'Honka Surprise', and 'Honka Red'. I also managed to pot up the Aquilegia, and Darmera peltata that Hosta so kindly gave me on Saturday.

Then I potted on my two little tree ferns that Martin gave me. The time has come for them to be hardened off a bit, so they shall stay out in the garage now, until it's warm enough for them to stay out. I sowed more sweet pea; 'Air Warden' and 'Mrs. R. Bolton'. Have 'Bridget McAleer' steeping to sow tomorrow. I have decided that most of my gardens planting this year will consist of mainly bulbs and perennials. Not doing too many seeds as I have no space to take out my two 3-tier growing racks in the dining room. The new kitchen is not due to be started until the end of this month and my groceries are already in cardboard boxes on the dining room floor as the presses have been dismantled. :(

Delighted with these!

08 March 2011 18:25:19
Pansies from seed

Pansies from seed

Yea, I know. They're only Pansies. But these are as a result of my 'dead-heading' sessions in work last Autumn. I never sowed pansy seeds before. They are putting on a great show here in my garden in a time when colour is quite thin on the ground.

S.O.S. Deborah

08 March 2011 14:36:05
S.O.S. Deborah

S.O.S. Deborah

Two seedlings in my pot of mixed Arisaemas. What next? They are getting a bit leggy, ready for potting on? Or leave well enough alone? Do NOT want to kill these. Please help!

A. Consanguineum has also germinated so I presume they should get the same treatment?

Bless me, Father, for I have ........

08 March 2011 13:31:14
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Globosa'

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Globosa'

Just back from a funeral with Dad. Normally he goes to the Pensioners club in the mornings. But not today. He was at a loose end and wanted me to accompany him guess where?

I succumbed yet again. This time I bought a lovely little conifer, Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Globosa' for just €5.99. I know this would probably grow quite big if I were to plant it into the ground.  So that's where it will NOT go. But it was its floppy, globular growth that drew my eye to it immediately. It will look lovely as part of a mixed planter. I also bought some of the usual, blue agapanthus to replace the one I lost, and a pack of Iris sibirica 'Blue King' and Mignon Dahlias. 

Having more visitors soon so I have to keep clean. :(

You win some, you lose some.

07 March 2011 19:01:38
Finished at last

Finished at last

Had great intentions to get lots done today. Slept late, totally unheard of for me. So started off on the wrong foot and it continued like that all day......

Between the phone annoying me all day, and visitors calling up, it took me the best part of the day to get the Arbour painted. Thank God it's done now. Might plant up Hosta's plants after dinner before I forget what they are. :) Also have to pot on the Gazania plugs that I got in ALdi yesterday.

Zoom, zoom, zoom!

06 March 2011 23:49:21
Zoom is better than I had expected!

Zoom is better than I had expected!

Having great fun with my new zoom setting on the camera which I have only discovered nearly 10 months after I bought the camera. Yesterday, I couldn't remember who it was that was sitting outside with Ladybird and Henry. Thanks to my new 'Zoom' setting, I could make out Romneya's name on his badge with CapeDaisy. It was great to see you both. And thanks a lot for the Howth Cowslips, Romneya. Love them lots. Hopefully they will get planted tomorrow.

Some planting done

06 March 2011 21:33:57
Some planting done

Some planting done

After clearing the Arbour of all the Ivy, I managed to get a few things planted. Top of the list were Frans Galanthus, and someone else's, (was it Hosta's), Clare's Bergenias, some of the woodland primroses from Johnstown and the dreaded Celandine (let's see how THAT behaves) and finally Keego's Arum italicum 'Marmoratum'. All went into the Bog Bed. That should bulk it up nicely. No more space in that area now. I dead-headed all the Galanthus so that will avoid any wasted energy to ensure good flowering for next Spring. I hope I did the right thing with them???????

Would you believe.....

06 March 2011 20:00:16
Supposed to be an annual

Supposed to be an annual

I have a really big pot beside the Arbour where I have a Solanum loxum 'Alba' growing. It entwines throughout the trellis-work at the side of the Arbour. Last year I also had Sweet Pea growing in it and the scent was divine. Today, while removing all the weeds from the pot, I discovered quite a bit of re-growth on the ANNUAL Sweet Pea. How has THAT happened!

A few bits today

06 March 2011 19:36:45
Ready for painting

Ready for painting

Off all this week so I intend to make the most of it. This afternoon I set to cutting back all the ivy growing up over, and between the slats, of the Arbour. I bought this about 6 years ago, and haven't painted it since then. But to get at the Arbour, I had to shift all the Howth Slate that came up before transforming the 'Stone Circle' into the latest pond, and the old kitchen press doors which will go into a skip once the new kitchen is started. I used my plastic 'Garden-Go' to wheel the slate down to the end of the garden, where Steve will re-use it making the new area for David. I nearly broke my back trying to lift some of the slabs. But unfortunately Steve wasn't in the mood for gardening. Had to climb up on one of the tall chairs of the patio set to get to the roof of it. Nearly ended up in the garden next door.

Now it's all set for painting first thing tomorrow.

Kris Kindle

06 March 2011 10:00:25
Go on, go on, go on - tell me!

Go on, go on, go on - tell me!

Whoever chose my Kris Kindle gift (go on, tell us!) couldn't have picked a better one. It's a book by Dermot O'Neill called Roses Revealed. Not a book that I would choose myself as my knowledge and experience in growing roses is rather limited. But it definitely opened up my eyes to growing roses in a number of different locations ie pots, shady areas, sunny areas etc. Also one of the main reasons I have been put off roses in the past was I HATE THORNS! You've all heard the expression 'blood, sweat and tears'. Well, I would prefer to do without the 'blood' bit. In the last two years I have bought a few and am happy with them, although I usually get Steve to do a bit of judicial pruning - Ha! More like 'the chop'.So my new quest will be for 'thornless' roses!

I spent a lot of time last night on this book, and again this morning. One that will be well-thumbed throughout the summer. And I can see my roses multiplying over time. Thanks again to whom it may concern.

What did everyone else get?

Christmas Shopping

06 March 2011 08:23:43
Start of the Christmas Shopping

Start of the Christmas Shopping

I was thinking ahead last week while in either Aldi or Lidl (does it make a difference?) when I spotted this great kids book on gardening. I have my grandson in mind for this little stocking filler, only €2.49. It is going to be put away safely until Christmas 2014 when he will be almost 5. I just hope I remember where I put it. Lovely little book.

More primroses

06 March 2011 07:27:28
Japanese Primroses

Japanese Primroses

The selection of beautiful primroses in Johnstown yesterday was top quality. I couldn't resist adding a few to my small, but growing collection. Was a bit disappointed though that none of the newly launched Irish Primroses were there. However, I more than contented myself with other items. These little primroses are Japanese. Hopefully they will over-winter this year successfully.

Nothing done in the garden!

05 March 2011 18:38:40
New purchases

New purchases

What a day! Such a great turnout in Johnstown Garden Centre. Pity some people couldn't make it. Oh I just LOVE that place.

I decided to buy a couple more indoor plants there. Pricey enough but very much wanted. Sometimes you just have to say to yourself "damn the expense". I bought a different Mother-in-law's Tongue (Sanseveria cylindrica), Mother of Thousands (Saxifraga stolonifera), Rhipsalis pilocarpa (Mistletoe Cactus) and for the great outdoors I bought some lovely pretty primroses. But then, aren't all primroses pretty. I also got new types of Dahlias. These ones have unusual windmill-type flowers 'Honka', 'Honka Surprise', 'Honka Red' and 'Willie Willie'. Can't wait to see these in full flower.

 

It is just not possible for me to be able to thank everybody for all the plants I was given today. I got so many that I can't remember who gave me what. Just suffice it to say I am so grateful to everyone. It was also great to meet some Garden.ie members for the first time ie. Hosta, Cape Daisy, Romneya, Grace Dieu Lass (Mary and Paddy), Hazel, Nuala (Ait Alainn), Ingrid, Hoeys, Rhody, Fintan and Dick. If I have forgotten any new names from today, I apologise. It was a brilliant day. And once again many thanks go to Rachel in her superb organization for the day. Cheers Rachel.

And also, whoevers Kris Kindle gift I pulled out, thanks a million. It's a lovely, lovely book on Roses by Dermot O'Neill. I guess there'll be no T.V. for me tonight! Will have a grand read of it.

Also a big 'Thanks' to GARDEN.IE SITE. Without it, today would not have happened, or any other great get-togethers.

And thanks to the staff of Johnstown Garden Centre. As usual I was dead impressed with their indoor selection, and great colourful displays of fresh stock outside.

 It's a good job I am off all next week. Will spend tonight deciding on where to plant everything!!!!!!

Lazy Friday!

04 March 2011 19:05:06
Pulmonaria 'Pink Haze'

Pulmonaria 'Pink Haze'

Not as good a day today as during the week, and still painting the garden centre!!!!!!

Bought Pulmonaria  'Pink Haze' today. Good sized plant, hopefully I can split it up for the NEXT get-together. Also bought a new sempervivum and Silene (white). 

During the week, I was tidying up my herb planter. Decided to start from scratch this year with a new lot. But what survived in it over the winter will be given away tomorrow if anyone wants them - Rocket (I didn't think this would survive) and Achillea ageratum (English Mace). Tonight I am going to be like a bold child and do 'nothing' gardenwise..    on a weeks holidays so plenty of time next week.

New Purchases - and more to get....

04 March 2011 06:27:54
Primula 'Siobhan'

Primula 'Siobhan'

I seem to be developing a 'thing' for primroses and primulas. Yesterday I bought two lovely new primulas 'Siobhan' and 'Belarina Nectarine'. These will go into my Alpine Circle which I am now thinking I might like to turn into a Primula Circle.  :)

Good to hear that there will be plenty of plants for sale in Johnstown tomorrow, and so shortly after the launch of two new Irish Primroses. Gotta have THEM.

Can't wait for tomorrow. It's great that there will be such a big turnout. And it looks like we will have a decent bit of weather too. All good!

More potting up

03 March 2011 20:21:11
Irises in windowbox

Irises in windowbox

Got a few more bits done this evening like potting on Polianthes 'The Pearl', Lily 'Montego Bay' and Ornithogalum 'Saundersiae'. Potted on some Gazanias. Not looking great. They germinated and I left them in the house for a week after. They have been out in the garage now for a week. I think it's still too cold out there. WIll sow again at the weekend and keep them inside for a while.

I potted on some Dahlias seedlngs that Deborah sent seeds for.  Have some more Sweet Pea soaking 'Mrs. R.Bolton' and 'Air Warden'. Will do those tomorrow night and sow them in the new 'root trainers'. Some of my tomatoes have germinated; Tumbling Tom, San Marzano and another one which I can't remember the name. That was my lot for this evening. 

It must be artificial

03 March 2011 19:37:48
Abutilon megapotamicum 'variegatum'

Abutilon megapotamicum 'variegatum'

I bought this Abutilon in Mount Venus in September. On the label it says it flowers from May till September. However it hasn't been without flowers since the day I got it, and it survived the whole winter in my unheated greenhouse. Mother Nature at her best again!

'Take a chance on me'

02 March 2011 21:06:23
Celandine

Celandine

I have just welcomed a new visitor into my garden. Now, if he misbehaves, he's out! If I can rid of him.

Thanks Fran, and for all the snowdrops! Can't wait to get planting.

Fuchsias

02 March 2011 18:12:43
Hmmmm that's got me thinking....

Hmmmm that's got me thinking....

A timely reminder in The Irish Garden about Fuchsias. The earlier they are started into growth, the longer the flowering season as they flower on current season shoots. I took all of mine into the garage this evening and trimmed them lightly. It's recommended to start feed them every two weeks as soon as growth appears.

Will be sowing more Sweet Pea later. These are ones that came from Chris McAleer. They are called 'Brigid McAleer' after his wife (mixed colours I think).

Zoe showed me this photo from the net this evening. It made me laugh. Imagine having a 'neighbour from Hell'. Hmmmm I have lots of Buxus here.

 

Sunday Specials

01 March 2011 19:41:52
Sunday Specials

Sunday Specials

Myrtle, your 'walk-in greenhouses' are back in to Aldi on Sunday 6th March.  €34.99 probably the same price as last year.

Ankle wellies (Ladies) €6.49, Riddles €5.99, Water Butts (210 Litre) €44.99, plus more...

Taking 'time out'

01 March 2011 18:19:37
Rain drop on Lupin leaf

Rain drop on Lupin leaf

Arms feel like lead. Painting shelving in garden centre all day. And have an awful lot more to do. What a day, one would almost think it was summer. But very cold in the shade. And sitting on the cold ground gave me a numb bum. Taking a break tonight. Have a few more bits to plant that I got in Mr. Middletons a few weeks ago. Steve found them in the garage on Sunday. I thought I had planted everything.

Clematis 'Gazelle'

01 March 2011 06:47:18
Clematis 'Gazelle'

Clematis 'Gazelle'

I bought this clematis late in the season last year. So I didn't get any flowers here in my garden. Looking forward to this, it's a herbaceous clematis called 'Gazelle' with little white flowers. I have it growing up a wigwam of small canes for extra height in the greenhouse border. It's coming up nicely at this stage.

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