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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal April 2011

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Yet another sunset - boring!!!

30 April 2011 22:24:21
Yet another sunset - boring!!!

Yet another sunset - boring!!!

I think the sky was gorgeous tonight.

Pardon my ignorance

30 April 2011 21:27:11
Bog Bed

Bog Bed

I was going to buy a Salvia today but it didn't say on the label whether it was hardy or not. So I just googled it. I always have a problem understanding what exactly the 'hardiness' rating is. It says it's  HARDINESS ZONES: 5-7  Means nothing to me. Stupid or what!

Soromatum venosum (Voodoo Lily)

30 April 2011 20:48:13
Voodoo Lily

Voodoo Lily

Got in this evening and noticed that the leaf that had unfurled yesterday is now shrivelling up. Please tell me that this is normal? Couldn't bear to lose this beauty so soon after acquiring it!!!

Bits and bobs

30 April 2011 19:52:11
Awaiting Calla 'Flame'

Awaiting Calla 'Flame'

Got stuck into a bit when I got home from work. Planted the rest of my dahlias into the 'dahlia' border : 'Mignon', 'Seattle', 'Honka Red', 'Honka' . Gave them a generous helping of slug pellets. ('Honka surprise' and 'Willie Willie' are showing absolutely no signs of life so they are now in the propagator to give them a 'kick-start'). Last years' Bishop of AUckland is starting to peep up, Hallelujah! Today I started to harden off Myrtle's rudbeckia, and some marigolds.

There is no sign of life with last years cannas, or the one I planted earlier 'Rosemund Cole' or Lycoris that was planted this year. Planted the second and final Hemerocallis 'Frans Hal'. And two pots of nasturtium seedlings 'Ladybird Mix'. I thought I was choosing well when I picked this variety and what comes in during the week but the very same one. However, I got a lot more for my money by sowing my own seeds! 

I have Ricinus 'red' thanks to Deborah's choice of seeds sent in the post in December. Wondering now where to plant them. These have been hardened off. I also planted some Mirabilis 'Terra Nova strain' courtesy of Deborah too. I finished up by planting some corn seedlings into a big pot on the patio  'Sweet Sensation' (hope they will do ok in the pot). Happy with what I accomplished in a short space of time!

Help with seedlings

30 April 2011 06:18:12
Help with seedlings

Help with seedlings

I have been rather good labelling seedlings this year. Mind you, with the new kitchen being done, I decided to only do a few. One of them, pictured here, escaped with no label. I have a feeling it may be Cobaea scandens. But not really sure. Please someone, help. It has been hardened off and needs planting in the right place now. Thanks in advance!

Bog Bed

29 April 2011 22:03:51
Bog Bed

Bog Bed

I am posting up an album with two photos of plants I wish to acquire the names of. I am confident that I will get names for same!!!!

Help, Paddy!

29 April 2011 21:51:10
Help, Paddy!

Help, Paddy!

This was quite an insignificant looking plant when Paddy and Mary (Gracedieu Lass) gave it to me a few weeks ago. It's looking lovely today. Pity I don't know what it is. My gut feeling tells me it might be some sort of Brunnera?

Something's rumblin'......

29 April 2011 20:09:55
Voodoo lily

Voodoo lily

Oh I am so excited about my new Voodoo Lily. I inspect it twice a day. It was totally intact this morning. The same as the photo I posted a couple of days ago.

This evening, a most beautiful leaf had unfurled. Took a whiff to see if it was smelling bad. It's not exactly pleasant, but not unpleasant.  It might be a different kettle of fish tomorrow, though. Deborah warned me that this would smell absolutely foul, like rotting flesh. That remains to be seen!!!! Good job it's planted at the bottom of the garden.

Bog Bed

29 April 2011 06:17:28
Bog Bed

Bog Bed

Just loving how this bed is taking shape. My only regret is that it's not bigger. Might get Steve to knock down the small wall on the right, a retaining wall, and extend into the area behind it. Hmmmm decisions, decisions, decisions....

At the moment I have 4 small acers in it, with bergenias, darmera peltata which is finally showing signs of growth, rogersia, primulas, astilbes, arisaemas, Arum italican, Ferns, London Pride, galanthus, vinca minor and 2 other plants which I can't remember. Must post a photo later on to see if anyone can enlighten me.

Great colour

28 April 2011 21:33:20
Great colour

Great colour

I have this Kiwi about 2 years. Never noticed before how lovely some of the stems are with their warm red tones.

Blueberries

28 April 2011 21:24:05
Blueberries

Blueberries

7 blueberries bushes. All in flower and looking forward to another bumper crop this year.

Summer Bedding

28 April 2011 20:30:38
Gazanias planted

Gazanias planted

There are a few essential choices of summer bedding for my garden.

1. Begonia semperflorens (extremely low-maintenance and long-lasting)

2. Mimulus ( I love the yellows and oranges)

3. Nemesia (for their wonderful feminine colours)   and

4. Gazanias (which are one of my favourite bedding plant) 

 I have bought all four for this year, planting the begonias into Island.The mimulus are providing 'hot' colours for my patio. Haven't decided where to plant the nemesias and the Gazanias were planted into this container when I got home from work.

SUch a busy day. Didn't even get time for a 15 minute break this afternoon. And I won't get a day off until next Wednesday. Plus, my working day has just been extended. :( Came home, kicked off the boots and socks. What a lovely feeling being able to walk barefoot in the grass. But wasn't happy just doing nothing. Watered toms and melons in greenhouse and then planted up this old terracotta planter.  Conscience was eased greatly and it looks good.

The little 'fecker'

28 April 2011 06:19:27
The little 'fecker'

The little 'fecker'

I have just been out wandering around the garden. Look what I found lurking in the pot with one of my hostas. Ugh! He's a 'gonner'.

Lovin' this combination

27 April 2011 22:48:48
Lovin' this combination

Lovin' this combination

of colours. My Pieris is in a pot up at the kitchen window, and a geranium in another one. Right beside each other. Love the combination of colours.

A change of tastes

27 April 2011 22:30:29
Regal pelargonium

Regal pelargonium

Not one for 'pink' normally. But I bought this regal pelargonium a few weeks ago. Gotta say it's looking 'good' for one who is not into pink.

Frans Clematis saves the day!

27 April 2011 21:34:46
Frans Clematis saves the day!

Frans Clematis saves the day!

This is one of Fran's 'bargain clematis' that he kindly donated to my garden. I have it planted in a pot at the downpipe. It's going to be flowering very shortly (deep red). I also have some nasturtiums in the same pot for extra 'oomph' and some Morning Glory 'Grandpa OTT' to provide a bit of purple and rich colour, so I reckon this pot will contain a lot of impact once flowering starts and at the same time it will take the focus away from the downpipe.

Learning from Fran

27 April 2011 20:24:28
Arisaema griffithii

Arisaema griffithii

Fran posted a journal about Arisaema griffithii turned around the wrong way for a photograph. I bought one while in Terra Nova last (Gosh, was it only last week) and decided to plant it into a pot so it could be seen from all angles, regardless of how he decided to turn his head. Happy with that decision for now. Thanks Fran.

It's amazing the amount of growth this plant is putting on daily!

A day off - literally!

27 April 2011 20:07:23
A day off - literally!

A day off - literally!

Woke up late this morning. Can't remember the last time I slept till 8 o'clock. So late going out to breakfast with Zoe and baby David. Got the shopping done - bought slug pellets for just €2.39 each (€7.99 in my place) so bought 2. Also bought some plug plants (Calendula Golden Black and Pyrethrum Robinson's Single). Potted them on when I got home. Took out the sun-lounger again. Woooo making a habit of this. Slept in the sun for about 45 minutes. It's getting longer.....

Felt a bit guilty as time was getting on. Potted up all my tomatoes into their final pots and also 'Cayenne' peppers and melons. Sorted out the greenhouse a bit. Have started to harden off a few things like Babiana and Zephyranthes 'candida'. 

Saw Mr. Heron before I went off shopping so made sure the netting was in place before heading out. He has been up on that lamp post all day just watching. And now that I have started to feed the fish, they are up on the surface more often. So they will be an easy target.

Hostitis

27 April 2011 00:04:45
H. 'Reversed'

H. 'Reversed'

Bought another Hosta today. And almost ready to flower!

Deborah, what's this?

26 April 2011 23:33:12
Deborah, what's this?

Deborah, what's this?

Noticed this lovely planter on the patio table on Friday in Terra Nova. What is it?

Today

26 April 2011 21:40:20
Today

Today

I didn't manage to get anything done today. Dropped in to Dad on the way home from work. Years ago he rescued some ferns from the ditches on the country roadside and planted them in his garden. They seemed to have died off. But just recently he discovered ferns growing under his shed, which has wire mesh all around at ground level to deter nesting rats. He wanted me to dig the ferns up and pot them so he could enjoy them at closer range. Did that for him with as many as I could, and came away with a few Asplenium scolopendrums that somehow 'appeared' out of nowhere. Spores must have been lying dormant for years.

So tomorrow I am off. Hope to do a bit of work on the area in the photo. Plenty of weeding to be done, and will be planting some of the new little ferns. Hopefully the weather will be a bit brighter.

Another tulip

26 April 2011 21:06:12
T, 'Carnival de Nice'

T, 'Carnival de Nice'

I have been waiting absolutely ages for this one to open. Finally today.....

Hungry visitor

26 April 2011 20:44:21
Hungry visitor

Hungry visitor

Got in from work and the first thing I saw was Mr. Heron perched up on the lamp post out across the field. Looked like he managed to get something nice and tasty. From here, it looked like an eel or similar. It definitely wasn't a fish. ANd definitely wasn't any of mine, thank God.

Help for Dad

26 April 2011 06:36:04
Help for Dad

Help for Dad

Had to laugh at Dad yesterday. He took me by the hand out to his garage and asked me if one of my 'friends on the computer' would know what this is. It's growing in a crack in the concrete that the garage (corrugated iron) that is built on and growing up the wall outside. I wouldn't have a clue what it is. Maybe a beech? All suggestions appreciated. Thanks.

'Guacamole'

25 April 2011 22:21:41
'Guacamole'

'Guacamole'

Sorry about that, folks. Here it is.

Costa de la Hosta

25 April 2011 22:08:24
Costa del Hosta

Costa del Hosta

Was in Homebase today with Dad. Bought a new Hosta - Guacamole. Planted it up in another pot and applied the appropriate blue pellets. It's the one in the middle foreground.

Just luvin' this!

25 April 2011 21:48:32
Caltha palustris

Caltha palustris

Caltha palustris in my middle pond. Look at how beautiful the seed heads are.

Gracedieu Lass, what's this please?

25 April 2011 21:26:28
Paddy, what's this please?

Paddy, what's this please?

I know you and Mary gave me this when we visited. Can you enlighten me please?

Aquilegia

25 April 2011 21:07:55
Aquilegia 'Winky Blue'

Aquilegia 'Winky Blue'

This is one of my favourite Aquilegias. It's 'Winky Blue' and only gets to about 24 inches. Just opened today.

Front Garden - continued

25 April 2011 19:22:04
Front Garden - continued

Front Garden - continued

Made a start on digging out a small border - it's about 10ft long x 2 ft. Then went out to dinner.

Got back and got stuck into it again. Hate when there are interruptions. However, it couldn't be avoided. Spent an eternity, or so it seemed, digging up the grass, removing the sods and weeding as I went along. Bagged the sods, will dispose of them asap. Filled the planting holes with ericaceous compost and rescued 3 witch hazels from the 'plants in waiting' area and a rhododendron 'Goldflimmer'. Good deed done for the day. Happy with that. Not finished yet.

As you can see from the photo, there is a small strip of soil just about 12 inches behind the area I dug. The previous owners from years back obviously had no idea how to garden. Don't know what purpose it served. But the concrete edging that you see is repeated on 2 other sides of the garden. The only side free of this is at the front wall. However, in the area in question I had planted lots of daffs and montbretia into this tiny area years ago. And we all know how montbretia multiplies and multiplies. Spent ages trying to get all the corms out and I can guarantee they're all not gone. Will replant the daffs into the back garden. Will cover that small strip with black plastic once Steve makes me a few pegs to secure it and will then cover the whole lot with bark chip.

My wish for never cutting the grass again may have been granted. As you can see from the photos, I gave it a Feed, Weed and Mosskiller. But according to PCON if we don't have rain within 3 days it should be watered. Unfortunately I didn't do that. Never used that before and of course never read the instructions. It's quite crappy looking. Not looking very much like grass any more! I do believe in destiny! Gravel here we come - sooner than expected!

Planted out a few dahlias into the Dahlia Border - 'Honka' Red, 'Seattle' and 'Mignon'. Also noticed a few of last years' coming up. When all the other ones I have in pots appear above compost level, they will get planted and this bed will also be covered in bark chip. WIll have to keep an eye on weeds until then. Sprinkled the 'blue pellets' very liberally. Looking forward to a real splash of colour in this area for late summer.

The big cordyline in the middle of the garden will get 'the chop' during the week, hopefully. Hate it, hate it, hate it!

Start on the front garden

25 April 2011 09:01:38
Start on the front garden

Start on the front garden

Last week I gave the lawn a much-needed Feed and Weed. - the first it has ever had in 25 years. Don't really know why I did it, as I plan on cutting out a couple of beds to accommodate some 'plants in waiting'. Today I will hopefully make a start on one the width of the house. I bought some Witch Hazels earlier in the year and hope to get these planted out front today - if I can get that bed dug (have to take Dad out to dinner). They will be planted in front of the window just to the bottom right of this photo. The grass got cut yesterday so if I keep making beds, it will be less hassle each time. I hate cutting the grass.

That's the plan anyway!

Reaching for the stars

25 April 2011 07:19:31
Reaching for the stars

Reaching for the stars

My name is Sweet Pea. I am only vewy lickle and my owner expects me to climb all the way to the top of that thing!

New Home

24 April 2011 22:44:37
Soromatum venosum 'Voodoo Lily'

Soromatum venosum 'Voodoo Lily'

Doesn't he look very happy in his new home. Took some more of the London Pride out to make room for this gorgeous boyo!

Easter Sunday

24 April 2011 22:19:31
Bellis perennis

Bellis perennis

Got a few bits done today. Started off by cutting the grass out front and tidying around the meagre borders.

I figured it was getting time to start planting out stuff I had in pots like a beautiful lily I got in Mr. Middleton's earlier in the year 'African Queen' into my hot border. Also planted my new Impatiens omeiana in place of a pile of London Pride down in the Bog Bed. Had enough of the London Pride, even though it is a terrific ground-cover plant, and looks after itself.

Planted a small pot of Echinacea purpurea kindly given to me last year by Rachel. All Tigridias got planted too, but I kept them in their pots so I could easily lift them for the winter. Then into the ground went Hemerocallis 'Frans Hal'.

I planted Mina lobata into the pot that holds 2 new roses 'Teasing Georgia' and 'Schoolgirl' (both climbers, and in shades of orange and yellow). The Mina lobata will only add to the 'hot' colours on the patio.

Morning Glory 'Grandpa OTT' got planted into the container that has Frans bargain clematis in it. Earthed up my potatoes, and then planted my Mangetout into a big pot and put in place some bamboo canes to support them. Happy with that lot. Cheers !

Tilly The Tadpole - by J. Doyle (1993)

24 April 2011 21:49:04
Tilly The Tadpole - by J. Doyle (1993)

Tilly The Tadpole - by J. Doyle (1993)

"Tilly was a tadpole

Wiggling in the pond

She loved to wiggle to the bottom

To root in the watery fronds.

 

Then she'd wiggle to the top

To see the big blue sky.

She couldn't wait till she could hop

And feast on a nice fat fly.

 

Wiggle, wiggle all day long

Morning noon and night

She loved to listen to all the birds

Chirping with all their might.

 

She loved to hide in her secret place

In the dark and murky mud

She like to stay there for a while

Ooh! It felt so good.

 

Then one day she got a fright

She had no tail for sure

Arms and legs were there instead

She could wiggle no more.

 

'What will I do, can't wiggle now?'

She was too scared to budge

'How do I get to the bottom of the pond

To root among the sludge'.

 

But bit by bit her legs and arms

Moved all on their own

She began to swim, no longer alarmed

Realized that she had grown.

 

At long, long last she was a frog

And now she felt so free

'I can roam the garden and chase that dog

who used to nip at me'.

 

Wiggle, wiggle never again

Now that she could hop

This was great, this was 'cool'

She could swim all round the pool.

 

Hoppity, Hoppity Hop! She just couldn't stop

There was so much more to see

Not just mud and slimy weeds

'I'm a frog, look at me!'

 

But then she spied that silly dog

Staring right her way

She hid underneath a big old log

And she began to pray.

 

 She prayed that he would go away

And chase his big red ball

Till she felt nice and safe 

And in no danger at all.

 

Hoppity, Hop, Hoppity Hop

With all her strength she hopped

She had to get away from him

And at the bottom she stopped.

 

She heaved a big sigh of relief

Thanked God for her little pond

It's so hard to be a frog

But now she was safe and sound"

 

 

Cortaderia corpse

24 April 2011 19:28:27
Cortaderia corpse

Cortaderia corpse

Good job these pampas grasses didn't cost me much. They have been given enough time to show a bit of growth. Both dead as dodos. Cost me a whole €2 each. Now on compost heap.

Bathing Birds

24 April 2011 19:13:35
Bathing Birds

Bathing Birds

Had great fun today watching the blackbirds bathing in the Lower Pond.

Beyond my Back Wall

24 April 2011 07:42:57
Beyond my Back Wall

Beyond my Back Wall

The only time I ever have to look at the Towers in Ballymun is in the evening, where the sun sets. But last night I though Ballymun looked particularly beautiful with the sun sinking behind the flats.

Little but lots

24 April 2011 07:06:13
Auricula in Limerick

Auricula in Limerick

This little plant from Terra Nova really stood out for me. I have never seen an Auricula with so many flowers on the one plant. How do they do it!!!

More help from Deborah or Martin

23 April 2011 22:28:48
More help from Deborah or Martin

More help from Deborah or Martin

Saw this 'to die for' plant in the pond beside the Thai House. Could either of you tell me what plant this is, please? Gotta have it.

Help, Deborah or Martin

23 April 2011 21:30:59
Help, Deborah or Martin

Help, Deborah or Martin

I was given this gorgeous plant yesterday. Quite prickly to the touch, but that might be a blessing in disguise as I could plant it near my prized possessions so that my little David won't destroy them. Can you tell me what this is. Gorgeous foliage plant!

Out of harms way, and new garden additions

23 April 2011 20:20:42
Onoclea sensibilis

Onoclea sensibilis

Worked today so that I could have yesterday off to go to Terra Nova. Weather was a bit disappointing but it picked up nicely in the afternoon. Luckily the sun was still out by the time I got home. I decided to pull up some bulbs in the greenhouse border. I have the happy knack of splicing bulbs left in the ground when adding more plants. So I dug up and potted all Chionodoxa, Narcissus (can't think of their name right now, similar to 'Hawera'), the last of the Hyacinths and my Erythronium. Erythronium was in the wrong place, so it was going to get moved anyway. All labelled now and down at the back of the garden with all the other bulbs in pots. Greenhouse border nicely freed up for more........   :) Leucojum will be next. But plenty of life in them still.

Potted up my 'Tumbling Tom' into two hanging baskets. I think this year, they can grow outside the greenhouse. No point in cluttering it up needlessly. Plenty of life now in potted up dahlias. Will be getting planted out very soon. Also my Sprekelia is showing itself - looking forward to that as I have never grown that, or even heard of it before. Tigridias and Callas looking promising too.

I got some really cool plants yesterday in Limerick. Amongst those are Arisaema griffithii, Arisaema speciosum, Podophyllim peltatum, Impatiens omeiana, Sauromatum venosum 'Voodoo Lily', Paris quadrifolia and Onoclea sensibilis.

At last.

23 April 2011 06:23:19
Tree peony flowers at last

Tree peony flowers at last

I have been 'willing' this tree peony to flower all week, and yesterday morning before heading to Limerick, it rewarded me with its first open flower. Funny, but I don't remember the flowers being that dark. Ah well, still gorgeous. And I have never seen so many flowers still to come. Definitely one that improves 'bigtime' over the years.

A Feast for the senses

22 April 2011 22:21:27
A Feast for the senses

A Feast for the senses

My second trip to Terra Nova. Truly a magnificent oasis. Perfect hosts in Deborah and Martin. Pup going 'ape' running around like a lunatic, but such a lovable one. Pieces of Heaven in the boot. A garden for all seasons. Deborah and Martin, thanks so much for everything.

Happy to see this

22 April 2011 06:34:45
Gladiolus papillio

Gladiolus papillio

Can't remember where I bought this one. It's a tiny gladiolus. I didn't think it was hardy and forgot to take it up. Happy to say, it is coming back!

Bruno's seedlings

21 April 2011 22:47:34
Bruno's seedlings

Bruno's seedlings

have doubled in size since I planted them only two weeks ago. Hope I'm not going to regret this. Hee hee.

Can anyone tell me...

21 April 2011 22:18:12
Can anyone tell me...

Can anyone tell me...

what this is?

Another primula

21 April 2011 21:43:45
Primula 'Miller's Crimson'

Primula 'Miller's Crimson'

Have been waiting absolutely ages for this one to flower. Finally.....

Oooh! I just luvvv this!

21 April 2011 21:12:54
Rogersia

Rogersia

This is planted down in my Bog Bed. Getting better by the day.

Not much done

21 April 2011 21:00:08
Morning Glory 'Grandpa OTT'

Morning Glory 'Grandpa OTT'

Got in and immediately checked my latest tulip - it's keeping me in suspense. Gotta wait a bit more. I have seedlings of Morning Glory growing nicely. Split them up this evening so Margaret, Bruno, Fran and Clare there is a pot with your name on them if you want them. These ones are 'Grandpa OTT'. Also I have two Arisarum proboscideum (Mouse Plant) that I divided a couple of weeks ago if anyone wants one. 

Really looking forward to heading towards Limerick tomorrow. Looks like the weather will be just as good as during the week too. Knock 'em dead, Deborah! And see you tomorrow.

Another tulip

21 April 2011 06:25:40
Am really lovin' this one!

Am really lovin' this one!

Hopefully by the time I get in this evening, this one will be open. It has definitely been a 'bumper' year for me with the tulips. I have never had so many different ones. And each one better than the last.

Another Arisaema

20 April 2011 22:39:00
A. sikokianum (I hope)

A. sikokianum (I hope)

I am not 100% sure, but I think this one is A. sikokianum. A little beauty. WIll keep you posted.

Hot Bed

20 April 2011 21:35:44
Sleeping Mexican in 'Hot' Border

Sleeping Mexican in 'Hot' Border

I was finally happy enough to bring all my potted up plants and tubers from the garage out to the greenhouse. Tigridias all showing growth, as are the dahlias. Gave all a healthy dose of the blue pellets. Sowed 3 melon seeds 2 nights ago, all three have germinated so they got potted on. Also managed to pot up a new purchase of Malus 'Red Sentinel' which I bought in Aldi for just €6.99. Much bigger than the one I paid €34 for in Newlands Cross Garden Centre.

Into my 'hot' border I planted a nice looking verbascum 'Carribean Crush'. Can't wait to see this one.

Planter

20 April 2011 20:37:20
Planter

Planter

Planted up this old terracotta planter with a Sempervivum 'Bronco' and topped it all with some matching terracotta balls. They remind me of 'bonbons'.

Lazy days of summer

20 April 2011 20:28:31
New planting scheme

New planting scheme

Oh yea, sun, sun, sun all day. Just the way I like it. I think I was born on the wrong continent!

Myself and Zoe went out for breakfast early (too early for Zoe, but I didn't want to waste any time). After that we headed to Aldi for a bit of essential shopping and came out with NO greenery. Was proud of myself. All they had was small patio roses anyway!

I took out the sunlounger and stripped off to enjoy soaking up the heat. It was so lovely drifting off, with the distant sound of a motor mower, and a dog using his vocal chords. The sound of the pump in the Upper Pond delivering a fall of water was magic. Fell asleep for about 30 minutes.

Ok, had enough of that. Got into the pond and ripped out all the daff and hyacinth bulbs from 'the island'. Renewed some of the compost, and planted Deadly Nightshade into the very centre, out of harms way. Surrounded it with bronze-leafed begonias, and at the outer edge, I planted a pale pink (almost white) trailing fuchsias. They will be lovely when they put on a bit of growth and are almost trailing into the water. Watered everything in so they could settle in nicely.

Potted up all the bulbs I took out into separate pots, labelled them, and put them down the back to let them die back with dignity.

Dug up Frans Carex. I couldn't believe how much it had grown since planting it last year. No hard feelings, Fran. I'm sure it would be lovely in the right place. It had been choking a nice geranium that Clara gave me. Now it can breathe.

Got a few things planted like Gladioli, Chrysanthemum 'W. Supreme'. Nerine 'Alba', and plenty more - just can't remember right now. All in all, a good day. It was great to be able to have some cool beverages on the patio when Steve came in, and laugh the evening away. Beautiful evening and a beautiful sunset too. What more could a girl ask for.

Sunset in Santry

20 April 2011 20:05:08
Sunset in Santry

Sunset in Santry

Absolutely stunning this evening. It's funny the way when you view it in the camera at close range it is much darker than reality. I mean, it's still daylight.

Job satisfaction

19 April 2011 22:28:59
flower on Acer palmatum 'Trompenborg'

flower on Acer palmatum 'Trompenborg'

I get such a 'buzz' at this time of year in my job. I spend all winter long outside, even in the snow. Things still need looking after during the colder months. To share my 'castle' with everyone just means so much to me. I thrive under pressure, and by God I was under pressure today. Just clearing yesterdays delivery, and another one came in. People were in great spirits. Some experienced gardeners, and complete novices too, looking for a bit of advice and encouragement. Love it, love it, love it! How many people can boast 'job satisfaction'.

Off tomorrow, thank God. Have really earned it. Gonna take 'time out' and assess the garden from all angles. Then I might do 'brunch' with Zoe. Either way, I will make the most of it.

Not what it says on the tin

19 April 2011 21:28:48
Hee hee

Hee hee

On 13th April, Fran posted a journal on Kniphofia. Only it wasn't a Kniphofia - it was a Carex. And he gave me one. Just out after work today and discovered it. Was really looking forward to having a nice Kniphofia - but I suppose a Carex is just as good. :)Thanks a mill, Fran! Lovin' it!

Jumping the gun...

19 April 2011 07:01:42
Dahlias from 2009- and Geum

Dahlias from 2009- and Geum

Ok my potted up dahlias are sitting out in the garage, awaiting their new homes. Is it too early to plant them out, or am I jumping the gun - again!  I have some beauties this year.

Sunset

19 April 2011 06:24:58
Sunset

Sunset

Photo taken yesterday evening.

Looks like it's gonna be hot, hot, hot out there today! Wahoo! Happy Gardening, folks!

Fungenormous

18 April 2011 20:53:33
Fungenormous

Fungenormous

Dad left a message on my moblile for me to drop into him after work. He had a surprise for me. Ya wha!!!!   You go, Dad!

Did a fry for dinner, and used just one mushroom for the three of us.

Please let me be right this time!

18 April 2011 20:28:39
Please let me be right this time!

Please let me be right this time!

I sowed some seeds ages ago, and after germination realized I hadn't labelled them. I am hoping that these are Cobaea scandens. The leaf looks similar to Mr. Google's. Potted them on this evening. Question: how many seedlings will it take to give a decent display?

ALso potted on some tomatoes. God, it takes an age.

I bought some impatiens today and planted up a flower pouch with them, these are for hanging on the wall beside my patio door which should be in shade for most of the day. Impatiens are great for shady areas. It will also tone down all the hot colours already planned for that area. So much cheaper to plant up your own. They sell at €12.99. So 2 6-packs cost me €6.58. Every year I say I'll buy them. It's such a fiddley job. But sailed through it today. Maybe I am finally getting the hang of it. Gave them a good watering and they will remain in the greenhouse to bump up a bit.

I also bought myself a David Austen rose 'Teasing Georgia' that Deborah recommended highly last week. Just realized that it fits the bill nicely for the patio. Planted that and gave it a good watering. Also bought 2 different packs of Nasturtium seeds ('Princess of India' and 'Ladybird Mix'). Really looking forward to the 'hots' on the patio. Sowed cucumber 'Crystal Apple' and melons. Wahoo, delighted to have found them.

Another Tulip

18 April 2011 20:02:10
T. Flamenco

T. Flamenco

Gosh this is taking my breath away with its beauty. Never had parrot tulips before. I'm liking them!

Help please

18 April 2011 06:25:29
Help please

Help please

Have no idea what this is. So if it isn't a weed please let me know, or it 'gets it' later!

Looks like another great day. Enjoy!

'Not so good' Acers

17 April 2011 22:46:26
'Not so good' Acers

'Not so good' Acers

Late last year I managed to get myself a few cheap acers. When I say cheap, I mean cheap - like €2 each - small acers.

A few weeks ago I bought new identical pots and potted them up into ericaceous compost. They looked good for a while. But in the last 2 weeks, the leaves shrivelled and died. Looking really crap now. What a waste of ericaceous compost. And new pots.

Fran, how are yours doing?

Ace R

17 April 2011 22:33:54
Acer palmatum 'Trompenburg'

Acer palmatum 'Trompenburg'

This is my favourite acer at the moment. Love the way it caught the evening light.

What next!

17 April 2011 21:52:52
Flagpole Cherry

Flagpole Cherry

Bought this flagpole cherry in Ratoath G.C. John Lord happened to spot it in an 'out-of-the-way' area in the garden centre. He knew I was looking for one and offered me this for €5. Couldn't refuse. Planted it about 2 months ago.

Ok, so good advice needed here. It stands at about 14ft. The 'leader' isn't doing anything. Flowers are from the bottom 2 ft. What do I do? Do I cut the 'leader' down to the level of flowering stems? Or do I just leave everything in place? Think the 'leader' is totally dead!

Bergenia

17 April 2011 21:27:07
Bergenias with overhead Acers

Bergenias with overhead Acers

These must be mutants. See their 'topgrowth'?

I have him trained well

17 April 2011 21:03:57
I have him trained well

I have him trained well

While I was slogging away in work today, Steve made himself busy in the garden cutting the grass and tieing in the Clematis and Honeysuckle. Such a joy to see when I got home.

Sunday Special

17 April 2011 20:04:13
Sunday Special

Sunday Special

Got this little angel today at a great price because her base was broken in transit. €49.99 down to €5. Her skirt doubles up as a bird bath. Planted her today when I got home.

Little toughie

17 April 2011 08:02:10
Solanum in the greenhouse

Solanum in the greenhouse

This was out in the greenhouse all winter. Look at it today. Ah, it does your heart good!

Parrot

16 April 2011 22:07:42
T. 'Super Parrot'

T. 'Super Parrot'

Another one opened today. This one is Super Parrot. Can't see the 'super' bit, but maybe tomorrow when they open a bit more it will be apparent.

Tutti Frutti

16 April 2011 22:02:28
First peach

First peach

Oh I love it. This time of year. Even though the same things happen in our gardens every year, it never fails to excite the senses. Saw my first peach this evening.

Few bits this evening

16 April 2011 21:05:22
Clematis 'Gazelle'

Clematis 'Gazelle'

Got in and planted Winston up the spiral. Had a good look round the garden, then spotted my leucojum (in the wrong place as usual), watered everything inside and outside the greenhouse. Last night was the first night in the greenhouse for the toms and peppers. So far so good. Still need to be potted on.

Earthed up spuds. ANd tied in herbaceous clematis 'Gazelle'. Lovely lush growth on that. I bought it late in the season so I am really looking forward to seeing what it has to offer.

Winston Churchill wooed me today!

16 April 2011 19:38:47
He was makin' eyes at me all day!

He was makin' eyes at me all day!

A lot of you will remember the battle I had with my conscience recently whether or not to buy a pot of Sweet Peas 'Winston Churchill'. Today, he was making eyes at me and flirting with me every time I passed that shelf. I succumbed to his charms in the end. Yesterday I put in place a few wrought iron spirals into the borders with sweet peas that I sowed myself, to give extra height. Just added another one this evening, this time to my 'Hot' border. Wrecked after a really busy day and a huge delivery. Cheers, everyone. Happy Saturday!

"Go ahead, Garden. Make my day!"

16 April 2011 18:33:59
Leucojum

Leucojum

Was greeted by this little gem this evening when I got in. Don't ya just luv it!!!

Edibles

16 April 2011 07:20:26
Edibles

Edibles

Things were a bit 'up in a heap' a few weeks ago while getting the new kitchen. As a result, I mislaid a lot of my seeds. However, we'll go again next year. So the extent of my edibles this year are Beetroot (which has germinated, wahoo!), Carrots (same), onions  and 3 different types of salad crops. And a recently purchased rhubarb, which actually got planted yesterday. And of course apples, grapes and my little beauty 'the peaches'. And on Thursday I sowed some mangetout which have already germinated. I also bought a gojiberry bush two years ago and am wondering will I ever get any berries on it. Also have 6 blueberry bushes that crop wonderfully.

Oh I also have lots of tomatoes that are almost ready to be potted on and Cayenne peppers. They are out in the greenhouse full-time now.

Tamarisk

15 April 2011 21:52:48
Tamarisk/Tamarix

Tamarisk/Tamarix

This is one of the shrubs, albeit a small one, that had been destined for the front garden. I got it 2 yrs ago in Aldi (I think). Very insignificant looking thing altogether. Until this evening. This is going to be way too good for the front. Potted it up into a nice pot this evening. I will let it grow away for a while and think about where I will plant it.

Dimorphotheca

15 April 2011 21:30:34
Dimorphotheca

Dimorphotheca

This plant, also known as Cape Marigold or Star of the Veldt, only lasts for one year. Funny how it is still alive and kicking in my garden. Can't wait to see it flowering for its second year here.

This evening.

15 April 2011 20:11:35
This evening.

This evening.

What a day! And an even better evening! Looks like there is going to be a nice sunset soon. Got the front done, then into the back where I tend to lose myself! Got one of my black planters planted with Mimulus and orange Violas. This will replace the planter that had a Fatsia japonica in it. Unfortunately it didn't make it through the winter. Looking pretty damned miserable this evening, so got 'chucked'. Things have to earn their keep here.

Planted out all my sweet pea (amongst them being 'Air Warden' and Mrs. R. Bolton'). Planted them to grow up a few wrought iron spirals I have here.  Should be nice to add a bit of height to the border, and  once the sweet pea take on a bit of growth it should provide a bit of extra interest.

"Dandelions, Begone! "

15 April 2011 19:19:40
Done and dusted!

Done and dusted!

Since I joined this site I have been doing a lot of talking about doing something about the front garden. At the moment it is full of weeds again, mainly dandelions. In fact there seems to be more dandelions than blades of grass. Something has to be done. I'm getting fed up talking about it.

Reversed in this evening, and spotted my next-door neighbour out in his garden. His grass is now almost black after he applied a weedkiller last week. Took the opportunity to have a chin-wag with him (don't often see him). He is thinking of putting all gravel in his garden.  I decided there and then to apply my weed, feed and mosskiller. If I didn't do it then, I never would. My mind is made up to get out and do something for once and for all. A few shrubs in the back garden in the 'waiting room' would be quite suitable. Basically what I intend to do will be to make the borders wider, more curved, and way more interesting. Ha ha you would swear it was the size of the Phoenix Park the way I am talking about it. Will then either gravel, or bark chip the rest. Love the smell of bark chip.

Is this a......

14 April 2011 20:40:22
Is this a......

Is this a......

Hedychium? Hope so. Funny how the memory is starting to come back.  :)

Great for weeding (PCON)

14 April 2011 18:58:57
Great for weeding (PCON)

Great for weeding (PCON)

Not sure if this handtool would suit everyone. It doesn't have a telescopic handle, you have to actually bend down to hack at the weeds. Not a problem for me. Bought it in ALDI yesterday for just a couple of euro.

All in a dither!

13 April 2011 21:38:51
SHAKE & RAKE SEED SHAKERS

SHAKE & RAKE SEED SHAKERS

Went out shopping this morning. Aldi is the best place to get my daily fruit requirements since giving up cigs. I go in to work early every morning with a bag load of fruit and chop it all up into a bowl and pour yoghurt over it. They say 'Breakfast like a King'. Gets me off to a good start each day. I never used to have breakfast.

While in Aldi, I spotted a great little L-shaped tool for weeding between paving slabs. Also got a RTU SBK Brushwood Killer for just €2.99. Must check the price in work tomorrow. They also had nice little packs of mixed seeds. Bought 2 - a Violet Garden Mix and a White one. Might be good for Keego. They're called SHAKE & RAKE SEED SHAKER. I think they were only €1.49 each and they contain approximately 12 - 16 varieties in them.

Dropped into the €2 and bought more Sidalcea 'Party Girl'. I was dead impressed with them last year. Planted them beside last years so the display should be a lot better. 

By the time we got home, the rain had pretty much stopped. Wandered the garden today not really knowing what to do. I was all in a dither and couldn't seem to settle into anything major, so I made up just one hanging basket with Mimulus, orange Violas, Bidens and popped in lots of Nasturtium seeds.  I was going to re-do my winter baskets, but in fairness they are still looking fine. Have Primroses, Thyme and Dianthus in them.

Cleaned out the Lower and Upper Ponds. Need a new net.

Sowed a few more seeds this evening, amongst them were Mangetout. Can't find my melon seeds, or my cucumber. :(

 

Friendly little mice

13 April 2011 21:05:08
Arisarum proboscideum (Mouse Plant)

Arisarum proboscideum (Mouse Plant)

They are really very friendly and like being rubbed gently.

Great escape!

13 April 2011 20:30:40
Great escape!

Great escape!

Spent a while today chasing mice in the garden. Here is a photo of two that got away. See their tails?

Day Off

13 April 2011 08:14:53
Clematis cirrhosa 'Wisley Cream'

Clematis cirrhosa 'Wisley Cream'

Hmmmm, rain, rain, more rain. Have plenty to do outside. I think I will have to bring work into the garage today. Looks like it's down for the day. Think I'll head over to do some shopping. This is a new evergreen clematis I bought yesterday. Hoping to get it planted today.

Todays Tulip

12 April 2011 21:10:57
T. 'Washington'

T. 'Washington'

Is 'Washington'

This evening

12 April 2011 19:51:48
Babiana 'Stricta'

Babiana 'Stricta'

Home a bit late, so took the cursory glance around the garden, camera in hand. Not a lot  to report. Watered all in the greenhouse with rain water. Life is showing, Tigridias are all up, and callas are also looking good.

Inside, in the garage, lots of growth on dahlias that I got in Johnstown GC at the get-together, and Amaryllis Belladonna. Watered everything, then rotated all of them for more even light distribution. Potted on Red Ricinus, looking more comfortable now that their waistbands have been expanded. :)  I planted Babiana 'Stricta' a few weeks ago, watered them, and left them on the bench in the garage at the window, getting full light. Nothing was happening. And I, as usual, was getting a tad impatient. Stuck them into the propagator on Thursday. 'Lo and behold, we have lift-off! And finally, I popped some Vallottas and Callas into the propagator. No sign whatsoever of Geranium 'Rosa moyesii'. Was told that these could be left outside in the unheated greenhouse to germinate. Living in hope!

Not mush room in MY house!

12 April 2011 19:32:50
Dad's Prize Mushroom  :)

Dad's Prize Mushroom :)

But there is a huge one in my Dad's. Hee hee. He never fails to produce mushrooms with these stupid kits that I get nothing from, time and time again. I reckon the only way I can grow them is to become a pensioner and have the heating on 24/7 (well, almost). It must be too cold to grow them here in my house. That would crack us up to have the heating on so much. But well done, Dad. Even though it's not exactly what you might call a 'crop', he is very proud of it. I ate it this evening!

Solomon's Seal

12 April 2011 06:50:21
Solomon's Seal

Solomon's Seal

When Paddy was digging this one up, he did warn me that it may become invasive. Doesn't matter, it's a gorgeous plant. But looking at my newly-discovered Convallaria (ooh that sounds good!!) yesterday, it did occur to me how similar the flowers are on the two. This Solomon's Seal hasn't been in the ground that long, and already it is flowering. Lovin' it! Thanks again, Paddy and Mary.

Lily

11 April 2011 20:13:13
Lily

Lily

Zoe gave me a lovely bouquet of flowers as part of my Mother's Day gift. Look at this lily. Not like your common white one. This one feels quite leathery, and I assure you it is not artificial. Never saw one like that before.

Change in the weather

11 April 2011 18:50:24
Still intact!

Still intact!

Gosh, what a disappointing day, weatherwise, today. Cold without hoodie, but too warm with it. A breeze that would cut you in two, and showery all day. Not too bad for working in, but wasn't too enamoured with gardening when I got home. I had shifted some big pots with Camellias yesterday to the other side of the loggia, and when I got in, one of the bigger ones with 'Wisley White' had been knocked over with the breeze. I guess the foliage caught the breeze. And luckily the pot didn't break. It's a nice one and I have a few the same, only in different sizes.

Just watered all tomato and pepper seedlings. Will leave them in their pots for a bit longer before potting on. So far, so good. No new tulips today :(

Feeling a bit sniffly now, looks like an early night and a good dose of Lemsip. Better nip it in the 'bud'. Don't fancy being sick on my day off!

Convallaria

11 April 2011 17:42:27
Convallaria - not!

Convallaria - not!

I got fed up trying to grow Convallaria (Lily of the Valley) here. Bought it so many times as 'dry-pack' perennials. Nothing ever happened with it. So gave up. This evening just saw something that resembled that slightly, and thought to myself, it must have got dug up for some reason and the soil ended up down at the end of the garden. Was all prepared and very happy to welcome it here. But judging by Mr. Google, it's not!   Oh well.

 

Maybe someone can tell me what it is. Thanks in advance!

Geum

11 April 2011 06:20:48
Geum-different photo from original one

Geum-different photo from original one

Was wondering what this was for the last couple of weeks. I got rid of my red and yellow Geums months ago, so had forgotten what the foliage looked like. Delighted yesterday to discover that it was the orange Geum that I bought in June Blake's Garden last year. Wasn't sure if it was hardy. Very happy with that as Geums are great little performers and should last all summer.

A welcome treat

10 April 2011 21:01:42
Clematis 'Pixie'

Clematis 'Pixie'

Just love this dwarf clematis. It opened its first flower today.

Hosta for Hosta

10 April 2011 20:22:26
Hosta for Hosta

Hosta for Hosta

This is my new one - Ginko Craig

Sunday - a day of rest

10 April 2011 20:12:59
Hosta Corner

Hosta Corner

Had great intentions of doing NOTHING today. Bought myself a little 'standard' Callistemon in B&Q so planted that up when I got home. I am right in thinking that they require ericaceous compost, yes? Also got a new Hosta 'Ginko Craig'. Moved my Camellias around (they are all in pots) to accommodate my summer containers of Hostas. My view out to the garden is less inhibited now. Was going to make a 'fern bed' just beyond these pots but when I went to dig around it, I discovered there were too many roots - Jasmine and Honeysuckle, so had to abandon that idea.

Gave my buxus balls a haircut, and talk about too lazy to get the strimmer out - I cut the edges of the Alpine Circle with a scissors while sitting down. Ha ha. Also planted Fran's Rhus (Sumac) into a nice pot.

Planted some nasturtium seedlings into a pot on the patio that has one of Fran's bargain Clematis, and planted some Mimulus into other containers. Then poured myself a drink - God, I was dehydrating out there. Couldn't sit easy really - was like a 'hen on a hot griddle' all day.

2nd Tulip of the day

10 April 2011 19:41:35
Tulipa 'Pallade'

Tulipa 'Pallade'

This one is T. 'Pallade'

Tulip

10 April 2011 19:32:12
Tulip

Tulip

Todays one is 'Helmar'.

Coming down for breakfast

10 April 2011 08:09:17
Coming down for breakfast

Coming down for breakfast

Just out in the garden, making a mental 'job list'. Had to laugh to myself watching this little crittur making his way down to breakfast of nice, soft succulent growth at ground level. Sometimes it's good to 'live and let live'. But I did wonder what had attracted him to the top of this flagpole cherry in the first place!

And my Mama told me.....

10 April 2011 06:48:16
And my Mama told me.....

And my Mama told me.....

It looks like it's going to be another cracker of a day. Was going to go on 'the doss' in the garden yesterday. That didn't happen. But maybe today....

Maybe I'll be getting 'the factor' out. Ooooh, lookin' good!

And my Mama told me,

There'd be days like this.

                                                                                   

 

 

 

 

Narcissus

09 April 2011 22:33:05
Narcissus 'Hawera'

Narcissus 'Hawera'

Love this little multi-headed Narcissus. Lots coming up now just as all the 'tete-a-tetes' are gone over .

Hostas

09 April 2011 22:03:31
Some of my Hostas

Some of my Hostas

I had almost made up my mind to plant up 'The Island' this year with Hostas. And have the Deadly Nightshade in the centre. However, on mature reflection, I figure that all the interesting variegations will disappear from them as 'The Island' is situated in full sun. Back to the drawing board.

So all my Hostas will remain in their existing containers and be kept up at the patio where they can be seen from the dining room. Better buy some more copper tape though.

Ari Ari Ari Ari.........

09 April 2011 20:51:24
Ari Ari Ari Ari.........

Ari Ari Ari Ari.........

Wahoo. Heaved a great big sigh of relief today when I spotted two different Arisaemas coming up in my Bog Bed. I think this one is A. Sikokiana.

9th April

09 April 2011 19:11:11
9th April

9th April

That was a day and a half! I started the day thinking to myself that I would not do anything outside. But you know yourself how hard that can be. I ended up getting bored so I did a bit of weeding in the Wilderness Bed, and it ended up a full scale weeding session for the whole garden. So many dandelions. I broke the handfork that I was using in the Pond border. Got rid of most of the Forget-me-nots. But no doubt it will be a regular occurence. It's funny but last year I had the same amount of Echium seedlings, not a sign of Echiums this year, only Forget-me-nots.

I potted up all those Narcissi 'Bridal Crown' after dead-heading the lot. Then being sure to label them, placed them in the Wilderness Bed to die back. Also pulled up any other daffs in the greenhouse border, and potted them too. Plenty of room now for some nice summer growth. I noticed lots of snail trails around the garden so out came the pellets.  Watered everything. And while pulling the hose into the greenhouse I accidentally snapped the growing tip of my Hemerocallis. Argh!!! The fish are becoming more active now. So they got fed a light meal.

I must admit to being pleased enough with how the garden looks for this time of year. No new tulips open today :( 

Yesterdays Bargain

09 April 2011 08:04:33
Narcissi 'Bridal Crown'

Narcissi 'Bridal Crown'

Trying to clear out older stock yesterday and got 2 trays of Narcissi 'Bridal Crown' for just €1 (16 pots with at least 4 or 5 bulbs in each). And a few 'Tete-a-tetes' thrown in for good measure. No flowers left for this year so I will just let them die down naturally under the shade of the Viburnum where they won't be on full show. Should make a lovely big display next year.

 

Andromeda

08 April 2011 23:16:48
Andromeda polifolia 'compacta[

Andromeda polifolia 'compacta[

Got two of these little shrubs (Bog Rosemary) very cheaply just before I re-did my 'triangle'. I have seen these little acid-loving shrubs in action in the garden centre. Usually a couple of days after delivery the flowers fell and the plant itself looked pretty forlorn. I must say I am pleasantly surprised. These have been flowering for over two weeks now and still look good.

A season of anticipation

08 April 2011 22:45:55
A season of anticipation

A season of anticipation

I can feel it happening already. So much in my garden to look forward to. So much that I have forgotten already after just one short year, and so much excitement witnessing fresh growth each and every day. One such plant is my Peony 'Bowl of Beauty' amongst others.

Another white flower

08 April 2011 21:10:52
Exochorda macrantha 'The Bride'

Exochorda macrantha 'The Bride'

Bought this after its flowering season last year, and even paid FULL PRICE for it. You all must surely know at this stage how obsessed I am with white flowers. It's just starting now.At the moment they looks just like miniature pingpong balls. But I will post better photos when fully open. Still gorgeous at this early stage, though!

Help - Quick!

08 April 2011 16:47:46
Help - Quick!

Help - Quick!

These are almost ready to flower and I don't have a label on them. Please someone tell me what they are so I can plant them in the right spot!

That time of year again

08 April 2011 06:54:11
That time of year again

That time of year again

Cherry blossom is just about starting. I think it's a bit earlier than last year.

Furry Friends

07 April 2011 20:54:12
Furry Friends

Furry Friends

I do love the look of the unfurled fronds of ferns. Woo, bit difficult to say that quickly. But, don't you think there is a sense of friendly 'foreboding' attached to these beautiful mysterious plants?

Hello there!

07 April 2011 20:27:28
Gold-laced primula

Gold-laced primula

All I did this evening was take a few photos. Other more pressing matters got my attention. Spuds are making an appearance. Different types of lettuce have also germinated. But the best surprise of all was one of the smallest plants in my garden peeping out at me from the undergrowth. Ah!!! Lovely gold-laced primula. Thought this had given up the ghost!

Mushroom Growing Kits

07 April 2011 20:13:42
Mushroom Growing Kits

Mushroom Growing Kits

Dad bought this in Lidl or Aldi a few weeks ago. My house must be too cold to grow them successfully. I have tried a couple of times. Dropped in to Dad after work, he has his first mushroom (it's about the size of my nail on my little finger) only 10 days after moistening the mycelium.

Has anybody else ever tried these kits? What kind of success rate is there out there?

Can't remember what this is....

07 April 2011 06:32:39
Can't remember what this is....

Can't remember what this is....

I did think initially that it was Rogersia. But that has brown tinged leaves. It's planted down in the Bog Bed.  Can't remember what this one is. Help.........again!

And thanks in advance.

2nd Tulip of the Day

06 April 2011 21:56:50
Tulipa 'Triumph White'

Tulipa 'Triumph White'

This one definitely does not float my boat. It's 'Triumph White'.

Help!

06 April 2011 21:27:54
Help!

Help!

Completely stymied on this one. Can anyone tell me what it is?

Todays Tulip

06 April 2011 21:17:00
Tulipa 'Upstar'

Tulipa 'Upstar'

This is a bit mild for my liking. I like bold colours.

Day Off!

06 April 2011 20:02:01
Wall planter under kitchen window

Wall planter under kitchen window

Maternal responsibilities took precedence this morning, so was late getting out to the garden. Decided that my garden, even though it is only a postage stamp in comparison to Gracedieu Lass's, would be as weed-free as possible. Did a good job too. Not a dandelion in sight, but still have to pull up a rake of Forget-me-nots that are annoying me. Planted my latest primula 'Ken Dearman' into the Alpine Circle which is now evolving into a Primula/Primrose Circle!

Down at the Bog Bed, I also noticed the 'tails' on my Arisarum proboscideum (Mouse Plant) so not so far behind Deborah's (happy to say). I planted a nice Peony which had been uprooted and bunged into a big pot about 3 years ago. Someone said to me before that they didn't like root disturbance, but I have to say it's flowering power wasn't inhibited one little bit being in the pot. Have no name for this one, but it has MASSIVE deep pink flowers. Hopefully someone will be able to give me a name later. Planted Aquilegia vulgaris 'Clementine White' (White, hee hee!) into pond border. Should look lovely with Aquilegia 'Winky Blue'.

Planted a little alpine, Silene uniflora 'maritima' into the soil beside the Upper Pond as a companion for the pink Armera (sea thrift). The Armera had been de-clumped earlier and had a gap in the middle, so this will look great contrasting with the deep pink.

Into my Hot Border at the greenhouse I planted a new Trollius chinensis 'Golden Queen' and Hemerocallis 'Rocket City' (both orange). Dead-headed all my daffs. Looking a lot better now. The 'Island' narcissi will look great for a good while still. Will plant the Hyacinths when they 'go over'. Will have lots of scent to look forward to for next Spring. 

Planted some red Geraniums into wall planter under kitchen window, and a couple of Regal Pelargoniums into pots which will be brought into the greenhouse should the temps drop. All in all, a good day off. And got my hair done too. :)  Dinner cooked and eaten, boots off, drink in hand. Cheers, everyone! What a day!

Caught red-handed

06 April 2011 19:15:09
Caught red-handed

Caught red-handed

Was in the middle of extending my greenhouse border into the lawn, with my trusty half-moon lawn edger (best thing since sliced bread), by another 6 inches when Steve decided to join me outside. He promptly plonked himself down on the garden chair for a chat and wondered why I had stopped doing what I had been doing! I had to own up to the truth though. Glad it's out in the open, and all finished and looking well. Hopefully I will 'reclaim' another 6 inches at a later stage - and hope Steve doesn't read this!

Jobs for today

06 April 2011 10:28:31
Digitalis grandiflora

Digitalis grandiflora

Just out there looking around. So much weeding to be done.  Looking around Paddy and Mary's (Gracedieu Lass) garden, I realize that it IS possible to eradicate all of them if enough effort is put into it. Lots of dandelions, and creeping buttercups. Bruno's Impatiens seedlings are doing nicely!!!!! Have a few more recently purchased plants to get into the ground, and just enough time to move some smaller things. Lots of tidying up. Chilipepper gave me a good few oriental poppies last year, and Digitalis grandiflora - all doing well. Now, gotta have a shower, and get going.

Acer

06 April 2011 08:20:39
Acer palmatum 'Ribesifolium'

Acer palmatum 'Ribesifolium'

Got this one last year. Its branches are a bit different in that they are quite rigid compared to most other Acers. And a tougher looking, citrussy green leaf. This one is Acer palmatum 'Ribesifolium'. Here to stay!

I feel so lucky!

05 April 2011 21:39:29
Photo from net

Photo from net

I moan a lot about my job, but I don't mean to. It can be tough out there all on your own in Winter, and during the bad weather. But there is always something worthwhile to be done, lots of menial tasks to be done. But all very necessary.

But this is the time of year that I look forward to most. Big delivery came in today. Lots of customers buzzing around, and all in great spirits. And I thrive under pressure. Managed to clear the last trolley of plants just 2 minutes before I clocked out this evening. Talk about pacing oneself! I am so lucky to be in a job I love. Great satisfaction involved at the end of each day.

'Ginny Gee'

05 April 2011 21:05:14
Rhododendron 'Ginny Gee'

Rhododendron 'Ginny Gee'

This new dwarf Rhododendron I planted into the acid triangle opened up its flowers today. Pretty little thing.

Another tulip

05 April 2011 19:49:45
T. 'Gavota'

T. 'Gavota'

This one was open this evening.

Helleborus

05 April 2011 19:15:11
Helleborus argutifolium

Helleborus argutifolium

Yea, another one. But I have been really looking forward to this one flowering. Hosta's one flowered, what, 2 or 3 weeks ago? This plant is totally in the wrong place. So going to make the most of the flowers, then move it down to the Helleborus niger.

This made me smile today

04 April 2011 22:43:46
This made me smile today

This made me smile today

Just emptying stuff into the skip in work and spotted these little yellow violas laughing away at me from this unused trolley. It is identical to the one I use during the day to cart around bins, brushes, bags of compost and heavy pots. Love the way violas can self seed everywhere. Even in very inhospitable environments.

Birth of the Chilipepper

04 April 2011 21:41:59
Happy Birthday, Dave (just borrowed your photo)

Happy Birthday, Dave (just borrowed your photo)

Since way back in 7500BC, the humble chilipepper has been part of the human diet in the Americas. It is one of the first cultivated crops in the Central and South Americas and is self-pollinating. That's enough history.

Just a few lines to wish our very own Chilipepper (aka Dave) a very Happy Birthday. Thank God he hasn't been around since 7500BC, and is far from being a VEGETABLE. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAVE.

Eena Meena Mina Mo

04 April 2011 21:13:12
Mina lobata

Mina lobata

Mina lobata - Free seeds given with UK weekly Amateur Gardening. This is a twining plant and will accompany my orange climbing rose 'Schoolgirl' which I bought recently and planted into a bit pot at the Loggia. Mina lobata flowers start off in powerful red, and fade through orange and yellow, finally to white. Good companions, I reckon. Sowed the seeds on Friday or Saturday I think. Have germinated. Wahoo!

Sir Winston Churchill

04 April 2011 19:09:19
Sir Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill

Oooh these Sweet Peas came in today. They are called 'Sir Winston CHurchill'. Had them in my hand ready to buy them, purely because of all the talk recently about Churchill Narcissi. What was I thinking? I have plenty of sweet peas on the go. If I had another suitable place though.....If they come out the same colour as the label, they'd be really nice. But then, we all know about 'trick' photography.

Cape Cod

04 April 2011 18:40:48
Tulipa 'Cape Cod'

Tulipa 'Cape Cod'

And if I had been patient enough, I would have remembered that they look a whole lot nicer when fully open - like today!!!

Another Tulip

04 April 2011 07:10:30
T. 'Cape Cod'

T. 'Cape Cod'

This is its second year now. It's such a hot one. Just popped open on Saturday.

On Mature Reflection

03 April 2011 23:06:20
On Mature Reflection

On Mature Reflection

Couldn't help thinking this photo was funny. Don't know why. I am mature in years, but not in spirit. As for the reflection bit, it's all in the photo.  :)

Moving Plants

03 April 2011 22:36:14
Sanguisorba menziesii 'Burnet'

Sanguisorba menziesii 'Burnet'

Here is one that really must be moved. It says on the label (yes, I kept it!) that it prefers moist to wet conditions in full sun. It couldn't be more in the wrong spot where it is. It is planted on the edge of the Upper Pond at the side of the wall that divides us from our neighbours. Very little soil in this area. In shade most of the day, but I reckon it would do much better in the Bog Bed. This plant produces a lovely maroon bottlebrush-like flower spike. I think I had better move it asap before it starts to flower.

Summer Island Sorted

03 April 2011 21:07:05
Summer Island Sorted

Summer Island Sorted

Last year in Mount Venus I couldn't resist buying Atropa belladonna (Deadly Nightshade) even though I knew how toxic it was. It is an amazing looking plant with big, black, shiny berries the size of grapes. However, common sense prevailed. I never planted it, as I knew my grandson would be walking at this stage. And now, with my dilemma about what to plant in the Island, I have come up with the notion to plant Atropa out of harms way, and in full view of anyone who wants to venture closer - providing they are over the age of 16 and of sound mind.  :) Just examining it this evening and its fresh new growth. I will also take up someone else's suggestion (was it Moya?) of planting most of my Hostas around the edges.

Culchie Frogs!

03 April 2011 20:26:21
Culchie Frogs!

Culchie Frogs!

Weather not too bad today. A couple of hail showers, but didn't last too long. Productive day. When I got home I planted a lot of my spent Hyacinths into my acid triangle. A few more to go. Everything coming on nicely.

The new pond is absolutely teeming with a gazillion culchie tadpoles thanks to a person from Cork. 

 

Let the plants speak for themselves!

02 April 2011 20:30:02
Let the plants speak for themselves!

Let the plants speak for themselves!

I only filled these shelves yesterday evening. Today it was manic in work. I stood back and watched. If these plants had been in the ordinary black pots, they would probably still be there come September. Why does it take a colourful pot to sell a plant nowadays!

P.S. See how nicely the shelves are painted!   :)

Leave Bill Alone

02 April 2011 19:33:03
Leave Bill Alone

Leave Bill Alone

He can't help it if he can't recognize beauty when he sees it. In the meantime, I am enjoying a good year for MY Tulips. Don't have a name for yesterdays, or the ones to the right. Doesn't mean I can't appreciate their beauty though. I will have to colour-code them for next year.

Have added the last few photos to my 'March' album.

Cut and Come Again

02 April 2011 19:08:48
Cut and Come Again

Cut and Come Again

Well, I got the surprise of my life when I got home from work and realized that Steve had given the grass its first cut of the year - actually the first cut since October. It's an awful pity it has to grow back. Even the most untidy garden can look good if the grass is kept nice and short!  :)   Thanks, Steve

We had thunder and lightning since I got home, and the hailstones were pelting down. It was nearly looking a bit like the floods of Summer 2009 there was that much water around. The photo was taken before the hail and rain.

Mouse hunt

02 April 2011 06:53:11
Mouse Plant

Mouse Plant

Every year I tread about the wall of the Bog Bed very gingerly. You see, it's around that area that my Mouse Plant (Arisarum proboscideum) grows. And I wait in anticipation each year wondering have I trodden it to death. Must move it to a more suitable place. Looking forward to a few mice this year.

Summer Island

01 April 2011 22:08:05
Narcissus 'Replete'

Narcissus 'Replete'

Ok I have gone through last summer with 'the island'. It was planted up with lots of Begonias. Very happy with that choice as they were so low-maintenance and basically looked after themselves.

The end of October came the uprooting of all that, and spring bulbs planted. Was happy with that until the last few days. There have been gales and gusts. And now they have been blown to Kingdom Come and are falling over into the water. What to plant next? Hmmm thinking about my first choice before the Begonias - Cortaderia 'Splendid Star' (a small pampas grass used for pots). All suggestions welcome - but they better be good!!!

Nothing done today

01 April 2011 19:54:51
Shared accommodation!

Shared accommodation!

Knackered after work so no gardening done. I now have the garden centre half painted. Now have a creak in my neck. Got home and acquainted myself with my new electric oven with a nice Chicken Casserole. Ooooeeer! Darina Allen eat your heart out! Had to pay a visit to the greenhouse before I 'plated up' as the crockery was out there due to lack of space inside. Wahoo, new kitchen, top to bottom, and new gardening area in the garage. Happy Camper!

Romantic Photo

01 April 2011 06:26:55
T. 'Celesta'

T. 'Celesta'

I think most people would regard the Rose as the most romantic looking flower. But in my opinion that title should definitely go to the Tulip.

Happy Friday!

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