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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal May 2011

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My memory is failing....

31 May 2011 22:51:46
Campanula

Campanula

I don't know why, but I can never remember that I have this white campanula until it is actually flowering. Senior moments are becoming a more familiar occurence!

Changes afoot for 2012

31 May 2011 22:30:00
Greenhouse border -  May 2010

Greenhouse border - May 2010

Last year, my border outside the greenhouse looked so different. I had potatoes planted together with rat-tail radishes (never again), mangetout, peas etc and a row of pots containing blueberry bushes. And a little square for a piddly bit of summer bedding. When I harvested the radishes, I dug out a bigger border and Steve turned the stone circle into a pond. This year the far end of that border is planted up with pinks, blues, lilacs and whites. The nearer end towards the house and patio is planted up with hot colours. Next year, the pinks, lilacs etc will get moved to the other side of the garden so I can concentrate on just hot hot colours. I really love them!

Oriental Poppy

31 May 2011 22:10:40
Oriental Poppy

Oriental Poppy

What a greeting from the garden this evening!

This is 'to die for'

31 May 2011 20:48:34
Gerbera 'Sunny'

Gerbera 'Sunny'

What persuaded me to buy this one today was knowing that they really are hardy. I bought 2 last year - a white, and a pink. The pink is making a good comeback and almost flowering. Don't know where I planted the white, but no sign of it as of yet. But just look at this colour. Yes!

 

More plants

31 May 2011 20:33:25
Veronica spicata

Veronica spicata

Really tough day in work today. Legs feel like a 90yr olds. All I did this evening was water everything.

Plans for tomorrow will be planting out the rest of Geraldine's sunflowers 'Sungold' now that the wind seems to have died down, and my own seedlings 'Earthwalker'. They will all be planted behind my dahlias which are looking very healthy. 

Bought myself a lovely Veronica spicata today just before clocking out, and another perennial Gerbera 'Sunny' to go into the 'hot' border. It's to be a great day tomorrow so I hope to get most jobs done in the morning so I can be free to catch some rays on the sunlounger for the afternoon. Happy Days. This is what summer is all about.

 

Deadly!

31 May 2011 05:49:37
Deadly!

Deadly!

After much himming and hawing planting up the Island, I decided that it would be the best place for my Atropa Belladonna (Deadly Nightshade). As you can see, it's coming on really well. So looking forward to seeing its big, shiny black berries later in the year - that is....presuming it doesn't need a pollinator!

Clever camouflage

30 May 2011 23:10:28
Clever camouflage

Clever camouflage

Spotted this caperpillar on my self-seeded sweet pea this evening. Look how well he is camouflaged. Mother Nature at her best!

Another theft!

30 May 2011 22:20:02
Another theft!

Another theft!

This is another stolen arisaema from over the water!!!!

A Kick up the you-know-what!

30 May 2011 21:04:59
A Kick up the you-know-what!

A Kick up the you-know-what!

It's all too easy to be busy each day outside. And take a few photos of the job in hand for a journal, without cleaning up. Who's to know that you left one almighty mess behind you in the process. That is just what I have been doing recently. Underneath the bench that Steve made was like a bombsite until this evening. Compost spillages unswept, old empty compost bags (God only knows why I was keeping them) and general dirt. It's unbelievable the amount of crap I have managed to gather over the last couple of months. However, now that the date for Sheila's (my sister) departure to Canada has been confirmed, I have a new goal. That whole area got tidied up this evening, and swept. Have all my empty pots in size order stored underneath now. I had been holding onto plants that don't seem to be coming back to life. They got chucked too.

The window frame of the garage (behind the bench) is in dire need of repair. It needs to be replaced but Steve has been putting this job on the long finger for a while now. I made up two window boxes for the windowsill with lovely startling red geraniums, and guess what, they hide the rot. So that has given him a bit of breathing space while I get him to do other more urgent things. 

Watered a lot of stuff as things dried out at a mighty rate with the heat of today. Time I got the wheels in full motion. 

Got to impress!

30 May 2011 06:10:39
Got to impress!

Got to impress!

My sister and her family will be emigrating to Canada very soon now. The family will congregate here as there is more space for the neices and nephews to run about freely. I was hoping to get up to Periwinkle's grand Opening. But unfortunately, that won't be happening now as we will be giving Sheila a good send off on 18th June. :(   Hopefully the weather will be conducive to a barbecue. However, on the garden front, I need to inject a lot more colour, as I have a reputation to keep. Yesterday I bought lots of reduced bedding for €6. If I had paid full price, it would have come to €27, so I did ok. On Wednesday, I will cram it all into any available pots and baskets and feed and feed and feed for the next two weeks. I want Sheila's boys to remember this garden as having an explosion of colour. God knows when I will see them again. It will be tough on Dad, my brother just emigrated in Feb to Philippines, now Sheila. Only 2 of us left in Dublin now.

Aches and Pains

29 May 2011 20:37:40
Bruno's Impatiens

Bruno's Impatiens

What a day! Weather was a lot better than in recent times. Still windy, but acceptably so. And lots of sun with a real heat in it at times. Big visit on in the job by the Head Honcho tomorrow so I was on the go all day. Aches in muscles that I didn't know I possessed. Did the watering in my garden this morning, and fed the birds and fish. Then when I came in this evening, practically everything got a tomato feed. Had to stake up aconitum, astrantia, and my small Laburnum. Tied up sweet pea, and some tall lilies from Mr. Middleton's 'African Queen'.

Weeded the triangle acid bed. I feel a very early night coming on. Haven't been asleep much in the last while. It must be all catching up with me. Yawwwwwnnnn! And they say 'the older you get, the less sleep you need'. Lies, all lies!

Planting at the pergola

29 May 2011 20:07:28
Lonicera periclymenum 'serotina'

Lonicera periclymenum 'serotina'

I have a red, white and pink planting scheme at the back wall of the pergola. It's gradually being clothed in all of these colours. The red and white is the Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum 'serotina'), pink with climbing rose 'Paul's Scarlet'. And to the left of the pergola I have a deep red rose, and escallonia which is in full flower now. Also last year I planted one of Aldi's little wisteria (white), and a few weeks ago I added a white Passiflora caerulea 'Constance Elliot'. All coming on nicely. Can't wait.

Fresh Flowers

29 May 2011 06:48:33
Abutilon megapotalum variegata

Abutilon megapotalum variegata

Just in from the greenhouse. All toms and melons watered and ready to go. About 2 weeks ago I gave my abutilon a little trim. Spotted 2 fresh flowers. Wahoo!

Mad jealous!

28 May 2011 23:46:37
Dad and his toms

Dad and his toms

Visited Dad after work today. He was showing me his tomatoes. I can't believe it. His are the size of a marble. I don't even have flowers on mine yet.

Another clematis

28 May 2011 23:02:05
Clematis 'Polish Spirit'

Clematis 'Polish Spirit'

This is another one that has opened today.

Petunias - yuk!

28 May 2011 22:58:07
Petunias - yuk!

Petunias - yuk!

I always dread petunias coming in each year. I mean, they look lovely, and provide a great show in hanging baskets, and containers. But dead-heading is a nightmare. I mean, they get so sticky and yukky! But this one is the 'biz'. Don't you think?

Neighbourhood Watch

28 May 2011 22:43:44
Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch

Really and truly, somebody should keep tabs on what's happening in the neighbourhood. I am guilty of stealing a bit of beauty from my neighbours. I look forward to this rose spilling over our wall every year.

Am I on my own!

28 May 2011 22:23:13
Am I on my own!

Am I on my own!

Is everybody having an early night. Or are you all at a party that I wasn't invited to?

Pretty as a picture!

28 May 2011 22:05:48
Primula vialii

Primula vialii

I don't seem to be able to manage much gardening these days. So I have to content myself with a few photos each day. I thought this was a great subject for a photo this evening with the sedum acre behind primula vialii.

Todays bargain

28 May 2011 21:08:38
10c each

10c each

These Lewisias started out at €3.99, which I thought was actually a very good price. However, nobody was interested in them. So I reduced them to 50c. Still no interest. Today I reduced them to 10c and bought 8 of them. With a small bit of tidying up and planting out, they should look fine. I intend planting them around the Upper Pond. That should make a nice splash of pink, together with my centaurea, armeria and silene. Probably won't get that done until during the week.

Bamboos and Acers

28 May 2011 19:32:07
Bamboos and Acers

Bamboos and Acers

We got in a delivery of big bamboos and acers yesterday. Today I arranged them in the raised area so the sun could shine through them. What a kaleidoscope of colour!

Very happy with this!

28 May 2011 06:53:32
Fremontodendron

Fremontodendron

I bought this one in Mount Venus last year. It is the mainstay of my hot border. Look how many blooms are on it. Rachel mentioned that this plant tends to get rather 'woody' over time. But for now, I am enjoying its many flowers.

The sun in the shade!

28 May 2011 06:24:37
Flower Carpet 'Gold'

Flower Carpet 'Gold'

I planted this little flower carpet rose into my shady border last year. Although, that border now has a lot of sun added, thanks to me forever neatening the edges and eating into the grass. Happy with that. But this little rose is really brightening up an otherwise dull spot. Open today. Horrible drizzly day out. Wish I could go back to bed!

I got the 'hots' .

27 May 2011 22:26:45
Trollius chinensis 'Golden Queen'

Trollius chinensis 'Golden Queen'

This is the start of my 'hot' border. If I was patient enough I would wait until it was fully open.  :(

Stolen!

27 May 2011 22:14:56
Stolen!

Stolen!

This arisaema was stolen from Sissinghurst this time last year on our trip to Chelsea. As you can see, it is doing well. Worth the crime!

In Limbo

27 May 2011 20:19:09
Arisaema sikokianum (my nicest plant) and smallest!

Arisaema sikokianum (my nicest plant) and smallest!

I have great expectations for my humble little plot this year. However, I seem to spend my time just waiting for that explosion of colour any day, and unrealistically so. Does anyone else feel constant anticipation for that boost? Or am I just being impatient again! Any little flower that appears, I am out with the camera. I want great swathes of colour and 'to die for' unusuals and exotics. Do I expect too much from my garden? Yes, probably! But it doesn't stop me wanting it to be the best year yet.

New(ish) plant

27 May 2011 19:49:05
Silene uniflora maritima

Silene uniflora maritima

This is a nice little plant that I added to my planting scheme recently around the Upper Pond. It is planted with armeria (white and pink) and Thalictrum and Shelser's centaurea. I am pleased with the effect this one gives.

All quiet on the Western Front

27 May 2011 06:06:36
All quiet on the Western Front

All quiet on the Western Front

That wind seems to have died down. Let's hope it stays that way. This little gem has just put a smile on my face and opened this morning. Easily pleased!

Another 'no-namer'

27 May 2011 05:52:27
Another 'no-namer'

Another 'no-namer'

I'm sorry if I am boring you all. Yes, I am once again guilty of planting something and forgetting to label it. This is a complete mystery to me. It has growth somewhat like chives, and a flower is beginning to appear. Please help!

Worth Having!

26 May 2011 21:12:17
C. 'Bees Jubilee'

C. 'Bees Jubilee'

Everything in our gardens have been ravaged by these ferocious winds. My poor oul' Clematis 'The President' has been stripped and torn and looking very tatty. The one Fran gave me has lost all its flowers but I am delighted to see there are lots more on their way!

I lost my clematis cirrhosa 'Freckles' only last week. Gutted about that. And my clematis 'Polish Spirit' just opened today. Oooh, why didn't it wait a week of two? I fear for it now! Also waiting for 'Piliu' to open.

However, clematis 'Bees Jubilee' is looking wonderful right now. Look how well it has stood up to the elements! Every garden should have one.

Winter is here!

26 May 2011 19:57:39
'Stargazer' will be nice in this

'Stargazer' will be nice in this

What a horrible day. No customers outside but at least I got a chance to give some plants a lot of badly needed T.L.C. Everything has been blown to bits - lupins, astilbes etc. The place is looking really sad! I ended up reducing a lot of stuff. But I have decided that my garden is no longer going to be like an 'intensive care ward' . I won't bring rubbish home with me any more. The trees were toppling over all day. Even though it was showery (and some of them were really heavy) I still had to water, and water. Their leaves were shrivelling up. I'm sure the few customers who braved the elements must have thought that I was a bit demented!

This evening I disposed of a lovely little Camellia 'Tiptoe'. It had been doing so well. It is now as dead as a Dodo! No chance of resuscitating it. It's funny the way a lot of plants only showed signs of deterioration in the last few weeks, after pulling through the winter. However, today I bought some oriental lilies 'Stargazer' for half price. Planted them into the vacant pot.

I am contemplating putting the heating on for an hour! 

Big Brother is watching!

26 May 2011 05:56:25
Big Brother is watching!

Big Brother is watching!

This poppy looks like he is watching my every move!

Who gave me this - and what is it?

25 May 2011 23:13:10
Who gave me this - and what is it?

Who gave me this - and what is it?

The title speaks for itself!

I intend to plant it in the Bog Bed Extension tomorrow. It looks like it takes the same requirements.

Nasty!!!!!

25 May 2011 22:09:16
Nasty!!!!!

Nasty!!!!!

I yanked a baby from its parent plant in Lanzarote last October and it grew, and grew pretty well in the house over the winter. I think it's an Agave. Put it out into the greenhouse at the beginning of April. Just checked everything in the greenhouse this evening while watering. Agggghhhhhhhhhhh  just look at all of those tiny spidery thingies! And the speed that they were 'milling' about was incredible. Removed it from the greenhouse immediately and brought it to the potting area in the garage and gave it a good blast of BugSpray. They ain't gettin' near my tomatoes! I think that did the trick. It looks like they are sleeping - permanently!

Chelsea

25 May 2011 20:59:52
Chelsea

Chelsea

What do you all think of Laurence Lewellyn-Bowen's garden? I thought if they had concentrated more on plants than on all those ugly white obelisks, it would create a more natural look.

I love the way Carol and co. just popped up between floral displays. It looked like they were growing alongside the plants. :) 

It also made me feel more accepting of my faults ie. planting too closely. Not having any visible bare soil seems to be the order of the day. So I must be doing something right!

And here's a question, I do like Monty a lot. But why wasn't Chris Beardshaw asked to present Gardener's World. I love him. I remember his programme 'The Flying Gardener' a while ago. Really enjoyed that one. And he's really handsome!

Nothing much today

25 May 2011 20:14:04
Bog Bed Extension so far

Bog Bed Extension so far

Did my usual this morning for my day off - shopping, brekkie and 'catch-up' time with Zoe and my grandson. Lovin' that. It is only a fairly recent habit, but one that I wish to continue.

Got home and put the shopping away, then up for a power nap! Didn't really need it today though as all I did in the garden of note was to dig up a lot of primroses and primulas as per Monty's recent advice. They got planted down in the Bog Bed Extension. I left a few small clumps where they are for now. Will divide them next year. Not much free soil left in the Extension at this stage, but I'm looking  forward to next year when they will all be jostling for space. And the concrete surround will become invisible, giving it more natural feel. As you can see there is another section to the right which consists of a couple of trees and shrubs. The two sections are divided by a row of blocks which hopefully Steve will remove some weekend I am working. Maybe this one coming. 

The area that is planted up now is only half of what will be available for planting. Myrtle's perennial sweet pea is behind me so I will wait until that has finished flowering before looking for a more suitable site for it. There is also a cherry blossom beyond that again which I intend keeping. It wasn't a very pleasant day, looking like rain was imminent at any moment. Winds still pretty strong too. It started to drizzle so I headed in. But it didn't amount to much. I didn't bother doing anything else after that.

It really makes me mad having the journal photos cropped!!! As if my garden wasn't small enough!

Surprise, surprise!

25 May 2011 17:43:19
Primula 'beesiana'

Primula 'beesiana'

Don't remember getting this one. It's planted in my Alpine Circle and has just come up. Just googled it. It seems to be an alpine primula called 'beesiana'. If I'm wrong (again) please tell me before I stick a label on it.

Second Sprekelia formosissima

25 May 2011 16:52:39
Second Sprekelia formosissima

Second Sprekelia formosissima

Sprekelia formosissima no. 2 has just opened. This flower reminds me somewhat of an orchid. Although it is a lovely exotic looking flower, I'm not sure I'm too impressed with it. The flower will only last about 4 days. A bit different though!

Fairy Sally - high and dry!

25 May 2011 07:45:51
Fairy Sally - high and dry!

Fairy Sally - high and dry!

This little cutie travelled the width of the country via the postal system last year to adorn a teensy weensy raft that was to float on our latest pond. She was happy to be able to just drift along in calm waters to her hearts content. Unfortunately the raft fell apart at the end of the season so she went into hiding for the winter.

Yesterday she was placed in beside one of my new clematis, and she can now survey all before her, and keep her feet dry too.

 

 

Apprentice gardener

24 May 2011 22:32:59
Apprentice gardener

Apprentice gardener

I am getting on in years!!!!! Fran will vouch for that. I am nearly as old as him.

It looks like I have an apprentice gardener living here. He was checking out the scent of all the flowers in the garden this evening.

Self-seeders

24 May 2011 22:05:12
Self-seeders

Self-seeders

Nature never fails to astound me.  It needs very little human intervention. This is sweet pea that has self-seeded in a big pot beside my Arbour.

Beeing very friendly!

24 May 2011 21:27:49
Beeing very friendly!

Beeing very friendly!

A fair bit of my day today was spent dead-heading Senetti, watering and feeding them. It seems to be a very popular flower for the bees. And it was like being at one with nature today doing that job and the bees still flitting around the flowers. My presence didn't seem to bother them one bit. They feel very furry to the toucH!

The joys of motherhood!

24 May 2011 20:40:45
The joys of motherhood!

The joys of motherhood!

Zoe texted me today wondering what time I would be home. A bird had got caught in the netting around the Upper Pond and kept on attacking her when she tried to free it. However, it made its way out, TG.

When I got home it was like a scene from Alfred Hitchcock's film 'The Birds', with dozens of starlings lined up along the back wall, and the din was unbelievable. Off tomorrow so I poured myself a beverage on the patio. Holly pounced on a young one, so I chased her away from the poor crathur! But I think it was just in shock. I left it to recover and kept Holly indoors for the duration. But the fledgling disappeared in the undergrowth. Couldn't keep Holly indoors forever. When I let her out again, she pounced on the injured bird again but he managed to escape. Flew over the middle pond and fell in, and Holly in her excitement nearly fell in also. I had to fish the fledgling out with the net. And he disappeared once again. I could see Mammy or Daddy waiting in the wings (pardon the pun). Don't know whether he was rescued or not. Hoping for the best. It's tough being a mother! 

We have 'lift off', I think!

24 May 2011 06:19:15
We have 'lift off', I think!

We have 'lift off', I think!

A while back I sowed some seeds of Eccremocarpus (Chiliean Glory Flower) and popped them into the propagator. I waited an age and nothing happened. Unplugged the propagator last week, and decided to chance these in the greenhouse. Well, Holy God, I think they may have germinated. Hope it's not just weed seedlings!

Not so peachy!

23 May 2011 21:16:34
Solitary Peach

Solitary Peach

I have 3  dwarf peach trees in the greenhouse, and for the last three years they have rewarded me without about 3-4 peaches per tree after thinning out. Not great, I hear some of you say, but I hoped that each year they would produce more and more. In early spring there was lots of blossom of all three. But I only have one developing peach. Hmmmm not looking very hopeful. Quite disappointed. I hope they are not on their way out!

Just blew in from the windy city

23 May 2011 19:26:25
Just blew in from the windy city

Just blew in from the windy city

Holy Mother of God! What a day! So busy in work the plants were 'flying off the shelves' - literally. A few near accidents, I got clocked by one or two. I ended up removing everything from top shelves.Coming home I had to swerve on the road to avoid green bins blowing about. Lots of branches everywhere too.

Yesterday I was just mentally praising Foxgloves and how they have managed to stand up to the ferocious gales we have been having of late. Sadly, they are leaning very much horizontal this evening. The greenhouse felt like it was about to take off when I was watering. Ok this can wait!

My poor oul Clematis 'Niobe'  is battered and bruised but luckily the other clematis are all fine. Buxus in terracotta pots were whipped off the concrete seat. Another broken pot. David's little bike was in the Lower Pond and lots of dirt and debris and empty pots also found their way in there. On a more positive note, I think the winds are to abate tonight.

Roses

23 May 2011 06:15:24
Which one?

Which one?

Years ago I would not have even dreamt that there would be roses in my garden. I always end up in shreds. However, this site has opened up my horizons big time. And as a result I am now the proud owner of 7 different roses. This is one my next-door neighbour gave me about 8 years ago when she moved down to Gorey. I don't know its name but it is sumptuous. It has opened today. So rich looking!

Spiraea

22 May 2011 22:38:13
Spiraea 'Magic Carpet'

Spiraea 'Magic Carpet'

Picked this up today after just talking about it to someone this morning. I had to have it. I had one years ago and gave it to a friend as I was bored with it.

But now, with a bit more gardening knowledge, I can see it for what it's worth. It's a fairly low grower, getting to just 180cm, deciduous and has lovely leaf colour with deep pink flowers. Perfect for the front garden.

Taking on a bit of shape!

22 May 2011 21:33:29
Taking on a bit of shape!

Taking on a bit of shape!

Bill's willow stems that he gave me are the basis of my 'Living Sculpture' down by the Upper Pond. It will eventually be fashioned into a willow heron. Today, I started to train the top growth down towards his belly, tied it in at his thigh. Hopefully the growth will then continue underneath his body. Next step will be to bring it up over his back. The growth will continue to thicken and eventually his head will be shaped. Looking forward to seeing the end result, which will just about take 'forever'.  I want this to be a bit of a focal point. Who knows what will or will not happen! But I am definitely getting a bit of a buzz out of this. I have added to my 'Living Sculpture' - The Beginning 20.03.11 Album.

"Honestly, I didn't spend any money!"

22 May 2011 20:26:32
Wisteria frutescens 'Amethyst Falls'

Wisteria frutescens 'Amethyst Falls'

The birds are costing me a small fortune with the feeders being topped up everyday now.

We had money over after getting our new kitchen fitted a few weeks ago. So we went out this morning to get a bit more bits and pieces with the voucher. Bought a glazed mushroom to go into the Bog Bed extension, and another hosta 'Francee', a spiraea 'magic carpet' and a gorgeous Wisteria (€34.30), and Steve was happy to pick up some chisel sets, planer etc.

I spent some time investigating pots that were supposed to have produced some growth by now. A lot of it was actually rotten, so out they went. Took my hanging baskets down before going out and brought them into a sheltered corner up beside my hostas. The wind was absolutely howling around all day with intermittent heavy showers. Potted up my new hosta, and decided to also pot up the new wisteria. The smaller ones that I bought in Aldi last year (a blue and a white) are doing well but are still very small. And at least this new one has flowers that are almost out. I bought some crocosmias 'George Davidson' late in the season last year for about 50c per pot. All mush, and now in the bin. The ones that are in the ground are all doing fine. The water level of the Upper Pond had dropped a good six inches from the wind so kept the hose in it for a good 20 minutes to get the proper level back. Geraldine's sunflowers have been in and out of the greenhouse since she gave them to me. I hope they're not going to flower before I get the chance to plant. I had planted some last Wednesday, but didn't risk all of them. 

I grew some nice pansies from seed 'Black Beauty' so they got planted into the Alpine Circle today. Planting in pots would make them invisible, so they will now look good in the gravel. My Limnanthes have germinated. And poppies are nearly ready for potting on (I sowed late). Was going to dig up and divide primroses, after listening to Monty's advice yesterday. I will do that on my day off during the week and put most of them down in the Bog Bed extension where they will look more natural.

Scrappy kind of day! But no money spent! Happy camper with my wisteria.

Was thinking of you, Fran.....

22 May 2011 19:10:37
Was thinking of you, Fran.....

Was thinking of you, Fran.....

.......when I was tying up my Sanguisorba menziesii 'Burnet' a while ago. :)                

I thought it looked gorgeous hanging over the Upper Pond, with the sun shining through it.

Does anybody want....

22 May 2011 08:22:02
Does anybody want....

Does anybody want....

I bought this Gojiberry, last year or the year before. Potted up as soon as I got it and waited for something positive to happen. ANd waited, and waited...

 Still waiting. But now come on......I can't wait forever. Don't want it any more. It's in need of a feed, and probably a pruning too. There for the taking. I can pass it on when at Bloom on the Saturday.

If not, it's going 'over the wall'.

More white in the garden

22 May 2011 07:07:37
Spiraea nipponica 'Snowmound'

Spiraea nipponica 'Snowmound'

This is another Spiraea I have. Only this one is in the back garden. It is deciduous and has lovely dark green leaves. It's flowering period is just beginning and the difference each day makes is so obvious. It is producing tight clusters of white flowers, each branch being laden down and so creating an arched effect. It has been here for years and is still a manageable 6ft.

Not another bloody lupin!

21 May 2011 22:17:52
Not another bloody lupin!

Not another bloody lupin!

Yes, another one. But this is my favourite colour!

Sizzling Sunset

21 May 2011 21:50:47
Sizzling Sunset

Sizzling Sunset

It has been lashing here since about 4 o'clock. However, it stopped, just to reward me with this gorgeous angry sunset! Lots more rain up there!

For Hosta

21 May 2011 20:51:23
For Hosta

For Hosta

The leaves form a clump just above water level. The flowers are on tall (24inches) bare stems except for two or three leaves half way up.

Pond Grass

21 May 2011 20:31:15
Pond Grass

Pond Grass

When I buy plants for the ponds, I tend not to bother with the labels once I know whether or not they are hardy, except for the ones I actually plan on buying. I planted this one in the Lower Pond last year. This is the first time it has flowered. So there must be biennial pond plants.

Yet another one - Hosta

21 May 2011 19:53:11
Yet another one - Hosta

Yet another one - Hosta

Bought this hosta while in Tesco today. It was labelled 'houseplant'. And unfortunately it's not telling me which one it is. I went into Bowdens Hostas site but none of them seem to match up. I will just enjoy it anyway. They're multiplying!!!

Gardeners World

21 May 2011 18:31:48
Gardeners World

Gardeners World

On now on BBC2. I'm babysitting at the moment, so let's hope David catches a few zzzzzzzzzz's for a while.

Don't believe everything you read.

21 May 2011 16:23:41
Verbascum 'Carribean Crush'

Verbascum 'Carribean Crush'

I bought this verbascum based on its name 'Carribean Crush'. Stupid, I know! This is another one that will have to be moved. It was for my 'hot' border. Just flowering today. And even though it won't go with my vibrant colours in this area, it is very pretty!

I managed to get Alison's knautia (she gave me that ages ago) and all Rachel's seedlings planted and was just about to water when the rain came down. Weather forecast for later is for gales and heavy showers. Batten down the hatches!

On the 'Early Shift'

21 May 2011 08:50:08
On the 'Early Shift'

On the 'Early Shift'

Couldn't believe the amount of bees on my aquilegia at 6.45am. It looks like it's a favourite for them, as well as me! They have good taste!

Ceratostigma

20 May 2011 23:55:47
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides makes a return

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides makes a return

I had this in a pot for years. It only got planted out last year. A herbaceous plant that only gets to about 1ft tall. It has the most gorgeous cobalt blue flowers. It has survived!

 

Meeting half way!

20 May 2011 22:08:23
Here to stay!

Here to stay!

Steve made the pergola, and the year before last I planted Honeysuckle on one of the back posts, and a climbing rose on the other one. Both have done really well. Then last year I added a lovely clematis 'Polish Spirit' to the post at the front. It didn't do much at all last year, only getting to about 3ft, and I had actually been thinking of replacing it with something more reliable. However, just looking at it today I have no choice but to give it a permanent home here. It has put on so much growth this year. The climbing rose 'Paul's Scarlet' and clematis 'Polish Spirit' are almost entwined on the overhead beam. Ah, just as I had hoped. It will be a couple of weeks at least before the clematis will flower. I can wait!

For Ladygardener (and others)

20 May 2011 18:21:46
Mukdenia rossii  ?

Mukdenia rossii ?

Anne, a couple of days ago you asked what was the plant in no. 16 of my May Album. Bill, don't give out to me but there is no label on this one either. I think it is Mukdenia rossii. If I'm wrong, I am sure someone will let me know!

I have added a few more photos to the MAY 2011 Album

No energy!

20 May 2011 17:51:54
Centaurea

Centaurea

I was off today in lieu of the May Bank Holiday. This is the first long weekend I have had this year (Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Wahoo!). I had no definite plans for the garden today so just decided to go with the flow.

Started off by going back to bed for an hour after Steve went out to work. Good start. Still tired when I got up though. Couldn't muster up much energy all day, so I decided to potter about. I watered all my houseplants and fed them. Gave a bit of Leafshine to some.

Sprayed roses for greenfly (lots of them). Must spray for blackspot tomorrow. Planted out the only 2 ricinus that I have and put big canes in place. I can see some flowers coming out on my day lilies and astrantia. I thought that my Camassia had been eaten by slugs, but there it is beginning to flower. A bit on the floppy side so I staked it up.  

Tied up mangetout, and clematis 'Gazelle'. Watered everything outside, and afterwards gave a good few plants a good healthy feed just to boost them a bit. 

Started off tidying up the area behind the greenhouse of all empty pots, and lost interest half way through. But I better go out and do something with them or I will be rounding them up from all corners of the garden tomorrow.

Oh, and Shelser's centaurea has finally flowered.

Mystery Plant Update

20 May 2011 06:07:05
Mystery Plant Update

Mystery Plant Update

I am looking at my mystery plant every day now. Yesterday I noticed some emerging flower buds. Does anybody recognize it yet?

Rockdust for FEVERFEW!

19 May 2011 21:36:39
Rockdust for FEVERFEW!

Rockdust for FEVERFEW!

Evelyn (Feverfew),  you expressed an interest in acquiring Lava Rockdust. Found two tubs of same in our store. There isn't the demand for it these days, so it was reduced from €11.99 to €6.99 to try and clear existing stock. I bought the last two today. So if you are still interested, I can give one of them to you at Bloom. I will keep one for myself on trial.

For those of you watching with interest, Rockdust (volcanic minerals and trace elements) is used to boost soil and compost fertilizer. I will try anything.

WHAT IT SAYS ON THE TIN:

Seer Rockdust is 420 million-year-old Scottish volcanic rock, freshly crushed to release a huge range of minerals and trace elements to 'remineralise' your soil and compost.

HOW DOES SEER ROCKDUST WORK?

It boosts soil fertility to grow bigger, tastier, healthier, organic vegetables and fruit, flowers and lusher lawns. Rockdust is digested by soil fauna, from micro organisms to worms. The worms deposit mineral-rich wormcasts, thus increasing the mineral availability microbial activity and natural fertility of soil. After application it takes time for microbial activity to increase and release nutrients to improve soil fertility. It is not harmful to apply the maximum dose. This will simply achieve a longer-lasting beneficial effect (up to 10 years) on fertility, plant vigour and yield.

You can also add Rockdust to your compost. Sprinkle 3-5 mm onto each layer of green waste to encourage microbial activity, increase temperature, reduce odours, lock in nitrogen and speed up composting process. The end product is cleaner, safer, naturally fertile, mineral rich organic compost.

Another poppy

19 May 2011 20:37:23
Papaver 'Royal Wedding'

Papaver 'Royal Wedding'

I was very tempted today. This one is called 'Royal Wedding', not that that would have any bearing on whether or not I would buy it. But looking at it today, I was sorely tempted. Maybe next week, when I reduce it.

Poppy

19 May 2011 05:36:34
Raindrops on poppy bud

Raindrops on poppy bud

Delighted that Dave's perennial poppy seedling is doing really well for me this year. I only ever had the annual poppies here. Good advice again from Rachel about cutting back the foliage after flowering. Didn't know that. I would have just left it only she mentioned it on Myrtle's journal. Thanks for that, Rachel.

Fran's Euro

18 May 2011 22:46:03
Clematis Niobe

Clematis Niobe

This is what he got for €1. I got it for 'nothing', thanks to Fran. Looking great right now, Fran. Thanks a million.

Callistemon

18 May 2011 22:11:20
Callistemon

Callistemon

I bought this Callistemon citrinus in Homebase a few months ago. I love the bottlebrushes on it. Myrtle commented on how they looked like fibre optic - I totally agree.

Filling up rapidly!

18 May 2011 20:47:07
My favourite aquilegia 'Winky Blue'

My favourite aquilegia 'Winky Blue'

Had a grand morning with Zoe (minus Baby). We went shopping, and went out to breakfast, as is our usual 'thing' on my day off. While there, we also caught up with my sister and her friend. Lovely relaxing morning.

Got stuck into the garden when we had the shopping put away. Time to shift a few things, and make a dent in my 'waiting room'. First off, I dug up my Cynara cardunculus and planted it into the border on the left side of the garden. I think it fits in better there. Hopefully it will 'take' in its new home.

Then time for the Bog Bed Extension that I started last week. Dug up clumps of bluebells and transplanted to this area. Also transplanted  some Arum marmoratum 'pictum' and convallaria. They already look at home. Moved some hellebores into this area, 'hybrid red' being one of them. Planted Heuchera 'Rave On', Tiarella, Hacquetia epipactus, Paris quadrifolia, Polypodium vulgare and 2 other nameless ferns, Pachysandra, Uvularia grandiflora, and lastly Geranium renardii. It's filling up rapidly. Can't put anything else here!!!! I want to leave space for me to be able to weed around everything.

Planted another Potentilla 'fruticosa' into the bed behind this, which will end up mostly shrubs. Things are beginning to take on a more 'planned' look. 

Keeping a close eye on Bruno's Impatiens seedlings. Not seedlings anymore!!!!

Planted out a lot of Cloncaw's sunflowers 'Sungold' behind all my dahlias. Watered them and surrounded them with slug pellets. Also potted on some of my own little ones. Happy with those few bits today.

Hopefully at the weekend, I will be able to plant all Rachels donations. Must do a bit of homework first, though.

Check out Aldi

18 May 2011 07:49:44
Check out Aldi

Check out Aldi

From Thursday 26th May Aldi have nice acers on offer. They are in a 4 litre pot and there are 3 varieties to choose from: Palmatum atropurpurea, 'Orange Dream' (that's the same one I lost over the winter) and 'Sango-Kaku'.

Only €13.99 each!

Gerbera

17 May 2011 23:30:39
Gerbera

Gerbera

I bought this perennial Gerbera last year, not believing for one minute that it was hardy, even though it said so on the pot. Happy to say that today it is showing very positive signs of re-growth. This one has a white flower.

Red, White and Blue!

17 May 2011 23:01:06
Red, White and Blue

Red, White and Blue

Our Garden Centre is famous for getting in the same type of containers and window boxes year after year. This was a Head Office Allocation that came in today to mark the visit of the President of the United States of America. It is basically a white plastic window box, planted with red and blue (actually they're purple) Petunias. I can't believe that someone would actually make these up to sell for the occasion. I suppose they could also double up for the Queen's visit! Talk about lacking imagination with planting schemes! And get this, they are called 'Obama Window Boxes' :)

Cynara cardunculus (Globe Artichoke)

17 May 2011 21:18:47
Cynara cardunculus (Globe Artichoke)

Cynara cardunculus (Globe Artichoke)

It's doing really well, but as usual, I think it is in the wrong place. As far as I can remember, it should grow to about 4 or 5 feet. I wonder is it too late to transplant it. It's really only for its architectural growth that I planted it. I also love the pale grey/green leaves. It makes a nice contrast with the perennial clematis 'Gazelle', which is growing up a tripod of bamboo canes to give some height to this border.

Arisaema

17 May 2011 05:47:30
Arisaema

Arisaema

This is Arisaema speciosum. Don't you just love it. So unusual. Coming along nicely.

Potentilla

16 May 2011 22:42:03
Potentilla

Potentilla

This one is 'Red Ace'. It's fairly new to my garden. Funny, but I think I prefer the unopened flowers as the red and yellow contrast greatly with each other.

Another hardy geranium

16 May 2011 22:12:05
Another hardy geranium

Another hardy geranium

I think Clare (Clara) also gave me this. Correct me if I am wrong. Can someone supply with me with its name please?

What next...

16 May 2011 21:33:14
Pleoine orchid

Pleoine orchid

I bought this Pleoine orchid from Mr. Middletons. It has sprouted. Now, I don't know what to expect. Help from the two site 'Orchid Queens' would be much appreciated!!

Happy as a pig in .....

16 May 2011 21:09:09
Happy as a pig in .....

Happy as a pig in .....

I never win anything. In fact, I haven't won anything since 6th Class when I got 100/100 for my Spelling Test!

 Just opened my post. Bills, bills and more bills. And last but not least a letter from The Irish Garden. Just won a 10-issue subscription to The Irish Garden Magazine. Wahoo!!!!

Not much done

16 May 2011 20:49:30
Hippeastrums watered and fed

Hippeastrums watered and fed

What a windy day. Had to batten down the hatches in the gc.

Did the usual walkabout when I got home and a bit of dead-heading. Watered everything in the greenhouse. Pleoine orchid has come up. Wahoo! Hopefully by Wednesday I will get to plant my second Gloriosa Rothchildiana (Glory Lily).

Watered and fed my Hippeastrums. Spent a bit of time tidying up my new potting area in the garage. Cornflower seeds 'Snowman' that I sowed on Friday night have germinated. Isn't it funny how many spring and summer flowering plants are named with winter in mind, like Spirea 'snowmound', Leucanthemum 'Snowlady' and lots more! Nothing else to report!

Very heavy rain right now and it looks like it's down for the night. It looks just like a Winters evening. So dark. And a bit on the chilly side.

Pulmonaria for Nuala

16 May 2011 06:54:27
Pulmonaria for Nuala

Pulmonaria for Nuala

I bought this pulmonaria 'Pink Haze' recently. However, between one thing and another, it wasn't actually planted until yesterday. Nuala, sorry about the photo. It was beginning to die off and dry out in the pot. That's probably the only reason I planted it out yesterday. It needs a good soak, and we were expecting lots of overnight rain. I don't think that happened. However, this evening, I will tidy up the plant and give it a good feed. Hopefully that will improve its appearance. It's very similar to the ordinary one. But this one has more pink flowers than blue.

Hardy geranium

16 May 2011 06:26:09
Hardy geranium

Hardy geranium

Thanks to the generosity of some wonderful people on this site, I had my first flower from a lovely hardy geranium that Clare (Clara) gave me last year. Do you know which one it is, Clare?

Martin's Silly Bum!

15 May 2011 20:53:03
Martin's Silly Bum!

Martin's Silly Bum!

When we visited Terra Nova a few weeks Martin kindly gave me a lovely fern. A bit prickly, but a fern nonetheless. And I love them all. Today I planted Martin's Silly Bum - oops, sorry. Syllibum. It is now happy with a few other ferns around the Lower Pond. Thanks a million, Martin.

Another Hosta

15 May 2011 20:08:33
Which one?

Which one?

This is not a new one. It was planted in the border by the Lower Pond. And during the week I could see that the slugs and snails had been partying on it. Today I decided to rescue it and potted it up where it joins the others at Hosta Corner so I can keep a check on it. I also teased out a small offset for a 'give-away'! I wonder can anyone tell me which one it is?

Kids - who'd have them!

15 May 2011 18:10:35
Bridgie, did ya hear about yer 'wan!

Bridgie, did ya hear about yer 'wan!

Supposed to be in work today, but due to a family crisis I was off.

Didn't get much done. Weather was ok but my heart wasn't really in it. I did manage to plant my new passiflora 'Constance Elliot' down at a south-facing wall underneath the pergola. Now all I need to do is shift all the waiting plants to yet another spot! 

Planted Pulmonaria 'Pink Haze' which I bought shortly after visiting Gracedieu Lass's garden. And finally got the last of the nerine 'alba' down too.

Oh and I also got my Gloriosa Rothchildiana planted into a huge pot at the post of the Loggia. I am guilty of overplanting again. I already have 2 climbing roses in there, and some Mina lobata. Gloriosa Rothchildiana (or Glory Lily) is supposed to be a spectacular climber, so I am really looking forward to seeing it perform. The only downside is that it will have to come in over the winter. It's funny the effect of just a few jobs has on the brain. My worries were almost non-existent afterwards. Had the pleasure of seeing Monkells again, and her daughter, Rebecca. Pity it was just a flying visit.

That was my lot for the day!

Jubilation!

15 May 2011 11:10:21
Clematis 'Bees Jubilee'

Clematis 'Bees Jubilee'

Bought this clematis two years ago. It has taken all that time to produce its first flower and promises many more to come!

New Purchase

15 May 2011 06:07:26
Passiflora caerulea 'Constance Elliot'

Passiflora caerulea 'Constance Elliot'

Couldn't resist buying a white passiflora yesterday. I know people here have already lost the regular 'caerulea' and I suspect that this one is no less hardy. However, it says differently on Google. Will give it my best shot.

And now....

15 May 2011 03:37:29
And now....

And now....

This is what greeted me when I got home. Beautiful!

This was a seedling that Dave (Chilipepper) gave me last year.

Poppy

15 May 2011 03:36:05
Poppy

Poppy

What a difference a day makes. This is what my perennial poppy looked like yesterday morning before I headed out to work. It almost looks like a teddy bears head with two floppy ears over his eyes, or something...

New Bird

14 May 2011 19:49:25
New Bird

New Bird

I noticed something rummaging in the unergrowth of a display of Senetti at work today. Thought maybe it was a fledgling that had lost its way.  But when I went to have a closer look, it didn't seem at all frightened. I thought then that it might be a pet bird that had escaped. But it's not a budgie, nor a canary, nor a finch. Tried putting out some seed for it to encourage him to come closer, but there were just too many customers wandering around. He is bigger than a wren, but a bit smaller than a tit. Does anyone know what kind of bird this is?

Rhododendron - against all odds

14 May 2011 05:58:26
Rhododendron 'Goldflimmer'

Rhododendron 'Goldflimmer'

I had this rhodo in a pot for years. Then last year I thought I would treat it to a bigger pot. Couldn't pull it out of the old one, so it called for the strength of Superman. However, while being pulled out, it was accidentally snapped and most of the branches were broken off. It then looked like a 'standard'. Hmmm never saw a rhododendron being grown in that fashion before. It is fine.

A couple of weeks ago, while making a start on the front garden, I thought he would look lovely planted beside my 3 witch hazels. And since I was adding lots of ericaceous compost to the garden soil, I thought why not plant the rhodo there too. Lots of new growth on him since then, and 'lo and behold, he's now flowering. Mother Nature at her best again!

Sprekelia - 2nd time round!

14 May 2011 05:36:34
2nd Sprekelia

2nd Sprekelia

Last week my new Sprekelia surprised me by producing a flower - a very exotic looking one too. The flower came out so quickly. No leaves appeared.

The 2nd one I have here has had a few small leaves for a couple of weeks and was beginning to think it was a dud. However, I am just in from the greenhouse. Look what I can see.....leaves, and now a flower bud is being produced. Wahoo! Now all I have to do is find out how to overwinter it safely!

What a gorgeous morning it is out there. Pity the forecast says differently for later!

Salvia

13 May 2011 22:24:40
S. 'New Dimension Blue'

S. 'New Dimension Blue'

This is a new addition to the Shady/now with added Sun Border. Just standing back and having a proper look at this area this evening. Suddenly realized that this border is becoming quite white and blue (my two fave colours).

This is Salvia 'New Dimension Blue'.

Clangers! Oops. Clingers!

13 May 2011 21:51:01
Clangers! Oops. Clingers!

Clangers! Oops. Clingers!

Love the way this needs no help from me.

Aquilegia 'Clementine White'

13 May 2011 20:44:23
Aquilegia 'Clementine White'

Aquilegia 'Clementine White'

Loved this one so much last Sunday in Birr that I just had to have it. And of course, when I got home, I realized that it's growing in my garden, having bought it a few weeks ago. Funny how you get 'tunnel vision' as regards taste in flowers and plants. However, it certainly won't go to waste. I will plant it beside the one I already have. Will make a better display.

Sowed some lovely cornflowers this evening 'snowman' (yes, white), thanks to the freebies from Amateur Gardening. Looking forward to these!!!

Houseplants

13 May 2011 19:52:05
Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis

With the horrific showers all day, I didn't feel like getting another wetting when I got home. Everything in the garden can wait till some other day.

Have a free house, wahoo! Spent the last hour watering houseplants. Dribbles of water and bits of compost all over the place and nobody to moan at me. And my Mother's Day pressie got a good dose of rainwater - let's face it, we have had plenty in the last 24hours. Happy to reveal that it is still alive and kicking! I don't have a good reputation with orchids!

Customer has just been and collected all 12 containers. Delighted with the display, and even more delighted with the price. She actually paid me more than I had asked. Hopefully word of mouth will pay off. Money in my pocket for more plants tomorrow. Hee hee!

My little helper

13 May 2011 07:10:32
My little helper

My little helper

Ooops! It's getting to the stage that I won't be able to do any gardening when my grandson is around. He cried and cried from inside the patio doors when I went out armed with my trowel, without him, yesterday. Of course, he got his own way in the end and was allowed out to join me. Looks like he wants to dig up all the grass. Fire away, little man - maybe when he's big enough!!!!

A couple of bargains

13 May 2011 06:12:52
Phlox subulata 'McDaniel's Cushion'

Phlox subulata 'McDaniel's Cushion'

We have small alpines selling for €2.50 here. They are selling very slowly, so today I reduced them from €2.50 to 50c. Picked up this nice little phlox for the Alpine Circle. And also an Erysimum from €7.99 to 50c ('Rysi Gold').

Got home yesterday and planted out the last dahlia 'willie willie' and the last of the Tigridia. I am feeling a weight off my shoulders now as most things have been planted out. Dahlia bed is going to look gorgeous (i hope) and they will be teamed up with a lot of sunflowers thanks to free seeds from Amateur Gardening (Earth Walker) and lots from Geraldine 'Sungold'. 

Clematis 'Bees Jubilee'

12 May 2011 20:33:24
going to open finally!

going to open finally!

I planted this up one of the posts of the Loggia 2 years ago. And saw no more. Earlier this year I noticed some welcome growth. Unlike Linda's clematis, this one was not subjected to any neglect or lawnmowers. However, it still did nothing for me. I did think it may not be a suitable place for planting it, as it is on the North-facing side of the garden. And its flowers were never going to get any sun, unless it grew a bit. Looks like it will be open by tomorrow. Worth waiting for. Will post a better photo then, hopefully. Over the moon that it has decided to put in an appearance finally!

Another Fern

12 May 2011 20:17:03
Dryopteris filix-mas 'Crispa Cristata'

Dryopteris filix-mas 'Crispa Cristata'

I seem to love any ferns that I ever come across. This is planted beside the one I was trying to ID this morning. It's called dryopteris - filix-mas 'Crispa Cristata'. More densely packed than the one earlier.

What is this, please!

12 May 2011 05:58:02
What is this, please!

What is this, please!

Have this planted down at ground level just beside the Upper Pond. I love its sparkly foliage, almost like raindrops. Can anyone tell me this ferns name please?

Presidential election

11 May 2011 23:18:34
Clematis 'The President'

Clematis 'The President'

In my opinion, 'The President' is one of the nicest clematis. All those in favour, say 'Aye'.

Callistemon

11 May 2011 22:00:02
Callistemon

Callistemon

This flowered today - Callistemon citrinus

God Bless Greenhouses!

11 May 2011 21:42:26
God Bless Greenhouses!

God Bless Greenhouses!

My boots were covered in mud all day with the torrential showers we had here. I am thanking my lucky stars I had a greenhouse to shelter from the heavy showers today, as my boots were covered in thick muck and got fed up traipsing mud all over the house. I have a fold-up chair in there for such occasions. Must get electricity so I can have the odd cuppa.

'Wilderness', be gone!

11 May 2011 18:17:56
Before the work

Before the work

Didn't do the usual 'shop' today so no temptations in Aldi. I have more than enough here for now. Wahoo, 3 days now without buying any plants!

I didn't get out to the garden until about 12.30 today. Got stuck into the 'wilderness' immediately. Fed up calling this by that name. I want it 'tamed' now, forever. But there is a huge dead bamboo in a big pot at the very back and that had to get the chop first. I can re-use the canes in the garden. Now that has been done, the junction box that houses all the electrics for the garden is in full view.Will think about that some other time.

Dug the whole area. Weeded it thoroughly. Back-breaking work, so I ended up doing it sitting down. And sifting the soil through my hands so I didn't miss any weeds. I have no intentions of doing this again in a hurry. I moved the Laburnum which I wrongly planted into the greenhouse border at the back, and also moved the tree peony to the left of it. Maybe it's the wrong time. But they won't die. Just a bit of a set-back for them. Dug up Helleborus argutifolium from shady border and planted it here. Then moved arisarum proboscideum to a more suitable location. Moved other hellebores to grow beside their sister.

Stuck with the gunnera manicata so I might as well get used to it. Rachels primula florindaes were planted into this area too, with a few other primroses and a Heliopsis that I bought on Sunday. Also planted Podophyllum peltata, and Cautleya spicata that I bought from Deborah on Sunday. Also transplanted Leucojum from the greenhouse border 'in the green' so I can label them some time soon. Can't really do much more with this area for now as there is perennial sweet pea back further, growing up a metal obelisk. Will leave that to tackle for another day. Tough work, and constant heavy showers saw that it took way longer than I had originally planned. Covered the whole lot with bark chip. Gave everything a good watering, especially the tree peony and Laburnum to settle them in. And then it lashed rain!! Delighted with the progress I made today. Back is killing me, and the back of my thighs. Better workout than any gym!

Colouring up nicely!

11 May 2011 06:37:33
Colouring up now!

Colouring up now!

My first foxglove is open today, and a few more to come. Isn't it brill to see all the colour being injected back into our gardens after such a long and miserable winter. Oooh it just does your heart good!

Arenaria

10 May 2011 22:45:50
Arenaria montana 'Blizzard'

Arenaria montana 'Blizzard'

This is growing in a pot since last summer. A good little evergreen, and now with numerous sparkling white flowers.

Geranium renardii

10 May 2011 21:57:05
Geranium renardii

Geranium renardii

I bought this at the Terra Nova stall on Sunday. It has thick felt-like leaves. And white flowers with purple veins. With a bit of luck, I will find the right spot for it tomorrow.

I need your honest opinion

10 May 2011 20:54:29
I need your honest opinion

I need your honest opinion

A customer came in today asking me to pot up some planters for her. She bought the compost, and plants. She has 12 containers for me to plant up. The smallest is 12 inches in diameter. How much should I charge her per container. I was thinking of a fiver each. That brings the total cost for my labour to €120 (well within her budget). Is that a bit steep? 

All done, and the rain now is settling them in.

Peony rose

10 May 2011 20:36:21
Peony Rose

Peony Rose

A friend gave me this one about 8 years ago. As I didn't have space at the time, I promptly plonked it into a pot where it lived for 6 years. I loved this one, with its huge blousy flowers. Someone told me peonies don't like disturbances. So I made sure it was the right place before planting it in the 'wildernes'. With my new area opened to me last weekend, I feel another disturbance coming on. Today it has rewarded me with its first huge flower this year (it has flowered every year even though it was in the pot). I reckon it should stay put for a while. Lovin' it so much!!!!

Sorry to bore ye all

10 May 2011 20:14:52
Sorry to bore ye all

Sorry to bore ye all

Hosta, I was nearly convinced, after your suggestion, that indeed it is sanguisorbia. However, just went down to pick a leaf of both. Very different as you can see.

Sanguisorbia on the left - mystery plant on the right.

Margaret, I have never seen this plant before, so I don't know if it flowers. It's very soft (almost fern-like) and herbaceous.

Close-up

10 May 2011 07:01:11
???

???

This is a close-up of my unidentified plant. Really bugging me that I don't know what it is. I'm improving on the labelling front this year.

Snap Happy!

10 May 2011 06:12:11
All better

All better

After sending my camera for a swim in the middle pond on Saturday, I ended up taking it apart, battery, memory card and leaving the camera upturned to allow any water to drip. It has worked a treat. All better now and in perfect working order, phew! This is a great little camera for catching detail on a close-up photo (Sony Cyber-shot 10.1 mega pixels). My spare camera has a terrific zoom lens, but loses quite a lot of the sharp detail with close-ups.

Still in the dark!

09 May 2011 22:20:54
Still in the dark!

Still in the dark!

 I posted a journal on this plant a few weeks ago. Yesterday I saw a plant on one of the stalls identical to my plant which is planted in my greenhouse border. Picked up the pot - no name. I guess something else distracted me so I never got the opportunity to ask the stall holder what it was. Can't even remember what nursery they were. Still waiting to find its identity!

Delighted with this

09 May 2011 21:58:57
Baby Primula vialii

Baby Primula vialii

This is another self-seeder. Isn't it great to see what appears with no effort from us. This has self-seeded in my Alpine Circle. It seems to be turning into a Primula Circle now....

What is this, please?

09 May 2011 21:19:42
What is this, please?

What is this, please?

I have this growing in the greenhouse border. It only measures about 8-10 inches tall. Not sure what it is. Help please?

Monday 9th May

09 May 2011 19:47:46
Jack's lily (last one)

Jack's lily (last one)

What a miserable day here. Very gusty and torrential showers on and off all day. Although it did manage to brighten up a bit as the day progressed.

Watered everything in the greenhouse when I got home. Decided to plant Geraldine's Zinnia seedlings. I'm taking the chance that they don't need hardening off at this stage. My main concern would be those strong winds but they look tough. 

Now, I am hoping that Monkells will have plenty of space in her garden for a few sunflowers. 

Two years ago, I was admiring Jack17's beautiful lilies in his garden. Then shortly after that, in he arrives to the garden centre with a bag of surplus bulbs. I planted them and forgot about them. And as the season progressed, and I planted more plants, I accidentally spliced through the bulbs as they were planted 'unmarked'. Obviously nothing happened with them that year. The same thing happened last year. So whatever was left in the ground was dug up and potted for safe-keeping. Delighted to see this last one doing really well now. It was planted this evening. Don't hear much from Jack these days. But I was honoured that he took the trouble to share them with me. Jack, if you're reading this, thank you so much. I will have a lovely memory of you in my garden for as long as this one lasts. 

Lidl

09 May 2011 07:11:18
Lidl

Lidl

From 12th May Lidl are offering this lovely Wisteria for €24.99. Bit pricey, but it might just be worth it.

Filling up quickly

09 May 2011 06:11:43
Sunflower 'Sungold' Thanks, Geraldine!

Sunflower 'Sungold' Thanks, Geraldine!

Space in my borders is becoming tighter and tighter by the day. Last week, there were no plans to have sunflowers in my garden for the summer. Then thanks to Amateur Gardening, I sowed a packet which they were giving free.

Yesterday, after Birr, I potted on all of Cloncaw's sunflower seedlings. I just popped the cubes of compost into bigger pots, and at least 3 or 4 sunflower seedlings in each. I decided that they would be best left together as it might make planting out a bit easier when looking for valuable space. It looks like I might even have more sunflowers than grass this year. Ha ha suits me fine. After emptying the greenhouse on Saturday, it is now full again.  Things can be hardened off, starting today. Now let's see where I'm going to put them. :)

Hold on to your hats!

08 May 2011 20:03:58
Thanks for a great day, everybody!

Thanks for a great day, everybody!

Great day had by all at Birr Castle, Co. Offaly for the Rare Plant Fair. Those who managed to attend were Orchid, Yellow Rose, Cloncaw and her friend Kate, who has promised to set up her own profile on this site, Liga, Rachel, Fintan, Violeta, Ingrida, Keego, Hazel and her nephew, Fran, and myself. Krista was also there but I didn't get a chance to chat with her.

Good selection of stalls but I felt so sorry for the poor plants. They were being blown to Kingdom Come with fierce gusts. Great to meet everyone again and have a bit of banter and slagging. Everyone very curious of each others purchases. And Liga and myself arguing over who got the best plant. I was a lady (for once!!!) and let her take her pick first. I bought a few little bits, but most of them were from the Terra Nova stall. Not too many rare plants overall, but this was yet another occasion for cementing friendships even further. I really enjoyed the day and many thanks to Fran for coming over to collect me this morning. 

The plants I managed to pick up were Heliopsis, Geum 'Leonards' variety', Uvularia grandiflora, Aquilegia 'Clementine White' and discovered I have it already, Cautleya spicata, Hacquetia epepactis, Canna 'Valentine', Geranium renardii, Dracunculus canariensis, Arisaema intermedia, Arisaema speciosum and Arisaema costatum.

Got a geansai load of seedlings from Rachel and Geraldine. Got busy potting on Geraldine's sunflowers when I got home. I have just managed to empty the greenhouse only to fill it up again!  Will start to harden off all seedlings for the next week and then plant them out. Rachel and Geraldine, thanks a mill. I owe you! Deborah and Martin had a great selection of much sought-after rarities. Hope the day was a complete succes for you both. Everybody else, thanks for a great day! Looking forward to the next. And I probably won't be buying any more plants for a long, long time. :) Happy Camper.

 

 

Self seeders

08 May 2011 07:12:15
Self seeders

Self seeders

can sometimes be a nuisance. Especially when they are Rat-tail Radishes that I had growing in their hundreds last year in the greenhouse border.  I just reefed them out now, before they get the chance to sef-seed again!

All rosey in the garden today!

08 May 2011 06:04:35
R. 'Paul's Scarlet'

R. 'Paul's Scarlet'

My first rose has just opened.

Fremontodendron 'californica'

07 May 2011 23:01:31
Fremontodendron 'californica'

Fremontodendron 'californica'

has opened today. And so many more flowers coming! Great to have such a hardy beauty!

Little bits today

07 May 2011 22:20:36
Primula bulleyana in Bog Bed

Primula bulleyana in Bog Bed

Accomplished lots today, although they were just small jobs. Edged the grass along pathways leading down to the 'wilderness bed' (yes, it's a wilderness once again). Spent time sweeping muck and dirt away and bagging it. Tidied up lots. Weeded, and weeded, and weeded. Noticed little baby Primula 'vialii' coming up in the Alpine Circle. Would put up a photo, only it's on the camera that went for a swim!

Got a few more things planted. All sunflowers have germinated so they are already in the greenhouse. Weeded the gravel area under the pergola. Planted Crinum powelii into the greenhouse border. Hope this is not too soon. Have to admit, the garden is looking pretty ok for this time of year. Concrete needs to be power washed and furniture needs to be painted. But for some reason, this year it doesn't bother me. Talk about getting 'laid back' in my old age!

New area

07 May 2011 21:22:03
Opening up a whole new area!

Opening up a whole new area!

My stipa gigantea was taking up too much space. It earned its keep pretty well over the last few years as it formed the backdrop to the Bog Bed, together with a huge gunnera, which is growing rapidly.  I have tried to kill my gunnera numerous times to no avail. I think I'm stuck with it. So I might as well get used to it.

Steve is working all weekend, but today he came home in between jobs and managed to dig up the stipa for me. It saved my back! Can't believe the space now. It has opened up a whole new area for me. Birr, here we come!!!  :)

Monica, it's in the bag, whenever you want it.

Ball of fire

07 May 2011 20:56:41
Ball of fire

Ball of fire

Wow! Did you see that sunset? The sky was on fire. And it was lashing rain at the same time. Spooky!!!

Bright and perky

07 May 2011 20:24:45
Sprekelia formosissima

Sprekelia formosissima

My first Sprekelia ever opened very reluctantly yesterday. The flower (which I though was leaves coming up) shot up a bit and immediately hung itself over the pot. Well, why did I bother growing that!

Slowly but surely the flower raised itself, but I took no chances and put a small stake to help it on its way. Gotta say he's looking quite dashing this evening. But I think I may have planted it a bit too deep in its pot.

So stupid!

07 May 2011 19:51:59
So stupid!

So stupid!

I was sitting on the edge of the pond removing a lot of weed and noticed that my fleece was dipping into the water. Camera in pocket. Oops! It is drying out as we speak. Not looking too good.

Luckily I have a second camera for tomorrow, though!

It's starting......

07 May 2011 07:32:11
Iris sibirica

Iris sibirica

Just in from the garden. My greenhouse border is split up into 2 areas, one merging into the other. The far end is concentrated with pinks, blues, lilacs and whites then becomes hotter as you approach the patio area. Perisicaria that Rachel gave me last year is in flower today. Lots of new growth on Galtonia candicans, Hibiscus and Zantedeschia, and a recently acquired iris has opened too. Lots of decent rain overnight. I am already seeing the benefits. Things are just bursting to get out of their winter confinement. Oooh. It's starting all over again. Can't wait!

My only Azalea

06 May 2011 23:25:01
My only Azalea

My only Azalea

This was bought originally as a houseplant when I worked in Homebase years ago. When things didn't sell within a given timeframe, they were automatically reduced to 15c. That's what I paid for it.

I hardened it off and planted it in the nearest empty space with a good dollop of ericaceous compost added. But over the years, I added plants to that area. And eventually it became pretty invisible to anybody who didn't actually know it was there. I never feed it, or prune it. Nor do I ever top it up with more ericaceous compost. It is in an area that gets plenty of leaf fall, so that works a treat for it. Haven't a clue which one it is. I just know that today, it was shining like a precious jewel. Might get some more!!!

Arisaema speciosa

06 May 2011 23:07:02
Arisaema speciosa

Arisaema speciosa

This got potted up today. I don't want it to be turning its back on me if I plant it in the Bog Bed. It has deep reddish coloured spathes with white stripes. I would say it has gained at least half the growth it had the day I got it - only 3 weeks ago. Can't wait for this one!

Help my Voodoo Lily

06 May 2011 22:07:39
Help my Voodoo Lily

Help my Voodoo Lily

It's leaning over more every day. By tomorrow, it may be lying flat on the ground. Deborah, should I stake it up?

Going up in the world!

06 May 2011 21:54:16
Going up in the world!

Going up in the world!

It was time I got my ever-growing collection of Hostas under control. The passage way out the patio doors was becoming quite blocked. So I decided to move an unused patio table over and hoist a few of them up on a pedestal. I think it has added a rather tranquil feeling to this area.

Today

06 May 2011 21:01:19
Abutilon megapotalum 'variegata'

Abutilon megapotalum 'variegata'

Showery day but not enough to wet anything. Off today with a bad back so decided to do very little strenuous stuff in the garden. First off, I was delighted to see my Sprekelia open, even though it had a haphazard start. It's looking much perkier this evening and seems to be growing before my very eyes. Delighted with that, as this is my first time trying anything so different.

Top-dressed all pots after weeding the surface compost. Nice and neat looking now. Did a bit of weeding in the border, sitting down. Shifted a few pots around and discarded any half-arsed looking hangers-on.  Spent a bit of time writing out labels while I was in the mood. Planted out my marigolds, Clare's cornflowers and some Pyrethrum. All surrounded by pellets. Also planted a Nerine alba that I got from Lanzarote Flora while on holidays over there in October. I potted it up as soon as we came home. It's not looking any different to the freshly potted ones. Tidied up the bench that Steve made and am storing empty pots underneath for easy access.

I bought a clematis cirrhosa recently, 'Wisley Cream' and decided to plant it into a zinc container for now with bamboo canes, until I find a home for it. Also planted Arisaema speciosum into a planter. It's putting on such rapid growth. Sunflowers that I sowed on Wednesday evening have germinated. They are now in the greenhouse.

I gave my Abutilon megapotalum a bit of a trim so there would be less to spray. It was covered in whitefly. But I covered everything else in the greenhouse first. Potted on my Ricinus so they should start putting on lots more growth.

 

Sprekelia

06 May 2011 15:31:51
Early developer

Early developer

I never even heard of Sprekelia until this year. I potted up loads of things way back in Feb/Mar. Didn't really know what to expect from this one. Rachel remarked that she only ever got leaves on hers. I got so excited a few weeks back when I saw some life above compost level. As soon as it appeared, in it went to the greenhouse. Good God, something weird is happening with it. It wasn't like that this morning. I was expecting leaves first. This is a blinkin' flower. And I never even got the chance  to plant it. What do you think of my clashing pot?  :)

I have just inserted a small stake very gently and tied it up. It's leaning over precariously and I'm terrified it will snap!

Another survivor

06 May 2011 08:38:08
Bargain Abutilon

Bargain Abutilon

I got this Abutilon last year at the end of its season for just €2. Happy to say it is flowering today. Lots more flowers on the way too.

My gorgeous Abutilon megapetalum is still flowering. I bought it last September in Mount Venus in full flower. It was overwintered in my unheated greenhouse. It has been flowering non-stop since buying it. Just in the greenhouse now and taking a closer look at things, now that there is finally a bit of space to move around. It is covered in whitefly. The pot is too big for me to lift out into the garden - it needs to be sprayed but I don't want my little tomato plants getting the full force of the spray so this will have to wait until Steve comes home. I was also wondering if it would be ok for me to cut it back a little bit.  I'm off today with a dodgy back so I plan on taking things nice and easy.

Amateur Gardening

05 May 2011 22:44:44
This years sunflowers 'Earth Walker'

This years sunflowers 'Earth Walker'

You all probably know I buy the weekly publication of Amateur Gardening. They are great at giving free seeds with most issues during the summer months. Only the other day I thought to myself that this was going to be the first year in a long long time that I didn't have sunflowers in my garden. Then I went into the supermarket that day and right on cue I saw it on the shelves. And free sunflower seeds. Wahoo. In the propagator as we speak.

Suitable plant

05 May 2011 22:02:36
Suitable plant

Suitable plant

I have had an ornamental apple in this pot for a couple of years now. Yesterday, I uprooted the apple and planted it into another plainer pot. I am keeping this one for something more exotic to place near my 'hot' border. I was thinking of maybe a canna. But if anyone can think of something more unusual, and 'hot', please don't hesitate.....

Thees ees all mine!

05 May 2011 21:33:40
Dicksonia antarctica

Dicksonia antarctica

I swore I would never get another tree fern (Dicksonia antarctica) after losing my only one which I paid €60 for. However, they came in the other day on a delivery. I did mention that they were about 2ft. I was mistaken. I was looking at a Phoenix robellini at the time and got a bit excited seeing the tree ferns too. The trunk of this is only about 8 inches. You may laugh! I did when I actually saw them today. However, I thought that they were still a good price at €30. And it's small enough to stay in a pot for a while and take it into the garage over the winter. Happy camper!

New Hosta

05 May 2011 21:01:37
H. 'Twilight'

H. 'Twilight'

Couldn't resist this one today. Is this becoming a 'collection' or an obsession?

Voodoo lily

05 May 2011 20:51:04
I wanna go home!

I wanna go home!

"Oi!, What's goin' on 'ere?" It looks like my voodoo lily (soromatum venosum) wants to go back home.....

Why is he leaning to one side so much - like the Leaning Tower of Pisa?

Good morning, Clare.

05 May 2011 06:54:02
Good morning, Clare.

Good morning, Clare.

Hi Clare. You gave me two lots of seedlings when we met up at Terra Nova. One was Cosmos, what was the other?

Lambs Tails

05 May 2011 06:09:22
Lambs Tails

Lambs Tails

I have this growing in the ALpine Circle. It's doing very well this year. I tried to come up with the latin name of this plant. Last year someone suggested it was Chiastophyllum oppositifolium. However, on googling this name, I am now of the opinion that this is not correct. The one suggested seems to be a far more robust grower and much bigger. Any suggestions? Mine only gets to the height of about 4-5 inches.

What's this, please?

04 May 2011 22:00:37
What's this, please?

What's this, please?

Only one label in the ground near this plant that says Incarvillea delevayi but it's too far away to belong to the plant in the photo. Any ideas?

New woodland/bog area

04 May 2011 21:30:29
Acer palmatum 'ribesfolium'

Acer palmatum 'ribesfolium'

Last year Steve built a retaining wall behind the pond to give me a mini Bog area. It worked a treat. But at this stage, I need more space. He doesn't want to knock the wall down, but there is an area behind the bed that I can use for further woodlandish/bog planting if I can manage to dig up this stipa gigantea for Monkells. I have 3 nice acers that can be planted here. One of them is Acer palmatum 'ribesfolium' in the photo. It's a bit different to the average acer in that it is quite upright in growth habit. I only got this last year and absolutely love it.

The benefits of sleep

04 May 2011 20:35:37
C. 'Miss Bateman'

C. 'Miss Bateman'

Got back from Kims house after the fry and was so full and sluggish that I went up to bed. And actually slept for an hour and a half. Woke up with a start not knowing where I was or what day of the week it was. Gathered myself, and got the gardening gear on. Not wasting my day off.

Got a lot of itsy bitsy jobs done like planting out seedlings of Terra Nova Dahlias, Cobaea scandens, Clare's Cosmos seedlings, and my own 'Candy Stripe', and the new Salvia I bought the other day and 2 small pots of Hordeum jubatum (have I spelt that correctly?)  Earthed up the spuds again. Made up 2 hanging baskets and a big container. Also replanted up the 'Face' planter that had a Carex in it last year. It's time for a new hairdo for him so I planted some trailing plants into it.  My Babiana are finally in the ground now. Thinned out Bruno's impatiens seedlings. They are looking really healthy!!!!  Pulled all the weeds from the Alpine Circle and dead-headed the primroses. Also got the weeds in potted apples under control. And top-dressed with fresh compost to make them  look 'cared for'. Dismantled the hanging baskets from the winter and am re-using the trailing thyme back into the area of pots around the greenhouse with other herbs. I just adore the scent.  My clematis 'Miss Bateman' opened today. It scrambles through a lovely pond grass for which I have no name.

Then I got a start on 'the fernery' at the Lower Pond. Oooh. that sounds right posh!  Planted just a couple, but my back was beginning to give me a bit of bother. That was that. Then everything got a mighty watering. It now looks as if it is about to rain!!!!

Family visit

04 May 2011 19:57:47
My babies

My babies

My daughter and her fiance moved into a new/different house. Kim didn't like being stuck in an apartment with no garden!!!!  Ha ha there's hope for her yet. Unfortunately though they are only renting so doesn't want to do anything to the totally overgrown garden. Myself, Zoe and little David went to visit her this morning after we did the shopping. I was dead impressed with the lovely clematis running along the clothes line. It might make me put one up along the garden purely for that effect!

We were treated to a big fry-up. Actually I only really wanted to go and visit her because Zoe told me that Kim got her hair dyed a hideous colour! :)

Dicksonia antarctica

04 May 2011 08:09:21
Web photo

Web photo

A delivery came in yesterday shortly before I clocked out. On it are some small tree ferns (Dicksonia antarctiva). I lost one over the winter and I am really missing it's visual effect in the Bog Bed. The ones that came in are about 2ft and priced at €30. Was wondering how long it could be kept in a pot? I could then take it into the house for the winter to ensure its' survival. Yes - No?

New Pond Plant

04 May 2011 07:03:51
New Pond Plant

New Pond Plant

I discovered this little plant in the Lower Pond yesterday. I never put it there and I don't know what it is. It looks like a Forget-me-not, but it's a much taller and stiffer plant. Pretty little thing! Not sure if it would become invasive though. All advice will be taken on board!

Another new flower today

03 May 2011 22:48:20
Another new flower today

Another new flower today

Never had a pink Aquilegia before!!!

Ribbit, ribbit!

03 May 2011 22:15:11
Ribbit, ribbit!

Ribbit, ribbit!

Fran posted a journal earlier on garden ornaments.

Recently I have been nurturing a bit of an obsession with frogs. I have about 4 in the greenhouse border. And added another today. I have been using my grandson as an excuse for these additions saying he needs mental stimulation in the garden. But secretly, they are for me. And I have a gazillion culchie tadpoles in the wildlife pond awaiting their legs. I love the cheeky look in this guy's face!

Room with a view

03 May 2011 21:45:10
Room with a view

Room with a view

I sit here at the dining table after dinner each evening with the computer. Lovely to see the last of the sun. Steve made the loggia, what, 2 years ago. And I have honeysuckle and jasmine and clematis growing up the left hand post. As you can see, it is all providing me with a bit of shade from the otherwise glaring sun as it sinks to prepare for another day. Looking forward to seeing the honeysuckle and jasmine flowering its socks off yet again this year. It just gets better and better!

Cannas

03 May 2011 20:43:21
Cannas

Cannas

I have 4 pots which supposedly contain cannas from last year. I have been waiting for some sign of life from them. Nothing! Nada! Niente.! Decided to investigate this evening. I emptied the contents of one out and peeled away all the compost. Gungey, gooey slime. Ok. A non-runner. Emptied all the old compost into the border. Second pot brought a glimmer of hope! Nice crispy shiny rhizomes (or whatever you call them).  Did two other pots. Same result. Wahoo! We have a 'go' situation here. Cleaned off all the old compost and potted them up into new fresh stuff. They will be going into the propagator as soon as there is room.

Giveaway!

03 May 2011 07:06:16
Stipa gigantea up for grabs

Stipa gigantea up for grabs

I have a big Stipa gigantea here that I no longer have a use for. I hope to dig this one up before the weekend. It's quite big, so I may have to call in Steve's help. It's too good to throw over the back wall. Does anyone want it? I am hoping to be in Birr on Sunday, so could hand it over if all goes to plan and I don't break my back getting it up!

Poppies

03 May 2011 06:36:59
Dave's Poppies

Dave's Poppies

Looking forward to these oriental poppies (seedlings that Chilipepper kindly gave me last year) bursting into bloom any day. You see? I don't kill eveything!  :)

There's life in my 'Willie Willie'

02 May 2011 22:29:15
Life in my 'Willie Willie'

Life in my 'Willie Willie'

I bought lots of dahlias at the last get-together. I planted most of them out on my last day off. In desparation, I popped a couple more into the propagator to try and 'kick-start' them. My dahlia 'Willie Willie' (funny name) has just popped up! Hopefully it will go into the greenhouse on Wednesday. Looking forward to a few 'different' dahlias this year. How did I ever manage without the propagator!

Bloody Vultures!

02 May 2011 21:52:15
Gran, they've eaten all the food!

Gran, they've eaten all the food!

Can't believe how much the birds are eating these days. I fill the bird feeders every day. But I suppose it's time for all the chicks to fatten up before another harsh winter. Putting out mixed seeds, and today I gave them a treat of Mealworms. They adore them. Pity the pigeons eat so much of it, though.

Another new flower

02 May 2011 21:40:14
Lewisia

Lewisia

Today seems to have been a great day for new flowers in my garden. Lewisia, in my Alpine Circle showed its' face. Gosh, it does your heart good!

Thanks, Fran

02 May 2011 21:12:43
Thanks, Fran

Thanks, Fran

This is one of Fran's 'bargain clematis'. Planted in a big pot on the patio with Morning Glory seedlings, and nasturtiums, to extend the flowering season. Fran's clematis (Niobe) opened up today.

A big Presidential welcome

02 May 2011 20:46:26
Clematis 'The President'

Clematis 'The President'

Have been watching this daily in anticipation. Finally.......

 

Totally smitten

02 May 2011 20:14:14
Regal pelargonium

Regal pelargonium

Such a wild and windy day. Had to tie up all fruit trees in gc as they were blowing over every 5 minutes.  A mad day again today. So happy to get home. Did the usual watering. Everything was bone dry because of those high winds (hope that wind had no adverse effect on seedlings that are being hardened off at the moment). No energy to do much except plant my new Iris by the pond. Looking forward to watching this.

I am not normally taken with regal pelargoniums. I used to think they were too 'girlie' and that the leaves looked really flimsy. But things seem to be different this year with me. Bought one two weeks ago. And was absolutely gob-smacked when these came in today. Couldn't resist. Bought 3 big ones €3.99 and planted them when I got home. The colours are the reverse of the ones I bought 2 weeks ago. Only I didn't realize it until I got home. But the two containers would really compliment each other if they were placed side by side. 

Aquilegia

02 May 2011 07:41:49
Aquilegia

Aquilegia

Never saw this Aquilegia in my garden before. Hmmm. I'm likin' it a lot!

A rat in my 'hot' border

02 May 2011 06:24:01
Rat-tailed radishes - or something else?

Rat-tailed radishes - or something else?

Last year I did a lot more 'edible' in the garden, but I found I didn't have enough time to look after them as much as I should. Amongst the edibles were some pretty unusual crops, seeds donated by Chilipepper. One of them was the 'Rat-tailed Radishes'. And what a bumper crop they produced. But I found that there was such a glut of an unknown veg. And I really didn't know how to prepare and eat, or didn't know what to accompany them with. They just kept on coming. Yesterday, I noticed something strange in the same 'hot' border. And they look suspiciously like 'Rat-tailed Radishes' to me. Hopefully I'm wrong, as I never want to see them again! If one of you can identify this, feel free - and thanks in advance.

You learn something new every day!

01 May 2011 22:28:01
You learn something new every day!

You learn something new every day!

Just flicking through the Irish Garden magazine today on my lunch hour. And noticed a small piece about vine weevils.

"Vine weevil larvae become active this month and can be a serious pest of pots in which no garden soil has been mixed."

 Never heard that one before!

Screen image

01 May 2011 21:14:14
Cobaea scandens

Cobaea scandens

I have been trying to change my Screen Image for the last two days. But to no avail. What's happening. Craig? It defintely won't let me use any photos I have downloaded from the net. But it also won't let me use photos that I have taken myself. Annoying! So I am stuck with that lot of flowers to choose from!!!!! I don't like any of them! And I can't even go back to use my last 'image'.

Hosta mini collection

01 May 2011 20:33:56
Hosta 'Wogon' (thanks, Hosta)

Hosta 'Wogon' (thanks, Hosta)

Happy with my 'Hosta Corner' this year. And very happy that the slugs and snails haven't discovered it yet. All my Hostas are in pots. Last year I bought a roll of copper tape that worked very well to deter them. It gives them a 'mini' shock so it makes them think twice about munching on the delectable hostas. However, by the end of the season, the tape needed to be renewed around the pots. I have tried numerous other deterrants like crushed egg shells, gravel, with 'fair' results. Posting up an album of my hostas, not sure of all names so hoping their namesake or others will be able to help id these!

Relaxing with age!

01 May 2011 19:53:56
Primula bulleyana for Bog Bed (if I can find space)

Primula bulleyana for Bog Bed (if I can find space)

Gosh, what a day. I would have thought most people would have gone away for the weekend. But then, I suppose they are tightening the belts with the recession. Pity they all ended up in MY garden centre (or so it seemed!). Never stopped all day. Bought myself a 'multi' offer for €15.98. Iris sibirica 'Ruffled Velvet', Primula Bulleyana and Salvia nem 'New Dimension Blue'. Was going to plant them when I got home. But instead I reached for a glass of something nice. And sat out on the patio to get the last of the rays. Planting will have to wait..... I was delighted to see Steve wasn't idle in my absence. Grass was cut when I got in. Magic! The simple things in life!

Surveyed all, and took notes of what will have to be moved. Helleborus argutifolium, arum pictum, and corylus 'avellana' to mention a few. But they can wait for my next day off. Boots off now, drink in hand, and takeaway on its way!

 

"Go ahead, Punk. Make my day!"

01 May 2011 07:48:12
arisaema sikokianum

arisaema sikokianum

Wahoo, just in from the garden. This is another one that I have been watching avidly over the last 2 weeks in the Bog Bed. He has finally decided to make a full appearance. A tiny little arisaema. But, wow, just look at him in all his finery! He has just made my day!

Happy Mayday

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