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30 June 2011 21:10:51
My cosmos sown from seed opened today. But unfortunately I have been searching high and low for the packet, so I can't tell you which one it is.
30 June 2011 20:39:50
Fagus sylvatica 'purpurea'
I will be planting up the perimeter of the front garden with shrubs. But I want to also introduce purple colours for a bit of relief from all the green. Would a copper beech be suitable for a small front garden? I know they can grow up to 20m. But could I keep it cut back to a manageable size without sacrificing its lovely shape?
Maybe something like a cotinus would be more in proportion to my garden???
30 June 2011 06:20:03
Lovin' this effect
Very content with my fairly new greenhouse border. It nearly gives the impression of a meadow with the choice of plants here. I have sanguisorba, leucanthemum, dierama, arum lilies, Perovskia (Russian sage) and small thalictrum to yet to come, all plants that are light, airy, and 'see-through'. They all seem to blend in together quite well.
I have updated my June photos where you'll find a bigger photo of what I mean.
29 June 2011 22:48:58
Blue Rinse Hair
Decided to plant up my 'head' this year with white trailing verbena and blue trailing lobelia. I like the effect.
29 June 2011 21:15:42
Someone gave me this at our last get-together, but for the life of me, I can't think who! It opened today.
Thank you, whoever it was!
29 June 2011 20:57:22
Sticking out like a sore thumb!
I really should wear gloves while in the garden. My thumb has thick muck underneath the nail deep down, and is absolutely throbbing. I have had it stuck in a bowl of dettol for the last 20 minutes. Anyone any tips?
29 June 2011 18:09:28
Camera shy, my eye!
What have I done? The place is a total mess!
Cut back the two prunus in the front, made an unholy mess of what's left of the grass. Frequent showers of heavy rain and hail added a lot of wasted time to getting the job out of the way. Zoe joined me just just as I was beginning to lose heart. The baby is in his Daddy's today and Zoe was bored without him (luckily for me). She asked could she help. So unusual. So I jumped at the chance to get her to bag all the prunings. We had a bit of a laugh, and it was good having the company to keep my spirits up. Steve came in in the meantime and I'd say he was so glad his timing was just right! Got everything cleaned up eventually. Lots of rubbish bags to dispose of now.
I dug up a dicentra spectabilis which will get planted in the back. Planted my first rose. Came in and potted up Fran's hydrangea and the dicentra.
29 June 2011 12:08:03
Hemerocallis 'Rocket City'
'Rocket City' just opened today. Nice!!!!!!
29 June 2011 09:21:49
They must have been at it again last night here. Luckily I didn't hear them (I hate the way their miaowing sounds like a baby crying) as I sleep in the front of the house. They knocked over one of my hostas and broke the pot!!!! Aaarrrgh!!!
29 June 2011 08:14:25
I never really think that summer has arrived until I see my lysimachia starting to flower.
28 June 2011 22:33:24
I bought this Watsonia at the Rare and Special Plant Fair at Birr. I planted it in my shady/now with added sun border. But slowly but surely I found that it was beginning to wilt. The flowers were looking limp and brown. Got in from work this evening and was greeted with lovely fresh stems that were coming up between the fatsia. Delighted with that!
28 June 2011 21:40:34
Voodoo Lily update
This is what it looked like today - a bit like a giraffe's neck! The suspense is killing......
28 June 2011 21:05:26
I have been talking about giving the front a 'make-over' for nigh on 2 years now. The time has come. For the last few nights I have said I would make a small start after dinner. But that never happened. It's all too easy to feast like a king and loosen the waistband for comfort and 'slob' around for the rest of the evening. This evening, after dinner, I decided enough was enough. I am off tomorrow but wanted to have a bit of a start before then as I also have other things to do. So I went out and dug up a hydrangea which is the position I want one of my new roses. Grand. Hydrangea to give away. I decided to keep the white one at the wall.
I have two lovely prunus, both of which are a bit big. So I cut back the one nearest the house, but had to enlist Steve's help to chop off the top 3 feet. I hadn't realized how much it had grown since I planted it about 8 years ago. I had to go into my neighbours garden to cut back 'his' side. And was amazed that it was coming out at least 3ft into his garden. Also I discovered that the railing/trellis between the two gardens is quite rotten and will have to be replaced, possibly by a wall. I can see the garden opening up finally. Hopefully this pruning will take place at least every two years to keep it (them) in check. Left all the 'prunings' in situ. Will tackle that tomorrow. And plant my yellow rose 'Arthur Bell'.
And btw, that photo was taken during the pruning process. It's a much better shape now!
28 June 2011 20:01:51
I've been a good girl all year!
After having lots of terracotta pots cracked and broken during the winter, I vowed not to buy any more pots. Until now! I have been looking at this one for a while now. It's beautiful, and a bit different with its oval shape. And it's frost resistent.
We got a delivery of calla lilies in today and could not resist the price. They were only €3.99 each, so I bought 5 to go into the new pot. Planted them up when I got home.
27 June 2011 20:11:09
Another great day, and thankfully we didn't have the rain that was forecast. I know you all want rain, but I don't. I have to work out in it! Run off my feet all day. The best way to have it.
I had planned to dig up two hydrangeas out in the front to make way for my two new climbing roses. However, it was such a beautiful evening that instead I poured myself a beverage and soaked up the last of the evening sun. Hopefully tomorrow!!!!! Trying to round up unplanted shrubs that are destined for the front. But I feel that IT will also get overplanted. It's hard to break lifelong habits! I have Weigela 'Bristol Ruby', Aucuba japonica (I think this may get too big for such a small space). I hope that most of the garden will have gravel which I can plant into when the opportunity arises. And I have 4 buxus that dwell for the moment in pots.Hope to recreate a bit of Alice In Wonderlands Garden from Bloom with these. I also have a euonymus which I don't want (as with the hydrangeas), so they will be potted up for anyone who wants them. I also have a couple of nice geraniums out the front which I intend to split as they are too big now. Same will apply here. Also have a hebe to 'get rid of'.I might even be persuaded to get rid of my spirea 'snowmound'!!
I will be planting a small Tamarisk which was bought in Aldi about a year ago. I like that one. And it's something a bit different. But on the whole, I would like a pretty low-maintenance garden. I like the idea of lots of succulents in a mound in the centre and smallish shrubs around the perimeter. I need to concentrate on things that will basically look after themselves and be hardy at the same time, as I don't and won't spend too much time tending to it. Lots of plans going around in my head, but can't seem to settle on any one thing. All advice welcome!!!!!!!!!!!! When all the planting is done, I hope to cobblelock the rest of the garden for parking 2 cars. But that's another chapter!
27 June 2011 19:02:54
Another one opened today. I like this colour.
26 June 2011 22:38:29
We got in some hanging baskets planted with this gorgeous verbena. This is one I won't
be in a hurry to dead-head. Hopefully I can get some seeds from it.
26 June 2011 22:21:17
Love your garden!
Coz I love mine!
26 June 2011 22:13:58
Dierama 'Angel's Fishing Rod'
Steve doesn't often request a particular plant to have in the garden. But he did express a strong interest in this one last year. Luckily I was able to buy 2 pots of it for next to nothing. It opened today. He's a happy camper!
26 June 2011 21:29:17
'Tickling' the pollen
I was engrossed this morning just watching this bee 'tickling' the pollen from this oriental poppy. Talk about 'breakfasting like a king'!
26 June 2011 21:16:28
Didn't do a whole lot today as I was working. Was on a 'reducing' session and picked up some nice argyranthemums and leucanthemum 'Shaggy' for a good price. I got everything in the garden watered when I got home, in my bare feet. Oooh, I love that feeling. And it was such a scorcher here all day. Then I fed tomatoes and chilipeppers in the greenhouse. I took time out to investigate the wildlife pond. Just noticed the ridges down the backs of the tadpoles. I reckon it won't be long now before they lose their tails. Holly joined me, but was eyeing up everything that moved in the water. I just hope the frogs will be quick enough to escape her claws.
Steve had a dinner fit for a queen ready for me. We had the place to ourselves so we just 'chilled' out on the patio. Such a beautiful day. And still so warm. I sowed some oriental poppies just now 'Beauty of Livermere' so hopefully I will have some 'giveaways' later.
26 June 2011 20:45:03
Impatiens glandulifera 'Red Wine'
I was a bit wary accepting Bruno's Impatiens seedlings at the beginning of summer. However, having been warned about their prolific self-seeding abilities, I have been checking them regularly, and removing any possible seed heads. But I am totally amazed how tall these 'little' annuals have grown. And they haven't finished yet!
26 June 2011 19:14:17
This one was totally closed before I went to work this morning!
26 June 2011 07:24:32
Hemerocallis 'Frans Hals' almost there
Was so delighted yesterday after coming from work and seeing little bits of 'hot' colours coming into the greenhouse border finally. First nasturtium out, calendula, arctotis, trollius in full swing, deep red lilies nearly gone over but will lift that sunken pot and replace with something else, climbing rose 'Teasing Georgia' almost there, as is Hemerocallis 'Frans Hals'. Now, it's a pity I can't bring these individual plants together to make more of an impact.
26 June 2011 06:37:39
Sempervivum arachnoideum tomentosum
I spent some time cleaning up alpines in the gc yesterday. Some very pretty ones, but they haven't sold well this time round. Maybe I should find a more prominent location so they can catch peoples eye. These two little babies found their way home with me - Sempervivum arachnoideum tomentosum. They develop what could be confused with a spiders web all round them - well named.
25 June 2011 22:59:46
Sir Winston Churchill
I bought two different types of sweet pea this year and grew a few of my own too. Have been at the bottle so I can't remember which ones they were. Hic! The ones I grew myself were, funnily enough, attacked by slugs. Can't explain that. But the ones I bought (Winston Churchill) sparkled this evening on my arrival home.
25 June 2011 21:11:33
Clockin' up the Brownie Points!
This is better than a bouquet of flowers any day. Steve also, while he was in 'chopping mode', cut down the Eucalyptus and now stands at a healthy 10 ft. It looks better already. Looking forward to a bit more foliage further down as a result. It definitely looks more in proportion to the garden.
25 June 2011 20:31:55
It's funny how the slugs ravaged my pink lilies during the week. But I have been waiting, and waiting, and then waiting some more for these ones to open. And I was ready for the molluscs, if they were to attack. But no! Not a blemish on these ones, and they are right beside the pink ones. They must be very selective in their diets. Thank God for that! These are also in the wrong place. They definitely belong in my 'hot' border.
25 June 2011 19:48:29
Now you see it, now you don't!
Cor Blimey, Steve is getting good. He cut down the huge cordyline in the front garden today while I was in work. I nearly drove into the wrong driveway. It's totally opened up the garden, and now I will be working with almost a blank canvas. Also, there is so much more light in the living room. He applied SBK Brushwood Killer on the stump - not that there is much left. Never tried this product before so it will be interesting to see how effective it will be. The garden looks so weird!!!
You will notice that the grass is in a terrible state. This is because I used Lawn Weed, Feed and Mosskiller on it. We have been here for 25yrs now and this was the first time for me to use this. Whenever I saw weeds coming up in the lawn, I would just take out the mower. And of course, (Hope Fran is not reading this) I didn't read the instructions on the back of the box. It recommends that if it doesn't rain within 3 days, water well. Oh well, not to worry, as there won't be much grass left by the time I finish its make-over.
25 June 2011 06:19:22
Papaver orientale 'Beauty of Livermere'
I 'found' a lovely poppy seedhead in my pocket when I got in from work yesterday. When is the best time to sow seeds of same?
24 June 2011 22:02:51
R. 'Arthur Bell'
One of my new roses was looking pretty sad when I got it home yesterday (Arthur Bell). It had been cooped up in the car from lunch time when I bought it. This evening, it was looking splendid after being out in the rain all day - showing me the 3 degrees of colour it has to offer.
24 June 2011 21:40:09
Guinness Book of Records
This is my teensiest weensiest foxglove. It's only 12 inches small. Do I qualify for the Guinness Book of Records, I wonder?
24 June 2011 21:20:06
A bit of light relief!
Such a horrible, horrible, day. I couldn't think of a better way to spend the evening than with David, and his new Bubble Machine.
24 June 2011 21:03:41
Carex pseudocyperus (Cyperus Sedge)
This is another one that looks extremely attractive in the Lower Pond. It grows to 4-6ft.
24 June 2011 20:36:24
I have this eucalyptus (I think it's 'youngii') growing down at the back wall. I wanted a bit of height in the garden. But the eucalyptus has now grown to about 25-30ft. Can I lop the top 1o feet off without it dying, or will it continue to grow?
24 June 2011 19:22:13
Carex pendula (Weeping Sedge)
This is a rather striking grass that stands about 4ft tall. I love the way the wind and the light catch this one. It's Carex pendula (weeping Sedge) which is a large perennial plant, and is sometimes grown as a garden plant because of its distinctive appearance. I have it growing in the Lower Pond and it provides the koi, shabunkin and goldfish with great cover when predators are about!
24 June 2011 18:34:28
The Lucky One!
I have a clump of about a dozen of these lilies. The slugs must have been partying last night. This is the only one that survived!!! :(
24 June 2011 05:58:31
Sauromatum venosum (Voodoo Lily)
I am now checking on this beauty twice a day. Now that the weather seems to be taking a turn for the better, it is growing noticeably every day. This is what it looked like yesterday!!!!!
23 June 2011 22:00:57
R. 'Penny Lane'
Ok I decided earlier this year to make a positive start on a bit of a make-over on the front garden. It's a disgrace. So a few months ago I bought 3 different witch hazels and planted them, together with a rhododendron 'Gold Flimmer', all along the front window.
Today I bought 2 nice climbing roses which I will plant at the dividing fence/railing between us and our next-door neighbour. One either end of the garden - and hopefully over time they will entwine together. I bought 'Arthur Bell' (deep yellow) and 'Penny Lane', both of which are very fragrant, and one of my sisters name is Penny. But there is a massive cordyline in the middle of the garden which needs to come out. The lads in Steve's job owe him a favour. But come Hell or high water I will plant these two roses on my day off next week.
23 June 2011 21:36:33
Steve has given me the boot!!!
The last two nights have been cloaked with secrecy, with Steve measuring, sawing and screwing out in the garage. He just unveiled this little press that he made for my garden tools and wellies. Ahhh! Thanks, Steve. The little softie!
23 June 2011 20:48:14
This is what I have today
A bit disappointed. Even though it is nice, it's just not what I expected. I suppose the name is very apt. Honka 'Surprise, Surprise', more like!!!!
23 June 2011 20:45:38
D. 'Honka Surprise'
I bought myself some nice 'different' dahlias way back in March at the get-together in Johnstown Garden Centre. Was really looking forward to them. My first one opened today. But it's NOT what it says on the tin. This is what it should
23 June 2011 19:30:25
More Aldi Bargains
Today a customer gave me a 'tip-off' that Aldi were selling fish food at a fraction of the cost that I was paying here in work. The big tubs were selling at €4.99. The one in the front is what I get in work for €6.75.
So I bought 3 of the Aldi ones, and the expiry date goes up to July 2014. Can't go wrong there. But if I had known that I was being 'spied on', I might have gone in disguise. Jeez, you can't do anything in this world without paparazzi or reporters around! Hiya, Chilipepper! :)
23 June 2011 06:05:37
I didn't plant this into the pond when we built it last year. It just appeared. Don't know what it is, and we have other plants growing now that weren't there last year. I reckon the pond is just settling in nicely.
22 June 2011 22:38:28
My New Planter
As Steve and I are both 'into' all things nautical I decided I should use this canoe which is stored suspended on the ceiling of our garage. It belongs to Kim's (my eldest daughter) ex-fiance (yes, they broke up recently) so I need to get permission from her to use this as my latest planter. Can't see that being a problem though.
22 June 2011 22:11:00
Bruno, am I too late?
I keep taking these off my Impatiens glandulifera 'Red Wine' for fear that they will colonize such a small space. Is this the beginning of a seed pod, or am I too late? Have the seeds already scattered?
22 June 2011 21:39:31
Avoiding chilblains on my toes
Ooooh! I remember the pain last November when paddling into the greenhouse pond to plant up the Island with winter bedding. However, that is a thing of the past. Today while shopping in Aldi, I treated myself to a pair of those waders - €22.99. That should make life a lot easier to bare come winter.
22 June 2011 20:50:49
No room at the Inn
I have to say the weather today did NOT inspire me to do anything outside, bar watering stuff in the greenhouse. Every time I decided to do a particular job, it bucketted down. So I went up to bed with some gardening magazines and after a few minutes I just dozed off. Hmmm this is becoming a bad habit.
Got up and moved my verbascum 'Carribean Crush' to the other border on the far side of the garden, and planted my new verbascum in its' place. As you can see from the photo, I really HAVE run out of space. Now what do I do?
Just updated my June photos for anyone who cares to take a look.
22 June 2011 19:43:06
Bill, I swear, it DOES have a label!
This is planted at the back of the greenhouse border and is labelled. But not sure what it is. There are so many plants in there that I can't get in to see it. I have a feeling this one came from Rachel, but can't be sure. It's about 2 and a 1/2 ft tall. Rudbeckia maybe? Help!
22 June 2011 18:55:55
Sauromatum venosum returns
I was totally smitten with this aroid from Limerick. Wasn't sure what to expect, except the 'unexpected'. As it developed, it produced the most gorgeous maroon speckled leaf, which wilted within 2 days. Then it appeared to die off. However, Deborah wasn't too alarmed when I sought her advice. But she didn't quite tell me what to expect. Before long another snout belonging to this plant (Sauromatum venosum) appeared just beside the original one. Same happened with that.
Now there is yet another one coming up. But this looks more like the original plant I bought. But I think I got mine a bit further on in its development as I don't remember it looking like this. Now, looking forward to having a right 'stinker' down in the Bog Bed finally.
22 June 2011 13:49:47
Heaven has sprung a major leak!
Personal business to attend to this morning. Just changed into gardening gear and getting ready to get 'stuck in' and out of nowhere a deluge came down. In the time it took me to get into the house (all of about 10 seconds) I now have to get into dry clothes. Maddening! I guess I'll just have to content myself with some gardening books for the afternoon. Jeez, it feels like winter already!
22 June 2011 06:52:05
Learning all the time
My greenhouse border is split up into two different planting schemes. The far end is planted with things like leucanthemum, sanguisorba, verbena bonariensis, thalictrum, Ixia, Zantedeschia, and lots more, concentrating on pinks, blues, lilacs and whites. The other end is the 'hot' end. Bought verbascum 'Carribean Crush' which is lovely. But the name suggests hot colours. It turned out to be a pale, dusty pink (will get moved to the other side of the garden). ANd my Irises. My God, I just love them. They are totally in the wrong place but they are gorgeous. Even at 10.00 last night from the dining room, I could see them glowing amongst the other plants. If they had been planted on the other side, I wouldn't have had the opportunity to witness their beauty from the comfort of indoors. Enjoying them there for now. Will move later.
I also have the same type of irises planted in a pot around a spotted laurel destined for the front. OMG they are so in the wrong place too. What was I thinking!
21 June 2011 22:32:11
Atropa belladonna ( or Deadly Nightshade) is beginning to flower. When I bought this plant in Mount Venus last September it had lots of big, black, shiny, succulent berries which were as big as cherries. I was immediately drawn to it, even though it is highly poisonous. It's planted on the Island, out of my grandson's reach. Really looking forward to seeing what the flowers are like. Mind you, it would be a lot easier to Google! But it's doing really well, that's the main thing.
21 June 2011 21:54:32
What's this please?
I have been looking at the unopened flower buds on this for about 3 weeks now and wondering why the Hell it is taking so long to open. I don't know what this is. It looks like some kind of allium but I have no recollection of planting it. And there is no label in the ground either (Surprise, surprise).
21 June 2011 21:38:32
About 20 years ago, my Dad used to make his own wine. I had been enquiring about his equipment over the last few months, as I knew I had inherited the 'hoarding bug' from him. This evening he dropped in to me and presented me with his 'fermenting mat'. Just tested it. It reads 28 degrees on my thermometer. This will be a great addition come March 2012 when sowing seeds. And I reckon it will also have an advantage of not having a cover. The heated propagators have perspex lids which take a certain amount of light from the emerging seedlings. But the 'fermenting mat' doesn't. Maybe I can get my tomatoes sown a little bit earlier.
21 June 2011 21:09:25
Fran very kindly gave me a Belfast Sink a while ago. It's planted up with various sempervivums and succulents. Some of them flowered today.
21 June 2011 20:15:36
I planted this leucothoe from a pot into the Acid Triangle a few months ago. It was looking fine beforehand. But not now. It was lashing this evening when I got home so I didn't have time to have a proper look. Tomorrow, I am hoping to find some nice healthy shoots and leaves underneath. It doesn't look good from where I am standing though! Maybe the visible damage is due to the awful winds we have been having. If so, it should recover. If not......... :(
21 June 2011 06:18:48
To drain or not to drain - that is the question
Koi grow according to the size of their pond. We have really big ones in the Upper Pond, and there is lots of room to spare to add a couple more. Some of the koi in the Lower Pond have reached their maximum size for the size of the pond. They now need to move out to the Upper Pond to gain extra growth. But, without actually draining the Lower Pond, how the Hell are we supposed to catch them without harming them?
20 June 2011 22:05:02
R. 'Paul's Scarlet'
I only bought this one 2 years ago. It's growing up the back post of the pergola, trained over one of the beams and nearly reaching the front post already. It's called 'Paul's scarlet'. I wouldn't be without it!
20 June 2011 21:44:23
I wanted all of these
How many times do I walk up and down the garden centre every day. Every time I pass by the osteospermums, it takes my breath away with their awesome colours. And I want them all. On a 'Control Trip' at the moment though!
20 June 2011 21:11:29
Japanese Blood Grass
I have this planted at the edge of the Upper Pond. I thinks it's Imperata 'Red Baron' (Japanese Blood Grass). Lovely grass. It only gets to about 18 inches and turns a lovely maroon colour as the season progresses.
20 June 2011 19:08:11
Bill's Verbascum bombyciferum
While in Bills garden earlier in the month I was really taken with his verbascum bombyciferum. I have seen it lots of times, but never actually planted in someone's garden. That's where you get the true story! Loved it, loved it, loved it.
It tolerates most fertile well-drained soil, preferring a sheltered position in full sun. It is also suitable for coastal planting, tolerating full sun and sandy, drought-prone conditions.
It's a good idea to leave on the flower spikes over winter, as they look good, and self-seed readily. Bought the last one today. I have the perfect spot for it.
20 June 2011 06:01:07
This Gazania opened yesterday. I love its unusual colour.
19 June 2011 20:29:59
'When Iris Eyes are smiling'
Today was not a good day to be working out in the garden. I have been nursing a 'woolly head' from last night. So all I did was some watering and feeding in the greenhouse.
Just looking at my newly-acquired Irises though. These are a recent addition to the garden. And I must admit I am pretty smitten by them. They grow fast, erect and very sturdy. And provide 'pondside' with some really nice colour. Must get more!
19 June 2011 19:38:34
Sanguisorba 'Rock 'n Roll'
Despite me doubting, in the beginning, that this one was sanguisorba I reluctantly resigned myself to agreeing with Fran. While cleaning up here for yesterday, I found the label behind the sideboard. It's sanguisorba 'Rock 'n Roll'. Lovely plant, great space filler. It has grown to about 3ft and is light and airy. Perfect for just in front of the greenhouse as I didn't want anything very dense or tall so I could avail of as much light as possible. Well worth having.
19 June 2011 18:02:32
Flower carpet 'Amber'
has opened today. It lives in a pot at the moment, but I'm thinking of planting it in the border to give it more space. Love the warm colour of this one.
19 June 2011 06:30:41
Your cornflowers opened up yesterday for my visitors. Not much colour in that border just yet, but they were shining in amongst all the greenery. Hard not to notice them. Must save seed of this one for next year. It's lovely.
Do they have a name?
19 June 2011 05:36:08
Happy Father's Day, Dad
Great success last night. We were celebrating my Dad's 80th Birthday, and my sister leaving for Canada with her family. Only 2 of us left in Dublin now, and Dad. Luckily he only lives down the road from me, so I can keep a regular check on him.
The garden was looking as good as it could be for the time of year. Weather cleared up greatly and all the kids were able to let off steam in the garden (with no accidents in the ponds). They spent ages chasing aquatic insects from the pond and catching my little tadpoles. It was so refreshing to see them with enquiring minds about nature in this age of computers and video games. It reassures me that having this pond built was the best decision all round. Just need to think about safety for little Davey for the next few years!
18 June 2011 15:41:17
Ready to go!
All ahead of schedule here today. Steve came home from a job overnight and immediately got stuck in to getting the grass, front and back, cut without me having to ask, (then the Heavens opened) while I cleaned, dusted, polished, vacuumed oh! the list goes on and on. This doesn't get done too often so it had to be a good job.
Originally a barbecue was planned for this evening. But we will carry out Plan B instead. Good to have back-up. Wouldn't it be lovely if we could only depend on the weather!
18 June 2011 10:24:44
Bruno, have just been googling (dangerous) and all rhipsalis seem to have flattened fleshy stems, not like this one. Mine has thin, hairy stems with a tuft of hair on the ends. I should know what it is, but can't find the label in my label box.
18 June 2011 07:37:56
My sylibum (milk thistle) started to open up yesterday. Thanks again, Martin!
18 June 2011 06:38:31
Just in from the garden. I swear to God the grass has grown over 2 inches since all the rain in the last twenty four hours.
17 June 2011 22:46:04
Anthemis tinctoria 'E.C. Buxton'(web photo)
Had to reduce these a second time yesterday, So bought two of them for €1 each. Today I cut back all straggly growth in the hope that they will reward me with a further flush of flowers before summer is out. I'm not putting up a photo of the actual plants, or you will think I have definitely 'lost it'. But I am confident that they will come on with a bit of t.l.c.
17 June 2011 22:25:02
What is this, please?
The rain today gave me the best excuse to clean and dust inside, and water all my indoor plants. Have plenty of low-maintenance plants here as I'm not inclined to water things during summer months.
I have a plant that I got last year. Unfortunately I have forgotten the name. I need someone to jog my memory!
17 June 2011 21:30:33
I only ever had a couple of yellow irises, up at the back of the Upper Pond. But this year I bought some Dutch mixed ones. These are planted beside the pond at the greenhouse border. When the rain finally stopped this evening I got a couple of lovely shots of the flowers unfurling. Beautiful!
17 June 2011 19:36:26
'Hey, Gran, are you finished with your magazine'
OMG What horrible weather! My garden might need it - BUT I DON'T!!!
Wasn't in work today as I had to look after my little grandson. His mammy was very sick with a stomach bug.
I was up quite early this morning (4.30) and it has been raining constantly since then. It only stopped at 6 o'clock pm. Poor Zoe was so sick all day and everytime David heard his Mam being ill he started bawling crying, the poor little pet! I hope he cares about his mammy as much as that in 20yrs time! Despite Zoe being ill, I had a great day with David, and he can now climb up onto a dining chair and the table. :) But it tugged at my heart strings seeing Zoe so ill, "Once a mother, always a mother".
When the rain eventually stopped and Zoe was feeling a lot better, she took charge again. I got out to the garden for a bit. I finally planted my eccremocarpus seedlings. Some of them went into the big pot that has 2 climbing roses. Others went into a big pot that has a weeping cotoneaster beside the Lower Pond.
17 June 2011 05:43:28
Geranium renardii from Terra Nova
This is one that I got from the Terra Nova stall at Birr Castle. While weeding in the Bog Extension yesterday I discovered it flowering. Lovely plant with glaucous, furry-looking, amost scallop-shaped leaves - Geranium renardii.
16 June 2011 23:28:52
Found this strange looking leaf down in the Dahlia bed, that only has sunflowers and dahlias. It doesn't look like a dahlia. It's hardly one of my 'bishops' with its darker foliage? The shape is all wrong. So what is it, please?
16 June 2011 22:58:43
I bought this indoor plant in October. It's Aeschynanthus, or 'Lipstick' plant. I don't have a great success rate with indoor plants as I am not indoors very much to look after them. During the week, I decided this one was looking pretty parched. It's hanging over the kitchen sink and gets full sun from about 1.00 in the afternoon. I gave it a good watering with rainwater last weekend.
Zoe has just been cleaning the kitchen windows in preparation for a family event on Saturday. She took it down and asked me when I bought it. I saw the flower, and was so delighted. Little amuses the simple. Wahoo! Maybe I am learning from this site after all!
16 June 2011 22:38:06
This was bought as a really small shrub from Aldi last year. Just flowering today. No scent from it but it is so sweet. This one is for the front garden.
16 June 2011 22:12:20
Dianthus 'Red Dwarf'
Another dianthus looking good in the Alpine Circle today.
16 June 2011 21:40:35
Voodoo lily - 2nd generation
Here is my Sauromatum venosum (voodoo lily), the 'stinky one'. Never noticed any bad odour at all. It grew, flowered, and died. Or so I thought! It's springing up again.
And there is another arisaema growing beside it, although I think this is another 'stolen' one from Sissinghurst. Unfortunately I don't know its' name. Very exciting, nonetheless.
16 June 2011 21:00:11
Dianthus in Alpine Circle today
Great to get home after tension during the day. Two minutes after I started to weed everywhere, the Heavens just opened. However, it was pretty short-lived so back to it. So many weeds around the Bog Bed Extension and where I have Bruno's Impatiens planted. Not sure if they were seedlings of the impatiens but I wasn't taking any chances. Everything that remotely looked like a seedling got pulled up. After all the rain we had today, my job was made much easier as the soil is nice and soft and workable. Also took off some seed pods of same so I hope they hadn't already exploded beforehand.
Dahlias are coming on nicely. All I need is another few days of sun. Pulled up tatty foxgloves and have them drying out in the garage to save some seed. Also dead-headed primulas and bergenias. Has anyone ever sown seed of bergenias? Must give it a try.
16 June 2011 06:02:08
Darmera peltata - in full sun
I have Darmera peltata growing down in the Bog Bed. But I thought it had been struck by the cold weather. It was very slow to make a comeback this year. Thankfully Margaret donated another one to my garden. Growing in full sun must have an effect on the leaf colour. This one is growing in the greenhouse border. Notice how the edges are turning reddish. The one in the Bog Bed has come back fully and the leaves are totally green in partial sun.
15 June 2011 22:54:43
These echeverias came in a few weeks ago and I was stunned by the gorgeous flowers. However, I have been trying to behave in recent times and decided to give them a miss. But, when in Bills on Saturday, I saw he had them planted in a lovely container out on his decking. Promises went by the wayside. I bought 3 of them and now they will be a nice centrepiece on the patio table for Saturday evening here.
15 June 2011 22:15:25
Sunset this evening
Our back garden faces NorthWest so we get a birds' eye view of glorious sunsets. Went out to the front a few minutes ago (to pick up the cordyline leaves) and was disappointed by the cloud cover. No photos of lunar eclipse. Sorry. But here's this evenings' sunset to make up for it.
15 June 2011 21:31:58
First waterlily opened today!
Unfortunately I can't make it as I have family commitments for Saturday evening. But only for that, I would have been there. Really disappointed that the two events are clashing. Steve and I hoped to drive up to Donegal the night before, and visit the following day. Who is going?
15 June 2011 20:40:38
These were planted last year. I placed them beside my dierama as the flowers come up on a wiry looking stem, and it bows in the same fashion as the dierama (Angel's Fishing Rod). When it is 'gone over' the dierama will take its place
15 June 2011 19:24:41
Computer sorted at last.
After much running around today, and lots of phone activity I got virtually nothing done except potting up a few planters, shifting things around, and watering. But, c'est la vie!
But very happy this morning to see a seedling given to me by Dave last year open fully. Very happy with this crisp white campanula persicifolia, with a hint of blue. Almost Persil White!
14 June 2011 20:06:56
Got home to lots of 'unwanted' post this evening. But also a small package from Cork. While at Bloom I wanted to buy a Saxifraga 'Lissadell' but discovered that they didn't have any left.
This very one was sent by Margaret (Hosta) today. Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness. It is potted up now. So I have a lovely plant to look forward to thanks to you. :)
P<S< no photos until my computer is sorted. On borrowed time again tonight.
On the 'work front' I had words with the Manager in question today, over Friday's incident. I couldn't let it 'fester' any longer. He lied about the answer I gave him when he 'told' me to take all the indoor plants outside on a trolley, and hose them down. And I have witnesses!
This probably seems very insignificant to others. But not to me! It has affected me, and my positive frame of mind in work 'bigtime'.
12 June 2011 21:24:43
Such a horrible wet day in work. The place was like a 'ghost town' was allowed to head home a bit earlier than normal.
Nothing done in the garden. And 35 viruses detected on my computer. Zoe is giving me a few minutes on her one to check up on others journals. Hopefully my computer will be sorted asap as it's as if my right arm has just been amputated and antivirus is in need of updating.
12 June 2011 07:06:15
Lots to do in the garden all week. And thanks to garden.iers' generosity I now have more! Would love to be able to spend the day in the garden, but that's not to be. First antirrhinum has just opened, bringing a bit of much-needed colour into that border. I made a small start on yesterdays lot and planted Bruno's nicandra just now, Geraldine's 'snow in summer', Bill's senecio and some of Liga's poppies. I got a lovely geranium from someone with a small purple flower, would like to know who it was from? The rain is just beginning now! Hopefully the rest will be done during the week. Thanks again, guys!
11 June 2011 19:23:06
A great day out for the city girl!
Hi, Bill and Gabriel. Just a short note to both of you to say 'thank you very much' for giving us the opportunity to witness firsthand all your hard work. Such a brave gesture having all of us down to your sanctuary. Such a garden, and so well-thought out. No favourite part for me, it was all great.
Bill, your guided tour was so informative. Gosh, you certainly know your plants, and everything labelled too. You should also be proud of your children, they were so well-behaved and social. Gabriel put on a wonderful spread and herself and the children were so welcoming (even Gabriel's Dad had an active role in making the success that was today).
For everybody who kindly gave me plants, thanks too. Great to meet Ladygardener, Tina and Scrubber for the first time. Great to meet 'old' friends too. Lovely drive down through what must be the greenest county in Ireland.
11 June 2011 07:58:04
Lonicera periclymenum 'Graham Thomas'
Very happy with the effect of dappled shade some climbers have on my 'shady spot'. The Loggia faces West so sunsets are the order of the day. It is now clothed with lonicera periclymenum 'Graham Thomas', and will shortly be followed by another one. Then later in the season, jasminum 'clotted cream' will take its place. The scent is 'to die for'.
10 June 2011 22:39:47
Not 'purple emperor'
Took this photo at 6.00am - sedum with raindrops. Don't know which one. But it's not Purple Emperor.
10 June 2011 20:47:37
Geranium versicolour to give away!
Not a bad day despite having a 'run-in' with one of the Managers. He wanted me to take all indoor plants on trolleys outside to 'hose them down' as opposed to 'watering' them!!!That's why he's a manager and I'm a horticulturist!
Spent a bit of quality time with my family in the garden this evening, after planting up a 16inch hanging basket with begonias, and trailing fuchsias 'Swingtime' (which boasts the biggest, fattest, most luxuriant blooms in red and white). Who can resist! Need to inject immediate colour for next week and getting there. Watered everything inside and out, as any rain we had here today was pretty minimal.
On a more positive note, the 'other' manager (too many chiefs, not enough Indians) sanctioned my Lieu Day for tomorrow. Bill's garden, here we come! Wahoo! I have a few geranium versicolour to give away if anyone wants any, and an Ajuga reptans. Sorry I don't have more to offer!
10 June 2011 06:10:11
Waterlily about to open
Just in from the garden. Bird feeders all on the ground. Now, was someone strange in my garden overnight or did a terradactyl land on it and tip it over? Hmmmm strange!
My first waterlily is just about to open! Wahoo!
09 June 2011 22:12:30
Trompe l'oeil in the garden
I think I might be taking the term 'trompe l'oeil' (trick of the eye) a little too far here. But it looks like this pigeon is nudging the sparrow off the branch. The sparrow is actually about 10 feet behind the pigeon!
09 June 2011 21:54:20
And another foxglove
Got this one as a seedling from Dave (Chilipepper) last year. As you can see, it's doing really well. I love it's buttery yellow colour.
09 June 2011 21:34:12
I bought this one at the Rare and Special Plant Fair at Birr, Co. Offaly. I was drawn to its' variegated foliage. But this evening I spotted the beginnings of flowers. Such a bonus. It looked very frail when I bought it but it has come on in leaps and bounds since it was planted. It has stood up to all that wind and torrential rain and is still looking great.
09 June 2011 20:50:21
They 'warm the cockles of your heart'
It's enough to 'warm the cockles of your heart', as my Mam used to always say! I think maybe my 'hot' border is just the right place for these.
09 June 2011 20:37:49
Deterrent for whitefly in the greenhouse
Bought a new big pot for the climbing fuchsia that I planted yesterday. I wouldn't normally pot and repot so soon. But this one is going to grow to about 12 feet in its' first year. I also bought some Laurentia to plant around the fuchsia, just to take the bare look off it until it puts on a decent bit of growth. As soon as I opened the bag of compost, the Heavens opened. I was driven in until it stopped. However, Steve had the dinner ready (bless his cotton socks!) and it had stopped in the meantime.
Back out to finish the job. While it was still dry, I decided to plant up a couple of small containers with french marigolds and plonk them in the greenhouse to help combat my whitefly problem. Hope it does the trick. Lashing again as we speak and the sun is splitting the stones! Nothing new open in the garden today. Have my boots off now. So that's the end of my gardening for the day :(((
09 June 2011 05:59:36
Bee on veronica
I thought he looked irresistible in this photo - rather than buzzing around my ears in the greenhouse.
08 June 2011 21:37:26
I am quite squeamish where some insects are concerned. For instance, I get very panicky in the greenhouse if there is a big furry buzzing bee flying around my ears, especially if the door happens to be closed. I can tolerate them nicely outdoors.
I also don't like earwigs very much, or centipedes.
But my biggest 'pet hate' has got to be seeing a woodlouse turned on his back with all his legs wiggling. Uggghhh! Gives me the shivers!
08 June 2011 19:36:45
Myrtle's perennial sweet pea
Managed to get a fair bit of itsy bitsy jobs done despite the frequent torrential showers all day.
I finally felt it was safe enough to plant out Limnanthes seedlings (Poached Egg Plant). Yesterday in work I picked up some Calla 'Rehmannii' and white lilies with a 70% reduction, so got them planted into pots, and potted up some non-stop begonias and trailing ones in lovely colours, deep peach, orange and red for placing on the patio. Got 2 good sized Caltha palustris 'Plena' for €1 each a couple of weeks ago so they also got planted, and placed in the Lower Pond. Then on to my oriental poppy 'Salmon Glow' in the border opposite the middle pond. I also planted one of my Bloom purchases in the same area, Watsonia 'pale pink'. This will have to get a hefty layer of bark chip as a mulch to protect it over the winter. They dislike root disturbance.
I had a few stray cowslips growing in the greenhouse border and even though they are flowering their socks off, I transplanted them down to the Bog Extension. Filling up rapidly there already.
I had a very time-consuming job untangling Myrtle's perennial sweet pea from the cherry blossom, and tying it in on the obelisk. It is an extremely vigorous grower. Had to move the bird feeder elsewhere as there was lots of bird poop all over it.
Another one of my Bloom purchases, a climbing fuchsia 'Lady Soothby' was planted into a pot with a bamboo tripod. But I can feel the purchase of a bigger pot for tomorrow. This is supposed to grow quite big, and it is perfectly hardy. Used up the last of any bedding lying around by planting into the big pot with my climbing roses 'Teasing Georgia' and 'Schoolgirl'. This pot also has my Glory Lily so it will be pretty much packed to the gills very shortly. Planted up a big window box for the front of the house with nice red geraniums.
Finally I sowed some hardy annual 'Viscaria' into a decorative pot and popped it into the greenhouse for germination - up to 21 days. Happy with what I accomplished despite the rotten weather.
Sorry for such a long journal. I sometimes get a bit carried away!
08 June 2011 17:27:43
The slugs/snails got my other beautiful orange/red lilies. But here's another pot of untouched ones that are beginning to open up. Not taking any chances with these as they are for my Hot Border so took precautions today!
08 June 2011 16:00:23
Impatiens glandulifera 'Red Wine'
I wanted my lot of Bruno's impatiens to open first. However, Fran's beat me to it. C'est la vie. Mine just opened today. Just googling on them, Fran. Watch out for exploding seed cases.
Ha ha, don't you just love the anticipation!
08 June 2011 11:14:52
Just call me Anet!
Just back from shopping. So disappointed that there were NO plants for sale. But I did see a pair of waders that could come in handy when changing the bedding on The Island. But as they would only be used twice a year I decided not to bother wasting €22.50. But having a re-think now. I planted up winter bedding at the beginning of November and by God, was the water cold! I might head out again!
Also got a landing net for sifting out pond weed and cut grass that ends up in the pond constantly. This has a telescopic handle that extends to 5 and a half feet. Very robust looking so happy with that and it only cost €7.49.
07 June 2011 23:26:52
One for Keego
Bought this one one 31st May. Gerbera 'sunny'. I think you may like it.
07 June 2011 23:02:11
Wasn't sure if this had survived the winter. But, it did!
07 June 2011 22:07:55
I know it said 'hardy perennial' last year when I bought it. But it really IS! I love all daisy-type of flowers. You can't beat their innocence and simplicity. It flowered today.
07 June 2011 20:54:46
My garden - June 2009
I joined garden.ie at the end of April 2009. Just looking back on photos from that time. My, oh my, how the garden has changed since then - and all changes for the better. Where I always thought my garden to be 'pretty', I definitely didn't foresee the way evolution would take place. It is now host to an abundance of butterflies and bees. And thanks to the invaluable addition of water in my garden I can boast lots of damselflies, dragonflies, pondskaters, watersnails, and lots more that I don't have names for. I regularly lie down in the grass on my stomach and just gaze at all the underwater activity in the latest pond. It's like looking at stars. You know the way you just see one star to begin with. And then slowly but surely more and more appear. With the fairly recent addition of tadpoles, hopefully slug/snail activity can be curtailed drastically.
I discovered garden.ie at a very low point in my life, My Mam had just died the previous year and I was inconsolable. You have all made my journey to the 'here and now' a lot easier.
And on top of all that, as if that wasn't reward enough, having made such good friends who provide me with constant humour, sound advice, sympathy (where needed!) and true friendship has got to be the 'cream of the crop'. All garden.iers - thank you for my sanity. Ok, that might be going a bit far, but thanks for everything else!
07 June 2011 19:06:36
Savage Slug Damage
I reckon he must have taken up temporary residence on my beautiful lily. I could have/would have squashed the little bugger this morning, if I had spotted him. Clearly this wasn't munched on overnight. Ooops, I'm definitely slipping up!
07 June 2011 06:38:45
I have a few new dahlias growing here this year. Two of them are almost ready to flower - 'Honka' and 'Mignon'. Looking forward to a bit of early colour from them. Then I have the later flowering ones to come when they have gone over. All I need now is a bit of SUN! It looks like we had a night of heavy much-needed rain. But STOP! It should be on a 'timer'.
07 June 2011 06:31:03
Keep an eye out
Aldi have good size wisterias for sale on Thursday 16th June - 4 litre pot and 90cm tall for just €12.99
06 June 2011 21:21:54
I had a huge bamboo in a big pot, but I lost it over the winter. Disgusted with that, as it was hiding all the electrics down behind the Upper Pond. So I had no choice but to cut it all down. The wall looks so bare now. I was looking for something in Bloom to replace it with, but not another bamboo.
Steve stripped all the leaves from the bamboo canes today. Grand. Free plant supports.
A replacement is still being sought. It must be tall, and fairly dense, but very low maintenance!!!
06 June 2011 21:03:22
Flower on 'tumbling tom'
My tomato seeds were sown extremely late this year. And got planted out way too soon, according to some. However, planted they were. They are doing fine and looking nice and healthy. But this evening I noticed that the toms and peppers are covered in whitefly. They got a good dose of soapy water sprayed all over the little blighters. Hope that does the trick as I really don't want to use a Bugspray. I am only growing 3 types this year - Black Russian, San Marzano and Tumbling Tom 'red'.
My first lot of flowers are now showing at last. WIll give them a half-strength feed in the morning before work. Delighted with them. Usually I get my young plants from Chilipepper.
06 June 2011 20:25:33
short back and sides
Got in and was so surprised. Steve, in my absence, got the grass cut. Wahoo! That saves me doing it on Wednesday. Has anyone noticed how slowly the grass is growing? This is only the third cut of the year, and we could have gotten away with cutting for at least another two weeks the way things are going. I'm still a happy camper though.
He spent a bit of time weeding huge weeds in the area that is 'supposed' to be for David! But I think Steve has gone off the idea of doing it. Maybe he is waiting until the weather is more reliably warm.
06 June 2011 19:39:37
Buxus Cat - Gone forever!
Over the last couple of weeks I had noticed that my cat hadn't been looking very well. He has been planted in the ground, dug up and potted, planted in the ground and potted yet again. This morning I decided to pull the plug on his life-support machine and told Steve to get rid of the dead body before I got home. Very sad, he has been with me about 8 years. Poor Moggie!
06 June 2011 07:48:18
A lot of you suggested that this was a sanguisorba of some sort. This is how it looks today.
06 June 2011 07:25:50
Poppies and reflection
It was only when we turned the Stone Circle into a pond last year that I realized I was getting value for money having a double dose of colour, with plants being reflected in the water!
06 June 2011 06:40:28
The Squirrel has a Tail!
I think it was Rachel who gave me this at the last get together. For a couple of years now I have been dumbstruck just looking at displays of hordeum jubatum in both Rachels and Bills gardens. I don't have enough space here to do it justice. But I do like it - a lot! This squirrel grass (so aptly named) needs empty space all around it to appreciate its true beauty. I might consider planting only this into The Island for next year. Lovin' it. Thanks again, Rachel!
05 June 2011 21:38:05
Tempremental skies tonight!
Wow, what a sunset. We are lucky that our back garden is West-facing so get a great view.
05 June 2011 20:57:12
Do you remember I posted a photo of a large shrub in my front garden last year. I was saying that I got it in Homebase. It's a prunus of some type. But it was found to be highly poisonous and I ended up getting two of them for nothing as they were told to take them off the shelves immediately. I got a name last year from someone, but stupid me, never did a label for it. It is evergreen. At the moment it has the most beautiful white flower (with no scent). Can you remember which one it was?
05 June 2011 20:01:53
The foliage is very similar to an allium. And not even half as tall as the flower itself.
05 June 2011 19:12:35
Ok, Brain-buxus out there. What's this, please?
Found this growing in the garden today. No idea what it is or where it came from. ANy ideas?
05 June 2011 18:03:52
Table and chairs need painting
These days I seem to be taking the term 'weekend off' literally. After Bloom yesterday I did sweet damn all in the garden - well, I did a few bits and bobs.
This morning, I felt guilty of my idleness so I started the day at about 6.00am watering everything inside the greenhouse and outside. When I had finished it started to rain - how typical is that. Actually it only ended up drizzle, and was like that on and off all day. Garden would have still needed a good soak, so I'm glad I got it done.
I have a load of bedding here (nemesia and calendula) that I got at a good price two weeks ago, so I decided to get it planted. I made up 5 containers, and put more into the borders. Must feed them tomorrow. I need as much as possible flowering for 18th June. I planted some Acidanthera and some of my new fuchsias from Friday into a pot together. I love acidanthera so I hope to overwinter these, not in the greenhouse, but the garage where it will be a tad warmer. I also planted yesterdays' lilium formosanum into the greenhouse border, at the pink and blue end.
Sorted out 'plants in waiting' and ended up throwing some no-hopers out. Filled up two black plastic bags for dumping. All my fuchsias died! Moved the rest up to the bench under the garage window where I can keep a better eye on them. 'Plants in waiting' area on the table under the pergola is now free of clutter, so I guess some painting is on the cards asap. The gravel also needs a good weeding. Gave my buxus spirals (not artificial!!!) a bit of a trim. Now that I have no more bedding to plant, what am I going to do on my day off?????? Better buy something tomorrow!!
05 June 2011 06:12:11
Stealing from 'Alice'
It's funny but the garden yesterday that really caught my imagination was the 'Alice in Wonderland Garden'. It was mainly green - grass hummocks, and box balls. It also reminded me of Tellytubby Land :) but in a positive way. All that green seemed to just soothe the senses instead of lots of colour competing for attention. I may just steal from this planting scheme in a small way. I have plenty of buxus here that are crammed into pots as I can't find the best place for them - at least not until now! I need to work in conjunction with my imagination!
04 June 2011 22:35:13
I decided to buy some of the 'oldies' today - dianthus barbatus. High time I got some. Great minds think alike, Monica!
04 June 2011 22:18:02
A newly-acquired plant for the pastel end of the greenhouse border. "Pastel?", I hear you say. Ok, a little more vibrant than pastel. Still lovin' it, though. Saw the same plant in Bloom today.
04 June 2011 21:14:46
Saxifraga longiflora 'Lissadell'
I was totally won-over seeing this one planted in its proper setting. And I was so disappointed to find that they had all been sold. So, if anyone out there has a bit that needs dividing, I would love some if possible.
04 June 2011 19:48:01
Teddy Bears' Picnic at Bloom
It was great to be off this weekend and go to Bloom. With working every second weekend, I seem to be missing a lot of events ie Bills Open Garden is, unfortunately, a non-runner for me. And the following weekend, I was hoping to get to Dorothy's garden. But have a family occasion here and won't be able to make that either.
However, today I just wallowed in the festivities of the crowds from all walks of life, and from the old to the very young. Great to see such a mix of generations and all enjoying more or less the same things. We did the rounds of the display tent first. But I must admit I am getting bored seeing the same kinds of displays, and lately I feel that they look so unnatural. If I see another display of primulas, I may just knock into the whole thing and tip it over. Primulas should be seen in their natural environment. And like with others.
While I found that the stands were ok, the plants offered were pretty ordinary. And when I found a plant that I wanted, I discovered there were none left. Fran must have bought the lot. I had my heart set on a lovely saxifraga longiflora 'Lissadell' but that was not to be. I might 'put in' for the Thursday off for next year!
Picnic area was very well set out, but we found that when people managed to get a table and chairs, they hogged them for a large portion of the day. That was a big mistake sitting down. When we got up to go back again, I noticed Dad was looking a bit weary. So I did a quick visit to the plant sales area again - very quick. So under pressure I only bought a few things - Ginkgo biloba from futureforests, Fuchsias 'Lady Boothby' and 'Snowfire' from Fuchsiavale, some dianthus barbatus from Newlands G.C., Lilium formosanum from primulasandauriculas.com, Watsonia 'Pale Pink' and finally a Mukdenia rossii 'Karasuba'.
We were met by Kate at the entrance with two complimentary tickets which was brilliant (thanks). Rachel appeared at the same time very briefly. And later I met up with Liga, and Feverfew and her daughter, Charlene. Thanks a mill, Evelyn, for the pheasant bush.
P.S. Uploading photos tonight has been a pleasure. If it's down to the hard work of Craig and the team, well done, and thanks!
04 June 2011 07:30:27
Reeling in the years!!!
Gosh I have soooo many precious memories of Mam making up picnics when we were small. I remember lots of egg and onion sandwiches, jam sandwiches, fairy cakes, gur cake (all homemade by herself) etc etc. She had 4 old biscuit tins which she would literally FILL with sandwiches and goodies (we always had big appetites!). I did the same when my girls were small and I loved every minute of it. So did the girls. Steve is NOT one for picnics. Maybe it's purely a 'girlie' thing. But today, thanks to Dad accompanying us, I have a 'picnic' opportunity once again. Really looking forward to the day, even if I come home with NO plants. Wahoo! Happy Camper, and it's only 7.28am
Enjoy, everyone. And I'll see y'awl there!
04 June 2011 05:45:20
I nearly succeeded in not
buying any plants in work yesterday. But on the delivery were these so gorgeous little fuchsias. You know the little ones for hanging baskets €2.49 each. This one is a bit different to the norm - small, upright and very compact and a gazillion flower buds. And beautiful! Unfortunately they didn't have a name tag in them. Had to have them though.
03 June 2011 22:39:03
So delighted with my poppies this year. Can't believe how big they are.
03 June 2011 22:02:22
OMG How hot was that! Our Garden Centre has a tarmac ground and the heat just bounces back at you. It was like a furnace and to top it all, a really big delivery came in that I had to deal with unaided!!!! Was seriously dehydrated by the time I got home. Legs and feet were so throbbing, that I let my Grandson loose with the hose. After a quick crash course in how to do it, I realized this little fella is a 'natural'. Hmmm, do you think it's a bit early to give him some gardening jobs? Most of the water ended up on ME! Lovely feeling just getting the boots and socks off and walking around the wet grass in my bare feet. David thoroughly enjoyed his soaking too! We won't be able to do that when the water rates come in.
03 June 2011 06:33:12
Just went out to check again!
And what's also weird is I wouldn't have thought that poppies would open overnight. However this one has. And it's a gorgeous colour - just my type. Not into pastels really. Whatever the reason for different flowers on the one plant, I will enjoy it as though they are two separate ones.
What a perfect morning out there. Anybody going to Bloom, enjoy. And make sure you don't forget the FACTOR. It's gonna be a scorcher!
03 June 2011 06:21:57
Geraldine posted a journal of a different flower coming from one of her oriental papavar. I have the same thing happening to mine. Last week I posted a photo of one that is pale pink, almost white. And yesterday evening I went to see if there were any more new flowers on it. Looks like a different one about to open any day - and it's definitely not
going to be pale pink!
02 June 2011 22:35:01
When Steve and I were in Lanzarote last October we met up with Trish (Lanzarote Flora) for the first time. Her generosity was unbelievable with cuttings and divisions. This plant (I think it's a mesembryanthemum of some sort) struggled through the winter, even though I had it in the house. But when temperatures started to rise at the beginning of April, out it went to the greenhouse. Today it has flowered. So happy with that, even though the flower is a bit insignificant.
02 June 2011 22:07:17
What a day!
Moods very high with customers today and it reflected 'big time' with sales. Long may it continue. Didn't get a whole lot done when I got home. Tied in sweet pea again (4 lots) and some tall lilies 'African Queen'. They are already standing at about 3ft tall. Tied in mangetout. Got in for a paddle in the pond and gave all the bedding on The Island (begonias, trailing fuchsias and Atropa belladonna 'Deadly Nightshade') a good dose of tomato feed to give them another kickstart. Then decided to have a few bevvies on the patio and dialled for a Chinese. Way too nice to be stuck in a kitchen. Not long in. Gorgeous night.
02 June 2011 21:35:25
Leave me something for Saturday, please!
It's killing me that I can't get to Bloom tomorrow. I hope all the best plants won't be gone by the time I get there. Will be outside the gates before they open on Saturday morning. I have been very controlled as regards buying plants so far this year. Hoping something unusual will take my fancy.
02 June 2011 05:57:00
I got a magnificent Voodoo Lily (Soromatum venosum) from Deborah when we went to visit Terra Nova. I was told that this was to stink of rotting flesh. Hmmmm don't think that happened. It is truly a magnificent plant. I was waiting to be greeted by that hideous scent, but it never happened. Maybe there's something up with my 'smellers'. However, it died off (thought I had done something wrong) but looking at it yesterday I noticed a new little snout pushing up out of the ground and a smaller one just beside it. Wahoo!
Maybe it will reward me with what it's supposed to do this time round. Or maybe I'll just camp out beside it for a few days. Either way, it deserves a bit of respect.
01 June 2011 22:37:26
Another little gem
I love this one in the Alpine Circle. It's sisyrinchium 'E.K. Balls'.
01 June 2011 22:12:45
Did anyone get as good a view of the sunset this evening?
01 June 2011 21:14:05
Blooming for Bloom
Dahlia 'Honka' is getting ready to appear any day now.
01 June 2011 20:46:50
Veronica spicata and purple sedum
I went shopping on my own this morning and was back by 9.45. Don't tell anyone, but I went up for a snooze (2 whole hours, OMG!). Had a quick cuppa then and donned the gardening gear. Got the Lewisias out of the way first. Then I got the strimmer out and did all the edges. So when Steve goes to cut the grass?????????? on Sunday, it will make it quicker for him.
Planted my new Veronica spicata into the greenhouse border, and Gerbera 'Sunny' into the 'hot' end. Transplanted my Erythronium from there into the Bog Bed, and a dwarf Astilbe. Then I pulled loads of crap from the Lower Pond and put it on the compost. That's when I found the Ants Nest. Ugghhh!
I got all of the sunflowers planted. I should have about 36 in total - just 2 varieties 'Sungold' (Geraldine's) and my own 'Earthwalker'. I have an average of 4 plants to one bamboo cane until they grow up a bit. Oh, I can't wait to see them all when in bloom. The neighbours are definitely going to start talking about me!
I planted up a container with my little Cosmos 'Snowman' seedlings, and Lupin 'Candy Stripe'. They will look lovely together. Then I planted up another container with a Canna that I got from Deborah 'Valentine' and surrounded it with some lovely Nemesias. I have lots more bedding to find homes for. But I am off this coming weekend so will find a place by then.
I bought Polianthes 'The Pearl' in Mr. Middletons and had it planted. It has shown absolutely no sign of growth and was about to chuck it onto the compost when 'lo and behold I spotted something just peeping up. Wahoo! Happy Days!
And surprise, surprise, one of my 'Honka' dahlias has about 5 flower buds. So early. All good, though!
01 June 2011 19:37:16
Alpine Circle today
Having acquired 8 new Lewisias for 10c each last week, I was going to plant them around the Upper Pond. However, there is very little blank soil left at the front, so decided to plant them up at the back wall of the pond. I changed my mind pretty quickly when I realised I would have to crawl in on all fours. Eh, no thanks. I wasn't in the mood for a dip. So they ended up in the Alpine Circle. I also planted some Calceolarias (Sunset Orange) and Delosperma cooperi while I was at it. Looking good!
01 June 2011 18:44:36
Ants in my pants!
And there was I being a very good girl, putting all cuttings into the compost bin today. I lifted the lid off and..... GULP!!!!! Hundreds of ants millin' all over the place. It kinda make my skin crawl and sent shivers down my spine. I left the lid off in the hope that maybe some birds could feast on them. I'm not sure if birds eat ants!
01 June 2011 08:59:14
R. 'Paul's Scarlet'
This climbing rose on the pergola was just a mass of buds two days ago. All of a sudden it's full of colour.