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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal July 2011

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My Skinny Baby

31 July 2011 23:01:22
My Skinny Baby

My Skinny Baby

I became a Mammy again the other day. I think my baby has put on at least 1 gram since then. Still skinny though! He needs a good big snail to munch on.

I love bees

31 July 2011 22:11:52
Bee on potentilla

Bee on potentilla

Occasionally while dead-heading I accidentally brush against bees seeking pollen. Lovely and furry to touch. This one was lost in his own little world today.

Cautleya

31 July 2011 21:58:43
Cautleya spicata

Cautleya spicata

I was trying to wait until the whole thing is flowering. But the flowers on the bottom are shrivelling before the top ones come out. Very beautiful. New one to my garden. Hope it will be here for a long time. I think I got this from Terra Nova?

Lovin' this!

31 July 2011 21:21:55
Sidalcea, purple sedum, allium sphaerocephelon & coleus

Sidalcea, purple sedum, allium sphaerocephelon & coleus

Another rare case of getting the combo right.

 

Aint this peachy!

31 July 2011 20:59:58
Aint this peachy!

Aint this peachy!

To remove any temptation while Zoe is watering the greenhouse I picked my only edible-sized peach today. 2 smaller ones, and ripening rapidly. But very small.

Bargain Bougainvillea

31 July 2011 20:44:14
Bargain Bougainvillea

Bargain Bougainvillea

I bought this half price at Ratoath Garden Centre last year. It stayed in the greenhouse all winter and now it is flowering.

Knautia

31 July 2011 20:16:22
Knautia macedonica 'Red Knight'

Knautia macedonica 'Red Knight'

Happy with this combo. I have Salvia 'hot lips' planted at the back of this border and it has really taken off since planting it out. I also have lobelia speciosum 'Fan Scarlet' and today, to join the trio, Knautia macedonica 'Red Knight' has decided to open. Just lovin' it!

Lilium 'African Queen' - NOT!!!

31 July 2011 19:47:24
Lilium 'Montego Bay'

Lilium 'Montego Bay'

Got the label wrong when planting my 'african queen' lilies. However, the 'other' ones rewarded me  by flowering before tomorrow. They are just as gorgeous as 'african queen'. I can't believe the size of these flowers. They are more than 6 inches long. A bit of google research reveals that they (Montego Bay) are a cross between an oriental and trumpet lily (orienpet). They can reach 3-4ft in their first year. Mine are already at least 5ft. By year 2, they can shoot up to 6ft and within 3 yrs these can reach as high as 6-8ft, with masses of flowers. The surge in height of these lilies is owed to their ability to produce multiple stems from a single bulb. But the weird thing is, the flower that is lowest (down in amongst other foliage) has flowered first.

Now, where did I plant my 'African Queens'?

Things are falling into place

31 July 2011 19:16:13
Gypsophila and thalictrum delevayi 'Hewitt's Double'

Gypsophila and thalictrum delevayi 'Hewitt's Double'

Apart from just a few things, I am happy with the planting positions of most things in my garden this year. I am no longer planting haphazardly, believe it or not! There was a time, not so long ago, when I changed the position of practically everything in order to get heights and colour combinations just right. Positioned my gypsophila beside Thalictrum to see the effect. Very happy with this combination. And it has fulfilled my urge for 'airy' plants outside the greenhouse.

My aim now is to concentrate on winter foliage in 'the wilderness tamed'.

Lazy Sunday

31 July 2011 18:50:20
Gentian

Gentian

Didn't accomplish much in the garden today. My mind is on other things so I decided to just potter about, tieing in things, dead-heading, watering etc. Even the weather was lazy today, it couldn't muster up the energy to rain properly. Managed to plant just two things, my 'Jolly Bee' geranium, and my new gentian into the Alpine Circle after thinning out bits and pieces from that area. Took a lot of foliage from tomato plants and tied them in. Grapes are reddening up nicely. Had a sneaky taste, and are very sweet. Has anybody noticed that there seem to be far less slugs and snails this year? Normally I have to pick my grapes prematurely so they won't get them before me. And as a result, they are way too sour.

Carnation

31 July 2011 07:24:49
Carnation

Carnation

Kate gave me cuttings of a carnation a few months back. Just out there now and was delighted that it has finally decided to show its colour. It's a gorgeous banana yellow. Thanks Kate.

Rudbeckia 'Cherry Brandy'.

30 July 2011 21:45:13
Rudbeckia 'Cherry Brandy'.

Rudbeckia 'Cherry Brandy'.

I was under the impression that these were the seedlings that Clare gave me. But looking at Frans one that opened today, I'm not so sure now. Maybe they can produce different colour flowers? Can anyone enlighten me?

Ribbit, ribbit!

30 July 2011 21:32:01
Ribbit, ribbit!

Ribbit, ribbit!

This is one of the new ornaments I bought today. As you can tell, I am suffering with a bit of 'frogmania' of late.

Kilquade Garden Centre

30 July 2011 20:49:54
Callistemon at Kilquade Garden Centre

Callistemon at Kilquade Garden Centre

Dad's 80th Birthday today and he requested to go to a garden centre with Steve and I. So who was I to argue? We had already given him a big bash last month to facilitate my sisters departure to Canada.  So we headed down to Kilquade in Wicklow. Haven't visited this place very often. I don't know why. At the entrance there are a few amazing sculptures crafted by a local man. The garden centre is so well stocked, and plenty of space is given over to the plants. Plant quality is excellent and there is plenty of variety to whet anyone's appetite. Their selection of garden ornaments is second to none and would suit everyone's budget. 

I bought a nice gentian for the Alpine Circle. Have to thin out some plants first though. Also bought a lovely white campanula. And a couple of new ornaments. Then we went to lunch to round off the afternoon. Nice day. No gardening except for watering - and now it's raining. Story of my life!

 

Loopy Lupin Leaf

30 July 2011 09:47:04
Loopy Lupin Leaf

Loopy Lupin Leaf

Look at the way this new leaf is growing on my lupins. Weird, or what!

"Come on. Get a move on!"

30 July 2011 06:39:33
'Come on. Get a move on!'

'Come on. Get a move on!'

I have been waiting for these lilies to open for so long. They are called 'African Queen'. I have never had such tall lilies here before. They are planted in my 'hot' border beside the greenhouse. The blooms look like they are going to be massive. They better open before Monday, or I'll miss them altogether.

Glistening

30 July 2011 04:12:10
Spiders web on Pieris

Spiders web on Pieris

Couldn't resist taking this photo of a spiders web on Pieris in work yesterday after a morning of drizzle. It looked magical glistening in the sun.

Camouflage

30 July 2011 04:04:17
Camouflage

Camouflage

Didn't realize there was a butterfly on this dahlia until I caught the slightest movement of his wings. Another case of Mother Nature's sheer brilliance!

"It wasn't me, Gran"

30 July 2011 03:39:37
'It wasn't me, Gran'

'It wasn't me, Gran'

I did a bit of dead-heading before heading off to work yesterday morning. And as I was not in danger of having visitors, I just dropped the spent flowers onto the grass till later. Got in from work then and David senior and junior were out in the garden. Wee Davey was trying to stick all the spent flowers back on to the plants. It looked like he was afraid I was going to blame him for picking them. Had to laugh!

Still cramming them in....

29 July 2011 06:14:32
Gypsophila pan. 'Pink Festival'

Gypsophila pan. 'Pink Festival'

I can resist anything but temptation. A nice delivery of perennials came in yesterday....

On my quest for 'airy' plants for outside the greenhouse, I couldn't resist buying Gypsophila (I had always thought this was just an annual), and another hosta 'Gold Standard'. Unfortunately we had none of the terracotta pots left in our place that I use for my hosta display. Will have to travel further afield.

I will be finished work this evening at 4 so it will feel like I'm on a half-day. Wahoo! Hope to plant the gypsophila when I get home. Then mark the start of my holiday with drinks on the patio! Cheers, everyone!

Quackers!

28 July 2011 21:53:33
Quackers!

Quackers!

Had to laugh this evening at my Calceolaria in full bloom. I thought they resembled a flock of rubber ducks in the Alpine Circle. I love their vivid colours.

Another pretty primula - like, they all are!

28 July 2011 21:33:37
Primula capitata 'Mooreana'

Primula capitata 'Mooreana'

Got this one a few weeks ago. I love its intense blue and dainty flowers towering above the foliage. Didn't realize this was hardy until I actually planted it - in its pot so I could overwinter it.

Hazel - Hardy Osteospermum

28 July 2011 20:26:56
Osteospermum jucundum

Osteospermum jucundum

Hazel very kindly gave me a hardy osteospermum yesterday. But it originally came from a friends/relatives garden so didn't know the name.

We got some in today, Hazel, that look very like the one in question. If you think it's the same, it's called Osteospermum jucundum. Let me know.

Well rested and ready to go!

28 July 2011 05:43:26
Garden.ie, 'Stop Cropping Photos'.

Garden.ie, 'Stop Cropping Photos'.

Had a very early start to yesterday and couldn't keep my eyes open last night, so headed off to bed early, relaxed and confident that my visitors had a decent time here. I feel like a new woman. Thanks all for your lovely comments. Two more days in work and I start my weeks holidays. Wahoo! A lot of new plants here, thanks to the generosity of friends donations yesterday. Will spend the next 2 days decided where they will go. Looking forward SOOOO MUCH to 'chilling' for a week.

Horrible wet morning. But, have a nice day!

Garden Visit

27 July 2011 19:49:34
Steve 'walking the plank'

Steve 'walking the plank'

I was feeling a bit 'in-over-my-head' having this mini get-together today here in my garden. I was feeling quite inadequate having such a small garden and certain people travelled a good distance just to see it, and some people even travelled across from the Southside. Gosh, that was brave!!!  

I want to thank ALL who took the trouble to view my little plot. It meant so much to me. Very soon after peoples arrival I started to relax. Of course, gardeners are a great bunch altogether. My inadequacies just vanished out the window and I actually began to relax. I hope you all enjoyed the afternoon. I did! Thankfully we got the best of the sunshine. Raining now. And thanks for all your lovely pressies. So thoughtful.

Pink Fairy

27 July 2011 19:13:02
Lupin 'Pink Fairy'

Lupin 'Pink Fairy'

Now I can finally show you my eensy weensy lupin grown from seed. The flower on this one is only about 2 and a half inches long. Loving it. Will collect seed for next year. It's planted in a container with white cornflower 'Snowman'.

 

Fuchsia

27 July 2011 07:39:45
Fuchsia 'Swingtime'

Fuchsia 'Swingtime'

Sadly I lost all my fuchsias in pots this year. But here is one I just wouldn't be without for my hanging baskets. It's Fuchsia 'Swingtime'.

Oooh the frustration!

26 July 2011 22:46:51
Oooh the frustration!

Oooh the frustration!

I would just LOVE to post a photo of my cautleya spicata as it is beginning to flower, and my new tiny lupin 'Pink Fairy', or even another tigridia due to open tomorrow. But then I'd probably get a couple of cancellations, as everyone has seen every flower in my garden, and every blade of grass.

So hot!

26 July 2011 21:19:17
Peppers

Peppers

Gosh, the heat was hot (duh!!) today. Was so happy to clock out. Got home and Steve had levelled and weeded the 'wilderness' and spread barkchip all over it. That was some weight lifted off my shoulders. Thanks a mill, Steve.

In the greenhouse, my variegated Abutilon was covered in whitefly. And further investigation revealed that so were my peppers. Took them out and sprayed them with a spray I got in the €2 shop a while back. Gosh, it definitely felt like pure washing-up liquid on my hands. Could have saved the money if I wasn't too lazy to make up my own. However, it's done now. Lots and lots of little peppers, and so looking forward to munching on them. Did my last bit of deadheading in preparation for tomorrow. Happy that the place is looking a bit 'cared for' finally! I just hope it won't be a wasted trip for anyone!!!

Pond Plant

26 July 2011 07:11:57
Pond Plant

Pond Plant

It's hard to believe this tall plant is growing in the Lower Pond. It stands at about 4ft. Pretty flower. Maybe it's a weed. But it's a nice one.

Calla lilies

26 July 2011 06:08:36
Calla lilies

Calla lilies

Maybe the reason I love these is that I think the flowers very much remind me of an arisaema.

Gladiolus

25 July 2011 22:15:21
Gladiolus 'Atom'

Gladiolus 'Atom'

A new one opened today. This is a relatively small one, only getting to about 3ft max.

I'm a Mammy again!

25 July 2011 22:01:16
I'm a Mammy again!

I'm a Mammy again!

I had a baby today! He weighed in at approximately 1 gram, and he has his Daddy's legs!

Now I understand, Clare!

25 July 2011 05:48:42
Tigridia

Tigridia

Clare posted photos the other day of a very exotic looking flower, Tigridia, of which I also have. I couldn't understand her disappointment when the flowers closed at about 4.00pm.

Yesterday morning I nearly choked with excitement when I was doing a 'check' on the garden before work and spotted these gorgeous flowers. And they are truly gorgeous. I told Steve to keep an eye on them during the day. And sure enough, they closed at about 4.15. I got home to crumpled looking petals. And my visitors last night didn't even get to see them. I have them planted in pots, and plunged into the soil. So they can easily be lifted to bring into the greenhouse over winter. I have more on the other side of the garden but they obviously need sun to open.  Might not bother with them now. This garden is too small for things that don't earn their keep.

Hardy Bishop

24 July 2011 06:30:39
Dahlia 'Bishop of Auckland'

Dahlia 'Bishop of Auckland'

It was great to see one of my Bishops open up yesterday. I didn't think they were hardy. But so far, it is the only one of the Bishops to reappear after the 2 winters we just had. One is better than none.

Going out now to see if anything new has opened!!

Self-seeders

23 July 2011 22:18:12
Self-seeders

Self-seeders

My self-seeded sweet pea have opened today, of all days. They were one of Mam's favourite scents.

In memory of.....

23 July 2011 21:26:49
Affectionately known here as Nymphaea 'Dolores'

Affectionately known here as Nymphaea 'Dolores'

Today was an emotional one for me and my family. It is three years since my dear Mam passed away. And it has been a really tough three years. To prevent my Dad going into a slight 'decline' today we decided to take him out to a place my Mam loved - the Botanic Gardens. Even though she didn't have much 'garden knowledge', she appreciated everything living and green and knew how much my garden meant to me. So it was befitting that we celebrated her life in Glasnevin today.

We decided to get an official tour, and our Tour Guide, Noirin O'Neill, was very attentive and informative to all our/my questions and needs. We had 2 of my sisters with us (my brother emigrated to the Philippines in Feb and youngest sister to Canada last month), my nephew, and my sisters grandaughter with us who is 11, and she directed the tour with very child-oriented interest. Dad revelled in the new knowledge and was in awe that he had learnt so much from todays tour. I hadn't realized that he had never had a full tour of the Botanic Gardens until today. How remiss of me! But I guarantee that he will return in the near future.  We were also introduced to a new area being built - an Irish area, emcompassing Burren planting. It will also include flora and fauna exclusive to different areas in the country, as much as possible. This could be something to watch out for in the future.

An interesting area with a map made from stone from the different regions of Ireland had never caught my eye before. 

A special thanks to Noirin. Without her expertise, Dad would have flagged half-way through, and lost interest while walking around. I mentioned Garden.ie to Noirin and she promised to set up her own profile.

The photo is of our water lily that flowered for us for the first time on the day of Mam's funeral 3 years ago. Pink was her favourite colour.

Pelargonium cutting

23 July 2011 07:47:53
Pelargonium cutting

Pelargonium cutting

Kate gave me a couple of pelargonium cuttings a few weeks ago. One of them has just opened. I love its rich, luxuriant colour. Thanks Kate!

Cosmos

23 July 2011 06:51:41
Cosmos 'Snowman'

Cosmos 'Snowman'

Just look at the display Clare's cosmos seedlings are giving me. They're planted in the shady/now with added sun border amongst lysimachia and penstemon. They sure do stand out, and just keep on producing more and more flowers. These ones are C. 'Snowman'. My own seedlings of same are just beginning to open and are planted with some lovely lupins, which are also beginning to flower. Will post a photo when I have something to show.

Clare, thanks so much for these little beauties. Will definitely save seed for next year.

'Rhapsody in Blue'

22 July 2011 22:59:05
'Rhapsody in Blue'

'Rhapsody in Blue'

I just had to take this photo in work today as mine isn't quite open yet! Actually, it's not even planted!!!!!!!!!!

Leucanthemum 'Shaggy'

22 July 2011 22:46:31
Leucanthemum 'Shaggy'

Leucanthemum 'Shaggy'

This is another leucanthemum that has opened up. Don't you just LOVE this time of year!

Life is a bed of roses

22 July 2011 21:44:39
R. 'Wildfire Fryessex'

R. 'Wildfire Fryessex'

Well, who would have thought 3 years ago that I would acquire so many roses. I now have 5 different climbing roses, 3 floribundas, and 3 flower carpet roses. Ok, most of them have been bought this year so are still quite small. Today we got in another consignment and I couldn't resist the strong hot colour of this one which is a patio rose and has been planted into a pot - obviously! Totally 'in love' with this one.

No More Gaps

22 July 2011 21:27:09
No More Gaps

No More Gaps

Well, after looking at the kaleidoscope of colour in the garden centre from all the osteospermums, I finally succumbed today. But I only opted for the peachy orange for the greenhouse border. The gaps are beginning to disappear rapidly.

Plenty of tidying up again this evening in preparation for visitors next week. Just hope they are not looking for perfection though! It's very much a 'lived-in' garden - and home! My Lobelia speciosum is just starting to flower. 

Everything was parched today so they got a good soaking, as usual. Managed to climb in to the back of the Lower Pond, hanging on to the honeysuckle to save me falling in. Lots of that weed that's tall, thin and has a tiny pink flower. Don't know what it is, but there is no shortage of them. Also thinned back some alchemilla mollis. I had a terracotta fish in this area, but he went in a black bag this evening. The frost and snow took its toll on him. Will look for something more durable on the nautical line. Maybe copper. 

Dual Purpose Plants

22 July 2011 06:13:07
Perovskia (Russian Sage)

Perovskia (Russian Sage)

I have Thalictrum (very small still) and Perovskia (Russian Sage) planted outside the greenhouse. These two plants are great for providing colour and NOT blocking out too much light from the greenhouse. And they also do a nice job of providing a small bit of shade to the plants inside. I love the velvety feel of Perovskia. Must get some more of this. Or split up what I have. Don't know how easy or difficult this would be.

A little encore!

21 July 2011 22:04:30
Clematis 'Niobe'

Clematis 'Niobe'

Fran's bargain clematis 'Niobe' has just opened again. This time round, it has produced eensy weensy lickle flowers!

Another clematis

21 July 2011 21:56:26
Clematis 'piilu'

Clematis 'piilu'

An award winning clematis from Estonia. It's a cross between 'Hagley Hybrid' and clematis mahrouyi. It's supposed to grow to 6ft. Mine has a lot more growing to do. But after all the drenching the garden got today, it opened.

Zinnias

21 July 2011 21:28:46
Zinnias

Zinnias

Got a couple in the garden centre and impressed with their lovely vivid red colour. However, this one opened today. It is one of Cloncaw's seedlings that she gave me at the last get-together. Didn't know they came in pink. Wrong place for this, but still a pretty little thing. Will plan better for next year.

Flagpole Cherry

21 July 2011 06:02:40
Flagpole Cherry

Flagpole Cherry

A few months back I was in Ratoath Garden Centre and asked John did he have any flagpole cherries. He disappeared without another word, and came back with a sad specimen in his hands. This one was in an 'out-of-the-way' area, as it wouldn't sell. It was sadly a bit neglected. A main trunk which looked pretty 'dead', and a smaller branch coming out at the bottom. He offered it to me for a fiver. Of course, me, not looking a gift horse in the mouth, accepted it immediately. Planted it as soon as I got home and watched......

No sign of further growth, until I decided to cut down the main trunk. 

I had forgotten it was actually there until yesterday, when I was sitting down, weeding in the Wilderness area. My Impatiens glandulifera is completely hiding it. I noticed 5 new healthy branches growing. Really pleased with this. It is only about 2 feet small, maybe more. Hopefully now it will really 'take off'.

I love Freebies!

20 July 2011 22:48:11
I love Freebies!

I love Freebies!

I have Ophiopogon growing in the Alpine Circle. Today I noticed a baby one growing near the parent plant. Mammy is on the other side of that piece of driftwood.

Aconite

20 July 2011 22:27:11
Aconite

Aconite

My Monkshood also opened up today. My favourite colour!

Shining like a star!

20 July 2011 22:06:55
Dahlia 'Honka'

Dahlia 'Honka'

I know I posted a photo of my newest Dahlia last night. But today it is fully open and shining like a star. So impressed with this.

African marigolds

20 July 2011 21:50:59
African marigolds 'Crackerjack mixed' from seed

African marigolds 'Crackerjack mixed' from seed

Never grew these from seed before. My seed-sowing records are not the best so far. But these African marigolds opened for me today. Really happy with them. And surprised that they have grown so tall. They are at least 2ft. I have also noticed that slugs and snails are not bothered with them.

Late start today

20 July 2011 20:11:23
Weedy Bog Extension from ground level

Weedy Bog Extension from ground level

Had a bit of bother getting Zoe out of bed this morning, David was playing away with the toys in his cot when I went in to them and gave me the biggest smile reserved only for Gran's!!! However, out we got, did the shopping, and went for brunch. So we got back later than our normal Wednesday.

Decided to paint the chairs first. Ugh! It just takes forever...... When I had just 2 done, I gave up. My time was being wasted painting, when I had more important jobs on for today. The borders either side of the garden are grand, and weed free. However, the Wilderness has become a wilderness, yet again. It gives me such grief. This is where I made the Bog Extension. My back was giving me a bit of bother so I decided to get down to a sitting position on the soil. That way I could really see what was to get pulled up. I might do a bit of delegating for the weekend seems that I will be in work, and Steve will have nothing to do!!!

Divided up a couple of plants in the Alpine Circle, and potted some up for friends. Have a few left over for anyone coming here next week. Dead-headed and swept. Dumped old compost from planters 'over the wall' and the contents of 2 baskets so I could stack up any that I don't have a use for until next year. Luckily I have a couple more baskets that should look decent enough to keep going until Autumn.

Tied in clematis, and honeysuckle. Watered everything inside and out. Now the rain is not far away. So knackered today that I nearly just left all tools outside. It's such a drudgery!

I like this arrangement

20 July 2011 06:04:15
I like this arrangement

I like this arrangement

I have my herbs planted in containers. That way I can move them closer to the house if I want to get the aroma from the patio doors. But usually the area at the patio doors is too congested with other plants for me to appreciate them properly. So they are now neatly arranged outside the greenhouse. All similar pots, all quite angular. I think they look like buildings in 'toytown'. I also have the Belfast sink here and a newish oval planter with callas to 'soften' the look. I like it.

New Dahlia opens

19 July 2011 22:09:45
Dahlia 'Honka'

Dahlia 'Honka'

This is the one I have been waiting for. I thought my pink one was 'it'. But that was last years coming up, despite having no winter protection. However, this is Dahlia 'Honka' that I bought in Johnstown in March at the last get-together.

This evening

19 July 2011 21:41:22
Table done

Table done

Spent a bit of time watering and feeding. Then decided at the last minute that I should paint more patio furniture. Managed to get the table done, and then was bombarded with visitors. That was that! Off tomorrow, so hope to get the chairs done.

Red Lane

19 July 2011 21:35:43
Malus domestica 'Red Lane'

Malus domestica 'Red Lane'

These are growing in a pot. I have it about 2 years. And this is the best year ever. Loads of apples. Lovely red flesh inside. And very sweet. Doing really well so far. Now, let's just let them grow!

Smitten by this one

19 July 2011 06:08:23
Potentilla 'Arc-en-ciel'

Potentilla 'Arc-en-ciel'

This is a new plant to my greenhouse border. I love it.

A pretty picture for Hosta (or anyone else)

18 July 2011 22:26:29
A pretty picture for Hosta (or anyone else)

A pretty picture for Hosta (or anyone else)

Just thought you might like to see how pretty my potentilla is looking today in full flower.

Another Leucanthemum

18 July 2011 22:01:45
Another Leucanthemum

Another Leucanthemum

I love daisy-type flowers. This is another leucanthemum that opened today. I think this one is 'Goldrush'. Correct me if I am wrong!

Freesia

18 July 2011 20:50:31
Freesia

Freesia

These little beauties were open by the time I got home. Brave, or what! I will have to get quadruple this amount to make a much bigger splash for next year. They look great with the red geranium behind them too.

Impatiens glandulifera 'Red Wine'

18 July 2011 20:47:44
Short back and sides

Short back and sides

Black Aphids on my impatiens, just as Fran had warned. The seedlings have grown to about 6 ft. So I took a chance this evening on cutting it down to about 4 ft as the aphids were on the top 2 ft.  Hope they will still produce plenty more flowers. Really impressed with this 'harmless' annual.

Scented Oil Tank

18 July 2011 06:13:31
Scented Oil Tank

Scented Oil Tank

My oil tank has been completely obliterated by my jasmine 'Clotted Cream'. It has started to flower now, there are an abundance of flowers to open. It is teamed up with Lonicera 'Graham Thomas'. Looking forward to drinking in the heavenly scent, and hoping it will put on a great show for visitors on Wednesday week.

Another new rose

17 July 2011 22:10:42
R. 'Penny Lane'

R. 'Penny Lane'

I bought this climbing rose last week. So soft and gentle!

New Hemerocallis for Ladygardener

17 July 2011 21:58:48
Hemerocallis 'David Kirchoff'

Hemerocallis 'David Kirchoff'

Got this from Camolin Potting Shed today.

New Dahlia

17 July 2011 21:31:12
New Dahlia

New Dahlia

I grew this from seed that Deborah sent. It opened today. Just lovin' the colour, and it fits right in to the greenhouse border.

Windy day

17 July 2011 20:29:46
H. 'Praying Hands'

H. 'Praying Hands'

Oooh, what a miserable day here. Warm, but drizzly and very windy. Steve and I headed over the Rose Festival in St. Anne's Park, Raheny, where everything was being blown to Kingdom Come. The roses, on entering the stalls area, were in far better condition than last year, but there didn't seem to be as many plant stalls as other years. But I bought a couple of things to keep me happy for a while. Bought Eupatorium maculatum 'Glutball' (have no idea where I'll put this but had to have it!), Primula capitata mooreana which is a gorgeous little thing with lilac flowers. These two were bought from Caherhurley Unusual Plant Nursery, Co. Clare. I also bought Thalictrum 'splendide' from Camolin Potting Shed, and finally managed to secure one of the most sought-after hostas this year 'Praying Hands'. Paid a whopping €14 for this, but I have it now. Tried getting this one at Bloom but they had none. And lastly, another Hemerocallis 'David Kirchoff' also from Camolin. Got the hemerocallis planted,  and the primula and hosta, then the Heavens opened.

When it eventually stopped I went back out and staked anything that hadn't already been staked. I like the way the garden is looking right now. That's the way I want to keep it for a while.

 

 

Good stuff

17 July 2011 05:42:23
Good stuff

Good stuff

Last weekend, Steve weeded the 'mound' while I was working. He had it in a knapsack on his back, with a sprayer. Yesterday I discovered lots of yellow patches all over the lawn. The only thing it could be from would be where he walked in the patches that he had already sprayed, they seem to be his footprints (they match his stride) all the way in to the house. Never noticed that before with a weedkiller. It must be good stuff!

Blue is the colour....

16 July 2011 23:22:26
Blue is the colour....

Blue is the colour....

Blueberries are ripening. Mmmmm. My favourite colour, and one of my favourite fruits. And full of antioxidants.

Bruno's Nicandra

16 July 2011 23:01:11
Bruno's Nicandra

Bruno's Nicandra

It has settled in well, and has started to flower. Lovely soft shade of blue.

Completely stymied

16 July 2011 21:58:38
Completely stymied

Completely stymied

I spotted this one coming up a while ago and thought it was a plant I had here last year that was considered 'tender'. So I thought I was brilliant to have gotten it through the winter. I have been waiting, and waiting. It opened today. I was totally perplexed. It's not the one I had thought it would be. I had Dimorphotheca here last year. I also had Pyrethrum. But on googling both of these, it is neither. Completely stymied now! Will put up a small album hoping someone out here can help!

Chuffed to bits

16 July 2011 21:32:45
Aeschnyanthus (Lipstick Plant)

Aeschnyanthus (Lipstick Plant)

Bought Aeschnyanthus  plant in October in full flower. It is now in full flower once again since I moved it to a hook over the kitchen sink when I got the new kitchen in. It's now in full light and obviously luvin' it!

My very own Rose Festival

16 July 2011 20:16:45
A sight to behold!

A sight to behold!

Discovered one of my newly-acquired roses 'Penny Lane' flowering away on the patio steps, still unplanted. It put me to shame, so I got the boots on and got a bit more along the dividing fence in the front cleared, digging up a big geranium to make way. I now have this geranium split up and divided so I can give some away. So if anyone has 'big gaps' in their borders this would be the ideal quick-fix solution. Here for the taking. Not sure which one it is but I reckon it's a pretty common one, pink. Mixed lots of manure into the soil and planted the rose finally. Gave it a good watering, even though it was a very showery day. I drank more coffee than normal today because of the weather. When the shower abated, I got out to the back, and up the ladder where I pruned back a climbing rose. I had a birds' eye view of the garden looking down from above the pergola. Wow, what a sight. On one of the front posts I have clematis 'Polish Spirit' which has been doing really well. But I wasn't prepared for the feast of colour from above. Gorgeous. And it is an extremely long-flowering one.

My hands and arms are in tatters. I haven't a notion as to the correct way to prune a rose, I will admit. I usually just cut beyond the flowers, or further if the stem looks a bit withered.  It was covered in blackspot, but it's not practical to spray when it's a climber. So I cut any effected leaves off and binned them. Then I gave it a good feed.

 Did lots and lots of tidying up today, staking, tying, pruning, weeding and potting on. Gave all my plants a feed of Epsom salts. I also dug up all my dutch irises, dead-headed them and heeled them in to fresh compost ready for replanting later. The garden is taking shape at last. Back is a bit sore as I type this. Too much weight-lifting!  I wonder would it be overstretching it if I were to lift a glass of Bacardi?

'Free for all'

16 July 2011 19:51:16
Cheeky Chappy

Cheeky Chappy

This morning I felt a big shadow coming over the garden while having coffee. I thought that Mr. Heron was on the prowl again. Looked out from the kitchen window. No sign of him. Sat back down again, another shadow. Good God, you forget how large the wingspan of a seagull is until it's up close to you. This cheeky fellow swooped down to partake of Holly's (the Cat) breakfast. I leave her dish out so she can eat while I'm out at work.

Catering for the 'little man'

16 July 2011 04:17:12
The only possible solution

The only possible solution

Zoe wanted to get David a little Wendy House for the garden. But I told her we couldn't afford to give it the space. I mean, it even has a little picket fence around it, for God's sake.

In my efforts to spruce up this garden at pretty short notice, I decided to paint my patio furniture. So I brought the table up to the patio door to blatantly remind me that it needed doing. That worked.

But I went down to the pergola where I pulled it from, and realized that this area is the only possible solution to the Wendy House and Davids sandpit, and his bicycle. So, I suppose I can accommodate my little man in some small way. A small price to pay for the pleasure of the next generation. And it won't be for ever, the way babies grow up so fast. The only problem is, this area is right beside my coldframe and greenhouse. And you know what little boys are like when they get a handful of gravel.

Today, I have to get up on the ladder and prune the climbing rose 'Paul's scarlet' on the pergola as it is looking pretty tatty. Can't have my grandson listing a pile of jobs that I should be doing.

Now, here's 'pink'!

15 July 2011 22:48:55
Now, here's 'pink'!

Now, here's 'pink'!

This was not supposed to be planted where it is right now. I didn't realize how pink it would be. It's in amongst yellows, oranges, and reds in the greenhouse border. A bit too strong for my liking. But still learning!

Have learnt so much!

15 July 2011 22:25:38
Greenhouse border 2010 (spuds and very little else)

Greenhouse border 2010 (spuds and very little else)

Gosh, what a difference a year has made in my garden. I always loved my garden and did the best I could. But going by todays standards, I knew NOTHING. Through constant advice, protestations, encouragement and a little bit of 'wake-up-and-smell-the-coffee' attitudes of people on this site, I have transformed my little plot to a lush, colourful, well-packed border that I would have never thought possible years ago. So all of you out there, and GARDEN.IE 'take a bow'!  And thanks again.

Another First

15 July 2011 22:03:40
Solidago

Solidago

I bought a solidago from Aldi last year and it did 'niente'. But good oul' Fran came up trumps again and gave me some. It spent all winter in just a plastic bag so I was pretty amazed watching this one growing away, once planted.I have it just outside the greenhouse and it is doing fine. I love its rich sunny colour and it's not too dense, so is perfect at the greenhouse where it will not cast too much shade on what's inside.

Thanks Fran.

Alluring Alliums

15 July 2011 21:32:29
Allium sphaerocephalon

Allium sphaerocephalon

This is my first year to grow Allium sphaerocephalon. It is planted in the greenhouse border, and makes a great companion for dierama, sanguisorba and sidalcea. Just lovin' it. Very tactile plant.

Latest flower

15 July 2011 20:59:42
Calceolaria

Calceolaria

This one is soooo cute. The flower is only the size of my thumb nail. But perfectly formed, and a gorgeous rich colour with a velvety texture. I bought this in Aldi in Spring as a very small plug plant.

Rose Festival

15 July 2011 06:44:34
Rose Festival

Rose Festival

Just a little reminder that The Rose Festival is on this weekend in St. Anne's Park, Raheny. Forecast not great, but I won't let that dampen my spirits.

Impatiens glandulifera 'Red Wine'

14 July 2011 23:35:09
Impatiens glandulifera 'Red Wine'

Impatiens glandulifera 'Red Wine'

Bruno's seedlings have definitely earned their keep here in my garden. Watching it every second day and take off developing seeds. But now I notice that some of the leaves are going a bit yellow. I would be terrified to feed this monster. But, has it come to the end of its season?

Laurentia

14 July 2011 22:39:13
Laurentia/Isotoma

Laurentia/Isotoma

Bought a few of these plants at the beginning of the summer and planted them into a big pot.  It's also known as Isotoma, and quite toxic. I have a new fuchsia in the centre (the only known climbing fuchsia 'Lady Soothby') that I bought at Bloom. The Laurentia is a mass of tiny star-like, lilac flowers and has serrated leaves, it has really bulked out very well. The photo doesn't do it justice.

2 new plants

14 July 2011 22:01:38
Phygelius 'Candydrops Cream' on newly-painted table

Phygelius 'Candydrops Cream' on newly-painted table

A delivery came in yesterday while I was off. Couldn't resist this phygelius today, and a lovely lavender/blue geranium (Jolly Bee) with white eyes. It says it is ideal for a pot, too.

And as you can see, Hosta had an influence on me this evening. The phygelius is sitting on one of my patio tables that I got painted this evening (it hasn't had a coat of paint in about 5 years). Chairs will be done tomorrow, weather permitting. And that also reminded me that the garden centre is only half-painted. Will have to do that when business dies down a bit!

Plague of insects in my border

14 July 2011 21:13:31
Plague of insects in my border

Plague of insects in my border

At least that's what I thought when I saw them at first. On closer inspection, it was only seed heads of Hordeum jubatum. Phew! Relief!

Another Hemerocallis

14 July 2011 20:29:40
Another Hemerocallis

Another Hemerocallis

This opened in the Acid Triangle today. I saw this growing there last year and didn't know what it was. However, it never actually opened. So it was strange to see it in all its glory today, this year. Don't know which one it is. Maybe 'Frans Hals'? Whatever its name, it's a lovely one. Must shift it to the greenhouse border when it finishes flowering.

Another great day

14 July 2011 06:25:58
Yesterdays sunset

Yesterdays sunset

Looks like they got the forecast wrong for today. It looks like another blisteringly hot day again. Do take care in the sun.

Pest Control

13 July 2011 22:14:27
Yum, yum!

Yum, yum!

I have never witnessed frogs 'doing their bit' in the garden, with eating slugs and snails. My tadpoles are still only tadpoles, and I was watching, with great interest, their antics underwater. Three of them surrounded a small watersnail and proceeded to chew him to bits. Amazing thing to watch! I just hope they don't slacken when they become land-lovers.

Day Off

13 July 2011 19:53:00
Not easy moving that sink!

Not easy moving that sink!

Made an early start this morning on the front garden. I have decided to do a little, and often. So I dug out a corner of the lawn, bagged the sods, and planted a Choisya ternata 'Aztec Pearl'. Watered it in, and at that stage, men at work (not the group) started digging up the road. Couldn't bear the din, so I went in. Ha ha, that rhymes!

Stopped for elevenses. Then out to the back, where I tackled the Lower Pond area. Weeded, and planted Onoclea sensibilis, Japanese Shield Fern, and Koidzumi's Wood Fern. Got into the greenhouse pond to stake up Deadly Nightshade and cut back caltha palustris. Planted Potentilla 'Arc-en-ciel' in the greenhouse border and a variegated gazania.Cut back oriental poppies and lupins.

Planted 2 new dahlias into the Dahlia/Sunflower bed and gave it a good weeding. Shifted around lots of planted pots. Brought a few of them down to the Acid Triangle, which is not working, and nestled them in between existing plants there. Will tackle that at a later stage. Re-arranged pots at greenhouse to make a safer walkway into the greenhouse. It's not easy for a woman to move a Belfast sink. But I sat down, and used my feet to push it into the right spot. But my bum kept on slipping on the gravel so it took longer than I expected. Looks better now, but I'm feeling a few twinges!!!

 

Looks like its gonna be a good one

13 July 2011 06:21:20
Looks like its gonna be a good one

Looks like its gonna be a good one

Just snapped the mist on the field 'over the wall'. Hope that's a good sign of hot weather today. It's to take a turn for the worst from tomorrow, so let's enjoy today!

You can't kill a good thing!

12 July 2011 23:14:37
You can't kill a good thing!

You can't kill a good thing!

My bamboo died. It was about 10ft tall and was in a massive pot down behind the Bog Bed, it was hiding all the electrics in the garden that are in a big junction box. I gave it enough time to recuperate, nothing happened. So I cut it down to about 24 inches from the compost level.

IT'S ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Second 2nd time round!

12 July 2011 23:00:50
Lewisia

Lewisia

These are the Lewisias that I bought for 10c each a couple of months ago.

Are the Northsiders still ahead?

12 July 2011 22:35:40
Sidalcea 'Party Girl'

Sidalcea 'Party Girl'

My Sidalcea 'party girl' opened today. Ahh! I love it!

Second time round

12 July 2011 22:23:31
P 'Quaker's Bonnet' Thanks Mary.

P 'Quaker's Bonnet' Thanks Mary.

There are two primulas in my Alpine Circle making a come back. Isn't it brilliant that they are NOT just for Spring. Can't remember the name of this one. Too lazy to go to my 'Label Box' right now.

Dave's verbascum

12 July 2011 22:00:49
Dave's verbascum

Dave's verbascum

At least I think this is one of Dave's verbascum seedlings that he gave me last year. It is finally opening. Love the colour contrast. Dave, can you tell me which one it is, please?

Not a time to relax!

12 July 2011 21:10:20
Francoa sonchifolia

Francoa sonchifolia

OMG can't believe I fell asleep for 2 hours after work this evening. Absolutely shattered. All I got done was a bit of weeding, dead-heading and watering. How 'outrageously' boring!

Happy with one of my new plants that I got in Ratoath GC a couple of weeks ago. WIll mind this one carefully. Lovely flower.

Off tomorrow and the 'to do' list is so long I could do with having 48 hours in the day. Did my shopping after work so I don't have waste any time running errands tomorrow, and hopefully I can get 'stuck in' as soon as I get up.....if I get up! 

Culchie Courtship

12 July 2011 06:06:52
Culchie Courtship

Culchie Courtship

It's very exciting watching the tadpoles daily to see how they are progressing. Quite a few of them are now developing their little legs. And also I noticed there were a lot of them 'pairing off'. Gosh, don't they start early, these Culchies!!!!

And the prize goes to Liga

11 July 2011 23:19:22
Zinnia

Zinnia

Got these unlabelled plants in to the garden centre last week. Liga identified them as Zinnias. I bought a couple. This is what they look like today.

Teasing Georgia

11 July 2011 22:47:27
Teasing Georgia

Teasing Georgia

My new rose 'Teasing Georgia' came out the other day. It was 'lovely' - like most flowers. I was a bit disappointed by the pale insipid yellow. But now I know why Deborah has so much praise for this beauty. It is becoming more and more beautiful by the day. Look at how full the flower is. At this stage the colour is not the important issue. It's the actual flower formation.

Watsonia

11 July 2011 22:01:07
Watsonia

Watsonia

Ooooh I have been looking forward to this since I bought it at the Rare and Special Plant Fair in Birr. It's gorgeous. WIll have to apply a heavy mulch on this for winter protection. Lovin' it!

Little and Large

11 July 2011 21:43:03
little and large calendula

little and large calendula

In my greenhouse border I have lots of calendula. I was beginning to regret having planted these, but when I took a lot of the leafy growth off they looked a sight better. But look how much bigger the ones on the right are. The ones on the left measure 11 inches. The ones on the right are 21 inches. Both have been watered the same and fed the same. Both get the same amount of sun. So how can they look so different? Hmmm, another one of nature's mysteries! The yellows and oranges on the far right are perennial gerbera and nasturtiums.

Ah, that photo doesn't show it properly!

Great day

11 July 2011 21:27:30
Myrtle's sweet pea

Myrtle's sweet pea

Can't complain about the weather today, although the sun could have made more of an appearance. But it was certainly quite comfortable to work in. Got lots done, and 'crashed' when I got home. Only watered, dead-headed, and a bit of weeding was done.

Just observing things in my garden. Myrtle's perennial sweet pea has never had so many flowers before. Annual sweet pea doing great also. Galtonia 'candicans' just about to flower, as is Aconite, Solidago, Jasmine, the list goes on. It's hard to believe that a couple of months ago, our gardens were full of bare soil. Wow, now it's lush growth everywhere,  even the weeds.

Pipped at the post!

11 July 2011 20:19:30
Early Bloomer

Early Bloomer

On my way home from the gc this evening, I discovered that the container at the door has it's first gladiolus flowering. Thought to myself, 'yeah, this will be a quick journal'. But, huh, Fran beat me to it.

This container has lots of dahlias also, from last year, that are almost in bloom. So much for all 'pot plants' being lost over the winter. And I have never known a gladioli flowering so early. Pity this one has black aphids on it. Must spray it tomorrow.

When is the best time?

11 July 2011 06:48:40
When is the best time?

When is the best time?

I cut back all my sanguisorba and plonked the flowers into vases and glasses all over the place. Seeds are beginning to fall off now. But I have paper under some of them to make collection easier. Can anyone tell me when is the best time to sow these seeds?

Love this one

11 July 2011 05:56:01
Arctotis

Arctotis

Looks well in the 'hot' border. Hopefully I will be able to overwinter it successfully. The Chrysanthemums to the right of it are just beginning to flower. Should look good together.

Thanks Rachel

10 July 2011 22:42:03
Squirrel grass

Squirrel grass

Your Hordeum jubatum is new to my garden, and looking good. Hope to gather seeds for next year.

Thalictrum

10 July 2011 22:21:18
Thalictrum delavayi at Upper Pond

Thalictrum delavayi at Upper Pond

This is Thalictrum delevayi that I have planted at the Upper Pond. It's so difficult to get a decent photo of it as it needs to have a plain, unterrupted background to show it off to its fullest.

Rachel also gave me a seedling a while ago that is still very small. Forever hopeful! It's planted in my greenhouse border, at the lilac/blue/pink/white end.

Anticipation

10 July 2011 21:50:20
Anticipation

Anticipation

This is my oil tank. Ok, I know it is not as pretty as Hazels job of disguising her sceptic tank. But in a couple of weeks this is going to be 'alive' with the scent of Jasmine 'Clotted Cream'. I spotted a few open flowers this evening.

Fran's Sumach

10 July 2011 21:36:21
Sumach

Sumach

At the beginning of the growing season I saw a 'stick' in a pot and didn't have a clue what it was. This is what it looks like today! Thanks, Fran!  This will get planted into the front garden where I can admire its' gnarled, twisted and contorted branches. And if it 'suckers', so be it. It will be very welcome!

Sea King

10 July 2011 21:14:31
Bacardi Radar

Bacardi Radar

Was in no mood for cooking dinner when I got in this evening, so ordered a chinese and sat out on the patio lavishing in the evening sunlight, with a beverage or two. Overhead, we heard the Sea King (Coastguard Rescue) and it flew right over us. I think he was counting the amount of drinks I was having! One thing's for sure, I don't think I'm ready for rescuing just yet! Happy Summer, All! It feels like it's only beginning now!

A day for spraying!

10 July 2011 20:50:51
Trigger Happy

Trigger Happy

I start work at 11.00 on Sundays. That gives me time to do a few bits before I go in. So I needed to spray my roses for aphids. Little feckers! Bought a nice deep yellow dahlia yesterday, so I got that planted into my Dahlia/Sunflower bed this morning. Then I had to tie in all my sunflowers and weed that bed.

Also got the sweetpea tied in. They were beginning to sprawl.

After spraying in the garden, I decided it was also time to do the roses in work. Such a tedious job having to load all of them up on three trollies, take them out to the warehouse yard, decked out in boiler suit, mask and gloves. Glasses kept on fogging up, but all the protective gear was needed. And this solution is 'the biz'. You won't find anything like it on the shop shelves. That took me 4 hours. It's done now, so I can relax for another couple of weeks. 

Got home to a lovely cut lawn, bless him. And there he was with a backpack on, and he was as 'Happy as Larry' spraying the weeds on the mound, which is soon to become 'David's Area'. Can't wait! We will both be off next weekend so I hope we can make some progress on this.

Pleasantly surprised

10 July 2011 07:36:23
Pleasantly surprised

Pleasantly surprised

I never had African Marigolds here before. The only ones I have experience of is in the garden centre where they are sold in multiple packs, so I have never witnessed their full growth potential. I grew these ones from seed this year (Crackerjack Mixed) and didn't realize how tall they would get. They are over 2 ft. And just about to flower. All we need is a bit more sunshine.

'Candy Stripe'

10 July 2011 07:26:28
'Candy Stripe'

'Candy Stripe'

Here's how my cosmos 'candy stripe' look.

Incy Wincy Spider

10 July 2011 07:05:04
Yikes!

Yikes!

Noticed a bit of fluffy stuff on one of my small acers down in the Bog Bed yesterday and had my hand on it to remove it when it dawned on me that it was a dense web of a spider. And there was the H U G E spider on my finger. Yikes! I left it alone!

And speaking of roses.....

09 July 2011 22:41:14
R. 'Teasing Georgia'

R. 'Teasing Georgia'

This one that was recommended by Deborah just opened today. I thought it would be more yellow though!

Perplexed!

09 July 2011 22:07:14
Perplexed!

Perplexed!

I have been watching the contents of this pot in the greenhouse for the last few weeks, and thinking to myself that these look like the leaves of a rose! No label (as usual) in the pot so I haven't a clue.

????????????????????????

A game of 'Chicken'

09 July 2011 21:51:34
A game of 'Chicken'

A game of 'Chicken'

I was warned about exploding seedpods from Bruno's Impatiens glandulifera when he gave them to me. I have been diligently removing any likely seeds developing daily, or every second day just in case we have 'Impatiens Fallout' all over the place. However, the last time I removed developing seeds was Wednesday. I went down to it this morning and wow, the difference a day makes. Looks like I got to them just in time. Look at the seeds on the right side of the photo. I wonder do they get bigger? Not playing 'Chicken' any more! But I will definitely save seeds at the end of the season. And plant them in a more prominent place for next year.

It's in the bag!

09 July 2011 21:27:01
Flower pouch with impatiens

Flower pouch with impatiens

Got my flower pouch planted up nice and early this year. Impatiens can sometimes take a while to bulk up. Unfortunately the weather turned a bit cold after they were put out and I lost one of them on the top right. But not too bad considering. It's amazing what you can do with, basically, a plastic bag. And Impatiens are great for a shady place.

I just couldn't wait

09 July 2011 20:29:33
I just couldn't wait

I just couldn't wait

Got in from work and had to water everything as they were keeling over for the want of a good drink. Ornithogalum is peeping up, as is Lycoris. I thought the Lycoris was yet another dud from Aldi. But my borders are all full up! So, where ..............?

Noticed some of the onions (Stuttgarter riesen) were pushing up out of the compost so I pulled one. Wahoo, we have lift off! All decent sizes. Not bad for just 2 window boxes and tucked out of the way.

Another amaranthus

09 July 2011 19:30:49
I like this colour

I like this colour

This is another of Liga's amaranthus seedlings. I like the colour of this one. Must get my act together properly for seed sowing next year. No excuses!

Rose Festival

09 July 2011 07:04:02
Rose Festival

Rose Festival

The annual Rose Festival will take place next weekend, Saturday and Sunday, 16th and 17th July in St. Anne's Park, Raheny. Promises to be a good day for all the family with mixed events. And for once, something has come up when I will be off. Yay!!!!

Just the one!

09 July 2011 06:08:59
Just the one!

Just the one!

My prized possessions (3 miniature peach trees) were knocked back seriously by the last two winters. The leaves don't even look great. And out of the three trees, all I have is one peach and another one the size of a marble.  :(

However, my one and only is ripening nicely. Time to prepare for war with the slugs!

And today!

08 July 2011 22:43:21
And today!

And today!

This is what it looks like, complete with packed shoulder-to-shoulder planting.

A time for looking back

08 July 2011 22:36:37
A time for looking back

A time for looking back

Definitely Fran has the right notion of looking at the work achieved in the past. This is the start of our latest pond July last year. It used to be a plain old concrete circle with crazy paving, and the central small bed for planting. This is how the pond used to look when we started it last year.

Blue - my favourite colour

08 July 2011 21:34:20
Blue - my favourite colour

Blue - my favourite colour

I try to control my urges to buy blue-flowering plants. I want to keep the balance as right as possible. It's all too easy to succumb to ones urges! This evening I was delighted to see my blue agapanthus coming into flower.

Little Black Number

08 July 2011 21:14:37
Pansy 'Black Beauty'

Pansy 'Black Beauty'

Not a great one for success with seeds. But this little pansy I am very proud of. It was still closed this morning when Fran called over. But look at it now! I know 'black' plants don't really look black. But this one truly does! Delighted with this.

Seed Pod

08 July 2011 20:56:15
Seed Pod

Seed Pod

Fran posted a photo of an aerial view of his poppy seed head. As you can see, even the seed pods of the perennial poppy are different. I think this one looks like a burnt pie!

Rather disappointing

08 July 2011 05:57:34
Allium moly

Allium moly

I bought a pack of 40 allium moly bulbs in Aldi in Spring. I have a grand total of 7 flowers coming up. Hmmmm, that's a bit annoying.

I feel like a fraud

07 July 2011 22:35:06
I feel like a fraud

I feel like a fraud

Gosh, how I have changed over the last couple of weeks. I used to try and do even ONE small thing in the garden each day after work. I don't even bother any more, it seems, except the bare essentials like watering and feeding.  My job is very physically demanding, but that is no excuse. I suppose I should be just glad of all the hard work in Spring, and reaping the benefits of the garden now.

Another hemerocallis

07 July 2011 21:46:53
Another hemerocallis

Another hemerocallis

Don't know the name of this one, but I like it. Opened today.

Mitraria coccinea

07 July 2011 21:16:40
Mitraria coccinea (Mitre Bush)

Mitraria coccinea (Mitre Bush)

I bought this one about 8yrs ago. It resided in its original pot behind the greenhouse for about 6yrs, without being watered or even looked at. In fact, I had forgotten I even had it until doing a big tidy up one day. I finally planted it into the border about 2yrs ago. It's semi-evergreen and takes ericaceous compost. It tends to grow a bit on the floppy side so I have a bamboo cane staking it up. It is now only about 3ft. But it is sooooo low-maintenance, it has earned its keep 'big-time'. It is now flowering. The flowers almost look like they have a dusting of frost on them. It's here to stay!

Thanks, Liga

07 July 2011 06:04:16
Amaranthus

Amaranthus

These amaranthus have started to flower. Smaller than I would have expected, but very pretty.

I like this combination

07 July 2011 05:42:16
I like this combination

I like this combination

I think these two colours look well together. I wouldn't have thought of putting pink and orange together beforehand.

The camera is not picking up the true shade of the pink geranium.

Keep an eye out!

06 July 2011 22:17:57
Keep an eye out!

Keep an eye out!

I don't know how many times I have had near accidents with bamboo canes in the borders. But I sometimes run out of, or lose cane-toppers. So today I retrieved the washing-up liquid bottle from the bin and used it as a make-shift eye protection. Accidents don't happen deliberately!

Nasturtiums

06 July 2011 21:18:49
Nasturtium 'Ladybird Mix'

Nasturtium 'Ladybird Mix'

I sowed 3 different kinds of nasturtiums this year. This variety has started to open. It comes in creams and pale yellows with deep red blotches on the petals. A little bit gentler than the usual ones.

Weird or what!

06 July 2011 20:54:13
Found in a pot

Found in a pot

I used to have a nice clump of Rhodohypoxis in the Alpine Circle. However, only one or two came up this year. Today I spent a short time pulling up weeds from the soil in pots and discovered some Rhodohypoxis growing there. Now, the soil in the Alpine Circle has never been disturbed, and most of it is covered with membrane, with gravel over the whole lot. So, how in God's name did these get into a pot? I potted them up into fresh compost and hope to plant them elsewhere.

Damp oul' day!

06 July 2011 20:10:42
Damp oul' day!

Damp oul' day!

Got my bits done this morning and at that stage the sun had come out. But it didn't last long. It has been drizzling all day, some heavy showers but very mild, thank God. Got my Salvia 'Hot Lips' planted finally. It looked good when I bought it, it looks happier now and is producing lots more flowers.

Also planted Francoa sonchifolia, Centaura montana and Knautia macedonica 'Red Knight'. Got the edges of the lawn strimmed. Too wet to get the lawnmower out, unfortunately. But it still looks vastly improved with the neat edges. Cut back all the flowers from my sanguisorba. It was competing with the dierama and pushing over Perovskia (Russian Sage). Dierama looks great now standing alone, and perovskia has been staked and straightened up. Have stopped dead-heading campanula persicifolia so some seeds will be produced for next year. Brought hanging baskets in from the front, where they are being forgotten about. Nemesia doesn't take too well to drying out so now I will keep a better eye on their needs.

During the week I took all my cacti and succulents into the greenhouse but noticed that they were bleaching with the sun so had to provide them with cover. Cut away some lower leaves of the tomatoes to let sun in. 

Cut back some of the honeysuckle over the patio door. Everytime I went out, if it had been raining, the overhead branches would constantly drip down my neck. And finally I weeded in between the paving slabs on the patio. Scrappy kind of day, but happy enough!

Yay!

06 July 2011 17:26:05
First beetroot!

First beetroot!

After seeing Chilipeppers beetroot yesterday, I decided to go out and chance one of mine. Wahoo! First one ever.

 

Oh I am such an idiot! Sorry, Paddy!

06 July 2011 09:38:25
Oh I am such an idiot! Sorry, Paddy!

Oh I am such an idiot! Sorry, Paddy!

Paddy asked for May 2010 edition of The Irish Garden magazine. Had no A4 envelopes so had to buy some in Supervalu just now. Brought stamps, and pen with me so there would be no delay in getting it in the post. Envelope a little too small for the magazine, so it got 'jammed' in. Then it ripped. Went in to Supervalu and got some cellotape from the checkout operator to seal it up again. Ok not great, hopefully it wouldn't have too much handling on the way down to Waterford. Post to be collected at 11.00.

Back in to the car, suddenly realized I had forgotten to put the blinkin' stamps on it. Shhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!  Went back to post box to try and retrieve it. But it was going nowhere. Paddy, I am SOOOOOOOO sorry. If I'm around by 11.00am, which I doubt very much, I will accost the Postman. 

Hardy geranium

06 July 2011 08:46:23
Hardy geranium

Hardy geranium

Blue is my favourite colour, but I try to keep an even balance in the garden. This one is beside the Lower Pond and doing really well. I think Clare gave it to me. Love its dark foliage. And it's very well behaved. Don't have a name for it, though?

Feeling 'blue'

06 July 2011 06:48:34
Feeling 'blue'

Feeling 'blue'

My blueberries are a lot bigger than they were at this time last year. Mmmmmm! Saw ONE ripe one on one of the bushes yesterday.

Last Man Standing

06 July 2011 06:19:14
Aquilegia 'Winky Blue'

Aquilegia 'Winky Blue'

Not a nice morning out there. Just trying to take a photo of this Aquilegia (my favourite one) that is still flowering. Tried pushing back other foliage to take a better picture and all the petals fell to the ground. Ha! Serves me right! Let him go to sleep now!

Another Rose

06 July 2011 05:52:01
R 'Tequila Sunrise'

R 'Tequila Sunrise'

It's funny how my garden is beginning to evolve. Roses used to be a complete 'no-no' here as I hate being torn to shreds by the thorns. Now I have 8 different ones in the back, and recently bought 2 for the front. :)

'Tequila Sunrise' (Hybrid T) opened yesterday. This is one of my favourites. I love its almost flaming colours.

Clematis 'Gazelle'

05 July 2011 21:49:04
Clematis 'Gazelle'

Clematis 'Gazelle'

Looking great today.

Please advise!

05 July 2011 20:19:49
Gardenia 'Kimberly'

Gardenia 'Kimberly'

So humid all day, thankfully the rain didn't amount to very much but it remained extremely windy. Pots being picked up constantly.

After Liga informing us about a plant ID I had last night, I went and bought 3 of the 'unmarked' pots to watch their development. Also picked up a Gardenia reduced to half price. Not really sure how to look after these. But I think I should start by potting it on. It had been on display in the houseplant section, but conditions there are FAR from ideal. So out it will go tomorrow, once I find a bigger nice pot. All advice on growing gardenias will be seriously taken on board. Thanks, in advance.

Everlasting sweet pea

05 July 2011 06:11:40
Everlasting sweet pea

Everlasting sweet pea

This one was given to me by Myrtle last year. I have it planted up through an old metal obelisk and is coming into flower now. Even though it doesn't have a scent, the amount of flower buds is amazing. It's well established in its new home.

I can resist anything but temptation!

04 July 2011 22:39:49
Salvia 'Hot Lips'

Salvia 'Hot Lips'

All last summer, Fran tempted me with his 'Hot Lips'. And this year. I finally bought one. Hopefully it will thrive as much in my garden as his. Any tips on its survival?

Ok Brainboxes. Plant id time!

04 July 2011 21:54:43
Ok Brainboxes. Plant id time!

Ok Brainboxes. Plant id time!

We got these in last week. No label on the pots but I thought they were a different variety of sunflowers. But looking at them today, I know they're NOT! So what are they? Thankfully nobody has asked yet!

Clearing the way!

04 July 2011 21:47:07
Sanguisorba 'Rock 'n Roll'

Sanguisorba 'Rock 'n Roll'

My sanguisorba was beginning to take from the emergence of my Dierama, so this morning I cut some back. Now I can enjoy it indoors too. This is a great plant for a dried flower arrangement.

A chip off the old block!

04 July 2011 21:06:09
A chip off the old block!

A chip off the old block!

I had a surprise visitor to the garden centre today. None other than my grandson, David. I took him out of his buggy and he reached for my hand and proceeded to 'walk' the garden centre with me where I pointed out this and that to him, and he sniffing all the flowers on his way through. He's a very quick learner. Ok, I'm slightly biased, being his Gran.

Got home from work and potted up two hostas that I bought yesterday, and David 'helped' me all the way!  It ended up that there was more compost on the ground than in the bag. He is definitely shaping up to be the youngest gardener!

Is it a bird, is it a plane?

04 July 2011 20:06:06
Is it a bird, is it a plane?

Is it a bird, is it a plane?

No, it's Dad's teasel standing at least 8ft.

Correction!

04 July 2011 19:29:29
Hemerocallis 'Rocket City'

Hemerocallis 'Rocket City'

Previously I posted a journal of the first Hemerocallis flower to open here. I named it as 'Frans Hals'. My mistake. I was in the pond yesterday and got up close and personal with the actual label. It's 'Rocket City'. Sorry if I mislead anyone. Another one opened today.

Hampton Court

04 July 2011 19:03:10
Hampton Court

Hampton Court

Programme on Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2011

BBC2 7.30

Photo for Keego (and anyone else)

04 July 2011 06:16:12
Photo for Keego

Photo for Keego

Mary, the last two plants you were enquiring about are Hippuris vulgaris and Mentha aquatica. Hippuris vulgaris is a great oxygenating plant and invaluable for a pond. Will post an album with relevant photos.

Deadly Nightshade

04 July 2011 06:10:14
Deadly Nightshade

Deadly Nightshade

While I was planting up my new pond plants yesterday, I took this opportunity to take a snap of the flower from Atropa belladonna (Deadly Nightshade) on The Island. Looking forward to seeing its lovely big fat black berries later on in the season.

Leucanthemum

03 July 2011 22:04:17
Leucanthemum

Leucanthemum

This was bought as a 'cheapie' last year. Just lovin' it. It stands tall and strong and has a gorgeous double flower. Not sure about the full name, Leucanthemum x superbum (could be 'Fiona Coghill' but don't remember that name on the pot)

Chuffed with this

03 July 2011 21:09:05
Clematis 'Gazelle'

Clematis 'Gazelle'

I bought a herbaceous clematis late last year, when it had gone past its best. I planted it up in Spring in the greenhouse border, and grew it up a tripod of bamboo canes to give a bit of extra height to the planting there. Much different to your average twiggy clematis. Its growth is all soft and.........herbaceous. Flowers are quite small, but oh, so dinky!

Too hot for garden work

03 July 2011 20:51:52
Potentilla 'Arc-en-ciel'

Potentilla 'Arc-en-ciel'

We headed up to my favourite garden centre in Ratoath this afternoon. Steve wanted a few more pond plants for the middle pond. So we got a good selection and for great prices - Lobelia cardinalis x 2, Typha latifolia x 1, Hippuris vulgaris x 2, and Mentha aquatica x 1, 6 plants for €24 which was quite reasonable.

For myself, I bought 2 nice Hostas - 'Cherry Berry' and 'Super sagae', Mecanopsis grandis 'Lingholm', Dicentra formosa 'Adrian Bloom', Francoa sonchifolia, Knautia macedonica 'Red Knight', and Potentilla 'Arc-en-ciel'.

Got home and was delighted with the excuse to have a paddle in the cool water, and plant up the pond plants. It won't be so easy to find space for the others! Hopefully I will get some of them planted somewhere tomorrow.

Epiphyllum anguliger

03 July 2011 09:28:10
Epiphyllum anguliger

Epiphyllum anguliger

Also known as 'rick-rack' cactus, 'zig-zag' cactus, 'orchid' cactus or 'fish-bone' cactus. Sally and Clare, as you can see from the photo, mine is a bit more jagged. I only recently put it out into the greenhouse, following the report of yours flowering, Clare. It's getting a bit bleached though. Need to put it in a shady spot.

New parasol - in one easy step!

03 July 2011 06:14:22
New parasol in one easy step!

New parasol in one easy step!

Just leave it out for the winter and you get a lovely stripey effect!   :)

Sunny sedum

02 July 2011 22:10:21
Sedum acre 'aureum'

Sedum acre 'aureum'

This one is planted in the Alpine Circle. It positively glows all summer long.

Family Values

02 July 2011 21:02:45
Family Values

Family Values

50 yrs of age and still learning. Learning to appreciate the next generation, instead of getting bogged down with gardening tasks. Had great fun with my grandson David, and the rest of the family all day. He just loves being outdoors and carrying around his little watering can and trowel, and copying everything I do.

Although I did manage to get a few bits done in between. I climbed in over plants to give the area round my flower carpet rose a good weeding. I planted Clare's Rudbeckia 'Cherry Brandy' and Euphorbia purpurea. Also planted a sedum given to me by Una. Did a short while in the front, digging up weeds in the perimeter border in preparation for more plants to go in, and transplanted my Corylus 'avellana' (contorted hazel) beside my new climbing rose. Gave it a full watering can of water after transplanting, and another full one just now. Hopefully it will establish despite its untimely uprooting.

There's hope for me after all!!!

02 July 2011 20:41:53
Nepenthes 'Rebecca'

Nepenthes 'Rebecca'

I bought this gorgeous pitcher plant (Nepenthes 'Rebecca') nearly two years ago. It was positioned over the kettle so it had constant humidity. And it was watered with rainwater always. At one stage, I imagined that there were actually pitchers growing but I think it was more a case of 'wishful thinking'. I found though that I was getting a bit bored with it. And when we got the new kitchen in, it went out to the greenhouse. It's been out there since the beginning of April, and it has been watered with tap water from the hose.

Today while watering, I fell in love with it all over again. These are 'real' pitchers now! Wahoo! There's hope for me after all!

My favourite fern

01 July 2011 23:55:21
Asplenium scolopendrum

Asplenium scolopendrum

This is one of my favourite ferns planted round the Lower Pond.

Pond maintenance

01 July 2011 23:15:34
No need for a pump now!

No need for a pump now!

When we made the Upper Pond about 5 yrs ago, we added a pump, with an interchangeable nozzle for different effects. It turned out to be a bit of a nuisance as Steve had to regularly clean out the pump, balanced precariously over a plank stretched over the pond. About two weeks ago, the pump fell over and ended up completely submerged in the water. We took it out altogether and since then, the growth on the water lilies has been brilliant. And no sign of algae in the water, it's crystal clear. I'd be quite happy to scoop up a glass of this water to drink.

Fuchsia Frenzy

01 July 2011 22:58:17
Hidden Begonias on the 'Island'

Hidden Begonias on the 'Island'

I have the 'Island' planted up with Atropa Belladonna (Deadly Nightshade) in the centre, then a circle of bedding begonias, and on the perimeter I have trailing fuchsia. I have never seen such growth on the fuchsias. So much so, that the begonias are completely obliterated. I am hoping they will make a show soon as I love them.

Dahlia 'Honka'

01 July 2011 22:41:27
Dahlia 'Honka'

Dahlia 'Honka'

Can you see the similarity to Hosta's new dahlia 'Tahoma Star'. This was supposed to be how my 'Honka' turned out. But sadly, they must have mixed up the packages.

Help please

01 July 2011 21:52:41
Help please

Help please

Don't remember planting this. Never saw it before in my life. What is it, please? Foliage has been ravaged by slugs/snails.

Glorious evening!

01 July 2011 21:13:55
Glorious evening!

Glorious evening!

Tough day in work. Got in, kicked off the boots, poured a drink. Off this weekend, Wahoo! Watered and fed everything this evening. Cut back veronica 'spicata' and hoping for a fresh flush of flowers. I just love its intense blue colour. Planted out (finally) some poppy seedlings 'Shirley mixed' and planted up a new small frog planter with purple trailing verbena. Tomorrow I hope to do more in the front. I have a contorted hazel (Corylus avellana) in the back which I am hoping to transplant, another purple foliage plant for contrast and winter interest with the twisted stems.

Home alone tonight, just chilling, and listening to the melodic voice of Mary Black and an oul' drink or twoooooooo!!!!!!!!

Taking advantage of the neighbours

01 July 2011 05:59:01
Taking advantage of the neighbours

Taking advantage of the neighbours

Now that my two large shrubs have been cut back drastically, I can appreciate the view of my neighbours garden, and this beautiful rose. Hmmmm. I feel a few cuttings coming on....

HAPPY 1st JULY!

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