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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal September 2011

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Timing is everything

30 September 2011 22:26:28
Echeveria 'Setosa'

Echeveria 'Setosa'

I only bought this during the summer. It has filled its pot to capacity. Would it be ok to split the 'offsets' after flowering, or should I wait until next Spring?

All revved up and no place to go...

30 September 2011 20:59:02
All revved up and no place to go...

All revved up and no place to go...

So many great plans for Steve's new project tomorrow. All materials have been purchased/acquired ie. roll of fibre glass, chicken wire, catalyst, resin, other bits and pieces, and today a 'Mother of all' angle grinder was borrowed to slice through a portion of the pathway that will get in the way. Serious pond work was due to start in earnest tomorrow, but the weather is not looking very good at all.

Still looking good

30 September 2011 20:38:32
Arctotis and Chrysanthemums

Arctotis and Chrysanthemums

Lots of gaps now in the greenhouse border. I have pulled up all my marigolds (hadn't realized how big an area they had taken up), and cut back rudbeckia (but not completely). Everything is starting to look tatty, but I hate cutting things back so early. Chrysanths are still looking great. Didn't realize how much the slugs love them. But as they are hardy, and provide me with a bit of late colour, they have earned their keep here. They have pulled through the last two winters unscathed.

Arctotis is still looking great, and still producing flowers. I haven't actually planted these, so they don't have to be uprooted for overwintering.

I'm going off my rocker

30 September 2011 19:28:53
Sky looks very ordinary in the photo

Sky looks very ordinary in the photo

While having coffee this morning, and as soon as daylight appeared, I felt something odd about the great outdoors. I went out and the sky had a slight pink hue from it. There was a strange feeling that only lasted about 10 seconds. It was like some kind of 'aura'. I can't explain it at all, but I felt at total peace with my surroundings.

No, I don't need to be locked up just yet!

Rose

30 September 2011 06:13:51
Rose

Rose

The light on this rose was just perfect yesterday morning. No name for this one, it was a donation from next door neighbour years ago who moved to Wexford. But it gives no trouble at all. Never a sign of blackspot either. Thinking of sticking a few cuttings into the soil tomorrow. I have never tried to propagate roses before. So I'm hoping it won't be too traumatic!!!!

How long does it take before they will show some growth? And can they be moved to their final resting place soon after that?

Anyone for coffee?

29 September 2011 20:36:02
Anyone for coffee?

Anyone for coffee?

I bought these novelty seeds a while ago in Aldi - Monkey Nut, and Coffee. They were sown at least a week before I read the instructions properly. It said that both should be steeped for 24 hrs before sowing. I took them out of the compost and duly soaked them. But a week later I realized that they were still soaking. The monkey nuts rotted away. And the coffee seeds didn't seem to be much better. However, I did sow the coffee.

Coffee is commonly grown as a houseplant for its dark green, glossy foliage. Although it is not practical to grow indoors solely for coffee, the plant does flower and produce enough beans for a pot or two of coffee after 3 or 4 years!

They have germinated despite their very bad start in life. 

Preparing for next year

29 September 2011 20:05:23
Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Heavenly Blue'

Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Heavenly Blue'

Collected some seeds this morning before work, pulled up all my Marigolds, and watered everything. My patience has finally paid off. Eccromocarpus (Chilean Glory Flower) will actually flower. All I need is a bit more sun, I reckon. Can't wait. It has been a very long wait, but glad I didn't 'dump' it long ago, believe me I was tempted!!! I know before it even opens that I will attempt to grow it again next year. And no excuses about late sowings, failed sowings. I will succeed (just like a gummy pigeon does) :)

I have also been patient for this little blue beauty to open.

Grasshoppa!!!

29 September 2011 06:13:18
Grasshoppa!!!

Grasshoppa!!!

Gosh, this grasshopper transported me back to my childhood. I haven't seen one since then. It spent a long time just sitting motionless on the Chrysanthemums in the GC.

Another 'must' for next year

28 September 2011 21:41:34
Borage

Borage

The edible leaves of Borage dress up a summer salad. The leaves, when young, have a strong, fresh cucumber flavour - great for sandwiches and salads.

Dropped into Dad on the way home from work, hence no gardening here. I spotted this Borage growing in his front garden. He wasn't even aware of it until I pointed it out. I remember seeing it 'in the flesh' for the first time in Jurga's garden in the summer and thought "Oh, I just have to have this". Will be stealing lots of seeds when the time comes.

SallySarah's babies

28 September 2011 20:51:10
Epiphyllum

Epiphyllum

We visited SallySarah and Peters garden in Westport in August. It was a real eye-opener seeing how well her garden is doing, being on such a steep slope. However, she gave me some cuttings of her Epiphyllum. As you can see, the furthest one away is finally putting on a bit of positive growth. All I need now is a bit of patience for the other two. :)

Thanks, Sally.

New plants

28 September 2011 06:30:55
Leucothoe walteri 'Rainbow'

Leucothoe walteri 'Rainbow'

I seem to be developing a passion for acid-loving plants. At the weekend, I got myself two lovely new Leucothoes, walteri 'Rainbow' and 'Royal Ruby'. I hope to put these into the front garden. I should have a nice bit of Spring colour as most of my bulbs will be going out there. Still an awful lot of work to do, but it's better to be 100% sure of the planting before starting, as it will probably never get done again - apart from occasional maintenance!

Blue is the colour!

27 September 2011 22:00:17
Blue is the colour!

Blue is the colour!

Gosh, how I adore blue flowers. I have 3 different asters. The other one that is open now is pink, and another huge one yet to flower - it's shoulder height and I'm 5ft 6 and a half (very important, that half inch). But this smaller one has got to be my favourite, favourite colour of all time. Bulking up better each year. And just lovin' it!

Oh, thank God for that!

27 September 2011 21:22:07
Baby tree fern (thanks, Martin)

Baby tree fern (thanks, Martin)

Martin kindly sent me two little baby tree ferns earlier in the year. I potted them on, and when the weather became kind, I put them out. Watered them regularly, and generally 'doted' on my little babies. However, over the summer months I began to be aware that there were no longer in my garden!!!!   Couldn't remember what on earth had happened that I would have 'composted' them! Wasn't saying anything, either. Otherwise, how could I ever face Martin again.

Ah, but that all changed this morning. While in a 'touchy/feely' mood this morning before work, I was investigating my Laurentia (Isotoma) which is in a pot with my climbing fuchsia. Good Lord, the Laurentia had bumped out so much over the last few months that they had completely obliterated my little tree ferns. So relieved. Ok one is not so good, but still has a little bit of life. The other one is 'hail and hearty'. Thank God for that!

Is this Anaphalis?

27 September 2011 20:42:19
Is this Anaphalis?

Is this Anaphalis?

I think Myrtle gave me Anaphalis, and it was ages ago. But don't know where I put it. I have this pot of stuff, and judging from a photo Rachel posted yesterday, it looks very similar. If it wasn't from Myrtle, apologies to whoever gave it to me.

It's on fire!

27 September 2011 20:09:51
It's on fire!

It's on fire!

Wow, did you see that sunset this evening? We're lucky enough to have our back garden facing West, the sun shines on the patio until it is no more. Pity sunset is so early these days though. What a day! And it's to continue for the whole weekend. Wahoo!

Lovin' this one!

27 September 2011 07:03:26
R. Wildfire Fryessex

R. Wildfire Fryessex

It's in a pot, and is a fairly new addition to my garden. Love it's colour. It's rewarding me with some late blooms.

Shopping list

26 September 2011 22:19:46
Shopping list

Shopping list

Top of my shopping list tomorrow is a roll of 6m x 1.5m of chicken wire.

Top of Steve's list is Resin, Catalyst and Polyurethane Foam. Things are progressing verrrrry slowly. But steadily.

Snakes Alive!

26 September 2011 21:43:24
Asplenium scolopendrum

Asplenium scolopendrum

Cor Blimey, look what I spotted in the Lower Pond border yesterday. Looks just like a snakes tongue!

What's this, please?

26 September 2011 21:14:02
What's this, please?

What's this, please?

Found this little seedling in the gravel of the greenhouse yesterday. It's about 4 inches. Any idea what it might be?

Heron

26 September 2011 20:37:10
Heron

Heron

I think garden ornaments are very important for the winter garden. When gaps appear, you can plonk in a nice ornament to give a bit of interest. It's beginning.

This heron was bought years ago on the advice from an expert that a 'fake' heron in the garden is supposed to deter the real thing. Not so! But I love it for its ornamental aesthetics. He has now come out of hiding.

Persicaria 'Red Dragon'

26 September 2011 20:25:02
Persicaria 'Red Dragon'

Persicaria 'Red Dragon'

Managed to take a few cuttings about a month ago of Persicaria 'Red Dragon'. They have now been hardened off. There are about 4 - 5 cuttings in each pot.

Question for you all.

A friend has asked for a couple, so what is the best way to send them in the post? Do I uproot them with as much compost as possible and maybe wrap them in clingfilm and post like that, or is it too soon to disturb them? All ideas will be taken on board.

Pygmy Poppy

26 September 2011 05:33:12
Pygmy Poppy

Pygmy Poppy

I laughed yesterday when I spotted this little pygmy poppy in amongst the arabis in the Alpine Circle. It's even tinier than the one I posted a couple of days ago. Surely there can't be any smaller than that???

Another great combo

25 September 2011 21:30:59
Another great combo

Another great combo

This acer is still in its pot awaiting the completion of Steve's new project. But went out this morning and saw another of those pink poppies opened up and thought, what a great combination. Food for thought!

Busy Day

25 September 2011 20:50:47
Hostas still looking 'ok'.

Hostas still looking 'ok'.

It was a lovely morning, so got out there at 8.00am trimming off slug-eaten hosta leaves in an effort to make the display last that little bit longer. Not ready to embrace the barren months just yet.

Thinned out some plants in the Alpine Circle. And rooted a few Arabis ferdinandi-coburgi 'Old Gold' , which is an evergreen alpine, if anyone wants any. Cut back dahlias. No good cutting back just the flowers. I cut down to where they join the main stem to stop them from looking 'spiky'. Have hardened off some Persicaria 'Red Dragon' , so should have plenty to give away.

Emptied out hanging baskets, and in the process, potted up some 'Swingtime' Fuchsias where are 'supposed' to be hardy, according to the labels on Homebase pots of same.

Was disgusted when I went to my seedbox and discovered lots of fur growing on the outside of the individual envelopes. Obviously the seeds hadn't been dried off properly. So most of them went in the bin. Put the rest out in the garage to dry.  :(

Sowed more cyclamen seeds.

And in between the frequent showers, I attended to my finances, and housework. So all in all, a very productive day. Still waiting to plant spring bulbs.

I like this combination

25 September 2011 20:01:52
I like this combination

I like this combination

Have put my Rhus, which is in a pot, into a gap in the greenhouse border. Looks well with Schizostylis coccinea Major, and more flowers to open.

Pest Control

25 September 2011 19:10:47
Pest Control

Pest Control

After making the painful decision to pass on my perennial sweet pea given to me by Myrtle last year, I re-used the metal obelisk to support my herbaceous clematis. I could see a bit of erosion on it, but used it anyway. Overnight there must have been strong winds. It was on the ground this morning. I was lucky that it didn't hit the greenhouse. Some of the clematis stems were broken. So I decided to chance my arm with some cuttings. And Steve hopes to make me a nice rustic wooden obelisk. But no hurry on that as the clematis is dying back for now.

Spent a bit of time sorting out the greenhouse, dumping tomato plants and compost. Not even enough green tomatoes for chutney. Hopefully next year will be more productive. Chilipeppers still going strong. And during my big 'tidy-up' I was being watched by this little fellow. Hopefully, if he decides to take up permanent residence in the greenhouse, I won't have a problem with whitefly next year!

Pond Life

25 September 2011 08:09:35
Pond Life

Pond Life

Lots of insects in the wildlife pond, some of which I can't identify. But yesterday I noticed plenty of these green 'blobs' all over the bottom. I am presuming these are eggs of the Giant Waterbug. It looks like they have moved in permanently.

Pretty foliage

25 September 2011 06:55:48
Oenothera 'Twilight' foliage

Oenothera 'Twilight' foliage

Took this photo of the foliage of Oenothera a few days ago.

Nice late addition

25 September 2011 06:10:01
Oenothera 'Twilight'

Oenothera 'Twilight'

Got this a few weeks ago. And it's looking so pretty now that it is flowering. And the foliage is beautiful too. It has elongated leaves that are dark bronze/purple with green edges. Not so clear in the photo. I'll take one of the foliage when it gets bright.  Happy I bought this and hope it's well hardy!

All it wants is a bit of sun

24 September 2011 21:51:18
Lampranthus

Lampranthus

It's such a pity that this summer was so lacking sunshine. But not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, I was lovin' what Mother Nature provided  us with today. And I'm not the only one. Lampranthus (that I bought as a plug plant in Aldi earlier) also was clearly lovin' it.

Opportunist

24 September 2011 21:16:29
Viola

Viola

Had to laugh today when mowing the grass and spotted this self-seeded viola. Took its photo, and cut! And as you can see, my grass consists of plenty of weeds!

Geranium trouble

24 September 2011 20:09:54
Should I be concerned?

Should I be concerned?

Got a bit concerned today when I saw this dark-leaved geranium looking a bit worse for wear. It almost looks like there was weedkiller applied. Hope it's nothing to worry about??????

Moving Home

24 September 2011 18:58:45
New temporary location

New temporary location

He's getting carried away completely! :)  This area is now larger than I had previously anticipated. Had to move my Compost Bin this afternoon to give Steve 'more space'. In my stupidity, I thought that I could just slide it along the ground, full. But I had to empty half of it out, and only then was I able to pull the bin up over the heap. I had to put the remaining compost into the trug and re-fill that way. My dahlias and sunflowers are/were to the right of the bin, but now the compost bin has been relocated to just beside the pergola, which has been temporarily taken over by my grandson for his little swing, slide and sandpit. Filled up the bin again.

When Steve completes the area, and the dahlias have been struck by frost, I will move it again. But hope to spread the contents of the bin over the dahlias for extra protection for the winter. Not into lifting dahlias! Lovely, lovely compost so that can only be good!

What a beautiful day!

24 September 2011 12:18:30
New Area so far

New Area so far

Just home from the early shift in work. Big visit on Monday, so lots of last minute jobs to get done. What a glorious day. Steve was out there digging away at his new project. He just came in for a quick break. Hope I don't disturb the flow of work.

Bought two nice Leucothoes so hope to get them planted after this cuppa. 

Have a nice day!

Paddy and Mary, you are in for a treat

23 September 2011 21:43:37
Kiss for Gran

Kiss for Gran

Being a grandparent is the best thing since sliced bread. And Mary and Paddy have recently joined the crew.

Yesterday when I went out to the garden 'without' my grandson, he wasn't impressed. But I was coming back in and there he was kissing me through the window of the patio door. It made me laugh so much. There is no end to the joy that he has brought me so far. So enjoy Olivia Louise! 

All quiet on the Northern Front

23 September 2011 20:00:46
Anemone hupehensis

Anemone hupehensis

Nothing happening in the garden in the last while. But the appearance of this anemone put a smile on my face this evening.

Puny Poppy

23 September 2011 06:15:14
Eensy Weensy Poppy

Eensy Weensy Poppy

This must be the smallest poppy I have ever seen. It is only about 10 inches.  Flower head is much looser than the bigger one I posted a photo of last week, but I regularly witness these tiny ones growing beside the bigger one. Will save seeds if I can for next year. They may produce even smaller flowers. These seeds have been floating around here for years, I originally got them from Dad. But they seem to be coming up smaller each year now. The strain may be weakening. But they'd be a nice for the front of a border!!

Nothing interesting to report

22 September 2011 22:24:15
Malus domestica 'Red Lane'

Malus domestica 'Red Lane'

But I picked my apples this evening. So delicious. And getting better each year. It's only a little one and planted in a pot.

Beautiful seedpods

22 September 2011 20:54:37
Nicandra physalis

Nicandra physalis

Look at the beauty of the seedpods of Bruno's Nicandra physalis. The flowers are beautiful, the colour is beautiful, and it's growth habit is beautiful. In fact, this is possibly my very favourite annual this year. I love everything about it. Here to stay!!!

And I have Bruno to thank for it  :)))))

And guess what, it's not invasive!

Green is nice!

22 September 2011 05:59:53
Pieris 'Valley Valentine'

Pieris 'Valley Valentine'

I got this Pieris late last year. This one doesn't change colour with the seasons though. But it's just as nice having it green all year round, and it's a change having something calm and cool after the vibrancy of summer colour.

Thanks, Paddy

21 September 2011 21:08:05
Thanks, Paddy

Thanks, Paddy

We went to visit Paddy and Mary in Waterford earlier in the year. I was flabbergasted that whatever lit my eyes up, Paddy was so quick to dig it up, or split it. I have so many memories of that visit. And one of them is this Brunnera macrophylla, 'Jack Frost', I think! It's planted in my shady border beside Francoa and a selection of ferns. The brunnera just lights up that area so well.

Should be in the Guinness Book of Records

21 September 2011 20:30:15
Whopper of an Aster (is it normal?)

Whopper of an Aster (is it normal?)

My little aster finally has flowered (bottom left of the photo). Lovin' it.

But look at the height of the one behind my Trachycarpus (Chusan Palm). It's over shoulder height.  A bit more to go though before that one opens.

HAPPY ARTHUR DAY FOR TOMORROW!

Echeveria

21 September 2011 05:57:15
Echeveria 'setosa'

Echeveria 'setosa'

Bought this one as a houseplant shortly after the visit to Bills. He had a lovely clump in a pot outside his patio door. Of course the reason I didn't buy it sooner was, I was unsure of how well it would do, as I tend to ignore houseplants during summer months. But I succumbed, and put it out. It flowered beautifully. And I gave it the odd feed and plenty of water. It looks great today. It has rewarded me with a second flush of flowers and they last surprisingly long. Must take it in asap before the cold creeps in to our gardens.

Getting old!

20 September 2011 19:51:49
Atropa belladonna

Atropa belladonna

Really feeling the brunt of being on my feet all day. I'm exhausted, almost as if I'm 'hungover'. Pains and aches in my legs. All I did after getting dinner was do a 'walkabout' with the camera outside.

A smile was brought to my face when I opened an envelope from Wicklow. Jurga, thanks a mill for the seeds. Really looking forward to having these in the garden next year. I promised a few of you some poppy seeds. Just to assure you they will be in the post very soon - not forgetting about them.

The photo is my Atropa belladonna (Deadly Nightshade). I know it wouldn't appeal to everyone. But I absolutely love it.

Now, I'm off to bed with a good book. Yes, I know. It's very early. But it's very much needed. G'night, all. 

Willow

20 September 2011 07:06:10
Willow

Willow

Yesterday I noticed a couple of black stems on my willow 'Living Sculpture'. Is this normal for willow, or should I be worried?

Joined at the hip!

19 September 2011 21:32:05
Joined at the hip!

Joined at the hip!

Got a couple of Siamese Mushrooms this evening, courtesy of Dad. I will try one of these mushroom kits just one more time, before giving up on them. They taste beautiful and my grandson loves them too.

Plants that I won't be buying again!

19 September 2011 20:57:58
Acidanthera finally flowers

Acidanthera finally flowers

I was expecting great things from the Tigridia I bought in Aldi/Lidl earlier in the year. It took almost all of summer for anything worthwhile to appear. But I was sorely disappointed with the duration of the flowers, even though they were very exotic-looking - less than one day each. I was aware that they were frost tender so had the cop on to plunge the pots into the border for easy lifting over winter. If they don't perform next year, out they will go.

Babiana stricta - same applied to these and bought in the same place. It took all summer long yet again. But I am also putting their lack of performance down to the lack of sunshine. The foliage came up in lovely lush clumps, but flowers were a bit small and very late. These are now also in the greenhouse.

Eccremocarpus (Chilean Glory Flower) is an annual. They are presently growing up a tripod of bamboo canes and have very healthy foliage. But not a sign of a flower still. 

Ipomoea 'Grandpa OTT' - another annual which only started to flower the other day. And according to Monkells it gets to about 6ft. Not here. Sadly they didn't grow any taller than about 8-10 inches, but the flowers are a magnificent colour. May try these again next year as I adore the colour.

Acidanthera are a tender bulb. I just got a flower to finally open yesterday. Seems such a waste having some of these in pots with nothing to show for the space they are taking up - until now.

Am I being unreasonable in blaming the lack of sun for these failures? 

Has anyone any experiences of any of the above

 

Plant id

19 September 2011 18:49:01
Plant id

Plant id

Posted a photo of this a couple of days ago. Can anyone help with its id, please?

Salvia

19 September 2011 06:03:51
Salvia patens 'Guanajuato'

Salvia patens 'Guanajuato'

Really smitten with this new addition to the garden. I love its almost turquoise blue. Sadly it has to be moved in for the winter. So fingers crossed I have the pleasure of it for next year, and the year after, and the year after.

The Early Shift

18 September 2011 21:29:10
Cornflower 'Snowman'

Cornflower 'Snowman'

This is what I was doing at 5.30am this morning. All drying out in envelopes now.

Nearly missed this one!

18 September 2011 20:31:08
Toad Lily (Tricyrtis)

Toad Lily (Tricyrtis)

Bought this in Aldi/Lidl in Spring and planted it out when the weather allowed. But have spent all summer wondering where I planted it. I was in at the little path that runs between the greenhouse and latest pond, tying up stuff and noticed it in flower at the waters edge!!  I only went and bought another one in Ratoath two weeks ago. Murphy's Law!

You can't make an omelette....

18 September 2011 19:49:50
You can't make an omelette....

You can't make an omelette....

 Oh what a mess! Steve dug a fair bit of excess soil away from the mound, and had no choice but to place it in the Bog Extension. Luckily I had taken away the Cherry Blossom and Cherry 'Morello'. And luckily I was there to supervise where he was putting the soil. Otherwise all the plants would have been buried. The soil will be returned to that same area further down the line. He worked like a Trojan all day, despite the rain. With this new area now finally being created, I will be done out of my 'over the wall'.

Meanwhile down the other end of the garden I was making my own mess - cutting back plants, and clearing the ponds of grass cuttings from yesterday. Carex and Lythrum have both been cut back right down to water level. Looking much tidier altogether.

Waiting to pounce!

18 September 2011 06:28:15
Ricinus Red

Ricinus Red

Just noticed the seeds forming on my Ricinus Red yesterday. Hopefully they won't scatter before I get the opportunity to collect them!!

Thanks, Deborah!

A 'Happy Accident'

17 September 2011 22:18:57
A 'Happy Accident'

A 'Happy Accident'

It just so happens that these have been planted just right - deep pink perennial gerbera, knautia macedonica 'Red Knight', Sedum, and just out of range of the photo - Nerine bowdenii. Looks well, don't you think?

Metal Obelisk

17 September 2011 22:08:34
Clematis 'Gazelle'

Clematis 'Gazelle'

Unfortunately I no longer have the space for Myrtles perennial sweet pea, so this will be given to a very good friend who will give it an excellent home. But the metal obelisk will now be used in place of a bamboo tripod to support my herbaceous clematis 'Gazelle'. It looks way better already.!

Lovin' weekends off!

17 September 2011 21:50:34
Wisteria planted finally

Wisteria planted finally

Whatever jobs I get up to on a Saturday now can easily be done over two days. It's a pleasure to be finished weekends until March. Took cuttings of my climbing fuchsia, planted my newly-acquired Musa Basjoo in the greenhouse border next to Yucca gloriosa. That should provide a bit of an 'exotic' feel to the border for next summer (if we have one). Watered everything, even though there were frequent showers. Who knows how long they were going to last! And managed to plant my wisteria before winter sets in.

Motivation is an 'art'.

17 September 2011 20:56:31
Tackling foundations

Tackling foundations

Not a great day here. The showers were very frequent but thankfully they were short-lived. It took Steve a long time to get going. But once he did, there was no stopping him, apart from the showers. He had to dig up the stump of the cherry blossom that he chopped down two weeks ago. The roots were going under the foundations of the huge shed (about 30ft x 10) that was there about 15yrs ago. It was on exactly the day of 9/11 that we burnt this shed down due to its structure being very unstable and the roof in danger of falling in, and the girls were quite young at the time, and used it as a playhouse. I also used this shed as a premises for teaching Arts and Crafts to the local children. But that's history.

Now this area is being devoted to my first and only, so far, grandchild, David. After digging up the stump and roots, Steve had the foundations to tackle with a hack. No problem. I kept him 'hydrated', and myself, all day. But rain was becoming more of a problem as the day progressed. I went in and got dinner, and the spell was broken. But only for today. Hail, rain or snow (I hope not) Steve will continue with the project tomorrow.

Free seeds

17 September 2011 19:43:17
Free seeds

Free seeds

This poppy appeared in the Alpine Circle. It has already produced seedpods so if anyone wants any, don't hesitate to ask. The tallest one so far is only about 18 inches, so could fit in to any border reasonably.

Mirabilis

17 September 2011 19:09:52
Mirabilis jalapa

Mirabilis jalapa

Deborah sent these seeds as part of her 'Croatian Package' way back in December. Happy to report that they are still producing flowers. And look quite 'zingy' with their lime green foliage.

Help Please!

16 September 2011 22:40:36
Help Please!

Help Please!

Tomorrow, while Steve is busy with his new project, I hope to be getting on with some planting. But I need to know what this is! Can't even remember who gave it to me. Hopefully someone can help me with both questions?

Fuchsia

16 September 2011 22:07:28
Climbing fuchsia 'Lady Boothby'

Climbing fuchsia 'Lady Boothby'

This is the only known climbing fuchsia. It opened today. There is an abundance of flowers still to open. But the best thing about it is, it's 'hardy'.

Steve's new Project

16 September 2011 20:53:16
A roll of Woven Roving Fibre Glass

A roll of Woven Roving Fibre Glass

Hopefully work will start on this area tomorrow. I am still waiting for some kind of sketch from him. But nothing forthcoming. All I know is it will be a small cascading waterfall flowing into a pond at ground level. He came home today with some Woven Roving Fibre Glass. Hmmm. Sounds intriguing! Let's hope the weather will be on our side.

Another rose

16 September 2011 20:31:34
Rosa 'Wildfire Fryessex'

Rosa 'Wildfire Fryessex'

This patio rose is a new addition to the garden. It flowered earlier on, but only a few blooms. But at this stage there are lots more flowers on the way. You'd wonder how they come up with the names?

Early-flowering

16 September 2011 06:03:36
Flowering x-xxx Tree

Flowering x-xxx Tree

Fran gave me this Grevillea last January when it was in full flower.

Here it comes again!!!!   And it's only September!

Preparations for the weekend

15 September 2011 22:47:59
Cherry 'Morello' ( I think )

Cherry 'Morello' ( I think )

At long last Steve has got his head around starting the new area 'For David'. Believe me, it took a lot of coaxing. But I still haven't seen a sketch of his requirements so am a bit dubious about where I stand with the planting. But I do know that he needs more space to work with. And today I dug up a fairly newly-planted cherry (think it's 'Morello') which I threw 'over the wall', but later rescued and potted up, and watered it well.

So if anyone wants it..........?

Did a bit - a very small bit!

15 September 2011 22:19:55
Tradescantia 'Blue 'n' Gold' and Geranium 'Mourning Widow'

Tradescantia 'Blue 'n' Gold' and Geranium 'Mourning Widow'

Had business to attend to this morning, and then decided to take it easy. Still wrecked from the stocktake earlier in the week.

I dug up some arabis that was really annoying me. Every time flowers appeared, the slugs got them. Now that there are lots of frogs in the garden I have made a conscious decision to use less and less slug pellets. So I decided to get rid of it. But I potted up a small bit before throwing the rest on the compost. In its place I planted my new Tradescantia 'Blue 'n' Gold' and Frans seedling of Geranium 'Mourning Widow'. In the background is Geranium 'Rozanne' or 'Jolly Bee' if you wish. It was a lovely day, and sun shone for most of it. Had to water everything. 

While in Homebase today, they had Fuchsia 'Swingtime' for sale and it specified that it was hardy. My hanging baskets have lots of that in them, so hopefully at the weekend I will pot them up in readiness for overwintering.

Higher cost of living in the Capital

15 September 2011 20:48:40
Musa Basjoo

Musa Basjoo

Couldn't believe my luck this morning when I dropped in to Homebase and picked up a Musa Basjoo for just €3. But it seems like the Capital is still more expensive for everything! Ladygardener got hers in Waterford for a mere €1.50.

Not being done out of 'new plants'

15 September 2011 20:18:36
New Blue for the Garden

New Blue for the Garden

As I made the painful decision NOT to pay a visit to Mount Venus on Sunday, I treated myself to a beautiful new blue for the garden in Homebase. All it says on the label is 'Hibiscus' so not sure if it's hardy or not. Googled blue hibiscus and 'L'Oiseau Bleu' seems to be a perfect match but sadly this is not supposed to be hardy. If anyone can enlighten me further, please feel free to do so.

Patience is paying off!

15 September 2011 19:59:58
Morning Glory 'Grandpa OTT'

Morning Glory 'Grandpa OTT'

I sowed seeds of Ipomoea purpurea 'Grandpa OTT' (Morning Glory) so long ago! My first lot failed, as did my second lot. But I was doggedly determined and sowed for a third time, even though it was getting a bit late in the season. I have waited all summer long and finally my patience has paid off. This morning they opened. Even though the flowers are pretty small, the colour is just so vivid. And just what I needed to lift my spirits today. I'm so glad I didn't compost the seedlings that just seemed to be 'sitting' there and doing nothing !!!

I know I gave some of you some seedlings, but haven't heard any reports on any. Are mine the only ones that have flowered?

Yet Another Imposter!!!!!

15 September 2011 05:39:38

Tradescantia 'Blue 'n' Gold'

14 September 2011 22:34:49
Tradescantia 'Blue 'n'  Gold'

Tradescantia 'Blue 'n' Gold'

This is a close-up of the flower. Blue coming from the flower, with the gold coming from the stems.

And just to re-iterate what Ladygardener says about it, it has been one of the top performers in garden centres. It has even come through that horrible windy weather, and severe drought over the last couple of days. 

No interest in indoor plants

14 September 2011 21:58:56
No interest in indoor plants

No interest in indoor plants

I find that all my indoor plants suffer greatly during the summer months. I had a 'Wandering Jew' hanging from the kitchen ceiling that was suffering from serious neglect. So I removed it from the house, and just randomly placed in on the workbench outside. I knew it was going to die. I didn't really care!!!  But a few weeks ago I was delighted to see that a sunflower had germinated in the compost (obviously produced by the excrement from visiting birds at the birdfeeders). Stuck it in the greenhouse. It's doing really well and looks like it's going to flower soon.

Daddy........or Chips??

14 September 2011 20:57:43
Daddy........or Chips??

Daddy........or Chips??

Steve was supposed to be creating an 'area for David' last year, but someone on this site kindly suggested that he leave the soil to 'settle' for a season before doing anything with it. For once, he took someones' advice. But took it to the extreme. That was over a year ago. And I am getting anxious that he does something constructive with this mound of soil at the back wall, which will once again be covered in weeds if he doesn't get the thumb out!!!!

So, rather than spend money in Mount Venus on plants that have nowhere to go, I have decided to forego this visit, and spend the weekend crackin' the whip, and actually help Steve make a positive start before the weather starts to turn NASTIER!!! I'll allow him plenty of 'Beer Breaks'.

See you in 12 months, Mount Venus!

In the nick of time

14 September 2011 05:35:23
Nearly there!

Nearly there!

I have my Acidentheras in a pot, as they are tender. Haven't decided yet whether I'll go to the trouble of overwintering them. But they have doing nothing with all the turbulence and rain of recent months. And quite a lot of the leaves are bent over. So I wasn't holding out much hope for their performance. However, one last chance. I took the pot into the greenhouse yesterday morning and trimmed off some of the leaves. Got home last night and 'lo and behold.......a couple of flower buds have appeared. Delighted that I did something right, for once! Hopefully by the weekend I will be rewarded.

Feeling nice and refreshed after a good nights sleep. 

What fern is this one, please?

13 September 2011 20:36:42
What fern is this one, please?

What fern is this one, please?

I planted this fern into my new pot on Saturday. But can't remember its' name. Can anyone help, please? I know as soon as the correct name is suggested, I will remember it. A bit brain dead tonight. Did a 10hr shift today after 13hrs yesterday. An early night is definitely called for!

Forever Looking Forward

13 September 2011 05:56:22
Nerine bowdenii

Nerine bowdenii

It's funny how we are always looking forward to the next bloom to open in our gardens. Spotted these yesterday morning and they were an unexpected discovery. I forgot that I had stolen (with permission) these nerines from Dad's garden last year. So far, though, I can only see one coming up. Should have known as they don't like root disturbance. Might see if I can 'steal' some more for next year!!! No sign of white ones, but I think they are a little bit later?

Just bright enough now to see out. It's eerily still. Hope that was it!

Raspberry Ripple

12 September 2011 06:10:15
Penstemon 'Raspberry Ripple'

Penstemon 'Raspberry Ripple'

Bought this penstemon a few weeks ago when it was EXACTLY as it says on the tin, a beautiful delicate shade of pink. But look how it has changed since then. It's VERY  red!!

Unwanted Gunnera

11 September 2011 21:54:09
Future gunneras

Future gunneras

This is down in the Bog Extension, but it needs to go! I tried hacking through it year after year, to no avail. Just discovered more seedlings today. Has anyone any ideas on how to kill it, other than pouring petrol over it and setting it alight?

Favourable light

11 September 2011 21:07:14
Laurentia (Isotoma)

Laurentia (Isotoma)

Usually it is too bright to capture the true colour of this Isotoma (Laurentia) which is toxic. But the light was perfect today. This is in a big pot with my climbing fuchsia and was just 4 plants. Planted one at each corner and look how it has really filled out.

Sunday

11 September 2011 19:38:54
Window box with 'Little Gem'

Window box with 'Little Gem'

Not too bad a day today, but decidedly chillier. However, I got a few bits done before visitors descended upon us. Planted a few new plants, Tricyrtis 'Hiki Yuri' (hardy orchid), Sidalcea 'Elsie Heugh', Kaffir lily 'Pink Princess', and Oenothera 'Twilight'. I also dug up my Babiana and potted them up to make room for Oenothera.

Shopping after work today and was delighted to see some bulbs of Tulip tarda (seeds of same sown here last night), so it'll be great to see something flowering in Spring. Will plant them during the week. 

Decided to succumb to the 40% reduction on perennials in work and got Astilbe 'Inshriach Pink' and Paeony 'Duchess de Nemour' (gorgeous white flower). I potted up some nice crocusses 'Ruby Giant'. I have to admit it was the colour on the pack that attracted me, but when I googled them it was nothing like the picture on the pack - trick photography - I hate that! Finally I planted up a window box of 'Little Gem' lettuce to see us through the next few months.

Early finish

11 September 2011 12:33:04
Choisya ternata 'Aztec Pearl'

Choisya ternata 'Aztec Pearl'

Just home from the short shift of stocktake. It was a bit of a nightmare as it was lashing rain and scanners were getting wet so couldn't operate properly. Had to keep on going in to wipe them off. Fingers were numb and I was being blown to bits. But I managed to finish early. Also managed to get my shopping done and dusted before I was even supposed to be clocking out. Wahoo! Tomorrows shift is going to be a killer though - 13hrs.

Just looking at the choisya ternata 'Aztec Pearl' that was newly planted in the front. Starting to flower (out of season) and it smells divine.

Another bit of late colour

11 September 2011 06:09:25
Ceratostigma willmottianum

Ceratostigma willmottianum

Ceratostigma willmottianum (Chines plumbago) produced its first couple of flowers yesterday. Love this unusual shade of blue.

Colour for winter and spring

10 September 2011 22:48:52
New container

New container

Planted up a new container today with plants to provide interest for winter and spring - Phormium 'Platt's Black', Thyme, a few left over violas from the flower pouch, and a fern whose name I have forgotten - and all underplanted with kaufmanniana tulips 'Fashion', which will add a lovely splash of orange.

Wading Bird!

10 September 2011 21:22:58
Wading Bird!

Wading Bird!

Today, I got the opportunity to try out the waders that I bought in Aldi months ago for only €24.99. The pond had accumulated a lot of weed, and fallen vegetation from nearby plants. I also had to re-stake the Atropa belladonna (Deadly Nightshade). Dead-headed the fuchsias, now the begonias are becoming visible at last. Also took this opportunity to weed in at the greenhouse border as this is the only way to reach in. Surprisingly I also spotted a few more tadpoles who I don't think will mature into froghood before winter sets in.

At this stage the Atropa is leaning over yet again. I reckon I'll be donning the waders again tomorrow, but hopefully not to be taking out any casualties!

A sense of satisfaction!

10 September 2011 20:26:09
Cant remember this ones' name!!

Cant remember this ones' name!!

Got out there and did exactly as I had planned to. I collected more seeds - Sweet pea, Antirrhinum, Cosmos 'Candy Stripe', pansy 'Black Beauty'. Cut back all my Verbena bonariensis as it was beginning to look quite unruly and broken in places. Have it in vases in the house now where it looks very statuesque standing to attention. Also had to cut back top growth of sanguisorba as it seemed to have developed a lot of 'rust', but thankfully the foliage lower down has not been affected. Cut back spent gladiolis and removed all the canes. The canes were beginning to annoy me as most of them were taller than the plants they were holding up, and all different heights. Things are looking a lot better after getting those few bits done.

Then on to the front where I planted lots more bulbs that had been planted into pots last spring, some 'regular' daffs, tete-a-tetes, minnow, and some 'Miranda' tulips and hyacinths that I couldn't find a home for in the back.

Cut back all the foliage from the tomatoes as per Monty's advice last night. And I couldn't believe it this evening when I noticed that lots had ripened over the day. Lovely and warm here, and the sun shone for most of the day but extremely windy. A little plant in the Alpine Circle (can't remember its' name, so hoping someone can enlighten me) has been planted since May. It was a tiny plug plant from Aldi. All it needed was a bit of sun to open. After dinner I got round to sowing Tulip tarda, and Conrad's primula 'alpicola'. Happy with my lot!

Another late bloomer

10 September 2011 06:42:43
Ornithogalum greenery

Ornithogalum greenery

Ornithogalum has lovely healthy green growth. But it's nowhere near flowering. Or are they just normally late bloomers? Acidanthera is doing nothing either. I reckon the lack of sun has a lot to do with it. And the same with my Eccremocarpus, and Cobaea Scandens. But these last two were sown a bit late in the season due to the first and second lot of seedlings perishing. Both of these plants have healthy growth at this stage but not a sign of a flower. Don't want to pull them up just yet, forever hoping the sun will make an appearance to make a difference!

A late bloomer

09 September 2011 23:17:28
Gladioli 'Atom'

Gladioli 'Atom'

Don't want to rub Frans nose in this. But the last of the gladioli opened today. The others finished about 3 weeks ago. Glad (pardon the pun) this one put off its arrival!!!

Talk about blousey!

09 September 2011 22:57:18
Talk about blousey!

Talk about blousey!

This very short poppy, but with a massive head opened today in the Alpine Circle. I have found these growing randomly from year to year. But I have never seen them so short. Lovely, all the same. Pity it's in the wrong place!

All quiet on the Northside

09 September 2011 21:20:41
Canna 'Valentine'

Canna 'Valentine'

Don't seem to be getting much done in the garden these days. But hopefully that will be sorted tomorrow. Have so much to do tidying up after the recent winds, and lots of plants now are looking a bit tatty. Still have to de-pod sweet pea plants which are lying on the grass since yesterday morning. Also have to plant my wisteria. When I got it first, it got planted into a bigger pot. I reckon after losing most of my plants in pots last year I don't want to take any chances with this. So tomorrow better be good. But I'll be a busy beaver whatever the weather. Stocktake in work starts on Sunday.So tomorrow is my only free day. ANd on Monday I have to work a 13hr shift (Groan!!!).

But look what opened for me today. I bought this Canna from Terra Nova stall earlier in the year, in Birr. It has taken a long, long time to show it's colour. But has been worth the wait.

Dahlia

09 September 2011 05:49:23
Dahlia 'Honka'

Dahlia 'Honka'

Dahlia 'Honka' has already flowered, but with regular dead-heading it has once again graced me with its unusual undahlia-like flowers. Even though I wasn't that impressed by the first lot, I actually think it has earned its place here for another time. It positively shines like a star, especially in front of the bare dark stems of the sunflowers.

Thanks, Rachel

08 September 2011 22:50:40
Thanks, Rachel

Thanks, Rachel

Your echinacea opened today. Just lovin' it!

'Wisley Cream'

08 September 2011 22:17:44
'Wisley Cream'

'Wisley Cream'

This clematis is new to my garden this year. It's Clematis cirrhosa 'Wisley Cream' (Group 1 - ask Sallysarah). I have it in a pot, and today it flowered for me, even though on googling it, it's flowering season is December - February. Pretty little thing with dainty flowers, and evergreen bronze foliage. It is supposedly frost hardy, but needs winter protection!

Good oul' Lidl

08 September 2011 21:56:24
Kalmia (but which one?)

Kalmia (but which one?)

Sent Dad shopping for me today. All I wanted was a Kalmia. I was so smitten with the article on same in the Irish Garden but can't remember which issue, so I can't read up on it again. I was disappointed by the size of it, thinking it was costing me €9.99. But it was only €6.99 so not so bad. But the annoying thing about Aldi and Lidl is they don't give the variety of the plant. So not sure whether it's Kalmia latifolia (Mountain Laurel) or angustifolia (Sheep Laurel). Angustifolia only grows to about 1 or 2 feet.

Any ideas?

08 September 2011 21:01:07
Any ideas?

Any ideas?

Moved a couple of geraniums into the greenhouse this morning. But I found this little thing growing behind them. It's only about 8-10 inches tall. Haven't a clue what it is. All advice welcome.

The Power of Positive Thinking

08 September 2011 20:26:40
Fremontodendron

Fremontodendron

Was in bad, bad mood yesterday and didn't like it. But got up this morning 'knowing' it couldn't be any worse than yesterday. As soon as it was daylight, I went out to survey any damage that the bad weather might have brought to all my little babies! Pleased to say, nothing major. Ok everything is looking untidy after the winds. So I did a bit of dead-heading and tidying up. Sweet Pea was all blown over. But I have been letting seeds form now for the last couple of weeks so there are more seed-heads than flowers at present. So I decided to tidy that up. And once I get a secateurs in my hand, I find it hard to stop.

But right now, I can't tell the difference between 'Sir Winston Churchill' which is a lovely red and the other pink ones. Never got round to looking closer this evening. Anyway the sweet pea foliage that was tucked away between other bedding had all gone mildewy so I continued cutting. Ok, big gaps, but on the plus side, I can now see my lovely Fremontodendron that has been hidden for so long.

Beautiful begonias

08 September 2011 06:37:48
Beautiful begonias

Beautiful begonias

I buy begonias every summer, both trailing and bedding type. They provide the garden with some long-lasting colour with their sumptuous blooms and they need little care, just watering and feeding. And they don't sulk if you do forget to water. Even after such a rotten summer, they are still flowering their socks off. And in fact, they are looking as good now as they were when I first planted them back in May. These ones are in a hanging basket. Love all the colours they come in.

Looking back

07 September 2011 21:49:09
Parthenocissus 'Henryana' at back wall

Parthenocissus 'Henryana' at back wall

Just posting a pic from this day last year of Virginia Creeper silhouetted against the evening sky. See, it wasn't all that bad. Lovely clear skies, so unlike this year. I could count on two hands the amount of sunny days we have had this summer. Next year......please God! Forever the optimists here on garden.ie

Palest of pinks

07 September 2011 20:55:43
Schizostylis 'Pink Princess'

Schizostylis 'Pink Princess'

This is the Schizostylis that I bought in Ratoath on Saturday. It's almost white.

Don't know what happened to the lovely red one I had last year. Did anyone lose theirs?

Nothing done

07 September 2011 20:35:05
Colour in the greenhouse border this morning

Colour in the greenhouse border this morning

After a really tough day in work, I did nothing here when I got home. In fact, I didn't even venture out to the garden. Took boots off immediately, and asked Steve to close up the greenhouse for me. Don't even know why I keep it open during the day anymore!

Got soaked to the skin in work, had the heater on in the car on the way home. Hopped into the shower and now pj's. 

Tomorrow's another day, it just has to be better.

Tulips from seeds

06 September 2011 22:17:23
Tulips from seeds

Tulips from seeds

When I had a small gathering here in July, Kate, from Kate and Graham, left behind a box of mixed seeds. I will be bringing them to Mount Venus if anyone wants to have a look. I am going to sow some seeds of tulip 'Tarda dasystemon' which to me looks more like a crocus. Seeds will be sown in the next few days. So, should I expect to get flowers next year? Or the year after that?

No way, Jose! You're not getting this one!

06 September 2011 21:51:10
No way, Jose! You're not getting this one!

No way, Jose! You're not getting this one!

This morning I decided to take no chances with the winds, and tied my Bishop of Auckland, which is coming round again, to the stem of a fairly newly-planted Laburnum. So glad I did. Looking tops this evening.

Give me a pick-axe!

06 September 2011 20:06:57
Give me a pick-axe!

Give me a pick-axe!

A customer brought in this gourd for me to have a look at. His grandaughter, who is only 13 and came in here looking for advice at the beginning of Summer, grew them from seed, and he was proud as punch presenting me with one of them.

I can't believe how heavy it is. I wouldn't like to be hit over the head with that. But a question: If I were to grow my own gourds for next year

a)  Is it ripe enough to get seeds from ( it's like the colour of an egg shell)?

b)  Would it ripen further in the hotpress?

c)  How do I open it without a pick-axe?

Down - but not out!

06 September 2011 19:06:55
Sunflower 'Sungold'

Sunflower 'Sungold'

This was my only sunflower on the ground this morning after being blown to kingdom come overnight. I only have 3 varieties of sunflowers on the go in the garden this year, and this is the only one of 'Sungold' that I have. But luckily it hadn't broken. Re-staked it, and all the others this morning before heading off to work. Still looking good now. I need to get seeds from this one for next year.

Brrrr!!

06 September 2011 06:29:03
Hope it's still standing!

Hope it's still standing!

Good God! 6.27am and it's only starting to get bright enough for me to able to see outside. Everything is being blown about like skittles. It looks like my 'plants in waiting' are all over the garden. Just hope my Kniphofia is ok. This is how it was the last time I clapped eyes on it.

Another nice sedum

06 September 2011 06:13:29
Sedum 'Frosty Morn'

Sedum 'Frosty Morn'

The flowers start off white, and gradually turn pink. I love the variegated foliage on it too.

A little bit of 'cheer'

05 September 2011 20:05:19
A little bit of 'cheer'

A little bit of 'cheer'

Felt like a bit of cheer on such a miserable day. It's that time again.

My seed envelopes

05 September 2011 19:17:17
My seed envelopes

My seed envelopes

A pack of say 50 brown envelopes from Supervalu costs about €1, give or take.

I cut each one in three. So that gives me 150 envelopes. Sellotape one side of the two outside sections, and both sides of the middle one. There is already a self-seal flap at the top of the envelopes. I find it works a treat. And if you run out, they are readily available in all supermarkets.

Check out Lidl

05 September 2011 06:50:14
Check out Lidl

Check out Lidl

This coming Thursday 8th September, Lidl are offering a good range of shrubs.....

Blueberries €5.99

Magnolia €9.99

Large Rhodo €7.99

Pieris €2.99

Leucothoe €5.99

Mollis azalea €9.99

Kalmia €6.99

Enkianthus (Pagoda Bush)  Fran might like this for his Oriental area (€7.99)

Camellia €9.99

Dwarf Rhodo €2.49

Plus colour-coded packs of bulbs.

 

Very Low-Maintenance

05 September 2011 05:58:26
Sempervivum 'Bronco'

Sempervivum 'Bronco'

This sempervivum takes no looking after, just regular water. When I bought it in late Spring, it was just the central rosette. Now look at it. My kind of plant!  :)

Primula

04 September 2011 21:48:14
Primula

Primula

Couldn't resist taking this lovely photo of a primula seed head today in the Bog Extension.

Confused Sunflower

04 September 2011 21:38:11
Confused Sunflower

Confused Sunflower

Love this sunflower, but the petals are so tightly packed that the bees can't get in to it. I think it must really be a dahlia!!!  :)

Boring Day

04 September 2011 21:24:26
Autumn foliage on blueberry

Autumn foliage on blueberry

The day produced lots of heavy intermittent showers. Did my shopping this morning as I am no longer off on Wednesdays. Mad packed.

I rooted Geranium cuttings and dug up and potted seedlings of Verbena bonariensis, and Lychnis coronaria that suddenly appeared here after about 4 years, and more Ajuga reptans. Picked a few tomatoes, cayenne peppers and lots of blueberries. I have taken all my cacti in from the greenhouse now.

Still no sign of a flower on my Cobaea scandens  :((  I'm getting impatient.

Good companions

04 September 2011 20:15:41
Good companions

Good companions

Love this Knautia 'Red Knight' and purple sedum together.

I WISH THIS SITE WOULDN'T KEEP ON CROPPING PHOTOS.

Campanula

04 September 2011 19:44:44
Campanula glomerata

Campanula glomerata

This little white campanula opened today despite the heavy rain. Hope it's hardy. The pale foliage beside it is my Ceratostigma. Looking forward to it's gorgeous blue flowers in the next couple of weeks.

To Bay or not to Bay

04 September 2011 19:29:21
To Bay or not to Bay

To Bay or not to Bay

This was ready for the compost heap after the winter. Most of it had died. But with careful pruning, and watering it recovered well enough for me to change my mind about it. When I started seeing more green leaves than brown I gave it a couple of feeds of Growmore and Hey Presto! Still a bit more recovery for it and it needs a proper 'shaping', but it's doing really well now considering.

Guess what I have?

04 September 2011 14:49:38
Guess what I have?

Guess what I have?

Mmmmmmm! I held this pudding back from last Christmas! It's such miserable day out there, I have felt the urge to indulge! And it doesn't taste the same if you don't have it on a Christmas plate!!!!!

Pachysandra

04 September 2011 06:49:26
Pathetic Pachysandra variegata

Pathetic Pachysandra variegata

I bought 3 pots of Pachysandra over a year ago, when we decided on creating a new area in the garden. I wanted good ground cover so thought that this would be an ideal choice. However, patience got the better of me and I planted it into the Bog Bed Extension. It's NOT doing very well. In fact it seems to be deteriorating rapidly! Is the variegated form not as hardy as its green cousin?

Globe Artichoke

04 September 2011 06:19:45
Cynara cardunculus

Cynara cardunculus

First time growing this one. Shortly after planting it in the greenhouse border, I realized it was in the wrong place and took a chance on moving it to the other side of the garden. Happily it did no damage. Oooh it looked gorgeous yesterday. I had no idea it would produce a gorgeous blue flower. Love it, love it, love it!

I need a garden!

03 September 2011 22:53:42
I need a garden!

I need a garden!

My garden is NOT my own anymore. I am sharing it with amphibians. I daren't walk quickly, and without looking, in the grass anymore for fear of treading on the plague of frogs now! Ha ha I have wanted this for sooooo long. Just hope Steve is as careful when he gets the lawnmower out!

Saturday afternoon

03 September 2011 21:27:12
Small start

Small start

Got a bit of time out front this afternoon. I cut a curve out of the grass earlier in the year, and planted 3 different witch hazels and my rhododendron 'Goldflimmer'. Will have to wait until next year to remember which ones they are - lost labels. At the beginning of April this year, I managed to get lots of Narcissi for next to nothing as they were coming to the end of the season. 16 10cm pots with 4-5bulbs in each for a grand total of €1.

So this afternoon, I had to weed this small area before planting 64 Narcissus 'Bridal Crown' in between the witch hazels. Only a small, but very positive, start to the front. The rest will have to wait for circumstances to suit. The edges are very rough at the moment, but my plan is to get rid of the grass completely so I will have to turn a blind eye to the edges for now. And my Choisya ternata 'Aztec Pearl' is beginning to flower. Wahoo! The scent from this is simply 'to die for'.

Today

03 September 2011 20:05:26
John's Eupatorium (don't know which one)

John's Eupatorium (don't know which one)

Took a trip up to Ashbourne, Co. Meath this morning. The Proprietor of Ratoath Garden Centre, John Lord, was giving a talk which I wanted to hear. It was all about late perennial colour, something which my garden is sadly lacking. But it was more of a practical morning, with snippets of great advice coming from John who can boast lots of colour in his planting schemes, and interest regardless of the seasons. John started off the session with a few simple rules on how to prune a hedge. He then lead us through his great borders, pointed out plants that haven't done so well, and others that are really top class. It's great to have recommendations from an expert. John is of the same opinion as me, whereby if a plant doesn't live up to expections, they go! And my garden is way too small to carry any 'hangers-on'. Sadly, this was the last talk of the season. He will resume them in March of next year.

Afterwards, in the garden centre, I was yet again tempted! I bought a pale pink, almost white, Kaffir Lily 'Pink Princess', Tricyrtis formosana (Toad Lily), Hemerocallis fulva (orange), and a sidalcea 'Elsia Heugh' which is very similar to Hosta's one. Not sure of the name of hers. But I covetted it the moment I saw it in her Cork garden. Also got an Acer 'Butterfly' ,Garden Orchid 'HikiYuri' which is reputedly to be hardy to -20degrees. It is also supposed to be a magnet for butterflies. And last, but not least, Oenothera 'Twilight'. Looking forward to positioning these new additions.

Fillers

03 September 2011 10:17:49
Fillers

Fillers

My greenhouse border is 'thinning' out now after a spell of deadheading. So this is the advantage of having potted plants to move into gaps.

I know Sumac sends out lots of suckers. But if I was to plant it beside a pond, would the roots be in danger of puncturing a pond liner? Not for this pond though. I was hoping to plant it in the 'mound' which will be Davids' area.

Another nice combination

03 September 2011 06:13:28
Another nice combination

Another nice combination

I have Lonicera nitida 'Baggesan's Gold' planted against the wall of the shady border, and right in front of it I have Flower Carpet 'Gold', which I think go very nicely together. Lonicera is very well-behaved and only requires trimming once a year, although I have read reports here that it is a vigorous grower!

Another great foliage plant

02 September 2011 21:59:12
Voodoo Lily

Voodoo Lily

Sauromatum venosum (Voodoo lily) has been with me all summer with its' gorgeous foliage. Hopefully it is 'bulking up' underground for next year.

Another blue flower

02 September 2011 21:35:48
Phlox 'Emerald Cushion Blue'

Phlox 'Emerald Cushion Blue'

This is in the Alpine Circle but didn't flower too well at the beginning of the season. Maybe now would be a good time to divide it. However, it's just coming back again. It is the palest of blues, almost lilac. But look at how the unopened flower is twisted. Never noticed that before!

Busy day for the insect world

02 September 2011 21:16:08
Leaf-cutter Bee damage

Leaf-cutter Bee damage

Spent a good portion of the day cleaning down shelving, cutting back roses and top-dressing them. Couldn't get over the amount of wasps all over the place. Hands are tingling with all the cuts and scrapes. Hate working with roses!

The photo shows the damage done by a Leaf-cutter Bee. These are about 1cm hairy bees. They don't live in colonies, and the damage they do is nothing serious enough to warrant spraying.

One year on...

02 September 2011 06:18:44
Abutilon megapotamicum 'variegatum'

Abutilon megapotamicum 'variegatum'

I bought this at the sale in Mount Venus Nursery this time last year. I have yet to see it without a flower. It was in an unheated greenhouse all winter and not a bother, it sailed through the winter, and even had flowers on it during the snow. Now THAT'S what I call 'hardy'.

Another nice plant

01 September 2011 21:48:03
Tiarella 'Crowfeather'

Tiarella 'Crowfeather'

Love this one.

Corny or what!

01 September 2011 21:30:58
Corny or what!

Corny or what!

Grew corn years ago. And did it again last year, although the earwigs got to it before I did. They say when the tassles go brown, it's time to harvest? Is that right? Looking ready for the picking if that's the case! All advice welcome.

A nice fern!

01 September 2011 21:11:26
Polypodium 'vulgare'

Polypodium 'vulgare'

It's amazing what you can uncover when you cut back your Gunnera. This is Polypodium 'vulgare' and very well-behaved.

Pre-work garden work

01 September 2011 20:06:14
Heuchera 'Rave On' looking good right now!

Heuchera 'Rave On' looking good right now!

Getting used to the late start (10.00am) on Thursday morning. Although I have to keep checking my watch to make sure I'm not late for work. Weeded the Bog Extension bed this morning. Split up a heuchera and potted it up. Mind you, I only noticed how beautiful it was when I cut back some of the Gunnera manicata. Also took 20 nice potential cuttings of geraniums which will get potted up tomorrow. Also took cuttings of Persicaria 'Red Dragon'. Not sure if it's the right time. But sure, you win some, you lose some. Collected seeds of Campanula persicifolia that were kindly donated to my garden by Dave, aka Chilipepper, last year, and Digitalis grandiflora. Collected sweet pea seeds too. Will print off photo of each type and stick it in the envelope with matching seeds for next year. That's my version of a 'database'.

Saw 3 frogs on my weeding session, and it was great to see how much they have grown in just a week. Not so worried now about them being able to fend for themselves over winter. And down at the Bog Bed Extension there is also a 6ft long wavin pipe for them to hide in, in case of necessity!

This is my first official weekend off until March 2012. Wahoo!

For Fran (and others)

01 September 2011 19:44:31
Alchemilla mollis and Asplenium scolopendrum

Alchemilla mollis and Asplenium scolopendrum

Here is a photo of my Asplenium scolopendrum with Alchemilla mollis (Lady's Mantle). As you can see, they are perfect partners!

Photo has been 'cropped' again. Uhhhhhh!!! So frustrating! Will open an album.

Last of the Summer Lilies

01 September 2011 06:18:59
Last of the Summer Lilies

Last of the Summer Lilies

This is it, until next year. I think this one looks like I spilt a bottle of milk into it.

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