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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal January 2012

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Hebe

31 January 2012 06:53:46
Hebe 'Baby Boo'

Hebe 'Baby Boo'

This is my new Hebe 'Baby Boo'. Shouldn't get to more than 50cm. I thought it was so pretty.

I need cheering up!

30 January 2012 20:47:51
Pieris 'Katsura'

Pieris 'Katsura'

 Stocktake will begin in earnest tomorrow, so working from 9.00am till 10.00pm tomorrow and the following day. Won't see ANYTHING in my garden until at least Thursday.

As mentioned in a previous journal, I seem to be developing a 'thing' for acid-loving plants. So to take my mind off what's in store for us for the next couple of days, I cheered myself up and bought today Hebe 'BabyBoo' (gorgeous deep pink), Pieris 'Little Heath', and Pieris 'Katsura'. Hope to pot them up on Thursday. 

There's no way I'm waiting till March!

29 January 2012 19:50:25
There's no way I'm waiting till March!

There's no way I'm waiting till March!

I always say I'm waiting until March to start sowing seeds. I always give in eventually. But what with the horrendous constant rain all day, I decided to look through what I plan to sow this year. I bit the bullet and have now sown just two lots - Pennisetum 'Purple Majesty', and Aquilegia 'Green Apples'. They should be sown from February onwards, and it's nearly Feb now. The germination rate on the Pennisetum isn't great, and you only get 10 seeds per pack and cost €5.99, so fingers crossed. Both were topped with Vermiculite so as not to exclude light. The heated propagator has been cleaned down, and is now plugged in!!!

I HATE RAIN!!!

29 January 2012 13:24:11
I HATE RAIN!!!

I HATE RAIN!!!

Just home from work. Oh, I hate this time of year as we have our bi-annual stocktake. Myself and the shop Manager just spent over 4hrs outside in that torrential rain. We have to scan all the barcodes of every plant in the garden centre. Scanners gave up the ghost with all the rain, so most of them had to be keyed in manually. Hands frozen to the bone and resembling prunes, except for the colour. I had on raingear, but the water was just running off the leggings onto my boots. And unfortunately I had my safety boots on, not wellies. My socks are like wet dish-cloths, and my feet are numb. As I had to do a lot of reaching up to the top shelves, the rain ran up to my armpits. So even the t-shirt underneath the jacket got soaking. I never want to see rain again - at least NOT in my waking hours.

I was going to get a few new purchases planted up when I got home. But you can forget that. Hot shower and a bowl of soup and toast. Going to vegetate for the rest of the day and browse my bookshelves. 

More important things than gardening

28 January 2012 18:22:33
Happy Birthday to my precious grandchild, David.

Happy Birthday to my precious grandchild, David.

Very emotional today. My Mam never got to meet her greatgrandson, David. She would have got a great buzz out of him. Full of fun, always smiling, except when he's asleep, we celebrated wee Davey's 2nd Birthday today. 

Iris

28 January 2012 08:02:52
Irish reticulata opens

Irish reticulata opens

I'm kinda new to Irises. Only on Thursday I spotted the tiniest bit of purple peeping through from these emerging bulbs. At least they started off showing purple and opened to blue. And in less than 24hrs, it was fully open. And lots more to come. I love the markings on it. Apologies about the bad quality, but dusk was fast approaching by the time I got home, and it was taken with my old camera.

P.S. Can you see the man looking at you? 

Turning bitter

27 January 2012 21:42:10
Myrtus ugni 'Butterbean'

Myrtus ugni 'Butterbean'

I am developing a bit of a passion for acid-loving plants in recent years. Today we got a delivery in, and out of the whole lot, I found this Myrtus ugni the most attractive. But the label on the pot specifies 'hardy to -5'. Hmmmm, let's think about this one a bit more. But isn't the foliage just lovely. Might buy it on Sunday. If anyone has any warning against this, don't hesitate.....

The Curious Gardener

27 January 2012 20:58:54
The Curious Gardener

The Curious Gardener

I have a raised bed in the garden centre that I planted up with Chrysanthemums, primroses, Cyclamen and a few bulbs. However, I spotted this about 2 weeks ago. I don't recognize its foliage at all. I'm sure it's nothing that I planted. Initially I thought it was a weed. But now I'm not so sure. I am curious as to what it may be. All suggestions welcome - except that I sign out!

I stuck in the glove for scale. 

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

26 January 2012 21:04:17
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

I was off today but got no opportunity for gardening. And besides, it was bitter and very showery.  I must be weakening in my senior years. But I was delighted to see positive growth on my tulip 'tarda' coming up in two identical planters that are topped with blue (fave colour) crushed glass - not to everybodys taste!

Not normal

25 January 2012 21:10:10
Net photo

Net photo

Very productive day in work today. But I was flabbergasted to see the first wasp of the year. Is this a record?

Bought a few more nice primroses. I feel an obsession coming on. 

Birds Eye View

25 January 2012 06:26:28
Well-camouflaged Bluetit

Well-camouflaged Bluetit

I've just realised that I haven't seen any Goldfinches this winter. It must only be in the really cold weather that they appear in my garden. Very few bluetits too. But they ARE there. I can make out their birdsong. They just seem to be a bit shyer this year.

Idle promises!

24 January 2012 19:34:28
Idle promises!

Idle promises!

I'm off early on Tuesdays, and I had great intentions of getting stuff done afterwards. But what a miserable day, non-stop drizzle. Thankfully it wasn't a bit cold. But I didn't manage to get anything done except plant a single primrose up on the Pond Bank. The garden was beginning to dry out. That has changed though. I guess I'll have to wait until the weekend.

Primroses

23 January 2012 20:20:29
Couldn't resist these

Couldn't resist these

Picked up a pack of these gorgeous primroses today. I just couldn't resist.

Also managed to get a Viburnum bodnantes for €2. It's only a small one and has been here since September/October. Hopefully when it gets planted, it will shoot up. Hope to get it into the ground in the front garden at the weekend. Got some topsoil too, so I can finally plant the water lilies that Elizabeth kindly gave me at the get-together. Off early tomorrow, so will get that done asap.

Can't wait

23 January 2012 06:24:28
Can't wait

Can't wait

TO PLANT A GARDEN IS TO BELIEVE IN THE FUTURE

One of the seven deadly sins

22 January 2012 20:16:16
Photonia 'Red Robin' looking good

Photonia 'Red Robin' looking good

I committed one of those today!

 

I wasn't sick. I didn't have to visit anyone. The weather was good enough to be out. But I just decided to commit one of the seven deadly sins - laziness!

Won't be doing it again! So bored. Such a waste! 

Another day at Altamont

22 January 2012 18:26:38
Some of last years' tulips

Some of last years' tulips

Would have loved to join the others on the Friday for a visit to Altamont. But unfortunately, I work Monday to Friday in winter months. So I was thinking of heading there the following day, Saturday 5th February. Anyone care to join me and Steve?

Here we go again!

22 January 2012 07:09:05
Here we go again!

Here we go again!

Spent a good time outdoors yesterday, despite the weather. Very windy, and almost got blown away. It's dry so far today, but that is some wind coming from a Westerly direction and bashing the back of the house, howling like a Banshee!!!

Yesterday I was having a very close look at all that is coming up. Last year I prided myself with the fact that everything had been labelled. But I have discovered that the Permanent Ink with which I labelled them has worn off. And a lot of the labels actually snapped in half when I lifted them out of the soil. This is one plant that that has happened to. I don't remember this leaf shape at all from last year. If someone can tell me what it is, I would forever be in your debt??? 

Braving the elements

21 January 2012 22:00:29
Mahonia 'Winter Sun'

Mahonia 'Winter Sun'

Was chatting to Clara this morning and she was saying the Southside was a good morning. Not here though. After shopping I got out togged out for the elements regardless. I spent a bit more time planting up stuff on the new Pond Bank, like an un-named Sedum that has already seeded from a previously planted plant, Crocus 'ruby giant', white Forget-me-nots (Myosotis), and Fritillarias. Also planted the Alliums 'purple sensation' that I got the other day into the greenhouse border. They will accompany my Thalictrum and ..........brain dead...... can't think of it. I'll edit this tomorrow. Anyway, they are lilac, so will be lovely together.

Planted up Iris hollandica into a pot as I am a bit limited with where I can plant them right now. Potted up my new Camellia and took it out of the ferocious winds. After all, it's only a baby!  And filled up the bird-feedBibers again. They are hungry little beggars.

22.38 Bing! The light bulb goes on!  Perovskia 'Russian Sage'!!! 

I KNOW I'M A WEIRDO!!!

21 January 2012 21:10:34
I KNOW I'M A WEIRDO!!!

I KNOW I'M A WEIRDO!!!

I have been checking on my galanthus every day this week in the hope that it would open for a photograph. Am I the only one who actually tries to prise the petals open slightly for a  photo?

Or should I just delete this journal??????????

It's NEARLY THERE! 

Nice little surprise

21 January 2012 12:03:00
Nice little surprise

Nice little surprise

Gosh, it's wild out there. I have just been driven in by a heavy shower. Spotted a good clump of crocusses coming up in a planter that I filled with Heather, Skimmia 'Magic Marlot', and Loropetalum. I had forgotten that I underplanted the whole lot with crocusses. Nice!

Another bargain

20 January 2012 20:20:56
Head-case!

Head-case!

This weirdo has been knockin' around the Garden Centre for nigh on 8 months freakin' me out. I feel his eyes on me every time I pass by. He originally had a grass planted into his head which died off as nobody wanted him. Mind you, at €34.99 I'm not surprised. He was first reduced to €20, then €10, then €8, then €4. ANd today I finally got rid of him for just €2. His left ear has been amputated, but I will plant some trailing lobelia to help hide that fact, and he needs a touch-up paint job. He will keep my other Head Planter company. 

SALE OF THE CENTURY!!!

20 January 2012 19:50:55
Black & Decker Cultivator

Black & Decker Cultivator

Wow, did I get some great bargains today.

We are preparing for a Stock-take yet again. So we need to sell a lot of stuff that has been lying around unsold for ages, just gathering dust and taking up vital space. I managed to be in the right place at the right time and got myself a Black & Decker Cultivator. Originally it was €139.99 and I got it for a mere fiver. If I use this cultivator just once, it will definitely have been worth it.

And......there may be one or two more stashed away in the warehouse. So if anyone is interested I could keep an eye out. I should know next week. 

Camellia

19 January 2012 20:22:20
Camellia japonica 'Berenice Perfection'

Camellia japonica 'Berenice Perfection'

This is my new Camellia. We got lots in in 4 different sizes, ranging from €12.99 to €56.99. Unfortunately the one that caught my eye was one of the smaller ones, which cost €12.99 (-20% off all plants). But in all fairness, I would have paid the extra money for a bigger one. This is gorgeous. And the photo does NOT do it justice. I lost a couple of small Camellias last winter but now I know to protect the babies, should we get a repeat performance. And this one is small enough to be taken in for winter.

Not to be outdone by everyone else.

19 January 2012 18:46:46
Bulb Bargains

Bulb Bargains

There was a biting wind out there today but luckily a big delivery came in. So with a lot of physical exertion it wasn't long before I warmed up nicely. I couldn't resist buying a new Camellia. It's a fairly small one, but beautiful all the same. We also got in consignment of Myosotis. Not a lover of Forget-Me-Nots as they seed all over the place. But there was just ONE pack of white, which I have never seen before. I had to buy that, and I do hope they self-seed.

I also managed to get a few bulbs before the rest of them were returned to the supplier. I got 5 packs of 'Purple Sensation' Alliums, some Fritillarias, and Irises, a Camellia, pot for the Camellia (reduced from  €12.99 to €6) and the white Myosotis all for just €28. I hope to have a busy weekend hail, rain or snow.

This really takes the biscuit.

18 January 2012 19:57:30
This really takes the biscuit.

This really takes the biscuit.

Dropped into Dad after work this evening. 

I know all of our plants are completely topsy-turvy right now. But, Christ, this Borage is in flower. I took seeds from this plant in August hoping to have my own here for this year. Couldn't believe my eyes when coming up to his front door, it hit me like a bolt out of the blue.

Now is the time.....

17 January 2012 21:05:32
P. 'Drumcliffe'

P. 'Drumcliffe'

To spread lots of organic mulch around the base of your Wisteria. Also January is the time to prune established Wisterias. Without pruning there is every chance that you'll get no flowers. They are greedy feeders so they benefit from the occasional application of a liquid feed which is high in potassium.

One of my Kennedy Primroses is open today.  

Switching Off!

17 January 2012 20:07:12
Switching Off!

Switching Off!

I was a bit preoccupied all day with domestic matters. My head was all over the place. The day dragged and I needed a bit of a lift by the end of my shift. I had reduced all our 4pack cyclamen from €5.99 to €1 so I decided, even though I have been told that these are NOT hardy, to buy a pack. I also bought some more primroses for the pond bank.

As soon as I got home, I got stuck in.  Wee Davey was disgusted that I wanted to be out there ON MY OWN. It's still very mucky in the garden.

This new area is filling up rapidly. I hope to let all the primroses/primulas self-seed around the place. I only hope I leave some space for some nice summer stuff. I need this pond done YESTERDAY. I can do no more planting until Steve gets his act together. When the 'cave' is made and positioned, I should have a lot more soil to work with.

After I got them all planted I stood back and felt happy again. It's amazing the effect a few plants have on me. Poor Davey had to content himself with running around the house afterwards with Gran's mucky gloves on. 

Seedling

16 January 2012 22:30:30
Seedling

Seedling

A few months ago I posted a journal enquiring about a seedling of something growing beside the Lower Pond. Fran suggested that it looked like an apple seedling. Fran, as you can see it has grown a fair bit since then and is looking very healthy. It's now about 8 inches tall. Does it still look like an apple? As you can see on the ground just beside it, there are fallen apples from Malus 'Red Sentinel', 

Clare's Azalea

16 January 2012 21:30:12
Clare's Azalea

Clare's Azalea

I'm always looking out for unusual primroses on a delivery. Spotted a few really nice ones today but resisted buying them, at least until the weekend. But I have put some under a bench just in case they sell before I get the chance to buy them. Amongst them was another beautiful blue. Tina, this is really gorgeous.

And this one really reminded me of Clare's recent photo of her Azalea.

Will post up a few new ones that I will be buying.  

Robin

16 January 2012 19:49:35
Robin

Robin

I have birdseed in every pocket of my work clothes. I have been feeding my pal whenever I see him stalking me. I just leave out about 5 seeds, and if he doesn't eat them immediately, I sweep them up. Don't want the Manager giving out about attracting rodents. And he is verrrry wimpish about them. 

I did a google search of the lifespan of robins a while ago, and it said they live an average of 1.2 years, so this one may NOT be the one I was feeding last year. However, this chirpie chappy is now eating out of my hand. It makes me feel that all my birdays have come together.

I should know what this is.

15 January 2012 21:34:47
I should know what this is.

I should know what this is.

This was planted in one of the borders in Ratoath. I recognize it, but can't for life of me think what its called. Help, please????

I know I'm going to be kicking myself when someone gives me the answer. 

Primrose Close-up

15 January 2012 20:56:07
Primrose Close-up

Primrose Close-up

For those of you out there who are lovers of blue in the garden, here you go!

Slowly but surely

15 January 2012 20:11:38
A bit of colour on the bank

A bit of colour on the bank

Well, yesterday really saw the beginning of the 'real' tidy up in the garden. I had cut back loads of stuff before Christmas but just left it all lying where it landed. So happy with what I accomplished in the few hours yesterday. AND I got a few things planted. 

Went to Ratoath Garden Centre today just to have a nosey (voucher in my bag). Unfortunately stock was a bit light and I wasn't tempted by much. I am awaiting the arrival of a lovely acer 'Red Pygmy'. Some of you may remember me posting a journal on that earlier. It's a gorgeous tangy orange colour. Anyway, I just bought some seeds, and a small perennial (Lamium 'Beacon Silver'). I planted that for ground cover up on the bank of the unfinished pond, together with two pots of Leucojum that I bought in Aldi yesterday. The bank now has lots of primroses, primula, sedum, crocusses, dwarf irises, Saxifraga 'Lissadell' (thanks Margaret), Chionodoxa, Cyclamen coum etc, etc. The bank is taking shape. All I need now is for the pond to be done.

Looking nice right now.

14 January 2012 21:41:58
Looking nice right now.

Looking nice right now.

I have recently been converted to Pulmonarias. Today I noticed the lovely foliage of P. 'Diane Clare'. I may have gotten this one from Gracedieu Lass last year. Unfortunately the brain cells are at the bottom of the Bacardi bottle!!

Spring is on its way......

14 January 2012 19:27:57
Arisaema 'griffithii'

Arisaema 'griffithii'

I managed to get to the garden for about 2 and 1/2 hrs today. And boy, it was a breath of fresh air. I know my job keeps me outdoors, but being in my own garden is 'la creme de la creme'. I spent a good while pulling up decayed vegetation and bagging it, and staked my Fremontodendron that was wobbling about precariously with recent winds, and my Yew. Very happy with that. Planted loads of primroses and primulas that I had bought recently. Most of them are now up on the bank where the new pond will be. I just hope they don't get uprooted because of any change in plans. I lost so much stuff last year for the same reason. And hopefully this year will see the completion of the pond. I also got Conrad's lovely pink hellebore in beside my 'niger' and 'argutifolius'. I decided to make up a couple of hanging baskets with primroses and ivy. 

Bought a new bird feeder in Aldi today, this one is for mealworms, a delicacy for robins. And topped up ALL feeders. Robbie Robin was waiting in the wings as I was filling them. 

Lots of new growth that gave me such a 'buzz'. It's funny but the joy I got from looking at one of my sedums with rain/dew drops on it was unreal. But what excited me most about today was witnessing the noses of two arisaemas peeping up ('griffithii' and 'speciosum').

My favourite Camellia

14 January 2012 16:32:52
Camellia 'Wisley White'

Camellia 'Wisley White'

I have all my camellias in pots as I can't provide them with an area in borders that doesn't get morning sun, which is the major cause of bud-drop. This one is my all-time favourite. It has just opened. Oooeeerrr! Dontcha jus luv it!!!

Home Alone!

13 January 2012 18:40:06
Nearly there!

Nearly there!

Cold, cold start to the day. Didn't realize the windscreen was frozen until I got into the car this morning. Spent a good part of the day just sweeping the garden centre vigorously and then applied Mossgo with a sprayer. It makes light work of a very tedious job. I had to be very careful with it as the controls for the different settings weren't doing what it said on the tin. But it was a lovely calm day, and once I gave myself a good workout with the yard brush, I got nice and warm. Hot, actually. I ended up in t-shirt sleeves. But by the time I clocked out it was cooling down again. I reckon we're in for another cold night. 

This evening I am enjoying my own company. Steve is on a job on a Windfarm on the East Coast, and Zoe and baby are out till late. The fire is lit, I'm in my pj's and I'm toasting my bare feet in front of the fire - and swapped books from Johnstown are spread before me. It's so refreshing to be untidy for once, and not give a hoot what anyone thinks.

Rudbeckia

13 January 2012 06:11:14
Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm'flowering

Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm'flowering

There is a raised bed in the garden centre which I re-do according to the seasons. This winter I planted chrysans and cyclamen, which are all looking lovely at the moment.

But in at the back I have bulbs planted for added interest, and one or two perennials. Shifting pots around it yesterday and noticed this rudbeckia flowering. I nearly missed it as I don't often look very hard except to see if there are signs of our four-legged friends/foes. 

New Helleborus

11 January 2012 20:41:40
Helleborus sternii

Helleborus sternii

We got in some nice hellebores today. This one is a hybrid between H. argutifolius and H. Lividus. I wasn't aware until reading the label that they take slightly acidic soil.

I was immediately struck by the marbled leaves, but also the limey green flowers are gorgeous too. I was even prepared to pay €10 for it, but then I realized that there is still 20% off all outdoor plants so it only cost €7.25.

Another beauty

11 January 2012 19:03:45
Beaumont Sunset

Beaumont Sunset

Sunset outside Dad's house this evening after a quick visit.

Change is NOT good!

11 January 2012 17:06:51
Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer'

Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer'

Oooh, just in the door and Garden.ie is all different. Is this one of the changes that Craig was talking about? Or is my laptop going a bit funny. Sometimes things are best left alone. But I suppose I'll get used to having the Options list all down the right hand side of the screen.

Guess what I saw today!

10 January 2012 20:13:41
Guess what I saw today!

Guess what I saw today!

10th of January and I saw my first Ladybird!!!

Early finish

10 January 2012 18:53:30
Cyclamen coum

Cyclamen coum

Off at 3 today, and for once I managed to get home shortly afterwards. It was great being able to potter about in daylight for a short while. I mostly dead-headed, and sorted out where some of my new plants will go. Galanthus are almost out. Maybe by the weekend. I need to get a stake in for the Fremontodendron. It is very loose in the soil. The Yew needs one too. Hopefully tomorrow.

But daylight was fading fast and there was no sign of anything getting planted. So the first thing I concentrated on were the Cyclamen Coum I bought in Johnstown on Sunday. They are now under the Yew, which is a well-drained area up beside the newest pond.

Johnstown Get-together

08 January 2012 18:42:45
Johnstown Get-together

Johnstown Get-together

This years' get-together in Johnstown was organized way better. Both by the staff of Johnstown and members of Garden.ie The day went very smoothly. A good big area was sectioned off for the mobsters, and the food went down very well. It's great to see so many people laugh, and chat as though they were relatives. Thanks, everyone for all the goodies. I was looking forward to this opportunity to offload a lot of magazines onto anyone, and yet I came back with more books and mags than I went with. Hmmmm, how did I manage that.

I was verrrrry good with my plastic and only spent moderately. I bought a Hoya (wax plant) for indoors, some Cyclamen coum (so excited about those) and another indoor plant Jacobinia pauciflora which I think should be ok outside during the summer months, and Anemone pavonina which has lovely bright red flowers. I also bought some nice packets of seeds. I love Johnstown for their selection of 'different' plants, even if they are quite expensive. But I do think it was worth it. 

Thank you all for such a lovely day. And a big special thanks must go to Milliemouse for my new teeth in the Kris Kindle. Just love 'em! LOL 

Cyber Burnout!

07 January 2012 21:56:05
Cyber Burnout!

Cyber Burnout!

Two weeks ago when people were otherwise engaged with Festive Activities, who would believe that our computers would hold such a 'buzz' now. My laptop is overheating so much with anticipation and excitement and comments that I think it's about to 'self-destruct'!   LOL

No doubt I won't be able to sleep tonight. So, Rachel, you lied yesterday when you said 'only one more sleep'. See you all tomorrow. And remember, first come, first served! My plastic is all ready!

 

 

Magazines

07 January 2012 19:55:57
Magazines

Magazines

As promised, here are the titles of the magazines I have on offer.

Amateur Gardening (27 editions)

Woman's Weekly Gardening (2)

Growing Vegetables (Woodies/Atlantic Homecare Publication)

Grow Your Own (4)

Grow It

Kitchen Garden

Easy Gardening

Garden Answers (3)

Garden Designs by Diarmuid Gavin

and

The English Garden (2) 

High as a kite!

07 January 2012 16:21:23
Don't forget your Christmas Hats!

Don't forget your Christmas Hats!

Wow, can't you just feeeel the tension and excitement building here on the site. It always amazes me how generous you all are. There is no end to the generosity of you all, sharing parts of your gardens, and the memories that go with them, nationwide. Unfortunately I have no plants to share. What's new! But I haven't been able to dig up and divide at all in recent times. I feel a bit like the 'poor cousin'.

But hopefully during the gardening year I will have bits. All I can offer is a few name badges which are now finished with, and I am high as a kite sniffing the glue!!!   But I do have a healthy selection of magazines which I hope NOT to take home with me again.  

I have now deleted all existing photos from my memory cards, and both cameras are on charge as we speak. I hope to capture the pure 'magic' that tomorrow is bound to be. Can't remember looking forward to a Get-together quite as much as this time round.  

Talk about a Spring-Clean????

05 January 2012 21:23:16
Gardening magazines

Gardening magazines

I tried selling these months ago on Gumtree. No takers. They are cluttering up my bedroom. And I also find with magazines that over the years you tend to see photos coming up time and time again, borrowed from books or other magazines. That annoys me. However, these mags are here for the taking. Who wants????

Sorry, but The Irish Garden magazines are NOT included in this lot. 

Which Hazel?????

05 January 2012 21:06:43
Which Hazel?????

Which Hazel?????

I bought three different ones last year for the front garden. Unfortunately all labels are 'missing'. This is the first to open. Any idea which one?

"Ok, we'll try again".

05 January 2012 17:53:44
'Ok, we'll try again'.

'Ok, we'll try again'.

A few weeks ago I posted a fairly comprehensive list of books for possible swaps. Sadly only one was wanted. But now I'm looking at all the other lists that have appeared online in the last 24 hours. We could open our own Garden.ie Bookshop with all of them.

I have just gone through some more books. And I have come up with plenty that I have read, found useful, but won't use again. They are as follows:

Water Features for the Garden (Step-by-step practical guides) by Alan & Gill Bridgewater

Paths, Steps & Patios for the Garden (Step-by-step practical guides) by same authors

Veg-growing basics (Hamyln) by Richard Bird

Rock Gardening (Step-by-step garden guides)

Container Gardening (Step-by-step guides)

Trees (Kingfisher Pocket Guides)

Fuchsias (Aura Garden Guides)

Greenhouse Gardening (Aura Garden Guides)

Shrubs (Aura Garden Guides)

How to Garden by Jonathan Edwards

Kitchen Garden by Lucy Peel

A Year in your Garden

Gardening for Small Spaces by John Cushnie

RHS Climbing Plants

RHS Plants for Shade

RHS Hanging Baskets

RHS Trees for Small Gardens

 

 I don't want anything in return for these, I just want to create more space for new books.

 Also, what was on offer the first time round are still up for grabs.

Falling at the first hurdle

04 January 2012 19:21:03
Falling at the first hurdle

Falling at the first hurdle

What an atrocious day! It was so bad that I filled up 2 plant trollies with cyclamen and took them inside to dead-head and tidy up the foliage. They were in a bad state as I was off sick yesterday, and they haven't even been looked at since last Friday. Everything was being blown to Kingdom come outside so things had to be anchored down for safety. Actually by about 3.00 I decided it was best to close the garden centre. And it's to get worse before it gets better.

In the supermarket buying dinner and automatically picked up Amateur Gardening. It was only when I got home that I realized that the only resolution I made for this year was NOT to buy any more magazines. But it's such a rotten evening, the rain is lashing against the windows and the wind is howling like a Banshee! What better way to spend a few minutes. But THAT'S IT! No more!

There's an article on how to grow Hazelnuts, if Hazel hasn't already started hers off! 

Happy with this!

03 January 2012 20:29:51
Taxus baccata

Taxus baccata

During the excavation of the latest pond, Steve requested a tree to be removed to facilitate a larger area than previously planned. I wasn't a bit happy about this as I only have a few trees in the garden. But the timing was perfect for once. It was transplanted in October, which is the best time for evergreens.My Taxus baccata was/is about 5ft and I am aware that the bigger the tree, the slower it is to re-establish.

Just on a quick trip outside today and checking up on things, and happy to report that this Yew has successfully 'taken' in its new home, even though the only watering I gave it was when I initially moved it. It has been such a wet few months though, Mother Nature did her job very well. But it's suffering a bit from 'wind-rock', so Steve is going to make some stakes for this and also my Fremontodendron which is also being blown about quite a bit.

'Over the Wall'

02 January 2012 20:10:00
'Over the Wall'

'Over the Wall'

Today I decided to take all the decorations down and put them in the attic, and get rid of the Christmas tree. All nice and tidy now. I do miss it all now, but I'm back in work tomorrow so I needed to be doing things today The tree is too sappy to put on the fire so, 'over the wall' it went. What will I do when this latest pond is built. My access to this area will be somewhat restricted with the planting in the way.

Gathered up all my houseplants that had been pushed aside (some had been put out in the garage) to make room for 'Christmas' and watered all, and wiped the leaves. Oncidium is putting on healthy growth. Wow, wouldn't it be a right treat if I could get it to flower again, despite its reputation of being an 'easy' orchid. Gave it a small bit of tomato feed, as with most of the other plants, and filled its gravel tray with water for humidity. 

New Years Observations

01 January 2012 20:53:23
Pulmonaria today

Pulmonaria today

Who'd have thought that we would have so much in flower on the 1st January! There is fresh growth on Verbena bonariensis, geraniums, primulas, and pulmonaria, amongst other things.

I spent a while on the greenhouse, watering everything and airing all inside. Eccremocarpus is still flowering away in there. Nothing much planned for tomorrow, but I'm thinking of taking a trip to the nearby Botanic Gardens. I love it there in the winter. 

Very Pretty

01 January 2012 12:09:23
Splash of Colour

Splash of Colour

My garden is a right mess at the moment. And mainly because I haven't had the opportunity get the grass cut since about the end of September as the weather has been soooo wet. I have had to turn a bit of a blind eye to the mess and get on with other things, like preparing for the winter.

But when you have primroses of all colours splashing a bit of bold colour here and there, it doesn't really matter. A New Year dawns and it brings new hope and dreams, and hopefully no 'idle' promises with gardening tasks. Let's hope winter will be kind to us all this year - by God we deserve it. 

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