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31 March 2012 20:42:24
I just missed it. It started at 8.00. Not 8.30. :(((((((
31 March 2012 19:57:25
Today marked the first of my weekends in work. I was feeling totally sorry for myself until I realized that my presence actually does make a difference to some customers. They love advice and encouragement. And I can do that relatively easily, so long as they're not too ambitious in their gardens. But I soooo get a kick out of encouraging kids to start growing their own, be it just sunflowers or a bit of fruit and veg. Today it gave me great pleasure to send about 8 kids off with dreams of their future gardens.
The day went surprisingly quick. Off at 4 so not so bad.
Got home to find Steve layering more fibre glass on 'the cave'. Jesus, is it ever going to be finished. However, every little helps. Tomorrow it will be further on, weather permitting. Bought some white armeria for the front garden, but I'm not in tomorrow until 11, so I'll get that done before I leave.
Did a bit of tidying up in the back this evening, watered the greenhouse, and planted out my Incarvillea delavayi (pink, and white). Amazing leaf!
31 March 2012 06:22:50
Kerria japonica in Dads
Dropped into Dad yesterday after work. Coming up the garden path it reminded me of all the hard work Dad used to put into the garden when Mam was alive. Sadly, almost four years ago, she died, and so did all of Dad's enthusiasm. But it was so uplifting passing by that riot of colour yesterday, tulips in shades of reds, oranges and yellows, accentuated by a massive Kerria japonica which Dad grew from a slip taken from my brothers garden many years ago. It always makes me wonder is there a possible place for one in MY garden?
30 March 2012 21:21:11
A few weeks ago we got a delivery in containing lots of myosotis (forget-me-nots) and there was just ONE pack of white ones, which I had never seen, or heard of, before. So I grabbed it before someone else did. Planted them as soon as I got home, and about 2wks ago they opened up - to BLUE! Agghhhh! Frustration. Don't believe everything you read.
Yesterday we got more in. Most of them were in flower. What did I spot in the midst of all the blue? Well, I was happy out. Grabbed them, and hid them under a bench. Couldn't believe my eyes. Did no gardening when I got home as I'm all choked up with a headcold at the moment. Might plant them tomorrow after work.
30 March 2012 19:55:08
30 March 2012 06:37:14
Abutilon megapotamicum variegatum
I bought this Abutilon 18 months ago when in full flower. It was in the unheated greenhouse during winter of 2010 for safety. The plummeting temperatures didn't stop it flowering. It comes out of the greenhouse roundabout this time of year or earlier. And usually gets put back in round December, although I do believe it could possibly survive outside with no added protection. I reckon it deserves a fresh top-dressing and a good feed this evening.
THERE HAVE BEEN FLOWERS ON IT EVER SINCE I BOUGHT IT IN September 2010.
29 March 2012 19:39:15
What a week so far in work. Run off my feet, and wouldn't have it any other way. I can feel the excitement mounting. And I'm talking about myself. I always get on such a 'high' at this time of year. I did decide last year that I wouldn't bother doing strawberries again - I just changed my mind today when I saw the healthy 6packs that came in. Now all I have to do is pot them up and hide them from Steve and Zoe!!!
I also bought 3 really big Regal Pelargoniums. I still have the ones from last year, but I reckon they won't catch up with a fresh lot. So damn the expense. Came home and potted them up. Also spent nearly an hour watering everything inside and out. Not a lover of pansies really, but I can't resist the 'Frizzle Sizzle' range. Bought 3 10packs. Have yet to decide where they're going to get planted.
28 March 2012 21:47:41
Phlox subulata 'McDaniel's Cushion'
I made a half-hearted attempt at giving my Alpine Circle a much-needed spring clean. Lots of the plants there are growing rampant, and in danger of covering all the gravel in it. However, I got distracted, as you do. But this little beauty is starting to flower. Gazillions of flowers ready to open in the next day or two.
28 March 2012 21:00:35
I had a great day here on my own for most of the day. Zoe took the baby into town, so there were no nerve-wrecking moments when he would go too close to the ponds for my liking. Took fuchsias out of the greenhouse. Took lots of other stuff out too, but only to remove any dead foliage. While it was half empty, I swept the whole lot down and did a general tidy up inside. Brought out some cannas so the growing rack indoors is now getting a bit more manageable. Hmmmm, maybe I should sow some more seeds!!!
Got a few things planted finally like the delphinium I got last August in the West, Helleborus 'Bob's Best', small Forsythia, and planted out my sweet pea 'April in Paris' which is white with a pretty pink edge to it. Removed all dead leaves from the geraniums in window boxes, looking much more respectable now.
I also planted out 3 of the Euphorbia cuttings into the front, and Aubrieta beside the canoe. And when all that was done, I had the pleasure of Greta's company as she was in the area. Of course she came armed with goodies, and I'm off all of them for lent. I did manage a tiny slice of apple tart though - after all it IS apple!!! It was great to see her, and we chatted and laughed for the whole time, and drank tea/coffee etc all out in the open of course. What a spectacular day. Couldn't ask for better weatherwise.
28 March 2012 19:49:24
CorkTony has just put up an album of his Tulip 'Mickey Mouse'. I've just put up mine with 'Helmar'. Very similar, and you'd almost have to have them side by side to see the differences. As far as I can see, Tony, the major difference in the two is mine seems to have a bit more red in it. But both are equally beautiful. :)
28 March 2012 07:10:14
Euonymus alatus just breaking bud.
27 March 2012 20:30:00
Only a few more tulips to go now. This one should be fully open by tomorrow. I love it's vibrant colours.
27 March 2012 20:13:21
Euphorbia 'Silver Swan'
I have five cuttings that have taken, from bits broken off a plant in work. New to Euphorbias but 'Silver Swan' came in on a delivery and I was immediately taken with it. So it was a welcome treat having been able to successfully root these bits. Hopefully they will get planted into the front tomorrow.
I wonder is this the same as the recent one Fran posted 'White Swan'??
26 March 2012 21:52:30
Bought these seeds in Lanzarote in November. Unfortunately they didn't specify the variety. However, I sowed them about 4 weeks ago, and I was just about to compost them when all of a sudden they appeared. Wahoo! There is hope after all.
26 March 2012 20:19:26
Helping Gran sow sunflower seeds
What a day in the Garden Centre. Love when people come out of the woodwork at this time of year. It makes all the humdrum jobs over the winter all worthwhile. Love the buzz, love helping out, love being busy once again, LOVE MY JOB! I feel like I have the best job in the store. Except when I have to work weekends, which starts this coming weekend. :(((
Got home and planted Convolvolus in the front garden. I love its silvery foliage, whatever about the flowers. Did a bit of weeding in the back, and tidied up the mess that I made yesterday pruning roses and honeysuckle. Little David was very anxious to help but the prunings were obviously very prickly. So I consoled him with sowing some sunflower seeds as I didn't get the opportunity over the weekend. All he really wanted to do was plunge his hands into the bag of compost! :) Ok, I do realize that he hasn't really copped on to what I'm doing. But give him time. Gotta sow the seeds for the future.
26 March 2012 06:16:26
Aquilegia 'Fruit and Nut Chocolate'
This pretty little aquilegia opened in yesterdays glorious sunshine.
25 March 2012 23:07:31
They opened in todays full blast of sunshine. First year for these, and definitely won't be my last. Like little golden stars.
25 March 2012 22:20:02
Malus 'Red Sentinel'
I was admiring Malus 'Red Sentinel' today. Gosh, it's really worth its weight in gold. It has provided me with long-lasting colour throughout the whole winter with its plump, rich, shiny ornamental apples that look like overgrown glace cherries. It is holding on to them still, and now has leaves AND flowers.
25 March 2012 22:13:56
Cutting Back Roses and Honeysuckle
I have come to resent going out to dinner on a Sunday. But do it anyway. After all, Dad is on his own now and time passes very slowly for him. So it's a small price to pay. Went to dinner, and took him to some great bargain shops, Aldi, and Homebase - all places that he loves visiting. I was very disappointed with the garden centre in Homebase. The place was very dirty, everything keeling over for the want of a drink. And there was NOTHING in the outdoor section that I would be bothered with. However, I did pick up 2 packs of Bearded Iris 'Hawaiian Holiday' and 'Black Night' for €7.
When I dropped Dad home, I still had time to get out and do a bit of weeding and more cutting back. I had left Steve doing more on 'the cave'. I'm not sure if he's thinking that he has bitten off more than he can chew. Or maybe he's just pretending......I tried hiding the disappointment from my face. But he can read me like a book. Really this fibre glass should be applied indoors, away from any wind, as the newly applied resin was shifting with the breeze. Very difficult. I'm getting annoyed as the cave was spread out on the lawn/grass with a tarpaulin cover over the grass to stop it being destroyed altogether with the resin. I literally can't move. I need a bigger garden!!!! But we lifted it down to the new pond area overnight where it might be a bit more sheltered from any wind.
I did a bit of cutting back with 3 of my Clematis, Honeysuckle and my climbing Rose on the Pergola.
Work was cut short as we had to collect Steve's Mam and Dad from the Airport.
25 March 2012 08:04:51
Nightmare on the Avenue!
Woke up very early this morning, bathed in a lather of sweat. Jumped up to look out the window. Ah, but the canoe was still there!!!! Relief!
24 March 2012 22:00:31
Anxious to get the name of this
I think it was Hosta (Margaret) who kindly donated this gorgeous corydalis to my garden last year on my 'Open Day'. It's planted up on Primrose Bank at the moment. I am anxious to get the proper label in place until I familiarise myself with it properly. Anyone know which one it is????
24 March 2012 20:55:12
Sowed these cornflower seeds only on Thursday. They have germinated already. It's definitely worth waiting until March for sowing seeds. Lots of light.
24 March 2012 19:56:47
Another type opened today. Luvin' it!
24 March 2012 17:47:36
Finished at last. And it has definitely been worth it. Put the unseaworthy canoe in place on top of the mound of rocks that Paddy thought was a dolmen of sorts, raising just one end. Filled it with garden soil, topsoil and lots of compost. Planted it up with the new sedum bought last week in Ratoath ( Bruno, I managed to get 4 plants out of this. Your name is on one), Ivy, Narcissus 'Minnow', Yucca gloriosa variegata, and planted some Zephyranthus for some summer colour. In the gravel I planted things like Libertia ixioides 'Goldfinger', Phormium, Saxifraga 'Peter Pan', Leucanthemum 'Sunshine Peach' and it has lovely pale foliage, Ophiopogon nigerescens and Lithodora diffusa 'Heavenly Blue'. We have already had lots of locals stopping to remark on what a novel and unique design it is. A neighbour two doors down stopped and told us that the recently rescued Chamaecyparis from the skip in work would end up causing a lot of trouble as it grows huge, so 'over the wall' it goes unless someone wants it!!!. Luckily I always have a substitute on hand. Dug it up. And replaced it with a yew from the back that was TOTALLY in the wrong place. One thing is for sure, I shall no longer remain anonymous!!! But maybe the garden could do with Martin's Changing Hut to complete the ensemble. I know where MY togs are!
I AM SO ECSTATIC WITH THE RESULTS! And I have welts on my hands. But I have had such a good afternoon!
23 March 2012 19:55:24
Impatiens omeiana today
I love 'em all. Even Bruno's invasive type. They did really well for me here last year. But I'm especially concerned about the fact that we will have VERY limited supplies of the bedding impatiens this year due to an epidemic of downey mildew. They are such a treat for a shady spot and so low-mantenance. I don't think that New Guinea Impatiens have been affected though.
This evening I was delighted to see my Impatiens omeiana romping away to its hearts' delight. Lovely ground cover.
22 March 2012 19:28:33
Narcissus 'Tahiti' turning away from me!
Off at three o'clock today. I wasn't letting anything delay me getting home. Normally I go up and check on Dad after work, but today I was being selfish. I finally planted out my Home Guard spuds. Looking forward to these immensely. I bought some daffs that came in a couple of weeks ago labelled 'Bridal Crown'. But they're not. Almost white outer petals and a deep yellow/orange centre. Front garden is looking well now. I planted lots from pots in the back last weekend, and today I had to get right next to the neighbours trellis with my back to it just photograph this gorgeous narcissus 'Tahiti'. Typical that it is opening with its head turned in to Peter's garden. Hopefully next year it will do the proper thing and give me its best.
Got some seeds sown, nothing out of the ordinary:
Gardener's Delight tomatoes
Climbing Beans ' Sultana'
Venidium 'Jaffa Ice'
Rudbeckia 'Rustic Dwarf mixed'
Nemophila menzienii 'Baby Blue Eyes'
I do have bulbs and a few other bits. I have been very disciplined in my seed-sowing this year with the baby tearing about the place and pulling out of everything, testing the Law of Gravity. No point in getting in a tizzy. Just adapting - for now. At the weekend, I'm going to introduce David to seeds. He may be too young to understand what it's all about. But I intend getting him started anyway.
22 March 2012 06:23:39
I was always under the impression that the miniature cyclamen bought everywhere over the winter months were such a waste of money. You plant them, and then about a month later you remove them as they turn to pure mush. They have never lasted for me. However, this winter I bought a 4-pack reduced to €1, and stuck them into the ground. Ok, they haven't flowered for a long time now, but look at these very healthy looking leaves. Even if they never flower again, I'll try and hold on to them.
21 March 2012 06:53:07
Veronica peduncularis 'Georgia Blue
I bought this little ground cover recently. It has a rather loose growth habit, but that gives it a very relaxed look. And it has the addition of more blue flowers.
20 March 2012 22:24:34
A couple of months ago I posted a photo of a seedling that I HADN'T planted in the raised bed in work. Moya suggested that it was Ox-eye daisy. Fair play to you, Moya.
20 March 2012 21:48:54
Sambucus R. 'Sutherland Gold'
I bought this one last year. I was thinking I'd plant it in the front just to have something a little bit different???
20 March 2012 19:22:13
I have a nice handcrafted pot here that was emptied of last years summer bedding. This was to be used for my new Acer that I bought on Sunday. But I did think I needed a new pot anyway, so I bought one of those lead pots in work yesterday. After losing so many the year before, and the year before that too, I am slowly steering away from terracotta. And the lead pots are perfectly frost-proof. However, when I went to plant it up this morning before work, I decided it would suit the older pot far better. Now I have a new pot and nothing to fill it with!!! No photo as I was running late. And besides, the leaves are only starting. I will wait for its grand performance before posting a photo.
Instead, I will post one of my Erythronium that has finally opened (and a bit eaten by slugs/snails).
20 March 2012 06:55:56
2nd Generation Culchie Frogspawn!
Someone gave me a jar of promiscuous frog spawn last year. But come one, have the resulting tadpoles/frogs never heard of waiting till they were 'of age' to reproduce???
19 March 2012 20:29:11
Home at last!
So happy with the way the front garden is taking shape. I don't know why I didn't do it sooner. As I was in work today, I left instructions for Steve to plant the 4 buxus, that have been in pots for years, into the little narrow strip of soil which is divided by a row of horrible concrete. I didn't honestly think he'd be able to go down deep enough to plant them properly. Alas! He never lets me down. They look good now. And will only improve with time. Thanks Steve.
18 March 2012 19:53:58
Primrose 'Woodland Walk'
Got this little beauty in Johnstown last year. I wasn't very hopefully that it would survive the winter. It did!!!
18 March 2012 19:26:45
Had a bit of a lie in this morning - 6.30 (lol). Steve and I headed to Ratoath as soon as they were open. I had ordered a beautiful acer a few months ago and had been notified that the delivery had come in. After seeing the same one planted up outside the garden centre last year, I knew it was meant for me. So I have been plaguing John not to forget me when they arrived. The foliage is only beginning to emerge, so that gives me plenty of time to choose a really nice pot. And while I was there, I also picked up a few other things, mainly for the front garden.
My selection was;
Hemerocallis 'Golden Zebra'
Helleborus ericsmithii 'Bob's Best'
Leucanthemum 'Sunshine Peach'
Lithodora diffusa 'Heavenly Blue' (Lost this years ago. Must remember to plant in acid soil)
Saxifraga 'Peter Pan'
Sedum album Murale.
Acer Palmatum 'Red Pygmy'
And the best part of the visit today was that no money exchanged hands. I had a good voucher from Christmas.
I was so intent on admiring the front garden this afternoon that I FORGOT to do anything. Seriously!!! lol
Back to work tomorrow. Weekend work will be starting very soon and I'm NOT looking forward to that. :(
18 March 2012 07:19:52
There is a very annoying little strip of concrete around 3 sides of the front garden (put there by the people who used to live here). It leaves very little soil for planting and Steve's arm has been giving him a lot of trouble recently. I can't ask him to hack it out with a pick. So today I'm going to see how far the spade can go down in the strip below the front window and hopefully I will be able to plant these 4 buxus balls that have been thrown from pillar to post for the last few years. And I also think when they eventually knit together, they will provide a nice calm backdrop for the daffs on the other side.
AND..........I'LL HAVE 4 NICE POTS TO FILL!!
17 March 2012 20:45:57
I love this one. Its dark stems make a change from faffing about the glorious foliage. It's coming into its own now!
17 March 2012 20:16:44
do Felco do trowels?????
17 March 2012 19:29:13
If Carlsberg could do gardens.......
Got the shopping done with Zoe, and went for breakfast. Into a new shop open in Omni Park Shopping Centre and got plant bargains.
Then got stuck in to the front garden. Lifted the rest of the sods, and planted even more daffs from the back, and hyacinths. Laid the porous membrane, and spread the gravel, with quartz rocks randomly placed amongst the plants. I'm happy with the planting for now. The daffs are forming a sweeping curve around the gravel. Steve chopped off the bit of cordyline stump that was sitting proud of soil level. Then I piled a few of the rocks on top to form a sort of pedestal for the last feature of the garden. But that's for another day. Adding photos to the 'real' Front Garden Make-Over. Clocked out at roughly 4.30 and issued each worker with either a Carlsberg or Bacardi. Delighted with the result for now. Tomorrow's another day!!!
17 March 2012 18:44:30
Update on €2 Shops
This shop opened in Omni Park Shopping Centre last week. Things are lookin' up. Everything is going at €1.49 each! Got some nice bargains today - 25 Irish 'Blue Magic', 2 Hosta 'mixed', 12 Zephyranthus robustus, and 3 Commelina. Check out these shops (Dealz) near you!!!
16 March 2012 21:02:58
The makeover for the front garden is going to be really unique (in my opinion, anyway). However, I am leaving a few shrubs and trees there for the backbone. One of these that I am happy to leave be is Spirea 'Snowmound' which is up at the front door. It is now starting to burst open with its snow white flowers. When this shrub is in full flower, the branches just droop with the weight of them. I love it. It just gets better and better.
I also think that, really our front gardens are not our own. We owe it to the neighbours to give them something nice to look at. And believe me, I have been very slow in providing them with something a bit different. Hopefully the wait will have been worth it!!
16 March 2012 18:17:28
Progress at last!
Rain here since I got up this morning at 5.30. So I got a few bits done on the home front, hoping to get out afterwards. That didn't really happen though. The rain hasn't stopped all day. Not complaining though as it has been a long time since we had a good spell of rain. The quarry man arrived with the gravel. I was mistaken though. Steve only ordered 2 tonnes. When he dumped it out on the driveway I thought there was no way it was going to be enough. But your man assured me it would be plenty. And the boulders weren't boulders, thank God. Just nice big chunks of Quartz, to blend in with the gravel.
Phase 2 begins tomorrow.
I'm getting a bit excited!!!
16 March 2012 13:28:53
Chaenomeles in the front garden
Awaiting a delivery of 3 tonnes of gravel this afternoon for the front garden. And as a goodwill gesture, the man at the quarry is throwing in about 10 boulders/rocks. Now, I sincerely hope they're not what a 'man' would consider a boulder or we won't be able to move them off the driveway. And depending on the size, 10 may be way too many for the front so we'll have to carry them through the house to the back.
15 March 2012 20:45:19
15 March 2012 19:39:06
Home at last!
Haven't been able to devote a whole lot of time to the garden on my week off, but I made a point of getting a little bit done each day. This afternoon I removed the rest of the daffs and planted them into the narrow bed on one side of the front.
I was going to dig up a hydrangea, a couple of euonymus and a white-flowering hebe to make room for the Chamaecyparis I rescued from the skip in work. But I decided they would stay where they were for now. Loosened the soil where they are planted and gave that area a good weeding before planting the Chamaecyparis fairly close to them. This will provide the front garden with a small bit of privacy in the future. Then brought a few big pots of daffs from the back that were just making the place look cluttered. I have planted them all around the perimeter of the front now. I dug up the remaining wild garlic and replaced it with my indoor hyacinths which are now just at the front door. They will provide lots of delicious scent to anyone who calls, instead of the putrid smell of the garlic. I wish my neighbour would do the same with his garlic, as mine has all spread in from his garden. So I can see this job being a constant battle.
15 March 2012 08:16:06
Well, Terri, here is my little Primrose Bank. Maybe i should make an album so you can get a proper view.
15 March 2012 07:32:01
Chionodoxa and P. 'Marie Croisse'
is really taking shape now. It's planted up with mainly primroses, but also cyclamen coum and hederifolia, scilla, iris siberica, miniature tulips, pulmonaria, tete-a-tetes, sedum, fritillarias, I could go on. Pretty cramped at this stage (story of my life). Chionodoxa is open this morning. It looks really nice beside primula 'Marie Croisse'.
14 March 2012 22:42:49
These were supposed to be the legs!
Ok, I did try. I wanted to create a living sculpture of a heron.
They say that having an artificial heron in the garden is a deterrent against the 'real thing'. Mr. Heron has been a regular spectator, but hasn't attempted to land in the garden over the winter to pick off the koi. However, the 'living sculpture' was not supposed to be a deterrent, just a challenge. Bill (Head Gardener) kindly donated some willow whips for me to make a start on just that. They did well in the first season. But not so good over the winter, even though it was so mild. I admit defeat. My 'living sculpture' is now dead! Don't know what I did wrong. But if I were to be lucky enough to acquire more willow, I would give it another try!!!
14 March 2012 19:05:48
Camellia japonica 'Saturnia'
This is a camellia I bought fairly recently. It's looking gorgeous today - just need it to do a bit growing now.
14 March 2012 19:01:50
'Not what it says.....'
Here's a photo of my white Forget-me-nots!!!
13 March 2012 17:50:08
Almost a blank canvas
I have been a bit wound up lately with personal worries. And a lot of my week off so far has been spent trying to sort really important matters. So this afternoon I put a good portion of that energy and adrenalin into getting the front garden cleared. Dug up all the sods on the left hand side, where Steve regularly drives over the daffs. They were lifted, cleaned and stored for a different place later. Finished digging around the Cordyline stump. I'm hoping the roots don't re-sprout in the future. It would really interfere with my plans for the garden. It was great having wee Davey out there 'helping'. Happy as kid in muck with the new fork and trowel I bought him. Ran out of plastic bags for the sods, so just heaped them at the wall till tomorrow. Then I'll have to level the soil where the lawn was taken up.
Got the dividing wall finished finally, and then painted the capping on the front wall. Glad that's done. Lastly, I cut back my hydrangea, lots of lovely new shoots on it.
13 March 2012 07:51:17
Arisarum proboscideum (Mouse Plant)
Ooooeeerr, the other day I was begging (in the nicest possible way!) Hosta (Margaret) to split up her Arisarum proboscideum (Mouse Plant) to share some with me. I know, that was a bit cheeky of me. But I had thought I lost mine with all the trampling in that area recently. Only yesterday I spotted one single leaf just coming up and was so relieved. And even better, when I was noseying around the outdoor bench of plants I spotted a whole pot of it. Wahoo! Happy Days. I must have potted up some for a garden.ie who didn't want them. Grand. Into the ground it will go today. So Hosta, leave your plant alone please (hope I'm not too late!).
12 March 2012 21:06:56
Is this what I think it is???
I was down at the back wall today (where I planted your impatiens glandifulera seedlings last year) and spotted this. I was wondering if they were seedlings of same????
12 March 2012 20:12:18
Here it is today. It's gorgeous. And once again, thanks a million, Mairin.
12 March 2012 06:15:34
C 'Double Red'
I love this one for its strong colour.
12 March 2012 05:46:38
Mairin's camellia starting to open now
I got this gorgeous camellia from Mairin the year before last, it's now in a big wooden barrel and doing great. Buds are ready to burst open any day and so many of them. It must like it here in Santry. Unfortunately I don't have a name for it.
11 March 2012 21:35:54
Dicentra 'Adrian Bloom'
I bought this dicentra purely for its gorgeous foliage. The flowers are a deep rosy pink. Still in its pot since buying it last year. Hopefully this week......
11 March 2012 21:03:12
I think this one is T. 'Concerto'.
Unfortunately the most I did today was open the greenhouse for the day (Oops, it's still open and I am now in my jammies), and water both inside and outside as we haven't had much rain to speak of in the last while. After Steve giving the grass its' first cut last weekend, it is now drying out a good bit and greening up too. I hate the way it is yellow after its first cut.
I am off all next week, but other more urgent things on the cards (yes, there ARE sometimes more urgent things than the garden) will have to take precedence! :(((
Here's a lovely tulip that came out today to lap up the little bit of sunshine we had.
11 March 2012 07:56:05
Itching to get going!
Such a productive day outdoors yesterday. After the lawn and wall jobs I went out to the back, where all my dreams come flooding into my poor brain. I'm getting ever-increasingly frustrated with this final pond. It has been a big black hole in the ground since last summer. The 'cave' is due to be resumed again. And hopefully THIS summer will see its completion. In my frustration I have planted up the bank with lots of spring-flowering plants. The soil that was removed to create the pond was thrown up all over other stuff, so hopefully the majority of them will survive. Whenever I'm down there, I have to pick my way gingerly through plants carefully.
Hosta posted a photo of her Arisarum proboscideum yesterday. Gosh, there is no sign of mine. But I did spot this little primula and wondered where it had come from. I certainly didn't buy it. But I will leave it where it is for now. Can't really plant anything else until the pond has been completed. All the soil that was taken out will be put back once the 'cave' is in situ. And then I can start the process of planning and planting all over again. If all goes to plan, I should be able to walk over the cave and plant in the soil on top of it. "Steve!!! Come on! Summer is nearly here!"
10 March 2012 21:03:57
White flower (MY 2ND FAVOURITE)
Leucojum has opened.
10 March 2012 19:21:29
And while the lawn was being taken up, I finally got round to painting the dividing wall of me and my next-door neighbour. Long overdue, but looking all spruced up now. Ran out of paint so the front wall will have to wait till tomorrow.
10 March 2012 19:12:25
Just in case you didn't read a journal from a new member 'KimmyT' last week, that was my eldest posing as a garden.ier. She was looking for advice on repairing her excuse for the lawn of the house they are renting. Their three dogs, 2 Alsations and 1 Husky have it like a swamp and no grass remains. She's moving out, but will lose her deposit if there is no grass.
So Kim and Andy came up today and dug up all the grass here and loaded it into their car. Wahoo, one less job for da Mammy!!! And poor aul' Kimmy had to go into work after all that. They couldn't fit it all into the car in one go, so will be back tomorrow to lift the remaining grass, and load up the car once again. Happy Camper, me! Now the fun begins, ringing around gravel suppliers, and planning the next step!!!
09 March 2012 21:45:00
These came in today wrongly labelled as Narcissus 'Bridal Crown'. They aren't!!! Does anyone know which ones they are?
09 March 2012 21:13:32
A boost to my ego
I kill a lot of plants. And I'm not afraid to admit that. But I'm especially ecstatic over taking 3 rose cuttings in October. All three have 'taken' and are looking really healthy. I deserve a pat on the back! LOL
09 March 2012 06:17:44
Am I the first......
to have a Dandelion in their garden this year?
08 March 2012 22:31:20
My joy for the day....
was finding this little beauty under my penstemon.
08 March 2012 06:09:35
A good year
I was ecstatic yesterday evening when I stepped into the greenhouse and noticed so many flowers on my peaches. I am predicting a good year for them!!! Time to get out the paintbrush!!
07 March 2012 20:46:49
Geraniums in window box out the front
I know it's possible for people to keep their geraniums from year to year. I think last winter and the winter before put paid to that, though. And I know this winter has been mild. But has anyone ever seen a geranium flowering in early March? Mine are doing that, and lots more flowers on the way! Wahoo!!
07 March 2012 06:11:56
I KNOW I'M A WEIRDO!!!
I do love watching new growth in everything in the garden. But the new growth of a fern sends ripples of excitement through my very core!
06 March 2012 19:50:06
I remember last year when I sowed some Ricinus Red seeds from Deborah. I thought the emerging seedlings were the most amazing things ever. Their growth was just bursting from the pots within days. And I couldn't get over their rate of growth as they continued.
This year I have sown two types - Rachel's seeds from Tenerife, and seeds I bought in Lanzarote in November. Rachel's are slower to come up, but the roots are coming out the bottom and the top. The growth on Ricinus communis is more animalistic (is that a word?).
But get this, there was only ONE seed sown in this pot???????
06 March 2012 06:25:45
It does exactly what it says on the tin....or NOT!
I was abolutely delighted when I discovered this WHITE Forget-me-not on a delivery a while back. I have never seen white ones, so you can imagine my excitement when I spotted the only white. I quickly nabbed it before anyone else saw it. I have been watching and waiting since planting it. I was quite disappointed yesterday when I saw that it is opening up blue. Yes, blue flowers are my favourite, but I really wanted a bit of white to spread around this bank.
05 March 2012 22:22:14
Isn't it amazing the difference a few days can make. I think it only took about a week for the leaves to get to this stage. Unfortunately I don't know this Acer's name. Doesn't stop me luvin' it, though.
05 March 2012 18:07:45
What the !!!!!!!!!!!!
Ads, ads, and yet MORE ads, to scroll through before we can see anyone's journals. Not happy with that. As if the bouncing tulips on the right weren't bad enough!!!
05 March 2012 06:51:10
During my very brief visit to the garden yesterday I spotted another little blue flower coming up. And one of them is barely up out of the soil and is trying its best to flower. Now let's hope this one is open a bit more this evening.
04 March 2012 22:34:21
Same applies to this. Never saw it before today. I can't really be THAT brain-dead today. Can I???????
04 March 2012 22:31:36
I don't ever remember this flower before. Spotted it today in the bog bed. Any ideas?
04 March 2012 20:19:56
Lordy, Lordy, was my head in need of some serious T.L.C. this morning! So I just pottered about for the day. Went out a couple of times to take photos. Very cold, and for once I wasn't inspired to stay out there for long. A few showers of sleet, and rain. I sowed my new Sweet Pea 'April in Paris', and some old Viola seeds because I discovered them. If they don't appear, no harm done. I also sowed some sweet pepper seeds from last weeks shop-bought ones.
I was very excited to discover this little gem in the bog bed. Hoping it's Cautleya spicata, but not sure of the time of year to expect it. Still a little bit woolly this evening!
04 March 2012 08:35:21
Phormium 'Alison Blackman'
Like Fran, I have lots of pots. But I tend now only to buy bigger pots, as big as I can afford. The bigger the pot, the less frequent watering it takes. My plans for my pot plants are now more long-term. The planter in the previous journal is one of those. I think it was Rachel who mentioned that tulip kaufmaniana will come back year after year just as well as their first year. Hence my decision on planting those.
I bought another Phormium the other day as I haven't seen it for sale in a long time. And only then I realized what a truly beautiful plant it is. The edges have a maroon colour. A very striking plant. But I won't just plonk it into any old pot, as I would normally. This one deserves something a bit more special with some thought put into it.
03 March 2012 22:47:26
I love the combo of this container. Phormium 'Platt's Black' and tulip kaufmaniana 'Fashion' (have had a drink or two at this stage so don't be too critical of my spelling if I made a mistake), and trailing thyme. The tulips were 'supposed' to be orange. But I reckon pink will do just nicely.
Where has everyone gone????
03 March 2012 21:20:22
The famous 'over the wall' area
Steve needs to get out and enjoy the garden again. He is NOT the outdoorsey type like I am. Although he is a Diver, he tends to be stuck indoors at weekends. At least until the weather really warms up. But he took advantage of the good weather today, coupled with the fact that there were 3 women yakking inside, by cutting back the Miscanthus floridulus at the back of the Upper Pond. It's looking way better now, and having the grass cut just 'does it' for me. I was taking photos of him from inside.
At one stage he was standing up on the wall of the Upper Pond, and........nearly fell in. Ha ha! But I won't post that photo. Instead I will show you where he dumped what he cut back. He won't have access to this area for long hopefully, as he is due to recommense working on the new pond and cave. And then I'll have nothing to talk about as I will be a very Happy Camper when it's completed.
03 March 2012 19:56:25
Asiatic lily 'Netty's Pride' (can't wait for this)
After cooking dinner and washing up, I felt I HAD to get something garden-related done. So I did a check on all growing in the growing rack at the patio doors. Then watered everything carefully.
Potted up some Asclepias - tuberosa, Incarvillea and 2 lots of lilies, Netty's Pride and LA Landini. Now where's that bottle.
03 March 2012 19:34:19
Babysitting in the garden
Well, I was itching to get out there today. Went shopping, breakfast, powernap and got up to put shopping away. Hairdresser called, and was late as always, to do mine and Zoe's hair while Steve took wee Davey outside to expend all that energy he has. So gardening was pretty restricted for me today. But hello?????? While my hair was being dried, wait for it.......Steve took out the lawnmower WITHOUT BEING ASKED!!! Gosh the grass is in an awful state not having been cut since last September. Lots of bald patches, so Steve re-seeded in lots of places. He then went down to cut back all the grasses in the Upper Pond that were beginning to really annoy me recently. When David came out to join Steve, they had a great game of who could splash the football into the ponds, with the biggest splash! Guess who won that game!! lol But wee Davey was happiest helping Steve to take out a lot of weed from the ponds with a mega fishing net. Wow! He just loved the afternoon. And so did Davey (hee hee).
03 March 2012 07:51:35
I have had lots and lots of Forget-me-nots here in the garden over the years. I always ended up pulling them up as they completely took over. I do love the colour of the flowers, but they tend to produce more foliage than flowers. However, while visiting Dad yesterday after work, I was reminded of what I do like about them. I suppose it's a bit like Myrtle's journal yesterday about seeing the 'good' things and ignoring the bad. Dad's are self-sown (obviously) and look great 'en masse'. I'll be buying some on Monday.
In the meantime the white forget-me-nots I bought and planted a few weeks ago are looking like they will flower very shortly.
02 March 2012 21:48:44
Here's a very strange thing. Normally sunset in my garden is visible from the wall dividing me from my neighbours on the right of our garden. This evening it was on the left. Now, do you not think THAT'S strange?
02 March 2012 20:24:29
Phyllostachys nigra in work
I planted a bamboo into the raised bed in work to try and obliterate the ugly, unused premises next door to us. Today while weeding the area, I got a closer look at the bamboo. And spotted a few leaves of it with lovely yellow and green stripes. It almost took my breath away. Very eye-catching indeed. Hmmmmm, I wonder could I give this one any space? Would it do ok in a pot?
02 March 2012 19:43:06
Sowed some seeds of Ricinus communis last week, and Ricinus seeds donated by Rachel. Both types have germinated. Rachels were first to come up and the roots are coming out the top of the pot and the bottom. But 'communis' is miles ahead in top growth and the leaves are whoppers.
Rachel, can you tell me which ones yours were, please? I need to label them. Should I pot them on now, or wait?
02 March 2012 06:17:02
R. 'Christmas Cheer' in March
Wasn't too sure I'd be able to provide this little shrub with the ideal spot in the garden (most of my ericaceous plants are in pots). But it got planted into the Acid Triangle. It was almost in flower when I bought it. One the flowers opened in November, it has flowered away to its hearts content. Isn't it brilliant to have some 'Christmas Cheer' come March. Yesterday it looked glorious with the evening sun beating down on it, and the bees dizzy with pollen.
01 March 2012 22:23:48
Narcissus 'Bridal Crown'
I have a load of these at knock-down price at the end of the daff season last year. The first one is opening. Very luxurious indeed.
01 March 2012 19:57:03
Lamium 'Beacon Silver'
Started early today, so I finished early. Did a quick look around, had a coffee, and slipped into the oul' leaba for an hour. Really busted a gut in work all week as the Examiner was to come back today. So nothing got done in the garden. But it was such a glorious day, and before heading off to work yesterday and today the plants inside the greenhouse were treated to fresh air with open doors. But it's to get a lot colder and wetter for the weekend.
I was down dead-heading primroses on 'the bank' and was delighted to see that this little groundcover plant that I got somewhere verrrry cheaply was in flower. Gorgeous little thing. Hoping it will spread about the place nicely.