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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal April 2012

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Praying Hands

30 April 2012 22:39:02
Praying Hands

Praying Hands

I'll bet some of you thought this was about the Hosta of the same name. 

No, it's just that the emerging leaves on this fatsia reminded me of upward-facing hands. Am I losing it, now????? 

Changing daily

30 April 2012 21:47:02
Arisaema speciosum today

Arisaema speciosum today

Some of you might remember the photo I put up a couple of days ago of my Arisaema. If not, scroll down a few journals and you will see for yourself what it looked like then.

This is what it looks like today. It just gets better and better....... 

Simple, but sunny

30 April 2012 07:29:12
Simple, but sunny

Simple, but sunny

I like the way the violas emphasize the rich, warm colour of the Libertia in this wooden barrel in work.

Roll on, Summer.

29 April 2012 20:08:11
Clematis 'Pixie' still looking good despite the weather

Clematis 'Pixie' still looking good despite the weather

Well, Holy God! What is becoming of our weather? This is no way to carry on in advance of the first day of summer, which lands on Tuesday. Biting cold in the garden centre. Couldn't wait to get home. Everything is still in one piece in the garden so far. But, Crikey! It's a lot to ask from them to withstand the battering they're getting right now. Garden is completely sodden. Hopefully it will abate overnight.

You wouldn't believe that this photo was taken this morning before heading off to work. It's like butter wouldn't melt.... 

Astilbe

29 April 2012 07:31:37
Astilbe

Astilbe

It never ceases to amaze me that delicate-looking plants can actually be so tough. Lovin' this Astilbe with its red stems. 

But more importantly, I spy another darmera flower coming up in the background. This plant has bulked up well since planting it two years ago. 

Always believe Jacinta

28 April 2012 22:00:15
Always believe Jacinta

Always believe Jacinta

I feel it in my waters that our last really cold spell is coming to an end (hope I'm right).  What a great day today, perfect for work outdoors, or out in the garden. And a great sunset this evening too.

Happy accident

28 April 2012 21:01:50
Acer palmatum 'Garnet' and Darmera peltata

Acer palmatum 'Garnet' and Darmera peltata

Did nothing when I got home from work. Thought I had a terracotta window box to fit my kitchen windowsill, but realized my last years geraniums are still in it, and flowering their socks off. Will have to buy a new one tomorrow, and plant up with African Marigolds, Sanvitalia, and Nasturtiums.

Thought I'd share this photo with you. I love it. I have 5 acers in the mini-bog bed, a green one, and a combination of reds, 'Garnet' being one of them. All are still relatively small. But the flowers of Darmera Peltata are looking just lovely next to them. I better make the most of it, as the acers will start getting visibly taller. They were planted there 2 years ago, and have taken quite a spurt.

Damn and Blast

28 April 2012 06:20:08
Damn and Blast

Damn and Blast

Have just been going about my business getting ready for work. Just sat down with a cuppa and the Heron took off from the garden. There are gaps in the netting. But I would have thought that he would need space to fit his wingspan before he would dare venture into that area. I think I was wrong. He must have taken more bloody fish. Usually when fish are newly-introduced to a pond, it is normal for them to swim down deep, until they get their bearings. Will have to wait a while now to learn whether or not the Heron got any. Sh1t!!!

Weather improving

28 April 2012 06:01:28
Incarvillea delavayi

Incarvillea delavayi

We seem to have come through yet another bout of bad weather. Hopefully it will settle down now. 

Yesterday I lined up all my pots of tulips and daffs, gave them a good soak (like, they didn't need it!) and dosed them with tomato feed before returning them to the back of the garden under the trees to die back down naturally. The garden is beginning to look a bit tidy again, thank God.

I have been watching this little beauty since planting it out, and waiting for it to open. Although when the foliage started to appear I thought, it was worth it for that alone, before the flowers ever opened. I have a pink one too, which I didn't start off indoors. No sign of that one yet!!! 

Contrast

27 April 2012 23:00:36
P. 'Forest Flame' and P. 'Valley Valentine'

P. 'Forest Flame' and P. 'Valley Valentine'

I have two different types of Pieris in the Acid Triangle. They look lovely together. 'Forest Flame' is turning colour now, and to the right of it 'Valley Valentine' holds on to its green colour. I love the contrast.

Also have 'Little Heath' in a container up on the patio.  

Freedom

27 April 2012 21:38:16
Freedom

Freedom

Had the house to myself today, my day off, as Zoe and wee Davey were out. The place was strange without the baby (gotta stop calling him that). I had nobody to pull me this way and that by the hand to show me things, or to get his 'blankie' back from his Mammy. I had nobody to say 'no' to when he tramples on all my precious plants. I had nobody to cook dinner for as Steve is away with work. I trampled muck all over the house and had nobody to yell at me 'Mam, I just cleaned that floor'. Ha ha. Yes, it was a bit lonely. But it WAS good! I won't be off until next Wednesday now. So I got on with a few things like lots of weeding. Spent a good while combing out dead bits of two big clumps of Dierama. Hadn't realized how long it would take but it was a relatively easy job, and looks all the better for it. 

Planted up another strawberry basket with a different type 'Temptation'. Much smaller foliage. I've never tried these before, but the label specifies that they are super sweet. Must hide this one too on Zoe. Planted up a container with some variegated geraniums in shades of yellow and maroon.  Gave everything in the greenhouse a good watering. 

And most importantly, I rigged up the netting over the pond to protect the new fish. Left a few gaps around at the back to facilitate weeding or possibly planting, and to allow any birds to still bathe on the margins. My only fear now would be that some bird may get trapped in the netting. I will only take the netting off if I am expecting visitors. 

 

Dead Heron

27 April 2012 19:05:44
Starting with the 'legs'.

Starting with the 'legs'.

No, I haven't shot the heron who steals my fish.

Last year I got the notion of creating a living sculpture of a HERON with willow whips donated from Bill (Headgardener). They were planted in the wettest part of the garden, by the Upper Pond. They seemed to be doing well until about January, whereby the stems just went from bad to worse. I have been exercising a bit of patience and leaving them be. But no point in hanging on any more. It would have created a nice talking point, had I succeeded with it. It went to Willow Heaven today :(

Just magic!

26 April 2012 22:14:32
Musa 'Ensete'

Musa 'Ensete'

It's funny how the novelty of sowing seeds, and having them successfully germinate, never diminishes over time. Just luvin' the look of my Musa. Can't believe how leathery the leaves feel already.

Stupidity or courageous?

26 April 2012 21:43:20
Dad's Borage today

Dad's Borage today

Dad's Borage was in flower when I visited after work. Why would a plant so delicate-looking choose this weather to open? I took seeds of this last year with the intentions of sowing some for my garden. But realistically, with the baby running around, I decided to cut my seed-sowing way down this year. Sorry now.

Another rotten day

26 April 2012 07:15:29
What's that? A blue sky???

What's that? A blue sky???

 

Unfortunately I am unable to make the trip to Mount Congrieve today. But hopefully in the near future.....  Just listening to the radio and have been informed of lots of flooding around the country. Safe driving, everyone! Have a great day.

Somethin' fishy goin' on...

25 April 2012 21:10:57
Somethin' fishy goin' on...

Somethin' fishy goin' on...

Jesus, what awful weather. I was awake at 4.00am this morning. And it hasn't stopped raining since then. Things have been blown about like a tornado. But they're best left on the ground now as they can't go any further. 

 Got the shopping done and brekkie. And not one for hanging about, I decided to replenish my fish stock for the Lower Pond. Got 3 Shabunkin and 4 Goldfish. Opened the fish bags and let a bit of existing pond water into the bags for about two hours to acclimatise the fish to the pond temperature. Then released them, whereby they happily explored their new home. I was urging them to dive down deep immediately, to avoid the gaze of the stalking heron. But like bold children, they refused to do what they were told. I think they were happy with daylight after being cooped up in a pet shop. That was the only time I was out in the garden today. Must be getting old.

Will affix the netting on Friday when I am off. Hopefully they will still be there.

A day for bargains

25 April 2012 17:54:18
Acer from Tesco

Acer from Tesco

Check out your local Tesco stores for a consignment of acers - all palmatums, priced at €15. I could have got one in my job for €12.99, but minute in comparison. Talk about value for money. Too windy today, so I will hold off planting it until Friday when, hopefully, the weather will be a bit better.

Great Dealz

25 April 2012 16:08:29
Great Dealz

Great Dealz

Dropped into the newish shop (Dealz) in Omni Park this morning. Delighted with the few really useful items I bought there. Amongst my purchases were a 1kg box of Blood, Fish & Bone (€1.49), 1 pack of water retaining crystals (€1.49), Pack of 3 balls of string for the garden (€1.49), Pack of 3 storage containers with lids (€1.49), also great for the hang-sangwiches on the picnics. And a nice big bar of choccie (€1.49).

Total spent: €7.45

That made my day! 

We know where you live!!

25 April 2012 08:18:59
We know where you live!!

We know where you live!!

Discovered the nesting site of the bloody heron yesterday evening, while having a coffee on the patio. He has a great vantage point up there, keeping his beady eyes on all the gardens surrounding the field 'over the wall'. Now, where's Steve's slingshot!!

Lovely foliage

24 April 2012 22:00:34
Phlox paniculata 'Red Riding Hood'

Phlox paniculata 'Red Riding Hood'

This is a new plant here. Bought it in Ballyseedy Garden Centre, Tralee, when visiting my sister. I bought this one for its maroon underside to the leaf. Although the flowers will be a bonus.

Primula

24 April 2012 21:48:33
P. 'Miller's Crimson'

P. 'Miller's Crimson'

Primula 'Miller's Crimson' is opening today in the Bog Bed.

TV

24 April 2012 19:03:43
This is Holly

This is Holly

Supergarden on now, RTE 1

Evening Light

24 April 2012 06:10:39
Evening Light

Evening Light

I love the way these two acers shone like beacons in the mini-bog bed yesterday evening.

I like them

23 April 2012 23:21:24
I like them

I like them

because they're blue!!!

Final tulip

23 April 2012 22:45:43
T. Red Riding Hood

T. Red Riding Hood

Ok, I promise this is the last of them to open here.

Surprise Visitor

23 April 2012 21:11:16
Surprise Visitor

Surprise Visitor

Just having an oul' gander around the sodden garden after work today. Wow, such heavy showers up until 3.00. Then the sun came out all innocent-like! Ha, the cheek! 

Anyway, I spotted this plant, which looks remarkably like a geranium, growing up between my sanguisorba. I didn't plant it there. But it's welcome to squash in with all the other plants. Names, anyone??? 

Clematis

23 April 2012 19:24:27
Clematis aquaticus 'Miss Bateman'.

Clematis aquaticus 'Miss Bateman'.

This is a clematis that happily grows in the Upper Pond. It's just about to flower.

Every little helps

23 April 2012 06:21:47
Looking all spruced up

Looking all spruced up

Was supposed to be off this last weekend. But I had to work Saturday. But off yesterday, typical that the weather restricted my gardening activities. Steve's work on the 'you-know-what' was put on hold big time because of the frequent showers. So I let him off the hook on this occasion :) 

I got a few things planted. And did a general tidy up. If ever I spill compost accidentally on the patio, I tend to ignore it until it really gets under my skin. So I had to give all hard surfaces a good sweep. Getting my head ready to actually take out the power washer for my next weekend off, the week after next. 

Got the lawn edges spruced up and the place is looking way better. 

Guess what ELSE is coming?

22 April 2012 22:29:54
Guess what ELSE is coming?

Guess what ELSE is coming?

This too!

Guess what's coming....

22 April 2012 22:26:26
Guess what's coming....

Guess what's coming....

Can't wait.

Luvin' this!

22 April 2012 21:46:58
Laburnum

Laburnum

Even before it opens flowers..........

What's a pond without fish?

22 April 2012 20:45:30
What's a pond without fish?

What's a pond without fish?

After discovering the bould heron in the pond this morning, I decided to do a bit of investigating. I had a lot of blanket weed to remove, and rotted vegetation from over the winter months, and this was the perfect excuse to do so. Normally with all this disturbance in the water, it would bring some of the fish to the surface temporarily. No such luck. There were about 8 fish in it - now we have NONE! The little 'bleep'. And in the Upper Pond we had a good few koi too. Two really big ones, a golden one and a silver one. Sadly, the silver one seems to have gone, even though there is netting around this pond. It would have weighed at least 2-3lbs. 

Off on Wednesday, so I hope to replace the fish in the Lower Pond!!!   And put netting in place immediately. 

Same acer problem as Clara

22 April 2012 20:16:21
Acer palmatum atropurpurea

Acer palmatum atropurpurea

This is Acer palmatum atropurpurea. As you can see, the lower leaves are much different to the top growth. I nipped the lower leaves out today.

Coy Koi

22 April 2012 07:29:21
Web Photo

Web Photo

In the last couple of weeks I have started to feed the fish again, to get their metabolism going for the summer. I have only spotted them sporadically, and never all at once. The Upper Pond seemed to have more activity than the Lower one. However, in the mornings before work, I feed the cat, the birds and lastly the fish. And have left them to their own devices. Usually quite a bit of the fish food is still on the surface when I come home in the evening. So in that case, I ease off for a couple of days. No point in rushing them to the surface if they're not ready.

Agggghhhhh! Came down this morning, went to the kettle and immediately had a peep out the window. Bloody Heron standing in the middle of the Lower Pond. Have I been putting food out for NO reason for the last two weeks. My appearance frightened him off - well,  I'd be scared of me if I wasn't me! I didn't see any fish in his beak, but he may have wiped them all out of that pond. He has just rekindled WAR!!!

Exochorda

21 April 2012 22:54:13
Exochorda

Exochorda

One of my favourite shrubs in the garden is Exorchorda macrantha 'The Bride'. The open flowers are gorgeous. But in all honesty, I really prefer them just before they open.

My hands are tied.

21 April 2012 20:33:38
Arisaema sikokianum

Arisaema sikokianum

Slow day in work today. Couldn't wait to get home. Steve had done a bit more on 'the cave' in my absence. I'm getting really peed off with this not being completed. It is taking soooo long. Really frustrating knowing that this will need a lot of planting up, but I don't want to have to wait until summer is over before doing so. I hope it's not another year wasted, as once again I have bought more plants to go into this area. Last years died in 'the wait'.  I know, though, that once it's done, it will be super. But as you all know, patience is NOT one of my virtues. So to console myself, I'm having my favourite tipple tonight. I need a holiday and it's only April.

Downloaded a lot of photos that I took when I got home, but I lost them somewhere. So you will have to make do with my Arisaema sikokianum from last year, spurred on by Ciggie's journal earlier. 

Solomon's Seal????

21 April 2012 07:27:49
Solomon's Seal????

Solomon's Seal????

Just starting to flower.

What's this, please?

21 April 2012 06:58:34
What's this, please?

What's this, please?

My mind has drawn a complete blank on this one. All suggestions taken on board. Thanks in advance.

Ornamental apple

21 April 2012 06:50:51
Ornamental apple

Ornamental apple

This is a miniature ornamental apple that I bought in Homebase years ago. Love it at this time of year for its abundant, deep pink blossoms. No name on this one.

Weed, or NOT????

20 April 2012 20:10:28
Weed, or NOT????

Weed, or NOT????

This 'thing' is growing beside the Lower Pond. It's ground-hugging. No idea what it is. I certainly didn't plant it. Hopefully someone will come up with an answer!!!  Will put up an album for closer inspection.

Here comes Summer!

20 April 2012 06:05:39
Here comes Summer!

Here comes Summer!

I feel it in my bones that this might be the last cold spell before the weather really starts to settle down for the summer. Dontcha just luv' this time of year, a time of great expectations. Unfortunately my working hours have just got a tad longer. A good thing in this recession, but less time in the garden. 

Happy Gardening! 

Geum

19 April 2012 21:17:18
Geum

Geum

Was delighted to have my first flower of Geum greet me this evening. I love its lime green foliage, with its rich orange coloured flower. Lost the name of this one already, and I only got it about three weeks ago. It could be 'Eos'. Will have to have a proper root tomorrow.

Self-sown sweet pea

18 April 2012 22:40:52
Self-sown sweet pea

Self-sown sweet pea

This is its third year to self-sow in that big pot against the Arbour. Looking very good at the moment.

A day off is a day off!

18 April 2012 22:14:43
Saxifraga fortunei 'Silver velvet'

Saxifraga fortunei 'Silver velvet'

One of these days my day off will be my own. Had to go to my eldest daughters this morning for coffee, and drop up the herb planter I made up for her, with 2 strawberry baskets, and a container with Lollo rossa lettuce. She informs me that is going on a healthy eating regime. Hmmmm, we'll see. If she's anything like her mother.....

Shopping after that, and breakfast with Zoe and the little fella.

It was 2.00 before I got out into the garden. Planted out all my pot grown lilies. Tidied up pots. Planted up two pots with bits found around the place. I had moved some hemerocallis last year and had nowhere suitable to plant them so they had just gotten plonked into a free pot at the time. Now I have no space in the borders, so decided to leave them be, and added a carex (I think) that Fran may have given to me last year. Finished off the pot with some recently-bought pansies (Frizzle Sizzle) just to give it all a bit of colour. Also made up a basket with upright and trailing fuchsias. Love fuchsias!

Tied up the self-sown sweet pea, and clematis 'The President'. Planted a lovely saxifraga bought in Ballyseedy Garden Centre in  Tralee, at the weekend.  I have been toying with the idea of heading to Fota on Sunday, but if the weather is anyway decent, I would prefer if Steve could make another bit of progress with 'the cave'. Looking on Meteireann website though, and it's looking like a mixture of low temperatures and showers until the early days of next week at least.

Slug deterrent

17 April 2012 21:59:16
Slug deterrent

Slug deterrent

If the 'heels' don't stab them to death, then David is ready with the gun.  :_)

Arctotis

17 April 2012 20:35:58
Arctotis getting ready to flower

Arctotis getting ready to flower

I was lead to believe that Arctotis was frost tender. I have 4 here and all were left out all winter. Ok, it wasn't like a normal winter, but we have had plenty of frost. Another few days of sunshine and heat, and it looks like this will open already.

Elizabeth Killelay

16 April 2012 20:05:20
P. 'Elizabeth Killelay'

P. 'Elizabeth Killelay'

Another primula opened today. I like this one.

Last of the tulips

16 April 2012 18:57:11
T. 'Apeldoorns elite'

T. 'Apeldoorns elite'

They lasted a long time this year. This is the last of them. I think/hope this one comes back.

Dwarf rhodo

15 April 2012 22:01:04
R. 'Ginny Gee'

R. 'Ginny Gee'

This is only about 18 inches high. It opened over the weekend.

Shattered!

15 April 2012 20:16:11
Patient doing remarkably well

Patient doing remarkably well

Myself and my other sister travelled down to Tralee yesterday morning to see how my big sis, Penny,  was doing after her brain surgery last week. Thankfully we found a much improved patient. Looking so much more like her bubbly self. Long drive down, spent a lot of time in the hospital. Stayed in a horrible hotel, but we were on a very tight budget, so couldn't go elswhere. A night club in the hotel on the same floor as our room, and were subjected to 'thump, thump' till the early hours of the morning. Got about 2 hrs sleep. 

Up at the crack of dawn and after an early breakfast we took a stroll in the morning sun through a nearby park with lovely acers, magnolias and silver birch. Took in a very scenic drive to Fenit. It brought back many great memories of fishing for ray in Fenit in my early twenties. Such a still morning. The sea looked like glass. Pure magic!

Back to the hospital for our final visit before heading back home. We were sorry to have to leave Penny so soon. A few tears were shed. But we were so relieved to see how well she is doing. It made going home a lot easier than last weekend.

And of course, as we were passing it anyway, we dropped in to a lovely garden centre on the outskirts of Tralee (Ballyseedy). Had a lovely lunch there and of course bought a few plants. Haven't been there in years and even though it was great way back then, it has improved greatly since. Absolutely shattered now. So I think an early night is definitely on the cards.

Snakes Alive!!!

14 April 2012 06:40:35
Snake Gourd

Snake Gourd

I made a New Years Resolution to stop buying Amateur Gardening magazine. I didn't last too long. I mean, it's only €2.95 a week. Need something to read in the canteen. And at this time of year they give lots of free seeds. So I won't resist!

Anyway, last week I sowed seeds of Snake Gourd. I thought they might appeal to my 2yr old grandson, but I was curious myself. They germinated in about 2 days. They are looking pretty animilistic at this stage, almost like Ricinus, and growing at a rapid rate. Only, I don't know anything else about looking after them from here on in. I don't want to pot them on too soon. Any advice? 

A little bit of 'Shelser'.

13 April 2012 21:25:33
Shelser's Knautia

Shelser's Knautia

Whenever this comes up in the garden, it conjures up memories of a garden.ie member whom I never had the honour to actually meet. Michelle (aka Shelser) was there, through thick and thin, constantly encouraging. And was always willing to impart any of her invaluable advice on all things green. She sadly lost her long battle with cancer, leaving a distraught husband and 2 small girls. A toast to 'Shelser'! And a piece of her lives on in my garden and many others here.

Just call me 'Daffy'.

13 April 2012 18:49:14
Just call me 'Daffy'.

Just call me 'Daffy'.

We got in a massive delivery of Narcissus 'Tete-a-tete a few weeks ago. Sometimes I have no control over an allocation ordered by Head Office. So frustrating, as I knew they wouldn't sell at that late stage. However, I reduced them fairly soon after they came in. They still didn't sell. They were really beginning to lower the tone of the place and I reduced them again. Yesterday I reduced all of them to just a tenner for the whole lot (a trolley-full). They didn't sell. 

I got them all today (120 pots with an average of 3 bulbs in each, priced at €1.49 per pot) for just €5. It should have cost me at least €178.80. No room in my car for my fleece or my handbag. And I hadn't even shopped for the dinner at that stage. Steve nearly had a seizure when he saw me taking them out of the car (I wonder why??). Watered them all and then applied tomato feed.

Hmmm, think I'll leave orders for Steve to knock down the wall to the field 'over the wall' tomorrow. 

Every little helps

13 April 2012 06:46:46
Every little helps

Every little helps

Not getting a whole lot done in the garden lately. My weekend was focussed on more urgent matters like my sister being very ill. So I had to go to Cork. This week there has been a remarkable improvement in her health, and she has been moved to her hometown of Tralee, so she will have lots more visitors. So, as I intend visiting her again, my gardening will be limited this weekend.

So yesterday evening, I got a bit done, and enjoyed the lovely evening sunshine with a beverage in hand (he he). Made up a hanging basket with some nice geraniums that came in. All my baskets will be different this year. True to my word, I got the two shrubs planted in the front, and got my tomatoes planted. Hope it's not too cold for them in the greenhouse overnight.

Heligan

12 April 2012 19:17:13
Heligan

Heligan

Tonight BBC2 8.00-9.00 Natural World - Heligan: Secrets of the Lost Gardens.

This follows various animals that make their home in the rounds of Heligan, Cornwall, from a family of foxes that play after hours, to the toads in an Italian garden, and badgers that clear up the tea rooms at night. Might be an opportunity to have a decent glimpse of the gardens. 

I like this one!

12 April 2012 07:09:53
Acer palmatum 'Trompenbourg'

Acer palmatum 'Trompenbourg'

This acer is coming into its own just now. Love its leathery leaves.

Another shrub for the front

11 April 2012 20:22:18
Physocarpus 'Lady in Red'

Physocarpus 'Lady in Red'

This is another shrub that will get planted in the front. I saw a gorgeous specimen of this in Hosta's (Margaret's) garden last year, and was so glad I had bought it. Although, space will be a bit restricted here in the front, so I'm hoping I can keep it in check with a secateurs if it outgrows its spot.

Aquilegia

11 April 2012 06:35:19
Aquilegia 'Winky Blue'

Aquilegia 'Winky Blue'

This is one of my favourite aquilegias in my garden. It has opened early, as with everything else.

Shrub for the front

10 April 2012 21:20:44
Sambucus R. 'Sutherland Gold'

Sambucus R. 'Sutherland Gold'

Was off early today, but with all the torrential showers all day, I really wasn't in form for gardening when I got home. However, during a brief respite, I had a proper look at plants in waiting. I bought this shrub from the 'reduced trolley' last year and it really deserves a good home. I want to be selfish and just plant it somewhere in the back so I can enjoy it. Realistically, I have nowhere for it here. So I reckon it will get planted in the gravel out front where it won't really have much competition, and therefore will hopefully reward me with its fullest potential in time. If I start taking too many photos of plants in the front, the neighbours are definitely going to send for the 'men in the white coats'.  :)

Bonsai

09 April 2012 20:36:40
Bonsai

Bonsai

This sycamore was a seedling I found in the garden last year. I planted it up, and wrapped garden wire around the stem. Bending it a little bit each day, so it will take on an interesting shape.

Copper Slug Tape(for AitAleann and others)

09 April 2012 07:43:28
Copper Slug Tape(for AitAleann and others)

Copper Slug Tape(for AitAleann and others)

If you're interested in keeping slugs and snails at bay, it's worth trying this. I tried it last year and found it gave 100% success. You wrap the tape around pots. The copper emits a small electric shock on contact and stops them in their tracks. Then they go back home. But you must ensure that the slugs and snails don't have access to your plants from overhanging foliage. For a mere tenner, I think it's worth its weight in gold. I got about 5 pots done for the price of one pack. Also, if the tape is positioned in the same way on each pot, it can jazz up something that might otherwise look quite plain and boring.

It's available in the likes of Homebase, Atlantic and Woodies. I'm sure you won't have a problem finding it in most garden centres. So, here's what to look for. Let me know what you think of it.

Have a good day, y'all.

Paris

08 April 2012 22:32:31
Paris quadrifolia

Paris quadrifolia

Paris quadrifolia is looking great today.

The whole lot together!

08 April 2012 22:14:55
Costa del Hosta today

Costa del Hosta today

This is the collection of hostas. Only two more to add. Tomorrow is another day. 

It must be on steroids

08 April 2012 21:53:46
It must have grown 2 inches......

It must have grown 2 inches......

I swear to God this hosta has grown 2 inches since yesterday. Potted up a few more today, and topped them all off with gravel. Looks nice and will suppress weeds a bit, and maybe even deter a few slugs.

Deadly Nightshade

08 April 2012 08:47:17
Atropa Belladonna (no sign of branches)

Atropa Belladonna (no sign of branches)

I was so smitten with this plant when I spotted it in Mount Venus the year before last. And last year, I found the perfect spot for it - on the Island in the middle of the greenhouse pond out of harms way. Last year it was growing like a small shrub, and big, fat, juicy, black berries adorned it for a long season.

However, this year, once Spring was well on its way, I cut it back almost to ground level. It looks so healthy, BUT.......it no longer seems to have branches. It looks more like a herbaceous plant, almost like a foxglove. I sincerely hope I haven't done untold damage to the look of this gorgeous plant.

 

I like this!

07 April 2012 21:53:32
Clematis 'Pixie'

Clematis 'Pixie'

Steve got the grass cut when I was in Cork today. It looks soooo much better. Home too late to do anything in the garden, and I just wasn't in form. But was delighted to see this little clematis open. It's a small clematis (in a pot), but evergreen. And it has lovely lime green flowers.

Wish I could be there

06 April 2012 22:02:08
My garden this day last year

My garden this day last year

My first official weekend off since my weekends started last week (I'll be doing every 2nd weekend only until September). Unfortunately I won't have the pleasure of visiting Rachels' garden tomorrow. Gotta go to Cork to visit my sister who has been VERY sick. And just got word that Steve's Mam has broken her hip. It's all go here at the moment.

I hope everyone has a brilliant time. Looking forward to lots of Spring photos. Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy!

Blechnum

06 April 2012 17:26:55
Blechnum magellanicum

Blechnum magellanicum

I love this hardy fern. It's just coming into its own right now.

Costa del Hosta

05 April 2012 21:55:27
Costa del Hosta

Costa del Hosta

One of my favourite spots in our garden is just outside the patio doors. I have an unused patio table that now houses my small collection of hostas. There is a honeysuckle, clematis and others that climbs over the Loggia, providing a dappled canopy of lush greenery, with gorgeous scent from the honeysuckle.

Today I bought some new pots for the ones that were either knocked over, or just cracked with time. I am trying to actually plant all of them into the same type of pots, but of different sizes according to the growth habit - I think it will create harmony to all the different types and colours of foliage and bring them all together. I have a few more to replace. But tomorrow's another day. Looking forward to the height of the growing season when they are lush and leafy, and produce a feeling of calm with all the different shades of green and variegation.

The cores - NOT 'The Corrs'!

05 April 2012 21:10:02
The cores - NOT 'The Corrs'!

The cores - NOT 'The Corrs'!

Steve was working underwater this week at what is now known as The O2 Arena. He was core-drilling into the quay wall affixing rubber fenders for safe moorings, in preparation for the arrival of the Tall Ships in August of this year. The wall is constructed using silver granite which dates back to the time of Mr. Binden Blood Stoney (engineer), a genius in his own right, in that he also designed No. 1 Dry Dock of Dublin Port, which was built by French convicts in the early 1800's. This was a feat of engineering genius. Each solid stone granite block was hand-carved and laid on timber piles. This dock was operational and in constant use until 1998. It has now been in-filled to accommodate container terminals - a sad day, and total disrespect for top-class engineering, on behalf of Dublin Port, and never to be seen again. 

Steve and I have now gained a small portion of history as a result of the by-product from Steve's core-drilling. Now, what will they become???????  Thinking caps on! 

Day off!

04 April 2012 20:13:38
Geum 'Eos'

Geum 'Eos'

It feels weird having a Wednesday off. I suppose I'll have to get used to it. This morning myself, Zoe and little David went off shopping, and in for breakfast, and then a bit of retail therapy. Came home, went up for quick power nap.

On with the gardening gear and wrapped up really well. There was a biting wind out there. It wasn't long before I heated up though. Made a big dent in my 'plants in waiting'. Finally got round to clearing lots of crap in the greenhouse border and weeded as I went, and planted 2 lots of Mary and Paddy's Hemerocallis, H. 'Rocket City' and a new one H. 'Golden Zebra', and one I successfully plucked from a famous Garden on the east coast, also Geum 'Eos'. Lifted lots of crocusses from this border to make way for summer colour here, and will transplant them down to Primrose bank at the weekend.

Finally planted my cutsey little white forget-me-nots. In my part-shade border, I spent a good while on my knees just weeding, then planting Salvia 'Desert Blaze', Dicentra 'Adrian Bloom', Penstemon 'Raspberry Ripple', Geranium 'Roxanne' and another Peony 'Duchess de Nemours'.

Finished off by planting up a couple of hanging baskets for my eldest daughter Kim's new home with strawberries, and a mixed herb planter.  

 

Elegance personified

04 April 2012 18:36:35
T. 'Ballerina'

T. 'Ballerina'

I have been waiting with bated breath for these to open. They picked today, of all days, to make an appearance. That's the last of my tulips for this year. What a cold day!!!

From Borrisoleigh to Bohea

03 April 2012 19:38:58
From Borrisoleigh to Bohea

From Borrisoleigh to Bohea

Tough day today, and really cold. I was delighted to be off early. I couldn't get the heat into me so I didn't even bother going outside. But thanks to the generosity of two ier's I was able to do a small bit of indoor gardening. Potted up all of Sallysarah's primroses, hopefully will get them into their final positions either tomorrow or the weekend, and also potted up seedlings of Cerinthe that Una sent to me. Will sow seeds of same tomorrow. Thanks a million, Ladies!

Two out of two!

02 April 2012 20:34:36
Musa 'Ensete'

Musa 'Ensete'

Bought some musa seeds in Lanzarote in November and was just about to chuck them on the compost. But two weeks ago one, out of the two seeds, germinated. Wahoo! Happy Camper! So I decided to exercise a wee bit of patience and left the other one. Here he comes! Let's hope he catches up on his sibling now.

Dad has his 'Mojo' back!

02 April 2012 19:31:36
Dad has his 'Mojo' back!

Dad has his 'Mojo' back!

Called in to see Dad this evening. It looks like he has his 'mojo' back to some extent. Every year when he sticks artificial sunflowers in his front garden, he gets a great laugh watching the reaction of the passing neighbours, looking in amazement at the early-blooming sunflowers. They probably want to come into the garden to feel if they are real or not. The fear of possibly being watched from inside stops them. Ok, it may be a bit childish, but it 'warms the cockles of your heart' to see that even artificial flowers can get a laugh out of him. That's my old Dad for ya!!!

Help wanted!

02 April 2012 06:09:11
Help wanted!

Help wanted!

We got these Perennial 4pks in the other day. Here is a photo of one of the four plants in each pack. Unfortunately this is the only one NOT labelled. Can anyone tell me what it is, please?

Hardy geranium

01 April 2012 20:59:36
Hardy geranium

Hardy geranium

A bit brain-dead this evening. What a day! But my spirits were lifted temporarily after work when I saw that Frans hardy geranium has started to open. Can't remember which one - Black Widow, or something. Fran, help??????

Mooning in March

01 April 2012 07:30:47
Mooning in March

Mooning in March

Steve and I enjoyed a few beverages outside on the patio yesterday evening. Beautiful clear moon in front of me, and the sunset on my back.  Ground frost here this morning, but hopefully the sun will make an appearance before the morning is out. Have a nice day, y'all!

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