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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal May 2012

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Begonias

31 May 2012 22:23:41
Begonias

Begonias

These tubers were bought at half price only about 6 wks ago. First time for me to grow them myself. Maybe I will store them for winter and start them off again for next year. Should be a nice combo of yellow begonias, and mesembryanthemums in the uppermost pot.

Id on a fern please

31 May 2012 22:12:43
Id on a fern please

Id on a fern please

This one is planted in the excuse for a 'bog bed'. I must have bought it only last year, it had a label stuck into the soil beside it. But, as it in sun for at least half of the day, the writing on the label has faded. No idea which one it is, but it's gorgeous. So, come on, you MALE fern experts! What is it, please?

Dontcha jus luv 'em!

31 May 2012 21:18:00
Dontcha jus luv 'em!

Dontcha jus luv 'em!

Great foliage, and great flowers.

Tree Peony

31 May 2012 20:06:05
Tree Peony

Tree Peony

This opened today. It must have been because of all that rain!!!

Echeveria

31 May 2012 05:50:13
Echeveria 'setosa'

Echeveria 'setosa'

This echeveria is starting to put on a good display too. Where's the sun gone?

Ben More

31 May 2012 05:34:23
Helianthemum 'Ben More'

Helianthemum 'Ben More'

This little alpine opened yesterday. The lovely rich orange was glowing all day despite the overhanging clouds.

I hate gutters and downpipes

30 May 2012 22:33:37
I hate gutters and downpipes

I hate gutters and downpipes

Last year Fran gifted me a lovely clematis which I planted in a big pot beside the downpipe in the back garden. This year, I have added some Canary Creeper to that pot, and I have a pot 'wrapped around' the downpipe with some Nasturtium 'Crimson Emperor' in it. So far, so good.

Casualty

30 May 2012 21:44:28
Casualty

Casualty

For once I can't blame the visiting Heron for this casualty. Occasionally fish don't thrive once being introduced to a pond. I hope this is the only one.

Convolvulus

30 May 2012 21:13:42
Convolvulus

Convolvulus

This also opened in the front today. It looks nice against the blue geranium.

Another one

30 May 2012 21:05:28
R. 'Penny Lane'

R. 'Penny Lane'

Another one in front opened today too. This one is 'Penny Lane'. I bought this one as my sisters name is Penny. 

Roses

30 May 2012 21:02:36
R. 'Graham Thomas' ?????

R. 'Graham Thomas' ?????

A few of my roses started to bloom only this week. Today I spotted, by chance, one in the front that opened. I have the labels somewhere here, but not in the mood to go looking right now. I think it might be 'Graham Thomas'. Despite the fact that it's still a very young rose, the size of the blooms have me flabbergasted.

Today

30 May 2012 20:54:44
No room at the Inn!

No room at the Inn!

I decided today that my day off would be spent relaxing as much as possible. Did the normal Wednesday morning things and had my power nap when I got home. Then outside. I couldn't sit idly for long, however. I needed to get things into the ground before Saturdays visit to Bloom. There is virtually no space left in my greenhouse border and it's not even June. I have made a serious dent in my 'plants in waiting'. I just hope my purchases on Saturday won't be as random as usual. They need to have a space in mind before I actually buy them. Well, that's the plan anyway! We'll see!

Pond Grass

29 May 2012 22:21:22
Pond Grass

Pond Grass

Don't know the name of this grass. In fact, I find it hard to remember the names of most of my pond plants. It must be a carex of some sort, though. But it sure looked delectable this evening in the light of the sunset.

Weird poppy

29 May 2012 21:48:11
Weird poppy

Weird poppy

This poppy flowered for me last week. But the flower was just above ground level deep within its foliage, and never got to open to its real potential. Another one today, although there are a few flowers that stand proud of the leaves. Does anyone have an explanation for this?

Aquilegia

29 May 2012 06:06:27
Aquilegia brevystyla x viridiflora 'Fruit and Nut Chocolate'

Aquilegia brevystyla x viridiflora 'Fruit and Nut Chocolate'

I know this sounds daft, but I chose this one purely for its name 'Fruit and Nut Chocolate'. I think I bought it during Lent, so I got my 'fix' without actually eating chocolate. :)  But apart from it's beautiful little flowers it has gorgeous foliage too............and a very long name!!

Disappointment

28 May 2012 22:46:56
Saxifraga 'Lissadell'

Saxifraga 'Lissadell'

I remember seeing the most gorgeous saxifraga in Bloom last year. When I tried to buy it, I was told that they were all sold out. Oh, no! Such disappointment!

However, I was gifted with one from our very own Hosta (Margaret). It got planted into Primrose Bank a while ago. And I had actually forgotten that this little beauty even flowered. It's so dainty. Thanks again, Margaret. 

Goin' for a leek!

28 May 2012 21:57:39
Goin' for a leek!

Goin' for a leek!

I love Leek and Potato soup. I bought some leek seedlings today. Have my own spuds growing. Hope I can do this soup justice when the time comes!

Pretty poppy

28 May 2012 21:26:14
Pretty poppy

Pretty poppy

I'm not quite sure who gave me this poppy last year. It could have been either Cloncaw (where has she got to?) or Chilipepper. Whoever it was,  thank you very much. It opened today for the first time. I love the strong colour.

Sun-kissed gardens

28 May 2012 20:19:40
Rosa 'Rhapsody in Blue' today

Rosa 'Rhapsody in Blue' today

Everything is bursting into flower recently with all the sun we have been having. R. 'Rhapsody in Blue' opened today.

Drained!

28 May 2012 06:10:13
Dryopteris 'sieboldii'

Dryopteris 'sieboldii'

Apologies for no journal yesterday. I was just too exhausted after work that I had my dinner and was in bed by 9 o'clock. I actually had help in the garden centre all day yesterday which was a big bonus. It meant that I could get on with some of the more mundane jobs that needed doing badly. Our shelving is wooden, and they are permanently being soaked by the irrigation system ovenight. But obviously in this weather they need soaking during the day too, hence the use of the hose.

But a lot of moss and algae have built up over time and is looking very unsightly. I find that using a product to remove moss from the ground doesn't work as the ground is constantly being saturated. So yesterday, a good deal of time was spent removing the moss from the shelves, and down on my knees with a small chisel to remove the moss by hand from the ground. And as the ground is made with tarmac, the heat was just bouncing back up at me. I drank about 2 litres of water outside yesterday. But it was great to have the extra help, and the place looks very much loved once again. 

This is a lovely fern, and would be ideal in a small garden as it doesn't grow too quickly. It's planted around the Lower Pond. 

I knew this would happen

27 May 2012 06:35:35
I knew this would happen

I knew this would happen

Having regrets in covering the Lower Pond with netting to keep the herons at bay. This poor starling got caught in it yesterday evening. Every time I tried to go near him to release him, he panicked more and more. Luckily he eventually found his way out and flew off unharmed.

First rose

26 May 2012 21:30:48
First rose

First rose

Not only was this my first ever rose in my garden, but it's the first to open properly here, disregarding the one I posted yesterday that is very sick looking. Don't know which one this is. Given to me by a neighbour who has long since moved to Gorey.

A good day

26 May 2012 20:48:25
Sempervivum 'Bronco'

Sempervivum 'Bronco'

Not as hot as yesterday, so more comfortable for working in. Still lovely though. Clocked out to practically empty shelves. Got home and planted a couple more geraniums into the greenhouse border, all red, and Ricinus red seedlings (seeds from Deborah). Hopefully it's not too early to plant them out. A bit gusty today, but warm enough. Hope to get Rachel's ricinus planted tomorrow evening, if I can find some space!!!

As soon as possible, I will change Primrose Bank into an area for sempervivums and other succulents. Too dry there for primroses. Hopefully Steve will get the finger out tomorrow and continue with 'the cave'. 

Another arisaema

26 May 2012 06:15:58
Arisaema 'griffithii'

Arisaema 'griffithii'

A. 'Griffithii' has been putting on such rapid growth all week with the good weather. Dontcha jus luv it!!!

What's wrong with this rose?

25 May 2012 22:36:34
R. 'Wildfire Fryessex'

R. 'Wildfire Fryessex'

Last year I went mad buying roses. Bought 3 for the front garden, and possibly 4 or 5 for the back. The ones in the back went into pots. This one had its first flower open today, but it's not looking healthy at all. Stems are practically bare of leaves, and the few that are there just fall off when I touch them.

If you can't stand the heat.......

25 May 2012 21:18:20
Almost finished

Almost finished

What a boiler of a day. The ground surface of our garden centre is made from tarmacadam. Our store, when being built, wasn't designed for a garden centre and doesn't have it paved or cobble-locked. So the heat of the sun was just bouncing back up to me, and had me sweating buckets (sorry, perspiring). It had me completely drained all day. 

Steve was off all day and you can imagine my horror when he asked me what was for dinner. AND he wanted me to cook it too!!!!! No way. Too much to do outside.

While he cooked, I dug up the small area in front of the oil tank and had to contend with lots of roots from Jasmine and Honeysuckle. Ended up chopping off a few smaller ones to make way for the fuchsias I had in mind. The rough shape of this little bed has to be more finely tuned yet. But I got 4 hardy fuchsias planted, three of them may have been given to me by Bruno, and one from Clare. SallySarah also gave me a jasminum nudiflorum last year and it has been waiting patiently since to get its forever home. Thanks to all involved.

The main reason for this planting is to basically hide the bare, twiggy stems at this time of year. I also have to leave a small area of this little bed free of plants as the Oilman will only trample on everything come winter time. Then just beside the Lower Pond which is on the right hand side of beyond the photo I will be planting a small phormium. I like grassy-type plants and ferns around the pond. Also, the more plants that I have in this area, the more likely we won't be bothered by the Heron as they like an uncluttered space to make hunting for fish easier.

P.S. That's the first time I have downloaded photos the new way. Weird. 

Peony

25 May 2012 05:25:33
Peony

Peony

Well, I thought that this one was NEVER going to open. It's amazing to see the size of the open flower compared to the big swollen bud that was just refusing to open day after day. No name on this one. It's just a plain old (NOT!!!!) peony, and it's gorgeous.

Isn't it well for some!

24 May 2012 20:59:52
Steve's trellis, and bare stems of jasmine and honeysuckle

Steve's trellis, and bare stems of jasmine and honeysuckle

It would have been really nice if I had been able to take a half day at such short notice. Hmph!!  However, Steve didn't waste his free time. By the time I got home, he had the grass cut, and had erected the new trellis that he made last weekend. This area is going to get a small make-over. I'm trying to hide the bare stems of Honeysuckle and Jasmine, so I plan on planting a couple of nice fuchsias that Bruno has given me. They should do well here as it is a North-facing wall, so get very little sun. I also have Ajuga reptens in this area, and a brunnera that keeps on getting munched on by slugs and snails. They will be shifted to a more suitable place. 

I ended up planting some geraniums into the ground, in the greenhouse border, instead of taking up valuable space by putting them into planters. Also planted some nigella seedlings. Everything in the greenhouse got a good soak, even though they also had a watering early this morning. "It's gettin' hot in here". 

Chard

24 May 2012 06:33:36
Chard

Chard

It holds its colour well in the bright sunshine. Hosta (Margaret) gave me this little chard last year and it's doing fine. Thanks!!!

'Goldflimmer'

23 May 2012 22:58:55
'Goldflimmer'

'Goldflimmer'

Rhododendron 'Goldflimmer' opened in the front today. Love its variegated foliage.

Prompted by the sun

23 May 2012 22:01:57
Prompted by the sun

Prompted by the sun

this perennial poppy, given to me by Chilipepper (Dave) a couple of years ago, opened today. So luxuriant!

Dichelostemma

23 May 2012 21:39:04
Dichelostemma 'Ida-Maia'

Dichelostemma 'Ida-Maia'

This tiny beauty decided to open today in the searing heat of the greenhouse. Although it is a little gem, I won't be growing it again. The foliage was looking pretty tired and wishy-washy a few weeks ago, and today it looks all shrivelled. Not good.

Not so evil, after all.

23 May 2012 20:55:02
Not so evil, after all.

Not so evil, after all.

We thought that the Heron had recently wiped us out of all the fish in the Lower Pond. With todays scorching heat, the newer fish came up to the surface to bask in the sunshine. And 'lo and behold, I spotted a couple of the older/bigger fish too. All good.

Summer is here. It's official!

23 May 2012 20:47:28
Summer is here. It's official!

Summer is here. It's official!

Wow! What a day! 

Got the shopping done asap this morning, and breakfast with my TWO daughters, and wee Davey.

The girls headed off to town for the day, and left me to my own devices. As soon as they left, I took out the sunlounger to get some much-needed rays! :)  Slept for an hour in the blistering sun. It was too hot so I busied myself by getting more stuff planted. I have made a major dent in the seedlings that were waiting to be planted. Put in 4 types of Cosmos ('SeaShell mixed', 'Picotee', 'Purity' and a name which eludes me right now). Also planted some Godetia, Mirabilis jalapa,  Aster 'Emerald Eyes', Rudbeckia 'Rustic Dwarf mxd', Cerastrum and my two Musa 'Ensete', and little baby primrose seedlings that SallySarah sent me through the post. Still have a few bits and pieces to plant, but that's for another day. I'm seriously getting stuck for space, and I bought a very healthy lot of mixed Nicotiana in Tesco. Maybe they'll go in the front!!!

At about 1.30 I had to dampen down the greenhouse as it was so hot in there. 

The girls had dinner in town, so just me and Steve this evening out on the patio again. Very reluctant to come in. Didn't even bother watching Chelsea. I refuse to sit indoors on such a glorious day.  

Cordyline

23 May 2012 05:28:43
Cordyline 'Karo Kiri'

Cordyline 'Karo Kiri'

This one is a bit different to the usual Cordyline australis. It only gets to about 6 ft. But the down side is it needs winter protection. I think it's worth it though.

Arisaema

22 May 2012 22:56:28
Arisaema speciosum

Arisaema speciosum

This is how it looks today!

Weird, or what?

22 May 2012 22:24:31
Weird, or what?

Weird, or what?

Just noticed the leaf formation of this lupin this evening. It reminds me of Osteospermum 'Whirligig'.

Early Bird

22 May 2012 22:14:13
Dianthus 'Early Bird'

Dianthus 'Early Bird'

Following on from Fran's journal on Dianthus 'Sooty', I bought these bedding dianthus 'Early Bird'. What a gorgeous scent, to die for.

Summer Time

22 May 2012 21:55:43
What's this, please?

What's this, please?

Now I know why I love my job so much. But don't tell my bosses I do.

They came out of the woodwork today. All kinds of gardeners. New, not so new, and dab hands. I love them all. So much bedding went through the tills today. I have come to realize 'I am a saleswoman'. Hee hee!

Off tomorrow so I hope there will be a big delivery in in my absence. Nothing worse than empty shelves. 

Steve and myself took advantage of the beautiful evening, ordered pizza and had a few bevvies in the evening sun. Tomorrow's another day. Plenty of time to catch up on jobs in the garden.

I have this plant in my greenhouse border. It only got planted recently, but there was no label in the pot. I think it may have come from Mairin. But I don't know what it is. Can anybody help? 

 

Sedum

22 May 2012 06:26:40
Sedum sieboldii

Sedum sieboldii

I have this one in a pot for a few years now. I don't water it or feed it, and it never fails to enthrall me with its gorgeous variegated plump succulent leaves. I guess I'll keep on doing nothing with it except admire it.

Lieu day

21 May 2012 21:59:19
Mesianthrum lampranthus misifolia opens today

Mesianthrum lampranthus misifolia opens today

Thanks to me working the Bank Holiday Monday I was on a 'Lieu' day today. Unfortunately I had personal business to attend to so not much time in the garden. When I DID get home, I chose to just chill in the gorgeous sunshine with the factor. All I did was spray my clematis that has a serious infestation of aphids. And while I was at it, I did the roses.

Nearly pulled up this alpine that I thought was a dandelion, until I got down to have a closer look. 

Change is good

21 May 2012 19:24:18
Life before the Upper Pond

Life before the Upper Pond

6 years ago this is what my Upper Pond looked like. It was just a raised gravel bed. I had aubrieta planted to emulate water. But in all fairness, it was really quite boring. Lots of changes since then, and all for the better. Even the Lighthouse got a major make-over and was relocated. Fish and ponds and aquatic plants only came as a result of my discovery of Garden.ie :)

There's no going back now.

21 May 2012 05:40:07
There's no going back now.

There's no going back now.

Yesterday I began toughening up all my little seedlings. Haven't gone out just yet to see if they are dead or alive. I will accept the consequences whatever. 

Just thought I'd share this photo with you all.  

Magnolia

20 May 2012 21:20:08
Magnolia looking better

Magnolia looking better

I think this one is M. 'Susan'. Correct me if I am wrong. I was a bit worried about it a few weeks ago when it gave me a measly ONE flower. The leaves seemed to be a bit yellow too, so I feared it was on its way out.

However, today there are lots more flowers visible and the foliage is much healthier looking. It's not from any remedies I have given it. So, what persuaded it to give a better performance?

Evictions and Cut-backs

20 May 2012 20:43:23
'Tete-a-tete' and 'Jetfire' cut back and fed

'Tete-a-tete' and 'Jetfire' cut back and fed

No, not talking about the recession here. All my seedlings in the growing rack, and on the windowsill got evicted out to the greenhouse today. Sick looking at them. Maybe with the extra light and heat out there they will come on a bit quicker. Any seedlings that were in the greenhouse were evicted outdoors, having hardened them off over the last week. Now I can walk around in there again. :) Hanging baskets were also let out and hung in place. 

My work in the garden today mostly involved sitting down. I weeded the Alpine Circle and added a few more plants after thinning out some.

Then I got to cutting back all my bargain tete-a-tetes, which seemed to have taken FOREVER. Gave them all a good feed afterwards, and moved them to under the shrubs at the back wall.

Finally got round to planting my Mecanopsis that I bought last year.

Cut back all daffodil and hyacinth foliage in the front. Looking so much neater. This low-maintenance front garden has been the best thing I have done so far.

And while I was busy with those few jobs, Steve painted the finished trellis with Creocote. Almost ready to erect. 

 

Yum! Yum!

20 May 2012 06:43:53
Yum! Yum!

Yum! Yum!

The seven blueberry bushes finally got their resting place last year in the Acid Triangle. Can't believe the difference in the amount of flowers THIS year  (as a result of planting?). So looking forward to a bumper crop of mouth-watering berries later in the season. 

New plant

19 May 2012 23:00:56
Caryopteris 'Worchester Gold'

Caryopteris 'Worchester Gold'

Good price for this today. I succumbed. Only €4.99. And has lightly-scented foliage too.

Miss Bateman

19 May 2012 22:09:34
Clematis 'Miss Bateman' opens today

Clematis 'Miss Bateman' opens today

This is growing at the edge of my Upper Pond. Some of the flowers are actually submerged under the water. Recently I referred to it as Clematis aquaticus 'Miss Bateman'. Another case of my sense of humour taking over. It's just plain old C. 'Miss Bateman'. But it looks interesting with the flower buds rising out of the water.

The longest day!

19 May 2012 21:27:28
Busy, busy!

Busy, busy!

Got the roster wrong this morning. Was supposed to start at 10.00 - not 9.00. However, as I was in at 8.15, I thought the manager would let the roster slide and allow me to start early. Not a chance! Went home again for a cuppa, and back in for 10. I hope they don't ask me to come in early some morning in preparation for an important visit. 

With the boxing and rugby, our place was like a ghost town. The day dragged. Very dull all day and I actually had to keep my fleece on all day until about 5.30 when the sun decided to make an appearance. Too little too late!!! Hmmmm!!!

On the upside, Steve, in my abscence, has made progress on the new trellis for in front of the oil tank. A couple of coats of Creocote tomorrow and it should all be in place.  

Cortaderia

19 May 2012 07:43:50
Cortaderia 'Splendid Star'

Cortaderia 'Splendid Star'

Here comes the first of the plumes on this small-growing pampas grass 'Splendid Star'.

Nice fern

18 May 2012 22:18:42
Dryopteris koidzumiana (Koidzumi's Wood Fern)

Dryopteris koidzumiana (Koidzumi's Wood Fern)

This is planted at the edge of the Lower Pond. I like it!!

Cyclamen

18 May 2012 21:06:30
C. 'Coum' flowering again

C. 'Coum' flowering again

The only ones I have ever had here were the tender bedding type, until this year. I can't remember the name of the place we were in for the snowdrops. I bought some beautiful hellebores. But I managed to also buy some of the hardy C. 'hederifolium' and 'coum'. They got planted up on Primrose Bank, which might be re-named yet. Cyclamen coum is starting to produce more flowers. Is that normal for this time of year?

Apologies!

18 May 2012 17:35:54
Pansies on Oil Tank

Pansies on Oil Tank

I could simply delete the journal below and pretend I never posted it. But that's not my style. 

For anyone that left a comment on the journal below this one, I wish to sincerely apologise. At the time, I thought it would be funny. But thinking about it all day made me realize that it was a big mistake, and I couldn't delete it from my phone.

I have a lot on my plate right now and I made a feeble, and inexcusable blunder by trying to pull the wool over people's eyes. Ok, some of you know me by now, and when I'm under stress I try to deflect my problems by joking and messing. Please accept my apologies!!!

These are my pansies, just planted into tin buckets, and placed up on the oil tank. This tiny area is due to get a bit of a make-over. The bamboo screen has fallen apart. Steve is making a brand new trellis to replace it. A small bed will be made in front of the trellis. Don't know yet what I will put into it. 

 

 

A first for me

18 May 2012 06:44:27
Tree Pansy

Tree Pansy

My Tree Pansies are looking well right now. But the flowers are up quite high and are difficult to keep dead-headed.

The Great Escape

17 May 2012 21:06:19
The Great Escape

The Great Escape

I spent a good deal of time yesterday weeding, weeding, weeding. Late in the day, I discovered this little blighter munching away on some primroses. I lobbed him over to the Lower Pond. I usually do this to provide the koi with a little appetizer. However, I wasn't looking when I threw him in, and I had forgotten that I had erected the netting over the pond. This morning I found him trying to make his Great Escape. It can't have been too comfortable for him. :_)

Stress busting

17 May 2012 18:53:36
Aquilegia 'Clementine White'

Aquilegia 'Clementine White'

Had a rotten, stressful day today. It would have been easier and way more enjoyable had I been in work. However, got home only a short while ago and went and planted stuff. I felt better immediately!

The rain has obviously made a great difference to how the garden looks now. Ok, enough is enough, though. We want a bit of sun before Winter comes.

Love this aquilegia which has opened in the last couple of days. 

Sharing is caring!

17 May 2012 08:18:09
Sharing is caring!

Sharing is caring!

Just having a good laugh at the starlings fighting for food from Holly's (the cat) feeding bowl. And what a racket they make. It looks like I'll have to get another bowl for Holly. Poor thing hasn't had the chance to get anything out of it and it's all gone.

Have Fun

17 May 2012 05:32:31
Laburnum looking good yesterday

Laburnum looking good yesterday

For those of you heading to the Bay Garden this morning, have a great time and TRY to keep your hands away from your purses/wallets. :)

Off today (last minute arrangement) and it's teeming out of the Heavens. Hopefully it will fizzle out for all you travellers. 

"Pucker up, Baby".

16 May 2012 21:54:56
Salvia 'Hotlips'

Salvia 'Hotlips'

Guess what I spotted in the garden today?

Muscari

16 May 2012 21:21:11
Muscari 'Blue magic'

Muscari 'Blue magic'

Bought these in Kilquaide two weeks ago. I couldn't resist. Sooooo pretty. And the bees love them too.

For Elizabeth

16 May 2012 20:36:08
Osmunda regalis planted

Osmunda regalis planted

Just to whet your appetite.

Takin' it easy

16 May 2012 20:16:09
Baggesens Gold can breathe again

Baggesens Gold can breathe again

Yes, that's right. I did sweet damn all today. Shopping, brunch, power nap. Then out for a bit of work/play in the garden. Got a bit of planting done, like the Libertia 'Taupo Blaze' (also called 'Taupo Sunset') that I bought during the week, Helichrysum 'Ruby Cluster', Veronica prostrata 'Nestor', and some geums that SallySarah gave me last year. The pot with the geum was overrun with weeds and grasses as a result of it being located just below the birdfeeder. I removed the feeder, as it is home to 'added on' feeders and the amount of seeds that are scattered all over the place is unreal. The birds don't tidy up after themselves.  I spent a good deal of time weeding that whole border, and cutting back ivy. Now my Lonicera 'Baggesen's Gold' can breathe a bit more easily. And it's a lovely backdrop to all the other greenery.

Was going to shift my fern 'Osmunda regalis' from the pot it is planted in, but I found another one waiting for a permanent home. That is now planted in full sun beside the greenhouse pond, and has the shelter of Chaemerops Humulis for the winter, although I suspect it won't need it. It will be interesting to see how the two compare.

A funny little thing with me is, when I have my heart set on acquiring a particular plant, I eventually buy it. But after a while I forget I even have it (plants in waiting are waiting for sooo long). And I end up buying it a second time, or even a third. :)  Am I alone?????? 

'Pulling the plug'

16 May 2012 06:38:26
Fran's Clematis 'Niobe' open at last

Fran's Clematis 'Niobe' open at last

My propagator is taking up valuable space on the sideboard. The three-tiered growing rack is obliterating all the sunshine coming through the patio doors. A lot of my seedlings are looking very sad. Potting on, and planting out has been seriously put on 'hold' because of the horrible weather to date. Didn't do very many seeds this year on account of the baby. Just a few stragglers waiting to germinate. I think it's time to 'pull the plug' and get the house back to normal - whatever normal is!!!

T.G.I.F.

15 May 2012 21:08:33
Sunset this evening

Sunset this evening

Sooooo looking forward to tomorrow. Haven't caught up on my sleep yet from my early start yesterday morning for the stocktake. No plans for my day off tomorrow, will just 'go with the flow' as the weather is so unpredictable right now.

It looks like the lamp post is behind the sun. 

Here he comes!

15 May 2012 05:55:00
Arisaema 'griffithii' making an appearance at last

Arisaema 'griffithii' making an appearance at last

Can't remember who it was who showed a photo of their Arisaema 'Grifithii' in full flow recently. But I was dead jealous. Not a dickie bird out of mine..........until now!

Enjoying the sun

14 May 2012 21:43:29
Libertia 'taupo blaze' today

Libertia 'taupo blaze' today

Libertia is looking good today. Great spells of warm sun in between occasional heavy downpours. Obviously perfect weather for 'Taupo Blaze'.

Just what I needed

14 May 2012 20:37:45
Foot traffic restricted!

Foot traffic restricted!

Yeah, lots of us, including myself, are feeling a bit 'in Limbo' in our gardens this weather. Is it ever going to settle down. Today I started work early, so was up at 4.30am. Thankfully though I was off at 3 and planned on doing something constructive when I got home. Sadly, that didn't happen. I needed 40 winks, just a half an hour did the trick. But I still didn't want to get out.

But reading how people are feeling very half-hearted and unmotivated actually made me feel like I wasn't ready to curl up and die just yet. I only did a little bit, but already feel much more alive and energetic. I made up 2 more hanging baskets for my sister, and potted up a new Hosta I bought today 'Sum and Substance' and topped it with gravel. Looking at that photo now, I know it's completely in the wrong place. It looks too cumbersome for the elegant (in my opinion) table.  It would look nicer, on ground level and the smaller pots placed on the table. I hope to remedy that tomorrow as it is lashing again now. This area is getting smaller by the day. I can't afford any more space to any new hostas. This has got to stop NOW!

BUT IT SURE DOES FEEL GOOD!!!!!! 

Neat and tidy

14 May 2012 05:28:36
Nice cut grass

Nice cut grass

Steve had the grass cut when I got home yesterday. I can accept the other mess much more readily once that's done. Hope to get a lot of tidying up done on Wednesday as I have cousins from Australia and HongKong visiting sometime over the weekend.

Starting work this morning at 7.00am. Hopefully this new monthly stocktake of the Garden Centre will run smoothly and my shift will be shortened. So I might even get something done when I get home. Fingers crossed. 

Will catch up on yesterdays' journals later today.

Better get a move on

13 May 2012 05:56:53
Dahlias to be hardened off

Dahlias to be hardened off

Right now my garden is a mess. Last years bed, that was home to my dahlias and sunflowers, was completely destroyed with soil taken from the excavation of this new bloody pond that I am beginning to regret having ever started. However, I had the brains to lift a few dahlia tubers before all that happened. Stored the tubers in the garage all winter. Didn't take any shoot cuttings as some people had suggested, I just kept the tubers ticking over with minimal amounts of water.

During the excavation, my compost bin and its contents had to be moved. And, as I wasn't there to supervise the move, it got plonked on top of the area that the dahlias grew last year. So now I have a dilemma with where to plant them this year.

Really happy with the growth they have put on over the last number of weeks. Today I will begin to harden them off, and in the meantime will have to think where I'm going to plant them!!!! No labels on them, unfortunately. Could be ones from the 'Honka' series, or 'Bishops'. Will have to wait and see. 

Here today......

12 May 2012 20:51:36
Any takers???

Any takers???

Well, what a super day. Working in t-shirt all day. We had a really heavy shower only once. But luckily I happened to be on my lunch at the time. :)

Myself and my sister had to cut my brothers grass this evening, as his house is being prepared to let out while he is living in the Philippines. So that took a while. It's only about 75 ft long, but it's all in grass. Bought hanging basket plants today to make up baskets for my sister. All done and dusted now.  

Today I noticed this in the raised bed in work. It looks nice, not like a weed. It almost looks like a baby bergenia. But it's not like anything I have planted there. Any takers?????? 

First Fuchsia

12 May 2012 07:12:43
First Fuchsia

First Fuchsia

Had to laugh when I spotted this in the greenhouse yesterday. It was planted around a container last year, and I didn't for one minute think that it would survive the winter. It's not exactly the hardy type, being sold just as a hanging basket plant. Pretty little thing though. No name.

Aphid Attack

11 May 2012 19:31:46
Clematis under attack!

Clematis under attack!

My Clematis 'Polish Spirit' is romping away. Lots of lovely, lush growth and plenty of flower buds visible. So you can imagine my horror this evening when I discovered it was completely covered in aphids. Yuck! I hate the blighters. There are so many on the plant, leaves AND stems, that spraying would be a nightmare. So, what would you do? I'm half tempted to cut the whole lot down to ground level, and let it start again - and lose this years flowers.

Or.....maybe it's a case of 'One door closes, another opens up'. It would be an ideal spot to plant my new variegated rose.

Clematis

11 May 2012 06:20:09
C. 'The President'

C. 'The President'

And there was I thinking that Fran's clematis 'Niobe' would be first to open. How wrong was I?

Not much done today

10 May 2012 21:11:30
Polianthus tuberosa 'The Pearl' today

Polianthus tuberosa 'The Pearl' today

Did enough in work, and all in the rain. Preparing for yet another stocktake, soaked to the skin so didn't really want to go out to the garden when I got home, except to take a few photos. 

Did a bit of pricking out, and put them straight out into the greenhouse with lots of slug pellets. Growing rack getting a bit empty now, and windowsill.

I grew this Polianthus 'The Pearl' last year. But apart from a bit of greenery, nothing happened. However, I didn't lose heart. Fresh growth at this stage, and hoping it will reward me with the most beautiful white flowers this year. As soon as the weather permits, it will get planted outside.

Variegated rose

10 May 2012 06:35:48
Climbing rose 'Best Wishes'

Climbing rose 'Best Wishes'

The foliage on this new rose is variegated. I like it a lot.

Variegated plants

09 May 2012 20:53:42
Aubrieta 'Dr. Mules Variegata' in the front garden

Aubrieta 'Dr. Mules Variegata' in the front garden

Becoming more and more interested in these as time goes on. This was recently planted in the gravel in the front garden and is looking well. Is it true that variegated plants are not as hardy?

Sometimes little is best!

09 May 2012 20:22:20
Sometimes little is best!

Sometimes little is best!

This auricula opened today. Hope it doesn't get washed away in the rain.

Brace yourselves!

09 May 2012 19:28:37
Acer palmatum 'Trompenbourg' (a little toughie)

Acer palmatum 'Trompenbourg' (a little toughie)

Off today, so did the usual stuff in the morning. 

In the garden I did a bit of weeding. Finally planted out the last of my tomatoes. Actually, that's a bit of a lie. I thought I'd be planting them out. But they are still too small for their final position. But potted them on anyway. So a bit more free space on the tiny kitchen windowsill. 

Bought a climbing rose today in Homebase. What was I thinking of? And, I paid €13 for it. But it's a bit different in the fact that it has variegated foliage, very nice. It's in a big pot for now, with lots of manure incorporated into the compost.

 I also got myself some parsley and mint plants which are now in my herb planters. Finally planted Plicanthus, I think Fran gave this to me.

Weather reports for this evening are not good. We are expecting at least 30cm of rain to fall in the next 12hours on the East Coast. 

This photo is one of my bestest acers, I have about 11 altogether. Its foliage seems to be the toughest of all of them, not being bothered one bit by harsh winds. It's a good size too, so I'm thinking of a place where I can plant it. Hmmmm!

Is it not.....

09 May 2012 07:16:12
Is it not.....

Is it not.....

.........a bit early for Hostas to start flowering?

I'm back!

08 May 2012 20:44:22
Acer palmatum 'Butterfly'

Acer palmatum 'Butterfly'

No electricity here since 5.00am this morning. Have you ever thought what we ever did without electric showers, kettles, radios, tvs, INTERNET!!!!!!   I was having withdrawal symptoms. And my phone was in need of charging too (shock, horror). But luckily your man from ESB came to the rescue and replaced the main fuse this evening. Allah, be praised! And the Lord said "Let there be light". And there was light. 

No gardening this evening. But I thought I'd share this photo with you. It's gorgeous now. But later in the season it turns a lovely shade of pink. 

Early Bird

07 May 2012 07:52:51
Early Bird

Early Bird

Mr. Heron has just paid the garden a visit. Luckily Holly (the cat) gave him a good chase down the garden. A bit close for comfort! His next visit could be his last!!!

Day Out

06 May 2012 22:01:20
Dicentra 'Ivory Heart'

Dicentra 'Ivory Heart'

Had the pleasure of visiting the National Garden Centre in Kilquade today. When we pulled in to the carpark, the Heavens opened with an unmerciful hail shower that lasted 20 minutes solid. I was hoping that we weren't going to have a wasted trip. I didn't have a jacket with me. However, Steve offered to stay in the car, and even gave me his jacket, as I couldn't go back empty-handed. Dad ventured out in the rain with me. But by God were my hands going numb with the cold. Touching wet plants and wheeling the trolley didn't exactly help. But I was determined.

I bought a few things and before long the hail, which had turned into rain, eased off and Steve joined us.  Big Wuss, I say! Big Wuss! I bought a nice Helianthemum 'Ben More' (lovely little orange flowers), Mesianthrum Lampranthus 'Misifolia', Polemonium 'Stairway to Heaven' (name sounds lovely), Muscari 'Blue Magic' (totally gorgeous), a lovely peach-coloured Lewisia, Dicentra 'Ivory Heart', Convallaria majalis 'Albostriata' with lovely stripey foliage (planted and all), a lovely primula which I can't remember the name of, and a good sized Rhododendron 'Percy Wiseman' with a pot to go with it. Unfortunately the rhodo is a present for an Aunt of mine for her 80th Birthday :(. Then we headed into the restaurant for a bite to eat and a 'heat-up'. Food was gorgeous. So with full tummies and warm hands we were ready to hit the road again. Happy days.

Tayto

06 May 2012 21:37:37
Looking bad

Looking bad

After last nights really cold night my spuds are not looking the best at all, at all. Does frost cause blight? Or will the foliage recover? These are the only potatoes I am doing this year so I really don't want to lose them. 

A little bit of sunshine

06 May 2012 09:58:48
Arctotis 'Hayley'

Arctotis 'Hayley'

That was a cold night. Forgot to take in my dahlia seedlings, but they're looking ok. Maybe the damage will be more apparent later in the day. 

This arctotis opened nicely yesterday with the little bit of sunshine. 

Basket case!

05 May 2012 23:50:33
Protecting new growth

Protecting new growth

It's very dicey when planting stuff now at this time of year. I have lots of lilies coming up. A lot of them are a wine/brown colour so they're hard to see when I am traipsing around the beds. So I put some of my un-used wire baskets to good use by just upturning them to protect the new growth.

Saturday

05 May 2012 22:52:10
Saturday

Saturday

What a pleasure to be off on such a good day. Didn't start out too good, but it got progressively warmer as the day went on. 

During the week, I caught Holly, the cat, sitting on my Cannas in pots in the greenhouse on two occasions after work. She also knocked one over, and broke it. Lots of expletives, I can tell you. So I got Steve to make me up a fly-net today so it can fit into the open doorway while leaving the door of the greenhouse open when I'm in work. Wow, so pleased with his results. It fits like a glove.

Cleaned out any pots of crap in the greenhouse, binning any no-hopers. Did a general tidy up and shifting around to accomodate another growbag, and planted my cayenne pepper seedlings finally.

Cut the ends off 3 pots and placed them over the already-planted tomatoes and infilled them with more compost to bury the plants a bit more, and make them stronger. Have a few more seedlings to plant - ones grown from my own seed, but I didn't think they'd make it and went and bought some. So I will wait till Monday to go back into work for some more growbags.

 

Going bananas

05 May 2012 07:50:03
Musa 'Ensete' doing well

Musa 'Ensete' doing well

I was over the moon when these two musa seeds germinated. They were nearly being thrown on the compost heap as they took so long to appear. However, they did. And I'm delighted with the results so far. I love their strong, glossy leaves. Last night, I potted them on from a 5cm pot to 9cm. Not sure if I will keep them in pots, or plant in the ground. Maybe someone can advise me - and do they get devoured by slugs and snails?

For what it's worth

04 May 2012 21:59:27
For what it's worth

For what it's worth

If anyone is planning on going to Bloom, I have ticket offers here that if you buy one, you get the second entry in half price. Just say the word.

You should also be able to get your hands on some in any Woodies or Atlantic Homecare. 

And the race is on.....

04 May 2012 20:17:18
Fran's bargain Clematis 'Niobe' looking good!

Fran's bargain Clematis 'Niobe' looking good!

It's looking like 2 clematis are neck and neck in the race to be first to open. My bet is that between 'Niobe' and 'The President', Fran's bargain 'Niobe' will run away with it. All we need is a bit more sunshine.

Splendid Star

04 May 2012 18:45:20
Cortaderia 'Splendid Star'

Cortaderia 'Splendid Star'

Sally, this is how it looks today. It may have been planted throughout the last two bad winters, but definitely one of them anyway. It's doing great, and as you can see, it is good for a small space.

Nice

04 May 2012 07:13:42
Nice

Nice

I like this grass in the Lower Pond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perfectly placed

03 May 2012 06:34:24
Perfectly placed

Perfectly placed

You'd swear that these raindrops were positioned with a ruler on the hostas.

Neat Freak!

02 May 2012 22:24:09
Neat Freak!

Neat Freak!

No, not me.

Wee Davey spent ages sweeping up any stray gravel on the path around my herb planters and emptying it all back on the gravel area in front of the greenhouse door. I think I have a gardener of sorts in the making. Only happy when he's doing something. 

Beautiful evening

02 May 2012 21:58:29
Beautiful evening

Beautiful evening

The sky was all aglow this evening. Red sky at night........

Today

02 May 2012 21:21:55
Begonia baskets

Begonia baskets

Well, got the usual jobs done this morning, and nipped over to Homebase just out of curiosity. For once the place was well-stocked. Got just 2 plants while there, one from the reduced trolley, Helychrysum 'Ruby Cluster' reduced from €10.99 to a fiver, and Armeria 'Ballerina Red' which is now planted into the front garden. 

Got home from shopping and had to go to bed for an hour. Woke up with a 'head' on me this morning that only a nap would cure!!!!   Hairdresser called, and left too late (yak, yak, yak). Finally got outside at about 4.00 when the sun decided to make a proper appearance. Planted up the two ball hanging baskets. Now, it's into the greenhouse with them to settle, and bulk up before hanging outside. When they are in full growth, you won't even be able to see the baskets. They will just be 2 green and white spheres, and I chose begonias as there is such little looking after on them.

Dandelions are sprouting up everywhere. Got the Roundup out at them. I know the grass will die off in those spots, but I'll just re-seed. 

Also planted up the window box for the kitchen windowsill. Had to exchange the one I bought on Sunday as it was about an inch too long. I wouldn't have been able to open the kitchen window. Earthed up my spuds in a bag - ok, in reality, I just poured lots of compost over the growing shoots. Cut back lots of ivy growing throught the trellis work on the back of the arbour. I had promised to do a lot more, but off this coming weekend.

Question 4 Deborah. Or anyone else 'in the know'.

01 May 2012 21:43:06
Arisaema sikokianum

Arisaema sikokianum

I have had Arisaema sikokianum in the bog bed for the last 2 years. It was fully open on 4th May last year. However, there is absolutely NO sign of it appearing so far this year. Is it a short-lived perennial?

Not so early after all

01 May 2012 20:58:57
Lewisia - last year

Lewisia - last year

It's funny how we were all commenting on how early everything was coming into flower this year. But just looking at photos of this day last year, Clematis 'The President', C. 'Niobe', and Lewisia were all in flower, plus more. Now, with the awful weather that April has bestowed on us, these three, in particular, are a long way off.

Oh, what a day!

01 May 2012 20:14:36
Hosta 'Ground Master'

Hosta 'Ground Master'

Squelchin' about in wet trousers all day. The ends of my trousers were touching the ground so acted as wicks, wetting up to my knees. Was so happy to clock out and home into the shower and jammies. 2 of the 3 ponds are close to overflowing but they say tomorrow is to be a lot better. Good job, as it's my day off.

Every year I rely heavily on planting arrangements in pots to inject a bit of much-needed oomph into the garden. So tomorrow, hail, rain or snow (I hope NOT!), I will plant up 2 baskets with white-flowering bedding begonias. The hanging baskets are ball-shaped, bought in Aldi for only €5.99. They would cost €15 and upwards in my work place so I'm very happy with them. Will leave them in the greenhouse for the next 4 weeks to give them a chance to bulk up in comfort. I also got a nice terracotta window box to fit the kitchen windowsill and hope to get that planted up too. But the best thing is, all of that can be done in the greenhouse or garage if it decides to continue with this deluge.

Got myself a nice new hosta 'Ground Master' with lovely wavy edges on the leaves. The cream margins should turn white during the summer months. I can actually get three plants from the one pot. Hope to get that into a nice terracotta pot tomorrow, and introduce it to its new family on Costa del Hosta on the patio. 

Feeling fruity

01 May 2012 06:11:21
Peaches in the greenhouse

Peaches in the greenhouse

Here we go again. Peaches in the greenhouse. First baby already getting a flush of ripe colour. I expect this will be one of the thinnings to enable the other fruit to become larger and more juicy. Love this time of anticipation!    :)

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