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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal June 2012

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Dianthus

30 June 2012 23:02:18
Dianthus 'Coconut Sundae'

Dianthus 'Coconut Sundae'

Got this during a talk by John Lord of Ratoath Garden Centre last year. Looking tops today!

Home for Hypericum

30 June 2012 22:18:26
Hypericum 'Hidcote'

Hypericum 'Hidcote'

This finally got planted into the front garden on Wednesday. Thanks, Dick.

Commelina

30 June 2012 20:39:25
Commelina

Commelina

Bought this in a 'dry pack' in Dealz (a new shop open nationwide where everything is €1.49) a few months ago. Yesterday it wasn't looking too spectacular. But today it opened FULLY, revealing a flower very much like Tradescantia 'Blue 'n Gold (Sweet Kate). Love its colour. Will try to hold on to this over winter.

Colouring up!

30 June 2012 19:10:34
Daylily

Daylily

Greenhouse border is producing some nice hot colours. This Hemerocallis opened up fully today, and looks very nice beside Rachels Anthemis, and Trollius.

Reaching for the stars!

30 June 2012 07:37:07
Reaching for the stars!

Reaching for the stars!

Got this little Chard plant from Hosta (Margaret) last year while visiting her gorgeous garden. I overwintered it in the greenhouse and planted it out in early Spring. I particularly loved the red stems that added a bit of much-needed colour to the greenhouse border in the colder months. 

However, a couple of weeks ago with very high winds, it keeled over, and was flopping into the grass horizontally. The weather hasn't been enticing me outdoors too much over the last week. And yesterday evening, while having coffee on the patio, I discovered that this once-little plant had sprouted lots of side shoots which are now reaching for the stars. Looks odd, but very nice. I am afraid to attempt to straighten the plant in case I break it. I'm also now wondering if it's possible to take cuttings from these new shoots?

Are we back on track yet?

30 June 2012 05:47:04
R. 'Iceberg'

R. 'Iceberg'

Got this rose just last year. It's looking lovely right now.

Let's see if this works

29 June 2012 06:03:06

Rose

26 June 2012 19:23:51

Mesembryanthemums

26 June 2012 07:04:51
Mesembryanthemums

Mesembryanthemums

Also called Livingstone Daisies, I think. I love these for their vivid open flowers in the sunshine. But even if the sun doesn't make an appearance, they provide great interest with what look like sugar-coated stems.

It must be Friday again!

25 June 2012 22:46:12
Pulmonaria? or Brunnera????????????

Pulmonaria? or Brunnera????????????

Off tomorrow, but rain forecasted. Will be occupied in the morning as I have a 'nose job' in the offing. Hoping to be fit enough to get some planting done afterwards though. Lots of plants-in-waiting, and tidying up.

Lovely

25 June 2012 21:29:30
Campanula 'Pink Octopus'

Campanula 'Pink Octopus'

Bought this campanula in Bloom. It opened today, giving an almost 'orchid' look to it, without the hassle of looking after orchids, which my house can't provide them with. Very happy with this.

Poppies

25 June 2012 06:43:23
Poppies

Poppies

Lots of these random pink poppies springing up all over the garden. I like the colour.

Great day

24 June 2012 20:52:52
Arisaema flavum?????

Arisaema flavum?????

Busy all day in work today. Super day, weatherwise, apart from occasional heavy downpours. But they were short-lived, thankfully. Got home to a lovely fry on the table cooked by Steve. The last thing I needed was to cook dinner. 

I watered everything in the greenhouse, tied up tomatoes, and sweet pea and cut back lupiins.

After being fed, I took this photo. It's an arisaema that I acquired illegally over the waters last year when visiting Chelsea. Don't know which one, maybe 'flavum'. Hopefully Deborah can confirm. But it's a bit early yet.  Beautiful evening now. Just what we have been waiting for. 

Astrantia

24 June 2012 07:20:46
Astrantia

Astrantia

It's time now for Astrantia to get going, lifting up an otherwise dark border.

For Hazel

23 June 2012 22:57:36
For Hazel

For Hazel

Hazel, I know you have lots of sedums already. But this is one I have here that seeds about freely. Would you like some? Don't know the name. But it's lovely, and is beginning to flower.

Leucothoe

23 June 2012 22:47:01
Leucothoe

Leucothoe

Lots of new growth on Leucothoe 'Curly Red'. Just waiting for it to turn red now.

Bargain trolley

23 June 2012 21:00:41
Black-eyed Susan (Thunbergia)

Black-eyed Susan (Thunbergia)

Was told today that managers only wanted 2 reduced trolleys as there is so much surplus stock hanging around on account of Head Office making a cock-up with orders. So I took advantage of orders from above and got a few things.  A 4pack perennial pack reduced from €5.99 to 50c, with 2 pots of Hutchinsia, and 2 different Heucheras, Wild Rocket 50c, Canna Indica reduced to €4, Delphinium down to €1, and a pot of Black-eyed Susan (Thunbergia) down to 50c also. The whole lot cost me just €6.50.

Potted on the Thunbergia, fed it and tidied it up. Potted on and fed the canna too. Can't go wrong with that total. 

Two-fold beauty

23 June 2012 20:37:31
Two-fold beauty

Two-fold beauty

Posted a photo of this Hymenocallis the other day. First time to grow this and was stunned by the gorgeous flower. Got in from work this evening to witness a second flower on the same stalk, and another one on its way. Will definitely be bulking up on this for next year. But a word of warning, the slugs/snails are devouring the foliage.

The speed of growth

23 June 2012 20:18:56
Arisaema costata today

Arisaema costata today

I posted a photo of this arisaema only yesterday (a few journals down). It's amazing the difference just one day makes.

As usual, I've forgotten the name!

23 June 2012 06:42:57
Anthemis

Anthemis

Rachel gave me seedlings of this Anthemis last year. They didn't do a whole lot then, but look at them now! Unfortunately, though, I can't remember which one it is. Hoping Rachel can furnish me with the name, although she did tell me a while ago but I can't find the relevant journal.

Sanguisorba

23 June 2012 06:01:20
Sanguisorba 'Rock 'n Roll'

Sanguisorba 'Rock 'n Roll'

This is growing so well this year. But with all the recent gales, I've had to stake it up. It doesn't look as natural as last year, but I wouldn't be without it.

Hanging baskets

22 June 2012 21:07:04
Hanging baskets

Hanging baskets

I planted these baskets up for the front a while ago. I've been a bit reluctant to actually put them out as, last year only two days after hanging newly-made baskets, they were stolen. So annoyed that I had gone to the trouble of planting them with lovely combinations and someone just decided whip  them away one night.

However, this evening I bit the bullet. We'll see how long it takes for them to disappear. This years ones are cable-tied to the brackets (yea, look at the state of the brackets - I like the 'distressed look' ha ha ). 

Ixia

22 June 2012 06:55:09
Ixia

Ixia

At least I THINK that's what they are. I planted them last year. They didn't put on a terrific display, but they were planted near my Dierama at the greenhouse pond. Only a couple of blooms this year, but they give the same arching habit as Dierama, and are a little bit earlier too. And now my Dierama are ready to take over the performance. Nice little filler without taking over.

costata

22 June 2012 06:21:07
Arisaema costata

Arisaema costata

Another arisaema is about to unfurl. You just gotta luv 'em.

Paul's Scarlet

21 June 2012 19:17:34
Climbing rose 'Paul's Scarlet'

Climbing rose 'Paul's Scarlet'

This poor sod decided to open on what must have been one of the most dreary days so far this summer. The sun actually did shine in the garden centre here for about 5 minutes. But, what a washout!

Hymenocallis

20 June 2012 21:10:12
Hymenocallis 'Festalis'

Hymenocallis 'Festalis'

First time for these. Definitely not the last. They're planted in a blue container with trailing blue Lobelia and Tagetes. Good combo, in my opinion.

What am I doing wrong?

20 June 2012 05:58:47
What am I doing wrong?

What am I doing wrong?

I have bought gentians on numerous occasions. They have flowered their socks off the first year, and have NEVER come through a winter for me, even the last mild one. So what am I doing wrong? Is it the slugs maybe? Or maybe it's just a bit early still? Here it is today - yeah, just a label stuck in the ground.  :(

Heaven scent!

19 June 2012 21:13:37
Honeysuckle 'Serotina'

Honeysuckle 'Serotina'

Lonicera 'Serotina' opened today. Looking forward to the glorious scent this plant has to offer. 

Eucomis bicolour

19 June 2012 20:34:27
Eucomis bicolour

Eucomis bicolour

Smaller than I had expected - but very pretty with its maroon-edged petals.

Self-sown

19 June 2012 19:57:49
Self-sown

Self-sown

This sweet pea has self-sown again this year. Not an everlasting sweet pea, but it still self-sowed last year and the year before, despite the 2 harsh winters. It opened today in my absence.  :) It can only get better. 

Under Cover

19 June 2012 18:52:48
Campanula?

Campanula?

OMG Can't believe I nearly missed this today. I was inspecting my Arisaemas, which are in planters on the outdoor bench. Just a glimmer of pink in behind. And discovered this. I suspect it is a campanula, but I don't have a clue which one it is (no label) or who gave it to me. Off tomorrow, so if it is hardy I'll find a space for it somewhere in the borders. Any ideas?

Calla lilies

19 June 2012 06:33:55
Calla lilies

Calla lilies

These are last years ones. They don't normally survive the winter, but thankfully to the mild one, they are on the return. Now, let's hope they flower too, although I really bought them for their lovely foliage.

Rusty canary

18 June 2012 20:33:52
Rust on Canary Creeper

Rust on Canary Creeper

I'm growing Canary Creeper here for the first time. I have it in a pot with Frans bargain clematis and nasturtiums to hide the downpipe. This evening I noticed specks on most of the lower leaves. No sign of an insect. And it's only the Canary Creeper affected so far. I removed all the dodgy leaves. Hopefully this rust won't affect its flowering power. 

Here's hoping.......

18 June 2012 05:40:03
Here's hoping.......

Here's hoping.......

Just out of the shower and looked out the bathroom window. Thick fog out in the field 'over the wall'. Usually a sign of a hot day. Haven't been in great gardening form for the last while, and one of the reasons is that I'm browned off getting soaked in work (not getting any younger). Not off today, but at least it looks like I won't be going round like Johnny-forty coats. Hope the sun shines today for everyone! I daren't google the forecast just in case.

Another Pond Plant

17 June 2012 08:56:48
Ranunculus lingua

Ranunculus lingua

This is a less rampant grower for the pond than our normal buttercup. Wouldn't be without it.

Waterlily

17 June 2012 07:12:28
Waterlily

Waterlily

The buds on my nymphaeas don't usually appear until mid July. It looks like the mild winter has encouraged early growth by about 6 weeks.This one should be open by the end of next week, if I'm lucky.

A good pond plant

16 June 2012 22:14:33
Pontederia azurea

Pontederia azurea

Did no gardening today on account of frequent torrential showers, and a very good friend visiting. But I thought I'd share a pic of this great, non-invasive plant for a pond.

Honeysuckle

16 June 2012 10:14:39
Lonicera periclymenum 'Graham Thomas'

Lonicera periclymenum 'Graham Thomas'

Regardless of the weather, most plants will just go ahead and do their own thing. My Honeysuckle is just starting to perform.

Shrub border

15 June 2012 20:03:02
'Snowmound' or 'Bridal Wreath'. No matter

'Snowmound' or 'Bridal Wreath'. No matter

I can never remember which Spirea this is, either 'Bridal Wreath' or 'Snowmound'. Either way, it's welcome in my very small shrub border. Looking good right now.

Bowl of........

15 June 2012 19:10:58
Peony 'Bowl of Beauty'

Peony 'Bowl of Beauty'

Peony 'Bowl of Beauty' opened today. Looks like the rain is good for SOME things.

Still hanging on

15 June 2012 05:44:24
Still hanging on

Still hanging on

Took this pic before work yesterday mornng, in case it got blown to bits with the weather. Looks like it is just about hanging on!!!

Late developer

13 June 2012 21:17:48
Camellia 'Debbie'

Camellia 'Debbie'

Was amazed today when I spotted a very late flower on my Camellia 'Debbie'.

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!

13 June 2012 20:18:10
Tradescantia 'Blue 'n Gold' opened today

Tradescantia 'Blue 'n Gold' opened today

If I had gone any slower today I would have been asleep. No gardening as it has been drizzling all day.

But I did sow lots of grass seed in the spots where I had sprayed Roundup on the dandelions in the lawn weeks ago. 

'Hope'

13 June 2012 07:10:40
Arctotis 'Hope'

Arctotis 'Hope'

I like this Arctotis.

Lovely plant in the wrong setting.

12 June 2012 21:33:37
Gunnera outstayed its welcome

Gunnera outstayed its welcome

So how do I get rid of it? I have poured petrol over it and it still thrives. It's not welcome here anymore.

Oh Happy days!!!

12 June 2012 21:08:44
Arisaema costatum

Arisaema costatum

Looking at the recent growth in this pot, I was totally perplexed. I had thought I killed the original plant and used the pot for something else. But I reckon this is an Arisaema. Arisaema costatum no less. Wahoo!!!

Zantedeschia 'Rehmannii'

12 June 2012 20:04:02
Zantedeschia 'Rehmannii'

Zantedeschia 'Rehmannii'

Looking good. Worth keeping. And one or two more flowers to open.

Another giveaway!

12 June 2012 19:48:55
Pretty flower but way too miniscule for my liking

Pretty flower but way too miniscule for my liking

I bought a Kalmia in Aldi months ago. It has finally opened, but come on. You'd need binoculars to make out the flowers. The diameter of the flower is about the size of a one cent coin. Way too small for my liking. This one is also up for grabs. But I don't want to have to look after them for ages before they are claimed. Also, I need the pots they are in.

Honesty is the best policy!

12 June 2012 19:20:43
'Rhapsody in blue/pink'. Who wants this?

'Rhapsody in blue/pink'. Who wants this?

How dare they call it 'Rhapsody in Blue'. Yes, I'm having yet another rant. :)  I don't want this rose anymore. I bought it last year, during the 'rose rush'. Delighted that I had finally acquired something of substance. Great last year, but not so this time round. The flower is very floppy, and loose. Not what I would look for in a rose. And definitely not what it says on the tin. First come, first served. Plants in my garden have to earn their keep. This one is NOT.

Sometimes it's best to ignore things.

12 June 2012 06:14:48
Sometimes it's best to ignore things.

Sometimes it's best to ignore things.

I was delighted when Rachel presented me with a ginger plant months ago (too early in the morning for me to remember its Latin name????). At the time of year that I got it, Rachel advised me to keep it indoors, which I did. But I reckon it just wasn't getting enough light, and slowly but surely, it rotted. I was gutted as I love these plants. So as soon as the weather started picking up in Spring, rather than just dump the whole pot, I stuck it into the greenhouse and forgot about it.

However, as soon as the weather was suitable for hardening off plants, I took the presumably 'empty' pot out and just left it there.

Yesterday I was astounded when I spotted this peeping up. Wahoo! There is a God after all! Now, maybe Rachel can enlighten me on its proper name, and thank you so much. Do you think it will do anything this year? It looks really small. But where there's life, there's hope! 

Salvia

11 June 2012 22:05:58
Salvia

Salvia

This is Salvia nem. 'Ostfriesland'. I like it a lot.  Not quite blue, but a variation of it, which is good enough for me.

But this one beats all.

11 June 2012 21:06:19
But this one beats all.

But this one beats all.

So here's a new rose opening on 'Rhapsody in Blue', and it is positively pink!!!

Trick photography, or all lies....

11 June 2012 20:58:17
Trick photography, or all lies....

Trick photography, or all lies....

Why label a rose 'Blue Rhapsody' when in fact it is lilac?

Pansy of a 'different' nature

11 June 2012 06:15:39
Pansy 'Frizzle Sizzle'

Pansy 'Frizzle Sizzle'

I'm not a lover of pansies really. But these came in and I thought they looked just like Flamenco Dancers. Ok, I'm weird. So be it. I love their flamboyant frills and flounces. Glad I bought them.

So, what's this, then?

10 June 2012 21:19:04
So, what's this, then?

So, what's this, then?

Bought this last year for planting in the surrounds of the pond/cave. Looks like it may not get planted THIS year either. But the label has washed off. No idea what it is but I think it is 'clump-forming'. Hopefully someone can help??????

Pond Cover

10 June 2012 09:10:47
Pond Cover

Pond Cover

Happy with the way my water lilies have bulked up over the last couple of years. It gives plenty of hidey-holes from herons, and shade from the sun, to the shubunkin and koi. Next month should see the emergence of the flowers.

Oooh, exciting times

10 June 2012 07:13:02
Getting ready to flower for first time

Getting ready to flower for first time

This little cactus (can't remember its name) is/was part of an arrangement in a terracotta pot in the greenhouse, where it has stayed all winter. The other cacti have all perished, but it looks like this one is perfectly happy where it is. Flowers are appearing for its first time.  :)

A fool and his money are easily parted

09 June 2012 22:25:01
A fool and his money are easily parted

A fool and his money are easily parted

Yea, I know this fuchsia is probably the tenderest of tenders. But they came in yesterday, only got round to looking at them today and I couldn't resist. I mean, come on. Look at the size of the blooms. If they only even last one week, they will have been worth €12.99, and I can re-use the basket next year. 

Woah! Hold on!

09 June 2012 20:03:38
Zantedeschia 'Rehmannii'

Zantedeschia 'Rehmannii'

I only planted up a container on Wednesday with some trailing plants, Eucomis bicolour and this Zantedeschia 'Rehmannii'. It looks like I did it just in the nick of time. It's about to open.

Faffing about

09 June 2012 06:00:44
Faffing about

Faffing about

On Wednesday, my day off, I did a few bits, but gerenally I just pottered and browsed. I gave my two buxus spirals a good trim as they were becoming very raggy looking. For once I did it at the right time. It was good to hear Monty Don suggesting it last night.

Photo is only one of the matching pair, but as there is a lot of junk and rubbish in that area, I shall 'publish' just one. Area is being cleared slowly but surely! 

Topping up!

08 June 2012 21:56:51
Topping up!

Topping up!

With the emergence of my Cautleya spicata (only bought last year) I surrounded it with slate/crazy paving to protect it from my feet. It is in an area that has been constantly trodden on by me AND Steve during this damned 'cave'. It's shooting up with all the recent rains, so this evening I raised the slate with unused blocks. If this one gets destroyed through carelessness I'll go mad. It's a beautiful plant!!!

And I spotted another bit coming up very close by.  

Oh, bother!

08 June 2012 21:00:29
Oh, bother!

Oh, bother!

After work I went outside very briefly to investigate any damage done. The whole garden is looking extremely tatty, poppies lying over on the lawn and other bits and pieces.

My Atropa belladonna was doing its job nicely. I wanted to hide the end of the garden from up at the house, to create an added dimension of what might be beyond. After cutting back the lower leaves on Wednesday, I was very happy with the main frame. The outward-facing branches were almost touchable from the edge of the greenhouse pond. And the shape has been totally transformed. Also, it has made the whole plant seem like less of a ditch weed. Today, 2 of the main branches have snapped in their prime. I really didn't feel like getting the waders out at that late stage, as I have been outdoors all day (no canopy in OUR garden centre). But if the weather is better tomorrow, I hope to cut it back after work. I'll miss those two branches.

Hippeastrum

08 June 2012 06:33:02
fresh growth on hippeastrum

fresh growth on hippeastrum

Noticed new growth on my hippeastrum in the garage yesterday. The garage is a pretty dark place, so I'm wondering should I take my amaryllis into the house where it will got more light. Should I start feeding it now or what?

Clematis

07 June 2012 19:44:26
Clematis 'Piilu'

Clematis 'Piilu'

I wonder if this clematis would have opened yesterday if it had known how awful todays weather was going to be?

Time heals all

07 June 2012 19:09:11
Primula capitata 'Mooreana'

Primula capitata 'Mooreana'

Felt rotten with a stomach bug all night. Luckily I have improved significantly as the day progressed. Hope to be fighting fit for work tomorrow. Needless to say, there was NO gardening done here all day. But I managed to capture this little primula to brighten my day.

Pretty geranium

07 June 2012 11:35:15
Zonal geranium 'Melosilver'

Zonal geranium 'Melosilver'

I do love this pretty little zonal geranium with the white edges to the leaf.

Off sick today. Well timed indeed with all this rain. I have a big bundle of books lined up here to browse and try and cheer myself up a bit. 

'Settling in' time

07 June 2012 07:56:15
'Settling in' time

'Settling in' time

I have 2 Zantedeschia aetheopicas in the greenhouse border since 2010. Neither of them have flowered for me. But I have been happy with the lush, exotic-looking foliage, so I allowed them to stay put. Yesterday I was delighted to discover that both plants are now producing flowers. These plants are great as marginals, liking nice moist soil. So maybe our recent months of wet weather has finally given them the will to perform to their fullest potential.

Yo! What about me!

07 June 2012 07:38:31
Yo! What about me!

Yo! What about me!

Steve came in yesterday evening and headed straight to the pond to greet Mr. Froggy.

Then he said 'Hi' to me! Ha, talk about playing second fiddle?          :) 

Island Planting

06 June 2012 22:50:04
Island Planting

Island Planting

Donned the waders today and cut back the lower foliage of Atropa belladonna to make way for some bedding. I planted lots of Nicandra psyaloide seedlings around the edges of the 'island' to provide a bit of interest.

I know lots of you probably don't understand the fascination I have for my Atropa (Deadly Nightshade). But after cutting back the lower foliage, it dawned on me that it actually has a lovely shape to it. But surprise, surprise, last years begonias have returned, and the fuchsias that weren't 'supposed' to be hardy. But let's face it, lots of stuff came back after the very mild winter we had. All good news.

 (Thursday morning) I had only started downloading photos last night when the Internet went down. Hopefully I'll rectify that tonight.

Takin' it easy!

06 June 2012 22:33:25
Mesembryanthemums in the sunshine

Mesembryanthemums in the sunshine

Didn't think the weather was going to be so nice, just the odd really heavy downpours. Got a few things planted, and a bit of weeding. Tied up self-seeded Sweet Pea (almost flowering), and S.P. 'April in Paris'. Pulled up the rose I posted last week that was losing all its leaves, despite it flowering. I'm not that much 'into' roses to care about losing it. Also, I needed another pot (which the rose was in) to plant up stuff like my Eucomis bicolour, Zantedeschia 'Rehmannii', and some trailing plants bought a few weeks ago that desperately needed a home (Monopsis lutea). 

I kept on stepping back, and taking time out to appreciate how the borders are crammed with lots of goodies. I love the way the evening sun reflects in the back garden. Everything takes on a tropical feel, even though it's not exactly tropical. :))))) 

Topped up the compost on my tomatoes, and fed them today for the first time. Lots of flowers now.  

Love the zingy colour of these mesembryanthemums. And believe me, the photo does NOT reflect the true colour. They are 'to die for'. If only we could be guaranteed constant sunshine throughout the whole summer. 

Eucomis bicolour

06 June 2012 05:26:30
Eucomis bicolour

Eucomis bicolour

I've never been successful in growing Eucomis..........until this year. Yayyyy!!!  Looking forward to its rewards later.

Wisteria

05 June 2012 22:19:27
Wisteria

Wisteria

Thursday 14th June, get your Wisteria in a 4 litre pot for only €12.99 in Aldi.

Climbing Fuchsia

05 June 2012 21:17:26
Climbing Fuchsia

Climbing Fuchsia

Yea, I'm proud to be the owner of the only known climbing fuchsia. It's called 'Lady Boothby' and I HAVE IT! It has started to flower.

By the way, Liga, I have four small pots of this for you. All looking good. 

Greetings!

05 June 2012 06:49:55
Greetings!

Greetings!

This little fella said 'hi' to me yesterday after work. Looks like he has found his Forever Home. :)

Neighbours!

04 June 2012 22:32:55
Next-door Neighbours' rose

Next-door Neighbours' rose

Everybody needs good neighbours. Especially those that cosset their roses with lots of T.L.C. 

Summer is here again!

04 June 2012 21:54:20
Canna 'Indica Wyoming' and more...

Canna 'Indica Wyoming' and more...

A great day today after such rotten weather yesterday. Ok, got to thinking it was time for my Cannas to go outside. Bought a new pot in work today. Got home and Steve had cut the grass. Happy Camper! 

I set to planting up Canna indica 'Wyoming' into the new pot, and thought clashing colours would look well this year. So I added some red trailing verbena and geranium 'Vancouver Centennial' with it's peachy-coloured flowers. Looking forward to seeing the result later. 

Peony

04 June 2012 21:24:11
Peony

Peony

What with yesterdays horrible rain and wind, my peony, which only came into flower last week has now lost all its petals. But it's still gorgeous. Just in a different way.

There's a Bishop in my greenhouse

04 June 2012 06:35:07
There's a Bishop in my greenhouse

There's a Bishop in my greenhouse

This was the first time for me to lift dahlia tubers and store them for the winter. One day, as I was hardening it off, a breeze whipped up and broke one of the stems, but not completely. So, as I was pushed for time, it went back into the greenhouse. It opened yesterday, I never got to plant it. It's still in Holly's old litter tray that it was stored in, I couldn't find the right spot to plant it. I wonder would it be ok to plant it straight out at this stage. The hardening off process was halted because of the broken stem, which I will now splint to avoid further damage. Plenty more buds are visible.

Good things come in small parcels

03 June 2012 19:30:08
Primula secundiflora

Primula secundiflora

A bit disappointed with the gardens in Bloom yesterday, and there were definitely less stalls to buy from, and less stock on each. However, I did pick up three small plants. I'd like to share a photo of this little beauty.

And they call this progress!

02 June 2012 20:38:03
I want this!!!

I want this!!!

Not a happy camper downloading my album of Bloom. It took 50 minutes to download just 22 photos. What a nightmare! Definitely NOT what I would consider 'progress' with the site.

BLOOMIN' GOOD DAY

02 June 2012 08:03:36
BLOOMIN' GOOD DAY

BLOOMIN' GOOD DAY

Up earlier than normal today. Lots to do. Have the flasks sorted, a variety of sambos, queen cakes and cold pizza all packed and ready to go. 

Tomatoes and chilipeppers are watered, and cat, fish, and birds fed also. That's me done for the day. Now all I need to do is SPEND!!! 

Have a bloomin' great day if you're heading to the Phoenix Park. Hopefully the rain will hold off till we get home. 

Variegated foliage

01 June 2012 23:31:25
Pieris 'Little Heath'

Pieris 'Little Heath'

I really like this one. 

Primula

01 June 2012 23:08:59
Primula

Primula

Don't know which one this is, or where I bought it. But the stems are actually silver. 

New discoveries every day

01 June 2012 21:52:38
Triumphant Trollius

Triumphant Trollius

A couple of weeks ago someone posted a photo of their Trollius. I mourned in the fact that mine had failed to come through even the mildest of winters on record. But the truth is.......this border is sooo chockablock with growth that I failed to spot its foliage. Mine opened today. Oh, Joy!!! In the background is my Fremontodendron, and Geum, which emulate the orange/yellow theme in this area.

Conrad, you lied!!!

01 June 2012 20:47:24
Snail on 'Sum and Substance' (Back to pellets)

Snail on 'Sum and Substance' (Back to pellets)

Went out early this morning and found this enemy selecting the tastiest of my hostas. Conrad, I'll NEVER believe you again. I took 3 snails off my new hosta 'Sum and Substance', after Conrad stating they didn't like this variety on last week. Grrrr!!!

Look what I found!!!!!

01 June 2012 06:39:12
Cautleya spicata makes a return

Cautleya spicata makes a return

I was very disappointed when there has been no sign of Cautleya spicata coming back. It is/was planted down in the area of the bog bed that has constantly been trod on over the last twelve months on account of the new pond/cave. But I have remnants of crazy paving taken from the paved circle which I placed strategically around the general area where Cautley had been planted. But it peeped up yesterday. Oh, I'm a happy camper!

Happy June Day, everyone. 

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