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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal August 2012

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A perfect circle

31 August 2012 19:37:29
A perfect circle

A perfect circle

Isn't nature wonderful. I took cuttings of this dianthus last year from God Knows Where, so I don't have a name for it. It has finally flowered. Love the shape, form and colour. In my eyes, it looks like a perfect circle.

 

A welcome bonus!

30 August 2012 21:48:00
Stowaways

Stowaways

When myself and Steve visited Hazel and Brendan a few weeks ago, I came home with a very welcome big pot of rooted Willows. But surprise, surprise, there were a couple of stowaways lurking in the soil apart from the willows - Nasturtiums and more of the sedums that Hazel presented me with. Delighted with the extra sedums as the other ones  were planted around the Upper Pond in the hope of disguising the blue liner. Looks like with the stowaways, they will knit together even more quickly than previously anticipated. Thanks again, Hazel.

No beady eyes here!

30 August 2012 05:59:57
Cuphea

Cuphea

Got a 4pack of basket plants the other day with a different kind of Cuphea to Fran's. No name on this except 'Cuphea'. Fran did give me a seedling of his one with the 'beady eyes' earlier on, but I killed it. So hopefully this one won't be as susceptible to a premature death.

Looking good

29 August 2012 06:51:21
Looking good

Looking good

Cynara cardunculus (Globe Artichoke) is looking great at the moment. This has been moved from pillar to post in the last two years. It gets better and better each year.

Polish Spirit

28 August 2012 21:08:16
Clematis 'Polish Spirit'

Clematis 'Polish Spirit'

At the beginning of the season, this clematis was covered in aphids and not looking too well. I was advised to spray. But I was too lazy to do so. However, today it has opened without human intervention. Happy Days!

Every little helps!!!

28 August 2012 20:20:40

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Myself and Steve are managing to get a little bit done on the cave every day now that the weather has been condusive to a bit of  'drying' time.  Let's pray that the rain stays away for a while now. I posed for a couple of photos this evening just to show the scale of the cave. The entrance measures about 8-9 ft - depth is about 6ft and height is about 5ft 8inches. Way too big for Hoblins or Goblins, or even Fairies.

Lewisia

28 August 2012 06:03:56
Lewisia

Lewisia

Last year at the end on the season I managed to pick up about 8 Lewisias at something like 20c each. So far none of them have flowered. I'm putting it down to lack of sun.

Fuchsia foliage

27 August 2012 20:51:46
Climbing fuchsia 'Lady Boothby'

Climbing fuchsia 'Lady Boothby'

It's not often one can sit back and admire the foliage of a fuchsia. Maybe this climbing one is slightly better than others. Either way, it's lovely.

Nandina domestica

27 August 2012 20:02:45
Nandina domestica

Nandina domestica

Sacred Bamboo (Heavenly Bamboo) is taking on its Autumn hues. Lovely shrub for a small garden.

Lovely Lucifer

27 August 2012 06:31:50
Lovely Lucifer

Lovely Lucifer

Yesterday while doing a bit of cutting back in the greenhouse border I spotted a hint of red from the corner of my eye. Wahoo! 'Lucifer' has decided to perform. Good job I hadn't pulled it up a few weeks ago when I thought it wasn't going to do anything for me. Hacked back lots of branches of Fremontodendron so as not to hinder my viewing. Really looking forward to seeing this display, even if it's only a small one. Hopefully it will improve as the years go by.

Sauromatum venosum

26 August 2012 20:12:32

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Wahoo, so ecstatic today while cutting back bergenias in the mini-bog garden and discovered my Voodoo Lily in full leaf. I had thought that it had perished since last year. And it's produced a baby too. 

Spent lots of time cutting back stuff today and dead-heading, in an effort to keep the meagre colour going for as long as possible. In the meantime, Steve accomplished lots more on the cave.

I discovered a Hibiscus after cutting back Solidago. Hopefully with the extra bit of light it won't be too late for it to flower. Solidago is destined for planting in the area round the new pond, if it ever gets finished.

Sunset

26 August 2012 05:53:18
Sunset

Sunset

I couldn't resist posting this photo of the sun going down behind Fremontodendron yesterday.

Ceratostigma

25 August 2012 21:47:37
Ceratostigma

Ceratostigma

Myrtle, here is mine. I had thought that it was 'willmotianum'. The leaves on your one seem to be much more lime green than mine.

Steve has 'the hump'!

25 August 2012 21:34:27
Steve has 'the hump'!

Steve has 'the hump'!

Cave at a standstill today as Steve got drafted into work. I decided to have a 'chill out' day from the garden. But spent my day painting. 

When Steve got in, I could see he had itchy feet. He was like a 'hen on a hot griddle', until I got all the materials out so we could continue with the fibreglassing of the cave. I was surprised that we managed to get about 2hrs outside before another shower. Every layer is closer to the completion of our final project. Funny, but looking at the work in progress, it reminded me of a camel, with the humps.

Wake me up.....

25 August 2012 09:31:36
Wake me up.....

Wake me up.....

......if the rain stops.

Drizzerable

24 August 2012 21:00:33
What's this, please?

What's this, please?

What a depressing day, weatherwise. Got soaked in work, but lots accomplished cutting back perennials and top-dressing. My hair is NOT curly. But after todays rain, it is. Hopped into a lovely hot shower when I got home, straight into pj's, and ordered a Chinese. Friday feeling, and having a few bevvies!!!

Noticed this in the front gravel garden this morning. Its stem is a shrubby texture. No idea what it might be. All suggestions welcome.

Ticking all the boxes

24 August 2012 06:08:13
Fremontodendron

Fremontodendron

This shrub is so appreciated in my garden. It's evergreen, has a lovely leaf shape, and has been flowering ALL summer long. It's not about to give up just yet either. I wouldn't be without it, that's for sure.

Strange

23 August 2012 21:54:42
Strange

Strange

I cut some of my lilies that had gone over back a few weeks ago. This evening I spotted these leaves sprouting from the remaining stems. They look nothing like lily leaves. I thought it was very strange.

Bless his cotton socks!!!

23 August 2012 20:51:21
Hippeastrum 'Night Star'

Hippeastrum 'Night Star'

Working late this evening and had to visit Dad afterwards so I got nothing (bar watering the greenhouse) done today.

Steve isn't normally the present-buying type of person. But he was like a child producing a gift for Mothers' Day this evening. His eyes were lit up with the anticipation of my reaction. Steve's line of work literally had him in 'the thick' of it, with the Tall Ships.

There was a plant stall there (don't know who they were). But Steve thought I might like some Hippeastrums that they were selling. He couldn't decide which ones I might choose if it was left up to me. So he picked up one of 8 different varieties - 'Giraffe', Red Gracilis', 'Orange Sovereign', 'Kendra Kennedy', 'Rainbow', 'Belinda', 'Night Star' and 'White Christmas'. I'm still grinning to myself when I see his face when presenting them to me. 

A Happy Accident

23 August 2012 06:24:21
A Happy Accident

A Happy Accident

I don't always place my plants in the right location. In fact, I rarely do. But I think I may have got it right in this instance - Lonicera nitida 'Baggesans' Gold' at the back, Flower Carpet 'Yellow', and Lysimachia in the foreground.

Scrumdiddleyumptious!

22 August 2012 21:05:52
 Scrumdiddleyumptious!

Scrumdiddleyumptious!

Just picked my first lot of blueberries today. It went down very nicely with sliced banana, ice-cream and lotttsss of Chocolate Syrup.

Pond Maintenance

22 August 2012 19:45:14

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I had to don the waders today and fish out lots of berries of my Atropa belladonna from the greenhouse pond. I'm not sure if the frogs would have eaten them. But I wasn't taking any chances. They might even poison the water???   After all, it's surely not called Deadly Nightshade for nothing. I also had to cut off three main branches that the high winds recently broke. It looks more balanced now. While I was in there, I had the opportunity to cut back stuff from the side of the greenhouse border that can't be reached from the other side. 

Also, Elizabeth's water lily has opened. Happy Days! Thanks, Elzabeth.

Clematis

22 August 2012 06:13:20

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My 'President' is producing more flowers now for its finale.

Also my herbaceous clematis 'Gazelle' has decided it's time to do its thing. Love this dainty clematis. Photo not great as there was a mghty wind about. Will try for a better one today.

Tall Ships

21 August 2012 18:00:16
Tall Ships

Tall Ships

Steve was working on the Liffey as the first of the Tall Ships arrived today. Hope you like the album.

Dahlia

21 August 2012 06:31:48

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Grew this on from seed sent by Deborah last year. Lovely to get in from work yesterday to see it fully open. I like its muted colour.

High as a kite.

20 August 2012 21:19:44
'Red Baron'

'Red Baron'

Productive day in work top-dressing all shrubs and cutting back. So hot. Got home and did lots of dead-heading and feeding. Then set to assisting Steve in fibre-glassing the cave. Woah! High as a kite with the toxic fumes of the fibre-glass resin. We were waiting for it to 'go off' when the Heavens opened. Hopefully it will have been dry enough to set. Another small step!

Pulled the remander of my onions. Oooh, just luvin' them. And taking them in for lunch with a mixed salad every day.

Rudbeckia

20 August 2012 06:47:46
Rudbeckia

Rudbeckia

Rudbeckia 'Goldstrum' is starting to open now. It looks good with Perovskia.

Help?????

19 August 2012 21:18:48
Help?????

Help?????

I know this is a tall order as the photo is not great. But I really would like to know what climber I planted (from seeds) into the centre of this container with Begonia 'bonfire'. Hopefully someone can jog my memory.

Slow but steady

19 August 2012 20:50:09
T. 'Shirley'

T. 'Shirley'

Steve continued with the 'cave' today while I was in work. He's now so enthusiastic about getting the job completed that he is like a child with a new toy. I gotta say, his enthusiasm is infectious. But when there is at least 5 layers of fibreglass in place, only then will I start to get excited. However, not to put his enthusiasm down, I was delighted that today was fine enough for him to get another bit done, even though the sun only came out at about 6.30. Steve thrives on little projects, but this one is anything but little. 

This evening I cut back lots of foliage of my tomato plants to allow more light in for ripenng. I saw that the slugs have been having a go at them before they even ripened. Cut back foliage of cucumbers too. Leaves seem to be very pale and mottled. Don't know what is causing this, but it's not taking from their gorgeous taste. And the one plant is producing huge cucumbers. All good.

Yesterdays sunset

19 August 2012 06:58:19

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Gosh, I took so many photos of last nights sunset and I only want to post one here. But which one? 

With this new(ish) option of posting three pics, it makes life a lot simpler. Thanks again, Craig and team.

What a scorcher!

18 August 2012 20:22:29
Sidalcea 'Party Girl'

Sidalcea 'Party Girl'

So humid throughout the night that I couldn't sleep. Jeez, I thought I was in Lanzarote. Unfortunately I was in work today in that blistering heat. But I managed to give Steve a hand with more work on the cave before I left. Then I left the rest to him, with lots of Carlsberg to keep him hydrated!!!  :)

Well, now we can finally announce that a full coat of fibreglass has been applied to the cave fashioned out of chicken wire. The rest will be plain sailing, but still very time-consuming. I think tomorrow is to be good, so as long as the weather is on our side, things should be completed before the early darkening hours arrive properly. 

When I got home, all I could manage to do was water stuff in the greenhouse, and cut back long whippy growth of my Wisteria. Too hot to do anything else.

Begonias

18 August 2012 06:42:00
Bedding begonias

Bedding begonias

Planted up these bedding begonias in the gc in an area that the irrigation system does not reach. I have yet to water them, ok the weather did it for me. But there has been no dead-heading or any maintenance involved in how they looked yesterday. Definitely worth  choosing for an area that gets 'no' attention.

Aeschynanthus

17 August 2012 21:24:57
Aeschynanthus (Lipstick Plant)

Aeschynanthus (Lipstick Plant)

I put this houseplant out in the greenhouse only last week. It is rewarding me now with lovely flowers.

Mmmmmmmm!!!

17 August 2012 20:29:10
'Temptation'

'Temptation'

Picked my first strawberries today. Boy, have they taken their time to ripen! I feel a carton of fresh cream coming on.

Diminishing daylight

17 August 2012 06:49:23
Diminishing daylight

Diminishing daylight

A noticeable difference in light levels this morning at 5.30. Hmmmm, winter is coming. Looks like the day might be quite good today.

'Lucifer'

16 August 2012 20:34:24
Crocosmia 'George Davidson'

Crocosmia 'George Davidson'

No, my Lucifer is still NOT flowering. Going to pull them up and replace with something more reliable. But I'll keep them for the new area around the cave, and remove them from their pots to give them every opportunity to 'do their thing'.

Good job I have some Crocosmia 'George Davidson' to make up for the disappointment!

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

14 August 2012 22:28:20

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Atropa Belladonna (Deadly nightshade) - I wish you could all see the beauty that I see in this plant. It was gorgeous last year, but this year I gave it its' own space by planting it into the island in the greenhouse pond and it has performed soooooo well. Looks nothing in the photo. But believe me, it's gorgeous. Ask Liga!

Light at the end of the tunnel....... or cave!!!

14 August 2012 20:24:49
Securing the fibre glass with heavy-duty wire

Securing the fibre glass with heavy-duty wire

Woah, what a day. I couldn't ask for a better day to return to work after 6wks. Got lots accomplished, although in fairness it wasn't half as bad as I had expected. Low on stock as there is a 50% reduction on summer bedding at the moment. Didn't kill myself today as I didn't want to tempt fate with the back problems I've been having for the last two weeks. Spent the day concentrating on 'cosmetic surgery' on the g.c. 

When I got home, Steve had already started dinner. So you can imagine my delight when he was anxious to make another move on 'the cave' afterwards. This evenings job was a two-person job. Applying the sheets of fibreglass needed some threading through with heavy-duty garden wire, to secure it properly before applying the next coat. Did just a small bit, but got an insight into what he has planned. If anyone is fed up reading about this cave, just let me know and I will cease to post.

Back in the land of the living

14 August 2012 05:55:22
Cautleya spicata

Cautleya spicata

I have been so excited watching for this Cautleya spicata to open. Delighted with it. All I need now is for it to bulk up like Paddy and Mary's. It's doing its best.

Back to work today after a long absence and looking forward to doing something constructive, and losing a few excess pounds that I have gained while off.

Highly recommended

13 August 2012 19:43:50
G. 'Atom'

G. 'Atom'

I had to cut lots of Gladioli today because of the strong gusts just breaking them. But they look great in a vase.

This gladiolus, however, only gets to about 2ft and stays upright even in high winds. 

Small progress

13 August 2012 08:25:55
Small progress

Small progress

And yesterday while I decided to finally trim off any unproductive branches on my peach trees, Steve busied himself getting a bit more fibreglass on 'the cave'. Good job too as it is horrific out there once again. But I think a mixture of sun and showers is on the cards for today.

Snails eggs

12 August 2012 19:55:17

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After acquiring all these bulbs for a mere €5 in Spring, I cut back all the dying foliage and positioned them under the trees at the back of the garden until today. It was surprising actually how moist some of the compost was in the pots. But when repotting them, I noticed lots of slug damage (bulbs eaten away). However, there are lots of good healthy roots on most of them, and actual tiny green shoots too, plus tiny bulblets which I know will probably take a few years to flower. But noticed plenty of snails eggs too, hence the damage. 

But I often wondered, when seeing blue, green, and opaque tiny balls, were they actually a compost fertilizer, or eggs. On googling, I have discovered that snails eggs are clear. Regardless of their colour, they were promptly disposed of. So here's hoping the damage won't be too bad. 

Next years' bulbs

12 August 2012 19:19:55
Next years' bulbs

Next years' bulbs

After getting a load of daffs (mainly Tete-a-tete) very cheaply at the end of Spring I thought it was time to give these a bit of T.L.C. I removed all the old compost, and repotted them into fresh stuff in preparation for Spring next year. Long tedious job, glad it's done.

A nice little annual

12 August 2012 07:43:00
Godetia

Godetia

I haven't grown Godetia in years, so this is providing me with a nice little comeback now. Only sowed a few of everything this year as space is tight. But I will grow Godetia in larger quantities next year. It's time to be 'selective'!!!

Steve didn't get a whole lot done with the cave yesterday - more procrastinating than anything else - Arrrggggh!!! Had to lift the cave out so he could gain access to the back of it and it's now sitting on my lawn!!! Not for long, if I have my way!!! Let's hope the rain stays away today because I can't allow that monstrosity to stay there much longer.

They're driving me NUTS!!!!!!

11 August 2012 21:54:42
They're driving me NUTS!!!!!!

They're driving me NUTS!!!!!!

Steve and I eat quite a bit of fruit (well, I do anyway). But at this time of year, the fruit flies hovering around the kitchen and diningroom really pee me off. I have most of my fruit under those mesh covers and the rest in the fridge. But try as I might, I can't seem to deter these little pests. I have a fly spray on the table permanently but hate using it. Any ideas on how to eradicate these little ......... other than stop eating fruit altogether?

Angelica

10 August 2012 22:20:45
Angelica

Angelica

First time here in my garden. I think it was Rachel who gave me this last year. Love its flowers, but it's another one in the 'wrong place'. Hopefully the weather will be suitable tomorrow for Steve getting another small bit done on 'the cave', and another step nearer my new planting area!!

I need to get the finger out!

10 August 2012 21:24:10

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What with one thing and another I got very little done in the garden today. Didn't manage to get out until about 3.30, but I decided to catch some rays on the sunlounger instead of busting a gut, although I did plant the rest of Hazel's sedums around the Upper Pond. Glad that's finished now, I can let them get on with filling out to hide the blue liner. Wow, what a day! No complaints here. But I really must get my act together. Back to work on Tuesday, so my garden days are numbered now.

Polemonium

10 August 2012 04:57:54
Polemonium

Polemonium

I think it was Mairin who kindly gave me this polemonium last year. It opened yesterday revealing the most gorgeous shade of blue. In the wrong place though. So, I have a list the length of my arm of plants that will have to be shifted.

Thanks, Mairin.

Oh, it does your heart good!

09 August 2012 20:39:13
Oh, it does your heart good!

Oh, it does your heart good!

Blinding sunset in Santry this evening.

Verbascum

09 August 2012 19:35:33

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This Verbascum originally came from a member who we haven't heard of in quite a while (Dave - aka Chilipepper). It's performing now, right on cue.

She only wanted to play

09 August 2012 12:23:39

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Holly has been with us since she was a 6wk old kitten. She was the runt of a litter in a Cat and Dogs home. I am afraid of cats generally, but I'd rather have a cat than a RAT/MOUSE. So I decided to get a kitten so I could build up trust and a relationship with her over time. She hasn't let me down.  I know big fat house cats who thrive on being cossetted and pampered and wouldn't look twice at a rodent for love nor money.

Holly is not like that. She's worth her weight in gold, even at the age of about 14. She's a great little catcher of mice, the only thing is, she brings them in over the wall half alive and presents me with them, definitely earning her keep.

There was a bit of a kerfuffle outside this morning, and flying of feathers. Holly was quick enough to pounce on a magpie who had been thwarting and goading her for at least an hour prior to her teaching him a lesson. But there were about 7 other magpies trying to intimidate her by cackling incessantly and flying way too low for her comfort. She is a clever cat. She let him loose, and he is now sitting up on the roof of the house, licking his wounds. He lives another day!

Sun and swimming

08 August 2012 23:21:13
Sun and swimming

Sun and swimming

No, silly! Not me! Just one of my smaller frogs enjoying the freedom of the pond this evening in the sun.

How does she do it?

08 August 2012 21:00:28

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Had the pleasure of finally getting to see Myrtle's garden today. A few were due to gather there early this morning, but as Liga and Liam were giving me a lift it was later than the few. As luck would have it though, Hazel and Elizabeth were a bit late. And Liga and myself were a bit earlier than we had previously planned. So we all ended up together after all. And great it was too.

Wow, how does Myrle manage to keep everything so clean and pristine? Better not let her see MY garden!!!!  Everything is so well-tended and loved, and she has such a range of plants, giving each and every one just the right amount of space to 'do their thing'. I laughed at/with her when I saw a pair of 'gardening shoes' in the front garden. When she was taking cuttings (or something) for Hazel, she changed into them to walk on the beds, and changed back out when she was back on the gravel. I just trudge all the muck from my boots all over the house, and end up giving myself more work. 

Myrtle, it was truly a terrific afternoon and thank you very much. So delighted I managed to see it this year at last. Thank Ron for his hospitality also.

Just sitting down to dinner so I hope to put up an album later.

A few bits

08 August 2012 06:03:33

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Weather was pretty dull all day here yesterday, but it made for perfect working conditions. Spent most of the afternoon dead-heading, cutting back, and feeding. Was delighted to see a black refuse sack of rubbish, so I had evidence of a bit of work.

Had to step around the Greenhouse Pond very gingerly, in case I fell in, to cut back faded foliage of hemerocallis at the edge. And in the process, I spotted a Kaffir Lily opening up. I love this one.

Very foggy morning out there, hope it's a good sign.

Trial and error

07 August 2012 05:36:52

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Even at this stage, I get the planting combinations totally wrong in the garden. But yesterday I went round placing some of the new plants I bought in Farmleigh on Saturday to try and get the best companions. I thought these two new achilleas would look great with L. 'African Queen'. I can see the colours all knitting in nicely in this area now, with Fremontodendron in the background.

Better than expected

06 August 2012 20:41:43
Lychnis coronaria (thanks....whoever)

Lychnis coronaria (thanks....whoever)

I have so many plants here that have come as generous gifts from ier's. But this year I spotted what I KNEW was Lychnis coronaria in a pot of something given by someone on this site. I haven't had this plant in the garden for years. And in the last year or so I have taken to it again. Little did I know that I wouldn't actually have to ASK for it from someone. It came 'Free Gratis' in a pot from someone - I suspect it was Rachel. Whoever it was, thank you very much.

Wasn't looking very promising today.....

06 August 2012 20:25:15

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.......so  decided to invite Dad out for something to eat. It turned out to be an 'ok' day, and when we got back, I uprooted a few of my Ophiopogon nigerescens that had self-seeded in the Alpine Circle. A few to give away if anyone is interested.

Did a small bit of weeding, and watered and fed stuff in the greenhouse.

It amused me to watch last years Tigridia in full swing first thing this morning, and almost 'nothing' to show by 6.00 this evening. Still, it was a welcome surprise to have them come back again this year after the mild winter. I think that's a first here.

Afterwards, I figured it was time to make the most of Steve's last day off for the long weekend. So we were lucky to be able to enjoy the sun, with refreshments, on the patio until about an hour ago. Rain has started again. But a good day altogether.

'Chocolate' Gladiolus

06 August 2012 20:08:34

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This is one bought new last year, and definitely wrongly named. Where I do love the flower itself, I believe whoever named it must be totally colour blind. Must have been a man!!!       lol

In love with this

05 August 2012 22:52:49
Gladiolus 'The Bride'

Gladiolus 'The Bride'

A new plant purchased today. God, it's gorgeous. And happy that Mary has verified that it has lasted 20 years in their garden.

Dual-purpose day

05 August 2012 21:11:57

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Headed over to Farmleigh this afternoon, primarily to listen to my Dad performing in the Brass and Reed Band, which I used to be a member of. But the day turned out even better than expected when I realized the Plant Fair would be taking place during the recital. Mega!!!  I arrived FULL of gusto. Firstly, the Plant Fair had to be visited. I noticed that the attendance was way down than in previous years. However, it made choosing plants easier. 

I managed to get a few nice plants. Namely, a Gemmed Chainfern (lovely red foliage), Saxifraga fortunei 'Blackberry & Apple Pie', 2 Achilleas (terracotta and yellow), Monarda 'Gardenview Scarlet' and a tender gladiolus 'The Bride'. Delighted with my purchases.

After the plant fair, I went in to listen the Bands' recital and it brought back fond memories of my time in the Band. Great day all round. And then as soon as we left the Park, it came down in torrents. Talk about the Luck o' the Irish!!!

Onions

05 August 2012 18:49:27
'Red Baron'

'Red Baron'

Yesterday was a smashing day (unlike today). I noticed the tops of my onions had been eaten away so decided to investigate further. Pulled a few. Small, but very acceptable. Had them drying out in yesterdays sun. Good job, as it's a woeful day today.

There are just enough for Steve and myself, and same amount still to come.

Vine

04 August 2012 23:00:15

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After planting my peaches, I decided to uproot the vine as it produced NOTHING this year. I reckon the snails got them as they were growing, you'd wonder how the little blighters can get in. But the roots are outside, and today I realized that Steve actually concreted over them a few years ago in an attempt to provide the girls' rabbits with an easier-to-clean area. So that's a non-runner. All I could do then is hack away from the inside. Still left with big thick branches at ground level. Hmmm, might leave that job to Steve for tomorrow when I head over to Farmleigh.

Fran, here's a photo of my Ophiopogon nigerescens. Your flowers seem to be much bluer than mine (not complaining though).

Spotted this today

04 August 2012 22:16:07
Any suggestions??

Any suggestions??

You're no doubt bored with me waffling on about the benefits of having water in the garden, as it is a major attractant for all kinds of pond life. But today I spotted what I thought was a damselfly, only this one is NOT blue. Just googling on images and only one photo of anything orange, which is a meadowhawk moth. But not sure if my one is the same.

Getting back to normality

04 August 2012 21:53:57
More space now

More space now

Well, it was peeing out of the Heavens when I woke up this morning at 4.30am. And looking at the sky afterwards.....who'd have thought that it would turn out to be such a gorgeous day. Clouds were looming in the distance most of the day, but the sun shone on our garden and we got a bit done at last. I set to thinking about planting the three peach trees into the soil in the greenhouse. The only time something grew in that soil was grass, before the greenhouse was built about 10yrs ago. And thinking of this decision, I also realized that spring time would be the best time to nourish the soil. So I hauled away the gravel (it was about 8inches thick) and proceeded to dig holes.

Appropriately timed, Steve came in to the greenhouse and demanded the shovel so he could do the heavy work. Did I argue with a force to be reckoned with. :)   I'd say he was cursing under his breath after about 5 minutes with the heat in there. Anyway, got the trees planted, and now they look positively diminutive, as they are obviously lower in the ground than they were in the pots. Hope to God this does the trick now. And.......it's amazing the amount of space there is inside.

Plus I now have 3 nice sized pots to be filled. :)

Nice Rose

04 August 2012 07:05:50
R. 'Tequila Sunrise'

R. 'Tequila Sunrise'

I like this one. It's a rose that Steve rescued from his job a few years ago, when he was informed that there was going to be an overhaul on a particular area. It's just beginning to  open now. The red edges to the petals were more pronounced last year.

Ahhh, that's more like it.

03 August 2012 21:01:54
Hazels sedums around the Upper Pond

Hazels sedums around the Upper Pond

Ok, I haven't been inclined to do a whole lot outside recently on account of things outside of my control on the home front. But today, after the rain subsided, I decided enough was enough. I did a small bit of cutting back, and deadheading in the borders, and feeding tomatoes in the greenhouse. Assessed my vine, and decided it's going. So if anyone wants it, they are more than welcome to it when I get the opportunity to dig it up. 

Re: PCON's comment earlier on my 'Peach' journal, I have now decided to scoop away the gravel on one side of the greenhouse, and not plant outside and train in, but actually plant into the soil under the gravel. But the soil will have to be well-prepared before that happens. I hope to make a start on that tomorrow coz I luvs ma peaches!!!

I got dirt under my fingernails today at last. When we built the Upper Pond, we did it on the cheap, and used Viscreen that Steve got in his job (pale blue). It's as a result of this site that I realized blue was soooo wrong a choice. However, we're stuck with it, until it springs a leak and has to be replaced. So to disguise the 'blue' liner a bit, I filled some hollows around the liner with compost today and got the sedums that I got from Hazel into it. Hopefully, they will put on plenty of growth to help disguise the 'blue' by trailing over. God, it felt good, even though it was only for about 2hrs after the rain.

They've been warned

03 August 2012 05:51:14
They've been warned

They've been warned

I have 3 peach trees in pots in the greenhouse. I have NEVER had a very good crop from them. I have NEVER fed them (maybe that's why!). Also, I think to begin with, I planted them into pots that were way too big for them at the time.

Yesterday, I picked the measly crop of a total of 3 peaches. However, they ARE looking yummy. 

If they don't improve for next year, they will be sent to another home!!!

Lithops

02 August 2012 21:25:05
Lithops

Lithops

Lithops, otherwise known as Living Stones, is a succulent. It has lived in the greenhouse most of its time here and usually has the shelter of a cold porch for winter months. Over the moon today when I spotted its first flower after its arrival here three years ago. Happy Days.

Pond Plant

02 August 2012 19:59:20

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This is a good pond plant. I think it's Lythrum (purple loosestrife). It stands at about 4ft after 3yrs in the pond, and not a bit invasive.

Not interested

02 August 2012 19:46:21
Slugs/snails don't seem to like this Hosta

Slugs/snails don't seem to like this Hosta

I have about 12 different hostas here. Most of them are in pots, surrounded by copper tape to deter slugs/snails. Every year this has worked. But somehow, with all the moisture in the air, my hostas have been completely ravaged by these monster molluscs. 

But not this one - unfortunately the name has faded though.

Finally

02 August 2012 05:04:48
Sidalcea 'Elsie Heugh'

Sidalcea 'Elsie Heugh'

I have been WILLING this sidalcea to flower all week. It finally happened yesterday. I just soooo love this plant.

Tree lily

01 August 2012 20:16:42

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First year for this, and not disappointed one bit, and it has a lovely scent. Looking forward to this one gaining height as the years go on.

Just another rose

01 August 2012 17:54:52

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But this one is a bit different with its variegated foliage. Love its two-tone flower too.

A nice surprise

01 August 2012 13:53:04
Last years' Tigridia today

Last years' Tigridia today

I grew Tigridias here for the first time last year. Even though they produced the most exotic looking flowers, I wasn't impressed that they disappeared at around 4.00pm. But just a few minutes ago while testing the ground moisture, I spotted last years opening up once again (more to come). A mild winter definitely has its advantages.

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