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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal October 2012

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Gutted! Absolutely gutted!

31 October 2012 21:56:59

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I was dying to show you all my prized acer that I got in Ratoath G.C. last year (Acer palmatum 'Red Pygmy). Each day I have been going out after work to see if it was yet at its best. As with all acers at this time of year, every day makes such a difference. 

Today, almost all of the leaves have dropped.  :(

 

But I'll show you another nice one that's looking great right now. And this one has lovely dark stems which are a great contrast to the green summer leaves.

Comparisons

30 October 2012 20:44:06
Comparisons

Comparisons

This day last year I had plenty of Achilleas still in flower, plus hardy gerberas, passiflora caerulea, Mitraria coccinea and a whole host of others. Looking out at the garden this morning it has far less colour. 

I was at a course in Woodies in Tallaght this day last year, and had a browse around their garden centre. Everything was neat and tidy. There was also a  nice display of Ornamental Kale (which I hate) and Carex. Nice having it planted 'en masse'.

Happy days

29 October 2012 20:26:48
Happy days

Happy days

Exhibition hasn't started yet, but I just sold my first painting after posting photos on Facebook.

Sorted!

29 October 2012 07:07:06
Sorted!

Sorted!

He acquired a brush handle and planed it to fit nicely into the sockets of the blade and handle. He spent a lot of time sanding it until it was as smooth as a babys' bum. It's a bit taller than I would have liked, but it's better than any shop bought one!

Just for Scrubber

28 October 2012 20:44:32
Just for Scrubber

Just for Scrubber

Here it is. This is the first fern I hope to get planted into the mini-island in the greenhouse pond with the Oak structure that Steve recently acquired. Will add more ferns by degrees.

I love Ratoath Garden Centre

28 October 2012 19:58:34
Hypericum inodorum 'Magical Red Star'

Hypericum inodorum 'Magical Red Star'

It certainly was NOT a day for garden today, so we headed out to one of my favourite haunts - Ratoath Garden Centre in Ashbourne. Had a grand oul' natter with John and his lovely wife, Bernie. John took us on a tour of their new borders that were started during the early summer. A lot of preparation went in to what they are today. They are full of interest even at this late stage in the year. John is very willing to impart tips, and growing requirements on the vast range of plants that he has planted into these borders. And a lot of them have been divisions of existing planting schemes aroundabout. I bought a few plants too - Hypericum inodorum 'Magical Red Star', Saxifraga cortusifolia var. fortunei, Helianthus 'Sunshine', Dryopteris affinis (Scaly Male Fern) and a nice little Anthemis for planting around the Upper Pond. I'm hoping this Anthemis will eventually trail over the edge to obliterate some of the blue pond liner. 

Great day, and I have now secured an exhibition of my paintings here starting at the beginning of December. Thanks a million John and Bernie.

My favourite flower

27 October 2012 21:43:06
My favourite flower

My favourite flower

Yea, he's a 'mini' man. But I can't help thinking he's the best thing since sliced bread!

Bedding Cyclamen *for Sruthain'.

27 October 2012 20:20:12
Bedding Cyclamen *for Sruthain'.

Bedding Cyclamen *for Sruthain'.

I bought these 'bedding' cyclamen last winter. You know, the ones that get lifted and discarded when they've 'done their thing'. NoelFitz suggested actually planting them out, as he found that they did come back sometimes. I did just that, thinking I would never see them again. But maybe it was because of the mild winter that they have decided to reappear, and 'lo and behold, even flower. Delighted with this result.

Cyclamen

27 October 2012 18:12:29
Cyclamen 'coum'

Cyclamen 'coum'

Such a cold day today. But my spirits were raised significantly when I spotted this lone Cyclamen 'coum' flowering before the foliage has even appeared.

Weed?

27 October 2012 08:56:43
Weed?

Weed?

Discovered lots of this creeping weed in the front the other day. Anyone know what it is, please?

Mother Nature

26 October 2012 20:37:25
Opportunistic fern

Opportunistic fern

Was very busy today doing long-awaited jobs, and thanking the cold weather for being able to do so. Very quiet outdoors, so I continued removing staples from shelves, brushing down moss, removing all plants, and sweeping them clean before replacing them. I've only managed to get one side done so far. This is a very time-consuming job before I can elect someone to paint the shelves before winter really sets in.

I smiled to myself when I spotted this little fern that had self-seeded down the shore.

So, what's the secret?

25 October 2012 21:21:04
Ficus

Ficus

I have bought many Ficus plants over the years, and they have all met with the same fate as the one before. They don't sell very well in our gc, but Head Office continue to send them in. They were looking so bad last week that I reduced them to €1 each, and bought one. 

I have kept it in a bright warm room, with as little fluctuation in temperature as possible.     I even gave it a very diluted tomato feed on arriving home to boost it up a bit. I am now left with about half of the leaves that were on it a week ago. So how come they all die on me? What am I doing wrong? It's not dead yet, but getting there!    :(

Looking ahead!

25 October 2012 18:40:58
Looking ahead!

Looking ahead!

Got my Calendar today so I have no excuse in missing any events. I think the biggest gathering I attended this year was the Christmas Get-together, and only a couple of 'friends' visits. I hope to change all that next year now that things have settled down on the home front.

Rachel has once again done a superb job on next years calendar, with lots of hints, tips, and important 'not-to-be-missed' events. Nicely packed too. Thanks for all your hard work, Rachel.

Yellow

24 October 2012 22:16:35
Yellow

Yellow

Found this poppy in the front today. Unusual one and very small.

I hope to spend the weekend cleaning the front up, and have plenty of weeding to do too.  But I have a question: if I apply Roundup on dandelions, will the daffs planted deeper down come to any harm?

 

Late Bloom

24 October 2012 06:43:58
Late Bloom

Late Bloom

Spotted this little flower appearing on my Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm' yesterday evening.

Number 3

22 October 2012 20:04:41

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This is the third Hippeastrum to open. This one is called 'Orange'. But it's the most sumptuous shade of red I have seen in a Hippeastrum. Another 5 to go.

Good things come in small parcels

22 October 2012 06:59:58
Hazels sedums

Hazels sedums

Hazel gave me a few of these little sedums when we went to visit her. The bright yellow flowers were a treat. And now, they are providing some nice Autumn colour, something which I was not expecting. Thanks again, Hazel.

I will survive!!

21 October 2012 20:19:57

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Steve asked me to move/remove a gorgeous cherry last year. I was reluctant to agree, but had no choice as it was hindering the shaping of the new pond.

Another tree that I moved was my Taxus bacatta. I have spent all year looking at its inevitable demise, growing yellower by the day. But today was an eye-opener. Lots of new growth from the trunk. Am I a Happy Camper or what???

Oops!!!

21 October 2012 19:17:23

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After much cajoling and coaxing, I finally persuaded Steve to get the thumb out and do a bit more on the soil over the cave. I refuse to allow any more plants to die this year. He dug a definite shape to the future pond and placed the maximum amount of soil over the cave so I could finally get things into it. He still needs to apply at least two more layers of fibreglass to the underside of the cave. Firstly, (probably the wrong time, but c'est la vie) I transplanted two Laburnums to the uppermost corner. This will give us a bit more privacy from the field 'over the wall' area. I also transplanted my Sambucus 'Black Lace' beside it. That leaves a lot more 'walking space' around where they were taken from.

Took some cuttings of Sedum 'Frosty Morn' and planted them into the nearby area. Had to shift quite a few primroses to avoid them being smothered with more soil, and other plants. Also took a few fuchsia cuttings.

Unfortunately, my spade has had it. A new one being purchased tomorrow.

What a smashing Octobers day!

Love this one

20 October 2012 21:53:01
Loropetalum

Loropetalum

I'm not sure how tall this one gets to. But it's a right stunner. I think its evergreen. And at this time of year when all the 'hot' beds cool down, this one holds great interest for me. And it's gorgeous when the light comes through with the sun shining on it - Loropetalum. Takes acid soil. This is in a pot.

He's safe - for now!

20 October 2012 20:58:31
Mahonia 'Winter Sun'

Mahonia 'Winter Sun'

Last week I was mulling over what plants to plant in the new area. Last year I added about 10 extra roses to my garden and I don't know why. I hate being pricked by the thorns, and they all had blackspot this year. But another prickly character that was under review was ready for the chop  - until today. I have never known Mahonia flowers to start off so early. And I have never seen so many. It must have enjoyed the wet summer.

Autumn Foliage

20 October 2012 20:17:06
Libertia and Heuchera

Libertia and Heuchera

I thought it was time to plant up something pretty for Autumn. I'm only now beginning to appreciate Autumn colours, so I put Libertia ixiodes 'Taupo Sunset' with Heuchera 'Creme Brulee' into a big pot.  I like it.

Seeds for Tina

20 October 2012 20:06:06
Lonicera nitida 'Baggesan's Gold'

Lonicera nitida 'Baggesan's Gold'

Took this photo of a different type of Lonicera (Lonicera nitida 'Baggesan's Gold'), which is a shrubby one. Have this a good few years and today was the first time I have ever seen berries on it. Might try to collect and sow tomorrow. 

Osmunda regalis

19 October 2012 20:37:11
Osmunda regalis and Phormium 'Platt's Black'

Osmunda regalis and Phormium 'Platt's Black'

Bought this as a very small plant at the beginning of the summer and teamed it up with contrasting foliage of Phormium 'Platt's Black'. I must admit I didn't think it would fill out so well this year. But it has, although not overly so. It looks great with the phormium. I have another osmunda planted in the greenhouse border where it has the space to romp away.

Fremontodendron

18 October 2012 19:32:02
Todays cuttings

Todays cuttings

Took some of the above cuttings about two weeks ago. And they seemed to be doing fine.......until Tuesday when I noticed they had taken a nose-dive, and realized that my hairdresser had unplugged the propagator last Saturday so she could use the hairdryer, unbeknownst to me. I have just dumped all nine of them. But I was obviously just managing to get them to hold on to their 'green' a bit longer in the propagator. No sign of roots whatsoever.

However, I'm prepared to give it another try. I've taken another few cuttings, I know it's getting a bit late. But, fingers and toes are crossed. I don't want to have to admit defeat just yet!!!

 

Anticipation

17 October 2012 20:29:10
Fuchsia basket flowering again

Fuchsia basket flowering again

Bought this Fuchsia basket during the summer. It had whopping great flowers almost the size of my hand. I was hoping to try and keep it over the winter but neglected it somewhat. But today I saw that it was on another flush. Worth keeping in the greenhouse, or possibly will take cuttings at the weekend.

CraigK - Scam time again (Williamsam)

17 October 2012 18:22:17

"Surprise!"

17 October 2012 06:12:36

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At the moment I am busy preparing the shelving in work for a 're-paint' before winter sets in. Yesterday I was working on the Buxus Shelf and was amazed to spot this little grass seedling coming up through the membrane. Even though this particular shelf had been swept down less than two weeks ago, this brave little soldier decided to come to life (I think it's a seedling of Uncinia 'rubra') How quick was that!!!

Simplicity!

15 October 2012 22:08:08

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Ha! For once I decided to take things relatively easy in work today. Flittered about the place scraping moss off shelving, and removing staples before I am ready to paint all of them. 

I have a couple of planters which needed re-spraying. Customers tend to consistently ram their trolleys into them, and cause the paint to flake off. Enjoyed dossing for the day. :)

Happy with this

15 October 2012 19:53:16
Eccremocarpus 'Tresco Hybrids' today

Eccremocarpus 'Tresco Hybrids' today

I sowed some seeds of Eccremocarpus last year in a big pot. Foliage only.

When visiting Myrtle a couple of months ago I was delighted to clap eyes on hers in full flower. And I have to say it looked so Mediterranean(ish) against her white wall. Sadly I went home that day to just leaves. And 'lo and behold a few weeks later mine decided to flower. I do wonder how they managed to flower in the awful dull, wet summer that we had. But it's still flowering today, and looks like it could possibly go on for a while yet. Mine is 'Tresco Hybrids'.

Brambles and other stuff

13 October 2012 22:31:47

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Rachel mentioned in a recent journal the appearance of brambles in her garden. The same has happened in both my back AND front garden. Strange that. But today, while doing a short spell of weeding in the front, I spotted Antirrhinums (which have NEVER been in the front before), lots of bramble seedlings, and Verbena bonariensis. Will try to pot up the verbena tomorrow.

I need a serious 'weeding' session here too, as I have done literally NOTHING since the Make-Over in March.

Being there!

13 October 2012 19:19:53

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Due to a family bereavement I haven't been online much since Thursday. My Aunt died last night after suffering from her second stroke on Wednesday, and keeping Dad's spirits up is difficult. Got nothing done today, and when I got back from consoling Dad, Steve's side popped in. Not in form for gardening right now. 

My two asters have opened up.

PLANT ID

11 October 2012 22:53:29
Bergenia?

Bergenia?

Potted up this random seedling a few months ago, knowing full well that it wasn't a weed. I did think it looked like Bergenia. Looking even better now. Any takers as to its identity?

Comeback

10 October 2012 20:55:44

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Great to see Clematis 'The President' and Rosa 'Iceberg' putting on a second show in this miserable weather.

Oyez! Oyez!

10 October 2012 20:06:23

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I have a sum total of 3 nerine bowdenii. Wow! Don't know why they're not bulking up. I don't move them anymore.

But it made my day when I got in this evening to see my white one (I thought I had 3 of these too) open. Wahoo! Journal title is a bit OTT. But I'm delighted with this. It doesn't take much ......... :)

Latin name

08 October 2012 20:05:06
PiggyBack Plant

PiggyBack Plant

A member from this site gave me this Piggyback Plant some time ago. Can't remember who. Sorry. 

It is growing well, but I'd like to get the latin name of it if anyone can help me out. Googling just now and the only name that comes up is Tolmea menziessi, but it doesn't look anything like the one I have here.

Ricinus

08 October 2012 19:37:46
Now in greenhouse

Now in greenhouse

I'm not letting him rest just yet. This evening I dug up my only one this year. Potted it, watered it, and gave it a small bit of tomato feed in the hope that he will produce some seeds for next year. Not sure if it will work, as I think Ricinus don't like root disturbance. But.....c'est la vie.

Oil Slick

07 October 2012 21:34:59
Oil Slick

Oil Slick

Steve was a bit sloppy applying the Creocote on the first of the fenders. By the time I got home, there was a bit of a worrying 'oil slick' on the water. I feared for the frogs. Steve dabbed the water with sponges, which took a lot of it off the surface. Then he spread out some old newspapers which, I have to admit, made a major difference.

I had visions of the frogs under water looking upwards at the spread-out newspapers, and saying to themselves 'riddit, riddit'. Hee hee.

New fenders in place

07 October 2012 19:51:41

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Was unavailable for the garden until about 3.30 today. What a grand day it was. Before I went out to dinner with Dad, I had to don the waders and pull up last years trailing fuchsias in the Island of the greenhouse pond, even though they were still in full flower. They will be potted up and kept in the greenhouse for winter, if I don't decide to be lazy and just chuck them out. And while pulling them up I found plenty of stout roots of Deadly Nightshade further down. Hmmmm, hoping this is not going to haunt me for the rest of my days.

The old kitchen worktop came into play stretched across the pond to manoeuvre the first of the fenders into place. The oak fender looks a lot lighter than it is in reality. While I was out, Steve gave it a coating of Creocote. Hmmm, it's pretty dark, but I know from experience that it won't take long for this to fade. It's quite Gothic looking. So I decided to move my Sleeping Mexican. He has been put into storage until I decide where to put him. Steve had spread lots of cobbles around the base of it by the time I got back. But I didn't like them. Up they came. I have other ideas. It will probably be next year before I get the balance right. 

The Alpine Circle is in bad need of thinning out. Today, unfortunately was not the day. But I did take lots of Ophiopogon nigerescens out to facilitate the transplant of the bigger fender, which hasn't been treated. And I must say I do prefer the look of this one. And it has been planted 'off-centre'. I abhor symmetry, or matching pairs, or in this case having it in the dead centre.

I also dug up 2 shrubs in the 'wilderness' area that needed more space (Euonymus alatus, and Nandina Domestica) and gave them a good watering in after transplanting them. Progress is slow, but steady.

 

And these are ..........

07 October 2012 06:53:46
And these are ..........

And these are ..........

the Chilis that came off just one plant. But way too many for us to use here. Next year I refuse to grow them just for the lads in Steve's job. But they do look good, and should ripen at normal room temperature.

Gopher!

06 October 2012 21:39:47
'Eye in the sky'

'Eye in the sky'

Well, I spent most of the day being Steve's 'gopher' or 'apprentice' seems that wee Davey wasn't around today. But while he was busying himself with 'boys toys' I got a few bits done, like clearing out the remaining chili, and tomato plants from the greenhouse. I uprooted a few bedding geraniums and repotted for the greenhouse. Also brought in my Arcotis and white Agapanthus 'Snowball'. Looks like winter is here. All begonias are bare of compost and residing in the garage for the winter. What a terrific day, after a very cold start. I even got a bit of sunburn.

The 'eye in the sky' was keeping a close watch on our escapades all day.

Planet Variegated Plants - Anything but Green

06 October 2012 20:44:17
Planet Variegated Plants - Anything but Green

Planet Variegated Plants - Anything but Green

A good group to be part of on Facebook if you are 'into' variegated plants. Planted up a nice container devoid of colour, except variegated plants. I used Astelia 'Silver Spear', Thymus Foxley, Ornamental Kale (which I normally hate) and Salvia. I like it a lot.

Just wondering......

06 October 2012 20:01:27
Just wondering......

Just wondering......

........if I were to dig up my ricinus and pot it up for the greenhouse, would there be a possibility of seeds forming? Or am I being a bit too ambitious?

This is 'the biz'.

06 October 2012 06:44:54
This is 'the biz'.

This is 'the biz'.

Oooh yay, garden will be transformed today from a dump to a building site. Hee hee. Not too worried yet as there will be some essential jobs on the cards for Steve. He has more shed foundations to remove and will also shear off sharp looking corners where the pond edge will be, "and all because the lady loves ........" curves.

OMG!

05 October 2012 20:47:04
OMG!

OMG!

Steve skived off early from work again today. Ooooerr, this is becoming a bit of a habit with him. However, when I got in, he proudly showed me what his mornings work meant to our garden. He was removing old fenders from the R. Liffey that date back to the last war. They needed replacing, and it's good to see they didn't just end up in a skip. Lovely oak, and time-worn with constant strong currents. Wow, they are going to make some feature in our garden. No sanding back, no polishing. Just as they are, but in a prime location. They are so tactile too.

There will be a few more taken away during next week. But a lot of hard graft has gone into removing them. The beauty of these is that each one will be like a unique finger print, each taking on the pattern of the flow of current at a different location and strength.

The sky's the limit

05 October 2012 19:33:54

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For the last few evenings I have been in such awe looking at the blazing sun sinking. It's a long time since I have seen such striking sunsets. Red sky at night......  Hope it does what it is supposed to do for tomorrow. Some heavy equipment borrowed from Steve's job for the weekend so I'm hoping the weather won't let us down.

Weather cool. Colours hot.

05 October 2012 06:17:10
Weather cool. Colours hot.

Weather cool. Colours hot.

I love the changing colours on Darmera peltata. I think my Sleeping Mexican needs to book a flight home for the winter before the chilblains start giving him trouble.

Perovskia

04 October 2012 21:42:16
Perovskia

Perovskia

Just noticed this evening that a few leaves on my Perovskia (Russian Sage) are variegated. I suppose it doesn't really matter as it will die back completely very soon. But it will be interesting to see if the variegation will appear next year.

Fire! Fire!

04 October 2012 19:31:29

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Wow, terrific sunset this evening.

Productive day in work, and bought some odds and ends to plant up for the weekend, weather permitting.

Wahoo!!!

04 October 2012 17:05:55
Wahoo!!!

Wahoo!!!

Didn't have to sign in this evening. Was logged in automatically. No big deal, but I like it anyway. 

Evenin' all!

I'm so lucky

03 October 2012 20:17:11

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What a cold morning! By 10 o'clock my hands were frozen dead-heading everything in the g.c. I am so lucky with my job. If I was at home, the cold probably would have put me off getting out there. It started lashing at about 2.30 and never let up for the rest of the day, but got much warmer. But with the proper raingear I have no choice but to get on with things. It doesn't take long before I'm lost in my own little cocoon. 

I cut back lots of perennials and top-dressed everything. Cut back all the roses, except for one. It was looking so gorgeous I couldn't bear to chop it off.

Recently I had thought all our brassica/salad crops were being feasted on by slugs/snails. But after inspecting them daily, I have found no sign of either. But in the unused premises next door, there are lots of pigeons roosting. And obviously when I go home, down they pounce. They're particularly partial to a bit of Pak Choi, almost giving it a skeletal appearance.

Got annoyed today

02 October 2012 21:51:59
Gardenia?

Gardenia?

I was off last week. And in my absence a load of Cordyline australis, and 6-pack Autumn Foliage came in. Now it was only today that I chanced upon them. The Cordylines are NOT the outdoor type, and they also came in with the wrong 'care labels'. Sometimes I get really browned off with suppliers fobbing us off with unsuitable stock. In my opinion, this looks like a Gardenia (part of the Autumn Foliage pack), which is ALSO an indoor plant. The whole lot will be going back tomorrow.

One tiny job

02 October 2012 20:20:54
Shop-bought garlic

Shop-bought garlic

In later than normal this morning, so I got planting some shop-bought garlic in pots before heading in. Flat tyre when I had locked up the house, so ended up walking to work (30 minutes). Not a good idea in safety boots.

Bought a few plants today with the intention of making up a nice winter container this evening, but that didn't happen. Feeling my age right now from being on my feet all day with back-breaking work, PLUS the walk to work in unsuitable footwear. Ah, it can wait until tomorrow. Luckily all is in order for the morning.

Long time, no see

02 October 2012 06:17:29
Clematis on mahonia

Clematis on mahonia

At the weekend, while shovelling muck, something caught my eye at the Mahonia. This clematis was planted years ago, when names meant nothing to me. It was never a strong  grower, so I'm assuming it's not a montana. But is it a survivor!  Last year, about 3ft of soil got dumped on top of it and I thought that would be its demise. But it is coming up fighting fit once again and looks really nice wrapped around the colourless (for now) Mahonia. I must feed it and pamper it now that it has proved to be a fighter.

The Colour Purple

01 October 2012 19:55:56

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My Callicarpa is starting to colour up very early this year. Looking forward to those gorgeous purple berries later on.

Sisyrinchium

01 October 2012 06:11:39

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It was lovely to see a further flush of flowers from Sisyrinchium 'E.K. Balls', and lots of primroses yesterday.

 

 

HAPPY 1ST OF OCTOBER!

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