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Jacinta D's Journal November 2012

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My favourite photo (not 2012)

29 November 2012 22:24:42
Aquilegia

Aquilegia

This is my favourite photo to date. No, it's not from 2012, but the year I joined Garden.ie. 

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29 November 2012 21:44:46
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I just have to share this photo with you. Taken just when I left work this evening. 

I HATE POINSETTIAS

29 November 2012 20:36:38
I HATE POINSETTIAS

I HATE POINSETTIAS

I really do! I see so many of them year after year that I'm quite literally sick of them. And I especially dislike intensely the newer colours like peach, and yellow.

But today I was stopped in my tracks while examing the latest delivery. It was the only one of its kind, so I just HAD to snap it up. What do you think?

So lonely, So lonely!!!

29 November 2012 20:10:35
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Hi!

Sometimes I wonder does anyone working inside the shop even realize that I am outside, all on my ownsome! The only time I was inside today was when I needed to (if you know what I mean).

Last year, I got a great buzz out of taming the visiting robin, by leaving small titbits of food dotted around the place. And after about 3 weeks of this, I had him eating out of my hand. 

I haven't left any food out at all this year. But today, he came about 3ft away from me. Well chuffed considering I have made no effort to befriend him all over again. And he made my isolation so worth it. 

Fawlty Towers

28 November 2012 18:34:49
Fawlty Basil (with spots)

Fawlty Basil (with spots)

No matter how many times I buy basil plants, I find that they really don't last long indoors, even on the kitchen windowsill. They go very limp, and develop small black spots. I wonder is there anything I can do to prevent this?

It serves me right!

27 November 2012 21:04:52
'Giraffe' last one to open

'Giraffe' last one to open

I must confess to having a little bit of a competitive streak in me. I want 'the first' flower to open, 'the biggest' flower, 'the out-of-the-ordinary' flower/plant, 'the longest-lasting' flower/plant etc. Ya get the picture????

When Steve bought me 8 different Hippeastrums during the Tall Ships Festival in August, I thought I had winter 'wrapped up' with the most exotic blooms I have ever seen. They all had such luxuriant names like Kendra Kennedy, Giraffe, Orange, White Star to name a few. Only one wasn't red (white star obviously). The names of all the others suggested that they would all be different! But I've come to realize that you have seen ONE red and you have seen them all. I have been humbled, and my competitive streak has been buried for ever. 

But one thing that I AM pleased with is that most of them had at least 3 flowering stems.

It's now time to enjoy whatever flower/plant that opens, and knock competition on the head COMPLETELY. I will take everything at face value, and appreciate everything without looking for that extra 'edge'. But whatever the colour, ALL Hippeastrums are gorgeous. But it's a right slap in the face, all the same.

 

Ricinus

26 November 2012 20:33:08
Ricinus

Ricinus

Sown from seed. But as we didn't get much sun over the summer, it was very slow to take off. And it never produced any seed. I dug it up and potted it, and brought it first into the greenhouse (the middle of September, I think). And then into the house a couple of weeks later.

It has now produced a few more leaves. Whether or not it develops seeds, which I doubt at this stage, it makes a nice change having something like this as a houseplant for a while.

Hypericum

25 November 2012 20:49:44
Hypericum 'Magical Red Star'

Hypericum 'Magical Red Star'

This is a fairly new addition to my garden. While cutting back stuff today, it was lovely to see red berries almost black at this stage.

Change of Plan

25 November 2012 18:42:38

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I had no intention of doing any gardening today. Instead, I was concentrating on getting another painting finished before the opening of my Exhibition next Sunday in Ratoath Garden Centre. But sometimes, like a writer maybe, you come to a bit of a standstill. So, up and out to the garden for a different kind of therapy. And boy, did I have fun! Got crocosmias, asters, herbaceous clematis, plus lots more cut back. The greenhouse border is now looking devoid of all dead and dying looking foliage. Although there are a mighty lot of gaps. Dahlias have now blackened. Cut them back, but forgot to go back and dig them up!!

Had great pleasure in discovering two beautiful 'double' helleborus that I got last year. Found them still in their pots under some shrubs down at the back. Helleborus niger is almost flowering. Cut back the huge miscanthus sinensis 'floridulus' at the back of the Upper Pond. Now I can see a bare brick wall, but that can't be helped. Also discovered seeds of something. Not sure if they're iris seeds or a sisyrinchium. All I know is it has yellow flowers on a stem about 2ft high. Maybe someone can help here, please? I know Ladygardener sent me some sisyrinchium earlier in the year, but that never got planted, and died.

When I was finished outside, the paintbrush just rolled over the canvas unaided. However, it won't be ready for next week. But the spell in the garden was just what I needed.

Where has the year gone

24 November 2012 20:11:06
Where has the year gone

Where has the year gone

Stupid me is still waiting for summer. :)

This night a month away Santa will be arriving! Cor Blimey!

Another family day

24 November 2012 17:07:19

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But unfortunately not for nice reasons. Another Aunt of mine (my Godmother) passed away during the night. 

Not long home. And if I HAD been here all day, I would have stayed tucked up beside the radiators. This morning it looked as if it might be a sunny day once the frost melted. But that never happened. I thought today was Sunday. So it's nice to know I have another day off before returning to work.

Keep warm, and don't forget to look in on elderly neighbours.

Cold!

24 November 2012 08:49:27

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Inside the greenhouse measured -2C at 7.00am. 

Everything outside is covered in a thick frost. Grass crunching underfoot. The Greenhouse Pond is also frozen over, something that doesn't normally happen until about January. But it's looking like it will be a lovely bright and dry day once everything thaws out. Happy Saturday!

Sparrow

23 November 2012 22:38:20

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My gardening activites have been somewhat restricted for the past 48 hours. Spent a good while feeding and watching the birds outside. Yesterday I noticed this sparrow with a white tail. Ok, I decided that it must be moulting. Saw the same one again today. And the white feathers on his tail certainly look like they are 'stuck' in place. See for yourself.

No gardening again

23 November 2012 19:12:14
No gardening again

No gardening again

Still nursing my bad knee, but had to go out today as I broke my camera that Steve got me last Christmas. Not as good as that one, but it'll do for now. I go through cameras very quickly as I take photos EVERY DAY, even if it is raining. Some people just never learn. :) But the problem was that the little tab inside is not holding the battery in any more. Tried inserting a bit of tissue to keep it held down. No good though. And to send it away to be repaired would cost €125 + vat. Might as well buy a new one!

This little poppy has been flowering since 24th October. Good to see the little bit of sunshine in my Friday!

Cabin fever

22 November 2012 22:49:08

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Off sick today with a bad knee. It's swollen and has a burning sensation - arthritis at its worst. Have been stuck to the chair looking out the window most of the day. Struggled to put stuff out on the bird feeders. You'd want to see how the birds gorged themselves with Wee Daveys Farley's Rusks that he has outgrown. And Holly had a ball stalking all the birds, and nearly had a major confrontation with a group of marauding magpies looking for a fight.

Had just clocked out of work today

21 November 2012 21:55:46
Had just clocked out of work today

Had just clocked out of work today

and driving down the carpark, I had to pull in for this photo. The sky was more gorgeous than the photo suggests.

So predictable

21 November 2012 20:37:36

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Got some Christmas containers and hanging baskets in today. God Almighty, can the growers not put some originality into these for a change. A little conifer, sprayed with snow, cyclamen, a bit of ivy, and an awful tacky glittery butterfly that will look horrid after the first rain shower. I know they're planted up with what will sell quickly, and purely for non-gardeners who want a 'quick fix'? But surely they can cater for us seasoned gardeners too!

Got a bit more shelf painting done today before the rain starts. It's gonna be bad for the next two days at least.

3 of 3

20 November 2012 21:06:57
Hippeastrum no. 3 (third stem)

Hippeastrum no. 3 (third stem)

This is the third stem of Hippeastrum no. 3 'Orange'.

Bee Happy

18 November 2012 21:43:09
Bee Happy

Bee Happy

I'm still dead-heading Knautia macedonica. And why not? The bees were out today, despite the cold weather. 

Rachel's Persicaria is looking nice with its autumn colour, and trailing into the greenhouse pond.

Forced myself!

18 November 2012 16:53:09

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Got fed up looking out the patio doors this morning, so I decided to wash all our holiday clothes. Glad that's sorted out.

Decided to PUSH myself outside, and enjoyed the bit I did. Swept all the leaves from the yard, wiped down the mosaic table in front of the patio doors, tidied away pots of stuff to just one area of the garden. Any time I take photographs in the garden, it looks extremely messy as there were things dotted all over the place. All the bargain tete-a-tetes were treated to fresh compost in September, and all are appearing. Cut back some more honeysuckle, and tidied off all dead hosta leaves. Still dead-heading Knautia macedonica, there are still pleny of bees around it. Geraniums still flowering outside, and canna is still looking pretty ok. No room in the greenhouse for any more, so I'll protect with lots of fleece. If they survive, all the better. If not. c'est la vie.

Still have blueberries that are ripening despite the recent frosts. It is recommended that you protect them from birds. But in my experience, there is no need for that. They don't seem bothered with them. All the more for me!

Filled up the birdfeeders three times today in the space of two hours. I prepared a banquet for them. I gave them a cocktail of grated cheese, chopped grapes, sliced bananas and out-of-date oatflakes. Unfortunately it disappeared pretty pronto once the starlings appeared. But the bluetits and robins managed to get a fair bit before the starlings 'savaged' it.Chopped up some pears and apples for the groundfeeding birds like thrushes and blackbirds. Need to move the feeders further from the house. I think that might be what's putting the goldfinches off appearing, even though I hung out niger seed during the week. And I reckon it's not cold enough for them to start looking for handouts.

 

Cold one!

18 November 2012 09:19:21

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The grass is white, one of the frostiest mornings here so far. The place has a eerie quietness to it. But looking lovely.

Gotcha!!!

17 November 2012 21:11:26

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How many times have I watched the Heron perched on the lamp post at the cul-de-sac 'over the wall', and wished for decent photos. I have tried and tried, and tried again, to take a decent snap of him 'taking off' but as soon as my camera detects movement, it goes out-of-focus, as I am anticipating him taking off, and get too excited. Then when it happens, my hand shakes and blurrrrrr!!!

Today, my finger was poised perfectly. Maybe my brain was too. But finally, I got a decent shot. You have no idea how chuffed I am with this accomplishment.

The next best thing to gardening......

17 November 2012 20:09:53
Gretta looking well

Gretta looking well

.......is lunching, chatting, laughing etc with a true gardening friend (and more, besides). Gretta (a quiet member on this site) and myself had a great afternoon/evening just plannng for the next year, wishing for more, contemplating mistakes, and congratulating each other on our accomplishments.

It was supposed to be lunch. But hey, it lasted until 6.30. Great day had by both of us, and our hands are still clean. But lots of great plans for our little plots for the future :)

And isn't that what gardening is all about?  Looking forward to the next season, and having a great friend to encourage you onwards.

Calathea

17 November 2012 05:33:43
Calathea with 2 flowers

Calathea with 2 flowers

I bought this during the summer. But  never realized until this week that a Calathea could produce flowers. 

Tough week

16 November 2012 20:17:32
Wren singing - JUST FOR ME!!!

Wren singing - JUST FOR ME!!!

Wow, it's been a killer on the arm muscles painting shelves. I've spent the last four days painting - in between other jobs. Quiet in the garden centre all week so it was productive. And this little chappy has kept me company. It always amazes me how such a big noise/song can come from such a tiny bird.

Still going strong

15 November 2012 21:56:42
Still going strong

Still going strong

These seeds were sent to me by Deborah of Terra Nova, in Lovely Limerick, last year. I have never known my dahlias to last into mid-November. And they don't look like they're ready to retire just yet.

The end of an era!

15 November 2012 19:32:45

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When I went in to work on Tuesday, lots of the shelving units had been moved to make way for the change of lit signage at the upper part of the building. All plants had been removed from shelves and placed on plant trolleys. I have used this opportunity to start painting the shelves in preparation for the winter months. Arms are killing me from painting for the last two days. But it will be worth it. 5 down, only 35 more to go. 

But looking at some grasses today, don't know how or why I have never noticed this before, but Carex testaceae is looking pretty gorgeous right now with its bronzing/reddening leaves.

 

The remaining two Atlantic Homecare stores are now Woodies. Atlantic Homecare no longer exists. But we have to remember that we are still the same staff, offering the same excellent customer service. And our reputation is good! Really good! Feeling a bit nostalgic at the moment, but hey, it means I still have a job - for now!

Libertia

14 November 2012 21:26:12
Libertia

Libertia

When I gave the front garden its make-over during early summer, I had no idea what the result would be until it was almost finished. A neighbour recently expressed his opinion on it saying how sunny it all looked. I suppose the canoe helped with that impression. But in all fairness, it's the plants that are doing most of the work here, the canoe possibly appealing to those who are NOT gardeners. 

But today, I stood back and clapped myself on the back for having chosen the plants I did. This Libertia was looking very sunny and summery, and the surrounding gravel gives it an almost nautical feel to the whole plan. I like it.

Yesterday

14 November 2012 06:32:10
Yesterday

Yesterday

the rising sun was ablaze out the front. I just wish I could shift those wires and houses!!

No. 4

13 November 2012 21:26:11
Red Gracilis today

Red Gracilis today

In reality, all red Hippeastrums seem to be almost identical, except probably to the very trained eye. Each one has a really fancy name. Even the 'orange' one looked red to me. No. 4 opened today. It's called 'Red Gracilis'.

Bird of prey

13 November 2012 07:21:25
Bird of prey

Bird of prey

Had a few quiet moments yesterday watching this sparrowhawk hovering over his prey out in the 'field beyond'. 

F.A.O. Myrtle - and others interested

12 November 2012 20:08:07
It's turned white

It's turned white

My Ceratostigma willmotianum was gorgeous throughout the summer, with its cobalt blue flowers and reddish/green foliage. Was looking at it today and noticed that all the flowers are now white. It can grow in acid OR alkaline soil (mine is alkaline), and I'm wondering would it turn blue again if I were to plant it into 100% ericaceous compost. It only got planted out last year so maybe the pot it came in had acid compost, and my garden soil has leached into it. Is that a stupid presumption? Has anyone who is growing this shrub noticed this before? 

Never saw this before!

12 November 2012 19:33:14
Never saw this before!

Never saw this before!

My Euonymus alatus has almost been stripped bare of its leaves at this stage. But today I noticed a solitary berry on one of the branches. I've never seen this before. 

Good day

12 November 2012 18:11:15

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Gosh, the garden was so wet when I ventured out this morning. However, I didn't want to waste my day off. I planted a few things : my new Cotinus, a Hypericum 'Magical Red Star' which is looking gorgeous right now with its red berries, Saxifraga fortunei, a fagus sylvatica which I was supposed to bring with me to Johnstown in January for Noelle, but forgot it on the day. I also planted out a Sorbus sorbaria 'Sem' which was pot bound. Not sure how tall this will get in the open ground, but it definitely needs more space than it had in the pot. And there are already new buds on it. Hope I have not planted it at the wrong time.

I weeded the acid triangle. So many buttercups growing in between all the blueberries and driving me bonkers. Picked the last of the blueberries. Still more but I wouldn't say they'll get to ripen now.  I also weeded the wilderness again. I reckon this area will always be a wilderness no matter how much I try to keep the weeds down. :(

I didn't have any bird feeders going here all summer as I got sick of bird seed falling and germinating. The resultant seedlings look pretty unsightly in amongst the borders. So today, I washed all the feeders, and filled them up. It took the birds a fair while to come to them this afternoon. But come, they did. I'll have to keep off the grass for a few days to let it dry out a bit. I really churned up the mud, traipsing around today. Got a few Paperwhites potted up eventually.

I even got some housework done, and finished off a painting and framed it AND cooked dinner. LOL

Stems of interest

12 November 2012 06:14:29
Stems of interest

Stems of interest

In Rolestown G.C. yesterday, they had a gorgeous acer planted. All the leaves have been shed at this stage but what remained were these gorgeous firey red stems. However, none of these acers were for sale. And at €39.99 I reckon it's too expensive.

Off today, but tomorrow I hope to buy a dogwood with the same colour stems, and it'll be a fraction of the price. Plus I'll be able to keep it cut back to a manageable size.

Ground cover

11 November 2012 19:01:32
Ground cover

Ground cover

This created a gorgeous effect in Rolestown G.C. today. A carpet of fallen leaves from surrounding maples.

Can you smell it?

11 November 2012 17:33:44
Dianthus 'Candy Floss'

Dianthus 'Candy Floss'

I just couldn't resist this today!

Change of venue

11 November 2012 16:33:55

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I had hoped to visit the Botanic Gardens today in Glasnevin, but decided at the last minute that I should really get to witness Andyf7's favourite GC in Swords (Rolestown Garden Centre). I wasn't disappointed. It was full of little nooks and crannys, and corners where you would least expect them. Lots on offer, and they also had a HALF-PRICE area, which, if my bank account had been bursting at the seams and my garden was four times the size it is, I could EASILY have been tempted to lots.

Plants, in general, were a bit more expensive than the garden centres I usually frequent. But the quirkiness of this place more than made up for that. I bought a few things, like Euphorba myrsinites, Parochetus communis with a gorgeous blue flower. Later on googling this plant I discovered that it is just a common oxalis. But how many of you out there have an oxalis with a blue flower???  Hee hee!  Lovin' it to bits. I also got a lovely hardy fuchsia 'Salmon Surprise', a gorgeous scented Dianthus called 'Candy Floss'. This was just crying out for me to take it home. Oh, and I finally managed to acquire a Cotinus 'Grace' which has been on my wish list for a while. Got home and positioned this in a place where it will be shown to its best. Then I changed my mind and moved it. Then I changed my mind and moved it again! Oh, bother! They say it's a woman's prerogative to change her mind, but heck, this is ridiculous!

I promise I'll do something today!

11 November 2012 03:30:07

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Saturday is fast becoming a 'no-gardening' day, my daughter Zoe, and my grandson David, visited yesterday and we had such a good time. When they went, I spent nearly the whole day with housework, only venturing out to check on things and get a couple of photos.

This Skimmia was given to me by Feverfew (Evelyn) a couple of years ago. It  should be flowering well and truly, but it looks like something has been nibbling - no, GORGING themselves on the leaves. But what kind of an insect would do THAT amount of damage?

Come in no. 4. Your time is up!

10 November 2012 18:51:43
Acidanthera (2nd year)

Acidanthera (2nd year)

These are last years Acidantheras. I had them planted in a pot. They flowered well last year. But they aren't hardy so I kept them in their pot this year in the greenhouse, waiting for the summer, which just DIDN'T happen. Only one has flowered - today. So, it's a lesson learnt. Best to grow these just as an annual bulb. Pretty though! And it was worth experimenting.

Late colour

09 November 2012 21:43:48
Late water lily

Late water lily

The Upper Pond is still producing some waterlilies. Can't believe it at this late stage in the year. Sorry for photo quality. Other camera is acting up and memory card is announcing 'memory card locked'. This was taken with my old one.

Overlooking underneath!

09 November 2012 21:06:49

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Got lots of perennials cut back and tidied up in work today. The under side of Bergenias are sooooo gorgeous, a part of the plant that we tend to ignore completely.

I love the combo of this Libertia 'Goldfinger' and Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm' in the raised area.

Got home and collected lots of seeds of Cautleya spicata.

Pachysandra

08 November 2012 21:04:10
Pachysandra ter. 'variegata'

Pachysandra ter. 'variegata'

I didn't know too much about this plant, other than it was supposed to give good ground cover. So, as an experiment, I planted it in the raised area in work to see it perform. The label states that it like moist, semi-shade. This was planted in full sun. It hasn't spread too much, and I planted it two years ago. But now I can see some of it finally beginning to spread. I dug up a small piece today for my garden.

However, I like its evergreen, variegated foliage. So hopefully my little stolen piece will settle in here happily over time.

Autumn

07 November 2012 22:41:36
Autumn

Autumn

I hate the Autumn weather. I hate being cold. I hate the thoughts of having to wait another twelve months for a summer that doesn't appear. 

But today it lifted my heart when I pulled in to the carpark and counted myself blessed to clap eyes on all this 'hot' colour outside work. And that's only a very small portion of it.

A rose is a rose!

07 November 2012 19:41:37
A rose is a rose!

A rose is a rose!

This painting is in its final stages. I'm doing it from a photo taken years ago from a gardening magazine called Garden Heaven. It's just about the only one here that hasn't suffered with blackspot. :)

I'm not getting much done in the garden these days - only a bit at weekends. But my evenings are taken up with some new paintings in preparation for my second exhibition which will coincide with our Christmas get-together in Johnstown. The last three paintings are of flowers, which I am finding quite difficult to portray in oils.

Jumping the gun!

06 November 2012 20:55:27
Little Gem and Iceberg potted up for the porch

Little Gem and Iceberg potted up for the porch

At lunchtime those who were finishing their shift at 3 o'clock were asked to stay longer as there was a staff meeting, something which NEVER happens in our place. Thinking I'd be on the bread line pretty soon, I decided to buy two reduced packs of lettuce (every little helps) for 50c each. A lot of the lettuce had perished, but still got eleven lettuce plants for €1 (Little Gem and Iceberg). Another financial blow this year will test our strength and endurance!!!

However, all is not lost. We are still in operation, the only difference is that from next week Atlantic Homecare will now be trading as Woodies. Phew! But I won't count my chickens before they hatch! I'll be prepared for the worst, but not dwell on it.

However, with this lot of lettuce I decided I'd keep it in the cold porch over winter. The slugs and snails won't play havoc with them. And I won't have to go out in the cold and wet for a few leaves. With my outdoor job, the last thing I would want to do after a days work is to go again when I get home, just to collect a few leaves. Lets hope they survive.

And let's hope I still have my job in the new year.

 

Likin' this

05 November 2012 19:53:31
Phormium 'Alison Blackman' in all her glory!

Phormium 'Alison Blackman' in all her glory!

Off early today, but got nothing done in the garden as I was chasing my tail since I clocked out. But this phormium that I bought during the summer was just lighting up the greenhouse border in the cold afternoon sun. 

Osmunda regalis

05 November 2012 07:18:54
Osmunda regalis

Osmunda regalis

It's taking on its lovely autumn colours now.

It's coming!

04 November 2012 20:42:33
Acidanthera

Acidanthera

I planted these Acidanthera bulbs into a big pot last year with some fuchsias. They did the business and died back. The foliage came up well on time this year and I had been waiting all summer to have them in flower again for a second year. I usually discarded them after they had flowered. However, I kept them in the greenhouse this year, and all the while I was waiting for the weather to improve so I could put them out. That didn't happen. 

Today I noticed that they are finally beginning to open. Mind you, there are only about 3 emerging flowers out of about 10. I can't even say that all good things come to those who wait. I was just too lazy to throw them out earlier. Nice if a few open though.

NOT looking out the window on a rainy day

04 November 2012 19:21:30

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It's bad enough being in a messy garden, but I can't help looking out on a rainy day and wondering why it is such a mess????? I spent the afternoon in bed with a good book and steaming cup of coffee, while the rain pelted off the windows.

But this morning I attended the Annual Mass of St. James's Brass and Reed Band, of which I used to be a member. Beautiful church in the heart of Dublins Liberties, and excellent accoustics for brass band music. Listening to them always brings the urge to re-join. 

Lovely bright day

03 November 2012 21:42:33

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Well, we finally got a delivery of oil this mornng and after getting the shopping in, it was  off out to have a good look at the garden. Lord knows I'm not seeing much of it now that the clocks have gone back. 

I didn't cut away too much honeysuckle, just enough for access to the tank, and got that bagged and put aside. Got the waders on and went a' plantin' in the Island. The fern looked the perfect size once I got closer to its final planting spot. If it gets to be a monster, I can always lift and divide next year, or whenever! I had a few Ophiopogon nigerescens babies that I planted too, and an Artemesia schmidtiana 'Nana' with its fern-like silvery foliage. I like the combination. And next year I will dot a bit of colour in between for an extra bit of 'oomph' if I feel it lacks something. One or two more ferns should complete the scheme.

Scaly Male Fern

03 November 2012 11:07:06
Scaly Male Fern

Scaly Male Fern

I bought this one last week in Ratoath. It's to be planted into the soil in the mini island in the greenhouse pond. But the area of soil is not really adequate enough to accommodate the whole root ball. My question is........ can I divide up the clump in two without damaging the fern?

Here's one I SHOULD have prepared earlier!

03 November 2012 08:26:53

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Oops, just remembered that the Oil Man is coming this morning. I've just been cutting back all the honeysuckle growing through the trellis that Steve made during the summer, to give the Oil Man access to the tank. Why didn't I do that sooner.

However, I'm back in now with a hotwater bottle on my lap, and one on my feet, a nice cuppa steaming coffee and Steve's fleece on over my pj's and dressing gown. :)  Hope he doesn't come down and expect me to give it back to him just yet. LOL

Up close and personal

01 November 2012 20:54:09
Piggy-back Plant on Landing windowsill

Piggy-back Plant on Landing windowsill

I was told that this Piggy-Back plant, given to me by an ie'r, tends to be invasive. However, that's not the reason I dug it up and took it indoors. The donor told me she grew it as an indoor plant. Delighted I took it in now, as I can now see it for what it's really worth.

I wouldn't have gotten down on my knees in the garden just to inspect this one closer. And I can now see why it is grown indoors. It didn't look half this good mixed in with the  perennials. In fact, it got almost completely overlooked.

Definitely still on a learning curve here.

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