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Jacinta D's Journal May 2013

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Another poppy

30 May 2013 21:24:58

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Yesterday saw the opening of my first poppy. Where the size of the blooms really impressed me, I wasn't over-enamoured with its dirty pink colour. 

However, today was a different story. Another one opened. I prefer this colour as its a bit stronger. I like strong colours, as you will have gathered. I do have a gorgeous red one yet to open. But I will be patient!!!!!

Long winters

30 May 2013 20:14:26

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This morning when I was getting into my car, I spotted my first rose of the year to open. And looking back on last years journals for this same rose, it opened on this exact date. Just goes to show that the roses are no later this year despite the longest winter ever. I love this one.

'Glowing Embers'

30 May 2013 07:15:08
Begonia 'Glowing Embers'

Begonia 'Glowing Embers'

Bought this begonia in work the other day and Steve was disgusted that I only got one. Ha! I think he might just be catching the bug finally. I'm trying to hold on to my money for Bloom. But I hope to get a couple more today. I think it is a very appropriate name for this one!

Polyanthus tuberosa 'Pearl'

29 May 2013 19:30:04

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Yesterday evening I was asking Kate if she thought this plant might be Freesia. I had it overwintered in the greenhouse and it is now opening. I know that Freesia are beautifully scented, but my sense of smell is not the may west. However, she reckoned it wasn't. I was happy to agree.

But, Wham!!!  Today, it suddenly dawned on me that it was the plant I had waited all last summer to do something (which it didn't).

It is Polyanthus tuberosa 'Pearl'. So worth the wait. And it looks like more flowers to come.

Aquilegia

29 May 2013 18:57:02
Aquilegia 'Fruit and Nut Chocolate'

Aquilegia 'Fruit and Nut Chocolate'

I bought this one last year late in the season, purely for its beautiful foliage. If I never get a flower on it, I won't be too disappointed. It would be nice though. It's looking nice and healthy.

Al fresco

29 May 2013 05:54:14

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Yesterday evening was the first proper evening sitting out on the patio. Steve, even though his back is giving him jip, got the grass cut while I was at work. And our visitors were an excuse for me to be able to remove the netting from in front of the Lower Pond. I hate looking at the net, but where needs must. The garden was looking ok, despite all the nasty corners to it at the moment.

Had a great evening with Kate & Graham. So relaxing to while away the time with friends. It was a pleasure to see them again.

Poppy

28 May 2013 22:38:22

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Wasn't sure how the weather was going to fare off this morning so I took a photo of this poppy - just in case!

Happy to say the day turned out to be magic. And the poppy looked great this evening.

Polygonum elatus

27 May 2013 23:37:24

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Bought a 4 pack of this plant today in work. However, tried googling it and not much came up except it's another name for Nepalese knotweed. I really love its foliage. It reminds me a bit of Persicaria ' Red Dragon'. And such a cute little pink pompom-like flower. I'd appreciate it if anyone could supply me with some information on growing this please.

No blueberries this year????

27 May 2013 22:55:38
No blueberries this year????

No blueberries this year????

At least, that's what I was thinking.........until the flowers finally decided to appear at the weekend. Happy days!

A. Speciosum

27 May 2013 22:42:08

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My second arisaema opened up a couple of weeks ago. But each day that goes by, it gets better and better. Today it almost reminded me of an Octopus after having a few tentacles amputated. It's a funny shape this year but ya jus' gotta luv' 'em!  No?

Christmas Comes Early!

27 May 2013 21:31:04
Christmas Comes Early!

Christmas Comes Early!

Or maybe just a few months late!

Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer' decided to throw up just one more flower today - albeit a tiny one. Still very welcome, though.

Leafy refuge

27 May 2013 05:43:12
Costa de la Hosta

Costa de la Hosta

Well, at last all my hostas are growing well. And they're having the same kind of effect on me as they always do at this time of year. I just love sitting on the patio steps, with a cuppa, and just my own thoughts and plans. All my troubles vanish into thin air. Well, almost! But this area never ceases to bring an air of tranquility over me.

Freshening up

26 May 2013 20:53:52

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This morning I decided to sand down the patio table. But it was too early to get the sander out. So I started doing it by hand. Needless to say that after about an hour my arms were ready to fall off. As soon as the bells chimed midday, it was out with the electrics!  Looking good now, and ready to receive maybe teak oil? 

Steve is off sick at the moment and his movements are very restricted. But this is one job he will welcome doing. If not, I'll do it when I get home. Shouldn't take too long.

Tactile

26 May 2013 19:30:22

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Arisaema griffithii is so delectable looking, I just want to stroke it all day! I noticed another snout coming up in the pot. Happy Days!!!

Tidy Up Time

26 May 2013 07:07:30

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I spent more time yesterday tidying up than actual gardening.

Steve made me a wonderful outdoor bench last year and I felt that all my Birthdays had come together. However, little by little, it has become laden down with unused pots, and odds and ends. Before long, the bench looked like it was heaving with the weight. Something had to be done about it. I got rid of 3 black bags of pots. It looks a bit better. Might tidy it up properly today. 

Or I might just sit in the sun!!!

Me and my Mezzies

25 May 2013 21:01:54

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As I am having guests on Tuesday, I decided to plant up a few containers with summer bedding for a bit of 'oomph'. Planted up some Mesembryanthemums and fed them well with tomato feed in the hope that they will provide a bit of colour before then (wishful thinking).

If Carlsberg did barbecues......

25 May 2013 20:45:06
If Carlsberg did barbecues......

If Carlsberg did barbecues......

Did a few bits and pieces around the garden today. But the highlight of the day was for us to finally get our three year old barbecue out for its FIRST slap-up meal. First time to use it. And the chef certainly 'delivered'. 

Mind that snail!

25 May 2013 20:04:58

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Got it into my head this morning to paint the door of the Boiler House. The wood is pretty rotten at this stage, and Steve has promised me he'd make a new door (with a difference). However, it needed a lick of paint so by 10.00am it was completed. 

It would have been an excellent day to resume work on 'the cave', but unfortunately, Steve did his back in while in work on Tuesday. 

Saxifraga

25 May 2013 06:10:53
Saxifraga cunefolia variegata

Saxifraga cunefolia variegata

A fairly recent addition to my garden is this cute little saxifraga. It's flowering now and has already bulked up, and is a little dote.

Coverage

25 May 2013 06:00:00
Thanks again, Fran

Thanks again, Fran

Fran gifted me this little clematis a couple of years ago. It's planted in a pot (not big enough) which stands on pedestal to raise it up even higher. And it's doing a great job of hiding the downpipe outside the kitchen window. 

Simplicity!

24 May 2013 21:19:34

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Sometimes the simplest things bring the most pleasure!

Had these Bellis Perennis put away for a staff sale after my shift today. A customer spotted the last one in my 'works trolley', and I told them they were sold (to me). How cheeky was that! Luckily she had a sense of humour, and goodwill. 

Got home and planted up this simple container with said Bellis Perennis (Batchelor's Buttons), and Carex oshimensis 'Everillo'. I like it.

Veronica

23 May 2013 21:59:09
Veonica prostrata 'Nestor'

Veonica prostrata 'Nestor'

This opened up yesterday in the Alpine Circle. I can honestly say I don't remember this flowering last year. But it must have done or I wouldn't have bought it. However, it's blue, and it's very hardy. So all good in my book.

The Aliens have landed!

23 May 2013 21:14:13

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Every year I await with bated breath to see these two arisaemas unfurl. They never fail to keep me spellbound.

U4BA and Photinia

23 May 2013 06:39:45
U4BA and Photinia

U4BA and Photinia

I love this combination of Euphorbia 'Ascott' and Photinia 'Red Robin'.

Id please

22 May 2013 20:41:26

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Found this in a random pot today. Nothing else coming up in the pot, so I presume this is what has been sown. Damned if I know what it is though??

It's now or never!

22 May 2013 19:48:39
It's now or never!

It's now or never!

Well, I decided to plant out Rachel's Ricinus today into the greenhouse border. But if they perish, I have 5 back-up plants to go out. Getting really browned off not being able to move around in the greenhouse. And the Ricinus have been hardened off over the last week. So they should be fine. Watered them in and gave them a good feed.

 

 

Front garden

22 May 2013 19:28:19

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I spent a while on the front garden today, cutting back daff and tulip foliage, and doing a bit of weeding. I also gave my Spirea 'Bridal Wreath' a short back and sides as it tends to grow quite big without me even realizing it. I do this every year shortly after it has finished flowering.

My next-door neighbours plants are beginning to annoy me. Namely wild garlic. I don't have the money to have a proper wall built so I am relying on my climbing rose to provide a divider between us. As Peter works nights, I took the opportunity to uproot most of his wild garlic today during his slumber. Sick of finding it everywhere in my garden. We need a solid division between us.

Nandina domestica

22 May 2013 18:13:48
Nandina domestica

Nandina domestica

In the last couple of months my Nandina has been losing its leaves. Any ideas why? It was planted out last year and has looked good since then - until now!

Veratrum

21 May 2013 22:35:02
Allium karataviense 'Ivory Queen'

Allium karataviense 'Ivory Queen'

I bought this in Johnstown at our get-together, purely because the foliage reminded me somewhat of a Veratrum. 

One of these days, I'll get the 'real McCoy'.

Tree peony

21 May 2013 22:24:56
Tree peony

Tree peony

This opened two days ago. I love the difference just a mere day makes in the process of it flowering.

And white

20 May 2013 21:14:18

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I only added this Sorbus to my garden last year. Don't remember seeing these beautiful flowers on it, but obviously it has settled in nicely. And the flower has a lovely gentle scent too.

No gardening here today as I spent the day with my daughter and grandson.

Sunny yellow again

20 May 2013 20:43:13

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The sun never appeared, despite the great forecast. So I was delighted to see this self-seeded poppy from last year come up again in the front today.

A little praise goes a long way!

19 May 2013 21:25:01
A little praise goes a long way!

A little praise goes a long way!

Disgusted this morning that I was working. Such a sunny morning, and I felt that Sunday trading should be abolished. However, where needs must!

Got all my hostas watered and fed before heading out to work. And my toms, squashes, and melons. Finished off topping off the rest of the hostas with gravel. Washed the windows in the back, and got a wire brush and a bucket of soapy water at the patio steps to rid them of overwintered algae.

Then I went to work. :)

Had the best day ever. People were out in their droves. And each one was so appreciative of what I could offer them in the way of advice and suitable stock. I'm not a very highly qualified Horticulturist, but I AM a Horticulturist, and have at least 12 years experience in the trade.

The manager came out to me today to tell me that the Head Honcho from Woodies was out in the garden centre today when I was in 'full swing' with customers. I wasn't even aware of his presence. He told the Manager that he had a Horticulturist who was doing an excellent job outside. Music to my ears, as the Manager had absolutely NOTHING good to say about things outside only last week. That just made my day!

Came home exhausted, but extremely satisfied. And even better. Steve had the grass cut and he was actually in MY greenhouse WATERING, to save me the effort.

Life IS good!

Off tomorrow with a Lieu Day, and seeing my 'babies' for brekkie. Things just CAN'T get much better.

Fern Id please

18 May 2013 20:36:20
Fern Id please

Fern Id please

What a miserable dull day. Luckily I had a lot of running around to do so was still able to work in t-shirt sleeves. And then an hour before my shift ended, the miserable drizzle started. But at that late stage, it didn't really bother me.

This morning I spotted this fern down at the back of the garden. I only vaguely remember it from last year, but there is no sign of a label. Now, why doesn't that surprise me? Hopefully someone can help me identify it. I like it a lot.

Copper wire

18 May 2013 20:06:05

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I have a lot of Hosta pots here. And looking after them used to be a nightmare until I bought a roll of Copper Tape. I got about 8 medium-sized pots out of one roll. 

Steve came home with lots of copper wire the other day. Today, he tried it out on two pots. I have to say it looks just as good. And, as the strands can be split up, it will go much further than the tape. The tape has to be replaced every two to three years.

Now let's hope it's just as effective.

Nothing done

17 May 2013 22:46:52

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Run off my feet all day so as soon as I got in the door I pulled off the safety boots and plonked myself out at the patio with a cool drink. Then I thought to myself that here was another great reason to have ponds in the garden. 

Then I fell asleep on the couch after dinner. What a wasted glorious evening.

More edibles

16 May 2013 22:47:54

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Earthed up my potatoes this evening. They're looking really good.

Also, my radishes are almost ready for harvesting (I think). And beet is looking very nice too. 

I have melons growing, but I think the slugs/snails have been having a munch. Scattered more of the blue pellets in the hope.....

First time for this

16 May 2013 20:29:16
Squash 'Spaghetti Pasta'

Squash 'Spaghetti Pasta'

I've never grown squash before. But my sister in Canada sent me these seeds. So I felt I should give them a try. 

Doing extremely well, and the leaves are amazing. At the moment they are bigger than the palm of my hand. It just goes to show you, anything can be grown in pots.

Plant ID please!

15 May 2013 21:04:39
'Lady in Red'

'Lady in Red'

This small shrub is in the front garden. I love its red leaves highlighted by the sunshine. But I can't remember the name of it. All I can remember is 'Lady in Red'. I do know that Hosta (Margaret) has the same shrub, although hers is well-established, and a fine specimen. So I'm hoping someone can supply me with its name?????

Household chores

15 May 2013 20:39:56

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Had my shopping done and packed away this morning by 08.45. And was looking forward to a productive day outside. Ha! Sadly, that didn't happen. Not for long anyway. Rain, sun, rain, sun, fleece on, fleece off! What a nightmare. It was hard to get motivated. But I did manage to tidy up my herb planters, and plant a few more herbs. 

And during the showers I managed to get the house spick and span. 

 

I have a lead container at the greenhouse that has Loropetalum, Skimmia 'Magic Merlot' and crocusses. But a couple of weeks ago I noticed a split down the side. These are SUPPOSED to be frost proof. But obviously that's not the case. When I lifted it, it fell apart at the seams. So I had to find another planter (not too difficult here), and repot all. Loropetalum is looking a bit worse for wear. But after a good soaking, and an ericaceous feed, I reckon it should be ok.

 

 

 

Rhodo

15 May 2013 20:03:12
Rhododendron impeditum

Rhododendron impeditum

This is a tiny little thing. Can't remember where I bought it. But it obliged me by opening today, despite the rotten day that was in it.

Have Passport - Will Travel

15 May 2013 18:49:49
Have Passport - Will Travel

Have Passport - Will Travel

This carex started off in the Lower Pond on the left side of the garden. I love it with the sun shining through it.

But today, I was surprised, very surprised, to see this coming up in the greenhouse border (the opposite side of the garden) with Hemerocallis. Still.......if things are introduced to my garden, they are free to spread - until they become a nuisance.

Steve's Little Corner

14 May 2013 21:53:35

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At the right hand side of the Logia I have a climbing rose in a huge pot (Teasing Georgia) and Eccremocarpus.  But the concrete there is all askew. Last year I bought a Wisteria (in full flower) and planted it in the corner. You can see the tiny bit of trellis that it came on. I went on to buy another Wisteria. Can't believe the recent photo of Andy's in flower already. Mine is only beginning to break bud.

However, Steve asked me yesterday what I was going to plant in this little triangle. Actually, I hadn't planned on anything. But as I'm downsizing on planters and hanging baskets this year, I decided I'd plant a few things to keep him happy. Put in lots of seed geraniums this evening (red), and nasturtiums. Gotta keep the 'man of the house' happy. I hope to give it a neater edge tomorrow. And possibly make it a bit bigger!

And five minutes after they were planted, the Heavens opened. 

Off tomorrow and I heard that there are thunder showers forecast. However, I will choose to ignore that and hopefully get on with my business. 

Time is ticking on.

14 May 2013 19:21:58
Time is ticking on.

Time is ticking on.

I can't believe that it is the 14th May and my Ricinus (seeds courtesy of Rachel) are still in the greenhouse. I wonder is it still too cold????

Makeshift hanging basket

13 May 2013 20:12:24

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I bought two 'mangers' a few years ago. I thought they looked a bit nicer than your average hanging basket. However, last Spring, and this one, the birds have stolen the liner for nesting material. And these liners seem to be quite difficult to get hold of. I have tried a few places. But to no avail.

So, Steve to the rescue once again. I have now lined one with small hession sacks, and placed black plastic inside with a couple of drainage holes. With a bit of trimming and snipping here and there, it looks ok. Or does it????

Nice!

12 May 2013 22:23:10
Primula 'Glengarrif'

Primula 'Glengarrif'

I like the way the flowers that are going off fade to a paler shade of pink.

Dahlias breathe a sigh of relief

12 May 2013 21:33:56

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After dinner with Dad, I got the wellies on and ploughed through a few essential jobs. Did a lot of tidying up of pots. Dead-headed tulips, and put the pots in an out-of-the-way area in the garden until next year. Although I will feed them in a couple of weeks.

Had to tie up my sweet pea to the arbour as it has put on SOME spurt in the last week. 

I didn't plant out my little Solanum, but I did treat it to a bigger pot. Hopefully it will continue to thrive.

Cut back last years geraniums in window boxes and watered and fed them. They have lots of new growth on them. 

Also potted on my baby brug. It's only about 3 inches. So, I'm wondering how many years I'll have to wait before I see a flower on it????

Planted a lovely Oxalis adeniphylla into the Alpine Circle. I bought it for it's foliage, although the flowers are really pretty too.

Only a few sporadic light showers, but it was warm enough to be working in t-shirt sleeves. Happy that I didn't entirely waste my weekend off. And all my dahlias are planted out at this stage.

Litter Picker

12 May 2013 20:42:54

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During the week I noticed some weeds growing on The Island in the middle of the greenhouse. No, I have no illusions of grandeur about me. But it IS an island to me, albeit a tiny one. LOL

Today, Steve came up trumps and produced a Litter Picker to do the job, without me having to don the waders. Worked a treat. Also pulled out some celandine. It's amazing the way this travels!!!

Dinner - with a bonus

12 May 2013 19:46:56
Corn 'Earlibird'

Corn 'Earlibird'

I hate having to go out on a Sunday for dinner. I have to keep clean while waiting to go out. 

But after dinner, me and Dad nipped in to Homebase. They usually have little vegetable seedlings for sale at this time of year. And watching Gardener's World this morning, Monty was talking about corn. I haven't grown this in two years. Was really looking forward to a small but appreciated harvest. On the day I picked them, they were covered in woodlice. And that just turned my stomach. So I decided I'd either buy seeds this year, or seedlings. Monty was saying that they needed heat from the time of germination to the time of harvest. Hmmm, my propagator has been put away some time ago. So I was delighted to see corn seedlings there. If I don't get any corn, at least I will have some lovely foliage plants. Also got some leeks.

Corn planted, and being kept in the greenhouse. Leeks in a big windowbox.

Destructive afternoon

11 May 2013 19:42:17
Destructive afternoon

Destructive afternoon

I have been fed up recently counting the cost of buying wooden garden furniture. Let's face it - our weather does not lend itself well to the longevity of wooden patio sets. Although I do love the look, feel and smell of wood. One of my sets (under the pergola) is beginning to warp and rot. Today I got the hatchet to it. Fuel for the fire. More long-lasting furniture on the cards. No more annual sanding or preservatives.

Compost

11 May 2013 18:26:37
Compost

Compost

I get the same sense of satisfaction from making my own compost as I do from baking. Ah! Dontcha jus' luv' it! Will be spreading at least half of it on the garden tomorrow to make room for more.

Costa del Hosta

11 May 2013 06:38:56
Costa del Hosta

Costa del Hosta

Delighted to see that this little area is happy with all the rain. It's filling out very nicely, and with little damage from the molluscs!

Mad Pink Poppies

09 May 2013 22:06:42
Mad Pink Poppies

Mad Pink Poppies

All you have to do is disturb a bit of soil and up come these mad pink, pompom-like poppies. I think Margaret (Hosta) had some very similar ones. Tons of them coming up in the Spring border to the right of where the cave will be. 

Do these transplant well? If so, I will have lots to give away.

Sorry, I thought I had a photo of these in full bloom last year. Must have deleted it.

What kind of fool......

09 May 2013 20:03:57
One of ten to be watered

One of ten to be watered

I spent the afternoon wheeling trollies of surplus stock (ordered in by Head Office) into the garden centre from out in the warehouse yard, to enable me to water them before clocking off. It's so windy in the yard that the plants were shrivelling up before my very eyes. And I would have to take the flack if they end up in the skip. As soon as I took this photo, the end nozzle shot off the hose and I got a further soaking.

Had to get the Warehouse Manager to shift pallets of stock around the trollies for protection once they were back in the yard. What a day! Torrential showers and ferocious gales. Spent the day getting soaked. Sitting here with my fleece over my lap to heat up my legs.

Sorry, I had to get that off my chest!

I like this

08 May 2013 21:46:03
I like this

I like this

After my Costa Del Hosta Corner, this is my next favourite spot in the garden. It's down by the Upper Pond, where Steve created a small area to accommodate plants like Lysimachia, Bergenia, Galanthus, Primulas, Rogersia, Darmera peltata, Celandine  and more.

Today during a brief respite from the miserable showers, the sun shone. And the acers were coming up trumps. I'm stuck with that brick wall (it's our dividing wall), maybe it's something I should tackle this year.

Seedling

08 May 2013 20:20:27

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This was just an itzy bitzy seedling last year. Someone suggested that it might be Holmoak. However, it has continued to grow, and after a closer examination yesterday I discovered that it is beginning to develop the characteristic spikes of a pyracantha. Not wanting to jeopardize the pondliner right beside it, and the surrounding brickwork of the pond, I dug it up. It's a fairly good size, and now in a two, or maybe three litre pot. I have no place for it here.

Here for the taking! First come, first served.

I hope!

08 May 2013 06:29:14
Dahlia 'Fire and Ice'

Dahlia 'Fire and Ice'

My other little dahlias have been out for their first night now. Hope they haven't been blown about. They certainly had a good watering with all the overnight rain. Hope to plant them at the weekend.

Against all odds

07 May 2013 21:15:49
Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin'

Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin'

Off today, but had a few errands to run. Didn't feel up to doing much outside as I have had a really tough week in work with the run of great weather.

Planted out 3 Saponarias that I got in Dealz ages ago, and a few other bits and pieces. Did a general tidy up. 

And this little beauty was bought for €2.49 in Aldi September last year in a 9cm pot. It flowered last year and I promised I'd pot him on. That never happened. Today he decided to flower yet again, still in the same little pot. He really does deserve to be planted.

Conifer

07 May 2013 20:35:02
Pinus mugo

Pinus mugo

This is a very slow grower so suitable for small gardens. Looking good right now.

Looking good today

07 May 2013 20:27:24

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Acer palmatum 'Trompenbourg' is looking good at the moment. I feel a planting out session coming on very soon!!!!

One of my favourite shrubs

07 May 2013 19:08:11

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Exochorda macrantha 'The Bride' opened for me today.

Field Orchids

07 May 2013 12:46:23
Field Orchids

Field Orchids

Got these two in Lidl this morning. Was just about to pot them into a nice decorative pot with multipurpose compost. Then decided to Google. Usually I plant, and google afterwards to my regret.

However, can't find any information at all on Field Orchids. They have very soft (probably very vulnerable) foliage. Can anyone help, please?

Another black flower

07 May 2013 08:20:01

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I hate petunias (probably because I see so may of them). But this came in yesterday and I was struck by its beauty instantly. I've never seen a black petunia.

I ended up buying that little alpine viola 'Molly Sanderson'. Hmmm, is this the beginning of a fad?

Pieris

06 May 2013 22:30:51
Pieris japonica 'Katsura'

Pieris japonica 'Katsura'

Pieris japonica 'Katsura' is going to get its 'forever home' tomorrow finally.

Best day yet

06 May 2013 21:25:47

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Wow, what a day! It was most unfortunate that I had to work today, on what seemed to have been the best day so far this year. But, c'est la vie. It pays the bills.

In my element all day, albeit being run off my feet. But that's what makes the cookie crumble in my neck of the woods. This is 'my' time of year. And luckily I am off tomorrow. 

Lots of deliveries in today and God knows where I'm going to put everything. All I can do is my best as I had no help outside today.

Before work, I had everything watered in the greenhouse. Also got to plant my whopping dahlia which was potted up on 5th Feb. Staked it, watered it, fed it, and scattered pellets. It's in the left hand border, which doesn't get full sun, but it should do just fine. My other ones will get planted out tomorrow. Lots of plans for tomorrow. But need to do a bit of shopping so will check out Lidl latest bargains.

Black is black

06 May 2013 06:24:49
Viola 'Molly Sanderson'

Viola 'Molly Sanderson'

I hate when plants are described as black. It's rarely the case that they are truly black, maybe deep purple.

But this alpine Viola in work 'Mollly Sanderson' truly fits its description. It's the blackest flower I have ever seen!

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05 May 2013 21:52:20

Tough day at the office

05 May 2013 21:35:16

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By far a better day than yesterday. At least the breeze, although strong at times, was a bit warmer and more pleasant than yesterday. Got my clematis and sweet pea tied in before work and watered everything in the greenhouse.

Great to see people anxious to inject a bit of much-needed 'oomph' into their gardens for the summer. It just never stopped all day. Dropped in to Dad on the way home and it was after 7 by the time I crawled in the door. But I got an instant 'lift' to see that, in my absence, Steve had given the grass its very first cut of the year. Wahoo! Looking good. Although still lots of pots and crap lying around. But that will be tackled on Tuesday.

I bought a lovely 4 combo pot in Woodies last year and filled it with Mesembryanthemums. But when we visited Myrtle's garden last year I discovered she had the same pot and it looked so much better planted up with either Sempervivums or Echeverias (always get them mixed up). So I filled mine with something more suitable than the Mezzies! I like it.

Also, I finally planted out my Melons in the greenhouse. A lot later than when I grew them a few years ago. Let's hope it's not TOO late. The crop wasn't great - I only got 3 melons, the size of an orange, but they were oh, so sweet!

What a beautiful sunset this evening!

Thanks, Drumanagh

04 May 2013 21:19:01

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Met up with Ali (Drumanagh) last year and she gave me this lovely little primula. Not sure if it's supposed to open any more, but at the moment it's looking so cute.

The little .......

04 May 2013 06:10:08
The little .......

The little .......

I finally found the culprit in the greenhouse who wolfed down my tray of Cosmos and seed sown dahlias. Needless to say, he didn't last long. But it looks like the vine I hacked back a few weeks ago, wasn't actually killed in the process, before replacing it with a new one. I just hope they don't take over!!!

Non-green

03 May 2013 19:27:31

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I do like variegated plants, and non-greens too. That's not to say I don't love my 'greens'. 

But today my Geum 'Eos' was truly zingy in the bright late afternoon sunlight.

Mimulus

03 May 2013 17:23:09

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No, I didn't sow seed myself. But normally they come in in shades of orange, red and yellow which I adore. So today when this lot came in, they just screamed for attention. They got that full and undivided attention. Yes, tastes are achanging with approaching senior years. I just had to buy some. Potted them up this evening, with pale pink trailing fuchsias and Astelia 'Silver Spear' all in a big slate grey pot. They should look lovely throughout the summer months.

Paris

03 May 2013 06:11:11
Paris quadrifolia

Paris quadrifolia

I have this in the garden just two years. It will never outgrow its space as it's a fairly slow grower. But it IS bulking up a bit now. It opened yesterday.

I need a new job

02 May 2013 20:37:08
Saxifraga cortusifolia var. fortunei

Saxifraga cortusifolia var. fortunei

At this time of year, EVERY YEAR, I often think to myself that I should go looking for an Office Job, or something sedentary. Legs are soooo sore from running after people. Lots of price labels wash off products outside so I took the liberty today of phoning into the shop with barcodes, for them to price things for me. It is totally forbidden to use mobile phones on the shop floor, but I'm damned if I'm going to walk or RUN uncessarily for our company, when my phone lives in my pocket. I reckon it's also in THEIR interest if I can be more efficient. Hmmm, I wonder would they also pay my bill? LOL

Just as well Steve cooks as I am finding it very difficult to get up from the chair and walk.

Was asked to stay an hour later today, and will be doing more hours next week too. Jeez, it's now that my garden needs me most. Just hadn't the energy to do anything when I got home today. But then, on the plus side, I do love what I do, and job satisfaction is what it's all about.

Primroses

02 May 2013 06:57:56

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My favourite of all the Kennedy Primroses opened yesterday. Isn't it a little dote!

A curious thing.

01 May 2013 21:18:22

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I am new to Silver Birch. But today I was in awe of little growths from individual branches. They looked like catkins growing 'upwards'. Is this normal? They are sooo cute.

Forever home

01 May 2013 20:06:53

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Got stuck in to digging a bit of the greenhouse border out to accommodate my Acer ribesfolium. It's the only free space left for planting at this stage. Steve had dug a square out to plant the Magnolia last weekend, so the most sensible solution was to just continue with this flow and create a space for the acer. It has resulted in a small extension in the greenhouse border, and giving me an extra 18 inches depth of planting space, but the length is about 12 - 18 ft, which, in a small garden, is a fairly worthwhile extension.

Productive day

01 May 2013 19:29:14

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Great day here, a bit cloudy in the morning and one or two brief showers. But once midday arrived things just got better.

Got to plant some 'in waiting' stuff like Caryopteris 'Worcester Gold' over the cave. Looking forward to violet flowers in August or thereabouts. Also Santolina, Erysimum (two types), and Hebe 'Baby Boo' in at the back of the shrub border.

Spent a while transplanting primroses from the shrub border, down to the end of the garden. That area is really beginning to bulk up, and looking really colourful at the moment.

Also planted a brunnera from Paddy and Mary, and it just emphasises all the different shades of blue in this particular border.

Made up two hanging baskets for His Lordship with bedding Begonias. He does love his Begonias. But these baskets are a pain in the tush!!! They have eight holes around the edges, and begonias are not the easiest to coax through the planting pockets without breaking them. Gave them a good watering in, and fed them with tomato feed to bump them up a bit. Staying in the greenhouse for a while until they start to put on a bit of growth.

I love yellow

01 May 2013 07:49:19

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It doesn't matter how far into the yellow season we have come, I will ALWAYS love yellow.

And yesterday evening lying beside the pond after work, I was admiring my Caltha palustris as it is now shedding its petals. It's even more beautiful now than when it was in full flower.

HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SUMMER, EVERYONE.

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