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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal July 2013

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Here comes Autumn

31 July 2013 22:21:00
Here comes Autumn

Here comes Autumn

I love the way Darmera peltata is taking on its' autumn colours.

Montbretia

31 July 2013 21:09:22
Montbretia

Montbretia

I have been digging out corms of montbretia at the front wall for years. I thought I had finally got the last of them out. But there are still a couple more to go. Although I must say I like it coming up through my white hydrangea which is now fading to pale pink.

Healthy eating

31 July 2013 20:51:48
Onions 'Red Baron' from an 18inch window box

Onions 'Red Baron' from an 18inch window box

It's no secret that I like my food. But harvesting your own has got to be the best thing since sliced bread. And it IS possible to sow edibles no matter how small your garden is, if you are determined. I grow all my onions in window boxes and get a good enough crop just for myself and Steve, mainly me. 

Monarda

31 July 2013 06:38:44

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I bought this Monarda last year to plant over the cave. But work hasn't even resumed on this area at all this year due to other more urgent jobs. However, a few months ago I must have planted it anyway, and totally forgotten about it. For the last few weeks I have been searching the garden for it.

But yesterday I was off, and was up on the cave pulling up spent poppies to throw over the wall, and there it was in the very corner. It's still very small and two flowers on it. Lovely colour though. Delighted I bought it.

Wow!

30 July 2013 21:55:00

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I constantly thank my lucky stars that our back garden faces west. I get the best of the sunsets on a good evening. All I need to do now is get Steve to chop down those ugly lamp posts.

Long may this last

30 July 2013 21:03:16
Passiflora 'Constance Elliot'

Passiflora 'Constance Elliot'

I love Passiflora. Did you know that the three dimensions of the flower represents the Trinity? And I love its' gorgeous shade of blue too. I got a small seedling from Bruno which is doing well, although I think it is possibly not ready to flower this year.

But the one I have here at the moment is flowering prolifically and is a change from the ordinary. Just luvin' it.

 

Hanging basket

30 July 2013 19:51:05
Basket with a difference

Basket with a difference

I have a basket here that has 8 holes around the sides for planting, and also the top of it which measures about 8-10 inches. So it takes a lot of plants. I decided to plant it up with bedding begonias for Steve (he loves begonias). However, a few of them snapped off while planting them as they are so brittle. But I know how well they fill out over the season so wasn't too worried about any gaps.

I was off today, and got to grips with lots of things. Fed everything, and have now run out of tomato feed. But the said basket is looking completely mad as it is hanging on one of the pergola posts, right beside my clematis 'Polish Spirit'. As soon as I turn my back, my clematis decides to invade the hanging basket, making it look much fuller. I like it. 

My new planters

29 July 2013 21:36:53
My new planters

My new planters

Steve recently went home to his parents house and came back with precious 'stuff' stored in the attic, from years back, that means so much to both of us. But, Steve, being a diver, it has a lot more meaning to him. However, it is all very welcome in our garden. We already have lots of memorabilia of his past diving days, and holds great memories for Steve.

The latest addition is my new planters - fins that he acquired years ago, while diving on a U.S. naval ship in 1989, when a Special Forces diver gifted him with these fins which Steve used throughout his diving career.

Watch this space!

Oh??

28 July 2013 20:50:06
Oh??

Oh??

I had forgotten I had this lily planted in the pot with Eccremocarpus, in the greenhouse.

Another great scent

27 July 2013 22:32:47
Jasmine 'Clotted Cream'

Jasmine 'Clotted Cream'

Jasmine 'Clotted Cream' is just beginning to open. Scent is 'to die for'.

Incey Wincey Spider

27 July 2013 21:41:15

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Spotted this peculiar looking spider on the Dahlias that I was dead-heading in work today. 

Whoop! Whoop! Whoop!

27 July 2013 20:53:01

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Bought a few Calla lilies last year as I can NEVER resist their elegance. Took a chance on over-wintering them in the greenhouse in the hope that I'd get a second year out of them, not really being too hopeful.

Wahoo!  Just went out for a few snaps and spotted the speckled one flowering. Gosh, I nearly missed that. Forgive the photo before it's fully open, but I just couldn't contain myself. :)

Lavon

27 July 2013 20:20:05

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My tree lily opened today while I was at work. But I was beginning to think I had posted my 'Montego Bay' lily incorrectly when I looked at this today. It's shorter than 'Montego Bay' by about 18 inches so I had to resort to Google.

Lavon - Tree Lily it is. And it's a beauty. I guess it just needs a few years to gain a decent height. Forgot to drink in its scent!

But....

26 July 2013 21:27:52

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As a consolation prize, Malus 'Elstar' is producing more apples this year than ever.

I've got my 'sad face' on.

26 July 2013 20:29:04
No flowers yet :(

No flowers yet :(

It's quite a few years since I have grown melons here. It's 26th July (in case you didn't realize it), but I'm now concerned that it is quite late in the season, and no sign of flowers. Can't remember when they appeared the first time around. But it's not looking hopeful. I was really looking forward to tasting these.

Autumn

26 July 2013 06:22:01

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So has Autumn arrived early? Or are all the leaves in the carpark a result of the recent drought!

The Divil Himself

25 July 2013 21:49:22

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Got this Crocosmia 'Lucifer' from a fellow ier a couple of years ago. As it grows at an alarming rate I decided to plant them into pots and plunge them into the greenhouse border. Only a few flowers last year. And it looks pretty much the same this year. I reckon he deserves his freedom. Will take them out of their pots after flowering as I do think it is a plant that likes to show off!

Shines Bright like a Diamond

25 July 2013 21:34:15
Flower Carpet Rose 'Gold'

Flower Carpet Rose 'Gold'

Not regretting buying this Flower Carpet rose a few years ago. It has grown to about 5ft. And it positively SINGS in my mostly shady border. Looking good today.

Hemerocallis

25 July 2013 06:46:47
Hemerocallis

Hemerocallis

This is one of my favourite Day Lilies in the garden this year. I suspect it originally came from Paddy and Mary. If so, thanks again. 

Verbascum

24 July 2013 19:58:14

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I got this originally from Dave  (aka Chilipepper) about three (maybe four) years ago. It never fails to bring a smile to my face.

Plant ID please!

24 July 2013 18:56:41
Plant ID please!

Plant ID please!

My next-door-neighbour has this lovely shrub growing in his front garden. Unfortunately I rarely see him as he is a taxi-man on night shifts.

Can someone tell me what it is, please?

Wun, Wabbit, Wun!

24 July 2013 07:55:55
Rabbit damage? Or something else?

Rabbit damage? Or something else?

For the last week there have been one or two rabbits hopping about the garden centre as I start my shift. Needless to say when they see me, they high-tail it.

I was inspecting the Herb/Veg/Fruit section and found some Calabrese showing signs of something eating it. Last year it was pigeons, the year before that it was rats. 

So are ALL plants at risk of being chewed by rabbits, or do they have favourites?

 

Lythrum

23 July 2013 21:36:50

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Don't know which variety this one is, but it's growing happily in the Lower Pond. It looks lovely with the adjacent Honeysuckle, growing on my North-facing wall.

It's been comin'

23 July 2013 19:57:41
Clever cat

Clever cat

The air has been so 'heavy' for the last few days that it was only a matter of time before the rains came. And come they did, shortly after I got in from work, thank God. It's stopping and starting, but some showers are pretty heavy. It reminds me of when we holidayed in Skerries for the month of August every year in my childhood. I used to love hearing the sound of the rain on the caravan roof, or the tent. 

I reckon Holly doesn't know what is happening, she is so used to nice fine weather. She was sheltering under the hostas when there was a recent deluge.

I like this lily

22 July 2013 22:01:00
Oriental lily 'Montego Bay'

Oriental lily 'Montego Bay'

Well, at least today was a bit more comfortable for working in. 

And the sun came out just as I arrived home from work. Can't believe all the weeds that have sprung up just over the weekend. So I tackled that, and did a lot of dead-heading.

This lily opened for me today. I wish you could get the scent. Delish!!!

Nothing done

21 July 2013 22:58:12
Ceratostigma willmotianum

Ceratostigma willmotianum

Spent most of my time this weekend on family so nothing of note got done in the garden apart from essential watering.

My Ceratostigma opened up though. I adore this shade of blue.

Another job off the list

20 July 2013 07:05:25

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This summer so far, Steve hasn't had the opportunity to resume work on 'the cave' as there are too many more urgent jobs to keep him busy. 

The Boiler House door is now a complete joy to me. He also has to replace the wooden window frame in the garage (not too easy).

As he had yesterday off, he managed to give the door out from the garage a lick of paint. Nice and clean looking but I'm not gone on the black frame. I'll tackle that when I get my holidays at the end of August. I also think the Lifebuoy is 'lost' hanging on the white door. Hmmmm, better get the thinking cap on again.

He also managed to connect up the wheelie bin to the blue barrel, so now we have two waterbutts. The garage door isn't really used so the waterbutts are in the best place for now. Nice job, Steve. I love the way he 'carefully' placed the plants on top very randomly. LOL Another job to be tweaked.

And on top of all those jobs, he cleaned the house, mopped floors, prepared food, and was chef and barman for the evening while Dad and my sister, Penny, visited. 

 

Thanks, JoanG

19 July 2013 06:03:02

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I haven't had a buddlea here in such a long time, I love the way they are a magnet for butterflies. And great repeat flowering when you cut them back.

JoanG gave me a small cutting of her  'Royal Ruby' a few months back. It opened yesterday revealing a gorgeous purple flower. Thanks again, Joan. I love it.

Constance Elliott

19 July 2013 05:53:07

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I do love Passifloras. Bruno gave me a cutting of 'caerulea' a while back which is barely surviving. But it IS surviving!

My white one opened yesterday and has a MASS of unopened buds to follow. I really love this one.

I'm off this weekend but won't get much of an opportunity for gardening as my sister is up from Tralee.

Senior week!

18 July 2013 21:09:57
Senior week!

Senior week!

I have been looking at the foliage of this plant all week, wondering what it might be. But this morning I noticed something pink starting to bloom.

 I should have known. Sidalcea 'Elsie McHugh' opened up today in my absence. So pretty.

Gunnera

18 July 2013 06:04:58
Gunnera

Gunnera

I do love gunnera, but I'm a bit fed up with the space it is taking down at the end of the garden. Lots of other much nicer plants could be planted in this small area. Over the years I have tried setting it alight with petrol, digging it up, and splicing it. All to no avail.

Yesterday, while having a ramble after work, I noticed the leaves are beginning to curl up due obviously to this tropical heat. Maybe........just maybe it's run out of steam at last!

Best year to date

17 July 2013 22:02:59
Best year to date

Best year to date

White Hydrangea has never looked so good.

I kid you NOT!!!

17 July 2013 21:18:50

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I bought this Abutilon in Mount Venus in September 2011. It was in full flower when I bought it.  It was brought into the greenhouse for its first winter and put out in Spring. Someone told me it was hardier than I had realized. So out it came. It stayed outside all through last winter. Today it is looking great.

FACT: It has NEVER been without a flower since buying it. Gotta be worth considering for every garden. I highly recommend this one.

Hmmmm!!

17 July 2013 06:38:26
Hmmmm!!

Hmmmm!!

I do like my water lilies.

Solidago

16 July 2013 22:37:47
Solidago

Solidago

Fran's Solidago is coming into its' own right now.

Lazy, Hazy days of Summer

16 July 2013 20:54:40

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As I had my daughter, Zoe, and grandson, David, over for breakfast this morning, there was no gardening done. Revelled in my familys' company. Had a great laugh watching Wee Davey shifting the gravel from in front of the greenhouse into pots, and the greenhouse. I reckon I'll be buying a couple more bags of gravel tomorrow. He is such an observant little guy, and 'wowed' over every flower he saw. He had great fun watching me taking watersnails from the greenhouse pond. But wouldn't touch them. I think I'll have to rectify his outlook on nature.

'Lady Boothby'

16 July 2013 06:24:06
'Lady Boothby'

'Lady Boothby'

My climbing fuchsia is doing great now, and is well covered with bigger flowers this year. I must take a few more cuttings to share this around.

Callistemon

15 July 2013 21:35:31
Callistemon

Callistemon

I don't ever remember my bottle brush flowering so early. And with such intensity of colour too.

Herbaceous clematis

14 July 2013 21:42:18

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'Gazelle' opened today in my absence. Such a dainty clematis.

Dahlia

14 July 2013 08:02:39

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My first Dahlia from seed opened yesterday. 

Bargain

14 July 2013 07:19:54
Yucca was €12.99 - down to €3

Yucca was €12.99 - down to €3

With the addition of our new maritime Boiler House door, I want to add a few plants around that area and the adjoining Lower Pond to fit in with the maritime theme.

Yesterday in work I spent a lot of time reducing already-reduced plants to shift them quickly. And I snapped up a bargain for myself too, as you do. Now all I need is a suitable pot.

Exhaustion forced me to retire earlier than normal last night. The night wasn't as humid as recent nights. Feeling bright as a button now.

Frogs

13 July 2013 19:32:09
Frogs

Frogs

I have frogs here in the garden for now the third summer, thanks to Hosta (Margaret). She was my spawn donor. :)

But this evening, while eating out, I heard my first ever FROG CROAK!!!  Honestly, my first!!!

But it was a definite croak. How did anyone come up with 'Ribbit, Ribbit'?  It sounded NOTHING like that. LOL

Mitre Bush

13 July 2013 06:24:39
Mitre Bush

Mitre Bush

Mitraria coccinea is just starting to open. Love this one.

Surprise appearance

12 July 2013 23:33:10
Surprise appearance

Surprise appearance

What with the very wet weather we had last summer, this Leucanthemum never bothered to make an appearance.

It did today, though.

Gardening 'au naturel'

12 July 2013 18:37:56

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Well, almost!  LOL

Had a Lieu Day today, and boy was I glad. It's been really tough working out in that heat recently. 

So, after I got my bits and pieces done this morning, I got out there (in bikini). Yes, I do like to garden as close to Mother Nature as possible :) But wouldn't be brave enough to go the whole hog.

Shifted loads of pots in the yard so Steve can position the new blue barrel, which will be used as a second water butt. Weeded the surface of all pots, after giving them a good soak with the hose. Got rid of my squashes in the greenhouse as the flowers were rotting. No sign of any squashes at this stage. But hopefully I will try again next year. Melons coming on nicely, but no signs of flowers just yet. Took the peppers in from the porch as they aren't doing too well. They should have flowers on them at this stage, and even developing fruit. But as we are both out at work all day, the porch isn't ventilated. So out to the greenhouse they went.

Got hanging baskets and pots watered and fed at 5.00 this morning. Cut back vine, and noticed that there are no grapes developing so far. Hmmmm!

Picked a good bowlful of ripe tomatoes which will be used for my lunch tomorrow. Happy days!

Got into the pond to do a bit of weeding around the greenhouse border. But wasn't brave enough to dunk myself into the water as there are lots of bugs swimming around. Planted up a new Houttuynia cordata 'Flame' there, and did a bit of weeding of pondweed.

Off for a shower now, and heading out for the evening.

Birch

12 July 2013 06:21:24
Silver Birch and clematis

Silver Birch and clematis

I have a clematis growing right beside my silver Birch. It gives an extra point of interest when it entwines itself round the foliage of the birch at this time of year. 

Id for Dad

11 July 2013 22:19:33

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Was in with him this evening after work and surveying his tomatoes. This shrub has suddenly appeared in his border. But he'd like to know what it is. Unfortunately I couldn't help him. It's more of a herbaceous thing, I reckon. Any ideas as to its identity?

Timely reminder

11 July 2013 21:14:04
Timely reminder

Timely reminder

For those of you who may not realize it, Camellias are now beginning to produce flower buds for next Spring. So it's important to ensure that they get plenty of watering from now on.

Great Reed Mace

11 July 2013 06:02:46
Great Reed Mace

Great Reed Mace

So here is my bulrush at last (Typha latifolia). It's an amazing pond plant and stands over 6ft tall. There are three more bulrushes on their way too. It's also called Brown Poker.

Daaaaaassshhhh around the garden.

10 July 2013 22:41:11
Daaaaaassshhhh around the garden.

Daaaaaassshhhh around the garden.

Just posted my version of my 'dash around the garden'. But garden.ie takes soooo long about posting photos that I only got half of them downloaded. 

Dahlia

10 July 2013 21:52:23
Dahlia

Dahlia

Well, after all the to-do about potting up my overwintered dahlia on the 4th Feb, I discovered it's not the one I thought it was originally. I thought it was 'Honka', and I thought I would definitely have the FIRST dahlia to open. Not!!!!!

A bit disappointed in the whole result. It opened only yesterday, and today I discovered it had been chewed by the molluscs overnight. Still, plenty more flowers to come. All is not lost.

Little Brother's entrance

10 July 2013 21:06:17
Little Brother's entrance

Little Brother's entrance

It's time for Arisaema costatum to make an entrance.

Minimal tasks

10 July 2013 07:38:15
Minimal tasks

Minimal tasks

A day off today, and I intend doing very little outdoors. Time to sit back and appreciate what my meagre garden has to offer me. 

Happy Wednesday, everyone. And keep well-hydrated.

One of the seven deadly sins!

09 July 2013 21:44:33
One of the seven deadly sins!

One of the seven deadly sins!

Yea, I absolutely 'melted' in work today and did only as much as I had to. And for once, the Manager wasn't on my back! What a day! I did request a 'summer uniform' of a green strappy top and shorts. Somehow I don't think my request will be fulfilled!!  LOL

Got home and vegetated (with liquid refreshments) as I was seriously dehydrated! But took a few photos which I might post of my 'Dash around the Garden'. Then again, maybe I won't. Lots of areas that just don't need publishing!

Off tomorrow, so maybe when I tidy up a bit......

 

Here we go!

08 July 2013 21:38:59
Here we go!

Here we go!

Well, after kicking off the safety boots and dipping the feet into the pond for a few minutes to cool down, I surveyed all in the greenhouse this evening.

My squashes are not doing well. They seem to be rotting off as soon as they flower. I have held back on the watering of these in the last week because of that. A bit disappointed. But there's always next year.

But I had the utmost pleasure of picking my first ripe tomato (tumbler), and so many more should be ripe enough by tomorrow. Happy days!!!!

Tropical Heat

08 July 2013 21:12:13
Begonia 'Glowing Embers'

Begonia 'Glowing Embers'

So drained this evening. Our garden centre has a ground covering of tarmacadum. Not good in heat like this, as the heat is just reflected back at you. Shade is not a thing that is in plentiful supply here and I must have drunk at least 3-4 litres of water during the day.

And it's only Monday!!!

Another rose

07 July 2013 22:35:56
Rosa 'Teasing Georgia'

Rosa 'Teasing Georgia'

This one comes highly recommended by Deborah. It's a climber and I have it growing in a huge pot on the Logia. It opened today. Sumptuous, to say the least!

I wasn't idle today!

07 July 2013 22:02:37
I wasn't idle today!

I wasn't idle today!

Thanks to my lovely inconsiderate neighbours I was up at 4.00am. An all night garden party doesn't wash well with me considering I'm not a good sleeper at the best of times. However, as I was already up I headed down to Dad's at 5.00am to water all his tomatoes while he was away for the weekend.

Also got lots of honeysuckle cut back as it was beginning to take over, especially in the Boiler House door area. Got in behind the Lower Pond and weeded out lots of stuff, also removing some Alchemilla mollis which was drowning other nicer stuff. Cut back all oriental poppy foliage, so now anything coming up has room to breathe at last.

Also watered all my containers, baskets and tomatoes before Steve got up.

Then while he was doing the door, I strimmed and mowed. Ooooh, it's amazing how well a garden can look with a bit of T.L.C. and mowing.

 

On Mature Reflection

07 July 2013 20:56:27

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My boiler house door was completely rotten. So, Steve decided to make a brand new one from scratch. Cut the necessary timber to size, and set about constructing what is now a great feature in the garden. I had ALWAYS wanted a porthole window SOMEWHERE, either in the house or the garden. He was lucky enough to be able to acquire a genuine article in his job. It came from the M.V. Leinster which was a mail boat out from Dunlaoghaire in WW1. 

Today in the blistering heat he put the finishing touches on the door. Wow! So ecstatic with the results. Well done, Steve! Love ya lots!

And as an added bonus to this feature, we also have another dimension to the garden with the reflection through the porthole.

Given with one hand......

07 July 2013 14:38:10
Given with one hand......

Given with one hand......

......and taken away with the other!

Seriously, folks!!! Where has the sun disappeared to? Not impressed!

Not for salads!

07 July 2013 08:31:29
Aphids on Nasturtiums (Yuck!!)

Aphids on Nasturtiums (Yuck!!)

Yes, I know they are edible (flowers and leaves). But every year mine get covered in black aphids so forgive me if I don't eat them. Let's just leave them where nature intends them to be. :)

Limited time

07 July 2013 04:57:50

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What a day it was yesterday. Steve was doing a bit on the new door while I hopped in to the greenhouse pond for some necessary maintenance, like cutting back yellowed leaves of Iris, and other bits. Actualy I just wanted to cool down!  LOL

Unfortunately we didn't get a whole lot done as we had family commitments in Skerries for the evening. But maybe that was a blessing in disguise. It was HOT out there.

Hopefully we'll make up for lost time today.

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. But above all, take care in the sun.

U4BA

06 July 2013 06:35:52
Euphorbia 'Silver Swan'

Euphorbia 'Silver Swan'

This euphorbia was planted out the front last year during the make-over. It looks nice beside the hazel. Hasn't grown very much but I'm prepared to wait.

Once a mother, always a mother

05 July 2013 21:33:40
Nymphaea 'Dolores'

Nymphaea 'Dolores'

And once a water lily opens in my ponds, I will ALWAYS think of my dear departed Mam. But this one in particular opened on the day of her funeral five long years ago. 

Hydrangea

05 July 2013 05:53:04

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My one and only hydrangea is beginning to open now. It looks like it's going to be a bumper year for flowers too!

Whoop! Whoop! Whoop!

04 July 2013 22:33:14
Dahlia 'Fire and Ice'

Dahlia 'Fire and Ice'

My first Dahlia opened today - 'Fire and Ice' bought in ..........em.......let me think! Oh, what the heck. Does it really matter!

But what is most surprising is that my dahlia that I overwintered in the garage, and potted up on 4th Feb is still not open, even though I have been feeding it regularly.

But this little beauty will keep me going for now. And a few more to come too.

Artistic

04 July 2013 22:18:36
Artistic

Artistic

I always think an iris, just before opening, looks like an artist's brush loaded with paint!

Pest query!

04 July 2013 21:52:20
Salix caprea var. 'pendula'

Salix caprea var. 'pendula'

A customer came in today with a leaf of a Salix caprea var. pendula. She wanted to know what was wrong with it. I open these little pustules and there were  maggots/larvae inside. Ugggghhhh!

Can anyone tell me what it is, and is it detrimental to the tree?

The sky at night

04 July 2013 21:01:41

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Beautiful sunset this evening. Take a look out your window!

Happy with this

04 July 2013 05:53:31

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For once I am happy with the planting combination on the left side of the greenhouse pond. Dierama just opened yesterday, adding to the different shades of pink in this section.

Sanguisorba 'Rock 'n Roll' is a great plant. But it is beginning to collapse in the middle so at the weekend I shall stake it up. But together with Knautia macedonica, and the Dierama, it gives a nice effect when they are all swaying in the breeze and each one compliments the other. All three of these plants should look great for the whole summer.

And THIS WAS NO ACCIDENT!!! LOL

Hypericum

03 July 2013 21:55:18
Hypericum 'Magical Red Star'

Hypericum 'Magical Red Star'

I love this little hypericum at this immature stage. Later in the season the berries will redden up. But it's a novelty with this lovely early colouring.

A change of heart

03 July 2013 21:39:13
Hemerocallis

Hemerocallis

It's a woman's prerogative to change her mind. I have done just that. Hemerocallis are here to stay. I will learn to live with the untidy, leafy look of the plant, and look forward to its exotic looking blooms. 

First one opened today!!

Plant ID please!

03 July 2013 21:05:16
Plant ID please!

Plant ID please!

Little pots of mixed stuff came in today. But unfortunately they had no labels on them. I can identify most of them, but not these. Would anyone know what this is please?

Sedum unknown

03 July 2013 06:04:01
Sedum unknown

Sedum unknown

When planting up the kayak in the front garden last year, I also added a nice little sedum, for which I have no name. But yesterday I noticed that it is starting to flower. It will only lend to the sunny feel of the front garden. All good!

They've got good taste

02 July 2013 21:37:57
Ligularia 'Little Rocket'

Ligularia 'Little Rocket'

Delighted today to see my recently purchased Ligularia has begun to open. It was the leaves that attracted me to this plant in the first place. But unfortunately they attracted the slugs/snails too once it was planted. However, they don't seem to be too interested in the gorgeous flowers.

Lunch

02 July 2013 20:00:54
Lunch

Lunch

Picked and cooked my first Chioggia beet (Italian Heritage variety) today, seeds sent by my sister in Canada.

Haven't tried this beet before, so looking forward to this as part of my lunch tomorrow. It's delicious.

Hosta

02 July 2013 19:49:01
Hosta

Hosta

It's not just land-loving snails that find hosta leaves delicious. Watersnails do too.

What NOT to do with nasturtiums

02 July 2013 18:46:34
What NOT to do with nasturtiums

What NOT to do with nasturtiums

This little cut-out of grass was planted with red geraniums, and lots of nasturtiums. Unfortunately I have been using tomato feed on all of them. The result is lots of leafy growth and fewer flowers on the nasturtiums, completely obliterating the lovely geraniums.

TODAYS LESSON LEARNT!

Into the light

02 July 2013 09:55:20

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The left side of my garden is in shade mostly, as it is North/East facing.

Lonicera nitida 'Baggesen's Gold' is planted next to the wall, with Flower Carpet Rose 'Yellow' in front, and Phygelius to the side. I think it brightens up an otherwise dull area quite well.

Home Alone!

01 July 2013 22:53:19
Home Alone!

Home Alone!

Steve was working on Arklow Wind Farm all weekend so he didn't manage to do much on the new Boiler House door. He was home at 6.00am this morning and I went off to work thinking he'd be heading for his bed for some much needed 'shut-eye'. That didn't happen though. Instead he got himself busy with refurbishing the old hinges, embellishing them. Won't say much for now.

He was busy cutting out parts of the old door frame that were rotten, sanding down the replacements, and undercoating same. Tomorrow I hope to gloss them. Door looking great at the moment, and will be a piece of history in the garden.

Deutzia

01 July 2013 21:01:29
Deutzia

Deutzia

Don't know which one this is, maybe 'scabra'. But it is a beautiful shrub. I have it a few years and it's in a pot still, but off tomorrow. So you never know what might happen in the garden. :)

Testing

01 July 2013 05:44:34

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I was playing with plants in work the other day and I thought that this Carex testacaea and Achillea 'terracotta' looked really fab together. Hmmmmmm, will they fit here? That is the question.

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