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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal August 2013

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Miscanthus

31 August 2013 21:43:59
Miscanthus 'Ferner Osten' today

Miscanthus 'Ferner Osten' today

Miscanthus 'Ferner Osten' is coming into its own right now. Hard to get a decent photo today with the gales.

The fruits of our labour

31 August 2013 20:04:30

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Didn't get any decent time in our garden today as Dad's back garden needed our urgent attention. We popped up to him, and Steve had to do a major make-over on his back gate. Dad, being in his eighties, hasn't got the inclination to be keeping on top of garden maintenance. So today, while Steve replaced the gate framework, I got to grips with hacking back lots of growth in the little border alongside Dad's garage. Can't believe how much this lot has grown since March, when I did my back in. So this time round, I borrowed a hedge trimmer and just let rip!

Gathered 5 bags of growth (brambles and loganberries mainly), and the place is looking way better. Threw out loads of rotten hanging baskets and bird feeders that he doesn't even know about.

But the best thing is.......the aroma of fresh blackberries and loganberries stewing on the stove. We came home with about 4lbs of fruit. Mmmmmm! Brings me back to my happy childhood.

Showing off here too!

31 August 2013 17:22:20
Thalictrum

Thalictrum

Thalictrum is looking totally delectable here at the moment. My second one on the go, it's planted at the Upper Pond. I love its airy and feathery growth habit, never obliterating the view beyond. 

Frosty Morn for Fleurette

31 August 2013 06:55:58
Frosty Morn for Fleurette

Frosty Morn for Fleurette

Here's my specimen of Sedum 'frosty morn' at the moment. As you can see, the growth is pretty strong. I have this plant at least three/four years and it has been moved from pillar to post, and has had lots of bits taken off so I can share it around. I wouldn't be without it.

Help please!

30 August 2013 22:33:34
Help please!

Help please!

Throughout the summer I had thought that this plant was actually Cerastium 'Snow in Summer'. But I know now that it isn't, as I have that elsewhere in the garden and WITH A LABEL on it. So what is it, please?

Rose Bed

30 August 2013 20:59:16

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I have been off for the week, but haven't been able to get a whole lot done in the garden. I was determined though to get my potted roses into an area that I used to grow my dahlias in. So, I'm happy that job has been done. No taste involved in the planning, I have seen these roses growing in pots over the last couple of years and realize that they would do far better in the ground. So clashing colours will have to do for now. They got a good dollop of farmyard manure added to the soil before planting so they should really take off now.

I have a gorgeous deep red, which my neighbour, who moved to Wexford, gave me years ago, 'Tequila Sunrise' which is yellow, tinged with orange, a newish one 'Wildfire' which is orange, 'Iceberg' and another newish one with variegated foliage called 'Best Wishes'. Not to everybody's taste, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder - ME!!!! I have one more to plant tomorrow. 

Also, my climbing rose 'Teasing Georgia' (yellow) didn't perform too well this year. It's also in a pot. So when I eventually clear the pergola area, this will get planted up against the wall, where it will share a spot with another climbing rose 'Paul's Scarlet'. 

And I still haven't found.......

30 August 2013 08:25:36

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Still haven't stumbled across the name of this mystery plant in the greenhouse. Look at the height of it already, and it's only in a pot about 8 inches deep. No sign of any flowers either. But if it keeps on growing at this rate, it will be out the window very shortly.

Something very strange......

29 August 2013 21:56:53

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Watering the greenhouse this evening and spotted what looked like a peach on the ground. When the time came in Spring for me to pollinate my peach flowers with a brush, I realized I had been too rough with the brush as all the petals fell off immediately. So I figured there'd be no peaches for me this year. But I continued to water them regularly throughout the growing season, without giving them a second glance. 

So when I spotted this peach on the ground I investigated further. Wahoo!!!! Two more still on one tree. Happy Days!!!

Sambucus

29 August 2013 20:39:53

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I planted this one in the front garden last year shortly after the 'make-over'. It was doing well. Then one evening I spotted a couple of youngsters hurdling over a row of garden walls, and trampled this poor little baby, breaking off one of the main branches. However, it has recovered well, and looked more like a bonsai today the way the trunk is now growing horizontally over the rock beside it.

Next hurdle is to protect it at the weekend when Steve chops down the two prunus. 

Hedychium

29 August 2013 19:57:44

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Rachel gave me a hardy ginger 'Tahitian Flame' 2 years ago and it's looking great at the minute.

Bruno gave me a hardy ginger 'Stephen' 3 years ago which is planted in the greenhouse border. And it's looking a bit worse for wear at the moment. Obviously slug/snail damage. But at least it's still alive.

But how long are they going to take to flower? You all know that patience is not my forte!!!

Looking good

28 August 2013 23:20:01
Looking good

Looking good

Miscanthus floridulus and Thalictrum at the Upper Pond.

A Job for Steve

28 August 2013 22:35:49

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Hopefully at the weekend, Steve will be able to borrow a chainsaw and cut away these two huge Prunus in the front garden. I don't like them any more. I cut them back severely either last year or the year before. But they have outgrown their spot. I don't like to be 'hemmed' in, and also I think too much growth can be a bit of a security risk. Potential burglars would have plenty of cover with these two. 

And besides, I have some lovely climbing roses trained and tied to the wrought iron divider between us and our next-door neighbour. The wrought-iron won't last much longer (it's the original one since the house was built in 1967), but I'm hoping the roses will take over and do their bit eventually, and form a natural and beautiful boundary.

It's gotta go!

28 August 2013 21:35:13

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I was down in the mini Bog Bed today trimming back all the Vinca. I nearly pulled up Soromatum venosum (Voodoo Lily) in the process. I remember nearly having the same mishap this time last year. So, the Vinca has to go. I might pot some up for other places as I think it is an invaluable evergreen, which gives great ground cover.

I also bought Anemone tomentosa 'Robustissima' today, which will get planted into the greenhouse border. I cut back my Sanguisorba and Solidago, so that border is looking decidedly tidier. 

Spent ages strimming and cutting the grass. I haven't done it in two weeks and boy, was it a mess!

Got a couple of plants in the post today and planted them. One is a Hemerocallis 'Sammy Russell', but I believe this turned out to be yellow which suits my planting scheme nicely. The other was a cutting of the much-sought-after Buddlejah 'globosa'. 

I lifted and divided Hemerocallis 'Stafford' and have this ready to go in the first post tomorrow. Once again, thanks, Tina.

Finished off by watering and feeding a lot of plants. Tomorrow I hope to get into the pond and weed the areas that I can't get to by foot as there are no gaps for a footfall.

Emily and George

28 August 2013 20:09:30

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While I was out and about this morning I picked up Crocosmia 'Emily McKenzie'. It looks well with C. 'George Davidson'. Will get planted tomorrow.

Great day today.

Cuphea

27 August 2013 22:50:14
Cuphea hyssopifolia

Cuphea hyssopifolia

Different to the recently posted one. An evergreen shrub native to Mexico, but has survived here for the last two years and is looking good today.

Autumn

27 August 2013 21:37:17

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And just when you think colour is disappearing from the garden, along come the primroses/primulas. I have 5 different ones open today. It does the heart good.

"Eh, what's up, Doc".

27 August 2013 21:02:56
'Eh, what's up, Doc'.

'Eh, what's up, Doc'.

I attempted growing carrots two years ago and failed miserably. They didn't even germinate. But last year they did, and the crop (ha! ha!) was embarrassing. The resultant carrots were miniscule. 

This year I saw seedlings for sale in Homebase and snapped up a pack. Planted them into pots as I can't afford any planting out space. But I do love growing my own edibles. Yesterday I noticed that foliage had started to be eaten by something. The time had come. I uprooted them. I had four pots full. They are definitely an improvement on last years crop, but nowhere near what I had expected. Have I pulled them up too soon? Or am I just a complete disgrace to the 'vegetable-growing' community? Still another pot to go. 

Clematis

27 August 2013 19:19:20
Clematis

Clematis

I always find that the second flush of flowers on Clematis 'President' is a more intense shade of blue.

Cheap and Cheerful

27 August 2013 06:32:43

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I got this little fuchsia late in the season last year for a ridiculous price of 50c. Didn't know if it was hardy or not, but not exactly breaking the bank.

Happy to say......it lives on and is looking even better this year. Now I'm wondering should I plant it out after flowering. It would be a shame to lose such a pretty little thing. Its flowers are quite big for such a small plant.

Perfect partners

26 August 2013 22:31:04

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Today Clematis 'Polish Spirit' and Thalictrum delevayii were looking remarkably like true soul mates.

Rose Bed

26 August 2013 22:02:36

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I decided last week that I would plant out some roses from pots into what used to be my 'dahlia' border. I had two roses 'heeled in' in this bed that I took as cuttings almost two years ago. I have been reluctant to move them. But they seem to be doing well, and decided that now was the time to pot them up.

Let's hope they thrive. Hopefully this area will be a riot of colour this time next year.

Id on these, please!

25 August 2013 22:24:01

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I was totally smitten with these two plants in the zoo today. Pity there were no horticulturists on hand to satisfy my curiosity for plant names. Any takers?

Killing two birds with one stone

25 August 2013 21:08:57

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We haven't been anywhere of note this year as we are spending some time getting essential household repair jobs done. So today, we took time out from all that bother, and headed towards Dublin Zoo. There was a hidden agenda though. The last time I was there was probably about ten to fifteen years ago and I was totally blown away by the gorgeous Buddlejah globosa there. So, armed with secateurs and a picnic, we headed off. Very pricey into the Zoo (€16 for adults). But it was three hours of freedom from the homefront, and it was a glorious day too. I saw the globosa, but there were too many people around so I said we'd go back at the end. It felt totally weird as this was the first time I visited the zoo without a clutter of kids in tow. :)

Steve hasn't been to the Zoo since he was about 7. So it was a bit of an eye-opener for him, and he loved every minute. And of course there were lots of gorgeous plants for me to see and 'click'. We never got back to the globosa, but I believe a very kind person from down South will have one in the post for me tomorrow.

I'll put up an album, but bear with me please as I'm still uploading the old way. This is going to take forever.

Colouring up nicely!

24 August 2013 21:29:14
Malus 'Red Sentinel'

Malus 'Red Sentinel'

Yes, Autumn is definitely in the air. Daylight only coming at about 6.00am. That really depresses me. And I had goosebumps on my arms at that hour. I don't like the thoughts of Autumn, and then Winter. But every season brings its own charms. And Autumn seems to be approaching a bit earlier this year. Maybe the great summer has us spoiled.

But Malus 'Red Sentinel' is taking on its gorgeous rosy hues to carry us through winter. It can only get better.

Clashing Cousins

24 August 2013 20:23:18

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Yes, I love clashing cousins. So I'm showing you a photo of a lovely fuchsia I have growing here together with montbretia. I love them together.

Roses and Rain

23 August 2013 21:12:20

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What a miserable day it was today. Need new workboots as I was squelching all day. My toes are like prunes. Ooooh! Maybe that's too much information. lol Luckily I have a nice dry pair for tomorrow. 

I was delighted to see this lovely rose 'Sheila's Perfume' flowering for its second time. It looked gorgeous with the raindrops, but is now beginning to droop with the weight. I have a feeling this one, which is in a pot, is going to get planted next week.

Working tomorrow, ughhh!  But from 5 o'clock I have a whole week off. Whoop! Whoop! Whoop!

 

Ripley's 'believe it or not'.

22 August 2013 21:25:07
Ripley's 'believe it or not'.

Ripley's 'believe it or not'.

It's hard to believe that this border, before the greenhouse pond came about, was filled with spuds, cabbages and rat-tailed radishes. I blame garden.ie. :)

Hip, Hip, Hibiscus!

22 August 2013 21:08:40

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Well, like, I only have two Hibiscus for the last three years. They flowered the first year, and never again (bought originally in Aldi). But, wow, today they have started to open up just before I was planning on chucking them 'over the wall'. Can't remember which one this is, but it's lovely. And a few more buds to open. I also have L'oiseau Bleu'. I live in hope! Patience is paying off finally! :)

"Oil, Ma'am"?

22 August 2013 06:26:04
'Oil, Ma'am'?

'Oil, Ma'am'?

Ok, so we can't even attempt to order oil for the winter until Mother Nature has done her bit and allows all my hostas to die back. Believe it or not, but there is an oil tank underneath all the jasmine and honeysuckle foliage. But it's all going to get cut back soon.

But neither of the two climbers flowered very well this year. In fact, the honeysuckle flowers just dropped before they ever opened. I'm wondering has it anything to do with the hot summer? If I can locate the branches at ground level, it will be coming up and hopefully the jasmine won't be harmed.

Late start

21 August 2013 22:03:12

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Decided to go shopping a bit later than normal today, so was late getting out to the garden. But I couldn't decide which jobs to concentrate on first. In the end, I donned the waders and weeded the greenhouse pond, and cut back yellowing foliage of hemerocallis and doing a general tidy-up. Hemerocallis and crocosmia 'Lucifer' lookin' great together.

Spent at least 45 minutes just dead-heading Knautia macedonica, but gotta say it looks the better for it.

And the €25 spent on the waders has definitely been money well-spent.

Snap, Fran

21 August 2013 21:47:35

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Just admiring my rhodochiton today and thinking it has never looked better.

White swans

21 August 2013 21:02:19

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It's lovely to visit Homebase as there is a big lake on the way up. And you can ALWAYS see the swans either in the lake itself, or as today, on the grass verge. So lovely to see in the suburbs of the northside of Dublin.

Simplicity

20 August 2013 22:10:23
Houttuynia cordata

Houttuynia cordata

I have journaled about Houttuynia cordata 'Chameleon' before, which has deep pink and green foliage, in the Greenhouse Pond. But I haven't highlighted the simplicity of the pure white-flowered one in the Lower Pond. I love it.

Frustration

20 August 2013 21:08:28

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You have no idea how frustrated I get knowing that I cannot buy any more plants for my small suburban garden. It's literally bursting at the seams. And not in a good way. A lot of the plants that I have really need more space to perform to their fullest. But my love of plants is seriously putting a spanner in the works. 

Since I cancelled my 'Friends' Day in July I have let things go to rack and ruin. Off tomorrow, so I really need to get the finger out and tidy up and do lots of weeding.

At this stage you have probably seen EVERY BLADE OF GRASS in my garden. But I'm going to show you this small cortaderia anyway. It's a great one for a small garden. And also ideal in a big pot.

Neven Maguire - eat your 'heart' out.

19 August 2013 21:10:20

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I decided that today was the day I would finally try cooking my Cynara cardunculus (Globe Artichoke). Not much to go on with Mr. Google. But I gave it my best shot.

Boiled the non-flowering artichokes for 20 minutes and let them cool. Made up a mixture of breadcrumbs, mixed herbs, plain flour, a bit of pepper, a bit of corn, chopped bacon, and 2 eggs. Chopped up the tiny hearts and mixed it all together. I made little patties out of the mixture and lightly fried them. Quite nice! Will repeat the process using all the non-flowering artichokes on Wednesday, when I have a day off. 

I must say, they are a very interesting plant to cook. Spiky to touch, until boiled. Peeling off the spiky foliage revealed silky thread-like substance. But when this was all peeled off, I was left with the 'heart'. I now know that they should have been left to grow quite a bit more. But what I cooked tonight was very nice. And a great surprise. Google told me they would taste a bit like celery. And I HATE CELERY. However, this was not the case, thankfully.

Golden Zebra

19 August 2013 20:48:09

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Hemerocallis 'Golden Zebra' flowered today in my absence. 

I like its variegated foliage.

Here they come!

19 August 2013 07:21:56
Here they come!

Here they come!

The only reason I love early Autumn is the arrival of my blueberries. They seem to be early to ripen this year. Yes!!!

Cynara cardunculus

18 August 2013 21:14:25

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My Globe Artichokes have never looked better! I believe these are also edible. Well, the bees are lovin' them anyway. But I think you boil the ones that HAVEN'T flowered yet? Not sure, and too lazy to google as I'm running around the kitchen here doing bits and pieces. So if anyone can inform me without having the hassle of research, I'd be most grateful. :)

waiting in anticipation

18 August 2013 19:37:50

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Every year since I bought this, I always imagine for some reason that it is going to open far earlier than it should. I have been waiting for this Cautleya spicata all summer long. It looks like the wait is over. Ahhhhhh!!

Agapanthus

18 August 2013 09:36:33
White Agapanthus

White Agapanthus

My dream garden would have swards of agapanthus. I don't have any of the blue ones, but I intend rectifying that for next year. 

But I do have a little white one that is flowering right now. I had a different white one a few years ago and lost it. So this one is in a pot where I can take it in during the winter. I like it. It's only about 18 inches tall.

Accidental Planting

17 August 2013 06:52:18
Accidental Planting

Accidental Planting

I like the way these lilies and hemerocallis compliment each other. The lilies were a later addition.

Double delight

16 August 2013 22:11:54

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After thinking that my overwintered dahlia would be the first here to bloom, I was disappointed to say the least. 

However, today I discovered that I must have had two different tubers in the pot. Looks like one of the 'Bishops'????

More Household Chores

16 August 2013 21:21:53
More Household Chores

More Household Chores

Steve took the last couple of days off to measure up and construct a new garage window. Looking good. Hopefully the new glass will be inserted tomorrow. Another vital job almost complete.

Hanging basket?

15 August 2013 22:14:28
Hanging basket?

Hanging basket?

So where is it, I hear you say. Hee hee. It's actually hanging on a bracket on one of the pergola posts. But there is a nice clematis growing up the post that has now decided to envelope the hanging basket, making it even fuller. I like it.

I might as well have NONE!

15 August 2013 21:47:31
I might as well have NONE!

I might as well have NONE!

Aw! How can I eat my first ripe strawberry all on its ownsome!!!  But on second thoughts, the slugs and snails are not getting it. Delish!!!

"Somewhere over the rainbow"

15 August 2013 20:51:54

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Captured this rainbow this morning just as I was locking up the back before leaving for work. It's the first time ever that I could see both ends of a rainbow. Usually it's just a small arc. Now, where's that pot of gold!!

Yum! Yum!

14 August 2013 21:53:12
First Earlies 'Sharpes Express'

First Earlies 'Sharpes Express'

Still waiting for flowers on my potatoes that I have growing in bags. Foliage is being decimated by SOMETHING. So I decided this evening it was time to investigate. Got a nice little crop (First Earlies 'Sharpe's Express) although they are a bit smaller than normal. Had them with real butter and a smidgen of salt, with meat loaf, for dinner. Also have a nice big bowl of potato salad made for my lunches for the rest of the week. 

Begonias

14 August 2013 21:30:24
Begonias

Begonias

I planted up this display container in work with bedding begonias (sempervirens) about 12 weeks ago. I watered them in, and the following day I gave them a dose of tomato feed. I have done NOTHING else with them since. In the last week I have had so many customers wanting to actually buy it. It's so big and heavy that they would never lift it into their car though. I always use just one colour in displays as it adds a bit of 'oomph' to the garden centre.

It's a pity a lot of people ram their trollies into the container as the spray paint is beginning to chip off now. But it was painted last year. Must sort that out tomorrow.

Family Day

13 August 2013 21:14:57

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Off today and had the pleasure of my youngest daughter Zoe, and my little grandson David. Went out for breakfast, and then to the playground so David could work off all that energy.

I haven't done a whole lot in the garden in recent weeks and it's getting to me a bit. So when they left, I went out and planted a rose, bought way back in the middle of June, into the newly-cultivated area. This new one is called 'Wildfire' and will look well with R. 'Tequila Sunrise' which you can see to the right. I hope to get a few more planted out from pots at the weekend.

Plant ID please!

12 August 2013 21:57:03

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I got this early in the summer labelled as a 'basket plant'. It did have a label in the pot but i lost it ages ago. However, it's a lovely little plant and the seed heads are very similar to mimulus.

Any ideas? It's one I'd like to buy again.

Mother Nature does her work

11 August 2013 22:19:03
Globe Artichoke looking well

Globe Artichoke looking well

A couple of weeks ago my Cynara cardunculus (Globe Artichoke) was literally covered with black aphids. As I had intended actually cooking these for once, I was a bit concerned. And as I haven't seen many ladybirds in the garden this year, I was a bit surprised this evening to see that most of the aphids had disappeared. Lookin' gud, Honey. Lookin' gud.

Hanging in there!

11 August 2013 22:02:58

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After discovering that my prized Glory Lily had been snapped during the week, I was devastated to say the least. However, I plodded on. Have kept it watered well, and even gave it a bit of tomato feed in the hope.......

The flower is actually beginning to look almost like it should. There must be enough sap in the broken off stem to keep it going for a bit longer.

Gladioli

11 August 2013 21:31:28
Gladiolus 'Atom'

Gladiolus 'Atom'

I thought I had dug up all my gladioli last year after flowering. And was very sad that I didn't have any to look forward to this year. The bulbs are still in the garage.

But during the week I noticed one that I had missed. I like this one.

Bee survey

10 August 2013 21:50:35
Dahlia 'Fire and Ice' and bees

Dahlia 'Fire and Ice' and bees

After hearing about the decline of bees, both honey and bumble, I became extra observant in the garden over recent weeks. I can now say that my dahlias have been providing the bees with that vital nectar/pollen that they so desire. Knautia macedonica are coming a close second!

So which plants in YOUR gardens have been the greatest attractant for the bees?

Lifting the spirits (and I don't mean the bacardi)

10 August 2013 21:16:09

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So delighted this evening when I discovered that this long awaited lily had opened in my absence. Great big bloom.

Tough day at the office

10 August 2013 20:11:28
Caterpillar who was feeding on my dahlias in the G.C.

Caterpillar who was feeding on my dahlias in the G.C.

Customers were so complimentary of the garden centre today and how it looks. It was very much appreciated. But managers are a different kettle of fish altogether.

The Main Man took a walk of the G.C. with me and pointed out nothing but flaws. I suppose that's his job. But a bit of praise would go a long way. And given that our garden centre is not doing great at the moment, a few nice words might just rekindle my motivation somewhat, even though I am ALWAYS pretty much motivated in work. He and I see things in a different way. He wants PROFIT, something which I cannot always provide. There have to be customers to make a profit. Customer satisfaction is top of my list, next is plant quality. And I have both of those.

The old arthritic war wound on the knee is playing up on me this evening after a gruelling day. Rant over!

But there is light at the end of the tunnel. Only one more weekend working for the year. Then it's back to Monday to Friday. Hallelujah! It's been a tough summer. But so worth it!

 Leg up on a chair, and a nice Bacardi and 7-up in my hand. But it's an early night on the cards.

Murder she wrote

10 August 2013 06:53:08
Gunnera babies

Gunnera babies

Over the years I have been fed up with my gunnera taking up so much space. I've poured petrol on it twice, tried to splice the root with a sharp spade, and generally despaired that this thug will be with me till my dying days.

During our really hot spell, it was flopping over and looking very distressed. I was watering everything else in that area, but careful NOT to quench the gunneras thirst. Then I poured a whole bottle of Roundup into the root area. About a week after that it was truly dying (or DEAD). Yippee! Success! Is there such a thing as PLANT EUTHANASIA? Or am I just a murderess?

Ah, folks, I'm not ready to be locked up just yet. I found its babies growing underneath my Hellebore. Damn and blast!!! It lives on!

Coleus

09 August 2013 21:19:50
Coleus

Coleus

We got a few mixed planters in the other day. Most of them were pretty mediocre. I think most coleus need plenty of sunshine, and with our summers I would always steer clear of them. But this one came in and I could NOT resist buying it, despite it being planted in an ugly blue 'plastic' pot. I was going to just take out the coleus and plant it in an area that would show it off to its fullest. But I won't. I'll leave it as it is.

Next years resolution is to buy seeds of same, or different varieties, for the garden next year. I do think they are stunning in the right location. I've never grown them from seed before, so all advice will be welcome.

Jumping the gun

09 August 2013 19:58:54

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On Monday, I was delighted to be able to 'show off' my tender bulbs that I got in Bloom this year. But today they are a real treat, and open up FULLY! Excuse my ignorance, I had thought they couldn't get any better. But look at the difference between Mondays photo and todays. They took my breath away this evening.

Sedum

09 August 2013 06:37:05
Sedum 'Frosty Morn'

Sedum 'Frosty Morn'

This is one of my favourite sedums in the garden right now.

Pinwheel

08 August 2013 20:28:40

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I grew this clematis from seed last year. It's doing great this year after barely making an appearance in its first year. I check on this EVERY DAY. But Google tells me that it takes 2-5 years to reach maturity. Hope I don't have that long to wait for a flower???

Oh, the anticipation!

08 August 2013 20:16:58
Oh, the anticipation!

Oh, the anticipation!

The plants in my borders are so neck and neck together that I couldn't possibly get in to see the label on this lily. But the suspense is killing. A bit more sun, and a lot more patience is called for. Oh, and a lot more space would be nice too. Hee hee!

Ya can't beat the old reliables

07 August 2013 22:07:57
Begonia 'Glowing Embers'

Begonia 'Glowing Embers'

Years ago I would have considered geraniums and begonias were what much older gardeners would choose as summer bedding. But in recent years I have tried them, and succeeded. Very low maintenance, which is what suits me nicely. I now look to my elders for wise plant choices and see the reasons they choose them.

Red Baron

06 August 2013 23:07:39
Red Baron

Red Baron

Imperata 'Red Baron', or Japanese Blood Grass is starting to take on its Autumn colour now. It can only get better.

Disgusted!

06 August 2013 21:30:22

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Visited Gabriel and Bill (Headgardener) way back in June 2011. I had been growing Glory Lily (Gloriosa Rothschildiana) and had it planted outside in a big container. When I saw Bills flowering to its fullest potential IN HIS CONSERVATORY, I was devastated. I knew mine wouldn't do much after that.

But this year I was determined to grow it again, and grow it successfully. Got some in Dealz and planted them on 21st March, and minded and cossetted them until finally they were of a size to put them out into the greenhouse. They have been doing great but are quite late, seems that Bills was in full flower on 11th June 2011. However, not to worry.

It had grown to the top of the greenhouse which is at least 6ft, so I was hoping it wasn't going to put on much more growth.

Out feeding and watering everything in the greenhouse this evening and got the shock of my life. It had broken and was keeling over precariously. I don't think I can blame Holly, although sometimes if there are insects in the greenhouse she has a tendency to jump up after them.

I have tied it up in a desparate attempt for it to cling on to life. Not too hopeful, though. So devastated. So close, and yet so far away. It looks like I'm going to have to try again next year. Disgusted!

 

To bee, or not to bee!

06 August 2013 20:33:47

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Laughed out loud this evening when I spotted my Dahlia 'Fire and Ice' literally covered with drunken bees. At least four to each flower. Even when I turned up the flowers for a photo they didn't budge. 

I'm not so sure about bees being on the decline, as I have seen more bees in my garden, and the garden centre, than I ever have ever seen any other year. What about you?

Cultivator

05 August 2013 21:25:53

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Atlantic Homecare were selling these Black and Decker Cultivators off either last year, or the year before. Retail price €59.99. Got it for a fiver as the product had been de-listed. But it needed a separate charger. Phoned up the supplier and it was delivered to the job with a price of €15. Got to use it for the first time today, cultivating a small area that had previously been the home to my dahlias. But now I have a few roses to plant out and this is where they will end up.

It works a treat for my small garden. Money well spent, I reckon.

A sucker for 'tenders'.

05 August 2013 20:15:52

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I bought very little at Bloom this year. But amongst my few purchases were some tender South African bulbs of Scadoxus multiflorus. They opened today. Not disappointed. They look quite exotic.

Productive weekend

05 August 2013 19:03:11

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Ok, so maybe I didn't get as much gardening done as I had wished. But a lot of treasures were uncovered by the two of us tidying out the attic and the garage. 

Had to go and get a new vacuum cleaner  today, and a freezer as my old one blew up on me. We lost a fair bit of food that we couldn't use up quickly enough. But afterwards, Steve continued with the garage tidy-up and I headed outdoors. Got all my pots watered (from the water butts) and fed. Also the same in the greenhouse. Strimmed and mowed the grass. And referring back to Andy's last journal about scents, I think my very, very favourite scent is that of freshly mown grass.

Echium

05 August 2013 07:09:17
Echium seedling

Echium seedling

Gosh, it must be at least 10 years since I had a fully-flowering Echium pininana in my garden. Every year lots of seedlings keep popping up all over the place. I've tried potting them up, and dishing them out to friends. But they have all died (echium seedlings, not my friends!).

More popping up again this year, over the soil on the cave. So I'll do my utmost to keep them well wrapped up over the winter months. One thing though, I don't want the roots to penetrate the fibreglass that the cave has been constructed with.

Nature at its best

04 August 2013 22:26:01

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If ever houses get built in the field 'over the wall' from our back garden, they will have ME to thank for the fertile ground they will have in their gardens. Took a quick peek 'over the wall' today and........look how it looks. Nettles EVERYWHERE!!!

Autumn Cleaning

04 August 2013 21:47:20

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Haven't had much of an opportunity to do any worthwhile gardening so far this weekend as we have been busy cleaning out the garage. But we came across a few more bits of 'nautical' looking stuff that I am chuffed to have found.

Cuttings

04 August 2013 21:11:35
Ceanothus 'Gloire de Versailles' today

Ceanothus 'Gloire de Versailles' today

I haven't had a lot of success with cuttings, or seeds for that matter. But my neighbour has a lovely shrub in his front garden which Hosta has identified as a deciduous Ceanothus 'Gloire de Versailles'.

I took five cuttings early the following morning (28th July) and I reckon all five have taken. Happy Days. But five is too many for my garden, so hopefully I can share them around.

Mahonia

03 August 2013 23:22:20
Mahonia

Mahonia

I like the way my clematis is growing up through my mahonia, thus giving it an 'added' flowering season during the summer months.

One of those days

03 August 2013 21:27:14

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I had great expectations for work in the garden today, but what with domestic chores and what have you, nothing much happened. It was quite showery too, so the most I did was cut off all the lower leaves of my tomato plants to let more light in, and removed any flowers and tiny tomatoes as they won't get an opportunity to develop into sizeable fruits. They would also take valuable energy away from the developing tomatoes at this late stage.

Spent a few minutes 'chilling' at the edge of the greenhouse pond just watching the antics of some Pondskaters. Fascinating, to say the least!

Cupid's Arro

02 August 2013 21:31:44

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On my day off during the week I decided to drop into a relatively new D.I.Y. store called Arro, that has a very small garden section attached to it.  I'm sure there are lots of branches nationwide but this one is a novelty for me.

The new one opened up in Omni Park Shopping Centre in about March. The first visit to this place just left me despairing. The plant quality, and choice, were pathetic. But this time round I got a pleasant surprise. And 95% of the plants are IRISH GROWN.

I was tempted to 3 nice plants and at relatively reasonable prices - Lobelia 'Elmfleuer' (Queen Victoria) for just €6.99, Geranium 'Black Beauty' with lovely almost black foliage and blue flowers for €7.99 and finally Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red' for €6.99. The Penstemon has lovely beetroot coloured stems and pastel pink tubular flowers. Looks great with my lilies.

Needless to say, I will be keeping my eye on this place. The reference to Cupid in the journal title may apply to whether I 'love' shopping there in the future.

Heaving a sigh of relief!

02 August 2013 20:09:59

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After all the rain we have had over the last week, it seems like my plants are heaving a sigh of relief with the extra moisture. Everything might be looking a bit unruly here but they are looking soooo healthy.

Dahlias

02 August 2013 19:11:37

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Check out Woodies, they have lovely dahlias at the moment priced at €7.99 each. Or two for a tenner. I couldn't resist these two. Will overwinter them in the garage.

So what's this then?

01 August 2013 20:36:52
So what's this then?

So what's this then?

I've been discovering plantlets in the greenhouse for the last couple of months with no labels. What's new!. But this one looked like it might eventually produce an edible crop so I've been watering and feeding it well.

Today it stands at about 4ft. No sign of a flower, so I am seriously wondering have I lost the plot altogether. Is it a weed that I have been nurturing all along?

Occupational hazards

01 August 2013 18:19:39
Occupational hazards

Occupational hazards

After being stung by a wasp this morning, I spent the rest of the day fighting his whole family, and extended relatives off. Another sting about 8 wks ago and my upper arm swelled up for 48 hours. They were out in their droves (or is that swarms?). But on a cheerier note, it was great to see so many bees and butterflies too. It made my minor injury almost worth it. :)

By the end of my shift I was finding it quite difficult to even make a fist. I'll bet Steve is glad of that. lol

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