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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal September 2013

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Hamamelis

30 September 2013 19:59:02

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Lovely coloured foliage on Witch Hazels at this time of year.

Self-inflicted

29 September 2013 21:29:28

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A bit out of sorts all day due to only having three hours sleep last night. Had to go out for dinner with Dad, and I was close to falling asleep onto my plate. Got home, had a quick power nap, and headed out to the garden. Started off by weeding all around my primroses and woodland plants. This little Pachysandra is really taking off, providing me with great variegated groundcover. I love it.

Emptied lots of summer bedding that are past their best, and replaced one pot with my recently purchased carnations.

After walking around with my new bamboo in my hands for about 30 minutes, I finally settled for planting it down at the back wall. It should get to about 12 feet max. Happy with its location.

Still picking lots of tomatoes. 

I'm a bit reluctant to post this photo of my overall garden. It's not as tidy or finished looking as I would like. But here goes!

Pretty in Pink

28 September 2013 22:25:21
Kaffir Lily 'Pink Princess'

Kaffir Lily 'Pink Princess'

Schizostylis opened for me today. It's such a delicate shade of pink.

Getting there!

28 September 2013 20:33:54

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Well, today I finally got around to cutting back the jasmine and honeysuckle somewhat. Steve was to borrow a hedgetrimmer for the job, but unfortunately it already been promised to someone else. So I made a start. I can now just about make out the trellis behind it that Steve made earlier in the summer. I cut the entwining stems at waist level, so the bit above it will be going yukkie brown and dead in the week ahead. That will make sure that Steve won't sit on his laurels with this major job. :) The honeysuckle has been growing there for the last 10-15 years so you can imagine the thickness of the stems at this stage. I just about managed to cut through them with my trusty secateurs. I will leave the lower stems in the ground as I'm not sure whether or not I want to keep the honeysuckle at this stage. But the jasmine stays.

I took up two climbing roses from a huge pot on the far side of the logia, and they got planted into the ground where the jasmine and honeysuckle were. I'm looking forward now to having some sumptuous yellow flowers growing up this post for next year.

Most of the hostas in this bed have died back quite a bit in the last week, so they got a major tidy-up. Sad to see them retreating for the winter.

My new clematis 'Crystal Fountain' got planted into the huge pot as soon as it was vacated. :)

Erigeron was planted above the cave, and it looks great with the blue salvia behind it.

I got the grass strimmed, and cut afterwards, which always makes the place seem a lot more 'loved' I think. So there was a lot of bags of garden waste. Happy with the bits I got done.

What a beautiful day!

27 September 2013 20:46:44

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What a change in weather from the last few days! Glorious sunshine all day, without the intense heat of mid-summer. It made for very comfortable working conditions. And even though we had few customers (Friday is our worst day), I got lots of neglected jobs done in relative peace and quiet.

Off at 4 o'clock today, and didn't drop into Dad afterwards. So it was a Godsend getting home with still a good bit of daylight. Didn't do anything of note, but have made plans for a busy Saturday.

Having been on a really tight budget all year, I decided to splash out today. Bought Clematis 'Crystal Fountain' and Erigeron 'Sea Breeze', and a 4-pack of carnations reduced from €5.99 to just €2.00.

Tomorrow, I'll be uprooting my climbing rose 'Teasing Georgia' from its pot. It didn't do great this year. It will be planted in the 'part-shade' border (beside my hosta bed) where it will have the freedom to romp away to its hearts content, and the clematis will be planted in place of the rose. Erigeron will be planted in a place with good drainage, and in full sun (over the cave). I hadn't realized that this was an evergreen plant???

Coca Cola

27 September 2013 05:33:39
Sedum cauticola 'Coca Cola'

Sedum cauticola 'Coca Cola'

This little sedum is just shining out at the moment. I'm wondering if it's the wrong time to take cuttings? I'd like to have it in other places in the garden.

So beautiful!

25 September 2013 20:38:54
Lollo Rossa lettuce and Escallonia

Lollo Rossa lettuce and Escallonia

It's an awful shame I have run out of iceberg lettuce for tomorrows lunch. Now I have to go and pick some of this gorgeous Lollo Rossa. 

Happy Couple

24 September 2013 20:34:49
Happy Couple

Happy Couple

My seed-sown dahlias are flowering fast and furious, with regular dead-heading, and feeding still. I think it's worth the effort as all colour will be gone from the garden pretty soon. 

But I thought they looked nice flowering up through my acer 'Red Pygmy' this morning. I like the colour combo.

Autumn colour

23 September 2013 20:54:38

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The foliage of the blueberries is absolutely stunning at the moment. And blueberries are 'pickable' daily.

Looking up!

23 September 2013 20:20:07

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Myself and Steve headed over to the Botanic Gardens yesterday afternoon to have a gander at the Sculpture In Context 2013 exhibition. I haven't been there since March, when I met up with Jackie and Hazel. It's great to see lots of people attending this exhibition, or just generally availing of the facilities that these gardens have to offer.

What a fab day, weatherwise. Some of the sculptures were mighty strange, and created from such an array of materials. They were laid out mainly on the lawn, but there were some really strange ones made of, what looked like, nylon stuffed with polystyrene balls (the stuff that beanbags are made from) in the glasshouses. Couldn't stay in there for too long as the heat was stifling.

There were also creations suspended from the trees, and it made me really look up during the whole walkabout, afraid I was going to miss something wonderful.

It's definitely worth making the visit. And if the sculptures don't interest you, the rest of the gardens surely will.

My three favourites were a G Clef suspended from the trees, and a very nice one called 'Metamorfish' which was created from ceramic and stainless steel, which could possibly be modified to fit in with our ponds. They'd be very nice if they were made from copper. And lastly, one called 'A thousand feathers' which was made from porcelain.

Complete album over on Facebook.

I can resist anything but temptation

22 September 2013 18:25:30

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Saw a magnificent specimen of Passiflora subpeltata today, and couldn't resist letting a seed pod fall into my bag.

Now that we're in 'chopping mode'.....

22 September 2013 06:58:33
Dirt/wet on camera lens (Oops!)

Dirt/wet on camera lens (Oops!)

This gowth is next for the chop today hopefully. It's honeysuckle and jasmine that just didn't perform very well this year. Maybe it was the intense heat we experienced this summer. I just hope the lads don't trample all over my hostas which are still looking great. The best decision I made, getting them all planted out into the ground.

We can't reach or see the oil tank behind all the greenery and need to order oil for the winter.

Timing is everything!

21 September 2013 20:42:26
Timing is everything!

Timing is everything!

Found a nest in one of the Prunus today. One for Wee Davey's nature table. Luckily the fledglings had the opportunity to flee the nest prior to us chopping down their home.

And the Lord said "Let there be light"

21 September 2013 20:02:11

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My decision to remove the two big Prunus in the front garden came to fruition today. We have a house guest at the moment (Steve's brother).

So the pair of them got stuck in today sawing, chopping, and dragging the whole lot through the house and OVER THE WALL. I present a lot of symptoms of S.A.D. (seasonal affective disorder) and now that the extra light has been injected into the front garden, it seems to be a lot easier to cope with. Sunlight is still gracing my garden now at 4.00pm. It used to disappear at about midday before the removal. But the best part about this decision is that it creates a lot more space to a very small front garden. Now my other plants in the concrete-lined bed have more light and space to flourish. I cleaned a lot of the debris up afterwards, and bagged lots of evergreen leaves that have been collecting underneath these two trees over the last 10 years.

Tomorrow, Steve will drill holes in the trunks left behind, and apply SBKBrushwoodKiller. I will be doing a lot more clearing up. We'll tackle the boundary at a later stage.

Years ago

19 September 2013 22:33:43
Years ago

Years ago

When I was rearing my two daughters, and working part time, I didn't have much time for our garden. But the seeds had already been sown years before that.

I just happened upon this photo yesterday. This is what it looked like in 2003.

Touchy Feely

19 September 2013 21:16:29

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Anyone who has this plant knows what I mean. You can stroke it, and stroke it, till the cows come home. And it seems to retain any overnight moisture well into the middle of the day which enhances the senses. It is such a tactile plant, and VERY easy on the eye.

It was only planted on the Island last year as a very small plant, and has already formed a great big clump. It's welcome to spread completely around the Oak Fender in the middle if it so wishes.

Acer

18 September 2013 21:02:05
Acer 'Red Pygmy'

Acer 'Red Pygmy'

While visiting Ratoath Garden Centre, Ashbourne, last year I stopped in my tracks with the acer John had planted just outside the door. I ordered one immediately.

It's looking splendid in my garden right now, and will only get better and better as the season progresses.

Miss you all!

18 September 2013 06:31:16
Miss you all!

Miss you all!

I haven't had an e-mail from garden.ie in over a week now. If I want to view any comments, I have to click on a particular journal and view them that way. The only way I can view comments of older journals is go down the Recent Activity list and randomly pick some members journal. But it's a pain in the you-know-what.

Hopefully it will be sorted out very soon, because it's really annoying me at this stage. I miss you all.

The difference a weekend makes

16 September 2013 19:51:10

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Had lots of tidying up to do in the garden centre today, and time spent on searching for pots from plants that had been whipped off the shelves over the whole weekend.

Scrutinizing thewinter  brassicas and lettuces and discovered a rake of caterpillars which I suspected were the result of cabbage white butterflies. Google agrees with me. There was NO sign of these when clocking out on Friday.

I gathered all the caterpillars up and fed them to the visiting robin and offspring. Hundreds of tiny green eggs all over the place. So the shelving had to be cleared of plants and cleaned off thoroughly. Ended up reducing cabbage (12 Packs) to just 50c each. Let's hope I managed to eradicate all of them and they don't start munching their way through the plants on the Reduced to Clear trollies.

 

Great day with no gardening

15 September 2013 21:30:41
Great day with no gardening

Great day with no gardening

Spent all afternoon down at Dublin Port and Docks revelling in the celebrations attached to the FlightFest. Great food laid on with free-flowing wine and beer, DJ, and ice cream cones, face-painting. Lots going on as a Family Day. So got no time for gardening. Spectacular planes on view, and they used the River Liffey as their flight path.

Id on this, please.

15 September 2013 07:40:27
Id on this, please.

Id on this, please.

Lots of these little critturs around the garden yesterday. But I'd like to know what they are, if possible?

Is it not the wrong time of year for insect reproduction? At least I THINK that is what on this couples' minds. Maybe someone can clarify please.

Getting the Chop!

14 September 2013 05:44:33
Getting the Chop!

Getting the Chop!

Steve wouldn't be a fan of all this greenery growing up around the post of the Logia. I like its lushness. It is in almost full shade, only getting about an hours sun come evening time, even throughout the summer months. Planted at the post are Jasmine 'Clotted Cream', Clematis 'Bee's Jubilee' and Lonicera (can't remember which one). But this year the jasmine and honeysuckle didn't do well. Jasmine only produced a few flowers, and any flowers that the honeysuckle did manage to produce just fell to the ground before opening and got dragged in to the house underfoot.

So now I'm waiting for the die-back on all the hostas in the photo before giving everything a good chop. Steve will be getting his wish, but only because his Fairy Godmother has decided to grant it. :)

Hmmmm!!

12 September 2013 20:58:21

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This is coming up in the pot of veratrum I bought this year. It looks familiar but I can't put my finger on it. Any suggestions please?

Was off today but didn't get out to the garden much as I had a family day. But I'll be off this weekend and I will make up for it then.

Pinwheel

11 September 2013 21:27:56

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I grew this little clematis from seed last year. Today it has finally produced its first cutesy little flowers. Worth the wait, that's for sure. Loads of buds on it. 

Yay!!!!

11 September 2013 20:04:17
Canna Indica for 50c

Canna Indica for 50c

I'm very surprised that this canna is only beginning to flower now, what with the terrific summer we have had. However, not much blooming in my garden at present so this came as a very welcome surprise this evening to see it opening.

I bought this for a mere 50c last year towards the end of the season, and I think it's possibly the only time that a canna has flowered a second year for me.

Beautiful!

09 September 2013 21:02:50

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Did anyone see this evenings sunset?

I agree

09 September 2013 20:28:52

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I must admit I don't like Autumn, or Winter. But I must agree with Rachel when speaking of September light. I am already in my pj's and just couldn't resist going out with the camera to snap Lythrum in the Lower Pond, with the evening sun shining behind it. It was lit up like a beacon.

Help please

08 September 2013 18:06:11

Arundo

08 September 2013 04:41:02
Arundo donax

Arundo donax

I have finally got my Arundo into a nice pot. The variegated foliage of the grass makes a nice contrast to the pot. I will pot on as required.

I had actually planted out some plants from 4 black pots (different sizes) and had them put aside to give away to the first person wanting them. But now I find that I am buying more and need the pots again. Some things just NEVER change. lol

It lives on

06 September 2013 19:52:04
It lives on

It lives on

You see? I'm not really a butcher of plants. I gave this fremontodendron a severe haircut at the beginning of summer. Wasn't sure whether I cut too much or not - left only about three foot above ground. Ok, not many flowers this year, but a couple opened today and more to come. Hopefully next year it will be back to the Full Monty.

Bamboo

06 September 2013 05:44:38
€29.99 in work (Fargesia murieliae 'Bimbo')

€29.99 in work (Fargesia murieliae 'Bimbo')

I have been toying with the idea of another bamboo for the garden in recent times. But they are so expensive for a decent-sized one. The one in the first photo is from my work place and only gets to about 1m - but for €29.99 I thought it was a bit too pricey.

The one I had delivered yesterday will grow to about 9-12feet and cost me just €18.50. Very happy with my decision to buy this.

UNABLE TO UPLOAD A SECOND PHOTO!!!

Special delivery

05 September 2013 17:52:39
Special delivery

Special delivery

Had this baby delivered to Steve's job today. Wahoo!!!

Day Off

04 September 2013 22:27:28

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Headed over to the nearest shopping centre this morning to do a bit. And of course, dropped into the newly-opened Arro to see what they had on offer. The more I visit this store, the more I'm liking it. It's not a huge, or even big, garden dept. But each time I visit, I find plants that I wouldn't normally find in work. So that, in my book, is worth keeping an eye on for sure. Bought the escallonia in my previous journal (€6.99) and a Leucothoe 'Whitewater' for the same price. But there was an offer on these plants. Buy two for just a tenner. And really decent-sized plants too.

Also, I was very much attracted to a plant I had not seen for sale before - Coleus canina - which I later discovered to be a (scaredy cat) plant. On googling, I discovered that this is grown as an annual, but can be overwintered in the house. And cuttings can be taken in autumn, which I did today. Actually it was the scent that drew me to this plant - and it only cost €2.50.

Popped into Dealz immediately afterwards and picked up two packs of Oriental lilies for €1.49 each. 5 bulbs in each pack. So I reckon I certainly didn't overspend.

Got home and cut back loads of stuff, and dead-headed. Planted up the Escallonia into a pot and accompanied it with some oak-leafed lettuce. I like dual planting. 

Also planted up a long window box with some nice Pak Choi to provide us with some winter edibles.

Who needs flowers.....

04 September 2013 20:14:56

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......when you can have foliage as stunning as this.

'Sell' this plant to me!

03 September 2013 22:24:25
Myrtus 'Glanleam Gold'

Myrtus 'Glanleam Gold'

I picked this plant up on a couple of occasions today during my shift with the intention of buying it. It has produced lovely white flowers, which I have never seen before, (I must have sold our last lot before flowering). I was sooooo nearly tempted. However, it is deciduous, and that puts a major spanner in the works. I'm looking for an evergreen plant to tide me over the winter months. But I do love it a lot. It would more than likely be going into a pot. Give me a list of its attributes and I'll buy it this week.

Trailing geranium

02 September 2013 22:35:45
Kate's trailing geranium today

Kate's trailing geranium today

Kate, of Kate&Graham, gifted me with this little trailing geranium two years ago when I had the audacity to have an 'Open Day'. Kate, just letting you know that it's still thriving and looking exceedingly good. Something which I am very delighted with. My reputation for keeping plants alive longterm is not too good. 

Last day of freedom

01 September 2013 21:50:44
No melons

No melons

Not much done today as I was a bit under the weather. Ran out of tablets last night for a long-term medical complaint. So lots of phonecalls and a bit of travelling had to be done before getting an emergency prescription filled out this afternoon. 

Generally all I did was a bit of cutting back, dead-heading and watering. Still loads of tomatoes to harvest so I'm hoping the weather will last long enough to ripen all of them. Everything needed a good soak inside, and outside of the greenhouse as we have had fierce winds here for the last 3 or 4 days. Did a bit of tidying up of the greenhouse and have decided that my patience has definitely passed the test with my melons. I have given up on them for this year. Can't understand why they didn't produce any fruit. But that has only made me MORE determined to succeed next year. But hey, look at the length of the plant? 

Back to work tomorrow after a lovely relaxing week off - uggghhhh!!!

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