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Jacinta D's Journal October 2013

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Another plant id please!!

31 October 2013 20:50:07

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Would I be right in thinking that this plant is a Carex? It's a this years' purchase, and already the label has disappeared.

Coleus

30 October 2013 21:19:03

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Bought this plant for a very reasonable price in the newly-opened D.I.Y. store in my locality. Unusual smell, not sure if I like or dislike it.

It was only when I googled on it that I realized that it is a cat deterrent (also called 'Scaredy Cat Plant).  I  took two cuttings weeks ago just for the fun of it, which have successfully taken. Happy days!

Small ones are more juicy!

30 October 2013 19:53:01
Small ones are more juicy!

Small ones are more juicy!

My 'harvest' of leeks picked this morning. It's amazing what can be accomplished in a humble little window box. Leek and Potato/bacon soup on the hob as we speak. And even though I've just stepped up from the dinner, I may make soup my dessert. It smells delish!

The colder weather must be having an effect on me as I am doing a lot more cooking/baking in the last week.

ID please!

29 October 2013 22:51:20

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A lot of colour has disappeared in the garden lately. So you can imagine my excitement when I spotted this completely different flower in my part shade border yesterday. I nearly missed this. Can't for the life of me remember getting it from anyone in particular. I went to investigate it further and discovered that it is still in its pot and just 'plonked' into the border.

Can anyone tell me what it is, please? It's a little beauty.

Brrrrr!!!

29 October 2013 21:42:46

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Gosh, I went from working in t-shirt sleeves last week to wearing a t-shirt, jumper, and light jacket today. A very noticeable drop in temperature both yesterday and today. 

We still have lots of summer bedding for sale in our place at the moment, all reduced by 50%. Can't see any of it shifting, even though today I reduced most of it to 50c. Amongst the reductions are window boxes which are now down to €4, and the summer bedding in them is still looking very healthy. But who in their right minds would buy them as we approach November.

There is a planter with mixed summer bedding that originally cost €19.99. But today I got it for €2. There is a nice little Gaura in it that I thought was worth €2.00. At least I THINK it's a Gaura?????? I do know there are hardy types, but not sure which one this is. It's worth taking the chance though.

At 4.30 all the birds in the vicinity began to roost, what a cacophony of cackling, chirping etc. Music to my ears. At the end of my shift I reminded my Manager that it was time to finish my working day an hour earlier now that business is winding down.

Hellebore

29 October 2013 07:47:43
Hellebore

Hellebore

I have one here that's about to flower! Can't believe how early it is considering that most plants have been late! It's very welcome though.

Acer

28 October 2013 21:53:53

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I have about 5 different acers still giving lovely colour. These are two of my favourites at the moment. Sorry, but I don't know which ones they are.

You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs

28 October 2013 20:25:56

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Since I decided to take out the honeysuckle over the logia, and cut back the jasmine, I gave it a 'near enough is good enough' cut back a few weeks ago. However, the top growth had been left up on the overhead beam.

Today I cut back, and cleared away most of the hostas that have died back at this stage to give Steve a bit of space to use the hedgetrimmer over the logia and oil tank. I'm glad about my decision to get rid of the honeysuckle. For the past few years it hasn't been doing too well, and doesn't even open its flowers any more for some reason. Although its vigorous growth has shifted the trellis that Steve made for in front of the oil tank. There is a bit more clearing to do before the Oilman can have access to this area. It's a pity we both sat on our laurels all weekend until today!

What a mess! 

PWiseman

28 October 2013 06:53:52
Garden Silliness

Garden Silliness

After looking at all the work Peter has done this weekend, it has put me to shame. Nothing done Saturday, apart from making up a silly planter. Absolutely NOTHING done yesterday except baking, going out to lunch, and generally lazing about.

It's another awful morning here in the Capital. But nothing planned to distract me from the garden, and there are still lots of bulbs to be planted. Although, I do have some One4all vouchers to spend. Hmmmm, and I notice there are a couple of garden centres that take these.

Enjoy your day, whatever you get up to!

Tearing the apron strings

26 October 2013 22:54:41
Agave attenuata

Agave attenuata

I plucked this little baby from its mother plant in Lanzarote four years ago. It's doing well. It's alive, so with MY record, that's considered 'doing well'. Conrad has identified this as Agave attenuata.

New Planter

26 October 2013 19:25:45

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I just LOVE recycling things. 

New Planter

26 October 2013 15:03:30
Let the fun begin!

Let the fun begin!

It's raining cats and dogs at the moment and doesn't look like it's going to clear up any time soon. In the meantime, the pumpkin pulp and stringy bits are on the stove. 

Let's hope the rain stops so I can get my new planter planted up.

Fatsia

26 October 2013 07:57:14

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My fatsia is looking particularly well now. It's a great architectural plant to have in the garden. When it outgrows its space, I just cut liberally. Wouldn't be without it, that's for sure.

Freebie

24 October 2013 20:51:13

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During a gale in the G.C. a couple of months ago, a lot of plants blew from the top shelves. One was Myrtus communis 'variegata'. A lot of its branches broke off in the journey down to terra firma. So, as I had been toying with the idea over the previous weeks of actually buying the plant for €8.99, I decided to just 'plonk' one of the broken branches into the soil up at the raised area. 'Lo and behold, I think it has taken. Uprooted it today and stuck it in a bag to take home. So I planted it immediately when I got in the door - into ericaceous compost, as I had thought that all Myrtus required this type of soil. 

However, on Googling, I find that it can be planted into normal garden soil. I hope the ericaceous compost won't cause a major set-back for it. It's a lovely shrub.

 

Sedum

24 October 2013 08:30:53

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These sedum flowers are turning brown now with the colder weather. Don't like it as much as pink. Autumn and Winter colours DEPRESS me, unless they are vibrant oranges or reds.

Kerria

23 October 2013 20:59:38
Kerria japonica (Jew's Mallow)

Kerria japonica (Jew's Mallow)

Jew's Mallow is starting to repeat flower too. :)

He's making a come-back

23 October 2013 20:02:54
New flowers on 'The President'

New flowers on 'The President'

I have been 'going on' about dead-heading a lot lately. Any other year I would just let a plant 'do its thing' and accept the next season. But I really am trying to hang on to our glorious summer. And amongst others,  I have been dead-heading my Clematis, namely 'Polish Spirit' and 'The President'.

Polish Spirit is still flowering well. The President has about a dozen open flowers at the moment, and there are more coming. Not bad for so late in October.

Not really looking forward to the clocks going back on Saturday night. Brighter mornings, but darker evenings. The only advantage is I'll probably be finishing work earlier now.

The right time?

22 October 2013 22:59:17

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My Rhodochiton has done really well this year. But I want to collect seed to ensure a healthy and new plant for next year, just in case this one perishes over the winter. So......do these seeds look ripe enough for picking?

Dahlia

22 October 2013 06:32:58
Dahlia

Dahlia

I like this dahlia. It's growing in a pot, but not so big that I can't take it into the greenhouse for the winter. I think I bought it in Woodies as a growing plant.

As you can see it has been well-chewed by garden critturs.

Verbascum

21 October 2013 21:06:12
Verbascum chiaxii this evening

Verbascum chiaxii this evening

Verbascum chiaxii is flowering again! Wahoo!!! All my dead-heading has certainly paid off this year.

Sweet Pea

21 October 2013 19:19:45

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Having soaked my sweet pea at the weekend, I got round to sowing them this evening after work. I know they love a good deep root run.  It is also recommended to sow them into inserts from toilet rolls to avoid root disturbance and the toilet roll inserts rot away into the compost. But I have bought seedlings on occasions and I don't believe this harms the seedlings in any way. 

However, I did use the inserts this evening, and popped them into small pots to give the roots the extra space they require. Time will tell.

I have sown sweet pea in Autumn before, but usually lost interest shortly after germination, or just forgot about them altogether. 

Great day

20 October 2013 21:39:21

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What a day! Black clouds loomed over for the early part of the day, but the rain never materialized, thank God. After going out to lunch with Dad, I donned the gardening gear and got out with great gusto. Spent my first hour and a half in the greenhouse pond with the waders, cutting back yellowed leaves of Hemerocallis, Solidago, Knautia macedonica and doing a general tidy-up. It's looking a lot better.

Cut back my bulrushes (Latin name escapes me right now), oh yea, Typhus latifolia, and weeded out pondweed and decaying leaves of Nymphaea, which were very slimy at this stage.

Took this opportunity to collect seeds of Nigella (Love-in-a-mist). So have lots to share if anyone wants any?

Also cut back one of my climbing roses 'Paul's Scarlet' which was totally neglected this year. 

I succumbed to two more climbing roses in Aldi yesterday - 'Galway Bay' and 'Swan Lake' which (after hardening off) will be planted in the vicinity of 'Paul's Scarlet'. All colours should really compliment each other. And they only cost €2.49 each. Check out your local Aldi stores.

Annual Rudbeckia

20 October 2013 18:50:35
Annual Rudbeckia

Annual Rudbeckia

This is LAST years rudbeckia that produced some flowers this year for me. Was out doing a bit today and noticed a few more flowers opening on it. Happy Days!

Flavoursome

19 October 2013 20:03:07

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I love a bit of 'oomph' in my cuisine. I sowed these chilipeppers late, they germinated late, and as a result they are late for harvesting. But I'm delighted with this years results. Normally the snails in the greenhouse start playing havoc with them before I get the opportunity to pick them. But not this year. However, they are nowhere near reddening up, where the punch is put into the flavour. They'll do nicely though.

London's burning

19 October 2013 19:39:05
London's burning

London's burning

Each year I forget that saxifraga 'London Pride' can colour up so nicely at this time of year.

Dead-heading

18 October 2013 20:30:40
Dead-heading

Dead-heading

I have been reluctant to 'let go' of our terrific summer this year. Who knows when we'll get the likes of it again! I have gone mad dead-heading stuff that I normally wouldn't, like Clematis, Ceratostigma, and others.

It's a foregone conclusion that the dahlias are still looking great. But amongst the 'others' has been Sidalcea. It was looking 'ok' this evening during a very brief respite from the awful showers we had all day today. Tomorrow is expected to be a bit better.

"You don't bring me flowers"

18 October 2013 06:00:59
'You don't bring me flowers'

'You don't bring me flowers'

Steve is not known for producing romantic gifts. They would have more of a practical use. Yesterday evening he presented me with a terrific present after work. It's a submersible pump that fits into the water butt, and is attached to the garden hose. That means that I won't have to water the garden by running back and forth to the water butt with a watering can. Brilliant!

Got my laptop back, but now I can't download photos from my camera. So I'm going to try and add a photo here from my mobile. 

Saxifraga

15 October 2013 20:50:06
Saxifraga cortusufolia

Saxifraga cortusufolia

Sally posted a photo of a lovely saxifraga a few days ago. I think it's the same as my one, which is now fully open. Such a pretty little thing!

I give up

15 October 2013 19:29:31
I give up

I give up

I have attempted growing carrots for a few years now. They have never done well. They have never grown any thicker than a pencil and about a third of the length. I pulled up my last lot this evening. Maybe a deeper pot should have been used.

Rose

14 October 2013 17:47:38
R. 'Tequila Sunrise'

R. 'Tequila Sunrise'

This rose has got to be one of my favourites. 

Mr. Tayto

12 October 2013 20:54:11

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Wee Davey and Steve had fun today uprooting the last of my spuds. 

IGPS Plant Sale

12 October 2013 19:04:27

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Headed over to Dublin 6 this morning to the Plant Sale. It came as a very welcome treat as I have been sooooo well behaved all year. It was a small affair, but I always reckon these smaller gatherings have a lot more to offer. Lots of lovely plants grown by the stall-holders themselves. So you know they have put their 'all' into propagating them. It was great to meet up with a few of you, namely Rachel, Violetta, Ali, Liga, Paddy and Eilish. But midway through purchasing plants I got a text from my daughter Zoe to say she had arrived back home with Wee Davey so I had to hightail it very suddenly.

Got myself a few really nice plants for a mere €30. It was a bit confusing with totting up the cost to my purse though, as there were different coloured sticky dots denoting different prices, and once I started buying plants I forgot what prices went with what stickers. But €30 and I'm a Happy Camper. Got myself some Nerines (don't know where mine have disappeared to), a lovely U4BA stygiana, Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus' which I have been on the look out for a while, Schizostylis occinea 'Sunrise', Pelargonium 'Lady Plymouth', Eryops tysonii (which I was told was perfectly hardy), and lastly a lovely tradescantia.

Of course I saw a very unusual fuchsia on one of the stalls, but 'the early birds caught the worms'. Violetta and Liga beat me to the only two on that stall. They both gave me cuttings so hopefully they will take! Thanks, Ladies!

Asters

11 October 2013 20:40:58

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No gardening done at all during the week due to erratic working hours and visiting Dad afterwards. 

Off at 4 o'clock today and went straight home to have a gander at how the garden is doing. Colour is being depleted day by day. But I have been watching my Asters avidly in recent days. They have finally opened. The pink one has a bit more to go. But they are very welcome now. What a joy to behold!

Looking forward to a rare Garden outing tomorrow in Palmerston Park for the IGPS sale. Hopefully the purse won't be put under too much stress, and looking foward to meeting up with a few of ye!

Nerine

07 October 2013 21:09:32
Nerine

Nerine

Dad's Nerine bowdenii are starting to open. Not a sign of mine.

Ceratostigma

07 October 2013 21:02:23
Ceratostigma willmotianum today

Ceratostigma willmotianum today

This year I decided to dead-head my clematisessssss???? , namely 'The President' and 'Polish Spirit'. And they have provided me with lots of later colour. Never bothered dead-heading clematis before, but I will be doing it on a regular basis next year now that I know it works.

I also dead-headed Ceratostigma willmotianum. As a result, this is how it looks today. Definitely worth spending a little bit of effort over.

The front continues

06 October 2013 20:21:15

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As we made a bit of a start yesterday on the front garden, we decided to keep on going today. Steve took down the small trellis that divides us from our neighbour, which was pretty rotten. We decided to leave up the original railing that was put there when our house was built. It will be ideal for my climbing roses to cling onto. It'll also cut down on costs, and we won't have the constant maintenance of fence panels. It won't be long before it's completely covered in. I have already started to train 'Graham Thomas' up the drainpipe. It takes the ugly look off that area.

I did a lot of weeding today, and Steve finally got round to applying Rootout to the stumps of the two big prunus he removed a couple of weeks ago.

Weeded and cut back the ivy in the kayak. Not many plants in there, so I think I'll buy some Tete-a-Tetes tomorrow to brighten it up for Spring. I'll be looking for a new home to put the yucca as it won't stay that size forever.

One disadvantage of not putting up a trellis is that Peter doesn't realize he has lots of wild garlic that doesn't respect its boundary. I spent ages pulling it up today. Boy! What a stink! Now that the prunus have been taken out, I've decided to get another delivery of maybe half a tonne of gravel and lay it all over the small beds around the perimeter. It should give it a more finished look, and cut down on the weeding further.

I think this was only the SECOND day this year working on the front garden. The makeover was definitely a success. 

Shop Local

05 October 2013 22:13:08
Shop Local

Shop Local

It is sometimes quite cost effective sowing seeds from veg bought at your local supermarket, as opposed to shopping online or in garden stores for seeds. These sweet peppers are growing from seeds taken from supermarket-bought peppers. Should be big enough for eating in about two weeks.

No need for chemicals

04 October 2013 22:34:03
R. 'Tequila Sunrise'

R. 'Tequila Sunrise'

This is a rose that Steve rescued from his job about three years ago, from an area that was being re-vamped. I have a few roses here in the garden, and this is the only one that hasn't fallen victim to blackspot so far. And it repeat flowers to boot. Looking good this evening.

Liking this combo

04 October 2013 20:50:59
Liking this combo

Liking this combo

Leucothoe 'White Water' and a pink heather look good together.

Erring on the side of caution

03 October 2013 20:57:40

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Two of my favourite foliage plants in the garden were acquired via Bruno, I think (Melianthus major), and Tetrapanax via Headgardener. Both are doing well, after spending their first winter in the greenhouse. Thanks, Lads.

Do you think it's safe to leave them outside in the elements this year?

6 months ain't bad

02 October 2013 20:52:13
6 months ain't bad

6 months ain't bad

Yea, the last three days have been dark, and wet, and miserable looking. But on a more positive note, it is still very mild. I have been working outdoors in just t-shirt sleeves (and obviously trousers too) since April. Today the rainjacket went on periodically, but never lasted long as it was so warm. Not bad for our Irish climate.

Terrible to have the lights on as soon as I come in in the evenings now. But my last years' 50c canna cheered me up no end. It's now fully open.

Fuchsia

01 October 2013 20:30:32
Fuchsia

Fuchsia

This is a lovely fuchsia that I have had in the garden for years. No need for a name - it'll still be my favourite.

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