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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal November 2013

Last Post 1448 days 17 hours ago

room with a view

30 November 2013 00:32:48
room with a view

room with a view

have been stuck in hospital since the early hours of tuesday morning. this chap seems to have taken a shine to me. tries to come in the window each day .really huge up close. 

Ornamental

24 November 2013 19:29:03

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It's such a pity these are purely ornamental. They look sooooo delicious.

Yikes!

24 November 2013 18:18:15
Yikes!

Yikes!

Can't believe this day next month is Christmas Eve!!!!   Oops, am I STILL not allowed to mention that word. :)

Where has that year gone!

 

Globe Artichoke

23 November 2013 21:48:40
Globe Artichoke

Globe Artichoke

Following on from NoelFitz's recent journal about leaving dead or dying plants to let nature take its course, I am glad now that I haven't cut back my Cynara cardunculus (Globe Artichoke). Don't know whether or not it will be beneficial to birds over the winter months, but it's sure looking good right now.

Winter interest

22 November 2013 21:45:42
Loropetalum

Loropetalum

I have a few good evergreen shrubs (albeit small ones) that provide great winter interest. One of those is Loropetalum. In a pot, and perfectly hardy.

A record?

22 November 2013 20:28:43
A record?

A record?

Believe it or not, but this strawberry is growing OUTSIDE. And it has almost ripened, even with the recent freezing temperatures. Nature never ceases to amaze me!

 

Flagpole Cherry

21 November 2013 21:25:53

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A couple of years ago I acquired this wee flagpole cherry from John Lord, owner of Ratoath Garden Centre in Ashbourne. I only paid a fiver for it as it was looking really sad. Shortly after planting it, the main trunk didn't look too healthy so I chopped it down. But a side branch was looking really well and has continued to grow. It's not much to look at just yet, but give it a few more years.

But one thing I hadn't bargained on was the colour of the leaf stems. Beautiful.

Yes!

20 November 2013 22:08:27

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Still am not able to do much about the place. And indeed today certainly was NOT the weather for outdoor gardening. Had to shop for dinner though, and was over the moon to see this Hoya in Supervalu. SallySarah has the same one, Hoya bella. A bit on the dear side at €10, but I think it's worth it if it's something you REALLY want! It's such a beauty.

Lovely colour

18 November 2013 19:06:08
U4BA stygiana

U4BA stygiana

I bought this lovely U4BA at the IGPS in Dublin 6 last month. I hadn't realized it would turn such a beautiful colour at the end of its season. Lovely!

Earning its stripes!

16 November 2013 19:14:22
Earning its stripes!

Earning its stripes!

I love the stripey effect this fern gives the acer behind it.

Double Whammy!

16 November 2013 18:31:48
Acer ribesfolium

Acer ribesfolium

I love this acer in Spring when its branches are bare. They are a deep red. But just look at the foliage today. Never noticed such a strong colour at years end. It was in a pot for years. I finally got it planted into the ground over the Summer months.

Euonymus

14 November 2013 20:48:46
Euonymus elatus

Euonymus elatus

I think it was Rachel who posted a photo of her Euonymus a few days ago. I couldn't believe how far behind my one was. But only in the last two days has mine 'coloured up'.

Smoking Area

14 November 2013 06:33:09

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If I didn't have to sit in the car for my smoke during the working day, I probably would never have taken any heed to the gorgeous colour in the Carpark!

Orchid

13 November 2013 20:17:52
Orchid

Orchid

I dropped into my local Supervalu on the way home from work this evening, and was literally stopped in my tracks when I saw this amazing coloured Oncidium orchid. But with my track record, and a whopping price of €17.99, all I could do was 'look'. Startling shade of blue though. 

Sorry about the quality of the photo, I was trying to do it discreetly as they all know me in there. :)

More great colour

12 November 2013 21:05:19

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is coming from Wisteria foliage right now,

Rodents

12 November 2013 07:30:14
Rodents

Rodents

Time to set a few mouse traps indoors!  Arrrghhh!!!

Just buzzing around

11 November 2013 19:50:29
Just buzzing around

Just buzzing around

It's brilliant to see so many bees still around in mid-November. I also spotted one or two of those nasty wasps that are so intent on inflicting bodily harm on me! Fortunately I escaped them today. I would have thought it would be way too late for wasps!

Her Indoors!

10 November 2013 19:56:14

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Who, me? No way! Well, not normally. But today I decided to concentrate on my houseplants. Gave them all a good drink, tidied up all withering foliage (there wasn't THAT much really!) and sponged down the leaves.

I just can't resist posting this photo of a beautiful Calathea I bought about three weeks ago. Isn't it just gorgeous!

But the second photo is a Hoya that I have had for about three years. On googling Hoya images, it just gives mainly photos of the different flowers. So I really don't know which one this is. But I love it for the foliage. If it ever flowers it will be a bonus. It reminds me a bit of the foliage of Leucothoe 'Curly Red'.

Got a couple of Hippeastrums in Aldi yesterday for just €2.99 each so they got potted up today.

Not made to last!

10 November 2013 08:03:35
Not made to last!

Not made to last!

I guess when I was planting up this pumpkin for Hallowe'en I didn't realize that it would start disintegrating so quickly. Oh, well!

Did you ever......

09 November 2013 19:22:50

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I was a bit later getting out today as household tasks took precedence. I started moving stuff into the greenhouse in earnest. Had to get Steve to lift a few heavy pots in. Then I gave everything a gentle watering. The greenhouse is filling up rapidly and more to come in tomorrow.

Did more tidying up and cutting back. Rearranged lots of pots in the yard and weeded between the paving slabs on the patio. My snowdrops are peeping up. Wahoo!

Did you ever look around you after being out for a couple of hours and wonder what exactly you did? 

For the birds!

09 November 2013 07:30:06
For the birds!

For the birds!

I took away all my bird feeders for the summer months as I hate bird poop all over my plants. Yesterday I searched high and low for the main one that I bought in Aldi years ago.

HOW CAN ONE LOSE A FEEDER THAT SIZE!!!

Getting the finger out

08 November 2013 20:35:42
Lower Pond

Lower Pond

After being off all week, I was more or less tending to household chores. The weather wasn't too bad, and today, as it was such a bright and dry day, I did a lot more cutting back, weedng, and tidying up. Pulled up all my geraniums (I would normally compost them at this time of year). But I predict an even more frugal year ahead. More on that later. Any geraniums that are in containers were taken into the greenhouse IN their containers. 

Today I concentrated mainly on the Lower Pond. It has been pretty neglected of late. It has become so overgrown that the water is barely visble at this stage. Vigorous growth on what I think is Carex in the pond, that has now spread to the adjacent border in abundance. I pulled lots of this up and binned it. I am even finding it growing in plant pots down the far end of the garden. 

Not good to neglect garden tasks as now I am feeling the effects on my back. Can't afford any ailments as I am due back to work on Monday.

Jacinta's "Believe it or not".

08 November 2013 19:22:47
Jacinta's 'Believe it or not'.

Jacinta's 'Believe it or not'.

You may think this was just accidental planting. But I knew Mukdenia and this little acer would look well together at this time of year.

Whoever heard of........

08 November 2013 16:38:29
Whoever heard of........

Whoever heard of........

French Marigolds still flowering in November?

Zantedeschia

08 November 2013 16:09:48

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Zantedeschia is reputedly a good plant to grow as a marginal. However, about 4 years ago I decided to actually plant it into the Upper Pond. And it flowered very well the first year. But it hasn't flowered since. I guess a marginal is NOT the same as a constant dunking. Took it up today and have nowhere suitable in the garden. I will pot it up into multipurpose compost tomorrow. It's here for the taking!!!

Winter colour

05 November 2013 21:05:52
Winter colour

Winter colour

I have never had the pleasure of Ricinus in full swing in November. Happy days! But unfortunately it's too cold for this plant to form any seeds for next year.

Todays jobs

04 November 2013 22:02:01

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After cutting back the eucalyptus today, I spent a while tidying up the borders. Removed a lot of the summer bedding in pots and baskets. The ones that have geraniums in them were just moved to the greenhouse. I usually plant up some winter baskets but I have so many baskets at this stage that I can afford to just decomission the geraniums into the greenhouse for the winter, and concentrate on other ones to suit the purpose.

Spent a while weeding the Alpine Circle. Lots of prolific geraniums that seed themselves EVERYWHERE, pots included. Raked up a lot of debris that the recent cutting down of the honeysuckle left behind. Gathered up all bamboo canes that had done their job, sorted them into their sizes, and stored them in the boiler house, together with a lot of garden ornaments.

Took tender pots into the greenhouse as tonight is promising another night of heavy frost.

Happy with my few essentials that were carried out today.

Tactile

04 November 2013 19:54:07
Tactile

Tactile

During my mornings walk I spotted this in a neighbours garden. I just wanted to stop and stroke it. Sad or what!!!

Much better

04 November 2013 19:26:12

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As I'm off all week I decided to kickstart my free time with a short power walk this morning. It's good to get out and walk as you can see how good, or bad, gardens are in the locality. Everywhere was covered in a thick frost but it was quick to thaw out.

When I got back, I lugged the ladder out to the garden to try and make the Eucalyptus more aesthetically pleasing. Just before the branch in question (which was at least 6ft) came tumbling down I realized that it was going to come down on my head. So had to re-position the ladder before it was too late. I didn't fancy having to contend with minor concussion being in the house on my own. I'm glad that I didn't have to ask Steve to do this job as sometimes I take it for granted that he performs the tasks that I just don't want to do.

Cold night

04 November 2013 17:58:36

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We had our first significant frost overnight here in the Capital. Took these photos when I went on my FIRST walk of the week. Hoping to do the same distance in a shorter time tomorrow.

Eucalyptus

03 November 2013 21:55:19
Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus

About two years ago I got Steve to lop off about 12 feet from the top of my Eucalyptus. It was looking out of proportion to the garden. 

Today I had a closer look and noticed that one big branch is growing outwards at a very ungainly angle. So tomorrow I hope to be able to reach up somehow, and cut it off. The only thing is.......the planting is so dense in that area that there is no room for a ladder.

Did very little over the weekend but I'm off for a week now so hopefully the weather will be a bit kinder.

My favourite fuchsia

02 November 2013 21:25:14

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This was planted in the garden about 7 yrs ago. No idea of its name. And it looks like I have digitally enhanced it. Not so! It is as you see it! Love it to bits.

Looks deceive!

02 November 2013 20:49:11
Cornus alba 'Siberica'

Cornus alba 'Siberica'

It's hard to believe that today was the epitome of wintry weather between the showers. Dogwood looking gorgeous, can't wait until it grows up!

Not a whole lot done

02 November 2013 19:29:24
Climbing Rose 'Paul's Scarlet'

Climbing Rose 'Paul's Scarlet'

Despite the horrific weather of today I was determined to get out and 'do a bit'. I started off by weeding the gravel under the pergola and one job lead to another, as it does!

Weeded what I call my 'mini-woodland border' and noticed lots of lovely primroses in flower. Light at the 'beginning' of the winter tunnel!!!! 

During a brief respite in the frequent squally, wintry showers I managed to get my two new Aldi roses (Galway Bay and Swan Lake) planted adjacent to the existing one 'Paul's Scarlet'. They should look really well together next year.

Coy Koi

02 November 2013 09:40:30

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It's a good job the koi are spending more time down deeper in the pond at this time of year. Mr. Heron was spotted looking over the gardens from his regular perch early this morning.

Acer

01 November 2013 21:01:46

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This little acer is coming up trumps right now. 

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