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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal January 2014

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Oh, for some fair weather.

30 January 2014 22:26:22

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The garden always looks way neater when the grass is cut. It's been a long time now. Hopefully after our next wet spell is over I can get this done for the first tme this year. The garden isn't looking too bad at this stage in winter. Over the last couple of weeks I have got a lot of things in the borders pretty much in order.

Arctotis

30 January 2014 22:02:11

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I normally take these into the greenhouse over the winter months as it's not reputed to be too hardy. However, that never happened this year. I have three different types in this pot and the pot is too heavy to bring in. It has been flowering continuously since at least April and plenty more flowers on the way. 

Plant of the Day

30 January 2014 19:51:08
Plant of the Day

Plant of the Day

Lots of ladybirds in the garden today, particularly on the Plant of the Day!

A good day!

30 January 2014 19:37:05

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It started out miserable this morning, but after my little trip to Lidl things brightened up no end. Got myself 5 new Hellebores, and 2 for Jackie. Well, that's fair, isn't it????

All were Double Ellens. My ones are 'Pink', 'Purple', 'White spotted', 'Picotee' and 'Red'. So after getting a few household chores done I headed out to see where I could plant these. Forgot about that as soon as I got out and ended up cutting back some Hellebore leaves, chopping up the Christmas tree down at the back and chucking it 'over the wall', and cutting back more stuff and a general tidy up.

As it had been so miserable over the last week I hadn't realized that my Helleborus Orientalis had begun to open up. I mentioned the other day that sometimes I place a small mirror slightly tilted on the soil so I can see the flowers that may be facing downwards. Picture enclosed so you can see the effect.

 

Not an original idea

30 January 2014 18:00:55
Not an original idea

Not an original idea

Paddy and Mary posted a lovely photo this time last year of some floating Hellebore flowers. And what a picture it was too.

Unfortunately I couldn't find a crystal bowl big enough here, so I had to suffice with my Christmas bowl that I bought in Aldi last year. It still looks nice though, I think! Imitation is the best form of flattery. My Orientalis is just beginning to open, so I'll add some of those when the time comes.

Up and ready

30 January 2014 06:10:32
My own beauties

My own beauties

Up and dressed since 5.00am. Afraid I would sleep past 8 o'clock and miss the Hellebore offers in Lidl. Sad or what! But it's been a good while since I've been able to grab myself a nice bargain.

 The early bird catches the worm!

Sacred Bamboo/Heavenly Bamboo

29 January 2014 18:59:56

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This was one of my very few purchases in Johnstown on the 12th. I'm just lovin' its cheery colour to brighten up the end of the garden. 

I didn't even contemplate doing anything outside today. Hasn't stopped raining here since yesterday. But I did take a trip over to Dealz and bought a few gardening items, amongst them were some nice asiatic lilies 'Tropical Breeze' which are now potted up.

Platycerium

28 January 2014 21:53:35
Platycerium bifurcatum

Platycerium bifurcatum

I don't always manage to keep houseplants alive. But this one has been with me for about 4 or 5 years. 

Platycerium bifurcatum, or more commonly known as Staghorn Fern, is an epiphyte, usually found growing in the rainforests. Hardly the humidity that my house can offer it. But it has survived well, nonetheless. It's nearly ready for a bigger pot.

Seedaholics

28 January 2014 19:25:46

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I often wonder why I don't keep all my seeds in the one container. I went through about 5 different big boxes that I keep them in, just to see which ones that can be sown from February (well, it's NEARLY February). Had a pile to do, when I came across another box. I remember Deborah posting a photo in the past of a beautiful seed chest where she keeps all of hers in the one place. Clever Lady!

I sowed an envelope full of Strelitzia (Bird of Paradise). They're old seed (possibly from Deborah herself), so whether they will germinate or not, only time will tell. But if they do, I will have lots to give away. Also sowed some more sweet pea (two types), Cleome 'Colour Fountain', Coleus 'Rainbow Mix', and Rudbeckia 'Moroccan Sun' making sure to top them with Vermiculite to allow the light at them.

I had been saving the inserts from toilet rolls for the sweet pea, but somehow I have mislaid them. So I ended up sowing them into these root trainers. Nifty little sections that can be opened when ready for planting out, without root disturbance. A bit fiddly as they weren't closing tightly enough. But they're positioned on a slant so that the compost won't seep out the sides. Fingers crossed.

I was delighted to find a basket with Crocosmia 'Lucifer' in it out in the garage, bought late last year in Dealz for a mere 25c a pack, Polianthes tuberosa, and a bag of Watsonia 'Mount Concreve Coral' that Paddy had given me at the I.S.N.A. fair in Palmerston Park in September. All of those were planted into pots. Oh, to be more organized. But at least being off sick I have enough time to start the sowing in earnest.

A few more to do tomorrow.

Where there's life, there's hope

28 January 2014 16:31:46
Camellia japonica 'Wisley White' today

Camellia japonica 'Wisley White' today

Following on from a recent journal by NoelFitz and Euthanasia on some of his shrubs, I posted a comment on my almost bare camellia here. Day by day it seems to drop its leaves. It's been on a steady decline since Summer, and indeed I have been blaming the long hot season for its gradual demise (nothing to do with me neglecting it, of course!!!).

But I thought it was worthwhile taking a photo of it a few minutes ago during what has probably been the only 2 minute dry spell here today. It's flowering. Now, am I glad I didn't chuck it! I promise to take better care of it from now on. It may die anyway, but it's gotta be worth a try. Where there's life, there's hope!!!

Arabis

27 January 2014 20:33:48
Arabis 'Rose Delight'

Arabis 'Rose Delight'

No gardening for me today. 

This little Arabis opened up for me a couple of days ago.  Sweet little thing.

While I was getting on with things.....

26 January 2014 20:25:53
U4BA 'Silver Swan' today

U4BA 'Silver Swan' today

Must admit that the makeover of the front garden the year before last has been worth its weight in gold as I don't spend much time out there. But today, I really noticed a lot of growth on this U4BA compared to last year. It can only get better and better. Will probably take a few cuttings later in the year.

Braving the elements

26 January 2014 19:36:58

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Got very glum this morning looking out at the weather, and just waiting for the squally showers to blow over. No sooner had the rain stopped, when it started again. Very wintry hail showers here too. When there was a bit of a break, I took the plunge and went out. But in all fairness, I was doing more damage to the soil as it was completely waterlogged. At one stage, I thought I would have to bale out many buckets of water in the Lower in case the fish started swimming around in the grass. And with Holly constantly on the prowl, that would NOT have been good.

I decided then that I just HAD to get out. So I chose the front garden, which is covered with gravel, and sloping out to the road, so the drainage is good.

We had to get rid of our gates last year on account of a lot of rot, I had to bag lots of dog poop from the gravel. Not nice, especially when you don't even own a dog. Then I bagged lots of leaves and litter that had gathered in nooks and crannies around the garden. Even though I was wearing gloves, my hands were frozen solid as the leaves were sodden. Not used to braving the elements any more. Things will have to change before long. 

Pulled up lots of the dreaded wild garlic coming in from my next-door neighbour. Handy enough if you can get it while it's still small. But to be honest, I haven't done much out front in a few months. Was going to weed the whole garden, but I'm still not able to get down on my knees. So I contented myself with having pulled most of the garlic. Boy, what a stink!

Lots of tulips and daffs coming up. And Hyacinths which were originally flowering indoors, are now starting to appear. Happy Days. They're planted beside the hall door so the scent should be magic.

Snowdrops

25 January 2014 20:12:20

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These two aren't quite fully open yet. But already you can tell the difference. Labels were in the pots. But even with permanent marker, the names fade, unless the whole name is pushed down under soil level.

Wet, wet, wet

24 January 2014 20:33:37

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It's been raining here since about 8.30am. Not good for outdoors. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

Yesterday while in Aldi, I was hoping to pick up SOMETHING green. But nothing on offer. So I consoled myself with this cute little Bird Gift set, complete with terracotta container, and fleece for the approaching nest-bulding season, and a bag of birdseed. I'll be saving hair from mine and Steve's hairbrushes to replenish nesting materials.

 

By hook, or by crook

23 January 2014 21:14:19

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I spent a good while today clearing out rotting leaves and debris from the Upper Pond.

If I was granted just ONE wish for a job to be accomplished in the garden this year it would be to hide the blue liner in the Upper Pond.

When we put the pond (our first) in, we obviously hadn't done enough research before starting out. The hole was dug, sand laid, 2 layers of underlay, and then a double layer of viscreen (heavy duty plastic) that we just happened to have out in the garage. It does look pretty ugly. But the only way the viscreen will be replaced is if we have a major leak. The second and third ponds have black liners. So we did learn a valuable lesson with our first and only error.

But apart from the blue liner, I am very satisfied with the ecosystem that has occurred here. Cleaning out the pond once or twice during the summer months is about all we have to do with it. Koi and shabunkin are big, happy and healthy. And with netting in place, the Heron will NOT have a free lunch.

The amount of soil around this pond is VERY limited. So planting opportunities are also. So, my quest this year is to encourage the existing plants to trail over, almost to the surface of the water. Hazels sedums that she has given me over the last couple of years have been worth their weight in gold in accomplishing this task. I have a few more to plant. And saxifragas too. Thanks again, Hazel. :)

 

Good winter colour

22 January 2014 22:43:14
Heucherella 'Yellowstone Falls'

Heucherella 'Yellowstone Falls'

This Heucherella has great summer foliage. As the name suggests it is a lovely lemon yellow. But more interesting, and welcome in the winter months, it takes on a pinkish hue. It's supposedly great for hanging baskets too, although that wouldn't be MY thing.

Winter and Architectural

22 January 2014 20:58:24
Winter and Architectural

Winter and Architectural

Every year I decide at the end of Autumn NOT to cut back certain plants, so they can provide the winter garden with some architectural oomph, especially with frost on them. This winter, I have been getting increasingly irritated with the whole untidiness of the garden and took the secateurs to a lot of stuff.

But today I was mighty glad that my Cynara cardunculus (Globe Artichoke) was still standing. It looked lovely!

I wonder?

22 January 2014 20:15:57
I wonder?

I wonder?

I bought this little box in Mr. Middletons a few years ago. They're supposed to provide areas for hibernating insects like lacewings, ladybirds etc. Not sure whether they are doing the job they are designed for. But then, I probably will NEVER get to see what they are supposed to provide a home for, except for the ladybirds.

It's good to be alive

22 January 2014 19:49:51

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Up at the crack of dawn this morning (what's new). But instead of catching up with Facebook and late journals I busied myself with household chores. Afterwards, I spent the morning with Dad and my sister, Lucia. 

Fired with a renewed energy, one that I haven't witnessed since before my knee started playing up, I spent the guts of 2 hours outdoors cutting back, tidying up and planning for the coming season. Decided to hold off on any planting of the lovely plants I got from members at the get-together until I have all the tidying up done. 

Cut back clematis 'Polish Spirit' as there is a lot of new growth on it already. Climbed up on the wall of the Upper Pond and finally got Miscanthus floridulus cut back. When it started to change to its autumn colour it was very attractive. But now was the time to hack away at it in readiness for Spring. Surprised myself with my agility seems that I have been sitting on my laurels for the last 2 months at least. Pulled up last years crocosmia and cut back Perovskia (Russian Sage). 

Had some garlic in the kitchen that was beginning to sprout. So I divided it up and planted it out into a big container. I love the 'reduce, re-use, re-cycle' frame of mind. Ideally garlic should be planted in October. But better late than never. Still a bit of daylight left at 5.20 this evening! I think I'm getting my 'mojo' back! Happy Days!

A first for me too

22 January 2014 18:06:36
A first for me too

A first for me too

Maybe I'm not alone in this. But today I spotted my first daisy of the year.  :)  

I sometimes wonder why people get annoyed with them in their lawn. Such pretty, innocent little weeds!

Pure and simple

22 January 2014 16:40:49

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The newish ones I have in pots are just opening. Not sure which ones they are as the writing on the labels has faded in the light. But they have put a smile on my face today. 

Damp Shade

21 January 2014 21:52:10

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The left hand side of my garden is in almost constant shade, except for during high summer when it gets a small bit of sun. I'm surprised how well a few shrubs have done in this area, like Spirea, Ligustrum, Hydrangea, etc.

At the get-together in Johnstown I bought myself a very nice evergreen fern, one that I have not seen before, or even heard of - Cyrtomium falcatum (also known as Japanese Holly Fern).

So over the next week or two I hope to dig up some shrubs in that area, which is backing the Lower Pond. These will be up for grabs. And in their place I will be planting lots of shady plants. This new one should look great in winter months too and I think it looks quite architectural.

REMINDER!

21 January 2014 17:58:10
REMINDER!

REMINDER!

Gairdini na Lus tonight, TG4 8.00pm

Forward planning

21 January 2014 17:37:31

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Only talking about what Aldi and Lidl will have to offer for the coming seasons just last week, I see that Aldi have electric propagators on Thursday week (30th January) for just €24.99.

Also they have camellias and azaleas in 2lt pots for just €6.99, and windowsill propagators for €2.99. Guess where I'll be on the day! This is the start of it! Bring it on!!!!!

I'm expecting

20 January 2014 23:39:16
I'm expecting

I'm expecting

a great show from these galanthus any day soon. Think they are the ordinary nivalis or elwesii. Either way, they will be very welcome. In my small garden I would consider these quite a good clump. :)

Grass

20 January 2014 21:37:28

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Marram grass, which is grey-green, is a familiar feature of our coastal sand-dunes. It plays a vital role in stabilising the dunes, its fibrous roots binding down the sand. Well-adapted to harsh life on the coastline, its glossy rolled up leaves protect it from drying out.

Gretta and myself headed out this afternoon with such great intentions of visiting St. Ann's Park in Raheny. And like a flash, we changed our minds. A woman's prerogative. LOL

It was such a glorious January day that we just felt compelled to visit our nearest beach, Dollymount Strand. Such a clear blue sky, not a cloud in sight. I might post an album in a few minutes. 

So impatient!

19 January 2014 20:54:09

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I've been examining my galanthus in the last couple of weeks, WISHING them to open. I got a lovely yellow one last year from Guy DeSchrijver in Tipperary and just CANNOT wait for this one to reappear.

However, for the moment I will content myself with extras that he sent me afterwards, that I have in pots for now. Nearly there!

I still have to post this photo. I think it looks lovely with yesterdays' raindrops.

Mini-meet

19 January 2014 19:26:51
Garrya issaquansis 'Glasnevin Wine'

Garrya issaquansis 'Glasnevin Wine'

We probably all agree that our New Year get-together is the highlight of our year. However, there were a few people who, for some reason or another, were unable to attend Johnstown on the 12th January.

So a few of us have decided that it might be a nice idea to meet up in The Pale - ie. The National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin.

We plan on meeting in the carpark at 11.00am on Saturday 8th February. A leisurely stroll and convivial company. Afterwards a spot of lunch in either the Cafe on site, or in one of the two local pubs. Will be decided at a later date. 

ALL ARE WELCOME!!!

Monty

18 January 2014 19:19:00
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Monty

For any early risers out there, an hour long gardening programme at 08.05 in the morning on BBC2 'Monty Don's French Gardens'.

Shifting things around

18 January 2014 18:54:48

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Wasn't planning on doing anything outside today on account of the weather. But wee Davey decided to do a bit shifting around of my plants (mainly cacti) on the Living Room windowsill when my back was turned. Oops! He hadn't realized they were so 'child unfriendly'!!!

He came back from the shops earlier with Steve with some beautifully-scented hyacinths for me. Ahhhh!!!  Bless his cotton socks.

Sharing the Perch

17 January 2014 08:46:57

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Normally it's the bould heron I spot perched on the distant lamp post beyond the back garden. But yesterday himself and a sparrowhawk were taking turns. At least I THINK it's a sparrowhawk. I lost a bit of clarity with the photo as I have zoomed it.

Bedding Cyclamen

16 January 2014 20:20:36
Bedding Cyclamen

Bedding Cyclamen

I think it may have been NoelFitz who mentioned that his wife regularly bought these bedding cyclamen (the ones you get in garden centres and D.I.Y. stores like Homebase, Woodies etc). And she always planted them out. However, after constantly chucking mine on the compost heap after their best by date, I decided to do the same, doubting that I would ever see them again. 

                                                    W R O N G!!!

They are beginning to flower for me yet again! Definitely worth the €3.99 I paid for a 13cm pot. And they are also seeding around (albeit slowly) as you can see from the photo.

This is their third winter to flower.

Cyclamen coum

16 January 2014 19:58:57

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Bought just ONE small plant of Cyclamen coum last year. Can't believe how well it has bulked up in one short year. 

Note to self: Buy more and dot around the garden

Getting bored waiting

15 January 2014 20:53:26

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We really need a good dry spell and a touch more heat. I've cossetted myself at home over the last couple of months. All I did today was take a few snaps. I love the rosy stems of this Leucothoe. It's starting to make me all warm inside. :)

Subtitles

14 January 2014 21:14:17

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Just loved the programme tonight on the Botanic Gardens. Wouldn't normally watch a programme with subtitles as my reading glasses are never close at hand. 

Not happy any more with my present place of employment so.......watch this space!

Plant ID please!

13 January 2014 21:55:53
Plant ID please!

Plant ID please!

I can't remember who gave me this plant last year. The fact that it's an 'invasive' suggests that it may have come originally from either Bruno or Conrad. But I can't remember what it is. It's still growing away now, even throughout the winter months. Love the veins on the leaves.

Very nice

13 January 2014 17:37:39
Very nice

Very nice

Lovely sky this evening! I reckon a hard frost is on its way though.

Caption, anyone?

13 January 2014 10:17:43
Caption, anyone?

Caption, anyone?

I'm quite sure nothing untoward was going on with PaulyG and his neighbour when I took this photo!!!!!!

I thought it made for a funny photo, though! And it got the imagination working overtime, as it does!

To whom it may concern

12 January 2014 22:14:31
To whom it may concern

To whom it may concern

I got a lovely little Herb-growing Kit for my Kris Kindle today. Not something I would pick up myself, but maybe that's because I lack confidence with growing things from seed. But it came as a very welcome gift. 

However, Steve confessed when we got home that he dropped the kit when he was taking it out to the car for me. Luckily I can replace the pots (two of the three got broken), and hopefully the same size. But the important bits are still there. Time for me to start sowing seed. Whoever gave me the Kit, thank you very much.

So, what gifts did you all get for your Kris Kindle?

The Gathering

12 January 2014 19:13:00
The Gathering

The Gathering

Every year we have a gathering of this kind, I think to myself that it can't get any better. I was wrong of course. It was attended by something like 52 people or more this year. Wow! That's some record. 

No long list of 'thank you's'. Just a COLLECTIVE thank you for everybodys participation. Without members, there would be no such gathering. But a big 'thank you' to Gerry Daly for setting up this wonderful site.

I know it's early

11 January 2014 17:15:58
I know it's early

I know it's early

But this evening I sowed my first lot of tomato seeds. 

Not so bad after all

11 January 2014 16:21:28
Not so bad after all

Not so bad after all

Yea, my donations aren't the most exciting. But for someone who had NOTHING to give away during the early part of the week, I haven't done too badly getting a few things together. 

Everything in baskets and will put them in the car in the morning.

Just a quick reminder, DON'T FORGET YOUR KRIS KINDLE pressie, and if anyone has a small donation to give as a spot prize for the raffle they would be very much appreciated.

A few seeds

11 January 2014 14:56:22
A few seeds

A few seeds

Most of these packs of seeds were given free with Amateur Gardening. I have no use for them. One or two packs have been opened.  Maybe some of you would like them.

Poppy 'Oriental Choice Mixed' - hardy perennial

Poppy 'Orientale Brilliant' (deep red)  - hardy perennial

Coreopsis 'Tall, Singles Mix' - hardy annual

Foxglove 'Excelsior Mixed'  -  hardy biennial

Foxglove 'Excelsior Hybrids'  -  hardy perennial

Potentilla 'Monarch's Velvet' (deep red)  -  hardy perennial

Viola 'Bedding supreme mixed'  -  hardy perennial

Aster 'Milady Mixed'  -  half hardy annual

Canterbury Bells 'Mixed'  - hardy biennial

Verbena bonariensis  - hardy perennial

Lavatera & Rocket (in one pack)  - Lavatera hardy annual

Linum 'Blue Saphyr' - hardy perennial

Pansy 'Swiss Giants Mixed'  - hardy perennial

Sweet William 'Royal Wedding Mix'  -  hardy biennial

Double pack of Bellis & Sweet William  - both hardy biennials

Sunflower 'Brown-Eyed Girl'  - hardy annual

 

Primrose

10 January 2014 21:25:53
Primrose

Primrose

This 'un-named' primrose came from Myrtle a few years back. Love its dainty quality. Thanks again, Myrtle.

Lawns

10 January 2014 20:29:00
Manicured lawn (yukk)

Manicured lawn (yukk)

There's no doubt about it, lawns (or in my case a patch of green) can calm down very busily-planted areas. It gives a sense of serenity. But watching tonights Great British Garden Revival and thought how yukky a stripey lawn looks. So artificial and manicured. Plus, random beneficial weeds that are so important for the survival of certain insects haven't a chance to even peep through. 

I don't think I have ever seen Sarah Raven in jeans. It's usually a frumpy skirt and boots. She looks really smashing.

Couple more offerings

10 January 2014 18:18:39

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I have cuttings of Phygelius (not sure of colour), Variegated Fatsia and self-seeded Bergenia.

 

I wasn't putting enough 'Bling' on to Steve's name tag, so he chose to do it himself. All fingers and thumbs. LOL

Looking forward.......

10 January 2014 10:03:38
Looking forward.......

Looking forward.......

........to the New Years' bargains in Aldi and Lidl. Any day now!!!

Witch Hazel

09 January 2014 22:33:14

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The first of my Hamamelis has started to open.

Catching Up!

09 January 2014 21:18:45

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I love these cold but bright wintry days. What one would describe as 'brisk'. My very good friend Gretta and I headed off to Santry Woods, which I am ashamed to say I have never visited before. Tucked away discreetly off the Swords Road, it's a park more than a wooded area. No tacky bedding, just trees, stumps, squirrels, lake with ducks and swans, etc. and ever so tranquil and calming to the senses. I loved the play of light through the trees.

Very soggy ground after all the recent rains, and very squelchy. Should have worn the wellies. Very invigorating stroll and I have promised to return during the warmer months to note any differences.

But the creme de la creme was having convivial company for the day. 

It's just gotta go!

09 January 2014 20:11:49
Cymbidium to give away

Cymbidium to give away

I have given this Cymbidium enough time to perform for a second time. I bought it about three years ago in full flower. And it was indeed majestic. However, it is just taking up too much space here in the house. AND I'm fed up waiting for it to flower again. Might see something really nice in Johnstown on Sunday to replace it with. 

So......................who wants? (ceramic pot NOT included)

Guess who's back!

08 January 2014 21:19:06

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Yea. I do love him. But hopefully he will keep his distance as the fish in the Lower Pond haven't gone down deep yet this winter.

I'm getting to like gardening!

08 January 2014 18:57:23
I'm getting to like gardening!

I'm getting to like gardening!

After spending the morning with my sister I was all fired up to get out when I got home. Did more clearing, and potted up a few things for Sunday. Only a few, but I reckon if I get out again tomorrow, I'll find more stuff.

Pretty ordinary plants, bordering on boring. But here goes. 

1.  Ajuga 'Braunherz Purple' x 2

2.  Saxifraga 'London Pride' x 3

3.  Vinca minor variegata x 1

4.  Carex pendula (keep in check as it's considered invasive) x 6 (can get more)

5.  Sedum (no name, but it's a great ground cover) x 1 (can get more)

6.  Prostrate Rosemary (Maureendid) Possibly other plants

7.  Zantedeschia aethiopica x 2 (Elizabeth7 & Keego)

8.  Saxifraga cunifolia variegata x 1 (Bruno)

9.  Rhipsalis pilocarpa - from cutting x 1 (Bruno)

 

It was great having muck under my nails finally. :)

 

 

 

Looking nice

07 January 2014 22:04:28
Melianthus and Tetrapanax today

Melianthus and Tetrapanax today

Mistakenly journalled this Tetrapanax as Ricinus (now edited). It's looking pretty good having its first winter planted out in the garden.

Did a bit at last!

07 January 2014 20:14:54

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My, oh, my! I have been itching to get down and dirty out in the garden for so long now. It seems like 6 months since I did anything of note. Didn't do a whole lot today as there were frequent showers, some of which were postively wintry. But I decided I was getting out hail, rain or snow. It was lovely and bright in between showers, and it lifted my spirit immensely.

Got quite a bit of dead so-called 'architectural' plants cut back as they have been annoying me for ages now. Had a scout around to see what I can give away on Sunday. List not completed yet, but don't hold your breath. I have a big Zantedeschia aethiopica in a pot for someone, but didn't have the strength to pull it up even though I loosened the soil around the root ball. It has been planted in that pot for years now. Will wait until the weekend and I'll get Steve to do it.

Don't know why my 13yr old cat has suddenly decided to use MY garden as a litter tray. So inconsiderate of her not to do it elsewhere! LOL  So got all that cleared off the lawn. Plonked down on the chair in a heap after and hour and a half of productive clearing. I'm knackered and sore, but it's a healthy knackered and sore. Need to do it a bit more often now that I am well and truly on the mend.

Still not done.

06 January 2014 21:29:46
Chaenomeles

Chaenomeles

I had great intentions of getting some plants together today for The Gathering. But the weather was so atrocious today, and I have been otherwise occupied by family in the last few days. I don't have very many plants for giveaways, and like Myrtle, most of them are for members who have already been promised them during the year. But I'll be so embarrassed with my meagre donations that I will probably end up giving away stuff that I have bought for myself but never got round to planting.  :(

I shall have a short list compiled by Wednesday at the latest.

Don't forget

06 January 2014 14:46:24

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New series on the National Botanic Gardens tomorrow night, 8.00pm on TG4

Berberis

05 January 2014 22:08:00

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Saw this most wonderful shrub while in the Botanic Gardens last weekend. I really need to source this one. I was completely gobsmacked by it, with its lethal thorns, and shiny red berries that looked so gorgeous in the winter sunlight. I don't normally like thorny shrubs. But this is a MUST!!!

Johnstown

05 January 2014 17:27:54
Johnstown

Johnstown

Well after a lot of rummaging today I found the badges that I used for last years' get-together. But there are a lot of people who have been exceptionally quiet throughout the year whom I assume don't wish to attend this time round. We will also be welcoming a few newcomers to the site. So if you wish to attend, please let me know.

Winter Colour

04 January 2014 22:21:06
Cyclamen coum

Cyclamen coum

So much for my stint in the garden today! It never happened. I spent much of the day with Dad, but managed to snap a few plants that are giving me a bit of welcome colour at the moment (mainly primroses/primulas).

And my Cyclamen coum have finally shown a bit of cheer in their tiny blooms too.

Loopy Lupin

04 January 2014 10:06:19
Loopy Lupin

Loopy Lupin

If YOU were a lupin.....would YOU peep up above the ground at this time of year!!!

Clearing away

03 January 2014 13:34:34

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I know it's only the 3rd of January, but I have just finished taking down the tree, and chucking it out into the garden for Steve to chop up. You forget how much space Christmas decorations take up, and the place is looking a lot tidier now (indoors anyway).

Now that that's out of the way, I'm beginning to kickstart my brain back into a more normal routine. All my houseplants had been squashed in together to make room for Christmas bits and bobs. Now they can breathe a sigh of relief. Weather permitting, tomorrow I will make a conscious effort to get outside and make a dfference.

Lovely day

02 January 2014 17:10:56

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What a glorious day today! But I didn't manage to get anything done outside. Dad had a fall and I spent the morning in the hospital. But he's ok now, thank God. When I got home I just seemed to be chasing my tail getting bits done around the house. So I just about got time to take a few snaps in the garden. My lovely double hellebore is about to spring into action. Oh, I need to do lots out there. Maybe tomorrow. Although I hear the forecast is rotten AGAIN.

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