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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal May 2014

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Bloom

31 May 2014 22:44:27
Mr. Tayto

Mr. Tayto

Myself, Greta and another friend went to Bloom today. Couldn't have asked for better weather. Unfortunately we didn't managed to see all of the showgardens, or even all of the stalls in the big tent as my legs were really letting me down big time. I do think there really should be seats dotted around the place, and not just at one or two seating areas. It's not an easy walk if your mobility is restricted. 

One thing I took from Bloom today was that in future I will be bringing my own picnic like I have done in other years. Normally when we're ready to sit down and have a bite to eat, I send Steve back to the car for it. This year I decided not to burden myself down with a picnic on my back as Steve stayed at home today. I waited over 30 minutes in a queue to get chips and nearly passed out with the effort and the searing heat. Also, I had to carry my own plants - only bought two as a result. But, hey, that's probably a good thing. LOL 

Having said all that, I was very glad I made it to the event as I had decided during last week that it probably wouldn't be wise to go this year. Had a change of heart very soon after deciding I wouldn't go! Roll on next years Bloom, and lets hope my legs will perform better.

Too tired to put up an album tonight but no doubt I'll be up at 4.30 in the morning. :)

Helianthemum

31 May 2014 05:22:18

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I have a clump of this growing in the Alpine Circle and it's really coming on in leaps and bounds now. Small but very abundant orange flowers, and so many more buds to open. It's a little gem. I think Tina may have posted this last week or recently and remarked that it is also very good where you may have pets traipsing over it. It seems to just bounce back.

Love in a mist

30 May 2014 23:43:33
Love in a mist

Love in a mist

Never had a white one before, and this has self-seeded in the 'working' area of the cave today. The seeds must have been lurking in a pot somewhere. Very welcome sight.

Super Day

30 May 2014 22:55:44
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Super Day

From sunrise to sunset it was just perfect today. And to cap it all, Steve was off (he likes to make a long weekend longer than normal). So the grass got strimmed. Spacer needed for the lawnmower so while I'm at Bloom tomorrow he will hopefully replace it and have the job done by the time I get home. 

He spent a while makng the fifth and final post for the Lower Pond Surround today which emulates a boats rudder. Got it varnished, and the yoke in place. I watched, and approved. LOL

Tomorrow he will make splice eyes with the two ends of rope and attach to the yoke. Photos will follow!!!!

Rosy in the garden

30 May 2014 22:23:43

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Flower Carpet 'Gold' opened today. Flower Carpet always suggests to me that it should be a ground cover. Not the case with this one. It stands at 4.5ft and upwards.

Another one almost open is R. 'Tequila Sunrise' which is my favourite rose.

Rosa 'Mrs. J. Finnegan'

30 May 2014 21:18:20
My own cutting flowering

My own cutting flowering

A journal during the week mentioned a rose that I was gifted by my very lovely next-door neighbour who moved to Wexford over 10yrs ago. It happily grows and flourishes in my garden to this day. But October two years ago I decided to take my first ever rose cuttings (of that very same rose). I think it deserves a 'permanent home' in the ground.

It flowered today. Reason to be cheerful!

Camellia

30 May 2014 08:30:46

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I have NEVER pruned a Camellia before. Sheer terror strikes my heart at the mere thought of it.

However, I have a really large one here that was kindly given to me by Mairin about 4/5 years. I was never really sure it would take off as it was dug up from her garden, and promptly stuck into a half barrel. But over the last few years it has just gone from strength to strength and rewarded me with a gansey load of flowers.

It has put on great growth since acquiring it, so once it had finished flowering this year I pruned it back, probably harsher than I should have. But.......yay......the other day I noticed lots of new growth. I do hope that I don't lose out on next years flowers as it is such a gorgeous Camellia (white flowers with an edging of deep pink).

Wet Morning

29 May 2014 20:26:07

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Change of plan today. Was going to get out and make a difference outside but the rain put a stop to that. And an impulsive visit by my daughter and grandson definitely put the kybosh on outside jobs. It did pick up early afternoon and Wee Davey was hell bent on digging up the gravel outside the greenhouse. He was sure that if he dug down far enough he would reach 'soil', which he did. I have a lot of tidying up for tomorrow now. But during his commentary he actually said 'soil', not 'muck' as most kids, and a lot of non-gardening adults, might call it. It was music to my ears. I must be doing SOMETHING right. LOL

He had great fun clearing the pondweed from the greenhouse pond. I could get used to this. 

The sun was casting beautiful light on my Lysimachia 'Firecracker' and Acers down at the Upper Pond this evening. So I thought I'd share it with you all.

 

Phormium

29 May 2014 05:37:23

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It was the striking young foliage on this phormium that drew me to it last year. Glad I bought it now as it's colouring up nicely again.

For anybody fortunate enough to be heading to Bloom today, have a fab time and don't forget to leave a few plants for the rest of us. :)

Rhodochiton

28 May 2014 22:59:21

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Last years Rhodochiton looking well for so early in the season.

Loropetalum

28 May 2014 22:14:14
Loropetalum

Loropetalum

Another one for acid soil, just coming into flower now.

Blechnum

28 May 2014 21:30:33
Blechnum magellanicum

Blechnum magellanicum

Love the fresh growth on this Blechnum magellanicum.

Tradescantia

28 May 2014 20:26:28

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This Tradescantia opened in the glorious sunshine today. Can't remember which one it is, but the yellow stamens? remind me of a fibre optic decoration.

Just noticing that caterpillar now. LOL

Bird's Dream Dropping!

28 May 2014 18:44:35
Bird's Dream Dropping!

Bird's Dream Dropping!

Getting a bit p'ed off with all the starlings at this stage. I was down weeding the Primrose 5 Steps area today and got pooped on, all down my back TWICE. They're probably calling me a 'Party Pooper'. LOL

This is nice

28 May 2014 10:23:02

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I only bought this Escallonia last year. I think it's quite a 'happy' plant. Love its yellow splashes on the leaves, and now it's coming into flower.

 

Now is the time ......

28 May 2014 07:21:09
Now is the time ......

Now is the time ......

....... to remove the seed heads of this Carex pendula before it seeds all over the borders. It IS very pretty though.

Wipeout!

28 May 2014 05:18:08
Wipeout!

Wipeout!

I have found in the last week that the din the Starlings are making is quite unbearable in the garden. Not one for giving out about nature and what it produces, I don't know why they have been annoying me recently. The parents are up to their oxters, frantically trying to keep their young fed.

My cat, Holly, is an outdoor cat and the Starlings seem to be getting more of her food than poor Holly. However, c'est la vie!

But something which I had never noticed before, between the Blackbirds and the Starlings, the blue berries on my Mahonia have almost been stripped bare. I hadn't realised that they obviously regard the berries as a delicacy.

 

Myrtus

27 May 2014 20:59:49
Myrtus 'Butterball'

Myrtus 'Butterball'

I have this little shrub a while now, and up until now it's been in a pot.

Today I weeded the Acid Triangle 'proper' and made space for this shrub. I love its butter colour on the tips of the leaves. Not sure how tender it is, but hopefully it will survive a good few years.

What a gem of a day!

Variegated Lonicera

27 May 2014 06:03:47

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Despite being told that this little baby was a bit small to be planted out, I went ahead anyway. At least it has a chance of making good growth now, before winter sets in. I can always pot it up and cover it with fleece if it's a cold one. But let's enjoy the summer first. Ha! Chance would be a fine thing. :) Roll on, Summer!

Thanks Fran.

Carex

26 May 2014 20:55:45
Carex

Carex

This Carex oshimensis 'Everillo' cast a tiny ray of sunshine in the very wet and miserable garden today.

It should look even nicer when the Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm' is in flower.

No Admission

26 May 2014 19:14:18

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This is the only slug/snail that is allowed on my Hosta Border.

All you can do ......

26 May 2014 16:29:17
All you can do ......

All you can do ......

is look out at it!!!

Maybe later

That's more like it.

26 May 2014 07:52:14

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Beautiful rose that I added to the garden last year is 'Best Wishes'. So disappointing seeing the flowers tightly closed and looking shrivelled on the outside. GracedieuLass suggested that it was because of the really wet weather we have been having. 

But having cut off all the effected flowers, new ones have opened. And now you will realise how I was tempted to this beauty last year. It has a lovely light frangrance too.

Hazel's sedum

26 May 2014 05:08:42

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When I was down with Hazel recently she gave me this little sedum. Still haven't found a name for it, but I think it looks like a Meerkat, with its tail held aloft while on sentry duty.

Happy to say, it is beginning to flower. I love this one, it's so different to any of the other sedums I have, and delighted to see that it has really settled in quickly. Sedums are such great plants.

Thanks again, Hazel.

I like this

25 May 2014 20:49:15

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I like the combination of my Alliums with Ceratostigma.

Poppy

25 May 2014 20:23:29
'Beauty of Livermere' ??????

'Beauty of Livermere' ??????

Spotted this one through the rain this morning and ran out to take a photo in case I didn't see it again.

It dried up nicely for the afternoon so I decided to stake up all my sagging poppies and accidentally knocked the flower off. Duh! But plenty more on their way to opening.

I thought it was 'Beauty of Livermere'. Gracedieu posted a photo of this yesterday, but mine is more orange than red. 

Nasturtiums

25 May 2014 07:36:46

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You just have to love the zingy colours of nasturtiums!

Salvia

25 May 2014 05:29:34

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My Salvia 'hotlips' is finally developing white bits on the petals. But yesterday I was thinking that the flowers looked more like little chickens than hotlips. LOL

Geranium

25 May 2014 05:14:27

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Can someone tell me which geranium this is please. I love it's height and spread.

Pulmonaria

24 May 2014 20:34:17
P. 'Majeste'

P. 'Majeste'

Pulmonarias are mostly looking pretty tatty right now. So today some of them got a major tidy-up.

But in my opinion P. 'Majeste' stays looking the best for the longest. Admittedly a lot of my Pulmonarias are not in dappled shade so they tend to dry out quite quickly. But P. 'Majeste' is under the shelter of Photinia and a few other taller plants and is still looking great.

Just because .....

24 May 2014 18:57:09
Just because .....

Just because .....

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The early bird ...

24 May 2014 18:27:44

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What a night of gales and torrential rain. I was forced into premature consciousness at 3.00am and just could not go back asleep. I had thought of doing what Kitty did, having a duvet day, but there is still so much titivating to be done. The rain eased a bit, and finally stopped at about 1.00 so out I went.

First off was to lift my Lychnis coronaria and plant into the bank over the future pond. It's a nicely drained area and more or less in full sun so they should be happy there. 

Cut back daff/tulip/muscari/scilla foliage and pulled up all my Myosotis, after shaking them vigorously to scatter any seed. Staked all my lilies as they were leaning over at a dangerous angle. My eremurus was flat on the ground when I went out, so it's now upright once again and no real harm done.

Thinned out Solidago at the greenhouse border as it's spreading at a rate of knots. Trimmed off lower foliage on Cynara cardunculus (globe artichoke) and now my poppies and other plants below can benefit from extra light. Staked up my peonies, and the one that self-seeded that is now flowering. Tied in sweet pea, and clematis and gave the Acid Triangle a very quick weeding.

Gave everything a good watering in the greenhouse and lastly I managed to dig up a Laburnum for Hazel and pot it up. The one I'm left with now looks more in proportion to the bank.

It's lashing again now, and the wind is picking up once more. It'd be nice to see the sun sometime soon.

The eyes are beginning to feel a bit heavy. I feel an early night coming on. :)

Briza Maxima

24 May 2014 06:46:29

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This beautiful grass just 'appeared' in my greenhouse border, obviously a stowaway with another plant. But It's a grass that I have tried to grow from seed in the past as I just love it. Also known as Greater Quaking Grass.

When it had gone over last year I dispersed the seed, although it would have done that unaided. Early in the season it resembles little grubs, as it looks now, but changes colour and grows longer. However, yesterday I spotted it up and about. Delightful little grass.

Potentilla or Geum?

24 May 2014 03:57:30

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I, like Bruno, sometimes have difficulty deciding whether a plant is a Geum or Potentilla. But I think this is a Potentilla. No name for it, but I really would like to know as it's a real beauty.

Id please

23 May 2014 19:26:57

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I know I know this. Just having a 'senior' moment. Can anyone help identify this plant please?

On the move!

23 May 2014 08:34:03
Camassia

Camassia

I bought a gorgeous white Camassia a few years ago. But I never had the pleasure of seeing it flowering a second year. Could never figure out why.

Earlier this year, I juggled around the plants and removed some in my North-facing Border and was very happy with the result.

Yesterday something white caught my eye. Went out, and 'lo and behold, what did I see?  You guessed! I am overjoyed. Obviously giving it more light and space was the way to go, only I wasn't aware of it. 

Florettes are few and far between this year, but as soon as it's finished it will be moved to a more sunny and open spot. So happy!

Elizabeth

23 May 2014 06:25:33
Campanula 'Elizabeth'

Campanula 'Elizabeth'

I'm just loving the way every day at this time of year a new flower greets me during the days, whether they are dull or sunny. Campanula 'Elizabeth' is one I've been anxiously awaiting for a while now. The flowers seem to have taken an age to open once I spotted them. But they're now here. Someone told me this campanula becomes quite invasive? I still like it though. And the good thing about a small garden is these invasive plants are easily kept in check.

Taking it easy

22 May 2014 21:42:53

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I have over-done it a bit in the garden during the last week and feeling it in my bones now!!!! So today I took things easier. Jackie kindly gave me a tray of Foxglove seedlings that got planted out. Also planted out some Ricinus.

ALso, I planted out my second lot of Morning Glory in three different locations, after having the first lot devoured by snails. Learnt my lesson and covered them in slug pellets so let's hope they are still there tomorrow.

As it was so dull all day I didn't bother watering stuff in the greenhouse and tomorrow is not to be great either. Ah, well!

A lovely deep blue Iris opened today, and my variegated Rhododendron 'Gold Flimmer' out in the front.

Super Garden

22 May 2014 19:34:46
Super Garden

Super Garden

Book the TV, RTE1 at 8.30, to find out if our Peter and April's garden has been chosen as 2014's Super Garden winner.

Grevillea

22 May 2014 19:21:23

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Bought this only this year and have it a pot of ericaceous compost. It's starting to flower now, but will never be as good as Roofy's fine specimens in Oz. Only a few flowers for now, but hopefully I will pot it on into bigger pots every two years or so.

Communications restored

22 May 2014 08:58:58

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Internet went early yesterday evening. But glad to say I'm back online. My house is shining like a new pin since the 'crash'. LOL

A new iris opened for me yesterday. Unfortunately at this time of year with all the growth, I can't climb in to see ident labels so I can't tell you which one it is. Maybe someone here can help? Maybe I should label the stems of plants, instead of labels in the ground.

Red

21 May 2014 20:48:33
R. 'Joan Finnegan'

R. 'Joan Finnegan'

Here comes another rose. This was given to me years ago by my next door neighbour who has since moved to Wexford. Don't know which one it is but I call it after her. It's a great repeat flowerer and suffers very little with blackspot.

Dare to be different

21 May 2014 19:59:22
Dare to be different

Dare to be different

This morning I had to go to the doctor. But I decided to leave the car at home. When you're driving you don't get to appreciate other peoples front gardens at all. Spotted this very different  front garden. All the dividing walls on this stretch of the road are two foot high, and very predictable planting. 

The owner of this garden has it entirely in paving slabs and concrete, with bamboo screen dividing their property. And all kinds of quirky containers/window boxes. If I was a bit braver I would have knocked on the door and asked to see the back!!!

I like a person who dares to be different.

I like!

21 May 2014 08:33:02
I like!

I like!

Love the combo of this Rogersia,  Miscanthus floridulus, and Gardener's Garters which is growing in the pond just in front of these.

Rose

21 May 2014 07:01:32

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I introduced a new rose here last year. Lovely variegated leaf and bi-coloured flowers called 'Best Wishes'. Don't mind the blackspot as MOST of my roses have it. But my question is .......

Two main branches on the one rose. Perfect blooms on one branch. The other has produced tightly-packed shrivelled up flowers. Can anyone tell me why?

I cut off the offending branch yesterday and disposed of it. But would rather this didn't happen again.

Clematis

20 May 2014 19:27:12

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Not one clematis, but two, opened today. One is 'Polish Spirit' which I only mentioned to someone here during the week saying that it flowers much later. Tried looking in journal archives to see when it flowered last year but can't find it. However, it's very welcome.

The second one is 'Niobi'.

First peony

20 May 2014 18:15:26

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My first herbaceous peony opened today. This originally came from a friend of a friend. And as there had been no space suitable for it here, it lived in a black bag for at least a year before it got planted. Also I have heard that they don't like root disturbance. Didn't seem to hold this one back though. No name, unfortunately.

Salvia

20 May 2014 05:15:11
Salvia

Salvia

Salvia 'Hotlips' is full of flowers at this stage. But the best part is when they develop those little white sections, giving them that sexy 'pout'!

Oh! to have every winter a mild one

19 May 2014 22:28:16
Oh! to have every winter a mild one

Oh! to have every winter a mild one

Last years' Gaillardia has started to flower.

I'm done with ivy

19 May 2014 21:07:35

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Steve managed to get a lot more of the ivy cut back yesterday, but not all. The rest of it is now hanging over into the neighbours wall, so that's for another day, unless they decide to do it themselves????

Bagged up as much ivy as I could today when it stopped raining, and raked it all out from behind the greenhouse. At least now the panes of glass are not at risk anymore.

Filled 5 or 6 sacks of the damned stuff. 

I now have the patio and area at the greenhouse looking quite a bit better. Brought up the barbecue from beyond the greenhouse to the patio so that whoever is cooking will not be ostracized when we're entertaining.

Cleared out lots more ivy from under the pergola and rearranged pots here. It's as good as it's going to get for now. 

"Hands, elbows, knees and toes" are screaming at me right now. 

I might do a 'dash around the garden' album. Pretty pleased with how the garden is looking now. And as soon as I was finished outside it started pelting down again.

Rhodohypoxis

19 May 2014 07:53:15
Rhodohypoxis baurii 'Lily Jean'

Rhodohypoxis baurii 'Lily Jean'

Got this little Rhodohypoxis at the Alpine Show recently. It has just come into flower and I believe it has a long flowering period.

Dividing wall

19 May 2014 05:50:12

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As we don't have a dividing wall, or even a proper fence between us and our neghbours, I planted up a climbing rose 'Arthur Bell' and I have it growing up the downpipe. As you can see, it's making great progress and so much prettier that a drainpipe. I'm hoping to bring it across now, and tie it in to grow underneath my windowsill, or even at the top of the window so I can benefit from these gorgeous blooms from inside the house.

Iris

18 May 2014 20:20:03
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Iris

So delicate looking, but so reliable. This opened up today too.

Surprise, surprise!

18 May 2014 19:52:40

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Looking at this poppy yesterday I thought to myself if would be at least another week before it opened.

Hallelujah, I nearly missed it today before heading out to lunch. And of course now it's lashing so I may not see it tomorrow.

Getting there!

18 May 2014 04:50:49
Getting there!

Getting there!

Didn't do a whole lot of gardening yesterday as giving the patio furniture a lick of Creocoat was on the cards. Didn't sand it down like last year, just gave it a 'lick and a promise'. It'll do for this year. 

Did a general tidy-up of the patio, stacking unused pots, emptying out old compost and generally getting rid of clutter, my mission at the moment. Now this area is a bit more respectable.

Steve borrowed the Hedge-trimmer from his job for the weekend, so hopefully he can get the rest of the ivy cut back, weather permitting, today.

Erigeron

18 May 2014 03:36:21

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I've tried Erigeron a few times in recent years and nothing ever came of them. However, last year I bought another one. It has been loving the recent sun and opened up finally yesterday. This is such a cute plant.

It's planted on the mound of soil over the cave, which I think the Erigeron loves as it is basking in the sun and in a well drained spot. I'm growing to love this area as it's stomach height and very easy to weed around, almost like a raised container. But when this project is finally complete, it'll mean standing in pond water. But for now though, I am thoroughly enjoying it.

It does your heart good

17 May 2014 07:17:49

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It's no secret that the gloomy winter months have a serious effect on my mood. 

But how can one complain when you get a beautiful sunrise like this mornings, and the sun shining on my two small Laburnums at the back wall.

Outside entertaining

17 May 2014 05:37:41
Outside entertaining

Outside entertaining

Some people reckon citronella doesn't work. I swear by it for keeping the evening mozzies and midge away when you're spending an evening on the patio.

New Planters

16 May 2014 22:24:48
New Planters

New Planters

Steve came home with these fins (flippers to you and me) last summer that a U.S. Navy Seal bequethed to him at the very beginning of his diving career in 1988. So I thought it only fitting to make them a feature of our garden. Planted them up today finally. I think they look great! And another bit of 'history' to the garden.

Productive day

16 May 2014 22:05:05
Productive day

Productive day

By 7.30am tomatoes were watered and fed, just to get that out of the way so I could enjoy todays sunshine. As luck would have it, it was hazy sunshine. But nonetheless really warm enough to be working in a strappy top.

Made great inroads with cutting back, and bagging more ivy (got 5 black sacks full). Also managed to cut back ivy that had grown through the trellis work on the arbour and either plant stuff out, or position them on the plant bench outside the garage window. So my arbour has been 'reclaimed'at last, and it got a fresh lick of preservative.

Manoeuvered pots around in the greenhouse, and discarded decomissioned pots. Disposed of Eccremocarpus in a big pot in the greenhouse, even though it is flowering. Lots of the foliage was looking pretty crappy, so pulled the whole lot up. Other Eccremocarpus has self-seeded in a pot outdoors so I'm happy enough with that. And besides, the one in the greenhouse is growing through the panes in the roof, and I'm on a mission to let more light into the greenhouse. 

And this evening, a simple phone call ensured that yesterdays dishes were done before I had the pleasure of a spontaneous visit from Hazel and Elizabeth.

What a great day! And more to come for the weekend.

Whatever you do, enjoy your garden!

Icky Sticky Stuff

16 May 2014 08:04:06

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Spotted what looked like sticky stuff on the trunk of my Fremontodendron yesterday. I was beginning to think 'honey' when I got a bit closer. But the 'sticky' stuff was completely solid and couldn't even budge it with my fingers.

There is a stake at this tree as when we had the gales in the Spring it was rocking back and forth and I thought I was going to lose the tree. But the stake is tied to the tree with string known as marlon, which is coated in a resin of some sort. But the marlon is nowhere near the sticky stuff on the tree. So I'm thinking that one of the branches was somehow damaged, and oozed this substance in the healing process. I gave this Fremontodendron a severe cut back early this year too. But that proved to be very successful as I have never seen so many flower buds on it as this year, all ready to burst out!

Still curious about the non-sticky sticky stuff though. So if anyone has any suggestions as to what caused it, I'd love to know please.

Tree peony

16 May 2014 05:34:57

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My tree peony has never had so many blooms on it. Was it as a result of last years' great summer?  Or our mild winter. Either way, it's beautiful. 

Enjoying the heat

16 May 2014 05:16:25

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Although the sun didn't come out yesterday until very late in the day, it was still quite warm. 

This dove was on the dividing wall, and had been there quite a while when I thought to myself that he was injured or something. He was quite fluffed up, which can sometimes be a sign of injury or distress.  Even when I was walking past, I wondered if he/she had no nest to build or young to rear, he didn't move. But when he had been there at least an hour, which stretched into two, and three, I realised that he was just wallowing in the warm weather and was obviously not bothered to do anything else.

Let's hope that the expected heatwave will be today now, seems that we spent the yesterday living in hope.

SuperGarden

15 May 2014 21:04:56

A nice surprise

15 May 2014 06:57:33

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I was doing a bit of weeding around the Bank yesterday and came across self-seeded sweet pea that I had attempted to grow up through my Taxus baccata last year.

Big Brother is watching

15 May 2014 04:51:54
Big Brother is watching

Big Brother is watching

This fella always manages to make me smile!

Preparing for the good weather

14 May 2014 19:59:08

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Let's hope MetEireann have the forecast right for tomorrow. It's supposed to hit 20 degrees, yay! So, armed with that knowledge, I rose with the lark (actually earlier) this morning to get as much housework done as possible. If the sun shines, I'm outdoors!

Continued bagging some of the ivy before we cut back the rest. I just cannot cope with the whole lot all over the grass. When I had a respectable bit done, I strimmed the edges, but it was looking like rain so didn't get the mowing done. 

I needed to split up, or even remove, a big clump of Hemerocallis in the greenhouse border. Very little access to this area so had to be done from inside the pond. But couldn't get any leverage on the fork. Ended up balanced precariously on the edge of the pond and nearly went overboard. :)  However, I did manage to remove a sizeable clump so I'm hoping my timing won't be to its detriment.

Planted a few of my new alpines at last, and watered everything in the greenhouse. I think maybe the time has come where I'll water first thing every morning.

Ella

14 May 2014 19:17:54

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Two little cuties are looking well now - Heucherella 'Yellowstone Falls' which has been nibbled by something, and Tiarella (don't know which one). And as you can see from the second photo, I need to get down and dirty and tackle those weeds. Tomorrow's another day!

Hostas

14 May 2014 06:56:26

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The Hosta Bed is filling out really well now. Noticeable growth from day to day. I particularly like this one, H. 'Orange Marmalade'.

Amorphophallus konjac

14 May 2014 05:12:31
Amorphophallus konjac

Amorphophallus konjac

Very new to growing these little babies. Three bulbs out of three have germinated but only one has developed any greenery so far. I don't know what to expect next, but the anticipation is almost unbearable.

Physocarpus

13 May 2014 22:03:32
Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diabolo'

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diabolo'

Spotted this leaf today that looks like someone dropped green paint on it.

Weather on the 'up'.

13 May 2014 21:03:49

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The weather really picked up as the afternoon went on, but still on the cool side for this time of month. Did a bit of tidying of all the pots. It's just a never-ending circle. How or why did I ever start actually COLLECTING them! I don't mind all the watering this involves as I find watering the garden quite therapeutic. But they take up so much space. 

I went on a Tomato Feed spree on so many things today just to give them an extra boost. Tomatoes are covered in flowers at this stage. Drooling in the greenhouse even just sniffing the foliage. 

I've decided that Hemerocallis are not really for my garden as they produce too much leafy growth, and not enough flowers. I'm just wondering, though, is it too late to lift and divide them? If not, I'll have to get into the greenhouse pond tomorrow as it's the only access I have to that part of the border. There is ONE Hemerocallis I will keep though, and that's 'Golden Zebra'. 

Lots of beneficial insects around today. This moth ventured into the dining room today. I've never seen one like it before.

Molly, my Irish Molly....

13 May 2014 08:14:18

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Lovely little alpine viola named after an Irish woman, Molly Sanderson. Have it ages and I've only had to dead-head it once this year.

Fern

13 May 2014 07:01:36

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This is one of my all-time-favourite ferns. It looks 'spooky' as it unfurls its fronds. So different to any other ferns.

Saxifraga

13 May 2014 05:05:54

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One of my saxifragas is producing lovely white sprays of dainty flowers over the cave. However, the foliage on my S. 'Lissadell' that Hosta kindly gave me a few years ago looks exactly the same, except no flowers yet.

The one that was bought and in full swing now is labelled as Saxifraga paniculata (syn. S. aizoom). But I think I have two 'Lissadell', not that I'm complaining though as I love ALL saxifragas. In the photo on the label, the flowers are white but with a yellow centre.

 

Monday

12 May 2014 20:05:32

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Unfortunately I was busy for the best part of the day, so all I managed to get done was tip away at cutting back more of the ivy. Need lots of black bags now. Grass needs cutting and now the ivy is all over it and really annoying me. The showers started at about three, and in and out dodging was a real pain in the butt. So I gave up.

Showing a photo of my Eremurus which is just starting to open. The flowers open from the bottom upwards. But by the time the top is at its best, the lower flowers will have gone over. So this seems as good a time as any. Looking forward to this bulking up.

 

2nd one

12 May 2014 19:33:57

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My 2nd rose has just opened. I like its' variegated leaf.

Dublin Garden Festival

12 May 2014 13:39:03
Dublin Garden Festival

Dublin Garden Festival

Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin will be transformed into a floral arcadia from Friday 13th June till Sunday 15th.

There will be displays of creative floral designs and a range of fun activities for all the family, horticultural displays, craft demonstrations, and talks from renowned gardening experts, including our own Gerry Daly and Helen Dillon.

Not sure if there will be a Plant Sales area, but still worth a visit.

Buttercup for Jackie

12 May 2014 08:47:09
Buttercup for Jackie

Buttercup for Jackie

Just to let you see that buttercups are indeed rampant in this garden. But I do try and pull them up before they set seed. I thought I'd send you this sample.

They seem to grow better in acidic soil, which means a bit of digging around Pieris and blueberries. Let's hope the rain stays away until the job is done.

Nice foliage

12 May 2014 08:00:09

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I love the colour of the foliage of this little Phlox. I've managed to split it up a bit to dot it around the garden. It'll have lovely cherry red flowers on it later.

Good year for the Phormiums

11 May 2014 22:12:56

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I was flummoxed when Fran posted that his phormiums were producing flower spikes last week. Although his is in the open soil and mine are in pots, mostly. However today (wahay!!!!) I noticed that my 'Platt's Black', which is in a pot,  has a flower emerging. 

And when I was looking out for our Chinese delivery this evening, what did I spot? Yes, the one in the front planted in the open ground, also sending out a flower spike.

Salvia

11 May 2014 21:56:56

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Salvia 'Hotlips' is starting to flower.

Cold frame

11 May 2014 21:23:07

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Part of my 'de-cluttering' programme involves getting rid of my coldframe. I have it a long time, and admittedly I don't really use it as when I leave it open, Holly hops in and sits on all my little 'tenders'. So I just plonk pots of plants on top of it. I find it a waste of space.

But.........if I get rid of it, I may be able to move the arbour into its place. Or maybe plant an acer there as it is nicely sheltered from the winds. 

As you can see from the photos, two of the panes of glass are cracked. But if it was lifted carefully it would remain intact (it's quite light). Anyway, it's here for whoever may want it. If it was dismantled the glass would be rendered useless so ideal if someone wants to take it as it is. If it's not gone by the end of this week, it will be smashed.

Ivy

11 May 2014 20:49:04

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The rain didn't stop today until I got back from taking Dad out to lunch. It was positively wintry all morning.

I went round the garden himming and hawing, trying to think of space-saving ideas, and basically get rid of a lot of clutter. I have already decided to try and get rid of all my smaller pots. So some plants got planted out today. I noticed my Eupatorium (Joe Pyeweed) coming up so decided that it was time for this one to get its freedom. Climbed up on the soil over the cave and promptly stuck it into the ground. I knew before planting that this was a totally unsuitable place for it. However, I progressed to other menial, but essential, tasks like weeding. I have removed the bird-feeder from the border. And now I am left with pulling up mixed birdseed that has germinated in the soil. Back is broken.

Steve got the notion to tackle the ivy that's planted on the right side of the garden. It has been growing at a ferocious rate in the last few years and must now be about 8ft tall. Last year he tried borrowing a heavy-duty hedge trimmer from work, but it never happened. It's also growing behind the greenhouse and as some of the panes of glass are 'slipping', it is beginning to grow inside the greenhouse. Not good. 

He struggled to get in behind the greenhouse. I struggled even more!!!  And let's face it, we're not as slim as we used to be, so this proved to be quite difficult. Might pay a skinny lad to finish off the job!

Hellebores and Ladybirds

11 May 2014 19:42:49

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I found a relatively rare ladybird in the garden today with just TWO spots. I believe they are on the decline.

But I also found lots of whitefly on all of my Hellebores. Is anyone else having this problem this year? 

I introduced the two-spotted ladybird to my Hellebores, just in case he misses the opportunity for a bit of Haute Cuisine.

Leucothoe

11 May 2014 07:16:34

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Got a bit concerned yesterday to find that the young shoots on my Leucothoe 'Whitewater' were this colour. But after being reassured by Mr. Google, all is well. It's nice.

Feeding the fish

10 May 2014 22:27:19

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I have never seen so many snails in the garden. I think the frogs will be issued with their p45's pretty soon. They're not fulfilling their job description. I ran out of fish food during the week and haven't had the opportunity to get more yet. But today they feasted on a banquet. I'd say I chucked about 25 snails into both the Upper AND Lower Pond.

Not another pot!!!

10 May 2014 22:04:54

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Just happened to spot this on my toing and froing around the garden today. It's also in a big pot, but behind the patio furniture where I tend to not notice a whole lot.

It's looking good now that it's flowering. Bought in Aldi a few years ago and it really deserves a space in the ground.

Can't make an omelette without breaking eggs

10 May 2014 21:29:45

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After having the great advice today from PCON about my wisterias, I went out during a brief respite between showers, and investigated the situation properly. Well, I was taking out one of the two wisterias that wasn't doing so well, but still a bit of life in it. Did the 'scratch test' on it and it's still alive, but only just.

Where to put it? Well, I have a South-facing wall where it would be gorgeous. Went down, dug up a climbing rose which will be planted in the front garden now. 'Galway Bay' I think, and planted Wisteria sinensis 'Prolific'  in its place. Only then the breeze howled about, and whipped the shrubs back and forth. And in so doing, a swinging label was uncovered. Aggghhhh!   I had forgotten that I planted a white wisteria there last year!!!!! And the neighbouring Escallonia, Honeysuckle, and Holly that I mentioned in the previous journal got cut back to allow more light in to the white wisteria.

So now the wisteria is potted up and will be passed on to a friend. The climbing rose stays here though. The garden is a total mess now with pots everywhere. Very shortly I should have some nice smaller pots to give away. Just keeping the big ones.

I'm wrecked! And in need of liquid sustenance badly!!!

Chamaecyparis

10 May 2014 21:07:59
Chamaecyparis, and pot still in one piece

Chamaecyparis, and pot still in one piece

Battled with the showers all day today, as you do! Did a lot of tidying up, tying up, and sweeping. My second batch of Morning Glory have germinated in the greenhouse, Yay!!!  

Cut back all my Camellias gently. The one that Mairin gave me years ago had really become quite untidy. It's a nice shape now and more in proportion to the big barrel that it's in. 

I promised Greta a conifer that I have in a big pot for years (I think it's a Chamaecyparis). But I wanted to keep the pot. Talk about nightmares trying to get it out. Had to dig out the compost all around the sides so I wouldn't break the pot and heave with all my strength. Mission accomplished, so it's now 'bagged' and I can re-use the pot.

Gunnera manicata

10 May 2014 20:42:59
Gunnera manicata

Gunnera manicata

Today I went down the back of the garden to try and dig up a chunk of gunnera for a friend. After setting it alight more than once over the years, it just sat there smiling at me. Other years I have driven the sharp spade through it as much as I could. Still smiling!  And then the final straw last year I poured a whole bottle of Roundup onto it.

Pardon my memory, but what time of year does the foliage start to emerge? Only........today when I went to get some........not a sign of. Should it be up now? Maybe I have finally managed to KILL it!!!

Holly

10 May 2014 19:59:45

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This holly has been in my garden for more years than I care to remember. Not sure which one it is, but it is extremely slow-growing, thank God. Today I was admiring the new foliage colour .................  before I cut it back. I MIGHT even need to dig it up and give it away!!!

Coo! Coo!

10 May 2014 08:12:05
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Coo! Coo!

Not to be outdone by Jackie, here's MY new little bird. Very tacky, and he changes colour, but sometimes a bit of tackiness is essential for our future little gardeners. I like to think I bought this chappy for my Grandson. But ..........

Allium Time

10 May 2014 05:18:21

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It's now time for the Alliums to steal the show. My purple ones are opening nicely. Finding random ones scattered about the garden so will mark their stems and bring them together later.

But I'm quite taken with this shorter little allium with its stubby flower stem and leaves that always remind me of Veratrum.

Haphazard Planting

09 May 2014 21:55:59
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Haphazard Planting

These plants were basically 'plonked' into the space available at the time. They look well though. Might just leave them be!

Crying out to be loved

09 May 2014 21:08:44

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If I convert even ONE person to loving arisaemas, it'll have been worth the effort. Just look at their form. Can't remember which one this is as the label has become brittle over the last few years and the name has worn off. But who cares! You just CAN'T disguise beauty!

Upper Pond

09 May 2014 20:35:29

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I'm very happy with the planting around the Upper Pond, in particular the retaining bed behind it - Rogersia, Acers, Darmera peltata, ferns, Aubrieta, Primroses, Arum italicum plicata, Astilbes, etc. One very small area of my garden that I won't be changing yet!

Laburnum

09 May 2014 19:35:04

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Got two laburnums a couple of years ago when I was in a position to reduce plants. A mere fiver each. Both are planted on the mound of soil above the future cave/pond (I'm not giving up hope just yet). Just coming into flower now. But one will be moved elsewhere in the near future.

Auricula

09 May 2014 18:44:13

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The year before last, I met up with Drumanagh in Skerries for a cuppa in her local coffee shop. She kindly gave me this lovely auricula, which I planted on Primrose 5 Steps. No pampering and cossetting in the greenhouse over winter. But it has been at this stage for the last two or three weeks so I'm assuming it is fully open. Very pretty and it goes so well with U4BA 'Ascot Rainbow'.

Wisteria

09 May 2014 18:23:06
Flower Bud?  Please!!!

Flower Bud? Please!!!

Prompted by PCON's journal, I went out just now to take a photo of one of my Wisterias bought three years ago, when it was producing the most gorgeous flowers. Of course I realise that it was probably fed to the gills for selling purposes that year - Wisteria sinensis 'Amethyst Falls'

But today I noticed what I THINK may be a flower. Still a very small plant but the stems are really thickening up already. If I even get ONE flower this year I will be a happy bunny.

ID Please

09 May 2014 10:33:04

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Down with my Dad yesterday and noticed this growing in his border that runs the length of his garage. It's got a sturdy enough main trunk/branch and tough-to-the-touch, variegated leaves. No doubt it has just self-seeded there and my Dad just tends to let things grow and grow until they get out of hand. Can anyone tell me what it is please, because it will probably be up to me to get rid of it if it starts to take over.

Wall Art

09 May 2014 07:06:59
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Wall Art

I did a bit of shopping in Aldi yesterday morning when I realized that the rain wasn't going to stop any time soon. Haven't seen anything worth buying there in a while. But I thought that this chappy might look well on a wall that gets NO sun and otherwise might end up empty.

Rowan

08 May 2014 21:20:35

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Has anyone ever noticed how intoxicating the garden smells after a lengthy spell of rain? I couldn't get enough of the scent of my little Rowan in particular. I'd better make the most of its infancy as the flowers are just over shoulder height. 

Raindrops

08 May 2014 19:02:19
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Raindrops

Was that a wet day, or what! Forgive my present obsession with raindrops. I just think they are so pretty. 

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Tree peony

08 May 2014 18:20:28

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My tree peony opened up today in that torrential rain. Silly Billy! But very beautiful!

Argyranthemum

08 May 2014 07:49:43

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A very tender summer bedding bought last summer and put into a big pot. It was left outside all winter.  And even in a mild winter, which is what we had, it should have perished. It didn't though. It is starting to open up and there are a gansey load of buds waiting to burst through.

It is growing very lop-sided so I had to put some trailing fuchsias on the other side last week to balance it out a bit. But it's so big now I can't see the pot on one side. Pretty little thing, and it should go on floweing continuously all summer long.

Veronica

08 May 2014 07:30:52

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I have this low-growing perennial in my Alpine Bed. It's starting to flower now and looking gorgeous with it's pale blue that is soooo difficult to capture its true colour. When it has finished flowering, I will move it to the sloping bank of the last pond where it will team up with Narcissus 'tete-a-tete's, and Muscari.

Leptospermum

07 May 2014 21:36:42
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Leptospermum scoparium

This is a fairly recent addition to my garden. Love its vibrant pink flowers.

Saponaria

07 May 2014 20:49:38

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I bought this cute little plant in Dealz last year for €1.49. It didn't do a whole lot then, but this year it has really taken off. Also known as Rock soapwort or Tumbling Ted. It's really coming into its own now, I love the rich colour of the unopened flowers. But it's 'tumbling' nicely over the greenhouse pond, softening the edges nicely.

National Botanic Gardens

06 May 2014 21:28:19

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Headed over to the Botanic Gardens this morning and took a leisurely stroll around before the weather took a turn for the worst. I would not normally visit the gardens at this time of year for some reason. It was a kaleidoscope of colour.

I was gob-smacked by the Blue Bells, and a fine specimen of a Handkerchief Tree (Davidia) that had an almost ghostly appearance. I've never seen that tree 'in the flesh' before.

We didn't bother going into the glasshouses as there was a very large group of O.A.P.'s who had just gone in ahead of us. That's for another time, maybe when the weather isn't so good.

I've uploaded an album. Hope you enjoy!

First rose of summer

06 May 2014 19:22:28

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My first rose opened today. Sumptuous!

For SallySarah

06 May 2014 07:21:34

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Saxifraga

06 May 2014 06:42:22

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One of my little saxifragas has opened revealing very dainty, snow white flowers. I like this, it's a bit earlier this year.

Dodecatheon

05 May 2014 21:29:38
Dodecatheon dentatum

Dodecatheon dentatum

Picked up this cute little Dodecatheon at the Alpine Show last weekend. 

Temple of 'Bloom'

05 May 2014 20:33:29

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I was busy today with my Daughter and Grandson. So after getting back from lunch, Wee Davey insisted that Steve show him the frogs. As they hide well amongst the borders I had my doubts that he would see any. And as soon as they detect any movement, they high-tail it. David was staring intently into the Greenhouse pond where all the frogspawn was laid and nearly fell in with the excitement when he saw a huge one! When that fun was over - quick as a flash - he ventured down to the Pergola which has a ground covering of gravel, interspersed with coloured glass beads. He secretly thinks he is Indiana Jones, but in the Temple of 'Bloom', and positively loads his pockets with all my 'precious gems'. :) While that was going on, Zoe and myself relaxed and chatted with tea/coffee and cake.

When they eventually decided to head home, I, as is customary, searched his pockets for the gems so they could be returned to where they belong!  It's a habit he has come to expect, and giggles to his hearts content when I decide to give up the search and tickle him instead.

I went round like a mad-woman afterwards weeding, feeding, dead-heading, and what-not to make up for lost time. Oh, how my legs, back, arms, hands ache. I often wonder why I ever got rid of my bath all those years ago. I could do with a big Radox Bath right now. 

A little bit of Shelser

05 May 2014 08:07:57
A little bit of Shelser

A little bit of Shelser

I have three types of Centaurea. The first that graced my garden originally came from a member here years ago whom I never had the pleasure of meeting. Sadly she passed away before I got the opportunity. Her name was Michelle, and went by the profile name 'Shelser'. She was always so positive and encouraging. And I am delighted that a part of her lives on in my garden.

Poppy

05 May 2014 06:32:26
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Poppy

I love the look of a poppy flower bud just before they open. Can't remember which colour this is, possibly peach. I suppose I'll have to wait for a bit more sun.

Rose cuttings

05 May 2014 06:23:59

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I took my first ever rose cuttings in October of 2012 and never really thought anything would happen. But they actually did root for me. Last year I dared to pot them up so I could keep a proper eye on them. I'm NOT good with roses so this is a big novelty for me.

Yesterday I noticed lots of blackspot on the leaves but just removed the effected leaves rather than reach for the spray as they're only small plants still. The remaing leaves are quite yellow too. I wonder should I feed them? Looking a bit worse for wear right now. But beginning to flower. I think they're a deep red that my neighbour, who has since moved to Wexford, gave me. So these remind me of her. Hope they look a bit healthier soon!

Please!

04 May 2014 22:35:49

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Please tell me my new Podophyllum is about to flower?

Hallelujah!

04 May 2014 21:29:02

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My poor Fremontodendron got a severe hacking back early in the year (too early, I thought) so I was expecting an absence of flowers for at least a year. But today, to my utmost surprise, I spotted loads of buds. Happy Days!

Just a dress rehearsal

04 May 2014 20:23:15

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When Steve finally decided to get out of bed this morning/afternoon, I allowed him at least THREE cups of tea before I started cracking the whip. LOL And magically the rain stopped just as he took his last mouthful! There IS a God up there!  LOL

Yesterdays final job with the Lower Pond was cementing in the posts, so they were checked first thing. 

 We proceeded to put the rope through the holes in the posts just to get the right feel of it. And standing back for a more critical observation, I reckon it should look better with a fifth post at the back. Steve won't be able to get more timber until Tuesday so I'll have to be patient. It should be completed by mid-week, all going well. It is a vast improvement on the netting. I may even persuade him to do similar on the Upper Pond.

I'll put up a small album to show the work that Steve put into this small project. 

The Last Supper

04 May 2014 19:23:29
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The Last Supper

Last year I noticed that my Hippuris vulgaris in the Lower Pond had been stripped of its leaves, and couldn't figure out how or why!

Whenever I come across any snails while working in the garden, I just lob them into either the Upper or Lower Ponds so the fish can have a bit of a banquet.

Spotted this one ten minutes after I fired him in today, trying to make his GREAT ESCAPE. God only knows where he was going when he got to the top. I let him have his final munch, and back down he went! Now that there are resident frogs in the Lower Pond, he is definitely part of the food chain more than ever! You gotta be cruel to be kind!!!

Rhododendron

04 May 2014 07:25:17
R. impeditum

R. impeditum

Impeditum is open fully now. Might give it a bigger container when it is finished flowering and get rid of the smaller one.

Sambucus

04 May 2014 05:39:54

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Got this lovely sambucus when I gave the front garden a make-over a couple of years ago. It was growing away nicely when a young lad came into the garden looking for divilment, and stepped on my baby, breaking one of the main branches. I cut it off and as a result another branch popped up. But it now grows horizontally. I'm hoping that it will reach for the stars eventually as I think the foliage it gorgeous.

Lower Pond Surround

03 May 2014 20:47:22

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A bit late getting at our Lower Pond job today as we had to go and shop for a few materials, which led to catching up with staff from old job, and bumping into great customers from the previous store too.

But everything went according to plan. All we need is another couple of hours at it tomorrow and I hope to post photos. Only half way there, and the difference is so much better already. Pots had to be shifted, plants got broken and some had to be re-located. But it will all have been worth it.

Meerkats

03 May 2014 20:14:40
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Meerkats

Hazel gave me a bit of ths lovely little sedum when I visited last weekend. I think it looks like the Meerkats' tails when they stand to attention on the lookout for predators. If anyone can furnish me with the proper name, I would be very grateful. Otherwise it will be known as S. Meerkat

Thanks again, Hazel.

Mourning Glory

03 May 2014 10:15:47
Morning Glory no more!

Morning Glory no more!

No, I haven't misspelt this. I planted out my beautiful Morning Glory in the pot with my Laurel to provide me with some summer colour with the evergreen. Unfortunately the snails got it!!  Baahhhhh!!!

Today

03 May 2014 08:33:17

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I had the pleasure of Steve's company in the garden yesterday as he took an extra day off to extend the bank holiday weekend further.

We spent ages cleaning out the Lower Pond and as a result the fish are flying around (no, they're not flying fish) with their newly-found freedom. I can even see them clearly now from the kitchen window. But the best part was discovering that at least four adult frogs have now taken up residence in the same pond. Steve was beside himself with joy. It's great to see the frogs living side by side with all the fish.

I came up with a much better idea than the netting around it as a heron deterrent. So there will be plenty of work carried out today trying to improve it visually. The netting is one of my pet hates in the garden. Watch this space!

Project for Jackie????

03 May 2014 07:20:01

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Does anyone remember in their childhood growing peas in a jam jar filled with damp cotton wool and placed in the hotpress until they sprout?

I got my Grandson, David, to do this the last time he was over. But his Mammy said that nothing has happened. They don't have a hotpress, but Zoe put the jar in the warmest place possible. Sadly, I think they grow better in almost darkness. So during the week, I tried a few more as standby's. They're dried Marrowfat peas.

Only done on Tuesday and already have sprouted just in time for his next visit. If he doesn't want to take them home, I'll harden them off and possibly plant them out.

This might be an idea for your Little Ladies, Jackie, or anyone else with some little people around.

Myosotis

03 May 2014 07:02:09
Myosotis palustris

Myosotis palustris

Unlike everyone else's Forget-me-nots that seem to be rampant in most gardens at this time of year, yesterday I spotted my little Mysotis palustris IN the Lower Pond. And this one is very unlikely to take over. Very neat little plant in the water.

Fern

03 May 2014 04:40:54

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I was happily weeding my way through the North-facing Border yesterday when I chanced upon this lovely fern. Only when I got close to it did I realise that it was still sitting in the bought it was bought in. Job sorted. It has deepened in colour quite a bit even since buying it only a few weeks ago. Lovin' it!

Polygonum

02 May 2014 19:50:44
Polygonum elatum (Devon Ivy)

Polygonum elatum (Devon Ivy)

This was bought last year as a trailing plant for one of my containers by the Lower Pond. Doing a bit of clearing out in the pond today and discovered not only some of this plant growing in the actual pond liner, but flowering. Cute little thing. I took the said container into the greenhouse over winter and it is also flowering its socks off.

I think it was Bill (Headgardener) who informed me that this plant has been re-classified as persicaria. 

Eremurus

02 May 2014 07:34:47

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I think that foxtail liles are so statuesque, and stately. After having failed to grow them (even from roots) numerous times, I bit the bullet and actually bought a growing plant this year. Not something you would normally see for sale. I have been inspecting it daily and am very pleased with the growth it has put on in such a short space of time.

But every day it seems to be facing a different direction. I thought they were an upright plant!!!

Yikes!

02 May 2014 06:12:56
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Yikes!

Out for a brief photo shoot in between heavy showers yesterday and thought this seed head looked just like a spider. :)

Double Whammy!

01 May 2014 20:19:38
Arisaema speciosum var. magnificum

Arisaema speciosum var. magnificum

I have this Arisaema a few years now. And it's planted in a pot. I had been toying with the idea of finding a suitable place in the garden for it. This year it has produced two - Happy Days! I guess I owe it to them to move something over or out to make way!!!

Choisya

01 May 2014 07:21:27

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My Choisya in the front garden is looking lovely now, with way more flowers on it this year. Glad I planted it out eventually. It's going from strength to strength. And it is very sweetly scented too.

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