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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal June 2014

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Trailing geranium

30 June 2014 22:52:48

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It must have been about 3 or 4 years ago that I had a Friends Day in my garden. Kate, of Kate&Graham, kindly gave me a trailing geranium that is still going strong today. There was a time here when geraniums, both upright and trailing got dumped at the end of the summer. 

Teasing me!

30 June 2014 20:06:22
Teasing me!

Teasing me!

I had a lovely climbing rose in a half barrel at one of the posts of the Logia. But last year I felt it would perform better planted into the ground so moved it to the bed just outside the patio doors. It has lovely growth on it, but sadly it will NEVER do even HALF as well as Terra Nova's 'Teasing Georgia' However, there are a few buds about to open.

R. 'Teasing Georgia' is YELLOW! Unopened buds don't look terribly yellow to me!

Dierama

30 June 2014 05:49:12

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Dierama (Angel's Fishing Rod) has opened and is looking the part dipping over into the water of the Upper Pond.

Sunset

29 June 2014 21:30:39

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Is anyone looking out at that stunning sunset now?

Lysimachia

29 June 2014 20:47:08

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My Lysimachia has finally opened. I think mine must be the last in the country to flower. My variegated one is that little bit later, but I do prefer this. 

Climbing rose

29 June 2014 20:27:22

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While Steve dug out a lot of the soil for the last pond, I had to tie in and tidy up my climbing rose 'Paul's Scarlet'. A bit of a dicey job as I was up on the top wrung of the ladder and trying to avoid all the thorns made me a bit shakey. However, job done. Cut away any leaves affected by blackspot. Pain in the butt, and torn to shreds, even with gloves.

Another water lily

29 June 2014 07:38:06

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Another one opened for me yesterday. I think this may have originally come from Elizabeth, so thank you very much.

Dick Warner, eat your heart out!

28 June 2014 21:25:54
Dick Warner, eat your heart out!

Dick Warner, eat your heart out!

OMG, Was soooooo engrossed in pond life today. Spotted a dragonfly hatching out this morning. I sat and watched, and waited..... and watched..... and waited. Never witnessed this up-close-and-personal as much as today. Pity Wee Davey had already gone home. He would have been fascinated watching the whole process.

Posting an album. Some of you may wonder why so many photos. But there are very subtle differences in the developmental stages. So you can choose whether or not to look at the album. It's good to have it on record though.

What a difference a day makes

28 June 2014 21:01:51

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Love this water lily. For sentimental reasons I call this Nymphaea 'Dolores'. It started to open this morning and was in full swing by this evening.   @emotional.com

Plant ID please!

28 June 2014 19:29:50

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I bought a lovely new U4BA a few months ago and before long I noticed growth from what was obviously a stowaway in the soil. I have been watching and waiting. It is now flowering. Not a dandelion, quite tall (about 24 inches in height) and big, furryish, floppy leaves. Can anyone tell me what it is please?

Gazelle

28 June 2014 08:25:44
C. 'Gazelle'

C. 'Gazelle'

My herbaceous clematis 'Gazelle' is just coming into flower. Very dainty flowers and much smaller than most clematis.

Visit from 'The Boss'

28 June 2014 03:24:14

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Got very little time for gardening yesterday. But my recent jobs seemed to have kept the Top Man happy enough. He sat and looked all around and then announced that his Gran has a 'very nice garden'. :)  It didn't take him long to get 'stuck in'.

Broadening their horizons

28 June 2014 02:49:03

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Normally when introducing fish to new surroundings, they will sulk and disappear down to the bottom for a week or two. Only when they have accepted their new home will they feed from the surface.

The two big goldfish that I introduced to the Upper Pond were basking away yesterday in the intermittent sunshine and feeding to their hearts content. Happy Days. Still haven't managed to catch the koi as people keep on interfering with my plan of capture!!!! Steve reckons I won't be able to do it, but he forgets that I was a Master Angler back in the day! Actually, I think he's more upset that I managed to capture the goldfish when HE couldn't. LOL It's not just a case of scooping them up in the net.

Succulent

27 June 2014 07:36:47
Mesianthrum Lampranthus Misifolia

Mesianthrum Lampranthus Misifolia

Love this evergreen succulent in the Alpine Circle. It's just begininning to flower now. In another few days there will be an abundancy of colour.

No Nasturtiums

26 June 2014 22:16:04
No Nasturtiums

No Nasturtiums

Growing Nasturtiums here both in pots, and open ground. Love their zingy colour. Nasturtiums in the ground are fine. Potted Nasturtiums never cease to be plagued by black aphids. Pardon me if I don't use them on my salad!

A few bits today

26 June 2014 21:34:43

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Was at the hospital this morning and it was still raining when I got home. So, as I get up very early every morning, I went for a quick power nap. Wahayyyy!   Sun shining when I awoke. Dead-headed, weeded, tied up, and also planted up most of the plants I had bought earlier in the week - except for Sisyrinchium striatum. Still thinking where I'll put that.

One of the plants I got was Astilbe chinensis 'Vision in Red'. It's now in my North-facing border which was mostly in shade until I did a re-shuffle earlier in the year. Now, during the summer months, it is in full sun. Let's hope everything won't be scorched out of it.

GONE FISHING!!!!

26 June 2014 20:45:43

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Today my topmost task was to try and capture the koi in the Lower Pond and transfer him to the Upper Pond where he will have lots of space to grow.

Placed the net in the Lower Pond, gave a bit of koi food, and sat in wait. 

A goldfish (a really big one) entered the net. So I thought that he would also benefit from the extra space in the Upper Pond. Swipe! Gotcha! Transferred him to a bucket of water from the same pond. Brought him down to the Upper Pond and added a bit of that water and waited. After a time of temperature acclimatisation, he ventured out and promptly dived down to the depths of this pond. He'll probably stay there for the next few days until he becomes comfortable in his new surroundings. C'est la vie.

Then I thought, maybe he needs a mate. Even though it was the Koi I wanted to catch, a mate for this goldfish would be more beneficial for the moment.

Caught another one. Now, let's hope I have managed to capture a male and a female for breeding purposes.

The Koi I was after was as his name suggests - COY!  He was peeping out from under the lily pads and as soon as he spotted me, he was gone!

But for today, I was happy enough to get two big goldfish into the Upper Pond. Tomorrow is another day!

Mitraria coccinea

26 June 2014 20:12:59

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Mitraria coccinea (Mitre Bush) is early to flower this year. Nearly missed it with the foliage of Montbretia hiding it.

Sisters!

26 June 2014 19:35:25
R. 'Sheila's Perfume'

R. 'Sheila's Perfume'

I have three sisters - Sheila, Penny and Lucia. So far I have managed to acquire roses with the names 'Sheila's Perfume', and 'Penny Lane'. Still waiting to find one with the name Lucia (or maybe Lucy). 

'Sheila's Perfume' opened today, but the scent was a lot stronger last year. Still beautiful, though.

Horse shoes

26 June 2014 18:44:00

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Not great with seeds. But these seem to be doing ok. They're in a big pot in front of the water butt to hide it. Doing well. They remind me of horse shoes. Can't wait to eat them. Soon!

Hydrangea

26 June 2014 18:12:09
White Hydrangea in front

White Hydrangea in front

I only have two hydrangeas. One in the back - petiolaris - which basically does 'nothing' (will be moved to a different location soon), and a lovely white one in the front. The white one is going to put on a real show this year I think. It's starting!

What a lot!

26 June 2014 06:01:27
L. 'Netty's Pride'

L. 'Netty's Pride'

It's amazing to see how many flowers just three bulbs are producing this year, and still plenty to open.

Greta's garden

25 June 2014 22:28:38
Greta's garden

Greta's garden

Was on an overnight stay with Greta on Monday night. It's always great to see how much she has done in the garden, despite her lack of mobility. However, this is only temporary. She'll be tearing around her garden very soon, and there'll be no stopping her. If I have half her determination when I get to that age, I will consider myself to be very blessed.

Just posted an album if you care to take a look.

Magical Red Star

25 June 2014 20:54:50

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Hypericum 'Magical Red Star' is looking lovely today.

Calla lily

25 June 2014 08:07:00
Calla lily

Calla lily

This is now its fourth summer in my garden. 

No patience!

25 June 2014 06:16:23
No patience!

No patience!

Discovered a huge Nursery, quite by chance, in a gap in the hedge on the way home from Meath yesterday. Run by a very young couple and the Lady (girl, actually) was telling us that it was a very slow start to build up their business. Terribly run-down looking place but they had so many gorgeous plants that you wouldn't normally see in other places. Most of the area was almost taken over by weeds blowing in from underneath the netting that surrounds the nursery. 

Jackie gave me a Hollyhock seedling a few weeks back. For ages it seemed to be doing absolutely nothing, but in the last few days I have finally begun to see a bit of growth. Hate the thoughts of having to wait until next year for a flower of some sort. But I couldn't resist this beauty yesterday while I'm waiting for Jackie's one. At the hospital this morning so I'll have a bit of fun when I get home, deciding where to put my new plants. 

 

Catching up!

24 June 2014 21:12:11

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Yesterday Greta and myself had the pleasure of a return visit to Ratoath Garden Centre, in Ashbourne, Co. Meath. Great to see the extended borders beyond the garden centre and the planting combinations were excellent. We had lunch in the Wildflower Cafe where the food and service could not be faulted. Hopefully the album I have just posted will encourage people who haven't already visited this excellent place to go and see it for themselves.

We had two more garden centre visits today, but I don't have a lot of time tonight. 

Hemerocallis

23 June 2014 08:45:13
Hemerocallis

Hemerocallis

Just outside watering everything and spotted my first Day Lily open. I had mentioned in an earlier journal that I was going to get rid of most of them once flowering had finished as I don't like all the leafy growth in such a small garden. However...........just looking at it now in all its splendour.........I may be tempted to just move them somewhere else.

Fab day out there so enjoy it. 

Insect

23 June 2014 06:50:11

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Spotted this on one of the pond grasses yesterday. Was making sure not to disturb him so he wouldn't take off. However, the closer I got the more convinced I was that he was actually dead and just clinging on, because when he fell into the water, he remained motionless. Thought he might have been a grasshopper and I haven't seen one since my early adulthood. But maybe something else?

A nice lily

23 June 2014 05:41:55

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This opened in a planter yesterday and I can honestly say I don't remember it from last year.

Back in the day!

22 June 2014 21:56:22

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Greta and myself met many years ago while we both worked in Homebase. And it's a friendship that is going to last a lifetime. During that time, Greta tried to get me to go into business with her with Flower Arranging. Fleurette has sparked off this journal with her amazing arrangements. 

Greta had ALL the expertise, I only contributed the man or WOMANpower. I really had no interest in something that required such little physical activity. It bored me to tears. But Greta was an Artist in Floristry, and still is.

But Fleurette got me thinking on different lines today. Not much done, and with todays heat I couldn't expect Steve to be cooped up in that suit and mask. It would have been sheer torture for him. I gave him the day off!!!   LOL

So I was experimenting with garden lighting that might create different atmospheres/moods according to the calibre of guests, or the kind of outdoor occasion where flower arranging would never happen.

Please take into account that I only used receptacles close at hand today for this lighting, so they might appear tacky to some of you. Lots of household items can be used if they float - oh yea, and a pond is the essential ingredient here. :) All flowers used are artificial but obviously real flowers would be so much better. I am a bit of a romantic and love soft lighting, and/or candles. Actually, just call me a pyromaniac! The lilies are made of silk and sank as soon as I placed them into the pond. But with a tiny bit of support from the grasses they stayed afloat.

I'll put up a small album and it might give you food for thought!

Two more blues

22 June 2014 09:17:37

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I do love blue. Geranium 'Rozanne' is starting now.

And Jackie dug up this fantastic Delphinium for me during the week. I wasn't hopeful that it would transplant well as it was just starting to flower. But it was planted and watered as soon as I got it home. So delighted with this, such a startling/stunning shade of blue. Thanks again, Jackie.

Doing well

22 June 2014 04:29:06
Doing well

Doing well

I think it was HeadGardener (Bill) who gave me ths Tetrapanax when it was only a little bitty baby. Happy to say it is thriving and I love it. Just wondering how much bigger it will grow though as I may have to move it.

I'm really enjoying it where it is at the moment and any visitors who sit at our patio always remark on it.

I just have to figure out though whether I want this border to be 'tropical' looking or 'hot'. It seems to be a bit of a mish mash at the moment with the likes of Gaillardia, Gazanias, Geraniums, Hemerocallis, Trollius, Lilies, Geums, Melianthus Major etc, etc. 

Trifolium ochroleucon

21 June 2014 22:23:24

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Or otherwise known as Sulphur Clover. Bought this two years ago in Ratoath. It stopped me in its tracks and I just had to have it. Haven't regretted it yet.

Rhodohypoxis

21 June 2014 21:54:06
Rhodohypoxis

Rhodohypoxis

My more common Rhodohypoxis is starting to open now. And I'm delighted to see seedlings of same scattered around the mother plant. I normally just leave this out in the elements for the winter. But after seeng JoanG's whopping great display, this year I think I'll be potting them up into an Alpine Bowl and bring under cover for the winter. Thanks, Joan.

To whet the appetite further.....

21 June 2014 21:35:42
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Progress at last!

21 June 2014 21:21:01
Taking off rough edges

Taking off rough edges

Steve promised that he would work on 'the cave' today. Very slow to start and definitely needed a rocket put under him. But once he got going he really got into the spirit of things. Any work done today was really fab to witness as there had been nothing done last year ("Too hot", he said). 

I cleared out underneath the cave, as for the last twelve months I have been using this area for just throwing bits of junk and weeds.

First job for Steve was to even off the rough edges of the cave with a grinder. I wasn't much help to him, unfortunately. So spent my time being his 'gofer'. I didn't mind as things are finally moving on this area.

Then he had to sand the inside of the cave to smoothen it all before he applies at least two more layers of fibre glass (hopefully tomorrow). Would love to post an album of work to date, but I shall practise a bit of patience for once. I'll just give you ONE.

Fern

21 June 2014 06:48:50

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This is one of my favourite ferns around the garden. It keeps nice and tidy, never outgrowing its spot. So most gardens would be able to accommodate this. It will grow in moist or dry soil. I love the look of it, especially the underside with the ridges of spores.

Another Lamium

21 June 2014 05:48:19

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I bought this Lamum to put into a hanging basket for shade. Little white flowers opened on it yesterday but they were camouflaged by the silver leaves so much so that you would have to be right up close to even know there were flowers on it. Disappointed with this. I'd much prefer the one with pink/purple flowers I posted the other day.

Mad Pink Poppies

21 June 2014 05:12:37

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Another of my Mad Pink Poppes opened yesterday. Only this one wasn't as 'pink' as the other ones, and is NOT pompom-like. Mad!  You never know what you're going to get. I sometimes wonder do these come in from 'over the wall', because I have never sown poppies here!

Land of the Giants

20 June 2014 23:14:31
Land of the Giants

Land of the Giants

Good job my lupins needed dead-heading. Did it today and couldn't believe the size of the aphids on them. So they got the chop, rather than waste the soapy spray. Lots more flowers on the way. And I dare those aphids to attack them!!!

Today was the day

20 June 2014 22:56:51

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The diameter of the Lower Pond is about 10 ft. And the foliage of the water lilies have been growing no end. So much so that the flowers beneath were completely invisible. Asked Steve to do a job on them. He didn't want me getting into this pond as the liner is thinner than in the other two ponds. But I can't reach the centre from standing at the edge. It's a job that he has been putting on the long finger.

My patience has been wearing thin. So today I cut up some timber I found in the garage and taped it to a scissors. Just the job. Another small but essential job off the list. Let's hope the timber hadn't been ear-marked for another job.

Teeny Weeny

20 June 2014 07:05:15

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Spotted this tiny Aquilegia in flower yesterday. Don't think I've ever seen one so small.

Musa basjoo

20 June 2014 05:37:58

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I planted this root-hardy banana in the greenhouse border a few years back. But it has never done much really, the main reason being I suppose that it had been too hemmed in by other plants.

Couple of weeks ago I dug it up and potted it up to keep a closer eye on it. Started watering and feeding. Then early last week I accidentally knocked the top 4 inches off it. Disaster! However, I continued watering and feeding. Slowly but surely the broken bit has fused itself back on, and now I see good healthy NEW growth!  Wahoo!  There's hope for it yet. Can't believe how well it is doing, considering that the broken bit was barely hanging on by a thread.

It may just grow impressively this year. And let's face it, at least now I can see it while it's in a pot instead of being hidden away in all the undergrowth in the border. It deserves to be seen!!!

Climbing fuchsia

19 June 2014 23:00:46

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'Lady Boothby' is starting to do its thing now. Will be taking cuttings of this later.

Lamium

19 June 2014 22:38:55

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Lovely silver-leafed ground cover plant, and has the added bonus of these really pretty pea-like flowers. I have a feeling it came originally from Conrad? But not sure which one it is.

Ceratostigma

19 June 2014 22:26:23

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This lovely small shrub has started to open today. And it's one of the few blue flowers that photograph with its true blue colour.

Husker Red

19 June 2014 21:44:27

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Got this lovely penstemon last year at the end of season, so today I'm seeing it in its glory for the first time. But I can't for the life of me think why it was called 'Husker Red'.

Disguising

19 June 2014 08:56:46

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I do hate the look of downpipes on a house but they are a must. So all we can do is our best. I have a small plastic pot that get's strapped to the downpipe, and in it I have a nice trailing geranium. A big pot on the ground below that has Clematis 'Niobe' and Nasturtiums.

Now they are all merging together to disguise the downpipe. And the clematis is picking up the maroon markings on the trailing geranium nicely. So from eye level downwards the downpipe has almost been covered. 

Plant ID please!

18 June 2014 22:42:42

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I have been watching this plant for a while now, thinking it was Incarvillea delavayei. But I have never seen flowers on Incarvillea grow so tall. Normally they appear very close to the ground. And the foliage is quite spikey. So what is it, please?

Aqua gardening today

18 June 2014 21:50:23

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The day that was in it, I decided to get into the Greenhouse Pond to cut back the 'gone over' irises and do a bit of essential weeding. Pond skaters and tadpoles, some half-developed frogs swimming about the place. There must have been a second lot of spawn produced, as these ones are really tiny.

But it felt good knowing that I was never in danger of being bitten.  And the aqua critters kept well out of my way while I pulled out lots of pondweed, to inject a bit more oxygen into the water. It felt so good not needing the waders, and I got a nice cooling down in the process.

Album uploading very quickly this evening. It must be the good weather.

Fish Footsie

18 June 2014 16:09:59

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Very refreshing with feet dangling in the pond today. Hmmmm, I wonder could I teach the Koi to give me a Fish Pedicure!

Flowering cherry

18 June 2014 08:57:54
Flowering cherry

Flowering cherry

My flagpole Cherry has just been given a new lease of life with Clematis (Jackmanii, I think) growing up through it now.

Aeonium

18 June 2014 05:42:56

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I have one in the greenhouse for a few years now, and it had become quite tall and lanky. Earlier this year I cut off a good piece and potted it up, and now is growing really well. But the best thing is that the parent plant is now sprouting new shoots half way down the main stem, so it is going to bush out nicely. Happy with this.

Spuds

17 June 2014 21:59:48
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Spuds

The other day I was down weeding the Spring Border and potting up more Campanula seedlings and came across this. Thought it was a long-forgotten-about potato from years back. But maybe it's a Cyclamen corm?

A perfect day!

17 June 2014 20:40:23

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What a glorious day today! Spent time in Jackie's garden today, my first visit. So hard to believe that this garden is still in its infancy, Jackie only being there a year and a half. The amount of hard graft that she has put into it so far is unbelievable. Between cutting back trees and shrubs that she wasn't too enamoured with, and getting the Council to do a job on the trees outside her perimeter, she now has made the garden 'her own'. Such an explosion of kaleidoscopic (love that word) colour as soon as you enter the back garden. Jackie's plants not only grow, but they THRIVE!!!!! And even at this stage she has lots of seedlings of plants that she has grown herself, some of which I came away with and have already been planted.

The garden has the same aspect as my own, having sun all day. Today was a real 'hottie', the warmest so far this year I think. And we cappucinoed under the very welcome shade of her gazebo.

This garden is only beginning, and already it is a treat for the senses. Watch this space as so far herself and hubby have been concentrating on getting their house just right before doing anything major with the garden. So much potential! So much ambition. So much love!

Thanks for a great morning, Jackie! "I'll be back".

Album going up shortly!

 

Web

17 June 2014 07:50:38
Web

Web

Spotted this unusual spiders web yesterday. When I opened the web from the leaf, a little spider that looked like an aniseed ball scurried away and I was left thinking "why did I interfere?" Messed up a bit of nature there!

My Kingdom

17 June 2014 05:51:09

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I sat back yesterday evening to survey all before me and was very happy! 

Tough as old boots!

16 June 2014 22:01:00

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I moved lots of plants in the North-facing border on the 9th of this month. Some smaller ones were growing behind taller ones and were being totally ignored. One of these plants I moved out to the front (where the sun gets) was Geranium 'Black Beauty'. It didn't look great for the first couple of days after that. And, as it was only a new one at the end of the summer last year, I really wanted it to thrive.

It opened today. Love the dark foliage against the blue flower. Pity blue flowers don't photograph well.

Lily Season

16 June 2014 21:29:35
L. 'Netty's Pride'

L. 'Netty's Pride'

They're opening with great gusto right now. We're in for a nasal treat with their intoxicating scent around the garden. Another one opened for me today.

Sunday Best on Monday!

16 June 2014 20:46:04

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As I had to go shopping this morning, I was in my 'good clothes'. Doesn't happen too often. But while I was still dressed fairly decently, I decided to weed my front garden after I got the shopping into the house. That's my usual reason for not spending much time out the front. Gotta reputation to keep up. LOL Dead-headed climbing rose and Armeria.

Delighted with a phormium out the front that is flowering right now. It looks like licks of flame. 

Also U4BA 'Silver Swan' has doubled in size since last year. Happy Days! It looks great planted beside my Corylus avellana 'Contorta'.

Nandina

16 June 2014 07:53:32
Nandina domestica 'Blush Pink'

Nandina domestica 'Blush Pink'

Bought this Nandina domestica (Heavenly Bamboo, Sacred Bamboo) fairly recently and as it was waiting patiently for its 'forever home', slowly but surely it lost all its leaves through sheer neglect on my part.  But I watered, and watered, and watered even more. Then I fed it.

I've just been saved from embarrassment. LOL. It is finally back to its former glory. Now, where is it going to go?

First lily

16 June 2014 05:10:03
First lily

First lily

My first lily has just opened. Unfortunately the label on the pot just stated 'orange'. Lots more to open and it's really 'hotting' up my hot border closest to the patio. And from there I can get its delicious heady scent. Perfectly placed, I reckon.

Flower carpet rose

16 June 2014 04:54:57

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I have Flower carpet 'Gold' a few years now. And indeed it's a lovely colour. But I always thought the same would suggest that it was more of a ground cover bush. It stands now at about 5 ft. Yesterday I got in at the back of this border to do a bit of essential weeding and discovered that there are now in fact two different roses on the one plant. Obviously the one I bought has been grafted onto a different rootstock which, to me, looks more like a wild rose. The leaves on this one are more glaucous.

I do like the 'gold' so today I guess I will be cutting off the offending branches in the hope that the gold will continue to shine through.

Plant ID for me too, please

15 June 2014 20:38:06

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I'm sure someone told me last year what this is. And it is beginning to bulk up. But the heat has gotten to me and  can't remember. Hope someone can help!

Mad Pink Poppies

15 June 2014 20:15:33
Mad Pink Poppies

Mad Pink Poppies

Normally I have loads of mad pink poppies, with pompom heads all over the place at this time of year. Today the first one is beginning to open, but it looks a much deeper shade. I think I'm going to really like this one.

Helichrysum bracteatum

15 June 2014 19:54:50
Helichrysum bracteatum

Helichrysum bracteatum

Got this as a tiny and wilting seedling in Dealz ages ago for 20c. It was really only fit to be composted. But I persisted, and today it's looking very much worth 20c.

Also known as Paper Flower or Straw Flower and is native to Australia. I thought we were going to have a bit of Australian weather today. But sadly, the sun didn't really appear until about 6.00pm. Lovely and warm though, so we can't complain.

Nice foliage

15 June 2014 11:02:06
Nice foliage

Nice foliage

This year I bought seedlings of 'mini cucumber' as I had been fed up in past years throwing most of them out as I am really the only one who eats them. And there is only so much I can eat. These 'mini' cucumbers grow only to about 4 inches so they will be perfect.

The leaves have a beautiful yellow edging to them, something I've not noticed on cucumber plants before. I don't think it is any calcium deficiency or anything, but will google just in case.

Helianthemum 'Ben More'

15 June 2014 08:23:46

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Beautiful ground cover plant with so many flowers. It's been flowering now at least two/three weeks? Gorgeous striking orange flowers, until yesterday!!!

It has now started producing YELLOW flowers!!! I thought they were buttercups yesterday as I was passing it, until I had a closer look.

A few pics

15 June 2014 07:29:48

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Took a few photos of the Upper Pond lit up last night. It was magical. And with the bonus of having filled my lamps with oil, the evening was BUG-FREE!!!

Astilbe

15 June 2014 06:40:04

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I love Astilbes. I have a few dotted around both Upper and Lower Ponds. All are looking great now. I thought it was 'Inschriach Pink' but not so sure now. It's looking a treat at the moment though. Great morning out there so I hope you all enjoy!

Change of timetable

14 June 2014 23:54:30

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Normally I take my Dad out to lunch on a Sunday. But circumstances changed, as they do. Dull day and Dad is not fond of eating OUTDOORS at the best of times. So after lunch here, he high-tailed it home and left myself and Steve to ourselves. Did very minimal tasks all day but I'm quite sure my plants will jump up and kiss me with all the tomato feed they've been having this last couple of weeks.

Steve got the electric lighting in the garden sorted out, and I finally got myself some Citronella oil for my lamps. Had a glorious evening out of doors, with the lit up garden adding to the ambience, and we'll possibly get more tomorrow. Solar lighting doesn't really provide adequate power. Not long in. And I can honestly say we didn't do much in the garden today other than ENJOY it.

Tomorrow I am free as a bird!

Dense planting

14 June 2014 08:05:07
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Dense planting

After living with the promise of this final pond (and Cave) for the last few years I decided to actually PLANT plants into the soil rather than leave them in their pots. At least they now have had the opportunity to put on some strong growth while the job is under review/construction.

But all will have to be uprooted and potted up soon to enable Superman to finish off this long-awaited addition to the garden. It should be resumed early next week, weather permitting. They're looking good for now, though! Seems a shame to evict them!

Bluebottles

14 June 2014 07:29:55

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Whenever I go into the greenhouse, I am met by a swarm of bluebottles. They are buzzing at an enormous rate inside, but seem to be mainly on my vine. It was the same last year and year before. Can anyone tell why?

As I haven't got my Citronella just yet, the other day I happened to be in Dealz and spotted these Citronella Incense sticks. 40 sticks for €1.49. What have I got to lose! Had them lit around the patio table, so decided to light one for the greenhouse and close the doors while it was burning away. It seemed to do the trick. But I didn't do it last night and the bluebottles were at it again. And there are NO dead bodies in my greenhouse, just in case someone suggests there may be. :)

Dianthus

14 June 2014 06:54:40

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Dianthus 'Red Dwarf' is looking super at the moment. Might take some cuttings today as I'd love to spread it around the garden.

Cautleya spicata

14 June 2014 06:26:13

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I have this plant a few years now and it always amazes me the way you just never know where it will sprout up next. It's not a rampant grower (thank God), but it's a beauty and seems to be very reliable. There had only been one stem visible a few days ago.

But yesterday I couldn't believe the second one two feet away from the parent plant, and in an area that is so compacted by feet. It's amazing the way one small little plant can push its way up throught that.

P.S. I weeded that area AFTER taking the photo. LOL

Seafarers Warning

13 June 2014 22:44:36

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Lighthouse is looking great this evening. All we need now is a fog horn.

Pond Cleaning

13 June 2014 22:06:53
Not so coy Koi

Not so coy Koi

Spent a glorious hour or two cutting back lily leaves in the Upper Pond and Hippuris vulgaris from the Lower Pond. Fish are now feeding twice daily. And when they see me coming with the food they are almost queueing up. 

The huge koi in the Upper Pond was loving basking in the sun after me removing at least half of the foliage from the water lilies. Such a rewarding job, and of course all stuff that got cut back ended up on the compost heap. Watered that well as now it needs a bit of moisture (and heat) to trigger the composting process.

More succulents

13 June 2014 21:51:15

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Got these two plants in Aldi a while ago and now they're out in the greenhouse. Love the Crassula with the red stems. Unfortunately I have mislaid the label. And the Kalanchoe is quite pretty too.

Sempervivum

13 June 2014 21:08:29

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Just love this Sempervivum that I've had for many years. Might just pot up more succulents as I think they are shown off to their fullest this way.

R.I.P.

13 June 2014 20:36:12

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When I went to have a closer inspection of my Silver Birch this morning, I realised that it just had to go. Grabbed some of the higher branches to manoeuvre the top growth down more to my own level. I just bent it over and........crackle, snap, whatever about the 'pop'. LOL Definitely D.E.A.D.

I had said that I would replace it with something from some pots I have here. But in all honesty I really have enough shrubs planted in this area. So when Steve has finished working around here I hope to spread them out more to give them a better chance of survival. The roots of this go so deep that I couldn't uproot it. So I'm left with a stump for the moment. Ha! The joys of having not enough space and too many plants!!! Already in this area I have 2 Photinias, Rowan, Viburnum 'Dawn', Flagpole Cherry plus others. No hope for me, I know. The wall looks so bare now, and I have also deprived the birds of a good perch. It went over the wall!!!  Plant Heaven!!

Contorted Hazel

13 June 2014 09:48:28

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I was stopped in my tracks out the front yesterday afternoon, with the sun penetrating the rich plum leaves of Corylus avellana 'Contorta'. And the twisted, gnarled branches are such a welcome sight in winter when there is little else to feast our eyes on in the garden.

A sad day!

13 June 2014 07:43:53
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A sad day!

I was soooo ecstatic a few years ago when I managed to pick up a long-sought-after Silver Birch. But it looks like today will be it's burial day or 'over the wall'. Toying with the idea of getting another one but would hate for the same thing to happen again.

I have a few choices here with what to plant in its place. I'm leaning towards Olearia traversii 'Tweedledee' which is a lovely variegated evergreen shrub in a big pot at the moment. I'll post a photo of it later.

Homebase

12 June 2014 22:15:21

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I think it was MohoberDec who was remarking recently about the prices in Homebase. And rightfully so.

This morning I went over to get some tomato feed and went out to the g.c. (as you do). Not much grabbed my attention I must admit. So I ended up buying stuff from the reduced trolley (6pack of gazanias where two had died, for €3.00). Happy enough with that.

But when I was coming through the shop to pay for them, tomato feed, and fishfood, I was astounded and shocked to see this pot (maybe 3litre pot) of Cosmos with an outlandish price of €15. I mean, come on!!!    Did we come down in the last shower? No wonder the place was practically empty!

Digitalis

12 June 2014 22:06:25

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This pretty digitalis was given to me a few years ago by our very own Chilipepper. It is such a low-maintenance, and reliable plant. This is ready to be divided. And I have lots of ideal spots to put the divisions. Thanks again, Dave.

Fuchsia

12 June 2014 08:47:12

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Got this standard fuchsia in Aldi last year for a mere €7. It's even better this year, with such an abundance of flowers and so many more to come. Fuchsias have really loved the mild winter.

Now, I'm off to buy lots of tomato feed. Have a good day!

Persicaria

12 June 2014 05:04:26
Persicaria bistorta

Persicaria bistorta

Another Perscaria that has opened in the last two weeks is a pond plant. Delicate looking, but a tough cookie.

Campanula

11 June 2014 22:21:06
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Campanula

I have this little campanula ever since creating the Upper Pond. Don't know its name but I love the way it's almost trailing over into the water. Plus it's starting to hide the ugly blue liner, which can't be a bad thing.

Jack's Lily

11 June 2014 21:19:24

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I joined this lovely site in April 2009. And one of the first people to post a comment on my journals was Jack17. He posted lovely pictures of a beautiful lily that he had growing in abundance in his garden and offered to give me some. I duly accepted, whereby he called into my job with a couple of these glorious specimens. 

They got planted in my North-facing border. I never saw them again. They never flowered. 

But earlier this year when I decided to shuffle all the plants around in this same border, I realized that this area DOES actually get quite a bit of sun. A few days ago, I discovered a lovely geranium that had remained hidden for some time, so cut back growth around it and tied it up. And today I discovered one of those lovely bulbs that Jack had kindly given to me. 

Needless to say, it was starting to keel over for the want of light. It got potted up and brought out into the open. If it flowers this year it would be a real bonus as they are a fab lily.

Jack, if you are looking in tonight, thanks again. And you will live on in my garden forevermore.

Atlas

11 June 2014 20:49:51

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I've made numerous attempts at growing carrots. And all have produced pretty miserable results. So this year I decided to try a different variety.

'Atlas' is a small round carrot, about the size of a big gooseberry. Shredded some over my salad for lunch today, and Steve's lunch for tomorrow.  At least they look like the photo on the packet this time. And now I have a nice pot for a few annuals still.

Dead as a Dodo

11 June 2014 19:17:47

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Surely Silver Birch should now be clothed in their foliage? Nothing on mine apart from tiny buds that are just snapping off when barely touched. The leaves that you see on it in the photo are actually those of a clematis I have growing up through it.

On a more positive note, there is now room for something else to be planted!

Looking back

11 June 2014 09:29:26
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Looking back

Just looking back on old photos now and can't believe my Alpine Circle looked so bare when I first constructed it. The propellor has found a new home since then. I must say I do prefer the oak obelisk as a centrepiece.

Plant ID please!

11 June 2014 03:45:34
Plant ID please!

Plant ID please!

I have this lovely grass growing in the Upper Pond for a few years now and don't know its name. Can anyone help please?

Let's Rock 'n Roll'

11 June 2014 03:33:43
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Let's Rock 'n Roll'

One of my favourite Sanguisorbas 'Rock 'n Roll' is starting to do its thing now.

Sodden ground

10 June 2014 19:32:08

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The only thing I got done today was to dig up my Musa basjoo. Frequent heavy and thundery showers put paid to anything worthwhile. I had the Musa in the ground about three years and it had never amounted to much. When I dug it up today I couldn't believe how dry it was, despite all the recent rain. It was planted in beside my variegated yucca which was obviously giving it drier conditions than it would prefer.

However, I potted it up, gave it a good watering and a dose of tomato feed. Will be giving it a regular feed from now on.

Well, Holy God!

10 June 2014 11:25:17

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It looks like the orange poppies are happier in their new home already. A flower has opened. I'm glad I went with my gut instinct to move them.

Geranium

10 June 2014 08:18:45

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Last year I got this at work for a knockdown price late in the season. Happy to see that it has decided to flower. I like the pale blue. Should look nice with 'Rozanne'. I'm mortified really as this is what I thought was my long-lost Delphinium a few days ago - scarlet.com   :)

What's not to love....

09 June 2014 22:41:54

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I think the combination of Saponaria and Oxalis look delicious together. 

Please?

09 June 2014 22:07:15

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Can someone tell me is this a Watsonia or a Gladiolus? I have a feeling I got this from Mary and Paddy too.

Isn't it a little beauty?

Campanula

09 June 2014 21:52:28

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I have SallySarah to thank for this gorgeous lilac Campanula. It's about 3ft tall and ever so robust. I just adore its colour. It's also a great ground cover. I can see lots more seedlings around the base of what has opened so I'll be very happy to share it around.

On the move

09 June 2014 19:50:18
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On the move

As I mentioned in my previous journal, today I got to grips on moving plants that just weren't working. I had spoken about getting rid of my oriental poppies the other day. And Mary mentioned that they were extremely difficult to remove COMPLETELY. C'est la vie.

However, I decided to uproot my Chamaerops humilis today, and decided that this would be the perfect spot for the big orange poppies, to add to the HOT colours. Potted up the Chamaerops (now yet ANOTHER pot!!), and planted the orange poppies in its place. This is surrounded by red and orange lilies that have already been staked up so they should provide the floppy foliage with a lot more support. I think the poppies will added a much-needed boost to this area. And if I lose them, so be it. They got two watering cans of water and I could see a visible difference by this evening. Fingers crossed now!

For Gracedieu Lass

09 June 2014 19:38:00
For Gracedieu Lass

For Gracedieu Lass

Mary and Paddy kindly gave me this plant a couple of years ago when we went to visit. It was in my HOT BORDER up until today, together with Cerastium. They were tending to 'cool' the hot colours down a bit. So they both got dug up and transplanted into the North-facing border today. Slowly trying to locate plants in more suitable areas. 

I'd love to be reminded of the name please, as I'm on a roll with labels this year at last.

'My' zingy!

09 June 2014 07:16:52
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Mesembryanthemums

Now, this is what I would consider zingy!  Each to their own, I suppose.

Geraniums

09 June 2014 06:33:15

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Normally after the summer season I just discard any geraniums. But not this time round. I over-wintered ALL of them from last year and ALL are doing well. Especially this one I have outside the kitchen windowsill. Love its variegated foliage and abundance of flowers.

Calla lily

09 June 2014 05:18:27

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Can't remember how many years ago I bought these Calla lilies - possibly 6 yrs ago. After carefully nurturing it, I even managed to get a few flowers on it last year. Still looking very healthy. I finally put it outdoors yesterday. I have been giving it a feed every two weeks for the last while now, so hopefully it will reward me again with a few flowers. But I really was attracted to the speckled foliage, so all is good either way!

Another Peony

08 June 2014 20:28:02

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After seeing Noels fab peony a fw minutes ago I just had to go out and check another one of mine. Almost open.  Let's hope tomorrows weather is a big improvement!!!

Miracles do happen!

08 June 2014 19:10:35
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Clivia

After a lot of procrastination over the last few years about how poorly my Clivia is doing, today I decided to bite the bullet. It finally got potted on, a good watering, and just now YES, I ACTUALLY FED IT!!! Now if that doesn't work, there's no hope for me at all.

Someone mentioned earlier today that they were putting theirs outdoors today, something which I have never done with my Clivia. But I'll give it its first night in the greenhouse, and have surrounded it with the blue pellets. Then, it's all or nothing.

Living dangerously!

08 June 2014 12:40:40
Living dangerously!

Living dangerously!

Maybe I AM a bit loopy! But barbecue here we come. Dangerous clouds looming overhead, but sure, what the heck! Hasn't rained in about an hour.

Looking forward to tasting my last years' homemade chutney though!

Looking good

08 June 2014 05:43:56
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Looking good

Looking good out there this morning.

Have a nice day!!!

Persicaria

08 June 2014 03:37:35

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Bought this as a trailing plant last year and put it into a big pot with other stuff. It was labelled as Polygonum elatus, which has now been re-classified as Persicaria. I was informed that it is invasive.

Anyway, I went ahead with it, it looked lovely with tiny pink flowers that look like those 'beady' sweets from Liquorice Allsorts. It went through the whole winter and is in full flower now. There is even a bit that has self-seeded into the Lower Pond liner. Yesterday I also noticed that lots have self-seeded in the ground around where I had the pot last year. I don't find it invasive. I'll leave the seedlings around the pond to keep a close eye on it. 

Very pretty though, don't you think?

Poppies

08 June 2014 02:00:38

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A much nicer colour poppy opened for me yesterday. I'd forgotten I even had this colour. Getting a bit browned off with all the floppy foliage of these oriental poppies, the place looks very untidy. So I may just get rid of them all. May!!!  Not completely decided yet!

Originally

07 June 2014 06:31:28

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I bought the lighthouse in Homebase about 14yrs ago and this is what it looked like. I had it in a raised area with gravel (which is now the Upper Pond) and aubrieta and blue crushed gass to emulate the flow of water. It worked well for me way back then. But as always, the garden evolves.

It started off life as a 'stand alone' ornament. Electricity and bulbs were only added a few years ago, and rotten wood replaced and painted.  A major improvement, I reckon. And all thanks to Steve.

Garden Lighting

06 June 2014 22:56:23
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Garden Lighting

Oil burners are all very well. They definitely have their uses, especially when you use Citronella oil, which I will be buying finally tomorrow.

But our Lighthouse is our main lighting feature in the garden. In February Steve took the lighthouse into the workshop in his job, and during any lull in jobs, he spent his time refurbishing the lighthouse. New aluminium pedestal constructed to raise the lighthouse off soil level to avoid rotting. Stainless steel roof, a custom-made, working weather vane, a more powerful lamp, and a whole new paint job. Did a dummy run this evening and extremely pleased with the result. Will post an album. As near to the real thing, as the lamp rotates at a speed of 5 r.p.m.

If you want to see a video of it in operation, check out my Facebook page.

Essential jobs

06 June 2014 21:35:29

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Not just a day of titivating and tweaking here. Did essential weeding in the Spring border, tidying away dead foliage of scilla, muscari, tete-a-tetes finally. The area is looking a lot better. Tied up sweet pea, gladioli, perennial sweet pea, clematis. Earthed up spuds, and tied up and pinched out tomatoes in the greenhouse. And decided to also tie up courgettes, and mini cucumbers in the greenhouse too as they are beginning to take over the walking space. Gave lots of plants a feed too.

Bees in abundance in the greenhouse, and one was just loving what the courgette flowers had to offer him.

I love this

06 June 2014 21:17:13
I love this

I love this

A new addition to my garden since last year is Liptinella squalida 'Platt's Black'. 

Well, Hello Stranger!

06 June 2014 20:14:00

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I have always loved Delphiniums. But sadly the slugs and snails in my garden love them even more so I gave up a long time ago.

In August 2011, myself and Steve travelled West to visit AitAlainn. Upon her recommendation for local garden centres, we visited a tiny place called 'Little Moon' - a so-called garden centre not far from where she lives. It was run by a Dublin man, and what he called a garden centre was in fact just a small plant sales area in his front garden. However, I did manage to buy a lovely Delphinium elatum 'Dark Blue with White Bee'. Planted it as soon as I got home and never saw it again.

Wahoo! Today, I decided to cut back my big geranium and 'lo and behold, what did I spot only the very Delphinium that I purchased way back in 2011. In this case, it definitely pays to administer the Chelsea Chop, or I would have thought the molluscs had had their cake and eaten it.

Staked it up, and added a few pellets. Can't wait for this one!!!!!

Clashing colours

06 June 2014 06:27:35
Clashing colours

Clashing colours

This little Dianthus (can't remember which one it is) has started to open in the Alpine CIrcle finally. And yesterday I thought it looked fab with the clashing colours of Helianthemum 'Ben More' around it. Not to everyone's taste! I suppose the glaucous colour of the Dianthus foliage is softening the whole look.

Big is not always beautiful!

05 June 2014 21:14:15

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I have at least 24/25 different hostas in my garden. Got Sum and Substance a couple of years ago and greatly impressed with its size. But sometimes less is more. One I bought last year is 'Orange Marmalade' and I just love it. Another one in photo no. 2 that I adore. No name as there is so much bark chip on the surface that the labels are well-buried. So if anyone can enlighten me????

Citronella

05 June 2014 20:33:07
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Citronella

In my quest for bottles of Citronella oil for my much-loved oil burners, I've almost given up. Dealz, SuperQuinn, Dunnes, SuperValu, Homebase, Heatons, €2 shops, local D.I.Y. stores, Tesco. Only other options are Argos and B&Q. not amused.com

Elizabeth

05 June 2014 06:27:10
Campanula 'Elizabeth'

Campanula 'Elizabeth'

Campanula 'Elizabeth' is putting on a great display for me this year.

Kiwi

04 June 2014 22:57:25

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I have this Actinidia 'Jenny' for more years than I care to remember, and as usual, in a pot. But a few weeks ago I decided to reward it with a bigger pot. Can't believe the growth it has put on since then. It must be twice the original size. And it's climbing up one of the Loggia posts very naturally.

Does anyone grow this in the ground? And if so, has anyone ever got fruit from it, or is it supposed to be purely a foliage plant in our climate?

Sunset

04 June 2014 22:21:40
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Sunset

Great sunset this evening. Must make a point of getting Steve to cut down those lamp posts at the weekend!!!

New Rhodohypoxis

04 June 2014 21:18:27

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I've been on a quest for Citronella oil in recent weeks. Finding it pretty much impossible so far to get any. Nobody seems to be stocking it these days. But I find it essential for when we decide to while away our evenings outdoors during the summer months. 

However, while over in Homebase today I spotted another nice Rhodohypoxis (no name) and some really pretty dwarf Carnations, which I'm hoping to take cuttings of. 6 really good-sized plants for just a tenner. And I only bought 2 plants at Bloom, so I deserved them. :)

Wisteria

04 June 2014 18:42:17
Wisteria

Wisteria

Aldi have these on offer on Thursday 12th June, in a 3 litre pot. 90cm-great size and for only €12.99

Nice combo

04 June 2014 06:00:53

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Having dug up the honeysuckle at the Loggia, I now have only one left at the Pergola. So I'd better mind it properly. I think it looks well with the deep red rose growing through it. I think it's Lonicera periclymenum 'Serotina'.

Alpine Circle

04 June 2014 05:23:15

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This is one of the little beauties I have in the Alpine Circle.  So reliable.

Striking colour

03 June 2014 21:03:23

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This is my very favourite rose in the garden. I love vibrant colours and this rose is certainly packing a punch.

Another beauty is a new Iris, possibly given to me by Mary and Paddy last year. I adore this one. And it contrasts beautifully with the lilac Iris beside it.

Plant ID please!

03 June 2014 19:28:05

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I have this plant growing in the pastel side of the Greenhouse Border (pink/blue/ lilac/white) but can't for the life of me remember what it is. I have been quite good this year with labels. But none for this one, unfortunately.

It reminds me of a plant that Rachel gave me - Omphaloides, but it's more glaucous. Any ideas please?

Clematis

03 June 2014 05:41:36

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My Silver Birch seems to be very late in leafing up this year. Now I know the reason I planted a jackmanii clematis right beside it. It gives an extra bit of interest while I'm waiting for the leaves of the Silver Birch. Another one growing through my Rowan.

Yay!

02 June 2014 21:49:43

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My recent purchase from the Alpine Show opened up today. Such an unusual flower, but it's the foliage that grabs my attention.

On a go-slow!

02 June 2014 21:17:22

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After spending the last two days walking my legs off me, I was delighted this morning when I got a phone call from my daughter to say that she and my grandson were calling up. I've definitely overdone the exercise and needed this excuse to rest up.

I did a small bit of weeding, and Wee Davey went round picking it all up off the grass, filling his 'baby trolley. I introduced him to a compost bin, and he was fascinated listening to me explaining the process. Obviously he is too young to truly understand but the earlier the better. I will repeat the 'talk' next time he's up. :) And the next time. And the next time.

We made mud pies today too, with dandelions and daisies added!!!  And they didn't even need baking, as they got emptied into the compost bin too. :)

 

Water lily

02 June 2014 19:18:59
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Water lily

My water lilies don't normally open until the end of July. I'm so glad their timing is all off!!! This is one that Elizabeth gave me a few years ago. 

Rhodohypoxis

02 June 2014 06:58:33
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Spreading nicely

This is my older Rhodohypoxis (with the deep pink flowers) that I have in the Alpine Circle. It flowers every year but I always think it could do better. Had a closer look at this area the other day when I was sitting down weeding it. And happy to discover that it is beginning to spread a little. Should make a nice little display in a couple of years. Happy with this!

Pond Surround Completed

01 June 2014 20:34:49

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My recent decision for completely changing/improving the Lower Pond surround has definitely paid off.

Netting now decomissioned, rope and post surrounds now in situ. Extremely happy with the result. A lot of thought and craftsmanship went into its completion.

Steve suggested a fifth and final post to be situated at the back of the Lower Pond as there were two loose ends of rope that required fixing to the fifth post. He decided to emulate a rudder-shaped post. The he constructed a yoke head from Ash, shaped it, planed it, sanded and varnished it, complete with holes either end of the yoke to accommodate the bare ends of rope, which were spliced giving it a very neat finish. This was the method used in seafaring days of generations gone by, and is seldom practised nowadays. 

Album to follow.

 

Dublin Port RiverFest 2014

01 June 2014 19:11:46

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Second day in a row that I chose NOT to do any gardening. Went into City Centre this afternoon to enjoy the River Festival which is on all weekend. Lots there for all the family, plus trips out to Dublin Bay, Cruise Liners, carnival rides, food stalls, access to all Tall Ships and the Irish Naval Boat. Our visit was well-timed as there is rain forecast and I really wanted to go. So tomorrow I will do a bit outside whatever the weather!  And no more WALKING for a while!!!!!!

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