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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal July 2014

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Black-eyed Beans

31 July 2014 22:14:04

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Sowed these from pack with a selection of peas and beans, never thinking they'd come to much. But hey, hey, hey, what a crop I am going to have in a couple of weeks. Think these are used mainly in Chinese and African cuisine. So I'd better start looking up recipes.

Barter System

31 July 2014 21:48:48
Barter System

Barter System

Spent the whole day up in Dad's today. He is not able to maintain the garden any more so I had a skip delivered, and we cleared out his whole front garden - plastic window boxes that had become brittle over time, his whole main flower bed got levelled and skipped, plus garden bench, planters, and old hanging baskets.

But before the two men came to load the skip, I was out there digging up Dad's gorgeous tulips that he planted years ago. No attention ever given to them, and they never fail to come up. Got a whopping great plastic bag full. Front garden almost done. Saturday I will get my hands on an industrial weed killer and blitz the whole place.

Another skip arranged for Saturday, when the two men come back, and then the back garden will be tackled.

So my payment (not that I needed any) for todays work was a big bag of bulbs, and three lovely paving slabs that I now have leading into my glasshouse. I needed to replace the decking tiles as they were rotten. Muscles are aching tonight, but it was good to get so much done.

Plant ID please!

31 July 2014 20:21:01

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Can anyone tell me what plant this leaf belongs to please? I know I know it, but I'm a bit brain dead after a long day.

Eupatorium

30 July 2014 21:43:47

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Being a bit of a chocoholic, I'm a bit partial to this Eupatorium. Love its chocolate coloured stems. But no, I won't be eating it!

Wrongly named

30 July 2014 21:20:54
Wrongly named

Wrongly named

Sedum 'Frosty Morn' is so wrongly named. I mean, why mention frost in the middle of summer, especially when it is looking its best now!

Lily

30 July 2014 20:22:34

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Can honestly say I don't remember planting this.

Therapy

30 July 2014 20:11:55

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I have no doubts about my garden providing me with valuable mental therapy. After a tough few days/weeks/months on the family front, I have really appreciated what the great outdoors has to offer. Wasn't free for the garden until this afternoon. And I went out there with great gusto. Started off gathering seeds of Delphinium that Jackie kindly gave me, and Aconitum and Lychnis 'White robin'. Can anyone tell me if I should sow seed now, or wait until Spring?

Cut back all U4BA's and got loads of sap on my skin. Still waiting for some kind of irritation. But my skin must be like leather as I've so far had no adverse effects.

Cut back suckers on Cotoneaster 'Coral Beauty', and suckers from the peach trees in the greenhouse. Did loads of weeding, and pulled up all the spent poppies. Not interested in keeping seeds for next year as I am sure there will be lots in the soil without my assistance. Brambles coming from next-door-neighbours. Was tempted to let them grow on a bit so I could get a small crop of blackberries. But I was on a mission to clear out any unwanted stuff. 

Continuing to pinch out tomatoes, and delighted with the crop so far. 

Tomorrow I have a skip arranged for Dad's gardens. Also hoping to dig up some of his gorgeous tulips in shades of yellows, reds and oranges that he has growing there for at least 20 yrs. They come up year after year with little or no effort from him. He will celebrate his 83rd Birthday tomorrow. Happy Birthday, Dad.

"You don't bring me flowers"

30 July 2014 08:22:53
'You don't bring me flowers'

'You don't bring me flowers'

Steve was involved in a big clean-up in his job yesterday and brought me home a present that was getting thrown out in a skip as the buoys are all being replaced. This will add nicely to our nautical theme in the garden.

He is just sooooo romantic. LOL

Hibiscus

30 July 2014 06:32:01

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I only have two Hibiscus, both here a few years. They have yet to flower but are now producing buds at last. I do know they take a few years to settle in so it looks like that has finally happened.

I think both are L'Oiseau Bleu'. But one of them has leaves that look bleached. It can't be from the sun, as, even though they are both planted in a south facing border, they are well sheltered from direct sun. I wonder is this bleaching something I should be concerned about. But it's only on one of them. The photos are not really showing the full extent of bleaching.

 

Nice combo

29 July 2014 21:14:10
Nice combo

Nice combo

How come I never noticed how beautiful Montbretia looked beside Physocarpus before!!!!!

Persicaria

29 July 2014 05:42:52

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After having a whopping great planter beside the Lower Pond last year, it has happily self-seeded all along the perimeter. I think it gives a nice soft looking edging to the pond so it will stay put, even though people here reckon it's invasive. It's now starting to flower. Might spur it on with a little bit of feed.

The planter itself had been taken put under cover for the winter months. It has also self-seeded in the gravel in the glasshouse but is a long way off flowering. The original planter is now a mass of gorgeous foliage. I have another planter with the same, combined with Calla lilies from three years back that are also doing really well this year. 

Cynara cardunculus

28 July 2014 22:46:39

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I have this Globe Artichoke plant in my garden for some years now. A very architectural plant, something which my garden generally lacks. I love this time of year when the expanding artichokes burst into lilac flowers. Last year I cooked the hearts for the first time. Must say they were very mediocre so wouldn't bother cooking them again. Maybe I just didn't use the nicest recipe.

But not happy with the overall look of the plant any more. It tends to be affected quite a bit with rust on the leaves. And snails just consider it a top notch hotel. I pick off at least 15 snails each day. And at this late stage in the season, I've had to chop off chunks of leaves which just droop or block out the plants in the vicinity. It looks quite tatty now. Not sure if I will keep it. Plants have to earn their keep here.

Uprooting

28 July 2014 22:18:05

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Today was a day for mainly uprooting. Steve lodged a request with me yesterday that he needed certain plants moved to facilitate his next step in the unmentionable area. Mainly sedums and saxifragas so it was easy going. God only knows how long it will take for the area to be made suitable for planting again, so I hope I don't get lazy with them, or forget to water them.

As I had the trowel in my hand, I decided to uproot some plants in the Alpine Circle. Namely my deep pink Rhodohypoxis, and plant it into a bowl for the glasshouse over winter. I didn't want to leave it much later as at least at this stage I know where to find them. And they have successfully had babies dotted close by. Baby ones are not of flowering size yet. But they are now in the bowl together with the Mother plant.

JoanG posted a journal on 4th June referring to her full Alpine Bowl of the same Rhodohypoxis that she overwinters in her glasshouse. I was so impressed with the display she has produced that I decided NOT to leave mine at the mercy of the elements.

And while I was at it, I uprooted a few other alpines that I bought this year at the Alpine Show.

Dug up a lovely Perovskia 'Little Sprite' (Russian Sage) that was totally in the wrong spot, planted at the back of the glasshouse border and therefore went unnoticed. Have another one over on the far side, so to make a bolder impact I planted them beside each other. Look lovely beside my Lysicmachia punctata. Bits broke off in the process, so they are potted up in the hope that I may have something to giveaway at a later stage.

Lavon

28 July 2014 21:12:55
Lavon - Tree Lily

Lavon - Tree Lily

Delighted that my Lavon (Tree Lily) picked today to open up, as it brought a smile to my face on such a dull and overcast day.

I think it's only their third summer in my garden, but I thought that they would be much taller this year. They are only about 5ft, yet my L. 'African Queen, and 'Montego Bay' are both taller than this already. Still, I'm a Happy Camper as, in my opinion,  ALL lilies are gorgeous.

Nice surprise

28 July 2014 19:10:04
Tigridia

Tigridia

My last years' Tigridia were accidentally left in the border after last summer. And 'lo and behold, one appeared today. Somehow I get the feeling our coming winter won't be as mild, so I must remember to take it under cover come Autumn. Pretty, but very fleeting. No sign of any more so I'm glad I didn't miss it today.

Buddlea and butterflies

27 July 2014 22:53:00

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Let's hope we will see the return of the two b's. I need constant heat AND sunshine to thrive.

Coy Koi

27 July 2014 22:07:20

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Haven't seen my huge koi in over a week, or the shabunkins. Thinking to myself that the bould heron has been on the prowl during the night hours as I slept. Hope that's not the case or I won't be a very Happy Camper. 

Spent most of today making artificial rocks today for on top of the cave. Steve wanted to put real ones on top. But I thought that they may be too heavy for the whole structure. Retainers will be needed to stop the soil on top of the cave from slipping into the pond.

So, armed with the wire racking from old growing racks, I shaped them into random 'rock' shapes. Then surrounded them with fibreglass. Very messy job. The first one didn't work out as planned as the fibreglass kept on blowing off with todays gales. So I stuffed the other one with scrunched up newspaper. That will give the fibreglass something stronger to adhere to. Didn't get much applied as I have to wait for it to dry. In the glasshouse for the night. And glad too, as it is lashing out there now. This is going to be a slow process, but worth it in the end, I reckon.

Perennial

27 July 2014 21:12:26

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This has got to be my favourite summer perennial. With frequent dead-heading this will last well into the autumn. And the bees adore it.

Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm' comes a close second.

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Rose

27 July 2014 20:42:22

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Another point of interest with R. 'Tequila Sunrise' is that the flowers that are going over are just as gorgeous as the newly-opened ones. Most roses look withered and floppy. But just look at this. It's like two different roses on one shrub. No digital enhancement involved here!

And to think that this one nearly ended up in a skip a few years ago in Steve's job until I rescued it.

Sorry to keep posting about this rose. 

Gypsophila

26 July 2014 21:04:41

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Got this last year on the bargain trolley. Reduced from €7.99 to just 50c. It's just starting to open up now. I am beginning to really like dainty flowers. Just hoping this won't take too long to bulk up. Also known as 'Baby's Breath'.

Eleagnus

26 July 2014 19:37:32
Eleagnus x ebbingei

Eleagnus x ebbingei

Got this in early summer. I was very much attracted to its glaucous speckled leaves. One that is destined to get planted down at the back wall for a bit of coverage.

Clematis

26 July 2014 17:58:48

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My herbaceous clematis 'Gazelle' has never looked better. Lots more flowers this year than ever before. Its' flowers are really cute.

Nothing done here today as we've had showers on and off all day. Let's hope the sun returns for a while tomorrow.

The President has arrived

26 July 2014 08:28:16

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Love this clematis!

Ricinus

25 July 2014 23:14:50

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Looking delectable in this evenings' sunshine, but sadly after Steve and Wee Davey finished with the football, it was minus a couple of leaves.

Second photo especially for Jackie.

Hot, hot, hot!

25 July 2014 22:39:44
R. 'Tequila Sunrise'

R. 'Tequila Sunrise'

Yes, I'm harping on AGAIN about my love for this rose. A shrub type, and a repeat flowerer. But it epitomises the searing heat of recent days. Not sure about its' scent as I can't find space to get into it. But gorgeous!

Too Tidy

25 July 2014 21:26:45

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I had to laugh the other day when Greta remarked on my garden being 'too tidy'. Like, mention ONE tidy area of my garden!!!! LOL  But when Fran posted a couple of photos of passion fruits on his Passiflora (was it yesterday?) I wondered why I hadn't seen any on my Passiflora 'Constance Elliott'. Today I spotted just one. I'm a bit of a 'neat freak' when it comes to dead-heading plants in my garden so I'm pretty much on top of dead-heading. This one must have escaped my attention. :) 

Outdoors

25 July 2014 07:34:03

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I felt it was time to take my little Aeoniums out for the summer.

Fennel

25 July 2014 05:27:15
Fennel

Fennel

I've let some of my fennel go to seed. Pretty, don't you think?

Dragonflies again!

24 July 2014 21:22:16

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Spotted this huge dragonfly at the greenhouse pond today. So big you could actually hear his wings in action. Thought it was a tiny bird at first, until he landed on the edge. He flitted about all day. Funny, but I've noticed they all disappear from about 3.30 each day.

Canna

24 July 2014 21:13:22

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Got two lovely Cannas in Lidl a few weeks back for only €3.99 each. C. 'Kreta' has already opened and more flowers on the way.

Today was the turn of C. 'Australia'. Love the way the light shines through the leaves of this one.

Tidy Up Time

24 July 2014 20:56:11

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So hot today that my brain was frazzled. I really didn't know what I wanted to do or what I needed to do. 

It was a day for drinking as much water as possible. It's all too easy to become dehydrated. 

I decided to tackle my outdoor bench area. Removed everything, swept ground underneath, put the likes of unused pots, bark chip, plant supports, and seed trays on the ground level. 

The second level is now home to just a few of my terracotta pots that are not in use this year. Lots more in the garage. 

Top shelf is now only for plants.

This area looks so much better. Pity I didn't do a 'before' photo. But believe me, it was a holy show. I binned 2 black bags of older pots that had become brittle or broken over the last few years. So hot out there today that you'd only have to raise your arm to be perspiring profusely. It's great having the ponds to cool down in every now and then. It really does bring the body temperature down to a more bearable level.

Here comes George!

24 July 2014 11:59:20

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I adore the unopened buds of so many flowers. But Crocosmia in particular. Here comes C. 'George Davidson'.

Hoya

24 July 2014 06:55:26

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Most of my houseplants don't get to flower a second time after buying them. Possibly has something to do with the fact that I only feed them sporadically. Probably the most successful is my Spathiphyllum. It puts up with lots of abuse that gets hurled at it.

I bought this beautiful Hoya last year. I couldn't reisist its flowers that looked like little icing stars, and the waxy leaves.

It has now decided to flower for the second time. Happy, Happy Days! I love it.

Hemerocallis

24 July 2014 00:14:59
H. 'Girl Scout'

H. 'Girl Scout'

Got this late in the season last year so never had the joy of seeing it flower.......until today.

Seedling

23 July 2014 23:54:43
Seedling

Seedling

Got some Arisaema seeds from Deborah a few years ago and sowed them. Nothing ever happened with them, so I lost interest. I thought I disposed of most of them, and their labels, when I realised that they were going to be a non-runner. But this one must have been missed.

At least, I THINK it's an arisaema. But please don't ask me which one. Very happy though that this one got overlooked!

Fuchsia

23 July 2014 05:17:19

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Climbing Fuchsia 'Lady Boothby' is looking a real treat these days. I'll take some cuttings today.

Echinops

22 July 2014 21:57:22

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At the moment in the garden, Eryngiums and Echinops are my favourites. Probably because they are BLUE!!!  But also as they are such architectural plants.

Thanks, Myrtle!

22 July 2014 21:21:39

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Myrtle gave me this cute little Anaphalis a few years ago. Looking great now.

Plant ID please!

22 July 2014 21:07:37
Plant ID please!

Plant ID please!

Dug up this plant over the cave a couple of weeks ago for fear that it may have been buried under excess soil. Can anyone tell me what it is, please?

Pond Life

22 July 2014 20:49:07

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Having great fun just observing all the pond life at the minute. Just wondering how many different kinds of dragonflies there are. Lots of them hovering around these days, but so far no sign of damselflies.

The fella in the second photo has a real scary face!!!!!

Mystery guest!

22 July 2014 19:47:10

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Over the last two weeks I have noticed a grassy-type plant erupting in the Greenhouse Pond. Not very healthy looking grass either. However I decided to leave well enough alone and see what happened.

It's a plant that I have never bought. And it seems to have rooted in the liner, as opposed to a pond basket. But the other day flowers opened on it. Don't know what it is, so if anyone has any idea, I'd be most grateful?

Summer fruits

22 July 2014 07:13:21
Peaches

Peaches

My few edibles are doing really well at this stage. Picking a bowlful of ripe tomatoes daily, and the miniature cucumbers are coming along nicely. Courgettes have a bit of a way to go before picking the first one. I'll have a bumper crop of blueberries later in the season. Fewer apples this year, and indeed I'll get none from M. 'Elstar' for some strange reason. But M. 'Redlane' is doing well.

But the peaches in the greenhouse?  Well, what can I say! So many more this year. Smaller than usual as I didn't thin them out enough. But.....more to go around. And the snails haven't touched them at all, for a change.

'Red Pygmy'

22 July 2014 05:30:05
Acer palmatum 'Red Pygmy'

Acer palmatum 'Red Pygmy'

Have this acer a few years now, and it has put on great growth in the last month.  Most of my acers are now in the ground but I do like one or two that I can shift around from time to time.

Aeonium

21 July 2014 22:02:02

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Potted up a new aeonium (also known as 'Dinner Plate' aeonium) that I got at the Rose Festival in St. Anne's Park at the weekend. 

Also shuffled around a few plants in my 'hot' border to accommodate my new Alstromeria 'Indian Summer'. 

Go forth and multiply!

21 July 2014 20:36:18

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Usually my lilies stay in pots, and they get plunged into gaps in the borders wherever needed. But the one I posted recently 'Montego Bay' was actually planted about three years ago. 

Spotted a lily yesterday about to open, and wasn't aware that I had planted any in this spot. Wahoo! With todays' heat it opened. 'Montego Bay' has just given birth. See left hand side of second photo. Another one about to open beside it and it's looking like 'African Queen' which I also posted a couple of days ago, and the same with 'Netty's Pride'.

Only yesterday was I thinking I may uproot all my lilies and pot them up. It's a womans' prerogative to change her mind. They are staying put! And the advantage of having them planted is that they are less likely to go without water, which lilies hate. Long may they reproduce!

Staying Put!

21 July 2014 08:45:35
Staying Put!

Staying Put!

The second goldfish that I transferred from the Lower Pond to the Upper Pond was found dead yesterday. So that's the two new goldfish, and an already-resident Shabunkin gone.

Won't be transferring any more fish no matter how big they grow. Lesson learnt. Let's hope it won't happen to any more.

'Hot'

20 July 2014 20:28:16
'Hot'

'Hot'

I bought this lovely Alstromeria 'Indian Summer' yesterday for my hot border. 

Rose

20 July 2014 06:07:45
R. 'Cordon Bleu'

R. 'Cordon Bleu'

This was one of my favourite roses in St. Anne's Park yesterday.

St. Anne's Rose Festival and Plant Fair

19 July 2014 22:26:40
St. Anne's Rose Festival and Plant Fair

St. Anne's Rose Festival and Plant Fair

Greta and myself headed off to the Rose Festival in Raheny this morning. There seemed to be a lot more stalls this year. And it was only flower stalls we went to as we are both suffering from impaired mobility, but with different ailments!!! It was a well-attended Fair and we did right to get there early. Quite muggy, but extremely pleasant. It's a pity most of the roses had gone over, and so many needing dead-heading and tidying for the so-called 'Rose Festival'. But local manpower is thin on the ground.

Then when our purses were empty, back for our picnic and a laugh. Took time out people-watching and giggling to see people struggling with the weight of their purchases. A good sign despite our present economic state of affairs.

All in all, it is a great value event. And with no entrance fee and free carparking facilities made it even all the more worthwhile. I'll put up a small album

Teasing Georgia

19 July 2014 05:45:33
R. 'Teasing Georgia'

R. 'Teasing Georgia'

I've been waiting quite a while for this beautiful climbing rose to flower.

Last year it was on the other side of the loggia in a big pot, together with 'Schoolgirl', (which flowered last week). Only a couple more buds at the moment, but then I only gave it its very first feed during the week. So let's hope it goes from strength to strength in years to come. I love it.

Conca D'or

18 July 2014 22:50:42

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Was raging to discover earlier in the season that the snails had munched their way through my L. Conca D'or. But luckily there is always next year, and the year after.

Today while looking out at the garden in the misery of all the rain, I spotted a lily I hadn't seen this year so far. Went out afterwards and realised it was also L. Conca D'or. Both lots are still in their original pots and sunk into the border. So, not taking any chances, I have brought this lot up to the patio where I can keep a close eye on them. Very Happy Days!  See me smiling???

Mixing Bowls and Scales

18 July 2014 22:14:14

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When the torrential downpours fnally abated today at about 3.30 I ventured out to the garden to have a 'lookaround'. 

To my horror I discovered another fatality in the Upper Pond. This time it was a permanent resident Shabunkin. Two fatalities in the last 48 hrs. What can be happening here!!! After discovering the body of a newly-introduced goldfish to this pond I had thought that the difference in pH between both ponds was responsible. And it looks like the shabunkin had been dead a while. Maybe his dead body has introduced some kind of virus, hence the death of the goldfish????  So I scalded the net with boiling water, which was used for the capture of the goldfish. This latest discovery I find most disturbing.

Another note of importance was discovering today that ClaireE's goldfish seemed to be slightly 'sideways' in his appearance. Really worried about this. Maybe he hadn't taken too well to be living outdoors, as he had been in a tank in their house. However, I decided to oust him from the outdoor trough, and bring him indoors. The only available receptacle was my 'mixing bowl'. I left him to settle for a while and then introduced a tiny bit of feed. He has eaten it, and even more, and is a lot more perky. If he was really sick he wouldn't be eating. Something very fishy going on here!

Hot Border

18 July 2014 09:01:33

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As this border is quite small, and I want a touch of 'heat' in this area I have concentrated on mainly annuals to set it alight. It's particularly effective in the evening light.

Elizabeth posted a gorgeous photo the other day of her 'hot' border. I'll NEVER be able to recreate that wonderful effect. This is the best I can do for now.

Yesterday I managed to take out the offending colours, like pink and white plants, and plant them elsewhere even though they are in full flower. And the Tetrapanax is lending a bit of a Tropical look to it too.

Jackie's seedlings

17 July 2014 21:33:47

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I was gifted quite a few of Jackie's seedlings a few weeks back, namely marigolds and Amaranth 'Red Army'. I grew these Amaranth a few years ago and knew what joy they would give me, especially with the sun shining through the gorgeous purple foliage.

I took 'time out' in the garden today to appreciate what I have before me. Happy with my lot! Well....nearly. Maybe an acre would help. LOL

Crazy little tomato!

17 July 2014 20:28:14

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Alicante, looking a wee bit 'different'.

Another blue

17 July 2014 08:26:27

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 Monkshood (Aconitum) is coming into flower now. Love this dusky shade of blue. The last two days have been sunny, but very windy. Had to stake up loads of stuff yesterday and was delighted to find one of my last years dahlias in full growth. Now, where's the tomato feed?

Rhodochiton for Jackie

17 July 2014 06:13:57

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This is last years plant and growing well. Jackie, you can look forward to a much taller and robust plant next year, providing the winter is not too bad. As you can see, mine is now taller than the green bin behind it that we use as an overflow for the water butt.

Pretty Pinks

17 July 2014 05:10:49

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Two lovely perennials opened up here yesterday. The first I got from a kind ie'r sometime ago and it only got planted into the soil two weeks ago. It's a beautiful fresh Schizostylis. And to whoever gave it to me, a big 'Thank You'.

The second one is Phlox paniculata 'Red Riding Hood'. Why do they misname plants. But it is another beauty.

Special Delivery

16 July 2014 21:50:12

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I have a long fibreglass trough here being largely unused for the last couple of years. On the brink of throwing it out so many times, but couldn't bear to part with it. I find Belfast Sinks too heavy to move around so you have to be 100% certain it's in the right spot. I gave mine away a few weeks ago and was going to plant up this fibreglass one.

But........

A couple of weeks ago ClaireE asked me would I take one of her goldfish that she has in a big tank. He was bullying all the rest. And I, not being one to refuse the chance of more fish, seized upon the opportunity very gladly.

I washed out the fibreglass trough earlier today, and filled it with water. Didn't want the fish going into water that had just come out of the tap. Fish have to be eased into their new surroundings, and the less shock they endure, the better. It's a gradual process. 

ClaireE's husband Jonathan, came over from Bray with the fish this evening. Lovely markings on him. The fish, not Jonathan. Thank you both very much.

I have a wire grid over the trough weighed down with terracotta pots either end to keep Holly away. Hopefully that will be sufficient. Now, if himself doesn't finish this pxxx, I won't be responsible for my actions. LOL

And the second one

16 July 2014 21:06:53

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is 'Montego Bay'. Only a very slight scent, but lovely interesting markings.

My two favourites

16 July 2014 21:02:11

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My two favourite lilies open in todays glorious sunshine. This one is 'African Queen' and has an intoxicating scent that you can get from the Patio.

Hollyhock

16 July 2014 07:54:46
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Hollyhock

I've never had Hollyhocks in my garden until now. PCON kindly gave me this one at the January Get-together.

Despite the fact that it only measures about 2ft, it looks like it might be about to flower? Is this the smallest hollyhock on record, or what? I think maybe a bit of feed will be applied today!

Thanks, PCON

R.I.P. Goldie

16 July 2014 07:06:18
R.I.P. Goldie

R.I.P. Goldie

A few weeks ago I attempted to capture the Koi in the Lower Pond so I could transfer him to the Upper Pond, as he is getting too big for where he is. I accidentally managed to catch 2 of the bigger goldfish instead. But as they could do with the extra space, I decided I'd transfer them also.

Yesterday I noticed one of them floating on the surface. Obviously the pH of this Upper Pond is different than their previous home. A bit upset about my find, and hoping that the other one will survive. They are about 5yrs old.

Good job the Koi hadn't been captured. I wouldn't like to lose him!

Elsie

15 July 2014 22:30:55

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Sidalcea 'Elsie McHugh' opened for me today too. Such a gentle shade of pink.

Heliopsis

15 July 2014 22:03:58
Heliopsis

Heliopsis

Another early purchase from Dealz, Heliopsis helianthiodes opened today in the 'hot' border.

Hemerocallis

15 July 2014 21:17:12
Hemerocallis

Hemerocallis

Now this is a daylily that I WON'T be giving away. Unfortunately I don't have a name for it. Can anyone help, please?

Stardust Memorial Park

15 July 2014 20:29:41

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A small park, pretty much in my location that I have never visited before. But today, as personal business took me pretty close to here, I decided I would pay my first visit to it. I have passed it by several times, but never actually gone in until today. Not of great horticultural interest, and situated in the heart of Coolock, it boasts lovely undulating grassy areas and the Santry River, which is home to lots of fowl, herons included.

This is a memorial park dedicated to those young people who attended a night club, and lost their lives tragically way back in 1981 on St. Valentine's night. I remember it so well. I could hear all the fire brigades swarming all around the place till the early hours of the morning.

It's a Dublin Corporation Park, and if they had proper funding it could be really lovely. The waters' edge could be better maintained, and planted with more attractive plants. It was a beautiful sunny morning, and plenty of people out for their daily stroll, jog, or just 'time out'. It was also great to see that the local creche avail of this amenity to bring the littlies out for fresh air. So cute in their tiny hi-vis vests and hats, and doing the Hokey Pokey!

My own local park is so boring, just a rectangle comprising a few football pitches and tennis courts with trees on its' perimeter. So this could be a place I could make a habit of for taking a daily stroll, and it's only a ten minute drive from me. It s a park that serves its community to the fullest.

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Thalictrum

15 July 2014 06:23:50

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It's difficult to capture the beauty of Thalictrum with a photo. I chose to plant this outside the glasshouse for its 'airy' growth habit. It will never become too dense that it will block out light.

Gladiolus

14 July 2014 22:05:36

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One I have been waiting ages for to open. Today was the day!

Today

14 July 2014 21:13:58

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David was awake at 6.00am this morning and wanted me to go out and take more cuttings in our pj's. However, I managed to stall him until about 8.00. He had great fun, and then proceeded to wash my patio doors with a filthy rag and his sprayer with pump action. In his element with what he considered a 'boys toy'. 

But while he was busy taking more Dianthus cuttings, I decided to cut back my Viburnum tinus down at the back wall. Discovered these cotton-wool-like things on the under side of the leaves. After squashing them, there were no signs of insects. But maybe they were long gone. The Viburnum is very healthy looking so I suppose no need to panic. Just curious though as to what it may be caused by.

Plant ID please!

14 July 2014 20:36:11
Plant ID please!

Plant ID please!

While out weeding the front yesterday I came across this little plant in one of the small borders. It doesn't look like a weed. Leaves are tougher than most weeds, almost leathery looking. The whole thing only measured about 6 inches in diameter. I wonder can anyone tell me what it is?

 

Getting there!

14 July 2014 08:36:44

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Just a few snaps to show how the cave is progressing. I haven't decided yet whether to fill the pond with fish. 

Ceanothus

14 July 2014 05:53:48

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It's not mine, but my neighbours deciduous Ceanothus in the front is looking lovely next to my Contorted Hazel. I love this baby blue.

Solidago

14 July 2014 05:19:33
Solidago

Solidago

Solidago, or GoldenRod, is looking lovely at the moment. Had to pull up lots of new stems earlier in the season but it's sooooo easy to keep under control. I love its deep yellow.

Helichrysum bracteatum

14 July 2014 04:56:44

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When I bought this dying seedling in Dealz months ago for 20c, little did I know how much pleasure I'd be getting out of this Helichrysum. It has loads of straw-like flowers on it, and measures over 3ft and it doesn't even need staking. Wondering now will I get seed from them as I'd like them in my pink/blue border for next year.

Echinacea

13 July 2014 21:01:15

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Got this one a while ago and it's looking gorgeous at the moment - Echinacea purpurea'Irresistible'.

I did a bit of shifting around plants, trying to get all the oranges, reds and yellows together into the part of the greenhouse border that looks onto the patio. Now my Achillea 'Red Velvet' is in this border too. Crocosmia are just about open and will only add to the 'hot' colours. 

Lilium 'Netty's Pride' went down to the pink/blue/lilac/white end of this border and looks great planted beside Sanguisorba 'Rock 'n Roll'. Only a couple more flowers left on the lily for this year. More stuff will be moved once they have finished flowering. Taking shape and happy so far!

 

A day for teaching

13 July 2014 20:02:02

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Had great fun taking lots of cuttings today, and talking through the process with little David all the while. I think he was actually letting it all sink in. So I asked him to go and take his own dianthus cuttings while I potted up mine. Ok, they are a bit smaller than the ones I took. But he knew where to find the Dianthus, and did it exactly as I had shown him 30 mins after I did mine. Clever boy and proud as punch! And only 4yrs old.

Jackie's Donations

13 July 2014 08:29:31
Jackie's Donations

Jackie's Donations

Jackie very kindly gave me a rake of seedlings a while ago - Calendula and Amaranthus 'Red Army' to name but a few. 

Both of these got planted into a container beside all my herbs. Young leaves of Amaranthus can be added to your salad for extra colour, and also I believe Calendula. They look so nice together though that I don't really want to start pulling bits off. :) Have more dotted around the garden and I must say they really bring a bit of 'zing' to the borders. So thank you, Jackie.

Nice combo

13 July 2014 07:36:16
Nice combo

Nice combo

Jackie gave me a Ricinus seedling a while back, and I was left with only ONE of my own. And as finding space with so many of my plants I find very difficult, I planted both in the newly-juggled area. But the Ricinus are still very small (only about 24inches), despite a couple of feeds. But they do look nice planted with Lamium. I like their contrast.

Penstemon

13 July 2014 06:43:20

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I've had a few penstemons here over the last few years but all but one have disappeared for some reason or another.

During the plant-shift on the North-facing border earlier in the year I had forgotten about my penstemon completely and had wondered where I put it, or even if I was aware of what it was, so early in the season. Happy to say, it is now flowering, albeit a bit less of it this year. But this was the final shuffle around so hopefully it will gain strength in its new home.

"Good morning, Morning Glory".

13 July 2014 06:09:41

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I sowed some lovely Morning Glory seeds a while back (Black Knight) and shortly after they were planted out, I discovered they had been chewed up and spat out by snais. Devastated, I was. I was so looking forward to the deep red. 

But, as I had the more common blue, which incidentally were old seed, I decided to try one last time.

Just in now from a quick walkabout and guess what has greeted me!  "Hello, you little beauties".

It looks like it's finally going to get back to Summer weather for today. So let's hope you all have an enjoyable day!

St. Anne's Park

12 July 2014 21:57:07

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Greta and myself decided to take a wander through St. Anne's Park, Raheny on Thursday. Even though it is quite near to me, I have never had such an eye-opening stroll in this place. I would only have attended the Special Plants Fair, and never gone any further. I hadn't realised how big this park is. 

Although there isn't a lot of colour in this park, it did have some lovely Woodland Walks. Lovely trees, and trunk formations.

Our goal was to get to the Rose Gardens. We got as far as the plot outside the Rose Gardens and saw some lovely Trial Roses.........and then the Heavens opened.

It was a long trudge back to the car, and in torrential rain we got soaked to the skin. But the next time we go there, and we will definitely go back, there will be a picnic involved. Loved the place. I uploaded an album earlier, but it wasn't completed. I can't add any more photos now for some reason?

Verbascum Chiaxii

10 July 2014 09:08:57

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My only Verbascum in the garden. I do love it.

Lythrum

10 July 2014 07:08:07

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Carex pendula has now gone over and is cut back in the Lower Pond. Time for Lythrum salicaria to take centre stage.

Peaches

09 July 2014 23:28:35
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Peaches

I didn't thin these out enough this year. A case of wanting more. But obviously they will be smaller than normal as a result. But.....there'll be more to go around. Another week or two and they should be ready!

Looking forward.......

09 July 2014 21:59:13
Looking forward.......

Looking forward.......

One step ahead all the time, as we gardeners are. A plant that will be divided in the very near future for the final pond is Typha latifolia (or common 'bulrush'). It has bulked up very nicely in the greenhouse pond and ready to be spread around.

Two of the best

09 July 2014 21:14:02

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In my garden I have two firm favourites of the perennial kind. One is Sanguisorba 'Rock 'n Roll' and the second is Knautia macedonica. They both put on a great show that lasts the whole summer.

Dragon fly

09 July 2014 20:32:52
Dragon fly

Dragon fly

I was totally smitten watching what I think is a Dragon Fly today. But this one is way more meaty than the one I posted in the last couple of weeks. So how many species of dragon flies are there? Or is this something completely different? And the joy of watching these delightful creatures comes about as a result of having a pond or two, or three, or even four,  in the garden. LOL

Apologies about the photo quality, but it's difficult trying to capture something in flight with my little 'cheapo' camera.

Garden Buddy

09 July 2014 19:21:24

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Wherever I turned today in the garden, this juvenile robin was like my shadow. And he was actually posing for photos. :)

Hypericum

09 July 2014 05:08:24
Hypericum 'Magical Red Star'

Hypericum 'Magical Red Star'

My one and only Hypericum is looking so dotey at the moment with all its brightly-coloured berries.

Late blossom

08 July 2014 22:07:22

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Malus 'Redlane' have flowered since early spring and now is producing those lovely red apples.

Malus 'Elstar' is still producing flowers and not a sign of fruit. Peculiar, to say the least!

Showery

08 July 2014 21:48:23

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A very 'hit and miss' day as regards the weather today. Couldn't get stuck into any major jobs with the constant downpours. But I managed to uproot my Crocosmia 'Lucifer' which were in pots, and sunk into the border for fear that they would take over. It's obvious that they need their space to do their thing. Have them here for their third summer and definitely not worth confining them. But in the process of lifting them I was cut to ribbons with the adjacent yucca which is extremely spiky. However, job done. Now waiting on the recipient to come and collect. The sooner the better as my garden can't afford the space. Phormium 'Alison Blackman' will go into their space and shouldn't grow too big. 

Planted out a few plants that I haven't clue of their identity. Looking forward to the 'surprise'. 

Another rose

08 July 2014 20:50:47

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Another rose has opened for me today 'Penny Lane'. One of my sisters is called Penny, so this has meaning for me. And it's gently scented. This is a climber and I'm hoping it will put on sufficient growth to hide my neighbours wheelie bins.

The second rose is my neighbours which I have the benefit of. Might take a few cuttings of this come October.,

Achillea for Jackie......and others

08 July 2014 12:30:52

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Looks very similar to your red Achillea. And surprise, surprise, I actually have a name for it - 'Red Velvet'. It looks lovely with the red tinges on my Ceratostigma.

Callistemon

08 July 2014 06:49:36

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I often think that unopened buds look as pretty, or even prettier than the fully open flowers.

Golden Zebra

07 July 2014 22:07:50

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Love the colour on the outer side of this Hemerocallis.

The Cave

07 July 2014 21:21:10

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With Steve's brothers help again today (Steve took today off), they managed to shift a lot more soil, and built up the soil level on my Primrose 5-steps area to a manageable and more realistic height. I was afraid that all the plants I planted over the cave last autumn would have to be dug up. But so far only a bamboo. Things are looking good. I can finally see light at the end of the tunnel. 

 

'Sharpe's Express'

07 July 2014 21:04:10
'Sharpe's Express'

'Sharpe's Express'

Delectable dinner this evening with my first earlies 'Sharpe's Express', accompanied by 'real' butter and a smidgen of salt! And Potato Salad with tomorrows' salad lunch.

Whoever says you have to have an allotment to grow potatoes needs their heads tested. A big pot, or a sack is all you need.

Plant ID please!

07 July 2014 08:24:22

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Noticed these leaves coming up around the cave a while back and immediately thought they looked like baby Bergenias. But then I realised that I think they are only propagated by divisions? Maybe I'm wrong. And also the leaves are softer than Bergenia.

But as the leaves have grown, they are now looking more like Eryngium, which I have two of in the vicinity. I'm wondering can anyone help please?

Another lily

07 July 2014 07:09:03

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This gorgeous lily, for which I have no name, opened up very sneakily yesterday. It's planted in a big pot with Olearia and almost went unnoticed. I think it's one for the 'hot' border.

Crocosmia

06 July 2014 23:03:37
Crocosmia

Crocosmia

I always think the emerging flowers on Crocosmia look like rattle snakes heads!!!

Down Under

06 July 2014 22:30:25

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If Steve digs out any more soil from the pond, he'll be joining Roofy in Oz! I'd like to accompany him if he does!!!! It's about 3.5ft so far at the deepest point and it's going to take some amount of water.

Physostegia virginiana 'alba'

06 July 2014 22:04:46

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Got this a couple of weeks ago while out hunting for new garden centres with Greta. I just couldn't resist it. It's beginning to open now.

Sweet pea

06 July 2014 21:34:31
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Sweet pea

Such a pity perennial sweet pea are not scented.

Lidl

06 July 2014 11:10:43

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Got two lovely cannas in Lidl a few weeks ago for just €3.99 each. 'Kreta' is starting to flower now and is beautiful. But the darker leaved one 'australis' is really gorgeous even without a flower.

Beautiful morning out there. Have a lovely day!

Acanthus

06 July 2014 06:05:53
Acanthus

Acanthus

A new plant for me here is Acanthus mollis, or Bear's Breeches. It's opening nicely but definitely in the wrong place. I'll wait until it has finished doing its thing though. Whoever gave me this, thanks a million.

Gratiola officinalis

06 July 2014 05:42:42

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This is another great little marginal that is now flowering its socks off in the Lower Pond. It's supposed to be a spreader, but not here, thankfully. Pretty little plant and I wouldn't be without it. 

I'm thinking now of any possible plants already here that I can divide, and plant in the new pond to reduce costs as this will be the biggest pond.

Joan?

05 July 2014 22:44:53
Joan?

Joan?

JoanG gave me a cutting of a lovely Buddleia in January this year. Can't remember which one, so would appreciate if Joan could confirm, please. It has started to flower. Happy Days!

Before and after

05 July 2014 21:56:33

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After Steve's brother dumped the excess soil from the pond to the back of Hosta Hill, I planted out a few more hostas from pots. Got these cheap in Dealz during Spring. Plant collecting is a bit of a phobia. Couldn't wait to get all the hostas in the soil last year. Then I buy more, and they end up in more pots!!!!

Not looking great at the moment as these ones at the back had succumbed to slug/snail damage when I wasn't looking, but with a good layer of bark mulch, a hefty watering, and a dose of tomato feed they should perform by summers' end. And will be even better next year. No more pots!!!!

I also think that, as the soil is banked up at the back that it will have the same visual impact as a tiered effect. And it looks better having reached the level of the lintel that supports the oil tank. A small feature to hide the oil tank nicely will be worked on when all the other little jobs have been completed. :)

Excuse the messy edges. Bark chip has a tendency to scatter over the lawn. Will rectify that tomorrow, weather permitting.

Enlisting assistance

05 July 2014 21:36:53

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I think Steve feels 'Under Pressure' at this stage to get the cave and final pond up and running.

This morning he enlisted the help of his brother. Steve dug, and so did I. And Derek dumped trugs of soil both at the back of Costa del Hosta and 'over the wall'. I'd say at least a ton of soil was shifted during the course of the day. Marginal shelves were formed, and further soil taken out from under and around the 'cave'. 

This final pond MUST be completed this year. Otherwise we will have the expense of filling it when the water charges come into play. That's my excuse!!!

Hmmmm!!

05 July 2014 07:34:27

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Every morning while at the computer I cast a cursory glance out at the garden to see if I can spot some new flower that has opened. 

Ran out this morning in my slippers to see what this new blue flower was. Some little divil decided yesterday to hang his wet rubber gloves on a garden stake to dry out.

Gap Fillers

05 July 2014 06:47:28

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I have these mad pink poppes coming up all over the place every year. Normally if they will lend to their surroundings I will leave them in situ and pull up any that are in the wrong place.

But at the back of my North-Facing border I have only a couple of very small acers growing and needed a few gap-fillers. These poppies have provided me with the perfect solution. So I have left them to do their thing. But I really like them. Looking forward to them spreading around again in future years. And they provide the added bonus of standing tall and strong, unlike their floppy, perennial cousins.

Sarracenia

04 July 2014 21:19:59

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Got this lovely Sarracenia in Johnstown in January as a houseplant. But after seeing Rachel's named varieties growing so well outdoors, I decided to chance mine outside, even though they didn't specify which one mine was.

I know they like to be kept moist/wet. So I have kept it in a bucket with water. It looks pretty much 'plonked' in the nearest available spot.  Some of the pitchers had died off recently but I have been keeping a close eye on it, and today it revealed a couple of new pitchers. Happy Days - and Happy Sarracenia.

Sagittaria latifolia

04 July 2014 08:37:57
Sagittaria latifolia

Sagittaria latifolia

This is a lovely foliage marginal plant. I have it a few years now and it's beginning to spread about nicely. It does produce nice dainty white flowers on a tall spike in time. But none here so far. Maybe it's beginning to settle in now!!!

Perennial Sweet Pea

04 July 2014 05:16:32

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My perennial Sweet Pea is a much deeper shade of pink this year than ever before for some reason, not that I'm complaining as I prefer strong colours really.

Climbing rose

03 July 2014 22:50:19

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This is the rose that's one of two, planted into the ground at the left hand post of the logia just outside the patio doors. It was in a big half barrel last year, with 'Teasing Georgia'. But 'georgia' label is on the rose that hasn't produced any flowers yet. So I have no idea which one this is.

Have gone back through last years journals and have found NO mention of its name. It has a gentle scent, and is sooo exquisite that it doesn't need a name to appreciate its beauty.

And when Georgia decides to open, which is a rich yellow, they will compliment each other no end.

Passiflora

03 July 2014 20:18:29

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P. 'Constance Elliott' opened today. It's planted next to P. caerulea. So when that opens (any day now) it should look a treat as they are both my very favourite colours.

Hemerocallis

03 July 2014 19:14:33

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Another one opened today. Label in the ground states it's 'Girl Scout'. But googlng images, 'Girl Scout' should be a paler, more acid yellow. The label is obviously belonging to a different one. So, if anyone has any suggestions as to its name, I'd be most grateful. Thanks in advance.

Brodiae

03 July 2014 08:26:11

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I have these growing in a pot for the last few years. I hadn't thought that they were hardy, but I was pleasantly wrong. And what's more, they have begun to seed themselves into the borders. Almost time to lift, and place them all together for more visual impact.

Seeing stripes!

02 July 2014 19:20:46

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Well, I did nada, niente in the garden this last couple of days as I was visiting my sister in Skerries. So refreshing spending the time on the beach with picnics, and dipping in and out of the water. If I had stayed at home, the heat would have been way too intense.

So early afternoon today I had a walkabout here, and nothing much had happened in my absence. Knautia macedonica is looking great at the moment, and my Polemonium has opened. Got everything watered, inside and outside the greenhouse. Steve had his instructions for yesterday. Today I picked my first mini cucumber, and a few Gardener's Delight toms which are tiny this year. They look more like cherry tomatoes despite regular feeding. The cucumber is 'Hana' and will be great as I'm the only one who eats cucumber (only 15cm), so there will be no waste.

And this little Hemerocallis I have been waiting on for the last week has finally opened - H. 'Golden Zebra. I bought this for its stripey foliage but the flower is a pretty deep yellow.

 

Gone, gone, gone!

01 July 2014 05:00:17

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Just posting a few photos of yesterdays sunset in Skerries that I would love to see ALL the time.

It seems that the month of June went by in 'the wink of an eye'.

Happy 1st July, everyone!

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