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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal August 2014

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Cuttings

31 August 2014 05:58:17

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I know lots of you habitually take cuttings and succeed. It's something I didn't tend to do really until this year. But now I have rooted cuttings of Dad's old fuchsia that we cleared a few weeks ago during his big clear-out. Also Eupatorium 'Chocolate' that bits broke off during one of the storms, Perovskia, Penstemon, and lots of Dianthus cuttings that I took under Wee Davey's supervision.!!   :)

The Perovskia produced flowers within the frst week of taking the cutting, so I nipped them off. But it's flowering again so I'll leave it be. Happy Out! Will be doing this a lot more.

Plant ID please!

30 August 2014 22:22:56
Plant ID please!

Plant ID please!

Spotted this today while out gandering at the garden. Immediately I thought Arisaema. I did have Arisaema sikokianum here a few years ago, but I've been informed that this is a short-lived plant, and there was no sign of it last or the year before. Then I thought peony?

Dahlia

30 August 2014 21:42:10

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First Dahlia here this year that has had no winter protection in the ground. Don't know the name. Sorry.

Scaredy Cat Plant

30 August 2014 20:34:09

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Or otherwise known as Coleus canina, is actually a member of the mint family. It is not a plant for the faint-hearted as it does have a bit of a pong. And you don't even have to touch it. I certainly won't be using it on my Sunday Lamb.

Got it last year to deter Holly from fouling in the beds and I have to say it has been worth its weight in gold. I took cuttings successfully too but must take more, as whenever Holly sees a bit of bare soil, she uses this as a latrine. Not very pleasant when Wee Davey is out there digging. It has a bit of a Sedum feel to the leaves.

The scent is somewhat like Marijuana (not that I would know). It hasn't produced any flowers yet. But they're not what I bought it for.

And another one!

30 August 2014 17:50:16
And another one!

And another one!

Ok, it's not quite a mirror, but it provides a similar quality to the garden as a mirror. I would love to create a whole wall of mirror. I'll just have to content myself with the port-hole.

See what you started, Fran.  LOL

Joe Pyeweed

29 August 2014 20:45:47

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I bought this Eupatorium about three years ago and on a number of occasions, whilst still in its pot, it was close to extinction. Bought this originally to plant on the soil above the dreaded cxxx. 

This year I treated it to a much larger pot and gave it a good thick mulch of bark chip to keep it well moist, which it caves (sorry, craves!!!).

Didn't realise how much it was loved by bees and butterflies alike until this year. And it won't now be planted where I bought it for. A bit of juggling around of plants so I can offer this great plant the conditions it deserves.

Has anyone noticed the absence of dandelions this year?

Ipomea

29 August 2014 02:57:13

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I've been dead-heading my Morning Glory as often as possible. I just adore the colour of what I think I sowed as I. 'Heavenly Blue' so I wanted to keep that intense electric blue going in the garden for as long as possible.

But the flowers now are changing colour. Wasn't expecting that!!!

Chutney

28 August 2014 04:52:58

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I made an attempt at growing tomatoes from seed this year again, and they were very slow to come on. So I pushed them to one side and went off to buy three plants in Homebase as it was getting late in the season - 'Ailsa Craig', 'Gardener's Delight' and 'Shirley'.

But as my new plants grew, flowered, and fruited deliciously I noticed my own from seed catching up. Getting at least a small bowlful from the three bought plants daily. Glad I didn't chuck my own on the compost heap. They may be 'Moneymaker' but to be honest, having grown this one before I didn't realise the tomatoes would grow so big? And these ones are only beginning to ripen. So many of them that Steve and I would probably be sick of them by seasons' end. So it looks like I'll be making a nice new batch of chutney, which is lovely on salads or homemade burgers.

Still using a batch I made about three years ago, and I must say it is delicious.

Late poppy

27 August 2014 20:24:18

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Delighted to see another few blooms on one of my perennial poppies, especially when colour is beginning to dwindle in the garden.

Hydrangeas

27 August 2014 18:21:28
Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas

Just back from doing a bit of shopping in SuperValu. Good-sized Hydrangeas in 3 litre pots for only €9.99. I have a vague recollection of seeing other ones during the week but didn't take much notice as I had no intentions of buying one.

Ours is only a small branch of SuperValu, so maybe they only got in a very limited amount. So it could be worthwhile checking out some of the bigger stores.

I like this

27 August 2014 05:45:22

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In my 'hot' bed I have a mix of Crocosmia 'George Davidson' and now 'Emily McKenzie' is just opening up. I like that mixture, together with the new Alstromeria 'Indian Summer' which I only bought this year.

I wonder what's eating the petals of my Alstromeria?

A narrow escape

26 August 2014 19:11:13
Rhipsalis pilocarpa today

Rhipsalis pilocarpa today

I was delighted with myself in the end yesterday when I got all my indoor plants looked after.

In the last few years I decided, as I was running out of space in the house that I would start hanging the odd plant from the ceiling.

Yesterday evening while on the computer, the living daylights were scared out of me. I felt a 'whoosh' behind me and then an unmerciful clatter.

Looked behind and realised that a Rhipsalis hanging from the ceiling had come crashing down, and narrowly missed falling on my shoulders by about 12 inches. I guess I didn't let it drain enough before hanging it back up, and it obviously hadn't been screwed into a beam. It would have been a sore thing as the plant is in a 3 litre pot. The pot split open, but luckily the plant stayed intact.

Repotted it today and found a little old corner table thrown into a corner in the garage which I will use for now. 

Water lilies

26 August 2014 04:08:37

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The growth of lily pads in the Upper Pond is amazing this year. It gives the fish great cover in times of need. But I'm looking at some of the leaves that are tending to curl up and don't look very pretty. Is it a result of me cutting back overgrowth on a regular basis? Or is this normal?

BTW, it looks like the Heron has eaten EVERYTHING out of this pond. I haven't seen life in it for over a month now. Not a Happy Camper at all!!! But I'll re-stock next year and PROTECT, PROTECT, PROTECT!!!

Improvising

25 August 2014 19:27:55

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I won't harp on about the horrible day we had here in the Capital. Today, I begrudgingly tended to my houseplants. Well, I mean, what else is a girl to do!

Gave them all a good soak, feed, and a wiping of the leaves, which is vital for them to breathe easier.

I have a Hoya (un-named) that has curly leaves, and it's quite tricky wiping them. So, as I'm a 'bit' of a hoarder, I still have the bottle brush that I used when Wee Davey was a baby. It worked a treat for getting the dirt and grease from the kitchen off the brittle leaves. I knew it'd come in handy some day!

Digitalis

24 August 2014 21:18:32

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I'm pretty much on top of my dead-heading this year. And as a result, Digitalis grandiflora is making a comeback.

Another rose

24 August 2014 20:04:12

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I have this climbing rose planted at one of the posts of the Loggia outside the patio doors. It's planted with R. 'Teasing Georgia', but unfortunately 'Georgia' has gone over. They would have been gorgeous in flower together, as 'Georgia' is a gorgeous shade of yellow. 

 

Another sunset

24 August 2014 07:28:18

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The sky was ablaze during sunset yesterday evening. And it's looking like another great day. Enjoy it, if you can.

Crinum

24 August 2014 07:10:04
Crinum powellii

Crinum powellii

I bought this bulb a few years ago now, and have been watching and waiting. I had actually forgotten what it was until a few weeks ago when I posted a photo of the foliage here. But it's here now, and beginning to flower. My impatience is making me post a premature photo, before all florets are fully open. Isn't it pretty!!

Help please!

23 August 2014 22:38:03

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I have these variegated yellow-flowering irises growing at the back of the Upper Pond. They flower well, but don't seem to spread at all. Maybe that's because the soil there is quite limited.

However, every year I find these seed pods on it. I usually just leave them be. They don't self-seed at all. But today, while Steve was digging up the clematis, I got him to cut off some of the seed pods.

So, how is the best way to sow these seeds? All help would be very much appreciated as I'd really love to bulk them up.

Family commitments

23 August 2014 22:04:16

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There were a couple of jobs that I needed Steve for today, but it was late in the day by the time he got round to them.

No. 1   Dig up the root ball of Buddleah that JoanG gave me (rooted cuttings all                    ready to go for the right location).

No. 2   Dig up the one lonely stem of Clematis 'Miss Bateman' and potting it up.

No. 3   Dig up Hedychium 'Stephen' that Bruno kindly gave me a few years ago (I did             this one)

Couldn't believe how large the root ball was on the clematis after only about three years in the ground.

Planter

23 August 2014 20:02:19

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Got this cheap imitation in work last year for a mere €2 as it was broken. It had to be sold for something, albeit a pittance, for stocktaking purposes. None of your expensive Cherub Cymbals effort here. :)

Today I decided, as I wanted to uproot the variegated Lonicera that Fran gave me earlier in the year, to fill the statue with compost and planted the Lonicera into it. It should look pretty ok with the stems twining around her, even though it only measures about 24 inches in height. I'll keep the growth in check regularly but I'll take cuttings of it tomorrow just in case this doesn't survive, and I'll let them romp away next year. I intend bringing the statue into the greenhouse for the winter as it's still a very small plant.

Pond work

23 August 2014 07:06:22

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I guess I have to don the waders today to get into the greenhouse pond and rescue this little Hedychium 'Stephen' that Bruno kindly gave me a couple of years ago. It's growing, but that's about all I can say for it. It could do a whole lot better. It has been ravaged quite a bit by snails. And with that Yucca with the lethal leaves just to the left of it, it's safer digging it up from the pond.

So after having dug up and rescuing my Musa basjoo, it's now time for the Hedychium. Musa is doing really well at this stage. I have it in a pot and it's getting a regular feed. When this place is finally sorted, only then will I place it in its forever home - and leave it be.

 

One step forward, two steps back

22 August 2014 20:26:46

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I haven't been able to get a whole lot done in the garden in recent times, partially due to little David wanting to be up in his Grans' as much as possible. And can you believe that he is actually starting BIG SCHOOL next week! Where has the last 4 and a half years gone!

I had great plans for the garden today. But they never materialised. But David was in his element after being asked to pick ONLY ripe tomatoes from the greenhouse, and dying to pick all the blueberries that are beginning to turn. I guess he needs to learn a bit of patience, something which he probably CAN'T learn from his Gran as I have very little. LOL

But what really made his day was the fact that Steve was home early from work and brought him out kiting.

Fuchsia

22 August 2014 06:45:57

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I do love my fuchsias. I got this one last year either in Tesco or SuperValu at a very reasonable price. It didn't specify whether or not it was hardy. But I stuck it into the ground anyway. It's just getting better and better. 

Scent

22 August 2014 04:36:08

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I hadn't realised that the scent of Phlox was so pungent. That is, until Mary (GracedieuLass) mentioned it a few weeks ago.

I couldn't get enough of this white one yesterday. Every time I passed it by, I just had to stop for a whiff!!!   Ah, delightful!

Acanthus

21 August 2014 20:52:06

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When this started to come up in the 'hot' border, I did think in my ignorance that it was Incarvillea. But in my heart of hearts I knew that it was too tall to be this. Hosta reliably informed me (as only Hosta does) that it was Acanthus mollis (Bears' Breeches). Don't know WHO gave it to me, but it had always been on my wish list. But not for a 'hot' border'. 

While there is still visible growth on it, I decided to move it today down to my retaining bed at the Upper Pond where it will happily grow with Acers, Bergenia, Primulas, Thalictrum (visible behind it), and Ferns. It's looking more comfortable already. AND it's got lots of seeds forming too.  And then we had lots of downpours afterwards to water it in well.

Getting moved!

21 August 2014 20:15:13

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Last year I bought a lovely Caryopteris 'Heavenly Blue' to plant beside my Sambucus 'Black Lace' thinking they would be a lovely contrast.

But today when I was weeding over the cave, I thought to myself 'Naaa! Not working for me!' I had expected the contrast to create more impact. Yea, they are 'nice' together. But I wanted 'oomph'. The Sambucus can stay where it is, but I'll be looking for a different place for the Caryopteris.

Good coverage

21 August 2014 20:02:23

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I have a big pot of Eccremocarpus in the greenhouse at the back wall. At the moment it takes over the whole width of the greenhouse. A bit untidy looking this year, but the colour is very welcome, as tomatoes don't exactly light my candle where colour is concerned.

I have a big of the the same outside too. And so far no flowers on it, whereas last year this one flowered better than the one in the greenhouse. Strange, that.

For Myrtle

21 August 2014 18:11:11
For Myrtle

For Myrtle

Hi Myrtle. Just took a photo of my 'Miss Bateman' today for you. As you can see, the flowers are pure white.

Leucothoe

21 August 2014 06:40:05
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Leucothoe

Leucothoe 'Curly Red' is looking great right now.

'Me' time!

21 August 2014 05:59:26
'Me' time!

'Me' time!

After my walk in the park this morning, the day is totally MINE!! Yay! It seems a good while since I've had that luxury.

Looking like a perfect gardening day, so if you can, get out and enjoy your garden.

Persicaria

20 August 2014 18:23:32
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Persicaria

Whether it's invasive or not, I love the way it's really filled out to soften the edges of the Lower Pond.

Polish Spirit

20 August 2014 06:51:59
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Polish Spirit

Clematis 'Polish Spirit' is starting its second flush.

Sedum

20 August 2014 03:54:01
Sedum spathulifolium purpurea

Sedum spathulifolium purpurea

This is one of the plants that Steve requested me to lift for the work. So far, all the plants are still alive and doing well despite their temporarily cramped quarters.

I like the colour this one is taking on now.

I've been watching this

19 August 2014 20:44:31

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and thinking to myself "is it Leycestra formosa, or some sort of impatiens?" I gave the Leycestra away, so I'm wondering does it seed about the place? If it's Impatiens, it has seeded a long way from the plant I had at the back of the garden about three years ago!!!!

U4BA

19 August 2014 19:53:43

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Euphorbias were never a feature in my garden, until about two years ago. I only have 5 different types at this stage but not regretting them one bit. While out the front today, I was delighted to see how E. 'Silver Swan' is bulking up. Hope to take a few cuttings soon.

Out front today

19 August 2014 18:37:40

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Got back from an early walk this morning and attacked the front garden with great gusto. It's been quite a while since I did any work out there and the weeds were beginning to take over a bit.

Cut back the Spirea at the hall door. Now Steve can park his car there in the safe knowledge that his car won't be scratched. LOL

I have a narrow strip of soil between the front window and a row of three Hamamelis. When I was making over the front garden a couple of years ago, I decided to plant out four Buxus sempervirens in this narrow strip. I thought that when taking photos of flowers on the witch hazels that a nice calm backdrop of Buxus would take the busy look of brickwork behind them. They had been planted in spheres, but now they are finally beginning to put on a bit of growth. So I cut them back in line with this narrow strip. So they'll end up just a slim wall of Buxus. Yea, I'll probably be waiting forever for them to get tall enough to do their job. But I've lots of time.

There was so much Plantain growing at the edge of the gravel/concrete driveway. I found some Pathclear in the Boiler House - I keep buying these products and rarely actually use them. So I used the Pathclear today for the first time. Pulled most of the topgrowth away, and then sprayed. Wow, an hour later, it had died. Might repeat the process at the weekend. I disturbed a whopping great ants nest during this job, there were literally hundreds of the little blighters whizzing around the place and they even got into my gloves. Yukkkkk!!!   

Spider!

18 August 2014 20:32:06

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Unusual spider in the garden today. Haven't seen one of these before. And he was lime green.

A bit busy on the home front today with Wee Davey, and looking forward to being a grandmother AGAIN. Lots more garden help on the way. LOL

Little Boys big toys

18 August 2014 03:50:52

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Poor little lad struggled and struggled until the job was done. A dogged little character. Hmmm, I wonder where he got THAT from!!!!   :)

'Time out'

17 August 2014 19:56:14

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Decided to take time out to enjoy the garden, despite the frequent dark clouds looming and blustery conditions. But when the sun was shining, it was actually warmer outside than inside. 

I have Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm' underplanted with Carex oshimensis, and earlier with calendula, just to emphasise the yellows. I think it works well. I might get some more of the Carex.

Little fern

17 August 2014 03:47:56
Blechnum magellanicum

Blechnum magellanicum

Have this little fern a few years now. It's a great one for not out-growing its space. It's been moved from pillar to post over the time I've had it, and not once has it objected! Very well-behaved!!

Sempervivums

16 August 2014 19:26:53

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Some people have a problem deciphering whether a plant is a Geum or a Potentilla. I'm a bit like that myself.

But another mix-up which I regularly have to contend with is whether it is an Echeveria or a Sempervivum.

I think these are Sempervivums. And I love them. Sempervivum meaning 'always alive'. My kind of plant. LOL

Hollyhock

16 August 2014 18:28:48
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Hollyhock

My first year with Hollyhocks and not regretting it. While waiting for the one here (either from PCON or Jackie), I bought another one almost in full flower. Impatience!!! An on-going problem with me.

Today was the day my seedling opened.

I have never grown them before as I had heard so many reports of them being effected with rust. So far nothing here, on either one.

Hoping to collect seed and start them off before the winter sets in. In doing this there is a chance that I can fool them into flowering next year, despite them being considered a biennial.

 

 

 

Helichrysum

16 August 2014 04:34:27

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I bought this little Helichrysum for a pittance in Dealz a while back. I bought it out of curiosity really. But it is still going strong. And I love the two stages of the flowers. And they really DO look like their common name - Strawflower. But I've taken off wilted flowers and can't really see any obvious seeds (for next year). Methinks I'll have to investigate further.

Sunset

15 August 2014 20:12:01

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Lovely this evening. Let's hope for a great weekend.

For Jackie

15 August 2014 19:18:59
Ceratostigma willmotianum

Ceratostigma willmotianum

You spoke this morning about a lovely shrub Ceratostigma plumbaginoides. Here is a photo of my Ceratostigma willmotianum. I like its reddened foliage.

Agapanthus

15 August 2014 04:20:34

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I bought a nice big blue one this year. But at this late stage, there isn't even a flower spike on it. A bit disappointed as it was none-too-cheap.

However, my little white one has started to open now. It's well mashed into the pot, which is a lovely one. Not looking forward to the day when I have to take it out as I'll probably end up having to smash the pot.

A lucky escape!

14 August 2014 19:48:14
A lucky escape!

A lucky escape!

Disgusted with myself for asking Steve to weed the back of the Upper Pond last year. He inadvertently dug up my pride and joy Clematis 'Miss Bateman'.

But luckily a couple of weeks ago I spotted a tiny bit that he had missed. Yay! Happy Days! My one and only flower opened up today. Now, I'm risking falling into the pond tomorrow, or in the very near future, to dig the last remaining bit up for a more accessible planting location.

Kiwi

14 August 2014 18:18:18

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I have this Actinidia for about 6 yrs now and it never amounted to much. I love its heart-shaped leaves. This year I treated it to a much bigger pot. And shortly afterwards someone on Facebook posted about its apparent success in the open ground. Seemingly they do really well if NEVER cut back. However, mine didn't need disturbing so soon after the bigger pot, and it has done really well since the move. Hopefully I'll find a suitable spot in the ground next year.

Fuchsia

14 August 2014 07:11:53

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Got this little fuchsia from Tesco last year in the reduced section. It cost me €2. Not sure which one it is, but it's doing very well. Might stick it into the ground next year.

Malus

14 August 2014 06:44:13

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Love this little ornamental apple. It lived in a pot for a few years. But earlier this year it was treated to a space in the open ground. Little apples are now colouring up nicely. It'll be so gorgeous for the winter months. And it looks very festive during the Christmas period.

There, I've said it!!!  LOL

Potentilla

13 August 2014 20:41:12

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Originally got this plant from our very own Chilipepper (Dave) maybe 4 or 5 years ago. It's great to see it still flourishing, even though Dave has chosen to take a back seat on this site. Thanks again, Dave. I think it's P. 'Red Monarch'. Correct me if I'm wrong, please.

Keeping abreast of things

13 August 2014 19:23:56

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Got all my housework done early this morning so I could make the most of the day. The sky was looking very watery for the majority of the day, but rain didn't materialise, thankfully. 

I seem to have been kept going all day, what with staking, and tying up plants ie climbing roses, and clematis. Good to see that C. 'Polish Spirit' is putting on a repeat flowering. The wind of recent days have played havoc in the garden. So it was time for a few plants to be cut back - Sanguisorba, Lysimachia punctata, Polemonium etc. And my Hollyhock was given a good stout stake. Just about to flower and I don't want it to keel over before it gives its best.

Treated my two brugs to bigger pots, and gave them a feed to encourage a few flowers. But nothing apparent just yet. Gave my Fremontodendron a short back and sides as it was getting a bit on the large side. And at this stage the greenhouse needs as much light as possible to get those toms ripening even quicker.

Dead-headed all geraniums outside, and fed. Fed everything in the greenhouse. Bits of my Eupatorium 'chocolate' had broken off with recent winds so those bits got stuck into pots of compost. We'll see what happens! Also trimmed my Wisteria, and gave all bush roses a light trim.

Sitting on the patio this evening I tried to notice the work done today. But things look just the same. Mind you, I do have 2 black bags of rubbish.

Phlox

13 August 2014 08:32:56
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Phlox

Don't have the name of this phlox unfortunately. But what I like about it is its height. It's over 5ft. It used to be a bigger clump.But over the years I must have pulled up bits unknowingly, not realising what it was until it was too late.

Hostas

13 August 2014 03:32:07

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Happy after having planted out all my hostas last year. They have been looking pretty good all summer long with little or no nibbles from the molluscs. But now I am starting to see a few little munch holes here and there. And as the season is drawing to a close, I will give the slugs and snails a little treat and leave them be, before the hostas start to die back.

Black-eyed Beans

12 August 2014 19:10:13

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Are they peas or beans? When I googled the above, all I got was 'peas'. So is there a difference. Anyway, today I picked one or two to test their readiness. No sign of the little black eye in the pea/bean itself. But they tasted really lovely. A bit nutty. 

The pods need to swell a bit more, but since they went out as seedlings the foliage has been constantly devoured by slugs/snails and I'm getting a bit afraid that they will get the peas/beans before I do. Today I resorted to the pellets as I now have lots that are surely almost ready for picking.

My Hollyhock is just about to burst into flower. Lovely deep shade of pink. And even better news is my Crinum powellii that I've had for what seems like YEARS should be open in a day or two, weather permitting. 

Grub's Up!

12 August 2014 18:03:36

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Having a grand oul' time picking some of my edibles every day at this stage. I only have 4 tomato plants on the go this year, but I find it is more than enough for Steve and myself. I'm growing Alicante, Shirley, Gardener's Delight and my own from seed 'Moneymaker'. 

Picked my first courgette today, but I think I left it a bit late as the end of it was starting to rot off. However, a chop here and there, and still enough to go into a nice stir-fry tomorrow. It's difficult to even see the courgettes on the plants there is that much green growth. Same with the cucumbers. 

And of course, plenty of peaches for dessert. Yum!

What's this please

12 August 2014 08:02:11

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As well as an influx of hoverflies, I'm also spotting lots of these little chappies. Can anyone tell me what they are please?

Gladiolus

12 August 2014 04:09:17
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Gladiolus 'Atom'

I have this particular Gladiolus a few years now. I've been checking it daily to see if it was opening. But on Sunday when I checked it, I realised it had broken before opening. So I have just 'placed' it in among my Rhododendron. I think it looks quite nice there.

So for next year, I may just uproot all my other glads and place them randomly around the garden rather than have them all bunched together. I can't stand seeing them in rigid rows, like soldiers standing to attention, in some gardens around the neighbourhood.

Sun showers

11 August 2014 20:21:14

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Had a full day with Greta here today. Went to Homebase, and their prices were so expensive I bought NOTHING!!!!  But it was good to meet up and chat with old friends, staff that I haven't seen since I worked there years ago.

Then we headed to Santry Park. I won't bore you with an album as I posted one a couple of months ago. It was a very sunny day (in between heavy showers). And I thought I'd post just these three photos of one particularly heavy burst of rain. It almost looks like snow falling, with the sun as a backdrop.

It's great to have the site up and running to its fullest once again. Many thanks to CraigK and all the team.

Hoya

11 August 2014 19:34:07

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Posted a journal on this a few weeks ago when it had just about started to flower (for my second time since buying it). A bit of an accomplishment for me. Normally they just sit there and do nothing shortly after buying flowering houseplants, and then I give them away. But I do think this one is a keeper. Leaves are looking a bit pale so I think it's time for a bit of a feed.

It really looks best placed up on a high shelf so the gorgeous flowers can be viewed properly.

'Nothing compares to you'

10 August 2014 23:13:19

Site problems

09 August 2014 20:48:40

Happy Days!

09 August 2014 07:40:54
Happy Days!

Happy Days!

Last year, I got Steve to get up to the back of the Upper Pond to do a bit of essential weeding. And of course, not knowing a weed from a garden plant, he mistakenly pulled up my lovely Clematis 'Miss Bateman'. Disgusted, I was. However, I got over it in time.

But yesterday I spotted a tiny bit of 'Miss Batemen' coming through this years' weeds, and 'lo and behold, it's about to flower. Thrilled to bits!

Sunset

08 August 2014 22:00:38

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The sky was looking extra nice this evening during sunset

Autumn shades

08 August 2014 21:07:36
Autumn shades

Autumn shades

Very showery here all day so nothing much done, bar feeding and watering stuff in the greenhouse.

It's lovely to see Darmera peltata taking on its' autumn shades. I also like the way it tumbles over the retaining wall of the Upper Pond, softening its' edges. But it makes me sad to be almost wrapping up the glorious summer. Let's hope it continues for another couple of months.

Sedum

08 August 2014 09:40:02
Sedum

Sedum

Sedum cauticola 'Coca-cola is just beginning to display its late-season charm.

Sanguisorba

08 August 2014 06:38:53
Sanguisorba 'Pink Brushes'

Sanguisorba 'Pink Brushes'

Got this little cutie from Elizabeth7, I think, a couple of years ago. First few decent flowers out of it this year at last. Just lovin' it!

Out and about

07 August 2014 21:03:06

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On my travels today I veered towards Homebase as it has been a while since I have visited.

In the foyer I spotted the most gorgeous Dianthus in such a luscious shade of deep red/maroon. Saw lots of the same inside the G.C. for half price. But sometimes it's so worth the extra few bob. I took the one in the foyer.

Steve had been complaining of late that I never sowed any chilipeppers this year. So when I saw them in Homebase for a mere €2, I couldn't resist. Got home, potted it up into a bigger pot and gave it a dose of tomato feed. He was a very happy camper when I showed him what he has to look forward to.

Also bought a half-priced gorgeous coleus 'Kong'. Potted that on too, and also tomato feed. 

Mistaken Identity

07 August 2014 05:43:53

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I am quite drawn to variegated plants. And Pelargoniums are no exception. This year I bought a lovely one in Plantagen called P. mintrosa 'Lady Diana'. And last year at the Plant Fair in Palmerstown I managed to pick up P. 'Lady Plymouth'. 

Both have tiny pink flowers. The 'flower power' isn't great on either of them. But it was the variegation that I bought them for. I can't for the life of me figure out if there is a difference between the two. I guess I was duped! @disappointed.com

Lilies

06 August 2014 20:32:58

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Every lily that opens in my garden, I reckon that particular one is my favourite! But God, they smell divine. Don't have a lot of varieties here - 'Montego Bay', 'African Queen', 'Netty's Pride', 'Conca D'or', 'Oklahoma', 'Lavon' (Tree Lily), and a few other un-named varieties that I bought in Dealz. The white one in the second photo has NO scent. I'm trying to find out which ones have the very best scent as I want to put most of my lilies into pots for the patio for next year, and even buy more.

So which one emits YOUR favourite scent!

Astelia

06 August 2014 06:55:02
Astelia 'Silver Spears' (baby)

Astelia 'Silver Spears' (baby)

I have had this in a big pot for a few years now. I usually team it up with some seasonal planting. It looks great in all seasons, but particularly winter. A couple of the leaves have been ravaged by snails. But on the whole, it's looking really healthy and yesterday I noticed that it is now bulking up. Happy Days!

Spring is sorted

05 August 2014 20:08:07
Spring is sorted

Spring is sorted

Well, we finally got finished my Dad's front and back gardens. They're looking very bare at the moment but I intend sharing with him the bulbs that I dug up from his front garden (tulips and daffs). I think that's very nice of me. LOL He'll now only have a bit of container gardening to do, so hopefully that will keep him happy. I'll get that done for him in the next while.

I got all my bulbs potted up today. As I don't know which colour is which, I'll be able to plant them out after flowering next year. Sorted!

 

 

Second Opinion

05 August 2014 04:50:31

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Normally when Steve volunteers his opinion on garden plants, I take very little heed.

But recently I've not been happy with Cynara Cardunculus (Globe Artichoke). So I had decided to either move it to a completely different location, or get rid altogether. At this time of year, it's beginning to look really scrappy and untidy. And it gets so big, it blocks out much nicer smaller plants. I've been chopping off bits for the last few weeks now. And it's still looking awful. But I was afraid I'd be left with a big gap in that border.

However, yesterday Steve asked would I not just get rid of it. Hmmmm! Before I even had a chance to blink, he had it all cut down and 'over the wall'. And I thought I was dangerous with a secateurs in my hands. :) Much better now. But the stump can stay there until I find a nice replacement for it.

Great value from Dealz

04 August 2014 19:19:08
Great value from Dealz

Great value from Dealz

A few weeks ago I bought 5 plants from Dealz. Potted them up immediately, watered them, and after a while gave them a small bit of feed as they were looking a bit under the weather.

All looking good today, except for just one (Penstemon 'Pina Colada Pink'), the one in the front, and one that you could normally count on to do well.

The others that are looking hopeful are Macleaya cordata (Plume Poppy), Helenium 'Helena Red', Rodgersia 'aesculifolia' and Centaurea macrocephala (Giant Knapweed). Not bad for €7.45.

Fuchsia

04 August 2014 07:29:24
Fuchsia

Fuchsia

Got this little fuchsia in SuperValu in early summer. It's looking great after all the rain. Must take a few cuttings later. I'd like this in the garden for next year, and as long as possible. No name on the pot.

Pump Action

04 August 2014 05:47:06

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Steve put the pump for the new pond to the test yesterday. I mean, how can he work on this project properly when it was filled with water. Must say the pump that we bought certainly did its job of removing all the rainwater. It took over two hours to empty though, and the field 'over the wall' got an extra deluge as a result. He he!

Let the work continue!

My First this year

03 August 2014 19:36:22

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I seem to only have three different dahlias coming up this year. This one is in a pot and I can honestly say I don't remember it from last year. And I don't even have a record of it in my photos. I like it though!

The rain eventually stopped here at about 3.00 so, as I'm nursing a strained back, I just took a few photos. Gotta keep some strength for Dad's garden tomorrow.

Rain stops play!

03 August 2014 10:06:37

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The final and incompleted pond started filling up rapidly by yesterday morning. The second photo is what it looks like after 36hrs or constant rain. 

It looks like Steve has another free day today, at least until the flood water subsides.

Sambucus

03 August 2014 06:41:57

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TinaJ sent me a rooted cutting of Sambucus 'Thundercloud' a while back. It's doing really well. Thanks again, Tina.

Let's hope it hasn't drowned. Heavy incessant rain here since Friday evening. The garden is well sodden.

Photos of Sambucus taken on Thursday.

Nigella

02 August 2014 06:15:27
Nigella

Nigella

I always think that Nigella (Love-in-a-mist) seed pods look just like gooseberries. 

Now who was it that wanted all this rain! It has lashed down all night and I have a skip to fill today. Enough!

"I'm so excited".

01 August 2014 21:07:28

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Have my peach trees a few years now and up until last year they were in big pots in the greenhouse. They never really produced much - probably about 5 peaches in all. And usually the snails managed to feast on them before I even got a look in.

Last year, I actually planted them into the soil in the greenhouse and I got even less. I had thought that I was too rough with the paintbrush when pollinating them in Spring. Please indulge my frequency of journals mentioning them.

This year, I am astounded by a whole 19 peaches on just three little trees. I'm poking them and prodding them daily to see if they are ripe for picking. God, the suspense is just killing me. Can't wait to sink my teeth into them. Any day now!

Just posting....

01 August 2014 06:52:13

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.....these two photos because I really like them. Love these tough-to-the-touch echinops. They look spiky, but looks deceive. Pretty new to my garden, and I don't think the novelty will wear off!

I don't think there will be many bees flitting about today.

Sambucus

01 August 2014 06:14:15
Sambucus

Sambucus

Sambucus 'Black Lace' is taking on its Autumn charm

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