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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal September 2014

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poppy

30 September 2014 20:08:40

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This poppy has produced an unusual seed pod.

Podophyllum

30 September 2014 08:06:33
Podophyllum delavayii

Podophyllum delavayii

Podophyllum disappeared completely into the ground after flowering. Now it's throwing up more leaves. I suppose it's too much for me to expect another flower????? It'll be interesting!

I must get all three ponds topped up TODAY before the Water Charges come into effect from tomorrow.

Nerines

29 September 2014 22:59:47

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My Nerine bowdenii are starting to open. Yay!!

Finally!

29 September 2014 19:32:06

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This Cautleya spicata flowered on 18th August last year. It's only opening for me now!

And I'll have a Helleborus opening up soon, by the looks of it!

New Shrub

28 September 2014 21:43:43

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Got this in Ratoath the other day. Thought it would look good in a shady part of the garden.

Little red apples

28 September 2014 21:21:35
Malus 'Red Lane'

Malus 'Red Lane'

I have two apple trees here, but both in pots so I'm never going to get much of a crop. But with only Steve and myself here, that should never be a problem. And nothing will go to waste.

'Elstar' produced absolutely NOTHING this year. But Malus 'Red Lane' produced a massive crop of three apples. LOL

Lovely red flesh and very sweet.

Rentokil

28 September 2014 19:52:49

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Yesterday while we were sitting out, we heard noises amongst the ivy growing behind the Arbour. Thought it was either a mouse or a rat.

Our suspicions were confirmed today when we heard the same noise coming from the bamboo screen between the two gardens.

A 14lbs Sledgehammer did the trick nicely. But it was awful to hear the poor little (huge) blighter squeal like a pig in his dying moments. Rentokil would cost our UK friends £180 just to eradicate mice. Lots of Brownie points for Steve today. Don't actually know anyone who has managed to personally kill a rat.

Echinacea

28 September 2014 05:25:11

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My 'Hot Border' relies mainly on summer bedding for that blast of colour. It's also got things like Crocosmia, Lilies (which have now been lifted for pots next year), Alstroemeria, Potentilla, Hemerocallis, and Irises plus other things.

But the hot colour is just about waning at this stage. So it's time to introduce some plants of a different nature, not to extend the 'hot' interest, but to change the look as we approach the cooler months. So I bought a lovely little Echinacea the other day. Planted it beside the Crocosmia and as these are now starting to go over, the Echinacae will have a bit of the limelight.

I do love green flowers but have very few here. So this is a lovely little calm addition to otherwise 'hot' bed.

Speedy Gonzales

26 September 2014 22:23:24
Geranium versicolur

Geranium versicolur

Had E-fibre installed here on Wednesday and this is the first time I feel inclined to post a decent-sized album in a long, long time. It was downloaded in a mere 7 minutes, compared to about 30 minutes or more beforehand, for the same amount of photos. This is going to change the frequency of my Albums big time. 

Plant ID please!

26 September 2014 21:50:27
Plant ID please!

Plant ID please!

Saw this planted in one the borders in Ratoath yesterday and my first thought was that it was a Strawberry Tree (Arbutus unedo)........until I got a closer look!!! So can anyone name it for me please?

Laughter is the best medicine!

26 September 2014 07:31:43
Laughter is the best medicine!

Laughter is the best medicine!

On our way down to Co. Meath yesterday I spotted this little attraction by the roadside in Kilmessan. So simply done, but I'd say it has brought a smile to many tourists.

Love this Rudbeckia

25 September 2014 21:38:42

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Greta and myself were in Ratoath today. John's borders are a riot of colour even this late. Saw what I think is a miniature Rudbeckia, and would love to have it in my garden. No idea what variety it is. It's small and compact, and a whole host of tightly-bunched flowers. Wouldn't have a problem finding a place for THIS in my garden.

Talking to John afterwards about other things and changes are afoot in their premises. He will shortly be adding his own nursery on to the Garden Centre. When people see a particular plant growing in his borders, and growing very well, hopefully they might be able to purchase the same ones.

Alcea

25 September 2014 20:31:42
Alcea 'Pink Halo'

Alcea 'Pink Halo'

Bought this beautiful Hollyhock in Riverlane Nurseries on 7th June when it was in full flower. I just couldn't resist it.

This morning it rewarded me with another gorgeous bloom, and more on the way.

Eupatorium

25 September 2014 06:20:39

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I think it was Joann who mentioned that Eupatorium produced flowers. Mine has too, but they are minute. Definitely NOT what I would have bought this plant for.

Thought I'd add also a photo of Mimulus that loves self-seeding about the place.

Nice sky tonight

24 September 2014 21:22:58

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Very calm looking sunset this evenng. But lovely colours.

Practise makes perfect!

24 September 2014 20:40:52

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Humour me while I post a couple of close-ups with the new cam.

Perovskia

24 September 2014 20:31:28
Perovskia

Perovskia

I moved this Perovskia (Russian Sage) 'Little Sprite' after it flowered during the Summer. However, it has decided to put on another show. It seems to be enjoyiing its new home.

 

Eryngium

24 September 2014 04:54:31

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Earlier in the year I discovered lots of seedlings which I thought at the time may be Bergenia. But each day they changed in appearance and it wasn't long before I realised that they were Eryngium. There are so many of them popping up over the cave. So yesterday I uprooted a good few and potted them up. Not sure which Eryngium they are as I have two varieties growing down there. 

But they're here for the taking. They need to be gone. My garden is too small to hold onto them for long.

More to do today.

For PeterW

23 September 2014 20:38:34
Dahlia 'Fermain'

Dahlia 'Fermain'

Check this one out.

Out and About

23 September 2014 20:28:23

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It's good to leave the car at home occasionally. Saw a fine specimen of Ginkgo biloba in a neighbours' garden. I hadn't realised that they would do so well in our area. I have a tiny one in a pot for oh, the last 4yrs or so. But seeing this lovely one made me very determined to find a planting space for it. Maybe in the front?

Also, this gorgeous Hydrangea. Love the rich colour. I might go out for my walk early in the morning with my secateurs.

What's this, please?

23 September 2014 18:43:11
What's this, please?

What's this, please?

Instead of walking in our local BORING rectangular park this morning, I took off around the Hospital. Spotted this in a garden. Back-tracked to take a photo very quickly, before someone saw me and phoned the men in white coats!!!!  It looked like a little hedgehog from where I was standing. But now looking at the photo, I'm not so sure.

Seasonal colour

23 September 2014 06:02:08

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My Hamamelis in the front are looking gorgeous at the moment.

Late Clematis

22 September 2014 20:48:51

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Most of my Clematis are still in full flower at the moment - 'Piliu' 'The President', 'Polish Spirit' and a couple of 'Jackmanii'.

But this little one has just opened now. It has had a hard life up until now, having been moved from pillar to post. So it's really only settling in. But I like this one. And it's climbing up the post of the Logia, so I get a full view of it from the dining room.

Encore!

22 September 2014 20:11:20
Campanula 'Elizabeth'

Campanula 'Elizabeth'

It's great to see so many garden plants making a final encore.

Wrapping up for the cold

22 September 2014 08:39:18
Wrapping up for the cold

Wrapping up for the cold

Every time I pass this lady, I can't help but think she's wrapping up for the winter with a lovely soft scarf around her neck. LOL

Point of interest

22 September 2014 07:25:03

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I posted a photo of my Cordyline 'Karo Kiri' a few days ago. But I didn't explain that the underside of the leaves have a nice variegation, something which I hadn't pointed out in the previous journal. This is what drew me to the plant before buying it. And as I'm a bit of a variegated nut, I had to have it. Just saying!!!

Trailing geranium (Thanks, Kate)

21 September 2014 21:50:17
Trailing geranium (Thanks, Kate)

Trailing geranium (Thanks, Kate)

I think it was when I had my 'Friends' Day' here three years ago that Kate, of 'Kate&Graham', gifted me with this lovely trailing geranium. So far it's been in a planter. But it's looking so lush that I think it deserves a permanent home in the soil. 

Thanks again, Kate.

Squirrels in Suburbia

21 September 2014 20:57:08
Squirrels in Suburbia

Squirrels in Suburbia

Sitting having a coffee with Steve this morning when we heard a commotion outside. Saw a GREY SQUIRREL trying to clamber over the roof of the greenhouse. He managed it eventually and leaped about 7 feet over onto the ivy. Well, I never! And all in Suburbia! What brought him into the area. No gardens with trees around here. And just a SCRUB of a field 'over the wall'. 

Nature never fails to amaze.

 

A bad start, but got better!

21 September 2014 20:24:03
A bad start, but got better!

A bad start, but got better!

I usually take my Dad out to lunch on a Sunday. Before lunch we popped into Aldi. Got some Tulip tarda for €1.99 to replace the ones vandalised by the birds, and a few groceries. But lost a bit of money out of my bag when I took my phone out. Luckily it wasn't too much but definitely not a good start to the day. Then got a puncture in the carpark. Argggghhhhh!  Luckily Steve was close by to get me out of a fix.

I was determined not to let the mishaps put me off for the day. Got out to the Acid Quadrant. Cleared away lots of cat poop, and dug up the 7 Blueberry bushes and moved them around to give them a bit more space. I was going to wait until they all ripened. But in truth, there has never been such a bad crop as this year. Got the two bamboos planted at the back. If they grow rampantly, so be it. Interspersed some of Dad's lovely tulips (red, yellow and orange) towards the front of the bed so they can be seen from the house. And added some lovely violet Tulips, and Tulip tarda in front of those.

Topped the whole lot off with barkchip. And gave them a good soaking. After taking the photo I decided to cover any bare soil with garden netting to try and deter Holly from using it as a toilet.

Another area completed - I HOPE!!!

Brugmansia

21 September 2014 06:30:43

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I have two here that have been kept in the greenhouse all summer long and they have put on an amazing amount of growth since I got them earlier this year as tiny plants.

No sign of flowers, but they are about 5ft in height. Do they stay in the unheated greenhouse over the winter? Or would they be best in the house? Also, could they do with bigger pots, or is it a bit late in the season for that?

Tulips

20 September 2014 22:20:38
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Tulips

I have two identical bowls filled with Tulip tarda, and a good thick mulch using blue crushed glass. They put up a lovely show in spring.

During their dormant season they are placed down at the back, underneath the shrubs. I had recently noticed quite a lot of flight activity with birds in that area. But only discovered today that this bowl has been vandalised by the birds. It looks like they may also have eaten some of the glass. None of it is visible in the immediate vicinity. And the second bowl hasn't been touched.

Snake Gourds

20 September 2014 21:04:16

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Yay, they have finally flowered. Now, fingers crossed that the sun will continue for a while longer. Me and David need another painting project.

The sky tonight

20 September 2014 20:09:47
The sky tonight

The sky tonight

Did anyone see the glorious sunset tonight?

It's a pleasure taking photos with the new camera. No more splodges to ruin my pics. I promise NOT to take it out in the rain!!!!!   :)

Aconitum

20 September 2014 04:13:52

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This late Aconitum is looking great as most of the summer stuff is starting to go over. Don't know who gave me this, but it's a real beauty.

Late and beautiful

19 September 2014 20:40:19

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This Poppy is making a comeback. Not just one or two flowers either. Still quite a few buds on it. 

Not fully open when I took the photo this morning. But it's lashing rain since late afternoon and it may not be there tomorrow.

Room to breathe

19 September 2014 10:00:48

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After shifting the few things around in the Acid Quadrant, I'm looking forward to giving this Myrtus 'Butterball' a bit more space to spread out. It's got lovely colour at this time of year, and also produces little berries which I believe are edible.

Double Interest

19 September 2014 06:13:21
Flowering Photinia

Flowering Photinia

Photinia 'Red Robin' is looking good at the moment. It has Clematis 'Jackmanii' growing up through it. Photinia is a beauty in itself, but the Clematis planted beside it comes from the constant need for more space. But I think they look ok together?

Another 'jackmanii' growing up through a Mahonia a few feet away.

Alstroemeria

18 September 2014 21:48:32

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The only perennial Alstroemeria here. And our bit of Indian Summer is just egging it on and on. Not much sun today, but very warm while working out in the garden.

Acid Triangle

18 September 2014 19:46:24

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Today I decided to tackle my Acid Triangle just in front of the cave. But first, I had to go to Dad's for a spot of weeding in the front garden. And as a result I managed to dig up the rest of his gorgeous tulips.

In the Acid Triangle, it's really, really congested. 3 Pieris, 2 Rhodos (one v. small 'Ginny Gee' and 'Christmas Cheer'), Leptospermum scopendrium and Myrtus 'Butterball', including my 7 blueberries.

Over the last year or so, or while work has been carried out at the cave area, I had let my standards slip a bit. And as a result, the triangle had really lost its shape. Anyway, a garden with mainly circles and curves is no place to have a triangle. So today I turned the triangle into a Quadrant. It seemed like the easiest solution. Lifted 3 Pieris, and 'Christmas Cheer'. Dug over the soil there, and did a lot of weeding. Not ready to move the blueberries just yet as I haven't started to pick these so far. But had to cover them with netting. I noticed when I got back from my few days away that there seemed to be less. 

Kicking myself here as I've just accidentally deleted my 'before' photo. So, you'll just have to believe me. I might just interplant Dad's tulips amongst the shrubs when they are juggled around. I called a halt after this job. The rest will be done when the blueberries are picked. And I have two bamboos to plant either side, one of which you can see just behind the Quadrant, and I planted Joe Pyeweed just on the corner.

Couldn't finish shaping the right hand side, as this is solid concrete that used to anchor my old line pole. Have to get Steve onto that job sometime over the weekend.

It doesn't look like I did very much, but I'm very pleased with the result. But oh, my shoulders ache tonight.

BTW, those two Pieris in the 2nd photo are up for grabs. First come, first served. Or it's 'over the wall' with them. And they need to be gone A.S.A.P!!!!!!

Dryopteris

18 September 2014 08:32:07
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Dryopteris

Dryopteris erythrosora is turning a nice colour now.

Thanks for suggestions

18 September 2014 07:29:30

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Here is a photo of a leaf from my newly-found shrub seedling down at the back wall. Underneath is a leaf from my Bay (Laurus nobilis). Two very different looks.

Definitely not Portuguese Laurel as I remember that the stems are a lovely deep red. So I'm going to go with Hosta's suggestion of Prunus 'Otto Luyken', although I've never had 'otto luyken' here. But obviously it came in with the help of a bird. The flowers, if there are any, should say it all.

Thanks to all for the suggestions.

 I'll let it grow where it is at the moment as it is doing well. But eventually it will be potted up to pass on to someone.

U 4 B A

17 September 2014 21:48:38

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While out and about with the camera today I noticed some lovely new growth on this U4BA. Can't remember which one it is, and there is no label in the ground. I think Fran may also have this one. So maybe he could enlighten me?

Remind me .......

17 September 2014 21:17:33

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why I love Sumach so much! Oh, yea. It's the gorgeous shape it takes on in the more mature trees. Fran has a lovely one. But it's also the stunning Autumn foliage. Still relatively happy to keep it in a pot for now, as I wouldn't relish the thought of digging up suckers all over the place.

Random shots

17 September 2014 20:24:14

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Finally bought my new camera today. It took a while to get it to actually download an album. But all sorted now.

So bear with me over the next couple of days while I experiment with the different settings.

Fuchsia and Clematis

17 September 2014 05:06:47

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Here's a pretty little Fuchsia I bought in Tesco a couple of years ago. 

I was quite sure I'd be showing you the lovely yellow flowers of this cute Clematis 'tangutica' that I grew from seed about three years ago. But the almost-open flowers have been devoured by something overnight. It seems they are rather a delicacy for earwigs. Plenty of those here. And I'm not sure if there is even such a thing as an earwig deterrent?

'Karo Kiri'

16 September 2014 20:47:56

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I have this Cordyline a couple of years now. I like the way its growth is a bit different to the usual Cordyline australis. It's rather stumpy in comparison.

But I have a feeling that it will actually get planted out tomorrow, or some day soon.

Two roses

16 September 2014 07:48:54

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'Teasing Georgia' is still producing. Such a gorgeous rose.

And my rose (deep red) that I took cuttings of is producing more blooms, a lovely shade of pink.

Plant ID please!

15 September 2014 22:30:09

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While weeding in the Primrose 5-Steps area, I spotted this little shrub seedling growing. I don't have anything like that down there so I'm wondering what it might be, please?

Spot the Pot!

15 September 2014 21:45:09

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Persicaria planted with deep pink Calla lilies that are in their 3rd or 4th year. They made a wonderful show throughout the whole summer. Callas are finished now, but look how well the Persicaria has done. You can't even see the pot.

The Last Supper

15 September 2014 20:49:18

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Went about doing my regular dead-heading today. It's become a bit of an obsession with me year. But it has paid off.

Tidied up my Rhodochiton and, as I am running out of tomato feed, I gave it one of its final feeds. And should this perish over winter I hope to have lots of seeds for next year, and anyone else who may like some.

Eupatorium

14 September 2014 21:29:06

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Happy days when broken bits from plants take root. 

Musa

14 September 2014 21:17:24

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Discovered this forgotten-about Musa under the canopy of a Yucca in the Greenhouse Border at the beginning of the summer. It was dry as a bone, and totally neglected. So I dug it up and potted it, whereby I would have to look after it properly. I've been feeding it sporadically throughout the summer. And it has now rewarded me with looking very-much healthier, and three new shoots.

Question!

14 September 2014 19:54:23

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My Acid Triangle is no longer a triangle as a result of edges being neatened. It is home to 3 Pieris, 2 Rhododendrons, and 7 blueberry bushes.

But to obliterate the constant eyesore of the unfinished cave I have decided to juggle these plants around. Everything will come out. Pieris will be potted up into ericaceous soil. They only got planted in the ground two years ago so they probably won't thank me for restricting them once again. The 7 blueberries will be shifted so that they will be viewed from the house - rhodos just behind. But at the very back I'm going to plant Eupatorium (Joe Pyeweed), and either side of this a Bamboo.

Nothing will be done until I harvest all my blueberries which will be quite soon. But my biggest concern is, will the move inhibit the flowers of Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer' at this stage in the year?

Surprise! Surprise!

14 September 2014 07:48:37

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I assume all of us who have small gardens have more or less the same problem - planting too densely. And as a result, it can be difficult to tend to the needs of some plants in at the back of borders. The area beside my Lower Pond is a bit like this. But yesterday I managed to get in without falling over and spotted this little sunflower. Ha! Now there's a surprise. I didn't sow any seed this year so I presume it came from Jackie.

It's only small still, but it's about to flower. Yay!!!!  Thanks, Jackie.

Poor visibility

14 September 2014 05:28:52

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Wouldn't like to be out driving this morning. Visibility is not good. This is the bould heron's perch (a street lamp only about 50 yards from my house) just now. It's the thickest fog all week.

Take care if you're out on the roads.

Sedums

14 September 2014 05:13:27

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I don't have many sedums here, mainly ground-hugging ones.

I have three of the more upright ones, not sure about their names. And this lovely tall variety called 'Frosty Morn' with its variegated foliage. But the butterflies just tend to flutter by this one. 

But I was down in the Primrose 5-Steps area yesterday and was delighted to clap eyes on this little one. It looked lovely with Pulmonaria as her Bed Companion. Must try and spread this one about a bit.

Pot Luck

13 September 2014 21:50:17

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Today I spent a while emptying out spent bedding in pots. And some pots that still just had last summers compost in them which I had been too lazy to re-plant this summer. Picked up this one to empty the contents into the compost. 'Lo and behold, I seem to have a new fern and a good few helleborus seedlings. Happy days!!!

A change of heart

13 September 2014 21:19:07

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Earlier this month I had decided that Caryopteris 'Heavenly Blue' had to go. I just thought it didn't produce enough flowers to create the effect I wanted.

But now, half way into September, I take that back. It is in full flower now, and looking great with Sambucus 'Black Lace'.

As prompted by this weeks Gardener's World on youtube this morning, I took a few geranium cuttings.

Chelsea Chop

13 September 2014 07:21:13

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This Eucalyptus is only in my garden about 11/12 years. I got Steve to cut off about 10ft last year as it was really getting overtall. Same the year before. Looking at it yesterday, I think it's time for another chop. It's about 30ft tall. Let's hope he's up to the job as I'd like it done before Winter sets in. Beautiful tree with a lovely trunk.

A few bits

12 September 2014 20:53:16

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Spent the morning in Dad's weeding, despite the industrial weedkiller that Steve applied a few weeks ago when we cleared out Dad's garden. Steve didn't do the mix himself, but got someone else in work to do it as he had been too busy. But now, after only a few weeks, it's up to me to dig the weeds up. It had obviously been diluted too much. I don't mind really. When we got the job done I was determined to dig up all the lovely tulips that Dad has growing in the front, ones that come up year after year in shades of yellow, orange and deep red. And with all the bulbs I dug up and planted in my own garden in pots, I realised that most of them were only daffs. So today I was on a mission. But really the whole area needs to be covered with weed membrane and Dad isn't bothered with this. It's going to involve a lot of maintenance, and I don't think it has registered with him that I have been off sick for nearly a year for good reason!!!

Got a good SuperValu bag full of said tulips and planted them into pots for next year in MY garden. He wasn't even aware of this, thankfully. But I potted up more bulbs into a half barrel for him so he's happy enough with that. Back and legs are now screaming at me for attention.

Got home in a lather of sweat, although I only managed to get 2/3s of the border done. Very hot out there, despite the lack of sunshine for most of the day, and did a bit of tidying up in the borders and dead-heading. 

What I thought were mainly daffs a few weeks ago, now I can see that I managed to get a few Nerine bowdenii which I am delighted with. And some more Nerines dug up in Dad's today. Almost flowering but I was under the impression that Nerines do not like root disturbance. Hasn't affected the ones I dug up when the job was being done. And a few more showing their heads in Dad's today. So they are now in my greenhouse border. Gave them a good watering in. Let's hope they come up trumps for me this year.

Dense fog

12 September 2014 06:58:03

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Thick, thick, fog this morning. On the far side of that field 'over the wall', is the motorway, and trees and houses further on. None of that is visible right now and the fog is now creeping up into my garden as we speak. In a few minutes I will be able to see NOTHING out there.

Get the factor out. It's gonna be a hot one.

P.S. Don't mind the splodges on the lens of the camera. I'll be buying a new one early next week.

Succulents

12 September 2014 06:40:03

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I thought this display yesterday was very beautiful. Not exactly for MY garden as I think it's all a bit 'flat' looking, but the succulents looked fab planted en masse. And if done on a smaller scale in a normal garden, and given a bit of height with larger plants, it could look really stunning. 

A day in Glasnevin

11 September 2014 20:42:46

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Thankfully not in the cemetry, but the Botanic Gardens. This year it seems to be a favourite haunt of mine. I think today was probably my 4th or 5th visit this year. It's great to see it in all seasons. Todays' glorious sunshine brought lots of foreign tourists in busloads. Parking was a bit of a nightmare but we found a spot after a bit of a wait.

The displays of dahlias were so fabulous. Hard to pick my favourite from the entire selection. But I have decided, while mulling over my photos, that 'Firebird' is my favourite.

Beautiful Impatiens in one of the greenhouses called Impatiens Congo Cockatoo variegata' that was simply 'to die for'.

Had a delicious lunch in the Restaurant which was almost as hot as the Greenhouses and packed to the gills. But it's great to see the Gardens used by so many people from all walk of life.

 

Euryops

11 September 2014 05:24:42

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Got this little plant from an ier a while back. I only got round to planting it a few weeks ago and it has come on in leaps and bounds, and lighting up the darkest area of my garden.

Home-made compost and LizTai

10 September 2014 20:22:25

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Did a bit of tweaking, weeding, moving and watering (lots of watering) today.

Had great pleasure in unveiling my own compost. Spread about 2/3 of the contents of what I think is a 310litre compost bin all over the borders. Probably the wrong time of year for doing this job but I needed to make room in the bin. It's as good as, or maybe better, than shop-bought compost and smells absolutely divine. 

Hazel's sister Elizabeth (Liztai) has a great method of making hers, without the need for one of these ugly plastic bins. She chops up garden waste and fills the lower half of a big ceramic pot with it. And places a plastic planter filled with flowers on top. You'd never even know the miracles that are being performed underneath the pots of bedding. And the glory about Elizabeth's method is that it's a smaller amount of compost, so takes less time to decompose.

Please help!

10 September 2014 13:51:51
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Please help!

Just out there planting out a sedum 'Frosty Morn' that I had potted up a while ago. Dug a hole, and found this growing. A nearby label has Acanthus mollis on it, but I'm almost sure it's NOT that.

Anyway, I have now potted this up until I can get an id for it. So, please help!

Nice

10 September 2014 10:33:03

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I like these couple of photos.

Surely not!

10 September 2014 08:54:46

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It looks like my Magnolia 'Stellata' is about to flower?

Pots and Baskets

10 September 2014 03:41:39

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This year I chose to limit my planters and hanging baskets to see how I would get on, in preparation for when the water charges are introduced. Yea, I was pretty good and only did essential watering, and most of the water came from our two water butts. But the garden really lacked that certain 'oomph'.

Not sure the garden will be so void of colour next year despite the extra costs. I do love lots of colour in the garden.

Too hot to handle

09 September 2014 19:01:18

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Wow, what a scorcher today was. Not used to that blistering heat any more. But I could acclimatise again! Didn't do a whole lot today except cutting grass and watering. Great sky today!

And lots of wasps after me too!  Arrggghhhh!!!!

So.....

08 September 2014 22:45:40

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can someone explain why some flowers of Ipomea 'Heavenly Blue' are producing blue flowers, and others are producing purple?

Monarda

08 September 2014 21:59:49

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This was identified for me here a couple of weeks ago. Happy to say the suggestions were correct.

I did have Monarda 'Gardenview Scarlet' a couple of years ago over the cave. But the soil subsided during a Spring mud-slide, and the monarda disappeared into a deep chasm of soggy soil, never to be seen again. Someone here donated this one to my garden. Don't know who, or don't know when (possibly at the January get-together). But it is now open. As soon as it's finished flowering it will be potted up, labelled and positioned in my 'plants-in-waiting' area which I tidied up today. 

Not enough time

08 September 2014 20:53:08

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I was quite late getting out to the garden 'proper' today, what with running errands and stuff. But on my travels I headed to Dealz and picked up two nice primulas 'Rubin' and 'Lilac', and also a cute little floating solar light for the greenhouse pond. Shelf life probably won't be long, but for €1.49 they can afford to be replaced and little David will have to stay up late next time he stays here so he can see it in action.

From veggies to flowers

08 September 2014 20:06:31

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It's hard to believe that this border contained nothing but veg a few short years ago - potatoes, cabbages, rat-tail radish plus more. In an ideal world I would have a nice veggie plot, but space just won't allow. Thinking of more veg for next year. Really miss them. But don't think they would quite fit in with this border.

Had a lovely hour in the pond today dead-heading and observing.

Phlomis

08 September 2014 19:32:19

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Bought this earlier in the year. It's really nice, sending out whorls of lovely yellow flowers. Glaucous leaves with a faint white edge to them, and a lovely shape when the flowers have gone over. Gathered lots of seeds today so I can spread them around.

Omphalodes cappadocca 'Starry Eyes'

08 September 2014 08:24:13
Omphalodes cappadocca 'Starry Eyes'

Omphalodes cappadocca 'Starry Eyes'

This is a little plant that Rachel gave me some time ago.

But I waved good-bye to it when Steve and Derek were shovelling out the soil from the cave earlier. Nowhere else to put the soil but on top of my Primrose 5-Step area. But this little beauty has now pushed itself up through its heavy blanket of soil and is smiling at me once again. 

U4BA

08 September 2014 07:31:26

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Euphorbia myrsinites is doing a great job of edging the wall of the Upper Pond, and covering the ugly blue liner too. Will try and multiply this plant to spread all around the pond.

Up Close and Personal

07 September 2014 22:03:32
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Up Close and Personal

This is one of my favourite water lilies here.

Two freebies

07 September 2014 21:35:02

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Got these two ferns as free specimens (albeit small ones) in work last year. Had to stick my hand down the shore in the garden centre to prise this asplenium very gently from the downpipe, nearly getting my hand trapped. The third photo is a fern that was growing on the underside of one of the plant shelves. Perfect conditions for this fern being permanently damp and in full shade. 

Both doing well.

Snakes alive!

07 September 2014 20:05:58

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Had a packet of these snake gourd seeds lying around for ages. Never knew fully how to treat them once I sowed them. However, as they were just past their expiry date I decided to give them a shot. Googled lots on these cucurbits, and images of painted gourds really ignited my childish imagination.

I was a bit late sowing them, but they are growing at an alarming rate in the greenhouse. Today I spotted what I think is a flower. Maybe it's too late for any fruits to develop but this was the Last Chance Saloon. Must rig up some nylon string to give them something strong to climb up. They are producing a gansey load of tendrils which are very pretty. All the tomatoes will probably be harvested before the snake gourds get too big so there will be a lot more space for them to do their thing. If they are successful, my grandson David and myself will have great fun decorating them. Let's hope the sun shines for a good while more.

Ricinus

07 September 2014 08:31:14

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My own Ricinus did absolutely rubbish last year, not even a half a flower!!!

This year, Jackie gave me a couple of seedlings. And of course at that stage there was even less room to plant them in the most suitable spot so they got 'stuck in' where I found a gap (not many), I'm very happy with the show they are putting on. And lots of flowers. 

Before I went away I potted up most of my lilies for scent on the patio next year so I should have a few more gaps to fill.

Nearly took my eye out yesterday while weeding, with all the bamboo canes still in the ground to mark plants. Must get out my little stash of tops from the washing-up liquid bottles.

For SallySarah

07 September 2014 07:04:49

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SallySarah very kindly sent me a cutting of her Parahebe way back in June.

It's flowering now, and looking so lovely. It can only get better and better. Thanks, Sally.

Tina?

06 September 2014 22:22:03
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Tina?

Tina sent me a small bit of her Scarborough Lily (Crythanthus elatus) a few years ago. I have been feeding it sporadically throughout the summer, so just wondering when I can expect to see a flower? Patience is NOT one of my virtues!

Crassula

06 September 2014 21:49:26
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I've had this in the greenhouse all summer. It looked gorgeous today with the red tinge to the new leaves.

A fresh pair of eyes

06 September 2014 21:21:14

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Hazel was here on Thursday picking up some plants. And I was complaining that all I could see from the house is this dreaded unfinished cave. Steve's back is still out and very slow to heal. I'm resigned to the fact that yet another year has passed.

Hazel suggested planting a screen to distract my attention from said area, which makes so much sense. Funny how I couldn't think of that myself. So today I planted Macleaya cordata in the corner of the Acid Triangle, directly in front of the area in question. Only, I saw how this plant grows to a monstrous size, and Carl Wright of Caher Bridge Garden advised that it can become invasive. But it's now in an area that will have easy access so that shouldn't be too much of a problem. Also have two bamboos which will flank either side of it.

Hippeastrum

06 September 2014 20:46:10
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I've never actually had a Hippeastrum to flower for the second time. I usually chuck them on the compost bin after flowering. This year I decided to try my hand at getting another flowering season. I've been feeding it once a month for the last three months thinking 'Why am I wasting my time when they are so cheap to replace'.

However, I think the regular feed is starting to pay off. Let's hope it'll flower again. 

Fungus

06 September 2014 19:10:13

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Spotted this strange fungus in Terrishoos garden the other day. Both Terri and Alan were surprised to see it too as Alan had only been cutting the grass near this a couple of days before that. I had to touch it to discover whether or not it was a ceramic ornament. Wonder is it edible? Very interesting and very beautiful.

One job less

06 September 2014 09:43:21

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It's great having a bit of help in the garden. Tomatoes are already watered and fed for the day. 

Western sunset

06 September 2014 07:00:04

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Captured this ball of fire on the way back from Terrishoos a couple of evenings ago. It almost looked like the telegraph pole had managed to catch the sun in its outstretched arms. I know the photo isn't great. Hoping to buy a new camera soon.

Changeling

06 September 2014 06:47:04
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Changeling

I've been on top of dead-heading in the garden this summer. But it's weird the way my Ipomea are now opening up purple, when the original seedlings opened electric blue.

But here's another weird thing. This rose is one I took from cuttings a few years ago. It was planted out but had to get potted up again for some reason. And now the flowers are not deep red, the way they used to be, but Barbie pink!!! Maybe the parent rose had been grafted onto a different root stock, and this is beginning to revert?????   I do like it though.

Dahlia

05 September 2014 20:45:15

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Grew this one from seed last year but didn't bother lifting it. Looking good today after having just opened.

Was showing Hazel the long-awaited flower on my lovely blue Hibiscus yesterday evening and was so relieved it hadn't opened in my absence as I've had the plant about 4 years and this was to be its first flower.

Went out this morning to check it out, and the flower had completely disappeared. Gutted, I was. Didn't think it would be bothered by slugs or snails. That's who I'm blaming.

Hazel's garden

05 September 2014 19:36:38

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Had a lovely lunch in Hazel's yesterday on the way back from the West. Afterwards I took the liberty of taking a few photos. Thought I had taken more than that.

Loved the way the Anemones divide her garden from her neighbours. And I couldn't believe how her Sedum bed has spread out in just a few short months, almost obliterating the gravel altogether. I think Hazel said this one was 'Yellow Carpet', or something like that. Maybe Hazel can correct me on this.

Caher Bridge Garden

05 September 2014 12:18:58

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My favourite place to visit over the last few days has got to be here. Carl has created a wonderland under very extreme conditions. So little soil in this garden originally that he had to actually import at least 1,000 tonnes of soil from Northern Ireland and sieved it all himself. Out of the 1,000 tonnes of soil about a quarter of it was unusable as planting medium but used it in other places around the garden. All of the stonework was executed by Carl himself. Whatever rocks and stones that he dug out of the land he put to good use elsewhere. He built a gorgeous Moongate and on the top line of stone, he has gouged out hollows for ferns to be planted, giving a very natural look to the whole structure.

With the many dense trees, he removed small areas where it has acted almost like chimneys to let the light in for plant survival. 

A wonderful, wonderful garden. A certainly a place that Scrubber should try to see. He would be in his element. And Carl was such a nice guy.

Vandeleur Walled Garden

05 September 2014 07:33:04

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Loved this walled garden in Kilrush. The high walls create a valuable microclimate for growing all kinds of plants. I was amazed at the size of Tetrapanax, Pomegranates and Melianthus major. 

But one thing I particularly loved was the splashes of red dotted throughout the gardens tying each area together, creating unity.

Well rested and very grateful.

04 September 2014 19:11:20

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Had a great few days over in the West. Visited Matt O'Connell's Garden Centre in Doolin, Vandeleur Walled Gardens in Kilrush, and Caher Bridge (Carl Wright) in Ballyvaughan.

I'll leave Hazel to give a detailed account of these.

On Tuesday we took a trip across the water to Inis Oirr which was a great experience.

But I think the members visits in my opinion were the best of all. Nuala (AitAlainn) has made great strides in her exposed seaside garden, and the greenhouse is bursting with delicious foodstuffs. We stayed in her Holiday Cottage for the few days, and we could not have asked for a more comfortable base. Attention to detail was second to none. We wanted for nothing - except maybe a better internet signal!!!    :)    Thank you once again, Nuala.

Then we had the pleasure of visiting Biddy in Carrigaholt, where we were treated to a very delicious lunch, and all with produce that Biddy has grown herself. Absolutely delicious and you couldn't get fresher. Her kitchen is situated upstairs and has a great bird's eye view over her garden and the Shannon Estuary. Thank you for the great welcome, Biddy.

Yesterday evening we went to visit Terrishoos (Terri and Alan). The sun was glorious as we sat outside Alan's Studio and we were treated to tea, biscuits and scrummy cake after we got the grand tour of their garden. Hard to believe that Terri and Alan are only there three years. Thank you, both. 

I'll post up a couple of albums sometime this evening.

But major thanks really has to go to Hazel who ferried us anywhere our little hearts desired. A lot of mileage got clocked up. 

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