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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal October 2014

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Before the rain

31 October 2014 19:15:48

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Decided to get a walk in today before the forecast rain arrived. So glad I did too, as I have never seen Santry Park in the Autumn. Great skies too. Might put up a small album.

Lashing out there now.

Way too early

30 October 2014 20:42:07
Spent Dahlia

Spent Dahlia

Out and about this afternoon and saw the first of the Poinsettias for sale in Homebase. It drives me nuts seeing Christmas things for sale earlier and earlier every year. It took at least 15 minutes to actually get out of the carpark and onto the main road. I reckon the first of the Christmas shoppers were out in full force today.

Right, that's it! Morning shopping ONLY for me from now on.

Saxifraga

30 October 2014 07:12:14

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Bought this a long time ago, planted it, and forgot about it. It was just by chance yesterday that I spotted it - and in flower too. It looks like half the petals have been eaten off by slugs. But I think that's the way they should be. Must remember to move it at the weekend before I lose it altogether. It's being crowded out by other less-desirable plants.

Plant a Holly

29 October 2014 18:07:33

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Fed up with Holly sitting on my potted plants outdoors. So I have a big terracotta pot lined with basket liners at the Arbour. Every day or so I go out and literally 'plonk' her into this so she realises that she has my full permission to do this in just THIS pot. It seems to be working.

Caught her sunning herself this afternoon in her new pot, without being prompted. Hopefully she won't go wandering into other pots.

Never judge a book by its cover

28 October 2014 08:15:05

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At last Januarys Get-together, Rachel gave me a cutting of this lovely Chrysanthemum.

Over the last few weeks, I've had the pleasure of watching the many flower buds appear. But I wasn't really liking the pale insipid colour of the flower. And peach? One of my least favourite colours.

But as it has opened it, the inner parts of the petals have revealed a lovely warm soft 'orange', way more to my liking. And would you look at the size of the flowers too? Thanks again, Rachel.

 

Killing me with kindness

27 October 2014 19:30:14

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Despite the great weather today, I only managed to escape outdoors for about five minutes. I've been laid up all week with a bad cold that has now developed into a nasty dose of bronchitis. But I needed to get a bit of fresh air, and take a few photos, as you do!!!

Feeling a bit sorry for myself, and not sure whether the cough or Steve's kindness is going to kill me! But very glad he has been here to look after me all weekend. Really made a mess of HIS weekend though.

Took a photo of my R. 'Tequila Sunrise' today making a comeback. Not a name you would associate with this time of year. When you see the two-tone colour on the opening buds, it's easy to see why it's my favourite. Isn't it?????

Pretty Phlox

27 October 2014 06:38:22

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Didn't go outside for long yesterday. Lots of plans but not in form. But did notice this little phlox giving a second show with its' pink flowers and pretty variegated foliage. While Steve is off today I'll trust him to cut back the climbing roses properly.

 

Iris Advice, please!

26 October 2014 07:45:25

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This Bearded Iris is fairly new to my garden. Not sure which one it is. It produced the most gorgeous delicate blue flowers. But not sure how to prepare it for the winter.

I know with some Irises you dig up the rhizomes when they become congested, and cut the fan-shaped leaves straight across and replant. Does mine get the same treatment? It's flopping about at the moment and just doesn't look right. Thanks in advance! 

P.S. Hope you all enjoyed the extra hour in bed. :()

Lamium

25 October 2014 18:44:39

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If I was only to get ONE job done in the garden, it was to dig up my Lamium beside the Lower Pond. Myrtle has a lovely one called 'Pink Chablis'. I think this one is 'Pink Pewter' and it looks like a deeper shade of pink. The pots that you see are for giving away. Not as easy to dig up as I had thought. The ground covering stems had rooted into the soil so it was a case of getting the spade out to splice them.

Spent a bit of time weeding the Spring border today, and potting up Lamium 'Pink Pewter' and 'White Nancy' for overwintering.

Cut back a few pond plants too. 

I hope to get my climbing roses cut back tomorrow, weather permitting.

A day wasted

24 October 2014 20:08:25

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Got nothing done outside today due to unforeseen circumstances. But I hope to rectify that for tomorrow hail, rain or snow. Phone will be switched off, and doorbell ignored (actually, the doorbell is broken - LOL).

I find it hard to believe that so much in the garden is still flowering at this late stage, and yet my Mahonia has started to flower much earlier than normal.

Insect-free

23 October 2014 20:05:35

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Most of my Dahlias are singles this year, apart from one. 

As I have had a miserable head cold all week I haven't felt inclined to do much outside. So today I wanted to bring some of the garden in to cheer me up. And cheer me up, it did. The good thing about the single Dahlias is that they don't harbour the dreaded earwigs. I hate them!!!

Begonia

23 October 2014 07:34:28

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I always find at this time of year that I seem to acquire more houseplants. When will I ever learn that my house just isn't big enough to accommodate all that I would like!!!

But I couldn't resist this Begonia last week. 

Myrtle

22 October 2014 08:17:41

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Loved this little Myrtus the minute I clapped eyes on it last year. So much so that I had to have it. Looks great at this time of year with its yellow tips on the leaves. And berries on it too, which adds to the interest. On Googling it I was informed that the berries are indeed edible. So tried them yesterday before the birds got them. I was pleasantly surprised. Not too sweet, and perfectly edible. I'm still here today!!!   :) 

Can't wait for it to put on a decent amount of growth.

Persicaria

21 October 2014 20:08:32

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This is my Lower Pond edging plant. And I love it to bits. It has rewarded me with flowers all summer long and it doesn't look like it's prepared to stop just yet. It self-seeded around the pond from pots of it that I had dotted around the pond last year. So it must be pretty hardy.

I have two huge pots that contained mixed planting in it, some it being this Persicaria. But as a precaution tomorrow I will lift clumps of it to bring into the greenhouse.

I suppose I can change my mind at this stage about my favourite plant of the year. It's a womans' prerogative. This is my favourite!

Another plant id please!!

21 October 2014 08:40:33

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Yesterday while taking up the geraniums I found these growing away underneath. No idea what they might be. They have fairly rigid growth. I planted them back into the old soil afterwards. Can anyone help please.

Geranium

20 October 2014 22:00:46

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In all my gardening years I have never seen white leaves appearing on geraniums......until now! It's funny because I hadn't noticed it until today, while potting them up for the greenhouse. It's not actually reversion, as most geraniums hale from Victorian days when they were all green-leafed.

Every Lidl Helps!

20 October 2014 21:20:44

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Haven't been to Lidl in ages as I usually shop in Aldi. Absolutely NO plants on offer in Aldi so I decided to have a nosey in Lidl. Got some lovely tulips which should look great together in a big pot, providing they flower simultaneously.

And whopping great Hippeastrums for only €3.99 each. They're as big as a turnip. Great value.

Full House

20 October 2014 20:19:38

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A day packed with morning errands and frustration today. So at 2.30 I was delighted to be free for the garden.

I had already taken a few geraniums into the greenhouse. But there were still plenty more to get done today. A lot of them were planted into big planters last year, and Steve lifted them into the greenhouse for me as they were way too heavy for me. But we're all getting that bit older, and less able. And after finally getting compost in Homebase today I had no excuse. They all got pulled up and re-potted into plastic pots and brought indoors, prior to a further spate of stormy weather that has been forecast.

It's a bit like taking your Christmas decorations down.......they're all up in the attic for at least two months and you then discover some that you had forgotten. Just realised that I have a very large window box out in the front with more. But I may just let them take their chance in survival.

I couldn't afford to fill the greenhouse too much as I am still picking the last of the tomatoes and need to be able to get in to them.

Someone had mentioned lifting their Ricinus for winter protection a while back. Well, that won't be happening here. And anyway they are an annual. So I have plenty of seed to start again next year.

Tomorrow I'll lift all my Gazanias and try and overwinter those. If it doesn't work, so be it.

 

Plant ID please!

20 October 2014 18:08:50
Plant ID please!

Plant ID please!

This is growing at the edge of the Lower Pond. I've never noticed it before. It strikes me as being a bit like Pheasant Bush. But I know it's not. Can anyone tell me what it could be please?

Another poppy

20 October 2014 07:11:30
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Another poppy

What a lengthy summer we have had. And as a result lots of plants that we didn't expect to flower so late are still providing us with colour. Another of my perennial poppies is still producing. So welcome during this showery weather.  

Cerinthe

19 October 2014 19:25:29

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Jackie gave me some seedlings of Cerinthe a while back and I have been so pleased with them. But has anyone noticed recently that the blue is now changing to pink/purple?

Not Gardening

19 October 2014 18:50:19

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Not a gardening journal, just a cloud one. I suppose the clouds determine the weather we have over our gardens, and what we are permitted to do within reason. So maybe it is a BIT garden-related.

Just wondered can anyone see a 'roaring bear' in these photos? I can! Ok, time for my tablets! LOL

Eupatorium 'Chocolate'

18 October 2014 21:19:51
Eupatorium 'Chocolate'

Eupatorium 'Chocolate'

I bought this fairly recently, purely for its chocolatey foliage. And then I discovered a tiny white flower on it a few weeks ago. Didn't think it was even worth mentioning. But today I take all that back. It has gone up in my book. All those insignificant flowers are now making quite a show for a plant that was originally bought for just its foliage. It's onwards, and upwards.

Clearout

18 October 2014 20:36:26

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It was so mild (but very windy) today that I decided a pond tidy-out would be on the cards - and even without the waders it was quite pleasant. Cut back all the dead lily pads and Typhus latifolia (Bulrushes). Also took this opportunity to do a bit of weeding in the pond border from the pond, as it's hard to get to otherwise. Very happy with what I got done. Hopefully in the coming weeks the weather will be kind enough to get the rest finished for the winter.

Saxifraga cortusifolia var. fortunei

18 October 2014 18:19:13

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Nearly missed this one! I also love it for its red underleaf and red stems.

Aubrieta

18 October 2014 07:59:11

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Aubrieta in the front garden is starting to flower again. 

Second photo is my neighbours deciduous Ceanothus putting out a few more flowers too. 

Last nights forecast storm thankfully didn't materialise, and looking like a fairly ok day for a bit of work outside.

Chrysanthemum

17 October 2014 19:33:46

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Not much time for the garden all day, and I still have a few geraniums to plant up and take into the greenhouse. Still haven't gotten round to buying more compost, and didn't get the opportunity to get out for some today. So let's hope they don't take off over the neighbours wall. Serious gusts getting up now. 

All I got done today was water everything in the greenhouse, it hasn't been done in two weeks.

The photo is a cutting from Rachel, way back at the annual Get-Together in January. Just thought I'd post a photo in case it disappears overnight!!!  

Favourite plant

17 October 2014 06:53:54
Favourite plant

Favourite plant

My favourite plant this year, and every year, must truly be Tetrapanax rex. Great for the tropical look but can also be planted into a mixed border (at the back).

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Seed collecting

16 October 2014 20:12:29

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I gathered seeds of Phlomis fruticosa about three weeks ago. But decided, what the heck, let's sow a few NOW, and keep the rest till Spring.

I didn't really think they would germinate. But they have done. Not sure if I should leave them in the greenhouse over winter or bring them into the house? But either way, if they germinate at this time of year, they should be a doddle come springtime.

I did my best!

16 October 2014 19:57:16

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Every year I try to let plants go over 'naturally'. I know the benefits for the winter wildlife foraging for food. But it's just not for me. Miscanthus floridulus had just started to take on its autumn colour, but with recent gales a lot of the stems had blown over and looked disgraceful dipping into the Upper Pond.

They got cut down to ground level today during a brief respite from those awful showers. Ok, you can now see our junction box, and the neighbours shed. But it still looks a lot neater now that the job is done.

Late pickings

16 October 2014 08:39:41
Late pickings

Late pickings

A couple of weeks ago I had thought that my remaining tomatoes were going to be used to make chutney. But thanks to the extended sunshine most of them have ripened. Still picking, and a few more to go.

Hot! Hot! Hot!

14 October 2014 20:17:36

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And to extend the heat of the summer even further, my Chilipeppers 'Apache' are finally turning red. Can't live without them!

Canna

14 October 2014 09:08:08
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Canna

Isn't it great having exotics flowering still well into October. Here she comes again.

Powerscourt House & Gardens

13 October 2014 22:47:58

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Greta and myself had a super, super visit today to Powerscourt. Can't believe that it was my first visit ever to this spectacular place. 

This morning in Dublin we had torrential downpowers and I had thought that we would be battling with the elements for the whole visit. But the sun was out in full force and it was such a tonic to have plenty of heat in the sun in the middle of October. We only managed to see one half of it though, as our legs were giving out quite a bit. I was completely gob-smacked by every single part of the grounds. So now, we just HAVE to make a return visit to see the rest. OMG I just thought I had died and gone to Heaven. The Japanese Garden was a kaleidescope of colour. I almost expected to see pandas and Bruce Lee jump out from behind all the Acers and Euonymus. It just goes to prove that vivid colour can be provided with foliage alone, without the need for flowers.

I'll put up an album. But only a small one. If you wish to see my Facebook Album, please feel free. There are 100 photos so you'll be there a long time. LOL

Scaredy Cat Plant

10 October 2014 20:35:11

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Bought this Coleus canina (Scaredy Cat Plant) from Arrow early last year. I had thought that it was just a scented foliage plant to deter cats from fouling different areas, until Googling it shortly after buying it. The scent it gives off is definitely NOT for the faint-hearted. But it doesn't bother me. This was the next plant on my 'digging up' list over the next couple of days and today I discovered that it is now about to flower. What an unusual flower bud!!! It'll be staying put for a while yet. 

Practise makes perfect!

10 October 2014 08:18:08

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Just out practising with the camera. There is an amazing moon out there.

Lacking enthusiasm

10 October 2014 03:10:07

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After such a horrible morning here yesterday I found it extremely difficult to get motivated to do anything outside. So ventured out with the camera and critical eyes. Made notes of areas I want to change for next year and the cave is one I will seriously have to address! It's taking up valuable planting space and as a result of this on-going project, I have lost so many plants as I keep thinking the job will be completed soon. But........no more! 

It brightened up in the afternoon. But at that stage I was so cold that I went in and lit my first open fire of the year, and went back to a spot of oil painting.

Here is one of my favourite Primroses in flower at the moment.

Fuchsia

09 October 2014 06:21:14

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It was looking gorgeous after yesterdays rain. Thankfully we didn't get the thunder and lightning storms that our Country Cousins in the South got.

No accounting for taste!

08 October 2014 18:12:41

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While on my travels this morning I popped into Tesco to see what they had in the line of plants. To my utmost horror I spotted these lovely Sansevieria (I think they're 'cylindrica'). But they were 'velvet-dipped'. And the funny thing is, these will probably actually sell (€9.99).

Dogwood

08 October 2014 07:43:19

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This is relatively newly-planted into the ground down at the back wall. It's lovely to see the splash of autumn colour from the dining room. It's only a baby so I guess it's got a lot of growing up to do still. I have another one that either Biddy or Joann gave me at the last get-together that's waiting to get planted beside it for more impact. Maybe today!

Names can sometimes be funny old things. This is Cornus alba 'Siberica'. I always thought that Alba, or derivatives of Alba was Latin for white. Yet it's a red dogwood?

P.S. Just Googled and found out that it has small cream flowers and berries of a blueish white. So, that answers my question. :)

Schizostylis

07 October 2014 22:52:43
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Schizostylis

Love the soft colour of this Kaffir Lily. It makes a nice change from all the reds, oranges and yellows of the Summer. Just starting to open now.

Moon

07 October 2014 22:38:40

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Lovely cloud formation in the sky this evening before sunset. And what a sharp full moon!

Timber!

07 October 2014 19:54:49
Norway Spruce

Norway Spruce

Steve skived off work for a couple of hours today with a work colleague. Was I a happy camper to see them armed with a chain saw. I only decided on Saturday that the Eucalyptus was to go, and now it's gone, gone, gone - what's left in the ground will be hacked away with the axe, and SBK Brushwood Killer applied as far down as possible.

Lots of firewood to get us over the winter months. I brought it all into the garage to dry out in readiness.

And my Norway Spruce now has lots more light and less competition for moisture now that it's gone.

Bringing indoors

07 October 2014 19:45:28

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Didn't do a whole of gardening today. But I feel that this is definitely the beginning of putting things under cover. First off, like Rachel, my ornaments were taken in. Left out one or two that can withstand the harshest of weathers and will lend interest to the winter garden. Parasol taken in too.

Most of my geraniums are in the greenhouse now. Just need Steve to lift a few huge pots with geranium displays. Although, if I pot them all up separately it will avoid any back damage to either of us. Need to get some more compost though. Tomorrow.

 

Autumn light

07 October 2014 08:17:02
A. 'Red Pygmy'

A. 'Red Pygmy'

This little acer was looking stunning in yesterday evenings Autumn light.

Seed-collecting

06 October 2014 20:43:23

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I don't like letting the plants die back naturally. I've tried on numerous occasions. But in truth, if you have a small garden like mine you can't afford to let them do their thing. At least, not without the place looking like a bombsite!

Today, I went around the garden to look for possible seeds. Managed Morning Glory and Amaranthus 'Red Army' today. I find that opening the seed pods, discarding their casings, and storing and labelling so therapeutic.

Also cut off seeds of Acanthus spinosa. I won't be sowing these for my own garden as I find them very prickly to the touch. I mean, why would I want to hurt myself! I transplanted the parent plant down to an area where there will be no danger of me OR David being hurt. But I had thought that the blacker or browner the seeds were, the more likely you'd be to get viable seeds. Not so with this Acanthus. The blackened seed pods had long since dispersed their seed. The green ones seem to just have a 'mush' inside them. Any hints, anyone?

Big tidy-up!

06 October 2014 20:01:45

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It was late before I could do anything the garden today. It was such a mess after last nights high winds and torrential rain. Ricinus flattened to the ground, Hollyhocks, Miscanthus, Amaranthus and herbaceous clematis. A good few plumes of pampas grass broken down too.

Funny, but all of those plants had been staked up. Everything else looks a bit battered but I am confident that if the wind stays away for a few days, they will right themselves. I suppose the plants with the stakes weren't allowing the winds to filter through, which would have lessened the damage. 

Tomatoes are coming to an end now. Should be finished picking by the end of the week.

After sowing Snake Gourd seeds very late in the season, I had been surprised to see flowers on the plants. Yes, it WAS very late but little 'snakes' are now forming. But I guess they're not going to get much better. Maybe I should call them MAGGOT gourds. LOL But I'll definitely sow earlier next year. I really want little David to see what they can do.

Don't believe everything you read

06 October 2014 19:30:35
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Don't believe everything you read

I have always been led to believe that Nerines do NOT like root disturbance.

However, after clearing my Dad's garden on the August Bank Holiday Weekend, I lifted lots of them from his front and transferred them to my own garden. I immediately realised that they were not going to suffer from this disturbance. They are now in full flower here. I should have planted them in a big clump. But space was a bit limited so can't take a photo of them all in one spot.

I was delighted that I had the foresight to lift them before his garden was basically levelled. And even better that I now have a permanent reminder of Dad, who encouraged my love for the garden from as far back as when I was knee-high to a grasshopper. Looking forward to all his lovely tulips flowering come springtime.

Ricinus

06 October 2014 07:59:10

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It's amazing to think that all this foliage and rich colour comes from just TWO seedlings. Rough night in the garden last night and the bigger of the two is now flat on the ground.  #feelingsad

Job accomplished

05 October 2014 19:28:19

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Well, today I gave my womanly wiles an airing. Told Steve that I'd be chopping the Eucalyptus down tomorrow while he was in work. So he was on a mission today to make sure I didn't bust a gut tomorrow in his absence. It works all the time. He he!!

Some of the trunks will be chopped up for firewood. The rest will be used to create a wildlife habitat somewhere in the garden.

Beschorneria

05 October 2014 19:04:35

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Have this a few years now and it's always been in a pot.  I always take it into the greenhouse over the winter months. I've treated it to bigger pots as required. But afraid to go too big as I'd never be able to move it otherwise.

Anyway, just looking at it recently I noticed these pale spots on most of the leaves. No sign of any pest, and when watering I always water into the soil. So what could be the problem? And will it recover?

Late colour

05 October 2014 17:31:09

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Climbing rose 'Graham Thomas' is tied in to my downpipe out the front (between the two houses). It's showing some very welcome late flowers.

Impressed

05 October 2014 05:47:03

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Lost the label for this grass shortly after buying it about two years ago. Someone here suggested that it might be Carex. Don't know which one though. Down at the cave yesterday and noticed it in flower for the first time. Quite a windy day and it was creating a lovely effect blowing about. And being planted on a raised level makes it all the more appealing.

Eucalyptus

04 October 2014 21:12:12

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A week or two ago, I mentioned that I wanted Steve to 'top' at least 15ft off the Eucalyptus. It is about 30ft tall at the moment. Hasn't been done just yet. But today I was inspecting it closer down at the back wall. Noticed this 'root', or is it a wayward massive branch running along the ground. It's about half the diameter of the trunk itself. I hope it doesn't uproot my next-door-neighbours' shed on the other side.

Propagation

04 October 2014 20:26:15

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So I reckon he's watching me too closely. Caught him sticking a discarded Brugmansia leaf into a pot of soil. He told me to 'watch this space' next year. LOL 

Watch out! Head Gardener's about!

04 October 2014 20:14:38

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He went on a quality check in the greenhouse this morning to check for any remaining ripening tomatoes, and chilipeppers. Only a few tomatoes left, but chilis have still to turn red. But thankfully, standards were well up to scratch.

Today

04 October 2014 19:48:48

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A bit of a nip in the air today, but it was so bright (and dry). It got me thinking it was time to pot up my geraniums. Not in the greenhouse just yet. Hopefully we'll get another spell of great weather. Not prepared for the cold weather to set in so quickly. Hoping yesterday was just a glitch!!! Forever hopeful!

Also, on sound advice, I dug holes in the greenhouse border and sank my two Brugmansias into the soil. Will leave all remaining foliage on them for protection.

Rain gauge

04 October 2014 08:46:47

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Mr. Fwoggie tells me we had over two inches of rain yesterday.

Alpine

03 October 2014 20:38:01

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Got this cute little plant earlier in the year at the Alpine Show. I thought it would never open for me, but obliged today.  One for a cold greenhouse, in the shade.

Who did the 'Rain Dance'?

03 October 2014 15:00:44

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There is nothing left in this house to clean. All ironing done too. Cabin Fever setting in already!!

Streptocarpus

03 October 2014 12:59:10

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I finally gave in to temptation and bought myself a nice little Streptocarpus the other day. This is usually the time of year where I acquire way more houseplants than I can handle. But I've been assured that Streps are easy enough to look after. We'll see. I love the flower colour.

Helenium

03 October 2014 06:03:38
Helenium 'Helena Red'

Helenium 'Helena Red'

Another little bargain from Dealz, Helenium 'Helena Red' has just opened up. Surprised really, as I had been a bit neglectful of its watering needs. And it was in a very small pot which was constantly allowed to dry out. 

Sunflower

02 October 2014 21:10:31

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Got this seedling very late in the season. Possibly from Jackie but not sure.

It's only about 2ft small, and just starting to open. Now how late is that!!!!

Late Arrival

02 October 2014 20:21:48
R. 'Penny Lane'

R. 'Penny Lane'

I had wondered where this rose had got to. But then today I was reminded that it is a later flowerer than all my other ones. It's a lovely fresh pinky peachy colour.

The sky at night

01 October 2014 22:59:35

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So lucky to have our garden facing west. But I had to actually go out in the garden for the shot of the moon.

The Good ol' Days

01 October 2014 21:51:33

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Today I was out with Greta. We have been trying to make a date in the last couple of weeks for a spell of blackberry picking. But between one thing or another, we never got to do it until today. And time is running short for picking now as the night-frosts are fast approaching. Indeed I believe we're in for a slight frost tonight.

We didn't manage to get a whole lot, but enough for maybe two days desserts. I'm happy enough with that. And the day so reminded me of my childhood days out with the family and coming back with purple hands and mouths. Sometimes it's the simplest things that are the best.

And I spotted this grasshopper too. Something that I haven't seen in years. No gardening today, but a very happy bunny this evening. Thanks, Greta.

Dahlia

01 October 2014 04:16:36

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I have a clump of dahlias growing in the over-hauled area that have come out a nice buttery yellow. But yesterday a red one opened. I have a vague recollection of putting down another clump near it at the beginning of the growing season. But I had forgotten about it. 

Could it be one of the 'Bishops' perhaps?  I did have some Bishops a few years ago but I lost them all.

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