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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal December 2014

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Hi!

30 December 2014 08:58:50

Thriving on routine

29 December 2014 17:19:37

Lest we forget......

24 December 2014 11:11:38

Must have done SOMETHING right!

22 December 2014 20:01:32
Must have done SOMETHING right!

Must have done SOMETHING right!

My two girls must have been so fed up listening to me, when they were youngsters, harping on and on about plants, bugs and birds. Must something must have clicked with Zoe, the younger of the two.

She always manages to include SOMETHING for the birds with my Birthday present each year. Had to laugh when I saw this Bunjee Bird Feeder. Looks more like the Crucifixion gone wrong. Now, let's see if the birds find it irresistible.

Hellebore

21 December 2014 18:52:23

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The first of my Lidl hellebores is now fully open. It doesn't look like its name - 'Double Ellen Pink'. Did a bit of weeding today and noticed big clumps of Galanthus pushing up. Wahoo!!!  

This pretty little primula, for which I have no name, is also making her entrance.

Birthday Bloom

20 December 2014 20:13:08

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Nothing done outside today for numerous reasons. But from the front window I spotted my Chaenomeles producing a bit of welcome colour. Earlier than normal, I think. But very welcome. Another unexpected one was a totally bare Spirea with one single flower. Strange or what!

Cheers!!!

Schlumbergera

17 December 2014 20:14:39

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So desperately in need of a bit of gardening at the moment. But in truth, the garden is really still quite wet and squishy.

Today I managed to finished my Christmas pressie shopping, and bought these two little Schlumbergeras (Christmas Cactus) while in Tesco. Every Christmas I end up putting away bits and pieces after placing the decorations, as I am really short of space indoors. So to save a bit I planted these two colours into the one pot. Who knows, they may cross-pollinate in the future, and produce something really unusual. 

Happy Christmas, everyone!

Pink 'n pretty

15 December 2014 20:51:55

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Only the odd flower here and there in the garden now. But these little Dianthus take the drudgery out of washing dishes each day at the kitchen sink.  Lovely name too - 'Pink Kisses'.

Winter patterns

13 December 2014 09:00:04

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Definitely not a gardening day today, at least until that heavy frost thaws out. Painting for the last two weeks, and have my Grandson over for the last two days. Need to get some more cutting back done. And not finished painting just yet.

Just out looking at the patterns the frost has made on my car. So pretty.

Exaggeration and lies!

12 December 2014 17:08:00

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I know everyone is witnessing lots of summer plants still hanging on, and indeed opening further flushes. And with my recent journals I have been wondering whether or not people actually BELIEVE that these are late flowers. We have had lots of frost so far and I still have one more Ricinus barely hanging in there. The other one is in the greenhouse.

But when I was out today briefly (freezing day) Clematis 'Niobe' is opening, and Clematis 'Bee's Jubilee' is trying its best. I wouldn't consider my garden to be especially sheltered.

Mad or what!!!

09 December 2014 20:40:47

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Some people may think I am a bit bonkers dead-heading my Passifloras, and especially on 9th December. But they are still flowering away. So what have I got to lose.

The Passiflora caerulea is one that's coming over my neighbours wall, so I dead-head MY side. 

Passiflora 'Constance Elliot' is getting ready for another really good flush of flowers - weather permitting. Pretty wild out there.

Take care on the roads in the next 24 hours.

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Hot and Cold!

08 December 2014 21:24:12

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I do miss growing the few edibles over the winter months. And these days I seem to be feeling the cold more so than ever before. So obviously I'm not outdoors as much as other years.

Very cold here today, but my summer chilipeppers are warming the cockles of my heart. I love the way they can be brought into the house after the heat of the summer, and continue to produce on a warm kitchen windowsill. This one is C. 'Apache', and would literally blow your top! They also bring a bit of festive colour to the kitchen.

Anticipation

08 December 2014 09:45:55

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And while we are all admiring the late-flowering miracles in our gardens, the spring bulbs are busy underground 'doing their thing'. This grabs me by the throat and says loudly "we're comin', whether you like it or not"!!!

Begonia

07 December 2014 19:52:26

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I have always loved the foliage of most indoor begonias. I have bought a number of them over the years and sadly they all died within weeks of buying them. 

Bought this one a while back and I'm happy to report that it seems to be doing really well for some reason. And it's even beginning to flower. Wahoo!!!  I must be finally doing something right.

A new identity!

07 December 2014 17:58:37

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If you wish to alter the identity of a Spathiphyllum to a Hypoestas (Polka Dot plant), just give Steve a paint roller loaded with white paint and ask nicely will he do a last coating on the ceiling. LOL  Luckily it was only temporary.

Note to Steve: "Protect, protect, protect".

Nearly finished with the painting, hallelujah!!!

Hot looking

07 December 2014 09:23:56

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I do love sedums as quite a few of them are evergreen. This one in particular. And it's turning a lovely hot red as we head into the festive season.

Still going strong

06 December 2014 09:18:12

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I know we have had a mega year for late flowers. But I couldn't help laughing out loud yesterday during a brief break outside and spotted more flowers opening on my Hollyhock, and Strawflower.

Roofy mentions that the Strawflower does extremely well over in Oz, so it surprises me no end to see mine opening up more flowers, and on the 5th December no less. We are always learning from Mother Nature. And learning never to take things for granted, or always to expect the unexpected!

New Purchase

05 December 2014 20:03:33

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Still decorating indoors. But had to go out today for White Spirits so headed to Homebase. Their garden centre is pretty devoid of plants at this stage, and they have pots in their place. But I did spot this nice Skimmia and took it home with me. It makes a bit of a change from the usual 'reveesiana' or 'rubella'. Hopefully tomorrow I'll make up a winter planter with this in it.

Ricinus

04 December 2014 08:38:02

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I had said that I wasn't going to go to the bother of overwintering my Ricinus as I have lots of seeds for next year. But yesterday I was trimming off the frosted leaves of one of them and decided, "What the Heck". Left the frosted one where it was and lifted the healthier looking one. It wasn't just a case of digging it up with a trowel. It needed the spade. Couldn't believe how big the roots were.

Anyway, it's lifted now and tucked away in the greenhouse. The other one outside is now on its' last legs.

Yikes!!!

03 December 2014 20:04:19
Yikes!!!

Yikes!!!

Weird looking clouds this evening that looked like an approaching Tsunami.

Satisfying my needs

02 December 2014 19:32:46

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Well, what started out as painting just one bedroom has now turned into doing the whole house. So today, even though it was biting cold I decided to get a quick fix outside. Cut back my blackened dahlias and tidied up my Ricinus. Ricinus not looking the may west at this late stage. Won't bother lifting it as I have lots of seeds for next year.

No sign of my Brugmansia opening just yet. Maybe it won't!!!   I dead-headed lots of geraniums, and removed grey mould from a few others.

Caught Holly on the bird feeder today. She is climbing up on one of the posts surrounding the Lower Pond and stretching onto the feeder. She was after a ham sandwich. It looks like I'll have to site the feeder further afield.

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