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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal March 2015

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Saxifraga

31 March 2015 22:11:14

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One of my favourite Saxifragas is emerging now. I love the underside of the leaves in particular.

Flying Ducks

31 March 2015 18:51:44

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What a night with the gales. I was hearing loud noises and was hoping for the best this morning. Luckily it was only a few big pots that were tipped over, and even luckier that none of them were broken. I have a nice Cordyline at the Lower pond. The rope surround saved it from actually tipping into the pond. I decided today that there was absolutely no point in standing the pots up as they were constantly being blown over. So they were left lying down.

But my rubber ducks (bought for Wee Daveys' amusement of course) that are in the greenhouse pond on ground level  had taken flight during the night. One of them actually ended up in the Upper Pond which is raised about 2.5ft and about 15 feet away. I laughed when I saw it. The other four ducks decided to stay put though.

Magnolia 'stellata'

31 March 2015 07:50:44

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Here are a few photos of the gorgeous Magnolia around the corner from my Dad. I'm wondering how long it took to grow to that size. I hope I wasn't being watched photographing their home from inside my car!

What a wild night we had. Patio chairs all over the garden. Pots blown over. Think I might tidy my gardening bookshelves today until that wind abates. Have a safe one, everyone, and drive carefully.

Confused.com

30 March 2015 20:25:48

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I used to always think that Schlumbergera, whether they are Christmas or Easter, were one and the same, only encouraged to flower at different times by the growers for the plant market.

Today I bought what is labelled as an Easter Cactus. This one has smoothish round leaves. Google tells me that Easter Cactus is Rhipsalidopsis gaetneri, or Hatiora gaetneri. (no mention at all of the name Schlumbergera). Easter Cactus are known for the bristles that can be found on the edge of their leaf segments. I've never seen those, and I've had quite a few in my time.

Christmas Cactus is known as Schlumbergera bridgesi (formerly Zygocactus truncatus). Christmas Cactus have smooth round leaves. So has my new Easter Cactus just been fed and fed so that it can take on a new identity for this time of year (also with smooth round leaves)?

And then there's Thanksgiving Cactus which flowers in Autumn/Winter. This one has jagged leaves. I bought one just before Christmas which has those jagged leaves so was it just a case of mis-labelling? Or do the growers even know the true difference?

Just as confused as ever.

 Apologies about this particular journal.

Hemerocallis

29 March 2015 21:21:55

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Hemerocallis are sprouting up now. But H. 'Golden Zebra', which is only planted since last year, has really bulked up already. Hopefully I'll be able to spread this lovely one with a variegated leaf to a few people here.

Garden Heaven

29 March 2015 19:59:57

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Not to take at all from our much-loved Irish Garden magazine, but I spotted another great magazine the other day which I'm sure some of you will remember well from before the days of Irish Garden. This is the Garden Heaven 2015 Annual. And it includes a great article on Jimi Blake's wonderful garden, Huntingbrook, in Co. Wicklow. Keep an eye out for it.

Out with the old........

29 March 2015 19:33:56

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The time has come now to dead-head my N. 'Tete-a-tetes', it only seems like yesterday that we were awaiting their appearance. But signs all over the garden indicate that they will very soon be replaced by Tulips. Can't wait to see all the ones I dug up from Dad's garden last year. I have most of them in the Acid Quadrant so they should make a nice splash of a mixture of colours.

And talking about 'splash'......... what an awful day to welcome our extra hours' daylight in the evening! The rain stopped just long enough for me to take a few photos. It looks like March might be going out like a lion. I'm pulling the curtains now and looking forward to tomorrow. It can't get much worse than today!!!

Photinia

29 March 2015 04:21:30
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Photinia 'Red Robin' is ticking all my boxes in the garden at the moment. The reason I planted it here was to eventually hide all those ugly electric wires at the back wall. Another growing season should do the trick. It was looking quite striking in yesterdays' sunlight.

Nearly there!

28 March 2015 20:30:47
Magnolia 'Stellata'

Magnolia 'Stellata'

Magnolia 'Stellata' is just peeping through. Although these flowers really take their time to open up. But it's very pretty even at this early stage. Only its second year in the ground and flourishing.

Very little done

28 March 2015 18:54:07

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Unfortunately I was busy with other stuff this morning when the weather was fine. When I was ready for the garden, the sky clouded over and it has been raining on and off since. Mild enough all day but very windy.

Some of my indoor plants needed repotting so they got done. Still trying to fish out spines from that cactus. The smaller they are, the more annoying.

My favourite of these four plants is the one with the deep red stems. It didn't have a label when I bought it a couple of years ago, but going by the leaf shape I think it may be a type of Crassula. Now that they are in bigger pots, they no longer have a space in my house. So they got turfed out to the greenhouse. I'm going to have to protect them well for future winters now. All I need to finish the look is to topdress them with grit. Will have to wait until Monday for that.

 

Watching with bated breath

28 March 2015 05:31:38

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This is one perennial that I always look forward to watching, as it emerges from underground each Spring. And it makes such a difference from day to day. The serrated leaves at this early stage always remind me of a mini Melianthus major. But of course, this one is Sanguisorba 'Rock 'n Roll'.

Lovely mild and calm morning, albeit a bit damp. Have a good day, all.

Camellia

27 March 2015 21:17:48

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One of my favourite Camellias (oh, heck! They're all equally beautiful) has opened for me this week. It's later than normal.

I'm back

27 March 2015 19:33:08

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Well, I had a pretty rough week here. Have come down with a bad case of Bronchitis. And to make matters worse, my laptop went out sick, in sympathy with me. But laptop is back this evening, and I am a bit better.  Didn't get out to the garden much at all, except for a few photos and to feed Holly.

I sowed my first lot of tomato seeds in late January. In fairness, I was just impatient to get going. They all died off as it was way too early, and not enough light coming in any windows during the winter.

Today I decided to prick out my tomato seedlings from the seeds that Moya sent me. I got 100% germination rate. So thanks a million, Moya.

I'm growing tomatoes a few years now. And today I was delighted that I have finally learned a bit of patience. It's been a long time coming. LOL I normally prick them out shortly after their first pair of leaves appear. And it's a bit of a miracle that any survive at all, most of them end up dying. But they are usually so slow to put on any decent growth that I end up buying bigger and much more healthy plants in the likes of Homebase/Woodies. My own little seedlings normally do catch up, but it's usually only one or two.

So this year, I refuse to buy any tomato plants. 

I spotted lovely healthy growth on one of my pots that I planted Begonia corms in a few weeks ago. Today I realised that this pot is NOT Begonia. But I forgot to label it. Can anyone tell me what it is please?

It's just the best

24 March 2015 07:30:18

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I would highly recommend this Veronica 'Georgia Blue' for a Spring border. It is evergreen (purplish leaves throughout the winter), not invasive, but is a great spreader. And it is a mass of blue right now. It looks great just tumbling down the bank of my Spring border, contrasting very nicely with all my tete-a-tetes.

New Baby

23 March 2015 21:29:36
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I had loads of Hellebore seedlings coming up a few weeks ago. In this area I have three different kinds of Hellebores, one of which is orientalis. It does show characteristics of this one, but the petals are more fluted. Loving it.

Dealz or No Dealz!

23 March 2015 19:45:22
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Dealz or No Dealz!

They have their terracotta pots back in.

Fritillaria

23 March 2015 19:09:56
Fritillaria

Fritillaria

Only one Fritillaria here in my garden, and that's 'uva vulpis'. Just beginning to flower now. I see lots of smaller ones coming up all around the few that are flowering. But I think they may just be a little bit immature to do the business just yet. I could be wrong (I usually am!!!  ).

Don't forget!

23 March 2015 18:38:38

Sunday

23 March 2015 05:53:56

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I had great plans for the garden yesterday. I started off the day going through all my packets of seeds. I mean, some packets were dated 2007!!!  What was I thinking. However, got the job done. And no doubt I'll probably find lots more packets elsewhere. Had them all sorted out, and had decided on what to sow this year.

Got back from lunch with Dad, and came home to a mess on the dining table. Seeds that were in 'sowing order' were completely upscuttled. Family had paid me an impromptu visit. So garden tasks just went out the window. But it was great to see the enjoyment that Wee Davey got scurrying around pretending to be a sniper with his Daddy and Steve. Steve is going to work today for a rest.

I'm going to head over to Dealz this morning to see what I can pick up. Let's hope the weather lasts a bit longer, although I believe rain is forecast for today. As Alan says, "Whatever the weather, enjoy your garden".

 

Last years' basket

22 March 2015 05:25:24

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This is one of last years' hanging baskets that was totally forgotten about, once the winter came in.

Yesterday it was still looking fairly ok, albeit fewer leaves on the Vinca. Not the usual vinca 'minor' or 'major'. But have lost the label. I was very much attracted to its red stems.

So, yesterday I just replaced the hession sack on the outside and replenished some of the compost. Gave it a bit of feed to bring it on a bit. There's also Lamium 'White Nancy' in this, which is beginning to show itself again. Easy peasy basket. And looks good for MOST of the year with the Libertia too.

Hot colour

21 March 2015 19:34:59

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The back of my house looks out North/West. This is my view from the bathroom window. It was almost sizzling this evening in the sunset.

Sky Box

21 March 2015 18:24:17
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Set your Sky Box to record tomorrow morning. BBC2 06.00 Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Klein, 06.30 Great British Garden Revival (probably a repeat), and 07.30 Gardener's World, in case you missed Fridays' episode.

Myrtus

21 March 2015 04:48:44

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This is a great evergreen shrub, taking acid soil. Fairly small-growing so should fit in well with most gardens, big or small.

Camellia

20 March 2015 20:20:11

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My Camellia 'Debbie' is beginning to perform.

Every little helps!

20 March 2015 19:40:22

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Went down to Dad's early this morning to make a start on the veggies. 

Instead of having my attention on the eclipse, my eyes were firmly rooted on terra firma. Got my spuds in. And then the cabbages. The netted cloche from Aldi is just the business and will do a fine job of keeping the pigeons and cabbage white butterfly away from the cabbages. I chose 'Duchy'. 

I must admit I always get a great kick out of growing edibles. The little plot in Dad's isn't NEARLY big enough. But it offers greater scope for other varieties that my own garden just would not be able to accommodate. I didn't get the onion sets in as, after the spuds and cabbages were planted, I came across concrete in the soil. So this will be a job for Superman (Steve) when he is free. I finished off by planting the sweet pea at the bamboo wigwams for the peas. 

I'm chuffed to bits with the little bit I did.

I had started off Begonia corms a couple of weeks ago, and this evening spotted that one of the three pots have started to sprout. Yay!!! I'm hoping the rest will follow suit any day.

Came home and had breakfast, and went out and fed all my Camellias, Rhodos, and Pieris. Then put my feet up for the rest of the day!!!!!   I figured I had earned a bit of idle time.

Dream on!

20 March 2015 05:48:46
Spring Border from a different angle

Spring Border from a different angle

I have been assured that the Cave pond will be completed this year. I live in hope!!! But I was weeding over the cave yesterday and doing it from the hollow for the actual pond. As you can see it is fairly deep. This is the view I had from 'down under'. Lovely to get a glimpse of my Spring Border from a different angle.

Now, let's hope we will be breaking a bottle of champagne this year to launch its completion!!!

Getting organized

19 March 2015 20:04:11

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I have a few things collected together to do in Dad's tomorrow. Bought cabbage seedlings in Ratoath on Tuesday which will be planted there. And have two onion sets also which I bought weeks ago. I also hope to get the seed potatoes (First Earlies) planted tomorrow. This small veggie patch will really free up my own garden so I can concentrate on flowers this year. Having lots of containers dotted around my garden tends to make it quite cluttered so I'm really looking forward to having two different plots of ground, with two different purposes.

Bought two cloches in Aldi today for €6.99 each. One with a fleece covering for putting over my carrots to deter the carrot root fly, and one with netting for the cabbages to keep away the cabbage white, and pigeons. No sign of my peas just yet. But I bought some pots of sweet pea in Homebase today to grow with the peas. The sweet pea will add a lovely injection of colour and scent to an otherwise boring plot. Marigolds (for companion planting) are coming on nicely. Almost ready to be potted on. Looking forward to a productive growing season.

I planted three containers today with garlic. Garlic is something that is a bit of an impulsive ingredient in our house. So it needs to be grown in my own garden, close at hand.

Hotting up

19 March 2015 06:18:30

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So foggy here this morning that I can't make out the back wall. But it will be like yesterday and clear probably before midday. 

At the moment Eccremocarpus 'Tresco Hybrids' is showing lots of promise. It has been flowering on and off all winter and it's really beginning to take off now.

White

18 March 2015 21:33:32

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A little over two weeks ago I found a bundle of what I thought looked like crocus bulbs stashed away under the potting bench. I decided, well, whatever they are, they'll be sure to flower for me next year if I plant them and leave them alone. So I went ahead and planted them in the Spring Border, and over the cave.

They immediately caught my eye when I went out early this afternoon as they are the only white flowers in my Spring Border. They are flowering already and are soooo white. A lovely touch of lilac on the underside of the petals too. And the good thing is, they shouldn't need to be moved to a more suitable spot.

Did you know.......

18 March 2015 20:53:18

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Today I was gobsmacked to see new foliage coming out on my last years' Hollyhock. I was of the impression that Hollyhocks were biennial ie. seed sown one year, flowering the second year, and then dying.

Just googled it now, and Alcea rosea 'Halo' series (which this one is) is actually a hardy perennial. Now that's very good news.

Busy day

17 March 2015 19:33:22

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This morning I got out into the garden earlier than normal as the rain didn't look too far away. Managed to cut away dead leaves of my Yucca americana and the top growth was seriously spiky. Puncture wounds all over my body. LOL It's now developing a nice trunk.

Also cut back all dead growth of my little Hypericum 'Magical Red Star'. Lovely citrus green new growth. Sowed some peas in the propagator (Hurst Green Shaft).

Headed out to Ratoath for a short spin afterwards, where I bought a few plants. Got them planted as soon as I got home. Happy with that.

Then headed up to Dad's. Dug over more soil, and put wigwams of bamboo into place for when the peas germinate. Still in need of a man's digging as it's difficult to get down far. I dug a long rectangle of about 15ft to accommodate the canes. I managed the depth of a tine, which should do nicely for the peas. The rest still needs doing. But I'll get it done as I need it. No point in killing myself. But got home and was looking at the pack of peas, and it says these peas only get to 2ft. The canes I put in place are at least 6ft. Clever!!!

 

Another great .........

17 March 2015 05:12:32

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Primula is flowering its socks off right now. Although the flowers are smaller than most Primulas, it's making up for it with its flower power. As soon as it's finished, it'll be divided and spread around.

Thanks again, Myrtle.

Acer

16 March 2015 22:10:05
Acer palmatum 'Katsura'

Acer palmatum 'Katsura'

As this Acer was only bought as a very small plant last year I wasn't really holding out much hope of it surviving in the ground over the winter. However, it's on its way back. And I do love the fiery red leaf colour.

Liatris

16 March 2015 20:36:55
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Liatris

Bought Liatris spicata in Aldi two weeks ago in a last ditch attempt at growing them. Potted them up as soon as I got home.

Yay! In the greenhouse today I spotted them coming up in all three pots. So just for good measure, I applied a helping of slug pellets.

Tidy Up Time

16 March 2015 20:04:08

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Over the last few weeks I've been trying to get a little bit done each day, regardless of the weather. Today I reckon it's nearly there at last. Quite difficult removing dead leaves from plants, and combing out the grasses from a bending position. Today I combed out my second Dierama. I could have waited till the water in the Greenhouse Pond warmed up but I was anxious to be done with it. So I got a stool out and sat in the middle of that border as my back was starting to complain. Job done at last. 

Finished with the North-Facing Border now hopefully. But with all the traipsing up and down the garden, I'm now thinking a proper gravel path would be more aesthetically pleasing instead of the muddy grass. Plus it would ensure that I can't extend the border any further. If I did, I'd probably end up in the Greenhouse Pond.

Not too warm today, but at least it was good and dry.

Ground Cover

16 March 2015 05:44:41

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I love this plant. Some people may have found it to be invasive. But not so here. It's in deep shade, but the variegation brightens it up very nicely. And I do love variegated plants.

Narcissus

15 March 2015 19:41:53

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N. 'Bridal Crown' opened today. I love this rich double, slightly fragrant Narcissus.

Plant Id

15 March 2015 04:22:47

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Spotted this teensy weensy plant already in flower in the North-facing Border yesterday but can't, for the life of me, remember its name. It's on the tip of my tongue. Someone please help!!!

MY Peony is also doing its best to push through the soil for a breath of fresh air after its long period of hibernation. 

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all you wonderful Mums.

Leucothoe

14 March 2015 19:50:24

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Today I decided to put out my garden ornaments again for this year now that the weather is on the up.

I have two fairly big clumps of Dierama here, one beside the Greenhouse Pond, and another one at the Upper Pond. The Upper Pond one got a good combing through to remove the dead leaves today as I can sit at a comfortable height on the wall. I love having them with their arching flowers dipping into the ponds, emulating 'Angel's Fishing Rods' which they are also known as.

The other Dierama will have to wait until the Greenhouse Pond has heated up a bit as this is the most sensible access point to do the job.

Leucothoe 'Whitewater' is looking good today.

Awaiting with anticipation!

14 March 2015 19:09:45

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Last year I decided to plant some crocuses and dwarf irises in the border that is home to all of my Hostas, just for a little bit of Spring colour. However, now that they have 'gone over', I removed them from the area today, and transplanted them down to my Spring Border, where they really belong. The crocuses didn't open fully as this area gets NO sun during the winter months. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. The little Irises did ok in the same area, but they were also shifted.

My heart was broken removing all the Cat poop.  I forked over this whole area, and have now spread garden netting to avoid any further soiling. Shouldn't be ordering any more oil until October, so the soil won't be trodden on now.  It looks nothing now, but I can't wait for the Hostas to appear above ground to give a nice green slope, and partially hide the oil tank.

Another few bags of Bark Chip should complete the preparations.

Ground Cover

14 March 2015 06:45:40

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Dicentra formosa is providing me with its pretty foliage right now. When I planted it last year (or was it the year before that), little did I realise its terrific spreading ability.

Great day

13 March 2015 20:15:04

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This morning was spent weeding the North-facing Border, and shifting things around a small bit.

This afternoon, I dug up primroses that were in places I didn't want them to be, and transferred them to my Primrose 5-Steps Border. Also, I had lifted daffs from Dad's garden last year and planted them into terracotta pots for here. Some of the pots had cracked over the winter months. None of them are close to flowering. Methinks I planted them too deep. So they got planted into my Spring Border, and the pots discarded as they were too badly damaged. Have enough crocks here, myself included, so didn't bother keeping them.

I also planted all the Dianthus cuttings that myself and Wee Davey took last year. Not the strongest cuttings by any means, but they'll fare better in the ground.

Oh, and my Leucojum 'Gravetye' have finally decided to open up. It looks like Fran may have been correct about the identity of other ones I lifted just two or three weeks ago. Foliage is indeed very similar. But having lifted them quite close to their flowering time, I reckon I'll have to forfeit the flowers for this year. Or maybe they'll flower after the main flush have gone over.

Wasn't that a cracker of a day!!!

Cheap as chips

13 March 2015 04:32:06

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One hanging basket in the making. 6-pack of trailing fuchsia from Aldi for just €2.99. Potted on, and growing away. A full basket for a great price. Bring 'em on, Aldi.

Go han-fluich!

12 March 2015 20:39:37

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Rain, rain, and more rain today. I think the whole country had more or less the same weather. 

It stopped for about 30 minutes this afternoon so I took that opportunity to take a few snaps.

One of my recent Hellebores (Double Ellen Purple) from Lidl has not taken too well. I wonder why?

Surprise!!!

12 March 2015 05:56:39
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Surprise!!!

Last year I got Steve to dig up my Cynara cardunculus (Globe Artichoke) as I was fed up with its sprawling habit. It was beginning to take over that section of the border completely. 

But at the weekend, he couldn't believe how it had magically re-appeared when he thought it had been chucked 'over the wall'. He he!!!  So it looks like its here to stay - for now!

A bit early??

11 March 2015 20:16:50

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Couldn't believe yesterday seeing lots of Campanula tumbling over walls while out for my walk.

Nothing done today as it was a very wet morning, and busy with other things for the afternoon. Tomorrow's another day!!

I can't resist posting another fwoggie photo. :)

For Hazel (and others)

11 March 2015 06:15:19

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I spent the morning walking around Drumcondra yesterday. And on the way back to the car I spotted this great planting of Bergenia on the whole perimeter of a corner garden on Griffith Avenue. 

I immediately thought of Hazel, and her quest for edging plants. And the good thing is Bergenia is mainly evergeen too.

Ribbit, Ribbit!

10 March 2015 15:32:42

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Right on cue, the frogs in the Greenhouse Pond are becoming re-acquainted again.

Veronica

09 March 2015 06:23:14

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Lovely evergreen, with almost purple foliage throughout the winter months, it is now coming into its own. I have this tumbling over the bank of the last pond-to-be. Spreads nicely too.

Ticking all the boxes

08 March 2015 20:50:22

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I originally got this U4BA, hoping it would cover the blue liner of the Upper Pond. It's only been planted two years and definitely ticks all the boxes for me. I'll be snipping bits off for all around the pond as it just a perfect plant for where I want it. It's looking great today.

Upper Pond

08 March 2015 19:08:46

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This morning I was told that work would resume on the cave. You can imagine how elated I was. I went off to lunch with Dad and Steve was still pondering when I got back. Arggghhhh!!!

Today I decided to tackle cutting back the tall Miscanthus at the back wall of the Upper Pond. Not an easy task as it involved bending over for quite some time. And you have to be careful of your footing as there is only a small amount of standing room here. One slip of the foot, and you're 'dunked'. Too early for a dip, I reckon. LOL

Steve climbed up to the other end of the pond, and pulled out lots of weeds. And in the process, he revealed my yellow Iris for which I had lost its proper name. He also uncovered the original label which had perished over time. I pieced together the bits. Yay!!!   It's Iris pseudocorus 'variegata'. I couldn't believe how large the tubers had grown over the years.  And they had uprooted themselves from the original soil, only being covered by moss. It's quite a few years since I planted it. And, apart from its first year here, it never did too well. So it's off to Mr. Google so I can give it what it deserves. 

Had a few pots of 'Tete-a-tetes' floating around the garden, so they all got planted into the Spring Border on the sunny side of the garden. 

The cave never 'happened'. C'est la vie! It's early in the year. But if it's not done this year, it will be either transformed into a sunken garden, or I'll buy a few tonnes of soil to fill it in. 

Another great day, and more accomplished. The garden isn't looking too bad for March.

They're up!

08 March 2015 10:01:15
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They're up!

Holy Moly! Just sowed my first real lot of seeds on Friday. French Marigolds are up already. Don't think I've ever sown Marigolds so not sure if this is quick or not!

A little bit of 'quirky'

08 March 2015 07:36:23

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Bought this watering inTKMAX a few years ago. Purely ornamental of course, but it's aging nicely.

Second photo is the border that is responsible for my longing for the gardening year! Quite happy with how it looks now.

Davey's other job done

07 March 2015 20:03:49

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He wasn't going to be content until he potted on his dwarf beans. Such a joy to watch him getting so enthusiastic about garden-related things. He insisted on his Mammy buying Sunflower seeds during the week - 9 footers.

"The first cut is the deepest"

07 March 2015 18:13:32

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Wow! What a cracker of a day. No need for cracking the whip when wee Davey is around. Poor Steve had very little free time as David made full use of his partner in crime. Talk about keeping busy, busy busy. 'At's ma boy!!

They both shared the task of strimming and giving the grass its first cut. Normally the grass is very scrappy looking after its first cut of the year. But not this time round. Maybe its last cut before winter was a bit later than usual.

While they were both busy, I got round to giving the border beside the xxxx a good tidy up. Removed lots of crinkled leaves from Pulmonaria, and cut more stuff back. Had lots of fallen leaves from Mahonia and Photinia to clear up too. They were making Primrose 5-Steps look a bit scraggy. But all done now. And I was able to work around the garden in t-shirt sleeves. Not bad for the time of year, and a bit weird seems that we had snow only last week.

Echium

07 March 2015 06:56:38
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Echium

I'm surprised and delighted that my Echium has come out the other side of the winter UNPROTECTED.  Now, maybe it will reward myself and the bees with flowers this year.

Rhipsalis

06 March 2015 22:10:32

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I have this little Rhipsalis a good few years. It has produced tiny flowers some years, but not every year. And they never seemed to fully open either. I changed its hanging position before Christmas to get the benefit of the light from outside the Hall door, and it seems to be liking its new home. Today it's looking rather resplendent with its very pretty and dainty flowers. I'm over the moon with it, and so glad I didn't end up giving it away.

I brought it into the kitchen today just for the photo shoot.

Seeds

06 March 2015 21:33:47

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Busy with other things for most of the day. But before my daughter called up for a visit with my two grandsons, I got sowing 'proper'. Just a few to start with. I did sow some tomatoes in late January and I have just ONE seedling of T. 'Black Russian' left. But Moya was kind enough to send me some other seeds. So I've now taken out the propagator and have started sowing in earnest. A tray of 'Black Russian', a tray of 'Sungold', some Opium poppies that I got from JoanG last year, and some Marigolds for companion planting up in the plot in Dad's garden.

Tomorrow I'll get Davey to pot on his Dwarf Beans. 

The growing season is here for sure. Happy Gardening, Folks!

Welcome

06 March 2015 06:50:29

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My indoor hyacinths that I have growing at the Hall door are almost ready to welcome visitors with an intoxicating scent when they come calling.

Today

05 March 2015 19:31:10

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Managed to divide a few more clumps of snowdrops today and planted my first clump into the lawn, around the rotary line which is up fairly close to the house. I'll probably forget that they're planted there and get so excited next Spring when they miraculously appear 'out of nowhere'. LOL

I finally pulled up all the dead bits of Montbretia from the North-facing wall, and was pleasantly surprised to find fresh new growth already. Lots of ground ivy with the Montbretia so that got pulled up too, and found a colony of snails up the wall. Where are my froggies? Cut back and tidied up Mitraria coccinea (Mitre Bush), and gave Caryopteris a little cut back too.

Everything under glass got a small bit of water, and I'm sure they really benefitted from the greenhouse door being open for most of the day. Couldn't start sowing any seeds today as I've run out of compost. On my shopping list for tomorrow, and I'll have the little man here to help me.

Note to self: Scrub mould off that pot.

Yay!

05 March 2015 16:41:21
Yay!

Yay!

Keeping an eye out for flowers on my three little peach trees every Spring has got to be the most anticipated act by Mother Nature for me. And planting these trees into the greenhouse soil has ensured a much bigger crop than when they were jammed into pots a few years ago. This particular peach ('Bonanza') is self-pollinating. However I do help them along their merry way by aiding pollination with a small artist brush.

On the up!

04 March 2015 19:49:25

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The weather has definitly taken a turn for the better. What a beautiful Spring day today. Didn't get as much time out in the garden as I had hoped. But I managed to split up quite a few clumps of galanthus and spread them around in the Border that got its make-over last Spring. When I run out of space in this area I'll plant some into the lawn. 

 

Summer

04 March 2015 06:55:43

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just posting a couple of photos to remind us what a bit of heat is like.

Acer

03 March 2015 20:43:07

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This little Acer was singing for joy today while basking in the sun. Pity it was so cold though.

View

03 March 2015 13:32:38

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There's a stretch of about 100yds on our road where you can catch a glimpse of the Dublin Mountains. I pulled in this morning to take a couple of photos. It looked so pretty with the snow on them.

'Canberra Gem'

02 March 2015 20:47:09

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I have never seen my Grevillea 'Canberra Gem' so full of promise as now. A rake of flowers just ready to open.

Homemaking

02 March 2015 19:41:35

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I noticed plenty of birds gathering nesting material today. I had only been asking Steve to put up a little birdbox at the weekend. So, as I couldn't find any masonry nails in the garage, I just used a wire coat hanger. Made a hole in the back of the birdbox and inserted it, and bent the rest of the coat hanger over the dividing wall. Let's hope it's secure enough. 

Steve made me a nice one a couple of years ago, a much more substantial size. But unfortunately I asked him to put it on the other side of the garden. I later discovered that it's best on a north-facing wall. Too late though. The one he made is going nowhere.

March of Many Weathers

01 March 2015 20:47:40

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I did have such great intentions for the garden today. But after a good belt of snow, and continuing while out at lunch with Dad, I decided it would be wiser to keep off the garden at least until tomorrow. 

I planted three big Hippeastrum bulbs into one big pot and I am now so pleased with the results. One of the bulbs has already flowered and gone over, but the other two have obliged by flowering simultaneously. Isn't that considerate of them. :)

Sedum

01 March 2015 05:24:57
Sedum

Sedum

Yesterday I was driven mad trying to remember who gave me this pretty little sedum. I thought I wrote out a label with the name and donor last year when planting it. But something must have eaten it. So if anyone can shed any light on which one it is, I'd be very grateful.

HAPPY MARCH 1ST!!!!

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