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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal June 2015

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Pond wild life

30 June 2015 07:00:51

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The Dragonflies appear to be much smaller this year than ever before!

Sagittaria latifolia

29 June 2015 22:10:56

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Cute little pond plant that's in the Lower Pond, and now after a few years is spreading over to the other side at last. I love its arrowhead-shaped leaves. Should start producing a few dainty white flowers soon.

Bird's Dream Dropping!

28 June 2015 23:25:57

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I think this is a Verbascum - left to me by a passing bird, do doubt. Looking forward to seeing the flower, any day soon.

Leptospermum scoparium

28 June 2015 09:01:09

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All the buds are now opened and it's looking beautiful.

Escallonia

27 June 2015 22:27:26

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Short time only spent out in the garden today. Decided that two Clematis 'The President' and 'Polish Spirit' were for the chop. Probably the wrong time but I couldn't look at them any more. Covered in whitefly, greenfly and blackfly. Collectively known as APHIDS (Grrrr!!!!!!!).

C. 'Polish Spirit' has produced a massive two solitary flowers. C. 'The President' has flowered well up to now. But during the week I had been removing lots of withered leaves, and spraying with soapy water. Today they were both cut down to about 24 inches from the ground. Still plenty of growth on them, and indeed evidence of new flower buds. But I'm actually thinking of getting rid of C. 'Polish Spirit' altogether as it hasn't performed too well over the last couple of years.

Showing photos of my variegated Escallonia, which is looking nice at the moment with its candy pink flowers.

Agapanthus

27 June 2015 06:21:14

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I have found that the white Agapanthus take much longer to bud up than the blue. I have two here. A very short flower stem and a bud on the white in the ground, and none at all on the one in the planter. But the blue one has opened already. And it makes a nice addition to the far end of my greenhouse border with its whites, pinks, lilacs and other blues.

Dianthus

26 June 2015 22:35:22

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Dianthus do well in my garden. Here is one I've had nearly 5 yrs that's looking good right now, and so many more blooms to open up.

Living sculpture

26 June 2015 21:49:25

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When I went away for a few days with Gretta a couple of weeks ago I asked Steve to keep the garden ticking over. I had pushed a pot with two willow stems that Hazel gave me last year into the border so they wouldn't dry out. But Steve was only instructed to water what was in the greenhouse. He did a good job as it had been a really hot few days.

When I noticed that this pot of willow was almost cremated, I was delighted to accept lots of cut willow from my next-door neighbour who was cutting his back. Then I was informed that it was the wrong time to plant them. But I planted them anyway!

I watered and watered, and watered again, the cremated pot of willow. Today, I'm happy to report that it's finally coming back. And so the creation will begin in earnest.

Gypsophila

26 June 2015 06:59:31
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Gypsophila

Have this about three years and I've been very patient waiting for it to really 'take off'. It's flowering now, and has put on a bit of growth since planting it originally. Quite pretty, in an understated way But is it ever going to provide any impact? is it worth keeping?

Dianthus

25 June 2015 21:10:02

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Got this cute little Dianthus last year. Looking right cute at the moment with its vivid pink flowers. I think it may be called 'Pink Kisses'.

Lots of pea pods now up in the Veggie patch. Yum, yum!!!

Wren

25 June 2015 15:41:20
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Wren

What a joy to hear this little wren singing his heart out this morning.

Trifolium ochroleucon

25 June 2015 06:47:31

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This is a clump-forming herbaceous perennial, Sulphur Clover, that I have in my North-facing border. It's positioned between Polemonium and G. Mrs. Kendall Clark'. Coming into flower now (yellow/cream) which goes nicely with the different shades of lilac and yellow in this section of the border. Happy with this combination, except that my Liatris is much lower, and planted behind all of this. More lilac colours to come from my Perovskia, Aconitum, and a further flush from the Lupins.

The yellows are provided by Santolina, Carex oshimensis, Phygelius, Helianthemum 'Ben Fhada', Lonicera 'Bank of Gold' at the back, Alchemilla mollis 'Lady's Mantle', and later with Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm'.

Aphids - Yuck!

24 June 2015 21:49:30

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A few of my Clematis are being destroyed by aphids, plus Roses and this Echinops. According to Google, too much fertilizer could be one reason for this. But when I speak about feeding my plants, it's only stuff that's in planters. So I don't know a good reason for them being plagued by those horrid sticky creatures. Got loads of soapy spray out today and massacred them all.

'Honeycomb'

24 June 2015 19:54:05

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Grown from seed, this little French Marigold has very pretty markings. And surprise, surprise, there are very few slugs and snails around to devour it, thanks to our nice dry weather of late.

Geranium for Fran

24 June 2015 12:57:24
Geranium for Fran

Geranium for Fran

Fran has been looking for the name of a couple of geraniums. Can we have a close-up of the second one please, Fran? 

Here is a photo taken just now of my G. 'Mrs. Kendall Clark', which appears more blue in the photo than in reality. It's lilac, and has veiny petals.

Schizostylis coccinea

24 June 2015 08:32:13
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Some of my Kaffir Lilies are flowering now, a bit out of season but still welcome.

3 in 1

24 June 2015 00:11:38

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It's great when a selection of different plants decide to grow simultaneously. In this case, Calla lilies that I've had for 5yrs now. Not a whole lot of blooms last year but the plants were really healthy in themselves. In the centre is my Eucomis bicolour from last year. And around the edges is Persicaria elatus, a plant that I would grow for the lovely foliage alone.

I've found that the Persicaria in the pot is further on than that planted around the edge of the Lower Pond. Looking forward to all three plants, even though they'll flower at different times.

Day off!

23 June 2015 20:14:03

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Another fab day and nothing got done in the garden. But after a lovely (all-too-short) visit by Terri and Alan, I managed to get up to Dad's garden to examine the veggies. Weeded and watered mainly. I don't know what I've done with the spuds but they're NOT looking very healthy. But everything else is doing fine so I won't worry too much about them. Garlic, Cabbage, Onions, Peas all looking very promising. I'm going to have a right glut of peas, good job I love them. And in fact, they rarely get the chance to even get as far as the kitchen. Nothing like raw peas straight from the pod.

The front of the veggie patch faces Dad's back window, so I have sweet peas planted there to give him a colourful 'visual'. And I picked my first lot today. The scent in the living room this evening is divine.

It was great to see both Terri and Alan again, and looking so well. And thank you so much for the geranium.

Dicentra alba

23 June 2015 09:55:59
Dicentra alba

Dicentra alba

You just gotta love the white one for its lastability (new word in my Dictionary) LOL Still doing the business! The pink one is long gone over. 

Sedum

23 June 2015 06:11:51

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This pretty little sedum, for which I have no name, is growing like wildfire in the Alpine Circle. Pretty boring for most of its life, but the dainty flowers make up for that. However, it's in the wrong place so will be taken out altogether very soon. Just noticed the Ophiopogon in the middle after downloading. What an opportunist! It behaves itself quite well in this situation. But seeds about the place profusely out in the front garden.

'Rock 'n Roll'

22 June 2015 22:27:24

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Well, what a super day today. Got loads done - weeding, tidying, tying in, dead-heading and feedling Lupins etc. etc.

Also fed all my Roses.

Got a few more plants planted. Boy, are those borders well-packed now. Can barely even get in to weed now. Mind you, there's very little space for weeds to grow! I kid you not!

I love this Sanguisorba 'Rock 'n Roll' which is doing its thing right on cue. And a different view with the lovely Solidago, which will provide a bit of shade to the greenhouse now.

Curly Wurly

22 June 2015 07:05:35

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This is a cutting that I took from one of my Aeoniums two years ago. So what makes a plant decide that growing up straight is too predictable! This one has a mind of its' own. Looks cool, though.

Boys toys

22 June 2015 05:19:55

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Our little Flymo Strimmer that we've had for over 15yrs is on its last legs. So Steve decided to get himself a new toy in Aldi on Saturday, rather than wait until the motor burnt out completely. It's a good petrol one, with its own harness for ease of use. Yesterday we gave it a trial run. Well no thanks! You're on your own with this one, Steve. You'd want to be a horse of a woman to be able to use this comfortably. Very heavy even with the harness and extremely difficult to manoeuvre. This one is for you, Steve. Just thinking how many plants I could have bought for €130!!!  LOL

And a photo showing where the sun is, last thing before sunset. See how well the Hostas on the left have filled out!

U4BA on offer

21 June 2015 21:12:20
U4BA stygiana

U4BA stygiana

A while back I chanced my arm in taking cuttings of this U4BA. Afterwards I read that it is propagated from division. But the cuttings had already been taken so I decided to see how it went.

A couple of months later I am happy to say the cuttings have taken. No room here in my garden for it. So if anyone who is going on the 10th July Garden Trip wants it, just say the word.

That old Devil

21 June 2015 07:35:56

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Fran kindly gave me a good clump of Crocosmia 'Lucifer' a few years ago. And when I heard that they would probably take over if allowed, I just planted them into pots and sank them into the greenhouse border. They never did well, only one or two flowers. So they were promptly off-loaded onto someone else (possibly Hazel). So it's at least two years since they were here, maybe more.

Yesterday I noticed some tall emerging buds of SOMETHING. I did think Crocosmia 'Lucifer' as the buds are the same as their smaller cousins. But these stems are standing proud of the clump of foliage and are about 3 ft tall. And the foliage is tougher than the smaller versions like 'George Davidson' and 'Emily McKenzie'.

So what do you reckon? C. 'Lucifer'???  Or something entirely different?

Dryopteris erythrosora

21 June 2015 06:11:16

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My North-facing border is planted up mainly with Galanthus, Hellebores, Astilbes and a selection of nice ferns. Dryopteris erythrosora is providing that bed with almost Autumnal colour in a sea of different greens. I love this one.

Happy Father's Day to all you brilliant Daddies! 

Peony

20 June 2015 21:47:17

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Windy day today with a few light showers, but sunny for most of it. Did a bit of this and a bit of that. You know when it's only you that actually knows what you've done. Today was one of those days. Looking at the garden you would never realise that I had been working out there all day. But I have the 'inside information' and happy with the results. Ran out of tomato feed while treating everything to a banquet. However, it can wait. I've been pretty much on top of feeding so far this year.

Peony 'Bowl of Beauty' has opened now. And boy, do I really love this one!

Rhodochiton

20 June 2015 08:53:55

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This is my Rodochiton's third year on the go. And it looks as good now as the first year, if not better. 

Finally

20 June 2015 07:05:55

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My Sisyrinchium 'E.K. Balls' has at last decided to appear. Better late than never, I suppose. A serious thinning out on the Alpine Circle is on the cards once the plants start to go over.

No space left?

20 June 2015 06:03:43

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At least that's what I had thought. 

A couple of years ago I realized one of my garden sets was rotting badly. So I hacked at it until all the pieces were small enough to go on the fire. I won't be buying any more wooden garden furniture. Our climate just doesn't suit it. This furniture had been down at the Pergola. And anyway, we have two other dining sets in the garden so no need for any more seating areas.

Now it's home to random pots that I can't seem to find space for elsewhere in the garden.

But after the existing project has been completed I am going to use the area under the pergola for a final planting area ie. lift the gravel. Obviously the pergola itself will stay, as the four posts are just what I need for some of my climbers. In the meantime I have to try and keep it looking under control. It's an area that is constantly being used as a dumping ground. So yesterday I tidied it all up , and the topiary Buxus spirals got a hefty trim. 

What goes around comes around

19 June 2015 21:59:32
Ready to start again

Ready to start again

A few years ago I got the urge to have a 'living sculpture' in my garden. Hazel kindly donated some willow cuttings and I set about planting them with a heron in mind in the lowest part of my garden. I was assuming the lowest would be wettest. Any that I had left over I gave to my next-door neighbour. He was letting out his property and wanted to make a willow arch.

All was doing ok with mine, until I forgot to water them. They dried out and died. Lesson learnt.

But Peter, next door, is letting out his house once again now, and cutting back his arch this evening. I've been gifted some nice stems to try again. A different shape in mind, and a lot more diligent about my watering regime.

It's nice to see Hazel's willow going from 'Billy to Jack' so to speak. Thanks Hazel. And thanks, Peter Next-Door-Neighbour.

Fingers crossed now.

Hercules

19 June 2015 20:21:43

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Rodgersia aesculifolia 'Hercules' is looking stunning at the moment with its architectural flowers, and Miscanthus floridulus in the background.

Potentilla

19 June 2015 08:11:32

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Nice little Potentilla which I bought in Bloom is making great strides in opening at the moment. Potentillas have a great leaf too.

Plant ID please!

19 June 2015 06:04:17

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Spotted this in my daughter's local park yesterday and wondered what it was? It was planted in a mixed border. Very pretty.

Thank you SallySarah

19 June 2015 05:09:15

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This seems to be Campanula Week. This pretty, lilac Campanula (no name) was given to me by SallySarah a few years ago. It's about three feet tall, and needs no staking. But the best part is, I have been lucky enough to have been able to share it around the site already.

Now, I want this to bulk up better than it is at the moment. So it'll be a couple of years before I give away any more seedlings.But for those of you whom I gave it to already, happy multiplying!

Thank you very much, Sally.

Sisyrinchium striatum

18 June 2015 02:47:21

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Bought this great plant last year and the label fell off the pot over that time. So it was a relief when Peter posted up a journal about the same one he has - . I bought it after flowering so I was really excited to be about to see it in its full glory this year. Nearly there! Steve was cutting the grass on Sunday and the cable accidentally knocked the plant over, breaking the stem before opening. I wasn't angry. I mean, accidents don't happen deliberately! But it upset me deeply. How sad was that!

However, with a bit of sellotape, it continued to do its thing for me. You can barely notice his temporary sticking plaster. LOL  That'll teach me to plant new plants ASAP.

And my lovely orange Poppy opened yesterday too, even though there was NO sign of it opening the previous day. Love its strong colour. 

Ignore the 'flip-flopped' foot in the last photo, bottom right. LOL

Mother Nature has her own reasons

17 June 2015 19:48:39

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Funny the way most of my garden plants are late this year, as are probably everyone else's. But Rosa 'Iceberg' has decided to open much earlier than normal for me.

Another Helianthemum

17 June 2015 18:42:43

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This is a recent purchase I got in Horkins of Sligo, Helianthemum 'Ben Fhada'. It's starting to open. I'm hoping it will do as well as H. 'Ben More' (they must be brothers!) which is spreading very nicely.

Dianthus

17 June 2015 18:33:31
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Hopefully when Wee Davey sees the Dianthus cuttings he and I took on 13th July last year, it'll give him an extra boost of enthusiasm for gardening. All starting to flower now. He'll be a Happy Camper. I'm actually quite surprised to see flowers as the cuttings were really tiny.

Is it a leaf? Or is it a flower?

17 June 2015 08:12:15

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Following on from Jackie's journal about her Trollius, yesterday I discovered this on my Clematis 'Niobe'. The topmost leaf just under the emerging flower has taken on the same colour as the flowers. I did think it was just another flower opening until closer inspection. Strange goings-on altogether in the Plant World.

I got it wrong AGAIN!

17 June 2015 07:38:05

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Well, after doing a major shift around of my North-facing border I thought I finally had the planting combination and placement all sorted.

Lonicera 'Bank of Gold' at the wall, Cynara cardunculus (Globe Artichoke) to the right of it, Polemonium in front with Geranium 'Mrs. Kendall Clark', Rudbeckia (which will flower later), Santolina, Carex, Alchemilla mollis 'Lady's Mantle' etc. I wanted a mix of lilacs/blues/silvers/yellows. Santolina and Globe Arthichoke are providing the silvers. But way in at the back I have three good clumps of Liatris spicata waiting to put on a bit more growth, and send up their lovely tall flower spikes. But I don't think they'll be tall enough to be visible behind the Polemonium and Geranium? So they're a bit wasted in there.

Question: Can the Liatris be shifted at this stage, bearing in mind that I have never had any success with Liatris until now. I suppose I shouldn't look a gift-horse in the mouth, and be happy that they're growing at all, albeit in the wrong place!

Alstroemeria

16 June 2015 23:10:26
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Alstroemeria

This is the sum total of my lovely last years Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer'. The label!  So, what did I do wrong?

Hemerocallis

16 June 2015 22:38:16

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My first daylily of the year opened today - H. 'Golden Zebra'. I love its variegated foliage too.

Out early!

16 June 2015 22:10:10

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I've been outside since before 8 o'clock this morning.

After getting the whole garden and greenhouse watered early, I headed up to the little veggie plot in Dad's. Did lots of weeding out of teasels. They're absolutely everywhere, but at least it's easy enough to remove them with the hoe while they're still small. Tied up the peas that are now flowering. Had to remove the net cloche from the cabbages as they were stunting the growth. Cloches need to be taller. But sorted it out with bamboo canes and a long strip of garden netting. Garlic and onions doing well too. But the spuds look very limp - probably because His Lordship wasn't keeping up his promise of daily watering. However, I'm sure they'll get going again after the watering I gave them today.

Got the dinners done when I got back. Chicken salad tonight, so no need for me to go indoors when I am enjoying the garden. It was a pleasure to be eating outdoors.

Came home and straight into the shorts. Did another bit of feeding, and planted up a couple of planters. 

Sitting out there with a glass of vino this evening and taking in the intoxicating scent of Night-scented Stock, and Pinks on the patio. Glorious!

 

 

Orange

16 June 2015 06:58:32
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Orange

The colour orange features quite a bit in my summer garden. But one of my favourite self-seeding annuals are Californian Poppies (Eschscholzia californica). Can get a bit untidy after a while. But the strong colour more than makes up for that.

Helianthemum

16 June 2015 05:55:44

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Helianthemum 'Ben More' has produced a few yellow flowers in amongst the orange. ANd the yellow are as 'zingy' as the orange.

Yay!

15 June 2015 22:01:05

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After me lamenting this morning over my Nigella 'Love-in-a-mist' opening up mostly white, today some nice blue ones (my favourites) turned up trumps. Doesn't take much to keep me happy!!!

Mixed hedging

15 June 2015 21:40:02

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On my South-facing wall there is a beautiful rose that I originally got from a neighbour who moved down South over ten years ago. I always thought of it as a Bush Rose. But a few weeks ago there were very long branches being produced, so I tied them in to the overhead beams on the Pergola. 'Lo and behold, it must have been a climber all along and is only now settling in after all these years. Or maybe I'm wrong?

But I also have Escallonia right beside it. I know some of you lost Escallonia in the bad winters. But this one has been here even longer than the rose and performs so well each year. But being the type of person who likes to cram things into tight spaces, I also have Lonicera (I think it's 'Serotina'). I think they make a nice trio.

Colour change

15 June 2015 04:28:27

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My self-sown Nigella 'Love-in-a-mist' seems to be white this year, bar one or two. 

A day of rest

14 June 2015 20:56:28

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After lunch out with Dad, the shorts and flipflops were taken out. Just did a general potter about as it had become really warm by then. Watered all my pots with water from the butt. And took my time doing it too. Treated my Hedychium 'Stephen' to a bigger pot, a good watering and a healthy feed. Now, let's see if he flowers THIS year. The greenhouse pond needed clearing out again. Blanket weed is encouraged by topping up with tapwater, which is exactly what I did a couple of weeks ago. However, I didn't get in to clean it out today. I was afraid I'd spill my glass of wine. LOL Instead I just poured in this solution. Blanket weed should clear up in a matter of days.

Not much done, but it is Sunday after all. Happy Days, folks. Now, I know there's a bit of light rain due during the week, but let's enjoy great weather while it's here.

Making a comeback

14 June 2015 10:34:41

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The 'Blue Rinse' hairdo is making a comeback. LOL

Yucca

14 June 2015 06:07:18

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The little cutting of a Yucca that I sneaked into my suitcase on the way home from Lanzarote about 5yrs ago got treated to a bigger pot yesterday. Can't believe I've managed to keep this alive for so long. It's out of the greenhouse now, together with my Aeoniums. So let's hope temps keep up.

Waterlily

13 June 2015 08:07:15

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My first Waterlily of the year has opened at least a month earlier than normal. I got this one from Elizabeth7 a few years back. Thanks again.

Leptospermum scoparium

13 June 2015 06:14:50

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Such a pretty little shrub with masses of buds waiting to burst out at the moment. It's going from strength to strength.

Helianthemum

12 June 2015 21:23:12

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A low spreading little shrub (rock rose) that I have in the Alpine Circle has really taken off this year. So much so that it's now encroaching onto the lawn. But what a cracker it is!

Rosa 'Tequila Sunrise'

12 June 2015 20:59:43

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This one is probably my favourite of all roses.

Another two that look well in the garden today are R. 'Penny Lane' and R. Wildfire 'Fryessex'

Hardy Geranium

12 June 2015 19:08:28

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Geranium 'Mrs Kendall Clark' has just opened and appears much taller than previous years, now standing at about 2.5ft this year. Last year it was only about a foot. However, that's not important.

I love its gentle powdery blue and will split it up later to spread around the garden.

Clematis

12 June 2015 05:54:26

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And there was I thinking my Clematis 'Piilu' had vanished altogether. But yesterday she decided to show herself, probably because she heard that Hazel's one was out. LOL

And C. 'Bee's Jubilee' is out fully now. I must admit I originally bought this one for its pretty name.

Has anyone noticed that Clematis are out much earlier this year, and also have way more buds?

Rhododendron

11 June 2015 21:35:06

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R. 'Goldflimmer' is starting to open in my front garden. And of course, I love its variegated foliage.

Angel's wings

11 June 2015 21:28:20

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Yea, I've been growing stuff here for years. But this is the first time I've grown Begonias from tubers. I nearly gave up on them a good few weeks ago thinking they had rotted in the compost and almost threw them onto the compost heap. However, my patience has been rewarded and there are now flowers on the way.

Aren't the leaves just like Angel's wings? I've taken all my tablets - honestly. LOL

Briza Maxima

11 June 2015 19:35:18

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I nearly went for a dunk in the greenhouse pond today to try and see the label of this Iris. Nothing!!!   But I love getting a close-up on Briza maxima. I think it looks like little bugs/grubs.

Variegation

11 June 2015 07:49:18

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This is a fairly unusual Cordyline, with shorter leaves than the more common form, and a lovely variegation on the underside of the leaves.

Really liking this!

10 June 2015 21:40:34

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Bought this Tiarella in Horkan's in Sligo last week. I was quite smitten by the markings and shape of the leaves. And as a bonus, the flowers are gently scented.

Picked up two nice Regal Pelargoniums in Homebase today.

Welcome

10 June 2015 10:47:48

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This fancy Turbit Pigeon is becoming quite a regular visitor to my garden. And he's a more welcome visitor than the bauld Heron. At least my fish are safer.

That's more like it!

10 June 2015 06:09:46

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Well, wasn't yesterday just such a pet day. We've waited long enough for this weather. And I made the most of it yesterday.

I managed a bit outside in the glorious sunshine like weeding, cleaning out the three ponds and topping up three. Watered everything in pots in the morning, and then went round with a generous feed in the evening when the sun went down.

Need to cut back foliage on my vine in the greenhouse. Yesterday it was too hot to be stuck in that searing heat so it'll be for another day.

My Arbour is rarely used for seating purposes as usually I end up with a big collection of pots waiting to be planted out, So yesterday I tackled that small area. Cut back all the ivy at the back of it as it had really become overgrown. One of these days I'll get rid of the ivy altogether. Afraid to actually move the Arbour in case it falls apart. So for now it stays where it is. Happy to have this little seating area back. 

 Another cracker of a day in store for us again. Wow, we're really being spoiled. LOL  Have a good one!

Basking in the sun

08 June 2015 22:11:31

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Hosta Hill only gets about 2 hrs sunshine a day in the summer months. I could almost hear them singing this evening as the sun went down. Planted another two out from planters today and now the bed is really filling up. No more!

Mothering Monday - for Hazel

08 June 2015 20:41:39
Mothering Monday - for Hazel

Mothering Monday - for Hazel

Whiled away the time today just watching this baby Robin on the beam of the Loggia, being constantly visited by his Mammy with titbits of grub. I remember a couple of weeks ago Hazel was wondering what kind of bird she had spotted in her garden. It was a baby Robin. Hopefully you will be able to see them partying around your garden when the recent clutch of eggs have hatched.

This is worth an album.

Creating unity

08 June 2015 07:07:03

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As my garden is a small one, over the last few years I've tried to choose plants that take up less space. That way I can plant up a greater variety than ones that may form large clumps. Just looking at the garden critically yesterday and I have come to the conclusion that I now have the balance right. 

Amongst those with narrow, upright habits are Echium, Flagpole Cherry, Lupins, Cordyline 'Kiri Karo', Olearia 'Tweedle Dum', Digitalis, and even the little Hippuris vulgaris in the Lower Pond. Narrow and upright are also added to by the oak Obelisks on the centre of the mini island and the Alpine Circle. I think I have the balance right, and they are all now 'connecting' nicely.

Lilac

07 June 2015 20:15:03

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While away last week I managed to pick up a gorgeous Syringa 'Miss Kim'. It should only get to about 5 ft, which suits my garden fine. My eldest daughters' name is Kim, so that was what finally sold it to me.

The scent was glorious in the car on the drive home. Still waiting for a certain area to be completed before I decide where to put it. But today I potted it up into a planter. That should do for a year or two.

Thanks, Sally

07 June 2015 07:53:24
Thanks, Sally

Thanks, Sally

SallySarah sent me this little Parahebe last year. Happy to say it's doing fine and has started to flower.

Thanks, Sally.

Roscoa 'Harvington Raw Silk'

07 June 2015 07:09:44

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After paying a fair bit for this plant last year, I was disgusted with myself when I never got round to finding the right place for it at the time. In Spring I picked up the pot and it was covered in weeds, with no sign of growth at all. I wasn't too hopeful. But I eventually found a suitable spot for it. And once it was planted, it just went from strength to strength in a matter of a couple of weeks. I have been watching with bated breath.

It has finally flowered, and am I so relieved. It is such a refined little plant, so unlike my normal plant choices. I'm very taken with it. It's funny how our tastes change. A bit like the evolving garden.

Clashing colours

06 June 2015 21:30:11

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Phlox subulata 'Nettleton Variation' makes a nice backdrop for Helianthemum 'Ben More'

Checking things out!

06 June 2015 06:03:04

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When I'm away from the garden for any length of time, the first thing I usually do is have a wander round the garden to see if anything has opened in my absence. Yesterday was no different. Delighted to see my blue Lupins by the Upper Pond in full flower. And Clematis 'Polish Spirit' opened, together with Astrantia 'Hadspens'  Blood', C. 'Niobi', Some Irises that are very similar to 'reticulata' but much taller, and Helianthemum 'Ben More'.

A bit breezy out there but I reckon it'll be a productive day so long as the rain stays away. Looking forward to getting stuck in.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Batteries recharged

05 June 2015 21:10:33

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Just back from a lovely few days away in the countryside. Lots of really heavy showers, but in between we had some great sunshine too. I left Steve home to keep the garden and greenhouse ticking over. 

We got in a few really cool visits, number one on my list was a place called Slish Wood in Co. Leitrim. So tranquil, and lush, and filled with birdsong. And to top it all, lakes and rivers to beat the band. 

We also visited Glencar Waterfall. A very misty rain fell as we climbed to the top. But it didn't dampen our spirits. And indeed, after seeing all the lichen and ferns etc, the misty rain just made it seem like the perfect conditions for all the growth. 

Good to be back after our batteries having been recharged and a nice lot of plants to position tomorrow. 

Just posted an album of Slish Wood. Hope you enjoy!

I hope anyone going to Terra Nova tomorrow has a fabulous day.

City girl goes Country

05 June 2015 10:46:53
City girl goes Country

City girl goes Country

Captivated by the beautiful landscape of lovely Leitrim and thinking what a wonderful country we have.

Mini Break

03 June 2015 05:45:16
Cow Parsley en masse

Cow Parsley en masse

I'm away for the next couple of days, but yesterday while travelling I was enthralled to see Ammi (Cow Parsley) planted en masse all along the motorway. I have never seen it in such abundance and it lifted my soul.

Kiwi

02 June 2015 08:49:55

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I've had this one a good few years now, and has lived in a big pot since then. I've been informed that it's possible to get actual fruit on it if it's not cut back at years' end. It's putting on great growth so far this year and the leaves are a lovely size, shape and texture (which is the real reason I bought it), and the stems are a lovely gentle red with furry texture. If I never get fruit on it, so be it. But it's here to stay (weather permitting LOL).

Dwarf Dahlia

02 June 2015 07:53:28

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This is the only Dahlia I lifted last year. This year it is probably a third of the size of last years one, and already there are flower buds on it.

Corokia (Wire Netting Bush)

01 June 2015 22:05:01

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This is a lovely evergreen shrub in Greta's garden that I have remarked upon a few times while walking around her garden. It almost reminds me of a very miniature contorted Hazel, with its zig-zag branches. It is a member of the Cotoneaster family and has minute leaves, and at the moment it is covered in tiny yellow flowers, which light up the shrub beautifully.

I think it's going to be another for my 'wish list'.

Hosta Hill

01 June 2015 06:46:20
Hosta Hill

Hosta Hill

Very happy with my decision to plant out all my hostas a couple of years ago as they were getting very cramped in the pots they were in. I did love the display they made on a spare table, and mostly planted in the same style of pots for unity. But they can only live in pots for so long before getting their freedom. I have a few more to add to fill in those gaps, but that will have to wait until the end of the week.

Anyway, here's how they look this morning. Plenty more filling out to be done, but it is only June after all! Let's hope the weather improves a bit.

Forecast not to be good for today. So whatever you're getting up to, enjoy!

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