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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal August 2015

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Echinacea

31 August 2015 21:49:38

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Only a recent purchase here and is irresistible before it even fully opens.

Bees in the garden

31 August 2015 19:42:56
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Just wondering! :)

I love plants that attract bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects to the garden. Just wondering what kind of bee this is.

A late first

30 August 2015 21:05:31

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My sunflowers are so late this year. But it was a nice day today and one of a few have finally opened. It's a small grower, only getting to 6ft. Such a pretty colouring, and a good addition to my hot border.

Evening light

30 August 2015 08:34:33
Evening light

Evening light

My Clivia was bathed in sunlight yesterday evening. It was lit up like a torch.

Ligularia

29 August 2015 20:47:03

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I have had a couple of Ligularias here over the years. But what with juggling around plants, and redesigning borders, they all got overlooked. Probably ended up being dug up accidentally.

But the garden is much more to my liking now, although it's nowhere near being finished. Bought two different types in Leitrim earlier in the summer. One has long gone over. But here comes the second one. Think this may be L. 'dentata'?

Didn't get a whole lot done today due to very heavy showers, and family.

Persicaria

29 August 2015 06:37:52
Persicaria

Persicaria

My little Persicaria is coming into its own now. Such a great little plant. I know some people regard this as a weed. I certainly don't. I do find it randomly about the garden, but it's so easy to pull up from where it's not wanted.

I have a full planter of it. And whenever someone wants a piece, I usually divide what's in the planter. Otherwise, I let the other clumps grow where they will. But the Lower Pond is edged with it, I think it gives a lovely effect as it half trails over into the water.

Cleaner upper!

28 August 2015 21:20:02

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I made such a mess in the garden yesterday what with all the weeding. I'm usually pretty tidy. But the heavy showers came down without warning so all debris was left lying on the grass.

Today I had assistance, and he insisted on raking up all the weeds. I couldn't dissuade him.

Then he proceeded to plant a Passiflora flower in the only available free soil. Knowing David's luck, it'll grow.

Did a bit

27 August 2015 20:22:04
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Peep!

Very limited time in the garden today. But when I did get out, I got at the weeding in earnest. I've started cutting back a few plants at this stage. Namely, Lupins, Sanguisorba and a couple more. Even with those few, the garden has taken on a more looked-after look. Did a bit of tidying up of pots that the plants had gone over in. And empty ones that I had planned planting up but never got round to it. Putting away all smaller pots and concentrating on the bigger ones, and fewer. I think they'll make more impact and reduce maintenance and watering.

The showers started at about 4.00 and came down in torrents. On and off from then on. And in between, the sun was shining so innocently. Short time in the garden, but a good time.

Posting up an album with some of the ferns in my garden.

"Simply the best"

27 August 2015 06:14:19

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Gretta was away in France a couple  of weeks ago and brought me back a lovely gift. A proper gift, not just some oul' dust collector that sits on a mantelpiece. But something that will add both interest AND beauty to my garden. And possibly other gardens, if I can manage to take cuttings from it and share it around.

It's Campsis radicans, something which you don't often see for sale here in Ireland. It's supposed to be hardy to -10 degrees so I've planted it into a bigger pot and will take it in if the weather becomes really bad. Thank you so much, Gretta.

Plant ID please!

25 August 2015 19:31:30

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I don't know whether this plant was as a result of one of MY cuttings, or whether someone else gave it to me. No idea what it is. It's been that pale green since the beginning, and the leaves are fairly curled up. Can anyone help please?

Lovely day

24 August 2015 21:03:32
Berkheya purpurea

Berkheya purpurea

Todays sunshine was so welcome after the awful weather we had yesterday. I pottered about mainly, but had to cut back piles of waterlily leaves from the Upper Pond. They were seriously huge and pretty rampant. It seems to make a big difference in seeing the fish at the surface when I've cleared a lot of the pond growth. Obviously by clearing the surface, I'm injecting a bit more oxygen into the water. They were feeding voraciously and basking in the sun.

Cut down my Fremontodendron in front of the greenhouse. It was beginning to annoy me, and I was getting bored with it. It was giving the greenhouse a bit of shade. But as it hasn't performed well over the last two years and was becoming quite woody, I decided to get rid. It's a lovely tree, but in the wrong place. And if I decided to dig it up, I would probably disturb the roots of Tetrapanax. And you know what would happen then, don't you? Yea, lots of Tetrapanax suckers all over the place. I did leave the main trunk so that next year I can possibly grow something up it.

Monitoring the water level of the new pond after having given the top half another coat of Bitumen on Saturday. 

My Berkheya purpurea has finally flowered. Had to tie it up today as it was lying down flat after the rain yesterday. It's such a pretty flower and one I hope to have for as long as possible.

Took a few photos today.

For PeterW

24 August 2015 09:12:11

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Here is how my Amorphophallus konjac is looking at the moment, after weeks of total neglect. It's out in the greenhouse now and I'm not sure what to expect next.

Chuffed.com

23 August 2015 20:48:06

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Purchased this Clivia on 6th April 2010 when it was in full flower. Each year I have despaired as I just could not persuade it to perform a second time round......until now! I am finally developing a bit of patience.

Banana

23 August 2015 06:57:51
Musa basjoo

Musa basjoo

Root hardy Musa basjoo was planted out at the back of the greenhouse border a few years ago. But it was completely overshadowed by other plants. And it was quite by accident I discovered it two years ago while weeding in an awkward area. Dug it up and potted it. It did well last year. It has done even better this year as I've been feeding it on a regular basis and it even has a few pups.

I'm hoping to transfer it to my hot border for next year so I can appreciate its lush growth up close. And this area will give it wind protection so the leaves don't end up torn to shreds.

Sanguisorba

22 August 2015 20:59:38

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Sanguisorba 'Pink Brushes' is just beginning to open now. It's such a pretty little plant, and ever so tactile. I have Elizabeth in Cork to thank for this one.

Sprung a leak

22 August 2015 19:54:34

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Since finishing the last pond I noticed the level of water going down each day. Obviously there were parts that were missed when Steve was applying the bitumen. However, we left it to its own devices and let the level fall, however low it went. When it had stabilized, we knew roughly where the leak was. 

So today, Steve pumped out a further 6 inches of water to be safe. It was back to melting bitumen over the homemade stove, and applying it in a thick coating. Bit of a problem figuring out how Steve was going to hold onto a big pot of boiling hot melted bitumen, while standing in the remaining water, and applying at the same time.

I had a brainwave - doesn't happen too often. Used David's old paddling pool when he was a baby. I had stored it behind the Norway Spruce at the back wall. One half of it had become brittle over the last few years. But the other half was perfect. Put the Lifebelt in the centre of the good half, covered with plastic to protect the lifebelt, then placed a metal plate over that so it could take the boiling hot pot of bitumen. Now Steve could have it floating in the pond and bitumise to his hearts content.

Filling up to the original level now and looking good. Fingers crossed. 

Pleasure

22 August 2015 07:05:18

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The amount of pleasure I am getting this year from spending a mere €1.49!  At least 6 flowers open on my Glory Lily, and 5 more yet to open. Pity it's not scented. But hey, who am I to complain.

Border

21 August 2015 22:37:16

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This is my favourite border in the garden. It has a combination of tropical looking plants, and hot colours like orange, red, yellow. Crocosmias are coming on nicely now.

A feast for the senses

21 August 2015 21:45:38

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Spent some time up in Dad's today checking on the veg. A couple more cabbages left to pick. Peas and onions all picked, and garlic yet to come. 

The peas were planted to grow up 4 tripods of bamboo canes. And sweet pea were planted on the kitchen side of them so Dad can get a nice view. And that's what's left after cutting them today. My house smells divine with the vases dotted about the place.

Looking for Peter's Agapanthus

20 August 2015 21:50:43

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After Peter posted a photo of a beautiful bicolour Agapanthus 'Queen Mum' yesterday, Moya revealed that she saw them in Homebase. So that's where I headed today. Not one Aggie to be had. So I consoled myself with a few plants to lift the spirit a bit. Colour is slightly waning from the garden now. So these upped my mood greatly. 

Got a nice variegated Knautia 'Thunder & Lightning', which should tolerate lows of -10, but I'll take precautions anyway, Begonia x tuberhybrida 'Magical Sunburst' (hoping this will overwinter ok), Kniphofia (no name, but a great colour), and lastly Fuchsia 'Hawkshead' which I've wanted for a long time now. The good news was that the Kniphofia and Begonia had been reduced to almost half price. Bargains to be had at this time of year now as we approach another season.

Happy with the few bits, and looking forward to placing them tomorrow.

Ricinus

20 August 2015 07:08:03

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When the rain finally stopped and the sun came out yesterday evening I thought my one and only Ricinus looked breathtakingly beautiful.

Loropetalum

19 August 2015 21:51:02
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Loropetalum

Loropetalum chinensis 'Fire Dance' is flowering for the third time this year.

Dual interest

19 August 2015 21:11:56

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My Rowan isn't looking too interesting right now. Spring is its time, with its lovely creamy white flowers and wonderful fragrance. But I have a Clematis growing up through it to give it extra interest for this time of year. It rules out the need for support posts. Someone told me it was C. jackmanii. It's pretty.

David's sunflowers

19 August 2015 08:06:50
David's sunflowers

David's sunflowers

Davids sunflowers that he (and Mammy) grew from seed just don't know when to stop growing. Will flower any day now. Putting my ones to shame. Well done, David.

 

Crinum

18 August 2015 21:48:07

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I had this bulb planted at the back of the greenhouse border a few years ago. But, as it was overshadowed by a lot of other plants, it never amounted to much. I think I dug it up about two or three years ago and potted it up. Don't remember it flowering last year. But it is now!!!  Lovely fragrance too!

Portulaca grandiflora

18 August 2015 07:54:53

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I've grown these fleshy annuals on a number of occasions. This year I have a variety that I got from my local vegetable man that has sprawling stems. No name, but a real zingy colour. They usually need lots of sun to perform so these particular ones aren't very colourful at the moment.

But these ones (Portulaca grandiflora) are looking quite zingy, regardless of the weather. And they flower again very soon after they have been dead-headed.

Better late than never!

17 August 2015 09:56:47
Better late than never!

Better late than never!

Just realised I hadn't posted an album of our visit to Mount Congreve a couple of weeks ago with Mary and Paddy.  Horrible wet day, but got a few nice photos. It's a place I have wanted to visit for a few years now as Mount Congreve used to be a major supplier for our plants in Woodies, and the quality was always second to none.

Giant Knapweed

16 August 2015 22:30:28

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Giant Knapweed (Centaurea macrocephala) opened today and the bees were having a great time.

And not before their time

16 August 2015 09:34:28
'Sungold' Thanks, Moya

'Sungold' Thanks, Moya

Such a disappointing crop of tomatoes this year. I grew them all from seed and they looked right healthy when they got planted out into the greenhouse way back. But they deteriorated very rapidly over the following weeks. I think the night time temperatures were just too low for them and the majority of the leaves just shrivelled. Removed 5 or 6 tomato plants from the greenhouse last week. Not even a flower on them.

But yesterday I finally spotted my first ripe ones. It must be a Record Late! These are 'Sungold' Seed sent by Moya, so thank you very much. Looking forward to picking these and salivating over their delicious taste later today.

My favourite garden centre

15 August 2015 20:55:34

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Headed off to Ratoath Garden Centre today in search of a bigger pump to satisfy Steve's needs for the last pond. Nothing better than what we already have, but John's borders are looking spectacular at the moment, even better than they were at the beginning of Summer. Got two lovely plants while out there - Monarda 'Sugar Lace', and Echinacea 'Fatal Attraction' (what a great name) which is only starting to open. 
I'm always going on about the excellent customer service we get in there. And I'm quite sure that each customer gets the same treatment.

We had wee Davey with us today (his first time) and he already wants to go back. LOL John took extra time to take David by the hand out to their big pond to feed the six turtles that they have there. David was thrilled to bits.

 

Autumn colour

15 August 2015 07:11:07

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I love the markings that my Witch Hazels develop at this time of year.

Hollyhocks

14 August 2015 22:43:22

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Two flowering at the moment. Alcea 'nigra' which was bought in Dealz earlier in the year is just gorgeous. But the one I got from Riverlane Nurseries last year is my favourite - Alcea 'Pink Halo'.

Mr. Motivator

14 August 2015 21:58:21

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I would have been perfectly content with sitting about all day today if it wasn't for a very lively and restless 5 and a half year old little boy. Thanks to him, we both got out into the front and gave it a much-needed going over.

I must say I've been very lazy with the front garden all summer long. We weeded between the concrete, trimmed lots of shrubs, and pulled up loads of weeds in the borders. Between us, we filled up a black refuse sack. Well done, David, and thanks for getting me motivated.

Love this one

14 August 2015 07:33:54

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Cautleya spicata is starting to open now. I love the way you get random ones feet away from the original. This area is soon to have a make over. So I hope I don't damage this in the process.

Harvest

13 August 2015 22:31:22

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Spent some time in Dad's today examining my little bits of edible crops. Peas are almost at an end now. And I must say, lots of friends and family enjoyed them too. A few more cabbages to pull up.

Dad is away for a few days so I'm watering and feeding his tomatoes daily. My fee was a few nice ripe ones to bring home with me. Still waiting to pick any of my own. Onions are all pulled up now, and what you see in the photo, my neighbours on both sides got the same amount. They're chuffed to bits knowing that they have been homegrown.

Garlic isn't ready just yet, but getting there.

Growing without soil

13 August 2015 21:27:32

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Took some babies off my Dad's Chlorophytum (Spider Plant) a month ago. Ready for planting now. But by growing them without soil (Hydroponics), and the help of Hydrocrystals, it's possible to contrast, or match up with your decor. One sachet has 1 litre of water added. Leave to bulk up for at least four hours. Then remove all soil from the roots of your chosen plant. Half-fill container with crystals, place plant into it, and top up with the remaining crystals. 

When the level of crystals drops (in about 3 months), it's time to just give a spray with water. Just a little project done today.

Mahonia

13 August 2015 04:43:11

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My Mahonia 'Winter Sun' looked stunning in the foreground of last nights sunset.

Id please

12 August 2015 20:04:31

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Dad grows a lot of weeds in his garden. But I spotted this one today that I've never seen before. Can anyone tell me what it is, please?

Amazing

12 August 2015 05:49:59

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I have two different types of Ligularia in the new area. Yesterday I was down there examining the planting with a critical eye. Saw something very unusual. On closer inspection, what looked initially like something in a drawstring purse I discovered to be just the emerging leaves. I have never seen that before on any other plant. Nature is just amazing.

Patience is a virtue

11 August 2015 20:19:26

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I bought this beautiful Clivia a few years ago, possibly 4 or 5. It was in full flower when I bought it, but haven't seen sign nor sight of a flower ever again. Can't even remember what colour it was.

Each year I've said to her that she was getting her marching orders and she pleaded with my softer nature. Of course, I always gave in. Bit of a wuss, I am. But when I gave her an ultumatum last year she did promise to come up with the goods, but only if I decided to feed her occasionally. 

It looks like she is keeping her side of the bargain. Yes, Miss Clivia, you can stay!

Gladiolus

11 August 2015 07:26:43

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No matter what the weather throws at this cute little Gladiolus, it opens up on more or less the same date year after year. This is G. 'Atom'.

Rothschildiana gloriosa

10 August 2015 21:01:20

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I've tried growing this Glory Lily before, and with no luck whatsoever. But about 4yrs ago, when HeadGardener (Bill) had his open day, I saw how it should have been done. He had a beautiful specimen growing in his conservatory. Mine had been growing outdoors.

So over the last few days, I've seen this one beginning to open (in the greenhouse). Success at last! I'm hoping it'll overwinter and get it going for next year too. Maybe that's pushing it a bit. But we'll see.

Can't wait any longer

10 August 2015 19:21:54

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Final pond is now completed - except for a small bit of tweaking. Pump has been tried out, and is supposed to flow in two different directions over the front of the cave. But might be next weekend before Steve gets a longer time at it. Just posting a collection of photos from both yesterday and today. I'm sure there will still be lots of changes in the planting, but this is basically it. For some reason, the final photo is not being saved into the album, so I'll post it here.

Was it worth waiting 4yrs for????????????????

ABSOLUTELY!!!

A day of rest

09 August 2015 21:57:25

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The pond was filled today. Looking great. But as the water pressure is quite low here today it has taken all day. Still not finished. It's taking a serious amount of water. But I'll continue it tomorrow.

Two nice lilies opened today, Lavon (tree lily) and another that I think is L. 'Montego Bay'.

Thalictrum

09 August 2015 06:04:48

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Two types of Thalictrum starting to flower now. Such pretty little plants, with flowers that are so airy looking.

Hemerocallis

08 August 2015 21:35:44
Hemerocallis

Hemerocallis

This is a new one here. It just opened today. Thanks, Mary and Paddy. It's a lovely change from my deeper shades.

Whoop! Whoop! Whoop!

08 August 2015 19:16:37

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Right now I'm pretty ecstatic.

Spent a good day outside with my hero, the CAVEMAN. We cut off chunks of bitumen and plopped them into an unused Christmas Pudding pot. Cylinder of gas attached to a blow torch, and pot placed on fire bricks. When I had a pot load melted, Steve slapped it all on with brushes. I was repairing hairline cracks in the cement before he came around to these sections. The bitumen hardened very quickly, to my delight. A really tough day for both of us, but mainly Steve, as he bore the brunt of the back-breaking work. In the end, the fingers of his gloves were sticking together. And the insides of the gloves were actually stuck to his fingers as he took them off. Used, and disposed of, just three cheap paintbrushes. No loss. 

I'm not posting a photo of the completed pond just yet. But we still need to rig up the pump. I think it might be Niagara Falls that Steve is looking for. LOL  The one we have is not powerful enough. But that can wait.

The bitumen has well hardened at this stage, but we resisted the urge to fill it with water. We'll wait till tomorrow for that. Enough done. Now, time for a giant beer and a celebratory glass of wine.

And right on cue, down comes the rain!  Nice work, Mr. Rainman. And great job done by Steve. 

Plague

07 August 2015 22:45:48

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Got a few bits planted, and sown today when the rain finally stopped. But while depositing green waste into the compost bin, a swarm of flying ants created a cloud around the bin. Thousands, well, hundreds of the blighters were all over the bin and ground around it. Also the crawling ants. I wonder what has attracted them.

Fungi

07 August 2015 21:46:32

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Beautiful fungi spotted in the mostly-shade part of the garden today.

Berkheya purpurea

07 August 2015 07:27:19

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Got this Berkheya from Joann a few years ago. It only got planted out a couple of weeks ago. But having seen Marys in flower the other day, I went out to check mine yesterday and lo and behold, I do see a flower bud. Yay! It definitely pays to give plants their freedom.

Different

06 August 2015 20:25:06

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I bought this lovely Dahlia in late June and it was producing these gorgeous pink/white stripey flowers. Called D. 'Mystic Dreamer'. After feeding and dead-heading, it's now producing more flowers, as is expected. But they're a different colour now.

Thank you Mary and Paddy

06 August 2015 16:32:34
Thank you Mary and Paddy

Thank you Mary and Paddy

Had a terrific day yesterday, despite incessant rain. Gretta and myself travelled down to visit Mary and Paddy in Waterford. It was more like Waterville, but it was such a pleasure to visit their gorgeous garden for only the second time. First time was way back in March 2011. Great to see it in a different season, and the hospitality shown to us was second to none. 

Would have taken a lot more photos, but the rain was a major stumbling block. So we'll just have to make ANOTHER return visit.Thank you both very much. 

Small album posted but not near enough shots. Hopefully next time the weather will be on our side.

Sunlight

03 August 2015 22:31:56

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Two plants that looked fabulous in todays sunlight

A bit of an improvement

03 August 2015 21:14:44

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Quite an improvement on yesterdays weather, although it was extremely gusty. Planted some final plants over the cave. I think I'm once again guilty of overplanting. Hmmmm!  

I couldn't put off getting into the greenhouse pond any longer. Had to remove a lot of algae, and dead water lily foliage. Little froggies swimming all around and also spent a while watching dragonflies. Did a bit of weeding and dead-heading at the pond side of that border while I was in there as access is difficult from the back of the border. Spiky foliage of Trachycarpus and Yucca make it pretty dangerous.

I can barely remember the time when there were NO ponds here. Funny how you become accustomed to your surroundings. The ponds are usually the first things that David checks out when he comes visiting. 

Watered all potted plants with watering can, I think the first butt is now empty. But it's time to give all Camellias a good drink. Will feed later in the week.

My Conca D'or Lilies have finally opened. And also my Gladioli 'Green Star'.

 What do you think of my new waders? Needed chest waders to maintain this last and deepest pond.

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

03 August 2015 07:32:59
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My Sleeping Mexican is still in hibernation. He'll open his eyes when his body detects a significant rise in temperatures.

Did a bit

02 August 2015 20:40:00

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Took today rather easy. Don't have a lot of time on a Sunday as it's lunch out with Dad.

When I got back, I lifted a Miscanthus zebrinus, and planted it down at the back wall. There are soil-retaining boards over the cave to try and eliminate the possiblity of another landslide. Had a severe one after a night of really heavy rain two winters ago. This Miscanthus is now hiding one of the boards. And hopefully over time, the boards will rot and the soil will have all knitted together with the planting. Took up my Echinops from this area and transplanted it down with my 'yellows and blues' in the North-facing border.

Things are finally coming together. And I promise I won't refer to yellows and blues again!

Peachy in the greenhouse

02 August 2015 18:54:52

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Drooling in anticipation

Blue and yellow

02 August 2015 08:07:40

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To bump up the blues in the North-facing border I also have Aconitum (Monskhood) and Anchusa, with Perovskia as mentioned yesterday. Today, if the rain decides to stop, I'll be moving my Echinops down to this area. Echinops make for a good dried flower arrangement so they'll get the chop after being relocated.

Still juggling

01 August 2015 22:12:48

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Not a bad day today. Small amount of work done on the you-know-what. But I got to dig up two Forsythias, in different parts of the garden. I don't think they deserve a place here as their flowering period is extremely short. So they got potted up, and are ready to go to a new home during the week.

With the new border at the back of the garden I wanted to have some evergreens at the wall. I had a Pinus mugo (gorgeous scent) planted at the back of my rose bed. So that got uprooted and was moved over. Had to cut back an Escallonia and tie back a Rose so I could get at the roots. I think Autumn is the time for transplanting evergreens. Ok, it's probably a bit early, but hey, today was the first day of Autumn. I think it'll do better in the new spot where it will have very little competition from other plants. But I had to uproot Viburnum 'Dawn' to make space for it.

I also had a Thuja plicata 'Whipcord' that has lived in a planter since I bought it many moons ago. It must have sighed with relief when it finally got planted out. It's now in the place of one of the Forsythias. And now I have another nice pot to play with. Oops!  Was I not supposed to be avoiding planters from now on?

Perovskia

01 August 2015 08:46:42
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Perovskia

This colour scheme WAS actually planned when I shifted around stuff in my North-facing border earlier in the year. I'm happy with the results of Perovskia 'Blue Spire (Russian Sage) and Lysimachia punctata glowing in the background.

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