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Jacinta D's Journal September 2015

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Alstroemeria

30 September 2015 21:10:31

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I don't know how my one and only Alstroemeria ('Indian Summer') from last year died. But it did.

Ali (Drumanagh) kindly gave me another one in early August, and was looking very healthy. I've fed it a couple of times since getting it. And now it looks like I am about to get my very own 'Indian Summer' after all. Thanks a million, Ali.

Homebase

30 September 2015 09:37:26
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Homebase

Homebase have had a Half-price Sale on with outdoor plants since last Thursday. The sale also includes anything already reduced. Get yourself on down to your local store  today as TODAY is the last day! Who knows what kind of bargains are to be had. I picked up this pretty Gentian yesterday for just €2.50

Limbering up

29 September 2015 20:54:05

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Haven't been doing very much gardening lately. So today I made the most of the beautiful sunny morning and had a walk in Santry Park to shake the cobwebs off my limbs. The park is beginning to take on a bit of Autumn colour now. But my days plan changed quickly afterwards so didn't get gardening at all in the end.

The walk was so invigorating and has made me look forward to Mount Usher even more now, and seeing the changing hues in trees and shrubs.

I liked this group of fungi especially.

Clematis

28 September 2015 21:07:42

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No gardening done today as I've had to spend time on my little old banger to get it ready for its NCT at the weekend.

But I had a ramble around the garden. My Clematis 'The President' is on its second flush, as are quite a few plants here. But I spotted a PINK flower on 'The President' and thought it strange. I do have C. 'Piilu' planted right beside 'The President' so initially I thought it was a flower of this one. But no. 'The President' has the usual blue flowers and two pink.

Super Moon

27 September 2015 21:41:34

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So, who gardens by the Moon?

Sunday

27 September 2015 18:59:21
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The camera got a good workout today. Busy watching the rugby and delighted with the result. Still a bit of colour in the garden and savouring every moment with it. Took a few cuttings of Salvia 'Amistad' a few weeks ago that have well and truly 'taken'. Delighted with that.

Putting up an album from today.

'Butterball'

27 September 2015 08:11:09
Myrtus ugni 'Butterball'

Myrtus ugni 'Butterball'

I love this small shrub for its foliage that turns more yellow as the season cools down. Evergreen, compact, and also produces a small amount of edible berries. It's looking good for now, and can only get better. Takes acid soil so will be moved, along with my other acid-loving shrubs, soon.

Malus

26 September 2015 22:07:49

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This is an ideal Malus to grow in a pot. The tree itself doesn't get huge, and the apples are no smaller than your average Golden Delicious apple. Another week or so and they'll be ready for picking.

The perfect spot!

26 September 2015 19:10:14

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I have been mulling over changing my Acid Quadrant completely since the completion of the last pond this summer. Have a few nice acid-loving plants ie Rhododendron, Myrtus, Loropetalum, Pieris, Lophomyrtus, etc. which will now go into a bed of their own at the right hand wall of the garden where I have a couple of roses.

Steve will be making a raised bed to accommodate my seven blueberry bushes. This will be located at the back end of the greenhouse, but extending beyond the width by about one or two feet each end, giving me roughly 8ft or more. Himself and David broke through lots of concrete today with a kango hammer. The big chunks of concrete will be used as hardcore at the bottom, when the bed has been constructed. The cement was originally laid to have a long hutch for my daughters bunny standing over it, and making the job of cleaning it out much easier. Rabbit long gone, and daughter has now moved out too. And so the garden evolves......   

That leaves plans for the existing Acid Quadrant to be changed too. :)

I'm sure at this stage that David is coming to the end of his Apprenticeship with powertools. Such a quick learner. But still full of divilment! Gotta be watched like a hawk or he'd probably dig up my entire path down the garden. :)

Sedum

26 September 2015 06:38:54

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This is one of my favourite Sedums here. I particularly love its variegated foliage. But it's very slow to bulk up.

Not to be!

25 September 2015 22:02:22

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Reversing in my driveway today after shopping I spotted something which had self-seeded in at the base of our wall dividing us from the neighbour. On closer inspection I discovered it to be a lovely red Nicotiana. Haven't had Nicotiana here for about 5 years or more. So I was hoping to let it go to seed and grow next year. Sometimes it pays NOT to weed regularly.

My grandson visited for his weekly sleepover earlier. He usually picks flowers in my front garden and duly presents them to me, nice and fresh.

Guess what he pulled today?   LOL

Honeysuckle

24 September 2015 20:19:00

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Got this variegated Honeysuckle years ago from Biddy. It has only flowered once before. But it was the variegated foliage that drew me to it. 

This year I finally planted it out. It has really taken off since then. But now I'm losing the variegated foliage. But it makes a nice change having a white-flowering Honeysuckle.

Thanks again, Biddy.

Cactus

23 September 2015 20:44:54

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I'm wondering if someone here can id this cactus for me. I have it a few years now, I think I may have bought it in Johnstown at one of the Christmas Get-togethers (oops, I've said that dratted 'C' word!).

It goes out to the greenhouse every summer. I was just taking it into the house today and noticed its first flowers ever are beginning to open. Wahoo!!!

Imagination

23 September 2015 06:43:46

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Some Art Students were being creative in the Botanic Gardens yesterday.

Botanic Gardens

22 September 2015 21:22:05

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It was a super day for a visit to the Botanic Gardens today. Thankfully we didn't have those awful showers of yesterday. Myself and Gretta met up with Michelle (Kitty) and her lovely daughter. Had a grand stroll around in the sun, and what a super display of Dahlias they had. I think I'll be growing some of the Pompom ones for next year. Their petals are so perfect. I have taken sooooo many photos so I'll split them up into smaller albums. The Sculpture In Context exhibition is on at the moment. The restaurant serves very nice, reasonably-priced food.

Thanks, Michelle and Rebecca. Great suggestion to visit here while you were in Dublin today.

Cooler weather

21 September 2015 20:03:28

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Took a few things into the greenhouse today as it seems to be much cooler at night now. Then potted up Dutch Irises 'Red Ember' which Elizabeth MADE me buy in Ballyseedy the weekend we were in Fota. Also some Allium 'Christophii', and Anemones 'Bordeaux' which I had soaking.

Was bringing my Aeoniums into the greenhouse and some of them broke as they are quite tall now. However, that means more plants. Will let them dry out for a day or two and then plant up the bits.

My little Birthday Girl is 15 yrs old today and was lapping up the sun in her favourite spot/pot.

Dreary day

20 September 2015 19:38:50

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Well, what a thoroughly miserable day here. No time in the garden except for a few photos before the rain started. My rose 'Sheila's Perfume' is coming again. And it does have a lovely scent. But it is a gorgeous rose without the scent. 

Two blues that I captured today were my Geranium 'Rozanne' and an annual that I grew from seed sent by Margaret, Nicandra 'Splash of Cream'. Both flowers are quite similar and are the exact same shade of blue. I've collected lots of seeds of this for next year. But I'll be more watchful as the lovely variegated foliage, which had attracted me to it initially, had been munched by something throughout the whole summer. I never got to find out what was the culprit.

Hot border

20 September 2015 07:48:59

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I bought these lilies in Bloom this year to extend the colour in my 'hot' border. Supposed to be orange, red and yellow, but not what they said on the tin. But it's still great to get a bit of late colour and fragrance to die for at a time when most of my other lilies have gone over. Some of the buds are huge.

Dianthus

20 September 2015 06:34:03

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The garden is really beginning to show definite signs of Autumn now. I've already done a bit of cutting back and collected some seeds. But only collecting seeds that I know I will need for next year. 

Clematis 'The President' and  'Bees Jubilee' are on their second flush now. But I was delighted to see that Nerine bowdenii is starting to appear now too. I also have a white one tucked in there (I think). And this cute little Dianthus has begun to open up too. It's been a very dry and still week. The calm bit is ok, but I think I'll have to water a few parts of the garden, especially planters, today even though I know a bit of rain is forecast for the next few days.

Schizostylis

19 September 2015 18:22:27
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Schizostylis

With visitors coming and going nearly all day today I never got round to doing much of anything. But I managed  some on-the-spot tidying up sessions. Only for that, I wouldn't have noticed that this pretty pink Schizostylis had opened. Photo quality not great. A problem with my current camera but got a bit of life out of one of my older/broken ones. It'll do in the meantime. :)  See, sometimes it's good to hoard.

Lonicera

18 September 2015 21:07:43

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Love this evergreen shrub It lends itself greatly to judicious pruning too. Lots of tiny purple berries coming on it now. Not sure if they are eaten by the birds. But the berries contrast so well with the yellow foliage.

At long last

18 September 2015 08:10:49

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Never had such a disastrous result with tomatoes as I did this year, partially due to cold night time temperatures in the greenhouse shortly after planting them out. Leaves blackened and withered. Plants very slow to truss up, and even slower to ripen. Two types only this year and yield was very poor. 

Just one tomato plant left at this stage and I'm only now seeing T. 'Black Russian' starting to ripen. But these are a really tasty tomato. No Bolognese or chutney with these (not enough of them anyway). There are only 5 tomatoes on this plant. So looking forward to these on my salad. They have a lovely rich and almost smoky taste.

Hardy spreader

17 September 2015 19:30:28

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I have a big planter planted up with some Lamium 'Pink Pewter' and Pelargonium 'Vancouver Centennial' in the middle of the lawn. The Lamium is a wonderful spreader, but it was wrong to team it up with that particular Pelargonium. Pink flowers on the Lamium and orange on the Pelargonium. But I would still not be without the Lamium.

Some of it has self-seeded from last year but hasn't flowered yet. But it's in a lot of shade. Still, the foliage brightens up that dullish area.

Eucharis amazonica

16 September 2015 20:32:29

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I only bought these Amazonia Lilies on the 6th of September. Planted them up immediately as they weren't looking the may west. I know (or thought I knew) that they probably wouldn't flower this year. But they have grown so much in just over a week since planting them.

Now I'm actually noticing flower buds already. What the? Maybe the flowers will drop off soon. Or maybe I should take them into the house in the hope that that will NOT be the case.

Late lilies

16 September 2015 07:43:22

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Got these beautiful lilies at Bloom this year, in shades of yellow, orange and red. Was looking forward to them adding a bit of late colour this year to my hot border. With all the rain we've had over the last few days I was worried that they would open in my absence and get washed out of it. But no. They have only just started to open. But not in the colours that I had chosen. Thought I had kept the names of them in my computer but I must have deleted them by mistake. However, they are planted in a planter and just snuggling in between other plants. So I'll just move them to a more suitable spot for next year.

Disappointed that they are not what they said on the tin. But delighted that they're beginning to open for my homecoming.

Fota

15 September 2015 20:22:49

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Just back from a short break in Cobh, which took in a visit to Fota Plant Fair. Weather was atrocious for most of the time, apart from today when we were heading home. Typical.

Met up with Elizabeth7 on the day of the fair, and she took us to see her garden. Loved all the different levels and smashing planting combinations. Maisie and Meg gave us a great welcome and almost wouldn't let us go back to the B&B. I had only ever said 'Hello' to Elizabeth once or twice so it was great to be able to spend quality time with her. She kept us well entertained for the whole time we were with her. Then we all went off to the fair. Didn't get to see all the stalls, but we had already bought as much as we were able to carry home on the train together with weekend luggage. It was my first time to visit Cobh, and will be back soon. But we'll have our own transport next time.

Got a few nice plants at the fair - love the stems and underside of the leaf on this hardy Begonia (Begonia subsp. evansiana), Fig 'Brown Turkey', Asclepias curassavica, and Agerantina altissima 'Chocolate' which looks quite similar to Eupatorium 'Chocolate'. Looking forward to placing them tomorrow.

A very big thank you to Elizabeth for her wonderful hospitality. So delighted that I finally got to see her garden. I've wished this for a long time.

 

Fota

13 September 2015 08:21:48

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I've just been out for a lovely early morning stroll in the misty rain here in Cobh. Not a sinner about, and I'm loving having a nosey in the local gardens to see what they're growing. Nothing like a bit of solitude when everyone is still tucked up in bed in a little sleepy village.

Heading off to Fota for the plant fair later on and sooo looking forward to it.

She's lost her pout!

10 September 2015 21:53:39

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It still amazes me when I look at what's left of my Salvia 'Hotlips'. I mean, I actually dug it up for Gretta months ago. And obviously a bit of root had been left behind. But one of the little girlies on it has lost her rosy pout. :)

Also a photo of this lovely plant I bought in Bloom - Anchusa azurea. The photo is (for once) capturing the true blue. And it's on its second flush.

More insect problems

08 September 2015 21:46:23

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The leaf of this Canna in the greenhouse has been thoroughly eaten. And the pattern is so regular. Any ideas please? It hasn't affected the flower, thankfully.

Shadow

08 September 2015 20:35:55
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Even the shadows are watching me in the garden! :)

Eupatorium 'Chocolate'

08 September 2015 07:32:50

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Only a recent addition to the garden in the last year or so, I'm very smitten with its purple foliage. But I particularly like the almost black stems. It's also a great shrub for full shade, the only space I had for it when planting. Pity it's deciduous.

Plant ID please!

07 September 2015 20:38:41

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I'm sure a few of us here can remember a member Jack17. He hasn't been on in a long time. But shortly after I joined this site, I recall admiring some of the lilies that he posted in a journal. He didn't hesitate to drop some of the same over to me in work the following day. He is a generous man and a gentle man. 

Anyway, I planted them the following day in what I now know to be the wrong spot - my North Facing border. This particular border has had a number of changes in the last few years but I always made sure not to swamp them with other stuff. But I think it was two years ago I ended up potting them up and bringing them out in the open where they could receive a bit of sunshine.

This year, they have had lots of pampering and generous doses of feed. Still no sign of a flower on them. But they are looking very healthy. I actually am not sure what kind of lilies they are. Just went into his photo albums and think they are the ones in photo number 2 and 3. Maybe Crinums, perhaps? Hope someone can help id them. And how in tarnation can I get them to flower?

Amazonia Lily (Eucharis amazonica)

07 September 2015 08:07:36

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Bought these bulbs in Dealz the other day. Hadn't heard of them before. According to the packaging, they should be planted from August to December, and should flower April to August, and sometimes flower twice a year. These ones from Dealz have obviously suffered from lack of light. So I have them planted up and already they are starting to turn greener, a must for building up healthy growth for next year by the process of photosynthesis. 

They are reputed to be hardy, but I'll keep them in the greenhouse until they have fully greened up. And who knows, I may even get a couple of flowers before the cold weather really sets in. Then it's into the house until next year. These should get to about 6 feet. Fingers crossed.

Success at last

06 September 2015 19:42:36

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I wonder how many times I've bought Hippeastrum bulbs to flower for just one time, and discarded them afterwards. But having been a member of this site for quite a while now, I hope I have learned a few things.

Last December I bought three more, and decided to make more of an impact by planting three into the one pot. When they went over, I let them die off. But once the weather got milder, out they went to the greenhouse. They never lost their leaves completely, and I gave them the odd tomato feed throughout the so-called summer.

Was out inspecting things today and lo and behold I have a flower bud on one of the bulbs. The last time it flowered was 8th January this year. So this is its second time in 8 months. Chuffed.com

Wraparound

06 September 2015 07:07:10

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I only did a couple of hanging baskets this year. But I've not been liking the look of unused brackets on the walls and posts. Mother Nature has taken care of that for me though, and my Actinidia (Kiwi) has now enveloped the posts and brackets with twining foliage. It has done the trick nicely. Nice big foliage on the Actinidia, and lovely hairy-looking new shoots.

Canna

05 September 2015 22:03:24

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I've kept a few Cannas over winter a few times and nothing much ever came of them on their second year. But I have this one three years now. After a lot of T.L.C. and cossetting, it has finally flowered. It's been outside all summer. But with the recent plummeting night-time temperatures I took it in yesterday. Regular tomato feed, I think, is the answer. 

Nice day

05 September 2015 19:53:17

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It turned out to be really nice day after a coolish morning. Got the grass cut so the garden is looking loved once again. It makes such a difference and it gave me the urge to do more outside than I have done all week. 

Cut back a few things, gathered seeds, and took cuttings of my Salvia 'Amistad'. 

I'm really happy with the way Hosta Hill has performed this year again. It's only now that there are signs of little holes in the leaves. But I'd still exterminate any slugs or snails that I find. Not ready to let the Hostas go just yet.

But there's an imposter in that bed trying to pose as a Hosta. The seed came from a bird feeder which overhung that area in the cooler weather. But it's about to flower so I'll let it do its thing and then remove it.

Nip in the air

03 September 2015 18:31:32

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Very nippy this morning, and it didn't get much better throughout the day, apart from about an hour during the afternoon. The bees were huddled together trying to maintain some body heat. The greenhouse wasn't even opened today.

Nature

02 September 2015 21:37:18
Common Blue (female)

Common Blue (female)

Not a butterfly that I see too often in my garden. I should be a lot more observant. Or maybe a trip to Specsavers is on the cards. LOL

This one is a common blue. Pretty!

Second Flush

02 September 2015 20:32:19

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Climbing Rose 'Teasing Georgia' was only planted out last year at one of the posts of the Loggia. It did really well this year and not a sign of blackspot. 

It's producing a nice second flush at the moment.

New plant

01 September 2015 21:56:39
Kalanchoe beharensis

Kalanchoe beharensis

Now is the time when I begin to stock up on a few indoor plants to get me through the cold winter months. I was passing by a Florist today and they had lots of stuff outside the shop. Spotted this from nearly a mile off. Couldn't resist it - Kalanchoe beharensis.

Chillipeppers

01 September 2015 07:33:04

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I overwintered my one and only chilli plant from last summer in the house. I had been told if I got any chillis on it this year that they would be much milder. Not so. In fact they seem to be a tiny bit hotter. And indeed there are way more chillis on it this year. We've been picking them for the last month, and so many more to come. I'll be trying to overwinter it successfully again this year.

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