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Jacinta D's Journal October 2015

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Living Stones

31 October 2015 21:28:57

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My Lithops (Living Stones) didn't flower at all this year. But today I noticed a protrusion on it and immediately thought 'yes'!!!   But not so sure now as last year the flower was a complete surprise, appearing overnight.

Dahlias

31 October 2015 05:35:06

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Only three Dahlias here in my garden. Two of them have already blackened so I'll cut the flowers for indoors and hope to take them up today. The other one is one that I grew from 'mixed' seed given to me by Terra Nova (third photo). No sign of it blackening so far, and yet it's in a more open spot than the other two. But I have this one about three years and haven't lifted it so far.

Chocolate

30 October 2015 06:48:18

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Haven't been doing a whole lot in the garden in recent weeks. Partially because of the weather, and partially because I have being finding other things to do now that the Summer busy season is over.

Was out yesterday for a while and delighted that my Eupatorium 'Chocolate' has put on so much growth in my absence. Flowering well now. This is planted in full shade. So that's an extra bonus as, when I bought it I had nowhere in mind for it but needed a gap filler in the North-facing border.

Ripe for the picking

29 October 2015 19:51:15
Malus 'Elstar'

Malus 'Elstar'

I picked my Malus 'Elstar' today. Could have left them a bit longer. But with Hallowe'en approaching, no doubt Wee Davey will probably devour them this weekend.

Borrowed

29 October 2015 07:03:45
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Love this tree that provides a colourful backdrop to my garden. No idea what it is, but the sun was capturing three different shades yesterday. And luckily it's far enough away not to litter my garden with its leaves. This tree provides a nesting site to magpies every year. 

Marigolds

28 October 2015 17:46:03

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I don't like French Marigolds as a rule. Probably has something to do with working in a garden centre and getting trolley loads of them. I think over the years people have steered clear of them as they are constantly being attacked by slugs and snails. In the garden centre they are packed too tightly. Therefore, developing a nasty mildew through lack of ventilation.

Spotted these seeds early in Spring and decided to give them a go. I like the honeycomb pattern on them. They have only had one or two dead heads removed since flowering. I kid you not! And they haven't been bothered by molluscs AT ALL. Still going strong today, and I've saved lots of seeds for next year. Definitely earns 10 out of 10 in my book, for an annual that has decreased in popularity in recent years.

Deserves some recognition

26 October 2015 21:01:28

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One plant that I think is quite overlooked is Polygonum elata (reclassified as Persicaria). A few good plants are giving some expected late colour, but very few people realise that this plant looks so great at this time of year too. It has been flowering all summer long , a perennial, and a self-sower. What more could you ask for.

Mum's the word

26 October 2015 20:13:31

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I've been waiting an age for this Chrysanthemum to open. Yesterday evening I brought it into the greenhouse for a bit of cossetting. Back out today, and hoping the struggle to open won't be for too much longer with this awful weather.

Cutting back

25 October 2015 10:16:59

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I suppose I'm a bit of a 'neat freak' when it comes to cutting back stuff from the garden from now on. But one perennial that I do tend to leave alone is Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm'. Love to see it with a dusting of frost or snow during the colder months.

Not all doom and gloom yet!

25 October 2015 08:51:03
Helleborus 'Double Ellen' white spotted

Helleborus 'Double Ellen' white spotted

The summer garden is fast disappearing, but only to be replaced by our winter one. Last years Lidl Hellebores are springing back to life once again. Love this one as it's such a Persil white.

Multicolour

24 October 2015 11:49:26
Blueberry foliage

Blueberry foliage

It always amazes me how one solitary bush can give so many different colours at this time of year.

Getting impatient

22 October 2015 20:08:38
Malus 'Elstar'

Malus 'Elstar'

I have usually picked all my apples by now. Still a little longer to wait before picking Malus 'Elstar'. But looking rightly delicious so far.

Nothing from Malus 'RedLane' as the flowers were caught by a late frost. Here's hoping for next year.

Sedums

20 October 2015 21:53:31

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Funny how you don't notice things that are staring you in the face. Today I think was the first time I really noticed how Sedums change colour in the autum. Can't remember which one the first one it. The second is Sedum cauticola 'Coca Cola' if my memory serves me correctly.

Heaven scent!

19 October 2015 04:35:52

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Had to uproot this Viburnum 'Dawn' during the summer to make room for the new border. It got potted up temporarily. But I really didn't expect it to flower this year because of the upheaval, and it's a relatively new shrub for my garden.  Hadn't realised what a wonderful fragrance it has. 

Supervise your kids!

18 October 2015 19:20:57

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Yesterday and today I've been concerned with the activities of local youngsters and fire. The field 'over the wall' is at the end of a cul de sac around the corner from us. So public access is always possible. This is the time of year when kids are gathering wooden pallets, and odd bits of wood that SOME people just wrecklessly throw over their walls. I only dump green waste, therefore I'm always adding to the nutrients.

The kids lit a big fire yesterday and a neighbour called the Fire Brigade in case it got out of hand. Years ago I had a big shed that ran the whole width of the garden. And this time of year was always a nightmare. I had to make sure the whole structure was well wetted for the month of October, and more. The fires today and yesterday weren't far from my back wall.

The ground has been so dry over the last month that I had visions of a bush fire out there if it hadn't been put out.

Another fire today, but no Fire Brigade. They must get so annoyed being called out to what they would probably consider 'innocent fires'. But then, if they didn't come out, and something awful was to happen.........? It just doesn't bear thinking about.

However, it's finally raining this evening so hopefully the field will get a thorough soaking.

Rant over!

Watch what you're cutting!

18 October 2015 07:13:17

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I'm always in a bit of a hurry to cut back stuff once it has gone over. Did this with great gusto when the Solidago had done its thing. But I accidentally cut back stems of emerging Asters in the process. They look so similar. However, all is not lost. Still a few stems of these two un-named Asters, so hoping for a better show next year.

And a photo of Chrysanthemum 'Alex Young' on its way.

Salvia

16 October 2015 21:38:42

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I bought Salvia 'Amistad' just during the latter half of summer. Took a few cuttings (4 to be exact) on 18th August. I've never been great with cuttings but all 4 have taken, and now are producing some flowers. I'll probably remove these for this year, although I'm quite tempted to have another small bit of colour in the garden. And of course, blue, being my favourite colour.

Id please

16 October 2015 07:12:52

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I think this is a cutting that I took a while back. If I got it from someone, I'm sure there would have been a label of some sort in the pot. No idea what it is. Looks like an evergreen leaf, and now has developed a pretty pink flower. Can anyone help, please?

Autumn? Nah, it's gotta be Summer!

15 October 2015 19:29:20

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After losing my beautiful Alstroemeria from last year, Drumanagh (Ali) came up trumps and very kindly gave me the very same one that she had spare, in late August. I've been pampering it and cossetting it since then. It looks like it's an 'Indian Summer' for me in mid October. Thanks a mill, Ali.  Will keep this one under protection for this winter and let it put on some strong growth before planting it next year.

Mahonia

15 October 2015 06:57:18

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I usually despair as the summer garden gets cut back and goes to sleep for another year. That's the case at the moment. Just random bits of colour now. Mahonia 'Winter Sun' will bring its charm to the garden over the next few months.

Well into Autumn now

14 October 2015 21:13:18

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What a very Autumnal day today. A bit misty and cool to begin with. The sun never appeared, even for 2 minutes. Drizzle never amounted to anything more than drizzle but it was constant, and temperatures were well down on recent weather. But we've been lucky as today has been our first evening to put the central heating on. Hoping it's not going to be expected from now on though, as I don't like living in a stuffy atmosphere.

Continued cutting back, tidying up and bringing some more tender plants inside today. Big pots to still bring into the greenhouse but both of us are suffering with back twinges. So these can wait a while still.

Bergenia is producing some nice red foliage, and my Acer palmatum 'Red Pygmy' is looking quite attractive now.

Another fungus

13 October 2015 07:49:29

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I'm finding a few really interesting looking fungi in the garden this year. Here is the latest one.

Topsy Turvy

12 October 2015 19:27:56

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I know the seasons are completely out of sync. But this is just ridiculous. Today I discovered that two of my Hamamelis are in flower, and it's only mid October. They were flowering this year in mid January.

Primrose 5-Steps

12 October 2015 07:44:32

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This area was FULL of primroses last year. But with the completion of the last pond, most of them were uprooted. I was meant to relocate them elsewhere but most of them dried out and were useless. However a few had been left in situ as I planted up the new border, and are beginning to flower now.

These circular paving slabs had originally been intended for use in the Primrose 5-Steps area, but are now still getting used in the same way. The 5 paving slabs represent the 5-steps, and still give me a pathway up to the 'over the wall' area. Just one way that areas can evolve but yet retain some of their former characteristics.

The little sumac is one which Fran gave me years ago and had been in a planter since. Hoping this will really take off and help to give Steve the kind of planting he had been looking for. And we have good autumn colour here too.

A couple more

11 October 2015 20:04:05

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I've had a lovely selection of different flower colours from the pack of 'Sunburst Mix'. Here are the latest two.

It's a jungle out there!

11 October 2015 07:25:37

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I have a fairly good-sized Tetrapanax growing in my hot border. Mary had warned me that it was going to grow huge, especially if I were to dig around, or disturb, the soil where it's planted. I've been careful not to do this as I don't want it to take over. 

But yesterday while weeding, I discovered small leaves coming up near it that I suspect may be baby Tetrapanax. Am I right?

Pampas Grass

10 October 2015 20:34:03

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This is a great Pampas Grass for a smaller garden. It only grows to about 4ft, and less in spread. Away for a couple of days this week and it decided to show its plumes in my absence.

Sunflower

10 October 2015 08:20:45
Sunflower 'Sunburst Mixed'

Sunflower 'Sunburst Mixed'

Sunflowers have done pretty well here this year. Another one is open, with plenty more buds on their way. These are the smaller type, only getting to about six feet. But they fit nicely into my hot border. Hope to save seed.

Pink

09 October 2015 22:54:17

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It's almost time for Nerine bowdenii to give a further splash of pink in the garden.

And the Lilies that I bought in Bloom this year are giving pink AND fantastic fragrance.

New

09 October 2015 22:17:57

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I haven't had much luck with Anemones in my garden. I was told that they take over. But mine just disappeared altogether. Think that one was 'hupahensis', if my memory serves me correctly. Hazel gave a clump of her lovely pink ones in early summer, but they disappeared too. Not prepared to give up trying just yet, though. So while in Gretta's for a couple of days this week, I decided to try again. Got myself a nice 'double' called Anemone x h. 'Pamina'. Now.....I dare it to disappear on me!

Cyber Gremlins

09 October 2015 10:15:22
Cyber Gremlins

Cyber Gremlins

Just posted a photo album of our visit to Mount Usher, with 62 photos. But it doesn't appear on the 'Recenty Activity' list. It is definitely there as I can view them. 

Banquet time

08 October 2015 21:02:59

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Slugs and snails here have been very well-behaved this year, and have totally altered their diet from Hostas to less palatable plants. They are adapting to an entirely different menu as my Hosta bed is completely surrounded by copper wire, over which they will NOT travel. I give 10/10 for this test with copper, based on results over the last few years. My Hostas are only NOW beginning to succumb to slight damage. I don't mind as they are starting to die back anyway.

The slugs/snails are in for a treat as I lift the copper for this year, and let their banquet begin.

Hydrangea

08 October 2015 08:00:38

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Saw this massive Hydrangea for sale in Beechmount G.C. yesterday, in what may have been a 10 litre pot or bigger. Thought at first it was the one that people are raving about at the moment 'Annabel'? It had no price on it. and I was wondering if anyone grew this particular variety 'Larry Clark'. Lovely and upright and nice firm, almost conical flowers. Might go back there today and check the price.

I'm tempted!

Mount Usher and Kilmacurragh

07 October 2015 08:48:06

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I've always been so envious when people here talk about places that I haven't been to. One such place I've always wanted to visit is the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh. So it was with great pleasure that we managed to see not one, but two great places. I had been confusing Mount Venus (which is a nursery, of course) with Mount Usher. Silly me. Maybe that's because Steve had told me that we were actually at Mount Usher before. However, nothing about the place seemed to jog my memory. Yea, it's probably an age thing, I reckon. But after yesterdays' visit, it still didn't convince me that he was right.

Gretta and myself took the wrong road somewhere along the line and we ended up late. But the others hadn't gone too far before we arrived. And thanks to Paddy's patience and kindness, we soon caught up with everyone. Damp oul' day, but very warm.

Wow! I adored the walk through Mount Usher. Definitely my first time. And not the last. We had a spot of lunch there afterwards and then headed 15minutes down the road to Kilmacurragh. This place didn't disappoint either. And they are both places that I would love a return visit to.

Thanks everyone for your company

 

Juvenile Robin

06 October 2015 22:40:56

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Spotted this little Juvenile Robin in Mount Usher Gardens today, obviously looking none too healthy. Thinking maybe he had an infestation of mites. Let's hope he can shake them off!

Will post a full album of the day tomorrow.

Saxifraga

04 October 2015 21:30:37

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This Saxifraga is looking lovely with its dainty sprays of pure white flowers now. It's teamed up with a grass I got from Matt O'Connell in Doolin last year. Can't remember what it is. Maybe Miscanthus. Have the name written down somewhere. And also a pretty white Armeria. All complimenting each other nicely.

Well, here she is!

04 October 2015 20:38:20

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2nd time flowering in just nine months. Not bad for one who forever dumps them afer flowering just the once

Right on our doorstep!

03 October 2015 21:26:21

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Do any of us truly appreciate what we have on our very doorstep? I do! Headed to Dublin Zoo today to have an update on the planting schemes around the place. The only thing that would stop me going there more often is the expensive admission fee. But as this weekend is World National Animal Weekend, admission prices were down to half for today and tomorrow. And you can stay till closing time, which makes it all the better. 

Struggled to walk around the whole place, but happy I got to see 99% of it. Maybe I'll wait till well into next year before a return visit though. Feeling the strain tonight.

Have lots of photos to post of some really gorgeous plants, but might split it up into two albums.

Phlomis

03 October 2015 06:31:00

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I love the whorls of yellow flowers on this Phlomis. They are fab if left on the plant as seed heads to make a frosty garden very beautiful. However, this year I've had no flowers on it for some strange reason. It's planted in full sun, and has well-drained soil, as required. So how come it hasn't flowered? Foliage is lovely too.

Dahlia

02 October 2015 20:33:27

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Spent a bit of time today investigating the soil in a few planters and discovered lots of vine weevil grubs. So I emptied them completely and renewed with fresh compost. Very time-consuming job but it's done now, so they should be happy. Also the robins ended up with a nice Friday Feast.

These are the only Dahlias I have ever managed to grow from seed, originally from Terra Nova. I have them about three or four years now and have never lifted them. So that's music to my ears. No name, they came in an envelope of mixed seed. But the bees just love them. I do too.

Close-up

02 October 2015 19:00:59

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Interesting results taking really close-up photos of plants.

Asclepia

01 October 2015 20:30:29

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Got this gorgeous plant in Fota over two weeks ago. It's a perennial and should get to about 2 or 3 ft. I'm planning on putting it into my hot border. There are also a few seed pods on it now, so I'm hoping to propagate in Spring. 

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