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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal November 2015

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I don't believe it!

30 November 2015 11:25:34

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The gardening seasons are getting more and more mixed up as we approach our coldest and most miserable time. 

I had some self-sown Nicotiana in the front garden during the summer after me not having any at all for at least 5 yrs. 

Just coming in from the doctor a few minutes ago and spotted some more opening up. Strange goings-on in the gardening world altogether!

Exochorda

28 November 2015 04:47:22

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Couldn't believe it the other day when I spotted lots of new leaf buds and a few flowers opening on my Exochorda macrantha. And also my white Centaurea. Talk about out of sync?????

Seasonal plant

27 November 2015 17:31:21

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Can't remember offhand whether Chaenomeles flowers in Spring. But it's starting to open now. Nice to have it when there isn't much else in the front garden.

Photos taken yesterday - not today (horrific day).

Which one?

27 November 2015 09:09:32

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Nice grass down at the back wall looking good at the minute. But can't remember whether it's a Miscanthus or Carex. Can anyone help please? It's about 4ft at this stage.

The last one

23 November 2015 21:15:12

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I have about 7 Acers here and this one (A. Ribesfolium) is the last to hold onto its leaves. Actually it even has a new bit of growth. In spring time the stems turn a lovely deep shade of red.

Cotinus

22 November 2015 19:18:43

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Cotinus 'Grace' is holding onto its leaves very well considering the weather we've been having recently. It's making a nice splash of colour while a lot of deciduous trees and shrubs have already lost their foliage.

Another bird

22 November 2015 07:24:11
My very own Goldfinch

My very own Goldfinch

There were absolutely NO Goldfinches in my garden last year. But one of the reasons for this was that there was a guy spotted over in Santry Park last year and the year before on a bicycle with a basket on the carrier. He was catching Goldfinches in a big net and collecting them into his basket for sale on the black market. Seemingly they are being inter-bred to reproduce their gorgeous colours and birdsong. He was spotted on CCTV cameras around the park. But sadly nothing has been done about it.

So this is what I spent yesterday doing, putting the finishing touches on my very own Goldfinch.

Birds

21 November 2015 18:43:57

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Well, all my bird feeders are filled up and out now. I know that really they should be kept going even throughout the summer months. But in truth, they just poop all over my prized possessions in the garden. Anyway, they're up since during the week and only now have begun to devour what's being left out for them.

But the best thing that I spotted today was a Buzzard flying around in the field 'over the wall'. And he has now taken to perching on the lamp post at the end of the Cul de Sac at the end of the road, which backs onto this field. I got so excited to see him. A bit blurred as I had to crop the photos.

Aeonium

20 November 2015 19:59:19

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Bought this Aeonium tabuliforme (also known as 'Dinner Plate' Aeonium) at Bloom 2014. It's monocarpic so the trick with it is not to let it flower. I bought it for its swirling leaves. I think it's beautiful. As I had forgotten to turn it occasionally while in the greenhouse during the summer, it had grown lop-sided. I decided to place a couple of pine cones that I had to hand underneath it yesterday just before I had a lovely garden visitor, Terry (aka Sumjak50) who came bearing some really lovely plants. Thank you so much, Terry.

Getting soft!

18 November 2015 20:52:01

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Having gardening withdrawal symptoms here at this stage. It seems absolutely ages since I've done a decent bit outdoors. Am I getting old and soft? There was a time (not so long ago) that I wouldn't let the elements stop me doing what I love doing.

Another bad day today, and the cold is to seep in for the weekend. Just seems like there's no break in the weather. However, it could be a lot worse. At least the winds seem to have died down a lot.

My Hyacinths have begun to open up in the dining room and the fragrance is gorgeous. 

Clematis

17 November 2015 21:40:28

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Never even peeped my head outside the door today. Gales of up to 160 kilometres. I wouldn't be surprised if my Tetrapanax has no leaves at all tomorrow. It seems to have been taking the full force of the winds today, I suppose the huge leaves were acting as a sail.

This is a photo of my Clematis 'Bee's Jubilee' that I took yesterday. Hope it's still there tomorrow.

And an indoor Fuchsia that hasn't suffered in the bad weather, completed today.

Senecio petasites

16 November 2015 19:32:00

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It was great to get a couple of hours of sunshine today, although it was chilly enough. Spent time in the greenhouse dead-heading pelargoniums and cleaning up lots of fallen leaf debris.

On closer inspection of the garden, I noticed that my Senecio is about to flower. According to Google, flowering time is late winter/early spring. And the flower they show is yellow. This looks like it may be pink. But flowers couldn't have been further from my mind with this plant as I had fallen in love with its felty foliage.

Ricinus is still looking well in the hot border.

Honeysuckle

13 November 2015 21:30:55
Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle

My white Honeysuckle is certainly braving the weather. Got this one originally from Biddy. The foliage used to be variegated, but it seems to be reverting now.

Great value

11 November 2015 21:20:29

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My two Passifloras are still in full flower. Well, the blue one isn't mine. But my neighbours that's trailing over our wall. The other one is Passiflora caerulea 'Constance Elliott', which has now developed nice seed pods.

Hazel's Anemone?

10 November 2015 21:10:18
Hazel's Anemone?

Hazel's Anemone?

Hazel gave me some lovely pale pink Anemones from her garden during the summer that I had admired when I visited her garden last year. They did absolutely nothing since I planted them out. But yesterday I noticed the bunch that I had planted had produced a flower. A deep pink one? And it's only about 12 inches tall. I'm wondering now are they actually Anemones. Or is this something that someone else gave me? Either way, it's very welcome here as colour is disappearing rapidly from the garden.

Chrysanth

10 November 2015 19:47:59

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I have this Chrysanthemum 'Alex Young for about three years now. Not fully hardy so it goes into the greenhouse over the winter.

It has gone from strength to strength since I got it. And it's got such a profusion of flowers on it at the moment. For the last week I've had it out during the day, and into the greenhouse at night - just in case of frost.

Sisyrinchium striatum

09 November 2015 19:58:56

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Sisyrinchium striatum has opened up a late flower. Silly Billy!

Pick-me-up!

08 November 2015 19:53:47

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What a woeful day. Actually, what a woeful WEEKEND. Didn't even get out for a photo at all. So I'm posting something to remind us of the summer, however bad it may have been.

No accounting for taste!

08 November 2015 06:31:11
No accounting for taste!

No accounting for taste!

Love Tetrapanax to bits. Even the dead leaves hold a strong attraction for me.

I promise

07 November 2015 17:41:56

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Well, what with the distraction of my paintings recently I have done very little outdoors. But I'm getting cabin fever now and am ready to put the oils away for a while come Monday morning.

Another rose is giving a further bit of joy at the moment. It's a climber called 'Schoolgirl' and so pretty.

Plumes

06 November 2015 20:27:20

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The plumes on my Cortaderia looked like an Indian head-dress this morning. No?

Ok, I'll keep taking the tablets!!!

Senecio petasites

06 November 2015 06:27:25

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Not sure if this plant is hardy but have taken cuttings as a precaution. I'm just wondering though if this plant dies back completely over winter?

Fish Gobbler

05 November 2015 20:46:40
Fish Gobbler

Fish Gobbler

This is probably the heron that has been gobbling all of my fish over the years. Painted from a photo over in Santry Park 5 minutes away, as the 'heron' flies. Just waiting for a signature now.

Contrast

04 November 2015 21:12:21

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My Acers and Fern are providing lovely colour contrast down at the retaining bed at this time of year. 

Preoccupied

03 November 2015 21:57:58
Orchid

Orchid

I've been diverting from gardening a bit in recent times to concentrate on my painting. Flowers are not my 'thing'. But I'm hoping to rectify that over the coming season. I've opened a page called 'Brush Strokes' on Facebook where anyone interested can have a look at what I'm at. Hopefully with a lot of practise I will improve greatly. I am using artistic license with colour and form, and hope I am painting subjects that are pleasing to the eye, not botanically correct.

Here's a photo of a painting I finished today.

Hanging on

03 November 2015 07:46:14

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Dead-heading is still going on a bit in the garden. Osteospermums have done great this year and looking as good now as when I planted them summer last year. It remains to be seen whether or not they'll survive another winter.

Three roses are still flowering - 'Tequila Sunrise', 'Arthur Bell' and lastly a beautiful red rose that didn't realise it was a climber until I fed it for the first time this year. It just took off from then on.

Dew

02 November 2015 22:07:53

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After quite a foggy night, a heavy dew was left on the garden. This cordyline looked better than in the photo with the dew on cobwebs. Another great day.

Still picking

01 November 2015 19:25:11

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This is my second time overwintering my Chillipepper plant ('Apache'). Someone had told me that they wouldn't be as HOT as the first year. Not so!  They would blow the head off you. Lots more to ripen. And plenty more small ones growing well. Should be kept in chillis for a good while yet.

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