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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal April 2016

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Brugmansia

16 April 2016 07:08:16
Brugmansia

Brugmansia

This is its third year here. The 2nd year it produced a flower but fell off before it even opened. It's growing away now, and getting a regular watering. Maybe I'll give it a diluted tomato feed today. Here's hoping!

Acanthus

15 April 2016 07:12:54
Acanthus 'Tasmanian Angel'

Acanthus 'Tasmanian Angel'

This is a relatively new addition to my garden and hasn't found its forever home just yet. I love variegated plants and this is no exception. It adds greatly to injecting a bit of light into a North-facing border. Not sure if it will stay there. Just playing around with different locations.

Tulips

14 April 2016 21:38:55

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It looks like I'll be getting an eyeful of the yellow Tulips before my holiday. These are some of the ones I took from Dad's garden. They flowered for him for years and hoping they'll do the same for me. I like the little shrub just next to them - it's Myrtus 'Butterball' a very apt name in my opinion.

Don't know why the photos have appeared sideways. Apologies.

Funny!

14 April 2016 05:53:20

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While I was weeding over the cave yesterday, I just happened to glance 'over the wall'. I laughed when I saw some daffs growing happily amongst all the growth that I keep on contributing to over the years.

Hmmm, I wonder what else lies underneath that will pop up!

A Cracker

13 April 2016 21:50:17

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What a cracker of a day it was. Got loads of weeding and tidying done. So many dandelions in the garden so I went at them with great gusto. Had to climb up on the cave as they were making a bid for a major takeover. I suppose I've been a bit neglectful lately with them, and making the bad weather as an excuse.

Took away dead foliage in the greenhouse and watered everything.  Cut back a few bits, and sprayed some greenhouse plants that were covered in greenfly (mainly pelargoniums). They got thrown outside and they'll stay out now.

Cleared off the potting bench. Left underneath for tomorrow. Raked up all the poop again from the Hosta bed, and also the lawn. She'll be the death of me.

I was wondering why Holly didn't come to the patio doors this morning for her breakfast. But went about my business until she appeared. Went out to open the greenhouse and who did I find inside. Yes, Holly. I had mistakenly locked her inside overnight. All my pots were turned over, and she was curled up in a ball in a big pot that I can't remember what it had in it last year.

I managed to fill two black refuse sacks of green waste. I think I overdid it a bit today. Methinks it's time for some anti-inflammatories for the knees.

Looking good for the rest of the week, and indeed the weekend. Yay!

Help please

13 April 2016 18:29:16
Help please

Help please

I know this one, but just can't remember what it is. Hoping someone can jog my memory, please?

I can't resist......

13 April 2016 10:02:43
I can't resist......

I can't resist......

.........posting a photo of the Magnolia 'Stellata' around the corner from Dad. Isn't it spectacular. I was nearly going to knock in and ask how old it is.

Fritillaria

13 April 2016 04:49:40

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I have a lovely (small) clump of Fritillaria down at the border beside the cave that was newly-planted up last year. They were a recent addition. And this year, there were only two blooms on them. A bit disappointed as I had planted way more (or so I had thought!!!!!).

But as I pottered through the day yesterday I found that there were open flowers (yes, Fritillarias) in a pot on the patio table. It just goes to show us how resilient our bulbs are. The only soil that was in the pot was anything that came with them when I pulled them up last year. And they're still flowering. Life is wonderful!

So that's my first job today! Get those planted right back where they should be!! They just sooooo deserve a proper home and I can't for the life of me think why I took them up after only planting them.  Can't get in on the first shelf of the cave pond with all the recent rain. And the water hasn't warmed up enough for me to get in in my bare feet. So I'll have to manoeuvre around the dense planting without falling in. Need to do a bit of clothes shopping today. But I think that can wait for another day. I'll make the most of any good weather that passes our way.

"Whatever the weather, enjoy your garden."

Skimmia

12 April 2016 19:25:19

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This one is in a planter, waiting for the new Acid bed to be done. Very pretty Skimmia with lovely supposedly scented flowers. I guess I'll have to wait for a warmer day for that.

Nesting birds

12 April 2016 18:17:44

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Very foggy morning here and it lingered for quite a while. But that gave me plenty of time to do a few errands.

Did a bit of tidying up, weeding, and prompted by Jackie's query about cutting back Hellebores, I did just that. Only one or two that the leaves are blackened and tatty. The ones in shelter down at the end of the garden are still looking very fresh.

After all these years I have now discovered a pair of house sparrows building a nest in the soffits of the roof. So ecstatic about this. Maybe I've had nesters all along, but I just wasn't observant enough.

Gazania

10 April 2016 21:03:04
Gazania

Gazania

Very cold for last years Gazania to be flowering!

Magnolia

07 April 2016 20:08:42

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My Magnolia 'Stellata' has just started to open. I have to say that it has made a remarkable improvement since planting it out into the open. It gets better and better.

Id please

07 April 2016 10:43:32

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Can anyone tell me which Narcissus this one is please? I've had it a few years now and have still to get a name for it. It has foliage that very much resembles chives if that's any help.

Finally

05 April 2016 19:11:23

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My first Camellia of the year to flower is usually C. 'Margaret Davis'. But this year there are a few different ones that are way ahead of this one. I was putting it down to giving it a severe hair cut last year. Loads of buds on it, but I was thinking that they would be too small to actually open.

Delighted to see today that it has finally opened. And sooooo worth the wait. It's my favourite of all my Camellias.

Against all odds

05 April 2016 08:08:17

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I visited Urban Plant Life in Cork Street yesterday so I was on the bus. And on the way home when I got off the bus I spotted these lovely Chaenomeles planted up against a garden wall that's painted white. Obviously there used to be a flower bed before the owners decided to concrete the driveway. And they're still flowering. Just three plants and spread nice and evenly along the wall. They make a nice splash of colour.

Update

03 April 2016 18:57:52

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Just a little update on a stolen piece of a plant from Lanzarote in 2009. It spends all summer outdoors, into the greenhouse when it gets a bit cooler, and into the house for the winter.

Contemplating putting it out to greenhouse at this stage. Who'd have thought that such a plant would survive, and even thrive, in our climate. It has multiplied well since I acquired it. :)

Taking the good with the bad!

02 April 2016 06:12:43
Taking the good with the bad!

Taking the good with the bad!

The ongoing saga of my neighbours encroaching wild garlic continues. I've been very neglectful of the front garden lately, only spending time clearing up litter that has blown in. So today I'm getting out there ARMED AND DANGEROUS!  Hope I have some RoundUp in the Boiler House. The wild garlic is everywhere and starting to flower now. Grrrrr!!!!

But on the plus side, I discovered this pretty little Anemone the other day that I didn't sow. So every cloud............!

It's only starting to get bright now, but already I feel it'll be a much better day than yesterday. Have a nice weekend!

Thanks, Gracedieu

01 April 2016 07:20:33

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Gretta and myself paid Mary and Paddy a visit on a wet Wednesday in Waterford last year. Mary had a gorgeous succulent growing all around one of her greenhouses and very kindly gave me a good chunk to take home with me.

Happy to say it's now looking well, and flowering away. Thanks again, Mary.

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