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Jacinta D's Journal May 2016

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Teamwork

30 May 2016 09:16:30
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Teamwork

Look how the sun and the garden work together. Persicaria 'Red Dragon' is looking its best with the sun casting its vital rays to enhance it even further

What a cracker!

30 May 2016 04:53:50

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As Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest, I did just that yesterday. Well, in the garden anyway. Once all the boring indoor chores were done, Steve and I sat out and appreciated that little space we call home. That was the intention anyway. Ok, I couldn't actually stay sitting in one place for too long.

Ended up planting a couple of plants, and watered stuff in the greenhouse. What a super day, and I believe it's to be a smashing week. Hope you can all avail of some of that essential vitamin D.

Cut

28 May 2016 19:55:59

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Between the two of us we managed to give the grass a much-needed strim and cut. It had been allowed to grow like a meadow over the last maybe 5 weeks as neither of us were able to do it. But Steve couldn't bear to look at it any more. David put his heart and soul into raking it afterwards.

So with one more cut tomorrow, it should be looking a bit more normal for this time of year.

Delighted with this Alstromeria 'Indian Summer' that was given to me by Drumanagh last year after my own one died. It's opened up now.

Peony

28 May 2016 06:20:14
No Name Peony

No Name Peony

This gorgeous peony had a troubled childhood. I got it years ago from a friend of a friend. And at the time I had nowhere in mind to plant it, and no pot/planter to put it into. So it spent its first two summers here in a black plastic bag.

I had been advised that Peonies didn't like disturbance of any kind. Funny that, I've found that this has done really well since getting it. It's always my first Peony to open and the flowers are magnificent.

Friday

27 May 2016 20:31:41

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No gardening time today as I had family commitments. But when I had a free moment, I wandered about checking on the latest blooms. These two beautiful Irises had opened up. No idea which ones they are, but loving them all the same.

Pink is the new black

27 May 2016 06:24:23

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It seems that I'm gathering more and more pink flowers for my garden in my old age. I was never a lover of pink, preferring more vibrant, in-your-face colours or even black. I must be mellowing finally. :)

These are two recent purchases. I find the scent from garden pinks/Carnations is just so intoxicating. I did have Aquilegia 'Winky Blue' years ago and only got about three years altogether from it. So I'm prepared to give it another go with its 'pink' sister. Pretty, isn't it?

Nice day out there so far!!!

Nicotiana

26 May 2016 21:00:15

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Self-sown Nicotianas in the front (thanks to the birds) have flowered throughout last summer, autumn, winter, and spring. They have come full circle now and are in flower still for the summer of 2016. Not bad for freebies, but very weird considering it's an annual.

Clean

26 May 2016 05:34:41

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Another job that has been on my mind to do, as it hasn't been done in two years. But weeding between the paving slabs had to be done by hand. Looks a lot better now. That's another job off the list. Going to spend the next few days just taking it easy.

In the Pink

25 May 2016 07:00:47

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Not much done in the garden yesterday except cast a critical eye over everything. This Weigela is flowering fully now and looks great planted (not planned, I hasten to add) right beside this Osteospermum that's been there at least three years. I think the two shades of pink look lovely together.

Another great pink in the garden at the moment is this Leptospermum scoparium. It's literally been flowering for months now, and so many more flowers to open. Such a great value plant, I wouldn't be without it.

Fantabulous

24 May 2016 21:45:12

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Sorry, today was all about appreciating the beauty that was all around me. This time it's Tetrapanax.

Beeeeeeeautiful!

24 May 2016 21:42:04

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Briza Maxima

Gorgeous! Just Gorgeous!

24 May 2016 21:37:48

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Lovin' this time of year when everything is pushing up and enjoying life. My Arisaema was looking totally delicious in todays sunshine. You either love 'em, or hate 'em!

Armeria

24 May 2016 06:19:58
Armeria 'Ballerina Red'

Armeria 'Ballerina Red'

Small, low-growing plants are perfect for my size garden. I like this red Armeria just for a change from the pink and white.

I hope it's sunny wherever you are. Fog just lifting from over the field. But once that burns off.......  Have a good one.

A good day

23 May 2016 20:41:42

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Clematis 'Miss Bateman' opened up today, the exact same day as last year. It's great when certain plants are predictable despite different weather conditions.

Got lots of bits done today. Made great inroads on planting things that have been waiting too long in the coffers. Hazel kindly gave me loads of Anemones earlier in the year. Couldn't think where I was going to put them. They got planted today in a 'bung-'em-in' method. They're down beside Eupatorium 'Joe Pyeweed'. I think they'll look really nice together and the colours will match nicely too. Between yesterday and today, the yard and patio are looking much clearer. It helps the head when you get rid of clutter.

Tomatoes and Brugmansia were watered and fed.

On Wednesday I'm hoping to power wash and get the grass cut, so let's hope the weather holds until it's done.

Weeds

23 May 2016 15:03:30
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Weeds

I pull out loads of this weed year after year and I often wonder why. It is soooo pretty. Can anyone remind me what it's called please?

Eucomis

22 May 2016 21:31:07
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Eucomis

Last year I finally managed to get hold of a Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy' when we had a group visit to Mount Usher.

It got a nice 'distressed' looking planter today. It was one of the pots that I emptied today. Can't wait to see this beauty in full swing.

Wet and warm

22 May 2016 20:44:45

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Battled with heavy showers today. I'm on a mission to get as much done as possible this week. Lots of pots here with just soil in them, taking up valuable space and making the place look quite unsightly. Whether or not there should be things growing in them wasn't important today. If there's no sign of growth by now, so be it. So I emptied the soil into the Jurassic area as the soil level there could do with being slightly more raised. It's all looking nice and fresh now.

Planted a few things out. Even though it wasn't a lot of work, it has made a great difference. Even Steve noticed.

I was going to get the grass cut today, but it's just sodden. Hoping for a big improvement tomorrow. Never got around to feeding my tomatoes so that'll be my first job in the morning.

On my travels I spotted my Dodecatheon in full flower. Nearly missed that.

Plant id please

22 May 2016 18:51:31

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I'm ashamed to say that this little plant has been in the same pot for a couple of years now, or maybe more. Some one here gave it to me (possibly SallySarah), and I can't remember what it is. It finally got planted out today. Looking a bit chlorotic, or maybe it's supposed to look like that? Maybe it's just a weed?

Thanks in advance.

 

Thank you Mary & Paddy

21 May 2016 22:26:50
Sisyrinchium 'Mrs. Spivey'

Sisyrinchium 'Mrs. Spivey'

Another note of gratitude comes from these quarters. Mary kindly gave me a piece of her lovely white Sisyrinchium last year when Gretta and myself came to visit on a very wet day, much like todays weather.

It's starting to open. Thanks, Mary.

Veronica

21 May 2016 08:08:32
Veronica prostrata 'Nestor'

Veronica prostrata 'Nestor'

Another little beauty that I have in the Alpine Circle is this low-growing Veronica. Such a little dote that just likes to get on with life without any human intervention.

Campsis radicans

20 May 2016 07:00:35
Campsis radicans

Campsis radicans

Got a lovely Campsis last year as a gift from France. But I was beginning to despair recently (when I remembered I actually had one) as there was absolutely no sign of growth on it. Was going to be pretty disgusted as it's not a plant you would readily find for sale here in Ireland.

However, with the recent heat, and plenty more rain, we now have lift-off. I stuck it into the greenhouse the other day hoping to bring it on a bit. Voila! Can't wait to see it fluorish this year. My appetite had been whetted while in Spain a few weeks ago as they were all over the place and looking gorgeous.

Another one

19 May 2016 21:25:31

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Another little cutie - Saxifraga cunefolia variegata.

Saxifraga

19 May 2016 21:10:00

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It's time now for the Saxifragas to shine. And this one is no exception. It has been split up a few times and dotted around the garden, the last division being planted over the cave as it is such a low-maintenance plant.

A bit windy today so you'll have to forgive the photo quality.

Plant id please

19 May 2016 08:55:44

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Spotted this small plant coming up in the new Pond Border yesterday. No idea what it might be, and no label in the ground (there's a surprise). It's only about 10 inches at its tallest point.

Can anyone help me identify it, please?

Ginkgo biloba

19 May 2016 06:52:09

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This poor little munchkin was trapped in a pot for years until last year, when I decided to plant it out at the back wall. Shortly after planting it, it was looking very sad and losing all its leaves within days of releasing it from its confines.

But look at it now. The best decision was to give it its freedom papers. Hopefully it will reward me tenfold in years to come, with a nice bit of coverage for the back wall.

Lilac

18 May 2016 19:46:38

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Got this lovely Lilac last year out of flowering season. So this is its first year to flower for me. It's in a pot for now, but I'm almost certain where I will be planting it. The back wall still needs a lot of coverage. I have a gap where my Pinus mugo was transplanted to last year. But it has died since. Pity about that as I loved it. But the Lilac will be a nice change. It's a small grower (5ftx3-4ft) so perfect for my size garden.

It was the name that finally sold it to me - Syringa pubescens patula 'Miss Kim'. Kim is my eldest daughter so she was delighted with this.

 

Tree Peony

18 May 2016 05:40:53
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Tree Peony

I've only got the one, but it's starting to show off now.

Phlomis

17 May 2016 21:21:33

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My Phlomis in the Greenhouse Border never even opened its flowers last year. Probably too wet. This year it has really taken off and bushed out enormously. First flowers are beginning to open now. I love the unopened whorls all the way down the stems before opening. I'm so glad it took a 'year out' last year when I see how well it's going to do for me now.

 

Helianthemum

17 May 2016 08:22:23
Helianthemum 'Ben Fhada'

Helianthemum 'Ben Fhada'

Another little gem that I spotted yesterday is this little ground-hugging Helianthemum - 'Ben Fhada'. Got it in Horkins in Sligo last year. I have a super orange called H. 'Ben More' in the Alpine Circle that I'm watching every day.

Arum

16 May 2016 21:00:33

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I always forget this Arum is there until I see it at this stage. I may have acquired this one illegally somewhere along my travels. So it's great to see it perform after the trouble I went to to get it. LOL.  Lovin' its marbled leaves.

The Early Shift

16 May 2016 09:19:10
The Early Shift

The Early Shift

I'm just back from Dad's after having planting his 18 tomato plants. I could have planted them in a way that would be less traumatic on me oul' limbs but Dad is used to doing them in his own way, although it was ME doing them. Limbs and back aching. So time for a strong coffee and a peruse around my own garden now.

Summer time and the living is easy!

15 May 2016 20:38:26
Nandina domestica 'Pink Blush'

Nandina domestica 'Pink Blush'

Both Steve and myself are a bit decrepit at the moment with back problems, Steve's complaint being more long-term. So for the past two days we have been taking it easy in the garden. I used the litter picker today to dead-head lots of dandelions in the lawn. It took a lot of any back strain away. But basically that's all I did, apart from using a full water butt to water potted plants and stuff in the greenhouse.

I should be more able for some physical work tomorrow. But if it's too hot, I'll just have to sip a couple of Baileys and ice.

Persicaria

15 May 2016 07:00:15
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Persicaria

Love this little Persicaria. I have a nice clump of it growing around the Lower Pond, and also in random planters about the garden. But it's now flowering in the greenhouse after being given its freedom papers to romp away in the gravel. Nice to see it flower so early.

Looks like another scorcher of a day. Plenty of factor, folks!

Mini Jurassic

14 May 2016 09:40:26
Mini Jurassic

Mini Jurassic

When I created the latest border by the final pond last summer, Steve requested Jurassic planting. Well to me Jurassic means leafy, green, foliage. But also gigantic. I couldn't provide him with the gigantic part, but I did my best with what I had and gave him a few big-leaved plants. One of them being Ligularia. Looking at it in the evening sun yesterday made me realise I had kept my side of the bargain to some extent.

Another great morning out there. Enjoy!

Plant id please

13 May 2016 21:40:24

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I have just been putting a bin out in the front. But I spotted this little climber growing through the dividing wall with the neighbour. Is it a Clematis? Might try and locate the root tomorrow and give it a proper chance to grow in my garden if it is.

Fragrance

13 May 2016 21:09:18

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Just out putting a few finishing touches on small jobs I did today, and was stopped in my tracks with the sweet, sweet fragrance of my Rowan. I've never smelt it before, but maybe it is only produced in the evening times.

Caltha

13 May 2016 08:23:21

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All the petals have now fallen from Caltha palustris in the Greenhouse Pond. But I think it's just as pretty without the petals as with.

Did too much in the garden yesterday so today is going to be a day of taking stock, and easy priority jobs.

The sun is glorious out there so I reckon it's time to top up the tan.

Summer Sun

12 May 2016 20:26:12

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It was worth waiting for the sun to appear this morning. Although I was beginning to have my doubts that the mist would lift at all. Went round the house like a woman possessed cleaning rooms, windows and curtains.

Then I attacked the garden. I've never seen so many weeds before. I got rid of most of the dandelions last week but they're just springing up all over the place. My neighbour seems to be propagating them in their front garden. Last week, they mowed the grass chopping all the dandelions. And of course that has only made them grow stronger.

But c'est la vie. They're not gardeners so I'd expect nothing more. Some of my houseplants have now been put out into the greenhouse. Everything was tidied up in there and given a good drench of water.

The Hosta Bed is coming on so well, and it's gorgeous when the evening sun shines through them. The house is West-facing, and this bed is up at the house. Just gorgeous. I'll wait until they're further on before posting an evening photo.

Tomorrow I have to get into the Greenhouse Pond, much to Steve's disgust. He thinks I'm going to disturb all the little and big froggies, and tadpoles. But the algae needs clearing. A bit traumatic getting into it at this stage. I'm not finding it easy to get into it, and it's even more difficult to get out. But where needs must.

The fish seem to be slow to start feeding this year. But all nice and healthy.

 

Joe Pyeweed is jumping up out of the soil. It gives great coverage.  Let's hope for the same again tomorrow.

 

Planning ahead

12 May 2016 08:08:51

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Just a general tidy up yesterday and waiting for the sun to appear. Steve has been off sick now for about 4weeks with a bad back, so he's pretty much banned from any heavy work. All he can do is look out at the jobs that he wants to get stuck into and is so frustrated.

I've finally got my date for the new knee so I have a list of jobs that I will carry out to the best of my ability over the next couple of weeks.

My Lamium 'Pink Pewter' in a big planter has started to bloom, and spread out really well. It's been out all last winter, and the winter before. Great little plant for ground cover.

And this lovely yellow Iris has opened up down in the Cave Pond.

Aquilegia

11 May 2016 19:00:20

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The first two little Aquilegias appeared today. No names for either as I'm sure they've crossed with the original ones I bought years ago.

That was a quick summer!

10 May 2016 20:22:13

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The day started very wet. But as soon as it stopped, I rushed out to try and get as much as possible done. Did loads more weeding, and managed to plant out a few plants in waiting. Potted up the tomato plants I bought in Homebase yesterday, watered and gave them a very dilute feed just to give them a bit of a kickstart.

Did a bit of weeding out in the front. I applied a good dose of RoundUp to the wild garlic last week. It has barely made a difference. But today I applied another dose. Choisya 'Aztec Pearl' is looking gorgeous at the moment and the scent is just filling the garden. It's such a beautiful shrub.

What started off as a quick stint outside ended up working for at least four hours. When I came in for a much-earned coffee and sit down, the rain came down again. But I was happy enough with what I got done and my legs are refusing to do any more. Let's hope the RoundUp had a chance to be absorbed before the rain started again.

Time to focus

09 May 2016 20:21:58

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Ok, in my dizzy little head I seem to be still in Spain. But I'm home over a week now and failed to even notice my Darmera peltata already in flower. It was only as a result of Fran's journal the other day that I decided to investigate further. Talk about walking around with blinkers on?  But, I've also had the excuse that my sister has been up from the country for the weekend. At least I didn't miss it altogether. I'd really worry about myself if that had happened, LOL.

And in my 'hot' border I spotted the first flower open on my Iris confusa 'Martyn Rix'. I love this shade of baby blue.

Sister is now gone home so I hope get something done tomorrow however small it may be.

Plant id please

07 May 2016 05:45:14

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I discovered this little plant growing in the Spring Border on my return during the week. It's the only one in the garden and I have no idea what it may be. Can anyone help, please?

Pond

06 May 2016 20:18:16
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Pond

Big sister is up for the weekend so I'll get nothing done.

 

Here is a water sample taken from the Upper Pond. Crystal clear, and looks almost clean enough to drink.

Summer Sun

05 May 2016 21:36:38

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Today I let nothing get in the way of jobs in the garden. Got housework done early so I could be free for the rest of the day. Shuffled around plants in the greenhouse and gave everything a good watering. All pelargoniums are now outside. Lots of little peaches visible now and I'm sooooo looking forward to sinking my teeth into these juicy fruits.

Cleaned out three of the ponds. The Upper Pond is crystal clear with absolutely NO algae for some reason. It's so clear that you could nearly drink it.

Lots of tidying up done, watered plants that needed it outside, and sorted out empty pots on the outdoor bench.

And all done in my shorts and t-shirt. A great day weatherwise.

Paris

05 May 2016 18:26:17

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Paris quadrifolia is doing its thing just now, and bulking up well.

Acer

05 May 2016 06:39:16
Acer ribesfolium

Acer ribesfolium

One of my favourite Acers in the garden is this one - Acer ribesfolium. Not one you would normally see for sale, it has rather tougher looking leaves than most Acers. Its stems are a lovely shade of red before the leaves appear. It's coming on great since planting it out into the ground a couple of years ago.

Hostas

04 May 2016 07:38:06

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It's amazing the amount of growth in the last two weeks. Hostas are doing really well and literally bouncing up out of their winter hibernation. Had to laugh yesterday when I spotted the one in the bottom photo. I thought he looked like he had a cloak wrapped tightly around him to ward off the cold.

Lower Pond

03 May 2016 22:06:33

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Nothing much to report today. The Lower Pond was looking well in this evenings sun.

This journal is basically testing how the photos appear.

Catching up

03 May 2016 07:19:39

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Did a bit of tidying up yesterday, and having a closer look at what the garden had been up to during my absence. Lots of Dandelions had to be dug up. The neighbour has a whole lawn full of them so I think I'll have my work cut out for me for the next while.

Found tulips growing where I never planted them (in the Spring Border). So once they're over, they'll be whipped out of there. Peaches are coming on great in the greenhouse, as are Hedychiums. Hedychiums are being evicted today as I think they are big enough now to withstand any late cold weather.

One plant that has delighted me for years now is Arisarum proboscideum (Mouse Plant). It's doing its thing right now. Hope David gets to see it before it goes over. He was too small to appreciate it last year.

It looks nice enough out there now but my day is already mapped out for me. But.........we'll see.

Have a nice day.

Orchidarium - Estepona, Spain

02 May 2016 16:36:54
Orchidarium - Estepona, Spain

Orchidarium - Estepona, Spain

Went to visit the Orchidarium while in Estepona during our holiday. Beautiful structure that houses all sorts of Orchids and other plants that we can only grow as house plants. Not a huge building, but it has two levels, and lots more planting room still. It's only opened since last year so I reckon it's only going to get better and better. By the way, they have their own page on Facebook for those interested (Orchidarium Estepona).

What a nightmare trying to upload this album. All photos were taken in identical mode and were all posted properly over on Facebook. It has taken almost as long to upload the album as before I had Efibre installed. Sorry about the sideways photos. I did think this site was going through a few improvements recently!!!!

Home sweet home!

02 May 2016 02:31:56

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Just back from my holidays since yesterday. Couldn't wait to get out and explore the garden and see what was willing to greet me. Great to see the foliage on a few Acers. My dwarf Rhododendron 'Ginny Gee' is in full flower now. But surprisingly enough, even though the tulips were showing well before I went, they were stealing the show with their vibrant colour.

Looking forward to getting out for a proper look some time today.

 

Happy Bank Holiday Monday!

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