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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal June 2016

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Cautleya spicata

30 June 2016 12:04:02

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Well, it's growing away to its hearts content, despite the mountain of buttercups. Hoping that in the next few weeks I'll be able to tackle this problem and let C.S. perform with full glory.

Fourth Summer

29 June 2016 20:32:56

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This is my Rhodochiton's fourth summer here and is looking well. I also love its heart-shaped leaves, something which I hadn't really noticed before.

 

Another rainy day

29 June 2016 04:51:19
R. 'Tequila Sunrise'

R. 'Tequila Sunrise'

Maybe July will bring a bit of long-lasting sun. Couldn't help admiring my favourite rose yesterday during a brief respite in the showers. Doesn't look like today will be much different.

Gladioli id please

27 June 2016 21:37:39

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I thought I remembered digging these up last year where we created the mini Jurassic border. If it was them, they were G. 'Atom'. But now that they're opened I realise that I left G. 'Atom' in situ just to provide that border with a bit of colour in a mainly foliage border. Then I thought I had dug up G. 'The Bride', which would be white.

Now I'm totally stymied. These have pink in them. Any ideas which ones they are, please?

It's gotta be done

27 June 2016 05:29:12
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Loathe as I am to cut off the lower leaves of my Tetrapanax, they're smothering up the plants below them so will have to be cut out. Lilies haven't even flowered yet and are gasping for some fresh air and sunlight (if we get any more).

Aruncus

26 June 2016 19:45:32

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A few weeks ago Bruno identified this plant for me as Aruncus, which is planted in the mini Jurassic border. Had a quick ramble around the garden today between steady showers and was delighted to see that it's now doing its thing. First time flowering for me as it only got planted out fairly recently.

Sambucus

24 June 2016 08:03:31

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Planted in the front garden and this is the first year I've allowed it to grow so tall. Hmmmmm!  Needs some serious cutting back, and indeed it does benefit from a hard pruning. But I'll wait a while longer. Love its greenish yellow foliage though. And it has a very graceful growing habit.

Sulphur Clover

23 June 2016 05:16:30

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This is one of my favourite garden perennials - Trifolium ochroleucum. I have it here a few years now and it has clumped up well. Grows in partial shade and to a height of about 2.5 ft. Great for the bees too.

Perfect partners

22 June 2016 21:22:49

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Headed over to Woodies this afternoon for a gander as I haven't been there in ages. It was great to chat away to the staff whom I worked with in the old store. But when I eventually go back to work it won't be to this branch.

Perennials here have gone up in price - from €7.99 to €9.99. But I couldn't resist buying these two that will get planted easily into a planter, and taken under cover for the winter. Had hardy Gerberas before and they lasted a few years but then I got lazy and didn't look after them as well as I should have.

Against all odds

22 June 2016 08:14:08

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I had a big indoor planter with three Hippeastrum bulbs in it last year for impact. They flowered well, even a second time in less than a year. Once they had gone over, they were cast aside out in the garage which is basically a dumping ground for things not in use.

Just putting a wash on a few minutes ago (the washing machine is in the garage) and the first thing I was greeted with was plant growth. It was partially hidden by junk, as you can see. I had totally forgotten about these Hippeastrums. It hasn't been watered or fed since the flowers went over. I haven't been able to get out to the garage in the last couple of months as it is fast becoming an obstacle course.

Struggled to get the planter into the house as it's quite big, and not easy to manoeuvre with crutches. But took my time.

Would ya look at that. Three bulbs, and two flower stems. Ha ha!!  The leaves had to be cut off as they were twisted by objects that were dumped on top of them. I'm well chuffed to have something of beauty indoors as I'm a bit limited to what I can do outside at the moment.

Before and After

21 June 2016 12:21:24

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We all spend so much time waiting for a particular plant to do its thing and 'flower'. On a very regular basis, I admire unopened buds, plants in full flower, and plants that have 'gone over'. Each stage in the plants development have a particular charm in my opinion. In this case it's Phlomis. Just can't get enough of this plant at the moment. It's beginning to go over now but what's being left behind is just as beautiful.

Did a bit

20 June 2016 22:34:15

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Got a small bit of tidying up done today. Fed and watered tomatoes and Brugmansia in the greenhouse and tied in all the roses. Felt knackered after about 45 minutes but it was sooooooo worthwhile. The garden is still a mess, but it's MY mess. And it's still early enough to get something more constructive done about weeds and grass etc. Each day I can see a difference, albeit a small difference. And as they say 'slowly but surely'. BUT WHO WANTS SLOW!!!!!!!!!!!   I need it now. Ok, gonna have to be patient.

Weed Identity

20 June 2016 09:59:22

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Someone told me last year that this was a weed and advised me to get rid of it as it would take over. However, I chose to ignore that advice as I couldn't get in there for fear of treading of some nice plants, and I left it in situ.

It has grown again this year (obviously), and as I have been a bit incapacitated recently I had no choice but to let it do its thing once again. Can someone remind me what it is though. I'll label it this time, and when the time is right, I'll do something about it.

I do like it a lot, though!

Mitre Bush

19 June 2016 20:21:13

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I really WAS going to try and get a small bit done out in the garden today. But it was steady drizzle from the word go. It stopped briefly at about 6.00 but only gave me time to go out and get a couple of photos.

Delighted to see that my Mitraria coccinea (Mitre Bush) is starting to flower.

Gardening Assistants

18 June 2016 16:28:38

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Was surprised to get an impromptu visit from my youngest daughter, Zoe, and grandson, David, today. The purpose of the visit was to check up on her Mam and offer assistance. After helping out with jobs indoors that were beginning to frustrate me as I have been incapable, she went out and cut back my Spirea in the front garden, with David's help. Now I can see my hidden Rhododendron in all its beauty.

David tied up my tomato plants and now they are very stable. Ok, he's not great on knots. But he IS only 6 and a half. Turning into a right good gardener.

Physocarpus for SallySarah

17 June 2016 17:17:13

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Sally, here are a couple of photos of Physocarpus 'Lady in Red' as promised earlier. This is the nicer of the two. It's gorgeous if you plant it somewhere where the sun will shine from behind. Dull day here so we're not getting the best of it.

Hospital beds

16 June 2016 22:07:39

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Not the beds you think I mean. But yesterday I was in awe with a thirty foot or so long flowerbed in Cappagh Hospital planted entirely with identical Phormiums, and all in flower with perfect synchronization. They looked fab planted en masse.

Another Physocarpus

16 June 2016 21:56:30

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This one is still planted in a big planter. But as soon as my knee allows, it will be getting a 'forever home' in my rich garden soil. This one is Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diabolo'.

Bloomers

16 June 2016 01:38:23

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I wasn't at January's Get-Together but a few people promised me plants anyway. I think this little Campanula may have come from Fleurette. The only bit visible on the label at this stage is 'bloomers'. May be 'Blue Bloomers'. So whoever was the kind person, thank you so much. It's got the biggest blousiest flower on any of my Campanulas so far and I'm lovin' it.

'Hercules'

15 June 2016 20:33:21

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Rodgersia 'Hercules' was looking wonderful this evening.

Humming

15 June 2016 20:19:45

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I've now started to cut back my Lupins. My Geranium 'Miss Kendall Clark' had also flopped over so that got cut back a bit too. Steve caught me 'humming' in the garden. I must have been enjoying myself.

Campanula

15 June 2016 00:27:48

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I got this great Campanula a few years ago from SallySarah. It's a great little spreader, and easy to pull up any unwanted clumps. I've given quite a few people some already but never hear how they are doing with it. I wouldn't be without it. It's a good height too, approximately 2-3 feet so great for the back of a border.

Variegated Rhododendron

13 June 2016 21:20:23

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Normally I allow David to cut back my Spirea out in the front. But we didn't do it this year. Coming home today and saw a beautiful lilac flower sticking out from underneath. I had totally forgotten that my Rhododendron 'Goldflimmer' was even there. It's a lovely variegated one.

Ok, not too much to ask for the Spirea to get cut back tomorrow so I can get a full whammy of the Rhodo.

A small bit done.

13 June 2016 07:23:57

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Our gardens, if left unattended, will just get on with things. Such has been the case here, I can only watch and wait until I'm ready to attack any unwanted growth. But yesterday I made a small attempt at weeding and felt more fulfilled than I have done in the last two weeks. Even spotted some already-formed tomatoes in the greenhouse. Only three plants this year, but probably just the right amount for Steve and I, with no waste, and definitely not enough for chutney towards the end of the season.

I tidied up the greenhouse and gave my tomatoes their second feed. Not easy to carry a full watering can using two crutches. But sure, I was in no hurry. No sign of any flowers on my Brugmansia, but it also got a feed.

A bit of slug damage on my Hostas, but not bad all things considered.

Great growth

12 June 2016 04:29:05

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Weeds are growing in earnest at the moment. But all I can do is let them take over for now.  Hopefully I can sort that out to some extent very soon. Buttercups are prolific but they need digging out.

One of my favourite Sanguisorbas is coming into its own now - S. 'Rock 'n Roll'.

Peonia 'Bowl of Beauty' is exactly what its name suggests - 'Bowl of Beauty' and doing really well this year, as are all my Clematis. This one is C. 'Bee's Jubilee'.

Gracedieu

11 June 2016 21:21:30
Id please, Mary?

Id please, Mary?

Hoping Mary will see this journal as I can't make out the name on the label of one she gave me last summer. It's a pretty little thing, as with all Sisyrinchiums.

Pleasant surprise

10 June 2016 21:23:59

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Gretta kindly gave me some of her Thalictrum flavum last year. It got planted as soon as I got a clump of it. And within the next week, it looked as if it had completely died off.

Before going into hospital I spotted its foliage coming up. And today I was so ecstatic to find that it's beginning to flower. It's still quite short. But I'm hoping that over the next year or two that it will grow as tall as Gretta's clump in her garden. This is planted in the same area as my Joe Pyeweed, and Hazel's tall Japanese Anemones. So they should all look well together.

Arisaema

08 June 2016 18:11:03

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Ariseama speciosum has already flowered. But now it's time for a very similar, and equally beautiful Arisaema 'Griffithii'.

Rose

08 June 2016 17:26:29

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Gorgeous climbing rose flowering out in the front garden now - R. 'Graham Thomas'. As the season moves on, the stems will make their way all along the front windowsill. It's quite a vigorous climber.

Physocarpus

08 June 2016 08:06:57

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I have this Physocarpus growing in the front garden. Love its purple foliage which looks gorgeous beside my Sambucus sutherlandii (yellow). Yesterday was my first outing since the op and it took so much out of me. But each day I'm seeing a marked improvement and the swelling is finally beginning to go down. The front garden is growing like a mad thing and there's absolutely nothing I can do about it. But seeing all the fresh growth is just giving me a tingle inside. So all is good.

And the frustration sets in.....

06 June 2016 22:09:02

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All I'm managing to do in the garden since Saturday is basically spend about ten minutes outside - mainly taking a few photos - before I'm overcome by the heat. Something seriously wrong there. LOL

The garden has become a jungle over the last week, with buttercups coming up everywhere. But all the colour is just so welcoming. We had a heavy spell of rain here so Steve was off the hook to water everything. But the sun came out shortly after that and everything is now as dry as before the rain.

Three of my Clematis are opened - no, four. But I don't ever remember C. 'Piilu' and C. 'The President' ever being in flower together.

 

Johnstown Garden Centre

05 June 2016 07:36:23
Verbascum 'Clementine'

Verbascum 'Clementine'

This Verbascum is part of a prize I won on Johnstown Garden Centre's Facebook page. Just coming into flower now, but I'm not terribly impressed with it. It's a bit insipid for my liking and I believe it's a short-lived Verbascum. But I'll live with it for a while.

Jurassic not Jurassic right now

04 June 2016 21:29:34

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After a very harrowing 4 days in hospital I finally got home today and managed to get out and look around the garden very briefly. I was laughing at what I had previously described as my mini Jurassic Border. It couldn't look any less Jurassic now. But it's good that another season of interest has appeared. I just adore these Irises, for which I have no name.

Also my favourite blue Lupins have opened up by the Lower Pond.

It's good to be home, but it'll take a while to get things sorted.

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