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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal September 2016

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White

30 September 2016 07:30:44

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Biddy kindly gave me a cutting of this lovely white variegated Honeysuckle at someone's Open Day a few years ago (possibly Kate & Graham's). It lived in a pot until just last year and it has really come on in leaps and bounds. It obviously thrives on neglect, and it's in an ideal position - the North-Facing Border. The flowers open to white, and fade to a creamy yellow. Might take a few cuttings myself as it would be lovely to see this all down that border.

Plant id please

29 September 2016 08:42:11

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Yesterday while cutting back most of the Hostas, I found this little pot nestled in among them. Obviously it was a cutting that was taken illegally somewhere, possibly Spain earlier in the year but I have no recollection of taking it. It looks like a Crassula of some sort, but it seems to have a trailing habit. Maybe a Sedum? Very healthy looking and I think I'll keep it in the house for the winter.

Happy Camper

29 September 2016 07:47:37

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Had a productive few hours in the garden yesterday. It's getting easier now to keep the garden that bit tidier. During the last couple of months I had started to cut back stuff that was going over. But only cut them down below what was still in flower. So now that plants are beginning to die back, I'm more able to get in between them without too many risks. So they got cut back further yesterday.

Removed lots of weeds that had been annoying me, and lots of creeping buttercup. Every year at this stage I discover things that I had forgotten about as things just grow out of hand. So yesterday was a delight. Found some lovely primroses in flower that would have gone unnoticed if I had left it until later to tidy up. I concentrated mainly on my North-facing border. And took great delight in shaping my Lonicera nitida 'Bank of Gold'. It's a great little shrub for a dark border. I didn't get it all finished, so today I'm hoping to work my way down the garden.

What a travesty!

28 September 2016 15:42:43
What a travesty!

What a travesty!

Steve was home early from work today. So we headed over to Omni Park to grab a bite to eat. On the way back to the car, I headed in to Dealz. It's been a bit of maze in there in recent months as their gardening section is continuously being shifted around the store. So I asked a manager, save me walking all around the place.

Arrrghhhh! They're not doing gardening stuff any more (at least, not in MY local store).

Still going strong

26 September 2016 19:57:30

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And a whole year later it is still flowering. It even flowered throughout last winter.

Oh, joy!

25 September 2016 20:43:46

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My poor little Brugmansia that I got a few years ago from someone on this site (from a cutting, I think) was thoroughly neglected this year. But as soon as I was able, I gave it a bit of T.L.C. Lots of water, and more feed than ever before. Last year it produced one solitary flower, but it had dropped off overnight so I never got to see the flower. Today, during a quick inspection in the greenhouse I spotted a flower. Now, let's just hope it's still there tomorrow, and until the flower actually opens. Don't know whether it will be cream or yellow. Either will do. Yay! So filled with anticipation.

Autumn plumes

24 September 2016 21:39:38

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Love this time of year when my one and only Pampas Grass (Cortaderia selloana 'Splendid Star') is starting to open its plumes. This is a good one for a small garden, and will also do very well in a large planter. The thing I like most of all about this is its variegated foliage.

What an awful day here today. Let's hope tomorrow will be a lot nicer.

Three amigos

23 September 2016 22:15:44

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At this time of year each year I feel chuffed when I see how well these three plants compliment each other - Sedum (no name), Knautia macedonica, and Oxalis. I don't normally get planting partners right, but this fits right into my own personal tastes. And Nerine bowdenii which is just out of the line of vision in the foreground has begun to open.

Foliage plants

21 September 2016 19:57:22

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As our gardens are turning to shades of Autumn now, the leafy plants are taking centre stage with stunning colour.

Bit of a miserable day and much cooler. Walked to my nearest vegetable supplier today, he also sells plants. So bought Chrysanthemums and Violas to dicky up a planter and window box.

 

 

Good Day

20 September 2016 19:37:07

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Still painting the outside of the house, and shifting pots is really a nightmare. This year a few shrubs in planters were neglected. As a result some of them died, or are just not looking good at the moment. However, I won't be replacing them. Way too many planters here. I'll have to be more selective when I'm at a Garden Centre again.

I finally got the rest of the ericaceous compost for the Blueberry Bed. All settled in for the Winter now. Not a great crop this year and left some on the bushes during the transplant. However, I thought they would drop off as soon as they were moved. Still picking some each day for adding to my breakfasts.

Pieris 'Flame of the Forest' is turning a lovely shade now. And this Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn' is a gorgeous colour at the moment. This is one of the shrubs that will be planted into the raised bed for the patio. Not made yet, but hoping for it quite soon.

New foliage

16 September 2016 06:43:35

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My second Physocarpus I have in a big planter, waiting to go into the raised bed when it gets done. But just watering it yesterday and noticed all the new growth is coming out green. Any explanation for this?

Hesperanthas are coming on nicely now.

Camellia question?

14 September 2016 20:36:06

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Mairin from Rush kindly gave me this beautiful Camellia from her garden way back in March 2010. It went into a half barrel of ericaceous compost as soon as I got home and has been in it since then.

But only recently while trying to clear off the old patio of pots/planters I noticed that the part of this Camellia that is closer to the wall is totally bare of branches. The half barrel is too heavy to be rotating towards the light. Is there a quick-fix method of rectifying this problem. No doubt when the new patio is laid, this Camellia will be shifted to a more prominent spot. So I would like even foliage all round. Also, do Camellias take well from cuttings?

All advice will be taken on board. TIA

Indoors

14 September 2016 07:39:24

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I got this Guzmania from one of my daughters as part of a Mother's Day gift. I'm not overly fond of them. I always think of them as a 'novelty' indoor plant, and usually discard them when they're beginning to look tired and 'gone over'. This time I just cut off the flower spike, watered it with a half-strength tomato feed and left it to its own devices.

'Lo and behold, it is now producing two new shoots. Time for another small feed maybe. It'd be great to be able to get it to flower a second time.

Being impulsive

11 September 2016 20:03:01

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I was determined to get lots done today. Weather is to deteriorate for during the week. Today was very windy and dull, but at least it remained dry for most of the day. This morning I made the painful decision to get rid of the invaluable 'potting bench' that Steve made for me a few years ago. At this stage we need all the space we can to accommodate the new furniture. So today it was time for the potting bench to get the chop. It was great in the beginning. But slowly but surely things get thrown in randomly, to be sorted at a later date. That date never arrives, but the amount of stuff getting plonked in just grows and grows.

So I sorted out the plastic pots I need to keep. Others got bagged up and will be given to a chap in Steve's job tomorrow who has an allotment.

The potting bench will now be used for winter firewood. It's chopped and ready to go.

Steve dug up my blueberry bushes. I thought I had 7. But could only find 6???  I wonder did the Bamboo beside them eat away at the last one. However, 6 bushes is plenty. So I now have them planted in their designated raised bed. Need another couple of bags of ericaceous compost so that'll have to wait until next weekend. They got a good soak and I'm hoping I'll still be rewarded with their lovely scarlet Autumn foliage.

Delighted with the amount of jobs we completed today.

Yesterday

11 September 2016 08:52:51

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A freshly-cut lawn really enhances an unkempt and untidy garden. Basically that's what my garden has been this summer. The lads got the grass cut yesterday and it's looking good. Then they assembled the new garden furniture. It's a really big table and now the patio needs to be extended pretty pronto. But not sure if it'll be next year before we can afford that. It takes 6 chairs, so at the moment just two will stay out. The other 4 will be stored in the garage until the patio is extended. Need to reduce pots big time, and I just bought a load of daffodil bulbs in Aldi yesterday for more pots!  There's no hope!

The seven blueberry bushes are ready to be transplanted into their new home. Hopefully that will be done today. In their new home in the raised bed, they will get all the light they require. And it will be easy to erect bamboo canes and netting should the birds decide to devour them.

I Googled growing Blueberries. It says that they should be pruned back in late winter but I'm wondering would it do any harm to do that job now?  All advice would be welcome, please. Monty Don showed how pruning should be carried out on Friday so all I need now is assurance that doing it now would be ok.

Kniphofia

10 September 2016 07:34:51

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A couple of weeks ago when I was in the greenhouse pond cutting back stuff, I discovered a pot of this little Kniphofia growing in the undergrowth of that particular border. I had meant to take it up to the patio to give it a bit of attention.  But by mistake I had left it on the mini island in the pond. So Steve had to reach in with the litter picker to take it out. I wasn't getting into the pond again after the fall the last time. LOL.

I think it was Paddy who identified it as K. 'Mango Popsicle' last year. It's a cute little one. Must google to see how tall it grows. Snails seem to love Kniphofias in my garden. I think that's what the problem has been all along with my failures. But with a good feed the other day, and a scattering of pellets, it's flowering away now. Love the colour and I think the name is so appropriate.

Begonia

09 September 2016 21:33:37

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I got this lovely Begonia at Fota Plant Fair last year. It wasn't in flower when buying it. But it was the foliage, particularly the underside, that attracted me to it.

It's finally flowering. The pot had just been placed on an out-of-the-way place on the edge of the lawn over the summer months. But today I noticed that it had also self-seeded right beside it. So that got potted up and will be placed possibly down in the Mini Durassic Border for next year.

A couple of bargains

08 September 2016 22:16:53
Helenium 'Salsa Series'

Helenium 'Salsa Series'

Now is the perfect time for getting bargains with 'end of season' sales. Today I went to Homebase and bought a lovely new patio set, which was reduced by more than €200. It was perfectly timed as I believe they are selling like hotcakes. Delivered by this evening. Looking forward to seeing the back of all my wooden furniture.

Also bought this nice Helenium which was reduced.

Getting a bit done

07 September 2016 07:31:11

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Well, Steve finally went back to work last week after having a bad back for almost 5 months. And since then I think I've managed to get more done in those few days than I did while he was at home. I think it's to do with having the garden to myself, being able to potter from one job to the next without interruption, and basically being in my element in my own little world.

So hot yesterday, and the sun didn't appear once until late evening when it was almost time to come in. But, c'est la vie. No rain, so that was good.

I tidied down the surface compost of a lot of plants. And any that were struggling were repotted, and given a size bigger. Cut back straggly bits from a couple of shrubs, namely Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer' and Pieris 'Flame of the Forest' which are looking so much better now. Watered, watered, and watered even more all of my Camellias and tidied them up.

My Beschorneria yuccoides had its pot broken in the last few weeks, so it got treated to a bigger and better one. Lots of offsets have now appeared on the plant. Some had broken off while re-potting so they're now in a separate pot to see if they'll take. Not the ideal time of the year for this but one never knows what Mother Nature will get up to.

All of my plants have had their last dose of tomato feed now, so I'm hoping for a few encores from them before they settle down to sleep for the winter.

How do you make Fig Rolls

06 September 2016 20:15:27

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I have a Fig Tree/Shrub only a couple of years. When I bought it there was a solitary fig on it, but not mature enough to eat. It got treated to a bigger pot this year and not a sign of fruit. But I can put up with that.

This evening my neighbour popped his head over the fence and offered me a few of his figs. So, what's the best way to eat them? I just opened up the fruit and ate the flesh. It was quite refreshing on the palate. But there must be a nicer way to eat it. Any suggestions? Maybe I should contact Jacobs?????

Good combo

05 September 2016 20:13:41

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I don't normally plan where I plant stuff in my garden. Usually 'near enough is good enough'. But not with this combination - Phormium 'Sundowner' and Penstemon 'Garnet'. Today I was definitely reassured that they were in perfect harmony with each other. Penstemons have done really well here this year, and they respond very well to dead-heading.

Eucomis

04 September 2016 20:51:56

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As a result of seeing some of Myrtle's journals about Eucomis in recent years, I discovered it for sale last year while we were on an outing to Mount Usher. It was pricey enough, but it was never in danger of being left behind.

It's like a jewel in the garden right now. Unfortunately most of the leaves had to be cut off due to recent blustery conditions. But look at the flower on it. It will be placed in a more sheltered place for next year.

Happy Friday

02 September 2016 19:28:34

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Got a few bits and bobs done outside today. Lots of cleaning up, and shifting of pots. Looking for the most suitable plants for pots on the patio, which I hope will be mainly tropical or leafy plants. Musa Basjoo springs to mind immediately. It's already in its pot but with the new blue and white patio, I may buy different pots for next year. Also, I just happened to 'find' Fatsia 'Spiders Web' hiding in a gap in the North Facing border which got potted up. It looks well against the white wall.

The Gerbera was in a lovely blue pot but the lads knocked it over and broke it. So I've saved the ceramic and hope to create one or two mosaic decorations over the winter months, something to keep me busy when the weather is bad. Took some cuttings of my Contorted Hazel from the front. If they take, I won't have to dig up the tree. Fingers crossed.

 

Kniphofia

01 September 2016 18:55:13
Kniphofia

Kniphofia

I have this un-named Kniphofia for a few years, and don't even remember who gave it to me. But.....a question.

Do they need lots of space to multiply, because I only ever get one flower?

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