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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal October 2016

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Common plants

29 October 2016 19:09:29

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Today my attention was drawn to two of the most common garden plants - Asplenium scolopendrium, and Oxalis with raindrops.

Have a lovely Bank Holiday Weekend, folks.

It's been a while

28 October 2016 17:58:24

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Can't believe it's been so long since my last journal. Big sis was up from Tralee last weekend and I went back with her on Monday for a few days. It was great to get away at this time of year.

The garden is producing lots of lovely autumnal colour at the moment. Mahonia 'Winter Sun' is showing lots of flower buds at the moment, and my Sumac is turning now too. A bit later than most peoples, I think?

Got these lovely Narcissi in Ballyseedy Garden Centre in Tralee, so I got these planted today. All my bulbs are done now. All I need now is to wait. :)

Delivered safely

17 October 2016 18:04:11

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My order from Heritage Bulbs arrived this evening. Can't wait to have these to adorn the patio in planters next year. I hope to get them planted tomorrow. I hope I remember to plant the Fritillarias on their sides.

Fragrance

16 October 2016 21:07:52

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Viburnum bodnantense 'Dawn' is starting to open, and fill the air with its intoxicating aroma. This is one for the raised bed when it's made.

Eupatorium

15 October 2016 20:28:38

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A fairly recent addition to my garden is this pretty dark-leaved Eupatorium. Can't remember seeing any flowers on it last year. But today as I was picking  my way throughout the North-facing border I noticed their first flowers. Pretty, delicate flowers. I'm delighted with it.

Doing the business!!!

14 October 2016 21:46:39

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Got this Brugmansia from someone on this site a few years ago. Not sure whether it was from seed, or a cutting. Not even sure who gave it to me.

The first and second year, all it did was produce foliage. Last year it produced a solitary flower bud. One morning I went out to open the greenhouse door and found that the unopened flower bud was on the ground. So disappointed.

This year things are different. I've been watering, feeding (should have been fed more), watching and waiting. I've been almost manic in the last week to rush out and see if it had opened. Well, today was the day. Are the flowers on a Brugmansia not supposed to hang? Maybe it's a Datura. Hopefully someone can clarify this for me.

I'm over the moon that I had enough patience to see it through to flowering stage. What do you think?

I want MORE!!!!

10 October 2016 19:33:44
I want MORE!!!!

I want MORE!!!!

I have a lovely yellow flag Iris in the last pond. It flowered well this year and now is producing lovely seeds. Not sure if these can be grown from seed, but I'm prepared to give it a try. It will make more of a statement in this pond as it's the biggest one in the garden. So it would be great to bump it up.

Any tips, please?

History is repeating itself.

08 October 2016 20:48:09

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When my girls were small I used to walk them down to school. I'd be trying to teach them the names, Latin names also, of plants in gardens that we'd pass by. Anything to make the long trek less of an ordeal for them. The eldest, Kim, was more into horses. :)  One day Zoe told Kim that a particular plant in a garden was called Fatsia japonica, and she was only 6yrs old. Kim, who's 4yrs older looked at her as if she was from a different planet. LOL. Zoe called up today to collect David from his sleepover here. And got stuck in to cutting back my Spirea yet again, and pulling out loads of weeds in the front. David was getting a bit giddy and asked me if he could cut my Nicania down (my treasured self-seeded Nicotiana). Well, I nearly had a seizure. But it's good to see that he's beginning to remember names of plants like his Mammy did. Ok, not quite accurate, but he's surprised me with plenty of other names of plants. I must be doing something right.

 

Clutter

08 October 2016 19:44:38

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Are you an organized person around the garden? Do you have one of those hose reels to keep the hose from cluttering up your patio? My answer to both of those questions is 'no'!!!    The hose comes from the tap up at the house. It gets stretched down the garden occasionally to water plants in planters down at the end, and then it's into the greenhouse with it when I need to do a quick and thorough watering. But afterwards, I just coil it up on the patio. A bit of an eyesore to say the least. And I usually end up tripping over it.

But now Steve is in the process of creating a cleat that will be bolted onto the garage wall. And next year when/if we get our new extended patio, things will be much tidier, and less cluttered. David had great fun afterwards throwing all the sawdust up and dancing underneath it. :)

Yay!

08 October 2016 08:33:38
Yay!

Yay!

Hmmm, the photo issue seems to have been fixed. I wonder for how long. Hopefully the comments from yesterday have been taken on board and we'll go from strength to strength back here.

This is one of my most recent paintings. I'm not showing off, I can do that all I want on Facebook, but I suppose the subject is garden-related. And I haven't done much outside in recent times. But there is still lots of tidying up before the cooler season arrives.

Have a nice day, everyone.

Why Bother!

07 October 2016 21:05:46
Why Bother!

Why Bother!

In recent times I've wondered, as there are so few members posting journals,  is it worth the effort of posting journals. OF COURSE it's worth the effort!

As someone said in a previous journal, this is where the friends have been made. This is where it all began. For me, anyway. Think of the outings, friendships, plant swaps, and personal memories in our own gardens as a result of peoples generosity. Without this site, none of this would have happened.  And like everyone else here, I have learnt a lot since joining this site way back in April 2009.

Unfortunately my journals this year didn't contain anything of real interest. But c'est la vie. But they don't have to be all about the amount of work carried out in your garden all the time. Most of this year I have highlighted a particular plant of interest in season, mentioning maybe foliage, texture, colour, longevity etc.

I feel that no matter how insignificant, or even common everyday plants are worth talking about if only to keep this site in existence.

Let's face it. We are NEVER going to form such strong bonds with each other on Facebook. And it being such a fairly small gardening community on this site, I think it speaks for itself that the friendships will be more intimate, and will hopefully last for a long time.

I also think it's very important to try and leave some kind of comment on journals to encourage others to post. If you're typing journals just for your own memories, you may as well just write a diary. No man is an island, we all need each other.

It would be so disappointing if this site were to fold.

But it would also be interesting to hear how the Mediateam feel. We rarely get feedback from the people at the top. I don't want to wake up some morning and only then realise that I can no longer log on here.

I, for one, hope that will never happen. I value this site greatly.

Still picking!

05 October 2016 08:08:12
Still picking!

Still picking!

I didn't grow very many tomatoes this year due to unavoidable circumstances. Just three plants - 'Ailsa Craig' and 'Shirley'. But the three plants were just enough for Steve and myself. And also, they say that tomatoes are not good for Arthritis sufferers. But I've been picking slowly but surely, and still doing it. Can't remember ever having ripening tomatoes in October. Usually the green ones are turned into chutney at this late stage.

It's at it again!

03 October 2016 21:14:32

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Last year on 12th October I spotted two of my Hamamelis in full flower, after being in flower in January also. I had thought that the freaky weather we had was responsible for them flowering out of season.

But they're at it again this year.

A time for appreciation

03 October 2016 18:13:08

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I normally cut back the flowering stems of Crocosmia long before they're looking their worst. But not this year. The seed heads are so pretty.

Grasses

03 October 2016 08:14:06

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A few nice grasses in my garden, and the only Pampas grass I have is flowering well. But being more observant yesterday I spotted my Arundo donax with its fluffy tufts. They looked lovely against the blue, blue sky.

Cactus

02 October 2016 20:33:35

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Most of my indoor plants have suffered a lot of neglect during the summer months. So today, everything got a light watering and tidying up.

Delighted to see this Cactus, for which I have no name, flowering away. It gets bathed in morning light in the living room each morning. And surprise, surprise, the first photo was published the right way up!!

Sunday morning

02 October 2016 08:37:36

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This is where my garden gets its first rays of sunshine as it's west-facing. Gorgeous view from upstairs this morning, looking out on the field 'over the wall'. Thick fog, but the sun is searing through the fog to disperse it. It's going to be a great day when that burns off.

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