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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal November 2016

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28 November 2016 18:25:45

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I don't know how many times over the last few years I have highlighted my one and only Mahonia 'Winter Sun' at this time of year. It's planted in a good spot, down at the back wall. And the blossoms light up so well, especially on a dull winters' day. The garden doesn't get much sun throughout the winter. But my back wall faces east so it takes full advantage of any light available in the morning time.

I usually only take a photo of it from a distance. But look what I have been missing all these years. So pretty up close. The bees were very busy feeding on it, but they took off when I switched my camera on.

Christmas - never too early!

27 November 2016 17:06:01

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I am NOT afraid to use the dreaded word on this site at this time of year. And it IS almost December, and it's my Birth Month. :)

I had a bit of fun this afternoon indoors, preparing for Christmas arrangements around the house. Pomanders are so easy to make, and they add a touch of evocative fragrance to the decorations. They work best with citrus fruit studded with cloves. But limes are not as good as oranges as the pattern doesn't show up too well on the dark flesh of the lime. Might buy more tomorrow and experiment further.

No, it's not a gardening journal. But oranges and limes do grow in other climates that can afford them a good bit of heat.

Now, I'm off to root around for some cheerful bowls to display them in.

Senecio

26 November 2016 20:47:02

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The grass in the back garden needs cutting badly. Hoping to get Steve to do it tomorrow, weather permitting. The longer it gets, the longer it takes to dry out so it can be cut. I think the heavy-duty strimmer will definitely have to be used first. Then let it settle for a day or two before the lawnmower is taken out.

Lots of un-tamed areas in the garden again this year, but I hope to compensate for that after winter.

In the meantime, I'm just about getting stuff cut back and tidied up for the cold season.

Senecio petasites is still looking great despite the recent cold weather.

Too busy

25 November 2016 19:44:00

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Didn't get any time to do anything outside today except running errands. And when I got home I couldn't believe it when I saw a Poppy in flower. And my self-sown Nicotiana are still flowering away despite the really cold recent weather. All its flowers are just growing out of one woody stem. It doesn't look like it's ready to keel over just yet.

Chaenomeles is starting to flower now too.

Ivy

22 November 2016 17:54:16
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After the big job of eradicating our Ivy from the garden during the summer, I swore I'd never have it again. But here's a little bit that's growing over our wall, but it's the neighbours. I can get to enjoy it during the winter months when there is very little interest. It's surprising that it isn't bigger and more spread out as it was planted years and years ago. Possibly a different variety to the one we had. It's very pretty.

Brrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!

19 November 2016 18:43:52

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Oh, such a cold day all day but lovely and bright. First morning that the greenhouse pond had frozen over, and appropriately my climbing Rosa 'Iceberg' is producing more. Third photo is Acer ribesfolium still in full swing, one of my favourite Acers.

Winter Warmth

15 November 2016 21:35:54

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Lovely coloured foliage around the garden that brings winter warmth to the soul. My favourite garden plants at the moment are firstly, Cotinus coggygria. Second on the list is Acer palmatum 'Garnet' which is protected from the wind by the ferns, and lastly another Acer in the North-facing Border (I think this one is 'Orange Dream'. But maybe it's only when it grows up a bit that it takes on the orange colour). Love it anyway.

Needed my fix!

14 November 2016 17:54:35

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It's been such a long time since I did anything of note outside. So today, after lots of errands, I got out with the secateurs. All Dahlias are now cut back and in the greenhouse, plus the Begonias. Picked a few tomatoes and a few more to come. Hoping for a bit more sun so they'll ripen enough to eat.

My Eupatorium 'Joe Pyeweed' has been annoying me recently with its dirty brown seed heads. So that got cut down completely today. It was very visible from the dining room but it was grown there to cover up the unfinished last pond. And it did the job very well. The stems are lovely, almost like a black bamboo. And indeed, it's planted right beside one.

Another plant with great stems at this time of year is Persicaria 'Red Dragon'. That's planted in front of my Miscanthus 'floridulus' which hides my neighbours not-so-nice shed. But it's getting very tatty looking and I attempted to cut this down too. It's planted at the back of the retaining bed at the Upper Pond. But I was only able to get at half of it as I would need to step up too far. Tomorrow I might take the ladder out as now that it's half done, I won't sit easy until the job is completed.

Sorry for such a boring journal. But a boring journal is sometimes better than no journal at all. :)

 

Now you see him, now you don't!

08 November 2016 20:27:47
Now you see him, now you don't!

Now you see him, now you don't!

We had a visitor this morning to the garden. Haven't seen him all summer long. There must have been richer pickings elsewhere thankfully.

It's very difficult to get a photo of him when he's so close. He watches the slightest movements, even inside the house. As soon as the camera flashed, off he took.

Expecting the unexpected

06 November 2016 19:51:15

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How often have we remarked on plants that are performing out of sync with the seasons? Spotted some of my Aldi Daffs today poking their noses up out of the soil. And my self-sown Nicotiana from summer 2015 are still in full flower despite the recent really cold weather. Still plenty of roses appearing, namely, 'Tequila Sunrise', 'Graham Thomas', 'Teasing Georgia' and climber 'Paul's Scarlet'. Plus Clematis 'Bee's Jubilee' on its third flush.

I picked the last of my blueberries and tomatoes today, and Malus 'Elstar'. Delicious apple and a great one for a planter.

Must be getting old!!!

05 November 2016 08:29:22

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I think the recent cold spell is turning me into a right wuss. The garden has been left pretty much on its own for the last couple of weeks, and more. But yesterday it was lovely to see some trusty summer blooms still doing their thing.

Whatever you do, enjoy your garden this weekend.

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