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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal January 2017

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Lots of work and no time for it!

30 January 2017 20:13:49

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I just can't manage to get any decent time out in the garden these days. But today I just about got a few minutes to have a gander around. N. 'Tete-a-tetes' are almost out. Clumps of Snowdrops are opening here and there. A lot of the newly-opened buds are looking like they had been eaten (by slugs, snails?). Didn't know they liked them

But my two surprises today were that my Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer' has opened its first flower and lots more to come. I'm afraid mine is a very puny specimen compared to AccSeans. But mine is restricted to a big planter.

And one of my lovely Hellebores that I got a few years ago.

The starlings, and blackbirds were bathing in the Lower Pond all day.

Drink!

26 January 2017 09:07:07

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Well, yesterday the plants in the greenhouse got that long-promised drink. So lazy last summer that the old tomato plants, and peppers are still there. Won't get much time to clear them out today. But maybe at the weekend.

But I was delighted to see that my Chrysanthemum 'Alex Young' is now producing flowers already. Eccremocarpus 'Tresco Hybrids' is doing its thing too and has been producing flowers for the last few months. It's a great greenhouse plant and will readily self-seed too.

My first Narcissus is finally open (N. cyclamineus). I love its swept back petals.

Guzmania

24 January 2017 19:59:30

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About 4 months ago I cut back the spent flowers on this Guzmania that one of my daughters gave me as a gift. I've always discarded these plants before. But this time round I decided to try and bring it into flower one more time. It has been watered sparingly over the last few months, and been given an occasional well-diluted tomato feed. It's doing well now, and producing new shoots. But I'll hold off with any more feed, unless I see some sign of a flower. If it doesn't happen, so be it. At least I will have tried.

Spring is in the air

23 January 2017 18:56:22

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No time for the great outdoors today. But as I was having a quick coffee in the dining room after lunch, I was really cheered up with this climbing rose 'School Girl' stretching towards the sun. Not a cloud in sight.

Heaven Scent

22 January 2017 20:30:41

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Now that my clean up in the front has started, it's time for my chlorotic Hyacinth bulbs to avail of some light. Looking forward to this gorgeous scent as I go through my hall door.

Chaenomeles is looking good at the moment.

A change of heart

22 January 2017 18:49:31

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I have been so busy with personal stuff for the last week that I haven't been able to spend much time in the garden. I was going to just vegetate for today and go at it with great gusto tomorrow. But it was a lovely day and I had only one or two commitments.

The front garden is running away with itself. Weeds, wild garlic in particular, are trying to take over. I've discovered that to keep the amount down, it's best to pull up the smaller seedlings. They pull up so easily at that immature stage complete with their little bulbs . Otherwise they have to be dug up. Something I can't quite manage just yet.

Also lots of that wild Hypericum springing up all over the place. The roots run very deep and I couldn't do anything about it today. But cut them back for now.

Spent a good while bagging leaves and rubbish. Not finished yet. It'll probably take another day or two before I'm happy. I love Hamamelis and they're flourishing out in the front.

 

Clear and Bright

20 January 2017 20:21:30

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What a lovely sunny day it was here in Dublin today, after a somewhat cold morning. But I got my errands all done by the time it warmed up. Then out to tidy up and cut back stuff. Not much. But it gave me such a boost to have the sun shining on my back. And no jacket either.

Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer' is just about to flower, Cyclamen coum are bulking up, and Iris reticulata is open. Won't get much done tomorrow unless other plans are seen to quickly.

Observing, and job planning

16 January 2017 22:46:16

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It was a good day to be outdoors today. I was delighted to have tackled cutting back dead bits of my Tree Peony and it's just hopping to get started again to give me another productive flowering season later. I also tidied up and weeded the new Blueberry Bed. Had a major walkabout, mentally cataloguing what jobs should take priority over the next few days. So much to do, and a few jobs that I'll need Steve's help with. But that'll have to wait until the weekend.

Tomorrow the greenhouse will get a good tidy up, fallen leaves from the peach trees, inspecting begonias for new growth, and a much-needed watering for most plants in there. Hasn't been done probably since the beginning of December.

I was so relieved to see signs of some Galanthus starting to open finally. I was getting a bit worried about them. But so far, there is no sign of any that I planted out in the grass last year.

Spring is in the air

09 January 2017 18:47:48

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I had a very brief time out in the garden today. Mainly just observing. The grass is so wet at this stage that I'd be doing it more harm than good by traipsing all over it. Helleborus are going to be a real treat when they're out 'in full force'. But it is so early, in my opinion, to see buds on Narcissus 'tete-a-tete'.

Leptospermum has been flowering for a few months now. They're such a pretty shade of pink, and this shrub has come on in leaps and bounds since planting it out only two years ago.

Best Wishes

07 January 2017 04:52:01
Best Wishes

Best Wishes

It's a pity I won't be able to make it to Johnstown. But I want to wish you all a lovely, lovely day. Weather to be mild so that should make for comfortable conditions for the plant swap and hitting the sales afterwards.

Have a great day, everyone. Looking forward to reading related journals and seeing great photos.

Pond Grass

02 January 2017 17:39:57

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So........hopefully someone can give me the correct name for this Pond Grass? I had thought it might be a type of Acorus.

By the way, I won't be disposing of this over the wall as it's such a great plant. A smaller clump will be put back into the Upper pond, but I'll have lots left over if anyone wants some.

I blame the Begleys

02 January 2017 17:26:50

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Early this afternoon when it was obvious that I wasn't going to be treated to lunch out, I discreetly changed into my gardening clothes and was going to 'lose' myself outdoors. I raked up all the mowings from yesterday. The grass is so wet that it needs as little top growth on it as possible so it can dry out before another cut. Delighted to see it tidy(ish) again. It's been a while!

No sooner was that done, when Steve ventured out with the secateurs. The Miscanthus floridulus which is planted behind the Upper Pond has been annoying him for a while. I did try cutting it back earlier but I could only reach in so far. So he got the job finished and I disposed of everything he cut down. You don't need to know where!!!  :)

Then he stepped in on a strip of soil about 8 inches wide at the back of the pond and tried thinning out a pond grass, I think it's a type of Acorus. I'll post photos for id soon. I think if he realised how difficult this job was going to be, he would have suggested we go out to lunch instead. LOL This was originally planted in the pond in its first year and has never been thinned out before. But as it grew away, it did a great job of hiding the blue heavy-duty Viscreen that was used as a liner for this pond. So we left it to do its thing.

Well, don't ask how he managed it from a standing position on such a narrow strip of soil, surprised he didn't fall in too. It had multiplied its original root ball by 5 or more, wrapping itself around the planting basket, and we uncovered four water lilies in baskets that had split over time. Needless to say my 'tidy' garden is once again UNTIDY. :) But then, you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs.

Steve probably wouldn't admit it, but I reckon it has been therapeutic for him also being out and active the last two days.

I was showing him Deborah and Martin's video this morning so I think I owe a big 'thank you' for what got done today.

 

 

Short Back and Sides

01 January 2017 19:37:22

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I'm getting quite good at delegating finally. While I was busy putting away the decorations, I put Steve to work giving the grass its first cut of the year. It hasn't been done since September and the longer it grows, the more likely that it's littered with cat poop (well, she has to go somewhere!). It rained heavily last night so the grass is very wet. Hopefully we'll get a few dry days and I'll give it a proper cut when Steve is back in work.

Delighted with how well my Cyclamen 'coum' have bulked up since getting them about two/three years ago.

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