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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal February 2017

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Lovely Day

27 February 2017 20:23:48

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What a super day today. I got a bit more cut back in the garden, and even tidied up after myself. Now there's a first. The greenhouse got a good airing and everything inside has sailed through our very mild winter.

Pulmonaria 'Blue Ensign' is doing really well here and spreading about nicely.

My Spring Border is looking a treat too. But it's time now to get down and dirty. It needs a serious weeding. Not getting much time to myself these days.

Frog Watch

25 February 2017 22:02:26

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I'm sure I'm boring you all at this stage with photos of my greenhouse pond and its inhabitants. I've never seen so many gathered in one small space. I counted at least 25 in here and I know there were lots more lurking down deep. The water was alive with their activities. David hasn't seen them yet so I hope he doesn't miss this spectacle.

U4BA

25 February 2017 20:33:33

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Love this plant at this time of year. It really brightens up my north-facing border.

First Camellia

24 February 2017 19:24:50
Camellia 'Wisley White'

Camellia 'Wisley White'

Normally my first Camellia to open here is C. 'Debbie'. Not this time round, C. 'Wisley White' has pipped 'Debbie' at the post. Loads of flowers yet to open, but I've noticed that they're much smaller than previous years. I was a bit incapacitated last summer with the new knee, but one job I was sure to do was giving everything a regular watering, including all my Camellias. So can anyone tell me why the flowers may be smaller?

Hacquetia

24 February 2017 17:39:58
Hacquetia

Hacquetia

With the lovely mild winter that we have had, my Hacquetia epipactus is now open a full 6 weeks earlier this year.

A few more from Glasnevin

23 February 2017 20:52:08

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I forgot to post up these photos I took in the glasshouses yesterday.  The intoxicating fragrance of the Jasmine followed us all around.

What an awful night last night, and thoroughly miserable and stormy all day. Needless to say I didn't get out, only to check for possible damage. Thankfully there was none, the worst being a pile of empty pots that made their way into the Lower Pond.

Glasnevin

22 February 2017 19:18:16

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Lovely mild day today, but it was a miserable morning. I'm beginning to get cabin fever and I needed a 'garden fix', albeit a visit to the Botanic Gardens. It was a constant drizzle to begin with, but as we continued our walkaround it dried up. And the sun made a brave attempt at shining.

The walk was so therapeutic. Couldn't believe how healthy the Echiums are looking, although it was an extremely mild winter.

Hope you like the album.

Multiplying rapidly

20 February 2017 21:14:18
Multiplying rapidly

Multiplying rapidly

We seem to get frogspawn later here than further down South. But the greenhouse pond was alive with activity all day today. So here's hoping  for a plentiful population of junior frogs this year.

A growing colour palette

20 February 2017 20:58:38

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Our gardens are colouring up nicely at this stage. Lovely to see Muscari opening now, to join the yellows of the different daffs. A love of blue/yellow combination seems to be quite normal for us gardeners. And rightfully so.

My Leptospermum has been flowering all winter long. It surprised me when Jacky mentioned over on Facebook that she's still waiting for her first flower to appear. Maybe it performs better here in the colder climate than in the sunny Cork region?

Spreading them around

19 February 2017 20:24:28

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Steve gave the grass its first cut of the year on January 1st. As I had planted out small clumps of Galanthus around the rotary line pole last year, I was afraid that he'd be cutting down any snowdrop foliage, and as a result not get any flowers. Any later than that, and that would surely be the case.

Just looking at the grass today. It's in such a sorry state. It really needs another cut now, but the growth is very patchy. Not sure if it's from Holly's toilet, or something else. But.....surprise, surprise......the snowdrops planted last year are up and flowering.  So that's good.

What a great day!

18 February 2017 19:00:46

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Haven't had very much time outdoors recently what with one thing or another. So after lunch with Dad today, I donned the garden gear and got stuck in. Basically I was clearing and cutting back, bagging and tidying. Looking much better.

Kitty had very kindly sent me Eranthis corms a couple of years ago and I was beginning to despair. I recently made up my mind to go and source some 'in the green'. But lo and behold, I discovered their foliage after a major weeding session in the North-facing border. And to think I nearly missed them!

The emergence of my Trillium 'albidum' has me chuffed to bits as this wasn't a cheap plant. And my herbaceous Peony is also peeping up.

What a great day to be outside.

Sadly, Steve was unable to join in the work as he's just spent the last few days in hospital. He's on the mend slowly.

I hope to get the grass cut tomorrow, weather permitting.

Wonderful Weekend Wishes to you all. :)

ID Please!

18 February 2017 08:28:35

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My Tetrapanax was planted out into the hot border a couple of years ago and is coming on in leaps and bounds since then. But Mary had warned me not to disturb the soil around the trunk as loads of Tetras would sprout up all over the place. So I did heed her warning, as that bed is way too small to accommodate any babies.

But over the winter months I've noticed this greenery shooting up. Earlier in the season I had thought that maybe my Crocosmia was spreading. But Crocosmia shoots come up more rigidly than this plant in the photo. I don't really know what scutch grass looks like, but I had thought that ......mmmmmm.....maybe. One thing that I am certain of is that thankfully it's NOT wild garlic. Enough of that out in the front!

Can someone put me out of my misery please. Because I'm itching to weed this bed and don't want to pull up something that I've treasured in previous years. T.I.A.

At last

17 February 2017 19:00:38

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I thought that the buds on this Galanthus 'Spindlestone Surprise' would NEVER open. It's been tightly closed for at least three weeks or more. But it decided to open up fully today. It's bulking up well.

A few bits today

13 February 2017 20:38:23

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When I got back from my walk down the Royal Canal in Drumcondra this morning, the sunshine tempted me out to the garden for a bit of essential maintenance.

Finally got the Christmas tree cut up and deposited 'over the wall'. That's cleared the patio. Everything is growing at the rate of knots. Opened up the greenhouse and I gave everything a good soak. Left the greenhouse open for about 4hrs.

Outside, I cleared up a lot of debris that hadn't been done earlier.  Two black bags full. And it's made a visual difference already. The grass could now do with a second cut to make it look a bit more 'loved'. But that can wait until the weekend maybe.

The Campsis that Gretta bought me in France the year before last had been kept in the greenhouse all winter. I have yet to see it in flower. So with lots of growth on it, things are looking good. I may start to harden it off in the next couple of weeks, depending on the weather.

Third photo is a plant that Mary gave me in Summer of 2015. Lovely no maintenance plant, and turning a lovely colour. I accidentally broke a couple of bits off it today, so they got planted into the same planter in the hope that it will bulk up a bit more.

 

Peach

13 February 2017 16:00:23
Peach

Peach

Much earlier than normal, I spotted my first peach flower in the greenhouse this afternoon. Looking forward to an even better crop this year, if that's possible. I got over 80 peaches on just three small peach trees.

Lamium

12 February 2017 19:34:32
Lamium 'Pink Pewter'

Lamium 'Pink Pewter'

I find this Lamium 'Pink Pewter' to be pretty much an evergreen plant in my garden. The foliage is changing colour to a deeper shade of pink the colder it gets. I think it's very pretty even without the flowers and so worth having.

Another warm glow

11 February 2017 12:13:40

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While in Gretta's for a couple of days last week, I noticed the colour of a Buxus sempervirens that I gave her a few years ago had turned this unusual hue. The shrub itself looks perfectly healthy. Has anyone else ever noticed this with Buxus? I wonder is it to do with being in a different type of soil?

Featherhead

09 February 2017 20:15:46
Featherhead

Featherhead

I admire this display of heathers in a local garden this time every year. Most of the garden is paved over, apart from one or two small beds. It makes a stunning display, there's no doubt.

Ok, the journal should really be entitled Heather Bed. LOL

Beautiful Day

04 February 2017 21:24:00

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Such a great day today after all the recent rain and wind. But I only got a short time to do a bit of weeding and cutting back. This has been the first time that I didn't get things cut back in Autumn, and it's a mistake I won't make again. It just seems to be endless at this time of year, especially when time outdoors is in fits and starts.

I was delighted to see that my Galanthus 'Spindlestone Surprise' is almost out. It's multiplying well since acquiring about three years ago.

Pieris 'Forest Flame' is looking lovely. And my Grevillea is starting to open already.

Bedding Begonias

03 February 2017 20:49:16

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On their way to the airport last summer, Terri and Alan dropped in for a quick visit, with some very welcome bits and pieces - pepper plants, and some bedding Begonias (Begonia semperflorens) that I usually throw out after they've done their thing. The peppers performed beautifully and I got a load from just one plant. I was a bit lazy on account of the new knee and didn't even bother to discard them. The same with the Begonias.

I was out for a very short while today as it never stopped raining. The Begonias had been left in the greenhouse over winter and are now sprouting again. Didn't think they'd survive, even though we've had a very mild winter. Just saying...... So they got a drink today and a very diluted dose of tomato feed.

Miniature landscape

02 February 2017 21:26:26

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Too wet and windy to have a proper look around Gretta's garden. I have always admired her succulent/alpine dish and it's looking better and better every year. And the moss growing around it gives it a real look of a miniature landscape. Love the lone snowdrop peeping through too.

Wet Weather Welcome!

02 February 2017 20:18:03
Wet Weather Welcome!

Wet Weather Welcome!

I have spent the last couple of days down with Gretta. The bad turn in the weather was most welcome for a change, as we haven't had much time together in such a long time. It did us the world of good to catch up, and also to plan for the next growing season. And with really late nights, I'll be catching up on my sleep tonight.

On the way home we dropped into the shops. Nothing worth having from Dealz, but got a few nice bargains in Homebase. We probably would have bought more, but it was so windy outside that we were ushered back into the shop so they could lock up the outdoor section. Pots and lids flying everywhere.

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