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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal May 2017

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'Hercules'

31 May 2017 19:29:20

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I have three Rodgersias here in my garden. But this one is my favourite. 

Nice combination

28 May 2017 22:26:27
Nice combination

Nice combination

Delighted to have seen a much-coveted Eucomis 'Sparkling Beauty' on a group visit to Mount Usher a couple of years ago. This year I have it teamed up with some Nasturtiums. I think they make a nice contrast.

Roscoea for Mary (Gracedieu)

28 May 2017 09:52:18

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A photo of mine, as promised. All that torrential rain over the last twenty four hours has encouraged it to open. Such a pretty shade of yellow. Thank you very much, Mary.

Nymphaea

27 May 2017 09:50:21

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Most of our garden plants are at least a month ahead of themselves this year on account of the great Spring.

But my waterlilies are a good two months ahead of schedule, they're beginning to open now and lots more fat buds on their way too.

Johnstown

26 May 2017 22:47:51

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I won this prize from Johnstowns Facebook page last year. I really did think it would be a 'one-hit-wonder'. But it's beginning to flower again. A very small Verbascum (only about 12 inches high), but very pretty. I'll have to go back on my notes, but I think it's called V. 'Clementine'.

Mum knows best!

25 May 2017 09:04:08
Mum knows best!

Mum knows best!

None of my Digitalis over the Cave were sown by me. Wouldn't we be lost without Mother Nature. The Escholtzia brings out the colour of the central disc in the Erigeron, and the Digitalis compliments the gentle pink/lilac hue from them too.

Two nice roses

25 May 2017 07:31:20

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A couple of pretty roses open in the front garden. But now the back garden is catching up. Two climbing roses, one which I call 'Mrs. J. Finnegan' after my lovely neigbour who moved house years ago, and R. 'Paul's Scarlet'. The first rose is actually a much deeper red than it appears in the photo.

And from the dining room, I can also see the first bloom of climbing Rose 'Iceberg'.

Very foggy morning here, and the birds are eerily quiet. When that lifts, it's going to be a scorcher so get plenty of factor on, and have a lovely day.

Bear with me!

24 May 2017 20:36:35

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Yes, this is yet another request for a plant id. No idea what it is, possibly an Arum of some type? It's planted in compost with a lot of grit added. So I must have been given that advice at the time. But I really don't remember ever seeing it before. And if YOU gave it to me, please speak up as I'm loving it already.

David and the beanstalk

24 May 2017 07:23:31

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A few weeks ago, myself and my little grandson were walking back from the local shops when David spotted a discarded pack of butter beans on the ground. They were already opened and I was concerned that he was going to start eating them. But when I warned him he came out with 'No, Gran. We could plant these and see what happens'. Well, that was music to my ears at such a young age.

After having a good look around yesterday I spotted the butter beans coming up through the sweet peas in a big planter by the greenhouse door. It looks like I'm going to have to stick in a taller bamboo cane for support. Can't wait for David to see them at the weekend.

Catching up

23 May 2017 21:08:41

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Away again this weekend and the garden was like a jungle in just a few days. Yesterday was a family day, so today I dead-headed, watered, ventilated the greenhouse, and fed everything in planters.

I've now given my tomatoes their second feed. All Dahlias and Pelargoniums are outside and are looking super even this early.

Took a few contorted Hazel cuttings a couple of months ago and I reckon they've taken. A couple of years ago I realised that the parent was wasted out in the front garden. So hopefully the magic of the twisted branches will enthrall me no end in the back garden.

My Campsis radicans is looking great too.

Help, please?

18 May 2017 21:19:33

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These seedlings are growing away happily on my windowsill. The label is missing (I think David had something to do with that!). Could someone possibly put me out of my misery and tell me what they are, please?  

One of my Auriculas have finally opened after a long spell of neglect. Yay!

"When Iris Eyes Are Smiling"

17 May 2017 22:06:37

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I have quite a number of Iris reticula open at the moment. But this is one that I've really been looking forward to seeing again. No idea of its name, but isn't it a beauty.

Room for expansion

16 May 2017 21:55:28

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At this time of year, when everything is in full growth tree trunks are getting bigger, it's a timely reminder to check that your tree ties are not restricting the essential growth. Let them breathe a sigh of relief, and loosen their ties. Or on more of a personal note, just open the top button of your trousers. LOL

Powdery mildew

15 May 2017 19:37:40

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I was aware that my beautiful purple Violas weren't looking good over the last few weeks. They were such a pretty sight at the kitchen window. Since seeing they were on their way out, I've been giving them extra care and a twice-weekly well-diluted tomato feed. It did the trick, but only very temporarily. This weekend they were really on their last legs.

So I bit the bullet today and replaced them with some good old reliable Begonia semperflorens, as I'll be away a lot over the next few months. I need something that can basically look after themselves. Watered and fed the Begonias in the hope that they'll bulk up lots. But the good thing is that they should last well into late Autumn, and possibly through a mild winter.

And of course, the affected plants were disposed of in the household rubbish. 

Rain/Sun/Mild/Fun

14 May 2017 22:00:19

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Very mixed day here in Dublin. Mild enough but intermittent showers. Delighted that Steve finally got the grass cut in between. And the babies called over too. They had their fun out in the garden and it rained again (heavily) just as they had left. And during their time here, my grandsons watered all my planters from the water butt. 

I had a couple of bald patches in the lawn so I re-sowed today. It rained afterwards, but the soil is just still so dry.  I'm sure it'll be fine though. Grass seed is so reliable. Roses are all tied in and tidied up. Everything in the greenhouse got a good soak too, and the peaches are looking very promising for another year.

My Carex oshimensis 'Evergold' was looking lovely at sunset, and I swear to God that my Hostas have grown at least 6 inches in the last 24hrs.

VW

12 May 2017 09:13:21

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A few weeks ago I discovered that my Fuchsia 'Hawks head' was 'no more'. Couldn't understand how it had died as I know they're pretty hardy. But yesterday, I had other plans for using that planter. I got a lovely Begonia in Fota the year before last and it takes full shade.

I was just going to replace the top half of the existing compost in that same planter and discovered a heap of VINE WEEVIL. Oooooh, that's not good. So, trying to cut corners and costs, I poured 5 kettles of boiling water into the remaining compost. Still wasn't sure that I had killed them all, so I emptied all of the compost out onto the grass for the birds to feast on whatever was left. It looks a bit unslightly at the moment but today I'll work the compost into the lawn, and hope to take out the lawnmower later on and suck up the bulk of it.

In the end, the Begonia was planted into a different planter with fresh compost. It's doing really well and has started to self-seed around the original plant too. I do love the red underneath veining of this plant. 

 

Id please

11 May 2017 08:51:32
Id please

Id please

In the last year I've been getting to see what plants grow where, and how successful they are, in my neighbourhood. In my local SuperValu, the outskirts of the carpark are planted up with these shrubs. They are quite a compact little shrub and are nesting sites for Sparrows every year. Sometimes the noise from the birds as you're passing by is deafening. But yesterday, for my first time ever, I noticed these tightly-packed deep pink rosettes all over them. You'd have to be on foot to ever notice them. They're like miniature, miniature roses.

Can anyone tell me what the shrub is, please? I'd like to try a few cuttings later in the year. They require very little maintenance and that's music to my ears. They have been there for years and only about 6ft in height and are deciduous and woody.

Go forth and multiply

10 May 2017 19:49:48

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Today I divided and potted up an Morina longifolia that I bought in Feeneys Garden Centre over the May Bank Holiday Weekend (just down the road from Glencar in Sligo). 1 plant becomes 10, and I could have gotten more. Only cost €7.  What a bargain!

Freedom

10 May 2017 07:58:44

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A few years ago I had all of my Hostas displayed in almost identical planters, and placed in tiers on a small patio table and the ground. Before long though, they became quite congested. While I thought that this was my favourite part of the garden, I was aware that eventually they'd have to be given a bit more freedom.

They had a special bed created solely for themselves. And it's only now that I'm happy with the changeover. They're expanding every year now and Costa de la Hosta is really taking off. Only a very small amount of slug damage at this stage. The evening sun captures the different types of foliage and leaf colour so nicely, and also picking up colour from Caltha palustris and Hippuris vulgaris in the Lower Pond. Nice to get this view at the end of a lovely day.

Bless me, Father.....

09 May 2017 19:54:23

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Hurried around this morning getting some essentials done while it was dull. 

After that, I committed one of the 7 deadly sins - idleness. Way too nice, and definitely too warm, to do anything constructive other than faff about.

Let's hope my penance isn't two weeks of solid rain.

Phlomis are coming out in the greenhouse border, despite them getting rather a harsh thinning out earlier.  Love the intermittent whorls on single stems. The flowers are almost pea-like.

Hope you all had a good day too.

Saxifraga

08 May 2017 19:43:31

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Saxifraga cuneifolia is a good plant for seeding in small cracks. It will never become a thug in the garden and I adore its variegated foliage. It's also known as lesser Londonpride. I love its dainty sprays of flowers, and they're beginning now.

Campanula 'SallySarah'

07 May 2017 06:52:14

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This is a lovely Campanula that SallySarah kindly gave me a good few years ago. It gets to about 2ft and more, and is a pretty lilac colour. It produces an adequate supply of seedlings around that are so easy to remove if they're not wanted. It's still early in the season, but starting to open up now.

I've given away lots of seedlings over the years. And it's such a reliable doer that now I'm going to introduce some to different areas of the garden. 

Indiana Jones lives on!

06 May 2017 18:53:35

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Not much done outdoors today as I was late getting out into the garden. Where do I start? The question that's always on my mind. 

Well, firstly, last year with the knee op, garden maintenance was put on the long finger, and I just about managed to keep things ticking over. I concentrated on the areas that I could see from the house basically. So, in tidying up those areas, things got shifted down under the Pergola. Oh, Lordy, it was such a mess. Early this year, Steve removed a lot of the pond plants from the Upper Pond, and the Cave Pond. Some of the grasses had almost rooted into the liners. So they just dumped under the Pergola and forgotten about. 

The floor covering for this area is gravel, interspersed with blue crushed glass, marbles, and other little trinkets that I 'allow' Wee Davey to pocket whenever he comes over. Even to this day, he has a glint in his eye thinking that Gran is going to search his pockets when he's saying goodbye to me each time, hoping that I won't discover his 'hidden gems'.

Anyway, after our pond clearout, we were left with about 7 pond plants to relocate or dump, whatever the case may be. And some of them are in really big baskets that need the next size up. But I don't think that size is available anywhere. Maybe they were the wrong choice of plants. C'est la vie.

So today I was going to dump the lot and cut my losses. But I had forgotten that when I was planting some of them, I had topped them with blue crushed glass just for that extra bit of 'bling' in the ponds. I couldn't just dump all of that. So I had to get each plant for dumping, and go through them to remove all the glass. And as it happened, some of the plants were still showing some signs of growth after being dried out all that time. Gotta be worth saving them now! A few more plants to rescue. But tomorrow's another day.

I've taken out only SOME of the crushed glass now, and washed it all. Little Logan is now of the age where he's beginning to explore the garden and its treasures just like his big brother does. And so the Indiana Jones games continue, and long may it last.

 

F.A.O. Margot

05 May 2017 21:02:02

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Better photos as promised.

Jackie made a suggestion of it being Ribes. The first photo is Ribes foliage on the left, Mystery Plant on the right.

Mystery plant

05 May 2017 08:27:07

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I posted about this plant a couple of weeks ago and some people suggested it was a Hollyhock. But I still disagree. The leaves are much smaller than any Hollyhock I have seen. But it looks like the mystery is soon to be solved. The last photo shows what, to me, looks like maybe a flower bud about to open, or maybe it's just how the leaves emerge. Any more guesses (or informed decisions) before it's too late?

Carex

04 May 2017 19:51:48

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Carex 'pendula' is planted into the pond as a marginal. And as it's part of my North-facing Border it's only in the last two weeks getting a bit of sun. I get the best look from it when the light of the evening sun catches it.

Yes, it does seed about, but nothing that I can't handle. The young plants are easily identified and disposed of if required. I, for one, wouldn't be without it.

Blue!!!

04 May 2017 11:16:34
Blue!!!

Blue!!!

I know a few people have their Aquilegias flowering for a couple of weeks at this stage. And I've seen lots in the neighbourhood too. I'm one of those 'late developers'. :)  But some of mine finally got their act together and opened up yesterday. Pity they're covered in greenfly. But they're still sooooo pretty.

Feeding and shifting

03 May 2017 19:58:28

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What a great day today. Second day for the strappy top,shorts and flipflops. Ok, no flipflops today as I was moving around great big planters.

A couple of years ago when I transplanted all of Dad's daffs into my own garden, I ended up having to plant lots into planters. One such planter is in the middle of the grass, where the rotary line is. But as the receiver for the line is above soil level, the planter acts as a safeguard to stop people, mainly me, tripping over it. Still lots of greenery on the daffs, but as they were planted too close together, none of them flowered this year. So today I removed all of them and will heel them in somewhere to die down at their own pace.

Got three new plants at the weekend and one of them needed a BIG planter. So the daff one, after it was emptied, got shifted over to the patio and Cephalaria gigantica got put in. I believe it should get to about 2 metres in height or more. 

Had to shift around other planters, mainly my acid-loving ones. Most of them are underneath the kitchen windowsill. But with constant tomato feed being applied to the Violas in the windowbox, it drips down on top of the Acids. Time to relocate. 

Cut back most of the daff foliage today, and watered and fed all my Agapanthus, Dahlias, Callas and Begonias. Happy with my lot today.

Dandelions

03 May 2017 18:53:47
Dandelions

Dandelions

In my early gardening years I used petrol from the mower to eradicate any Dandelions in the garden. It worked a treat. Ok, probably not doing the soil any favours, I know. But over time I've taken to using RoundUp. It used to work. But not any more. The active ingredient must have been taken out. It didn't even kill off my wild garlic a few weeks ago. Incidentally, the Dandelions are spreading from next-door neighbours (Mr. Wild Garlic himself!). :)

Today I spent back-breaking hours just pulling up the Dandelions and emerging buds. Earlier in the year I was digging them out. But then you have to fill the holes in with compost, leaving more opportunities for them to self-seed, and other undesirables. However, it'll probably be a daily task. But so rewarding just seeing a swathe of green with not a speck of yellow in sight. I might even revert to pouring the petrol on them again.

I'm posting a photo of my hardy Gerbera as there are NO Dandelions left in my garden.......for now. :)

 

First one

03 May 2017 08:57:16
First one

First one

My first rose of the year is open this morning - R. 'Arthur Bell'. Lovely morning, so I hope it's the same wherever you are.

Astelia

02 May 2017 21:40:36

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I posted about this on the 24th April, stating that its very first, so unattractive flowers were appearing. Hazel called it an Ugly Duckling. I agreed wholeheartedly.

But this evening the flowers were sparkling like little jewels in the evening sun. Well, I never!!!    I suppose it really IS an ugly duckling, tranforming itself into a real beauty. Others may think it's not worth having. But I've certainly changed my mind since last week. 

Yeats' Secret Garden

02 May 2017 18:51:45
Yeats' Secret Garden

Yeats' Secret Garden

Yesterday after breakfast I persuaded Steve to bring us to see Yeats' Secret Garden. Hmmmmm, car was parked too far away to begin with. And it's been recreated in a building called the Model, that hosts a couple of Art Galleries in the middle of Sligo city.

When I saw the said garden I wondered why I had bothered. Postage stamp size. But then, looking at it from a poet's perspective, I could see why it WAS recreated. Yeats created a little makeshift cabin amongst the trees, and grew a few vegetables and wildflowers. But it's not really about the garden. It's more to do with having a time of peace and tranquility and a means to exercise the creative waves, which he did with relish. 
I'll post a small album.

1st Clematis

02 May 2017 18:18:44
1st Clematis

1st Clematis

A quick ramble around the garden this morning and spotted my first Clematis of the year to open. Now, I did move C. 'Miss Bateman' from the Upper Pond area a couple of years ago and thought I had planted it in the North-facing Border, which is where this one is. But I don't ever remember seeing green bands throughout the colour. So, it's either C. 'Miss Bateman', which I think flowers later in the summer, or my next door neighbour got a new one and is trailing over our wall. Either way, it's very welcome.

Mini Break

01 May 2017 20:50:17
Mini Break

Mini Break

Just back from a lovely weekend away in Sligo. Weather so squally and cold right up until last night. And, Murphy's Law, today dawned bright and beautiful and I was going back home. But not to matter as it seems that today, our first day of summer in MY book, ended up with proper weather. And hopefully more of the same for the following weeks.

I'm not very familiar with Sligo. But we managed a trip to Lissadell House and Gardens. But we got there too late for the first tour and way too early for the second tour. So we just had a ramble through the woodland walk (the self-seeded primulas and bluebells were a sight to behold), and the alpine gardens which are constantly being battered by the strong Atlantic winds.

Not long home, so I hope to post an album either this evening or tomorrow.

I hope you all had a lovely Bank Holiday weekend.

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