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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal July 2017

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Back to normality!

31 July 2017 18:18:49

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A bit of Stop-Start day here all day with very sudden and torrential downpours. But I managed to get a fair bit of weeding and tidying up done. Grass needs cutting, but todays unpredictable weather put paid to that. Hopefully tomorrow!

Picked my first peaches just now. And my lovely Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy' is looking fine.

Lythrum

22 July 2017 18:57:43

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Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) is starting to 'do its thing' in the Lower Pond now. It's a very reliable marginal plant.

'Bee's Jubilee'

22 July 2017 07:28:48

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I got a complete surprise at one stage yesterday to find this vivid flower nestling amongst all my Hostas. Silly me, it was a wayward stem of Clematis 'Bee's Jubilee' stretching through the foliage-filled area. As this Clematis is in mainly shade, even throughout the summer months, it's the last to flower.

Kniphofia

21 July 2017 21:50:39
Kniphofia 'uvaria'

Kniphofia 'uvaria'

Can't remember where I got this pretty little Kniphofia, or when. Possibly last year when I was recuperating. I decided to put it into a planter to see how well, or not, it grows. It's now open. And it's a dainty one, similar to K. 'Bees Lemon' which I lost a few years ago, but not as zingy in colour. I have found in the past that Kniphofia are susceptible to snail damage, hence the planter where I can keep a better eye on it.

Still going!

20 July 2017 21:47:47
Still going!

Still going!

My self-sown annual Nicotiana is still flowering two years later, even producing a few flowers during the winter months.

The site seems to be working ok now, so I hope the recent problems haven't turned members away for too long. Mind you, I've yet to try posting an actual album.

Agave

19 July 2017 12:18:45

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The little offshoot that I took off the mother plant in the garden of our bungalow in Lanzarote in 2009 is looking very healthy at this stage. It will be treated to a bigger pot next year. 

No time

17 July 2017 21:53:25

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I haven't had much time for the garden recently. And today was no different. While I was in the vicinity of Santry Park, I went for a stroll towards the lake. I love this place, and to think it was only in the last few years that I discovered it was even there.

When I got home, it was too hot for gardening so I took a few photos instead and kept myself well-hydrated. Lovely to see my Hollyhock opening its first flower this year. And it's well-supported by my Taxus baccata. No need for staking.

Edibles

12 July 2017 22:57:59

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And the ripening process begins once again, and earlier this year too.

Biddy

09 July 2017 23:45:42

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My variegated Honeysuckle is now beginning to open. Originally I got this as a cutting from Biddy. It's a great little doer and brightens up a section of my North-facing border very well.  It also has a Passiflora caerulea as a companion which is just visible in the photos.

Thanks again to Biddy.

2 firsts

08 July 2017 23:33:34

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A lot of essential errands to do today so gardening time was very limited apart from a bit of watering and feeding.

But delighted to spot my first Cosmos and my first Sweet Pea open. Not sure which variety the Sweet pea is, possibly Caprani or something like that. Will have a proper look tomorrow. It was a perfect gardening day. But hopefully tomorrow will be as good.

David's Beans

08 July 2017 10:10:21

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David's butter beans are beginning to flower. I've never had them here before and their flowers are so pretty. Fingers crossed for a decent crop so David will be encouraged to keep gardening in the future.

A good mix

08 July 2017 00:35:00

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Little did I realise 7yrs ago that Calla lilies would survive so long here. In a planter with my much-loved Persicaria, and performing reliably with just ONE feed so far this year.

Bee-friendly

06 July 2017 06:54:19

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Hypericum 'Magical Red Star' is a magnet for the bees. Over the next week the berries will become more vibrant. It's such an attractive Hypericum, and hard to resist.

Persistence

05 July 2017 22:20:23

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A few years ago I was going to dig up all my Hemerocallis and get rid of them. I didn't like the fact that they were producing so much foliage, with very few flowers. But I split some up and gave them away. And this year they have performed so much better. I've forgotten the name of this one, but I love its double flowers. Can anyone tell me which one it is, please? Loads more flowers to come on this one. It's my best so far.

It's taken a while

05 July 2017 22:03:17

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But I'm so glad to see two of my favourite climbing roses 'Teasing Georgia' and Schoolgirl' are now joining forces after a few years. I love this colour combination.

Clematis

05 July 2017 07:54:42

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I always forget that I have Clematis jackmanii until this time of year, when I spot purple flowers on my Viburnum tinus and Mahonia 'Winter Sun'. It gives a second season of  interest to these Spring-flowering shrubs.

Cotinus 'Grace'

01 July 2017 07:52:54

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I've been trying for the last few years to provide my back wall with some nice coverage. But lots of work, and constant indecision on what to plant in that area. But the whole left hand side of the wall now has a good sized Norway Spruce, Viburnum tinus, Mahonia etc and I'm working my way across to the other side, slowly but surely. Still waiting for the dreaded Cave to be finished, but there are still excuses (or I should say 'reasons') for it not getting done this year.

One nice addition has been Cotinus 'Grace'. Such a lovely shrub, and it's doing its job very nicely. Pity it's not an evergreen. But it's contrasting well with the surrounding area.

 

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