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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal August 2017

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Ahead of themselves!

27 August 2017 21:32:08

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All through the summer months, things in the garden have been about three/four weeks ahead of themselves. 

But today, walking past my neighbours garden, I couldn't believe I saw his Jasminum nudiflorum MONTHS in advance. 

Not much done today as we have David here for an overnighter. He was helping me to clean out the ponds. It was a bit late to start the job so I'll get it done on my own properly on Tuesday regardless of the weather.

Life's a Birch!

26 August 2017 07:06:52

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I've mentioned here, more than once, how my next-door neighbour is NOT a gardener. Each time, in recent times, when I look out my front window I despair. He has an awful looking tree that I think he said had self-seeded a couple of years ago. And with the prevailing winds, most of it is leaning over into my garden. It's not even a NICE looking tree, I think it may be a Birch of some sort but not sure. I don't think he actually notices how awful it looks. But as the cooler weather is approaching, the leaves are starting to go a yucky brown and falling into my garden. It's grown huge this year, so much that I can see it from my bedroom upstairs.

So yesterday, I started to chop away a lot of the bare lower branches that were hanging over into my garden. It still looks awful. But I can't reach any further up. To do it successfully, I'd have to chop the main trunk. Then I'd be left to dispose of what I cut.  

I wouldn't be so bold as to actually knock on his door to talk about it. But as I spend most of my free time in the back of the house, I rarely get to see him. It's really annoying me. I think I'm going to have to sprout some courage and go to him. Awkward, to say the least.

Didiscus

24 August 2017 22:01:54

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Didiscus caerulea 'Blue Lace' is one of the few annuals that I sowed this year. It's a first for me, and they seemed to take forever to open up. But they decided to do just that today. It's also known as Trachymene coerulea, and resemble the frothy flowers of Queen Anne's Lace. It's supposed to have a gentle scent, but I cannot get anything. It's quite a sturdy little annual and this is just the first flower to open so I'm looking forward to seeing more of it. The flowers are also known to be good cut flowers for indoors.

Head Gardener

23 August 2017 21:02:01

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Steve has taken the week off work and today was the first day that we both got stuck in to jobs outside. Steve strimmed and cut the grass while I dead-headed all the roses, and cut away any eaten leaves. Very little black spot on all of them this year despite the wet summer.

Picking a pile of blueberries every day now and I'm not even a quarter way through the whole crop. The best I did for them so far was to give them that bed of their own. 

Fed, watered and picked tomatoes. Fed Dahlias, and fed and re-potted my Musa basjoo. I heard him give forth a huge sigh of relief after rewarding him with the freedom of a bigger growing space. 

Yesterday when I was in Homebase, I picked up a lovely Salvia 'Ember's Wish', which I took cuttings of today. I also picked up a bargain lot of trailing Begonias reduced from E9.95 to just a fiver and made up a basket today for some late colour. While I was weeding down the end of the garden I discovered a few more new shoots springing up from my Cautleya spicata. I accidentally pulled one shoot up while weeding. It being so effortless, I decided to pull a few more and pot them up. So now I'll be able to spread them around next year. 

It was a pleasure to be outdoors today. And it feels so long since I've done as much in any one day.

Selfies!

22 August 2017 13:08:52

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My famous self-seeded Nicotiana out in the front is still flowering away and yesterday I noticed that it has also self-seeded a couple of inches away from the original one. I had been reluctant to gather seed as it has been doing so well over the last 18 months,even flowering sporadically over the winter months. But now with the appearance of the seedlings, I can gather away and try to have it for the back garden.

Not what it says on the tin

21 August 2017 23:52:12
Not what it says on the tin

Not what it says on the tin

It sometimes amuses me when growers name the variety of plants - in this case a Dahlia named 'Blue Boy'.

Busting at the seams

21 August 2017 20:05:49

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I've been promising my Musa basjoo a bigger pot for the last two years. It looks like it's NOT prepared to wait until next year. It's put on great growth this year so maybe it deserves a treat.

Garden Centre in Sligo

20 August 2017 19:10:08

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While in Sligo this weekend, we accidentally discovered a Garden Centre that we hadn't spotted before on Holy Well Road, close to Carraroe. Great place, and they propagate most of their own plants. Their polytunnels were filled with seedlings of all kinds. Their Begonia baskets were just to die for. Nearly tempted, even at this late stage. But then, Begonias last well into the autumn and sometimes well into winter. However, I declined, and chose a lovely Heuchera 'Delta Dawn' (photo really doesn't do it justice), and Echinacea purpurea 'Pow Wow Wild Berry'. Two good-sized plants for just a tenner. You'd probably pay about €8.99 for each of them in the likes of Homebase or Woodies.

Hopefully, weather permitting, they'll get planted out tomorrow. Pretty miserable here since getting back this afternoon and I believe tomorrow isn't to be much better. 

 

I can resist anything but temptation!

17 August 2017 10:03:19
I can resist anything but temptation!

I can resist anything but temptation!

Lordy, Lordy! Every year I say to myself that I have no more space to buy bulbs. But who can resist!!!!!     

Your Mr. Middleton Catalogue should have come through your letterbox this morning. It's time for browsing. So far I'm just getting Iris 'Katharine Hodgkin' finally, Erythronium 'Yellow Pagoda' which I've lost in the past, and Iris 'Cantab'.  

Pre Open

16 August 2017 20:02:17

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Myself and Gretta headed to Liga's Pellie Palace today. I know Liga is having an Open Day on Sunday. But as I'll be away for the weekend, Liga quickly agreed to us visiting beforehand. So we had a sneak preview of what will be on offer for anyone going, but I won't post an album. 

So envious of Liga's new polytunnel, and the amount of plants that it houses. I think probably about 95% of her Pelargoniums are in flower, and all looking extremely healthy.

It's about 6 or 7 years since my first visit to Liga's place. I think she was only beginning to plant up her borders way back then. Everything has really filled out, and lots more added since. And it being such an exposed and windy site, I was surprised how well everything was thriving. Maybe a lot of her plants have acclimatised to their homes.

Lovely, lovely day, and it was a pleasure to chat with Liam too. Thank you both very much.

Nice Surprise

16 August 2017 06:51:44

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This year when a lot of people have been posting photos of their Salvia 'Amistad' I've been envious. I got one last year but it never reappeared this time round for some reason. And it was in the perfect location, or so I thought. However, I accepted its disappearance and hope to buy it again.

Yesterday while doing a bit outside I discovered a cutting of same that I had taken from this Salvia, and lo and behold it's flowering. I love the petal shape, and the colour. I had thought that this was a perfectly hardy Salvia. But it seems not. Hmmm, wondering now should I be doing something more to ensure its survival for future years. It's so pretty.

A New Home

13 August 2017 20:42:30

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Steve built a great raised bed (with the help of Wee Davey) last year for all my Blueberries. I must say the crop has never been better. Today I picked enough for adding to my breakfast for the next few days. And this is only the start of it.

I also have all that lovely crimson foliage to look forward to later. 

 

Eryngium

13 August 2017 08:56:43

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Introduced to my garden a few years ago, this Eryngium happily self-seeds itself about. In its first year here, it went mad multiplying. So lots of friends were given freebies. But at this stage, I no longer fight with nature and let it do its thing. I love the blue stems. And here, it's got a backdrop of Sambucus 'Black Lace' which I think makes a lovely contrast.

Kniphofia 'Mango Popsicle'

12 August 2017 23:21:23
Kniphofia 'Mango Popsicle'

Kniphofia 'Mango Popsicle'

I have no idea who gave me this. I have it about three years, and although the photo doesn't show, it's starting to finally bulk up. I love the colour.

The site is really becoming a 'ghost town'. It saddens me greatly, but I'm also looking forward to a brand new, more user-friendly site.

Tetrapanax for me too!

11 August 2017 19:18:33

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Like Jackie, and probably a lot more of you out there, I love T. Rex. This was only planted out about 4 or 5 years ago. It's beside the greenhouse and does a great job of shading what's inside from the midday sun. Usually earlier on in the season I take off one or two of the more mature to let light in for my tomatoes. But I'm so impressed with the size of its leaves in such a short space of time. 

But in saying that, my tree lily hasn't appeared at all this year. So I'm assuming the T. Rex's prolific growth has been the cause of this. C'est la vie. Just got Heritage Bulbs catologue in during the week so I can always order another one or two.

Have a lovely weekend, everyone.

Nigella

11 August 2017 05:20:37
Nigella 'African Bride'

Nigella 'African Bride'

One of the few annuals that I sowed this year is Nigella 'African Bride'. It's starting to come into flower now, and lots more to come. I like this unusual one, and hope to save plenty of seeds for next year.

Yellow Callistemon

10 August 2017 20:25:42
Yellow Callistemon

Yellow Callistemon

On June 16tth I posted a photo of a yellow Callistemon in my neighbourhood. I'd love to grow this one, so today while passing by the same garden, I managed to gather a few seeds. Not sure whether to sow now?  Or wait until Spring? Also, should they be sown in ericaceous compost or multipurpose? All advice welcome please?

Gracedieu

07 August 2017 20:20:40

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What will all that has been going on here recently, I only discovered this little Hemerocallis this afternoon. A bit late discovering it as the flower is now dying off, but I think it may have been a gift from Mary and Paddy two years ago? Could it be H. 'Pink Damask' maybe?

Thanks Mary and Paddy.

Getting to grips with the garden

04 August 2017 19:47:42

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As I have been neglecting the garden of late, and as the dust has settled, today I got out into the front garden and made a major difference. Physocarpus, Chaenomeles, Taxus baccata, Euonymus, and Sambucus 'Sutherlandii' got a major cutback. They all respond well to cutting back at this time of year. Bagged 4 black bags, and they're ready for disposal tomorrow. 

In the back, I dead-headed Ligularia, Carex pendula in the Lower Pond, and lots of other stuff. Picking tomatoes every day now, and the blueberries are almost ready to add to my daily breakfast. I haven't gotten round to netting them so far. But then, I have never had the need to do so. My peaches are so delicious.

 

Hellebores are starting to flower.

Had such an enjoyable day between the two gardens. And when Steve came home he noticed immediately what had been done. Can't wait for him to be home for good. He's been doing a course in Sligo with the job since March. Almost finished now though. So he'll be able to assist in the Autumn clear-up.

Continuing

01 August 2017 20:23:11

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Late getting out to the garden today but thankfully the weather was much better than yesterday. Not many peaches this year. Well, certainly not as many as last year. I had over 80 altogether. But maybe they have good years and not-so-good years.  But I did give the vine a serious hair cut, and cut back my Eccremocarpus while I was at it, as they were both twining around each other.

Dead-headed all the roses too, so the place is looking a lot better.

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