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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal September 2017

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That time again.....

29 September 2017 20:44:07

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......when the grasses come into their own. Two on my best list are Cortaderia  'Splendid Star'  and Arundo donax. 

Side-tracked

29 September 2017 18:55:09

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Needed to shake the cobwebs off me today as I haven't been doing much gardening lately. So after my errands I intended to plant the remainder of my bulbs that I got in Mr. Middletons recently. Daffs, alliums, lilies still to go down.

So I started by harvesting the remaining tomatoes and pulling up the plants. Brought in a few tenders as it's getting noticeably cooler now overnight. Cut back bits and pieces to tidy the garden up a bit. I got totally engrossed and forgot about my original intention of getting those bulbs planted. They're still sitting at the patio doors. Tomorrow's another day. And the rain came down in torrents, so that put paid to the other jobs that needed attention.

Three of my 'can't do without' plants are my lovely little Polygonatum (Persicaria) that hugs the edge of my Lower Pond all summer long. I've also found that this is a great self-seeder around the garden, appearing in the gravel in the greenhouse, and self-seeding in pots and in between paving slabs.

Another one is an annual. Although, as its Mammy has already been here, and flowering non-stop for two years now, Nicotiana in the front is very dear to me. The babies that I transplanted a few weeks ago from beside the original is flowering away.

And my last one is French Marigolds. I think these are 'Sunset Mixed' which were sown from seed this year. Still lots more blooms yet to open. And today I collected loads of seeds of same.

 

Fruit

24 September 2017 22:41:30

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It's great to be still picking lots of blueberries daily. I'll be doing it for at least another three weeks. They haven't even been bothered by the birds despite the lack of netting. It's never been as good as this year.

Boston Ivy

24 September 2017 06:46:09
Boston Ivy

Boston Ivy

Last year after surgery, I took a brave step and decided to get rid of my car. I needed encouragement to get walking more often. I'm lucky in that I live in an area that is pretty central to all my needs. The only real drawback is that I can't nip over to Homebase to fill a trolley with compost and plants when the impulse arises.

I walk every day, and always take my camera with me. This garden has Boston Ivy planted all around one wall of a corner garden, and it makes for a stunning spectacle, which I look forward to at this time of year. You miss so much beauty when you're concentrating on traffic, and pedestrians. Life in the 'slow lane' CAN be good!!!

Witch Hazel

22 September 2017 20:36:48

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I have three different Hamamelis in the front garden. The first year they flowered 'out-of-season', but I thought they'd soon acclimatise, and flower predictably in Spring from thereon in. Not the case!

All three are flowering now, yet again. Lovely to see the autumn-coloured foliage together with flowers. Have had a difficult spell with Dad over the last couple of weeks and only got home today. The early flowers lifted my spirits immensely. That's what gardens are all about.

Hibiscus

18 September 2017 19:45:55

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Not a great flowerer for me by any means. And I so love the excitement of even a single flower opening. This particular Hibiscus 'Oiseau Bleu' had loads of buds on it only a couple of days ago. Today, they had all disappeared. Is it due to a drop in temperature, or are they troubled by any pests or diseases? No sign of any crawlies anywhere near so it's a bit of a mystery. Hopefully someone can shed some light on it.

Anemones

17 September 2017 20:37:42

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I think the only Anemones I have here originally came from Hazel. Discovered two in pots last week, and today during a quick visit outdoors I was astounded at the sight of one that I obviously planted in my Spring Border. You can see how small it is, and yet it is flowering. Mother Nature is truly wonderful.

Begonia 'Evansiana'from Fota

11 September 2017 21:17:29

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No time for gardening at the present as we're clearing out a lot from Dad's house and skipping so much. He needs a major reconstruction job done on his floors, and will need to move out for a while.

This morning before I went up to fill the skip, I took photos of my lovely Begonia purchase in Fota two years ago. Very windy all day and difficult getting photos outdoors. It's a reliable Begonia, and ever so pretty.

Aches and pains all over this evening and I'm now regretting having taken out our bath years ago. 

Double Surprise

07 September 2017 22:02:45

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This morning I continued on with tidying up outside. Lots of old grass clippings at the edges of the borders, and they build up over time. But today I was scraping all the clippings to neaten the edges.

To my surprise I found this lovely Potentilla 'Red Monarch' (I used to have this in the North-facing border and no sign of it so far this year. But I'm wondering did I get this little pot of same from someone, or did I dig up my own for some reason), and a couple of Anemones that Hazel had given me earlier, probably last year. The Anemones will make a nice addition to my pink/lilac/white area of the Greenhouse Border that I showed yesterday.  It needs some taller plants.

Greenhouse Border

06 September 2017 22:28:10

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The greenhouse border is looking well at the moment. It has the wildlife pond in the centre. The border is split up into two main sections - the 'hot' colours closest to the patio, the further down the garden it has mainly pinks, blues and lilacs. It's looking lovely at the moment with Oxalis, Persicaria, Sedum, and ready-to-open Nerine bowdenii.

Great day!

06 September 2017 20:14:27

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Perfect weather for garden maintenance today. I got all the essential household and family jobs done early to leave me free for the garden. Lots of cutting back done, bags filled, and tidying up. Steve surprised me in the early afternoon by arriving home from work early. So he got the grass cut, that has been put on the long finger a lot over the summer months. And as soon as he had that done I asked him ever-so-politely would he cut back the Lythrum and Carex pendula in the Lower Pond as I couldn't reach in there myself. So I felt it was my duty to clean up what I had asked him to cut back. It was strewn all over the lawn. Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm' got broken in the process, but who am I to look a gifthorse in the mouth.

After watching Liga's Youtube video on cutting back pelargoniums, I decided to strike while the iron was hot. Also managed to take lots of cuttings for next year. One thing I learned from this video was that when cutting pelargoniums back, they need fairly dry compost, otherwise they will rot.

I was at the bulb sale in Mr. Middleton's on Saturday and bought plenty. So I decided now was the time to plant up. Indoor Hyacinths will now inject their intoxicating aroma over the winter months, they're called 'Gipsy Queen' and the photo on Saturday showed a strong orange, which sold them to me. We'll see. They looked positively 'peachy' according to Google. Also potted up Narcissus 'Peach Cobbler'. Also potted up my much-sought-after Iris 'Katherine Hodgkins' into a shallow terracotta bowl, and Erythronium 'Pagoda'. Google tells me that it takes about 3-5yrs for them to flower. I hope someone can tell me otherwise.

The Hosta bed got a good cutback today, they have behaved very well this year. I've just left the ones that are still looking good. 

 

Plant id please

06 September 2017 19:45:36
Plant id please

Plant id please

My Hostas have looked so good this year despite the lack of maintenance. But today I decided, as they were beginning to look very tired, to cut them back, apart from the few that are still looking ok. But these weeds, what I have always known as Sticky Backs, are all over the place. I just know that Costa de la Hosta will be rampant with these next year. Can anyone tell me what they are actually called, please?

He loves me, yeah, yeah, yeah!

06 September 2017 18:29:56

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Not talking about my soul mate, but a cute little juvenile robin who followed me everywhere around the garden today. I know they love freshly-exposed worms best of all, but I wasn't doing any digging today. But he does love Nijer seed, something I hadn't been aware of.

Anaphalis

04 September 2017 18:47:06

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Spent the day running around in circles and not getting anything worthwhile done. I'm going to have to learn how to say 'no' to people.

However, when I was finished doing all that, I got out and watered the greenhouse. It was badly needed as I had neglected it last week. I'm growing Tomato 'Belinda' this year and I must say it is the sweetest tomato by far that I have ever tasted.  I imagine they are a cherry type, but maybe I just didn't give them enough feed this year. Did a bit of seed collecting, and dead-headed and fed Dahlias.

The weeds are growing rampant in my Blueberry bed so that's a job that needs doing tomorrow. Still so many more to pick. And I haven't had the need to cover them yet. I thought that having the seven bushes all together that it would encourage the birds to devour them. But so far so good. And maybe it's good that I'm picking them just before they are ripe.

The third photo is a herbaceous perennial Anaphalis that Myrtle kindly gave to me a few years ago. It's doing better and better each year and requires no maintenance. Thanks again, Myrtle.

A Transplant

03 September 2017 11:06:22

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It's a whole week since I last posted a journal. I've been feeling that the site is going to disappear any day and haven't had the urge to post anything. And to be honest, in the last week I haven't been doing much gardening because of family commitments.

But I had another look at my precious annual, self-seeded Nicotiana out in the front, and there are little seedlings of the parent plant, and they are also in flower. I managed to uproot one of them and pot it up. It's still looking very healthy for having lifted in flower. So here's hoping it will now grace my BACK for a while.

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