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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal October 2017

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The garden grows regardless......

27 October 2017 03:55:41

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Life has a habit of running away on  us. I thought once the wedding was out of the way that I would have more time for the garden. Unfortunately that hasn't happened yet. One thing has led to another and the garden is looking like a total jungle at this stage. The grass is like a meadow and Holly has taken full advantage of me not having time or energy to chase her when she's doing the business so the place is destroyed. But the grass is finally getting to Steve so I'm hoping he'll do something about it this coming weekend.

I had made a start on the autumn cut-back but that didn't last long. Unfortunately Dad has taken priority in my life right now - a few health issues. Plus the work on his house still hasn't been started, but things are beginning to move now. So basically I'm living just from day to day. 

There are still some bulbs to be planted from my Mr. Middleton warehouse sale, so when I get a chance this evening, I hope to be done with that lot. One small job ticked off the very lengthy list.

Hazel alerted me to her flowering Mahonia the other day. And lo and behold my own one M. 'Winter Sun' is taking centre stage at the moment. And to think I nearly missed it. Although Mahonias are good for their long-lasting blooms. Waterlilies are still performing well and it's almost November. Mother Nature is truly amazing. My Osmunda regalis dies back very nicely with its russet tones. It's one of my favourite ferns.

 

My Top Two

18 October 2017 20:16:58

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My first choice for favourite plants this year is as Hazel's, Tetrapanax Rex. Such a stunner. But before doing my homework, it was planted into my greenhouse border, where its leaves become so huge that the sunlight blocks a lot of plants underneath. As the summer progresses, I end up taking away some of the larger leaves. In truth, it was planted in the wrong place. But having been advised that if you disturb the soil around it, chances are that you'll get loads of seedlings. So for now it's staying put.

My second choice has definitely got to be Senecio petasitis, which is planted in my mini-Jurassic Border at the end of the garden. I love the velvety feel to the unusual shape leaves, and the newer growth is a lovely sight to behold.

A waiting game!

17 October 2017 21:14:09
A waiting game!

A waiting game!

Each time I post a journal, I wonder will it be my last. Looking forward to having something more user-friendly and preferrably a site that will upload photos properly, be they portrait or landscape mode, from all devices. I will always favour a laptop. It's so sad to see so few journals being posted. I think a lot of members have already given up on this site, which is a real shame.

Alstromeria 'Indian Summer' is still in full flower today, even after the bad weather.

 

Phew!

17 October 2017 18:48:27

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Well, how lucky were we here in Dublin during Ophelia's visit! I really feel for anyone who had structural damage. The worst that happened for me was that a very large planter with Eleagnus was tipped over, and luckily my untidiness in recent times meant that there was a rubbish bag right beside it and cushioned its fall.The wind was obviously blowing in the right direction. Planter intact thankfully, as it was expensive enough.

At one stage during the night I heard one of my watering cans blowing about. Nowhere to be seen today. 

But my famous Nicotiana survived those ferocious winds. It helped that there are cut-outs in the brickwork, ensuring that the winds were very much lessened. This little Nicotiana definitely deserves to be in the Guinness Book of Records, having been in flower constantly for over two years now.

An afternoon in the Botanic Gardens

15 October 2017 20:50:17

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Myself and my daughter took a trip over to the Botanic Gardens this afternoon, before the Sculpture in Context ends at the end of this week. I haven't posted any albums recently but I'll try in a few minutes.

The Gardens were very well attended, and lots of tours going on. Just want to share a couple of photos for the moment of their lovely pumpkin display in the run up to Hallowe'en.

Tomorrow morning I'll be out in the garden securing as much as possible before the arrival of Ophelia. Stay safe, everyone.

Mild Autumn

14 October 2017 21:46:00

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Isn't it smashing that so many of our summer plants are still performing well at this stage in Autumn. It's been mild, to say the least. And today was very (almost) humid. Not much time outside today, but can't believe that my Rhodochiton is still in full flower, and Didiscus that I grew from seed this year, and also Lavatera 'Blue Bird', which was one of my best buys this year.

I've done so little outside in the last few weeks that I'm really struggling to post anything of interest.

Seed grown

13 October 2017 21:40:39
Seed grown

Seed grown

This Dahlia is the only 'single' in my garden. I originally grew it from seed about 5 years ago. It's always the very last Dahlia to open for me, and very welcome coming to the end of Dahlia Season.

Spider's Web

11 October 2017 18:10:53

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Love this time of year when the pompom-like flowers of Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web' are showing.

Pinks

09 October 2017 21:52:35

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Two vivid pinks caught my eye today. Yes, I finally managed an hour or more outside at last. Loropetalum looks lovely in bloom and the flowers contrast very well with its purple foliage. Another one is this un-named Aster which is growing under my Taxus baccata.

Impatiens

08 October 2017 18:50:35

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Yes, very late indeed. But my Impatiens tinctoria is finally opening. I got this one at least 4, possibly 5, years ago by Sumjac here (Terry Smith on FB) I think! This is its first year to flower for me. Mind you, it's still in the original pot (a big one) and it has in fact rooted through the drainage holes, and into the gravel outside the glasshouse. I'd best look for a decent space in one of the borders. It's gorgeous.

Not much done

06 October 2017 08:54:41

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Lately I haven't been doing much gardening as Dad needs constant attention, and I'm also trying to get together a collection of paintings for a local Christmas Fair or two. But it's amazing to see that Nicandra 'Splash of Cream' is still flowering away, lots more to open and I've also gathered lots of seed for next year.

Still waiting for my ONE single Dahlia to open, the others are still looking really good at the moment. Mind you, they do respond very well to regular dead-heading and feeding. But the single ones are preferred by the bees as they have no difficulty in getting to the pollen. 

My half-price trailing Begonias that I bought in Homebase a while back have now started to open. They're quite an elegant one, and a soft muted mix of colour.

Is it, or is it NOT?

01 October 2017 06:13:57
Is it, or is it NOT?

Is it, or is it NOT?

A few years ago I was given a whopping great pot of Impatiens tinctoria by Terry Smith. However, I have yet to see any flowers on it, although it produces lovely healthy foliage. The other day I spotted what looked like flower buds. But as it's here a few years now, maybe something else self-seeded in the pot. Can anyone confirm that it's said Impatiens please? I had almost given up on seeing anything interesting so late in the year and having it for so long. If it IS, I can give it some winter protection.

T.I.A.

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