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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal November 2017

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Frosty morn

17 November 2017 21:23:01

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It was a very frosty morning here this morning. But it cleared quickly and turned into a nice bright day. I had the window and door open in the glasshouse for about two hours. I'm still bringing in bits and bobs, and shifting things around to avail of every free corner inside. I never bother to bubblewrap the glass. Instead, I generally let things just get on with it. It's mainly Pelargoniums, Begonias, Hedychiums, Cannas, and my Brugmansia.

I love Acer ribesfolium at this time of year. I have a few Acers here, and this one is always last to lose its leaves.

Mary had mentioned that my blueberries were lasting quite a long time, but looking back on last years journals I noted that my last lot were picked on 6th November, only 11 days later this year. Today was definitely the last of this years crop. But there are already new shoots growing. 

My white Hydrangea  out the front is still producing some flowers.

It's to be a cold weekend, so keep warm.

Finally

16 November 2017 18:13:02
Paddington Bear

Paddington Bear

 

At the moment I'm putting the finishing touches to a lot of my paintings in readiness for my first Christmas Fair the weekend after next. And I've had a lot of time this week as I've been suffering with a viral infection which is affecting my bronchial tubes. As a result, I haven't even been able to visit Dad who is still in hospital. 

Not getting much done in the garden at all these days, so today I just couldn't bear to have Mr. Middleton's bulbs staring hopefully at me for another day. They finally got planted. I'm bored witless at this stage. Not much, but at least it's done. And I'm feeling a bit better today.

You don't need photos of the planted up bulbs, so I'll post one of my paintings instead.

Crazy!

15 November 2017 16:54:06

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What a crazy world we live in. Walking around the locality today and had to backtrack to photograph this mad Narcissus flowering away to its hearts content. Do Narcissi not need a cold period before flowering. 

And then further down the road there was a garden with Brachycome and Petunias still in flower. I also spotted a Kerria japonica in flower.

Hosta

14 November 2017 20:03:04
Hosta

Hosta

Can't remember the name of this Hosta. But it was the only one I hadn't cut back as it was the one to last 'untouched' the longest. But it's providing me with a bit of lovely autumn colour now.

Ignore the weeds, please!

Truly amazing

13 November 2017 19:06:05
Truly amazing

Truly amazing

This is my famous self-seeded annual Nicotiana that seeded into a crack in my driveway the year before last. I am not joking, but I guarantee that if you decide to visit me any time soon, it will STILL be in flower. It has had flowers constantly over the last two years, even throughout the winter months.

I'm thinking I should erect a kind of cage around it, somewhat like what they have in Blarney Castle for poisonous plants, but only to protect it from David who likes to bring flowers for me when he visits us. It has me totally gob-smacked. I took this photo today. And the baby is doing fine potted up out in the back, also flowering.

Rodents?

10 November 2017 21:03:40
Rodents?

Rodents?

Erythronium 'Pagoda' were some of the bulbs I bought from Mr. Middleton. Today I took the time to wander around the garden. I had planted the Erythroniums almost immediately after they arrived and had them just placed in the Blueberry Bed. Today there was lots of compost scattered over the edge and obviously something has been trying to get at them in their pots. I don't think the amount of compost that has been scattered would be from something as small as a rat or mouse? And I can't see that they would be considered a delicacy by a cat. Can anyone enlighten me, please? I've topped up the compost and brought them closer to the house to keep an eye on them.

"Oh, the weather outside is....."

03 November 2017 22:02:47

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extremely mild, and it's my first time witnessing my Phlomis flowering in November, and Lavatera. 

And I'm still picking blueberries.

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