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Gracedieu Lass's Journal

Gracedieu Lass's Journal September 2010

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September Finale

30 September 2010 18:00:06
Helenium 'Moorheim Beauty'

Helenium 'Moorheim Beauty'

Mary set off to work on a border, a bit of weeding and freshening up, while I set to planting a bed I had cleared, put a low stone wall around to raise and added lots of garden compost to yesterday but then it started to rain and we abandoned the garden. 

This is the last day of September and I had a look at photographs I had taken last weekend and have made a final addition to our September album, all shots of flowers this time, I think, so my photographs.  

Paddy 

Busy Bees

29 September 2010 21:10:48
Geranium 'Jolly Bee'

Geranium 'Jolly Bee'

Have finished clipping my box hedges to day so hopefully I will not have to touch them until next May. Back is now broken in two but when I hear all the work everyone else is doing I feel quite guilty. Mary. 

Added photographs to September album

28 September 2010 19:10:27
A view of the patio

A view of the patio

I have just added some photographs to the September album. These are Mary's photographs - so views of the garden rather than individual flowers. 

Rachel, I hope you enjoy the views. I know you prefer them to the flowers.

 Paddy 

Autumn Cleaning

27 September 2010 22:10:45
Scarifying lawns

Scarifying lawns

We all seem to have the same bug for clearing up the garden over the last few days, maybe it is the lovely weather we are all enjoying. Last Saturday I got Paddy to scarify the lawns and they  look like straw but hopefully with a bit of autumn feeding and a little moisture they will improve. I have been cutting my box hedges over the last few days and should be finished if the weather holds by tomorrow. After cutting the hedges the garden looks quite tidy despite plants starting to die down and dropping their leaves. Went to Cork on Thursday to attend a talk given by Ian Young from the Scottish Rock Garden Club which was very interesting. He grows a lot of his bulbs in three inch pots and his glasshouses are packet with bulbs.  Mary 

September 2010 photo album - again

22 September 2010 21:45:53
Anemone japonica 'Honorine Jobert' with hoverfly

Anemone japonica 'Honorine Jobert' with hoverfly

Added further photographs to this album.

Paddy 

September 2010 photo album

22 September 2010 18:34:11
Aconitum carmichaelii 'Ardensii'

Aconitum carmichaelii 'Ardensii'

I added some photographs to this album. 

Mary 

Happy Faces

20 September 2010 19:31:00
Happy Little Faces

Happy Little Faces

These are seedlings from a pansy we bought as seed at the Chelsea Flower Show about six years ago. It died  out gradually in the garden but some seedlings appeared this year. They are similar to the original cultivar but are not the same, lacking the purple colouration of the original. 

Still, a cute little thing.

Paddy 

Tulips

16 September 2010 23:19:46
Tulipa sprengeri

Tulipa sprengeri

I have added to my photo album some photos of tulip species which maybe of interest to some members who are considering growing them instead of cultivars. The species will flower every year and do not die out like the large named types but the flowers are smaller but do bulk up quite quickly.

Compost bin question

14 September 2010 14:48:00
Hens like new compost - worms!

Hens like new compost - worms!

Hi Everybody,

I am looking for help in relation to plastic compost bins - our local city council provide these to gardeners.

Has anybody experience of using these, or similar models, and could you tell me of your experiences with them? Have you found them successful?

Any comments on how you found this type of compost bin would be of interest to me.

Our local garden club is running a night of practical sessions and I was asked to talk about composting and I have never used one of these plastic compost bins so would welcome comments from anybody who has.

Mary 

New growth after rain.

13 September 2010 22:15:04
Mandragora officinalis fruit

Mandragora officinalis fruit

Has anyone noticed the huge amount of growth after the rain. Lots of flowers seem to have had a fresh burst of flower. Clematis in particular seem to think it is early summer again. I will post some photos of clematis in my September album. Tomorrow we are going to clear out the pond of a lot of the weedy plants the have started to take over. Dirty job. Mary.

Courgette clean-up

11 September 2010 23:20:25
Courgette 'Summer Ball'

Courgette 'Summer Ball'

I spent a while this afternoon clearing some beds in the vegetable patch. The courgettes have really stopped growing and the foliage was developing mildew so it was time to save what fruits were left and clear out the bed.

The variety was Courgette 'Summer Ball', the first time we grew this cultivar and we were delighted with it as it had a very firm flesh, was very slow to shoot away into a marrow - actually, not even one - and was very tasty.

Pictured are the last few from the garden this afternoon.

Paddy 

Autumn flowering bulbs

11 September 2010 20:03:31
Colchicum ' Waterlily'

Colchicum ' Waterlily'

We are all very busy buying and planting our Spring bulbs but in the garden the autumn bulbs are coming into their own. The cyclamen, nerines and colchicums are all at their best. In the glasshouse the tender bulbs are starting to put on their display. I have a eucomis "Pole Evansii" which I bought in 2005 and as yet has failed to flower despite having great foliage. Has anyone grown this eucomis and managed to encourage it to flower? I will put some photos of these bulbs and corms in my September album.

Nerine filifolia

06 September 2010 19:07:23
Nerine filifolia

Nerine filifolia

Here is a photograph of Nerine filifolia in a pot - just to show Rachel and Cloncaw how it looks.

It's outdoors at the moment but is kept in the glasshouse over the winter 

Paddy 

Nerine filifolia

06 September 2010 09:22:57
Nerine filifolia

Nerine filifolia

Here is another nice nerine; this time Nerine filifolia. I grow it as a pot plant in an unheated glasshouse and it is perfectly hardy under those conditions, coming through last winter unscathed. 

As you can see it has quite small flowers, about half an inch across but it does produce loads and loads of them. The foliage is very thin, grass like.  

Mary 

Red Nerine

06 September 2010 09:17:34
Red Nerine

Red Nerine

Here is a photograph of the red Nerine as promised. Although there are seven bulbs in this pot I have only one flower spike at present. It suffered badly in the winter frosts and I feel lucky that it survived at all as it is more tender than the common nerine we grow in the open garden. 

 

Mary 

Autumn Fruits in the Garden

05 September 2010 19:37:18
Sorbus cashmeriana

Sorbus cashmeriana

We have had a dry but cloudy day today so I took a few photos of the many plants that have berried and fruited over the last few weeks. The reds and yellows give the garden a very warm glow at this time of the year and in many ways the garden seems to settle better into the surrounding countryside. The colchicums and nerines are just about to flower and hopefully we will not have to much rain over the next few weeks to give them a chance. I have a red nerine in flower in the glasshouse at present.

Mount Congreve Gardens, Waterford, September 2010

03 September 2010 09:50:28
Hydrangea walk at Mount Congreve

Hydrangea walk at Mount Congreve

The beautiful end-of-summer weather has continued here and Thursday last was a perfect day for a walk around Mount Congreve Gardens. I suppose we are spoiled here as the gardens, which a few years ago were recognised as the best spring gardens in the world by the Massassechuts Garden Society, are only a short distance away.

Most heartening was the number of people who were visiting on this morning, a very encouraging sign which might prompt the Office of Public Works to take over the gardens sooner rather than later. Mr. Ambrose Congreve is presently in his 104th year and wished to pass on the gardens to the nation for some time now but, while there have been regular meetings and discussions, no decision has been made. It presently seems that the OPW will take over the gardens but a date has not been set for this yet. 

Although renowned as a spring garden, with a range of magnolias, rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias not to be found elsewhere, Mount Congreve is a delightful garden at any time of the year. In this season it is the walled garden which has greatest flower and colour interest while the woodlands are more subdued though the walk along the lower part of the gardens does have about a mile of hydrangeas in bloom at present. Lovers of trees would be delighted with the gardens at any time of the year, of course.  

I have added a photo album with a selection of photographs from yesterday's visit which I hope you will enjoy. The gardens continue to be open to the public every Thursday until the end of September. Should anybody intend visiting and need help with directions or whatever, do not hesitate to contact me.

Mary 

 

 

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