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Gracedieu Lass's Journal

Gracedieu Lass's Journal November 2017

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Christmas Cactus.

17 November 2017 16:42:35
Christmas Cactus.

Christmas Cactus.

I have a few different coloured Christmas  Cactus which I grow. I bought them a couple of years ago when they were for sale in Lidl as small little plants. The white one has been the first to flower this year. All the others are in bud and hopefully should take me up to Christmas Day.

New Delivery.

14 November 2017 09:18:25

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Yesterday my order from Ashwood Nurseries in England arrived. I had ordered a mixed packet of Helleborus x hybridus single flowering plug plants. I am very happy with how strong and healthy the plants are. Each plant has very good roots and so should get established very quickly. I did order plug plants from Ashwood many years ago and they all turned out to be beautiful coloured flowers and some were stunning doubles. With any luck this batch may have some of the apricot shades. The packet of three plus postage cost 13.49stg, so won't break the bank.

Iris unguicularis.

12 November 2017 13:09:25
Iris unguicularis.

Iris unguicularis.

Every year at this time I upload a photo of this Iris which will flower from now until late February early March. I have three varieties of this sweet little flower and this year they are being joined by a white variety. The varieties in the photo are Iris unguicularis 'Mary Bernard' and the pale coloured one is Iris unguicularis 'Walter Butt'. 

Addicted to Bulbs

09 November 2017 16:39:33

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Every August my addiction to spring bulbs surfaces. It has been going on for nearly forty years now and it seems to get worse every year.  I know I am not alone suffering from this problem and I think it is about time we all confessed to what we added to our collection this year. This month should see the end of the credit card bills and it is time to looks forward to all our little treasures popping up in the next few months. 

Here is my list. Allium 'Mount Everest'.  Crocus  sieberi 'Ronald Ginns'.  Cyclamen coum 'Maurice Dryden'.   Eranthis hyemalis 'Schnefelglanz'.  Eranthis hyemalis 'Orange Glow'. Erythronium dens canis 'Old Aberdeen'.  Prepared Hyacinths 'Jan Bos and 'Gypsy Queen'.  Iris reticulata 'Gordon'.  Tulipa clisianna 'Honky Tonk'.  Tulipa 'Blue Beauty'.  Tulipa 'City of Vancoover'.  Tulipa 'Slawa'.  Tulipa humilis 'Persian Pearl'  and two packets of purple and white tulips from Woodies.

I would love to hear what other members have bought this autumn and of course photos of beautiful flowering bulbs next spring. 

Also, it might encourage members to write the odd journal on this site as everyone is very silent these days.

Out of Season.

08 November 2017 15:55:34

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This morning dawned very cold and frosty with a beautiful blue sky and as the morning when on temperatures started to rise, but about an hour ago the rain arrived. Three seasons of weather in less than twelve hours. It is no wonder the plants that we grow flower out of season. Yesterday, I was clearing the borders in my White Garden when I noticed Clematis 'Miss Bateman' with a flower. It had the same green stripes on the flower which lead to much discussion in May when a number of members on the site had it flowering. 

Busy Time in the Garden.

04 November 2017 20:58:56

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This time of year can be one of the busiest times in the garden with bulbs to plant, pruning, clearing herbaceous plants, weeding and of course the never ending collecting of leaves. This week the weather has been ideal for all these jobs and Paddy even managed to cut the grass last Sunday. Finished planting my tulips into pots today and of course I have promised myself not to buy anymore. I have dreaded the Visa bill coming through the letterbox over the last two months as I have bought so many bulbs. 

Had a break from my own garden on Thursday and went on a road trip to Kilmacurragh and Mount Usher and ended up in Wexford at a talk given by John Anderson, former head gardener of Mount Usher. It was a fantastic talk about the  gardens of Mount Usher, Inverewe in Scotland and Exbury gardens on the south coast of England where John has been head gardener until recently. 

I have started picking Iris unguicularis for the last two weeks and these will keep flowering from now until February/March. We are so lucky to live in a country where the climate allows us to have something flowering all year round. 

Hoping the weather continues to be mild for the next few weeks as I have lots more work to do.

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