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Rachel's Journal November 2008

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Greenhouse Base Dug

29 November 2008 15:51:18
Greenhouse Base Dug

Greenhouse Base Dug

Well, the base has now been dug out.

Unfortunately it is so cold that the sand was frozen so could not be mixed into cement.

To be continued next Saturday or, hopefully, before if there is a cancellation and no frost

Greenhouse Marked Out

29 November 2008 12:34:58
Greenhouse Markings

Greenhouse Markings

Despite the dreadful frost, the local company who agreed to build my greenhouse base arrived.

With much talk of Pythagoras, they marked out the greenhouse area with yellow. I have  gone over it in the adjacent picture as the photo did not properly show the line. My husband is inspecting proceedings in the photo.

Left of the photo is directly south. There is a native hedge along there (the back of the garden). It provides the best shelter in the garden but is not high enough to cast shadow on the greenhouse.

Note the hole in the foreground where the rhubarb was hastily dug out and removed this morning. Brrrrr...

Digging of the foundations is underway as I type.

The Hedge

28 November 2008 16:27:31
The Hedge

The Hedge

Finished putting weed suppressant fabric and bark mulch around my Beech/Copper Beech hedging. I decided to discount the advice given at the Springmount talk. The hedge is right along my front drive so it needs to look neat.

Grow hedge grow...

My husband pruned the fruit trees and removed some overlapping branches on other trees. I only let him take out one branch each from my Jacqumontii.

Greenhouse

27 November 2008 16:09:13
Greenhouse

Greenhouse

 

And my greenhouse has arrived!!! : )

It will be erected on the grassy slope directly behind it in this photo. That is the uncultivated part of my garden.

Iris

27 November 2008 16:07:40
Iris

Iris

 

The irises continue to grow.

Crocus

27 November 2008 16:06:48
Crocus

Crocus

 

 

Crocuses are sprouting.

Gardenia

26 November 2008 21:33:42
Gardenia

Gardenia

My recently purchased Gardenia opened today.

What a delight - the scent is fabulous.

It takes up the "scent baton", in my kitchen, from the single hyacinth-in-a-cup, which is on the way out.

House Plants

23 November 2008 10:26:21
House Plants

House Plants

 

This is my indoor collection.

It has to move over soon for the Christmas tree. I'm trying to work out where on earth I will put it!

Hypericum Hedge

21 November 2008 10:05:44
Hypericum Hedge

Hypericum Hedge

The Hypericum Hidcote hedge has a brave smattering of flowers.

It is planted along one side of the garden on top of a hill and is seven years old - the first thing planted in our garden.

It is a great hedge, mostly evergreen, needs no trimming and glorious when in full flower. The individual plants haven't quite met up yet but I hope they will eventually.

The biggest specimens are about 4 ft heigh and wide, which isn't bad since they weren't weeded at all for the first few years. The smallest one is about 2 ft but it had to battle brambles and other weeds for years and still managed to survive.

I would whole heartedly recommend this as a low maintenance hedge.

Rogue Poppy

20 November 2008 14:38:01
Rogue Poppy

Rogue Poppy

I was astonished today to spot a splash of red in my otherwise-drab garden.

Going out to investigate, I found that it was due to this rogue poppy. It really cheered me up with its presumptuousness.

This is the perennial poppy, whose seed is up for swaps under "Seed Exchange", if anyone is interested.

Agave Americana

20 November 2008 14:23:12
Agave Americana

Agave Americana

My Agave is about to open a new leaf/spike.

I've noticed that before it does this the central spike leans progressively to one side - like it's doing now. The first time I saw this I though it was sick.

Anyway, following the leaning, the claws release the central spike and it pops up straight again. The new leaf/spike continues on down gradually until it's quite horizontal.

Such a great plant but its claws are savage!

Daffodil Hill

20 November 2008 13:16:55
Daffodil Hill

Daffodil Hill

I finally got around to dividing my persicaria. Thanks to everyone who gave me tips on doing so. I really appreciate all the advice I can get and this site is great for getting to know and hear from all you fellow gardeners. There is so much persicaria on my existing hill that I don't think the ones I took will even be noticed. I kind of dug up chunks. It roots very shallowly, which was just as well for where it was to be planted.

The hill in the photo is my Daffodil Hill - so named since I covered it in daffodil bulbs two autumns ago. It looks great in spring but is a mess the rest of the time. Up above is  the part of the garden which is uncultivated. The soil on Daffodil Hill is top soil and rubble from next-door's garden (don't ask) so it is very hard to dig any depth as I keep encountering lumps of concrete. My daffodils are probably not planted deep enough and today, when I was planting the persicaria, I did slice a few daffodils in half by mistake. The problem is I am trying to re-use the same bits of "good soil" for the persicaria as were used for the bulbs!

Anyway, all is planted now. I hope the daffodils will still manage to push through the persicaria matt, when/if it gets going.

See my lovely 10ft bamboo - it's doing great. But it is completely wasted in that spot. I wonder can I move it...

Tulip Bulbs - Rant Warning

17 November 2008 13:35:10
Tulip Bulbs

Tulip Bulbs

I am deeply depressed. I went to plant out my 131 Flaming Parrot tulip bulbs today and found that the majority were covered in blue mould : (

Normally I buy gallons of  tulips from Lidle & Aldi. They are €1.99 for 20 and I am still planting them come February. They haven't gone mouldy on me yet.

This year I decided to treat myself and bought 100 Flaming Parrot tulips from a reputable mail order firm. Only 75 bulbs arrived so the company sent me the "lost" 25 and an additional 25 bulbs, by way of compensation. I also had six Flaming Parrot bulbs I had bought from Aldi.

And, although I stored all 131 bulbs in the same box - get this - the bag of six Aldi bulbs was the only one untouched by the mould!

What a terrible waste of money. Not sure what to do, I planted all the bulbs regardless. Lets see what emerges in Spring. I feel sick!

Bad Gardeing Day

17 November 2008 13:24:00
Bad Gardeing Day

Bad Gardeing Day

Today was definitely a Bad Gardening Day. I decided to plant out a few bits. It started to rain, which really set the tone.

The David Austin rose, Crown Princess Margareta, refused to come out of the pot. When I eventually got it out, it was obvious that it was a bare root plant, recently put in the pot - and hammered in with lead weights I think! I don't think I should have paid €18.99 for a bare root rose!!!

I decided to split the lamb's ears (Stachys Byzantina) before planting. It looked easy - there were several distinct clumps. However, my spade slipped and I managed to sever half the top growth, leaving the root mostly intact. I planted the two pieces anyway. Life...

Beech/Copper Beech Hedge

15 November 2008 12:23:26
Beexh/Copper Beech Hedge

Beexh/Copper Beech Hedge

I collected my copper beech hedging yesterday and finished planting it this morning. The new plants are taller and stronger that the existing ones, despite their having been planted more than a year ago!

I decided to put down a plastic membrane to keep the weeds off and started with a piece that I had left over from another job.

It seemed impossible at first - trying to work out where to cut on such a long strip whilst simultaneously trying to ensure the whole thing didn't take off in the wind. I managed it in the end and then put stones on top. I'll have to get some bark mulch now as it looks quite ugly with the stones on top. I hope the holes I cut are big enough!

The Drive

11 November 2008 16:44:11
The Drive

The Drive

Here is my drive. It is lined with white-barked birch trees and will soon also be lined with a  hedge of alternate beech/copper beech plants.

The original intention, with the hedge, was to hide  the view of the garden from the road. However, as one of my kids pointed out recently, if I grow a hedge there I won't be able to see my flowers, from the kitchen widow. Also, the hedge will somewhat obscure the lovely ghostly white bark of the trees.

So I'm having doubts about whether or not my hedge is the right thing to plant but it's a bit late now!

Beech Hedge

11 November 2008 16:14:14
Beech Hedge

Beech Hedge

My bare root copper beech hedging is ready for collection.

I intend to plant a hedge along my drive of alternate beech and copper beach plants. The beech is already in place since last year (it's a long story), with gaps for the copper beech.

Today my husband kindly dug the 44 additional holes necessary for the copper beech plants - between the existing beech ones.

I'll pick up the copper beech plants on Friday.

For the Birds

09 November 2008 14:59:43
The Birds

The Birds

The birds really enjoy the rose hips on my Rosa Rugosa hedge.

They eat the fruit but they don't bother with the seeds.

Unfortunately this Rosa Rugosa hedge overhangs the drive so you can see what a mess they make of the tarmac! The seeds are really hard to sweep out of the pits in the tarmac : (

I timed myself badly - stepped out to do some rose pruning this afternoon but was scared back in again by the rain. 

Storm Clouds

08 November 2008 16:57:56
Storm Clouds

Storm Clouds

 

Wow, was amazed at the sky this evening after the rain had passed.

The light was just fabulous.

Taking Bets!

07 November 2008 12:21:23
Taking Bets!

Taking Bets!

I'm taking bets on whether or not this purple birch is going to make it.

I bought and planted it about a month ago. It was already bending at this preposterous angle when I bought it but I got it cheap.

The ground in which it is planted is very stony. My husband and I spent ages trying to hammer the stake into the ground, giving up and trying again - a little to the left or right. I did dig a large hole for the tree, however, and put in plenty of compost.

I'm thinking if it's not windy this winter, the tree has a fighting chance.What do you think?

23 Feb 2009

The tree came through the storm of 17th January unscathed. It hasn't rectified its stance but it is doing well.

Taste of Spring

07 November 2008 12:16:43
Taste of Spring

Taste of Spring

 

I noticed that my irises have already started to sprout, in preparation for next spring. They're not the bearded type - the other ones.

I'm looking forward to it already.

 

Wildfire

07 November 2008 12:14:44
Wildfire

Wildfire

This little geranium spreads like wildfire. I don't know what it's called because I bought it at a Fete a few years ago. I pulled up a piece by mistake this year and just stuck it in the earth. It grew - more of that please...

It looks so sweet in spring, with dainty pink bell like flowers and a neat habit. And now, in autumn, it really does look like wildfire.

Autumn Colour

05 November 2008 13:23:37
Autumn Colour

Autumn Colour

I adore autumn colour but don't have enough of it. This small apple blossom tree is quite nice.

In the spring I plan to plant a liquidamber, in memory of my late mother. She was a great gardener and would have liked that choice, I feel sure.

Photinias

05 November 2008 13:18:33
Photinias

Photinias

I had to put this funny photo in. A few years ago I planted three photinias, of equal height, to camouflage the heating oil yoke - two in front and one beside it.
 
One of the two photinias in front of the heating oil was always being knocked as we used to run the hose up the bank beside it to the raised vegetable beds in the garden above. The hose was always breaking off branches when it got yanked from above.
 
The result is two fine bushy photinias on either side and a most sorry looking specimen in the middle. The hose doesn't get put beside it any more so maybe it'll take off. Does anyone know the best time to trim Photinia? After the red leaf colour fades?

Autumn Colour

05 November 2008 13:09:44
Autumn Colour

Autumn Colour

Last year my amelanchier canadensis was the autumn show stopper. This year it has come and gone without even being noticed - that's it in the far left corner of the photo.

The Cherry Blossom tree is still looking fabulous however.

Crab Apples

05 November 2008 12:44:46
Crab Apples

Crab Apples

 

Don't these crab apples look funny on the two trees. They don't seem to want to come off either as they hold tight when I shake the tree.

Better get them into jam soon regardless as frost is setting in.

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