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31 October 2010 13:56:00
My first Hippeastrum opened today and there's a second one on the way. Both are in a large pot with a third one, which is currently sulking.
My other pot of 3 Hippeastrums is also sulking, producing only foliage to date and no flower spike yet. But it is early days.
Slightly further behind is the single Hippeastrum 'Sumatra' that Clare gave me. Its foliage has just died back and I've only just brought it into the warmth and light.
30 October 2010 14:02:22
cooking apple (from web)
We just had a hail shower here!!!
Anyway, I wanted to ask if anyone knows if you can apples?
I was given a large bag of cooking apples at the Coolaught Gardens the other day and what with making pumpkin cake at the minute, I can't also be making apple pies.
I wonder could I peel, slice and freeze them?
30 October 2010 10:54:17
Here is a photo of the Frangipani plant I grew from seed last year.
I decided to grow Frangipani as it is the favourite fruit of a little boy, from the Caribbean, in one of the books I read to my kids. In French cooking it is a paste for cakes but I only found out later that frangipane paste contains almonds and not Frangipani fruit, for reason known only to the French.
So we we had to grow 'Frangipangi' (as my boys mistakenly call it) or Plumeria rubra.
Only one seed in the packet germinated and I nearly lost it as it started rotting while still attached to the seed case, which it seemed unable to shake off. A similar thing happened to some of my Ricinus at the same time and I suspect that it was because I sowed too early and there wasn't enough sun around to give the plants energy.
Headgardener came to visit and suggested I should manually removed the shells. It was a real 'DUH' moment : )
Anyway, I got the case off but my Frangipani refused to grow and then, reading up about it, I found it was planted in the wrong medium. They need very free draining soil but minimal root disturbance so I had potted it on by cutting the seed tray away from around it.
I agonised for ages about what to do and then Liga suggested that I must change the mix. She said that the plant might forgive me for root disturbance but couldn't grow in the wrong mix. I bit the bullet and re-potted. The plant finally got going. A spell in the greenhouse in the summer helped it along too.
But now my Frangipani is indoors again. It is quite slow growing but I think it is a sturdy little plant now and I won't loose it (touch wood).
29 October 2010 21:52:40
I guess this journal is a bit of a cheat.
I mean, we didn't even grow the pumpkins ourselves this year : (
The boys each designed a pumpkin head today and I did the knife work.
Tomorrow I'll be making pumpkin cake with the inners and popping some coins in for Halloween.
28 October 2010 15:23:55
spring bulbs in the greenhouse
I'm watching the rain today.
No gardening for me.
I noticed flower spikes on a couple of my indoor orchids though : )
27 October 2010 23:50:55
Michelia yunnanensis (from web)
No gardening at all today for me. I had other business in Waterford.
But... on my return... I detoured to Clonroche to pick up the trees I had previously ordered from the excellent Coolaught nurseries there...
Liquidambar styraciflua 'Thea'
Nyssa sylvatica 'Autumn Cascade'
27 October 2010 08:48:20
After I posted my last journal on the Bat Plant, I realised that I had been burying my head in the sand.
I realised what I had to do.
This morning I dug up my Bat Plant to see what was going on at root level.
What root level?
There were no roots at all and just a small soggy mass where the tuber had been. Most of the tuber had disappeared entirely in fact.
Ah well, you win some, you lose some!
26 October 2010 16:07:34
Amorphophallus titanum, Kew Gardens
The Titan Arum at Kew is finally opening.
26 October 2010 15:54:34
Another beautiful sunny day, if a big damp underfoot.
I took the opportunity to cut down my Verbascum and the last of my Sunflowers. I cut down plants that might blow over and break something else. However, I am reluctant to cut back everything. Dead lily stems look unsightly but if cut back I cannot be trusted to leave them undisturbed in spring. It helps to know where things are when cleaning up.
I planted out a few things - my two beautiful new Day Lilies, two Paulownia, Cautleya spicata, Nepalese Lily and some lilies from pots.
I then potted up the little Fritellaria bulbs, uva-vulpis, that I recently bought in a pound shop. I have some miniature earthenware pots so I put a single tiny bulb in each and topped them all with horticultural sand. It will be fun to watch them flower in the greenhouse next spring.
26 October 2010 15:43:24
As many people noted on their journals yesterday, the night before last brought a hard frost.
Most of my Dahlia, Begonia and Coleus foliage is blackened.
Here comes winter.
25 October 2010 16:39:40
I put my bog garden to bed for the winter today.
I lifted out my nine Sarracenia, cut off their pitchers, potted them up and brought them under cover of the greenhouse.They will be kept barely moist over winter.
I was so sorry to have to cut off perfectly good pitchers!
25 October 2010 16:29:45
It is time to put my Pleione orchids in the fridge for the winter.
These orchids are almost hardy and require a winter temperature of 0-5º. Like many plants they do actually require a dormancy so it's no good just bringing them indoors to the heated house for the winter.
This deciduous orchid has been in the greenhouse for the last while and today I noticed that the last of its leaves had fallen. So, I removed it from its pot and popped it in a plastic bag in the fridge for the winter.
What I find so amazing is to see how the one small bulb, I bought in a packet back in February, has multiplied!
25 October 2010 14:27:06
Ladies in Burkhas
I wrapped up my tree ferns for the winter today, with hubbies help.
We cut of the fronds, padded them with straw on top and a big down and wrapped them in fleece.
Don't they look just like a couple of Muslim Ladies in Burkhas having a chat!
24 October 2010 23:47:31
Isn't it fabulous?
Gorgeous multi stemmed, with peeling bark.
And red flowers in spring.
24 October 2010 23:46:47
Mount Usher & Liga
We went to Mount Usher Gardens today. I went last week as part of my course at Huntingbrook Gardens but hubby just loves the trees so we took the whole family along today...
I was delighted that Liga decided to visit too on the same day. Soon there was a whole troop of us milling around and examining the trees and peeling the bark and collecting the leaves.
Such a visit is always the better when shared but I must say that Mount Usher looks quite spectacular at the minute with its vibrant autumn colours and leafy carpets.
My favourite tree is still Rhododendron barbatum. I have to get me that!
23 October 2010 20:34:56
Amaryllis 'Belladonna' (photo from net)
I did a little work in my greenhouse today, prompted by last night's Gardeners' World. I discarded all the courgette and marigold plants from the border but left the tomatoes and Cobaea. The courgettes were full of mildew and had finished fruiting although the Tagetes still showed plenty of flowers. Boy did the light increase once that lot was gone.
I collected a bit more seed while I was at it - Marigold, Tagetes 'Colossus', from the greenhouse, more Squirrel Grass, Hordeum jubatum, Zinnia and China Asters, Callistephus sinensis. I put them in paper bags and hung them up in a cold room.
I got to thinking how little of interest there is in the greenhouse at this time of year and what I could do about this. I have Coronilla valentina in full scented flower in there, Cobaea, some Chrysanthmums, borage and my tender Nerine flexosus. But that is it for interest. There are bowls and pots of spring bulbs and a tender Rhododendron in there but what about before then?
I am going to go for a two pronged attack here. I need winter flowering hardy bulbs and perhaps some highly scented hardy shrubs. Maybe a Sorococca or a Daphne odorata in a pot in the greenhouse would draw be out there in the cold months? I would love to hear suggestions.
And as for bulbs, well, I think I need to expand my Nerine collection. And I definitely need to get Amaryllis 'Belladonna'. Amaryllis is a hardy South African bulb, not to be confused with the tender Hippeastrum which we regularly grow indoors in winter and often refer to by the incorrect name.
23 October 2010 11:44:04
My Bat Plant, Tacca integrifolia, seems to be in suspended animation. It doesn't seem to be growing since it first emerged from the soil.
You may recall that I bought this tuber back in spring and it took forever to sprout in the greenhouse. Before it started sprouting, it started rotting on one end so I had to cut a piece off. The plant has been indoors for a good while as it requires a minimum of 13º and I have been careful not to overwater.
I do hope that Martin's premonition that its growth was a 'swan's song' is wrong : (
Anyway, today I came to the conclusion that what the plant really needs is more heat rather than the humidity and light provided in its position in the kitchen. So I put it on a heated mat in the bedroom. While it wouldn't get below 13º in the house, I am sure that more heat will be useful to get it going.
By contrast, my Bird of Paradise, Strelizia reginae, bought as a small plant, has developed brutish roots that are now bursting through the bottom of the pot. I must look into potting it on in the next few days.
22 October 2010 20:21:17
still some orange in the West Garden
I noticed today that my Pulsatilla vulgaris seedlings are all up.
This is a real proof of how much difference proper compost makes to seedlings. Linda collected fresh seed for me and the first time I sowed I didn't have specific seed compost so I used ordinary multi-purpose. I got a few seedlings but they dwindled and soon died. Only one is left. I sowed again, this time using proper fine compost for seedlings. These ones look really good already.
I also have Primula barely up (that myself and Kristina collected) and a few Meconopsis although I have lost some of the Mecanopsis seedlings, despite shading them from the sun with a fleece curtain. My established seedlings are Veronica and Thalictrum. I will be keeping an eagle eye on the temperature this winter as I don't want to loose them.
I guess the remaining seeds, in trays tucked under the staging, won't break out until spring. I don't blame them.
22 October 2010 17:17:47
Rain got me off the hook today.
I travelled to Gorey to get some gardening bits. I was looking for a 'stump killer' but found nothing. I was also looking for horticultural grit and got the last bag in the shop. I was tempted by the spring bulbs but managed somehow to resist.
I notice that one of my Proteas is looking like it wants to flower. However, the King Protea seems to constantly have a bud and I think that's the way it grows so maybe this Protea subvestita is the same. I wonder...
21 October 2010 18:39:50
Amorphophallus titanum, Kew Gardens
No flower yet.
I think it's teasing me : (
21 October 2010 17:40:52
I finally got around to doing the last big job of the season.
I planted up a bank with the grasses I had bought for it at Mount Venus on Fran's birthday.
I planted Miscanthus sinensis 'Siberfeder' behind and slightly highter. And I planted Molinia arundinacea 'Transparent' in front. While I'm not a big fan of grass borders, containing lots of different grasses, I think just two, mass planted, will be good together.
Of course nothing is ever easy and I spent a while nearly breaking my neck as I nailed weed-suppressing membrane to the steep 8ft slope. But I got there in the end and hubby came to the rescue by digging the holes for me.
20 October 2010 23:36:50
Nerine flexosus 'Alba'
I was given some great Nerine cultivation tips today at Coolaught Nurseries, where I picked up this Nerine flexosus 'Alba'.
Nerines should be planted with their necks above the surface. They will grow new foliage through the year. In late August, feed them and cut back their foliage. The bulbs need to be baked by sun and this can't happened with foliage obscuring them. They should then flower well for you.
And, Coolaught have more of these Nerines for sale if you care to visit, Paddy and Mary.
20 October 2010 23:31:58
Hubby got the saw out today.
Down came the two Eucalyptus trees, killed by frost last year and one Cordyline stump. The monster Fuchsia is for the chop tomorrow.
Actually I saw much nicer trees to fill those gaps for sale down at Coolaught Nurseries today.
19 October 2010 15:00:47
Amorphophallus titanum, Kew Gardens
Still no flower...
19 October 2010 14:41:16
Today I concentrated on planting out the few shade loving plants I recently bought.
I used to always think that my garden had no shade but, just recently, I see that there are some patches here and there and I am making the most of them. I feel it is a turning point in my garden's maturity.
I planted a Japanese Painted Fern, Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum', with my three Trillium cuneatum. I also planted Fran's fern, Dryopteris filix mas 'Cristata Martindale', together with Kirengeshoma palmata and found a home for my Peltoboykinia watanabei. Now don't ask me the common names for the majority of that lot!
By way of contrast, the photo is of a non shady plant. I don't understand what's the matter with my irises this year. It is unbelievably late for them to flower. I have had my eye on this one, with deep scepticism, for the last weeks.
19 October 2010 14:22:59
Up they all came!
19 October 2010 14:21:13
The wind is whipping up around here and coming from strange angles.
This morning hubby noticed that the sunflowers, planted in the Annuals Border to the north of the greenhouse, were banging against the glass with the wind...
19 October 2010 09:00:30
Very excited about this Hardy Orchid I bought on an ebay auction last night.
It is Cypripedium reginae, an American species slipper orchid, which is supposedly one of the easier ones to grow. It is my second Cypripedium. The first one, Cypripedium japonica, is a hard one to grow.
I will start off growing it in a pot and then, probably next year, I will plant this hardy orchid outdoors. This species orchid should develop into a nice little colony if it is happy.
18 October 2010 23:35:09
Oriental Poppy, Coral Pink, June 2010
I recently dug up this oriental poppy, Coral Pink, from my prairie border as it had to be redone.
I have a few extras in pots if anyone would like one to be brought to the next meet.
Myrtle and Linda, I have one aside for you.
18 October 2010 17:46:32
Borago officinalis, Coronilla, Cascabel
The Borage, Borago officinalis, that Jurgita gave me is looking very well at the moment.
It is an annual though so I should have planted it out so it could seed about.
Cascabel chillies and Coronilla are also up to scratch : )
18 October 2010 15:46:56
One of my Nerines has flowered at last.
They are so like Hippeastum. It would be lovely to have a grand big display of them.
I got a great late birthday present today (my birthday is July). Hubby bought me Alan Titchmarsh's Greenhouse book but hid it so well that he only discovered it this morning. A super surprise when none was expected!
17 October 2010 00:32:31
Hunting Brook woods
I had a wonderful day at my course in Hunting Brook Gardens.
We started off with a walk through the woods, starting at the Bronze Age Ring Fort, where Jimi pointed out the site for his new Himalayan Slope, just recently cleared (can't wait to see it planted). We then moved to a most beautiful section of the woods, populated by mature Oak and Beach trees. Here the challenge was to NOT do too much and to preserve the inherent natural beauty.
We spent a great couple of hours in the gardens and then packed up and headed to Mount Usher.
At this time of year the trees in Mount Usher are the main focus and how fabulous were they! Mount Usher holds so many Champion Trees (trees which are the oldest of their kind in the county) that soon my head was swimming. The Acers were, of course, fabulous but I was so taken with the Myrtle. And don't get me started on the different types of tree-like rhododendron!
As an aside, I was delighted to see a mature Impatiens tinctoria, still in flower. I grew this plant from seed that Deborah sent me this year and although it hasn't yet flowered, I now can't wait to see them!
As if all that wasn't enough for any day, when we finished up I decided to nip up to the Garden Exhibition Centre and pick up a few Trillium bulbs as I have been reliably informed that they have them for sale. There was 20% discount! I just got in before they closed. Then, a quick detour to Bray to pick up my stranded daughter and home again. What a day!
17 October 2010 00:10:18
As per the journal title, this is Chionochloa rubra in Huntingbrook Gardens.
I was given seed : )
17 October 2010 00:05:27
Aralia californica, Huntingbrook Gardens
This is a photo of Aralia californica I took at Jimi Blake's Huntingbrook Gardens today.
16 October 2010 08:26:23
I'm a lucky person. I will be visiting two beautiful gardens today.
First I'm off to Huntingbrook Garden in Blessington for the second lesson in my year's course. We are taking a ramble through the woods. Then we are all going to Mount Usher to see the autumn colours.
If we finish early, I may scoot on up to Mount Venus afterwards.
15 October 2010 13:03:29
At risk of being accused of boasting, HURRAY! I have finished planting the last of my 798 bulbs. But whose counting?
I put Allium unifolium in the newly refurbished 'prairie border', saving 10 bulbs for a bowl in the greenhouse.
I also made up a bowl of the remaining Hyacinths for the same place. And, remembering how nice it was to have early tulips in the greenhouse this spring, I top dressed and moved my existing buckets of tulips into the greenhouse. The extra bit of heat will prompt them into slightly earlier flowering. Besides, I have plenty of space in the greenhouse this winter as all my tenders have come indoors.
It's early yet but I'm celebrating by not doing another gardening tap all day!
15 October 2010 12:50:22
Amorphophallus titanum, Kew Gardens
Here it is, a picture of The actual Corpse Arum, Amorphophallus titanum, taken this morning at Kew Gardens.
Watch out for the major event next week of its 2 day flowering!
Check out the site...
14 October 2010 15:43:53
Amorphophallus titanum, Kew Gardens
I just heard that the Titan Arum in Kew Gardens is preparing to flower, possibly next week.
What I wouldn't give to see that! Strong nose peg required though.
Updates available at...
14 October 2010 15:29:06
I think the poem continues to say that the rose would smell just as sweet.
Unfortunately these roses of mine have no scent, which is a crying shame. And I don't know their name either.
But I am very pleased with their performance regardless.
14 October 2010 15:24:37
Cobaea scadens 'Alba'
Today was a 'bits and pieces' sort of day. I didn't get to do any of the things I listed earlier as important but I did a load of other stuff. Just can't quite remember what I spent the whole day doing...
Oh yes, I remember now.
1) I potted up the oriental poppies I recently dug up. They have been sitting in a plastic bag, waiting to go mouldy as I couldn't decide where to put them. Now I have breathing space to decide on their destination.
2) I dug up and potted a Canna and Deborah's Impatiens tinctoria. And transferred the large Agave to a new un-cracked pot.
3) I emptied a load of spent pots and spread the compost at the base of our new privet hedge. Four little plants got repotted for bringing indoors, among them Lotus bertholii.
4) And I weeded around the recently planted Cotoneaster and put down weed-suppressing membrane. That had been bugging me for a while. Cotoneaster is horrible to weed under but now the problem should be solved before I loose my mind.
14 October 2010 08:03:07
As we continue to hurtle headlong into autumn, the weather is holding well.
We have had beautiful sunny days but cold nights recently - 4 degrees in my greenhouse so, I guess 2, outdoors.
I still have 103 bulbs to plant, various plants in pots and some plants to lift. My tree ferns also need wrapping but there is no desperate rush on that. I guess I'd better get at it today!
13 October 2010 17:35:33
No gardening for me again today as I had to go out. As I was leaving, hubby offered to do something for me in the garden if he couldn't mow. So I immediately thought of lifting and potting the Cannas. I have quite a number as I grew many from seed this year. I was delighted when I came back to find that hubby had lifted and potted most of them.
I have been meaning to do round 3 of cuttings for a while and, as I stood there surveying the spots where my Cannas had been, my eyes came to rest on the Coleus. Although not geared up for potting up cuttings, I did recall that someone recently rooted Coleus in a glass of water.
So, without further ado, I rooted up my favourite Coleus plants. I grew 7 packets of Coleus from seed this year, most of them mixed, but that lot produced only four plants of my absolute favourite. I already took a few cuttings from those four favourites but today I took the lot. The remaining plants could have gone from frost any day outdoors at this time of year. And here they are in a cup of water!
13 October 2010 16:24:22
Check out the size of this Fuchsia at the outside corner of my Long Border. It is a monster and it's for the chop.
The Fuchsia was knocked back last winter and, as a result, has lost a lot of height. But it's as strong as ever and is expanding in all directions. It's about 12ft across now. I wouldn't mind so much if it were pretty. But it is just 'okay'. And in winter it is bare. When it dies back, you can see right acoss the garden from the road outside.
I fancy something much nicer in that corner. I am thinking along the lines of Daphne odorata. Pat has a beautiful one. My soil is slightly acid and well drained. It is not too stony in that patch either and would get a lot of sun so I am wondering if I could get away with a fussy Daphne. Exposure would be my major concern.
12 October 2010 17:05:47
And, at serious risk of monopolising the 'garden club' pages, here is one final journal.
I love this plant, Cyperus eragrostis. I am advised that it spreads, which is great news. Originally billed as a moisture loving, tender plant, I can vouch that it is neither.
It has super architectural value. And, thank you, Bill, for giving it to me : )
12 October 2010 16:59:55
This 'Painted Madame' seems to have gotten her knickers in a knot though.
See how one quarter is almost completely red!
12 October 2010 16:58:21
Dahlia 'Painted Madame'
I love this Dahlia. See how good it still is!
12 October 2010 16:54:35
It flowered, Fran : )
12 October 2010 16:53:33
Coronilla valentina subs. Glauca
The scent from this fabulous shrub would almost knock you out when you go into my greenhouse these days.
It is Coronilla valentina subspecies 'Glauca' and the scent is incredibly sweet and subtle yet pervasive.
I saw that they planted it out in last week's Gardeners' World.
And for all our Lithuanian friends, the foliage is exactly like Rue, Ruta, the national flower of Lithuania : )
12 October 2010 16:41:37
Encouraged by Deborah's recent journal, I decided to try my hand at Castor Oil Plant seed collection. The seed of this exotic plant, treated as an annual, is relatively expensive so it's worth a go.
Ricinus 'Zanzibarensis' has produced no seed heads. I think Deborah said hers were the same. Ricinus 'New Zealand Purple' (my one plant) produced four seed heads that seem a bit old (bottom right in photo). Most seed was too shrivelled to be viable but I did collect 3 seeds that look okay. Finally, Ricinus 'Carmencita' (top right in photo). Now, I wonder if I have picked these too early as they are a B*** to get out of the casing. Can anyone advise?
I also collected Cerinthe major purpurea (top right), Hordeum jubatum (very top) and Pennisetum villosum 'Cream Falls' (bottom left). This is the third collection of the Pennisetum seed but I am still not sure I have viable seed.
12 October 2010 12:14:08
Baba & an orchid
The boys were delighted to see that Baba has made a full recovery from his recent open brain surgery.
It looks like he has decided to go punk.
11 October 2010 20:43:42
I’m having horrendous internet problems at the minute so I’m not sure if I’ll be able to post this journal or not. But the weather is fab, particularly today, and I got loads done…
a) Planted 100 kaufmannia tulips (they did fit in the original place I had earmarked for them)
b) Rejigged the Long Border – Lychnis coronaria and Heliopsis helianthoides went to the back. Echinacea purpurea and Lobelia cardinalis came to the front and my Fritellaria persica went in (all the recently dug up Cone Flowers are now either replanted or potted).
c) Tidied and scrubbed the greenhouse.
d) Hubby brought all my pots to the safety of the back of the house and man-handled heavier objects into the greenhouse.
e) Pulled up and discarded all my Phalaris. I love how it looks in spring but mostly it’s too weedy.
08 October 2010 20:24:20
My Nerines are certainly behind other people's and I'm nearly ashamed to put up a picture after seeing Mary and Paddy's fabulous display. But, here it is...
I have two Nerines coming into flower and a few other green leaves with no sign of a flower. I am not sure how many I originally planted. I wonder what the problem is. But I will try again in spring, maybe planting them with their necks above the soil.
Isn't the bloom just like a Bird of Paradise as it opens?
08 October 2010 20:20:57
I guess my garden is behind some others.
It was a while ago that various people (I think Hosta was the first) put up photos of the autumn colour on their Darmera peltata leaves.
When I saw the photos, I rushed eagerly to view mine but it was still fully green.
Well, it's got there in the end!
08 October 2010 19:09:38
Here's a shot of some of the Sarracenia in my Bog Garden.
I will need to bring these carnivorous plants into the greenhouse soon.
They have done well.
08 October 2010 18:33:26
Thank you for these asters, Dorothy.
They are looking well already.
I cut back my Lychnis coronaria to give them and some Salvias light. No sign of flower on the Salvia yet.
08 October 2010 10:29:42
I'm taking a few days off gardening as I have guests.
Yesterday, before they arrived, I managed to sow a few seeds and mulch the newly replanted Prairie Bed. That's the mulch all gone! But that is my lot.
06 October 2010 17:25:28
Tiarella 'Crow's Feather'
I didn't do a tap!
A photo of the newly planted Prairie Border is in the October album.
05 October 2010 17:52:59
Stipa tenuissima & Persicaria
I took a walk around the garden this morning to take some photos. I didn't feel much like working as it was a bit blowy. So, I snapped pictures here and there. But before long I was swiping at annoying weeds and scaling the bank to reach illusive pests. It's very hard to relax in the garden!
I retreated indoors with soaked jeans and had some lunch and then, fortified, I went out to tackle replanting the semi-circular bed which had had my Prairie Planting in it. A little while ago I had dug up and bagged the Cone Flowers, Echinacea purpurea, and got hubby to kill the rest.
I planted Echnacea purpurea (obviously), Artemisia lactiflora, Persicaria amplexicaulus 'Firetail', Miscanthus sinensis 'Ferne Osten', Stipa tenuissima and Schizostylis coccinea. I need another 2 Artemisia and 3 Stipas I reckon. I will take a picture soon but there are plenty of new other photos in my October album.
Oh, and if anyone wants a Cone Flower (that didn't mention it already), I have plenty to spare!
05 October 2010 11:35:39
Or at least that's what mine think!
05 October 2010 10:55:02
Here are some of the giant Chrysanthemums that Ann & John sent me earlier this year.
They are just beautiful.
Thank you, John & Ann : )
04 October 2010 10:59:03
Here is the first round of plants to over-winter in my daughter's room.
She doesn't mind!
03 October 2010 22:20:14
There was nothing else for it but full blown brain surgery.
I hope BaBa will make a quick recovery as he has been very stoic so far.
Baba, the toy pictured, was originally a present fro Clare and came with grass for hair. But due to some shocking neglect during the summer, all his hair died.
The surgeon tried to approach from beneath but, in the end, keyhole surgery was ruled out. We hope Baba will forgive the butchery needed to give him his hair transplant. I am sure the new hair will soon hide the scar : )
03 October 2010 22:11:28
Chrysanthmum & Rudbeckia
I suppose I have gotten people in to read this journal under false pretences as I don't actually have any autumn flowering crocuses in flower this year. But I did plant 25 bulbs of Crocus speciosus today for next year. Why Crocus as opposed to Colchium? I can't quite remember now why I made that decision when I was ordering the bulbs.
Not much else done today except to move my Venus Fly Trap, Dionaea muscipula, to the greenhouse to allow it to go into dormancy and dividing my Cape Sundew, Drosera capensis 'Alba'. I promised my neighbour, Wayne, a division a long time ago. Oh, and i took some photos. There is some gorgeous autumn colour about.
02 October 2010 19:56:00
Here is the reason why I won't be doing baskets or pots next year.
These are my poor Pelargoniums. I plonked them in a blank space in a flower bed, far away from the action. The result has been that they were seldom watered or dead-headed, never fed and have sulked as a result.
Today I brought them all into the greenhouse.
Next year I will keep the Pelargoniums in pots, maybe on the greenhouse step, to ensure watering. The only other pots I will be doing are ones that require minimal watering as I just can't get around to it.
02 October 2010 13:38:05
Now it's time to look for all available saucers as plants start to come indoors.
This is the window in my youngest two's bedroom.
As you can see, I am still holding out hope that my Prairie Gentian, Eustoma grandiflorum, will flower.
The two Sensitive Plants, Mimosa pudica, that had been going down hill somehow rallied and now one of them is about to flower. Although not as advanced as the two in my teenage son's room, these ones have recovered from whatever it was.
02 October 2010 09:15:11
I was not planning on doing much except watch Gardener's World last night. But then I saw the Penstemon cuttings 'Rich Ruby' that I got from Bill two days ago, still sitting in a glass of water in the kitchen!
So out I went to mix compost and cut a few more bits. And back in I came to make a big mess on the kitchen counter! You thought the mess I made in your kitchen was noteworthy, Bill!!!
I have been very reluctant to make cuttings this year. Last year I made loads and lost them all in the greenhouse overwinter. Some Sedums, One Penstemon and some Crambe were the only survivors. It is very discouraging, not to mention a terrible waste of materials. Anyway, I am wiser this year. If temperatures start to plummet, I will bring my cuttings in immediately.
So I made cuttings of Bill's 'Rich Ruby' Penstemon, Penstemon 'Garnet' and th white Sedum. Tried leaf cuttings with the Sedum as there were no unflowering stems.
01 October 2010 18:36:08
I bought my first Cyclamen recently.
There was no name on them but I think/hope they are not the tender kind as the flowers are small.
I wonder can anyone help me with an identification?
According to my book, autumn flowering types are cilicium, hederifolium, mirabile or purpurascens. I'm off to have a investigate : )
01 October 2010 15:07:47
Penstemon 'Garnet' (I think)
Motivation is seriously flagging now. Especially as I sowed the last of my 'Apricot Impression' and wallflowers in the rain today.
It reminded me of the year I was still planting tulips in January. I remember sowing 'Ile de Paris' in the rain and cursing the bulb company that had sent me them as a gift because I had ordered so many other bulbs.
But at least one more job is ticked off my list.
I have problems now deciding where to put the 100 'Giuseppe Verdi' tulips. They won't fit in the space I bought them to fit in. The jury is still out.