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Rachel's Journal September 2011

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In Flower

30 September 2011 19:59:02
Saxifraga fortunei 'Rubrifolia'

Saxifraga fortunei 'Rubrifolia'

 

Hey, look what's in flower!

Volunteers

30 September 2011 19:57:27
Volunteers

Volunteers

Being the last day of the month, I took a few last photos for my September album.

My Annuals Border is looking a bit bedraggled.

The 'volunteer' Cosmos are the best looking thing there now.

Way Too Early!

30 September 2011 12:09:57
indoors

indoors

I know, I know. It's way too early to start bringing things in for the winter!

But Tetrapanax had to be lifted as he was smothering his neighbours. There was a poor old kaffir lily that was doing its best to flower under tetra's wings! Better to free the space now than in a month's time. There was a very satisfying ripping of roots as Tetrapanax came up - bet I get babies next year!

And my Brugmansia were getting a bit battered. We had no sunshine this week in    Wexford, despite the forecast, so the only way for them was down! The white one has several unopened flowers so I would be happy to have them perfume my kitchen.

And then, since I had all the pots out, I thought I would lift the two things I would be bound to forget otherwise - the Echium and the Madeiran Geranium. I planted them far away from the action and even when I was planting the Geranium I remember thinking - I'm sure to forget to lift this.  Well, I didn't forget!

Then, with all the compost out, I potted on a lot of the plants that will stay in pots overwinter.  Plants are more likely to survive in pots overwinter if they have enough root space. I made sure to disturb the roots as little as possible and, of course, didn't divide or separate anything that will stay in a pot.                                             

Cyclamen

29 September 2011 20:08:10
Cyclamen hederifolium (web photo)

Cyclamen hederifolium (web photo)

Can't make up my mind whether to buy Cyclamen hederifolium corms or seed!

Likewise for Crocus tomassinianus.

I want lots of both so seed might be the way to go.

But I don't see anywhere that sells packets with lots of seed.

It would be stupid to wait a couple of years for flowers but only have a dozen or so plants to show for all that effort... 

Did someone mention growing Cyclamen from seed recently?

Handy Old Heat Mat

29 September 2011 15:16:15
Handy Old Heat Mat

Handy Old Heat Mat

This afternoon I got around to planting my little Furcaea bulbils.

Don't they look so sweet and I'm looking forward to a load of big plants next year!

I popped them on my heated mat ( a reptile mat), along with my banana seedlings and my 'something-beginning-with-X'.

Yes, I have a plant beginning with X, thanks to Bill, who noticed my short comings in that department and kindly gave me a Xanthosoma violaceum.

Now, let them not go re-categorising this plant or anything rash like that!

Chilly for Winter

29 September 2011 11:53:15
Leontochir ovallei

Leontochir ovallei

Well there might be a chilly winter ahead but at lease I have a little bit of Chile to keep me going through it.

I grew a couple of Chilean bulbs/perennials from seed this year.

While the Alstroemeria flower quickly, it's nice to also have a long term protect. I think I'm looking at 3 years to flowering for the Rhodophiala and Pastithea.

The photo shows one of my successes. It is Leontochir ovallei - on the left is my existing plant and on the right is how it should eventually turn out.

Agave peryii

28 September 2011 11:41:02
Agave peryii in Dillon Garden

Agave peryii in Dillon Garden

In 2009 I visited Helen Dillon's garden and was impressed with this Agave.

I was particularly impressed with it as Helen said it was hardy. I bought some small ones via the internet and, although they have come indoors for the winter, they are doing well. I didn't dare leave them out because of their small size.

Returning to Helen's garden yesterday, I fully expected her Agave peryii to have succumbed to last winter or the winter before. But, no, look at it! It is perfect!

To Look Out For

28 September 2011 11:35:36
Dahlia 'Pam Howden' in Dillon Garden

Dahlia 'Pam Howden' in Dillon Garden

Helen Dillon had just bought this fabulous Dahlia when we visited yesterday.

It's a real stunner, with peony-like flowers.

I'd say this is one to watch out for, together with the tall purple 'Admiral Rawlings'.

This one, called Dahlia 'Pam Howden' came from the Halls of Heddon in UK.

For Ladygardener

28 September 2011 10:55:27
For Ladygardener

For Ladygardener

I spotted this gorgeous exotic plant in Kilruddery yesterday.

I know Ladygardener will be particularly interested.

I only took a few photos in Kilruddery but they're up now.

Dillon Garden & Kilruddery

27 September 2011 19:27:57
Helen getting me Furcraea bulbils

Helen getting me Furcraea bulbils

I had a really great day visiting the Helen Dillon Garden and then Kilruddery with my ex-colleagues from Jimi Blake's Plants Person course.

We met at Helen's at 10:30am and I only got home again at about 6:30pm.

It was great meeting everyone again and I got two promises from other students to sign up to garden.ie 

Jimi and June were in fine fettal and the weather was with us. I'm well pleased with my Furcaea babies too. That's Helen Dillon in the photo, collecting some bulbils.

I'm absolutely knackered now but happy!

Bulbs & Shady Areas

26 September 2011 16:58:16
Anaphalis & Aster

Anaphalis & Aster

I went all out on planting this morning, concentrating on two shady areas.

One shady area is beneath the big cherry tree and near to the greenhouse so it received choice plants. The three white Hydrangea there are now underplanted with an orange flowering Epimedium, orange cow slips (using plenty of manure), blue Iris reticulata, some botanical tulips and a few other little woodlanders.

The other shady area is at the far end of the garden, around a large Amalanchier tree. As the area is so far away from the action, I needed to put plants that take little fuss down there. I settled on an Epimedium with burnt orange foliage and various ferns. In autumn anyway, the two sets of foliage (Epimedium & fern) look well together.

All five Epimedium got divided before planting, as did my cow slips. So hopefully they will all make big clumps soon. I put plenty of manure down and now can only hope for the best in terms of moisture.

PS I have added the photos of the Bay Garden from yesterday to the Bay Garden album

Question on Toad Lilies

25 September 2011 23:29:18
Tricytis from June Blake's garden

Tricytis from June Blake's garden

Can anyone tell me when toad lily foliage starts to surface?

I am thinking of planting two toad lilies on top of daffodils.

As we all know, normal sized daffodils are not a good idea in a border as they will smother most herbaceous but I am thinking that the toad lily probably gets going quite late, after the daffodil foliage has died back.

Can anyone, with experience of growing this plant, advise?

PS The photos of Jimi and June Blake's gardens are now uploaded.

Hard Core

25 September 2011 23:22:14
Hard Core

Hard Core

It was only the real hard core garden.ie-ers that turned up today at the Bay Garden.

The torrential rain had a bit to do with that.

I spotted these two suspicious looking characters hanging around the plant sales.

One had beady eyes and the other was talking in tongues (Latin, I think)!

What a Sweetie

25 September 2011 11:21:11
Primula veris

Primula veris

We just had a smattering of rain. I hope the weather holds for the Bay Garden at 2pm! Looking forward to seeing Alison, Fran & Bill there :)

I just had to put up this photo of the sweet little cow slip I bought at June Blakes yesterday. The colour is just fabulous, like orange juice. Of course, it's all confused and shouldn't be flowering at this time of year at all.

But, if it hadn't been flowering, I wouldn't have fallen in love with it.

Sacrilege

24 September 2011 17:30:44
Sacrilege

Sacrilege

It was an absolutely fabulous day. In fact it couldn't have been nicer.

I spent the morning and early afternoon in Huntingbrook and then June Blake's.

The propagation class was good but the garden walks were better, including a good long chat with June, full of tips and glimpses into her thoughts and plans.

The multitude of photos will come, when I get the chance. I bought a few little gems and some seeds.

But, hey, check out what I caught June Blake doing with her reflective pond!!! I just can't believe it :P

See what I mean...

23 September 2011 16:08:20
Saxifraga stononifera

Saxifraga stononifera

 

Love them to bits

New Love

23 September 2011 16:07:08
Saxifraga fortunei 'Rubrifolia'

Saxifraga fortunei 'Rubrifolia'

 

By the way, I think I'm in love with saxigrages.

Joking About

23 September 2011 14:37:14
Saxifraga fortunei 'Blackberry & Apple'

Saxifraga fortunei 'Blackberry & Apple'

As I was heading indoors, hubby said he would empty my trug of weeds.

I spotted him up on the dump as I went to clear up and then realised that the two clumps of Filipendula, I had divided, were gone!

I yelled to him to stop dumping but he ignored me and flung everything into the furthest reaches of the dump. Grrrr.

I couldn't believe how he had ignored me until hubby came down and started laughing. Yes, the Filipendula was safe and the laugh was on me!

Primula

23 September 2011 14:31:38
Linda's double Primula

Linda's double Primula

It was a day for planting and I finally got to it.

My focus was on the 'Spring Border', where I recently removed weed-suppressing-membrane. I like to imagine that the centre of this border is semi-shaded. Please don't contract me!

I got the 20+ primulas that I grew from seed last year into the ground and also a variety of shady plants I had been storing up. It was great to see them finally settled.

I'm now out of every scrap of compost, ericaceous and manure. And grit. Grit is like gold dust, I find, so hard to find!

Hanging Tree

23 September 2011 09:20:16
Hanging Tree

Hanging Tree

My son, Sammy, wants to dress up as a Hanging Tree for Halloween.

I think this is quite original and imaginative of him and I would like to help him do it.

But how do I make this costume?

All ideas welcome, please!

Leaves

22 September 2011 19:44:14
Matthiola incana 'Alba'

Matthiola incana 'Alba'

Well autumn is a time of leaves...

As the flowers fade, leaf contrast and texture become more important in the garden.

I love glaucous or silver foliage against purple as you can see in the photos I've just added.

I should have planted out my primulas today but I felt too lousy with a cold. It is waning though and hopefully I'll be back on form again tomorrow.

Changed my Mind

22 September 2011 19:18:20
Romneya coulteri

Romneya coulteri

Right, I've changed my mind about my favourite perennial for 2011.

I choose this fabulous plant, Romneya coulteri.

I adore its copious glaucous foliage and the fact that it has flowered non stop for ages. It's still covered in buds.

And, best of all, it loves rough stony soil. It was made for my garden!

Orchid Buffs

22 September 2011 14:25:11
Dendrobium nobile

Dendrobium nobile

Wohoo!

I went out to the greenhouse today to feed my cold and intermediary orchids and look what I found!

This is Dendrobium nobile, a cold orchid which is tricky to reflower. Now I can't say that I've mastered the whole rest and winter-cold palaver required for this type of orchid but obviously I've been doing something 'right enough'.

I bought this plant at Christmas 2009 and this is the first time I've managed to make it flower again. FCO FIO

Heads Up

22 September 2011 09:35:46
Heads Up

Heads Up

Heads Up for this weekend. Here is a superb opportunity that shouldn't be missed (and it's free) :

"Last open weekend in Hunting Brook this weekend. Free seed propagation class with Jimi at 11am on Saturday & 2pm on Sunday ( One hour class) . Free class in the gardens at 3pm on Sunday with Jimi on ornamental grasses and what to do in your garden at this time of year. Just pay your € 6 entry and join any class . No need to book, just turn up".

Raising Crowns & SA Bulbs

21 September 2011 15:31:20
Alison's Nerine bowdenii

Alison's Nerine bowdenii

This morning I finished weeded and clearing in the bed that I call my 'spring bed'. It is called that because I have a lot of bulbs planted there - Corydalis, Chinodoxa & Camassia (all the C's)!

I finally took off the stretch of weed-suppressing membrane from the middle (under the cherry blossom and rhodo) of that bed. The membrane has been there since 2009, when the border was dug. I now have a nice space for planting up the Primula I grew from last year's seed.

I planted out Viburnum x bodnantensis 'Dawn' and Azalea mollis 'Glowing Embers'.

Then I set to raising the crowns of some of the peonies in that bed. Although young, they didn't flowered this spring and one of them grew buds, which turned brown and dropped - a sure sign of too deep planting. Fingers crossed for the year after next as I imagine the peonies will sulk and not flower next spring after having their roots disturbed this autumn!

Both my Amaryllis belladonna in the greenhouse have sent up leaves. But this is not the best sign. The bulbs flower 'naked' so this means no flowers for me this year :( 

On the positive, my Coronilla glauca, also in the greenhouse, is flowering again and the scent so lifts my spirits when I go in there.

For Dick

21 September 2011 14:28:10
For Dick

For Dick

Hi Dick,

I just thought I would show you how the tree lupin you gave me is doing.

It has grown enormously this year and even has flower buds for the first time.

There it is behind the carnations. Thank you.

For Tina

21 September 2011 14:23:38
Disanthus cercidifolius

Disanthus cercidifolius

Tina, here's my Disanthus.

The plant to the left is just an annual so the tree will have more space next year.

It's doing okay but it's small.

Disgusted

21 September 2011 10:06:53
Disgusted

Disgusted

This tray was full of Eucomis leaf cuttings a few weeks ago but they're all rotting off one by one. I took another rotten one out this morning. I now have only 3 green and 2 purple cuttings left but I am not hopeful for their survival.

Reading up about it, I think my mistake was to put the leaf cuttings too deep into the compost.

The thing that gets me is that I tried this a few years ago, taking a lot less care, as a beginner, and it was successful!

I am taking the lid off to see if that helps but will need to keep an eye on it drying out as the tray is on heat. Will keep you posted.

By the way, I seem to have caught Jacinta's bug and am coming down with something. I'm telling you, computer viruses are dangerous :D

Garden View

20 September 2011 16:44:07
Garden View

Garden View

I did a little weeding today and it was lovely working in the garden.

Hubby miraculously got the lawn mower working again. Hurray! But it was too wet to mow.

He also removed two of the cursed Rosa 'Charles de Mills', with considerable effort, clearing two nice spaces for my new Verbena and possibly the Rhododendron.

But no sooner one thing is fixed than another one breaks - my felco has lost a screw somewhere in the garden. I'll have to check out the website about getting a replacement.

New Tree

20 September 2011 16:37:39
Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolius'

Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolius'

 

This is the tree I bought in Mount Venus last Saturday.

Now you can see why.

Verbena id.

20 September 2011 16:22:12
Verbena id.

Verbena id.

I bought Verbena rigida seeds this year and here is what grew.

It is the plant with fern-like foliage and purple and pale pink flowers.

But I don't think it's Verbena rigida at all as the foliage is quite different.

I think it might be Verbena speciosa. Any thoughts?

I am putting a close up in my album now.

Autumn Colour

19 September 2011 16:59:43
Forsythia

Forsythia

I love when Forsythia colours up in autumn.

It doesn't always do it.

But it looks like a good year this year.

There are plenty of new photos in my album.

Weeding

19 September 2011 16:58:06
Heliopsis helianthoides scabra 'Summer Nights'

Heliopsis helianthoides scabra 'Summer Nights'

I spent the morning weeding along the hedge down at the front, around the big Amalanchier and the along small bank I planted with hardy Geranium this year.

Looking at the big space around the Amalanchier reminded me that I hadn't picked up anything for dry shade at my recent Mount Venus trip! I have a dead nettle, doing its best there, but it is a very large space.

Reminded by Liga, I disbudded the Alstroemeria I grew from seed and dug up and dumped my one and only lady's mantle. There will be more as my neighbour is growing it.

Hardy Cyperus

19 September 2011 16:50:51
Cyperus erogrostis

Cyperus erogrostis

Every year when I think I've lost this plant, it bounces back again.

Notice how, as autumn draws in, my photos become more close-up!

 

Sammy's Favourite

19 September 2011 16:48:26
Oxalis deppei

Oxalis deppei

Sammy convinced me to buy the bulbs of this little plant many moons ago.

It is kinda cute - a bit like himself!

For Elizabeth

19 September 2011 16:07:01

Same Old

18 September 2011 20:35:34
plants coming in for the winter

plants coming in for the winter

I sowed 18 different types of cold seeds today in the greenhouse.

Other than that, hubby mowed the edges of the grass.

The ride-on mower is acting up. It's a real pain when something goes wrong as we've no trailer to bring it to the repair shop. Hubby's managed to replace fan belts in the past but there seems to be something different wrong this time.

Mount Venus Purchases

18 September 2011 13:16:42
Mount Venus

Mount Venus

Here my list of purchaes from Mount Venus yesterday (quite restrained really).

Those of you at Jimi's yesterday may have noticed his Origanum 'Rosenkuppel'.

But I would like to hear what others got (thank you, Hazel for your update).

I got a taunting text from Bill as I was driving to Mount Venus, saying that he had cleaned Mount Venus out  and was now in Johnstown, eye-balling a bat plant in full flower!!! :D

I'm telling you, we culchies are dangerous when we're let out!

Acer aconitifolius  
Veronica gentianoides Variegata
Begonia grandis ssp evansiana
Anaphalis   Schwefellicht
Origanum vulgare Rosenkuppel

Tomatillo

18 September 2011 00:19:12
Tomatillo

Tomatillo

I came home to a lovely dinner of tomatillo quiche this evening.

We grew the tomatillos ourselves this year (pictured to the right in the photo) and they are absolutely delicious in quiche. Very tart (tart - get it!)

Of course (reality check) I made the pastry before I left this morning but hubby did do all the rest.

Poor Sammy

17 September 2011 23:11:37
Poor Sammy

Poor Sammy

 

I think the photo says it all :D

WWO

Mount Venus

17 September 2011 22:33:28
Mount Venus

Mount Venus

I made it to Mount Venus today about 3:30pm. I missed everybody but caught the rain!

I had my Sammy with me and he was very unimpressed with standing around in the rain looking at unflowering plants. I showed mercy eventually and we scuttled in for coffee and cake just as the heavens opened properly.

It was cosy inside and the autumn hues of the trees, visible through the café window, were fairly spectacular. All through coffee my eyes kept falling on a particular Japanese acer with leaves of clotted colours - red, pink, blood red.

I left Sammy with the cake and ventured out, only to find that my object of desire was already sold. It was probably just as well really as the label said €62! But I did find his smaller brother and it is now sitting in my car.

Strange Goings On

16 September 2011 20:56:40
Amorphophallus bulbifer & konjac

Amorphophallus bulbifer & konjac

What is it with tubers that never sprout? They don't rot, they just refuse to grow!!!

I bought a Lidl glory lily tuber in spring 2010, potted it and waited. It never grew. It hasn't grown this year either and today I tipped it out of the pot to check (for the 2nd time this season) if it had rotted. But no, it looks perfect. Just no sign of growth!!!

And my large Amorphophallus bulbifer has refused to grow this year. It was grand last year and performed as required but this year it's on strike. Same story - the 'corm' is perfect, with no rot, and even has an eye but the thing refuses to grow. All my other Amorphophallus grew this year!

I lifted the Amorphophallus this evening to bring them indoors for the winter. Wait and see! It'll grow now, in the cardboard box on the landing. I bet you :P

Christopher Lloyd & all that...

16 September 2011 14:10:30
Curculigo crassifolia & Strelitzia reginae

Curculigo crassifolia & Strelitzia reginae

Christopher Lloyd (in his books) and Fergus Garrett (in the one course of his I attended) keep banging on about 'keeping the show on the road'. For them, it is very important to keep the garden looking good right into autumn. Of course, exotics lend themselves to this as many only reach their full potential in September.

Well, I must say that my heart is no longer in it.

Who might I be keeping the garden nice for in September? This week I have had two sets of guests and no one wants to brave the elements to go outside. I practically cajoled my guests from last Tuesday into doing a walk-around but then we all scurried indoors again.

With this in mind, I took a few tenders indoors today. It had been so windy that I had to put a few of my babies into the greenhouse. I saw no point in putting them outdoors again when they will need to come into the house for the winter anyways.

Leaf

15 September 2011 23:52:16
Liriodendron tulipifera 'Aureomarginatum'

Liriodendron tulipifera 'Aureomarginatum'

 

I love this tree I bought at Bloom.

2011

15 September 2011 13:52:50
2011

2011

 

The same Persicaria bank as below, September 2011

 

It's good to take photos to remind us!

2010

15 September 2011 13:52:09
2010

2010

 

Newly planted Persicaria bank, September 2010

Who Will Have the 1st?

15 September 2011 11:01:17
Nerine bowdenii

Nerine bowdenii

 

I wonder whose Nerine will open first!

For Liz

15 September 2011 10:55:12
Tetrapanax papyrifera 'Rex'

Tetrapanax papyrifera 'Rex'

Just yesterday I was wondering what on earth happened to that tiny Tetrapanax seedling you gave me back in June.

I remembered planting it in the newly refurbished 'rose garden' but it has got a bit crowded down there since then.

I took a little mosey down today and hey presto!

Full Up

14 September 2011 14:16:10
self seeding Geranium

self seeding Geranium

 

I haven't a clue where I am going to plant all my new shrubs and have a sore head from thinking about it. I did plant a few perennials today and did a spot of weeding but I was glad to come indoors.

 

Speaking of silver

14 September 2011 14:07:21
Plectranthus argentatus

Plectranthus argentatus

 

And now that I'm talking about silver foliage, this is a lovely plant too, backing by the airy foliage of Ferula communis.

but...

14 September 2011 14:04:34
Verbascum bombyciferum 'Saffrom Towers'

Verbascum bombyciferum 'Saffrom Towers'

 

...but I prefer the bombyciferum for its foliage.

Even the year before it flower, it looks great.

Nice Verbascum

14 September 2011 14:01:29
Verbascum chaexii 'Album'

Verbascum chaexii 'Album'

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Bonkers

14 September 2011 13:53:01
Omphalodes cappadocica 'Starry Tyes'

Omphalodes cappadocica 'Starry Tyes'

 

I think others have mentioned how spring flowering perennials are getting a second lease of life this year.

Well, here's the proof.

I also have foxgloves floweing a second time !?!

Fluffy

14 September 2011 13:44:02
Meconopsis paniculata

Meconopsis paniculata

 

Close up of Meconopsis

Some Cheer

12 September 2011 16:14:54
Some Cheer

Some Cheer

The postman cheered me up no end this afternoon with a delivery of seeds.

All of these can be sown now and I can't wait...

ANEMONE LEVEILLEI
MECONOPSIS NEPAULENSIS
EUPHORBIA SIKKIMENSIS
EUPHORBIA SCHILLINGII
ROSCOEA HUMEANA
ROSCOEA PROCERA

Banana

12 September 2011 14:15:03
Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii' & Sarracenia

Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii' & Sarracenia

 

The Sarracenia is still looking good and so are the bananas.

Gusty

12 September 2011 14:12:45
Liatris spicata

Liatris spicata

I guess we are all suffering with the wind at the minute. It is the most destructive thing to a garden.

We lost a small apple tree this morning - snapped in two. I guess the weight of the fruit helped make it an easy target.

The sunflowers were down like skittles too but the roots were intact so we just tied them back up again. Hubby found a number of tree ties somewhere so they might stay up this time.

Of course the sunflowers are on borrowed time now anyway. It would have been better to have lost them instead of the fruit tree.

I noticed the Liatris is being blown about a good deal. It may not survive.

Tropius

12 September 2011 00:45:04

Sowing Lilies

10 September 2011 21:02:14
Cornus kousa

Cornus kousa

As Winnie the Pooh would say, it's a blustery day. I brought some plants in and closed up the greenhouse for the first time since early summer.

My son is clearing out his room at the minute and I went out with a big pile of paper to put in the recycle bin but, you guessed it, the wind caught it and I spent ages chasing paper around the garden.

I tried to raise my spirits by sowing my tiger lily bulbils. I had a fair few and sowed 11 pots of 9 so that makes 99 lilies in a few years time!

Given my success with Lilium formosanum (from Terra Nova) last year, I am planning to get into lily sowing big time.

I am sowing four types of lily this year - regale, tigrinum, duchatrei and martagon. Three types are from seed and one is bulbils.

No photos were taken today so the photo of my tree is from two days ago. Speaking of tree, Tina, I have no idea what that tree in your album is as it is too fuzzy. Maybe someone else can help.

THE place to visit

09 September 2011 16:07:06
tiger lilies & ?

tiger lilies & ?

If you're looking to visit a garden with interest for this time of year then do like myself and Fran did this morning.

Take a trip to the Bay Garden in Camolin, Wexford, where the grass display is second to none.

Unfortunately my camera ran out of battery far too soon but you can get a taste from my photos.

I picked up the last Hydrange aspera, a Hydrangea 'Annabelle' and a toad lily.

I'll be going back for the sale on 25th but I feared that these would be sold by then.

Markeeta & Geraniums

08 September 2011 23:10:15
Geranium x pratense 'Summer Skies'

Geranium x pratense 'Summer Skies'

I popped down to Lidl today to get me a Rhododendron 'Markeeta's Prize'. I got the last one there. The name Markeeta is my cousin's so I had to get it.

I also picked up a deciduous Azalea and was considerably influenced by Elizabeth's journal when I spotted the pretty red stems on the Enkianthus. There were only two left so one went into my basket.

I visited Woodies afterwards. I picked up the two Geranium 'Rozanne' needed to complete my grass planting on the bank. There was a 40% reduction on perennials (as Jacinta had mentioned) and the geraniums cost just €4.79 each! That's a really good price for a Geranium that flowers all summer long. If I had realised what the reduction would translate as, I would have bought the remaining stock when I was there! Oh well.

My photo shows a different Geranium - one I got from Terra Nova this summer.

Sunshine

08 September 2011 19:42:03
Dahlia & Agastache

Dahlia & Agastache

 

What a beautiful sunny day today!

Here Comes Mum

08 September 2011 19:40:00
Chrysanthemum 'Regal Mist' (red)

Chrysanthemum 'Regal Mist' (red)

 

 

Time for the Chrysanthemum

Favourite Colour Combo

07 September 2011 16:39:09
Alstroemeria 'Oriana' & Astrantia major 'Lars'

Alstroemeria 'Oriana' & Astrantia major 'Lars'

 

I just love the combination of these colours togehter.

Autumn Hues

07 September 2011 16:38:05
Brugmansia

Brugmansia

I know it's autumn when my Persicaria bank begins to colour up.

There it is behind the Brugmansia.

The Persicaria makes a lovely backdrop in autumn.

There are more photos in my September album.

Sedum

07 September 2011 16:36:10
Sedum

Sedum

Here are three different coloured Sedum, planted together, against a back drop of Sambucus nigra 'Thundercloud'.

They look good but I don't have a single name for any of them!

Mount Venus

07 September 2011 13:31:45
Mount Venus

Mount Venus

So who said they were coming to the Mount Venus annual sale?

I think the concensus was for Sunday 18th.

It should be good fun, a chance to meet up and an opprtunity to pick up some great bargains.

Confirmed : Rachel, Jacinta, Hazel, Bruno

Maybes : Scrubber, Keego, Liga, Drumanagh, Ladygardener, Deborah

For more information...

http://www.mountvenusnursery.com/

Update : 5:11pm : I can't make it on Sunday and will be going on Saturday instead. Let me know what everyone is doing as I have some plants to hand over to Jacinta and Liga.

Last Pressie from Huntingbrook

06 September 2011 22:43:03
greenhouse

greenhouse

I sowed some more cold seed today - 7 pots!

It was prompted by suddenly remembering some Primula japonica 'Miller's Crimson' that I had been given in Huntingbrook and had stuffed in a compartment in my purse.

I was delighted to see it still there. I took it out and did the business.

So I think, all in all, I will have a few mementos from my time in Huntingbrook :)

PS The sunflowers along the back of the greenhouse border are down to 10 now :(

Is this Silphium?

06 September 2011 13:07:25
Is this Silphium?

Is this Silphium?

Can anyone help id this plant.

I think it might be Silphium but I get Selphium, Telekia and Inula mixed up.

Comparing the photo to google hasn't helped either.The foliage on all three look really similar to me.

This picute, with flowers just gone over, was taken a week or so ago. A bigger picture is in my Dublin zoo album.

10 Green Bottles

06 September 2011 11:05:24
10 Green Bottles

10 Green Bottles

Ten green bottles hanging on the wall,
Ten green bottles hanging on the wall,
And if one green bottle should accidentally fall,
There'll be nine green bottles hanging on the wall.

But instead of green bottles, read yellow sunflowers
And, instead of ten, read thirteen.
And instead of wall, read greenhouse...

Thirteen yellow sunflowers hanging on the greenhouse,
Thirteen yellow sunflowers hanging on the greenhouse,
And if one yellow sunflower should accidentally fall,
There'll be twelve yellow sunflowers hanging on the wall.

I lost the one to the far left last night. There it is on the ground :(

Collecting Seed

05 September 2011 17:42:42
Collecting Seed

Collecting Seed

I find the biggest drawback to collecting seed is finding how to store them.

I nearly lost the will to live one year, printing envelope templates from the internet, cutting them out and cello-taping them. The design was poor and the whole thing was endlessly fiddly. I didn't tape them right either and ended up with a load of loose seeds at the bottom of the sweet tin in my fridge.

But I refused to spend a fortune on the oversized and overpriced seed envelopes that are purpose made.

But look at these little babies I found on ebay! They're paper, they're sealed on 3 sides and the the right size.

For Hazel

05 September 2011 17:34:24
For Hazel

For Hazel

Here's a little something I prepared earlier.

These are Primula I grew from seed and the pattern would be fairly typical.

I sowed the seed fresh last year on 14th September in the greenhouse. It germinated in October/November 2010 and came through the winter with a little protection.

I potted the seedlings on in May 2011. The plants seemed to go asleep then for ages but eventually they rallied and now I have healthy plants which I will plant out this autumn.

Hopefully I'll get flowers next year. WIO WCO (except cym)

I NEED TO SOW

04 September 2011 22:45:25
Puya coerulea

Puya coerulea

I'm itching to start sowing again - the cold seeds.

Need seeds, need seeds...

Unnamed Aeonium

04 September 2011 18:48:03
Unnamed Aeonium

Unnamed Aeonium

Pat gave me a cutting of this beautiful Aeonium in 2009.

I now have two of them and, although different shades of green, they are beauties.

Can anyone help with a name for this one. Pat didn't know it.

I know it isn't Aeonium undulatum as I have that one and it has red tips to the rossettes.

Top Heavy

04 September 2011 18:44:30
Aeonium 'Velour'

Aeonium 'Velour'

I moved a few plants into the greenhouse today as the winds are whipping up - no doubt the tail end of Hurricane Irene!

This Aeonium is one I moved. It is a brute and is completely top heavy.

But it is a beauty.

 

Orchid Catastrophe

04 September 2011 13:26:57
Orchid Catastrophe

Orchid Catastrophe

The warm orchids in my kitchen are regularly knocked over by flying teddies or stray balls. We had another such disaster this morning.

There is a knack to getting the decanted Phalaonopsis back into their pot.

The temptation is to stuff the plant back in but usually they won't go because bark has fallen down under the plant. 

The trick is to take the plant completely out of the pot, pour out the bark, put the plant back in and then slip the bark pieces in and around the plant. FWO

Last of the Strawberries

04 September 2011 13:19:52
Last of the Strawberries

Last of the Strawberries

 

The boys scoffed what will probably be the last of this year's home grown strawberries.

For Ladygardener

04 September 2011 12:56:20
Stipa gigantea

Stipa gigantea

 

Three Stipa gigantea planted in a raised bed.

Scatterbrain

04 September 2011 10:36:12
Scatterbrain

Scatterbrain

About a week ago I lost my felco. I knew I had seen it the morning I went out to edge the grass and had either put it in the trug to take with me or left it in the greenhouse.

Hubby had come along later that morning and emptied my trugs of grass-pullings onto the dump.

When I realised my mistake I looked everywhere - all through the greenhouse, where I had been edging and on top of the dump.

Hubby said he would have spotted it when emptying the trugs, if it had been there, but I wasn't so sure. He looked on the dump too.

I realised that the felco was either on our enormous dump or else it would turn up eventually. Several days passed and no felco turned up. I was quite upset as these things cost a bit and hubby then started asking awkward questions like how much it had cost (gulp).

Yesterday, I decided to try on top of the dump one more time. I climbed up with surgical gloves on and a rake and started turning the rubbish. Hubby arrived and assured me that it really WASN'T there. I climbed down again and... that's when hubby saw it. There it was - sticking out of the side of the dump.

So what had happened was - I put the felco in a trug and put a few weeds on top but they must have been weeds I'd pulled around the greenhouse before heading off to edge. Before I headed off to edge I emptied the trug by flinging it at the dump in a completely different area to where hubby emptied the trugs.

Now, don't you just love a story with a happy ending?

Garden View

03 September 2011 19:00:30
Lilium 'Tiger Woods'

Lilium 'Tiger Woods'

Here's a little shot of my garden this afternoon.

There's still life in it yet!

The Virtue of Doing Nothing

03 September 2011 18:55:32
The Virtue of Doing Nothing

The Virtue of Doing Nothing

It seems criminal to talk about preparation for winter but I am mindful that plants, in pots that are too small, are far more likely to succumb in a bad winter. So, with this in mind and, given that we probably have another month's growing anyway, I potted on some plants today.

I concentrated on plants that will have to do the winter in pots - a lot of grasses, elder cuttings and ferns.

My grasses are doing so well FINALLY. I grew several different types from seed this year and the Chionochloa rubra, in particular, just seemed to do nothing forever.

However, they rallied in the end and I now have decent sized grass plants in 2lt pots. I have learned that very often 'doing nothing' is a virtue in gardening. Sometimes you just have to leave well enough alone and allow a plant to grow!

Here they come...

02 September 2011 22:31:52
Nerine bowdenii

Nerine bowdenii

 

Here come the nerines.

White Hydrangea

02 September 2011 22:29:47
Pennisetum villosum 'Cream Falls'

Pennisetum villosum 'Cream Falls'

I had to do a trip up to Dublin today and when I got back hubby had planted up my three white Hydrangea - two paniculata, one macrophylla, but all white!

I'm doing a little shady bed beside the big cherry tree.

He also planted my two Geranium 'Rozanne' at the feet of the 'grass bank'. I need another two 'Rozanne' to complete it. Maybe I'll get them at the Mount Venus sale!

So, not a bad day's gardening - without even doing a tap myself!

Magnolia

02 September 2011 20:12:43
Magnolia x soulangeana 'Superba'

Magnolia x soulangeana 'Superba'

I had read that Magnolias can give a sprinkling of flowers in late summer but I had never seen it.

Then I visited Altamont Gardens this week. I was astonished to find a good few blooms on a Magnolia x soulangeana there.

Well, what do you know! The same thing is happening in my own garden!

Tomatillo

01 September 2011 21:37:57
Tomatillo

Tomatillo

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I Blame Scrubber

01 September 2011 18:47:45
new plants

new plants

Today the plants I ordered arrived. I ordered them from an Irish company in Mayo, which I found through google when looking up Hydrangea names.

The plants were cheap - €5.99 for a shrub and €4.99 for a perennial and, as I bought over €25, I got free postage.

So, as they were cheap, I was expecting the plants to be measly dog-eared specimens. Instead, I have healthy plants in decent 2lt pots. They were also expertly wrapped and arrived intact. I just hate when you pay a fortune for postage and your plant gets broken en route!

So, I'm recommending Irish Plants...

http://www.irishplantsdirect.ie/

And why do I blame Scrubber? Well, he started me on this whole white Hydangea obsession. Here's a list of what I bought...

Hydrangea macrophylla Madame Emile Moulliere
Hydrangea paniculata Phantom
Viburnum x bodnantense Dawn
Sedum   Frosted Fire
Veronica   Fairytale

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