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Rachel's Journal November 2014

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Altamont

30 November 2014 14:09:36
Altamont

Altamont

We had a lovely stroll around Altamont yesterday.

Even in winter it is beautiful.

A Puzzle

30 November 2014 00:41:42
Dudleya & Kalanchoe

Dudleya & Kalanchoe

I was astonished to see my Lilium nepalense produced seed.

And what's more it looks like it is seed with a viable embryo.

It is surprising because most liles are self sterile and I have no other nepalense that it could have crossed with.

There is the possibility that my lily has hybridised with a different species and, if so, the seed may be viable but would involve using tricky embryo rescue propagation methods.

There is also the possibility that L. nepalense is not self sterile (like about two other lily types) but reference books and internet sources are scarce.

So I think what I will do is treat my seed as if it has self pollinated and geminate without stratification (if the lily were a hybrid, cold treatment might be needed depending on the the pollen parent) as the embryo rescue thing is too complex.

So now that I've figured all that out, wish me luck!

Catch Up

29 November 2014 10:46:55

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A little catch up on the last three days as I haven't been posting.

First, we had hard frost - the worst so far.

Then I spent some time indoors with my house plants. Streptocarpus 'DS-Expression' is the best looking at the moment.

Then, after a little more outdoor work, I noticed aichryson in bud in the greenhouse.

Monsieur le Vin

28 November 2014 21:29:13
Monsieur le Vin

Monsieur le Vin

Even house plants need a mascot!

Picked up this cheeky chappie in France last year :)

Cold Frame

28 November 2014 20:44:45
Cold Frame

Cold Frame

So here's my new coldframe in the 'business end' of the garden.

It is for germinating cold seeds and has a plunge bed of sand on the inside and is in a sheltered spot. The lid will stop the seeds getting too wet and rotting.

Since I put heat in the greenhouse it can no longer be used for this purpose.

I have a few pots in the coldframe already, nicely spaced out.

I wonder how long it will take me to fill it.

Wednesday Videos

26 November 2014 09:00:41

Cold Frame etc

25 November 2014 17:08:07
Dr Acula

Dr Acula

This autumn's good weather has encouraged me to work in the garden much more than I nornally would and today I got more done.

I started off by filling four bags with leaves for leaf mould and raked for a fifth but got called away. So we'll see if that pile is still intact tomorrow!

And then I did a little weeding and tidying and some preparation for the area where my cold frame is going to go.

I just want to say that this is not a fancy coldframe. It is made from a resurrected plastic one from the attic. But I need somewhere to stratify my cold seeds now that the greenhouse is heated.

Hard Frost

24 November 2014 17:24:39

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It was a cold one last night. The first hard frost here.

I am not sure what the outside temperature was like as all my energies went into ensuring the greenhouse kept its +5 minimum.

The day dawned bright and freezing and I thought I would just put my feet up and not do a tap outside today!

But, lo and behold, suddenly I noticed hubby out and uprooting the Rosa rugosa from the area I'm now calling the Scented Garden. This was a job earmarked for winter but I did not expect it to happen so soon as it's a hard old job that nobody wants to do!

Of course, I then felt that I should go out and do a bit too so I pruned the last remaining Rosa rugosa in the garden and weeded it (carefully). I thought this was apt, considering what hubby was up to.

And then I removed some moss from the tarmac and did some hard sweeping and completely cleaned and tidied the plant-in-waiting area (taking the opportunity to check for any forgotten tender plants that should be in the greenhouse) and even hacked a few brambles back from the perimeter!

So it was a good day's work despite my initial lazy intentions!

Few Orchids

22 November 2014 23:36:50
Few Orchids

Few Orchids

A few more orchids in flower.

Puppy

22 November 2014 10:16:01

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It was an unbelievably wet day yesterday.

You just could go out, except for a lightening dash to the car and back.

It was so dark too that it was very hard to take photos indoors but I have a few for you.

In the first photo of sinningia, can you see the puppy? My husband says he can see a camel to!

The second photo is Dendrobium Spring Dream 'Apollon', an old reliable.

The third is a flower on the new Chelsea begonia, Begonia sizemoreae. It is grown for its enormous hairy foliage so it was interesting to see the flower.

And, in Gorey I picked up a Fatsia 'Spider's Web' from a Cash & Carry type place so I was happy with that.

Xmas Gift Idea

20 November 2014 20:24:33

Looking Good Now

20 November 2014 16:55:01

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Looking good right now are Kniphofia northiae. I love the foliage on this one. It's similar to that of a good K. caulescens.

And, amazingly, Abutilon vitifolium is in flower. The flowers are at the top so I nearly didn't see them!

I suppose it's not that amazing really, with the year that's in it. I saw a pulsatilla in flower yesterday!

Buddha

20 November 2014 13:13:24
Buddha

Buddha

It's funny how certain things stand out more once plants have died back.

Bedroom Window

20 November 2014 13:03:19
Bedroom Window

Bedroom Window

Following on from Jackie's post, here is the view from my bedroom window this morning.

It's a lovely bright, cold morning.

Wednesday Videos

19 November 2014 09:20:32

Alstroemeria

18 November 2014 16:55:29
Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria

Don't you just love the way alstoemeria keep going on and on!

This one is called 'Oriana'.

Liquidambar 'Thea'

18 November 2014 16:35:55
Liquidambar 'Thea'

Liquidambar 'Thea'

This is my favourite of the two liquidambar trees.

It is called 'Thea' and the colouring is very good.

Mellow Yellow

17 November 2014 22:40:24
Mellow Yellow

Mellow Yellow

The cherry blossom trees have very suddenly changed colour, as is their habit in November. I love their autumnal hues.

I did a good bit of work in the garden today, cutting back etc. I also started emptying my large pots of their dahlias, which is quite a job since they're so heavy.

The paulownia trees are now completely naked and I collected up all their messy leaves from the borders. One good thing about them is that they rot down quicker than other leaves.

Poor Bee

16 November 2014 19:59:29
Poor Bee

Poor Bee

When I made the video of you orchids in flower yesterday, I noticed a bee on one of the petals of the vanda.

As you will have seen on the video, he was very sluggish and inactive.

Afterwards I forgot about him and this morning I carried the vands upstairs for dunking and back down again and hung them up, without thinking once of the bee. And, lo and behold, he was still there, not moving.

He was off this afternoon buzzing around the cattleyas so he's definitely still alive.

I remember one year I accidentally trapped a bee inside a plastic bag in the fridge from November to March but the insect was still alive when I opened up in March. Now wouldn't it be good if we could hibernate in that way!

Extra

16 November 2014 00:13:03
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Extra

And just because it's such a miserable day, I decided to make an extra video, showing the orchids I have in flower at the moment.

Orchids in Flower - YouTube

Mum's the Word

15 November 2014 16:06:27

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This is the first of my chrysanthemums to come into flower.

It is one I bought this year and I have no id. for it.

Together with the beautifully scented coronilla, they are brightening up the greenhouse at the moment.

Big Bums & Kisses

14 November 2014 19:46:10

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My journal title probably requires some explanation.

Don't you think the emerging pink flower in the first photo looks like lips?

So that's the kiss.

And the big bum?

Well just check out how I have to resort to watering the large cattleya in the second photo!

And all because of a big bum!

Horus

13 November 2014 19:12:55
Horus

Horus

This streptocarpus has opened.

It is a Ukrainian one - DS-Horus.

Leafy Gall

13 November 2014 10:21:44
Leafy Gall

Leafy Gall

In spring I propagated various dahlias from basal shoot cuttings, including the lovely 'Blue Bayou'.

They flowered well enough.

Determined not to loose my new plants, I tipped the Blue Bayou out of their pots this autumn to dry them off.

That was when I noticed growths on the top of the tubers.

Apparently my plants are suffering from the fungal disease, Rhodococcus fascians or Leafy Gall, which manifests as lots of distorted, flatted leaves at soil level. This looks very like a cauliflower growth.

It affects dahlias, sweet peas, pelargoniums, mums etc and is often introduced during propagation.

The good news is that it's fairly rare and doesn't spread that easily. The bad news is my plants must be destroyed.

Wednesday

12 November 2014 08:27:22

Paulownia

11 November 2014 20:24:18
Paulownia

Paulownia

This paulownia is now almost completely naked.

Winter is rolling in.

It rained all day today - totally miserable!

A Bit of Work

10 November 2014 19:08:02
Clianthus puniceus

Clianthus puniceus

I did a good bit of cutting back today in the garden, potted on a few cuttings yesterday and lifted my pleiones for winter the day before.

It started raining before I was finished today so I got wet but it's absolutely bucketing down now.

Oh, and I spent a little time messing with videos too ;-)

Sunshine

09 November 2014 16:51:57

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I got out into the garden and took a few photos first thing.

And just as well because soon the heavens opened and it became unbelievably miserable.

Still looking good are Impatiens tinctoria and Clianthus puniceus so I am feeling quite exotic at the moment despite the darkness and wet outside!

Light & Shadow

09 November 2014 10:24:49
Light & Shadow

Light & Shadow

Woke up to this beautiful sight as the most gorgeous light was streaming into the bedroom and casting artful shadows using some of my cattleyas.

Now where did I put the camera? I feel a trip around the garden is in order.

Tulbaghia

08 November 2014 18:03:26
Tulbaghia 'Silver Lace'

Tulbaghia 'Silver Lace'

I thought I would show a photo of the open flower on this Tulbaghia 'Silver Lace', which I recently bought in Mount Congreve.

It also has variegated leaves that smell like onions.

Cutting Back for Winter

05 November 2014 23:45:10

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It was a glorious day and I was busy in the garden, cutting back for winter.

Being a little camera-happy at the moment, I decided to take advantage of the sunshine and make a short video for beginners on cutting back perennials.

I hope it might be useful to those who are new to gardening and mildly entertaining to those who have not yet had enough of my videos.

Cutting Back for Winter

Looking Good Now

05 November 2014 19:28:53
Looking Good Now

Looking Good Now

The following two plants are looking good now in the garden.

The first is Pennisetum villosum 'Cream Falls'. This is one of the grasses I wrote about in my article in the December Irish Garden. When you see this photo you will understand why I rank it among my favourites.

Oooh, spoiler alert. The December magazine isn't out yet!

The second plant is the hardy ginger, Cautleya spicata, which I think I journaled about before. It is also still looking good.

New Video

04 November 2014 22:14:01

New YouTube Channel

03 November 2014 23:02:52

The Next Big Thing

03 November 2014 17:25:10
Epiphyllum cooperi

Epiphyllum cooperi

The postman came today with a nice big box for me.

It contained three new, named epiphyllums.

Cactus orchids may be the next big thing for me since I was so impressed with the two that flowered this summer.

The photo shows Epiphyllum cooperi, which I grew from cuttings given me by RitaD many moons ago.

I was completely blown away by the enormous exotic flowers they produced and since then I've had visions of these beauties, cascading flowers from hanging baskets on the roof of my greenhouse!

It's a nice thought for winter anyway :)

IMPORTANT MESSAGE

03 November 2014 08:29:18
IMPORTANT MESSAGE

IMPORTANT MESSAGE

 

If someone tells you you have enough plants and you don't need any more, stop talking to them!

You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.

Seeds

01 November 2014 10:42:20

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