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Rachel's Journal March 2015

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A Year in the Life of a Border

31 March 2015 14:23:29
A Year in the Life of a Border

A Year in the Life of a Border

This is the first in a series of videos that looks at the same border each month over a year’s period.


In it I describe what is looking good in March and give some gardening tips and advice for those plants.

Thanks to Fran and Elizabeth for the idea...

A Year in the Life of a Border - March, Cherry Border - YouTube

Disa

29 March 2015 11:34:03
Disa

Disa

Thanks for all the brilliant feedback, guys. It is much appreciated.

Here is a bit of a specialised video that may not be of interest. But it's one I feel I needed to make as there's not much on YouTube about disa orchids.

I'm posting the link here, just in case anyone wants a look, but more mainstream videos will follow...

Dividing & Repotting Disa Orchids - YouTube

What Do You Want?

27 March 2015 23:21:20

Weeding, Dividing etc

27 March 2015 19:06:41

More New Plants

26 March 2015 11:29:51
More New Plants

More New Plants

Sooo excited!

I ordered these plants in January!

New Nepenthes - Why I Bought These Ones & Potting Up - YouTube

Wednesday Videos

25 March 2015 10:59:54

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It looks like a nice day today so I need to get out and divide some plants. But before I do, here are this week's two videos.

The first shows the gorgeous new plants I got at Huntingbrook Gardens on the weekend and, well, there's a funny story to it too :D ...

New Plants - from the Planthunter's Garden! - YouTube

 

The second video shows one of my cymbidiums in flower and runs through some basic cym care...

Cymbidium Care, Identifying Flower Spike & Cliff Hutchins - YouTube

 

I hope you will find something there to detain you and, if so, please do 'like', comment and subscribe.

Busy Weekend

24 March 2015 09:22:16
Busy Weekend

Busy Weekend

This is just a quick check in to say that I've had a fantastic weekend but am quite exhausted and don't see much gardening happening today.

Last night I was giving my Exciting Annuals talk in Myshall in Carlow and was delighted to see Peter, aka Scrubber, appear. He promised all kinds of heckling from the audience but, in the end, was as good as gold :D

Thank you, Peter. You are such a pet and a real gent and I'm only sorry I didn't see you when you slipped away but I got your message.

And here's just a little reminder video that the April Irish Garden is out now, for anyone who may have missed it...

Irish Garden Magazine, April 2015 - YouTube

Crepe Suzette

19 March 2015 09:32:37
Crepe Suzette

Crepe Suzette

I had to show you this complete dote.

It is an auricula and the tiniest thing ever.

A complete beauty.

Love it...

Primula 'Lindum Crepes Suzette'

Moss

19 March 2015 09:27:30
Moss

Moss

I got a lovely surprise in the post yesterday from Jemo.

I had been lamenting that I couldn't find sphagnum moss for sale.

What a super big bad and lovely note to go with it! Thank you so much, Brian :)

Isn't it great to have friends!

Wednesday Videos

18 March 2015 11:01:35

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This week my video offerings are...

A little piece on a daffodil planting idea, using bamboo...

Buddha & The Bamboo - Planting Idea For Daffodils - YouTube

 

And a feature on a nice dark orchid, Zygopetalum Louisendorf

Orchid With Backstory - Zygopetalum - YouTube

 

Thank you for watching.

Busy Weekend Ahead

16 March 2015 17:16:10
Busy Weekend Ahead

Busy Weekend Ahead

This morning when I woke up I realised that it is going to be a really busy week and weekend. Without even considering Paddy's Day and teaching, there are two birthdays and our anniversary this week.

Then this weekend I am giving my Exciting Annuals presentation to Jimi Blake's students at Huntingbrook on the Saturday and the Sunday. And then again on the Monday in Myshall, Co Carlow.

Any of you attending these talks?

So, with all that in mind I went out and did two hours of pruning in the garden this morning before moving onto the more urgent things :)

And, for Fran, a random orchid photo.

Mother's Day

14 March 2015 15:41:10
Mother's Day

Mother's Day

Looking for a Mother's Day gift idea?

If you know anyone still looking, point them to this video!

Hoping you all have a good one.

Small Flowers for Mother's Day - gift ideas - YouTube

Wednesday Videos

11 March 2015 17:10:12

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Well, it's Wednesday and that means it's video time.

As usual I have two videos for you - one outdoorsy and one indoorsy.

The first one shows some wind damage in the garden and takes a peek at the hardy orchid bed...

Garden Wind Damage & Escape of the Cypripedium - YouTube

 

The second is exciting as it seems that, after six years of waiting, my amorphophallus is going to flower...

Amorphophallus - Flowering Size At Last - YouTube

Great Day for a Picnic

10 March 2015 19:18:29
Great Day for a Picnic

Great Day for a Picnic

We had a picnic outdoors in March today!!!

And made a god awful mess of the garden.

Ah, well. It was all in a good cause.

We were celebrating 100 subscribers to the YouTube channel, Gardening at Douentza :)

Party - 100 Subscribers - YouTube

The God of Small Things

10 March 2015 18:50:41

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A gorgeous sunny day here today and I noticed some little beauties in flower.

They are...

Hepatica 'Blue Jewel'

Iris reticulata 'Pauline'

Mandragora offocinalis

I hope you have been managing to enjoy the sunshine.

 

Potting and Cutting

09 March 2015 15:49:23
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I spent a nice few hours on Sunday, potting up amorphophallus and taking pelargonium cuttings. I was inspired by that wonderful Gardeners' World programme on Friday!

Other than that - sick of painting now!

This cymbidium orchid has come into flower and I think it is quite beautiful. It is Cymbidium Cliff Hutchins 'New Horizon'.

Coffee

07 March 2015 14:33:52
Coffee

Coffee

My nepenthes got a feed of coffee today.

Apparently it is good at lowering the soil PH and providing ameno acids. There is certainly a lot of anecdotal evidence from other growers of the beneficial effect it has. So I'm giving it a go.

I don't know if there are currently any nepenthes growers on the site so that's probably enough of that for the moment!

Wind, PH & Paint

06 March 2015 19:25:32

Wednesday Videos

04 March 2015 08:24:45

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So here are this weeks two videos.

The first is a final fling with the snowdrops, as he near the end of their season, and a visit to the fabulous Altamont Gardens, where the head gardener, Paul Cutler, was good enough to give me a few words...

Spring in Carlow - YouTube

The second video is about the infamous Bob. You may have heard mention of this classic big-flowered cattleya before and Bob does not disappoint...

Bob Betts on a Windowsill - YouTube

 

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

Cheer Up Time

03 March 2015 18:18:12
Cheer Up Time

Cheer Up Time

The day started badly with some personal stuff (no need to fret - nothing big) and I found myself feeling that 'mock ulcer' that pretends to come with bad news. Such a ninny!

I decided that I would do the thing I love most to cheer me up. I went out to the greenhouse to pot my newly-acquired alpines in some nice clay pots that I have. I love this job to bits so long as i have all the necessaries - pots, grit etc.

Then I spent a while, arranging them nicely on the shelves. Actually it was hard to display everything I wanted but it's not a bad complaint to have too much :)

Hardy Orchid Bed

03 March 2015 18:00:53
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Just a photo of my hardy orchid bed all topped up with grit.

I am expecting great things from it this year.

Just to say that the hardy orchids are the only established plants in the ground in my garden that get watered and fed.

So they are right spoilt brats!

Fun seeds

03 March 2015 17:45:30

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The first photo shows hepatica seedlings, sown May 2013, germinated Feb 2014. I think that makes this their second year.

Anyway, the seeds comes from open pollinated plants in a greenhouse full of all kinds of Japanese hepaticas. So maybe I will be in for some nice surprises...eventually!

The second photos shows the first of my frangipani seeds (plumeria) to germinate. Sometimes you just have to go with the fun of it and to hell with the practicalities :)

Rhodos

02 March 2015 15:14:34

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Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer' is looking well here at the moment.

Surprisingly, the one planted in open ground is doing better and flowering earlier than the one in a sheltered spot. The first two photos show the one in the open spot.

The third photo shows my Rhododendron barbatum, which Sean recently asked about. I am not concerned if it doesn't flower this year as it is bulking up into a well shaped shrub.

What do you reckon, Sean? Are these flower buds?

Asarum, Dahlias & Rosa rugosa

02 March 2015 14:51:58
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I potted up most of my dahlias today, parking them in the greenhouse - until I ran out of compost!

And I weeded a bed and topped up my Hardy Orchid area with grit. So I did do a bit! I hadn't really fancied weeding because of the cold but after the potting I found myself tackling a nearby bed that had been annoying me.

I made the decision to cut off most of the leaves on my asarum (pictured). I absolutely refuse to miss the flowers on this diminuitive plant again this year!

Oh, and hubby finished removed the Rosa rugosa from the hedge in the West (Scented) Garden. I now have some sizeable gaps to fill for open day in June!

Irises

01 March 2015 16:24:29
Irises

Irises

The irises are beginning to fade.

But weren't they just great while they lasted!

Potting

01 March 2015 16:18:41

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Spent some of yesterday potting on in the greenhouse.

And then neglected to switch the heater on last night and it went down to three degrees in there!

Silly me!

Extra Video

01 March 2015 09:40:10
Extra Video

Extra Video

I think I posted this video a while ago when it was on facebook. Anyway, maybe it's time for another reminder of what summer looks like...

Douentza Garden Tour - The Wheel Arch - YouTube

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