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Rachel's Journal May 2015

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A Year in the Life of a Border

30 May 2015 13:53:36
A Year in the Life of a Border

A Year in the Life of a Border

I was also at Bloom yesterday and had a lovey, if exhausting, day.

I went with Liga and bumped into Ali, Paddy & Mary from the site and several others, not from the site.

I did better this year than last, coming home with 3 plants!

Before I left, I recorder this video in the 'Year in the Life' series, which I hope you will enjoy.

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

Dahlia Propagating Quirk

28 May 2015 20:32:10
Dahlia Propagating Quirk

Dahlia Propagating Quirk

Here's a video of an experiment on a dahlia propagating quirk...

Thank you, Peter, for use of your photo...

A Quirk On Growing Dahlias From Cuttings - Coupe de Soleil - YouTube

Wednesday Videos

27 May 2015 09:12:28

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Hi folks, I am just going out to do a bit more weeding. But before I go here are the Wednesday videos.

The first is about planting up the Lasagna Bed - YES, the one I made last autumn! Wasn't that fast?

Planting The Lasagna Bed & The Legend of The Boggart - YouTube

The second one is about Quantock pelargoniums and the hybridiser, whom I've recently been in contact with...

Quantock Pelargoniums & A Surprise - YouTube

And here is another video I published recently but did journalise about. It's about hardy orchids planted outdoors...

Cypripedium Aki 'Pastel' in the Garden - YouTube

Tropicals Out

25 May 2015 20:01:29
Tropicals Out

Tropicals Out

D Day or, should I say, T Day. T is for tropicals and it is time to move them out...

Moving Tropicals Out Of The Greenhouse - YouTube

Clare's Garden

24 May 2015 10:34:07

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And now, the much-anticipated, long-awaited video of Clare's fantastic garden!

Here it is at last! Enjoy...

Clare's Garden in Bray - YouTube

 

And here are two more videos, published recently that I never posted on garden.ie...

Strep Update & A Note on Fantasy Types - YouTube

Good Oncidium Week - Orchid Swaps - YouTube

 

A Visit to Clare's

22 May 2015 19:11:30

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Our Thursday visit to Mount Usher was cancelled, for obvious reasons, but I decided to go visit Clare in Bray instead.

Clare has a fabulous garden - lest there be any doubt. And I had a lovely morning and early afternoon chatting, drinking tea, eating cake and looking at beautiful plants.

I made a little video while I was there and hope to publish it on Sunday.

Wednesday Videos

20 May 2015 10:45:16
Wednesday Videos

Wednesday Videos

The first of this Wednesday's videos is about colour clashes in the garden. So who can deal with pink and yellow together?

Colour Clash - YouTube

The second is on how I water and feed my orchids, the lazy way...

Lazy Girl Orchid Watering & Feed Guide - YouTube

I would just like to say thank you to everyone who has viewed and subscribed as I am at 503 subscribers now and growing fast.

A Surprise & Tea

18 May 2015 21:56:14

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My goodness, what a surprise I got in my pot tidy!

Surprise In My Pot Tidy ! - YouTube

And here are some photos of Camellia sinensis (the bush tea comes from), which is just behind the pot tidy!

Tulip Update

17 May 2015 10:33:35
Tulip  Update

Tulip Update

Remember those tulips I found at the bottom of the wardrobe in Jan/Feb and planted out anyway? Here they are in flower...

Tulip Update - YouTube

And here's the original video from February, when I planted them...

Tulips - Oops! - YouTube

I think the moral of this story is, it's never too late to plant firm bulbs!

The Scented Garden

15 May 2015 19:32:30
The Scented Garden

The Scented Garden

Okay, so here's a short video on the calm before the storm, let's say.

It shows the west part of my garden, which I'm now calling the Scented Garden, the gaps left by the recently removed Rosa rugosa, the two small ponds etc.

This is where all the greenhouse tropicals will end up once the danger of frost has past.

I hope you will enjoy it.

Tropicals In, Giant Crouching Spiders Out ! - YouTube

Tina's Visit

14 May 2015 23:27:51
Tina's Visit

Tina's Visit

I just typed a long journal and lost it so this will be brief.

I had a lovley day with Tina's visit and a great chat and all.

Here is a pelargonium photo, being today's theme.

Ride On Lawn Mower

14 May 2015 23:07:12

Wednesday Videos

13 May 2015 07:40:51

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Hello everyone and happy Wednesday.

Here are the Wednesday videos.

The first is on my plant database and recording plant names. There have been a few requests for this one.

Plant Database - Keeping Track of your Plants - YouTube

 

The second is on plants in the greenhouse and moving them out...

Greenhouse Frustrations - Moving Tropicals Out - YouTube

Mt Usher, 21st May

12 May 2015 16:13:53
Mt Usher, 21st May

Mt Usher, 21st May

Okay, so who fancies a visit to Mount Usher Gardens in Wicklow on 21st May from 11am?

A few of us are going and would love some extra company!

Come on. Break a leg!

 

Oh, and here are my latest 2 videos, one about orchids and the other on the result of my YouTube giveaway.

What I Couldn't Find Last Time - New Orchids From Germany - YouTube

Giveaway Winner ! - YouTube

 

PS The Plant Database video will be out tomorrow!

Getting Ready for the Tropicals

09 May 2015 17:44:58

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I've been working on the area of my garden where the tropical planting goes - the Scented Garden (formally West Garden).

It spilled down yesterday and I got compltely drenched but it's almost finished and then the plan is to plant that lot from the greenhouse out!

Horror Movie

08 May 2015 09:12:46
Horror Movie

Horror Movie

Not for the sqeamish...

Orchid Horror Movie - YouTube

Wednesday Videos

06 May 2015 10:10:44

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Happy Wednesday!

Gosh wasn't the weather awful yesterday. We were nearly washed away!

Anyway, here's a video on my celmisia collection. A super New Zealand plant...

My Celmisia Collection - YouTube

 

And  vid on the cool-growing coelogyne, with gratuitous cherry blossom photography...

Coelogyne Orchid Update - YouTube

Cutting Back Penstemon

04 May 2015 09:56:18
Cutting Back Penstemon

Cutting Back Penstemon

I cut back my penstemon recently and made a little video about it.

It's a bit basic for many of you but might be useful to those new to gardening...

Penstemon Spring Pruning - YouTube

SA & Palm Houses

03 May 2015 09:01:45
SA & Palm Houses

SA & Palm Houses

Well, the naked gardening yesterday was all a bit of fun and now it's back to more normal videos.

Here is the second and last video I made at the Botanic Gardens last weekend, in my favourite houses (well, after the orchid one).

I hope you enjoy it...

Dublin Botanic Gardens - SA & Palm Houses - YouTube

Naked Gardening Day - the video

02 May 2015 13:03:34

A Year in the Life of a Border

01 May 2015 08:22:10
A Year in the Life of a Border

A Year in the Life of a Border

Good morning, folks.

Here is the second instalment in the gripping serial - A Year in the Life of a Border :D

It is the April edition and I hope you enjoy it.

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

 

And here is a little info on the latest Irish Garden...

Irish Garden, May 2015 - YouTube

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