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Plan B

19 May 2017 22:44:51

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As some of you may know, I have a rather wild garden - mainly perennials and lots of self seeders that I don't control enough so I planned to develop a formal part to contrast with all the madness. This has been in the pipeline for a number of years and I got the hard lanscaping done last year and the box hedge planted.

I wasn't sure for a long time what I would plant in the 4 squares inside the box but then I thought I might try shrub roses again.

This plan was further revised when I was at a talk by Dermot O' Neill recently where he featured a slide depicting a mass planting of Iceberg shrub roses. I queried Dermot about whether they were repeat flowering which I think is essential in this situation. 9I forgot to find out from him if they were scented.)

Suffice ' to say that he recommended this variety and I thought I made a decision that I would stick to white and go after the afermentioned Rosa 'Iceberg'. I calculated that I would need between 12 to 16 plants.

Well, to make a long story short, I quickly found out that it is not possible to buy that number of any one rose in most garden centres at this time of year as they have all ordered whatever roses they are getting in in Oct/Nov.

That is when I decided on "Plan B" - plant up the sections with white cosmos 'Purity' this year and order the roses in the Autumn. I set about buying and sowing the cosmos and they obligingly germinated straight away.

This evening I potted on 34 seedlings and only need another 2 which I have waiting. I think Plan B might just work out....

It's amazing....

03 May 2017 22:00:46

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......what you can get done in 2 hours at times. Tonight I headed out to the garden from 7.30 to 9.30 and I managed to get the following done -

Sowed some Virginian Stock seeds in the trough with the sweetpeas

Sowed some pots of White Lady runner beans 

Watered some plants in the greenhouse

Put fleece over some pots of Dahlias

Watered some shrubs which have been moved recently

Sowed Autumn King carrot seeds and planted parsley and marigolds nearby

Pruned a large Hydrangea aspera Villosa and a Hydrangea macrophylla

Planted a Veroncastrum

Took a few photos at dusk

I am a genius at pottering and have often not got that much done in a whole day. It must be the good weather and the glorious sunset!

New Addition to the Garden

02 May 2017 21:41:23
New Addition to the Garden

New Addition to the Garden

I bought this arch in Aldi but had no idea how big it was. (I'm sure it was written on the pack but hopeless at visualising the size.) I had in mind that I would use it to support sweet peas but it couldn't go into the ground in the spot that I had planned for it as it needed to be sunk 30cms.

What followed was hubby and I trying it out in different places in the garden. We finally decided on this spot at the start of the path and today I put the sweetpeas into troughs on either side. 

I finised off with some night scented stock so the smells should be divine when they all bloom.

What do you think?

Help! All Advice Welcome

13 April 2017 00:41:09

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A good friend is getting married on the 5th May and is giving her house a face lift as she will be hosting some relatives beforehand. She has a number of containers - window boxes, a hanging basket and some pots and has asked me to help her to plant them up with plants that will be in flower on that date.

 

This is quite challenging, I think, because I know it is the hungry gap so I am looking for help. What plants would you recommend? What will be in flower? 

Bear in mind that we are a few weeks behind here in Donegal when compared to the south of the country.

 

Tulips

07 April 2017 22:04:56

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Some tulips looking good at the moment.

Plant ID

07 April 2017 21:53:58
Plant ID

Plant ID

Found a great Garden Centre in Sligo or Leitrim I should say, near the Glencar waterfall and bought quite a few lovely plants including Monarda 'Beauty of Cobham', Echium candicans, two types of Inula that the owner swears are orange, not yellow, and this mystery plant. I'm having a senior moment and can't remember what it is.

Can anyone help?

This What N. 'Green Eyes' is supposed to look like

07 April 2017 21:20:11
This What N. 'Green Eyes' is supposed to look like

This What N. 'Green Eyes' is supposed to look like

Lovely isn't it?....pity it didn't turn out like that!

No Sign of Green

07 April 2017 21:13:26

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I fell in love with Narcissus 'Green Eyes' this year and when I couldn't get it, I purchased N. 'Green Eyed Lady' as it looked similar.

N. Green Eyed Lady must have been mislabeled as not only is there no sign green eyes but it is not white but quite a vibrant yellow!! It's a nice enough daffodil but not what I was expecting and I plan to move it.

I did eventually get some Narcissus 'Green Eyes' and while these are a lovely pale colour, there is still no sign of green!!

Pulmonarias

12 March 2017 22:51:38

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Pulmonaria varieties are just beginning to flower here. There's P. 'Blue Ensign', P. 'Blake's Silver', P. 'Diana Clare' and P. 'Sissinghurst White'. I bought ' Blake's Silver' and 'Diana Clare' at the same time and I can never figure out which is which.

Great plants at this time of the year!

New "Lasagne" Bed

12 March 2017 21:44:20

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Well, this will be the last new bed I do unless I can move into the scrub or put a border down in the gravel area or get more land! I've had a pile of really well rotted manure sitting near the border for some time ready to be  spread over the bed. I wanted to kill off the grass first as the sod keeps coming back to bite you over time, so  I needed a dry still day and one of those didn't materialise until yesterday.

Today I set out to put wet newspaper on top of the area, topped with a 2 inch mulch of the manure/peat. I am really lucky to have inherited old out buildings and the floor of one of them was cleared out recently which resulted in this pile of lovely well rotted manure with the addition of some peat as we used to keep our turf there. 

This stuff is like gold dust and I am thinking that I will keep some for the tomato planters as it will really produce some great plants!

Got most of the border done and now I am wrecked and looking forward to a hot bath filled with epsom salts to soothe the back and the muscles. 

New Shed and Lots of Clearing Done

19 February 2017 21:34:15

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I spent quite a bit of the weekend in the garden for a change. Had a new shed delivered - I have a few quibbles with it but nothing I can't live with. For example, I asked them to make the roof pitch steeper but that wasn't done at all. I don't think I have the knack of conveying what I want clearly.....

Anyhow, I got quite a few of the borders cleared and about half of them mulched. I also closed down the compost and opened a new bin - I know this sounds like nothing but it is a very heavy job that I usually get a man to do and I am delighted that I managed it myself.

The snowdrops and crocuses are looking good, the hellebores are coming to their peak and the daffodils are starting.

My Melanselinum decipiens has melted in the frost and wind - and this is its third year! Tenders plants do not like it here at all. I have one or two in the tunnel however and they look OK so fingers crossed that I will get it to flower.

I got a few seeds sown - some tomatoes, lettuce and some dahlia seeds that Jimi Blake kindly gave me in the Autumn. Dahlia australis is among them so I would dearly love to see them germinating. 

AAAARGH Achillea!

18 February 2017 18:47:43
AAAARGH Achillea!

AAAARGH Achillea!

I didn't realise that Achillea was so invasive. I am wondering whether I'll leave any in at all as it seems to be spreading all over the place. I have A. millefolium 'Cerise Queen' or a similar cultivar in a few places and I've been digging it out as I clear the beds. 

I have left one biggish clump in the new perennial bed and am wondering if this is a foolish decision. On the plus side it flowers all Summer and gives good colour.

What do you think?

Some Early Blooms

15 January 2017 23:06:16

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I haven't been gardening much of late but I hope to rectify that in February. I managed to get out for a few hours between yesterday and today and saw how much work is needed out there - it's scary! 

There were also a few flowers out to lift the spirits though and it can only get better.

As well as that, every time I go into the tunnel and see the lovely plants given to me by .ie friends I have to smile. Thank you for your generosity.

List for Johnstown

04 January 2017 17:59:56
List for Johnstown

List for Johnstown

Hello everyone, here is my list for Johnstown -

Geum rivale 'Leonard's Variety' x 4                    Myrtle (1)

Astrantia major 'Shaggy' x 1                             Joann

Astrantia 'Hadspens Blood' x 1

Leucanthemum X superbum (double) x 3

Geranium phaeum x 1

Geranium phaeum album X 1                          Gerby

Geranium Ann Folkhard x 1                             Jackie

Bergenia ballawley x 1

Pulmonaria 'Blue Ensign' x 1                          Joan G

Pulmonaria 'Sissinghurst White'  x 1               Joan G, Jackie

I also have Centauria cyanus (blue), Dianthus (white with dark pink centre) and a wild kind of Aconitum

 

Seeds

12 December 2016 21:39:32
Seeds

Seeds

I have Eccremocarpus scaber seeds to give away and also some Nicotiana sylvestris and Rhodochiton seeds.

Let me know if you want them and I can bring them to Johnstown.

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