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Johnstown Thanks

13 January 2018 17:05:18

Just a quick thanks to Hazel and her team who organized a truly lovely day for us at Johnstown - and thanks also to Johnstown manager and staff who made us feel so welcome.

You can see in the image, that I got my fill of 'retail therapy', and now have to find mild enough weather to plant us my new treasures which include  Salvia Hot Lips (from Joann), as will as Saracocca ruscifolia and it's new pot. Concealed in the Johnstown bags are some Irish primroses. Sad to say, I got the news that these primroses are currently going out of production, so I hope the ones I got survive as I'm now classing them as 'precious'.

Great meeting you all

Elizabeth

 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 13 January 2018 17:22:03

Delighted you had a great time, Elizabeth. Hopefully the weather will improve lots so you can get them all planted.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 13 January 2018 17:23:19

Lovely to met up with you today! Elizabeth. You will enjoy the scent from the Sarcacocca over the next few months. Johnstown had a nice selection of plants today.

Myrtle Myrtle 13 January 2018 17:31:24

Nice to see you again Eluabeth, and many thanks indeed to Hazel for all her work and her 'little helpers'. I was a lovely relaxed and enjoyable day, renewing friendships and meeting a couple of new friends. 

Joann Joann 13 January 2018 18:42:28

Lovely chatting to you Elizabrth and thanks for the Bergenia Apple Blossom!!

Dick Dick 13 January 2018 19:45:22

Good that you enjoyed the day. Once more , I failed to make it. However as Mary and Paddy might say: Beidh eile ag an bPaorach.

JoanG JoanG 13 January 2018 20:10:44

Lovely to see you again Elizabeth and happy planting. 

Liztai Liztai 13 January 2018 20:17:16

Thanks to everyone for your comments - yes indeed, the meeting up with friends and making new friends is surely the best part of this event.

Agus a Dick, nil ach smidereen Gaelge agam - miniu dom :

"Beidh eile ag an bPaorach".

There will be something else at the ??? Cad e an "bPaorach"?

 

Periwinkle Periwinkle 13 January 2018 20:25:13

Was lovely to see you again, Elizabeth and looking very well. I was glad to see everyone again as I missed last year. Has stirred the longing to get back to gardening.!

Lìga Lìga 13 January 2018 20:36:26

Hi Elizabeth! It was really nice to see you again!Now we all must meet in May,when days be warmer :) 

Scrubber Scrubber 13 January 2018 21:20:44

It means Power (the name of a person) will have another day. In other words he'll have a second chance! Id say its a Waterford saying as the Powers are very strong down there. Lovely meeting up again Elizabeth. Loved the colour scheme, such a dynamic red!

Scrubber Scrubber 13 January 2018 21:20:45

It means Power (the name of a person) will have another day. In other words he'll have a second chance! Id say its a Waterford saying as the Powers are very strong down there. Lovely meeting up again Elizabeth. Loved the colour scheme, such a dynamic red!

Liztai Liztai 13 January 2018 22:02:22

Gurbh maith agat, a Scrubber.

Wow, is there no end to the advantages of knocking around with you lot - not only has my gardening improved, but I've a chance to use the "cupla focal". Thanks again

Jackie Jackie 14 January 2018 18:22:23

Great to meet you again Elizabeth yesterday. It was a great day but gone in a blink! Maybe we will see you at another gathering real soon!

Moya Moya 15 January 2018 00:59:53

Great to meet again Elizabeth and deep gratitude to your sister Hazel for making it happen.

Johnstown plants

11 January 2018 16:44:07

It was bitter so I just rushed out, grabbed the plants and the oilcloth and tools, and rushed back in to get them ready for Saturday. Now I have to put them out again, poor things!

What I have is as follows:

1 x buddlea (V.large flowers) LindaB

2 x buddlea unknown colour

1 x bergenia might be Apple Blossom Joann

1 x zantedeschia (Easter Lily)

1 x vinca minor (dark wine flowers) includes passenger small oxalis yellow.

See you soon

 

LindaB LindaB 11 January 2018 17:02:20

Hi Elizabeth, you are brave, it is bitter outside, I would love the Buddlea please, I have plenty of space!!!

Joann Joann 11 January 2018 22:49:56

Could I have the bergenia please Elizabeth, my list just up so see if you want anything

Greetings - Belated Christmas, Early New Year

26 December 2017 12:18:00

Good day friends on a bright, but perishing St Stephen's Day.

Sorry I missed saying Happy Christmas, but I hope it was what you hoped it would be.

So now I wish you all the best in New Year 2018. May it be gentle and peaceful, with lots of pleasant garden surprises.

The 'Honesty Angel' was a charity donation. You bought the angel, and the gift brought (Honesty on mine) was on a card at the back. Mind you, I'm not decided on whether I like the 'onsie' outfit!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 26 December 2017 19:21:58

Elizabeth, all the best for the New Year.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 27 December 2017 07:36:07

Happy New Year, Elizabeth.

Cosy for Winter

19 December 2017 23:31:33

Job's done. All fuchsias double wrapped (fleece and bubble-wrap) and now bedded down in the new fleece tunnel.

Regarding the vine-weevils, I couldn't face any more 'squishing'. (Not only did I do the 50 from the 'Champion Pot', but also 29 in another pot and 32 in another.

So I thought back to that great gardener we visited in the Burren (was his name Karl?). He also had a number of fuchsias. When I asked him about vine-weevils, he said the garden was full of them. His philosophy was that he was bound to lose a few plants, and if he did he would just plant more.

So I will join him in that thought for this year. But next year, it'll be nematodes April and September - no matter how busy I am!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 20 December 2017 00:39:50

Love the Tunnel! Another interesting feature to puzzle your neighbours! LOL

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 20 December 2017 18:53:15

Your plant should be very cosy for the winter and all nice and tidy.

Mary B Mary B 22 December 2017 08:04:34

I think that is a great philosophy Elizabeth, Merry Christmas to you :)

Jacinta D Jacinta D 22 December 2017 08:54:16

Ooh, cosy-looking tunnel, Elizabeth. Good job there.

Dick Dick 22 December 2017 11:37:18

Lovely job, Elizabeth. Happy Christmas.

JoanG JoanG 22 December 2017 21:49:57

Fabulous job Elizabeth, they sure do look cosy.  Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year. 

Moya Moya 23 December 2017 19:16:02

Great work done Elizabeth. I wouldn't mind lying down in that tunnel myself.

i hope to get on top of those vine weevils next year.

50 in one pot

18 December 2017 22:41:53

You know how they used to say:

If Mohammed cannot go to the mountain, then the mountain must go to Mohammed.

So if Elizabeth cannot go to the fuchsias (for fear of hypothermia), then the fuchsias must go to Elizabeth. And this is just what they have done - to the kitchen precisely, where along with my current HelpX helper Jon, work is progressing on the large pots which will be remaining out of doors.

We are assembling a mini-tunnell? tunell? you know what I mean - out of fleece. But in case that isn't sufficient, its 'belt and braces', with bubble-wrap either inside or outside the pots, and fleece caps on top.

But HORROR OF HORRORS, I spotted a vine-weevil on the base of one of the pots, and we decided to look in case there were others. We found FIFTY alive and wiggling in just one pot. No hope of the cold discouraging them!

I cannot imagine there are not others. My understanding is that nematodes suffer even more than I do when the soil gets below 5 degrees, so I will hope for the best, and wait till early Spring to treat them. 

PS I just put the heron picture in as he looks very calm and peaceful.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 19 December 2017 13:47:43

Pity you can't encourage the Heron to eat the vine-weevils! I know you hate using chemicals on your plants but I think in your situation i would be using the chemical vine-weevil stuff on all those plants you are storing in the Gazebo as well as those currently in the kitchen. By Spring those vine weevils could have destroyed the roots of your fuschias. If they are alive and wriggling they are definitely eating!

JoanG JoanG 19 December 2017 21:43:35

That's a lot of work Elizabeth, I'm glad you have a helper!
Vine weevils can be such a menace in pots and, like you, I would prefer not to have to use chemicals but sometimes it's hard to avoid.  A while ago I had to completely replant one of my doorstep pots where these little nasties had munched their way through two heucheras, a gold-lace primula and a grass. 

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