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Snowdrops on the way..

02 January 2018 21:03:30
Snowdrops on the way..

Snowdrops on the way..

Tidying around the garden the other day I notice lots of spring bulbs popping up but more importantlt at the moment my snowdrops. This one is G. Lavinia given to me by Paddy & Mary a couple of years ago. It's a nice little clump now and delight to see it's nearly about to flower. It's now the gardens are waking up and we have a great run of 10 months ahead of us to look forward to.

A few hours done...

29 December 2017 19:45:59
A few hours done...

A few hours done...

I have not done anything in the garden in weeks and was great to get out for a few hours today. Planted a good few alliums and tulips I got half price recently and also got a lot more cutting back and tidying up done with loads more to go. I felt really good after it and hope to get more done before I got back to work on Tues. I have my old laptop back working again so should be easy to use the site again for now. Hope everyone had a great Christmas and also Happy New Year.

I got this cup that's a pot or a pot thats a cup haha

Another book...

05 December 2017 11:37:35

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Easy to know it's winter when I start buying stuff online but another book I have wanted for awhile now. It's Christopher Loyd's Exotic Planting. Again I have just glanced through it but looks like an excellent book and fantastic planting ideas that I will try and use. It was again a 2nd hand book from ebay for €8 inc postage and is in immaculate condition. Below is some images of planting in the book and think they are just fantastic

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The New Exotic Garden...

03 December 2017 08:38:57
The New Exotic Garden...

The New Exotic Garden...

This arrived in the post for me the other day. A book I haven't wanted for awhile now written by the late Will Giles an inspiration in tropical/exotic looking gardens in our climate. It was hard to find this book new online and if I did it was crazy prices so I was assured on the Hardy Tropical site on facebook that most 2nd hand ones people got were like new. So I checked Ebay and found one for €7 inc post so bought that and when it came it was immaculate. Have only glance at it at the moment but looks good and has me itching for next spring already to get going.

My Bulb Addiction..

25 November 2017 10:02:52
My Bulb Addiction..

My Bulb Addiction..

Here is a photo of most of the bulbs I bought this Autumn for the garden, most are planted out now with just a small few left to get in the ground. I am thinking over the weekend to go and try get more bargain tulips as they are a great filler in the garden until I plant out the dahlias. Ypu can prob see the labels in the photo too, they were to get a bit of string on them and tie to each of the dahlias that I dug up.

Birthday Presents..

19 October 2017 14:54:50
Birthday Presents..

Birthday Presents..

Delighted that these 3 beauties I got for my birthday arrived into work yesterday. 3 x Musa Sikkimensis Red Tiger. I will keep in the greenhouse this winter and plant out next spring as they are not as hardy as Basjoo but i've been told by the supplier they have taken -3.8 for them so thats good enough for me. They are very similar plants to Musa Basjoo except you get lovely red stripes of variationon the leaves.

Best Plants of 2017

17 October 2017 22:42:45

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After just reading one of Jacintas journals I decided I would do this one I saw people doing a few weeks back to try get back doing journals. It's very sad to see the site dying like this but not much we can do about it only hope they do make the changes they "promised".

1st has to be Alstromeria Indian Summer. Not only is it flowering since April to now but has great foliage and very exotic flower which bulks up very quick and so easily divided to spread around or pot up for friends, a top top plant in my eyes.

2nd is Dahlias in general not jsut the one but all of them. They can flowe from late May right up until first frost and you get very dark to light green foliage. Small, medium and large plants and the diversity in flower types, sizes and colours makes them another must have/top summer plant.

Last is A simple one I have grown from seed for the last two years now is Coleous. Easy from seed and for €2 you can have up to 40 plants to fill in gaps all over my small garden here with fantastic foliage and coloured leaves to bright up even the dullest of corners.

Two flowers

09 September 2017 10:11:00

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Two flowers looking well the last few days here. A kniphofia I recieved off Bruno a couple of years back which has a very tall flower spike and repeats flowering throughout the summer. and 2nd is a small begonia I also recieved off Bruno and comes back every year no problems at all. I have no specific names for these just there common ones.

Hedychium Assam Orange

27 August 2017 23:19:32
Hedychium Assam Orange

Hedychium Assam Orange

This Ginger is flowering here at the moment and it's seems a very hardy and very reliable plant for flowering as it has flowered very well the last two years and survived two winters no problem. Seems to bulk up quick enough so hope to divided this year or next spring and put in other places of the garden and see how it gets on.

I am going to put up a general album of pics in the garden I like this year. I haven'd done the month by month as it's very hard to get this old laptop going and can't do it on any of the modern devices...anyway enjoy :D

Brugmansia Sanguinea

27 August 2017 23:16:02

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Delighted to finally see flowers on this Brug today and aren't they just fantastic. I'm so pleased to have gotten one to flower and it's so Exotic and the colours amazing. I got this as a small cutting almost 2 years ago and no flowers at all last year and looked like the sma e would happen this year so a couple of months back I decided to plant out and feed it like mad and now I have a few flowers opened today and a few more buds on the way. Very happy with this.

 

Coleus planted out

17 August 2017 21:24:02

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After growing these from seed I had loads in small pots dying to go into the ground so I had a free space by one of my tree ferns and stuck a load of them in there and will hopefull enjoy them well into October until the colder weather gets them.

Senecio Petasitis

17 August 2017 21:20:51
Senecio Petasitis

Senecio Petasitis

Recieved this from fran a about 2 years ago as a very small plant and then planted out about a year and a half ago and it has just gone from strenght to strenght and grown into a fine size plant. A typical type of plant i'd grow for foliage and when it flowers that's just a bonus.

Coleus

07 August 2017 21:28:09
Coleus

Coleus

Grew these from seed again this year although a bit late but see worth it as I have about 40 plants to plant out now and could have had triple that but had no need. A great gap filler and super foliage colour. 

Some flowers

27 June 2017 12:04:25

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Some more flowers over the past week or so coming into flower here after the recent spell of good weather.

1st is Dahlia 'Pooh' which is a collarette type dahlia and it is def one of my top dahlias here for look, colour and bulks up very well to be divided each winter into more plants.

2nd is a Roscoea Beesiana I bought from Lukon Bulbs a few months back and is the first Roscoea for me here in the garden and have to say I love it. A very exotic looking plant even ginger like and no doubt with having one type here already more should follow.

3rd is of my red Abutilon which I have no name but I do just love it. I see some people in the UK get way with these outdoors in a sunny sheltered spot so I might take some cuttings and try the same.

Summer is here...

19 June 2017 11:53:16

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At long last since last week we have been getting amazing weather especially over the weekend. It was so welcome considering the dull dreary start to the month. Yesterday we had a BBQ outside for the 1st time this year and you could nearly see the gardening growing in front of your eyes.

2nd photo is of a new lily here I pruchases from Lukon Bulbs earlier in the year and I just love the colour and shape of it. As someone said on Facebook a very Zingy colour.

3rd is an ever reliable Day Lily Fran's Hal, just a beautiful flower.

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