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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal

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Camellia

17 January 2018 18:03:47
Camellia

Camellia

In all my years gardening, I've never seen the colour from Camellia flowers appear so early in the year. Stymied, I am! I think this one is either 'Debbie' or 'Anticipation'. Label has blown away.

Still producing!

15 January 2018 17:46:42

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I was busy this morning so I was late getting out to the garden. And by that time, it had turned quite cold. And shortly afterwards the rain appeared. So nothing much got done except tidying up fallen leaves in the greenhouse and cutting back some dead shoots from a couple of cannas. 

Some nice colours appearing now on this pretty wallflower, I think it's called 'Evening Sunset'. But amazingly, my Lavatera 'Blue Bird' is now producing a good few new flowers. I hope the colder weather later this week won't knock them back.

Also, a Jasminum nudiflorum which was given to me as small cuttings by ClaireE I don't know how many years ago is now finally giving me a few flowers. 

First glimpse

14 January 2018 20:00:19

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This afternoon I managed to get outside for a very short while to have a look at how things were behaving in my absence. Couldn't get over seeing a few flowers on my Exochorda macrantha 'The Bride', an orange Geum, also Leptospermum coming into flower well and truly, Rhodochiton still in flower, lots of Hellebores and the beginnings of some snowdrops. But my famous Nicotiana out in the front is still flowering, despite it looking a bit 'knocked back'.

My garden furniture and glasshouse are still intact thankfully. I can deal with anything else now. But the garden is very blackened and mushy. Most of our holiday laundry is done now so tomorrow I hope to make time to get out and make a dent on cutting away dead bits. Let's hope it makes a visual difference from indoors.

Johhnstown

13 January 2018 05:52:57
Parrot

Parrot

I haven't been on here in a good while as we have been away in the sun for the last four weeks. But heading for the airport in an hour or so and can't wait to see what my garden has been doing in our absence. And hopefully Storm Eleanor has left my garden furniture still in the garden with the glasshouse intact.

I just want all of you attending todays' Get-together' a wonderful day. And no doubt it will have been organized just as well as every other year that Hazel has organized. I'm looking forward to reading journals and looking at lots of photos later.

Also, Happy New Year to everyone (just in case I didn't already say that).

Nearly there!

23 December 2017 19:09:38
Nearly there!

Nearly there!

I'll keep it short and sweet. I just want to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

Let's hope the NEW site will be up and running successfully very soon.

Nickola

17 December 2017 18:00:41

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I'm increasingly amazed with my non-stop Nicotiana that self-seeded out in the front garden over two years ago. Photo taken on Friday afternoon, despite some recent really frosty nights and lingering throughout the day, it's still flowering. Let's hope that the babies I lifted for the back garden will be as successful as the mother plant. Maybe, for the season that's in it, I should name it Nickola. :)

I'm also still getting new blooms on my white Hydrangea.

Casualty

12 December 2017 19:38:12

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After being away from home for the last few days, I was itching to get out and have a look around. This morning has been the heaviest frost so far. All three ponds were frozen over when I got home this afternoon. Spotted one of the Shubunkins on his side in the Lower Pond. Usually at this time of year they have already gone down to the deepest part. But, as it has been so mild of late, they must be very confused with the seasons.

I poked about gently at him, ready to remove his body. But where there's life there's hope. He was still alive, but only just. He's about 7yrs old at this stage. But it looks like he's on life support. I expect him to be dead in the morning, although it's to get slightly milder. Fingers crossed as I love having fish. 

Cyclamen coum is flowering away nicely now. And it's clumping up well too. I discovered a few Dahlias in pots that I had forgotten to take into the glasshouse. They're in now so I hope it's not too late. 

Winter ramble

08 December 2017 19:44:17

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Today I had a ramble around the garden. Plenty still producing the odd flower, but my Senecio petasitis is looking really nice, despite the cold weather.

Nada, niente, ne rien.

08 December 2017 07:02:43
Nada, niente, ne rien.

Nada, niente, ne rien.

Nothing new, but absolutely the bare minimum of gardening has been done in the last few weeks. A bit of tidying, and watering in the glasshouse was about it. Dad has been my main concern and today he finally gets back to his house. It's been a long haul and having been away for the last 6 weeks, he'll have to reacquaint himself with his new home surroundings. 

It has been a big upheaval for all the family, and the only therapy I've had recently is the painting. As I've nothing much to show in the garden, I'll post a photo of my latest painting - well, it is kind of garden-related. I have my last Christmas Fair this coming Sunday and I'm winding down now. But the little boys will be taking up some time in the run up to Christmas. 

Let's hope this cold spell doesn't last too long. Keep warm.

 

They're abuzzing!

05 December 2017 20:17:56

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I noticed quite a few bees buzzing around Fatsia japonica today, while I was tidying around and giving the plants in the glasshouse a light watering. Lovely to see the bees active throughout the winter months.

Chilly weather

01 December 2017 08:50:44

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Yes, we've had it relatively mild up until the last week or so. But so surprised that I still have some Marigolds flowering. And my Rhodochiton, which normally gets moved into the glasshouse for winter, is still outside and flowering away.

Just checking

24 November 2017 18:27:46

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As mentioned in Declan's journal just now, he wasn't able to post up an album. 

I've tried to post pics of our visit to Ratoath Garden Centre showing the lovely winter colour. Sadly, it's not happening.

Let's hope this is not the beginning of the end. :(

Frosty morn

17 November 2017 21:23:01

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It was a very frosty morning here this morning. But it cleared quickly and turned into a nice bright day. I had the window and door open in the glasshouse for about two hours. I'm still bringing in bits and bobs, and shifting things around to avail of every free corner inside. I never bother to bubblewrap the glass. Instead, I generally let things just get on with it. It's mainly Pelargoniums, Begonias, Hedychiums, Cannas, and my Brugmansia.

I love Acer ribesfolium at this time of year. I have a few Acers here, and this one is always last to lose its leaves.

Mary had mentioned that my blueberries were lasting quite a long time, but looking back on last years journals I noted that my last lot were picked on 6th November, only 11 days later this year. Today was definitely the last of this years crop. But there are already new shoots growing. 

My white Hydrangea  out the front is still producing some flowers.

It's to be a cold weekend, so keep warm.

Finally

16 November 2017 18:13:02
Paddington Bear

Paddington Bear

 

At the moment I'm putting the finishing touches to a lot of my paintings in readiness for my first Christmas Fair the weekend after next. And I've had a lot of time this week as I've been suffering with a viral infection which is affecting my bronchial tubes. As a result, I haven't even been able to visit Dad who is still in hospital. 

Not getting much done in the garden at all these days, so today I just couldn't bear to have Mr. Middleton's bulbs staring hopefully at me for another day. They finally got planted. I'm bored witless at this stage. Not much, but at least it's done. And I'm feeling a bit better today.

You don't need photos of the planted up bulbs, so I'll post one of my paintings instead.

Crazy!

15 November 2017 16:54:06

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What a crazy world we live in. Walking around the locality today and had to backtrack to photograph this mad Narcissus flowering away to its hearts content. Do Narcissi not need a cold period before flowering. 

And then further down the road there was a garden with Brachycome and Petunias still in flower. I also spotted a Kerria japonica in flower.

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