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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal

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Recovery

04 March 2018 19:06:36

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Yesterday I noticed that my beautiful Leptospermum had doubled over with the weight of the snow. Today, after a decent thaw overnight and throughout today, it has recovered very well. Let's hope there will be a lot more plants that will follow suit. I'm seeing lots of brown mush in the borders. So time will tell.

Frog Watch

02 March 2018 19:46:09

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I was delighted to see the frogs getting active again the week before last. But now I'm really hoping that all the resulting frogspawn will survive this snow. 

Photo Journal

28 February 2018 17:23:35

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Poor little Daffs. But they don't mind one little bit. Keep warm and safe, everyone. It won't last too long and we'll be out there with a vengeance afterwards.

Garlic and Garlic

21 February 2018 16:58:41

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What a super day today was. When I was finished my errands this morning I donned the gardening gear and got out into the front armed with bags, and gloves. I've never seen so much Prunella (Self-heal) out the front, so that all got pulled up and bagged. Also, the wild garlic seems to have been totally evergreen this winter. My back is broken (well......almost) from removing so much of it today. Couldn't get it all done in one day but I certainly made a dent in it. Now to keep it up. One of these days I'll actually be free of it.

Did a bit more tidying up in the back too. Lots of discarded plastic pots were removed from the Lower pond. And I got some PROPER cultivated garlic planted into a large window box. Really enjoyed the couple of hours outdoors, it makes such a change from recent times.

A bit of Cheer

16 February 2018 16:24:49

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Haven't been doing much gardening in recent times due to a viral infection which has really knocked me for six. Basically I'm outside briefly just taking daily photos and keeping watch on things looking good, or starting to flower. One such plant is my Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer'. It's in a big planter and I don't think I've ever seen so many flowers. Not fully open yet, but it's promising to bring a big smile to my face.

And my dear little Holly, who would have been celebrating her 18th Birthday this year, has passed away. She certainly earned her keep restricting the numbers of rodents big and small in the garden. Although I won't miss having to clean up her poo from the flower beds, and my potted plants in the glasshouse will no longer be squashed. I'd happily trade all that to have her back for a few more years. But I guess her time had come. She'll be sorely missed. And Wee Davey will be making a little St. Brigid's Cross in her memory. He's gutted.

Lovely aroma

06 February 2018 17:51:16

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I picked up a few Hyacinth bulbs at Mr. Middleton's sale in the autumn. I mustn't have looked at the display photo, or maybe there was none there. However, they are called H. 'Gypsy Queen', and I usually think something with the name gypsy would turn out to be orange/red/yellow. That's not the case, but either way they are filling the house with their heavenly fragrance. When the weather gets a bit milder they'll be planted out with ones I've bought in other years, mostly down in the Spring Border.

Bitter day

31 January 2018 19:44:25

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I didn't have much free time today, but it was so cold out that I had NO intentions of doing anything worthwhile anyway. Spring is just around the corner and I'm in no hurry. Delighted to see my second Hamamelis open today. One more to go.

Prompted by Myrtle's post on Facebook, I had a little nosey at my own Clivia. It hasn't flowered in about two or three years. But lo and behold, there are tiny little buds appearing.

Early bloom

29 January 2018 17:19:01

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I think it was Mary who remarked that my garden seemed to be very mild as there are a good few things flowering here now. But today, even though I didn't get any working time outside, I was delighted to spot my Leoucojum starting to open.

Iris 'Katharine Hodgkin' is looking nice now. But I actually think the only reason I bought them last autumn was because so many people already had them. Yes, they are pretty but, in my opinion, the colour is a bit insipid for my liking. 

Another stint

26 January 2018 19:36:29

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Yes, the opportunities for gardening are becoming more regular, let's hope the weather continues to be relatively good for this time of year.

I did another stint outdoors this afternoon to take my mind off giving up the cigarettes. It worked a treat, and the garden is looking all the better for it too. Did more cutting back and tidying up.

Lovely to see Pulmonaria flowering, and primroses, yellow snowdrops etc. 

Was tidying off dead foliage from my lovely un-named Iris down in the mini Jurassic bed. And I accidentally broke off some new shoots. But I'm chancing my arm and now the broken bits are potted up in the hope that they will take. What do you think?

New Years Onions

24 January 2018 19:49:22
New Years Onions

New Years Onions

I had onions growing in a very long window box last summer. However, not all of them grew to the desired size. I was too lazy to remove them, and way too preoccupied. Yesterday while enjoying myself outdoors, I finally uprooted them. Not their supposed size, but ideal for salad dishes. You can't beat growing your own really, can you!

Yay! Got a small 'fix' today.

23 January 2018 20:36:28

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I got a couple of hours out in the garden this afternoon. Spent a good deal of time clearing up fallen leaves from the peach trees in the glasshouse. I had decided to leave them there before the holidays to possibly provide a bit of a mulch for them. But today I noticed that there was a bit of mildew on the leaves. 

Tidied up a few pelargoniums, and took them indoors in case the mildew has affected them. I'll be able to keep a closer eye on them now as we're in for some more bad weather. One of my aeoniums in the glasshouse came away in my hand, didn't bother checking for vine weevils. I just dumped the old compost over the wall. But there's still plenty of green growth on them. So tomorrow I hope to make a good few cuttings for healthier plants during the year.

And please don't judge me. I only removed last years tomato plants today. It was a busy year.

Made a start on cutting back dead foliage in some of the borders and the place is looking much better.  I also managed to get a couple of roses pruned.

Delighted to see Iris reticulata and Iris 'Katharine Hodgkins' opening today. Oooh, I felt wonderful when I came in. 

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).

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