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I have a website about my Dublin garden from where there is a link to my new garden here in Cobh.  I hope it is OK to direct  you there where all the information is already recorded. Thanks.   The  name of  the site is 'A small Irish Garden' at  www.esatclear.ie/~emal    . There is a link to my new garden here in Cobh.


ID please and more

20 September 2017 17:40:26

Well what about every silver lining having a cloud!  The silver was the great show the hot border put on for me this year while the cloud is descending now in the enormous amount of stuff to cut back. In the photo it is not one big bed as the whole centre area is the cut back from a quarter of the border !

I found a shrub buried behind a huge clump of Joe Pyeweed and remember planting it a few years ago but not seeing it since. looks very familiar but cannot think of the name. It is rather battered looking having not seen the light of day but the tips of the new growth has a purple tinge. There is new growth coming from the base so it will be moved.

Love to watch the progress of the Cortaderia as it throws up it's plumes  opening more every day, great.

Heavy rain today but glad to see it as the ground is bone dry.


Scrubber Scrubber 20 September 2017 19:50:33

Ulp it would never be a sage???? No didnt think so! Even with cutting back theres lots to admire! Love the third photo. Lovely mixture of form and colour. We had the rain as well and equally welcome for the new path and rhodos.

Fleurette Fleurette 20 September 2017 23:57:57

I too, just love the third photo.  The canna makes it!  And yet all the components are equally important.  

No suggestions for the shrub.  Sorry.  

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 21 September 2017 23:50:23

The third phot is 'soo' your garden. The view always look fantastic with the cottage as a backdrop. Would the shrub a Philadelphus? 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 22 September 2017 22:11:20

Elizabeth - I am so encouraged to know that I am not the only one who finds little strangers growing in the midst of borders! I'm sorry I can't help with an ID either but I would agree with your idea of moving it to somewhere you can keep an eye on it! 

That's some mound of cutting back! I haven't been able to even think of starting that yet as I'm still "with the builders" and trying to do bits an pieces in between!

The Invasion

12 September 2017 17:45:47

Some years ago a friend gave me some Persicaria kunming and did issue a warning with the gift, that it spreads!

So I planted it at the edge of my hot border and it grew and looked very pretty and formed a lovely clump. Then I did notice that it was speading and used to dig out around the plant every year. Having a red root it was easy to see but hard not to leave tiny pieces behind. All went well so on the opposite side of the border I planted another bit. It grew quickly and soon I had two matching clumps that looked well.Kept a close eye on it until this year when with open day there was a lot to look after. Well the other day I noticed bits and pieces of it appearing away down either side of the border . On exploring I found it had spread dreadfully under plants   , through plants almost over plants.  Shock horror but even more of both when I did a close inspection. So I started to dig some out , the ground is so dry hard going.  You will see in the photos the pile from one of the clumps almost all roots and the next photo show the pile behind the bit of plant still left in the ground. The third photo is just part of the border to use the 3 permitted photos.

I could have saved all the work because I have decided to round up both clumps and get rid of it.

You see...confession....i have also put it in several other areas of the garden but will probably be able to dig these out.

Nice plant in a pot with drain holes sealed and and a bottle of round up on guard!!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 12 September 2017 18:28:28

I think I have that particular Persicaria too and I don't find it in the least bit invasive. But then, mine is in a very restricted space. I adore the way your cottage nestles into the garden.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 12 September 2017 20:21:38

If you use the Round up every time you see it starting to grow and you should get rid of it over time. I would bag it and put it out with the rubbish and not into the compost bin.

fraoch fraoch 12 September 2017 20:29:37

It's so annoying when things just won't stay where you want them!

JoanG JoanG 12 September 2017 21:38:58

Pity that Persicarias look so enticing when many of them are invasive!  Good luck with that big job Elizabeth. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 13 September 2017 23:59:54

Definitely a spreader! I have it in my Oak woodland border and it has lots of space to spread - it is currently locked in deadly combat with an equally invasive Euphorbia Sequieriana Niciciana which Bruno gave me a few years ago - it not clear at this point who will win!

Photo of plant mentioned below

06 September 2017 21:08:17

Not a good one as I am unable to get the better one to load. Worth a try! The plants I saw were only about 12 inches tall; the garden is quite new so maybe they will grow much larger just don't know.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 06 September 2017 21:26:11

I think it might be Pachysandra terminalis, common name Japanese Spurge and it has white flowers. Hope this helps, Elizabeth.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 06 September 2017 22:05:31

Yes, Pachysandra.

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 06 September 2017 22:36:01

That is the lad  thanks lots both of you.  I must find where I can buy a few plants as it impressed me as a ground cover.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 06 September 2017 23:06:11

Elizabeth, I gave loads of that away and Paddy shredded the rest. You should be able to get that from someone. It can take off, so be aware. You can get a variegated form as well which is not as rampant.

Scrubber Scrubber 07 September 2017 18:36:47

Yes believe it or not I knew it as well as Paddy gave me loads but I put it in the wrong place and it died cursing me! I do have a few tiny plants from a previous sowing but they are struggling.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 14 September 2017 21:05:09

It is an acid lover - I have some but it is quite pale compared to that one due to the lime in my soil. I've looked it up online and it seems to be considered a pretty invasive non-native species in some places because once ti gets going it is pretty invasive. The rhyme about it describes its progress "Year one it sleeps, year two it creeps but year three it gallops" but with the unfavourable conditions in my garden we have barely got to "creep" in 4 or 5 years!

ID please

05 September 2017 18:33:35

Visited Japanese garden in Tramore today. Very impressed with progress since last visit two years ago. Saw interesting ground cover nobody around who knew name but got permission to take a couple of leaves. Sure  Gracedieu will know . Excuse brevity using iPad hate typing on it.

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 05 September 2017 18:36:13

Photos missing will post when home.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 05 September 2017 20:18:47

You should have called over to see us. A nice day for a visit to the seaside. 

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 06 September 2017 21:13:36

Oh Mary I was so aware you were quite close but my friend is not into gardening so we chose trips that interested us both. Would have loved to visit you.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 06 September 2017 22:58:40

You would be welcome anytime you are in Waterford. Hoping to get to Fota Plant Fair on 17th.

Scrubber Scrubber 07 September 2017 18:39:29

Well D-mn n' Bl-st! I spent a half an hour ritin; a hilarious description of that plant totally fictishus and now I see it didnt upload. Mos' anniyin!

A few end of August photos.

28 August 2017 23:58:22

Well things are gradually starting to slow down. Though only now are the Dahlias starting to flower and no sign of the Cannas yet. Nicotiana is looking very good and ever so big! Several Gingers are in bloom they are a glorious shade of orange .

The gorgeous Maisie insisted that a photo of her should be shown.

TerriShoos TerriShoos 29 August 2017 07:11:50

Lovely, Elizabeth. 

Jackie Jackie 29 August 2017 07:47:08

You can see a real change in the light now :(. I don't mind when it's actually in and it's dark etc but it's the waiting that I hate!! great shots and isn't Maisie cute too. 

Pis that a ginger in the second photo? It's a beauty and I definitely must put it in my list!  

Jacinta D Jacinta D 29 August 2017 09:58:18

Aw, Maisie is looking so gorgeous. Super photos, Elizabeth.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 29 August 2017 17:33:42

Lovely photos, Elizabeth. The combination of the Ginger and that beautiful dahlia is gorgeous. Surprising that plants are so late in your mild garden. Maisie is enjoying the late summer sunshine. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 29 August 2017 22:09:37

Maisie looks like she is talking to us !!!!

JoanG JoanG 29 August 2017 23:54:24

Lovely photos Elizabeth.  That's a gorgeous ginger and Maisie is looking her proud best. It was chilly here today, definitely a touch of autumn in the air. 

Scrubber Scrubber 30 August 2017 21:29:24

Beautiful photos of beautiful plants. Tom Jones asked -rather pointedly 'But can Maisie sit on the top of a pole'?I assured her Maisie was a most accomplished pole poser but was just taking a rest.'Yes but can she do crosswords?' Ill explain later!!!!


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