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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.



26 May 2017 20:58:29

Help there is a thick thick fog closing in around my house I may need rescuing soon. The weather here has been overcast for the past few days  not cold but certainly not warm. Yesterday a bit of blue sky appeared around 6pm.  Good weather for gardening so no complaints. But I would love to hear from iers around the country what your weather has been like . Always amazes me how in such a small Country we can have such a great variation in climate.

Since I started writing this the fog has got even thicker!!

Scrubber Scrubber 26 May 2017 22:21:43

I am looking for a large white horse so I can gallop down and rescue you! The weather here has been wonderful for the last few days so I hope ye get some goodness soon, And the ground is quite soft after previous rains. Now where's that bloody horse?

Jacinta D Jacinta D 26 May 2017 22:22:35

Scorching sun in Dublin nearly all week. Foggy mornings but it lifts and frazzles the garden afterwards. Not complaining though.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 26 May 2017 23:00:37

Foggy and misty in the mornings, but beautiful by lunchtime. Wall to wall sunshine today. My son was telling me that there was a little rain in Cork today. 

sallysarah sallysarah 27 May 2017 08:33:18

Here in Westport, we had wonderful long days of sunshine since last Tuesday.  Then yesterday evening around 6pm the rains came and it was continual until half an hour ago.  I must say it was rather too HOT - too hot to garden between 12 and 3pm but there's always the shade.......................

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 27 May 2017 11:42:29

Saturday morning in Laois is definitely WET WET WET! And I watered the garden yesterday because it was 23 degrees here LOL

Clematis et al

20 May 2017 16:58:41

I have a lot of Clematis in the garden but they always surprise me. I buy and plant them and leave them do their thing. Very little attention to group 1 ,2 `and 3 pruning , hanging my head in shame. Noticed this one today Miss Bateman and was amazed at the size of the flower it is ginormous. The lime green stripe is best seen in the smaller one still opening.

Took a photo of my friend Sarah next to the Ferula...Sarah is about 5ft 5''.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 20 May 2017 21:26:16

Clematis 'Miss Bateman' is a real beauty. The Ferula is fantastic.

JoanG JoanG 20 May 2017 21:35:52

Wow, the Ferula looks a real statement plant!

Scrubber Scrubber 20 May 2017 22:03:43

Well Scrubber shall be expectin' all sorts of good advice on Clematis from now on as he has become a devotee-Its a question of Obuliskses! I dont know how some I had survived up to this. By the way you may slowly desist from your rain dance for a while as it was shhensationally shuccesshful according to Micilin Dee who was nearly washed out of hish reshidench!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 20 May 2017 23:22:09

I've just realised Mis Bateman hasn't made her appearance in my garden yet? Must go in search .......

Moya Moya 21 May 2017 00:56:18

Miss Bateman is huge and lovely with it.

Wow, the Ferula is amazing - I love big bold plants like this.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 22 May 2017 07:59:45

Love that Ferula.

Jackie Jackie 22 May 2017 08:24:18

Oh wow Elizabeth, that Ferula is fantastic. I've never seen it before. Such a statement plant. Love it! 

Keego Keego 22 May 2017 13:46:06

Fantastic Ferula i saw one in Hunting Brook but your's is bigger! fantastic Elizabeth Does it seed or is it perennial ?

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 22 May 2017 13:56:30

Sadly the Ferula is monocarpic so will die after flowering. There will be loads of seeds though so hopefully I will have it back in about 3 years.

Taking a risk.

17 May 2017 17:08:34

Well that is what I have been doing over the past few days. Not jumping out of planes, though I would love to do that, or walking a tight rope over the river Lee.  No it was giving a lot of plants the Chelsea chop.

You see my hot borders are rather lovely  in late Summer from end of july onwards. I just happened to hit on good colour combinations. But they are held together by lots of red Monarda repeated down both sides. There is no way that this and other plants like Knautia, lyschmachia and probably Hemerocallis and Alstromeria  will last until my open day toward end of July.  All plants seem to be about a month earlier than usual. So lots of them got about half the stems of each clump cut back. I intend removing flowers from such as Geranium Ann Folkard  and some Dianthus , could end up looking rather dismal!! But hope David Howard and other Dahlias will be ok  . My Cannas will not be in flower probably until August. Geums are in full bloom but by dead heading every day do you think they will last another two months?

The Ferula communis that I showed photos of already continued to head skywards but the flowers are opening so guess that is when growth ceases. It is lovely against the blue sky though we had cruel heavy showers as well today.

While I am here I wonder have you any ideas of how to green up grass? There are patches looking a bit straw coloured probably due to the drought.





Scrubber Scrubber 17 May 2017 19:42:39

Allwill be well Elizabeth and that chelsea chop should work its magic. The main thing-Do not ley your heart be troubled-all will be well and we will all gasp in admiration at July's end and chorus 'isnt she wonderful!!!' Have no fear we'll all be there and if anyone twiches as much as a critical eyelid---we'll push them into the nettles beyond the fence!

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 17 May 2017 19:58:20

Ah thanks dear Scrubber for those cheering words.  Critical eyelid folk need not be pushed beyond the fence plenty of stingy lads inside!!!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 17 May 2017 20:02:17

I can't see Geum lasting for that long. But who knows, maybe combine a regular feed with the dead-heading? You're very brave hosting an Open Day. Here's a thought. Closer to the time of the Open Day you can assess the situation. And if you see gaps appearing, just buy potted plants and bury them in the soil as fillers in any gaps, which I doubt there will be. Might be worth thinking about?

fraoch fraoch 17 May 2017 21:05:48

I agree you're so brave. I imagine the grass will green up once it gets rain. Hope to be there to see your gorgeous garden again.

JoanG JoanG 17 May 2017 21:30:02

Scrubber is right (such a wise man!) and all will be well in your lovely garden Elizabeth. Chelsea chop on half the stems sounds like a good plan.  The thunder showers forecast should green up the grass in no time, if we do get them.  The Ferula communis is stunning!

Mary B Mary B 17 May 2017 21:50:29

It sounds like a good decision to me Elizabeth. Photos are amazing, that sky!!

Fleurette Fleurette 17 May 2017 23:25:36

Worry not, Elizabeth.  All will be well.  Sure, aren't your knees worn out?  All that praying.  Just a bit of judicious twitching here and there and a pot moved in.  You could even get them to order from tne .ier friends!  Now, there's a thought!  

PeterW PeterW 18 May 2017 22:33:30

You'll be ok Elizabetha and the garden wil be terrific i'm sure. I use Epsom salts on my palms to helpthem green up, I wonder would it work on grass you could always try a small bit on one patch

Fleurette Fleurette 18 May 2017 23:28:54

Elizabeth, May I please butt in with a question to Peter? Epson salts.  Where do you buy them?  g. Nursery?  Now the real question is this: Epsom salts have been on my mind recently.  In my cupboard I came across a little tub of "calcium tabs" for stong bones.  Had been given to me in error by a minion in the pharmacy.  Not strong enough.  Now out of date.

Can I dissolve these and water them on to plants that require the epsom salts?  Yellowing ones.  Calcium, cholecalciferol which is Vit D3. 

I'm not good on the chemistry side of things.  

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 19 May 2017 00:24:08

Well done on the Chelse Chop Elizabeth! So looking forward to getting there for it!

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 19 May 2017 00:44:51

hi Margot while you await Peter here is my pennworth!  Epsom salts are Magnesium sulfate so those tablets of yours being Calcium will not have the same effect. I have Epsom for the roses but did not think of it for grass until Peter mentioned it. Great stuff for the garden do a Google and you will see all the applications..

I bought a tub in the Chemist also saw it in the Pet shop recently......no idea why unless you want to turn your pooch green!!

Fleurette Fleurette 19 May 2017 10:17:12

Oh, silly me!  Would need to engage my brain.  Shure, the salts are for magnesium deficiency and the other are calcium for bones, so in fact would be bad for ericaceous plants ??? 

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 19 May 2017 11:59:07

It can all be very confusing!!  No I would keep Calcium away from the acid lovers. I am off now to mix up some Epsom salts and try it on a small area of grass.

Jackie Jackie 20 May 2017 07:51:44

Well thanks for the chemistry lesson ladies lol. Going to google Epsom salts !!!

Elizabeth I'm sure your garden is fantastic and that Chelsea Chop will work wonders. I'm not sure my nerves would hold up to an Open Day. Having one or two visitors might just send me over the edge but an Open Day!!!!!!!  


10 May 2017 18:49:38

I want you all to know that due to the dreadful drought conditions which are having a really bad effect on my garden, tonight I will be performing my celebrated Rain Dance. Very sorry if some will not like this but has to be done. So get the brollies out  and line up the welly boots.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 10 May 2017 19:40:58

I don't mind so long as it only includes a radius of about 10 miles. :)   Dance away, Elizabeth. :)

Scrubber Scrubber 10 May 2017 21:05:58

We have all decided to join you Elizabeth. Some Scrub denizens said that last time we did it in our pelts and that was very efficacious! Micileen has suggested however that the eshenshials be covered with fig leaves or some such. Unfortunately that late frost did for the emerging fig leaves but there are some Fatsias that will provide cover. We dont wear wellies either! We were thinking of starting about midnight if that suits as 'Shyncronizashun is eshenshial' again according to Micileen!Anna suggests nettles would add a spring to our steps!

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 10 May 2017 21:22:37

Midnight sounds good Scrubber. Decided chill this evening so some coverage necessary . I may have time to whip up a Tetrapanax cloak.  Loads of nettles here but think I may give that a miss!  Meg and Maisie are joining me and Oakbird may join in. So hopefully we achieve the desired results. See you in Spirit  , and we will need a dram, at midnight.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 10 May 2017 23:39:23

Paddy was watching a soccer game tonight and it is pouring out of the heavens in Spain. 

Jackie Jackie 11 May 2017 08:02:37

So you havent started that dance yet?? Lol. Gorgeous sunny morning here again but rain forecast for later. We really need some rain here too. My soil is turning to concrete and the plants are drooping here and there. So bring it on.......well at night anyway please!! 

JoanG JoanG 12 May 2017 11:37:13

Well, it worked ... all the way to Dublin!  You must have cut a fine figure Elizabeth, hope you had success in Cork too. 

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 12 May 2017 17:18:43

Glad for you Joan but not a drop down here. Have blisters on my paws from trying to dig planting holes , weary from dragging around the hose and watering cans!!

Well.! Super Garden.

02 May 2017 21:08:56

I know it is only just over but have to comment. I know many of you may have recorded it so will not say too much.

But if I could afford it I would turn a portion of my garden over to Des , suffice it to say I was impressed!!  I am sure his time management will improve with time.

Looking forward to hearing what others thought.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 02 May 2017 21:14:18

Yes, I totally agree. I loved it. He put so much into the garden, and it's totally unique. Loved his boundary walls, and the.......oh, I won't say any more. Definitely worth watching this week though.

Moya Moya 02 May 2017 21:43:39

I saw the last couple of minutes and it looked good. This series seems to be better than the previous ones.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 02 May 2017 22:20:39

The series is a lot better than last year.

Dick Dick 02 May 2017 23:05:20

I hope you all enjoyed it. I have a meeting at that time so I miss it all.

Jackie Jackie 03 May 2017 07:37:25

Ive recorded it....so looking forward to it now! 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 03 May 2017 07:44:36

Dick, you should be able to see it on RTE player and also I think there is a link to it on their FB page.

PeterW PeterW 03 May 2017 08:48:23

I thought it was a very well done garden and he was so passionate about it unlike other designers. Loved what he did with the cable wheels. I also see they have a bigger budget now which is great as maybe better gardens will be done. It's only 2 gardens in but I think I would like to see him at bloom 

LindaB LindaB 03 May 2017 10:00:43

Loved his garden, best I have ever seen on Super Garden, really they need to increase the time scale now that they have increased the budget, it was a wow garden!

Mary B Mary B 03 May 2017 21:45:44

Better than last week and a strong contender I would say. 


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