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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.



18 July 2017 01:40:20

No need to be afwaid. I refer to plants that have finished flowering but to me still have a very interesting structure. The flower stalk of Ferula communis now bearing loads of seeds is still standing. Also the huge spike of Phormium Guardsman and the stems of two big clumps of Watsonia are rising to the sky.  I think these still have a special beauty and could not regard them as dead.  Hope some of my visitors share my point of view!! 

Jackie Jackie 18 July 2017 08:22:08

I think once you are a gardener you always see the beauty in the plants before and after. I think sometimes that they look even nicer when gone over too, especially when the frost appears on them or the raindrops. I hope the weather holds out for your open day this weekend. I'm sure everyone will just love your garden. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 18 July 2017 09:55:07

Elizabeth, did you see Helen Dillion on Gardener's World last Wednesday with a flower spike on a plant very like Ferula, it was a tender plant, would only survive to -2 and she was over the moon about it. The amount of work you have put into your garden will show on Saturday next, so don't be the least bit worried.

Mary B Mary B 18 July 2017 11:20:08

A point well made :)

Michele Maria Michele Maria 19 July 2017 10:10:24

Best of luck with your open day. The garden looks wonderful in the photos and I'm sure it will be even better in reality.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 19 July 2017 12:43:57

Elizabeth, Helen Dillion's plant was a Furcrea parmentieri.

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 19 July 2017 13:01:04

Mary there is a good story about that plant. About 18 years ago when I first met Bruno in Dublin he gave me that plant. (not the same one!) Having a small garden and reading about how it grew I gave it to Mary and Bob Walsh in Kilcrohane. There it reached it's full potential and was an incredible sight. Mary in turn gave me child of the plant which is now growing in my garden so a full circle...well guess I would need to give it to Bruno to complete it but methinks he has one!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 20 July 2017 08:43:44

Great the way plants get around and so nice to remember where they came from. We met Mary last Spring after not seeing her for many years. 

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 20 July 2017 09:37:21

Mary moved back to Cork and has made a lovely small garden at her new house. She will be here on Saturday; such a lovely lady.


16 July 2017 22:27:43

Hallo anybody here??   Come out come out wherever you are!  It is lonely.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 16 July 2017 23:05:31

I had a problem logging in. I don't think the system is fully back! Going to see if I can post a journal now!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 16 July 2017 23:47:00

Journal loaded OK but can't add photos at present

fran m fran m 17 July 2017 07:57:43

Hi Elizabeth ;)

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 17 July 2017 12:15:50

Hope we are back in business again. 

Elizabeth, your garden must be looking gorgeous in this weather and all the best for next Saturday.

Jackie Jackie 17 July 2017 15:49:44

Yes yes I'm here now. Phew couldn't load it earlier. Thankfully it's getting there. Best wishes for Sat from me too Elizabeth. 

Dick Dick 17 July 2017 17:42:04

Hello all I am back again. I was unable to get garden.ie but others were available.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 17 July 2017 21:49:58

I'm here too. I'm going to try and post a photo journal.

Mary B Mary B 18 July 2017 11:01:18

Hello friends, it's great to have you back :)


12 July 2017 17:45:56

Away back in the dim past when I was a little girl.....Holding myl Mum by the hand we would head to Woolworths. The task was for me to buy my seeds.  So with 4d in my grubby fist I headed towards the seed counter. There the purchases were one packet of Marigolds and one of Nasturtiums. Guess I was around 7 or 8 yo.

Then home to sow them direct into my own patch. They always came up and spread around a bit.

Fast forward.  For the past about 6 years  I have sowed the same plants in March and am lucky to see a Nasturtium in August. I have sowed them indoors until the plantlets were a good size. Still no sign of flowers until very late Summer.I made a special effort this year as I wanted to hide some of the worst areas with jolly blooms!

Never did I think I would resort to sowing these seeds indoors in olden days you could toss them on the soil and off they went.

I see them blooming in gardens around the place so where am I going wrong?

I mean not to be able to grow a Nasturtium is pathetic!!!!  If the Gardening club should hear of this deficiency no doubt I would be drummed out so keep it to yourselves please. 

fraoch fraoch 12 July 2017 20:39:07

Maybe you're trying too hard? Mine seed themselves and romp away like mad. Don't worry, your garden will be gorgeous.

sallysarah sallysarah 12 July 2017 20:43:37

Well it's reassuring  to hear that you have the same affliction as me, ElizabetH,   I've transplanted ones, I've planted pots of them donated by friends, I've Sown seeds - they go into slow motion, or just sulk.   It could be that our soil is tooooooo rich.  I had visions of them tumbling down our front stone wall..........dream on!!!!!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 12 July 2017 21:31:06

Maybe the Spring was too dry and the seeds were eaten by birds.

My favourite purchase from Woolsworth was farm animals, no seeds. 

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 12 July 2017 22:02:51

Mary I used to collect farm animals too, loved them.

Moya Moya 13 July 2017 00:50:49

Auntie E, I'm glad to hear that even an experienced and esteemed gardener such as yourself has the odd failure.

This year I could not get my courgettes to germinate no matter what I did. I bought packet after packet and sowed them in different circumstances, this is after almost 20 years of successful germination. I finally got one plant!!!

Re the nasturtiums, my guess is that perhaps the soil is too rich  - this would lead to good germination, lots of leaves and few flowers so may not be the explanation.


sallysarah sallysarah 13 July 2017 08:35:26

Moyà, I can't even get the nasturtiums seeds to germinate.  I found two seedlings in a pot, months ago Put them in a border and they have grown slightly but really are sitting just sulking.  I have decided to give them a good talking to, today, telling that I have put them up on gd.ie for all the world to see.  That's Similar to threatening a plant with the compost bin, when they are not performing - that normally works..............

Jackie Jackie 13 July 2017 20:18:52

Wow of all plants these would be the easiest! Mine have even self seeded from last year. But they have been slower flowering and I have put that down to dry conditions and me forgetting to actually water the plants!!

I agree maybe too rich and could they maybe be a bit too dry too? 

fraoch fraoch 13 July 2017 22:28:46

Probably poor soil is the answer right enough, as mine are thriving in a neglected corner.

Dahlia urgent help needed please

06 July 2017 14:36:17

Most of my Dahlias are very sick. Crinkly leaves signs of eating . New shoots with buds emerging are the worst with small deformed flowers , just a few. Can't find diagnosis that fits in Google . Need cure at speed or there will be many flowerless areas in the garden for my Day!! Have sprayed them with organic spray and am now going to empty soapy water over them!! No sign of green fly though. Will also blast them with the hose tonight...so any other ideas ? Thanks

fraoch fraoch 06 July 2017 22:00:35

Could it be slugs, Elizabeth?

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 06 July 2017 22:21:17

Paddy thinks it might be thrips. Google it and see if it solves your problem. Don't stress to much about it, garden will be fantastic on your Open Day. 

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 06 July 2017 23:15:55

Yes indeed I think Paddy is right. Did lots more Googling and the damage and modus seem to fit so thank you. Just come in from spraying them with water by the light of the moon.....how mad is that. Sanguisorba Red Thunder also has it so that got a blast too. I never cease to be amazed at what I learn every day ...Thrips had not been high on my agenda!!

060720171 060720171 06 July 2017 23:17:16

hi liz are your dahlias in the ground or in pots

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 06 July 2017 23:34:55

Hi they are in the ground.

sallysarah sallysarah 07 July 2017 10:52:02

Oh, Elizabeth, what a nuisance.   I have a couple of dahllias with your problems.  Mine are in pots.

Less than a month

27 June 2017 20:18:53

Getting scary now.

Open Garden day for Marymount Hospice on July 22nd from 2- 6pm at Ash Cottage, Rossleague , Cobh, Co. Cork.

It would be so great if some of you could come , moral support needed!

I will post a reminder nearer the date ...if I am still in the country~!!!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 27 June 2017 20:58:07

The very best of luck, Elizabeth.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 27 June 2017 21:22:58

Paddy and myself will be there , Elizabeth.  

Jackie Jackie 28 June 2017 00:09:21

Im sure it'll be a huge success. I'd love to go but not sure of that journey unfortunately.  Make sure you enjoy it too ;)

Scrubber Scrubber 28 June 2017 01:17:46

Dear Elizabeth I wont be able to make it as we will be attending a remembrance mass. But never fear we shall be down either before or after to celebrate your wonderful achievement.Now every time you feel a bit nervous say Its going to be THE GREATEST SUCCESS. Shout that out loud to Meg and Maisie at least three times a day. And you know what? It will! So sorry I cant be thereon the actual day because Id have loved to ponce around saying all sorts of outrageous things mostly on the lines of 'Isnt she terribly terribly au fait with all the very latest trends' or 'How on earth does she do it without servants these days?'. Although we will be away from the scene you will be very much in our thoughts on the big SUCCESSFUL day! And the Tobins will protect you from any oafs who wander in!

Myrtle Myrtle 28 June 2017 23:10:06

Scrubber  is right it will be a success, even without his poncing:) 

TerriShoos TerriShoos 29 June 2017 12:10:38

The Clare oafs are awaiting confirmation on the visit of grandchildren, but all being well we will be fighting off those Tobins and doing a bit of poncing ourselves!

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 29 June 2017 12:44:54

Mary delighted you and Paddy are coming , and Terri how wonderful if you can make it. Scrubber I will miss the poncing but quite understand and hope to see you and Anna another day.







TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 29 June 2017 18:28:24

Hoping to make it! My garden is open on 9th July in aid of Laois Hospice so I'll be putting up a "shout" for it too!!!!!


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