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Some more colour...

24 February 2017 20:44:20

1st photo is of a hellebore I've had a few years now just coming into flower. It's a super looking flower and seems to really like the shade of the front garden. 

2nd photo is of the ever reliable and fantastic primula Dark Rosaleen. Clumps up nice and fast and I plan to spread it even more this year. My very top primula. Hope to get a bit done this weekend.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 24 February 2017 21:14:23

Beautiful, Peter.

I'm not too hopeful with getting much done at the weekend. Forecast is not great.

accsean accsean 24 February 2017 21:27:24

Beautiful indeed, Peter.

JoanG JoanG 24 February 2017 21:31:08

Both lovely, Peter, and I agree about 'Dark Rosaleen'.  Mary & Paddy kindly gave me  a little one when I visited them and I'm amazed at how well it has come on, a super primula. 

Moya Moya 24 February 2017 23:33:43

I thought Dark Rosaleen had dark coloured foliage or maybe that's just an assumption. That one looks fabulous.

Moya Moya 24 February 2017 23:33:45

I thought Dark Rosaleen had dark coloured foliage or maybe that's just an assumption. That one looks fabulous.

Jackie Jackie 24 February 2017 23:39:27

Fabulous Peter. Love the Hellebore too. 

Scrubber Scrubber 25 February 2017 00:52:04

Yes that hellebore is quite sumshus as Micilin Dee would say. Like the primrose sorry primula a strong bright cheery colour!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 25 February 2017 07:45:45

Beautiful hellebore and would agree that Primula 'Dark Rosaleen' is one of the best primulas.

Joan, delighted it is doing well for you and it is also good to divide so you will have plenty of plants.

Moya, yes the leaves are darker than the photo.

Peter (Scrubber) must give you some plants of it.

Narcissus Wisley

20 February 2017 20:43:54

Delighted to see these in full flower today when I came home. I have been watching them for the last week. They are a super daffodil and stand up really well to the elements and stay in flower for several weeks as far as I can recall. They are also a full month earlier than last year.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 20 February 2017 20:51:29

They're beautiful. They almost look like they're going to take flight with those swept-back paler petals.

JoanG JoanG 20 February 2017 21:06:18

Love it!  Great to see the daffs coming now, they seem to be earlier everywhere this year. 


19 February 2017 21:16:04

Got out in the garden for a small bit again today and I'm really starting to see some progress. I pruned my Wisteria a small bit to try and keep the tree shape as I have 2 wrapped together. Anyway I. Noticed I have loads of buds on the purple flowering one so can't wait and also what I think are two buds on the white flowering one. So it's gonna be very exciting over the next month or so. 

Got more weeding and tidying done today and also planted out my new tree fern with plenty donkey manure and multi purpose compost in around it. Really like it's new spot by the pond. Really getting going now and enjoying seeing all the new growth on things and all the daffs and primroses ready to flower.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 19 February 2017 21:57:37

I am sure the fern looks great. With the mild weather the buds should swell and it will look gorgeous in May when it flowers.

Moya Moya 19 February 2017 22:39:20

I can feel your joie de vivre Peter - Spring has sprung! The Wisteria will be gorgoeus.

PCON PCON 19 February 2017 22:46:55

Those buds are very early, Peter. Don't really expect them until April, or maybe end of March. And two Wisteria twined together might get a bit hard to control in a few years. Do you know how big they grow in ten years?

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 20 February 2017 08:26:52

Oh lovely, i must check on mine, i hope its like yours with buds. 

TerriShoos TerriShoos 20 February 2017 11:16:21

Sounds wonderful, Peter. 

Keego Keego 20 February 2017 13:27:54

We will all be waiting to see the wisteria - have you it planted in the ground ( sorry if this sounds like a stupid question ? Would love to grow it but not sure how you get it near the house when it is all surrounded with hard landscaping ?

Keego Keego 20 February 2017 13:29:18

We will all be waiting to see the wisteria - have you it planted in the ground ( sorry if this sounds like a stupid question ? Would love to grow it but not sure how you get it near the house when it is all surrounded with hard landscaping ?

accsean accsean 20 February 2017 19:17:29

Looking forward to seeing your Wisteria develop, Peter. 

PeterW PeterW 20 February 2017 20:45:58

Mary it's in a big pot at the moment and I water and feed well throughout the summer months. I know how big they get Pcon but hoping it won't be too bad if I keep on yop of the growth and the pot should restrict it a bit aswell

PCON PCON 20 February 2017 22:45:12

Best of luck with it Peter, but I think there's a limit to how long you can keep it in a pot, especially if you have two of them in the same pot. Probably OK for a couple of years. 

Moya Moya 23 February 2017 00:28:19

I've observed a big one in a very large pot in Glenveagh - trained as a tree.

Nice find

19 February 2017 18:38:03

Was in hanley's today and had a look through the summer bulbs with nothing really appealing to me until I spotted this stunning Honka Dahlia. Got 3 for €5.95 and it's called Verrones Obsidian, I love that it looks almost black with a hint of red. I think it's very tropical looking and will fit perfectly in here.

Dick Dick 19 February 2017 18:54:32

That should be interesting Peter, sees good value.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 19 February 2017 18:57:46

That's a beautiful Dahlia. The 'Honka' series are a nice change. I got some a few years ago and they did really well. But sadly I didn't look after them well enough.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 19 February 2017 20:53:31

Love the shape of the flowers and what an amazing colour.

Moya Moya 19 February 2017 21:46:43

I saw it in Kew Gardens cafe/shop before we went to Madeira and loved it. That's funny that you should have spotted it as well. I didn't buy it as I thought I wouldn't have had space in the suitcase!!

Keego Keego 20 February 2017 13:48:36

That looks great Peter and will fit in very well in your hot borders great find

Jackie Jackie 22 February 2017 07:39:50

Wow now that is different and stunning. The contrast in colours is so effective. I'm sure that will be fabulous in your garden. 

A bit of colour

18 February 2017 20:06:17

This evening after being inspired by Paddy & Mary's I went out into the garden to get a bit done and quite pleased with the work. I did more cutting back and weeding. Planted our clematis princess Diana and the dark hellebore I won two weeks ago and also a lilly African queen. Did some watering in the greenhouse as it hit 20 degrees in there today and gave the brugs a small feed. Hoping to get another small bit done tomorrow all going well and it's relatively dry. Some photos of the ever reliable tete a tete and new hellebore plant out, I can't capture the true colour of the hellebore but it is fantastic blue-ish black kinda colour :D

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 18 February 2017 20:18:18

Georgeous hellebore, love the colour. Thanks so much for the dahlia and it was lovely to see such a turn out from the Cork members.

Deckyoshea Deckyoshea 18 February 2017 20:51:32

Love the Hellebore 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 18 February 2017 21:25:18

That sure was a very full day for you, Peter. Love that Hellebore. Love your album too.

JoanG JoanG 18 February 2017 21:37:14

You had a great day Peter!  Love that dark hellebore and the tete-a-tetes are such a reliable daffs, great splash of colour. 

fran m fran m 19 February 2017 08:28:47

Super photos Peter, time really well spent.


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