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Another book...

05 December 2017 11:37:35

Easy to know it's winter when I start buying stuff online but another book I have wanted for awhile now. It's Christopher Loyd's Exotic Planting. Again I have just glanced through it but looks like an excellent book and fantastic planting ideas that I will try and use. It was again a 2nd hand book from ebay for €8 inc postage and is in immaculate condition. Below is some images of planting in the book and think they are just fantastic

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Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 05 December 2017 15:32:40

Christopher Lloyde was a very good writer. You would enjoy his other books as well.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 05 December 2017 16:51:09

I love Christopher Lloyd. Those plant combos would really suit your garden. :)  That's great that you're getting the books secondhand. It makes buying books a lot more attractive as they are so expensive normally. Just be careful, Peter. Santa is coming soon. LOL.

Jackie Jackie 05 December 2017 17:33:31

Happy reading!! Yeah definitely worth your while buying online. 

DeclanTipp DeclanTipp 05 December 2017 18:55:24

That’s great value Peter . 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 05 December 2017 19:09:53

What I want to know is when do you get time to read all these great books ?????

The New Exotic Garden...

03 December 2017 08:38:57

This arrived in the post for me the other day. A book I haven't wanted for awhile now written by the late Will Giles an inspiration in tropical/exotic looking gardens in our climate. It was hard to find this book new online and if I did it was crazy prices so I was assured on the Hardy Tropical site on facebook that most 2nd hand ones people got were like new. So I checked Ebay and found one for €7 inc post so bought that and when it came it was immaculate. Have only glance at it at the moment but looks good and has me itching for next spring already to get going.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 03 December 2017 11:08:41

Looks very interesting, Peter. Great that it was in such good condition after purchasing it. 

Joann Joann 03 December 2017 23:12:21

some good reading there in preparation for next years garden Peter, great price too

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 05 December 2017 07:35:14

Have often seen Will Giles's garden on television. I think it is still being gardened since his death. Paddy has that book, but must admitte that I have never read it, might take a look over the Christmas. Enjoy your read.

PeterW PeterW 05 December 2017 11:38:31

haha 'HAVE' wanted it :D

Jackie Jackie 05 December 2017 17:14:12

Great stuff. You can get some great bargains online. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 05 December 2017 19:02:14

Exotics are good fun Peter - especially HARDY exotics :-)

My Bulb Addiction..

25 November 2017 10:02:52

Here is a photo of most of the bulbs I bought this Autumn for the garden, most are planted out now with just a small few left to get in the ground. I am thinking over the weekend to go and try get more bargain tulips as they are a great filler in the garden until I plant out the dahlias. Ypu can prob see the labels in the photo too, they were to get a bit of string on them and tie to each of the dahlias that I dug up.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 25 November 2017 13:21:26

Your colour scheme seems to be a very rich spicy palette.

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 25 November 2017 18:26:36

I agree with Mary great cheery colours , look forward to seeing them all in bloom.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 26 November 2017 18:57:14

I hope that those labels did get tied on! Otherwise you may get some surprises when you plant out the dahlias next year LOL

The tulip selection is pretty impressive!  Last year I planted a load of tulips more or less at random in the border I can see from the house - it was the most cheering sight ever when they flowered. I totally agree they are a great bit of colour when other things haven't started flowering.

JoanG JoanG 26 November 2017 20:48:47

Good to see another tulip addict.  Lovely selection Peter. 

Jackie Jackie 27 November 2017 07:45:54

Fab selection Peter and great colours. Last year I had a great display , all in pots. So I did the same this year. Hooefully they too will be as good 

DeclanTipp DeclanTipp 27 November 2017 21:00:09

My two barrels of Dahlia tubers will be nameless going into the ground next Spring. Plant and hope I suppose . No names as usual with me ! 

Joann Joann 29 November 2017 22:59:25

Wow Peter, gorgeous selection

TerriShoos TerriShoos 30 November 2017 09:54:11

You mad addict. Still there are worse addictions! They'll be gorgeous when they all bloom. 

Birthday Presents..

19 October 2017 14:54:50

Delighted that these 3 beauties I got for my birthday arrived into work yesterday. 3 x Musa Sikkimensis Red Tiger. I will keep in the greenhouse this winter and plant out next spring as they are not as hardy as Basjoo but i've been told by the supplier they have taken -3.8 for them so thats good enough for me. They are very similar plants to Musa Basjoo except you get lovely red stripes of variationon the leaves.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 19 October 2017 17:29:46

Happy Belated Birthday Wishes, Peter. Lovely gift.

Dick Dick 19 October 2017 21:43:28

The best of luck with them Peter. 

MargieD MargieD 20 October 2017 17:42:45

Belated Birthday Wishes 

Lovely to get a gift to grow!


TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 20 October 2017 20:32:26

Happy Birthday!

Scrubber Scrubber 20 October 2017 21:33:38

And who was the kind gifter April and Andrew? Arent you the lucky beggar! But you deserve it.happy belated 21st!

Scrubber Scrubber 20 October 2017 21:33:39

And who was the kind gifter April and Andrew? Arent you the lucky beggar! But you deserve it.happy belated 21st!

Best Plants of 2017

17 October 2017 22:42:45

After just reading one of Jacintas journals I decided I would do this one I saw people doing a few weeks back to try get back doing journals. It's very sad to see the site dying like this but not much we can do about it only hope they do make the changes they "promised".

1st has to be Alstromeria Indian Summer. Not only is it flowering since April to now but has great foliage and very exotic flower which bulks up very quick and so easily divided to spread around or pot up for friends, a top top plant in my eyes.

2nd is Dahlias in general not jsut the one but all of them. They can flowe from late May right up until first frost and you get very dark to light green foliage. Small, medium and large plants and the diversity in flower types, sizes and colours makes them another must have/top summer plant.

Last is A simple one I have grown from seed for the last two years now is Coleous. Easy from seed and for €2 you can have up to 40 plants to fill in gaps all over my small garden here with fantastic foliage and coloured leaves to bright up even the dullest of corners.

Dick Dick 17 October 2017 23:02:58

Plants looking good Peter.I have grown Coleous from seed in the past and will think about it again.I am not familiar with Astromeria and will have a look out for it. I have read your reply about Musa. I would hate to see it die. I don't know your views on sport but the Camogie side and the O'Donovans have put Cork on the map.

JoanG JoanG 17 October 2017 23:05:17

Three good choices Peter.  I was never taken by alstroemerias but might just change my mind after seeing yours ... and I love your planting of coleus.  There's a gardening talk I'm hoping to get to next week on "Foliage is better than flowers", a controversial title but you have a fine example there! 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 17 October 2017 23:12:26

That's a fine clump of A. 'Indian Summer', Peter. I am very envious of the Cork climate. As for Coleus? I grew a  few from seed this year. But it was a bit late sowing them and they didn't amount to much. Then, the fact that we didn't have a particularly sunny summer didn't help. But hopefully next year. I was in the Botanic Gardens at the weekend, and it never fails to amaze me with how well their Coleus grow in their glasshouses. Maybe I'll keep them in the glasshouse in future.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 18 October 2017 00:23:26

Your Coleous reminded me of my early gardening adventures - I bought some coleous and really thought they were beautiful but didn't realise they weren't hardy so was quite devastated when they vanished without trace on me!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 18 October 2017 08:13:29

For summer colour, Dahlias all the way. Alstromeria 'Indian Summer' still going strong after all the winds, a fantastic plant. Great foliage on the Coleous, was a favourite of my Nan.

Jackie Jackie 18 October 2017 08:44:49

Oh wow Peter they all look terrific. I agree about the Dahlia. Great addition to the garden and so many colours too. Your Coleous is also very striking. And The Alstroemeri is stunning. 

LindaB LindaB 18 October 2017 14:08:54

All gorgeous!



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