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07 August 2017 21:28:09

Grew these from seed again this year although a bit late but see worth it as I have about 40 plants to plant out now and could have had triple that but had no need. A great gap filler and super foliage colour. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 07 August 2017 21:35:56

Wow, they look super, Peter. I have only 2 solitary seedlings and they're still very small. Hopefully I'll do better next year.

JoanG JoanG 07 August 2017 22:14:17

Peter, I was only thinking of yours today as I admired the ones in the Botanic Gardens. You've had great success with them. 

Scrubber Scrubber 07 August 2017 22:17:18

Oh well done Peter! Are these ready for now and do they last until the frosts? I like them and will certainly try this out next year. Are they for sunny or shady places. I have a shady spot where they would be brilliant if suited.

PeterW PeterW 07 August 2017 23:48:48

Peter actually perfect for shade and yes ready for planting now and quite easy from seed. You get get a great variety if colours 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 08 August 2017 07:12:11

Lovely healthy plants, Peter. 

fraoch fraoch 08 August 2017 10:33:32

They're looking great,Peter! I keep meaning to grow them but always seem to forget!

Dick Dick 09 August 2017 12:33:56

Lovely plants Peter. I grew some a few years ago, from seeds. What is the best time to sow the seed?

Jackie Jackie 10 August 2017 07:22:49

Oooh they look super plants. Never tried to grow them but looking at these I'll definitely try them for next year. Gorgeous colours. 

sallysarah sallysarah 14 August 2017 08:00:41

When helping out at the Westport garden festival, someone bought in coleus plants plus rooted cuttings wrapped in plastic.  The whole lot went in 5 minutes.  I took two tops of a large plant and rooted them in a jar of water.   Yours look great and I too will be sowing the seeds next spring.

Some flowers

27 June 2017 12:04:25

Some more flowers over the past week or so coming into flower here after the recent spell of good weather.

1st is Dahlia 'Pooh' which is a collarette type dahlia and it is def one of my top dahlias here for look, colour and bulks up very well to be divided each winter into more plants.

2nd is a Roscoea Beesiana I bought from Lukon Bulbs a few months back and is the first Roscoea for me here in the garden and have to say I love it. A very exotic looking plant even ginger like and no doubt with having one type here already more should follow.

3rd is of my red Abutilon which I have no name but I do just love it. I see some people in the UK get way with these outdoors in a sunny sheltered spot so I might take some cuttings and try the same.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 27 June 2017 12:07:12

Love all three, Peter.

LindaB LindaB 27 June 2017 12:23:51

Very nice


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 27 June 2017 14:44:59

Dahlia 'Pooh' that you gave to me in the spring is covered with flowers, love it. If you are interested in roscoea, have a look at Plants with Altitude. Mary O'Connell told me about them a few years ago and they were very good to post plants when dormant, so cut the cost down.

fran m fran m 27 June 2017 15:26:32

One better than the other Peter.

DeclanfromTipp DeclanfromTipp 27 June 2017 19:16:23

Nice ones Peter .... 

Jackie Jackie 28 June 2017 00:01:06

All three are looking gorgeous. I bought D pooh at Bloom, so looking forward to those gorgeous flowers. The Abutilon is gorgeous. Similar to one I have here,  A. Redisch. The other one i have is A. Red Trumpet. I keep mine outside now during the Summer but have had them in the greenhouse over Winter. Is this inside? 

Summer is here...

19 June 2017 11:53:16

At long last since last week we have been getting amazing weather especially over the weekend. It was so welcome considering the dull dreary start to the month. Yesterday we had a BBQ outside for the 1st time this year and you could nearly see the gardening growing in front of your eyes.

2nd photo is of a new lily here I pruchases from Lukon Bulbs earlier in the year and I just love the colour and shape of it. As someone said on Facebook a very Zingy colour.

3rd is an ever reliable Day Lily Fran's Hal, just a beautiful flower.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 19 June 2017 12:38:38

Scorching day here too. I've just come in for a bit of shade.

Your garden is looking gorgeous, Peter.

JoanG JoanG 19 June 2017 21:34:39

Love your new Orange Electric lily, Peter, and your garden is looking fabulous. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 19 June 2017 22:33:41

Peter, your garden gets better every year, it is a credit to you. The Lily and the daylily are gorgeous colours.

fran m fran m 20 June 2017 08:59:46

Fran's Hall here is a couple of weeks behind yours. A super one for sure Peter.

Exotic Oranges

06 June 2017 21:34:00

Some photos of plants flowering here for the last while.

The 1st is one of my all time favourite flowers Lewesia 'Sunset Strain', I think this oozes exotic and love the orange and shape of the flower. Have it a few years now and i've multiplied it to a few plants now which are all now in my Belfast sink.

2nd flower is new here but no proper name only that it's a Martagon Lilly which I have a few new ones this year and I do love them and this is the first one in flower.

Lastly is my Isoplexis Canariensis (Canary Island Foxglove). Bought last year as a small plug plant on Ebay and produced a couple of flowers then. I left out all winter and only cut off old flowers and left it to it's own devices and it's rewarding me with loads of flowers this year and the most gorgeous colour orange which really stands out amongst the green.


I used old laptop to put these up as I didn't want them going sideways

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 06 June 2017 22:15:58

Fantastic colour of all three plants. My Isoplexis has also come through the mild winter and is flowering.

JoanG JoanG 06 June 2017 22:28:44

Orange flowers are great for a colour pop in the garden and you really make good use of them Peter.  Three lovelies there, especially like your Lewisia. 

Dick Dick 06 June 2017 22:37:46

Beautiful flowers Peter.

DeclanfromTipp DeclanfromTipp 06 June 2017 22:51:01

I need some Oranges in my beds !!  

Fleurette Fleurette 06 June 2017 23:11:52

Peter, could it be L. Red Martagon.   I am looking at an illustration of this one. The petals sit in the same way as yours.  Martagon Orange Marmalade seems too bright orange.  ..... or perhaps not?  

The isoplexis is amazing.  Must add to my wish list.  

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 07 June 2017 01:18:36

They sure are exotic Peter!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 07 June 2017 06:53:03

You're a great man with the Lewisias. I know they take good drainage and hate winter wet. So maybe I should move to Cork!!!!   :)

Love the Isoplexis too.

Jackie Jackie 07 June 2017 07:24:31

Wow Peter they all look so exotic. I love your Isoplexis, just stunning and such a rich colour too. I've some Martagon lilies bursting to open, arent they just fabulous!! I remember this beautiful Lewisia......it really is gorgeous! 

fran m fran m 07 June 2017 07:49:20

Just perfect for your garden Peter. Like the Isoplexis, alot ;)

A very wet Monday

06 June 2017 15:09:12

Yesterday I had planned to do loads of gardening but the weather was just rotten wet for the whole day and did not give up at all. A quick photo of the garden in the wet but as you can see stuff is just taking off and some of my plants are finally maturing to a very big size. Just need a bit more colour now 

TerriShoos TerriShoos 06 June 2017 16:12:36

Looks very different from, and much better than, the original designer garden! But where is the photo of the legendary drawers, pray tell?

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 06 June 2017 18:35:11

The garden looks fantastic, you have a huge amount of growth in your borders. It was a dreadful day yesterday.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 06 June 2017 19:29:05

Yesterday all I did was go out and open the greenhouse, take a couple of photos during a brief (very brief) break between the rain, and close the greenhouse in the evening. It was torrential rain for most of the day.

Today is so windy, but sunny and warm, and occasional showers.

Love that photo, Peter. It's like a tropical jungle. And it has definitely imroved since the make-over.


JoanG JoanG 06 June 2017 21:49:44

Your garden is looking fantastic Peter, lots of lush growth and the plants all looking so healthy.  It will zing with colour in no time, though I also really like the quiet harmony of June in the garden. 

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 06 June 2017 22:49:46

Looking  great Peter and just wait until the Dahlias arrive. I will have to take on the dreaded Kinsale roundabout and get out to see it.

Yes a horrid couple of days and the wind  today was fierce down here.

fran m fran m 07 June 2017 07:42:44

Garden is looking fantastic Peter, there was no need for that hose on Monday LOL

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 10 June 2017 09:57:09

A wise person said " Green is a colour too".


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