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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.

Deckyoshea Deckyoshea 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".

Belfast Sink

05 June 2017 19:37:27

I've been thinking about getting one of these for awhile now and said it to April today and she found one on sale about 20 mins from here for €18 which is good value I think. We went down and the one she took the photo of had lots of chips and was painted which was not great but the lady said she had another at the back of her garden. Went over and looked at it and was much nicer and not painted or anything so I offered her €15 for it and she accepted. Delighted with my buy I had to roll it down the garden and around the side to the car and it weighed a lot more than I thought but got it in and home it went. 

Got home and put crocks over the hole and made a good free draining mix and also put in some plants. 3 Lewesias, orange, yellow and pink. Sempervivum and a Delosperma were added. I will add some bulbs for spring colour and 1 or 2 small hardy alpines.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 05 June 2017 19:48:47

It looks great, Peter. It was a great bargain.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 05 June 2017 22:05:43

It looks great, Peter. 

Jackie Jackie 06 June 2017 08:08:20

Great find Peter. We have one here from the previous owner and I keep saying I must use it! That's looking terrific. 

fran m fran m 06 June 2017 14:17:22

Looking great Peter.

Your breaking of pots spread to Dublin the morning. I broke an old terracotta pot belonging to my parents. Not a happy camper at all ;(


PeterW PeterW 06 June 2017 14:51:38

Thanks everyone, yes Fran I can imagine your words after could not be repeated.

JoanG JoanG 06 June 2017 20:46:01

A good bargain Peter and looks lovely planted up.  Enjoy! 

Snow in Summer

18 May 2017 21:52:22

Another plant that's doing super at the moment and I've never seen so many flowers on it.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 18 May 2017 21:55:32

This year has been my best with it so far. :)

accsean accsean 18 May 2017 22:13:54

That is an impressive spread, I thought you had come up with the clever title, I didn't realise that is what it is called. Actually, what type of plant is it?

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 19 May 2017 00:42:51

Fancy name Cerastium tomentosum.  

Jackie Jackie 19 May 2017 08:35:38

Isn't it terrific this year. Beautiful photos Peter  


accsean accsean 19 May 2017 10:46:58

Thanks Hazel.

fraoch fraoch 19 May 2017 19:39:05

I used to have it but it got a bit invasive and then when I tried to control it, it just disappeared!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 20 May 2017 22:44:27

Looking great on top of the wall, well placed.


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