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This is just a short update to say that since converting to Apple, it has not been possible for me to post an album to this site. The site does give you an opportunity to choose any pictures for an album.  So, all I can do is post lots of Journals where you can upload  up to 3 pictures.  That will have to suffice.


Upper garden border 13/7/17

13 July 2017 10:19:33

A few pictures taken this morning.  

Need I say, that I am delighted with the penstemons which are quite manificent this year. The roses are doing well, particularly R. Ispahan, a Damask rose, which I got last year in Coolaught on my trip to Co Carlow with Maghera G. Group.  It is superb.  

The phlox are just beginning.  Aster x frikartii Mönch is beginning to show colour.  Early!  Should probably have given it the Chelsea chop at the appropriate time.  Perhaps I should cut back alternate stems to prolong the flowering period?  Any advice? 


accsean accsean 13 July 2017 11:01:37

Morning Fleurette, if anyone ever wanted the phrase 'a riot of colour' explained, all they would have to do is look at those photos. Splendid.

Keego Keego 13 July 2017 14:11:04

Hello Margo it all looks beautiful, lovely deep borders packed full of colour and texture.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 13 July 2017 14:45:09

Coolaught Garden Centre always has a great collection of plants for sale, must look up the rose you bought. The garden is looking gorgeous and was delighted to read the lovely account of your garden in Shirley Lannigan's new book. I was looking back on a previous book she wrote in 2001 and only four garden were listed in Donegal. What a large number included in the new book, well done Donegal.

Jackie Jackie 13 July 2017 20:02:36

Wow Wow Wow Margot, absolutely spectacular!! Those borders are just fabulous and the fact Ive actually seen them in person I can see how much they have developed over the past couple of months! Pure heaven.......great to see you here again too!

Fleurette Fleurette 14 July 2017 00:46:40

Such kind comments from you all.  Thank you.  

As I said in the previous journal, I am just back from a 4 day trip to Scotland with Maghera garden Club and it was interesting to hear the members say how much they enjoyed kast year's jaunt to Carlow and in particulat Coolaught nursery.  I shall put ip journal about the trip, that is, if it rains and I am indoors early ..... before 10pm.  After that time I am too tired.  That is why I have been silent for while.  Our daylight lasts just a that longer than further south!  

Mary, I had forgotten about Shirley's book.  Must get it. A useful publication, I am sure. The Donegal Garden Trail has been a superb vehicle for getting to know gardens and visiting them. 

LindaB LindaB 14 July 2017 09:25:57

Beautiful layered borders and so full of colour.

Mary B Mary B 14 July 2017 11:25:19

Just beautiful Margot :)


13 July 2017 10:01:12

I am just home again from a Gardeners' Delight Trip to Scotland with Maghera Garden Group.  4 days.  Last year, we had a ball in Co. Carlow.  Some comments of the visits to great gardens and private nurseries will follow in due course..... ie. when I manage to get  in from my own garden before dark.  I have so many, so many, great plants to judiciously position in my garden.  A repetition of last year.  Last year's treasures are all doing well.

Well, I am delighted with my blooming upper garden!  I haven't actually done a comparison of pictures of this year and last year, but I feel we are perhaps a wek ahead, and the growth is certainly very lush.  Dampness, some heavy rain at night, and even strong wind, but plenty of pleasant warmth during the day.  So here are a few pictures of the amazing Watsonia which I only acquired 3 yrs ago.  Last year there a solitary bloom that had fallen over and got lost in the agapanthus.  I had never even noticed it.  

So, you can imagine my delight when I beheld this sight on my return. I have been wondering why I did not notice it coming on.  All due to other commitments, family visiting and 10 for Sunday lunch, then leaving Shroove the next day.  



Keego Keego 13 July 2017 14:13:24

Lovely planting scheme and the watsonia is beautiful. I have it in a pot and it is doing nothing so now you have inspired me into the border it is going.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 13 July 2017 14:51:32

They are one of my favourite plants. We grow a number of species from seed that we bought many years ago from Silverhill Seeds. We were in West Cork last weekend and many of the gardens there had fantastic plants of Watsonia in their gardens. 

I envy you your trip to Scotland and look forward to seeing photos of the gardens you visited and the plants you bought.

Jackie Jackie 13 July 2017 20:05:27

Another beauty Margot, everything is looking amazing. Glad you enjoyed your trip to Scotland.....you have been really busy, great to see you enjoying life!! 

Fleurette Fleurette 14 July 2017 00:34:17

Thank you, Mary and Keego and Jackie. I must say, I am totally delighted with the watsonia.  It is a good season for plants, isn't it?   I noticed today, hidden under another plant, not one, but two eucomis coming up. Good foliage, but no sign of a flower shoot as yet.   It must be at least 5 years since I have seen  these boyos.  Perhaps the slugs chomp them up every year?  Today, I have also noticed that the Lobelia Tupa, that according to me, had previously been planted in the wrong place,  and which I moved in the winter, is coming uo the vrey best.  Much bigger and better.  It is now behind and to the left of the watsonia.  

Mary B Mary B 14 July 2017 11:22:51

Wow, the watsonia is truly fabulous. I planted a red one this year and it has been very disappointing but now I am hopeful that it will come in time :)

More Midsummer's Day pictures

22 June 2017 00:37:23

A few more pictures taken this morning, Midsummer's Day.

We had almost no sun at all today, but there was flat calm, and so the temp. was the highest I have ever experienced in the shade in Shroove. 24.6°C.   There was some heavy rain in the afternoon and rumbles of thunder were heard.  

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 22 June 2017 00:58:16


Jacinta D Jacinta D 22 June 2017 02:43:05

Gorgeous garden. :)  Don't know how you manage to maintain it to such a high standard, Margot.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 22 June 2017 19:41:54

Ha! I thought that was what was the Blue Waterfall!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 24 June 2017 20:42:17

The campanula is gorgeous along the wall, great planting. Your garden is looking great and shows no sign of heavy rain.

Fleurette Fleurette 24 June 2017 21:53:29

Thank you, Ladies. Always a joy to hear praise!

Moya Moya 25 June 2017 03:01:39

I was there today with my garden club and it was a pure delight! Amazing how it always looks so well - I don't knwo how you do it Margot.

Fleurette Fleurette 25 June 2017 05:32:16

So kind, Moya. 

Have you been to bed yet, or are you up again?  Its the latter for me.  Cramps in my legs after standing all day.  Another couple rang up after that G. club in the coach left.  you are sorely tempted to say "no.  Its too late". But wisely, you greet them, and of course they turn out to be great people. 2hrs of foraging for seedlings etc.   Could well become .iers. As "Herself" has just done.  Was it she who wrote the comment in Italian?

 The sky to the east above Portstewart is taking on colour and the dawn chorus is abating.  Wonderful. 

Under the Dawn Redwood.

22 June 2017 00:04:50

A few pictures taken today under the Dawn Redwood: metasequoia glyptostroboides.  

You perhaps already know about this fossil tree.  So, this tree was known by botanists  to have existed, but there were no examples.  Then, in the winter 1943, 2 British botanints discovered this tree in a remote region of China and were permitted to send "material" to the Arnold Arboretum in Boston Mass.   incredibly, a few hears later, a young was received by BrookHall Arboretum i. derry and also by Glasnevin, followed by Kew.  I bought mine for £8.95 just over 20yrs ago.  An incredibly cheap purchase, would you not think? 

So, here I am writing you a long story and then I cannot find a decent picture which includes said tree.  

I like the flow of this planting which I only developed over the last 2 yrs when I decided to crown raise the Dawn Redwood, and give me "Woodland" type space below. The mixture of lilacs, blues, pinks are very pleasing. 

the Rose Fragrant Cloud is a real old faithful friend. She was redundant as being considered old, in a relation's garden 25 yrs ago and given to us.  Yes, parts of her have died off and been removed, but new strong shoots just constantly gently come along.  

There is another lovely young small tree tomthe left of the rose.  Probably very didficult to see, but my intention had been to photograph the blue campanulas, the white ones, the erysimum, etc.  Anyhow, this tree that is still shrub size is a Lagerostrobus Franklinii.  It has taken a couple of years to settle down.  

That is next door's drive.   


TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 22 June 2017 00:57:05

What lovely photos, Margot! And what a wonderful story and a privilege to have such a rare tree in your garden! I'm so envious of your "Fragrant Cloud". I had a beautiful one several gardens ago and it was a real favourite of my mother's too. i managed to get one recently but it was a very poor specimen and i tried moving it to give it a better chance but it didn't survive! i agree it is a great rose and really lives up to its name.

Fleurette Fleurette 22 June 2017 01:10:44

So glad rose Fragrant Cloud has brought you happy memories, Hazel.  The joy of gardens! 

There is another rose just out of shot on the left, "Fragrant Dream", but I don't find it nearly as robust.  


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 24 June 2017 21:17:11

I first came upon a Dawn Redwood in a garden in Bray many years ago, but sadly that lovely tree is possible gone now as the gardener has died and the large garden is now possible a building site.

Rosa 'Fregrant Cloud' and Rosa 'Peace' were the first roses I grew in my garden thirty seven year ago. 

I love your lupins, looking great.

Fleurette Fleurette 24 June 2017 21:49:28

Thanks Mary.  Don't these journal focus your mind on lovely memories?  

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 24 June 2017 22:04:19

Margot, very much so.

A big mistake

18 June 2017 21:12:19

Yes indeed, a mistake, but not that big.  However, please judge for yourselves.  

So what's the problem, you may ask.  It's the grass.  

You can see how it has bulked since June 2014. What I am not so  happy about, is the state it is in just now. I did not cut it down in the spring as the curls were still lovely, and then the weeks passed and unlike another one, this one was not trimmed back.  Then it was too late as I could not separate the new blades from last year's.  

The yellow/copper rose was in a little pot given to me by the children yesars ago.  So no name.

Oriental poppy "Beauty of Livermere" has never bloomed better than this year, but we had a fair bit of rain last night and it is not looking its best today.  

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 18 June 2017 22:09:26

The garden is looking great and a good idea to use the shrubs as a support for the Papaver orintalis. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 18 June 2017 22:15:54

Wow! That looks superb, Margot.

Moya Moya 18 June 2017 22:38:49

I think that looks great Margot. See you next week.

Scrubber Scrubber 18 June 2017 22:46:46

I wouldnt worry one bit! Its a lovely contrast-anytime any grasses I have get too big I just cut them back-after allthey are grasses! The rest is soooo beautiful! I sent you a query re a fern in messages tonight. no rush.

Fleurette Fleurette 18 June 2017 23:48:42

Moya, It will be fun to see you and your "Muddy Boots " friends on Sat.  

JoanG JoanG 19 June 2017 22:45:54

It all looks good to me, Margot.  And you can sort out the grass next year if you're not happy with how it looks now.  Your garden is so beautiful. 


Fleurette Fleurette 19 June 2017 23:01:46

Thank you all for your kind comments.  Do any of you grow this grass?  Do you cut it right down in Spring?  I cut another one down this spring, but it seems to have weakened the plant.  Perhaps it will come OK in another month. 

I spread a heap of good compost in that area today.  I need to use up the contents of one of the composters.  Its lovely stuff.  Also trying to get all my plants waiting in pots in to the ground.  2 groups coming on Sat.  One being Moya and her Muddy Boots group.  Moya, you were given the "Freedom" of this garden years ago!  



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