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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.


For Dick

22 May 2017 15:39:42

Thought of you Dick, this morning when I noticed the sweet perfume in the conservatory, and hey presto, were the two most perfect flowers, which in my "busy ness" over the past few days, I had not noticed being so close to flowering.  I suppose that by the morning, they be wilting.  But isn't that a spectacular flower?

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 22 May 2017 18:08:08


Jackie Jackie 22 May 2017 19:21:22

Spectacular indeed.......reallly beautiful

Jacinta D Jacinta D 22 May 2017 20:30:56

Is it an Epiphyllum?     It's gorgeous.

Moya Moya 22 May 2017 23:00:45



Dick Dick 23 May 2017 08:02:41

Really good, Margot. Is what you gave me like this. So far he only ones I have had were the red ones.

Fleurette Fleurette 23 May 2017 08:32:07

Yes it is.  I sent you a piece of my slightly darker red one along with this white one.  You will recognise it as the leaves are thicker and fleshier and it seems to require a larger pot.  

Have another great day, Dick.  

Where would we be ...

17 May 2017 23:13:21

without our gardening friends?  Our garden would be a much colder place, in that it would be devoid of friendships and memories of happy times and relationships.  

So, as I go round and weed, and move things about, and propagate, I greet a plant and say "Hi" to this one and that one and remember that my father got that from Bundoran where his Aunt lived and must have died well nigh 100 yrs ago, or another one I always greet and say hello to was from my good friend's Mother's garden in Bessbrook Co. Armagh. And then I remember her saying that her Mum used to ask her ( as a child) to go and scrape out a pot full of compost soil from under the hedge.  The old country ways!  Would that ever come to my mind were it not that I had once again encountered her plant that is in fact a lovely and very well-behaved ground cover plant.  I may remember the name by tomorrow!  (It's the time-lock delay on the brain. Ssh!).    And then there are my 1st camassias received years ago from Ann who is calling tomorrow. 

And so on and so forth, until the explosion of plant gifts started to arrive here ..... form the .iers!  From the 4 corners of the country.  How else could that be?  These are so much more precious than bought ones. So many plants from so many friends.  Why wouldn't we enjoy the Johnstown Get Together?  And enjoy rattling on about our doings in the garden on these journals? 

All I can say is that it's no wonder that gardening makes for contented and happy people, with a positive disposition, even if we have sore backs.  

Having mentioned Camassia, here are 2 new ones this season.  I see the bees like them. 

Keego Keego 18 May 2017 13:30:08

All so true and the swaps we get are so much more memorable and enjoyable. As you rightly say associations with all the people present ( and a few past ) who remain part of us through these plants


Scrubber Scrubber 18 May 2017 20:11:45

Yes indeed and how much more precious they are to us when the dear friend who gave them is no longer with us. I have two very dear friends who are remembered every year when their gifts bloom. A little saddening but so precious. ---I also have loads from friends who are very much still with us! and have been so generous to me, among whom margot you are definitely numbered!!!!

Fleurette Fleurette 18 May 2017 20:23:22

Ah, Peter, it was worth writing this journal just to hear that! Haha!  But seriously, its just as Mary and you say. Remembering dear friends adds a precious dimension to our gardens. 

Moya Moya 18 May 2017 22:23:46

When you give a plant you are blessed over and over - every time the receiver encounters the plant in their garden. You could not pay for that. It is a win/win exhange. I have wonderful plants that .iers have given me and many of them have been given to me by you Margot. It is a wonderful blessing to be involved in all these wonderful swops.

Margot I just love those different camassias - I have loads of the ordinary blue one and am just about to dig up some for giving away. Is this a good time to do that?

PeterW PeterW 18 May 2017 22:29:17

Lovely journal and I agree with you, I love seein the plants that friends on this site have given me and that is a lot. I would def say looking at most plants I can tell who they came from and when and it's very nice to know who and where they came from. I think you care for them that bit extra not to lose them

Fleurette Fleurette 18 May 2017 23:20:15

Indeed, Peter, I had been thinking that and decided I had said enough in case you all thought I gone "maudling" (spelling?) or doolally.  But yes, you really do care for them that bit more.  

Moya, I suppose it is the same régime as for the other bulbs: when the foliage has nourished the bulb and the roots have atopped growing.  Best done thenwhen yiu still know their position and before the early growth starts beginning August.  

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 19 May 2017 00:34:40

Lovely journal, Margot! Ane you are a source of many such memories in all of our gardens too!

Jackie Jackie 20 May 2017 08:00:52

What a fantastic journal Margot. Well I can certainly say that my garden is bursting with plants that I have received from the generous people on this site. And YOU Margot being up at the top of my list. My goodness when I look around I can see all the fabulous donations I received from everyone. A few years back I was in a different place when I had to give up work.......life changed completely for me in my everyday life and socially.....lots of dark days.........and then I joined here and a whole new different world opened up.......the friendships I've made here are amazing too. Great memories. 

A few more of Kittybane garden

16 May 2017 23:38:20

I have been visiting this wonderful hillside garden of Daphne's since she started to develop the barren hillside above the house, round which she had already established a good cottage garden to one side, and a more formal lawn with trees and shrubs at the other side.  

The hillside garden was begun in the Millenium year : 2000.  As I said, it was a barren rocky piece of land with a few self-sown ash trees growing over it and dear knows what else.  Now it is quite steep, so when she ventured forth, it was by traversing across sideways  and avoiding the rocky outcrops.  Then when the paths had been laid in gravel, it was a matter of hoking and poking to find areas for planting and gradually using every availalble space .  At all costs, get the ground covered.  She knows ground cover can always be removed for a more choice subject when necessary.  

 I am putting up 3 pictures, but as you may know I cannot upload an album. You may find time to check this journal with one I did in May 2014. Anyhow, doesn't Jackie's of today show it beautifully?

It is a happy, freeflowing exuberant garden.  A happy place.  

I would just wish to add that the Kittybane garden is open to groups, on request.   

Jacinta D Jacinta D 17 May 2017 07:23:27

It looks totally magical.

Scrubber Scrubber 17 May 2017 20:25:30

Oh what a lovely colourful natural looking garden. Thank you for sharing them with us.I love your description as 'freeflowing' conveys so much!

Scrubber Scrubber 17 May 2017 20:25:31

Oh what a lovely colourful natural looking garden. Thank you for sharing them with us.I love your description as 'freeflowing' conveys so much!

JoanG JoanG 17 May 2017 22:02:30

That's glorious planting, hard to believe it was ever a barren hillside. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 19 May 2017 00:19:14

What amazing colour!

Yes, they are HERE

06 May 2017 11:18:31

Yes, yes, yes.  The swallows reached here yesterday afternoon.  I'm so happy.  But they weren't , because we were standing close to the shed in which they usually nest.  And where do they build this nest?  On top of the fluorescent circular light fitting!  This means that we have to remember bpnot to switch on the light after dark. They usually have a couple of clutches a year.   

Here is the little orange tipped white butterfly that I found in the kitchen sink last evening.

Fleurette Fleurette 06 May 2017 11:21:51

Can anyone identify this butterfy?  I'm just checking out my description on Irish Butterfly guide.  Its not "Orange Tip", or is it? 

I see the name is Anthocharis cardamines.  This obviously must refer to the cardamines in our gardens.  And I also read that the underside are mottled green and white.  

Does anyone grow cardamine pentaphyllos?  It has just gone over.  

Scrubber Scrubber 06 May 2017 20:14:50

 I suppose my swallows follow the river in from the coastthey have arrived. They have been here since early April. Just goes to show. I dont know anything about butterflies-lepidoperist???? that word comes into my mind from the distant past.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 06 May 2017 20:44:28

Margot, Paddy said it is an Orangetip.

JoanG JoanG 06 May 2017 21:34:51

Doesn't the heart lift when the swallows return? A friend of mine lives on the coast and often has house martins nesting in the roof gable.  Such brave little birds.

Yes, the butterfly is an Orange Tip.  They are on the wing from April and the caterpillars feed on crucifers (lady's smock, hesperis etc), which you probably have in your garden Margot, or nearby. 

Fleurette Fleurette 06 May 2017 23:35:29

Thank you for that cinfirmation, Joan, Mary/Paddy, et M. Scrubberrr. There were quite a few of those butterflies about this afternoon.

there also was a single swallow sitting on the telephone wire singing at the top of his voIce. It was so loud And intense.  Its no wonder we find thingsvery quiet when they leave at the end of the season.  

We used to have lots of house martins nesting on the gable of the house, and next door too, until we repainted the exterior.  The nests were not disturbed, or removed.  Next season: no birds and never again.  I put it down to the fact that the new paint contained a fungicide, whereas previously it had been a white wash.  

Jacinta, I wonder. ...?

06 May 2017 10:21:03

I have just gone outside with camera.   Here is a pot I bought a coupke of weeks ago And is waiting for my attention.  I have another from a few years ago, and also the old common one that seeds and is very tall, and topples over in strong winds.  In fact did I mention it in my 1st comment yesterday?  I intended to ...... 

Well. What do you think?  This one is currently quite common on the market.

Sidalcea Elsie Heugh.  

Jacinta D Jacinta D 06 May 2017 10:26:34

Definitely not Sidalcea, Margot.  The leaves on my plant are too puckered for that. I posted three more photos late last night if you want to take a look?

Fleurette Fleurette 06 May 2017 10:59:04

so, that's the end of this journal!  haha!


Jacinta D Jacinta D 06 May 2017 12:31:37

Basically. LOL. Also the later one I posted. :)


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