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Fleurette's Garden

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.


Help, please

18 September 2017 22:56:42

Can you please identify this plant?

I try to keep very good lists of my plants: name, year, where planted and also, quite important, who gave it to me or where acquired.

Be that as it may, this one has slipped through the net.  It has been very deliberately positioned in the hall door bed where I would see it, and I think that was in early summer.  But I can find no trace of a name.

Picture 1 shows the foliage and some fallen fuchsia  flowers.

Picture 2 shows the delicate very dark flower which I had to bring indoors And stick in a vase.  3lower petals and 2upper ones.  The flower stem is wiry, in definite segments with nodes.  The individual little flowers do not last long, but the buds have all opened in succession.  



Hosta Hosta 18 September 2017 23:05:33

It's Pelargonium sidoides :-)

Fleurette Fleurette 18 September 2017 23:20:35

Well, that is a turn-up for the books!  I am absolutely not aware of acquiring a plant of this name. 

However, I shall wait and see if some good ier.  wags a finger at me and tells me she/he was the donor!  

I have just now checked it out on the RHS site, and find it is a medicinal plant.

OMG .... I am just seeing on the RHS site "Buy from £21.99 at the RHS plant shop. ". 

I may bring well pot up this one, cosset it and bring it to Johnstown, but not for swapping ......  for sale to the highest bidder or quite simply  for the Kris Kindle.  

Hosta, Do you grow it?  Is it a common plant?  

Hosta Hosta 18 September 2017 23:30:39

I have it here and I would think it is fairly common.  It comes in pink as well.  I wouldn't pay £ 21.99 for it though !

I think perhaps it would be best to bring it in for the winter.

Scrubber Scrubber 19 September 2017 19:47:05

Hurrah not alone Margot have you discovered the name of that very 'spensive flower but Hosta has materialised again! Was I the only one who thought she had vanished. Sorry Hosta! And well done Margot. Oviously an eye for the exclusive!!!!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 19 September 2017 20:56:15

Margot - I also got this delightful little plant from a .ier - so own up whoever has been spreading this little cutie around!

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 19 September 2017 21:09:01

I think it is Joan!

JoanG JoanG 19 September 2017 22:16:43

No, not me; perhaps Liga, our pelargonium queen? 

Jackie Jackie 20 September 2017 08:17:49

Margot I gave it to you when I visited in May :)   Originally I got it from Yellow Rose (Bernie) about 2 years ago in Johnstow.  A gorgeous little plant with delicate looking wine coloured flowers on tall stems. I've a few here now if anyone would like some. I keep it in the greenhouse over Winter but it has been outside all Summer. Hazel I also brought it to you too ;) 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 20 September 2017 09:00:46

Thanks Jackie! I thought it was you who brought it but I hadn't updated the database!!! Its doing well for me too but I'll take your tip and bring it into the greenhouse for the winter!


07 September 2017 12:44:08

Last week, I spent 2 days, if not 3, gathering, sorting into different buckets, thinking, and then doing the actual job of decorating for the Harvest Thanksgiving, which came a month earlier than usual for us.  Co

I was given some gladioli: Bordeau wine colour and yellow.  

This is one of the arrangements before I tweeked it.  I wanted the 2 sides to rise, the glad. at the back to be more to the sides as well, and the white phlox in the middle to be lower.  I think I got there in the end, but didn't take a nother picture for fear I would see other flaws!  I would actually like to start all over again.  

I used gladioli, well that is obvious, buddleya globosa, crocosmia Solfataire and Rodgersia superba leaves.   Oh yes, lovely spikes of Lythrum salicaria Robin.  

Which brings me to making a comment about these super plants: Lythrum.  

There are quite a few on the market just now, and earlier in the season, I asked myself what the difference was between the ordinary/wild one, and the ones you pay good money for.  For instance "Robin" featured in the arrangement.  As the season ahs worn on, I can see a definite difference.  The wild one did not flower as long and when cut and compared at close quarters, Robin is fatter and sturdier.  Now, I don't see much, if any, difference between "Robin"and " Rosy Gem".  I bought another lovely one on my visit to Scotland with Maghera Garden Club during July : "Blush". Beautiful soft pink, H80cm.  What is your experience of these? 

Then there are also all the salvias, and ..... the veronica spicatas.  So many spikes these days that fit in so well in a border.  There are times, that from a distance, I haven't a clue as to which they are.  A fantastic veronica spicata is "1st Love"  tall - 3ft -   with branched spikes that are long and slim and hold their colour very well.  They add a little spice amongst other herbaceous plants in a very graceful way.  

What about Verbena Hasata?  Do they do well for you?  Rosea and Alba.  They seed easily.  

I have successfully managed to delay my return to cleaning and housework!  

Dick Dick 07 September 2017 15:08:58

Great display Margot. Not all would go so far to make an arrangement like it.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 07 September 2017 15:15:02

A lovely arrangement, Margot  and your colour choice is refreshing, as at this time of year everything is russets and yellow. Crocosmia 'Solfataire' is the best of the croscosmia. The foliage colour and the colour of the flower contrasts so well. I have seen Lythrum 'Lady Sackville' in a few garden I have visited this year and it seems to be a good strong colour and lasts for a long time. I don't have it, but am tempted. Verbena Hastata is a gorgeous plant, looks good in flower and seed heads also look good. It seeds around and always in the right place. Don't overdo the housework.

Scrubber Scrubber 07 September 2017 18:23:55

Quelles sont les couleurs exquises! Margot vous etes unveritable artiste!Leglise doit avoir ete belle!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 07 September 2017 20:01:15

Wow, Margot! What a gorgeous arrangement. I love the colour of the Gladiolus.

JoanG JoanG 07 September 2017 21:37:23

A beautiful arrangement Margot, all credit to you. I've also seen Lythrum in a couple of gardens this year but don't know which varieties they were and agree with Mary about Crocosmia 'Solfataire'.  I'm not a fan of gladioli for growing in the garden, though they can look great in floral arrangements. 

Fleurette Fleurette 08 September 2017 10:23:34

Thank you for your generous comments.  

First, apologies for indicating bergenia leaves, which I suppose they could well have been. It was Rodgersia superba And I should not have included the 2 flower heads

Cr. Solfataire is the very best one, with good depth yet soft colour that blends very well.  The clump gently increases and is so well behaved. In my top 10 plants.  Has anyone grown Cr. Maori Sunrise?  Really Spectacular colour, ..... but .... in my sandy soil, totally uncontrollable.  I am having to lift everythig in the vicinity of where I had placed it to find any little stray piece of root.  I have heard it is okay in heavy clay.  

So now, a day after writing this journal, I can tell you that I bowed to the great wisdom of the Lass from Gracedieu - she who is to be heeded - and quit the housework.  The showers were relentless yesterday and it is the same today.  

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 08 September 2017 13:05:51

Glad that you took my advise, Margot. I grow a Crocosmia 'Severn Sunrise' well behaved in my clay soil. I also have Crocosmia 'Dusky Maiden' dark foliage and deep orange flowers which is very well behaved and Crocosmia 'Rowallane Yellow'. If you would like any of these I can send them to you.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 14 September 2017 21:21:19

I decided long ago that Housework and Gardening are incompatible! Totally essential household tasks can be tackled (a) after dark (b) when there is non-stop rain. Otherwise it just has to take its turn!

My Musical Open Garden

22 August 2017 22:34:09

Last Saturday was the day for my Musical Open Garden.  The gang usually erect the framework for the gazebos the night before, but the gale was so strong, all they could do was everything ready for the morning.  The gale was still blowing in the morning, so when it came to hanging the drapes/walls etc. they had quite a dance holding the whole lot down. Large concrete blocks were not sufficent and had to get barrels filled with water to which the guy ropes were fastened.  

When the event started in the afternoon, thenoise of the wind was deafening in the music centre, but gradually, it died down.  

Then the sun came out!  

It wasn't strong sunshine, so no need for protection.  Just pleasantly warm. About 17° - 18°. 

A great afternoon with some amazing singing both by the choirs and the individual singers.  Everyone was so relaxed, helped I am quite sure by the comfort (!!!) of sitting on fish boxes, and licking a really good ice-cream.  A friend had brought along his van and parked on the lower drive.  I would recommend this ploY gor creating a good atmosphere.  

Could I just tell you that is the 18th year in succession that I have been involved in a fund raising event both in my garden and on the beach and we have never been forced to cancel.  Last year it was horrendous everywhere else in the country.  

I was too busy to take pictures myself, so here is a link to the press site.


fraoch fraoch 22 August 2017 22:53:36

Delighted to hear it went well in spite of weather conditions. Well done for your involvement over so many years, that is really great.

Michele Maria Michele Maria 22 August 2017 23:20:42

It sounds like a wonderful event. Glad to hear it went off so well after all the organizing.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 23 August 2017 04:31:15

Gosh, Margot. That must have been totally magical. Long may the event last.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 23 August 2017 08:51:06

What a kind person you are to host that event for so long. The garden looks fantastic and being admired by many of the visitors. The weather don't seem to have deterred any of the visitors from enjoying themselves. Great the ice-cream idea.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 23 August 2017 13:06:45

Margot, I hope you are okay after the storms last night. 

Dick Dick 23 August 2017 19:12:45

Margot, I have heard of the storms and rain in Donegal and Derry. I hope things are not bad with you.

Scrubber Scrubber 23 August 2017 22:12:05

Quelle femme formidable! Bien joue! So glad that recent awful rain didnt on your parade! Though I am sure you would have handed out brollies and gone ahead, Magnifique!

JoanG JoanG 23 August 2017 22:21:35

Margot, I'm so glad the day went well after all the sterling work you put in. The photos really captured the spirit of the event And your garden looks stunning. And you sang too! I am impressed. 

Thinking of you today after news of the storms; hope you are ok. 

Fleurette Fleurette 23 August 2017 23:07:17

Thank you all for your concern regarding the weather.  Last evening, when the phone lines went down, I was writing a comment to this journal, mainly commenting on the amount of rain that was falling and that the electric storm was not moving on. No wind to push it along. The lightning went on for at least 3 hrs, and of course the rain.

Joan had mentioned on another journal that her part of Dublin was not having as much rain, and I was commenting that I remembered being told in Geography lectures that the av. rainfall for Dublin was 26" pa.  and Donegal 2x.

Continued on next comment

Fleurette Fleurette 23 August 2017 23:21:55

What I did not realise was that Derry and SW Inishowen and parts of Tyrone were having extremely heavy rain.  2/3rds of Aug rain in a few hours, and this morning the devastation was obvious.  The coastguards had been called out, their helicopter and also one  from Sligo. Stranded people had to be rescued by them. Borders do not matter on these occasions. 

However, I am glad and relieved to be able to say that my little corner escaped with no damage at all.  Wet, but not flooded.  DG.  

A final remark about the Open Garden.  We all work hard to make our gardens pleasant places and I just have to say that when you see so many people relaxing in what you have created, you really get a sense that what you have achieved has indeed been worthwhile. The garden has come into its own and is worthwhile.

Merci à tous, ainsi qu'à M. Scrubberr. 

Dick Dick 24 August 2017 08:30:58

Glad to read that you escaped the awful storm. it must be awful for others. I saw quite a number of pictures of it on TV.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 24 August 2017 08:51:45

Delighted to hear that you are safe and well. The coverage on RTE showed dreadful floods and roads caving in. 

fraoch fraoch 24 August 2017 10:29:02

So glad you weren't affected by that awful weather that so many people are suffering the results of.

TerriShoos TerriShoos 24 August 2017 17:19:45

Goodness, we were moaning about drizzle and a stiff breeze! I hadn't heard anything about an awful storm, been off the radar for a while. Glad you're ok!

JoanG JoanG 24 August 2017 21:27:02

Relieved to hear you are all right and have escaped the storm damage, Margot.  It looked dreadful in some parts of Inishowen. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 25 August 2017 21:07:26

So glad your Open Garden Event went so well!

Fleurette Fleurette 07 September 2017 12:35:54

What a marvellous group of concerned and caring friends.  Thank you all. I am so glad to be a member  and an .ier     

Is this really IN my garden?

06 August 2017 14:10:40

Is this really in my garden?  A cruise liner?  The channel is very close to this shore and the lighthouse.  You can realise how important the lighthouse is, because not all craft sailing by would have that modern gadgetery -GPS, depth sounding equipment etc. etc.

So, when approaching the Foyle, the  craft needs to be kept within the beam of green light coming from the Lighthouse; if its red, you will be on the sand banks out in there, if orange, its the shore rocks that will get you.   So, its a bit like traffic lights but showing on a horizontal plane with green in the middle.  There are buoys showing the appropriate colour of light right up the river indicating the channel. 

The second picture is just an up-date of the border featured in my last journal.  The season flows on.  And yet , we always wonder what is going to replace a particular flowering plant when it goes over.  This is my great concern just now.  

The MUSICAL OPEN GARDEN will take place on 19th August and most of the flowers here are 2weeks ahead.  The storm today and the heavy downpours are playing havoc with the phlox.  And the rest!  The storm is really blowing everything over.  

As always, we live in hope!  



fraoch fraoch 06 August 2017 17:05:54

Border looks lovely both then and now. It's amazing how close that cruise liner looks all right! Hope all goes well for your open day, at least there's a bit of time for things to recover between now and then.

TerriShoos TerriShoos 06 August 2017 17:20:41

Lovely border, Margo, so colourful. Why anyone wants to go on a big cruise liner beats me, though I am told by those who have that it's lovely. 

Fleurette Fleurette 06 August 2017 17:44:05

Yes, Terri, wasting your money on fine clothes when you could be buying or even "acquiring" plants from friends and have no time or use for all the finery!  

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 06 August 2017 18:24:43

As ever totally envious of that wonderful sea view!!

The Border is looking super , what is the vivid blue plant in the foreground please. Money is on a salvia?

Jacinta D Jacinta D 06 August 2017 19:21:53

Wow, that cruise liner looks like a mobile building floating past. I envy you your stunning views. But more importantly, I envy you your gorgeous garden. The very best of luck with your MUSICAL OPEN GARDEN, Margot.

Fleurette Fleurette 07 August 2017 10:31:51

Thank you  Elizabeth.  That blue plant is "Veronica spicata Ulster Dwarf," bought 3yrs ago, but I have another just about the very same which I've had for a very long time .... with no name.    I really like these veronicas. They seem to suit my conditions and the short blue ones provide good intense colour.  There is a rash of them on the market just now.  So many different names , with some being a foot or two taller.  "1st Love" is gorgeous.  Colour of a lovely ripe strawberry, standing 3ft tall.  Flowers well. 

Gosh, it is useful to answer your questions.  I have just been checking my index and have discovered the name of one down below along the edge of the border.  It is V. spic. longifolium. Has gd. Blue spikes 2ft tall. I bought it last Aug.  1/2 price!  I had forgotten  about it.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 07 August 2017 20:50:04

Wish I was visiting Donegal when your Musicial Open Garden is on. That Veronicia 'First Love ' sounds gorgeous. I grow a few of the blue ones and have a white one as well, great plants. Amazing how big those cruise liners are. 

PeterW PeterW 07 August 2017 21:57:06

Looking great in those shots. I do find a lot of things have been very early this year

JoanG JoanG 07 August 2017 22:26:50

Super photos Margot. I see the cruise liners in Dublin on my regular river crossings and also have no desire to travel on them. Your border looks fabulous and I'm sure all your open day visitors will have a wonderful time. Wish I could be there myself. Best of luck for the day. 

Scrubber Scrubber 07 August 2017 23:06:33

But I am sure they have your gardenlisted on their itinerary margot.'''And on the starboard side  as we sail into the Foyle we have the famous garden of....' Of course scrubber is also well used to the cruise liners passing his garden as they sail up the Barrow!!!!!!! Borders look wonderful.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 09 August 2017 10:59:30

I wonder can the passengers on the liner see the wonderful treasure of a garden they are passing?

Jackie Jackie 10 August 2017 08:09:21

Fabulous photo Margot and now that I have been there I know exactly where everything is. That cruiser is literally at the end of the garden and it looks great but not a trip I envy at all. The border is fabulous now. So lush and colourful. I've no doubt it will still look great in a few weeks when the Musical Open Garden takes place. Good luck with that and I hope the weather is kind to you all that day. And make sure you enjoy it all too ;) 

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 :)


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