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Visit to Charleville Gardens on Tuesday 23rd May

20 May 2017 21:16:47

Following on from my earlier journal (15th May), here are the arrangements for our visit to Charleville Gardens, Enniskerry, next Tuesday 23rd.

We're joining up at Powerscourt first at 12 Noon for lunch or snack at their Avoca cafe (self service). Meet at the entrance to Powerscourt's Garden Centre just opposite the car park.  

After lunch, we go on to Charleville (about 2 miles up the road) to arrive for 1.30 pm.

Charleville is a private estate; the entrance gates are kept closed and visitors admitted as they arrive.  Entry to the gardens is €6.  They are extensive and varied, so allow a couple of hours to go around and enjoy, and anyone who wishes to stay longer can do so. The gardens close at 5pm. 

Those going are: Paddy & Mary (Gracedieu), Rachel, Joan H (Edulis) and friend, Clare Rodgers Gill, and myself, with possibly Myrtle and ClaireE joining us.  If any others would like to come, we'll be delighted but please indicate below so I can confirm final numbers to Charleville. 

The weather forecast for Tuesday looks good!  Looking forward to seeing you all and hope you enjoy the visit. 


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 20 May 2017 21:24:07

Looking forward to the visit, Joan and thanks so much for organising it.

Moya Moya 21 May 2017 00:57:44

Wish I could go....have a lovely time. X

creggrose creggrose 21 May 2017 21:17:44

Joan, I am a new member, I would like to Join your group visiting Charlville Gardens on Tuesday, creggrose

Jacinta D Jacinta D 22 May 2017 07:58:33

I'm just back from a weekend away  so won't be able to make it, unfortunately. I hope you all have a smashing time.

Jackie Jackie 22 May 2017 08:11:35

Joan it sounds like a terrific visit. I'm disappointed I can't go but hopefully the next day out I'll have more time. The weather looks good so have a great day out. 

JoanG JoanG 22 May 2017 08:54:27

Creggrose, you are very welcome to join us and we look forward to meeting you on Tuesday.

Welcome to the site too!  I've just had a look at your profile and it seems you have a lovely garden in a beautiful location.  We'll be eager to read more about it and see some photos when you are ready to post journals and albums.  I've made some great friendships since joining the site myself, so hope you enjoy it here. 

Myrtle Myrtle 22 May 2017 13:03:13

Joan, i intend coming tomorrow and leaving my own garden which is in bad need of attention after being away from it for 2 weeks, but it will still be here when I have time. 

Keego Keego 22 May 2017 13:41:03

Joan I hope you the rest of the gang enjoy what is a very special garden take lots of pictures.

More white and purple

19 May 2017 22:48:50

Hazel's journal made me think about white and purple flowers in my own garden. While I enjoy them at any time of year, it is now during the quiet time of the so-called 'May gap' between the zing of the spring bulbs and the exuberance of summer's full on colour, that white and purple provide a lot of the interest.

Allium 'Purple Sensation' is of course a real star that many of us grow.

In the shady corner of the back garden, Smilacina racemosa (now called Maianthemum racemosum) provides a nice beefy clump alongside the delicate flowers and foliage of Thalictrum aquilegifolium, which Elizabeth7 gave me at her open day about six years ago now. Both are stalwarts of the garden here in May. 

Fleurette Fleurette 19 May 2017 23:09:50

Just love the fluffiness of the smilacina and the thalictrum.  

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 20 May 2017 02:27:16

Smilacina  looks very interesting. Gosh Joan imagine 6 years ago!! I am so much looking forward to seeing you later in the year.

Jackie Jackie 20 May 2017 08:25:35

Fabulous colours. I too got Thalictrum from Elizabeth, was it 2/3 years ago and it's flowering fabulously now. Just googled Malanthemum....a lovely combination Joan. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 20 May 2017 08:53:01

Love the Smilacina.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 20 May 2017 21:28:13

Three lovely photos and all beautiful plants.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 20 May 2017 23:20:23

My oh My! Thalictrum out already???

And I have serious Allium envy - I have a single lonely specimen although I planted a group of them .......

Moya Moya 21 May 2017 00:52:46

Where would we be without Allium 'Purple Sensation'? It's all over my garden and I love it.

I have both the Smilacina and the Thalictrum but not placed together - they combine very well. Where was I Auntie when you were giving away such delectables???

Keego Keego 22 May 2017 13:48:33

Beautiful Photos Joan have you ever noticed the scent of smilacina it is wonderful

Outing to Charleville Gardens, Enniskerry, 23 May

15 May 2017 20:33:15

A few of us are planning an outing to Charleville Gardens in Enniskerry, which only opens on limited dates. Charleville is a large private estate beyond Powerscourt, the present house dating from the late 1700's, with restored gardens.  We are visiting on Tuesday afternoon 23rd May and planning to meet at Powerscourt first for a bite of lunch at 12 Noon. 

So far Paddy & Mary (Gracedieu), myself, and hopefully PCON are going and we are hoping that others will be able to join us. If anyone wants to travel by public transport, we can arrange to pick you up at the No.44 bus stop in Enniskerry village, or another mutually convenient point. 

Charleville is only open until early June, and again for Heritage Week in late August, so this is a chance to visit an interesting and varied garden not often seen.  We hope you can join us; please indicate below as Charleville have asked me to confirm numbers.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 15 May 2017 22:49:55

Looking forward to the visit, Joan.

Jackie Jackie 15 May 2017 23:52:09

Thanks Joan. It's a pity it's the afternoon as I won't be able to make it. I hope you all have a very enjoyable visit. 

edulis edulis 16 May 2017 20:33:51

I'd like to  join you and may have a friend.   Can you take two more please.

Joan Hanrahan, Nutritional Therapist and Medical Herbalist, Dalkey.

JoanG JoanG 16 May 2017 21:49:56

Glad you can join us Joan and your friend will be welcome too.  I'll send you a friend request so that I can confirm meeting up details by message at the weekend.

Jackie, it's a pity you can't make it. The gardens are open from 1pm on weekdays. Hopefully we'll go there again another time. 

Jackie Jackie 16 May 2017 22:57:18

Thanks Joan. 

PCON PCON 17 May 2017 13:54:19

Sorry Joan. I won't be coming to Enniskerry after all. Glad to see you have a couple of extra takers. Have a great day.

Myrtle Myrtle 17 May 2017 16:12:49

Joan I am hoping  to make  it and will confirm nearer the time.thank you for organizing 

JoanG JoanG 17 May 2017 21:09:15

That's great Myrtle, hope you can make it.  Rachel is coming too and a couple of others via garden.ie friends on facebook. 

Enjoying the sunshine while hoping for rain

09 May 2017 22:28:35

Though the east coast has been cooler than other parts of the country lately, it was another beautiful sunny day here today.  I was busy with other jobs until late afternoon, then it was great to get outside for some pottering.  

I tidied up some pots of "plants in waiting", took plants out of the greenhouse for their fourth or fifth day of hardening off and decided they will stay outside now, though I won't plant them in the ground just yet.  Tied up clematis shoots as per Monty's instructions last Friday, potted on geums from the seedlings Jackie gave me at Johnstown (Jackie, are they the lovely red ones in your April album?).  Then a quick sweep of the paths of today's deposit of petals from the very floriferous Camellia 'Donation' before taking a few photos at about 7pm. 

I got the hose out to water as the garden is bone dry, only to discover it is kinked beyond salvation, so hoping we get some rain later this week as forecast, though it usually only amounts to patchy drizzle here.  Meanwhile, it's off the the shop for a replacement. 

Dick Dick 09 May 2017 22:49:11

Lovely photos Joan. I admire your Aquilegia. I have planty but the colour is so dark and plain

Jackie Jackie 09 May 2017 22:52:25

Oh your garden is looking just stunning there Joan. You have it looking so neat. My Solomon seal is doing great too!! And that's a really lovely Aquilegia  

Yes those seedlings should be red, all going to plan ;) Another beautiful day here too. And not as chilly as yesterday as the wind was much gentler. I know we need rain but don't we get spoilt with this beautiful weather. But a few drops won't go amiss at all. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 10 May 2017 06:58:34

So neat and tidy, Joan. I don't know how you manage it. It looks like another hot day on the cards for today.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 10 May 2017 07:15:02

That is a beautiful aquilegia and the flowers stand out so well against the long dark stems. Your garden is such a pleasure to look at.

accsean accsean 10 May 2017 09:56:22

Fantastic, Joan. I love the way you sweep up the fallen petals from the Camellias, I should take a leaf from your book. The Solomons seal and the Dicentra in the background go very well together.

Outing to Charleville Gardens, Enniskerry

06 May 2017 21:19:14

In Gracedieu's journal on garden outings a little while ago, one of the gardens suggested for a visit was Charleville in Enniskerry, which only opens on limited dates. Charleville is a large estate beyond Powerscourt, the present house dating from the late 1700's, with restored gardens. They are open during May and up to 8th June, also for Heritage Week 19th-27th August. Would anyone be interested in a visit in late May?

Opening times are: Weekdays 1pm to 5pm; Saturday & Sunday 9am to 1pm.

Suggested dates (when I can go!) : Tuesday 23rd or Thursday 25th May for an afternoon visit; Saturday 27th or Sunday 28th May for a morning visit. 

Lunch options either before or after our visit, depending on the chosen date, would be the Avoca restaurant at Powerscourt (with the added temptation of an adjacent garden centre) or there are a few nice cafes in Enniskerry village. 

A get-together at this time of year would be nice; please say if you are interested and your preferred date.  

Photos are from our visit in mid-May 2014 which Rachel arranged. 


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 06 May 2017 21:42:35

Thank you so much for finding out the dates. We would be able to go on Tuesday 23rd (first choice) or Thursday 25th. We are away on holidays from 27th. Thanks again.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 07 May 2017 06:10:02

That sounds great. But unfortunately my garden visits will be a bit 'curtailed' this summer.

PCON PCON 07 May 2017 22:26:45

I'm tempted, Joan, but not sure yet. I regretted not going on some of your previous visits.

JoanG JoanG 09 May 2017 21:38:06

Let's go for Tuesday 23rd then and hopefully a few more members may be able to join in.  Peter, it would be very nice to have you with us if you can come.  I'll post this again next week and we can confirm the meet up arrangements then. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 10 May 2017 07:31:56

Joan, I wonder if you mentioned it on Garden.ie FB page would it get to more people as there are so few of us posting here now. I am not on FB anymore but, was going to get Paddy to put up something about Mount Congreve and ourselves for next Sunday. Maybe there is no interest in garden visits and the site at present is dying. We would love to go to Charleville on the 23rd and it is very good of you to organise it.


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