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Jackie's Garden

These pictures were taken in our old house, we moved out  in Dec 2012 to a house that has a garden about 6 times the size of this one. I absolutely LOVED this garden. It was the size of a stamp but it had everything in it. I loved all the colour. I love hanging baskets, lots of colour in the garden. I would grow anything and get great enjoyment from it. It was so compact too. We had two pergola's.....I had lots of different clematis growing up them. I love Reubens Montana...as its a wonderful clematis for coverage and it grows so fast. I will have to get some for my new garden. Its a daunting prospect trying to figure out what to do and I worry I wont get the same pleasure that I did with my old compact little garden. But time will tell!


New additions to the garden

22 May 2017 07:58:22

You know there is nothing better in life than spending some time with your family. And that's what we did this weekend. It's been just great. 

It was my birthday yesterday and Jimmy and Nicola bought me  these new additions to the garden, my new children lol. They know me wayyyyy too well. I love all these goodies in the garden so these are more than welcome. 

Of couse they are a boy and a girl, on a see-saw and a little girl sitting down reading with a little puppy by her side. So when the grandchildren arrived they were 'christened' with their names lol. We had to improvise and say that the little boy was in fact a girl dressed as a boy, to even things up as you can imagine. 

I just love them in amongst the plants and they add some fun too. It was time then to head out for dinner to celebrate  

Life is great!! 


Keego Keego 22 May 2017 13:16:23

Beautiful Presents Jackie and they fit in so well in your garden and you are right Family are the most important thing I am so glad you had a wonderful day

Fleurette Fleurette 22 May 2017 15:20:59

Aah, Jackie!  So lovely and thoughtful, but what else would you expect from your dear family?  No better person to spoil than you!  Two lovely granddaughters, one like you and one like Auntie Linda.  


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 22 May 2017 18:12:17

Happy Birthday, Jackie. What a lovely present and they sit so well among your plants. Which girl is the tomboy?

Jackie Jackie 22 May 2017 19:18:22

Thanks Mary, I had a really lovely day.........

Mary lol, Cara and Mae decided that the baby would be the 'boy' and they were the girls, these two are in cohoots all the time!! 

Margot thank you.....no one ever says MY children look like me , let alone my grandchildren !!


accsean accsean 22 May 2017 20:26:29

Belated happy birthday, Jackie.

Jackie Jackie 22 May 2017 22:19:26

Thank you Sean :) 

Jackie Jackie 22 May 2017 22:20:24

Margot out of interest which little lady is like me ???? Lol

Fleurette Fleurette 22 May 2017 22:59:13

Well. Jackie, the wee dote beside you.  

Jackie Jackie 23 May 2017 07:17:56

Ha that's interesting. I always think she's the image of her dad !! 

Are you going to Bloom?

19 May 2017 08:46:54

I'm just wondering if anyone is heading to Bloom this year and if so when?.

I'm going on Thursday, opening day, to have a good root around but Im also heading there on Saturday. I usually go with my sister then. 

Hope to see some of you there and hopefully the weather will be good to us too. 

LindaB LindaB 19 May 2017 10:21:44

Hoping to go on the Thursday too!  Looking forward to it!

TerriShoos TerriShoos 19 May 2017 11:57:27

Not sure - it's a loony month is June. Would like to but there's a lot to fit in! It won't be Thursday anyway as I'm busy. 

Dick Dick 19 May 2017 17:12:09

Well Jackie, if I am to go, it will require an improvement in my system. I am making progress every day and apart from the knee, the health is good. I wish you all a good time at bloom.

JoanG JoanG 19 May 2017 21:56:52

Maybe ... not sure yet.  If I go, it will probably be on the Thursday.  Enjoy both your visits Jackie, you'll certainly see lots!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 20 May 2017 21:26:00

Im going thursday for sure and possibly Monday as well!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 20 May 2017 22:38:44

Not this year as I will be away on holiday, Jackie. I look forward to all the photos.

Keego Keego 22 May 2017 14:08:18

Jackie We are going on the Friday I keep saying every year I will give it a miss but keep getting drawn back to it. Enjoy both your visits

Kittybane Garden 14th May 2017

15 May 2017 20:37:29

After we had visited Margot's garden, she kindly organised a visit to her friends Daphne and Andrew on Sunday, who live in Kittybane house near Strabane. 

This garden sits on a country hillside overlooking the River Foyle and the Donegal mountains. 

We were met by Daphne, who used to be active on this website some years ago, and her lovely husband Andrew. Daphne gave us a guided tour of her wonderful garden. Linda had decided that maybe this time she would 'sit' this one out and maybe just read and let us 'get on with it' But Daphne told her to maybe clear her head and go for a walk around the garden herself.............Well!!!! Linda met us along the way and her reaction just said it all. She said to me 'have you been up to the top yet?' I said no, why? 'Well wait until you see it'!! That was the first time I have actually heard Linda be enthralled about a garden. In fact, Daphne said later that the biggest compliment she got was that Linda walked around the garden AND loved it. 

But let me say, this garden just took my breath away. I just wasnt expecting to see such beauty on the side of a hill. A steep road up to a beautiful house and the garden seemed to surround the house! Daphne started the tour by showing me the stunning views overlooking the River Foyle and the Donegal mountains, pointing out the individual mountains across the water. She said that every half hour the view changed with the weather and believe me she wasnt wrong. It went from sunshine, to mist, to clear to rain all in a matter of minutes!

We continued on up through the garden, meandering  through fantastic plants, shrubs, stunning Rhododendrons and trees of all shapes and sizes. The garden has a lot of rock underneath and very little soil so you can see stunning rock formations, walls that have been built using these rocks and slate which really add to the beauty of the garden. Meandering paths lead the way up along the garden, showing off the amazing tapestry of perennials that have been planted by Daphne and she knows each one too! She also has amazing Acers, each one even more beautiful than the other!! Then we finally got to the top of the garden, where there is a lovely seating area and 1000's of native Bluebell's and their scent was amazing. From this advantage point the views are even more stunning than further down and it was in fact here we found Linda sitting on her own admiring the view! 

After a little break here we then came down the other side of the garden and it was a continuous ooooh and aaahhh as we went along. A lovely stream also adorns the garden and then we were taken to a stunning cottage garden. There was just so much to take in.  We were very lucky with the weather then, but all of a sudden the wind whipped up and the hailstones appeared and we had to race inside. 

Here we were invited to sit and have some lovely afternoon tea, with sandwiches and dessert. It was just amazing. 

Daphne's garden is just stunning. She said she is out there every day and I can see why, I would NEVER want to come in. Andrew said he is the 'labourer' lol, but usually that is always the way. Daphne was so welcoming to us and she was just lovely as was Andrew, they really made us feel at home. 

Then it was time for us to 'hit the road' home. 

It was a fantastic day out and one I will remember for a long time. To think I never met Daphne or Andrew before and they were so kind to us. Thank you for the lovely plants too. 

I will upload an album of Daphnes garden as I know she wouldnt mind one bit. I am sure you too will just love it as much as we did!

Had to take it easy now today after that weekend, the journey was long and hard but so worthwhile!!

Eilish Eilish 15 May 2017 21:04:41

Another great journal and pics Jackie. Two fabulous Donegal gardens.

JoanG JoanG 15 May 2017 22:05:20

Yes, another gorgeous garden.  There's something magical about a mature garden in the country, though we can only guess at the amount of work that must go into it. Thanks for sharing the photos with us Jackie. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 15 May 2017 22:49:08

A great description of your visit to Daphne and Andrews garden and the photos were most welcome. Northern Ireland gardens are some of the best in the country.

accsean accsean 15 May 2017 23:33:49

What a beautiful garden. You should get a job as a roving reporter, Jackie. I'd say you were like the cat who got the cream with the weekend you've just had.

Jackie Jackie 15 May 2017 23:35:53

Thanks again ladies. 

You know when you live in the city you really don't realise the beauty of our countryside. We have minute gardens, but love them all the same. But this is just a different way of life and it really shows how different gardens can be. I get great enjoyment from my small garden but when I saw Daphnes I was totally blown away. It resembled something out of a magazine. Just amazing. 

Jackie Jackie 15 May 2017 23:36:54

Ha ha. Thanks Sean. Yes a really great weekend. 

Fleurette Fleurette 16 May 2017 10:38:54

I have just written a thank you here, on behalf of Daphne, known on this site as Kittybane, but the comment is being rejected, and it is not too long.  

So, Jackie, on behalf of Daphne, a huge thank you to for your amazing journal.  

I shall put a journal of my own, when time permits.  ( still in the treadmill, Jackie). 

Jackie Jackie 16 May 2017 19:25:25

Thank you Margot!

Liztai Liztai 16 May 2017 23:44:53

jACKIE you have a great gift of description - next best thing to visiting the gardens myself

sallysarah sallysarah 17 May 2017 07:56:11

Two great Journals along with two wonderful sets of photos.  Loved the cute little gate under the arch in Daphne's garden.   Thanks for all the work entailed to get Journals and photos up for us to see.   Amazing gardens with so much colour!!  Thanks again, Jackie, for letting us into the gardens through your Journals and photos!!!!

Jackie Jackie 17 May 2017 07:58:51

Ha ha Elizabeth I doubt that but thank you. 

Sally it's easy to write about something when it's so beautiful. I'm glad you enjoyed them both as much as we did. 

Myrtle Myrtle 17 May 2017 16:00:51

Great journal Jackie, i agree this garden is special, i had the pleasure of a visit a couple of years ago and experienced the same warm welcome.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 19 May 2017 00:13:13

Two lovely journals Jackie! Sounds like you had a lovely trip and so nice to have a chaffeur too! I particularly liked that you remarked on the beautiful perfume of the native Bluebells :-) The Spanish invaders have no scent! 

Donegal is a long trip - I'm hopeing to head there next month but unfortunately I probably won;t have the chance to do any garden visiting! 

Jackie Jackie 20 May 2017 08:14:25

Myrtle it really was special. 

Hazel a very long journey!!! And yes Linda is terrific, nothing is too much for her....Not sure I could repeat it though....I'll need to stay local in future or buy a private jet! ....now where's that Lotto ticket!!!! 

Margots Garden 13th May 2017

15 May 2017 20:01:14

Margot has been asking me now for almost two years to come to Donegal to see her wonderful garden. I really wanted to see it but I just wasnt sure if I would ever get there. But my brilliant daughter, Linda, told me she would drive me up and back if I really wanted to go! We decided to make a weekend of it and we booked a hotel so that our trip wouldnt be rushed. 

We arrived at Margots around 1.30pm on Saturday. It had been a very wet morning while driving up and even when we arrived. Margot, her daughter in law, Ann, and her adorable little grandson, Alex, were there to greet us. By the time we had finished our very enjoyable lunch,  the rain had stopped and we decided it was time to head to the garden!!

Firstly, can I just say that Margot's garden is a credit to her. This is a lady who does all the work herself aside from her son who cuts the grass. 

Margots garden is just incredible. It is set in 3/4 of an acre of stunning gardens. There are beautiful sweeping borders around the house with all sort of planting of every type of perennial, trees  and shrub. I was amazed at how much  colour she had in the garden and how lush the grass was too. So we walked around the garden with Margot carrying a garden fork, while I was allowed to pick and choose what plant I would like, that is how generous Margot is!!So while we continued around the garden,  Linda took a walk along the beautiful beach which is literally across the road from the house along with a gorgeous lighthouse. This house has views to die for and you would never EVER want to leave it, we certainly didnt want to go home.  We talked and talked non stop about the planting, the history of where some of her plants came from, how she acquired others and when she planted them and general chit chat too. I feel like I have know Margot for years, she is so welcoming and so easy to get along with. After looking around the top garden it was then time to head to the lower garden. 

There are steps and gravel paths leading down to the 'lower garden'.....this is just stunning. Here the garden has a rock formation which has been there since the house was built and Margot has planted around these rocks so lovingly. Every turn you take you see something more special.......I have never seen such an array of planting, garden ornaments, beautiful trees, shrubs.......it even has its own pond. Steps leading back up the garden with more outstanding planting. Its all these little extras that give this garden its uniqueness

We were looking around the garden for over 3 hours as there was just so much to take in. I absolutely loved every single minute of it and of course Margot was more than generous in all the plants she gave me, the boot of the car was full. This is one garden that has to be seen to be believed. When you stand at the end of the lower garden and look back up at the house, it is then that you see the full extent of the beauty of the garden where all the rocks are covered in such fantastic planting. 

It was all over all too soon but after a little rest we headed out for dinner in a lovely fish restaurant in Redcastle. Good food and great company ended a fantastic day.  Margot organised another garden visit for us on Sunday, Daphne and Andrew's garden in Kittybane house.....but thats another journal!!

Margot's garden was one garden I was determined to see and I am so glad that I finally made the journey to see it. This has to be seen to be appreciated. I will upload an album which will show you exactly what I mean and will explain to you much better than I can, just how beautiful and stunning this garden is. 

Thank you so much Margot for such great company and such a great weekend. Both Linda and myself thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 15 May 2017 20:27:47

That's a great journal, Jackie. Delighted you were able for the long journey. I'm sure your description of Margot's garden is very accurate. Off to look at your album now. 

Eilish Eilish 15 May 2017 20:59:55

Great pics Jackie. 

Wow, Margot, your garden is fabulous.

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 15 May 2017 21:02:46

Oh you lucky thing to see Margot's. It is a garden I long to see but can't see myself making it. But I will go now and enjoy the photos ,thanks in advance for taking them!

JoanG JoanG 15 May 2017 21:43:18

Thanks for that wonderful tour of Margot's fabulous garden, such a credit to her and no mean feat to look after it on her own ... but then Margot is so full of energy and works so hard to tend her plants.  So glad you got to see it all and enjoyed your visit. 

Moya Moya 15 May 2017 22:06:13

I agree with every word you have written Jackie. Margot's garden is magnificent and it is wonderful all year round - there is so much colour in August when she has her open day as well which can be a very challenging time in a garden. 

I'm so glad you got to see it and had a wonderful time and I am sorry I missed you as I was away last weekend.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 15 May 2017 22:52:22

Totally agree with Moya a fantastic garden. We were lucky enough to have visited two years ago, also in May. A fantastic album and what wonderful views.

Jackie Jackie 15 May 2017 23:25:28

Thank you ladies. Im glad you all enjoyed the album. As I said its a magnificent  garden. But it is a long journey to get there but worth it. Not sure I could do it again though, way too much for me. Thank God for my pillows and duvet to lie on while Linda drove. plus I was in bed by 8.30pm that evening!!. But it really was worth it all and I'll remember it for a long time. 

Elizabeth I think you would need to fly there! 

Moya it was a pity you were away. 


accsean accsean 15 May 2017 23:28:29

Lucky you, Jackie. I knew from her journals and comments that Margot would have a fantastic garden, but it is great to see such a great album uploaded of it. She certainly has made the most of an inspiring location.

Moya Moya 15 May 2017 23:31:38

Awe Jackie, I'm sorry to hear that it took so much out of you. I was hoping you might feel inclined to venture forth to this part of Donegal sometime....

I hope you have recovered fully.

Jackie Jackie 15 May 2017 23:40:53

She sure has Sean. 

Moya I would love to also........it's taken it's toll but I'll be fine ;) thanks! 

Fleurette Fleurette 16 May 2017 09:37:44

Oh, Jackie, thank you, thank you for such a generous account of the time you spent .... to the north of "the North" but in the South!  

It was a total joy to welcome you and your lovely smiling happy Linda.  She is a jewel of a daughter to you.  I so much enjoyed being in your company, taking you round the garden and being able to let you have some of Donegal back home with you.  As you say, the plants could have originated, yrs and yrs ago in counties Louth, Armagh, w.Donegal, N.Donegal, Leitrim,  Dublin, Nice (1937 - my parents honeymoon), Brussels, .... and more recently all the .iers , Cork, Antrim,Laois, Tip. Carlow, wexford, Derry Antrim, from gardens, not nurseries!  So, when I share plants, I am sharing my Friends!  

Thank you to all my friends.  And I hope that you, Jackie, have somewhat recovered.  It was very difficult for your back condition, but your trip made me very happy.  

Jackie Jackie 16 May 2017 19:29:19

Margot I only told the truth! It was just amazing!

Yes, Linda is just terrific. She goes out of her way for me to make sure I can go places that she knows I couldnt do on my own. I really appreciate all she does.


Moya Moya 16 May 2017 21:36:01

Maybe next year then Jackie....

sallysarah sallysarah 17 May 2017 07:47:42

Wonderful Journal about a wonderful garden and its wonderful gardener, Jackie!!!!!

Fantastic photos - thank you for letting us see what a glorious day you had with Margo!!

Jackie Jackie 17 May 2017 07:55:10

Thank you Sally I'm glad you enjoyed it as much as we did! 

Myrtle Myrtle 17 May 2017 16:09:18

So glad Linda  made it possible for you to visit  Margot's garden, its a real treat. Hope ypu have recovered  from the long trip.

Periwinkle Periwinkle 17 May 2017 16:17:35

Sounds like you had s great weekend Jackie!  Great write-up on Margot's garden that could be adapted to use as the description in Donegal Garden Trail brochure next year! It truly is a great garden in a magnificent setting.

And then you got to Kittybane!  Wow! I just walked around it with you from your description!  Two wonderful gardens, but aren't the gardeners what really make the gardens memorable?  Wonderful ladies!  

Jackie Jackie 17 May 2017 19:25:48

It sure is Myrtle............~Yes Im a certainly not as bad today as I was yesterday!! but so worth it!

Dorothy haha....as if!  I totally agree about the gardeners......because I can tell you for someone who is 'new' to this gardening lark, I am speechless at the warmth and generosity of some people. Here was a woman whom I only met a couple of years ago, welcoming me into her home and her beautiful garden and then to bring me to another garden with an even more wonderful woman and her husband. I tell you it would make your heart feel good but moreso that there  are still such wonderful people in this world. 

Looking good now

12 May 2017 08:40:19

Well we have had a few dribbles  of rain this morning and a small shower last night. Not enough for the dry garden that's outside! But then after having gorgeous days it's hard to get back to dreary days isn't it. Everywhere and everyone look so well in the sunshine. But still the garden keeps on giving.....

This is Rosa'For your eyes only' a gorgeous rose which changes colour as the flowers go over. Not bad for a Lidl purchase  

I tidied up my Tree fern yesterday  taking off all the dead fronds and ones that were ripped to shreds by the Winter winds  

Astrantia 'Hadspens Blood' is starting to flower now  this is a deep deep red Astrantia which I bought in Johnstown a couple of years back.  Really vivid  

Hope the weather doesn't stop us gardening  have a great day! 



accsean accsean 12 May 2017 13:26:45

We had only a few drops as well, Jackie. Great photos.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 12 May 2017 14:42:24

Pouring here in Waterford all day. The Tree Fern is looking great after the winter and that Rose is just gorgeous.

Scrubber Scrubber 12 May 2017 23:13:47

Well after E;izabeth's rain dance no wonder we are all drenched here-but grateful. That rose is unbelievable. Is there a grey tinge in the leaf as well?

Jackie Jackie 12 May 2017 23:47:20

Thanks Sean, Mary and Peter. 

No Peter I think that's just the light reflections. It's a peachy colour with a darker middle. But then when it is aging the colour fades but it's still beautiful. Lashing all evening but so needed!! 


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