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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!


Garden video

09 October 2017 19:25:57

I was telling you a few weeks ago  how my next door neighbour asked if he could use my garden for his upcoming video to a piece of music he composed. He also took some footage from the Botanic Gardens

Well today he uploaded the video onto Facebook. I have put the link below but I am not sure if you will be able to access it from here. I think you will need to  copy the link and then paste it into your address bar. If that doesnt work then you can go to either the Garden.ie Friends page or my own page on FB and see it there.

I think it looks fantastic and I just love the piece of music too. 





JoanG JoanG 09 October 2017 21:03:05

Lovely video Jackie, your musician neighbour knows a beautiful garden when he sees one.  You're up there with the Botanic Gardens! 

Scrubber Scrubber 09 October 2017 21:37:22

Oh dash I cant do it -am useless at anything but the simplest but Ill take Joan's word for it! Well done indeed!

PCON PCON 10 October 2017 19:31:58

Absoultely beautiful, Jackie. Just great. Gerry is obviously an expert with the camera, but he could not do it without your absolutely wonderful garden.

   I expect Peter has mastered the technique by now, but if not, I can send him some instructions, if he wants them.

Decisions Decisions

06 October 2017 08:17:22

Yes and where to start!

Lately I've been thinking I need to change some things in the garden as it becomes choc a bloc with plants! Things need moving around, replacing or getting rid of too!! I've come to the stage where now I find some plants........dare I say ....boring!! 

So with that in mind I have noted some plants that are no longer of interest to me and they will be going!! This week has been an absolute beautiful week for the garden, bar Wednesday! So each day I've been out looking to see what will be staying and what will be going. Also moving around a few plants that are in 'the wrong place' 

The thing about doing this is that you then find hidden treasures underneath. Like this lovely little Primula. Hidden under a Shrub which would never be seen if I hadn't taken it out. Or find another little poppy like this almost black one, again hidden away. I will keep all the great annuals each year and definitely Cosmos are here to stay as they put on a show right through until the first frosts  

I need to be ruthless....to a point. And then look around at my plants in waiting and release them into the wild so to speak. I want to keep the character of the garden but try to enhance it that little bit more for next year :) 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 06 October 2017 08:46:28

I love the colour of that Auricula.

Jackie Jackie 06 October 2017 11:42:24

First of many I hope. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 06 October 2017 13:17:22

I moved all my auriculas to the planter along by my large shed and they seem to be very happy. I understand Auriculas like to be (a) out of direct sun, (b) not waterlogged - so the new location fits both criteria. the third benefit is that they are up nearer to eye level so I can enjoy them more. You should have lots of divisions from that one Jackie. i look forward to the re-vamp!!!

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 06 October 2017 13:52:22

I wish I could be even a little ruthless but I am hopeless.  I would feel so guilty and tend to apologise to a  plant when i need to divide or thin it!!


fraoch fraoch 06 October 2017 20:28:24

I'm like Elizabeth, not very good at being ruthless, at least until something is really getting out of hand, by which time it's probably too late! Those are lovely colours, Jackie.

JoanG JoanG 06 October 2017 20:34:01

Jackie, you and I are singing to the same tune though perhaps for different reasons.  This year I got really frustrated by the 'disharmony' in most areas of my back garden, caused by having too many different plants (and just one of each) in a small space. Like you, I'm having a serious look around to see which plants I can move or edit out, to make room for spreading those which make a better picture.  But it's so hard to choose, isn't?   Love your auricula and the poppy ... and they match! 

Jackie Jackie 06 October 2017 20:35:03

My problem is that when I do try to be ruthless I end up with lots more pots! I was moving my Persicaria Campanulata and have now ended up with 10 little pots of slips!! I mean seriously lol. I cant actually throw anything out I would rather give them away. I gave a Dogwood and my Kerria to my sister in law yesterday as they were getting so big but of course I would NEVER just throw out a plant I always either give it away or pot it up and leave it 'in the waiting area' lol

Fleurette Fleurette 06 October 2017 21:00:13

Haha!  Jackie!  You have now graduated to be a seasoned gardener.  Headaches all the way.  What to do, and how to do it?  How many plants do I have to move to sort out one small space?  And what to do with the extras?  

One solution is to join the local gardening club and bring in your offerings to the next meeting.  I was once told that many gardens in Derry had become clones of mine!  

I heard a very good tip.  When, at any time during the year, you notice a plant that needs to be removed, just put a little tie round the stem, to remind you when the time for the “Autumn Manoeuvres” comes.  

Jackie Jackie 06 October 2017 21:02:27

Joan we seemed to have crossed over with our posts !

Disharmony is the word and for me lots of plants that were intruding on each other. Also a few 'ramblers' were almost taking over, like Ribbon Grass, Lysimachia punctata to name two. At the start I put a piece of each around the garden, only to realise that they were just TAKING OVER!! so they had to be spoken to lol. 

I want them all but I cant have them all plus some are not doing it for me as much as they used to and Ive fallen for other plants....its a vicious circle lol.....but I am loving it all and trying to decide what goes where etc. It was a smashing week too for being out there planning!!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 06 October 2017 23:12:49

I salve my conscience by convincing myself they come back in spirit when they are made into the best compost i can!

Day out!

05 October 2017 08:07:30

After doing a lot of tidying up on Monday and Tuesday in the garden, getting rid of plants I no longer need, want nor really like!!, I met up with Margie, a new .ier whom we all met at the January get-together and is generally on FB, and we headed to Avoca in Clonee. This was the old Plantagen shop and it has Howbert and Mays in there too. 

Fabulous shop, if on the expensive side. But I did find their plants reasonably priced which was nice. They had a few nice plants and I really wasn't looking for anything.

Last year I bought Anemone Prinz Heinrich and for the life of me I just cannot find it anywhere!!! But I saw this beautiful dark pink one called A. fantasy Cinderella and I bought that. I also picked up a lovely Heuchera Plum Pudding, a Geranium Ann Folkard and this really dark purple Salvia called Salvia Nachtvlinder.........pretty purple flowers which will look great with my other strong pink and red Salvia. 

So after that lot of purchases it was time to have a cuppa and a chat. It was a really relaxed enjoyable day and great to catch up too. I'm looking forward to getting out and planting these beauties up. I've so many plants in waiting that I really need to get them sorted before the harsh Winter months arrive. Today looks promising ;) 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 05 October 2017 08:52:55

Geranium 'Ann Folkard' is a fantastic plant, grows in shade and I love the lime green foliage which contrasts so well against the flower colour. Heuchera ' Plum Pudding' is a lovely plant and so much nicer than heucheras which have been introduced over the last few years. You could not be without anemones and salvias at this time of year. Meeting a friend is a lovely way to spend your 'Day Off' but back to the gardening today.

JoanG JoanG 05 October 2017 20:24:38

We all need a day out from time to time and so glad you enjoyed yours Jackie. You chose lovely plants. We have a Howbert and Mays locally and, while they may be a little more expensive, plants I have bought there have always done well. Best of luck with yours. 

Fleurette Fleurette 05 October 2017 22:27:49

Sounds like a a really pleasant day, Jackie.  

MargieD MargieD 05 October 2017 22:35:09

You bought well Jackie, they are great plants, it was like a midweek gardening class for me!

I must say the staff were very informative and friendly, hopefully they will extend the plant range in the near future.  Im delighted with the ones I bought, but Im still looking for Euonymus Planipes. 

I hope to get Heuchera 'Plum Pudding & Marmalade' planted up tomorrow afternoon (Photos to follow)

I think we should do a garden centre visit (catchup) more often.


TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 05 October 2017 23:37:15

Hear Hear! Time spend with Garden friends are always inspirational - and combined with the opportunity to acquire new plants ..... definitely!!!

Jackie Jackie 06 October 2017 07:53:28

Thanks everyone. 

Mary I had a great couple of days in the garden this week and yesterday was great looking to plant up my new purchases. I'm taking out the 'boring' plants now and want a change ;) 

Joan they had a nice selection but much smaller than I would have liked. Didn't stop me though!! 

It was Margot :) 

 Margie the staff were very friendly with lots of advice. Thanks for the great company. I hooe you get yours planted up soon. They were really lovely. If you need more Heucheras I can always get some cuttings for you ok. We must decide where to go next for our 'garden' catchup lol

 Totally agree Hazel :) 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 06 October 2017 08:44:41

Three smashing plants there, Jackie. Delighted you both enjoyed the day.

Jackie Jackie 06 October 2017 11:41:49

Thanks J ;) 

What a compliment!

29 September 2017 07:58:09

My next door neighbour is a musician. He teaches music in his home and also in some colleges. And has often appeared on the Late Late show!!

Last week he told me he was shooting a video for an original composition of his. He had shot some footage in the Botanic gardens but was wondering if he could use my garden also!!! He said he would love to use some footage as my garden was 'something special'!!!! Of course I said yes but I was just so surprised. 

As we had a wedding last weekend I didn't get a chance to go out and tidy up as he asked me on the Friday. So on Sunday afternoon I spent some time deadheading and trying to get the place in order in such a short space of time, plus exhausted from the long day beforehand.

So on Monday he arrived with a young media student and they spent over 40 minutes taking videos and shots of the garden. It should be ready to view in about 3 weeks. 

How mad is that. My garden!! Something that I just potter around in every day and someone thought it good enough for a video. Delighted I am......... :) 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 29 September 2017 09:10:09

That is so exciting and what a compliment to be told how nice your garden is by your neighbour. I am sure there are many others in the neighbourhood who think the same. I hope we get to see the video footage.

fran m fran m 29 September 2017 10:40:15

Jackie, I think it's more than just 'pottering' you do in the garden. You have totally transformed it since you moved in.

Your neighbour simply has great taste and a good eye.

well done you.

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 29 September 2017 11:05:16

What excellent taste shown by your neighbour.  Like Fran I am in awe of the amazing progress you have made with your garden. I would love to see a record of photos you have taken during the development of your garden??

Fleurette Fleurette 29 September 2017 11:34:46

Of course your garden is delightful, Jackie.  Even more than delightful, if simply judging by the two pictures uou have just put up today.  The top picture even has mystery in it. Not many gardens have that.  It is a place to be shared, in the best sense of that word, and enjoyed not only by your friends here on "garden.ie, " but especially by your neighbour.  

Imagine ... your garden will enhance a musical composition!  Now that is something to cherish and feel good about.  I am sure I speak for all of us in saying that we admire what you have achieved and take off our collective hats to you, be they sun hats or rain hats! 

Word of caution:     Beware of sunbathing out there if he adds another storey to his house to get a better view!  

AhmedKhan AhmedKhan 29 September 2017 13:28:54

nice post

PCON PCON 29 September 2017 16:33:07

I'm not a bit surprised, Jackie. I've been watching it on "ie" for a few years, and it is always magnificent. I would like to go and see it sometime.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 29 September 2017 19:53:05

That's great, Jackie. Hope he mentions your name in the credits. :)

Scrubber Scrubber 29 September 2017 20:53:15

Yes Jackie noneof us are the least bit surprised as you see! Enjoy the fame! Really delighted to see your artistry admired and appreciated by an artist from a different genre! The photos clearly show why!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 29 September 2017 20:53:52

Gerry is a real gent - and very creative! I'm sure that he and the student will make great use of your inspirational garden!

Jackie Jackie 30 September 2017 00:00:29

Oh my goodness thank you all so much for your really kind words. I'm blushing here! Lol 

Some day I will post an album of 'before and  'after ' shots ;). I will let you know how that video turns out too. 

JoanG JoanG 30 September 2017 01:42:06

We're not surprised Jackie, you have created a wonderful garden that we all enjoy seeing and reading about here on garden.ie.  Now it will have a wider audience, as one creative person recognises the talents of another.  Yes, do let us know how the video turns out please! 

Kate & Graham Kate & Graham 30 September 2017 18:30:56

That is brilliant! ...great compliment 

fraoch fraoch 30 September 2017 20:32:25

That's fantastic, Jackie. Congratulations, and enjoy!

LindaB LindaB 02 October 2017 09:41:34

Definitely 'something special' Jackie, can't wait to see the video.

Jackie Jackie 03 October 2017 08:15:07

Thanks ......I'm not sure how much of my garden will feature so it will be interesting to see what it looks like ;) 

Pelergonium sideoides......For Margot

20 September 2017 08:53:06

Following on from Margots journal, I thought I would post a picture of this lovely little plant. It was given to me by Yellow Rose (Bernie) a few years ago in Johnstown. Ive divided it up many times and given some away. At the moment I have a few pots and slips on the go!! And only yesterday I took these two photos of one sitting up on the wall.

The flowers are just tiny and really long stems. But it's the foliage that I really like too. Soft and almost furry. I leave this out all Summer but have taken it in over Winter into the greenhouse. It flowers forever!! 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 20 September 2017 09:07:06

Such a dainty plant! 

Fleurette Fleurette 20 September 2017 16:22:35

Oh, my gosh, Jackie!  I am covered in confusion.  

Guess which plant heads the list entitled "from Jackie -13/5/17"

Pelargonium sidoides, and its placement in the garden!  

My only excuse is the length of the list!  

Pelargonium sidoides:  doing well. 

Petunia Yellow mirage: these have mostly been lovely, depending on their exposure.  I would recommend for the front of a hot/vibrant bed as they lend a lovely calmness.

Californian poppies did very well and were of lovely soft colours.  The winds got them a little, but I would have these again. 

Cosmos: take me back to my youth when I grew them at home.  Those that I did not interfere with, are still blossoming beautifully. I had decided to give a few the Chelsea chop, but this is a No No.  still waiting for these few to flower.  Cosmos Xanthus, yellow, was low and did well.

Cont. on next comment!



Fleurette Fleurette 20 September 2017 16:29:12

comment continued: 

Persicaria Purple Fantasy is growing strongly and I have discovered that it is quite a good trailer in flower arrangements.

All good with the Tiarellas.  Lovely leaf markings.

Eccremocarpus:  growing. If it overwinters , it may flower next yr.  

Hollyhocks Good Golly Miss Holly .. all good.  

Alstroemeria did not do.  They generally do not do here.  Must be too wet.  A pity.  

Now, isn't that an impressive list of plants to be given by a friend?  Hooray for the iers.!  

It was so kind of Jackie to bring so much of her plants with her up to Donegal.  Her boot was full to overflowing.  And above is the report:  they did well and enriched my garden with plants I do not often have as I do not "do seed".  That is a visit that will always be etcehed on my mind.  

Thank you so much Jackie.  I've been meaning to write this for ages.  

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 21 September 2017 23:56:16

Fantastic foliage which contrasts so well with the dark flower.


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