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German beer radish

09 June 2015 18:17:10

This is a sample of our "German beer radishes", which we have started harvesting and eating. Quite different from the pinky red varieties, but they definitely taste like radishes, which I love. They are quite spicy/peppery. And they are very large! The first ones we harvested were smaller, but we knew they were supposed to be big, so left them a little longer and we are getting closer to the real size now. A nice variety anyway!

The second photo shows our raised bed, quite full now. Despite unauspicious beginnings, with all of the seeds scattered all over the place with the wind, everything recovered and is growing really well!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 09 June 2015 18:34:29

I love the peppery taste of radishes and the do taste nicer if the don't get to big and woody. We are just starting to harvest our broad beans now. You seem to have nice flowers on your mange tout.

JoanG JoanG 09 June 2015 19:46:19

That looks a productive veg bed now Claire, well done to you and Jonathan.

Mary B Mary B 09 June 2015 20:19:29

Lovely to grow something not usually available in the shops. The German Beer radishes sound very interesting.

fran m fran m 09 June 2015 21:24:29

Looking great Claire

Jackie Jackie 10 June 2015 06:32:51

Wow Claire they look fantastic. Well done to you both on a great veg plot. Everything looking great. 

A little gardening before the rain

30 May 2015 19:40:53

Today I got a new "toy", a new lawn mower! Much lighter than the old one, it was a pleasure to cut the grass this afternoon, just in time before the rain starts for the week-end... 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 30 May 2015 19:43:25

Lovely photos of your garden, Claire. And yes, lighter definitely makes a difference. You timed the grass cutting well.

Dick Dick 30 May 2015 20:48:07

You garden looks great Claire.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 30 May 2015 20:54:46

The garden is filling up and so much colour. The lawn looks so neat and tidy. Rain in Waterford since lunchtime.

Kathrin Kathrin 30 May 2015 21:03:08

lovely garden

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 30 May 2015 21:57:58

well done, Claire! My lawnmower is like a very light vacuum cleaner - I totally agree, a light mower is the way to go!

JoanG JoanG 30 May 2015 22:55:54

Your garden is looking so lovely Claire and a neat job done on the lawn.  My lawnmower is as light as Hazel's, a 30+ year old electric job that somehow keeps going, the grass box is held together by duck tape!

Thanks Hazel!

26 May 2015 10:05:53

Hazel gave me this kniphofia at the get-together 2014. It didn't flower last year as it was still quite small, but grew well. I'm delighted to see it flowering this year, thanks Hazel!

I have another kniphofia, which is yellow. It always flowers early, but I could see nothing coming this year so got a little worried. Looking more closely yesterday, I was glad to see there are flowers coming up, just a little later than usual I think. I'm hoping that eventually both will flower in sync :-)

Kathrin Kathrin 26 May 2015 10:13:56

What a pretty colour. 

PeterW PeterW 26 May 2015 20:25:53

Very nice, I imagine the cold start to the month prob slowed the yellow down.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 26 May 2015 21:44:02

I have only ever had one Knophofia, called 'Bees Lemon'. The emerging flowers were constantly being eaten by slugs. But I think I'm ready to try again with a more slug-tolerant variety. I like the colour of that one, Claire.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 26 May 2015 22:50:13

Glad its doing well for you Claire! I have several of them around the garden and some have that nice civilised colour but some are totally FLAME! This really surprises me as they all came from the same source!

JoanG JoanG 27 May 2015 00:06:37

That's a lovely one, beautiful colour.

Knockrose garden, Kilternan

25 May 2015 10:15:57

Yesterday I went to visit Knockrose garden in Kilternan with my friend Yuko. I had barely heard of it before, despite having driven past its entrance nearly every evening on my way back from work for several years. Yuko was there a few weeks ago as part of an event and thought I would like it, so went back with me, and she was so right, I loved it!

It's not a huge garden, but there is so much to see there. It's located at the side of the Scalp hill, and some areas of it apparently get no sun at all during winter, so it's amazing to see all the beautiful and healthy plants that grow in those less than ideal conditions. There was an amazing amount of different ferns, which I loved, but also many many other gorgeous plants. The garden is laid out in a succession of small areas which made it even more interesting, as each time I thought that was it, there was more to discover. A real gem, that went straight to the top of all the nicest gardens I have ever visited. Thanks to Yuko for bringing me there!!

Unfortunately, I still cannot upload photos in albums on this site so I will only upload 3 with this journal. I hope it works.

ClaireE ClaireE 25 May 2015 10:17:02

Well, it took three attempts to upload these three photos, but they got there eventually.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 25 May 2015 10:22:43

Have wanted to visit that garden for a number of years. I watched the video of the garden on The Dublin Group website. The photos you have posted are wonderful and a pity you are not able to post an album. This year for sure I will visit.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 25 May 2015 12:10:29

What a lovely mature garden! Thank you for bringing it to our attention!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 25 May 2015 12:25:22

That looks a real gem. On my visit 'wish list' now. Thank you, Claire.

Keego Keego 25 May 2015 13:32:07

Claire this garden looks beautiful have made a note of it on wihs list fro places to visit.

did you have to make appointment to visit?



ClaireE ClaireE 25 May 2015 13:51:43

You are very welcome :-) As far as I know you can visit the garden by appointment normally, but during May it is open from 1-6pm every Friday to Sunday. It is really a beautiful garden, and it is in a place which is rich in history too, which makes it even more interesting. 

Keego Keego 25 May 2015 13:55:19

There are a couple of gardens in the Dublin Garden Group that I would really love to visit but most of them would prefer a group - just wondering if anyone else on the site might be interested

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 25 May 2015 14:14:12

Yes Mary I would be interested if a few of us went. It can be embarrassing when two just turn up and you feel you are imposing on people. Last summer we visited Lambs Cross and Jean van der Lee's as they were open for the day. 

Rachel Rachel 25 May 2015 20:32:50

That looks fabulous! Wow, I would love to see that garden!

Jackie Jackie 26 May 2015 07:34:35

Mary I would be interested too, so let me know when and where and hopefully I can go then. 

Claire beautiful photos. Sounds like a beautiful garden. If you can maybe put up three at a time in other journals. Strange you can't upload. Could it be your PC/ Laotop?? 

ClaireE ClaireE 26 May 2015 09:37:53

I'd be interested too in visiting a couple more. A lot of these gardens are incredibly close to here, I cannot believe I have never seen them.

Jackie, my laptop does not seem to be the problem, as I have tried with our family PC and run into the same issue. We have a high speed fibre connection, and I have no problem uploading photos anywhere else. It's a mystery...

Jackie Jackie 26 May 2015 15:58:16

I wonder Claire if there might be some 'pop up' that could be blocking you. Send an email to Craig and see if he can help you. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 26 May 2015 17:34:06

 What about sometime in July for a visit? Knockrose, Shirley Beatty, Blackrock, and maybe another one? Have a think about it and maybe someone who knows the area could help with suggestions. Have a look at the videos on The Dublin Garden Group to help make a choice.

JoanG JoanG 26 May 2015 22:01:01

That looks a beautiful garden Claire, glad you enjoyed your visit.  I'd also be interested in a group visit and would be happy to do the phoning/booking once we have a date in mind, as I live in the area yet have only seen a couple of these gardens.  Lambs Cross last summer was divine!

ClaireE ClaireE 30 May 2015 18:49:56

Some time in July should be ok for me, up to about the 22nd, not sure if people were thinking of the week-end or a date during the week? Between my work which is quite unpredictable and the girls on holidays with various activities in July, I cannot plan very far ahead so if there is a date that suits everybody, I will do my best to work around it :-)

I also have a "window" of a few days from next week (4-16 June) where I will have one girl in France and the other still at school...

I'm also very happy to help organise. Mary and Joan's suggestions (Shirley Beatty, Knockrose and Lambs cross) seem good to me!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 30 May 2015 19:59:18

I would go mid-week OR weekends. I'll go with the majority.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 30 May 2015 20:45:51

I'm thinking of having an Open Day myself on 19 July this year but would love to visit some of those gardens you've mentioned.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 30 May 2015 21:00:43

I can go any day in July, weekends or midweek.

Jackie Jackie 31 May 2015 00:43:59

July suits me too :).

Hazel I will definitely try to get to your garden this year too. Hopefully I will have my 'driver' with me ;) 

Keego Keego 05 June 2015 10:22:51

I would certainly be interested I can do Friday;s or weekend;s sorry about delay in replying

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 05 June 2015 21:35:49

Fridays and weekends would be OK for me too. So some Friday or weekend in July. If some on would like to suggest a date we maybe able to get something organised.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 05 June 2015 21:38:14

Friday 10th, or Saturday 11th?

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 05 June 2015 21:41:59

Those dates would be fine with me.

ClaireE ClaireE 06 June 2015 22:01:08

That Saturday should be fine with me, not sure about the full Friday but I think part of it should be ok if I cannot be free for the whole day. 

JoanG JoanG 07 June 2015 15:06:07

Just catching up folks.  I will phone a few of the gardens over the next day or so to see what we can arrange for either Friday 10th or Saturday 11th July.  As soon as I have some information I'll start a new journal on 'Dublin gardens visit'.  Hopefully it will all work out and thanks to Claire and Mary for getting this going.

Not starting the name debate again!

14 May 2015 17:37:35

This is my version of the dark geranium a few people posted about recently. It was given to me by my mum a few years ago, a division from a slip which was given to her by somebody else! No name with it but I guess it is a version of the Geranium Phaeum.

I like it and think that the flowers are very pretty, but find that it doesn't flower much, it has only three or four stalks (with several flowers on it) this year. Also the flowering season is short (about a month from what I saw in previous years). Having read that Fran gets a second flush of flowers on it by cutting it to the ground after the first flowers are finished, I think I will try that this year!

One big plus is that it is not invasive and keeps fairly compact...

Moya Moya 14 May 2015 18:13:39

There are so many variations of this...mine is a bit invasive.

fran m fran m 14 May 2015 18:14:49

Fingers crossed LOL

The second flush won't be as good as the first, but you will get flowers

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 14 May 2015 18:18:53

I like the dark flowered ones and by cutting it down the foliage is nice and fresh.

Jackie Jackie 14 May 2015 18:52:47

It looks familiar Claire lol ;)

I did the 'chelsea chop' on one of my Geraniums last year and it flowered again and it was lovely, but as Fran said not as many flowers the second time, but still lovely!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 14 May 2015 19:40:36

Very nice.

PeterW PeterW 14 May 2015 21:11:32

It's gorgeous whatever one it is


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