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Shady Characters

15 May 2017 12:40:18

Last year I bought three shade loving plants which now reside beneath the big gunnera clump. The gunnera  provides shade during the main summer months that keeps them happy. They are Brunnera macrophyllum "Jack Frost"   Podophyllum "Spotty Dotty"  and Lamiastrum"Hermanns Pride".  They have put on a lot of growth this year and look great, especially spotty dotty which I really love. The foliage in all three of them is bright and cheery. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 15 May 2017 12:53:30

Wow! I love that third plant. I've never heard of it. I think it'll be going on my list.

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 15 May 2017 16:54:29

Me too looks like a flock of birds!

Myrtle Myrtle 15 May 2017 18:24:58

The right plant in the right place!

accsean accsean 15 May 2017 18:52:20

Three great plants there, Rhody and all happy out.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 15 May 2017 23:00:34

Spotty Dotty are always a talking point and very few visitors pass them without asking what they are. I love both the leaves and the dark flowers. Brunner 'Jack Frost' is so popular and for a good reason, a super plant.

Fleurette Fleurette 17 May 2017 09:21:14

Rhody, in what way is the lamiastrum different to a lamium?  Tidier, less straggly, stronger markings?

All three look really well and should give good interest under your great umbrellas.  

rhody rhody 19 May 2017 23:39:46

Fleurette, the lamiastrum is a little more straggly but good markings and nice plant.

Gunnera and Rheum

19 April 2017 21:56:22

Its so encouraging to see new leaves on trees especially the acers and Rhodos in bloom. In one area we have woodland leafy plants coming up now. In the photos are the big Gunnera with a nice leaved Rheum as its neighbour. The gunnera needs a bit of elbo room but I love it.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 19 April 2017 22:57:35

Fantastic colour on the stems of your Rheum. Do you have any name for it? Hope you are feeling better again.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 20 April 2017 07:44:28

Two great plants. I'd love the space for a Rheum.

Mary B Mary B 20 April 2017 11:58:42

Beautiful plants, need a bit more than elbow room i'd say!

rhody rhody 21 April 2017 15:43:32

Thanks Mary, I am feeling a lot better now though limited what I can do in the garden. Are you going to Birr next month? I don't know the name of the Rheum but in spring and early summer it shows its colour well. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 21 April 2017 16:36:52

Not this year! Robert and I had been so looking forward to the dancing. My son is bestman for his friend that weekend and we are on babysitting duty. Looking forward to next year in the north.

Dick Dick 21 April 2017 19:23:25

Very interesting plants Rhody. I am not familiar with same

Spring Time

31 March 2017 00:21:53

Well, the days are getting longer now and its good to see flowers and leaves appearing again. I have a photo here of miniture daffodils just after a fresh shower of rain, they look good in a nice pot too. The others are Castlewellan Arboretum and Park with Mourne mountains as a back drop. My gardening days are put on hold for a while now as I had an operation on Monday. I am a bit sore but it will heal in the coming weeks and will eventually get back to normal. Plenty of time to catch up with all those gardening books now. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 31 March 2017 07:05:56

Hi Rhody. Good to see you back here. Love the second photo of the Mourne Mountains.

I do wish you a vey speedy recovery. In the meantime, sit back and enjoy the view.

LindaB LindaB 31 March 2017 11:23:23

Great photos, hope you recover quickly.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 31 March 2017 18:07:05

Wishing you a speedy recovery.  We didn't venture into the maze when we visited last February. Fantastic photo of it with the Mourne mountains in the background. Best wishes to Kathleen.

PeterW PeterW 31 March 2017 22:23:55

Lovely photos Rhody, get well soon.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 01 April 2017 17:28:01

That maze looks amazing! Hope you are back to gardening before too long! 

rhody rhody 01 April 2017 20:41:49

Many thanks everyone. Yes the view from the maze is lovely and the car park is close by but dosen,t spiol the view.

Frosted Leaves

28 December 2016 22:05:23

Around mid December we had a few days of frost which makes gardens and landscapes more interesting this time of year. This photo of Chestnut leaves I thought had interesting patterns.

JoanG JoanG 28 December 2016 22:13:22

A lovely picture, you could frame that one! 

Jackie Jackie 28 December 2016 23:06:24


Jacinta D Jacinta D 29 December 2016 06:06:36

Lovely patterns, and gorgeous colours too.

fraoch fraoch 29 December 2016 20:51:25


Periwinkle Periwinkle 29 December 2016 21:13:52

There is something very beautiful about a touch of frost on everything just ss the sun comes up and you know that it will soon disappear.

Scrubber Scrubber 29 December 2016 22:37:07

But you have to have the eyes to see such beauty and you have. Gaw-er-jus!-the leaves Rhody not your eyes!!!!!

Fleurette Fleurette 30 December 2016 18:46:30

Lovely to see those leaves Rhody!  

fran m fran m 31 December 2016 08:57:10

Well snapped.

rhody rhody 03 January 2017 22:45:52

Thanks for that folks. Hopefully see you at Johnstown.

Jackie Jackie 04 January 2017 07:12:04

Good to hear you are going to Johnstown. Will see you there. 

Lozzer Lozzer 17 January 2017 13:26:53

That's a beautiful picture! I too cherish the frosty misty mornings, seeing the temporary glory of the quiet fields out the back of the house as the sky turns orange and dawn arrives. Precious times!

Winter garden

16 December 2016 21:49:55

Well, its been a while since I've been on here but nice to say hello again, and hopefully will do more often. I was in the garden today tidying up as it's in a bit of a mess with leaves and the weeds that took advantage of the mild autumn weather.

The evergreen shrubs with nice folage are taking centre stage at the moment, along with the flowers of Vinca, Viburnum, even a Hebe mad enough to make an appearence. It's good being in the garden again. 

rhody rhody 16 December 2016 21:55:44

The Vinca was given the wrong name by mistake, its certainly not Viburnum.

fraoch fraoch 16 December 2016 22:04:49

The Hebe is gorgeous.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 16 December 2016 23:37:51

I have a hebe for 5 years and it has never flowered! Now that I see yours I'm very envious!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 17 December 2016 07:59:08

Lovely photos, Rhody. Happy Christmas to you and yours.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 17 December 2016 10:08:31

Great to hear from you, Robert. That hebe has a fantastic flower, so clean and white, gorgeous. Best wishes to Kathleen and yourself for the Christmas. 

rhody rhody 17 December 2016 18:29:20

Thanks Gracedieu and everyone. Have a happy christmas to you too.


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