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Lucifer Loot

30 April 2016 18:10:59

Perfect day for gardening in here so started on the front border.  My initially well behaved Crocosmia Lucifer had rampaged its way around the bed so out the haul came and tidied it back to a few respectable clumps. 

In it's place I have planted 3 phlomis grown from seed so will keep you posted on how they perform.

Looking good is this cherry, bought from a market stall a few years ago.  It's rather a narrow conical shape so if anybody can tell me the variety that would be great

fraoch fraoch 30 April 2016 20:12:11

great work with the Lucifer. I have common Montbretia and it's impossible. 

fran m fran m 01 May 2016 08:27:50

It was a lovely gardening day alright.

JoanG JoanG 01 May 2016 23:12:23

Yes, Lucifers are lovely when they flower well but do tend to march about.  You did great work on them.  Sorry I can't help with the cherry tree ID, it looks a nice one. 

Jackie Jackie 02 May 2016 08:55:10

IT was a lovely day to be out. I agree they can 'travel' but at least you can get some kind of order to it. Lovely tree but sorry can't ID it either. 

Keego Keego 04 May 2016 13:45:42

Hi Caroline I am delighted to see another Cavan gardener on the site. I am sorry I missed your previous entries. Your garden sounds very similiar to mine with the same challenges. If my experience of phlomis is anything to go by you will never be without it. Love Lucifer but it is a bit of a thug

The sun is shining in Cavan

19 April 2016 18:51:50

Today the sun is shining and time out to inspect the garden shows the creeping buttercup and other weeds advancing at a serious pace. But hey-Ho that's Mother Nature and a least the soil is finally warming up here.  On the plus side the Iberis and aubrieta are looking good and waiting patiently alongside them but not yet flowering is the Alyssum 'Gold Ball'. Though not loved by all this plant completes a fab Spring trio for me.

Jackie Jackie 19 April 2016 19:23:14

It was a great day and tomorrow should be as nice. I was admiring my own Aubretia today, looking great in the sunshine! Long may it last!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 19 April 2016 20:03:00

Looking lovely, Caroline. 

PeterW PeterW 19 April 2016 20:42:57

Looking great and my Aubretia is in full flower here too, only a small plant at the moment but hoping it will grow over the edge of my wall

fran m fran m 19 April 2016 22:07:12

Super mix of colour, always look great together.

A welcome return

12 April 2016 18:14:44

Heading out this morning to feed the dogs I hear the welcome calls of the cuckoo for the first time this year in Killylea.  I always feel that Spring has truly arrived when I hear that sound and looking round the garden the perennials all are pushing up at a fast rate and it's great to see their return too. Looking forward to All the colours of summer.


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 12 April 2016 18:41:54

Beautiful spring day in Waterford today, warm for a change. Love the colour of the daylilly.

Jackie Jackie 12 April 2016 19:04:11

Yes its great to see all the new growth now on the perennials. I was out for a while in the garden today and each day brings something new! Lets hope the weather picks up from now on!

fraoch fraoch 12 April 2016 19:51:52

Yes, best time of the year in a lot of ways.

Caroline killylea Caroline killylea 12 April 2016 22:02:30

Oh to be in the sunny south Grace.  Still cold ,wet , grey and miserable in Cavan.

Things can only get better !!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 12 April 2016 23:15:37

Haven#t heard a cuckoo since 1979 when I visited the Burren for the first time ..... Lucky you!

April Fools - Not !!

01 April 2016 12:19:01

Well we are just back from Glasgow.

Thankfully we returned by boat yesterday afternoon and had a great crossing.  I would not want to be travelling today !! Thus maybe not an April fool...

What a difference a week can make.  These layered bulbs were planted late and the crocuses were just out before I left. Muscari blooming and the Daffodils though not yet opened have pushed up now with Tulips soon to follow.

What a welcome site from my kitchen window on this cold, wet miserable day


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 01 April 2016 14:17:41

You can get so much colour from a layered pot of spring bulbs and colour over a long period. It would not be very nice travelling by ferry today.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 01 April 2016 16:26:12

That looks lovely.

fran m fran m 01 April 2016 19:50:22


JoanG JoanG 01 April 2016 21:55:57

Lovely combination of spring bulbs, you'll enjoy the display for quite a while.

Nectar from our shrubs

28 March 2016 08:57:53

Some early flowering shrubs are grreat for the early feeders too.  This vibrnum I have growing in a pot provides evergreen interest all year round on my patio and flowers during the late winter months.  It can become a sizeable plant when grown directly in the garden soil

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 28 March 2016 12:12:11

It is good to have early flowers near the house where you can see them.

Fleurette Fleurette 28 March 2016 12:19:49

Indeed, GracedieuLass.  Good scent from this viburnum, but Caroline did you say " sizeable" when in the ground?  Mine is worse than ginormous.  But its filling up a lost corner. It is easily 15ft x 30. My consolation is that the insects like it.  


TerriShoos TerriShoos 29 March 2016 10:31:43

Shrubs are great for providing early and late nectar. Or 'Neptar' as my litttle granddaughter says, and adds that it's very important that I have lots of nice flowers for buzzy bees. Of course, I'm indoctrinating her!

Dick Dick 29 March 2016 23:18:38

Caroline, some years ago, I bought one Viburnum plant. You should see it now. Behind is the septic tank which is blinded well by it.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 01 April 2016 07:56:20

All the viburnums are well worth a place in the garden. I have a few different ones including the native one Viburnum Opulus also known as Guelder Rose and in Irish "An Cha".

Caroline killylea Caroline killylea 01 April 2016 11:01:39

Great feedback on the viburnum guys.

Yes I have seen a huge one in the grounds of Cavan General Hospital and it looks fab in the space allocated.

We have the Guelder Rose variety growing in the hedgerows along the country I live on and its just a great shrub,  but for me especially in late summer and autumn with its lovely berries and leaf colour



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