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Seed donations wanted!

14 May 2016 12:49:50

Hi Everyone.

It's been a while I know but I have a favour to ask. I was doing a little research this week on Community gardens and I spoke to a lady called Veronica.  Veronica lives in Tallaght and has been working so hard for 3 years to get a space to set up a Community garden. She finally got one and is now trying to get the garden up and running. She held a raffle and raised €300 - but she needs more help! I was trying to think of a way to help when I thought of the iers soooo.... we all know how beneficial gardening can be!

I thought to begin with if anyone has seeds left over or seeds they didn't get round to planting we could send them on to Veronica. She is also looking for donations of plants and tools but I haven't figured out the logistics of that one yet! 

So if anyone has Veg or flower seeds they would like to donate please Pm me and I'll give you my address. Then I will deliver whatever I can to Veronica. I have sunflowers and peas and I don't know what else I'm going to send her. You can see the beginnings of the garden here - https://www.facebook.com/Knockmoregardens.ie/?fref=ts

Thanks in advance for any donations! 

:-) Alison

Jacinta D Jacinta D 14 May 2016 19:42:24

I'll have a good look tomorrow and be in touch.Although some of the seeds may be past their expiry date. Love to see these community gardens being set up. Great idea, Ali.

Drumanagh Drumanagh 14 May 2016 21:16:21

Thanks Jacinta. Veronica will be ablsolutely delighted with anything we can give her. She really is doing a great thing, and it hasn't been easy to get this far. Much appreciated. 

fran m fran m 14 May 2016 22:08:15

PM your address and I send on what I have, well done to all involved.

Jackie Jackie 14 May 2016 23:22:39

What a fantastic idea I certainly have lots of seeds that can be used. Will you pm me your address also and I will definitely send them to you. ;)

Drumanagh Drumanagh 15 May 2016 08:08:32

Thanks so much Fran and Jackie, that would be fantastic. 

JoanG JoanG 15 May 2016 10:12:16

Great to see someone taking on a community garden project and well done to you for helping, Alison.  I have some foxglove seeds and annuals, PM me your address if these are of any use.  

Drumanagh Drumanagh 15 May 2016 16:39:43

Hi Joan. That woudl be great, thanks very much.  I've sent you a friend request so I can Pm you my address when we are friends! 

Thanks, Ali


Gardens to visit!

05 July 2015 23:35:31

Hi All. 

I have a favour to ask - I'm putting together a piece on gardens to visit over the summer and I want to make sure I don't leave anywhere obvious out. What are your favourite gardens to visit or what gardens are on your bucket lists? I visited Mount Congreve for the first time last weekend - fab. I now understand why Paddy and Mary have been singing its praises for so long ;-) Carl wright's, Terra Nova and Blarney I hope this week. Any other suggestions? Much appreciated. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 06 July 2015 05:27:30

What about Sea View in DOnegal? Periwinkle's garden. A place I'd love to visit.

fran m fran m 06 July 2015 06:20:46

Ali, I'm sure their on your list but Bay Garden and Du Varren can't be missed.

ladygardener ladygardener 06 July 2015 09:24:34

Carl Wright's is just stunning - enjoy!  As you are in the area Matt O Connell's garden center is a lovely visit and he has a very nice garden as well in which you can see a lot of the plants growing that he has for sale.

Keego Keego 06 July 2015 09:51:58

Although a garden centre Ratoath garden centre is a great place to visit as John Lord has planted out some wonderful borders where you can see the plants growing then you can vist the garden centre. There is also a lovely cafe where the food is really good and reasonably priced. I would also recommend Gash Gardens in Laois I have not been in a few years but thought it was great the last time I was there.

TerriShoos TerriShoos 06 July 2015 10:06:12

We were in Doolin at Matt O'Connell's the other week and it's well worth a visit. Also Woodville Walled Garden in Kilchreest, near Loughrea, co. Galway, is superb, especially now when the roses are out. 

kindredspirit kindredspirit 06 July 2015 17:57:15

Dhu Varren is absolutely superb. And of course, my brother's, Terra Nova. :)  :)

Drumanagh Drumanagh 06 July 2015 21:57:26

Thanks everyone. I had included some of them on my list but not all so it has now expanded! Looking forward to doing some more garden visiting this week including getting a tour of Birr :-)

Deborah Deborah 06 July 2015 23:53:58

Kevin, your brothers garden is useless. I was just looking at it today and wasn't one bit impressed with it.

Periwinkle Periwinkle 07 July 2015 18:48:24

Alison, it would be lovely to welcome you here at Sea View! As you may know mine is just one of 24 gardens on the Donegal Garden Trail. Check us out on donegalgardentrail.com or Facebook!

Joann Joann 08 July 2015 23:52:01

yes all great gardens named above, but when you are in Limerick to see the fantastic Terra Nova (Martin has done wonderful things there) I highly recommend Knockpatrick gardens in Foynes, its beautiful, also Kevin Begleys garden Coolwater is worth a look too for something different and unusual

kindredspirit kindredspirit 09 July 2015 06:02:45

Deborah Deborah 06 July 2015 23:53:58

Kevin, your brothers garden is useless. I was just looking at it today and wasn't one bit impressed with it.


Must have a word with him. :)  :)  :)



Making a start

06 May 2014 11:48:11

Finally making a start on the new garden! The soil is absolutely terrible, very heavy and compacted and hard to dig. The garden is on a bit of a slope so we are flattening an area in the sunniest spot so we can put a table and chairs there. This happens to be right outside the kitchen window. The area in the photo is the shady side, some of which never gets any sun, so this will be planted up as grass won't even grow very well there. I have a nice double flowerd Oak leaf Hydrangea and some nice ferns, astilbes, and I don't know what else. The edge of this bed will get some sun so I'll have more options there.  At least its a start. Lots more soil will be dumped here first as we level out the lower half though so I have to wait a while before planting. Can't wait to get going.

Ps the Clematis belongs to my neighbour - it might be getting a trim after flowering!

LindaB LindaB 06 May 2014 12:00:48

Nice to have a blank canvas, especially with your experience, sounds like a good plan!

Clara Clara 06 May 2014 12:09:20

Good luck with all your plans , am sure it will be just beautiful when you finish , but when are we ever finished ........I love the Clematis .

Drumanagh Drumanagh 06 May 2014 12:12:11

So hard to know where to start Linda, but we'll see where we end up! Could really use a mini digger. The one I have complains a lot ;-)


Drumanagh Drumanagh 06 May 2014 12:13:16

So true Claire, a garden is never finished. All I really want is somewhere to potter!


GOULDILOX GOULDILOX 06 May 2014 15:57:25

Sounds like a good plan - i know it's not yours but that clematis is really stunning.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 06 May 2014 17:47:50

I'd hang on to the flowers of that beautiful clematis as long as possible. It looks like it is really brightening up that north-facing wall. 

Best of luck with the garden, Drumanagh. Keep us posted on its progress.

Rachel Rachel 06 May 2014 19:01:11

Different levels are so much hard work but you know what you're doing so you will be fine. That montana is absolutely fabulous, by the way.

Keego Keego 06 May 2014 20:23:34

Nice to have a blank canvas so much scope but the compacted soil will be a challenge but we love challenges don't we :)


JoanG JoanG 06 May 2014 20:56:57

Good luck with your plans for the garden, you'll feel great now that you've been able to start.  The clematis makes a lovely borrowed backdrop.

roofy roofy 06 May 2014 20:57:47

Having a plan will help in creating your new garden & I wish you well with that.

fran m fran m 06 May 2014 21:32:59

Best of luck with all the plans Alison, may there be many hours of happy pottering ;)

Periwinkle Periwinkle 06 May 2014 21:46:08

Can just imaging how you are itching to get going! That clematis looks lovely on the fence!

Myrtle Myrtle 06 May 2014 22:24:05

We will be looking forward to seeing progress at the end of the summer. Enjoy your garden.

Windowbox on the world

14 April 2014 13:13:24

Well it's been a while - having moved house twice in the last year I've been a little preoccupied and also renting definitely has its drawbacks when it comes to gardening, but no point getting despondent, is there? I've made a start in this new place with a windowbox, while I'm coming up with a plan for the garden and the ooodles of nomad plants I have in pots around the place. So I've gone very traditional except maybe for the Orange diascia which should be a good burst of colour! The French Lavender 'Tiara' with purple and white blooms I am looking forward to seeing in flower. And purple Bacopa, and Diascia, with a white Calibrocha and variegated ivy. All very simpple. It's beginning to feel a little more like home now :-)

Fleurette Fleurette 14 April 2014 17:07:39

Good for you.  Having your own plants and flowers is just the very best thing!  You very soon feel AT HOME.

LindaB LindaB 14 April 2014 17:39:51

Life must be pretty busy!  Love the orange diascia, haven't seen that one, I love orange and purple together!  Hope all your gang are well.

Lìga Lìga 14 April 2014 20:15:27

Yes,diascia looks super,great colour,will be nice with lavander at background.

JoanG JoanG 14 April 2014 20:28:37

That will make a lovely display; good luck with your plans for the garden.

fran m fran m 14 April 2014 21:49:13

Looks great, best of luck with everything ;)

Naul Horticultural show and Dahlia Championship

08 September 2013 13:28:56

I popped over to the Naul Horticultural show yesterday which also included the national Dahlia Championship. I was in a bit of a Dahlia daze with all the incredible blooms. Every shape, size and colour, I am definitely becoming a bigger fan of Dahlias. Some amazing floral displays as well for those interested in flower arranging with a lovely Autum basket containing what I think is Sunflower Teddy. A great show all in all. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 08 September 2013 17:09:42

Wow, those dahlias are fab.

Rachel Rachel 08 September 2013 17:36:57

So that's what you deserted us for! It will be remembered ;-)

Joking aside, that looks like a great show :)

Drumanagh Drumanagh 08 September 2013 17:39:51

No Rachel this was yesterday! I would have loved to go to Patthana today but the car was needed to ferry footballers around. Hope you had a great visit. 

Johnplotman Johnplotman 08 September 2013 18:11:30

Glad all went well at the show for you.

matt64 matt64 08 September 2013 19:27:55

Those dahlia's are stunning...they defo have the slugs under control to have blooms like them...

andyf7 andyf7 08 September 2013 22:07:44

would have went too, but as ever work gets in the way. glad you enjoyed it.

Rachel Rachel 08 September 2013 22:36:29

We missed you, Ali. Footballers can be so inconsiderate of gardeners' plans :)

Violeta Violeta 08 September 2013 23:04:08

Fab Dahlias, such a pity I missed it... 

Ali, If I would know,you want to go to Patthana, I could pick you up on the way... to Rush (taking Liga)... It would be no problem for 3 of us to travel in my car today... :-) Ah... so sorry...


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