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21 June 2017 08:52:05

These plants donated to me as tiny plants some a couple of years back were finally planted into a proper bog planter last year.

They are rewarding me now with some of their amazing and unusual flowers.

Cannomois grandis

21 June 2017 08:43:04

This plant, given to me some time ago by Bruno is fast becoming a top favorite here.

Lovely to watch in the wind, stunning after rain as the droplets create a lovely effect. The fine foliage and stem colouring only add to the overall beauty of this plant.

I'm thinking of dividing later in the year and having two pots at the main step of the decking.

Cloudy and some rain here, but due to clear off shortly.

Have a good day folks.

Fleurette Fleurette 21 June 2017 13:27:04

Oh yes, Fran, I'm all for you dividing it and sharing at Johnstown!!!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 21 June 2017 17:07:20

Very pretty!

Another bog planter.

16 June 2017 08:41:12
Another bog planter.

Another bog planter.

This is another one of my so called tricks. A planter with no holes in it, I then drilled a hole about 10cm from the top.

I place an iris that came from my late sisters pond, added some water. At years end I cut away the dying growth and that's it, totally maintance free. Trouble free gardening at it's best.

The Iris has bulked up great and may need diving this year.



PeterW PeterW 16 June 2017 10:08:10

It's awful that the site is going downhill. It's one of the reasons I barely use it now as I can't do much from a phone and when I do the photos come up sideways and when I try using the tablet or even the new laptop with Windows 10 I can't upload albums so very frustrating. I was always one for trying to use this site first before facebook but it's just becoming very hard and we have lost so many of the Garden.ie members due to all these problems already and sadly for the future of the site I can see it becoming a ghost town.

I remember when I joined years ago A journal you put up in the morning would end up nearly getting lost because there was so many people posting and so much to read and look through but now it's lucky if 4 people post a day.

fran m fran m 16 June 2017 18:33:20

Well said Peter. But I think ''going downhill'' is incorrect, it's gone downhill...... :(

I would normally send an email when an issue like this would  arise, this morning I said I wouldn't, 9 hours later the issue is unresolved. In the last 24 hours, a tiny amount of journals have been posted. I take it nobody from Garden.ie has even looked at the site.....

To me that says it all.....................


Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 16 June 2017 18:42:54

I fully agree about the problems. But despite these I am going to stay here as well as Facebook because some of the friends I have here are not FB users and there is no way I want to lose touch with them.  It was here that I met those I now see on FB and all my ie friends are most important to me except for here I would never have met them.

So despite having to swallow very hard now and then while the site remains so do I !

Liztai Liztai 16 June 2017 19:54:55

Oh Fran, please don't leave. Yes I know the pics are lovely to see, and add hugely to the pleasure of the site, but I dont' come for the pics, but for the people - the pics are the dessert, the people are the main meal!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 16 June 2017 20:52:45

I just put up a journal and photo with no problem. And I'm here to stay too (for as long as the site allows).

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 16 June 2017 22:09:03

I would hate to return to FB again, so I do hope the site remains. I do love to see what the members are doing at different times of the year and having a look into their gardens. I feel like we are a garden club with members that garden. I know it is difficult to post to the site from iPads and mobiles and I would like to ask members to continue to post as often as they can. 

It is high summer now so get posting photos of all those beautiful plants growing in your gardens. Please.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 16 June 2017 23:12:43

I always feel my garden is not good enough to keep posting. But ANYTHING is better than nothing, in my opinion. Getting really disheartened in recent times though. 

Jackie Jackie 16 June 2017 23:31:12

It's such a shame to see so few posting now. But then it is a busy time too with the weather improving and the gardens needing extra care. But having said that, like Peter said, I use my phone during the day. If I see something I want to share, I immediately go to Fb because I can't upload it correctly here. That's very annoying. And you know this was all said back last year and things were to change.......and months later it's the same, if not worse. I too will continue here because it's from here I've met you all and learned so much now about gardening. It's opened up a whole new world for me for which I'll  always be grateful. Is there any point in emailing Gerry to see if anything is going to be done about the site in general? I don't know if it will help but you know what I'm going to give it a try. Nothing ventured nothing gained ;) 

fran m fran m 17 June 2017 07:49:37

Fair dues to your persistence Jackie.

I decided to stay on the site here rather than move to FB, even though it's the same folk there (and many more) it is still FB....

When a Husband died, his poor wife was left wondering why there were none of his FB friends at the funeral...... ''but John was always talking about all the wondeful friends he had made on FB''..................????????

''Garden.ie has something very special'' words used by Gerry at Johnstown recently. If this is true, why treat something special so badly? Instead of trying to boost it and shout out loud all about it........

I was once again surprised last evening by friends that I've made on the site here, no matter what happens, these friendships will never be effected or ended.


07 June 2017 21:56:26

Nothing better than having a fellow gardener pay you a visit. Had the great pleasure of having Rachel call by this morning. There is nothing better than a good chat with a good friend. Thanks Rachel.

Deckyoshea Deckyoshea 07 June 2017 22:50:47

A good old natter Fran !  

Scrubber Scrubber 07 June 2017 22:58:26

Two beeoriful perennials bloomin in yer garden!

Jackie Jackie 07 June 2017 23:11:58

Good to see you both out and about. ;) It's lovely to have like minded people call and chat. So uplifting. 

PCON PCON 07 June 2017 23:16:49

Hi Fran, good to see Rachel again. She has been very quiet lately. Glad to see she is OK.

Moya Moya 07 June 2017 23:25:27

Great photo of you two!

TerriShoos TerriShoos 08 June 2017 08:57:17

Glad to see you both looking better. It all takes time. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 08 June 2017 11:18:19

Great to see you both looking so well. It is always nice to have a visitor who has an interest in gardening. Fran, the garden is looking gorgeous.

Jemo Jemo 22 June 2017 00:23:28

Very nice...

Jemo Jemo 22 June 2017 00:23:31

Very nice...


07 June 2017 07:59:58

I love this lille plant that is just starting to flower now.

I have it planted in a small bog type planter, where all the plants are doing very well. There are no holes in the bottom of this planter, instead I drilled some holes about 8cm from the top rim. This gives the ideal conditions for plants that like damp conditions.

The detail on the flower is really beautiful.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 07 June 2017 08:31:59

Lovely markings on it and a great colour.

Jackie Jackie 07 June 2017 08:43:37

That is a beauty alright. Great idea in making the big container too! 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 07 June 2017 09:23:16

Beautiful plant, Fran. I hope you are not turning into one of those orchid fanatics.

JoanG JoanG 07 June 2017 21:10:58

Love them too and you have it perfectly planted Fran. 

accsean accsean 07 June 2017 21:33:43

That is very attractive, Fran.

Moya Moya 07 June 2017 23:27:04

This plant is new to me Fran but I love it.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 10 June 2017 10:00:07

That's very clever Fran! Would never have thought off such a solution !


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