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New shoots

24 March 2017 10:03:46

I did a major major cut back on Clematis 'Blue Angel'. I know you can cut these plants hard back, but I was afraid that maybe I had gone too far.

Delighted the oher day to spot lovely big new shoots bursting out.

Once again, simple things keep us gardeners happy ;)

Have a good weekend folks.

fraoch fraoch 24 March 2017 10:21:12

I know the feeling,, Fran. Great when the new shoots appear.

fraoch fraoch 24 March 2017 12:14:46

I know the feeling,, Fran. Great when the new shoots appear.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 24 March 2017 13:36:33

Enjoy the good weather over the weekend. Look forward to seeing the clematis during the summer.

JoanG JoanG 24 March 2017 14:10:15

Happy days Fran; it's a gorgeous clematis and yours always looks super when it flowers. 

PeterW PeterW 24 March 2017 21:16:30

this will prob thrive from a good cut back. A great day here weatherwise and it's to last all weekend so i'll be getting loads done hopefully. Have a good one Fran

Jackie Jackie 27 March 2017 07:30:01

Where there's  life........that's looking really good. Can't wait to see it in full bloom. 


23 March 2017 11:00:25

Some cut Daffodils brightening the kitchen table today.

Dick Dick 23 March 2017 12:58:00

It has been a great season Fran for daffodils. They are great inside and outside.

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 23 March 2017 15:28:09

lovely, i must do the same, as the wind here is rough on them, i like that white & peach one, very pretty

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 23 March 2017 17:27:40

Like Jackie, love the white and peach one. 

Jackie Jackie 24 March 2017 08:18:32

Gorgeous..........hope you are keeping well :) 

Liztai Liztai 24 March 2017 10:09:40

Lovely photo too, fitting tribute to an elegant subject

R. I. P.

10 March 2017 06:39:46

I guess at this stage most of the members here know of the very sad news of the death of Joshua Darlington.

To the newer members on the site here Rachel Darlington is one of the main reasons this site is here today. When it started, Rachel was posting journals to no one, because there was no one out there. How that has all changed?

As Rachel, Norman, family and friends are laying their beloved son to rest today, can I please ask as mark of respect  to the nicest friends and family I have had the great pleasure of  ever getting to know, that we all refrain from posting journals on the site for 24 hours.


Thoughts and prayers are with you all, from all of us here on Garden.ie

Jackie Jackie 10 March 2017 07:28:57

My thoughts and prayers are with Rachel, Norman and family at this sad time on the loss of their beautiful son, Joshua, may he rest in peace R.I.P

Geranimojess Geranimojess 10 March 2017 07:40:48

I never knew Rachel but I also offer my sincere condolences on their tragic loss...may Joshua rest in Peace...R.I.P

Jacinta D Jacinta D 10 March 2017 07:42:40

Sincerest sympathies go to Rachel, Noman, and family.  Rest in Peace, Joshua.

Mary B Mary B 10 March 2017 08:25:22

Sincere sympathies to Rachel and her family on their terrible loss. May he rest in peace.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 10 March 2017 08:34:00

Thinking of you all at this dreadful time. Joshua was such a lovely gentle boy.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 10 March 2017 08:34:37

Thank you Fran for a very sensitive journal.

To Rachel, Norman and family my thoughts are with you all at the sad time. For Josh - may he rest in peace.


fraoch fraoch 10 March 2017 10:28:38

My sympathy also to Rachel and her family. May Joshua rest in peace.

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 10 March 2017 10:38:10

God Rest her, and my sympathies to her family

accsean accsean 10 March 2017 11:03:52

My deepest condolences to Rachel and her family. May Joshua rest in peace.

Doreen Doreen 10 March 2017 11:13:46

Shocking news.... Many of Rachel's journals featured her children including Joshua. My thoughts and prayers are with Rachel and her family. RIP Joshua.

Dick Dick 10 March 2017 13:44:50

My sympathy with Rachel and her family on the death of her son Joshua. May he rest in peace.

PCON PCON 10 March 2017 14:07:27

Awfully sorry to hear such dreadful news. Nobody expects to bury their children. Rest in peace, Joshua. My sympathy to Rachel and Norman.

Scrubber Scrubber 10 March 2017 15:48:54

At Joshua's funeral today there was so much love, appreciation, care, sympathy. It was a heartbreaking farewell graced by the bravery of the family in their unbearable grief. Ishtar somehow managed to speak the most memorable heartfelt appreciative few words. Rachel, Norman, Samuel and Ori  somehow also managed to master their terrible grief and respond to whatever poor words we offered. The celebrant spoke well with compassion and thoughtful sympathy and the schools which Joshua had attended were there to honour him in great numbers forming guards of honour and doing prayers and readings.One could not but be deeply moved. Peace to his young heart and to his beloved  grieving family.

Deckyoshea Deckyoshea 10 March 2017 16:33:27

Thank you Fran . I wasn't aware of this sad news . 


Jemo Jemo 10 March 2017 19:38:48

...yes it was heart rending today....may Joshua rest in peace and may his families pain ease

Periwinkle Periwinkle 10 March 2017 19:52:25

Such a sad and difficult day for the whole family. Our thoughts and love will continue to be with them all in the days ahead. 

Myrtle Myrtle 10 March 2017 19:52:33

My memory of a first visit from Rachel  to my garden about 6 or 7 years ago was with her boys enjoying apple tart in my sun room, a beautiful  family and I hope that in time those memories will  soften  the pain.  A loving hug to you all. 

MarieG MarieG 10 March 2017 20:40:29

So sorry to hear such sad news, may Joshua R.I.P.   My thoughts are with Rachel Norman and their family. 

jerseygirleire1 jerseygirleire1 10 March 2017 20:46:29

Sincerest sympathies to Rachel,Norman and family you are all in our thoughts and prayers at this very sad time.

catty catty 10 March 2017 21:44:48

Deepest Sympathy to the family on the very sad loss of  Joshua RIP and the unbearable grief it brings. May they find comfort in the love and care of family and friends. 

Keego Keego 10 March 2017 21:51:31

No words can express our deepest sympathy to Rachel and her family on the loss of her beautiful son. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

JoanG JoanG 10 March 2017 22:20:00

Our love and sympathy to Rachel, Norman and family on the loss of their much loved son.  May Joshua rest in peace; our thoughts are with you all in your sorrow.

Rachel Rachel 11 March 2017 08:45:58

Thank you, my friends.

Rachel Rachel 11 March 2017 08:45:59

Thank you, my friends.

Bernie (Yellow Rose) Bernie (Yellow Rose) 11 March 2017 15:03:09

Very sorry to hear such sad news. Sincere sympathy to Rachel and her family at this sad time. RIP Joshua. 

Joybells Joybells 11 March 2017 22:12:12

With deepest and hearlfelt sympathy Rachel & family on hearing such sad news. X

PeterW PeterW 11 March 2017 22:26:29

Thinking of you Rachel and Family in this very sad time.

Moya Moya 11 March 2017 23:01:41

This is the most tragic news I have heard in a long time. My heart goes out to Rachel, Norman, Ishtar, Samual and Ori. I feel I have got to know the Darlingtons a little through Rachel's lovely book and this makes Joshua's death all the more difficult to take on board. Rachel has been very kind to me since I joined this site and has set a standard of graciousness and kindness which permeates all the exhanges on the site to this day.

Rachel, you have been so generous with your knowledge, good advice, seeds and plants.

I hope that the support of your family and friends will be some comfort to you at this extremely difficult time. All my sympathy.

Fleurette Fleurette 12 March 2017 22:22:15

Over the past few days, my thoughts and prayers have with you Rachel, and Norman and your family.  My sincerest sympathy on such a deep deep loss. 

TerriShoos TerriShoos 13 March 2017 11:54:55

All over this lovely weekend when working in the garden we've thought of Rachel and Norman and their family and the pain they are suffering. To lose a child after all the hard work of childhood and just as they are moving into adulthood must be the hardest loss of all. There is no real comfort, but your friends are all thinking of you and Joshua and wishing you, eventually, peace. RIP

June Blake

06 March 2017 08:55:12

This Primula is just starting to flower as the Snowdrops have gone over. This plant is a division of the main plant taken last year. I'm delighted to see this anount of flowers on it, and it must really like it's position as I'd say it's about two weeks ahead of the main plant.

accsean accsean 06 March 2017 11:00:36

Good day, Fran. They are lovely flowers and I am partial to yellow flowers anyway and what better colour on a day like today.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 06 March 2017 13:49:58

Fran, I find that it is great to divide and it thrives when you divide it. I have also noticed that it likes a bit of sun once the ground is moist. Great photos and you have captured that dark stem.

Keego Keego 06 March 2017 14:08:46

A really lovely Primula which I must get some of some time ( not that I am dropping hints or anything ) would I!!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 06 March 2017 14:52:49

Probably one of my favourite Primulas. Saw a lovely lot of them in the Botanic Gardens two weeks ago.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 06 March 2017 15:02:58

Mary I can give you one. Hopefully we will meet at some event during the year.

fraoch fraoch 06 March 2017 19:15:32

Lovely and bright!

Jackie Jackie 06 March 2017 19:15:53

Oh Wow....and not even a mark on those yellow flowers either. Gorgeous

JoanG JoanG 06 March 2017 22:05:18

Gorgeous primula, Fran, and you must be right about positioning as some of mine are doing better than others, depending on where they are in the garden. 

LindaB LindaB 07 March 2017 10:47:31

Yes one of my favs too!

Mary B Mary B 09 March 2017 13:49:53

Really lovely, your photos are always so good Fran :)

More Hellebores

06 March 2017 08:43:31

Aren't they just great and they just get on with the job in hand.

accsean accsean 06 March 2017 11:02:31

They are indeed, Fran. Who would be without them?


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 06 March 2017 13:46:10

Hard to pass them at this time of year. The dark one is gorgeous.

Keego Keego 06 March 2017 14:10:37

Beautiful Fran - the dark one is gorgous. I am back in Huntingbrook and Jimi was suggesting planting them in Raised beds which is a very good idea so you can get close and have a good look

Jacinta D Jacinta D 06 March 2017 14:53:54

Mary, I had only been thinking that the other day.

So lovely, Fran.

Dick Dick 06 March 2017 15:41:59

Flowers are super, Fran. You have the power.

Jackie Jackie 06 March 2017 19:14:41

Never even knew they existed until I joined this wonderful site! Now I have them everywhere and they are just stunning plants.

I too love the dark ones but I have yet to see a bad looking Hellebore.

Mary that is a terrific idea as its hard to photograph them naturally when you have to almost lie down on your back to get a photo without having to raise its head! 

fraoch fraoch 06 March 2017 19:17:14

They're great and they last so long.

JoanG JoanG 06 March 2017 22:02:22

Wonderful plants indeed and three good ones there Fran, love the dark one. 

Fleurette Fleurette 06 March 2017 22:32:52

Raised beds -that's the answer and also at the fromt edge if you wish to take pictures of them.  I was taking pictures of mine over the last few days, and each time I had to quit as my back could not bend that low and still manage the camera, and hold their  heads up.  

Twenty years ago they were so very expensive and there were very few double varieties.  


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