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16 August 2017 11:54:08

Hi everyone. 

Just a quick journal to confirm I haven't gone away. Health wise all is good and prognosis could not be better. Sadly my old head is in a different place altogether. I've no get up and go, the old mojo is lost at the moment. All this is quite normal, I've been told, but I'm not liking it at all. 

I'd like to say thanks to you all who contacted me in last few days. Thanks for taking the time and having the interest it did me the world of good.

be assured.... 

Fran the Man hasn't gone away, he's just otherwise occupied at the moment. 

Thanks again to you all.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 16 August 2017 14:08:40

Delighted that the news is good in relation to your health, Fran.  The head will sort itself out in time.

Fleurette Fleurette 16 August 2017 14:36:55

Good wishes for a speedy recovery, Fran.  You well know Fran, that gardeners are the quickest to bounce back.  

fraoch fraoch 16 August 2017 18:10:15

Best wishes, Fran. I didn't know you weren't well, but glad things are going well. Give yourself time for full return to normal energy.

Jackie Jackie 16 August 2017 18:59:08

Good to hear from you Fran and good to know all is well. Your head will be fine in time and you will be back to your good self again in no time.........

Jacinta D Jacinta D 16 August 2017 19:08:20

Welcome back, Fran. Get out in your garden, with or without your mojo. If it's without, it will soon come back. Keep well.

JoanG JoanG 16 August 2017 21:15:04

Nice to see you back here Fran, take care xx

PeterW PeterW 17 August 2017 21:37:54

This journal is a delight to see Fran, I knw you will be back to your old self in no time and we are all here for you. Delighted to here the health is on the good side.

fran m fran m 19 August 2017 09:30:47

Thank you all for the lovely comments, much appreciated ;)

Water Lily

19 July 2017 08:40:27

I don't have a name on this small water lily, but it is bulking up great from the small piece I received from a friend a few years ago. The flowers are really enjoying the recent sunshine.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 19 July 2017 08:56:13

Beautiful and getting plenty of rain this morning. 

Michele Maria Michele Maria 19 July 2017 10:04:21

They are beautiful. They seem to glow in the sunshine.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 19 July 2017 12:15:54


Mary B Mary B 19 July 2017 12:29:56

Just perfect!

A real beauty.

17 July 2017 08:01:53

This Iris ensata came from Terra Nova as tiny plant a couple of years ago. It is planted in one of my bog planters and has just produced it's first flower.

Well worth the wait, don't you think?

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 17 July 2017 12:27:00

A fantastic flower, love it. The Bay Garden has a number of varieties of them  growing down at the end of the woodland garden and in the last few years when I visit if one is for sale I buy one. I think they are gorgeous the way they hold their flowers up to the sky.

LindaB LindaB 17 July 2017 13:16:32


Jacinta D Jacinta D 17 July 2017 15:42:56

That's beautiful.

Jackie Jackie 17 July 2017 15:55:09

Not a lover of Iris but the colours are fantastic. 

Dick Dick 17 July 2017 17:45:39

We don't get flowers like that every day, Fran.


Mary B Mary B 18 July 2017 11:06:33

Wow, what a treat!

Thanks Gracedieu

13 July 2017 10:48:58

I have no idea how long I have been trying to grow Dierama in the garden here, and if there was a prize for failing with one given plant, I'd have the gold medal in this case. I tried growing it in so many parts of the garden to no avail.

Visiting Paddy and Mary last year I came away with a lovely clump and said to myself, this is my last attempt.

I divided the clump into three sections, one in the ground, one in a planter and some small pieces that fell off into a pot.

As with many other efforts the plant in the ground is no more.

Small pieces in pot are doing well.

The clump in the planter are flowering away happily and I'm delighted to see it doing so well.

Would anyone offer a reason why it has failed so often in the ground for me?

Paddy and Mary, many thanks once again.

accsean accsean 13 July 2017 11:06:17

Well done, Fran. There always seems to be one plant that is hard to hace success with. Helleborus niger was my nemesis for a while, but thankfully I have an established now.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 13 July 2017 14:36:15

Delighted that it has grown for you, Fran and hope it seeds around a little.

Jackie Jackie 13 July 2017 19:58:06

Well Fran Im in your club! I have 3 different ones here, that last one I bought earlier this year. All three are in the ground in the circles, one in each circle! But not a hint of a flower to be had. I did notice earlier that one of them has what looks like flower buds but cant be certain! I wait with pure excitement!

Well done on getting this far!

Fleurette Fleurette 14 July 2017 01:10:00

Could I say Fran, that mine are in the ground, but is hard dry rock where they are, looking out to sea.  And they really do seem to holding their rods out as if "fly fishing" .... I think that's the one. The seed into crevices betwee the rocks, and it is wellnigh impossible to lify them out to "share"!  

LindaB LindaB 14 July 2017 09:24:30

Love all of them, that is a lovely colour.

PCON PCON 16 August 2017 13:59:31

I don't agree they are difficult to share, Margot. Mine flower every year. I have lifted and divided them several times. I gave a few divisions away in Johnstown a couple of years ago, but don't know how they have fared for the recipients .

General Sikorski

11 July 2017 09:44:40

I never got around to putting in the supports into the ground for this wonderful Clematis. It seems to be happy enough scrambling it's way through all the surrounding plants, I'm liking the effect all the same.

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 11 July 2017 11:15:27

Yes Fran I like to see them scramble and allow a Piliu to go walkies across one bed. May free some others too!

Jackie Jackie 11 July 2017 12:16:22

Sometimes they look so much better just scrambling around doing their own thing. This is lovely too. 

Mary B Mary B 11 July 2017 13:41:07

Wow, that is a gorgeous blue!

JoanG JoanG 11 July 2017 22:30:28

Gorgeous clematis, Fran, and I can vouch that Elizabeth's Piliu looks terrific scrambling across the border so am sure yours does too.

Scrubber Scrubber 12 July 2017 00:27:44

When I saw the title I thought Dublin had been invaded. Was he a Russian or a Polish officer? Absolutely gorgeous colour. salute to the general!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 12 July 2017 21:37:30

Always admire that clematis when you post photos of it. I have never seen it for sale.


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