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Snow drops

05 March 2016 08:10:07

Hi all , does anyone know where you can buy snowdrops in the green at a good price ? 

Maybe on line

 Monty was talking about it last night, but maybevnot in ireland

 he had a bunch of 100!, lovely but I think that would be a bit expensive 




sallysarah sallysarah 05 March 2016 08:39:12

Dana - You could try Knightpark Nursery in Co Kildare.  Look at the back pages of irish garden mags to see if there are nurseries out there selling snowdrops 'in the green'. especially at this time of year.   

Jackie Jackie 05 March 2016 08:40:18

Dana you can also buy the bulbs which I have done and they grow very well too. Also these can be divided in time. They are cheap to buy. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 05 March 2016 09:09:49

Altamont nursery has them for sale like Month had them last night and they are open seven days a week. Also some of the garden centres sell off pots of snowdrops that have gone out of flower at a reduced price, but that is very hit and miss. I should think Monty's came from somewhere like Cambo estate that will sell thousand of snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) over the next month, as them grow them like a crop.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 05 March 2016 10:18:34

Woodies and Homebase should have them all reduced by now. Why not give them a try? There's sure to be a branch near you.

Dana_Dublin Dana_Dublin 05 March 2016 20:17:02


I got some in woodies last october they didn't do very well 

in my last house I had more luck when they were in they green 


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 05 March 2016 22:04:01

Dana, snowdrops don't grow well from dried bulbs, but you can be lucky sometimes. Homebase a few weeks ago had Galanthus woronowii in pots which were very healthy. 

SandraR SandraR 05 March 2016 23:23:32

Hi Dana - there is a nursery in Cork that def sells them in the green, it's called Future Forests and I know someone who bought from them. From what I remember the snowdrops were reasonably priced but the delivery was very expensive. Maybe you know someone who could collect them.  Id love to get some more too must ask in our local garden centre - def agree they do sooooo much better in the green than planting bulbs. Busy at the minute making a start in the tunnel as everywhere else is too wet. 

Dana_Dublin Dana_Dublin 20 April 2017 21:38:31

I got some bulbs at tullamore show last summer and they did quite well this year although I did have some snowdrops in bloom last October ,a bit strange ! 

plastic flower pots, whet to do!!

31 January 2016 16:20:05

I have many plastic flower pots in the garage and would like to get rid of some, ( well the other half would like to get rid of them out of the garage) I don't wany to put them in the bin if they could used, does anyone know of anywhere thats takes them back ?

Thank you all advice welcome. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 31 January 2016 18:47:54

I don't know of anywhere that wants them back. You could possibly but the feelers out with any gardening friends you may have. Or put an ad into your local supermarket.

JoanG JoanG 31 January 2016 22:04:12

Nurseries and garden centres don't take them back.  Jacinta's idea is a good one and perhaps some members on this site might have use for them if you can say what size or sizes they are (not me though, I have enough pots!)

Michele Maria Michele Maria 01 February 2016 16:05:44

Most of them can go in the recycling bin. Just look on the bottom for the little triangle.

SandraR SandraR 02 February 2016 13:32:10

Fill them up again Dana don't listen to Brian !!! 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 02 February 2016 16:31:33

I'd love to read what Brian said. LOL

SandraR SandraR 02 February 2016 22:01:23

Lol Jacinta , Brian is the other half and by the sound of things its him wants the garage cleared!! 

Dana_Dublin Dana_Dublin 15 February 2016 20:41:49

Thanks for all the messages, se pots will go to recycling and more for re potting and seeds so all will be happy   Thanks 

big move

25 August 2013 12:13:44

19th August 2013 I move from my garden (and house)

I devided some plants to bring a little bit with me but ran out of time and with the dry summer it was not the best time to devide others.

Looking forward to finding a new garden to have fun in but just renting for now.


matt64 matt64 25 August 2013 19:33:24

All the best with the move and the start of a new garden.......

andyf7 andyf7 26 August 2013 01:11:53

looking forward to journals of any progress, good luck with everything.

Jackie Jackie 26 August 2013 06:50:43

Good luck with the move. Stressful time. We did it last October and came here to this great garden. I hope you find your new place soon. 

Jackie Jackie 26 August 2013 06:52:53

Just looked at your garden and remember you posting photos before. It's gorgeous. I'm sure you have such great memories there. 

JoanG JoanG 26 August 2013 21:51:31

Best of luck Dana; when you find your new home, you'll have great fun starting a new garden and we look forward to hearing all about it. 

TerriShoos TerriShoos 12 September 2013 08:52:23

Your allotment pictures are great, I love your blue shed! I always thought it'd be fun to have an allotment and other gardeners to chat to while you work. 

Help, Attack of Red Currants

24 June 2013 21:20:39

My red red currant bush was attacked.

The leaves were all eaten, they started at the bottom and worked there way up.

They ate all the leaves in a day or two.

Is there anything I can do now to help the bush or prevent it from spreading to other bushes?

Does anyone know how I can prevent this from happening again next year?

Did anyone have the same problem?

Looking forward to hearing what you all think.

Moya Moya 24 June 2013 22:11:50

Dana, look up this link on the RHS website - it might help.


DecfromTipp DecfromTipp 24 June 2013 22:14:43

Any idea what catterpillar that is? not a cabbage white anyhow. They can and do strip plants/cabbages overnight almost although I havent seen any out yet. Saw the cabbage white butterfly in the garden recently but no eggs on the cabbage.....yet!!

Those grubs hatched from eggs which are normally laid on the underside of the leaves. Check the leaves and squash any eggs you find. Pick off the grubs and dispose of too. If course if you have a large quantity of bushes this will be labour intensive. There are sprays available too of course.

good luck


DecfromTipp DecfromTipp 24 June 2013 22:18:38

Dana, this post I found may be of help,,

It sounds like gooseberry saw fly which also attacks red and white currants so your blackcurrant will be alright I guess.  My gooseberry was stripped in the same way you described almost overnight by tiny green caterpillars.  The advice from the RHS is:

Regularly check the plants from mid-April onwards for sawflies and pick off the larvae by hand.

Alternatively, spray when young larvae are seen with an insecticide approved for use on gooseberry/currants. Suitable insecticides are thiacloprid (Provado Ultimate Bug Killer Ready To Use) or an organic pesticide such as rotenone* (Bio Liquid Derris Plus*) or pyrethrum (Py Garden Insect Killer, Scotts Bug Clear Gun for Fruit & Veg, Gem Stop Bugs or Doff All in One Bug Spray).

Your currant should survive but will be weakened and if it grows more leaves look out for more of the pesky critters"

Moya Moya 24 June 2013 23:10:14

Agree that it looks like gooseberry sawfly.

Dick Dick 24 June 2013 23:23:03

Sounds like Gooseberry saw fly to me. I had it some years ago. In recent times there was none and the fruit was very good.

maureendid maureendid 25 June 2013 18:47:49

Dana, a group i work with have an allotment and over night their red current bushes were strippped bare of leaves and berries too. There were thousands of these caterpilers dropping to the ground. Must be the year for them as we never had them before. All bushes sprayed now after the horse has bolted!!

Dana_Dublin Dana_Dublin 26 June 2013 21:49:55

Thanks to you all for your advice. Berry's still there. Not sure if they will be anyv good

Derreen Gardens

11 May 2013 22:46:01

Just put up some photos of my visit to Derreen Gardens in Kerry, went to see them last weekend, lovely walk.

Rachel Rachel 11 May 2013 22:56:44

Lovely photos, Dana. I've been thinking about going for some time. Do you think it's worth a visit after the rhodos have finished?

andyf7 andyf7 11 May 2013 23:03:20

i like your garden, it has a charm that draws you in. nice pics above, im a walker myself and you were in a great spot for that.

Rachel Rachel 11 May 2013 23:07:17

Just back from looking at your own garden photos. It looks like you make good use of the space and some very pretty planting going on.

Jackie Jackie 12 May 2013 08:39:46

Your photos are lovely. Love what you have done to the garden 

Hoeys Hoeys 12 May 2013 08:46:58

lovely photos. beautiful rhodos.

Dana_Dublin Dana_Dublin 12 May 2013 11:04:29

Thanks to everyone for your lovely comments.

Derreen probably looks best now and for the next month or so, there are still many rhodos to come into full show.

It is a lovely place for a walk and if you do all the paths it is a nice distance and takes a bit of time if you stop to enjoy it and take some photos.

I am not sure that it would be so nice at another time of year.

There are no strucured beds or borders more large planting and wood land.

It was a lovely walk, great ferns and bamboo like being transported to another country.

Thanks to all for the king comments

Rachel Rachel 12 May 2013 11:25:45

Thanks, Dana.


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