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So Lucky.

24 February 2017 10:01:00

We were so lucky here on the south coast in relation to the rest of country with the passing of Storm Doris on Wednesday/Thursday.  The wind on Wednesday night was strong but no damage was done apart from a lot of flower buds blown off the Paulowinea and the old flower heads of Cardiocrinum snapping from the base of the plants. We were driving through Dublin on Wednesday evening and the conditions on the M50 in North Dublin was dreadful with rain and wind and it didn't improve on the N9 despite been further inland.

We were returning from Ulster after a funeral and while there we called to visit a few friends and of course could not pass one or two gardens. The weather on Monday was nice and we visited the gardens at Castlewellan Co. Down, where only last year, the Narcissus 'Lady Annesley' was found after many years. We also called into see the gardens at Mount Stewart and it was delightful to walk around the lake on an early spring day and watch the water foul busy making their nests. The formal gardens in Mount Stewart were not at their best with many of the plants still covered up. There was also a lot of reseeding of lawns, possible due to the amount of visitors it has during the year, which is great. Will put up albums of both gardens over the weekend.

Of course we could not pass Johnstown Garden Centre and purchased a few bit and bobs. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 24 February 2017 10:46:51

Wow, that Pinus is gorgeous.

You certainly had an eventful couple of days, and in the worst weather over the last few months.

Dying to see your albums. It's to be a bad weekend again, so they'll cheer us up.

Dick Dick 24 February 2017 13:42:58

A beautiful tree Mary.

Fleurette Fleurette 24 February 2017 19:03:54

How on earth do you fit so much in to a single day, Mary?

Jackie Jackie 24 February 2017 19:55:27

Sounds like a great outing and you did so much. Glad the weather was kind to you those days. And thankfully no damage done to your own place!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 24 February 2017 20:03:01

Margot, we were there for three days, but would have loved to stay longer.

JoanG JoanG 24 February 2017 21:37:42

You certainly made best use of your time; nice photos.  Wednesday evening was certainly wild in the east, thankfully our only casualty was a pane of glass in the greeenhouse door.  Love your primulas in the second photo. 

PeterW PeterW 24 February 2017 21:40:43

look forward to the albums. It was windy here too but nothing major thankfully.

Blue and Yellow.

17 February 2017 14:17:03

I do like the combination of blue and yellow. When I was young my 'Tramore' bucket and shovel was alway blue and yellow, so no surprise that blue and yellow are now a combination I like in flowers. The primula is Primula 'June Blake' a seedling that arose in the garden of June a few a years ago. This primula is very floriferous and the flowers are held on dark stems. Pulmonaria  'Blue Ensign' is very well know and it has to be one of the best with it's intense blue flowers and green leaves. It is always the first to flower here for me.

p.s. Seaside bucket and shovel in Waterford were always know as 'Tramore' bucket and shovel, even if you were buying them in London.

accsean accsean 17 February 2017 14:52:43

You are a brave Waterford woman. Being a Limerick man there is no way I could be praising (in public) those colour combinations as I live only 100yrds from the Limerick/ Tipp border.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 17 February 2017 15:52:42

A combination to die for, Mary. I love blue and yellow too. That's a very uplifting display.

fraoch fraoch 17 February 2017 18:41:15

I love that combination too, apart from its county connections of course!

PeterW PeterW 17 February 2017 18:55:13

Very nice combination 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 17 February 2017 19:19:21

Sean, Jackie and Joan are planting the Waterford colours. Hopefully it will help the Deise this year.

Myrtle Myrtle 17 February 2017 20:27:46

Lovely  combination, so cheery!

accsean accsean 17 February 2017 20:50:48

If Limerick don't do it and it doesn't look likely, there is nothing would give me greater pleasure than the Deise winning Liam McCarthy.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 17 February 2017 21:02:32

We live in hope, Sean. The cats were defeated last year, so who knows.

fran m fran m 18 February 2017 07:20:07

LIKE, a lot ;)

TerriShoos TerriShoos 18 February 2017 14:48:45

Super combination.  Funny how colours mean different things. Our florist made up some red-white and blue bouquets and when I said, 'Are we expecting the Queen?' she was surprised, not having realised she'd made them up in the British flag colours. She had a different idea in mind altogether, but just to be on the safe side she changed them LOL!


Dick Dick 18 February 2017 20:28:09

Mary, I cannot believe that a native of Waterford would have the colours of the Premier County in her garden rather than the of the Decies. My blood is a combination of Cork and Limerick and the only time I cheered for Tipp was when they were playing the Cats in the Final. Perhaps if they saw the colours of your Primulas it might make them too optimistic  but what would the Waterford followers think when they see them. Is there the danger that the lovely plants would be uprooted???

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 18 February 2017 20:59:55

Dick, I worked with Allied Irish Banks in Co. Tipp. and it was my happiest time. I never liked the money lending of banking, but the Tipp customers made it bearable, so maybe I have a fondness for them.

Hellebore Mix Up.

14 February 2017 23:09:33

Yesterday, I uploaded a photo of a double yellow hellebore which I mixed up with a single one I have had for many many years. The double one I bought in Altamont in February 2014 and could be a Harvington Hellebore. I should take the photos myself so that I look at what photo  I am putting with the journals.  I find the site is very helpful for keeping a record of my plants as I am someone who is not very good at keeping records because I KNOW I will remember them, like hell I will.

JoanG JoanG 14 February 2017 23:36:36

Haha, you are so right Mary.  I always think I will remember a plant's name and then, after only a short while these days, I'm left wondering.  Those are two lovely hellebores; the only hellebore I ever bought at Altamont was a Harvington double (deep pink, though it was called red) and I think it was the same year, so you are probably right about that. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 15 February 2017 07:21:21

Either way, they are both gorgeous. But particularly the double.

Jackie Jackie 15 February 2017 07:38:36

Stunning is all I can say ;) 

TerriShoos TerriShoos 15 February 2017 10:00:31

Me too. I'm hopeless with plant names, but sometimes I'll remember the Latin name of one plant and forget other really common plant names. Those Harvingtons are spectacular. 

fran m fran m 15 February 2017 15:00:39

Sure don't we all remember in the same way!!!!!

fraoch fraoch 15 February 2017 19:16:33

Gorgeous Hellebores! Yes, I keep thinking I'll know what is in a certain container etc etc, even though I really know that I won't.

PeterW PeterW 15 February 2017 21:11:58

Both stunning but that double is incredible 

Mary B Mary B 15 February 2017 23:24:24

I am drooling! Fabulous!!


12 February 2017 21:23:26

We are under pressure to get work done in the garden for an upcoming garden visit next week by a gardening club. The weather has not been kind to us over the last few weeks, so with only a few days left Paddy was out cuttting the grass today in freezing cold weather. Since Thursday last the cold wind has been dreadful. Snowdrops, cyclamens and iris are getting whipped by the gusts. A little sun would be so welcome to help bring plants into flower. In Janurary plants were doing well, but now growth seems to have come to a stop. The hellebores are also feeling the cold which is disappointing as there are one plant I always look forward to flowering.

fraoch fraoch 12 February 2017 22:33:40

Bad timing of the cold weather for you indeed. It is supposed to get milder from tomorrow on so hopefully things will have time to recover before your open day. Best of luck with it!

Jackie Jackie 12 February 2017 23:14:57

The weather is to improve from tomorrow Mary and should be somewhat milder and sunnier. Fingers crossed. But after seeing recent photos of your garden in FB I just couldn't imagine that it could look bad at any time of the year. I'm sure your guests will be well impressed too. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 13 February 2017 02:09:38

We seem to have been in the grip of northerly winds here the past few days - really bitterly cold. Wrap up warm if you are venturing out!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 13 February 2017 07:46:54

The very best of luck for the garden visit, both of you. I'm sure you'll have things well-under control. You always do.

Love the Hellebore in that third photo, Mary. Which one is it please?

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 13 February 2017 08:46:12

Jacinta, that double yellow hellebore I bought about twenty five years ago from Neil Williams in Cork and it was just a Helleborus x hybridus.

Thursday and Friday seem promising, so we will be down to the wire. 

Jackie, had got a lot of cleaning of the borders done in Januray and any pruning and weeding that needed to be done, but despite the bad weather the weeds still keep growing.

LindaB LindaB 13 February 2017 11:25:36

Come to my garden and then return to yours and you will realise you have nothing to worry about it and it is immaculate! ;)  Love the yellow hellebore!

TerriShoos TerriShoos 13 February 2017 14:43:58

I'm with Linda there, I wouldn't let a garden club within a mile of my garden just now. The double hellebore is magical. 

JoanG JoanG 13 February 2017 22:21:02

The weather should be kinder to you this week Mary, though I agree with the others, your garden is so well tended and always looks well!  Best of luck for your opening. Love that double yellow hellebore too. 

Iris unguicularis

07 February 2017 15:17:57

Despite the frost, wind and torrential rain that we have experienced over the last week these little Iris have been flowering their socks off. They have been producing bunches of flowers every day for the last few weeks and started flowering last Oct/Nov. In October, only a few flowers, but by this time of the year they are in full production. It will lessen the number of flowers when we go into March, but for a small little plant it deserves it's place in our gardens. In the photo there are three different varieties, Iris 'Mary Barnard' blue, Iris ' Walter Butt', very pale blue and Iris 'Kilbroney Marble'  which is an Irish heritage plant.

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 07 February 2017 15:23:09

So pretty and lovely vases too.

fraoch fraoch 07 February 2017 17:49:36


Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 07 February 2017 18:13:59

Beautiful blooms

Myrtle Myrtle 07 February 2017 18:59:13

They are so pretty!

Jackie Jackie 07 February 2017 19:32:58

Mary they are just gorgeous. I love the pale blue one so much and yes those vases are gorgeous, they really show off the flowers so well!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 07 February 2017 22:18:26

The stoneware vases were picked up on the bank of the river by my son when he was a little boy. He was a real magpie, bottles, pipes, coins  and even a boat that was used for salmon fishing on the river.

Iris 'Walter Butt' is my favourite of the three.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 08 February 2017 08:42:12

They're all beautiful.

TerriShoos TerriShoos 08 February 2017 09:16:01

Lovely plants. I'm really hooked on winter irises, never heard of them until a few years ago but what a gift they are. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 08 February 2017 11:38:10

Lovely colours

LindaB LindaB 08 February 2017 13:24:45

Lucky find!

fran m fran m 08 February 2017 15:34:30

No garden should be without them.

PeterW PeterW 08 February 2017 20:12:41

they look fantasti and what a great plant to flower so long

JoanG JoanG 08 February 2017 21:38:05

They are gorgeous flowers Mary.  Like Terri, I hadn't heard of this iris and could easily be smitten, especially with such long flowering.  Lovely vases, good to have a magpie in the family! 


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