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Robin Red Breast.

23 April 2017 17:57:51

This little fellow has moved into our garden this year. He has confined himself to the back garden and is rearing a family in the shed. Every time I am doing any work in the flower beds or veg garden he is my constant companion. 

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 23 April 2017 18:18:18

Ah thats so nice, i love all the little birds

Jacinta D Jacinta D 23 April 2017 19:38:58

Cheeky Chappy. Love Robins.

Fleurette Fleurette 23 April 2017 22:29:03

Such great little friends.  There are usually a few around here.  There must be 2 different territories.  There are usually two coming to the feeding station. 

Freebie Tulips.

23 April 2017 17:50:20

Last January I wrote a journal on getting some free tulips at our local garden club and wondering if it was to late to plant them. Delight now with how well they are flowering, adding a real blast of colour  to what I call my shade garden. The variety was Tulipa 'Abba'.

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 23 April 2017 18:19:17

They look beautiful, don't ya just lov freebies, not that we get very often

Jacinta D Jacinta D 23 April 2017 19:39:54

Oh, they love sumptuous. :)

Doreen Doreen 23 April 2017 20:44:40

Lovely colour... Tulips look so well in containers!

Fleurette Fleurette 23 April 2017 22:23:42

Yes Abba is a good variety and flowers reasonably early.  Actually, it is one of the few that has disappeared from my garden.  It will be interesting to see how these so for you next year, Mary, but perhaps you will dump.  

I do love their bright dumpy shape.

A walk in the Wood.

21 April 2017 14:18:09

Yesterday we went for a lovely woodland walk with friends who live near Piltown, Co Kilkenny. The mature beech trees were just coming in to leaf and had the most gorgeous pale green hue. The ground was covered with a sea of blue from the bluebells punctuated with soft green ferns. However, we went to see the orchids which were thriving here and seeding all around. In the last few years we have become interested in wild orchids and when you start looking it is amazing what you find. It has started me wondering if the conservation of wild areas are increasing, because while travelling to Limerick last weekend,  I did notice when going through some of the villages that verges were not been cut as much as previously even though some of these villages would have entered competitions for well kept areas. Around Cahir there is a wonderful display of wild orchids which flower in June. Being a little untidy sometimes can help our wild flowers increase and long may it last.

LindaB LindaB 21 April 2017 14:46:19

Great photos Paddy and Mary, great to have a 'walk on the wild side', it always amazes me how much grows in the wild!

Dick Dick 21 April 2017 15:02:37

It can be very relaxing walking through woodland. Things are so natural there unlike the garden at home wher we have plants in specific places. An example is where I took a photo yesterday of an orchid planted where I wanted it but in the woodland they will come up naturally. 

rhody rhody 21 April 2017 15:54:33

We have been in Kilkenny a lot over the years and there is some lovely woods there. Woodland is so relaxing to walk through in Spring and Autumn in particular.

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 21 April 2017 19:55:47

All lovely photos, glad you enjoyed the woodland walk

Jacinta D Jacinta D 21 April 2017 20:35:43

I must be doing something right so. My garden is looking pretty wild at the moment. LOL.

Great photos, Mary.

JoanG JoanG 21 April 2017 22:20:26

A nature walk is so good for the heart and soul and that sounds like a lovely woodland, Mary.  Some local authorities have at last been persuaded not to cut their verges to within an inch of their life, in order to help the bees, butterflies and other insect life. Let's hope many more will follow their example.  A good place for wild orchids in the Dublin area is Dollymount in early summer, especially in damp weather. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 21 April 2017 22:54:17

Jacinta, I doubt your garden is 'wild' with all the work you have done this week. Thanks to Paddy for the photos as I always forget to bring camera or phone. Joan, it has been years since I have been on Dollymount Strand, must rectify that.

Jackie Jackie 22 April 2017 00:57:01

Sounds like an idyllic day Mary. Lovely photos as usual. 

Myosotidium Hortensia.

19 April 2017 14:29:34

Myosotidium Hortensia, also known as the Chatham Island Forget-me-not. Twenty-five years ago this was a really popular plant among gardeners and came with a high price tag. However, today it is rarely seen for sale which is a pity as it has beautiful blue flowers and glossy green leaves and it is evergreen.  It failed to grow for many experienced gardeners despite taken every care and providing it with all it needed. It likes moist,  but well drained soil in light shade and from experience the one thing it adores is a large mulch of seaweed every spring. It can be grown from seed and this year I think I will save some seed. If you ever see it for sale buy it as it is a fantastic plant and should be grown more in gardens.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 19 April 2017 19:15:25

I had one a few years and it was ravaged by hungry slugs. I must try it again as the flowers are so delightful, and my favourite shade of blue. But the glossy leaves are gorgeous too.

Jackie Jackie 19 April 2017 19:44:19

That is a real beauty Mary and as you say a definite for the garden.

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 19 April 2017 19:44:23

Never seen or had one, its so beautiful, and if i see yes i shall buy

Scrubber Scrubber 19 April 2017 20:11:02

That's a very special blue mary. I think I saw it in Helen dillon's garden. I do remember it being verymuch in the news then but as you say it has not been much mentioned of late.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 19 April 2017 21:01:33

Yes ladies don't pass one if you see it. You can also get a white flowered variety.

Yes, Peter, she grew her one at the back of the garden behind the old apple tree.

rhody rhody 19 April 2017 22:17:38

Yes its beautiful with foliage and flowers. I dont have one but a local garden has one that I have admired.

rhody rhody 19 April 2017 22:17:41

Yes its beautiful with foliage and flowers. I dont have one but a local garden has one that I have admired.

Mary B Mary B 20 April 2017 12:15:49

Lovely blue, thanks for the recommendation.

Overall View.

09 April 2017 10:39:26

The photo shows an overall view of Paulowinea tomentosa which now is at it's very best. We have never had it flower so well since it was planted in the early two thousands. It was grown from seed and at the time we had a large number of seedlings which I gave to others who cut them down so as to produce large leaves. When our tree looks like this, I am so happy that I left it grow. I first heard of this tree many years ago when watching a television programme 'Ground Froce' and Alan Titchmarsh left the garden that the team were making over to have a look at a Paulowinea flowering in one of the neighbouring gardens.

sallysarah sallysarah 09 April 2017 10:54:46

That's lovely, Mary, and even better that there's a nice little story behind it!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 09 April 2017 12:30:31

That is spectacular, Mary. Paddy posted a close-up of the actual flower on FB. Really gorgeous, and a lovely colour.

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 09 April 2017 18:50:49

Looks amazing, love the colour

Deckyoshea Deckyoshea 09 April 2017 23:38:59

Ah the mild Waterford climate no doubt ! Mr Congreve has a few P. Tormentosa on the grounds but they coppice annually I think 

fran m fran m 10 April 2017 07:31:14

Think I saw two in Birr Castle but weren't as open and no Tags.

Jackie Jackie 10 April 2017 07:37:41

What a lovely  story and what an amazing tree. It's just beautiful. I too saw Paddys photos on FB. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 10 April 2017 08:20:12

I am delighted with it and it looks so much nicer than the photo. It is very hard flower to photo. 

Declan, they are grown to full size trees in Mount Congreve and are planted up by the Freestone Quarry, near the Davidia which should be in flower when the  Rare Plant Fair is on and that is some sight. 

If anyone is going to the Rare Plant Fair on May 14th I have decided to have a very informal club get together in our garden, so all welcome.

Jackie Jackie 10 April 2017 08:27:10

Thank you Mary :) 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 10 April 2017 09:33:51

Would love to visit you both in May!  Might be better weatherwise than our last visit. :)  Thanks for the invite, Mary. :)

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 10 April 2017 16:53:55

Jackie and Jacinta you are both very welcome.  All we were missing that day was thunder and lighting, Jacinta. 


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