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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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.