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23 March 2017 07:57:04
Just a reminder of a television programme tonight at ten fifteen on RTE 1 'Henery McIllhenny, Master for Glenveagh', (the Tabasco sauce manufacturer). It should be good as the gardens at Glenveagh have an interesting history and are set in a fantastic landscape. We were lucky to visit there two years ago.
22 March 2017 20:05:41
Last autumn Paddy was lucky enough to be given a bulb of the re-discovered Narcissus 'Countess of Annesley'. It was carefully planted and labled and this spring it appeared above the ground and low and behold it had a flower bud. So over the last few week we have watched it develope and it flowered the other day, but is wasn't the Countess. So disappointing. This daffodil was thought to be lost to cultivation, but was found in the gardens at Castwellen, Co Down and later in two other gardens. The daffodils growing in Castwellen cannot be distributed due to the presence of phytopthora lateralis.
20 March 2017 19:44:11
for this beautiful Aurum Cretium to flower, but with this horrible weather forcast for the next few days I might end up 'thinkin and prayin'. This Arum suffered during the bad winters of 2010/2011 when a lot of the tubers rotted. However, after a few years it has increased again and now looks as if it is back to where it was.
I hope with the title of the journal that I have not given anyone ear worm. I know that most of the contributors here don't have a clue who Dusty Springfield was.
20 March 2017 18:44:41
No gardening today because this morning the weather was grey and drizzled, so stupidly I decided to de-frost the freezer. The whole morning was given over to this miserable job. The weather improved as the morning went on and the day turned out to be a beautiful spring day.
Had a friend visit this afternoon and as we walked around the garden I notice that my Fritillaria imperialis were flowering. I have a love/ hate relationship with these bulbs as some years they look great and other years they are hopeless. Some years I walk on them when I am clearing the flower bed in which they are growing. If we get strong winds they can also snap, so let's hope the windy weather that is forcast for tomorrow don't flatten them. I garden on acid soil and they like alkaline conditions, but I did put in lime when I planted them years ago and give them a top up every couple of years. Maybe, I should give up on them and dig them up after they finish flowering this year and take heed of Bett Chatto's advice of 'right plant, right place'.
19 March 2017 22:14:11
My son David and daughter in law Mary are celebrating their seventh wedding anniversary today and at the time of their wedding I planted a Magnolia stellata ' Centennial' which I bough in a local garden centre. It has grown into a lovely tree and at present is covered in flower. It associates well with the hydranges and as the years go on should form a canopy over those planted near by.
Outside my kitchen window grows a Magnolia stellata which must be about sixteen years old now. All during the winter I love looking at the furry buds on the tree which now are open producing beautiful white starry flowers.
Magnolia 'Raspberry Ice' has grown into a very large tree and when taken the photo today I looked at the label and was surprised when I saw that we had planted it in 2002, where did the years go.