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Rosa 'Burgundy Ice'.

24 June 2017 20:23:34

We went on a garden visit today. The Tipperary Garden Group are having their Open Weekend this weekend. We visited the garden of Mildred Stokes in Kilurney and while going around the garden spotted this wonderful rose, Rosa 'Burgundy Ice'. Mildred told us that it was a sport of Rosa 'Iceberg' which is a white rose with a great scent. As the name suggests Rosa 'Burgundy Ice' is a rich wine colour, but has inherited the gorgeous scent from Rosa 'Iceberg'.

So, on the way home we called into the garden centre in Dove Hill outside Carrick on Suir and guess what was there, but Rosa 'Burgundy Ice', so had to be purchased.

The photos are of the plant we bought today and as you can see it looks a healthy rose with plenty of buds waiting to open.

Scrubber Scrubber 24 June 2017 20:47:05

I bet you were the same on the road to woodstown-remember that Icecream parlourout near Ardkeen? Can we have an ice cream? can we can we? Its a lovely rich colour and should be a strong grower! Tell Paddy I am minding that book by the quare wan. I saw it on my shelf last night. Oh and two lovely big yellow Sabious about five feet tall have appeared lately. I think they are Tobinensis!!!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 24 June 2017 22:09:09

The ice creams parlour was The Cove, now a wine shop. If it is the book I think it is, possible the bin is the best place. The big yellow flowers maybe more like a daisy and if so Inula magnifica. No help with the uploading of photos from phones.

Scrubber Scrubber 24 June 2017 23:25:08

Exactly-I had forgotten the name. The author would rather it went on the compost heap id say but no it will wingits way home eventually! Ill google Inula as I thought it was a Scabious. many thanks indeed! Enjoyed pics of Killurny

Fleurette Fleurette 25 June 2017 05:17:36

And so Mary, you went on a garden visit, on the way home you visited a nursery, and made an amazing purchase, which will remind you for ever of the beautiful garden you visited.  As we were saying in another journal, gardening is enriching on many levels.  

sallysarah sallysarah 25 June 2017 08:20:24

Oh that's a lovely rose, Mary.  Visited that garden 2015 - a beautiful place.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 25 June 2017 08:59:24

Love that deep shade. 

Aberglasney Gardens.

20 June 2017 14:28:11

On our recent holiday to the Cotswolds we travelled by ferry from Rosslare to Fisguard and then travelled on through South Wales. We decided to break the journey with a visit to Aberglasney Gardens, a garden we had heard of many years ago at a talk given by a speaker who had been invited by the  Cork Alpine/Hardy Plant Society. He related the work that had taken place and the history of these wonderful gardens. 

The gardens are suitated in the Tywi Valley in Carmarthenshire, West Wales. It was featured in a BBC produced programme, 'A Garden Lost in Time' which followed the restoration of house and gardens. The property was on the brink of collapse when it was purchased in 1995 by The Aberglasney Trust and with the help of an Americian benefactor Frank Cabot the gardens were opened in 1991 and the house in 2013.

If you ever find yourself in this part of Wales I would urge you to pay the gardens a visit as you will not be disappointed. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 20 June 2017 16:19:52

Gosh, what beautiful gardens, Mary. They have a very natural look about them, with a  bit of ye olde worlde charm added.


Happy Father's Day.

18 June 2017 21:30:24

Best wishes to all the dads on the site. I am sure you all had a brilliant day and what a day it has been, weather wise. I must say I enjoyed all the presents that Paddy was lucky enough to get. The day came to a brilliant end with the flying over the garden by an air balloon a short while ago.

rhody rhody 18 June 2017 21:50:53

What a better way to finish a lovely day.


Fleurette Fleurette 18 June 2017 22:09:57

How suitable for Father's Day!  

Scrubber Scrubber 18 June 2017 22:37:28

No doubt commissioned by his grandchildren. So appropriate and were I of an unkind nature i might even hint at 'great big windbag' but of course I wouldnt ever!!!!Far too much respect for the great man! So glad he got presents galore-Scrubbers all were bottles! I wonder????

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 18 June 2017 23:37:10

Peter, something to mix with the Elderflowr cordial, so there should be nightcaps for the next week. 

Robert and Margot, it was a really nice day and I know he enjoyed it.

Everything is Coming Up Roses.

16 June 2017 22:50:15

The weather today has been just fantastic, wall to wall sunshine and it is forecast to last for the next few days. This time last year we were very busy with arrangements for my son Patrick's wedding on 17th June and rushing to get the garden ready for the photos, however this year gardening has been much easier and more enjoyable with no pressure.

Today in the sunshine the flowers were just gorgeous and they too seemed to be enjoying the glorious weather. The scent from the roses was intoxicating as the heat of the mid-day sun seemed  to release it. Most of the roses I grow are David Austin Roses which are repeat flowering and all have an old fashioned fragrance. One of my favourite is Rosa 'Pilgrim' a soft yellow rose with a delicious lemon scent. They are so many that picking one is very hard. Last year I bought three rose bushes of Rosa 'Olivia Austin' a beautiful shell pink variety, but maybe the reason I bought it was because I have a very beautiful granddaughter, Olivia.

I suppose that is what makes a garden, plants that remind us of family and friends.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 16 June 2017 23:00:38

What lovely memories of last year, Mary. Olivia is such a dote and must be getting really grown up now.

When my grandson David was born I bought Viburnum 'davidii' in honor of him. But sadly I let it die. But I also have Rosa 'Penny Lane' for my sister, Penny, Rosa 'Sheila's Perfume' for my youngest sister, and Syringa 'Miss Kim' for my eldest daughter.

Jackie Jackie 16 June 2017 23:40:30

Mary, your little granddaughter is beautiful and I absolutely love the name Olivia. Im only now getting back into Roses. My mam loved them and we always bought her Roses. I have a few here and their scent is beautiful. I'm sure you are loving your garden now as it's just magnificent. Im hoping to spend a good few hours out there tomorrow.....well that's the plan lol. Have a great weekend Mary. 

fran m fran m 18 June 2017 14:48:14

Looking super Mary, and as you say much more relaxed than last year.

Great seeing Paddy last evening. He was singing your praises LOL. But as you know, ''what goes on tour stays on tour''.


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 18 June 2017 21:38:10

I hope you enjoyed the event Fran. Dalkey must have looked super yesterday in this fantastic weather. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 18 June 2017 21:45:47

Thanks Jackie and Jacinta, Olivia is a very soft natured little girl. Gardens are full of memories of the ones we love.

fran m fran m 19 June 2017 07:19:11

Mary it was really enjoyable. Dalkey was buzzing alright, it's a super spot anytime, but with the weather like this, it's the best.

JoanG JoanG 19 June 2017 23:00:29

Lovely photos Mary, little Olivia is a beautiful child.  I also bought an Olivia Rose Austin a couple of years ago and it has grown well, looking splendid now.  I had only ever seen 'The Pilgrim' as a climbing rose (in Shirley Beatty's garden).  Yours seems to be a bush/floribunda and really lovely. 

Iris germanica.

14 June 2017 08:28:46

My latest craze is Iris germanic. About twenty years ago I had a nice collection of them, but then tired of them. However, the craze for them has reignited and have started to buy them again. I was dividing one yesterday and realised that I was putting a lot into the compost bin because I had so many, so I was wondering if any member would like to swap. The varieties I have for anyone wanting to swap are:

Iris germanica ' Dungarvan' ( not official name, but given to me by my father-in-law many years ago. He lived in Dungarvan, Co Waterford

Iris germanica  'Immortality' (white) 

Iris germanica 'Jane Phillips' (blue)

Iris germanica 'Superstition' (dark purple)

I visited Abbey House Garden in Malmesbury, Wiltshire recently and came across this beauty Iris 'Goodbye Heart'. One for the wish list.

This is the time for dividing Iris germanica and the cost of posting rhizomes would not be too expensive, so if anyone is interested please let me know.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 14 June 2017 08:55:40

That last Iris is gorgeous, as are your own.

LindaB LindaB 14 June 2017 09:46:35

I can see why you like them, such a good show!

Dick Dick 14 June 2017 11:27:16

Lovely Irises

Jackie Jackie 14 June 2017 19:07:26

Lovely Mary, although I have to say Iris are one of my least favourite flower!

Scrubber Scrubber 14 June 2017 20:00:15

Jackie how could one not love irises-perhaps someone named Iris tripped you once or pulled your pigtails???? Mary they are gorgeous and jackie does say they are lovely! I bought one at Mount Congreve-the card said blue but it turned out yellow and quite like the wild one! I was not well pleased. Immortality looks like the Thalia of Irises!!!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 14 June 2017 23:41:36

Jacinta and Peter, Iris germanica 'Immortality' is very beautiful and has an added bonus of flowering again in September and a most fantastic scent.

Jackie, we will have to convert you, LOL. Thanks everyone for your kind comments and if any Iris germanica come you way, I will be delighted to swap.


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