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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.