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23 May 2017 23:21:41

Today a few members of Garden.ie went on a visit to Charleville House, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow. We met in Powerscourt for lunch and had a very enjoyable lunch on the terrace in the glorious sunshine. We also had a surprise as Fran came and joined us for lunch and it was great to see him looking so well.

After lunch we travelled to Charleville Gardens in Enniskerry. These are garden on a grand scale, but still there were ideas which could be adapted to a domestic garden. The gardens are formal with trained fruit tree and wonderful hedges of Yew, Hornbeam, Box and an amazing pleached hedge of lime trees.  The planting inside the box hedges was informal and the growth was unreal, plants were jumping out of the soil. Hostas were enormous. The Orangery had a selection of tender scented plants which will flower over the summer months. The old brick walls were covered with roses, honeysuckle, climbing hydranges and jasmine. Seats were placed in nooks created by the hedges with beautiful views of the gardens.

A big thanks to Joan for the organising of the outing and it was very nice to meet up with members again. I hope we will have a return visit in August and maybe joined by some others, as it is a garden that you do not want to miss.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 24 May 2017 07:12:02

Fabulous album, Mary. The trees in the third photo look like wine carafes.  Gosh, everything looks incredible. I hope to be free for a visit in August.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 24 May 2017 07:37:25

It was a wonderful garden, Jacinta and I do hope you will be able to visit in August.

Woodville and Caher Bridge Gardens.

21 May 2017 12:32:38

We spent a few days this week visiting The Burren in Co. Clare. It is always a delight to spend time in this wonderful place admiring the wild flowers and the unusual landscape. After this visit I am totally confused by orchids, just too much information. We saw lots of Heath Spotted Orchids on the shore near Fanore which were so tiny compared to the same orchid in the Comeraghs. We were also lucky to see The Fly Orchid near Gortlecka Cross which was growing with Twayblades and Pyramidal Bugle. It is a wonderful time to visit The Burren and we had nice weather apart from a few showers which did not stop us from walking up to the top of Mullaghmore. 

We also took time out to visit two gardens, Woodville Walled Gardens, near Gort in Co Galway and of course Carl Wright's amazing garden near Fanore. Woodville has a beautiful flower filled walled garden with the Alliums taking centre stage during May and contrasting so well with the yellow flowers of the Laburlum. 

Well Carl's garden, what can you say, a plant collection which has to be one of the best in the country. The next time I visit I will bring a notebook instead of a camera as the plants that he grows were unknown to me and only the best forms of plants that I did recognised. 

Will up-load an album later this evening of the two gardens.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 22 May 2017 07:55:32

That was a lovely trip, Mary. Having been to Carl's garden myself, I can relate to what you say about it. It's a magical place and all in keeping with the gardens' beautiful natural landscape. Can't wait to see the albums.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 22 May 2017 07:58:46

A great visit and one I always enjoy. My camera is not very good, so photos not great. Paddy has a lovely album on the IGPS FB page. Carl's garden is just amazing.

Jackie Jackie 22 May 2017 08:07:39

Mary, you and Paddy have a great time travelling around these amazing gardens and bringing them home to us here. You are so lucky to be able to do that. I'm always enthralled at your knowlege of all these wonderful places and their plants and flowers. You are a wealth of information and thanks for sharing it with us. I looked at the album while it's uploading and they are fantastic photos. I just wish I lived in the midlands somewhere lol. That way I would be closer to travel to these places!! 

Jackie Jackie 22 May 2017 08:35:57

Just looked at the walledgarden photos. Just stunning. And the height of the Lupin in the 3rd photo is amazing. Beautiful. 

Fleurette Fleurette 22 May 2017 15:14:44

A visit to be envied, Mary.  

Chelsea Flower Show.

21 May 2017 09:39:00

The first of the television programmes on the Chelsea Flower Show 2017 begins this evening on BBC at five. I have just read a review of the show and it seems that the number of Show Gardens have gone from a high of seventeen last year to only eight this year, which seems very little. Sponsorship seems to be lacking and maybe the Brexet effect is now having an effect on the gardening world. 

The review I read was by The Frustrated Gardener and well worth the read.

Whatever we read on Cheslea 2017, I am sure we will all be glued to the television over the coming week.

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 21 May 2017 11:02:01

Thanks Mary indeed that review is well worth the read. Very interesting to see the plans of the gardens too.

The site is most interesting and has been added to Favourites for a longer perusal.

Moya Moya 21 May 2017 23:00:04

Thanks for the heads up Mary. I missed the show but will look up the review. Strange to think that Brexit is effecting the Chelsea Flower Show. I too will be glued to it.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 22 May 2017 07:57:25

I saw the programme and planning  tv for the week ahead.

Jackie Jackie 22 May 2017 08:08:57

Thanks Mary. I have it recorded and will catch up later on. Can't wait to see what's in store this week too. 

Keego Keego 22 May 2017 13:38:34

Thanks for the notice on the show i have it recorded for the week the difficult part is finiding time to watch all the recordings!!. I thought that review was great and honest too I am glad that there are less gardens so hopefully like he says their will be more time to focus on the plant displays in the GP.

Allium Purple Sensation.

16 May 2017 17:40:12

I read an article the other day written by Sarah Raven in which she recommended removing the dying leaves from alliums. I find they always look horrible at this time of year and was wondering if any of you grow a companion plant that covers the ground now that the leaves are gone. I am trying Artmisia  ludoviciana, but it seems to be slow to get going. Any suggestions welcome.

Jackie Jackie 16 May 2017 19:39:57

I agree Mary the leaves do look horrible. As regards companion planting I dont really have the room as my plants are fairly close together. But I too would be interested in what others say!

Lovely day here today but very VERY windy. Some of my plants are actually drying out again even though we had so much rain over the weekend! It was so mild and the sun came out after lunch and it was so pleasant!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 16 May 2017 21:58:48

I usually just cut down the dying leaves and enjoy the rest of their display. I have the same problem with space (or lack of) as Jackie.

JoanG JoanG 16 May 2017 22:13:49

Not much space here either, so I usually try to tuck the dying leaves under the neighbouring plants.  My 'Purple Sensation' are mostly dotted around the borders, so not too much of a problem. 

Fleurette Fleurette 17 May 2017 09:08:08

Artimisia schmidtiana nana does a good job especially as I cut it back in the Autumn and my tulips vome up through it as it begins to grow rapidly.  Its foliage is so soft and a real talking point for the rest of the yr..

Scrubber Scrubber 18 May 2017 20:34:07

Mary was that the artemesia Paddy kindly gave me a few weeks ago? I lost the name. Is it related to Lamium (Bunnys ears???) Unlike my friends above I always have LOTS of spaces!!!!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 19 May 2017 00:15:17

Since I have only managed to get one single Allium to grow the leaves are not a real problem for me yet LOL

A Wet Start to the Week.

15 May 2017 11:57:13

With the wind, rain and sun over the weekend our poor gardens are getting a thrashing from this May weather. We badly needed rain, but at this stage I think we have had enough. With trees in full leaf now, the weight of the rain on them is bending them to the ground and I hate to think what is happening to the herbaceous plants. I should have staked them sooner and I doubt if I am alone putting this job off. 

We had a busy weekend with a wedding, baby minding and visitors, but an enjoyable time nevertheless. I did not get to Mount Congreve for the Rare Plant Sale, but from some photos I have seen, it seems to have been a good day and the weather stayed dry,  if a little windy. 

A few photos of the garden from inside this morning with the rain and strong winds howling outside.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 15 May 2017 12:11:14

Your garden is still managing to look wonderful despite the rain - and the indoor photos!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 15 May 2017 12:29:59

Looking out the windows in desperation for the rain to stop, Hazel. Leaves are being shredded with the wind, very strong.

rhody rhody 15 May 2017 12:51:11

We missed you and Paddy at the Birr weekend this year, although you had a lot on to keep you busy. We had a good time despite the heavy rain though the result is a cold coming on. Good photos of your garden.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 15 May 2017 12:51:15

Lovely, Mary. A bit showery here, but very mild.

Myrtle Myrtle 15 May 2017 18:28:10

Beautiful photos  Mary, and Im sure the garden will still be as beautiful as ever when you are able to get out to it.

accsean accsean 15 May 2017 18:48:13

The wind and rain make no difference to your fantastic garden, beautiful photos.


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