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Programme Reminder with an Irish Interest.

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.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 23 March 2017 08:28:26

Darn it. I had a visitor. I'd forgotten about it.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 23 March 2017 09:06:46

It is tonight (Thursday) Jacinta.

Jackie Jackie 23 March 2017 09:43:02

Oh nice thanks Mary must remember to set record ;) 

Dick Dick 23 March 2017 12:34:49

Thanks Mary. I have been tired of finding so much rubbish on RTE.


Jacinta D Jacinta D 23 March 2017 14:11:19

Oops, sorry, Mary. That's brilliant. I'm free as a bird today and the tv is ALL MINE.  :)

Deckyoshea Deckyoshea 23 March 2017 19:34:06

Thanks for that . Record set ! 


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.

Jackie Jackie 22 March 2017 20:13:26

Oh No!! now that must be really disappointing Mary, especially when you thought it was the real deal. Its a pretty little one, but isnt the same if its not 'what it says on the tin' 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 22 March 2017 21:35:52

That is such a pretty Narcissus. Is it a dwarf variety, by any chance?


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 22 March 2017 21:56:16

Jackie, definitely not what it said on the tin.

Jacinta, about ten inches, but the stem seems  strong, standing up to the winds over the last few days.

accsean accsean 23 March 2017 00:00:38

That one is lovely, Mary, but I can feel your disappointment from here.

LindaB LindaB 23 March 2017 11:00:52

That one looks very unusual too!  I like it!

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 23 March 2017 15:32:39

Oh dear, so another very dissappointed gardener, i feel your pain, been there done that and quite a few times.


Wishin and Hopin.

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.

PeterW PeterW 20 March 2017 19:54:41

Hopefully these frosts aren't as bad as forecasted and maybe worse on higher ground. The ony springfield i know is in The Simpsons haha

Jacinta D Jacinta D 20 March 2017 20:24:29

That's beautiful, Mary. Saw one over on Facebook today and was smitten.

I'm not too young to remember Dusty Springfield. That was a blast from the past alright but a great song.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 20 March 2017 20:56:27

Ask you Mam, Peter. When July comes I am sure I will be suffering from Blue Bayou. Jacinta, years ago I use to see them at the Dublin Alpine Show being exhibited and one year some nursery has them for sale.

JoanG JoanG 20 March 2017 21:36:54

It's coming on well indeed Mary, so fingers crossed it will survive the weather of the next few days.  Always happy to be reminded of Dusty Springfield's songs too!

accsean accsean 20 March 2017 21:37:43

A great song indeed. She had a song with the Pet shop boys as well, Peter, you may have heard that. Hope that Arum flowers okay for you, Mary

Jackie Jackie 21 March 2017 07:37:03

Unfortunately, I'm not too young either lol. I'm sure your Arum will be fine, look forward to the pictures. 

Geranimojess Geranimojess 21 March 2017 09:19:38

Dusty Springfield alias Mary O Brien...we ain't all nippers ya know...

TerriShoos TerriShoos 21 March 2017 12:03:16

Was she really Mary O'Brien? Never knew that. I remember her well, though, couldn't wait to be allowed to do the bouffant hair and eyeliner, but by the time I was that age it was out of fashion. Story of my life... too young for bouffants, too old for Goth LOL...

Geranimojess Geranimojess 21 March 2017 12:19:50

Terri...One thing I've learned in Life is not to go with the flow...be your own Woman and do what you want to and not what Fashion dictates...I've always lived by that philosophy and hump the begrudgers...I'm still around to bugger some people off and I love it...

Yes Mary Isobelle Catherine O Brien was her real Name but could you see that Name selling Records...me neither...

Deckyoshea Deckyoshea 21 March 2017 17:07:49

Think I had a crush on her when I was young .. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 22 March 2017 08:12:06

The weather wasn't as bad as forecast, however, Paddy is reading the there is heavy snow in Cork this morning. Dull and grey here, but not cold.

Jackie Jackie 22 March 2017 08:45:28

Torrential rain here during the night and this morning, looks like it's brightening up a bit now though. Hope we don't get snow!!!! 

Geranimojess Geranimojess 22 March 2017 13:46:07

This must be a 1st for the N/W...lovely and Sunny here all Morning and I managed to get the replacement Gate finished and Stained and ready for hanging when it's dry....may leave it until tomorrow....though I just remembered I've a Hospital Appointment...not in any great hurry cause' I also want to stain the surrounding Timber Railings as well...

Geranimojess Geranimojess 22 March 2017 13:46:09

This must be a 1st for the N/W...lovely and Sunny here all Morning and I managed to get the replacement Gate finished and Stained and ready for hanging when it's dry....may leave it until tomorrow....though I just remembered I've a Hospital Appointment...not in any great hurry cause' I also want to stain the surrounding Timber Railings as well...

Fritillaria imperialis.

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'. 

roofy roofy 20 March 2017 18:55:08

Gidday Mary,I reckon a move would be good,would be a shame to loose them.

accsean accsean 20 March 2017 18:58:09

Evening Mary, I tried them without success a few years ago which may be explained by you informing us that they like alkaline conditions. They are very attractive.

PeterW PeterW 20 March 2017 19:46:54

I love them but failed some many times with these. As you say maybe it's just better to have a bulb in it's place that prefers those conditions you have.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 20 March 2017 20:28:21

Ah, Mary. Don't get rid of them. They're gorgeous. I got an order of Fritillaria lutea from Heritage Bulbs last autumn. But I thought I had bought the one above too. And so far, they're all yellow.

I took all mine into the house yesterday in case they'd snap. I noticed a few slug trails all over them. So far no damage though.

JoanG JoanG 20 March 2017 21:19:43

Thanks for that information Mary; at least I now know not to bother trying them, as my soil is acid too.  Happy to admire them in gardens where others have succeeded. 

Fleurette Fleurette 21 March 2017 00:01:26

I can join in with those remarks.  No use here either, although a scittery wee thin stem appears every year And then does a disappearing trick.  But I have to say, it did flower in its 1st yr and was quite a glorious sight ...... must be 12 -15 yrs ago.  

Jackie Jackie 21 March 2017 07:34:21

Yes I too bought some of these a couple of years ago and haven't seen anything. So disgusted. But they are beautiful when they do flower. 

Mary I hate that job of cleaning the freezer lol so I feel your pain!!! But it's great when it's done too. 

TerriShoos TerriShoos 21 March 2017 12:30:35

I love them and for once we have the right soil, yippee! Alan's not keen but I am gradually wearing him down.... ;)

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 22 March 2017 08:21:11

Jacinta, in that bunch of fritillaria are both yellow and orange flowers. I did buy a named one Fritillaria 'Rex' but never saw it again. It was to be a very large burned orange flower. 

Michele, they are very exotic and nice to grow if you have the conditions, so you will be purchasing in the autumn. As for the rest of us we should give them a miss.


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.

Fleurette Fleurette 19 March 2017 22:42:46

Wonderful magnolias, Mary.  I always admire the really "full" edging you manage  to establish to your borders.  

It is a lovely thing to plant a really good specimen plant to celebrate an occasion.  

Or to choose plants bearing the names of your children.  I have rosa Paul's Himalayan musk, paul's scarlet hawthorn.  A Rhodo Niko for other son.  Deirdre bears my name, Marguerite, so no problem there! For Claire too, I had to use her second name:  Elizabeth with Rosa Queen Elizabeth.  

Jackie Jackie 20 March 2017 07:39:39

Wow Mary they are all just stunning. I look forward to the day my little Magnolia grows big and strong like yours!!!!! They are all magnificent 


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 22 March 2017 08:37:22

Thanks you both for the nice comments on the Magnolias.

Margot, the 'full' edging is due to a lot of dividing over the years of primulas, pulmonaria, hostas and other low growing plants. I like to plant a tree for a  happy occasion and I make them all stand around it to take the photo and needless to say they don't be happy. However, I have noticed that their wives are thrilled and will alway go a see 'their' tree and eldest granddaughter is besotted with the garden, maybe it is a female thing. I am a sucker for buying plants with my children's and grandchildren's names. I grow Rosa 'Paul's Himalayan Musk' and it looked beautiful when my son was married last June and I know I was the only one who appreciated it.

Fleurette Fleurette 22 March 2017 10:14:58

Ah, yes, Mary.  your edgings.  You are really adept at these, and I was amazed a few years ago, at the mileage you achieved from the bundle of Kinlough Beauty.  You showed  me how much this particular little beauty thrives on division.  My Mother did not realise this, and we were always told to keep well away from"Mrs Cox's primrose". 

By the way, I have just bought the Joe Kennedy Glenarriff.  It really smacks of Kinlough Beauty Don't you think?  

For edging, I am inclined to rely on viola cornuta which of course gives a very long season of soft calming colour.  (The white isn't as good".) 

Planting named subjects for the kids.  I am so p,eased that recently, I detect that Paul, the Babe -33-  has now become proprietory towards the Ymalayan musk and the Apul's scarlet!  there's hope there!  And at last he is using his eyes!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 22 March 2017 18:22:12

No Margot, I don't grow Primula 'Glengarrif' but have a few of the Kennedy primulas. The viola is good ground cover and I found that Primula 'Kinlough Beauty' thrives on division.

Fleurette Fleurette 22 March 2017 20:00:38

Oh?  One you don 't have - P. Glengarriff?  Rush to Lidl .....  they have it  this week.  

I really should re-read my journals and correct all The typos!  

My goodness.  I am just listening to the news from London!  Dreadful. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 22 March 2017 20:19:22

Shopping tomorrow, so must look into Lidl. I must make a list of the Kenny primulas I have. I know I have Primula 'Moneygal', yellow and Primula 'Blarney Castle' which was given to anyone who attended IGPS AGM in Cork last year. I know I also have a lovely little pink one, which divides very well. 

Dreadful news from London today.

Jackie Jackie 22 March 2017 20:22:28

Ohhhh much check out my local Lidl, I was there yesterday and bought  2 Magnolia and think I will put them down where the Staghorn trees used to reside!!

Such awful news from London....RIP to those who lost their lives. This world has gone crazy!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 22 March 2017 20:26:34

Jackie, those Magnolias were great value. I saw the clematis there last week, but the plants were very weak, but saying that I did buy Clematis 'Mrs Bateman' a few years ago and it romped away. The Magnolias will look fantastic there.

Fleurette Fleurette 22 March 2017 23:56:38

I am wondering if Lidl N and S carry some different stock?  I got my other Kenny prims from Lidl over a couple of years.  I also bought one form the garden centre. It was dearer, BUT it was a fatter plant!  Divisible.  

Dunbeg seems to be real sturdy one and absolutely beautiful.  The others aren't in bloom yet.  Just Dunbeg, for at least a week.  

Lidl clematis seemed to be mainly Polish Spirit which is a very strong and prolific grower with me.  Was it in your Lidl?  No, I'm not doing a survey!!

(I just love these wee conversations) 

oh, was this a journal about your beautiful magnolias, Mary?    Sorry I have diverted it. I do like the Stellata type ones. I do have a Mag. ..Susan.  It has become too big.  We, or more precisely, me, I'm never content !!!!! Not good.  


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 23 March 2017 00:08:31

Margot, the Lidl clematis last week were C. Mrs Bateman' C. 'Hagley Hybrid' C. 'Madam Julia Correvon'. Conversations are good.

Fleurette Fleurette 23 March 2017 00:20:20

Yeh, Hagley Hybrid was there, but I have it already.  Its another v. Good one.  In truth, I didn't look at the names of the others, only the colours. All deep pinkish, and I have too many like that. 

Off to bed.  


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