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Kerb Appeal

22 April 2017 22:50:31

Every year I place pots at the front door as I think its adds to the overall appearance and looks lovely ...I rue when we built our house nearly 18 years ago now that we didnt plan for beds either side of the front door but at the time gardening was not on the agenda!

I have been thinking that two large pots with a climbing plant on trellis would look lovely.. maybe a rose or clematis. I love Jackies Montana and I see Terry has it in a pot growing away ... It may be a wee bit too robust for the front door but I like the idea of something similiar. Anyone any ideas?

My front door faces east and the roof juts out so I would be responsible for all watering and feeding??? Ideally I would like something that flowers for a long period and scent would be a bonus :) Would love to hear your ideas and advise. Thanks so much!

fran m fran m 23 April 2017 09:24:36

Hi Doreen, hope your keeping well.

I'd recommend trying Rhodochiton, flowers outside from about June to October. No good for this year, as it wont flower in it's first year, but I have lots of seeds here and will send you on plenty if you wish.

Lovely door ;)

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 23 April 2017 12:07:01

Pots with seasonal plants and change them around. I have two trained Bay Trees in black square pots at my fromt door for the last fifteen years or so.

Fleurette Fleurette 23 April 2017 15:10:28

Good query!  not so easy to answer.  

Mary's idea of swapping is good.  do I understand that you swap the Bay trees about, Mary? 

Here is a tip Doreen.  If you want all round even growth on your pots, you must rotate them. So, decide on a regular day of the week, or month, say every Sunaday am or every 1st of the month, and give your pots a 1/4 turn .. clockwise!  makes so much sense.  But not of course for climbers!  Good with conifers. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 23 April 2017 18:14:53

Margot, no way would I be able to move the Bay Trees, way to big now.

Doreen Doreen 23 April 2017 20:37:12

Thanks everyone... Fran I would love to try Rhodochiton if you could send me some seeds. I will message you my address.... Agree door in pic 2 is lovely.. but not mine took them from the internet! Was seaching for ideas.

Mary I do a few pots with seasonal plants but wanted something more permanent. Your bay trees much be some size.. after 15 years.. Woould like to see a picture of them.

thanks Margot for the handy tip... I never turn my pots!!LOL


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 24 April 2017 17:03:55

Put a photo for you of the Bay Trees, tiltle 'For Doreen'.

spring 2017

02 April 2017 22:03:08

What a beautiful day...While the rest of the house went off to Clones to watch Monaghan TRY to beat Dublin I spent the afternoon in the garden. For the past number of years I have been trying to introduce more spring colour into the garden and today in the sunshine I was delighted to see so much colour..... lots of different daffodils, tulips, primroses, forget me nots.... Have some hyacinths in window  boxes too.. Have to say I love these.. I used to think they were old fashioned but have grown to love them not only for there colour but their scent too! It was interesting to see the pink flowered first,then blue followed by yellow. why I dont know?!

On a negative note I noticed this year alot of my bulbs had slug damage.. my snowdrops and especially the daffodils... see picture 2 lots of slugs inside the flower head. I know we had a mild winter with plenty of rain but I have never seen such damage like this before.


Its great seeing the garden come alive and the long bright evenings are a joy. Have put up a small album !

Scrubber Scrubber 02 April 2017 22:19:39

Lovely granite rocks behind the lovely tulips. Sorry about the match!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 02 April 2017 22:26:48

A lovely container for the hyacinths and love the colour of the tulips. Slugs and snails are just something we have to put up with.

fraoch fraoch 02 April 2017 23:00:17

Lovely colours there. Imagine Scrubber noticing rocks!!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 02 April 2017 23:41:22

Lovely photos Doreen! I have to confess to being a squasher when I see slugs or snails anywhere near my plants!

Keego Keego 03 April 2017 13:20:32

Hi Doreen hope all is good. Lovely pictures I really love your containers for the hyacinths. Loads of frog spawn in your pond - looks nice and clear

Doreen Doreen 03 April 2017 22:42:23

Peter have loads of rocks here... old ruin of a house on site which we have reused in piers, walls etc.. there easier to get at than yours..LOL

Mary's- Denis got me the window boxes down the north somewhere... they are pvc and i do like the colour of them.

I too kill slugs and snails and have been know to use salt.. not very nice !!

I'd please

19 October 2016 16:03:03

Got this at some of the gatherings and can't remember who gave it to me. I am right in thinking it will not come back next year?? It has  selfseeded and have potted up some.. if anyone wants some let me know and I'll put aside. 

Have also lots of Japanese anemone if anyone wants some of that too.  Be warned it does spread

fraoch fraoch 19 October 2016 18:06:11

It looks like Feverfew to me and if so self seeds madly!

Jackie Jackie 19 October 2016 19:26:33

Is it Geranium maderense? I think it might be, looking at those leaves. I have it here and it grows to about a meter wide and has lovely pink flowers in a 'catherine wheel' effect! It also self seeds too. I think what it is.... Lovely Anemone

PeterW PeterW 19 October 2016 21:34:42

Looks like geranium to me too and is a spreader

Jacinta D Jacinta D 19 October 2016 21:46:28

Definitely looks like Geranium. I wouldn't worry about it NOT coming back.

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 19 October 2016 23:17:59

Geranium palmatum me thinks.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 20 October 2016 07:58:04

Yes, I think Geranium palmatum.

Doreen Doreen 20 October 2016 12:05:25

Thanks everyone .. Yes the name does rings bells..Duely noted. Jackie I seen it in your garden too during the summer. I quite like it.. lovely flower and the leaves are starting to turn lovely red colour.

LindaB LindaB 20 October 2016 17:07:43

Hi Doreen, I would love some of the Japanese Anemone if you could keep some for me for the next event which will hopefully be our gettogether in January!

Moya Moya 20 October 2016 18:52:24

It's either G maderense or palmatum - they are very similar. maderense is less hardy and monocarpic if I remember correctly.

Jackie Jackie 20 October 2016 19:25:23

This link below explains the difference between both palmatum and maderense. The 'Catherine wheel effect' is actually G Palmatum, sorry I thought I had G Maderense, but its G Palmatum. Absolutely fabulous when in full bloom , but even the foliage is stunning too. Copy and paste that link if it doesnt work, I think it wont! and see what you think! 


Jackie Jackie 20 October 2016 19:28:42

By the way this one I have is in its third year here and I thought I lost it, so collected lots of seed and planted them up. Now Ive loads lol, typical. I cut off the branches on the bottom as they went over, only to realise later that these actually support the actual plant.......it started to rock in the wind and I had to put lots of compost etc to keep it in place and it came back again no problem, still has some flowers on it now in October!


Doreen Doreen 21 October 2016 12:54:07

Thanks for the link Jackie.. yes mine is 'Geranium palmatum' It does seed every where. 

Linda no problem I will keep some Japanese Anemone for you.

Jackie Jackie 22 October 2016 07:32:16

That's what I have here too. 

October Colour & interest

12 October 2016 13:09:54

Yes, have to agree with everyone this last while has been great in the garden. There is still lots of colour and interest and I have been able to get out and about most days to just wander around cup a tea in hand or get some tidying up done. Have also planted up lots of bulbs in the ground and in containers. Have put up a small album...


fraoch fraoch 12 October 2016 17:45:01

Love your photos, Doreen. You have loads of great colour. What is the second photo?

Jackie Jackie 12 October 2016 19:09:11

Gosh Doreen, your album is terrific and still so much in flower too. Its lovely to wander around with a cuppa and take in all in. Im glad you are getting time in the garden to enjoy it all!

JoanG JoanG 12 October 2016 20:41:31

Super colour and great variety of plants still looking good. 

Doreen Doreen 13 October 2016 11:19:45

Thanks all.. photos are ok took them with my phone but thought I had them the correct way around... i dont know the name of the yellow daisy like flower in photo 2. Got it from Mary(Keego) during the summer.. 

hydrangea 'Frisbee White'

23 September 2016 22:26:22

Loving this hydrangea which I bought in Carlow Arboratum during the summer... It is in flower now for ages putting on a great display at my front door.... snowy white all summer it is now turning slightly pink! I think I will keep it potted up for now as I don.t know if it would survive my clay soil.

More containers  at the front door are pretty viola's and have been flowering their wee socks off for ages.


Also loving sedums at the moment prolonging colour in the garden for another while.







Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 23 September 2016 22:35:30

Beautiful hydrangea and I love the Phormium with the under planting of pansies.

JoanG JoanG 23 September 2016 22:54:03

Super hydrangea Doreen and your viola planter is gorgeous.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 24 September 2016 07:33:40

I'd love to have more space for a nice Hydrangea. I love them all.

You can't beat the humble Violas for constant colour.

Jackie Jackie 24 September 2016 08:44:43

All gorgeous Doreen. Love that little planter in the second photo too. 

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 24 September 2016 11:22:46

Lovely one. I used to really dislike Hydrangeas and said some bad things about them!!!But that has all changed and now I have about 7/8 of them and like them a lot.


Scrubber Scrubber 24 September 2016 21:09:16

They have great heart! I too welcome sedums one here in a little vase along with Lambs ears leaves lovely contrast

Scrubber Scrubber 24 September 2016 21:09:18

They have great heart! I too welcome sedums one here in a little vase along with Lambs ears leaves lovely contrast

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 27 September 2016 00:00:11

Don't worry about the clay soil - just don't try blue Hydrangeas as they will turn a sort o dirty pink in my experience :-) That's a lovely one!


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