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Identity Crisis

21 April 2015 21:28:43

My gardening space had to yield to dogs, trampoline and bouncy castles what limited knowledge that was known is now even more limited.

Hence a cry for help

I am reasonably certain that I didn't plant it.

I suspect that it is an unwelcome weed - or maybe fear that it is an unwelcome weed

Anyone able to put me out of my misery



PeterW PeterW 21 April 2015 21:36:26

Welcome back Tony, can't really help with the I.D but i'll guess Verbascum but prob not

Deborah Deborah 21 April 2015 21:50:43

It looks like a foxglove. The seed probably blew in on the wind.

fran m fran m 21 April 2015 22:10:51

Foxglove, the stems look whitish so should be white flowering, if stems are redish it will flower pink ;)

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 21 April 2015 22:24:57

TONY     what a good surprise, how lovely to 'see' you ,  please drop down if you have time? 

Moya Moya 21 April 2015 22:40:19

Definitely Digitalis. Might be a lovely white one. As Fran says, look at the back of the leaves, if there is no sign of pink then it is white.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 21 April 2015 22:40:37

Welcome back.

fran m fran m 22 April 2015 06:52:39

Tony, Moya is correct in saying the colouring will be on the leaves and not the stems as I said.

Jackie Jackie 22 April 2015 07:58:40

I didn't know that. Must check out mine too. Welcome back !! 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 22 April 2015 11:17:01

A new form of gardening - Bouncy Castles, trampoline and dogs! Those kiddies on Supergarden would LOVE your garden LOL

Hosta Hosta 22 April 2015 11:30:00

Welcome back Tony :-)

Terra Nova

15 September 2013 14:28:11

As I mentioned yesterday, I set off with the Boss for Terra Nova. It was billed as a day of a surprise for her and a surprise for me.

She got to play for forty minutes in the playground in Buttevant – she always commented on this playground when we drove past. I got to visit Terra Nova as well as getting good news.

She has not been in full health of late. On Thursday, she was collected from school and on the long trip to Dublin, the temperature symptoms manifested. Some medication was dispensed. It was a long night – though she really enjoyed Leonard Cohen and wants to go again – and an early morning trip back home.

So yesterday, I had a slight fear that after tiring herself out in the playground, after the car journey to Terra Nova and with her still not being right that the visit may have been short.

During the summer she really enjoyed the search for fairy houses in Derrynane House so I was able to use this as a selling point. In answering her questions as to the fairies, I said that I thought that they were statues in the garden. I was then educated to the fact that when there are humans around, the fairies stand absolutely still so we think they are statues.

Another representation of the principle that it is a bad day when one does not learn something new.

We both loved walking around the garden – or the different gardens within one garden. We did have to photograph all of the fairies (she was right – they didn’t move at all) and that accounted for some of the time. She met up with Krista’s daughter and so had to explore all of the areas again with someone else.

She did not want to leave – a sure sign of success.

As for me, it was my first visit to Terra Nova and it was a complete lesson in how different themes can be created in small spaces; how so many different gardens can be separated from but adjacent to other gardens; how curved walkways can lead as well as hide; how fun can be incorporated (ten green bottles…) and the benefit of a number of different seating locations.

It was September so the number of plants in flower was limited but that only heightened the appreciation of what can be done with just one colour – green. Different heights, shades, textures, leaf size. Even multi-coloured stems which down very well with The Boss.

We both succumbed to the plant sales. I purchased Hedychium densiflorum ‘Assam Orange’ and Equisetum camtschatencis (despite the warnings as to rampant tendency). The Terra Nova crew even had their sale stall targeting the smallies. When the Boss saw the Dahlia ‘Pooh’, it also had to go on the purchase list.     

We could have spent much longer than two-and-a-half hours there – relaxing, appreciating, and receiving a subliminal education on what can be achieved.

Deborah and Martin have created a haven. To have that to enjoy daily is worth a lot in the balancing scales of life.


Photo album uploaded – Be warned as they are mostly of fairies.

Rachel Rachel 15 September 2013 14:54:38

That's a beautiful journal form a beautiful day. I hope the boss's health continues to remain good.

Clara Clara 15 September 2013 18:28:19

I have to agree with Rachel it was a beautiful journal ....your photos were amazing also ....hope all is well with the boss today and keeps healthy.



fran m fran m 15 September 2013 19:39:38

Great journal, of a great day.

best of luck to all ;-))

PeterW PeterW 15 September 2013 21:15:40

Lovely journal Tony and great photos.

Joann Joann 15 September 2013 22:19:41

I agree whole heartedly with all you said in the journal, Terra Nova is an amazing garden containing gardens, I visited this afternoon, and like you I didnt leave without a few purchases too.

Glad the small Boss enjoyed her trip across the border into Lady Limerick and hope she is keeping well today.

MartinB MartinB 15 September 2013 23:06:28

An amazing set of photos Tony. It was great to meet up, thanks for coming with the little boss. My daughter is nearly 18 now, if only she could have stayed aged 8 forever. (ground hog day)

Hoeys Hoeys 16 September 2013 10:52:15

ahh lovely....

MaryJoe MaryJoe 16 September 2013 16:45:14

Sorry I missed you Tony!   Lovely to hear about the "Boss".  I agree it is one great garden and came away with some lovely plants and photos.

Scrubber Scrubber 10 October 2013 22:07:29

Oh that Boss! She is so wise. I never really understood fairies until I was quite big and very old!!! A delightful journal that I shall reread. many thanks Now for the photos!

Scrubber Scrubber 23 October 2013 11:28:45

ps there are fairy houses in the grounds of parknasilla House hotel as well. One can visit even if not staying there.

corktony corktony 23 October 2013 11:42:15

Scrubber, if you are doing the ring, a visit to Derrynane House would be in order as they have a special fairy house area with a map of the different units

Terra Nova Open Weekend

14 September 2013 11:08:52

RTFM - the lesson learnt again.

There we were, scrubbed up and ready for the off. Then I decided to check whether the gardens opened at twelve - I had negotiated with the boss that we would stop in the playground in Buttevant that she always says she wants to go when we drive past in return for some time in the garden.

But two is the opening time - not sure that the playground will keep her amused until then

Need to develop a plan B.

Looks like a great day for any going.

PeterW PeterW 14 September 2013 12:10:59

Enjoy the day

Myrtle Myrtle 14 September 2013 13:32:41


Jacinta D Jacinta D 14 September 2013 14:45:36

Have a great time, Tony. And hopefully the Boss will be well happy too.

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 14 September 2013 18:20:51

Hope you have a super day Tony and Izzy will just love the garden.  Look forward to hearing all about your visit and how you managed!

JoanG JoanG 14 September 2013 21:20:15

Hope you both had a nice day.  The folks at Terra Nova are great with young visitors.

Joann Joann 15 September 2013 00:36:47

Hope you both enjoyed the trip to Terra Nova and the playground. My kids always spot that playground when we go through Buttevent and want to stop. Hopefully I will get a quick trip to Terra Nove myself tomorrow

Rachel Rachel 15 September 2013 11:31:12

What a wealth of photos. Thank you. Did the boss enjoy her day?

corktony corktony 15 September 2013 14:32:38

Rachel, she did not want to leave.


Rachel Rachel 15 September 2013 14:50:58

Ah that's lovely :)

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 15 September 2013 16:09:24

Oh dear the bar is raised so very very high that I will have to build vast extensions to my Fairy house!  But on second thoughts no  ,  I will just tell the Boss that the recession is very bad in Fairy land , Rossleague LOL

Terry nova is pure magic , surpassed by miles my expectations  and they were high~!

The Irish Garden - Untruths

01 July 2013 16:46:51

This months magazine, as every month,  has a section on what is looking good now.

The have listed Eremurus as one that is looking good. I think that this is wrong, lies, untruths, or whatever your preference.









I was taking photos to upload to June Album and had a few Eremurus


It is looking great - good doesn't even get a look-in

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 01 July 2013 17:25:24

Never mind the eremurus, Tony, I love the wall behind that third photograph. 


Jacinta D Jacinta D 01 July 2013 18:50:12

Eremurus is gorgeous. I tried to grow it one year but sadly nothing happened.

fran m fran m 01 July 2013 20:40:51


JoanG JoanG 01 July 2013 22:18:27

Great it is ... and Paddy's comment about your stone wall is spot on too.

andyf7 andyf7 01 July 2013 23:36:18

untruth's? reminds me of a 93 thousand euro per page of............... looking great indeed, do love the wall back drop.

kindredspirit kindredspirit 02 July 2013 16:18:40

You mean that big, white spikey thing upsetting the delicate juxtaposition of the bedding plants?


:)  :)  :)

Scrubber Scrubber 28 July 2013 22:02:20

Yes I agree-with Corktony and Every one! Eremurus wall and delicate juxtaposition-Im remembering that last  for future reference!

Arum Dracunulus

28 June 2013 22:15:40

I have never got the alleged unpleasant smell. I know it will only be there for a short while before the big droop sets in.


But for now, it is perfect - an absolute perfect sight that greeted me this morning


Hopefully the next two will be as good

MartinB MartinB 28 June 2013 22:20:48


ladygardener ladygardener 28 June 2013 22:34:22

Stunning, I saw this recently in a garden and had to check to see if it was real.  Is it easy to get hold of?

PeterW PeterW 28 June 2013 22:36:53

Very nice

maureendid maureendid 28 June 2013 22:39:31

A real beauty.  Do they need a lot of minding?

ann stan ann stan 28 June 2013 22:41:36

it's beautiful

corktony corktony 28 June 2013 22:45:27

No minding.

I think I purchased from Heritage Bulbs but will need to check that.

fran m fran m 28 June 2013 22:46:02

Well done, looking fab.

Clara Clara 28 June 2013 23:05:57

Lovely and enjoy!.


JoanG JoanG 28 June 2013 23:15:30

Very dramatic looking; hope the others do well for you too.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 29 June 2013 05:59:05

Green with envy just feasting my eyes on that, Tony. It's stunning.


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