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Dahlias Today

15 August 2017 21:45:23

Here are a few photos of dahlias doing well here at the moment.

I have always liked dahlias for their pzazz and continuous flowering from July on.

I have a lot of them in pots but I plan to move some of them into the open ground next year as I think they would do better there.

Earwigs have been having a field day as well. I tried setting traps but that didn't really work.

I am also going to get some new colours as the bright yellow and red Merluza just doesn't fit in.

Overall, though I am very happy with their performance and I wouldn't be without them.

JoanG JoanG 15 August 2017 22:00:16

They look great Moya; the second one looks really unusual and the third photo is a gorgeous shot of your garden. Dahlias clearly doing well there! 

PS Just had a look at your August album, lovely planting! 

fraoch fraoch 15 August 2017 22:08:04

They're beautiful, Moya. I love the colours of the first two particularly.

Scrubber Scrubber 15 August 2017 22:17:14

Fabulous colours. Must really invest in some as colour losing out here at present!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 16 August 2017 08:04:51

Your garden is really lovely, Moya. That's a great album. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 16 August 2017 08:51:47

Love the blue and purple combinations and those Orange lillies are just stunning. Loce the dark honka type dahlia, any name for it.

LindaB LindaB 16 August 2017 08:56:12

Great colour combos Moya, really lovely.

 

Michele Maria Michele Maria 16 August 2017 11:05:04

I enjoyed looking at your August Album....what  beautiful colourful displays. That middle dahlia is so pretty.

Dick Dick 16 August 2017 11:47:09

These Dahlias look fabulous Maya. My Dahlias were not good this year but what's another year?

Moya Moya 17 August 2017 00:55:16

Thank you all very much.

Mary the black honka type is called Verrone's Obsidian. The only problem I have with it is that it is not as tall as I expected, otherwise I love it. I have Margot to thank for the big orange lily. I hope to see large clumps of it at her open day on Saturday.

Dick, I'm sorry that your dahlias aren't great this year but I am sure they will be next year!

 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 17 August 2017 08:42:51

Moya, I also grow Dahlia'Verrone's Obsidian' and was very disappointed with the size of the flower. Yours look bigger that the one I have. Saw a larger flower, same colour and shape, on a dahlia in a garden in England a few years ago, but no name on it. Have a great day in Margot's on Saturday and the weather forecast is good.

Astilbe chinensis 'Purple Lance' or purpurlanze

29 July 2017 23:03:58

I read about this plant in a feature on Jimi Blake's garden in Garden Heaven a few years ago. I thought it was the answer to lack of height in late Summer shady borders and I loved its dramatic colour and shape.

I went about aquiring a number of plants and got four from various sources on the internet. Seamus O' Donnell of Cluain na dTor gardens kindly gave me a plant as well.

I planted them all and they did nothing at all for the first year.  This year, however, I am very happy to see the plants flowering in the border as I imagined them. They need a bit of staking as we have had a lot of wind and I will finish the job tomorrow.

Here's one plant that I staked this evening together with Angelica sylvestris purpurea or Angelica gigas. (I have both and they have crossed and also reverted to wild angelica) 

Scrubber Scrubber 29 July 2017 23:28:12

I must say I love both! I must try for Angelica sylvestris purpurea as it looks a stunner!

accsean accsean 30 July 2017 00:01:52

Stunning, Moya. I'm the devil for not staking plants and promise myself to remedy the situation the following year. Alas we all know that good intentions don't get the job done.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 30 July 2017 07:57:20

Love the Astilbe, great height. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 30 July 2017 08:05:01

Wow, that Astilbe is going right on my list. It's fab.

sallysarah sallysarah 30 July 2017 08:29:05

That's really nice  - love its strong colour!!!!!

Michele Maria Michele Maria 30 July 2017 11:54:18

I'm not a great one for staking but that Astilbe looks worth the effort.

fraoch fraoch 30 July 2017 19:47:44

Gorgeous combination!

Mary B Mary B 30 July 2017 19:52:27

That is a real beauty Moya

Moya Moya 30 July 2017 23:25:28

Thank you all very much. The combination is purely accidental as the Angelica are self sown. That's why I'm not sure if it is Angelica gigas or Angelica sylvestris purpurea. 

I know what you mean Jacinta, when I saw it I just had to get it - it has great stature and I am looking forward to it bulking up some more.

As for the staking, I didn't get out to get it finished today but there's always tomorrow between the showers. 

Thalictrum ID

09 July 2017 23:45:02

I fell in love with Thalictrum a few years ago and bought a few Thalictrum delavayi 'Hewitt's Double' and possbily a Thalictrum 'Black Stockings' but their description doesn't fit this one which has sprung up in the middle of the border.

It is about 8 foot and the flowers are a kind of off white with some purple pink at the base. It has been flowering for weeks.

Anyone got any idea which Thalictrum it is?

Jacinta D Jacinta D 10 July 2017 07:02:43

Which ever one it is, it's certainly a beauty. It looks like a cross  between 'flavum' and 'Hewitt's Double'. I have flavum, like yours but without the purple. It'll be interesting to see if someone can name it. I wouldn't mind having that interspersed with my flavum. It's the same height too.

Hosta Hosta 10 July 2017 21:03:30

Thalictrum 'Elin' perhaps ?

JoanG JoanG 10 July 2017 23:23:59

Wow, it looks fabulous Moya, so tall and standing up without staking by the looks of it. 

Scrubber Scrubber 10 July 2017 23:42:11

Moya I may be quite wrong but I thought there was an article on Thalicthrums in the Gaden mag this month but maybe its an older magazine. I keep them and now have all the july ones on the go so maybe Im mistaken. Its lovely.

Moya Moya 11 July 2017 00:27:56

Thanks all.

It's not T. flavum as that is very yellow but it could be a cross all right Jacinta. It also could be T. elin Margaret as it is so tall.

The colour of the flowers is a bit of a mystery as they appear more creamy than any other colour which is a bit of a disappointment as I was looking for purple of a strong pink.

Thanks Peter I'll have a look at this month's mag in case.

Joan, it is great that it is so tall but it would look much better at the back beside the bronze fennel. It was only half this height last year!

It's an ill Wind!

29 June 2017 23:53:23

What a horrible wind that blew here all day. Northerly I think, cold and dispiriting. It was cold and I could not get enthusiast at all in the garden.

On a positive note, here are a few dahlias flowering in the garden at the moment.

Jackie Jackie 30 June 2017 00:40:31

It was wet here from 2pm Moya but the wind was quiet. But I see it's to fetvwindier tomorrow and more rain in the morning. The garden needed it but enough now!!  Gorgeous Dahlias. I've the second and third Ines. All 3 are really lovely. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 30 June 2017 07:32:42

Very, very windy down here on the south coast, but no rain. I love the three of your dahlias, but if pushed to pick my favourite it would have to be Dahlia 'Creme de Cassis'.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 30 June 2017 08:33:41

Miserable weather here. And you can feel the cold creeping in now too.

Love that second Dahlia, Moya.

LindaB LindaB 30 June 2017 09:12:07

Lovely dahlias, especially the middle one!

DeclanfromTipp DeclanfromTipp 30 June 2017 10:53:03

Aren't Dahlias great ? And to think they were out of favour for years. Lovely

colora 

Moya Moya 30 June 2017 23:34:02

Thank you all for your comments. The weather wasn't great here today either until the evening when it calmed down a bit and then it didn't feel so cold.

You're right Decky - how could they have gone out of fashion? - they are wonderful plants. They give me great joy at this time of the year. Dahlia 'Creme de Cassis' is quite small, in terms of height, compared to the others and I should have planted them more towards the front. I have a soft spot for the cactus ones myself.

Wonderful Morning at Margot's

26 June 2017 00:44:52

The Muddy Boots Garden Club's  (set up by .ier Feverfew aka Evelyn Gallagher) Summer outing was to none other than our esteemed Fleurette's garden in Shrove. Margot had a wonderful welcome for us and brought us on a very informative tour of her amazing garden. She had her trusty fork in tow and dispensed many clumps and bits of plants along the way. Her generosity knows no bounds.

We all had a ball.

The garden and all the plants in it looked great. It is a magical garden in a spectacular setting.

There was much evidence of plants given by garden.ie friends especially Jackie and Joan G. and there wasn't a weed or a gap in sight.

How do you do it Margot?

Margot, thanks so much for the opportunity to enjoy your wonderful garden once again. I will never tire of it.

I will put up a photo album so you can all drool.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 26 June 2017 07:57:13

It's an amazing garden alright. :) I'd love to see it some day.

Jackie Jackie 26 June 2017 08:17:25

Lovely album Moya of a fabulous garden. I'm laughing as you say Margot was going around with her trusty fork, she had the same when we visited too and is ever so generous. Such a beautiful place. 

My internet is down all week so have to use my phone which doesn't always pick up Garden.ie and other sites !! Engineer calling today so hoping to be back again tonight!! 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 26 June 2017 08:34:14

A beautiful garden and Moya your album shows how full all Margot's borders are, packet with plants. It has been two years since I visited, but would agree with you on all you said in your journal about how generous Margot is sharing her plants.

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 26 June 2017 16:55:37

Once again i have the green eyed monster!!  Wonder how much it would cost to charter a helicopter.....need the Lotto I suspect. I am glad you had such a great  visit dear Niece.

JoanG JoanG 26 June 2017 23:51:10

Every time I see photos of Margot's garden, they increase my determination to visit.  If a couple of my plants have made their way there, I'm honoured!  Her own generosity is clear.  So glad you enjoyed your visit Moya.

fran m fran m 27 June 2017 08:43:42

I may be travelling nortwards in August ............. :)

A super album of an amazing garden, thanks for posting Moya.

PeterW PeterW 27 June 2017 12:13:00

A great day by the sounds of it and super photos of a wonderful garden.

TerriShoos TerriShoos 29 June 2017 12:13:52

Wonderful garden and we too were the beneficiaries of Margot's liberal fork when we visited. Glad you all enjoyed yourselves!

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