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Cloncaw's Journal

Cloncaw's Journal

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Kate's Present

03 January 2010 13:33:14
Brother Cadfel

Brother Cadfel

Second time around as my mobile broadband connection disappeared.

Last night I set off to see Peter Corry in concert in Armagh, this was the 4th time I've been to his concert and I'd go again it's hard to believe that it's 17 years since winning a Talent competition which has taken him to where he is today. Such a variety of music, Musicals, Opera and popular songs over the decades. On the way down the winding road between the Caledon and Tynan Estates a fabulous glowing low moon kept appearing from behind the trees and hills, I wish I'd had the camera and the right equipment to capture the scene. As I drove into Armagh it was a wonderful sight behind the Cathedral on the hill. After the concert Kate gave me my Christmas present of 4 David Austin Roses all packaged up and this morning I opened it up to see which other varieties I now had. The package contained four repeat flowering roses -Eglantyne - soft pink, Winchester Cathedral- white, Brother Cadfael- pink and Benjamin Britten - crimson. They are now resealed in their package in the basement until I can plant them up, my plan is to get 4 large terracotta pots and have them that they can be placed out hopefully in flower for caroline's June wedding. Definitely going to order some more including standards - think Darcy Bussell is what I will go for as I plan to move the hydrangeas from the two large terrcotta pots either side of the french doors from the entrance hall - dinning room, think that roses underplanted would give a fabulous display.

I also hope I sowed the seeds in Johnny's head about a tunnel, Hoey sent me details of how she constructed hers and we actually have some materials her that will work so hopefully happy days as I would love to have pots ready to move into position for the wedding as well as being able to grow more veg.

Cold but fabulous day in the sun birds busy hurtling to and fro from the feeder, not much can be done outside so it's a planning day.

New album of Plants in Waiting 2010


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Johnplotman Johnplotman 03 January 2010 14:59:53

Glad to read all went well,and at a most enjoyable concert Cloncaw.Amazing what a few years does.From a talent show contestant to a top singer.


Jack17 Jack17 03 January 2010 15:38:54

I see you got safely to and from the concert. Your christmas present from Kate is ideal. you can't beat the David Austin roses and the four you got are real beauties. You should be able to plant them up within a week or so. Will they flower by June? I suppose they are probably a year or so old. I see you have great plans for improvements this year in your garden. God bless the work.


fraoch fraoch 03 January 2010 15:55:26

Those roses will be absolutely beautiful.


J.D. J.D. 03 January 2010 16:23:26

Stunning rose. Glad you had a great night.


Myrtle Myrtle 03 January 2010 19:56:57

Oh I can just picture them all in full bloom for the wedding! Is this the first daughter to get married? I have a third daughter engaged and the novelty is wearing off!


Periwinkle Periwinkle 03 January 2010 21:48:33

Beautiful rose, Cloncaw, as are the others- a great selection! I have not sent in my order yet, too much choice- or is it too greedy?! Perhaps its a good thing that the budget sets a limit! I hope they all do well for you and are in bloom for the wedding. The weather we get in late May and early June will have some bearing on it!


Cloncaw Cloncaw 04 January 2010 00:11:58

This will be the 1st wedding in the family we have 2 daughters and 4 sons , I'm hoping by planting into pots and keeping them in a sheltered spot or if I'm lucky a tunnel for a while that it will help bring them on, hopefully it'll work. Agree it's hard to decide what to order and the budget does dictate I was given presents of money for Christmas and this will go into garden plants and trees.


Myrtle Myrtle 04 January 2010 12:37:34

The first girl getting married is very exciting! Relax and enjoy it as it can get stressful and then this ONE day is over before you know it. A friend of mine gave me good advice, she said savour every moment of the day and ignore anything that goes wrong!


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