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Star Wars & Yeates

31 March 2011 20:45:30
My daughter & 'Star Wars' 23rd May 2010

My daughter & 'Star Wars' 23rd May 2010

The shopping needed doing so I headed for Enniscorthy this morning. On the spur of the moment, I detoured to Clonroche, just to have a look at what Coolaught Nurseries have new in stock.

In fact, I knew that Coolaught was stocking those new Irish Kennedy primroses so I resolved to get myself the 'Drumcliffe' one. My husband's ancestors come from Drumcliffe and are buried in the same graveyard as W.B. Yeates so that was a good excuse. I was buying a pressie for hubby, not beguiled by the pretty white flowers on bronze foliage! I was pleased to see Coolaught had them for €4.50 each.

Of course, I had to have a look around although the nursery is not the best for that sort of thing as they have loads of goodies tucked away where you'd never find them. I got chatting and was asked if I was looking for anything in particular. Well, although I hadn't been looking for anything more than the primrose, I found myself uttering the words Magnolia x 'Star Wars'.

It is always dangerous asking for specific plants in Coolaught because they usually produce them and, sure enough, a grand sized 'Star Wars' was produced and, before I knew what I was doing, I was tucking it in my car. Actually, Caroline was good enough to put it in for me as I usually demonstrate total eejitry at such manoeuvres. 

I am very pleased with my new tree. I saw Magnolia x 'Star Wars' for the first time in the Bay Garden in Camolin in May 2010. The flowers are absolutely enormous and I remember being told how everyone always asks about that tree.

I have no idea why it is called 'Star Wars' but there seems to be a sci-fi theme in some Magnolia varieties as I saw one called 'Vulcan' and what about 'Wada's Memory'? I'm sure Wada must be from Star Wars too!

Home again I felt invigorated by my purchase and went out for a spot of gardening. I got 10 Thalictrum delavayi planted and one bed almost completely mulched and watered, which wasn't bad for such a late start. 


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Jacinta Jacinta 31 March 2011 20:50:38

Ha ha all sounds good there, Rachel. Don't know 'Star Wars', but I guess it is probably a 'slant' on 'Stellata'. What colour flowers does it have?


Rachel Rachel 31 March 2011 20:54:15

Pink, Jacinta. Like in the photo, but less washed out.


Rachel Rachel 31 March 2011 21:09:59

Missed your comment there on the name, Jacinta. You could be right.


fran m fran m 31 March 2011 21:15:50

One happy camper, well done and enjoy for years to come.


Myrtle Myrtle 31 March 2011 21:44:59

Its amazing when you buy a plant how good it makes you feel!


Eilish Eilish 31 March 2011 22:19:37

Rachel,you did well, Kennedy primroses at  4.50 each.  I bought two in Athlone, 8 each!!!


Cloncaw Cloncaw 31 March 2011 22:23:45

Hard to resist temptation go for something like the primrose but come away with more but sure it's a Mother's Day present to yourself.


Hosta Hosta 31 March 2011 23:05:57

That sounds like a beauty.  You got the primrose for a good price ---- enjoy both.


ladygardener ladygardener 01 April 2011 08:21:52

That sounds like a lovely one and the nursery sounds great and not too pricey.  Was wondering if you remembered to do the shopping after the detour and the big plant in the boot.


unagrant unagrant 01 April 2011 12:25:05

Sounds like a lovely nursery and good prices. 


Scrubber Scrubber 01 April 2011 21:22:04

I love when a purchase happily tipps you over into bankruptcy-well not quite but when you spend a good bit more than you should. Its amazing how the guilt is replaced immediately by the joy of having it-and you never regret purchasing something that dents your budget!


Rachel Rachel 01 April 2011 22:16:05

Thanks, folks.

The Kennedy primroses were small ones for €4.50 and large for €6.50, Orchid and Hosta. They are a bit overpriced those Kennedy primroses!

Remembered the shopping, Ladygardener : )

It's not a cheap nursery, Una, but reasonable. I go there for the great selection and free advice.

Scrubber, that's an insightful comment and so true : )


Keego Keego 01 April 2011 23:17:29

I am looking forward to seeing pictures of the magnolia blooming in your garden in years to come


Rachel Rachel 03 April 2011 20:38:51

Me too, Mary : )


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