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And We're Off

03 February 2012 17:37:35
Jurgita (Hoeys) knits a mean sock!

Jurgita (Hoeys) knits a mean sock!

While there have been a few outings so far this year, I think today's one to Altamont was big enough to constitute a proper event (albeit a mini-event).

Today I met up with Fran, Clara, Ladygardener, Gracedieu (Paddy & Mary), HeadGardener, Joybells, Noelle and JoanG in Altamont Gardens. Notwithstanding the odd tardy member (say no more), we were soon off into the gardens, chatting and enjoying the snowdrops.

We lost Paddy almost immediately (he went running round the lake for some reason :O) but, thankfully, someone else stepped in to make up the numbers and we hope we have not scared him too much from joining the site.

It was a crisp, cold, clear day - a perfect day for all us galanthophiles - although some of the snowdrops may have been missed through chatting! Myself and Clare were luckier than most, being well protected from the cold by the super-warm socks that Jurgita kindly knitted us :D

Afterwards it was soup and lunch at The Forge and planning of gardens to visit and places to go in the coming year.

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Conrad Conrad 03 February 2012 17:55:38

Sounds like a great day Rachel.

You'll need to get Jurgita to knit you a pair of Vermillion socks to match your new gardening coat though.  ;o)

Jemo Jemo 03 February 2012 18:13:59

Pity i missed it, but there is always a next time. Joann mentioned a visit ito Woodville gardens in galway on feb 26th i think,so i hope to point my mer mer in that direction....:-)

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 03 February 2012 18:16:27

I'm afraid the earlier part of the day was not as planned for me. Just after entering the garden we met Paul Cutler who is head gardener at Altamont. I had a book to give Paul and he and I share an interest in snowdrops, particularly in Irish snowdrops and have been trying to establish a collection at Altamont over the last few years. Paul took me on a speedy tour of some of the Irish snowdrops to show me how they were going. Then I set off in pursuit of the group, around the lake, down the glen, along the riverbank and up the 100 steps, only to find them back up at the house as they hadn't gone down to the river at all. Anyway it was a good step out for me.

We spent some time in the garden centre but were disappointed that there were no hellebores on display, bought a few things and moved on to lunch which I enjoyed very much - the food was fine but the chat and laugh was great.  

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 03 February 2012 18:19:51

Mary and I went back to the gardens after lunch for a run around and a another visit to the garden centre because we saw that Guy de Schriver - Field of Blooms, near Nenagh, - was delivering plants. 

We got a nice double very clear white hellebore and an Irish snowdrop which I had been looking for - a large G. elwesii.

Great to meet everybody, lovely to have the chat and good company as we went around the garden.

Mary says to thank Rachel for the lovely orchid - it will be well cared for. She also says to remind Rachel to drop down before all the snowdrops are gone here.


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 03 February 2012 18:53:54

Oh, Oh, Oh, a bank card - not sure if it was a credit card or what - was foung in the gardens at Altamont today and I was asked if it  might be one of our group. 

 The name on the card was "Phelan".


It is being held at the gardens so if relevant contact them.  



Dick Dick 03 February 2012 19:30:23

Sorry I missed out. Altamont is not far from me but I felt that the day was a bit cold. Perhaps there will be another day. I hope you all enjoyed it.

Periwinkle Periwinkle 03 February 2012 19:30:48

Sounds like you had a good time, Rachel, and in good company.

Myrtle Myrtle 03 February 2012 19:39:50

Sorry I missed it, you got a lovely day even if cold.

JoanG JoanG 03 February 2012 19:42:19

Lovely to meet you and the group Rachel, we had a most enjoyable day.  I'll post a journal and photos shortly.

Scrubber Scrubber 03 February 2012 19:50:08

Lord Paddy you are one fit man to do that round at speed. And how thoughtless of that bunch not to realise that Paul would of course relish the opportunity to meet and catch up with  a real live irish Galantophile! You couldnt possibly waste yur time on idle gossip or sock matching-lovely though they were! Ye all seem to have had a ball. So glad ye had. So sorry i missed it.

fran m fran m 03 February 2012 19:56:13

I really enjoyed the day, thank you one and all.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 03 February 2012 20:32:34

Sounds like you all had a really 'fun' day.

By the way, that card must be mine. The full name is 'Phelan like spending'. I hope it's ready for me tomorrow!!! 

MartinB MartinB 03 February 2012 21:08:52

Thank you Fran

TinaJ TinaJ 03 February 2012 21:23:52

I could do with those socks,iv got terrible chilblains!

ladygardener ladygardener 03 February 2012 21:26:33

Tina apparently you should pee on them, the clilblains not the socks.  I was really envious of the socks as my tootsies were freezing.  Thanks all for making it a lovely day.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 03 February 2012 21:30:26

Yes, Anne, I have also heard of urine as a treatment for chilblains. A friend of mine years ago had them on her fingers. She was in an awful state and so young. So she started peeing on them, and there was a remarkable improvement over about 4 weeks.

Clara Clara 03 February 2012 21:47:17

Rachel so glad for those socks we will never need to p... on our toes they are so cozy . We had a lovely day with a lovely lot of people once again .

Jacinta D Jacinta D 03 February 2012 21:48:28

I ruined the socks Jurga knit for me. I put them into the washing machine and they shrunk!!!

Kate & Graham Kate & Graham 03 February 2012 22:01:16

Tina, "Daktarin" cream is really good for chilblans

Keego Keego 03 February 2012 22:48:02

Rachel sounds like a fab day - I need to move ........

Keego Keego 03 February 2012 22:55:21

Rachel sounds like a fab day - I need to move ........

HeadGardener HeadGardener 03 February 2012 23:30:17

I could have done with a pair of those sock my feet were freezing good to see everyone today :-)

ladygardener ladygardener 04 February 2012 09:29:29

Bill you may be pleased to know John told us at lunch he had bought a hornbeam on your advice and he was delighted with it. 

Lìga Lìga 05 February 2012 09:48:42

Sound you had great day,and lucky you,you had sun!

  Poor Paddy,I remember them 100 steps :)))

HeadGardener HeadGardener 05 February 2012 21:25:32

Anne did he really? when did I do that I wonder??  would have had to have been on the site? strange one?

ladygardener ladygardener 05 February 2012 21:50:34

No I think Bill when ye were walking through the 'beech walk' and he told us he'd lost some eucalyptus you must have suggested it, or else at the plant sales area when we were looking at the trees.  He's delighted with it anyway and got a good specimen.  I wish I'd know myself that the trees on sale would be so good, I might have had a little list.  As it was I was delighted with the one purchase I made; a good sized fastigate yew for 12.50.

HeadGardener HeadGardener 05 February 2012 21:54:53

Ah right thanks Anne I think he admired beech but ground was too wet for beech so suggested hornbeam instead.  Did'nt buy anything as I had to rush off maybe I need to go down again :-)

ladygardener ladygardener 05 February 2012 22:03:13

Thats v interesting thanks Bill, my ground is very wet also, maybe I should look out for hornbeam too, I didn't know it would be suitable. 


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