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Where did you think i was?

01 November 2017 16:16:46

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The clue is in the title folks. Late summer and early autumn are not the most spectacular times of year in my garden, so i was concentrating on my family history research which is another huge interest of mine.

I did the DNA test to try and track down one of my great great grandfathers as there is a mystery there to be solved. That mystery remains, but i am nothing if not persistant. Back to the DNA results, it was a huge shock to me that i showed up as only 70% Irish. That was bad enough, but then it showed i am 23% Great Britain and to make matters worse there was no trace of Rhododendron DNA. That can't be correct, can it. Anyway as this is a gardening site i will leave the ancestry talk at that, except to say that if anyone wants advice on family history research, i am more than willing to help so feel free to contact me.

Another reason i was gone from the site for so long was that my Mam got a bad pneumonia (is there any such thing as a good one?), and she was in hospital for a couple of weeks and laid up before that. Thankfully she is back home to her house and doing well, slowly but surely she is getting there.

It is a beautiful week this week and there is much to admire in the garden in the way of autumn colour. My Camellia sasanqua took a bad hit by storm Brian and lost a couple of big branches, but it will be fine and is flowering fantastically.

Berries are great to have at this time of year when flowers are at a premium and Callicarpa bodinieri is one of the best berrying plants due to its unusual berries. They are a joy.

Mahonias are also great for flowering at this time of the year and are a fabulous plant for year round interest.

A quick hello to my cousin Dave and family in Australia, Dave has been checking in on Garden.ie lately.

 


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Jacinta D Jacinta D 01 November 2017 20:43:38

Welcome back, Sean. As you can the site is really quiet at present.

Sorry to hear about your Mam's illness. Let's hope she recovers quickly. I love the Callicarpa. I had one a few years ago and it died. Maybe I should invest in a bigger specimen. It might have a better chance.

I tried to get my own family history, but I could only get as far as my grandparents. Nothing after that. A bit frustrating. But I find it very interesting.


accsean accsean 01 November 2017 20:57:04

Thanks Jacinta, she had a very hard dose but is getting stronger bit by bit. If you ever want to delve into your family history a bit more, message me and i will send you my email and we can contact that way. Self praise is no praise, but i am a dab hand at it at this stage and i am sure i could get you back a lot further. It is a great pastime.

Callicarpa is a great shrub for this time of year. You were just unlucky with yours.


Scrubber Scrubber 01 November 2017 21:03:30

Welcome back sean. i envy you your callicarpa. I had five and have only two survivors which refuse to berry for me-They were fine when I bought them. Yes I was certain you'd have rhododendron in your make up. You may be interested to hear that this year i have planted about eighteen new rhodos, some miniature, others larger. I have mislaid the labels so am in for a big surprise next Spring. am really looking forward to seeing the scrub light up.Ill be asking for your help then probably!....I dont think Id dare go back too far into my ancestry The Scrubbers of Rocknagowna as I am sure there are many miscreants among them. I dont know what a miscreant actually is but sister Josephine used the word a lot!


Scrubber Scrubber 01 November 2017 21:03:32

Welcome back sean. i envy you your callicarpa. I had five and have only two survivors which refuse to berry for me-They were fine when I bought them. Yes I was certain you'd have rhododendron in your make up. You may be interested to hear that this year i have planted about eighteen new rhodos, some miniature, others larger. I have mislaid the labels so am in for a big surprise next Spring. am really looking forward to seeing the scrub light up.Ill be asking for your help then probably!....I dont think Id dare go back too far into my ancestry The Scrubbers of Rocknagowna as I am sure there are many miscreants among them. I dont know what a miscreant actually is but sister Josephine used the word a lot!


accsean accsean 01 November 2017 21:15:35

Thanks a million, Scrubber. I am fair looking forward to seeing your new Rhodos. I haven't got around to adding any this year. I must be slipping.

I love finding miscreants among my ancestors, their adventures or should i say misadventures, make for interesting reading.


LindaB LindaB 02 November 2017 14:49:07

Lovely pics Sean.  Sorry to hear about your mother, great she is back home and doing well.


Jackie Jackie 02 November 2017 19:03:27

Best wishes to your mum Sean and lovely to see you back again!

Love the photos!


DeclanTipp DeclanTipp 02 November 2017 19:13:44

Welcome back Sean . Yes the family research can take you to the most unexpected places as I know . Facinating though and ideal for the long winter nights 


accsean accsean 02 November 2017 20:49:03

Thank you so much, Linda, Jackie and Dec.


JoanG JoanG 02 November 2017 21:16:42

Great to see you back Sean, and hope your mum's recovery continues well.  Three lovely shrubs in your photos; it's great to see flowers and berries at this time of year when other plants are slowing down.  Have been meaning to try the ancestry DNA test myself and your post has reminded me to get around to it soon. I suspect my background is fairly predictable but you never know ...


accsean accsean 02 November 2017 21:35:56

Thanks a million, Joan. As for the family history side of things, there are always surprises, but that makes it all the better.


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 03 November 2017 07:31:33

Welcome back Sean and best wishes to your Mam for a full recovery.

Three gorgeous shrubs. I love the berries and the autumn colour on the Calicarpa. This year mine has had a great set of berries which are much loved by the pheasants. No garden should be without a Mahonia, beautiful scented winter shrub. Not many gardens have a Camellia sasanqua flowering in their garden.

We were at a talk last night in Wexford given by John Anderson where he spoke about Exbury Gardens where he worked as head gardener. You would have loved it.


accsean accsean 03 November 2017 11:07:54

Thank you very much, Mary. That talk would have been most enjoyable.

During storm Brian, which wasn't too bad around here, i was watching my C. sasanqua being bent over double and as it had grown to a fine size, i was worried about it. When i saw it had been damaged, i feared the worst, but thankfully there is still plenty of it left. They are a really attractive plant and i am lucky it flowers so well for me.

I wasn't aware pheasants like Callicarpa berries, but then again i have never seen a pheasant in our garden.


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