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Such a day! Mount congreve last Sunday

17 May 2017 20:09:19
Not of course in position! and unpainted as yet

Not of course in position! and unpainted as yet

O my goodness. Tonight Scrubber is in an absolute dither! A very pleasant dither I must confess! As you could see from my last journal I had resolved to be restrained and temporate on my visit to the rare plant sale in Mount Congreve.’Well maybe a tenner’s worth if I saw something I really liked. We drove in and at first glance I thought that there was not a huge amount of stands there. But then I realised my mistake. There were lots and they were all filled with the most tempting of delights! I went into the Future Forests and the very helpful young man there advised me on trimming my viburnums, the wayfarers tree. Mine were a little leggy but I can cut them back very low after flowering. So I bought an indian rain tree-very small but it will grow. Next stall had a beautiful species Iris in Blue and gold. So I took that and was satisfied.

Anna and I went for Lunch and there was a glorious Portuguese tent with great simmering dishes. I had sea food and some grain stuff and also some lamb and choriza? The mixture sounds mad but I ate them separately. Anna had a beefburger. Linda and Diego were at the next table and we chatted and met one another countless times. I also met Rachel Norman and Sam and was delighted to see them. Came out and there infront of me were lovely Obelisks and two fine arches. Now my own obelisks were a match for them but the arch was  very strong and nicely proportioned. I had told Ian I would be looking for an arch from him and I was in two minds so I walked away. At the Mount venus stall I got a lovely new fern and then there was another beside it that I went back for! Of course Caherhurly were there and they had Ligularia and my bog needed some ligularia so I got two! Then I met my first cousin and her husband who had a stall of cacti and succulents and sarcenias (The ones that eat flies-also a bog plant).So that was my total.

We went to my daughter’s house and made tea then headed for home. The baleful thought struck me ‘had I turned off the kettle?’ Luckily we were only ten minutes away. Back and checked and all ok. Then Anna said’ Would you like to buy the arch and offered to pay half and make it my birthday present! I wasn’t sure as I felt a tiny bit disloyal to ian (even though I hadn’t actually ordered it yet) back and haggled with the man Liam  from Abbeyleix and finally arrived at a price, the arch to be delivered that very evening! On the way out I got two more Ligularias and went home rather shaken at all thissudden expenditure. Liam arrived in my gate two hours later!

So It was a wonderful day and I am only now beginning to relax after it. A lot of painting and planting ahead of me!

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Jacinta D Jacinta D 17 May 2017 20:23:38

Ha ha!  All idle promises, Peter. You can resist anything but temptation. ABut I wouldn't be feeling disloyal to Ian. Sometimes what you don't know can't hurt. I just hope you can put on a 'face' next time you see him, pretend that you have decided against getting the arch after thinking about it somewhat.

Scrubber Scrubber 17 May 2017 20:50:29

So true Jacinta-anything but temptation! And even today couldnt resist bargains in Glanbia!As regards Ian-while admiring your strategy and wondering at your ingenuity I decided to bite the bullet and Ian was very generous in his response. I mention it in my next journal! But thank you for your advice.

Mary B Mary B 17 May 2017 21:57:03

You had a ball! Can't wait to see the Abbeyleix Arch and the iris sounds delightful.

Oh there it is, just spotted it now at the top of your journal!

JoanG JoanG 17 May 2017 22:08:21

Haha, love those days when you go to a plant fair with firm resolve and arrive home with a car full of shattered resolutions.  Enjoy them all, Peter!

DecfromTipp DecfromTipp 17 May 2017 22:55:08

Ha ha , The problem is a common one I fear .. Deep pockets required or else sew them

up !! 


accsean accsean 17 May 2017 22:57:39

Best of luck with them all, Scrubber. 

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 18 May 2017 00:59:37

That sounds like a great day Scrubber . Portugese tent indeed now that is very grand indeed. I will have to have a chat with the Fota folk!!

You got some great loot and will get so much pleasure from it.

Keego Keego 18 May 2017 10:06:25

You sum up the excitement and buzz of a plant fair so very well - you got some lovely purchases and the arch is beautiful enjoy all the planting now best bit when you see the purchases in your own garden.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 19 May 2017 00:30:57

That arch looks truly splendid! But such total extravagance at that dangerous Mount conngrave place - so glad I didn't go!!!! What would Sr. Josephine have to say about such a lamentable lack of restraint!!!!!


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