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God bless Mr Sweeney!

07 February 2018 19:52:29

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The owner of the garden centre in new Ross. I brought in the spade and he has promised me a replacement within a week or two. I bought some lovely hellebores niger very healthy and very reasonable and when I came home I learned a dear friend's  had died. The hellebores made a lovely sympathy gift and nicer than a wreath as my friend is also a gardener. She has planted a tree for her mother and the hellebores are to go under it. I can aways get some more.

I have one or two unusual snowdrops -mostly from Paddy and Mary and Lady Gardener. But one I got from Robert Miller as a present was Drummond's Giant. As you probably know this is a carlow snowdrop. Statia O Neill of Ballon noticed six in a box in Drummonds Seeds in Carlow and realised they were special. She and corona North propogated them. They are quite large and the leaves are more like tulip leaves. I got the one bulb about twenty years  and I now have about ten! I will try to put up a picture of them.

Otherwise not a lot done. I am scuffling around in the flower beds and retrieving the odd lost soul ie a Salvia hot lips that had all but disappeared and other such like. Has anyone a foolproof method of removing three cornered leek. The Scrub is infected. Its a pretty flower but all encroachin and Im strimming it in the hope of weakening it???

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JoanG JoanG 07 February 2018 21:18:15

Good news about your spade; it's so frustrating to be without a favourite garden tool.  Sounds like a garden centre that really values its customers (or perhaps your charm won them over?)  Love the unusual snowdrops but I'm afraid I'm no help on the wild garlic ... just relieved it's a problem I don't have here.  

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 08 February 2018 00:45:24

Javinta has been trying to keep back the tide of  wild garlicgarlic from her next-door neighbour for years without much success . If you find a cure be sure to share your wisdom;

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 08 February 2018 07:56:42

Delighted to hear that Sweeneys replaced the fork. Galanthus 'Drummond's Giant' is a good strong snowdrop and will divide well for you. I think you should try and live with the wild garlic and the strimming should stop it from seeding. Best wishes to Anna.


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