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Rhododendron Leucaspis

20 March 2017 13:33:21
Rhododendron Leucaspis

Rhododendron Leucaspis

One of the very 1st plants I ever bought for the garden and didn't even know what I was buying. But a plant I do love especially when it's in full flower like it is now. It is planted in the front garden in the shade and seems to be growing away no problems except for some reason only seems to flower every second year even tho rhodo Percy Wiseman next to it flowers everyyear without fail. so I'll enjoy now just in case I have no flowers next year.

Getting something done..

14 March 2017 20:23:06

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Delighted with this spell of good weather and stretch in the evenings. It was great to get out this evening after work and give the grass it's 1st cut of the year and the garden is instantly better for it. Some photos of flowers at the moment in the garden.

I love this combination...

12 March 2017 21:03:37

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...and scent. I always had the white hyacinths with the purple Dark dimension and a couple of years ago I repotted them with Anemone Blanda. I think this year it is looking incredibly well and all flower together. They looked particularly well yesterday on a rare warm sunny day. 

Can I ask aswell how do you multiply hyacinths, I really want more of the Dark Dimension??

Some more colour...

24 February 2017 20:44:20

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1st photo is of a hellebore I've had a few years now just coming into flower. It's a super looking flower and seems to really like the shade of the front garden. 

2nd photo is of the ever reliable and fantastic primula Dark Rosaleen. Clumps up nice and fast and I plan to spread it even more this year. My very top primula. Hope to get a bit done this weekend.

Narcissus Wisley

20 February 2017 20:43:54
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Delighted to see these in full flower today when I came home. I have been watching them for the last week. They are a super daffodil and stand up really well to the elements and stay in flower for several weeks as far as I can recall. They are also a full month earlier than last year.

Wisteria...

19 February 2017 21:16:04

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Got out in the garden for a small bit again today and I'm really starting to see some progress. I pruned my Wisteria a small bit to try and keep the tree shape as I have 2 wrapped together. Anyway I. Noticed I have loads of buds on the purple flowering one so can't wait and also what I think are two buds on the white flowering one. So it's gonna be very exciting over the next month or so. 

Got more weeding and tidying done today and also planted out my new tree fern with plenty donkey manure and multi purpose compost in around it. Really like it's new spot by the pond. Really getting going now and enjoying seeing all the new growth on things and all the daffs and primroses ready to flower.

Nice find

19 February 2017 18:38:03
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Was in hanley's today and had a look through the summer bulbs with nothing really appealing to me until I spotted this stunning Honka Dahlia. Got 3 for €5.95 and it's called Verrones Obsidian, I love that it looks almost black with a hint of red. I think it's very tropical looking and will fit perfectly in here.

A bit of colour

18 February 2017 20:06:17

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This evening after being inspired by Paddy & Mary's I went out into the garden to get a bit done and quite pleased with the work. I did more cutting back and weeding. Planted our clematis princess Diana and the dark hellebore I won two weeks ago and also a lilly African queen. Did some watering in the greenhouse as it hit 20 degrees in there today and gave the brugs a small feed. Hoping to get another small bit done tomorrow all going well and it's relatively dry. Some photos of the ever reliable tete a tete and new hellebore plant out, I can't capture the true colour of the hellebore but it is fantastic blue-ish black kinda colour :D

Gracedieu

18 February 2017 19:59:46

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Today I had an enjoyable afternoon at Paddy & Mary's in Waterford with the IGPS Munster and Leinster groups. Obviously the main attraction was the Snowdrops and they were more than impressive. Swathes and Swathes of beaultiful snowdrops every where you looked and very impressive clumps of all different types, shapes and even colours of snowdrops, you couldn't not like snowdrops after being to Paddy and Marys. As ever you are welcomed i with a warm smile and the kindest of gardeners and of course a cup of tea which on a dreary day like today it went down well. Cyclamens were another big show in the front garden and have naturalised well around the stones and trees and absolutlely  stunning foliage on some. Other plants making an appearance were of course the hellebores and some primulas and the odd Daff here and there; each plant looking excellent in a excellent garden. A very enjoyable time and well done to Paddy and Mary for havig everyone. It even inspired me to go out and get a bit done this evening.

I put up an album and some photo are sieways, for whatever reason with new laptops (windows 10) and Tablets if you turn your camera vertical instead of horizontal to take a photo garden.ie isn't put them the right way as it was before on the old laptops. I do hope they update this site.

Mr middletons

17 February 2017 18:44:09

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I bought 2 week's ago 3 lilium 'white tiger' from Mr middletons and they arrived today which I hope to plant out over the weekend. They look very nice so looking forward to them in flower. As I recieved these in the post I was also sent a load of free stuff with them. 4 packs of bulbs anemone, ixia, iris, sparaxis and 3 packs of seeds coleus, nasturtiums and nicotiana. It was 14.95 for the lillies including postage so incredible value when you add in the free stuff. I find every now and them Mr middletons can get in lovely new stuff. 

Snowdrops with no virus

15 February 2017 18:50:45

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Some other snowdrops that are quite healthy. 1st is Viridapice which I love for its strong green tips. Second is Primrose Warburg which is now my only yellow here but love it. Lastly is Comet a big snowdrop with a nice inner marking. I have no big clumps yet but I enjoy them all the same.nice to see some sun today.

Hellebore Double Ellen Purple

14 February 2017 20:03:14

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As everyone knows at this stage Lidl sells these every year and I picked some up a few years ago but they just do so well and is bulking up quite quick as well. Def one to pick up this year for anyone who hasn't already.

3rd photo is of Double Ellen White Spotted, another great one but hasn't bulked up as fast as the purple but I love it all the same.

the garden is slowly gathering pace now and before we know it we'll be back in the full swing of things. All I need is a few sunny days now to start enjoying some of the emerging spring flowers.

Devastated..

14 February 2017 19:56:48

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Sometimes gardening can be cruel but we learn from it and come back from it and go again. I bought Wendy's Gold a few years back at a Keith Wiley talk and was so over the moon that one I got a yellow snowdrop and two that is was only €10 for two bulbs I think at the time. I has done so well the last couple of years and was finally A nice small clump with 7+ flowers appearing.

But this morning on a quick look I noticed one very unhappy plant so I dug up and enquired about it on a snowdrop group on facebook and found it's a virus and nothing can be done only to get rid of it which was fine for one flowering bulb. But on inspection this evening the whole clump has it some bad and some only slight but I can't risk my other snowdrops getting it so All of my Wendy's gold were dug up and disposed of with great heartache. Also it was my absolute favourite one and really looked forward to seeing it in all it's glory in a few days but not to be.

Raffle Prize

08 February 2017 19:25:40

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I was at a talk last night by Billy Alexander from Kells Bay Gardens. After all the talks there is always a Raffle with a selection of plants on offer. My number got called out 2nd so was delighted to get this stunning hellebore with very dark flowers. Also I bought another tree fern, Billy's tree ferns are excellent and I think a great price considering what most garden centres charge for the same size as I got which was a 30cm trunk roughly

Raindrops...

30 January 2017 21:30:06

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Took these two snaps yesterday in between showers and think the raindrops on the flower is fantastic. It's G. Brenda Troyle by the way. Very wet here the last few days, praying next weekend is dry.

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