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Visit to Charleville Gardens on Tuesday 23rd May

20 May 2017 21:16:47
Visit to Charleville Gardens on Tuesday 23rd May

Visit to Charleville Gardens on Tuesday 23rd May

Following on from my earlier journal (15th May), here are the arrangements for our visit to Charleville Gardens, Enniskerry, next Tuesday 23rd.

We're joining up at Powerscourt first at 12 Noon for lunch or snack at their Avoca cafe (self service). Meet at the entrance to Powerscourt's Garden Centre just opposite the car park.  

After lunch, we go on to Charleville (about 2 miles up the road) to arrive for 1.30 pm.

Charleville is a private estate; the entrance gates are kept closed and visitors admitted as they arrive.  Entry to the gardens is €6.  They are extensive and varied, so allow a couple of hours to go around and enjoy, and anyone who wishes to stay longer can do so. The gardens close at 5pm. 

Those going are: Paddy & Mary (Gracedieu), Rachel, Joan H (Edulis) and friend, Clare Rodgers Gill, and myself, with possibly Myrtle and ClaireE joining us.  If any others would like to come, we'll be delighted but please indicate below so I can confirm final numbers to Charleville. 

The weather forecast for Tuesday looks good!  Looking forward to seeing you all and hope you enjoy the visit. 

 

More white and purple

19 May 2017 22:48:50

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Hazel's journal made me think about white and purple flowers in my own garden. While I enjoy them at any time of year, it is now during the quiet time of the so-called 'May gap' between the zing of the spring bulbs and the exuberance of summer's full on colour, that white and purple provide a lot of the interest.

Allium 'Purple Sensation' is of course a real star that many of us grow.

In the shady corner of the back garden, Smilacina racemosa (now called Maianthemum racemosum) provides a nice beefy clump alongside the delicate flowers and foliage of Thalictrum aquilegifolium, which Elizabeth7 gave me at her open day about six years ago now. Both are stalwarts of the garden here in May. 

Outing to Charleville Gardens, Enniskerry, 23 May

15 May 2017 20:33:15

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A few of us are planning an outing to Charleville Gardens in Enniskerry, which only opens on limited dates. Charleville is a large private estate beyond Powerscourt, the present house dating from the late 1700's, with restored gardens.  We are visiting on Tuesday afternoon 23rd May and planning to meet at Powerscourt first for a bite of lunch at 12 Noon. 

So far Paddy & Mary (Gracedieu), myself, and hopefully PCON are going and we are hoping that others will be able to join us. If anyone wants to travel by public transport, we can arrange to pick you up at the No.44 bus stop in Enniskerry village, or another mutually convenient point. 

Charleville is only open until early June, and again for Heritage Week in late August, so this is a chance to visit an interesting and varied garden not often seen.  We hope you can join us; please indicate below as Charleville have asked me to confirm numbers.

Enjoying the sunshine while hoping for rain

09 May 2017 22:28:35

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Though the east coast has been cooler than other parts of the country lately, it was another beautiful sunny day here today.  I was busy with other jobs until late afternoon, then it was great to get outside for some pottering.  

I tidied up some pots of "plants in waiting", took plants out of the greenhouse for their fourth or fifth day of hardening off and decided they will stay outside now, though I won't plant them in the ground just yet.  Tied up clematis shoots as per Monty's instructions last Friday, potted on geums from the seedlings Jackie gave me at Johnstown (Jackie, are they the lovely red ones in your April album?).  Then a quick sweep of the paths of today's deposit of petals from the very floriferous Camellia 'Donation' before taking a few photos at about 7pm. 

I got the hose out to water as the garden is bone dry, only to discover it is kinked beyond salvation, so hoping we get some rain later this week as forecast, though it usually only amounts to patchy drizzle here.  Meanwhile, it's off the the shop for a replacement. 

Outing to Charleville Gardens, Enniskerry

06 May 2017 21:19:14

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In Gracedieu's journal on garden outings a little while ago, one of the gardens suggested for a visit was Charleville in Enniskerry, which only opens on limited dates. Charleville is a large estate beyond Powerscourt, the present house dating from the late 1700's, with restored gardens. They are open during May and up to 8th June, also for Heritage Week 19th-27th August. Would anyone be interested in a visit in late May?

Opening times are: Weekdays 1pm to 5pm; Saturday & Sunday 9am to 1pm.

Suggested dates (when I can go!) : Tuesday 23rd or Thursday 25th May for an afternoon visit; Saturday 27th or Sunday 28th May for a morning visit. 

Lunch options either before or after our visit, depending on the chosen date, would be the Avoca restaurant at Powerscourt (with the added temptation of an adjacent garden centre) or there are a few nice cafes in Enniskerry village. 

A get-together at this time of year would be nice; please say if you are interested and your preferred date.  

Photos are from our visit in mid-May 2014 which Rachel arranged. 

 

Arctotis, non-stop flowering

01 May 2017 22:45:04

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In summer 2015 I planted this Arctotis 'Hayley' in a friend's coastal garden in north Dublin, along with a few other perennials that we had chosen together at a local garden centre. I knew nothing about Arctotis, except for the lovely red one I had seen in Myrtle's garden, and thought it might be slightly tender but it was so cheerful that we went for it anyway. 

Well, I needn't have worried, for it has never been out of flower since the day it was planted.  Yes, that's right, through two winters and heading into its third summer. The flowers are fewer in winter but always some.  The only attention it has had since planting is dead-heading.  I guess the last two mild winters have helped. 

Tulips galore at June Blake's

28 April 2017 21:49:10

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Finding myself with a free morning last Sunday, I headed off to June Blake's garden for a couple of hours soaking up her wonderful tulip display.

As you can see, she has planted mainly rich colours.  June leaves her tulips in the ground, where they last for a good few years, and she adds some to the mix each year. The cool weather this week should have kept the show going for anyone who gets a chance to visit over this weekend.  June has created a beautiful garden, lovely to visit at any time. 

Light and dark planter

18 April 2017 21:05:31
Light and dark planter

Light and dark planter

In an attempt to cut down on the number of pots in the garden (haha) and do more combination planting, I've planted a light-and-dark pot with Clematis 'Pixie', Viola 'Molly Sanderson', Iris 'Kilmurry Black' and Iberis sempervirens which will have white flowers. All were hanging around on the "plants in waiting shelf".

So far I'm pleased.  The Clematis had been neglected in a small pot and has forgiven me by flowering already; the two violas have also started flowering and it's fingers crossed for the Iris.  I may change the Iberis for something else later as otherwise it will probably take over the pot.  

'Pink Chablis'

14 April 2017 21:35:14

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No, not wine, but this pretty Lamium which Myrtle gave me a couple of years ago and is flowering really well now.  I planted it between stepping stone slabs in the front garden where its silvery leaves lighten up this shady area. 

Thanks Myrtle, it's a great plant for what could be a difficult spot. 

Omphalodes 'Starry Eyes'

13 April 2017 22:06:47
Omphalodes cappadocica 'Starry Eyes'

Omphalodes cappadocica 'Starry Eyes'

Thanks to Mary and Paddy (Gracedieu), I have this delightful shade plant in the garden here for a couple of years and it's starting to spread out gently underneath an ever-so-slowing growing witch hazel. 

I love the clear blue star shape against the white-edged flowers, really small but lots of them and so pretty. 

Sorry I haven't been posting or commenting much lately; our creaking broadband is getting even slower. 

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