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JoanG's Journal July 2012

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Raindrops on ...

24 July 2012 17:07:24

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... all the plants again today.  It started drizzling in Dublin this morning and just hasn't stopped.  At least it gives me a chance to try out the multiple photos feature in a journal. 

I've also added some more photos taken over the last few days to the July-August album. 

Looking on the bright side

13 July 2012 20:46:46
Dahlia 'Bednall Beauty'

Dahlia 'Bednall Beauty'

Despite the miserable day of rain today, looking back on the past ten days I've had a great time. 

First, NoelFitz came to visit and brought me some choice hellebore seedings of lividus and foetidus.  Then I enjoyed a wonder-filled visit to Elizabeth7's garden last Sunday in the pleasant company of other garden.iers.  I came away with thalictrum, a Kennedy primula and a dainty small-flowered penstemon cutting.  Then a delightful evening on Tuesday with Fran, Jurgita and Clare (Clara) bringing euphorbia, lupin, this gorgeous dahlia pictured and farm fresh eggs.  The bonus was an opportunity to see the progress in Fran's garden when dropping my guests home. 

Spent yesterday afternoon planting and potting up and today savouring the pleasure of meeting great garden friends.  Thanks everyone and happy gardening, despite the weather. 

Elizabeth's Open Day 08.07.2012

09 July 2012 22:21:07
Elizabeth's garden

Elizabeth's garden

Hosta and Ladygardener have already said it all ... what a wonderful day we enjoyed at Elizabeth's garden yesterday. 

I have been reading Elizabeth's accounts of moving back to Cork and creating a country garden there for some time now and all the while wanting to see what she had done there.  Well my dreams were surely fulfilled. A garden to delight, so in keeping with her charming old cottage and the surrounding countryside, so creative and inspiring.  Skilled and exuberant planting, lots of different areas to explore, paths that kept winding back on themselves, glorious flowers among which nestled a pond and stream, a secret garden in the making where her non-human household have a safe haven, a platform to view the estuary, a beautifully restored dry-stone wall. I could go on and on.

As if this wasn't enough to sate the visitor's appetite, there was the warmest of welcomes from Elizabeth herself and a table groaning with edible goodies made by her friends, some of whom kept us company on the visit along with family members.  It was lovely to meet you at last Elizabeth, catch up with garden.iers I know and meet members new to me.  I had a wonderful day, was dispatched with a generous picnic for the journey home and woke up this morning with that hummy feeling you get from a day of good company in a gorgeous garden.

Thank you so much Elizabeth.  I'll be back!

The Blues

06 July 2012 19:48:39
Geranium & scabious

Geranium & scabious

I like this combination of geranium Midnight Reiter and scabious.  Since taking the photo, catananche has started to flower beside them ... but it's too wet to go out take another shot.

Have started a July-August album; needless to say the photos were not taken today!

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