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JoanG's Journal April 2013

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No better way to spend an evening ...

25 April 2013 15:59:48

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... than in the company of fellow garden.iers.  Fran and Maria kindly invited Clare (Clara) and Greg, Jurgita (Hoeys) and myself to their home and garden last evening and we had a wonderful time.  First of course, a tour to see the work Fran has recently done "finishing off" his beautiful garden and my goodness it does look fantastic; if anything the light rainfall even enhanced its appeal.  For Fran this garden is a labour of love, which shines through in every thoughtful feature and planting.

Followed by a lovely meal, great chat, many laughs and the best of company.  Thanks Fran, Maria and Aoife for a most enjoyable evening. 

Free daffodils

23 April 2013 22:46:55

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Last August there was an offer in the magazine of 20 free narcissus bulbs from a well known Irish bulb supplier with orders of over €30 and, as I was buying bulbs from them anyway (first time), this was a bonus.

The description said that the pack contained some unnamed varieties not yet released on the world market as well as rare historic varieties.  So, not knowing what they would be like, I planted them up in two large pots.

Well, I have been pleased with my freebies ....

Tulip time

23 April 2013 22:10:44

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A week ago they were showing no signs of flowering.  A little warmth and sunshine and suddenly it's tulip time.

The ones in the first two photos are in the ground and have come back for at least three years now.  Last year I also had six nice pots of tulips which I kept in their pots to see how they would do but they are very poor with few or no flowers this year, so I won't repeat that experiment and will buy fresh bulbs to plant this autumn.

Short break in the Kingdom

21 April 2013 21:38:09

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Just back from an enjoyable few days in Kerry, taking in the beautiful scenery and thankfully warmer weather.  Roadside banks of primroses, glorious bays and beaches, and mountains clear of cloud caps ... a lovely relaxing time.

Killarney National Park sported some fine mature rhododendrons and skunk cabbage gradually colonising the lakeshore.

Still, nice to be home today and wandering round the garden with the camera.  I've added photos to the March-April album, now that spring has arrived in all its glory.  Happy gardening everyone.

Alpine Garden Show

06 April 2013 22:22:55

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With various other demands hovering this week, I wasn't at all sure that I could get to the Alpine Garden Show in Cabinteely today, so was doubly glad to make it and to find Rachel, Clare and Fran already there. 

Rachel has described the show so well in her journal that I have nothing to add except to say how pleased I was when Rachel and Fran were able to come back home with me for a cuppa, whizz round my garden and good gardening chat.  Always the perfect day with friends to share it ... and the sun shone too!  Clare, great to see you and we'll catch up again soon.

I haven't grown alpines before so was very interested to see the show and was tempted by three little plants which came home with me.  They're in the greenhouse for the time being and I'll post a photo when I get them planted soon. Thanks friends for a lovely afternoon.

Desperate measures

02 April 2013 21:44:17

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Moya kindly gave me seeds of her lovely Ipomoea 'Star of Yelta' at Johnstown.  With the coldest March on record, an unheated greenhouse and no electric propagator, it was looking like I'd never get them sown.  A google check indicated that they should be germinated at 70-80 degrees farenheit, so last Sunday week I resorted to desperate measures, aka kitchen radiator.

Nine days later, I'm well pleased with the result and look forward to growing them on from their current spot on the west-facing kitchen windowsill.  Thank you Moya.


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