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JoanG's Journal June 2013

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Conifer ID please

29 June 2013 21:32:43
Conifer ID please

Conifer ID please

Can anyone please tell me the name of this lovely weeping tree seen in the walled garden at Altamont this week?  I'm assuming it is a conifer. Many of the trees in Altamont are labelled but not this one.

If it doesn't grow too big, I have it in mind for our front garden revamp which will be done with a bit of luck next year!

Altamont in summer

28 June 2013 22:14:44

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Yesterday my sister-in-law and I enjoyed a lovely day out in Altamont Gardens in Co Carlow.  It was her first visit and I had only ever seen the gardens in February for snowdrop time, so it was a treat for both of us. 

The walled garden, which is bare in winter, was bursting with hardy geraniums, peonies, lupins, delphiniums and other luscious herbaceous plants and the main gardens looked wonderful with roses, more herbaceous planting, shrubs, trees, lawns, wisteria arch, woodland and the beautiful lake.  We took the woodland walk down to the river Slaney, which was so still and peaceful like another world.

The plant sales area beside the walled garden was chock full of treasures too.

But I had to laugh when I looked back at my photos.  It was a special Rose Week at Altamont and we spent so much time sniffing the lovely roses that I forgot to take photos of them!   The gardens are a credit to the OPW staff who look after them and entry is free.

Star of Yelta

24 June 2013 22:51:28
Ipomoea 'Star of Yelta'

Ipomoea 'Star of Yelta'

At our Johnstown get-together, Moya gave me seeds of Ipomoea 'Star of Yelta'.  Due to the cold spring, I had to resort to germinating them on the kitchen radiator, which succeeded so I had plants to share. 

I planted some out to grow up my new Aldi obelisk and have been thrilled to see new flowers opening every morning for the past few days.  The colour is rich and when they open the flower is like a shining star, so bright at the centre.  Thanks Moya, I'm delighted with them.

Poppy anticipation ... and arrival

17 June 2013 22:28:45

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Well, it is poppy time so we might as well all indulge.  At our Johnstown gathering, Keego gave me four seedlings of the Airfield poppies she had grown from seed given to her before the garden there closed. 

I've been eagerly watching them come on and had to rush out and do some crude emergency staking last week in the wind.  Gosh they grow tall before flowering!  The first flower opened this morning and it's so pretty, a lovely soft colour with nice markings.  There are lots more buds to come on this and the other three plants, so if different colours arrive I'll post another journal and of course I'll be saving seed to pass around, though you never know what you will get.  Even if they are all the same, I'll be well pleased!

Thank you Mary, they're lovely.

Bednall Beauty - thanks Clara

16 June 2013 20:53:33
Dahlia 'Bednall Beauty'

Dahlia 'Bednall Beauty'

When Clare first visited my garden last year, she brought me this lovely dahlia 'Bednall Beauty'.

I've never grown dahlias before and hoped I could succeed in overwintering it.  Well, I did, and it's flowering now again and has many more buds to come.

Thanks Clare, it's such a beautiful plant.

June foliage

16 June 2013 20:15:02

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While I was in the garden taking a few photos this morning, it struck me that in my eagerness to capture the flowers of the moment, it's all too easy to overlook foliage. 

Three plants looking good right now: 

Carex elata 'aurea', one of my favourite grasses.  My camera isn't the best but maybe you can see the narrow green stripes on the edges of the golden leaves. 
Sedum sieboldii 'Dragon' ... thanks so much for this Fran; it's settling in nicely and I love it.
and Honesty (lunaria)  ... also thanks to Fran!

It was great to be able to catch up with a few jobs in the garden today and the rain held off here until this evening. I've added some more photos to the June album. 

Christmas in June

12 June 2013 21:40:38
Christmas in June

Christmas in June

My crazy Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera?) has decided to flower again. 

Mad thing, I wonder what it will do in December?

Glorious day at Hoeys

10 June 2013 01:01:50

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As Fran and Clare have already described so well, we had a wonderful visit to Jurgita's in glorious sunshine on Saturday.  As we wandered through the garden and chatted, I found myself smiling at every turn.  Round every bend and corner, there is not only lovely planting but also many creative features which reflect Jurgita's sense of fun and enchantment. As the sign says, her garden is truly a happy place.

And she is so generous ... you only have to admire a plant and she's out with the spade to share it with you. 

It was nice also to meet Violeta again and enjoy the company of the non gardening partners too and Jurgita's two lovely children.

Thanks to Clare and Greg for transporting me and many thanks Jurgita for your warm hospitality and a great day.  I planted the lovely irises you gave me this morning.

Pinching myself

07 June 2013 23:10:56

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I can't believe we've had a whole week of glorious weather; it's like a dream.  After last year, we hardly dared hope of getting true summer warmth and sunshine again.  I hope you are all able to enjoy it as much as I am.

This morning after grocery shopping I popped into a small local garden centre and was nearly knocked down by people buying trolley loads of summer plants.  I only went in to buy something for a friend (honest!) but of course a few extra plants found their way home with me and a happy afternoon was spent pottering and planting, weeding, watering, tidying and just reveling in gardening on such a lovely day. 

Earlier this evening I took out the camera and have started a June album.

Happy gardening everyone.

Bloom purchases

01 June 2013 22:30:56
Aquilegia 'Snow Queen'

Aquilegia 'Snow Queen'

It looks like we all enjoyed our visits to Bloom this year and here's hoping the weather stays fine for anyone going tomorrow or Monday. 

I can't believe I was so restrained and only bought three plants, two that I wanted and one for good luck:

Aquilegia 'Snow Queen'

Geum rivale 'Leonard's variety'

Dicentra spectabilis (pink, I already have a white one)

I've planted them but the light had gone by the time I finished so here's a photo from the web.

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