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JoanG's Journal

JoanG's Journal July 2013

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Tall and frothy

30 July 2013 22:33:01

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On the way to meet a friend, I had half an hour in hand and popped into the Botanic Gardens for a flying visit. 

The herbaceous borders were looking good with lots of summer colour and also these very tall and frothy flowers caught my eye as I wasn't familiar with this plant.  I've checked and think they are plume poppies, macleaya cordata.  Would look great in my back border ... if only I had more space ... but at least I could admire them in their setting.

Penstemon ID - Gracedieu and others

23 July 2013 23:10:50
Penstemon ID - Gracedieu and others

Penstemon ID - Gracedieu and others

I only know the names of three of my six penstemons and have often been asked for the name of this pink one which is a good robust plant, pretty and flowers for ages. 

Gracedieu's comment on Andy's journal (favourite penstemon) about penstemon 'Beech Park' set me wondering.  Any chance this is it?  Or could it be 'Apple Blossom'?  or another one?  There are quite a few pink penstemons and hard to distinguish them from photos. 

Mary, if you think it is 'Beech Park'  I have cuttings growing on and will keep one for you.

Powerscourt observations

19 July 2013 23:10:07

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Fran has already posted a journal and superb photos of our day out at Powerscourt Gardens yesterday.  We had an enjoyable few hours wandering through the gardens; it sure was hot ... water bottles and sun hats were the order of the day. 

A few observations: Even the best gardens have brown grass this year! The rose beds on the terrace looked superb and it was also interesting to see roses growing well down in the woodland, at the edge of a path among very tall trees. It was a day for walking a bit, sitting in the shade, walking another bit and just gently taking in the different areas of these classic gardens.

Oh, and there was plenty of horsetail too though I forgot to take a photo of it!

Thank you Clare, our hostess with the mostest for the day, and Fran for good company once again.

Visit to Myrtle's

19 July 2013 00:49:22

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For me the best kind of garden visiting is when you are in the garden of a garden.ie friend, sauntering round and chatting, taking in the layout, stopping to admire treasured plants and lovely combinations, sharing experiences and learning about plants new to you.  

I had just such an enjoyable visit with Myrtle in her garden on Wednesday.  It's a delightful garden, crafted with skill, care and joy by a true plantswoman and, despite Myrtle saying that it had had little attention this year, it was putting on a great summer display, including superb salvias that I had never seen before.  The time just flew.

Myrtle, thank you for your warm welcome and a lovely visit.  Best of all it was great to see you looking so well ... and long may that continue.

Named at last

16 July 2013 22:51:52
Penstemon 'Bodnant'

Penstemon 'Bodnant'

I've had this purple penstemon in the garden for a good few years and never knew its name as it was grown from unidentified slips.  I've taken cuttings often and passed it on but never saw it anywhere else.

A few days ago, lo and behold, there it was in a nearby garden centre with a label that made me feel quite pleased, to find that my plant has a classy origin .... Penstemon 'Bodnant'.

Now I just need to find names for my pink and red ones!

Summer brights

12 July 2013 21:43:49

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What a week of fantastic weather and today perhaps hottest of all.  I haven't done much in the garden other than sauntering around, dead-heading and a little tidying.

My orange lilies grow in two pots which I pop into a gap in the back border every year just as they are about to flower.  The gap is where tulips were in spring.

Anthemis 'E C Buxton' is maybe an old-fashioned flower but it comes back for me every year and flowers from now until November.  I take bits off the mother plant and now have it in three places in the back border, to provide a little harmony among all the other clashing colours.

Hope you are all enjoying this fantastic summer weather; happy gardening (or just relax, chill out and enjoy it!)

Visit to beautiful Terra Nova

08 July 2013 23:11:56

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Well, as Clare and Fran have already said, we enjoyed a fantastic day out yesterday in Deborah and Martin's wonderful garden at Terra Nova. 

Fran drove us down and the countryside was looking nice in the sunshine, then we arrived and it was like entering another world.  From the moment you step inside the gate, you are surrounded by creative planting, features and creatures, winding paths, pergolas and ponds, so lovely that the photos really can't do it justice.

Best of all was the warm welcome we received, lots of chat among garden.ie friends, meeting Liga there with Liam and their delightful daughters.  And, not least, the lovely plants that came home with us.

Deborah and Martin, thanks for a wonderful visit, your garden is a tribute to your great talents and I'll be back!

Fran and Clare, the company was mighty and here's to the next time.

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