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JoanG's Journal September 2013

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Friendships and pelargoniums ...

24 September 2013 22:58:32

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... grow in kitchens.

As you may have read already, we had a (long overdue) get-together at my house yesterday evening.  We gathered in the kitchen (where else?) and then fortunately the weather and the light held long enough for us to have a meander and chat in the garden before some refreshments indoors.  All I can say is that I've made wonderful friends since joining garden.ie and thanks again Fran, Maria, Jurgita, Clare and Greg for your company and for making it a lovely evening for me.

These pelargoniums are actually in the utility room adjoining the kitchen, on the only south facing window-sill in our house.  They blossom there too.

Chelsea chop experiment

21 September 2013 21:22:13

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I don't normally give my plants the 'Chelsea chop' but had read that it might benefit certain sedums like 'Autumn Joy' which tend to flop when the plants are mature.  So this year I cut back half the clump in June and left the rest to grow as normal.

As you can see, I won't win any prizes for the result!  Yes, it looks like there will be later flowers from the chopped half to prolong the season but the flower heads are spread out and looser, spoiling the tightly bunched effect that is part of the sedum's charm.  And they have caught up in growth with the uncut plant and are just as tall and floppy now!

Myrtle had a far better idea in the journal she has posted today ... I reckon I'll learn from her for next year!

Do any of you have better results with Chelsea chopping ... and on what plants does it work for you?


Mount Venus nursery sale

14 September 2013 22:33:43

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Clare and I headed off this morning in bright sunshine to the foot of the Dublin mountains for the Mount Venus autumn sale.  This is my second year going and there was a great selection of plants, even better than last year I thought.  They had all three plants on my shopping list ... and one or two other little irresistibles came home with me as well :-)

We were delighted to meet Bruno, who had travelled all the way from Cork, so after stashing our purchases in the car we retreated to their little cafe for refreshments and chat.  Later, another cuppa in Clare's lovely garden, sitting in the arbour she made herself, then home to do some planting.  The sun was nearly going down as I came indoors.  A blissful day in good garden.ie company.

My purchases: 2 sedums ('Carl' and 'Brilliant'), thalictrum delavayi, actaea simplex 'Brunette', a decorative dish and some cyclamen to plant in it.

Fran's Double Garden Visit 06.09.13

07 September 2013 21:41:51

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Thanks to Fran we had another great day out yesterday in the company of garden.ie friends.  Collected Clare en route and had a quick whizz round her gorgeous garden, then off we went and were chatting so much we overshot Bay Garden and had to turn back, but arrived spot on the appointed time of 12 Noon ... to find Rachel already there snaffing up some fine hydrangeas in the plant sales area.  Moments later Fran arrived with Krista, who had journeyed from Galway to share the day with us. 

Rachel has already posted fantastic photos of Bay Garden, which was looking splendid especially the barn (grass) garden and the new area, so most of my photos are of Tombrick.  I previously visited Bay Garden in spring, so it was a treat to see it now when these particular areas were showing their beauty. Ian's cuppa was most welcome and we all came away with a plant or three.

Then most of us headed off to Tombrick, via the scenic route which Fran had specially arranged so we could see the Wexford countryside at its best :-).  We got a warm welcome from Walter Kelly, denizen of this beautiful garden of about two acres set on a farm with cattle and many varieties of poultry, not to mention various peacocks, peahens and ducks.  We savoured the lovely planting, including many varieties of hydrangeas, fuchsias, late summer perennials, woodland, gravel areas, framed views, large pond, winding paths, and lovely planting around the house itself.  Walter was all decked out for gardening, kneepads included.  He has created this garden over 25 years and it is well worth a visit.  We all said we would return. 

Fran had to leave early and Rachel had a school run to attend to, so Clare, Krista and I enjoyed a natter on the way home, with a pitstop in Ferns for a little sustenance.  Arrived home tired and smiling after a lovely day out ... thanks Fran, Clare, Rachel and Krista for your company on a blissful day.


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