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JoanG's Journal April 2014

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Hosts with the most and a great show

27 April 2014 00:19:07

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What could be a better prelude to visiting the Alpine Show than lunch with a fine bunch of .iers in a member's splendid garden!  Fran and Maria were the generous hosts to a group of us today and it was lovely to catch up with Deborah and Martin, Rachel, Tina, Linda, Krista, and to meet Fran & Maria's friend Grainne.  I have visited Fran's garden several times now and, what can I say, he has a wonderful touch with plants and design and it always looks amazing.

Then off we went in convoy to the nearby show venue, where we feasted our eyes on the AGS members' beautiful displays, met more .iers, and succumbed to a few goodies in the plant sales area.  I'm a total alpine novice but have put up an album which hopefully conveys the high standard of this event.

It was so nice to see everyone and thank you all for the lovely plants that came home with me.  Thanks especially to Fran and Maria for a great day.

 

Looking good today

21 April 2014 22:27:32

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Just a few photos from the garden this morning while waiting for family to arrive.

The light was lovely today and plants still looking fresh.  I do love this time of year.

 

Practical jobs weekend

21 April 2014 22:09:11

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It was a beautiful day in Dublin today, warm, mostly sunny and calm.  My sister-in-law and hubby came over to prop up the hawthorn tree that was leaning since the February storms.  A stout stake and brackets, much heaving and positioning, and between the three of us the job was done.  Yesterday I had prepared for the task by removing all the pots that were in front of the tree, taking up the membrane in this area and moving the compost bin about 18 inches to the right ... which involved emptying it, moving it, then refilling.  Of course there was a shower in the middle of all this, so I was one mucky person by the end of the day.

When they had gone today, I put back the potted plants, which camouflaged most of the stake.  Then, as the afternoon was so calm and warm, decided it was the perfect day for painting the (somewhat rusty) Aldi obelisk with Hammerite.  While it dried, it was one of those gloriously still and sunny early evenings that I did not want to come indoors, so pottered around for a while dead-heading and just appreciating the garden, in between sips of tea. 

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend, whatever you were up to!

Happy Easter

20 April 2014 00:11:25
Happy Easter

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to everyone on garden.ie and your families.  It's great weather for the garden or just being out and about.

Whatever your plans, I hope you have a lovely day.

 

Lovely day at Powerscourt

16 April 2014 21:44:46

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Today Clare treated me to a day out at Powerscourt Gardens and a treat it was!  They have a Tulip Festival on until 24th April, with lovely bedding displays on the terraces and also tulip plantings through the herbaceous borders in the walled garden.  And, of course, there is so much more to enjoy in Powerscourt with the lake and woodland, Japanese Garden, nice walks and fine views of the Wicklow countryside and the Sugarloaf.

Best of all was sauntering around and chatting in the company of a lovely gardening friend.  Then back to Clare's for a cuppa and more chat in her beautiful garden, the perfect end to the day.

Thanks so much Clare for a lovely time.

Clara's spring pot

14 April 2014 21:28:38
Clara's spring pot

Clara's spring pot

When Clare visited me last autumn she brought a pack of daffodils and tulips which I decided to plant all in the same pot.  They have all come out in the past week or so, the daffodils first quickly followed by yellow and red tulips.

They're all looking gorgeous now and I'm thrilled with them, the 'Golden Dawn' daffs especially as they are multi-headed and scented.  Some of the stems have seven heads!  The photo doesn't really do the display justice as they were waving about in the wind.

Thanks so much Clare, I love them.

Back from a short break

13 April 2014 00:36:18

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I've been in beautiful West Cork this week; no garden visiting, just touring, enjoying the scenery, pottering around nice towns, villages and other sights.  The weather was mostly kind, a real bonus!

I'll catch up with your journals and photos over the next few days.  It was nice to get back to the garden today too and find more tulips have come out.  Hope you all had a good week.

Front garden tulips

05 April 2014 22:00:34

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I love the succession of spring flowers and it's nice to see the tulips coming now.  These are keeping the cheery spring colour of the driveway border going for a while longer as most of the daffs are going over.

There are more tulips in the back garden, both bright and pale colours, still to come.

Another primula

02 April 2014 22:40:05
Primula 'Glengarriff'

Primula 'Glengarriff'

My little collection of primulas is building up nicely, thanks to Sallysarah, Elizabeth7, Hoeys and Terrishoos, as well as my own purchases, so I didn't really need another one, did I? 

But I couldn't resist this when I saw it at Johnstown in January.  With small leaves and flowers, it looked so dainty and it's just covered in flowers now.

Primula 'Glengarriff' .

Mukdenia rossii

01 April 2014 22:53:23

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I bought this plant in late 2012 when making a new border, mainly for its colourful autumn foliage and suitability for semi-shade.  It didn't do much last year, just put out a few leaves but no flowers and disappeared quickly in autumn. 

Now it's getting going; these flowers appeared on stalks promptly after the leaves, they opened out today and I think they're quite pretty.  I hope to see this plant spread over the coming years.

 

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