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JoanG's Journal May 2014

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Smilacina / Maianthemum

26 May 2014 23:10:31

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It's hard to keep up with plant name changes.  When I went to look up my Smilacina racemosa this evening, I found it is now called Maianthemum racemosum

I bought this plant at Bloom two years ago, having seen and admired it in the Bay Garden a few weeks earlier, and it's bulking up nicely, filling out a shady corner.  I like both the fluffy flowers and the foliage. So far this year I've managed to keep the slugs at bay with regular doses of the organic pellets.  Snails like it too, so vigilance is called for.

It's also known as 'false Solomon's Seal', though I've no idea why. Whatever its name, I'm glad to have this plant in the garden.

The Walled Garden, St Anne's Park

24 May 2014 21:31:44

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It's a while since I was last in the walled garden in St Anne's Park in Raheny, as it had been closed for some time, so I was delighted to find it open again when we went for a walk in the park this week and luckily I happened to have a camera with me.

On entering, there's a somewhat neglected formal rose and ponds garden which is always open - I didn't take any photos of this area; one of the ponds is empty and the fountain is no longer operating in the other one.  Sadly, the Council just don't have the funds or staff to restore and maintain it. Beyond this through a gate (often locked) is the better maintained main walled garden with double herbaceous borders and other garden "rooms", one of which now contains a Chinese Suzhou garden which was exhibited at Bloom a few years ago and then donated to Dublin City Council. 

I've put up a small album.  Please note, this is a different area from the main Rose Garden for which St Anne's Park is justly famous.  I hope it will be open more regularly now, as it's a lovely garden to visit.

Primula ID for TerriShoos (or anyone else)

21 May 2014 23:08:08
Primula ID for TerriShoos (or anyone else)

Primula ID for TerriShoos (or anyone else)

Terri gave me a candelabra primula seedling at the Johnstown plant swap; in fact there were two squeezed together and they have now started to flower.  The flowers opened white from pink buds and some are now turning pink.

It's very pretty, many thanks Terri; would you have a name for this one please or perhaps someone else may recognise it?   It looks similar to the possible Apple Blossom one you posted recently, though that was a new purchase.

Parahebe catarractae

21 May 2014 22:31:00

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Yesterday ClaireE asked for an ID on this plant which I had given her a cutting of recently.  Her query reminded me that the parent plant is flowering away now in my garden and it's a pretty little sub-shrub, so here are a couple of photos of it.

A few of us were given this plant as small freebies by Ian MacDonald when we visited Bay Garden about two years ago.  It has grown well in the garden, flowers profusely, can be trimmed back and takes easily from cuttings.  I love it!

Aquilegia and Camassia

12 May 2014 22:27:37

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Two nice soft flowering plants to have in the garden when the main spring bulb show has finished and before the strong summer flowers come into their own.

Photos taken early this evening; I really should have taken them last week before the camassias started to go over!



Pelargonium thank you's

11 May 2014 20:55:28

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Late last summer Rachel gave me this lovely variegated pelargonium 'Oldbury Duet' to use for cuttings.  Of course I will be taking cuttings soon and I'll also be keeping the plant itself, which has flowered now and I'm thrilled with it.

I'm also delighted with this zonal pelargonium that ClaireE brought me when she visited recently.  The flower has opened out now and I just love the colour.  They are both brightening up our porch and visitors have been admiring them.  Thank you, Rachel and Claire.

Visit to Charleville

10 May 2014 22:55:42

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As Fran said earlier, we were lucky with the weather for this morning's visit to Charleville gardens in Enniskerry.  Grey skies threatened but rain mostly held off until we were leaving. 

These are extensive gardens and we enjoyed meandering and chatting through tall hedges, parkland, apple orchard, magnolia walk, formal oval garden, period greenhouse, and large walled garden with generous herbaceous and mixed borders.  The estate's doggie kept us company nearly all the way (or was he sent out to keep an eye on us? LOL)

Thanks to Rachel for organising the visit and also to Clare, Fran, Mary and Mairead, Dorothy and Myrtle for great company and chat. Sorry I couldn't stay for lunch.

For anyone interested in going, Charleville is open until mid-June, weekday afternoons and Sat/Sun mornings.  While we saw enough variety and colour to satisfy our gardening hunger, there should be more in bloom by June.  The gardens are also open for the last week in August only, when their flower power is stunning.

Getting the timing right

02 May 2014 22:18:01

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I have a treasured 'Iceberg' rose (white) growing in front of lonicera periclymenum 'Serotina' which has deep pink and white flowers. Beside them is penstemon garnet and when they are all in flower in June the combination looks well.  Just to the right was a bare section of trellis, so a couple of years ago I did a fair bit of research (googling!) to find an early summer clematis that would go well with these plants. 

I decided on clematis 'Miss Bateman' which is white with a nice pale green vein and purple centre and was pleased to find one for sale at Bloom.   There's only one problem, the clematis is flowering now, while the rose and honeysuckle are just in bud and 'Garnet' will be a while coming yet.  By then, 'Miss Bateman' will be over ... but I like her anyway.


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