a mediateam website

See a sample issue of The Irish Garden!








JoanG's Journal

JoanG's Journal June 2014

Last Post 1241 days 15 hours ago

Lovely visit to Jurgita's in Avoca

29 June 2014 15:52:54

Click to zoom

Click to zoom

Click to zoom

Jurgita welcomed us and our 'hardlandscapers' yesterday with open arms and her big smile ... and the day just got better and better.

Fran has already posted an album which shows Jurgita's lovely garden, so here are just a few more photos.  We also visited the garden of her kind neighbour, Noel, who wowed us all with his tropaeolum.

Thank you Jurgita and friends for a lovely visit.

Penstemon 'Garnet' for Tina

27 June 2014 22:51:01
Penstemon 'Garnet' for Tina

Penstemon 'Garnet' for Tina

Not trying to compete with Fran (LOL).  Here's my Penstemon 'Garnet' for comparison if it's any help to you Tina.  Photo from July last year; it's coming into flower again now but there's no point in going out to take a photo at this hour!

Plant ID for Elizabeth7, Hosta or anyone else

23 June 2014 21:38:21

Click to zoom

Click to zoom

We saw this lovely shrub in Jimi Blake's garden at Huntingbrook recently and forgot to ask him the name.  It popped up again in Hosta's photos of her visit to Elizabeth's garden, so perhaps either of you ladies could name it for me ... or anyone else who knows it.

It has a nice open shape and the burgundy flowers are lovely.

Midsummer garden shots

21 June 2014 21:59:56

Click to zoom

Click to zoom

Click to zoom

Isn't it heaven to be out in the garden on these balmy mid-summer evenings? 

Not doing any hard work ... maybe a little watering, deadheading, just enjoying the garden as Monty (and others, no doubt) said we should.

Happy mid-summer everyone.

Salvia turkestanica, thank you Deborah

20 June 2014 22:42:45

Click to zoom

Click to zoom

Click to zoom

A wee plant pressie (one of several) when we visited Terra Nova last summer; now it's about four foot high.  I've been watching the top flower develop over the last week or so and can hardly wait to see the plant in full bloom.  The large sage green leaves are nice too.

Thank you Deborah, it's a fabulous plant.

 

Alpine Show purchases

14 June 2014 22:47:38

Click to zoom

Click to zoom

Back in April I went for the second time to the annual Alpine Garden Society show in Cabinteely.  After I went last year, I planted up my first alpine bowl and with my two little purchases this year, there is now another.  This better not become a habit, though the exquisite little alpines are hard to resist on the day.

The Japanese campion in the new dish has just started to flower and I'm happy with my purchase:  It's Silene keiskii var. minor.  The label says it flowers from July to Sept, so we'll wait and see!

A great day out at Jimi and June Blake's gardens

13 June 2014 21:45:19

Click to zoom

Click to zoom

Click to zoom

Just popping in quickly to say what lovely visits we had today to Jimi and June Blake's almost adjacent gardens near Blessington.  My computer cable has failed, so I'll have to log off shortly before the battery runs out.

Two gardens on hillside settings created by a brother and sister, different but each with stunning creative planting.  Jimi's leads into a wooded valley which he is developing with natural paths and additional planting.  June's is set beside a beautiful stone cottage backing onto a grassy hill and uses stone for edging raised beds and cobbled paths. 

I'll put up photos when the computer is sorted and no doubt my companions will post theirs in the meantime.  Many thanks to Fran for arranging and driving (and the tour of your own fabulous garden to start us off), to Clare and ClaireE for great company.  And to cap it all, Clare prepared a bounteous picnic which we enjoyed, along with ClaireE's sweet treats, in Jimi's company in his beautiful garden.  What a great day!

 

Primula beesiana

10 June 2014 22:28:43
Primula beesiana

Primula beesiana

I have garden.ie members to thank for my growing love of primulas.  Can't think why they weren't on my radar before joining.   The candelabras hold sway now and I'm pleased with this Primula beesiana, bought as a very small plant at Johnstown in January.  Three flowering shoots in year one is pretty good!

New geranium

08 June 2014 22:25:34

Click to zoom

Click to zoom

Andy posted a journal about this geranium recently and I was waiting for the flowers on mine to open.  Well, here they are and I am so thrilled.

It's a fairly tall plant as hardy geraniums go, stands well so far and has nice dissected leaves.  Plenty of buds so more double flowers to come.  I chose it to replace my much loved geranium 'Rozanne' which had to come out as it got too big despite regular division.  I have kept some Rozanne in a pot and have more to give away.

This is Geranium pratense 'Summer Skies' and I just love it. 

Blue and white on the patio

06 June 2014 23:15:42

Click to zoom

Click to zoom

Click to zoom

In my other beds the plants seem like a mish-mash of clashing colour and form right now, which is making me feel dissatisfied, but the patio planting redeems the situation.  This bed is very narrow so there's an edging of campanula in full bloom with rosa 'Iceberg'.  Behind the rose is a honeysuckle which should also be flowering but is suffering from a severe aphid attack this year. Buddleia to the left has shot up to the top of the wall, a peaceful green now and should flower in July.

The camera plays tricks, as the campanula in reality is more a violet-blue than the colour shown, which appears to match our neighbour's lovely ceanothus just in view over the wall.

 

Rhodohypoxis again

04 June 2014 21:43:48

Click to zoom

Click to zoom

As others have posted photos of rhodohypoxis recently (including the lovely one Jacinta bought today!), I just thought I'd include mine as it's flowering nicely now.  Not sure which one it is, maybe Rhodohypoxis baurii; the flowers start deep pink and fade as they age.

I grow it in a bowl and bring it into the greenhouse for winter as they are supposed not to like winter wet.  Jacinta, do you cover yours in the alpine circle over winter or let it take its chances? 

Wall shrub

02 June 2014 21:47:58

Click to zoom

Click to zoom

Click to zoom

I know a lot of people don't like pyracantha and, yes, it's thorny but ours is putting on a great show of flowers this year, which I hope will mean lots of bright red berries in autumn before the birds have their feast.

It makes good cover for the back wall, is evergreen and gives food and protection to birds and other wildlife.  We've had blackbirds and dunnocks nesting there in previous years.  When I was younger and more nimble I used to get up on a tall ladder to prune it but I get someone else to do that nowadays!  My mother planted it, which also means a lot to me.

Members

Garden.ie Members

Not a member yet?
Join now to:

Join Now

Existing Members


Forgotten password
 

Garden.ie CLUB

Join Ireland's first online garden club! Share pictures of your garden, make new friends and chat with other gardeners. It's simple to join and free! Register Here

Featured Members


Know-How!

Thousands of gardening facts at your finger tips:


Ask Gerry

Gerry DalyTry our unique advice service from editor Gerry Daly. Got a question right now? Search here to see if it has been answered already:








a mediateam website



©2017 Garden.ie. Mediateam Ltd, Media House, South County Business Park, Leopardstown, Dublin 18.


Tel (+353 1) 2947777 Email info@garden.ie

Website Design by KCO.ie