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JoanG's Journal July 2014

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Birthday surprise

25 July 2014 22:21:12
Clematis 'Star of India'

Clematis 'Star of India'

A big thank you to all my garden friends who posted birthday wishes on Facebook; you really made my day.  I only joined Facebook recently, so please bear with me while I get the hang of it ... I'll post some photos soon.

I had a lovely day, was taken out to Howth for lunch with friends and a walk round the harbour, packed with holiday makers enjoying the beautiful sunshine.  The Irish Garden magazine arrived in the post just as I was leaving, so I didn't see it until this evening and was surprised and delighted to find that I'd won a reader's prize (thank you Ruth (Ladybird) for alerting me).  I submitted a query a while ago and Gerry Daly responded by email but didn't mention that it would appear in the magazine.  So what better way to finish off a birthday!!  Oh, and I am enjoying another glass of vino as I type this.

It's been a busy week as we're getting the front garden paved and will be revamping the planting, photos to follow in due course.  Meanwhile, clematis 'Star of India' is flowering nicely on the patio wall in the back garden.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

A few thank-yous

21 July 2014 22:19:21

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My sister was looking out at the garden and said how much nicer it is since I joined garden.ie and got lots of plant pressies from friends on the site.  And she's right ... so I went out with the camera and here are a few to thank you for.

Astilbe fanal from Keego at Johnstown last January.

Day lily from Krista two years ago, not named but I think it may be Hemerocallis 'Pink Damask' as I saw one in the Botanic Gardens just like it.

Astrantia rubra which Hazel gave me when we first met.

Many thanks Mary, Krista and Hazel ... I'm thrilled with them all!

Green flowers or what? Plant ID please

21 July 2014 21:44:27

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This plant is in its second year with me.  It was supposed to be a dwarf aster with white flowers but all it has produced so far are these tiny leaves (or are they green flowers?), about the size of half a fingernail and slightly lighter in colour than the main leaves, which do look like proper aster leaves.  It did the same last year. 

Can anyone tell me what it is please?  I can't find it in my books or on the web and even Rachel didn't know when she visited me the other day!

Visit to Rachel's

13 July 2014 00:03:10

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It's an absolute privilege to visit Rachel's beautiful ornamental garden.  It covers a large site and, apart from Norman's lawn cutting, she has created it with imagination and maintains it all herself.  There are different areas/rooms, each beautifully planted and all the plants looking happy and healthy despite her stony soil.  Archways on the drive give views to focal points, exuberant beds and borders are interspersed with areas of calm; the greenhouse brims with pelargoniums, streps and orchids and other tenders in season.  Photos can't do this garden justice.

Rachel is one amazing plantswoman and there are some real treasures to be found here; her welcome is warm and she shares her vast gardening knowledge with easy grace. 

Thanks for a most enjoyable day Rachel (and for the plants, tea and cake)!  It was lovely to meet Damo there too and his little son, who put up with our gardening chat with great patience for a five-year old.  Rachel's last open day is tomorrow and anyone going is in for a treat.

The garden today

09 July 2014 22:27:43

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I spent the whole day gardening today, half in my own garden and half helping on our neighbourhood green.  Perfect day for it, dry and mostly sunny but with a breeze to keep us from overheating.  Started cutting back in the front garden in preparation for new driveway and revamp. 

So these photos are from the back garden, needless to say!  There's lots of colour just now with the perennials putting on a good summer show.  The borders are over-crowded, though, so there'll be some trimming to do here too and a few plants to come out altogether ... in due course.

Two for the price of one?

05 July 2014 21:01:01

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I bought this Himalayan cowslip, Primula florindae, when we visited June Blake's recently and have been keeping it well watered while waiting to plant it out.

Yesterday, I noticed it had not only put out new leaf growth and another flower, but the new flower is orange, not yellow like the original.  So can anyone who grows it tell me if Primula florindae does this, or have I got two plants for the price of one?


02 July 2014 23:02:56

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So far I just have two lilies in the garden and they couldn't be more different.

The orange one (no name) gives a blast of colour in the back border right now and my favourite Lilium regale is in the front garden beside the driveway.  The scent when I get out of the car is almost overpowering.

Dahlia ID for Myrtle

01 July 2014 21:16:53

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Myrtle gave me a dahlia at Johnstown and look what beautiful creamy white flowers it has now.   The label said 'Vancouver' which is supposed to be purple and white, so I'm assuming it is a different one.

Would you have a name for it Myrtle, please?  I'm delighted with it, as it picks up the colour of a white lupin growing nearby and is just the colour I wanted to have more of in the garden.  Many thanks for it.


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