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JoanG's Journal November 2014

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To grow grasses, ...

29 November 2014 21:30:55

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Fran gave us three good reasons for growing grasses from his own garden. I grow just a few myself though hope to add more.

Here's how well they can look grown on a larger scale: photos from the Botanic Gardens taken last week in late afternoon light.


24 November 2014 22:17:44


The echium down in the bottom corner of the garden is coming on well and has made me realise that this area needed a vertical accent.  Wondering what I might plant there once this has flowered and gone over (not another echium) ... hmm.

Food for thought over the coming year.

Dianthus 'Flashing Lights', for TerriShoos

19 November 2014 21:56:55
Dianthus deltoides 'Flashing Lights'

Dianthus deltoides 'Flashing Lights'

Terri mentioned Dianthus 'Flashing Lights' in a comment on Roofy's journal, so I thought I'd show you a photo of it in our garden, taken in July.  It's a great plant for groundcover or front of border, putting out lots of small bright flowers and spreading well.

Rachel gave me a small piece at Johnstown in Jan 2013 and it now forms a nice mat at the sunny side of the wavy border.  Your six plants should give you a great show, Terri.

Thanks Rachel, I'm delighted with it.

Longest ever flowering season?

18 November 2014 21:56:44

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As Rachel said earlier about her alstroemeria, many flowers show no sign of stopping yet this year. 

Penstemon 'Bodnant' has flowered non-stop since early July and when I went down to the end of the garden, I was pleasantly surprised to see that borage has popped up again!

Pinks and reds

11 November 2014 22:21:03

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A few more photos from my dash round the garden on Sunday.

I just love this little Sedum sieboldii 'Dragon' with its many shades of green and pink developing and deepening through summer into autumn (thank you, Fran).

Pyracantha berries are still putting on a good show, though the blackbirds are nibbling away.  Rosa 'Compassion' has put out a few late blossoms in front of it.

And isn't London Pride terriffic?  Long after the flowers have gone, its evergreen rosettes look lovely all year round and are now showing flashes of red to brighten the display (thank you, Kate, for this lovely plant).

November yellows

11 November 2014 22:01:04

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After today's downpours, some cheery colour is needed to take our minds off our sodden gardens.

I took these photos on Sunday, and more, and was pleasantly surprised at how many summer plants are still flowering as well as these which are coming into their proper season now.

Beautiful morning at Kilmacurragh

02 November 2014 20:03:10

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Despite living less than an hour's drive away, I had never visited Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens before today.  I had thought I'd be going on my own but happily Clare was able to come too. She knows these gardens well and is always great company, which made for a perfect first visit for me.  Autumn sunlight obliged too until we were leaving.

For those of you who don't know it, Kilmacurragh is part of the National Botanic Gardens and in Victorian times was planted with trees and shrubs sent originally from Asian countries to the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin by plant hunters, but which required acidic soil and a warmer environment than existed at Glasnevin.  Some wonderful specimens survive today, as well as others added in later plantings.  Restoration and development of the gardens is ongoing, though sadly the house is in ruin.  I've put up an album.

It's a wonderful garden to visit and I'll go again in spring to see the rhododendrons in flower.  Thank you Clare for making it the perfect morning.



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