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JoanG's Journal March 2015

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Lidl compost bin

31 March 2015 21:51:45
Lidl compost bin

Lidl compost bin

I saw these in Lidl today and was thinking I could use another compost bin.  It would seem good value at €30 but before buying I wonder do any of you already have one and is it sturdy enough?  They are boxed in the shop, none on display.  It would go in a sheltered spot in the garden.

Also, the bin comes with a perforated base plate to "keep pests away".  I suppose they mean rodents.  Normally I would place a compost bin directly on the soil.  What do you think?  All comments welcome.

Iris tectorum variegata

30 March 2015 21:27:25

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When Rachel visited last year, she brought me a piece of this iris which I planted in the front garden after the revamp.  It's just outside our front window and the creamy variegated foliage has been lovely to look out at through the winter.

Yesterday I spotted the dainty flowers appearing, very small for irises but perfectly formed.  They're just exquisite.

Thank you so much Rachel, I'm delighted with this plant.

Portugese laurel hedge, for Keego

24 March 2015 21:23:23

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Mary, I was visiting this afternoon and this hedge of Prunus lusitanica was nearby bordering a car park, so I took a couple of photos with my phone for you.  It was planted less than three years ago and has grown and thickened fast.  Mind you, it is sheltered by a wall!

It's about four feet high now and the leaders have been pruned.

Good luck with whatever you decide to plant; it must have been a wrench losing your original hedge.


Unplanned combinations

22 March 2015 21:17:01

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Sometimes plant combinations just work out, even when we don't make them deliberately.  I didn't remember which primula I was planting the daffs beside last autumn and was pleased when they caught my eye today.

The second group is also a happy accident.

Another beautiful spring day today and I was out in the garden every minute I could get.  Potted up dahlias, tidied grasses, moved aquilegia seedlings and spent a lot of time just looking and enjoying the primulas, daffs and emerging perennials.  Hope you all had a good day too.

Waterford welcome

21 March 2015 21:24:52

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As Fran and Clare have already said, we had a super day out in Waterford yesterday.  It was great fun to be on the road again with garden friends and best of all was the wonderful welcome we received from Mary and Paddy.   In their company we enjoyed a leisurely tour of Mount Congreve and then back to their home and garden, which I had been dying to see for quite a while! 

A group of us had visited Mount Congreve late last summer when the highlight was the walled garden with its stunning dahlias, gingers, heleniums etc.  With this area now almost bare, and the dahlias still nestled under a thick protective mulch of aster stems, it was the magnolias, camellias and emerging rhododendrons that caught our eye, and especially the lovely views out to the river and countryside beyond.  The sun came out when we arrived and stayed with us all day.

But the real treat of the day for me was to spend time with Paddy and Mary in their beautiful garden.  Of course I've seen many photos from their garden on this site but it's only when you are there and see the setting in reality while chatting to them that you can appreciate the labour of love and planting expertise they put into it.  And the friendly chat and homemade refreshments went down well too! 

Fran and Clare have put up albums to share, so I'll just post a few photos later.

Thank you Mary and Paddy for a wonderful day and for the special plants that came home with us. 


Happy St Patrick's Day

17 March 2015 08:35:00
Happy St Patrick's Day

Happy St Patrick's Day

Just popping in to wish everyone on garden.ie a Happy St Patrick's Day.

Have a lovely day whatever your plans.


14 March 2015 20:33:48


One of my favourite spring shrubs, it always puts on a good show.  Ours is many years old now and the red flowers are a blaze of colour at the front gate.  We used to have a matching one on the other side which had to be removed when the gate was widened last summer.  They also come in paler colours and white.

I understand they can also be trained to grow along a wall, though a bit thorny to handle. 


A few from the garden today

06 March 2015 22:39:11

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I've been occupied with other things lately so it was nice to get out in the garden in the mild weather yesterday and do a bit; finally planted the rose I bought at Johnstown in January and cut back penstemons and spirea.

I took a few photos this afternoon of some of the spring bulbs.

I'm keen to get a few seeds sown too but that will have to wait till next week.  Enjoy your weekend everyone.

Last of the Hellebores

02 March 2015 22:28:09

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As this isn't the weather for crouching in the garden trying to photograph hellebore flowers, this seemed the best way to capture them :-)

A few are new this year or flowering for the first time.  I like them all and am especially pleased with 'Winter Moonbeam', bought last autumn mainly for its foliage though the flowers are nice too and so many of them for a first year plant.

Roll on midweek and the end of this perishing cold ... winter's last kick we hope.



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