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JoanG's Journal June 2015

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Day out in Wexford

29 June 2015 23:47:12

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I had a lovely day out yesterday visiting Rachel's and Philip Hollwey's gardens, both of which were open for the weekend festival in the Bunclody area.

I have visited Rachel's before and am always amazed at her achievement in creating and maintaining her beautiful one acre garden with its great variety of trees, shrubs, planting beds, steep banks, perennials, annuals ... not to forget the well-stocked greenhouse and perfectly-cared-for tender plants which feature regularly in her journals and videos.  On this visit I noticed how well the garden is maturing, with shrubs filling out and several of them repeated through different areas, bringing a lovely sense of unity to her large site.  We chatted and the sun shone ... and it must have got in my eyes as only a few of the photos came out properly.  Thank you Rachel for another enjoyable visit.

Then on to Philip Hollwey's on the other side of Bunclody, also about an acre but very different, sited behind an old cottage on a sloping site rising to a woodland.  The lower garden behind the house has beautiful mixed borders and hedged areas in long curves and circles around a lawn.  This is backed by a spectacular wildflower meadow which at this time of year is clothed in ox-eye daisies, with an elegant white bench and a swing at the top.  The woodland behind is mainly hazel, birch, beech and oak, underplanted with hydrangeas and small shady plants.  A warm welcome from the host and I just loved this garden!

It was nice to see a good turnout for both open gardens after all the effort that Rachel and Philip put into them.



Dublin Gardens visit - 10th July - update

23 June 2015 21:38:01
Geranium 'Summer Skies' .. hopeful weather portend!

Geranium 'Summer Skies' .. hopeful weather portend!

Our mini odyssey visiting three gardens in the Dublin Gardens Group on Friday 10th July is now confirmed as follows:

10.30 am  Van der Lee Garden, Glenamuck Cottages, Carrickmines- with tea/coffee on arrival.

12.00 Noon  Knockrose Garden, The Scalp, Kilternan

Then, after a lunch stop enroute, we visit Shirley Beatty’s Garden in Blackrock at 3.30 pm.

Admission to each garden is €5, plus €3 for refreshments at Van der Lee.  Shirley Beatty’s charge goes to the Hospice. 

Attendees confirmed so far are  Gracedieu (Mary & Paddy), Jacinta, Gretta, Jackie, Keego (Mary) and myself, with possibles being:  NoelFitz, Fran, Myrtle, ClaireE, Krista, Fleurette (Margot).  If anyone can make part of the programme only, that’s fine, you’ll be very welcome. 

I’ll be confirming final numbers with the garden owners on 6th July, so those not yet confirmed please let me know by then.  I will send you all directions to our meeting point at Van der Lee garden (we proceed in convoy from there), plus lunch details, before the visit.   Looking forward to seeing you all and let’s hope for a nice day for our outing!

Opium poppies

19 June 2015 21:20:01

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I would have had dozens of these in the garden if I had let all the seedlings develop.  This one in the front garden opened during the week and I'm glad I rushed out to take the photos in the morning as, by evening, the wind had whipped the flowers away.  Fortunately, there are plenty more to follow.

This and the other opium poppies here are all offspring of the Airfield poppy seedings Keego gave me at Johnstown a couple of years ago, so many thanks Mary, I'm still enjoying them.

Dublin Gardens visit in July - update

16 June 2015 20:09:10
Dublin Gardens visit in July - update

Dublin Gardens visit in July - update

Following on from my journal of 9th June, visits are now booked for Friday 10th July to Knockrose garden and Shirley Beatty's.

A third garden is expected to confirm at the weekend and I'll post a journal with all the details early next week.

A number of you have already expressed interest in going and perhaps others may like to join us.  Information about the gardens is on www.dublingardens.com .

Three Roses

12 June 2015 21:56:12

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The roses are coming into bloom now and these three caught my eye yesterday:

Gertrude Jekyll - I have this about four years and it's really getting into its stride with lots more flowers this year.

Iceberg - in the garden for ages and still performs every June.

Chinatown - This rose has lived in a pot for longer than any rose should; not many flowers but I do like the colour.

Dublin Gardens visit - 10th or 11th July

09 June 2015 20:10:54
Dublin Gardens visit - 10th or 11th July

Dublin Gardens visit - 10th or 11th July

Following on from ClaireE's journal about her visit to Knockrose Garden and the suggestions made in comments, I have contacted some garden owners in the Dublin Gardens Group and we can set up visits for either Friday 10th or Saturday 11th July.

Starting at 10.30 or 11am we can fit in two of the following in the morning as they are near each other:  Knockrose Garden, Van der Lee Garden, Lambs Cross Garden (Friday only for Lambs Cross).  If this start is too early for people travelling a distance, we can visit one of these and have longer there.  After a break for lunch we can visit Shirley Beatty's garden in Blackrock in the afternoon.

Anyone interested in going please let me know your preference for date and garden(s) to visit in the morning and how the timing would work for you.  Information on all of them is on: www.dublingardens.com and they all look inviting!


Terra Nova thank-you

08 June 2015 12:42:23
Terra Nova thank-you

Terra Nova thank-you

Others have described our great day out in Terra Nova on Saturday so I'll not repeat, except to say a huge thank you to Deborah and Martin for all the effort you put in to making it such an enjoyable day for us.  You are the best of hosts, so generous, and I enjoyed every minute.

And to Fran for organising the event and great company as ever (with Maria too) on the trip there and back.  It was lovely to catch up with garden.ie friends again, sorry I didn't get to chat to everyone ... next time.

Plants for Terra Nova (JoanG)

01 June 2015 21:20:12

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These seem to have survived today's gales!  Let me know if you'd like any of them and please don't be shy.  I'm not looking for anything in return other than I've already asked for, as my garden is too small. 

White Honesty (lunaria) seedlings x 5 (to flower next year)  Liztai,

Achillea 'Smiling Queen' x 1  Hazel

Anthemis 'E C Buxton' x 1  Joann

Amaranthus 'Red Army' (annuals) x 3 pots (3 plants in each)  Fran,

Aquilegia (blue, in flower) x 1

Chionodoxas x 1 pot  MaryB

Dahlia 'Bednall Beauty' x 1  Hosta

Geum rivale 'Leonard's Variety' x 1  Hosta

Lithodora 'Heavenly Blue' x 1  Elizabeth7

Primula 'Drumcliff' x 1

Sedum 'Carl' x 1  Hazel

Also bringing Pulmonaria officinalis for Kathrin.  If I've promised plants to anyone else, please remind me.

Looking forward to seeing everyone and a return visit to fabulous Terra Nova.


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