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JoanG's Journal July 2015

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31 July 2015 22:18:59
Penstemon 'Bodnant'

Penstemon 'Bodnant'

Well, I'm nearly back in action after my laptop gave up the ghost last week.  This is just a test to see if I can upload photos from the new one as it's a different system, fingers crossed.

I love penstemons and this is one of my favourites.


Dianthus & Overview

22 July 2015 00:02:36

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Dianthus 'Sooty' ... thank you Fran, I'm totally delighted with this plant.

See if you can spot where I've planted it in the overview :-)


Hazel's Open Day

19 July 2015 20:53:28

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I have been wanting to visit Hazel's garden for quite a while now, so what better opportunity than her open day today in aid of Laois Hospice.  Now we all know from her journals the tremendous amount of work Hazel puts into her half-acre garden but you really have to see it to appreciate the beautiful garden she has created in seven years ... on her own!!

Starting with lovely woodland themed areas in the front on either side of the drive, then strolling into the back garden which is an explosion of colour through different planting areas, meandering pathways that fold back on themselves, a walkway of arches (I counted 20 clematis on these!), beautiful willow work, a sedum bed to die for, several well positioned seating areas, and just wonderful planting everywhere.  Hazel has often mentioned her challenge to create a garden without grass (well there is a small patch of lawn) and she has met that challenge admirably.

Hazel, you should be really proud of all you have achieved at Gortnalee; Brendan and Pat must be smiling looking down. 

A perfect day out with fellow .iers.  Thanks Myrtle, Ron and Dorothy for driving me in great company and nice to meet Ruth & Henry, Liga & family, Nuala, Terri & Alan, Jackie and her daughter Linda, and of course Elizabeth (Liztai) doing sterling duty at the plant sales. 

Well done Hazel, breath easy and have a rest now!

Thank you, Myrtle - twice

13 July 2015 22:44:34

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This is a very belated journal as it's over a week since I visited Myrtle's beautiful garden on a bright sunny morning.  It was a most relaxing and enjoyable visit ... just the two of us, strolling round taking in her lovely planting combinations, comparing notes about plants and gardening.  Anyone who has visited Myrtle's garden will know how good it is, with wonderful planting flowing round the house, and immaculately kept! I only took a couple of photos ... we were too busy chatting and then partaking of tea and delicious scones.  Thank you Myrtle for a lovely morning.

I also have Myrtle to thank for this beautiful white dahlia which she gave me by mistake last year (it was supposed to be Dahlia 'Vancouver' which she has given me since but is not yet in flower).  I think this one is Dahlia 'My Love' and it's just gorgeous!

Dublin Gardens visit, Friday 10th July, update

07 July 2015 22:25:09
Hazel's garden

Hazel's garden

For everyone coming on the south Dublin gardens mini odyssey on Friday, here is the latest information, including directions to our meeting point and a request for those of you with any plants to spare.

We meet at 10.30 am at Shirley Beatty's Garden, 18 Waltham Terrace, Blackrock, which is off Mount Merrion Ave (long road running down from the N11 Stillorgan Road to the gates of Blackrock Park).

Coming up from the Blackrock end, go through pedestrian traffic lights, then through traffic lights at junction with Cross Ave and take first turn left into Waltham Terrace.  No.18 is about halfway down on the right. 

Coming down Mt Merrion Ave from the N11, go through two traffic lights and as you approach the next lights, turn right into Waltham Terrace.  It's a narrow road, not too easy to spot.

The good news is that the roadworks there are not starting until next week :-)  Parking is pay & display @ €1 per hour, allow 1.5 hours.

To get to Mt Merrion Ave from the M50 Southbound, exit at Jct 14 signposted N31/Stillorgan and follow N31 down past Clayton Hotel (formerly Bewleys).  At next roundabout follow N11 Dublin City Centre sign which takes you onto Brewery Road and where this meets the N11 turn left towards the city.  Just past the Stillorgan Park Hotel, turn right at traffic lights onto Mt Merrion Ave.  If anyone needs directions from other approaches please let me know.

After this visit, it's "follow the leader" to my house for light lunch, plant swaps, and garden chat.  Then to our afternoon visits at Knockrose (2.30 pm) and Van der Lee Garden (4.00 pm).  I'll give drivers further directions before we set off. 

Attendees: Gracedieu x 2 (Mary & Paddy), Jacinta, Gretta, Jackie, Keego (Mary), Doreen, Hazel, Myrtle (& possibly Periwinkle), NoelFitz, Jemo (Brian) +1, Smurf (Helen) +1, and myself.  Fran and ClaireE hope to join us for part of the day. Entry to each of the gardens is €5 per person.

Request from Hazel for spare plants (and sure we all have a few!): any spare plants people might have that could go towards my Open Day in aid of the Laois Hospice? I have a good few plants but the more I have the better so that we can maximise the money we raise! Laois Hospice have been trying to raise the money for an actual Hospice in the Laois area for 25 years! I'd appreciate any plants in a more-or-less saleable condition!  (PS, Hazel's Open Day is Sunday 19th July). 

Looking forward to seeing you all on Friday ... the weather forecast is for warm and dry in the east and here's to an enjoyable outing!  Safe travels everyone.

Dublin Gardens visit, 10th July, timing changes

04 July 2015 21:18:48
Dublin Gardens visit, 10th July, timing changes

Dublin Gardens visit, 10th July, timing changes

Following on from my journal of 23rd June, due to unforeseen circumstances at one of the gardens, we have had to re-arrange the timings of our visits and will now be starting in Blackrock.  The revised programme is:

10.30 am  Shirley Beatty's Garden at 18 Waltham Terrace, Blackrock (off Mount Merrion Ave).

Then on to my house for light lunch/refreshments.

2.30 pm  Knockrose Garden, The Scalp, Kilternan

4.00 pm  Van der Lee Garden, Glenamuck Cottages, Carrickmines.

A slight complication is various ongoing roadworks in and around Blackrock which are due to affect both Waltham Terrace and the route to my address this coming week (the Council sure know how to pick their dates!!).  I will post a journal on Tuesday evening with directions to our starting point and parking.

Attendees confirmed:  Gracedieu x 2 (Paddy & Mary), Jacinta, Gretta, Jackie, Keego (Mary), Doreen, Myrtle (possibly +1), NoelFitz, Hazel, Jemo +2, and myself.  Fran and ClaireE hope to join us for part of the day; Krista and Fleurette (Margot) are possibles.

Looking forward to our outing and fingers crossed for fine weather!



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