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JoanG's Journal September 2015

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Cuphea platycentra & Kylemore

28 September 2015 21:39:36

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On our break in the west we visited Kylemore Abbey and the Victorian Walled Garden there, a large area of which is devoted to Victorian style bedding which is somewhat different from the planting we are used to seeing in public parks nowadays.

In one area a low-growing plant which I thought was Cuphea ignea (cigar plant) was used very effectively in a curve around a stand of kniphofia; then I came across a pot of the same plant, labelled Cuphea platycentra, a name which I hadn't heard of before.  Perhaps they are the same? 

This is a different plant from the lovely Cuphea cyanea which some of us have from Fran and which is much taller, with yellow tips and "beady eyes" :-)

The Victorian Walled Garden at Kylemore is six acres in size and was a major restoration project.  As well as the area pictured, it has a large fruit and vegetable garden, long double herbaceous border, a stream and woodland area, glasshouses, the remains of heated grow houses of old, a bothy and tool shed and a gardener's house which would be the dream of many an estate gardener!  A very enjoyable visit.

PS  Sorry, you'll have to do handstands to see the photos; they are the right way up on the computer!

Looking good today

27 September 2015 15:56:13

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These were looking well in the autumn light this morning:

Aster amellus 'Mira' ... it's a deeper and more purple colour than in the photo.

Sedum sieboldii 'Dragon'; thanks Fran for this lovely little plant.

Pyracantha on the back wall before the birds eat all the berries.  They've started already!



Garden this morning

27 September 2015 15:49:22

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Enjoying the beautiful morning, I took the camera around the garden and will post an album and/or more journals over the next few days.  (There are still difficulties with photos in Windows 10).

Here are a few general shots of the back garden.

The weather forecast looks good for this week, so I hope you all get some time to enjoy your gardens.

Whatever about the views ...

20 September 2015 21:32:23

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... how about the roadside flora?

Just back from a relaxing family break in the West, where we were blessed with fine weather to enjoy the beautiful countryside.  Maybe it was the time of year we chose but the montbretia, fuchsia and other wildflowers seemed more in profusion than I remembered from previous visits and certainly brightened our journeys.

The views were lovely too!

Oh bother, have tried twice to rotate the first photo but it's still upside down.

Cyclamen hederifolium

11 September 2015 19:32:30

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These little plants always cheer me at this time of year, and especially on a wet afternoon like today.

Many thanks Heather (Fraoch) for the lovely pink ones given at my first Johnstown get-together, 2013 I think; they are still going strong in their dish.  The purple ones were bought later at Mount Venus.


Sedum ID please

07 September 2015 22:02:41
Sedum ID please

Sedum ID please

Would anyone be able to tell me the name of this lovely sedum with dark leaves, red stems and bright red flowers, seen at Coolaught Gardens last Thursday?  It was between 1-2 ft tall.

I forgot to ask any of the plant experts who were with me on the visit!


Bay Garden & Coolaught visits

03 September 2015 22:09:43

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Hazel and Peter have perfectly described our garden visits today, so I'm not going to add anything except to say thanks Fran for organising another great outing and for your company on the drive and bearing with me during our little "excursion" en route!  I've posted two albums which I hope will give other .iers a flavour of these two beautiful gardens.

Thanks to Mary & Paddy (Gracedieu), Mary (Keego), Hazel, Rachel, Peter and Fran for great company and chat.  I had a wonderful day.


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