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JoanG's Journal November 2015

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Gardening talks in Dublin

16 November 2015 22:10:11

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Two treats coming up:

National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin: Lecture – Exotic Escapism
Bruno Nicolai
Thursday 19th November 

Details from Botanic Gardens events guide:  Using both hardy and tender plants, Bruno has developed colourful planting schemes oozing with exotic elements, all within the confines of his Cork city garden. Join Bruno as he shares stories of some of his favourite plants and takes you on a journey from desert to jungle. 
Time: 8.00pm, Visitor Centre
Organised with the Irish Garden Plant Society  


Rachel's Talk, Tuesday 24th November - Foxrock Garden Club

Exciting Annuals

@ 8:00pm, Foxrock Parish Pastoral Centre, Kill Lane, Foxrock. 
Non-members €7.


Last and first

13 November 2015 22:32:43

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Surprisingly I got some gardening done yesterday morning before the wind and rain really took hold.  Got the loppers out and chopped up the remains of the echium; well, as much of it as would chop, the thick stem is now propped up beside the shed awaiting disposal later.  Then tidied one bed and mulched it with some garden compost.

Though there were still buds on the sweet peas, the obelisk they were growing on was starting to lean in the wind and, not wanting another casualty, I decided to cut them down, saving the last few flowers for the kitchen windowsill.  

Then I spotted the first of the primulas starting to flower.  Gardening comes full circle. 

Down and out

09 November 2015 00:10:56

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The Echium proved no match for this morning's wind and the normally trusty tie of old tights, which had kept it upright since last year, failed to hold it.

It flattened a few perennials as it fell, though fortunately missed the young yew tree by a whisker.  It would have died off soon in any case but a sad way to go. 


07 November 2015 21:40:06

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As I carted my three aeoniums off to the greenhouse for the winter, it really struck me how much they have come on since they were repotted into larger pots earlier this year. I wonder when they'll need repotting again; not too soon I hope, as I bought nice pots for them thinking they'd last a good while!

They came from Rachel as little cuttings a couple of years ago and are giving much joy, many thanks Rachel. 

For those who like topiary

06 November 2015 21:47:18
For those who like topiary

For those who like topiary

There's an article in today's Irish Times about two Dublin men who have taken garden topiary beyond the usual suburban level.

Here's a link to the video if you'd like to see what they have created.


(If the link doesn't work, copy and paste it into your browser).


And a few with flowers

03 November 2015 22:49:35

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We've all been delighted to see so many of our plants flowering well into autumn this year with the lovely weather we had in October.  Here are a few more pics from this morning in the garden. 

Anthemis 'E C Buxton', a great doer, always flowers well into November here.

Sweet peas ... and there are more buds coming.

Clematis 'Miss Bateman', just a few flowers and quickly eaten but still very welcome. 

Autumn colour

03 November 2015 22:42:13

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Before the colours of this lovely autumn disappear, here are a few shots from the garden today.  

Witch hazel and Acer are still looking good and even the dying leaves of Smilicina are still hanging on to some of their colour. 


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