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JoanG's Journal January 2016

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Hellebore season

25 January 2016 23:14:16

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I'm thrilled to see any early spring bulbs or flowers emerging but the hellebores are a special delight.  

These are two doubles, one called Harvington's Double Red which is actually a deep pink and the other an unnamed beauty which Krista gave me a couple of years ago and has really taken off this year; thank you Krista. 

Practising restraint

15 January 2016 19:56:06

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I only bought one plant at Johnstown this year.  Wasn't I good?

It was delivered yesterday :-) 

The Best Day Out

09 January 2016 22:07:08

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While I enjoy all outings with garden.ie friends, there's something special about our annual get-together at Johnstown.  The anticipation, the build-up, and the day itself, the ever-generous plant swaps, catching up with friends not seen during the year, kris kindle fun, the chance of a raffle win (yes, I was at the lucky table and won a prize!) and maybe a little shopping.

And what about the entertainment?  Scrubber, you excelled yourself!

I enjoyed every minute, thanks to our wonderful organiser, dear Hazel; to Jim and the Johnstown staff for looking after us so well; to Myrtle, Ron and Dorothy for offering to transport me and my plant swaps and for company enroute; to those who gave me plants, and to all of you who came from near and far to share the day.  You were great company and I'm still glowing.

And, as to what I bought ... well, you'll have to wait a few days to see. 

All set!

08 January 2016 20:45:01
All set!

All set!

Plants are potted, labelled, bagged and/or crated; list made out; kris kindle present wrapped and camera battery charged.  Hazel's foolproof instructions for operating the kris kindle noted, so it won't be her fault if Doreen, Moya and I don't get it right.

I'm delighted to see my plant offers taken up, especially by those of you from a distance that I don't get to meet with often.  It will be lovely to catch up with you tomorrow and safe travels everyone.

Now looking at this lot taking up most of the porch, I just hope Myrtle and Ron are not regretting offering me a lift!

Waterford wins

06 January 2016 21:23:22
Narcissus 'Jenny'

Narcissus 'Jenny'

Knowing of my bad luck in trying to grow Narcissus 'Jenny' over the last couple of years, Mary and Paddy kindly brought me three of their precious bulbs when they visited here last summer.  I potted them and then planted them out in the garden in September at the same time as others that I ordered online.

Waterford wins by a mile!  Two of the Gracedieu daffs are now in flower with a third on the way; they have been delighting me for the past week, while not even the tips are yet showing of the others, which hopefully will come later.  Many thanks Mary and Paddy and apologies for the poor photo which was taken in the wind.  

Plants for Johnstown

04 January 2016 20:41:20

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Looking forward to our get-together on Saturday and meeting up with garden.ie friends.  I was fairly lucky with cuttings and divisions this year, so here are my plant offers, and they are for giving away rather than swapping; you all know I have a small garden!

Libertia grandiflora x 1

Iris 'Katharine Hodgkin' x 2 pots - Doreen, Fleurette

Primula florindae (1 yellow, 1 orange), best in a damp spot - Fleurette

Purple Lupin x 1 - Hazel

Hellebore x 1 (seedling from a double pink, in bud but pot luck as regards flower)

Parahebe catarractae x 2 - Moya, Jackie

Iberis sempervirens x 3

Penstemons: 'Bodnant' (purple x 2 (Joann, Moya)), 'Garnet' x 2, and 1 nice pink one, no name but could be 'Hidcote' or 'Tubular Bells Rose' - Terrishoos

Pelargoniums:  'Oldbury Duet' x 2 (variegated leaf)- Eilish, 1 remaining; 'Lord Bute' x 1 - Eilish

Fuchsia 'Hawkshead' x 3 - Joann, Jackie, Bernie

Achillea 'Smiling Queen' x 1 - Terrishoos

Geum rivale 'Leonard's Variety' x 2 - Moya, Jackie

I will also bring promised plants for Eilish, Hazel, Terrishoos and LindaB.  If I have promised plants to anyone else, please remind me! 




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