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JoanG's Journal May 2016

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Sunny day out in Wexford

25 May 2016 21:24:39

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Fran has already posted about our visit to Rachel's and Coolaught Gardens yesterday.  What a super day!  The sun shone all the way and Rachel was, as always, a most welcoming hostess.  Most of my photos are of Coolaught and this must be because I was so struck at the huge undertaking that is Rachel's garden and we were so busy chatting that I forgot to take out the camera! 

Rachel has a beautiful ornamental garden covering an acre in lovely Wexford countryside. I lost count of the number of beds and borders.  Rachel has started the big job of mulching them all with horse manure with an eye to a large group visit in late June.  She also has a greenhouse full of choice tender plants and succulents; plants that have to come out of the greenhouse and be planted out (and lifted again in autumn); a hardy orchid bed; a kitchen full of of orchids and other well tended house plants; trees and shrubs that need tending and pruning; lawns to cut; an array of pots of persicaria waiting to be planted out on a new bank, etc, etc.  And she also writes for The Irish Garden magazine and gives talks!  

She carries all this hard work so lightly and is so warm and welcoming to visitors.  Hats off to you Rachel and thanks for a great day, and to Myrtle and Fran for good company too. 

The shady side

21 May 2016 23:03:46

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The north/northeast facing side of the back garden can be tricky to plant but this combination seems to work fairly well at this time of year.  

Euonymous 'Emerald Gaiety' is the stalwart, with its variegated evergreen foliage lightening up the area all year round.  Right now its companions are:  Corydalis 'Purple Leaf', Solomon's Seal, Dicentra spectabilis, Heuchera 'Palace Purple' (in a pot but I may plant it out) and Smilacina.  Astrantia major 'Rubens' and a few foxgloves will soon follow and later in summer a nice pink & purple fuchsia originally planted by my mother. 

Plant ID please

19 May 2016 17:02:10

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I haven't been gardening lately as we've had a very dear friend visiting from overseas, so plenty of catch up, chat, and 'out and about'.  

We visited the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin one morning and spotted this plant flowering straight out of the ground underneath shrubs.  There was no label and I've not seen it before, so if any of you expert ier's can identify it please, I'm curious to know what it is.  The flash fired on one of the shots; the colour is more accurate in the close-up.  Not great photos as I took them with my phone. 

Aquilegia clematiflora

17 May 2016 22:51:27

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PeterW kindly gave me a seedling of this aquilegia last year and it's now in flower here.  It has a clematis-like flower rather than the more usual spurred aquilegias and is really pretty in this delicate white with a blush of purple on the back. 

Peter, you wondered if it would come true from seed and it has, so I'm really thrilled with it, many thanks.

Apologies for the poor photo quality ... squatting while trying to hold the camera steady doesn't always work for me!

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