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Garden video

09 October 2017 19:25:57
Garden video

Garden video

I was telling you a few weeks ago  how my next door neighbour asked if he could use my garden for his upcoming video to a piece of music he composed. He also took some footage from the Botanic Gardens

Well today he uploaded the video onto Facebook. I have put the link below but I am not sure if you will be able to access it from here. I think you will need to  copy the link and then paste it into your address bar. If that doesnt work then you can go to either the Garden.ie Friends page or my own page on FB and see it there.

I think it looks fantastic and I just love the piece of music too. 





Decisions Decisions

06 October 2017 08:17:22

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Yes and where to start!

Lately I've been thinking I need to change some things in the garden as it becomes choc a bloc with plants! Things need moving around, replacing or getting rid of too!! I've come to the stage where now I find some plants........dare I say ....boring!! 

So with that in mind I have noted some plants that are no longer of interest to me and they will be going!! This week has been an absolute beautiful week for the garden, bar Wednesday! So each day I've been out looking to see what will be staying and what will be going. Also moving around a few plants that are in 'the wrong place' 

The thing about doing this is that you then find hidden treasures underneath. Like this lovely little Primula. Hidden under a Shrub which would never be seen if I hadn't taken it out. Or find another little poppy like this almost black one, again hidden away. I will keep all the great annuals each year and definitely Cosmos are here to stay as they put on a show right through until the first frosts  

I need to be ruthless....to a point. And then look around at my plants in waiting and release them into the wild so to speak. I want to keep the character of the garden but try to enhance it that little bit more for next year :) 

Day out!

05 October 2017 08:07:30

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After doing a lot of tidying up on Monday and Tuesday in the garden, getting rid of plants I no longer need, want nor really like!!, I met up with Margie, a new .ier whom we all met at the January get-together and is generally on FB, and we headed to Avoca in Clonee. This was the old Plantagen shop and it has Howbert and Mays in there too. 

Fabulous shop, if on the expensive side. But I did find their plants reasonably priced which was nice. They had a few nice plants and I really wasn't looking for anything.

Last year I bought Anemone Prinz Heinrich and for the life of me I just cannot find it anywhere!!! But I saw this beautiful dark pink one called A. fantasy Cinderella and I bought that. I also picked up a lovely Heuchera Plum Pudding, a Geranium Ann Folkard and this really dark purple Salvia called Salvia Nachtvlinder.........pretty purple flowers which will look great with my other strong pink and red Salvia. 

So after that lot of purchases it was time to have a cuppa and a chat. It was a really relaxed enjoyable day and great to catch up too. I'm looking forward to getting out and planting these beauties up. I've so many plants in waiting that I really need to get them sorted before the harsh Winter months arrive. Today looks promising ;) 

What a compliment!

29 September 2017 07:58:09

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My next door neighbour is a musician. He teaches music in his home and also in some colleges. And has often appeared on the Late Late show!!

Last week he told me he was shooting a video for an original composition of his. He had shot some footage in the Botanic gardens but was wondering if he could use my garden also!!! He said he would love to use some footage as my garden was 'something special'!!!! Of course I said yes but I was just so surprised. 

As we had a wedding last weekend I didn't get a chance to go out and tidy up as he asked me on the Friday. So on Sunday afternoon I spent some time deadheading and trying to get the place in order in such a short space of time, plus exhausted from the long day beforehand.

So on Monday he arrived with a young media student and they spent over 40 minutes taking videos and shots of the garden. It should be ready to view in about 3 weeks. 

How mad is that. My garden!! Something that I just potter around in every day and someone thought it good enough for a video. Delighted I am......... :) 

Pelergonium sideoides......For Margot

20 September 2017 08:53:06

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Following on from Margots journal, I thought I would post a picture of this lovely little plant. It was given to me by Yellow Rose (Bernie) a few years ago in Johnstown. Ive divided it up many times and given some away. At the moment I have a few pots and slips on the go!! And only yesterday I took these two photos of one sitting up on the wall.

The flowers are just tiny and really long stems. But it's the foliage that I really like too. Soft and almost furry. I leave this out all Summer but have taken it in over Winter into the greenhouse. It flowers forever!! 

The trusted Cosmos.............

20 September 2017 08:42:25

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If it's one little flower that really earns its keep in the garden, it has to be the trusted Cosmos. 

I wouldn't be without them and grow them from seed every year. This year was no exception. I remember before I left my old house the raised beds were choc-a-bloc with them. And so easy to collect the seed for next year too. 

This year I noticed a few in Lidl, plants that were about a couple of inches grown. So I bought a few of these as fillers in. The thing is the Cosmos I grow are lovely tall plants reaching at last 3/4ft in height. But the ones from Lidl are only about a foot tall. Full of flowers though but a bit disappointing. However, the ones from seed are towering over other plants now and will do until at least the first frosts. If you havent ever had Cosmos, go ahead and try them, you won't be disappointed ;)

Saxifraga Rubrifolia

14 September 2017 19:37:46

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I got a slip of this plant from a .ier a few years ago. His name was Matt,  cant remember was his surname Connell, Connelly? anyone know him?  I think he may have had a nursery?

He sent this to me in the post and it has done so well every year. I noticed last year it was getting a bit crowded out and I wanted to move it.. So this year I moved it to the circle where I have the tree stump. Its been growing away nicely but I thought it might not flower after the move.

That was until today I notice, finally, that some flowers are starting to emerge. Its a bit later than usual I think and it has the most fabulous flowers too.  Delighted to see that its not given up on me!

What a week!

14 September 2017 19:22:18

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Well who would have thought it was still September.......November it feels like when those winds whip up and those showers get going.

Having said all that the garden is holding its own and really putting on a great show still. I cant believe how much is still in flower and how much colour I have too. But then it is still September and early September too!

Today I had a bit of free time and I planted up some of my Tulips in pots, didnt dampen them, but just wanted to put them in the pots and keep them in the greenhouse for the moment. In another few weeks then I will dampen them and put them outside and hope that come Spring it will be a riot of colour. 

I have some Fritillaria imperialis to plant out which I bought from Mr. Middleton. But there are so many plants still in the spot, like Dahlia and Helenium etc so dont want to disturb them just yet. Ive also some Narcissus 'Garden Club of America' which are a lovely flower but the bulbs are just HUGE.....these too need to be planted out but again Ive plants there still so will need to wait another week or so!

I hate to see the evenings getting darker and the mornings too! I loved those early early mornings before the world woke up and it was so bright! Ah well it will come again real soon. 

Today I also potted on some of my slips that I have taken these past few weeks too. As I said before I just cant throw anything out I have to put it in a pot, just in case it becomes a new baby. This happened with my Sambuca Nigra. Cut some of it back a couple of weeks ago and put about six sticks into a pot. Today I checked them out and they have all taken so now I have 6 more shrubs in the making lol. Also lots of new Salvia which again I cant throw anything out just in case ! And my Fatsia are growing fantastically well now too!

So should have a good few swaps come January!

A couple of photos of the garden as its looking now!

They just keep giving!

07 September 2017 08:08:05

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Yesterday was the first day in ages that I had a bit of time in the afternoon to do a bit of gardening. So I took advantage of the lovely afternoon and set about tidying up, cutting back and collecting seed. 

Its only when you take your time deadheading and cutting back that you really take in exactly what you have. Well for me anyway. 

So I was quite surprised to see these three plants, amongst others, making a comeback. 

The Clematis 'Cardinal Rouge' flowered in early Summer with its huge deep crimson flowers. And here it is again, in amongst the dead foliage of its earlier attempts, putting out more stunning flowers. 

Another little treasure is this Silene 'White Bells' But it hasn't stopped flowering since early Spring. Once deadheaded it pops right back up again. 

Third photo is Oenothera 'Sunset Boulevard' (Evening Primrose) This was originally seed which I got from Rachel about 3 years ago. Planted them out and basically forgot about them. But here they are self seeded and putting on a great show week in and week out.

So many lovely surprises once you take the time to admire them all.  

I can't help it!

06 September 2017 08:54:06

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It's a real addiction with me now but I just hate throwing anything away, hence lots of pots with pieces of twigs sticking out!! 

Well more cuttings to be precise. I just love nothing more than cutting back and then propagating those bits!!! 

For example, I was trimming back some foliage off my Fatsia which is just getting bigger and bigger and it was blocking out light from some plants underneath. So in doing that I stuck a couple in individual pots and ended but with mini Fatsias now. They took no problem which quite surprised me. 

Another one which is taking too is Sumach seedling. I've had lots, and I do mean LOTS of seedlings since the trees fell down in Spring. So I potted up a few and I thought they died. I cut off all their leaves and left just stalks. And now I see new foliage appearing. Where will these go lol

Another which I find so easy to propagate are Salvia. A twig that breaks off or one that's cut back is automatically stuck in compost and yes they too take. So now I've pots of new Salvia waiting for a home. 

So you see nothing is wasted. Luckily my sisters like what I have plus some good friends have benefitted too. 

I can't help it!! 

Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'

04 September 2017 08:30:20

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I got this from Keego (Mary) last year. It's a real stunner of a plant and coming into flower now. 

I just love how tall it is and the le,on colour of the flowers which are like miniature sunflowers. 

I love it and thank you again Mary 

Hanging in there!

04 September 2017 08:23:07

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When the children go back to school the weather generally picks up and we get the last days of Summer etc. But this last week hasn't gone to form and it's quite wet and misty but yet still warm during the day. 

But after the heavy rain of Saturday night I had a quick look around the garden yesterday evening to see what's still there. Some plants did fall down a bit but overall everything is still standing. 

And with that rain came some lushness again about the garden. Still lots going on and lots more to come too. I'm really pleased with all the colour and as Mary said we have at least two more months left this year. 

So get out there and enjoy your gardens before the long dark evening arrive ;) 

These three pictures show the colour in the garden yesterday, Sunday, after the rain. 

Goodbye August 2017

03 September 2017 19:19:21

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I have uploaded an album of the garden for August 2017

Seriously Ive heard before that as you get older time goes quicker! but this is just unreal. I cannot believe that we are now into September. Already the evenings are getting darker earlier and also the mornings too. You can feel a slight chill in the air, although today was so humid!, it contradicts what Im saying....but overall the days have become chillier in the early mornings!

The garden is still looking great though which is really surprising me. I feel at times its still early in the year. Im still kind of waiting for the Summer to start, if that makes sense. We havent had a bad Summer and my garden certainly could do with the rain we have had because it has been so dry here that plants have been literally falling over even those planted in the ground.  But we havent had weeks of bright sunshine and warmth like you would expect. A day or two each week, but it was better to have that than constant bad weather. 

I hate to see everthing going over now though.  Especially when everything has really done so well. Some plants have surprised me in how well they have done and then others surprised me that they havent preformed as good as they should.

I am making plans now for next year! I have decided that I have plants that are really 'old news' to me now. At the start of this garden I wanted everything and I had all sorts. Some of them now dont do it for me now and I want to put other more interesting plants in there now. So thats what I am going to concentrate on this Winter, to reinvigorate the garden for next year and make some changes. 

I spent a good 2 hours in Mr Middletons with my sisters yesterday and bought lots and lots of bulbs. In particular, I bought Fritillaria imperalis, in yellow, orange and dark almost black. I saw them in a garden locally and they were fab so I bought 3 bulbs of each to have a good dramatic effect! Well thats the plan, time will tell!

Overall I was delighted but I spent a fortune, but for me thats ok as this is my hobby, I dont drink nor smoke, so I have gardening as my vice lol

I hope you all like the album

Rudbeckia laciniata 'Herbstonne'

29 August 2017 08:11:35

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I really love this Rudbeckia. I bought it last year in Pergola in Cavan when I visited Mary Keegans garden. I divided it up then and now have two big clumps of it  

It's so tall and elegant  and sways in the wind. The flowers are just so big and they tower over all the other plants. A really beautiful plant in the garden at this time of year. 

Doing well !

25 August 2017 07:53:35

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The garden is a riot of colour at the moment and I'm really pleased with it. It's entered its next phase I suppose although still a lot going on. Tidied up the place on Wednesday and cut the grass as it was really in need of a cut. Cut back and deadheaded lots too. Amazing what you see when you are concentrating on weeding etc. Not a huge amount of weeds in the borders, they confine themselves to the grass !! But a few escapees were given their marching orders. 

While up close and personal I found a few beauties. 

First photo is a tiny Allium that has appeared. I think I may have gotten this from Margot a couple of years ago. Of course I've no name for it but a lovely surprise. 

I like this combination in the second photo. Sedum Bon Bon and Lysimachia Cletheroides. The dark foliage and flowers against the lime green leaves and white flowers are lovely together. 

Finally my Passiflora has finally put out another flower. Gosh these are few and far between. But so welcome when they do arrive. Will need to rethink their planting  position. 



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