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Shady Characters

15 May 2017 12:40:18

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Last year I bought three shade loving plants which now reside beneath the big gunnera clump. The gunnera  provides shade during the main summer months that keeps them happy. They are Brunnera macrophyllum "Jack Frost"   Podophyllum "Spotty Dotty"  and Lamiastrum"Hermanns Pride".  They have put on a lot of growth this year and look great, especially spotty dotty which I really love. The foliage in all three of them is bright and cheery. 

Gunnera and Rheum

19 April 2017 21:56:22

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Its so encouraging to see new leaves on trees especially the acers and Rhodos in bloom. In one area we have woodland leafy plants coming up now. In the photos are the big Gunnera with a nice leaved Rheum as its neighbour. The gunnera needs a bit of elbo room but I love it.

Spring Time

31 March 2017 00:21:53

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Well, the days are getting longer now and its good to see flowers and leaves appearing again. I have a photo here of miniture daffodils just after a fresh shower of rain, they look good in a nice pot too. The others are Castlewellan Arboretum and Park with Mourne mountains as a back drop. My gardening days are put on hold for a while now as I had an operation on Monday. I am a bit sore but it will heal in the coming weeks and will eventually get back to normal. Plenty of time to catch up with all those gardening books now. 

Frosted Leaves

28 December 2016 22:05:23
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Around mid December we had a few days of frost which makes gardens and landscapes more interesting this time of year. This photo of Chestnut leaves I thought had interesting patterns.

Winter garden

16 December 2016 21:49:55

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Well, its been a while since I've been on here but nice to say hello again, and hopefully will do more often. I was in the garden today tidying up as it's in a bit of a mess with leaves and the weeds that took advantage of the mild autumn weather.

The evergreen shrubs with nice folage are taking centre stage at the moment, along with the flowers of Vinca, Viburnum, even a Hebe mad enough to make an appearence. It's good being in the garden again. 

New garden area

18 June 2016 23:10:56

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I haven't been on site for quite a while now but saying hello again. We had an area at the bottom of the garden that was very shaded with trees and difficult to grow anything except our big Gunnera. But a year and a half ago they were removed by there owners and that opened up a new growing space. The photos are what that area is like now, its stuffed with plants as usual with me wth the gunnera in the background. Always good fun planning and planting

Christmas in bloom

29 December 2015 20:40:16

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Its a night for the great indoors up North here, as we have gales and heavy rain. I think there may be trees or branches down by morning.

On a brighter note we have a lemon scented broom in full bloom over the christmas period. I keep it in a pot, sheltered in a porch as it is a more tender than other varities. Its a  bright beem of colour in winter, even if its completely out of season.

Sedum

07 October 2015 20:52:20

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Well, Autumn is starting to appear in some trees now, but in the garden there is still flowers out giving us good cheer. This lovely Sedum was given to me by Fleurette in early summer, and has spread out and now flowering well. This small growing plant is a lovely reminder of a great day in Donegal in a wonderful garden and great company.

Crocosmia

15 September 2015 22:40:24

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Crocosmias can sometimes be seen as common and underated, But I tend to like them. Nowadays there are better types with more vibrant colours, and good for early Autumn flowering. Here are a few of mine.

Carlow Garden Week

03 August 2015 23:54:35

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I was at Carlow garden week events and one of the gardens we visited was the lovely Altamont. It was great to see Gracedieu Lass and husband Paddy there and myrtle with hubby too. We had a very interesting tour led by Roy Lancaster who's great knowedge was enjoyed by the very large group of people there

Spring has sprung

24 April 2015 22:47:05

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Its a lovely time of year with weather good and a lot of blooms out in our garden. The usual Rhodos, camelias, magnolias all bring out a vibrancey compared to a few weeks ago when it was more flat.

A white world

31 January 2015 11:05:49

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We woke up on thursday morning to a fine layer of snow, transforming the garden and trees into a magical wonderland. No gardening  "except for today" when most of it has gone. So, I went up to our forest park and gardens and took a few photos for the album here, updated at last that you can see, and a few for this page. 

Hypericum 'Magical Red Star'

07 September 2014 20:43:44

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Last year I got a new plant for the garden, its name is hypericum Magical Red Star, a variety I never heard of before. After flowering it produced masses of bright red berries, which from a distance looks like blooms. Its very attractive and fast growing, but will need a trim later on when the berries fade. Its one worth having.

Lillies

28 August 2014 22:58:29

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Some years ago I visited Fernhill gardens in South Dublin/Wicklow Borders area. Threre was a few plants for sale and I got lillie bulbs. A year later they flowered a lovely orange/red colour and good size blooms too. On the stems were small bulbs which when planted grew and became plants themselves. The picture shows flowers from the children of the origanal bulb. Have any of you been to Fernhill recently?

Summer Borders

08 July 2014 23:20:30

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Good old mid Summer time, that brings the herbacious borders into their own. In Castlewellan Arboretum the long borders are looking good and well filled with good colour, and any gaps filled up. The restoration is well advanced and work is now ongoing in the area outside the walled garen. There is only a few going to the open day on 19 July. Any more interested? its a good day out. 

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