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29 May 2010 21:32:40
If you want to have the best
Have a look at this web page www.gardenshop.telegraph.co.uk/chelseaplants you will see what plants Andy Sturgeon had and the prices you can buy them for! The photo is for Periwinkle who lost 2 tobiras this winter.
28 May 2010 22:37:04
Plant Identity please
I got this plant from the ruins of an old house about 20 years ago. I dont know the name of it but think it might be a saxifrage, if anyone recognises it, I shall give you a little piece at the next get-to-gether! I will put some photos in an album too. The flower rises about 40cm above the little neat ground over foliage. I lost some of it this winter but still have plenty that survived. It is ideal for rockeries or edge of borders.
28 May 2010 21:29:21
Ironing is the perfect job.............
for watching Chelsea! I have recorded every program. I have been spending every spare moment in my garden today trying to get some things in the ground before going away next week. I began to think I wouldnt get watching all the piled up recordings but.......
ironing had piled up too, so a perfect combination!
I have been sitting ironing and watching t.v. for the past hour or more! Also have the hose dribbling on the newly planted plants! So three jobs being done at the one time! You'd know it was a woman writing this!
No need to ask which job I enjoyed the most:)
24 May 2010 20:05:59
Dodecatheon 'Queen Victoria'
I think this is just beautiful!
24 May 2010 20:03:35
Hosta 'Orange Marmalade'
Jacinta asked for a photo. It really brightens up a shady corner!
24 May 2010 19:36:44
Just back from a lovely weekend. Went to Garden Festival in Hillsborough on Friday. Weather was perfect and the highlight was a walk around the castle gardens. Of course getting some plants was also great! I bought: Bulbs - Incarvillea delavayi, I had bought one plant at Celbridge so have planted a further 3 bulbs beside it as I really like this plant. Also bought a new Eucomis comosa (pink) which i will put in a pot. And Scadoxis 'Blood lily'. Bought a new Hosta 'Orange Marmalade', Dodecatheon 'Queen Victoria'.
We stayed overnight at a lovely B&B where the keen gardener gave us a tour of his garden and he gave me an autumn crocus bulb and an outdoor amarylis bulb! We then visited a Garden.ie friend's garden who made us very welcome, not only to her large garden but large area for pots! She very kindly gave me a little veronica, (which I had seen in a display at the show but they didnt have it for sale)a lovely little double blue geranium, and a rudbeckia 'Cherry Brandy'.
Then back in Donegal I got snowflake, a lovely primula and sweet rocket to add to the car boot to bring back to Dublin!
Who wouldnt be happy with all that! and good weather!
20 May 2010 12:54:07
Better than any plant!
This is my little grand-daughter who has come to visit. My little grandson didnt want her sitting on Gran's knee! He thought he was my one and only! Isnt it a hard world!
13 May 2010 13:24:56
Pleased with that!
This is my acer settled in to its new bed. It gives me so much pleasure!
I am going to put a couple of photos in an album.
11 May 2010 22:26:05
Old Blush China (Monthly Rose)
This was one bright spot on a miserable afternoon, after I finished looking after my little grandson I had planned on spending time in the garden as the weeds are showing, but it immediately came on a heavy shower so that was not to be, but I did run out and capture this rose as it was opening despite the weather.
This rose is supposed to be the one in Thomas Moores poem as "last rose of summer"
10 May 2010 16:56:07
I really enjoyed my brief visit to the sale but would have liked more time to look. Nice to meet Deborah and Martin, their stall was empty so they must have done well. Was delighted to meet Headgardener again and his wife and lovely triplets. I only bought 4 plants which I am going to put up in an album.
Now this little poppy has just come out in my garden, I bought it off the bargain trolley in Woodies last autumn so if anyone can tell me the name I would be grateful. It is a lovely warm glow on a cold day.
07 May 2010 11:03:08
Loropetalum chinense 'Fire Dance'
I knew she loved me when she first met me because she wanted to see me often. She planted me in front of her sunroom window where she could see me every day.
After a while the weather changed and the frost and snow came, I did my best to look good for her but the cold chill took its toll on my beautiful dark red leaves but I knew she still loved me because she tried to protect me from the worst of the weather with a circle cut from an old bin. I knew she didnt like how this looked but my welfare was more important to her than looks. She loved me for better or worse. I did my best to keep going for her sake through the worst of the weather.
However after the ice and snow had gone she removed the ugly bin but it was too soon as a cold wind came that night and I almost lost the power to live. Indeed frost bite destroyed my longest branches.
I know how sad this made her feel and she decided I needed to be moved to intensive care. I have been here now for two months. I am recuperating in the sun and shelter and to show I really appreciate all her love and care I have done my best to flower for her. I may only be a shadow of my former self but..........
I know she loves me.
04 May 2010 17:31:45
Note to self!
Took this photo today and thought I must move this wallflower closer to the tulips and campion next year as they make a lovely colour combination!
04 May 2010 17:20:31
Red campion (Silene dioica)
This is such an easy plant to grow and gives such a great colour at this time. I dont know why it is called red because it is definitely pink in my eyes! I have sown seed for Jack Flash and got very poor results but am nursing along 3 little seedlings, it would need to be a lot better than this to make it worth the effort!
01 May 2010 21:04:14
New plants from a friend
Among my group of friends (outside garden.ie ones) I have one friend who is just as big in to gardening as myself. She visited me a couple of weeks ago and went home with a few bits and pieces. Then I visited her garden on Wed and came home with a box full. She couldnt remember the names of some so I am going to put up an album and perhaps you will fill in the blank for me.