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30 April 2012 21:56:54
Looking at it's best just now in it's spring colour. This fades more to a mid green then changes again for years end.
Of the few acers I have I think this is the 'top dog'.
29 April 2012 20:50:42
Aoife is doing the Junior Cert this year. She has spent most of the day compiling all her Art Work as it is due to be handed in this week.
This piece was made from clay and painted by Aoife.
For a fifteen year old, I think it is very good.
28 April 2012 21:00:00
Lewisia cotyledon (Alpine Show)
I have just had a wonderful gardening day but did not even get my hands dirty.
Started out at Festina Lente in Bray for the plant fair. I met Rachel and Clara (Clare) poor Clare was not feeling the best, so I hope she’s not coming down with a dose of something.
Some nice stands of plants all looking in great condition. Some nice buys of ,
Aruncus ‘aetusifolius’, Ligularia ‘zeptor, Pulsatilla, Omithogulum x 2. Like any plant fair could have spent more.
Headed back home and a walk around the garden with Rachel. There really is nothing better than walking and talking with a like minded person. After a cuppa we both headed off to the Alpine Plant fair in Cabinteely. As we arrived we met Mary and Paddy (Gracelieu Lass).
It was my first time ever at a show like this, the plants were fantastic and you could see the effort that goes into them. This kind of gardening would not be for me, but you must take your hat off to the people involved, the plants on show were pure pefection.
Doing the rounds, we met Drumanagh as well. A couple of more plants, somehow found themselves into a plastic bag in my hand, very strange the way this happens. A lovely little Geranium ‘thumbling heart’ and a Dodecatheon.
Paddy and Mary called in on there belated way home. Another walk around, and Mary gave a couple of ideas for different things I am thinking about. It really great when someone points out a simple idea that you have never thought of.
So not to do to long a journal, a really great day was had and not a dirty hand in sight. Thank you all for adding to the enjoyment of a truly enjoyable day.
Long may we have days like this.
27 April 2012 21:53:06
G 'mourning widow'
Ger. 'mourning widow' is starting to put on it's first flush of flowers. This one plant I feel that despite it's colour is badly named.
Black Magic would be so much more apt.
26 April 2012 21:42:38
Bay Garden (last year)
I am think of visiting Bay Garden and Camolin Potting Shed GC (Wexford) on 17 / 18 of May. I will be contacying Ian and Frances tomorrow to see if these days suit.
I was thinking of meeting there 10.30 / 11.00 am
Anyone interested in joining me?
24 April 2012 21:40:35
Just to be different.
Sure, can't anyone grow ordinary Strawberries.
So when Bruno gives you a strawberry plant you can be sure of one thing, it has to be different.
I was trilled a few weeks ago to see this plant showing new growth. This evening I was amazed at the amout of growth it has produced in a short period of time.
Could it ever be invasive, I ask myself?
Lovely leaf colour, yellow flowers followed by red fruit.
Indian Strawberry aka Duchesnea 'harlequin'
22 April 2012 19:46:14
Euphorbia advise needed.
This is E 'humpty dumpty' it has really taken off this year. It is way to big for the area it is in.
When the flower heads go over, can I cut the plant back?
If I decide to move it when is the best time?
or Can I do both at the same time?
Thanks as ever ;-))
22 April 2012 07:29:57
I like this
The combination of Flagpole cherry and Photinia 'red robin' always makes me feel good, even more so on a Sunday as I'm heading off to work.
22 April 2012 07:07:55
This an Alstroemeria that Myrtle gave me two years ago. It is just starting to flower now. If it does as it did for the last two years this will be producing flowers till November.
I will be dividing this plant later in the year as I want more of this great show off in the garden.
To all going to Fota, have a great day and travel safe.
21 April 2012 06:43:53
My Whitebeam tree looks as if it's covered in cottonbuds at the moment. I was told a few years back that this tree was doomed as it had some kind of fungal virus that would only get worse. So it got the chop.
I never took the trunk out and it resprouted. Over the last two years I have watched it closely and the fungus is less each year.
So I am hoping there will be little or no effect this year.
21 April 2012 06:35:30
Works well, me thinks.
By pure chance I place a little piece of Ajuga into this planter when I was planting the Acer. I had no idea how good the effect would be. I love to see the flower spikes standing so straight, they remind me of Japanese buildings.
20 April 2012 11:48:10
Clare I should have shown you the Peony yesterday while you were here. It is looking great and there are a couple of flowers buds there also, so all is well with it.
20 April 2012 08:01:32
Clare spotted this interesting feature on a Yew tree yesterday at Kilmacurragh.
The smaller trunk growing from the left hand side tree, eventdently started to touch a branch from the tree on the right.
Over time these two branches totally fused and joined together to form one new branch.
Very well spotted Clare.
Nature really is amazing.
19 April 2012 23:17:02
Gracedieu Lass ..... Mystery Plant
Mary / Paddy the mystery plant is now about 14\16'' tall. I noticed the other day that little buds are appearing at the bottom of the leaf stems.
Hope you can id it now, it has my interest for sure ;-))
19 April 2012 20:51:41
Scenes like this everywhere.
What a really fantastic day I have just had.
I had a few things to do in the house first. Then out to the garden, it was only then I discovered I was just not in form at all.
So after Mary’s hint yesterday of visiting Kilmacurragh I decided I would go on a solo visit and have some time out.
Camera ready, picking up the jacket and the door bell rang. Clare (Clara) and Greg at the door with two massive pots of Ferns Clare had promised me., what a great surprise to see them. Walk around the garden to show the new area and a cuppa.
It is is funny when you think about it, without a thought for poor Greg I asked Clare if she would like to join me on a garden visit. Needless to say poor old Greg was left to his own devices (happy I’m sure)
To say the very least I was knocked out by this garden (Mary you were so right, I love it) Lots of amazing plants, shrubs and trees. The blooms were to die for, stunning, stunning, and stunning again.
To say I am already thinking of the next trip says enough about this fantastic garden. It is a credit to all the staff.
It would make a great venue for a get together, picnics would be needed but if the day
was good why not.
19 April 2012 09:08:00
Last of the Tulips
These are the last of the Tulips for this year. They look great mixed in beside Stipa 'arundianacea' (Pheasant Grass).
19 April 2012 09:03:48
I saved some seeds from Silybum last year.
Even as the first set of true leaves emerge, you can see why this plant catches my attention so much with leaf markings like this.
18 April 2012 22:14:17
E 'snow goose'
For me, this plant was my big discovery of last year. It was totally new to me.
I really think they work so well in the Fern bed area. I will be adding a couple more this year and then I will leave them to their own devices.
Just to show how they improve this plant had only one bloom on it when I bought it last year.
This one has great markings on the leaves as a bonus ;-))
16 April 2012 22:25:51
Malus 'Red Sentinel'
Don't you just love them.
15 April 2012 21:43:01
Red Sensation and Touran
Part of this years plan is to change my pots and planters over to more low maintenance planting.
This is one of the first attempts, which I think is working well.
Phormium 'red sensation' and Saxifraga 'touran'.
If it works the way I hope, as the saxifraga developes the effect increases also.
15 April 2012 07:14:47
I've no name on this one that opened in the last few days, but I do like it.
Lovely and bright, if a little cold out there. Some difference from the thunder and hail storm we had at this time yesterday.
13 April 2012 22:36:56
I think ...........
I better think it out again.
13 April 2012 22:31:18
Just spotted this one poking it's snout out of the ground today.
This may seem crazy, but I am going to have to look at some old photos, I was sure this plant was further down along the bed. I would nearly put money on it.
Trilled to spot it today all the same.
13 April 2012 14:17:11
It's a Myrtle
Some of you will remember my attempt at a Cloud Tree last year and trying to find a name. Thanks to everyone I had a few names but was still not 100% sure.
Yesterday in the Garden Exhibition I spotted by shrub. It is Myrtus Communis also known as true Myrtle. Pleased to have id'ed it at last ;-))
On a slightly sadder not, a group of Magpies were fighting here the other day, and a branch was broken off it. Today I gave it a trim despite the damage, all around the broken area are a group of new shoots. So in time I will have a cloud where the break occured.
Still looking a bit skimpy, but I am happy wth the way the clouds are bulking up. The very straight looking branch will be bent slightly this year.
13 April 2012 09:15:45
''No, it's not prickly enough to shove him into''
In light of the events that unfolded yesterday at the Garden Exhibition, I should have known something was afoot yesterday when I overheard this comment ..........
''No it's not prickly enough to shove him into''
I think bad and all as it was been shoved into the pot, it could have been worse.
12 April 2012 22:03:52
Cam. 'Lady Claire' for Clara
Can't saw much more than what Rachel has said already. But it really was a heaven sent day to visit Kilquade. If you have never been, and are anywhere close by try your best to make time for a visit. You will not be disappointed.
Thanks to one and all, for time well spent.
Clara is having problems logging on to garden.ie, I hope you get it sorted soon Clare.
12 April 2012 07:07:00
Do I cut, or chop?
A few of my Hellebores are ladened down with seeded pods. I don't want this amount of seed dispersing around.
Question is, do I cut the entire stem or just cut off the seed pods?
Thanks as always ;-))
11 April 2012 20:20:11
With all the different tasks that come under the umberalla of gardening, the one, and the only one which is the bestist of the lot is planting.
I only had a few hours inthe garden this morning, but that time was spent in the front corner, planting. It truly is the most rewarding time to spend.
I moved 'Ratmichael' again, and I promise this is his final move. This area shall from this time on, shall be known as 'Rathmichael Corner'.
He seems as happy as ever, it was great to get out this morning as the showers came in hard and heavy in the afternoon.
11 April 2012 08:10:45
This new Culum on the Bamboo is growing a couple cm in 2 or three days. The brown/black paper like covering on the outside gives it an ominous appearence, compared to the rest of the plant.
10 April 2012 08:23:07
Dicentra 'Pearl Drops'
I mainly bouught this plant for it's foliage, and I even had the good sense to plant it next to Lavender so I think it looks good.
Chanced taking somebasal cuttings, so will see do I gain plants for free.
Clear blue sky, coffee finished so time to go and have some fun.
09 April 2012 16:30:51
Guess who has spent a day just chilling and messing about ;-))
09 April 2012 16:20:41
What makes you think I was at your camera?
''What makes you think I
was at your camera?''
09 April 2012 09:04:18
Made a quick trip to Farmleigh Plant sale yesterday morning. There on the button at 10.00. There was about 15 stalls, mostly smallish Nurseries, but with great healty looking plants.
Picked up, Leucojum 'gravertye giant', 2 Campanula 'Elizabeth' and 'Summertime', Dicentra 'Pearl Drops' with great blue/green foliage, Astilibe 'Bumalada' white flowers with bonze foliage, and a Polygonatum.
FYI Talking to one of the plantsmen, Most of the Dicentra in you gardens, are now not Dicentra at all. They have been reclassified as another plant. I guy himself could not pronounce the name fully himself, and did not even try and remember ;-))
A fleeting visit, but enjoyed it all the same.
08 April 2012 08:08:56
In true garden.ie style
Yesterday, at Rachel's was a great day, as you will have read from the journals.
As we went into the house for a cuppa, who did I spot passing the window with shovel, pots and bags in hand, only Rachel herself.
In true gardening generosity, Rachel bagged and potted up slips and cuttings for us. Where else would you get it?
Rachel, thanks again for a great day and hope you can relax and enjoy the day to day.
07 April 2012 20:52:15
An easy day out.
What a great day I had to start a week off. Good weather, great company, fantastic garden, oh, and the host's were ok-ish ;-))
It really is great to see a garden at different times of the year, and needless to say we were not disappointed. I enjoy looking at new growth emerging on plants, so there was lots to look at at this time of year.
The garden was full of colour, even for this early stage of the year. It was lovely walking and talking with such great company.
To Rachel and all the Darlington clan thank you for a great day.
07 April 2012 07:19:33
Aquailgia 'Leprechaun's Gold'
Here is a photo of the full plant. I really like the combination of flower and foliage on this little plant. It is great for putting on an early show. Then by July it has nearly disappeared completely.
06 April 2012 21:29:06
What am I?
Last year Clara gave me a Peony, this is a plant I alway admired in Maria's grandmother's garden. So I was trilled to see three great looking shoots peeking through the ground.
The reason I saw them was I spotted these leaves in the corner, I knew I had not had anything like this myself, then I saw the Peony shoots and I knew this plant must have come in with the Peony.
What is it, is what I need to know? And I hope I can seperate it without disturbing the Peony.
06 April 2012 21:19:45
Weren't the Daffodils on Gardener's World this evening just out of this world.
My €2 clump of bargain daffs are nearly all open. This was a mixed bag with no seperate names. I noticed this lovely one today, I love the little white tip on the end of each petal.
Would anyone have a name on this one, by any chance?
06 April 2012 09:04:07
Aquailgia 'Leprechaun's Gold'
I posted a journal a while ago showing the lovely foliage of this plant. A few people asked for seeds, in time and I have you names noted.
I thought you might like to see the flower, I'm a little surpised myself as I had forgotten how dark it was.
All going well I will collect seed, but that does not mean it will come true.
05 April 2012 21:22:24
Snapped this photo of the grass bed this evening. I am just imagening what this area will be like later in the year when the grasses grow taller.
I did plan to have a seat at the back of this area all along. But had it planned in my mind for another position, very glad now that I changed my mind.
I seem to have lost two of the smaller grasses, or maybe they are just taking longer to show. Plenty of growth on all the others ;-))
05 April 2012 07:33:50
OK album is not showing so this is the same area in 2012 ;-))
05 April 2012 07:31:56
Front corner 2010
I just loaded two photos of the front corner, taken nearly two years apart. The difference is stunning. We sometimes forget how far we far come and it is good to look back at old photos to bust our egos on ;-))
Hope the photos are there as downloading was completed.
04 April 2012 21:30:50
Some events are happening over the next few weeks I thought some folk might be interested in.
Sunday/Monday 8/9 April
Plant fair at Farmleigh House 10.00 - - 5.15pm in the paddocks at the house paddock fields.
Mount Venus Nursey 14/15 April, Woodland Gardening. Plants for all kinds of shade. Help and advice on plants and planting.
Dublin Alpine Soc. Sat. 28 April. 1.00--5.00pm Cabinteeley Community School. of N11. Sales, Show plants, Specialist Nurseries in attendance with plants for sale. Admin €3.
I will be at Farmleigh, but will be at 10.00 on Sunday as I have to be back home early.
03 April 2012 21:15:53
I have had trouble uploading photos to the site over the last two nights. A message saying ''Not enough space on Disc'' comes up.
I know other members have had problems also, so am doing a journal so those who have had a problem can comment also.
Not sure if it's a server or .ie issue, but am confident you will check it out and keep us informed.
Many thanks as ever.
02 April 2012 22:42:30
This little plant was punching out a great display in the sunshine yesterday.
Great for an early display of colour. Well worth findng a spot for it in any garden.
01 April 2012 19:29:27
First section planted
In marathon running people talk about hitting the wall. I think I have hit the wall in regards the front corner, I spent a few hours planting up the first section of the corner area.
Suddenly, this area does not seem as daunting a task as I had envisaged in my mind. I know the main area won't be planted up till years end, but I can see what I am going to do with the area and it will be great. Modest or what?
We really are been blessed with this stretch of weather, and now with the longer evenings, we're on a roll.
I even sorted a few plants to bring with me on Saturday to Rachel's. Hope you all had some time today in the garden.
01 April 2012 07:56:02
Porridge and Strawberries
I have just finish a great breakfast of porridge and strawberries. So what you may ask? Well these are home grown berries and I just picked them this morning.
I am really pleased with my first crop of early Strawberries from my Prunus / Fragaria × ananassa cross. It has taken many years of research and development to get the tree to this stage.
The fruits are a good size, if just a little more bitter than the normal fruits from standard plants.
I believe as the tree matures the fruits sweeten, so only time will tell.
Well worth trying to find some space in you garden for this very rare specimen, if your lucky enough to come across it in a garden centre today.
Looks like it will be another good one, enjoy.
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