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Gracedieu Lass's Journal

Gracedieu Lass's Journal

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Robin Red Breast.

23 April 2017 17:57:51

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This little fellow has moved into our garden this year. He has confined himself to the back garden and is rearing a family in the shed. Every time I am doing any work in the flower beds or veg garden he is my constant companion. 

Freebie Tulips.

23 April 2017 17:50:20

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Last January I wrote a journal on getting some free tulips at our local garden club and wondering if it was to late to plant them. Delight now with how well they are flowering, adding a real blast of colour  to what I call my shade garden. The variety was Tulipa 'Abba'.

A walk in the Wood.

21 April 2017 14:18:09

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Yesterday we went for a lovely woodland walk with friends who live near Piltown, Co Kilkenny. The mature beech trees were just coming in to leaf and had the most gorgeous pale green hue. The ground was covered with a sea of blue from the bluebells punctuated with soft green ferns. However, we went to see the orchids which were thriving here and seeding all around. In the last few years we have become interested in wild orchids and when you start looking it is amazing what you find. It has started me wondering if the conservation of wild areas are increasing, because while travelling to Limerick last weekend,  I did notice when going through some of the villages that verges were not been cut as much as previously even though some of these villages would have entered competitions for well kept areas. Around Cahir there is a wonderful display of wild orchids which flower in June. Being a little untidy sometimes can help our wild flowers increase and long may it last.

Myosotidium Hortensia.

19 April 2017 14:29:34
Myosotidium  Hortensia.

Myosotidium Hortensia.

Myosotidium Hortensia, also known as the Chatham Island Forget-me-not. Twenty-five years ago this was a really popular plant among gardeners and came with a high price tag. However, today it is rarely seen for sale which is a pity as it has beautiful blue flowers and glossy green leaves and it is evergreen.  It failed to grow for many experienced gardeners despite taken every care and providing it with all it needed. It likes moist,  but well drained soil in light shade and from experience the one thing it adores is a large mulch of seaweed every spring. It can be grown from seed and this year I think I will save some seed. If you ever see it for sale buy it as it is a fantastic plant and should be grown more in gardens.

Overall View.

09 April 2017 10:39:26
Overall View.

Overall View.

The photo shows an overall view of Paulowinea tomentosa which now is at it's very best. We have never had it flower so well since it was planted in the early two thousands. It was grown from seed and at the time we had a large number of seedlings which I gave to others who cut them down so as to produce large leaves. When our tree looks like this, I am so happy that I left it grow. I first heard of this tree many years ago when watching a television programme 'Ground Froce' and Alan Titchmarsh left the garden that the team were making over to have a look at a Paulowinea flowering in one of the neighbouring gardens.

Paulowinea tomentosa.

02 April 2017 19:37:04

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The mild weather of last winter has resulted in our Paulowinea tomentosa flowering the best it has ever. The tree is about fifteen years old, grown from seed. It came  through the bad winters of 2010 and 2011 without  any problems. They are often coppiced to encourage larger leaves, but we have just let ours grow and only remove the odd branch. The flower buds can be blown off in windy weather, but enough have survived to make a good covering of flower this year. Hard to photograph, but  Paddy managed to get a good few photos of it today. The common name for this tree is the Foxglove Tree.

A Memory in a Book.

01 April 2017 15:12:13
A Memory in a Book.

A Memory in a Book.

I came across this little painting shoved into my well worn RHS A-Z of Garden Plants when checking a spelling in my last journal and it does make you wonder where the years have gone. The trees were planted nearly ten years before that painting was done. The boy has grown as has the trees. Please forgive a soppy mother.

In Support of the Underdogs.

01 April 2017 14:56:21

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As everyone here on the site knows that my favourite tree is the magnificent magnolias, but flowering their socks off at present are a few other spring flowering trees. Amelanchier lamarckii, a nice tree for a small garden, in spring is covered in delicate white flowers and turns an amazing colour in autum. Another small tree is Malus floribunda, red buds open to pale pink flowers and at this time of year would stop you in your tracks, giving the magnolias a little competition. However, the yellow magnolias are just starting to flower. What a beautiful time of year with so much to admire.

Standing Up.

29 March 2017 16:40:32
Standing Up.

Standing Up.

These tulips and the Fritillaria are standing up well to the rain and cold today. It has been raining for most of the day with just a few breaks this morning. I ventured out a couple of times to do a little gardening but got so cold that I had to retreat indoors. It is miserable weather and it seems that it is going to be with is for the next few days.

Mount Usher Gardens.

29 March 2017 10:03:48

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On Saturday last we visited the gardens at Mount Usher in Ashford Co. Wicklow. It is one of my favourite spring gardens and we always try to visit at this time of year. The gardens are awash with Sicilla biflora, so there is a haze of blue all through the garden. If you have never been in spring do make an effort and go.

Anyone Interested in Outings.

28 March 2017 14:04:46

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I was just wondering if anyone was interested in having a few outings this Spring/Summer. I was thinking that maybe we should visit gardens that are open to the public so that if it is raining and we don't go, we are not putting the garden owner to trouble arranging teas and cakes and all that goes with visits. Here are a few suggestions.

Frances and Iain Mc Donald's, the Bay Garden, is open for a Tulip Extravaganza in April and we could then go on to Clonroche to Coolaught Gardens.

June Blake is also open for her selection of tulips and we could arrange it to coincide with Jimi having an Open Day. 

Mount Congreve is hosting the Rare Plant Fair on 14th May and you are all very welcome to visit our garden on that day.

If anyone is opening their garden for charity it would be good to let people know and maybe include another garden in the visit, as when travelling it is good to do as much as possible. 

I was also thinking of some gardens in the Clonmel area that open under a Garden Trail.

All my suggestions are for my part of the country, BUT, it would be brilliant if it similar days out were arranged for other parts of the country. Consider and let me know what you think.

Wishin and Hopin, Part 2.

26 March 2017 10:55:17

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Well, my Arum has opened at last and it survived the cold weather of mid week. Wishing very Mam a great Mother's Day and how lucky we are to have such a beautiful spring day to enjoy it.

Lismore Castle Gardens.

25 March 2017 08:47:27
Magnolias sprengeri var. diva.

Magnolias sprengeri var. diva.

On Thursday last Paddy and myself decided to visit Lismore to see the daffodils growing at Lismore Castle. We were hoping that they would have each of the varieties named, because last summer on a visit there, the head gardener had said he was interested in having the large collection categorised. Lismore Castle Gardens has an association with Fanny Currey, daughter of the land agent for the Lismore Estate in the mid eighteen hundreds. She was an artist and keen gardener and she collected daffodils from many big houses around the West Waterford area for William Baylor Hartland of Cork, a well known nursery man and the man who introduced Narcissus 'Rip Van Winkle' which is well known to us today. However, the daffodils were not labelled but a Magnolia sprengeri var. diva was in full flower and dominated the garden. The only word to describe it is magnificent, has to be seen to be believed. 

The rest of the garden was looking great in the spring sunshine with many more magnolias flowering and the borders full of fantastic daffodils. If you are in the West Waterford /East Cork area it is well worth a visit at this time of year. If you can't visit I hope you enjoy the album.

Programme Reminder with an Irish Interest.

23 March 2017 07:57:04

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Just a reminder of a television programme tonight at ten fifteen on RTE 1 'Henery McIllhenny, Master for Glenveagh', (the Tabasco sauce manufacturer). It should be good as the gardens at Glenveagh have an interesting history and are set in a fantastic landscape. We were lucky to visit there two years ago.

Disappointed.

22 March 2017 20:05:41

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Last autumn Paddy was lucky enough to be given a bulb of the re-discovered Narcissus 'Countess of Annesley'. It was carefully planted and labled and this spring it appeared above the ground and low and behold it had a flower bud. So over the last few week we have watched it develope and it flowered the other day, but is wasn't the Countess. So disappointing. This daffodil was thought to be lost to cultivation, but was found in the gardens at Castwellen, Co Down and later in two other gardens. The daffodils growing in Castwellen cannot be distributed due to the presence of phytopthora lateralis.

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