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Gracedieu Lass's Journal

Gracedieu Lass's Journal

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Charleville.

23 May 2017 23:21:41

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Today a few members of Garden.ie went on a visit to Charleville House, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow. We met in Powerscourt for lunch and had a very enjoyable lunch on the terrace in the glorious sunshine. We also had a surprise as Fran came and joined us for lunch and it was great to see him looking so well.

After lunch we travelled to Charleville Gardens in Enniskerry. These are garden on a grand scale, but still there were ideas which could be adapted to a domestic garden. The gardens are formal with trained fruit tree and wonderful hedges of Yew, Hornbeam, Box and an amazing pleached hedge of lime trees.  The planting inside the box hedges was informal and the growth was unreal, plants were jumping out of the soil. Hostas were enormous. The Orangery had a selection of tender scented plants which will flower over the summer months. The old brick walls were covered with roses, honeysuckle, climbing hydranges and jasmine. Seats were placed in nooks created by the hedges with beautiful views of the gardens.

A big thanks to Joan for the organising of the outing and it was very nice to meet up with members again. I hope we will have a return visit in August and maybe joined by some others, as it is a garden that you do not want to miss.

Woodville and Caher Bridge Gardens.

21 May 2017 12:32:38

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We spent a few days this week visiting The Burren in Co. Clare. It is always a delight to spend time in this wonderful place admiring the wild flowers and the unusual landscape. After this visit I am totally confused by orchids, just too much information. We saw lots of Heath Spotted Orchids on the shore near Fanore which were so tiny compared to the same orchid in the Comeraghs. We were also lucky to see The Fly Orchid near Gortlecka Cross which was growing with Twayblades and Pyramidal Bugle. It is a wonderful time to visit The Burren and we had nice weather apart from a few showers which did not stop us from walking up to the top of Mullaghmore. 

We also took time out to visit two gardens, Woodville Walled Gardens, near Gort in Co Galway and of course Carl Wright's amazing garden near Fanore. Woodville has a beautiful flower filled walled garden with the Alliums taking centre stage during May and contrasting so well with the yellow flowers of the Laburlum. 

Well Carl's garden, what can you say, a plant collection which has to be one of the best in the country. The next time I visit I will bring a notebook instead of a camera as the plants that he grows were unknown to me and only the best forms of plants that I did recognised. 

Will up-load an album later this evening of the two gardens.

Chelsea Flower Show.

21 May 2017 09:39:00
Chelsea Flower Show.

Chelsea Flower Show.

The first of the television programmes on the Chelsea Flower Show 2017 begins this evening on BBC at five. I have just read a review of the show and it seems that the number of Show Gardens have gone from a high of seventeen last year to only eight this year, which seems very little. Sponsorship seems to be lacking and maybe the Brexet effect is now having an effect on the gardening world. 

The review I read was by The Frustrated Gardener and well worth the read.

Whatever we read on Cheslea 2017, I am sure we will all be glued to the television over the coming week.

Allium Purple Sensation.

16 May 2017 17:40:12

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I read an article the other day written by Sarah Raven in which she recommended removing the dying leaves from alliums. I find they always look horrible at this time of year and was wondering if any of you grow a companion plant that covers the ground now that the leaves are gone. I am trying Artmisia  ludoviciana, but it seems to be slow to get going. Any suggestions welcome.

A Wet Start to the Week.

15 May 2017 11:57:13

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With the wind, rain and sun over the weekend our poor gardens are getting a thrashing from this May weather. We badly needed rain, but at this stage I think we have had enough. With trees in full leaf now, the weight of the rain on them is bending them to the ground and I hate to think what is happening to the herbaceous plants. I should have staked them sooner and I doubt if I am alone putting this job off. 

We had a busy weekend with a wedding, baby minding and visitors, but an enjoyable time nevertheless. I did not get to Mount Congreve for the Rare Plant Sale, but from some photos I have seen, it seems to have been a good day and the weather stayed dry,  if a little windy. 

A few photos of the garden from inside this morning with the rain and strong winds howling outside.

Dahlias Planted.

10 May 2017 13:25:13

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I went out to the garden early this morning with a mission and that was to plant out my dahlias. Watering, feeding and keeping them safe from cold weather for nearly three months, I was anxious to get them into the ground as soon as possible. They were good big plants with healthy roots, so should get going straight away. We planted thirty four plants in all which I hope will give a nice display over the summer/Autumn months.

A Cool Foggy Morning.

10 May 2017 07:08:41

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I woke very early this morning and was surprised to see the garden covered in fog. It seems to lift and suddenly there is a shaft of sunshine and in no time the fog is back again. The temperatures also have dropped and it is cold out there. Glad I covered my dahlias last night, but come hell or high water they are being planted out today. Maybe, that is why I am awake so early, anticipation to have them planted. Took a few photos this morning of the garden with the fog, but cannot upload an album until later when I can use a laptop, but here are three photos to capture a foggy morning in early May.

Garden in Currabinny, Co Cork.

06 May 2017 21:53:35

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We had the pleasure of visiting this garden today which was a total delight. It was a garden for the rhododendron/ azelalea lover. The colours were just amazing and the location could not have been better, overlooking Cork Harbour. The photos will tell the story.

Miss Bateman for Jacinta.

02 May 2017 23:13:20

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Looking at Paddy's photos the green stripes isn't standing out as well as in your one, but looking at it in the flesh, the green strip is very noticeable. 

Outing Next Weekend.

30 April 2017 11:06:02

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There is a garden opening in aid of Marymount Hospice next Saturday, 6th May from 2-6pm. This garden is owned by Allison and Roger Flack, Coolamber, Currabinny, Co Cork. The garden was once owned by Mrs Nancy Minchin a very well regarded gardener and her garden was featured in a book edited by Sybil Connolly and Helen Dillion, In an Irish Garden. The garden overlooks the Owenboy River and the harbour of Crosshaven, so fantastic views. We were there on the last day it was open, which was after the death of Mrs Minchin many years ago, so I am looking forward to seeing it again. I was just wondering if it would be of interest to any of the members for an informal meeting. I would think that a lot of the Cork members would be going. Hope to see you there if you decid to go.

The photos used in the journal were taken from the book, so hopefully I am not breaking any publishing rules.

Rhododendron Time

28 April 2017 11:37:00
Rhododendron Time

Rhododendron Time

I have put up an album of a few rhododendrons which are looking well in the garden now. 

This week we have been lucky to escape the bad weather and the flowers have escaped the frosts.

These are quite old, planted about 30 years ago when rhododendrons were in fashion.

It's Back.

25 April 2017 15:26:58

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I don't know if this should be a reminder or one to avoid, but 'Super Garden' is back this evening at eight thirty on RTE 1. I watched the first episode last year and could not watch anymore. However, I am sure I will have a look to night and hopefully there will be huge improvement and the poor house owners don't have their outside spaces trashed. Do the makers of this programme not plan well in advance and have these programmes made the previous summer instead of people trying to work during Irish winters/early spring. This programme is sponsored by a number of companies, Bord Bia being one which is financed by  Irish tax payers and what a waste of OUR money. Happy viewing.

For Doreen.

24 April 2017 17:10:19
Bay Trees.

Bay Trees.

Bay Trees as requested, Doreen The house is a bungalow, so the height is short as they would look rediculous if too tall.

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'.

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