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Gracedieu Lass's Journal October 2010

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Himalayan lily seeds

31 October 2010 19:35:40
Himalayan lily seeds

Himalayan lily seeds

Mary asked me to mention that the seedheads on the Himalayan lily are almost ripe and will be collected shortly and posted on to those who asked for them earlier.

Paddy 

Colour in an unusual place

31 October 2010 19:34:12
Colour in an unusual place

Colour in an unusual place

Something I hadn't taken much notice of previously though it is growing immediately outside the kitchen window is the colour on the stem of this Himalayan lily. I stripped off the dying leaves to show it better and took a 'photo this morning.

Paddy 

Callicarpa 'Profusion'

31 October 2010 10:13:25
Callicarpa 'Profusion'

Callicarpa 'Profusion'

Despite the miserable weather here at the moment this Callicarpa bodinieri 'Profusion' is looking good at present. 

Paddy 

Brunnera 'Langtrees'

31 October 2010 10:08:18
Brunnera macrophylla 'Langtrees'

Brunnera macrophylla 'Langtrees'

Margaret,

Is this the Brunnera you spoke of last night? I'm afraid Mary must have cut down this plant so this is only a young leaf which has sprouted again.

Paddy 

Brunnera 'Looking Glass' leaf

30 October 2010 21:27:49
Brunnera 'Looking Glass' leaf

Brunnera 'Looking Glass' leaf

The leaf of Brunnera 'Looking Glass'. Paddy

Brunnera 'Looking Glass'

30 October 2010 21:20:00
Brunnera 'Looking Glass'

Brunnera 'Looking Glass'

A group of Brunnera 'Looking Glass', not as big as that of 'Jack Frost' posted earlier but promises to be bigger in coming years. In our garden, 'Looking Glass' is a little more tatty at this end of the season than 'Jack Frost'.

Paddy 

Brunnera 'Jack Frost' leaf

30 October 2010 21:17:34
Brunnera 'Jack Frost' leaf

Brunnera 'Jack Frost' leaf

A shot to show the detail of the leaf of Brunnera 'Jack Frost'. Paddy

Brunnera 'Jack Frost'

30 October 2010 21:16:26
Brunnera 'Jack Frost'

Brunnera 'Jack Frost'

Following on Hosta's post re Brunnera 'Jack Frost', here is a shot of a group of this plant in the garden. This group came from a single plant purchased a number of years ago and could now be divided again to make a large number of plants. Even at this end of the year it is still looking reasonably well.

Paddy 

Quinta Palheiro Madeira

29 October 2010 23:01:53
Quinta Palheiro Madeira

Quinta Palheiro Madeira

With the weather being so bad over the last twenty- four hours I have put up a album of photos of Quinta Palheiro, a garden we visited on a recent trip to Madeira.

 

Mount Usher Gardens - Photo Album

25 October 2010 13:49:28
Mount Usher - foliage in sunshine

Mount Usher - foliage in sunshine

I added some photographs to Mary's photo album of Mount Usher.

Hope you like them.

Paddy 

Mount Usher Gardens, Ashford, Co Wicklow

24 October 2010 21:44:56
Mount Usher Gardens

Mount Usher Gardens

We had a delightful visit to Mount Usher Gardens today. If anyone is looking for some garden to visit this weekend it must be the number one. The colour in the leaves of the trees was just stunning and the reflections in the water was wonderful. I was sorry to see that the Michelia had died, such a big loss and a favourite to see in flower in the springtime. The acers were of course at their best as was the liquidamber and the Montezuma pine was as impressive as ever.With the winter approaching a visit to the garden gives you a lovely warm feeling. Mary

Amaryllis belladonna - Rachel

24 October 2010 21:07:11
Amaryllis belladonna

Amaryllis belladonna

Following on a comment by Rachel on Amaryllis belladonna, Mary posted a set of photographs of this beautiful bulb taken in various locations on the island of Madeira. Obviously, Amaryllis belladonna grows with great ease on Madeira and we came on it both on rough banks and in fine gardens. It seemed to be equally at ease among gorse, under towering eucalyptus trees and out in the open. Those encountered in the wild were generally in larger and more congested clumps while those in gardens had apparently been spread about by the gardeners. It was also commonly available as a cut flower and bulbs were also  on sale in several places. It is, like the nerines, one of those "naked lady" bulbs of the garden, producing flower stems when no foliage is growing. We grow it here as a pot plant, flowering in summer and producing leaves in early spring and do not water between flowering and the emergence of foliage. 

Rachel, I recommend a visit to Madeira as I am sure you would enjoy it very much. While the gardens are interesting, there is a wealth of flowers and trees growing on the streets and on the roadside which are fabulous to see. For example, imagine hibiscus as a hedge plant, clipped to shape and flowering profusely or seeing the banana passion flower scrambling along a ditch, quite exotic. Were we to go again, I think we would spend more time on some more of the many walks along the irrigation channels (levadas) throughout the island as these give easy access to the countryside and a myriad of plants. 

 I will try to organise a few albums of photographs but with about 1,500 photographs there is some sorting out to be done yet. 

 Paddy 

 

 

Nerines on my mind. Nerine bowdenii

08 October 2010 19:58:52
Nerine bowdenii

Nerine bowdenii

I must have nerines on my mind tonight. Here is a shot of a group of Nerine bowdenii in the garden, a real autumn picture.

Paddy 

Nerine 'Zeal Giant' - close up

08 October 2010 19:57:01
Nerine 'Zeal Giant'

Nerine 'Zeal Giant'

A close up of Nerine 'Zeal Giant' 

 

Paddy 

Nerine 'Zeal Giant'

08 October 2010 19:54:52
Nerine 'Zeal Giant'

Nerine 'Zeal Giant'

I don't know of any nerine with a bigger flower than this one, N. 'Zeal Giant'. It also has a strong vibrant pink colour.

Mary bought a single bulbs a few years ago and has grown it on in a pot since. It has now produced a second flowering bulb and several non-flowering offshoots.  

Paddy 

Horse Chestnuts

07 October 2010 20:04:47
Horse Chestnuts

Horse Chestnuts

There has been an unusually bountiful crop of horse chestnuts here this year. The tree overhangs grass and there is always a collection of chestnuts and chestnut shells lying around. They will provide great winter food for the mice. In the meantime I rake them off the grass before cutting. I don't imagine they would cause any damage to the lawnmower but they are so noisy. 

Before they are eaten I can enjoy their beautiful colour. 

Paddy 

Cardiocrinum cordatum

02 October 2010 21:31:27
Cardiocrinum cordatum

Cardiocrinum cordatum

Would any one like some seed of Cardiocrinum cordatum as it produces a huge amount and they are just starting to ripen.It is a lovely flower but it takes a long time for it to flower from seed. Mary

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