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Gracedieu Lass's Journal January 2011

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Crocus 'Cream Beauty'

30 January 2011 13:30:39
Crocus 'Cream Beauty'

Crocus 'Cream Beauty'

A patch of crocus 'Cream Beauty' has just begun to flower, a sign of the lengthening days and extra sunshine. 

Paddy 

Helleborus x hybridus - white flowred

30 January 2011 13:29:06
Helleborus x hybridus - white coloured

Helleborus x hybridus - white coloured

Another seedling hellebore from the garden; this time a white-flowered one. There are also several intermediate colourations. 

I have put this photographs and some others into a January photograph album.

Paddy 

Helleborus x hybridus

30 January 2011 13:26:12
Helleborus x hybridus - plum coloured

Helleborus x hybridus - plum coloured

Although it was always commonly called the "Lenten Rose", Helleborus x hybridus is already in flower, a little early for its name but welcome all the same. It's good to have some of these tough plants which will bloom despite the cold weather.

Here is a deep plum-coloured seedling in the garden.

Paddy 

Helleborus x nigercors

30 January 2011 13:21:55
Hellebourus x nigercors

Hellebourus x nigercors

After Helleborus niger, Helleborus x nigercors is one of the earliest to flower in the garden. It is a cross between H. niger and H. argutifolius. 

A range of H.  x hybridus are also beginning to flower at the moment.

Beautiful sunny day here, a perfect spring day.

Paddy 

The Passionate Gardener

27 January 2011 17:06:04
Helleboros thibetanus

Helleboros thibetanus

Have just bought Country Living Magazine and there is a beautiful selection of photographs of hellebores from Harveys Garden Plants to make your mouth water.An article featuring a garden in Hampshire is photographed with a selection of spring flowering bulbs such as snowdrops, crocus and wonderful sheets of eranthis hyemalis shining in the last winter sunshine.

Mary 

January 2011 - Photo album

21 January 2011 19:25:52
Cyclamen coum

Cyclamen coum

Just added a photo album for January 2011. Some bits of colour and interest in the garden at the moment. 

Thuja 'Smaragd' included for Linda.

 

Paddy 

Ashwood Hellebore Nursery

18 January 2011 20:25:38
Ashwood  Hellebore Nursery

Ashwood Hellebore Nursery

When looking for photos of Witch Hazels I came across photos of Ashwood Nursery which is known for its hellebores. On the occasion that we visited the day was very cold and frosty so the hellebore flowers were not open but the garden there is very nice. It is very well organised for these open days and huge numbers of people attend.  You are brought through all the glasshouses and propagation areas. The have a very large cafe with a very good menu and it was crowded. Mary  

Pat Edwards National Collection of Witch Hazels

17 January 2011 22:19:48
Hamamelis mollis 'Pallida'

Hamamelis mollis 'Pallida'

With the interest in Witch Hazels over the last few days I have put up an album of a garden that we visited a number of years ago. Mrs Edwards holds the national collection of Witch Hazels and the photos are only a small number of the large collection that she grows. Her garden was close to Ashwood Nursery which is famous for its hellebores and I will put up an album of their garden. Mary

Winter Jasmine

16 January 2011 20:00:39
Winter Jasmine

Winter Jasmine

Just putting up a photo of our winter Jasmine for Ladygardener,as you can see it is supported with wire supports and trained to it.When it has stopped flowering we will cut it back and it flowers on the growth it makes during the summer. Mary

Snowdrop Album 2011

16 January 2011 10:14:49
Galanthus 'Godfrey Owen'

Galanthus 'Godfrey Owen'

Rather than going on with one-by-one postings of snowdrops as they come into flower I have started an album and will add to it as the season progresses. 

I haven't heard any of you commenting that you have a particular interest in snowdrops and you might find it interesting to see a selection as the season progresses.

Paddy 

Last one tonight

15 January 2011 22:04:19
Galanthus 'Pyramid'

Galanthus 'Pyramid'

This is Galanthus 'Pyramid' a nice elegant flower, long outer petals. 

Paddy 

A big snowdrop

15 January 2011 22:02:30
Galanthus 'Colossus'

Galanthus 'Colossus'

Jacinta and Margaret,

One or two more to finish tonight.

This is Galanthus 'Colossus', a fine big snowdrops which makes a good clump quickly in the garden.

Paddy 

Another Witch Hazel

15 January 2011 21:49:59
Hamamelis intermedia 'Diane'

Hamamelis intermedia 'Diane'

This is another Witch Hazel in flower at  present. It is Hamamelis intermedia 'Diane'

 

Paddy 

Plant of the Day

15 January 2011 21:48:10
Hamamelis intermedia 'Feuerzauber'

Hamamelis intermedia 'Feuerzauber'

I noticed, on the home page of the site,  that Hamamelis intermedia is "Plant of the Day" so here is one in flower in the garden at present. 

It is Hamamelis intermedia 'Feuerzauber'

 

Paddy 

The Perfect Double

15 January 2011 21:33:11
Galanthus 'Godfrey Owen'

Galanthus 'Godfrey Owen'

This is Galanthus 'Godfrey Owen' a perfectly doubled snowdrop with six outer segments and six inners rather than three of each which is normal. There are many double snowdrops but this is one of the tidiest. This is the first time I have had it in flower in the garden as I only received bulbs of this variety last year. 

Paddy 

First of the Irish Snowdrops

15 January 2011 21:29:40
Galanthus 'Castlegar'

Galanthus 'Castlegar'

I have an interest in snowdrops and a particular interest in snowdrops of Irish origin or connection. 

The first of the Irish snowdrops has opened in the garden. It is Galanthus 'Castlegar' which Dr. Keith Lamb spotted in 1985 at the home of Sir George and Lady Mahon, at Castlegar, Co. Galway.

Paddy 

Those Three Ships have finally docked

15 January 2011 21:25:29
Galanthus 'Three Ships'

Galanthus 'Three Ships'

I posted a photograph of Galanthus 'Three Ships' a snowdrop that usually opens around Christmas. The cold weather held it in suspended animation but it has opened over the last few days. As you see it has a good-sized  flower, well marked. 

The warmth of the last week has brought on the snowdrops at a great rate and half a dozen cultivars are open at the moment.

Paddy 

Launch of selection of Joe Kennedy Irish primulas

07 January 2011 13:47:22
Primula 'Inisfree'

Primula 'Inisfree'

http://fitzgeraldnurseries.blogspot.com/2011/01/announcing-kennedy-irish-primrose.html

Pat Fitzgerald, of Fitzgerald Nurseries, is about to launch a selection of primulas bred by Joe Kennedy in Ballycastle, Co. Antrim.

This is a wonderful moment for Irish plants as Pat Fitzgerald's distributes worldwide.

Have a look at the link above for more information.

Paddy 

A Viburnum for Dick

06 January 2011 16:15:56
Viburnum farreri blossom

Viburnum farreri blossom

Dick mentioned viburnums today in a journal - great plants, tough as old boots and a great addition to the garden. Here is one of the deciduous ones, V. farreri which flowers in spring but always has a little sprinkle of flowers through the winter. It is about ten feet high and about five across and generally upright in habit. 

Another, of similar habit is V. bodnantense 'Dawn' also in flower at the moment.

An evergreen viburnum that I grow and like is V. rhytidophyllum which has the common name of "The Leatherleaf Viburnum" which is a good background shrub with a large evergreen leaf,  not at all spectacular nor likely to catch your eye but a good filler-in at the back. 

Paddy 

Carol Klein BBC2 Friday evening

06 January 2011 09:28:18
Carol Klein BBC2 Friday evening

Carol Klein BBC2 Friday evening

I have just watched Carol Klein being interviewed on BBC Breakfast television re her new programme which is to begin tomorrow, Friday, on BBC2. However, I have looked at  the BBC website and see that it will only be broadcast to England and Scotland. As we here receive BBC Northern Ireland it seems we won't see the programme.

Not sure which BBC region other people receive. 

Paddy 

The Watched Kettle

05 January 2011 14:15:35
Hamamelis mollis 'Pallida'

Hamamelis mollis 'Pallida'

The watched kettle, it is said, never boils. It seems likewise with the watched shrub and flowers. I always watch the witch-hazels for their first flowers, which usually appear around Christmas time. With the cold snap, the first stray flower stayed alone for quite a while and I took my eye off the shrub, so to speak. I was doing a little work near this witch-hazel yesterday and saw that it was covered in flowers. 

Of course, I now have to keep an eye on the other ones in the garden so catch their first flowers. 

A little colour in the garden

05 January 2011 14:07:48
Helleborus x hybridus

Helleborus x hybridus

Just a little peep of colour but a promise of things to come. Here is one of the hellebores beginning to push up its flowers and a little foretaste of more to come later on. This one is growing in a sheltered spot in the garden and a patch of hellebores growing here are usually a little ahead of those growing elsewhere so this is the first of my early patch.

Paddy 

I saw three ships come sailing in...

01 January 2011 10:27:57
Galanthus 'Three Ships'

Galanthus 'Three Ships'

Here is a snowdrop called "Three Ships", normally open around Christmas but, with the cold snap, it has been delayed a little this year. A little sun may coax the petals to lift. 

Happy New Year! 

 

 

I saw three ships 

I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day in the morning.

And what was in those ships all three,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day?
And what was in those ships all three,
On Christmas Day in the morning?

The Virgin Mary and Christ were there,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
The Virgin Mary and Christ were there,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

Pray, wither sailed those ships all three,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
Pray, wither sailed those ships all three,
On Christmas Day in the morning?

O they sailed into Bethlehem,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
O they sailed into Bethlehem,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

And all the bells on earth shall ring,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
And all the bells on earth shall ring,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

And all the Angels in Heaven shall sing,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
And all the Angels in Heaven shall sing,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

And all the souls on earth shall sing,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
And all the souls on earth shall sing,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

Then let us all rejoice again,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
Then let us all rejoice again,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

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