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Gracedieu Lass's Journal

Gracedieu Lass's Journal February 2011

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February Album

28 February 2011 18:57:49
Hepatica nobilis

Hepatica nobilis

Squeezing in at the eleventh hour with photographs taken over the last few days and added to our "February Album" - giving a rather large album, I'm afraid, so looking at the photographs might take a few minutes. The bright weather of the last few days has brought some flowers on quickly. There are plenty of crocus, hellebores and the first of the daffodils in flower here at present. Snowdrops are coming to an end with the later ones holding the fort at present. 

Link to journal here:  http://www.garden.ie/album.aspx?idalbum=13642

Paddy 

One for Liga

28 February 2011 10:01:06
Hepatica nobilis

Hepatica nobilis

After a frosty night it is beautifully bright, dry and sunny so we are off out to the garden where there is a list of jobs to be done. However, before I go, here is a photograph of Hepatica nobilis for Liga, a reminder of home for her. 

I have a load of photographs which I will try to post this evening as part of our February album. They have been waiting to be posted but I was too busy for a while.

Paddy 

Narcissus cyclamineus

28 February 2011 09:51:33
Narcissus cyclamineus

Narcissus cyclamineus

A comment by Fran yesterday on the smaller daffodils prompted me to take a photograph of this little one in the garden. It is Narcissus cyclamineus and is truly one of the tiny ones. With the flowers open it stands about 8cm tall. It will extend another little bit but is certainly one of the small ones. 

Paddy 

Dermot O Neill on Late Late Show

25 February 2011 21:13:04

Primrose Hill Lucan

22 February 2011 19:50:44
Primrose Hill Garden

Primrose Hill Garden

On Sunday last Paddy and myself visited Primrose Hill gardens in Lucan, Co Dublin. I have just put up an album of photos of snowdrops,crocus and eranthus that are growing in great numbers through out the garden. Mary

Paris quadrifolia for Fran

18 February 2011 13:39:47
Paris quadrifolia

Paris quadrifolia

Fran,

Here is a photograph of Paris quadrifolia taken in a wood in the Swiss Alps where it grew in specked shade and was in large drifts. This bloom caught my eye as a ray of sunshine caught it.

We grow it in the garden, in semi-shade and it does very well, spreading slowly to form a nice clump about three feet across. It is never an eye-catching flower but certainly is an interesting one.

Paddy 

A Grumpy Snowdrop

15 February 2011 18:40:20
Galanthus 'Grumpy'

Galanthus 'Grumpy'

A little while ago I posted a photograph of a nice snowdrop especially for Jacinta's attention but I couldn't in fairness dedicate this one to her as it is called 'Grumpy' and that wouldn't be suitable at all. 

It is certainly one which has a very interesting marking and is one which is very popular.

Here is a link to an article about it "The Mail" newspaper:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/gardening/article-1356800/Spring-way-sad-faced-snowdrop-t-raise-smile.html

 

Paddy 

Altamont Gardens Visit, February 14th, Photo Album

15 February 2011 00:16:19
Galanthus 'Little John'

Galanthus 'Little John'

Mary and I went to visit Altamont Gardens today on the first day of their Snowdrop Week. There was quite a number of people there at the time, both in the morning and again in the afternoon for the guided walk at 2p.m.

Fortunately, it was a lovely day, clear and bright though a little cold when standing about during the guided walk.

The snowdrop used with this journal entry is G. 'Little John', one we had wanted to have in the garden for some time but had never got round to buying. It has been growing in Altamont for many years and they were able to spare one for us - look at the photo album and you will see Mary standing with a small bucket in her hand. The bucket holds the snowdrops we brought to the Head Gardener there in exchange. We have been exchanging snowdrops over a number of years and have a particular interest in establishing a reference collection of Irish snowdrop cultivars at Altamont.

I have put up an album of shots from our visit there today. The Glen and the River Walk were open today for the first time in several months. Quite a number of trees had fallen in The Glen - amazingly, because of the weight of snow during one particularly heavy snowfall before Christmas. Apparently, about a foot of snow fell within a few hours, the trees were still in leaf and the weight simply brought them down. Growing in The Glen, they were rooted on shallow soil over rock and had not the deep root systems they might have had in another location. It has taken ages to clear them all as the terrain is steep and rough but the clearance will allow for some new plantings in the area. This will be interesting it time.

 

Paddy 

Altamont Gardens 1990

13 February 2011 23:08:38
Altamont Gardens 1990

Altamont Gardens 1990

Today's several journals about Altamont Gardens brought to mind an old newspaper photograph which has been in a gardening book here since published. It shows a group from the Waterford Garden Plant Society visiting Altamont Gardens in 1990 in the company of Mrs. Corona North.

Perhaps, you can see the two boys with the light coloured anoraks to the front right of the photograph. These are our two sons,  now aged 30 and 27. I am behind the youngest, hands on his shoulders and Mary is looking over my right shoulder.

I'll put a copy into the February album Mary put up today if you would like to see it more clearly. 

Paddy 

Altamont Gardens Snowdrop Week

13 February 2011 15:32:44
Leucojum vernum var. carpathicum

Leucojum vernum var. carpathicum

The Snowdrop Week starts at Altamont Gardens tomorrow and Mary and I are travelling up, hoping to be there around lunchtime or early afternoon. The guided walk takes place at 2p.m.

If anybody else intends visiting tomorrow please leave a note here so that we can be on the look-out for you and, hopefully, meet you.

Paddy 

February Album

13 February 2011 15:29:06
Pleoine 'Eiger'

Pleoine 'Eiger'

A change in the weather and some sunshine yesterday afternoon and today gave the opportunity for some photographs from the garden. 

 

Hope you enjoy them. Mary 

Iris 'Katherine Hodgkins'

10 February 2011 22:12:08
Iris 'Katherine Hodgkins'

Iris 'Katherine Hodgkins'

An iris of real quality for the garden. It can be purchased as a dried bulb in the autumn or at this time of year in a good nursery or garden centre. It increases very well if planted in the right place, somewhere that is shaded in the summer but gets good light in the autumn/winter.Mary

Primrose Hill Lucan

08 February 2011 22:44:45
Galanthus 'Ciceiy Hall'

Galanthus 'Ciceiy Hall'

I was just woundering if any member has visited Primrose Hill this year to see the snowdrops. It has been a few years since we visited and I was wondering if it was still as good as when Mrs Hall was alive. I think it is open daily during Feburary.

The snowdrop in the photograph is called after Mrs Hall. It was a seedling raised in the garden.

 

Mary

Non flowering orchid

06 February 2011 20:04:35
Non flowering orchid

Non flowering orchid

As we discussed in another journal, here is the phaelanopsis that refuses to flower, any suggestions ?

Just for Jacinta

06 February 2011 16:49:59
Galanthus 'Wendy's Gold'

Galanthus 'Wendy's Gold'

Jacinta, 

You were off for a miserable afternoon rearranging plants at work; you seemed to like that yellow-marked snowdrop this morning so here, cheating a little by using a photograph from last year, is Galanthus 'Wendy's Gold', to me a real beauty.

Hope you like it. Paddy 

First of the Yellow-Marked Snowdrops

06 February 2011 11:56:36
Galanthus 'Primrose Warburg'

Galanthus 'Primrose Warburg'

This is Galanthus 'Primrose Warburg' and is the first of the yellow-marked snowdrops to open in the garden this year. Several other of the yellow snowdrops are up but this one is leading the race to flower.

I added several other snowdrop photographs to our "Snowdrops 2011" album - well the weather is miserable and there is little else to do at the moment. 

Paddy 

Spikey Snowdrop

05 February 2011 23:41:04
Galanthus 'Walrus'

Galanthus 'Walrus'

This is Galanthus 'Walrus', certainly an odd-shaped snowdrop with its longer than normal outer petals. 

Long wet days when little else is possible leave time for looking back on photographs and I have put up a selection of photographs of snowdrops in flower in the garden at the moment into a Snowdrop Album started some while back.

The snowdrop season is in full swing at the moment. The milder weather has brought them along at an amazing rate and there are lots and lots in flower in the garden.

I suppose it is somewhat of an anorak hobby to take a particular interest in one group of plants but it simply grew over the years. Hope you enjoy the variety of snowdrops which are there and not get too bored by them. A large spread of simple Galanthus nivalis is still one of the finest sights at this time of year despite the fact that there are so many other interesting varieties growing as well. 

Paddy 

A Green Snowdrop!

05 February 2011 23:02:12
Galanthus 'Rosemary Burnham'

Galanthus 'Rosemary Burnham'

Another snowdrop from Nova Scotia - Galanthus 'Rosemary Burnham'. This is the first time I have had this one in flower here. It is quite rare and can prove contrary to grow in the garden.

Paddy 

An unusual snowdrop - G. 'Don Armstrong'

05 February 2011 22:59:44
Galanthus elwesii 'Don Armstrong'

Galanthus elwesii 'Don Armstrong'

This snowdrop arose in the garden of Don Armstrong (now deceased) in Nova Scotia. Don passed bulbs to some friends and one passed a bulb on to me last year. It is a poculiform Galanthus elwesii - a normal snowdrop has three outer petals and three inner petals which are smaller. In a poculiform snowdrop, all six petals are the same size. This has been found quite regularly with Galanthus nivalis but is very rare in G. elwesii. 

I'll add a few more photographs of it in our snowdrop album.

Paddy 

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