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Gracedieu Lass's Journal November 2012

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Looking out the window on a rainy day

04 November 2012 16:09:17
Looking out the window on a rainy day

Looking out the window on a rainy day

Like Bruno, we are confined to quarters with the miserable weather - here is a view from our window at the moment. Dull wet day, cloudy sky. Dark. Yeugh!

Seamus O' Brien's Plant Person's Course - albums

04 November 2012 15:46:08

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I have one album up, Kilruddery, and will post one from Mount Usher in a moment. 

Please have a look at the photographs attached to this journal and see if you can identify the shrub. 

For those who attended the course, it was in the sunken gardens at Kilruddery, near the tearooms, growing on the wall and was about eight feet tall. 


Another Great Saturday

04 November 2012 09:45:57
Iris unguicularis 'Walter Butt'

Iris unguicularis 'Walter Butt'

What great weather for our second day on the Plants Persons' Course. We met at ten o'clock in Mount Usher for coffee before our whirl wind tour of the garden. As always the names of plants were rolling off of Seamus O'Brien's tongue causing the students to scribble down names at a furious rate. The gardens at Mount Usher were at their best with all the colours of autumn. The photos from Fran and Rachel depicts the scene much better than I could put into words. After a delicious lunch we went to Kilruddery Gardens which is so different to the romantic feel that is Mount Usher. Kilruddery is a very structured garden with a lot of hedges and statuary but a lovely woodland garden is being developed under the many large beech trees with planting of bulbs and shade loving plants. Many old trees florish throughout the garden, the most impressive being Arbutus unedo, which bears its fruit and flower at the same time. This 17th century garden owes it survival to the fact that is has stayed in the Brabazon family for almost three hundred years. The garden also has a wounderful Orangery which was build in 1852 as well as many other lovely buildings throughout the grounds.

On Thursday last I visited the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin and for anyone living in the area it is well worth a visit now. I will put up an album of some of the scenes of the garden in all its autumn beauty.

My first Iris unguicularis'Walter Butt' which flowered here at home a few days ago. Mary



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