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Gracedieu Lass's Journal February 2013

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Garden Heaven

26 February 2013 23:19:58

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This is not an appropriate question to ask on The Irish Garden magazine  site but please forgive me but I was woundering if the Garden Heaven magazine is publised anymore as I have heared that an Irish plant is to be featured in an up-coming issue. The last time I saw it was when it was issued as part of one of the daily papers. The plant in question is a cornus which is growing at Kilmacurragh and was raised from seed by Seamus O'Brien. Mary

Ein Sträußchen Blumen für die Scrubber.

25 February 2013 22:16:30
Ein Sträußchen Blumen für die Scrubber.

Ein Sträußchen Blumen für die Scrubber.

Herzlichen Glückwunsch an die großen deutschen Lehrer. Ein Sträußchen zu diesem Anlass. Und Entschuldigung für die schrecklichen Deutschen.

 

Paddy

 

Left to right: Straffan, David Shackleton, Primrose Warburg, Mark's Tall, Lady Moore (at top) Wendy's Gold, Woodtown, Spindlestone Surprise, Kildare and that funny little thing poking its head out of the vase is Irish Green.

Altamont Snowdrop Gala reported on Washington Post

21 February 2013 00:34:48

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/letter-from-ireland/2013/02/19/dac385ca-722e-11e2-8b8d-e0b59a1b8e2a_story.html

 

Highlight the link, right click and click "Go to....."

 

Mary

GardenFlowers 20022013

20 February 2013 21:56:03
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Have been enjoying the last few days working in the garden after our week of visiting other gardens all over the country. Seeing the work that is put into the creating of lovely gardens it inspires you to get out and do a bit in your own plot. Paddy went round our garden this morning and took some photos which I have just put up and dispite the time of the year it just shows how many things are flowering so early in the year.

Visitors

20 February 2013 18:28:29

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Delighted to have had visitors today, Anne (Lady Gardener), Peter (Scrubber) and Lindy. They brightened up a cold and grey day with their good company and great chat. 

Best wishes to Peter tomorrow as he meets with the German Ambassador on the future of the Deutch Scrubland and related matters. 

Mary.

Snowdrop Garden in Tipperary

14 February 2013 00:28:14

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Today Paddy and myself were invited to a garden in North Tipperary which had a wonderful woodland garden full of single and double snowdrops. Many other spring bulbs were also waiting to flower when the snowdrops were finished. The woodland had a selection of mature trees and shrubs and the air was scented with the flowers of the daphnes which were planted in such away that the scent seemed to follow us on our tour. We were luck with the weather and even had a little sunshine. Mary

Altamont Gardens Feb. 2013

13 February 2013 08:58:49

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We are off today to visit another snowdrop garden in the Tipperary area, so hopefully the weather will improve. It has been great to visit so many gardens in the last few days and to see how people use snowdrops in different ways and the atmosphere they can create. I will put up an album of Paddys photos from Altamont Gardens on Monday, which we visited with Anne and Peter and an album of the garden we visited in north Kilkenny yesterday. If you don't get to Altamont this week go over the nex two weeks as the snopdrops will still be looking their best. Mary 

A Visit to the Scrub

11 February 2013 21:26:56

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We are back home after a long and most enjoyable day. Anne, Mary and I set off this morning to visit Peter's wonderful scrub.

it is an extraordary site on a bluff overlooking the River Barrow and beside one of its bridges. There is a steep fall from the house level down to the river and the lower parts of the garden are under water at this time of year. 

The garden has been developed over the years to blend in with the naturalness of the site, the genius loci being honoured in all aspects of the garden. It is very much in the tradition of the Robisonian garden, plants used in a manner which is so close to nature that the hand of the gardener seems to have simply waved over the creation. 

No doubt the garden will look differently at other seasons but today was one of snowdrops and rock with a sprinkling of excellent hellebores and it was fabulous in its simplicity. It is an example to all who visit that a restrained hand can create a wonderfully beautiful garden. 

I have posted a photo album a few minutes ago, just as they came from the camera, simply deleting those badly taken.

Many thanks to Peter and Anna for such a warm welcome and for our onward journey to two other gardens which we enjoyed also.

Paddy

Plants Person's Course, Glasnevin, 9th February 20

11 February 2013 00:16:06

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I've put up an album of photographs which Mary took yesterday at Seamus O Brien's Plants Person's Course at Glasnevin.

Unfortunately, despite several attempts, a number of the photographs would not upload. 

It is late and I may try again tomorrow evening.

Visits to eight snowdrop gardens planned for this week so it's fingers crossed for good weather. 

Paddy

Snowdrops in Spring Sunshine - 9th February 2013

10 February 2013 23:52:04

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While Mary was away at the Plants' Person's Course in Glasnevin yesterday the sun shone and I spent a pleasant hour in the garden taking photographs (I did plenty of work as well, y the way!). Here is a selection - snowdrops in the main with one or two exceptions. 

Hope you like them. 

 

Paddy

Is this one grumpy?

09 February 2013 08:38:48

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Looking quite like the one Conrad posted here is G. 'Hans Guck in die Luft' - named from a German children's story about Hans who goes about with his head in the air and consequently has lots of accidents. 

The second snowdrop is  'Don Armstrong' where the three inner and three outer segments are all the same size, described as  being "poculiform"

 

The last one if 'Alison Hilary', a nicely marked one. 

 

Paddy

Dermot's Secret Garden

08 February 2013 09:41:13

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Just heard last night that Dermot O Neill is returning with a new series of "Deremot's Secret Garden" on Thursday evening at 7 o' clock on RTE 1.

Looking forward to Plantsperson's Course at Glasnevin tomorrow and seeing you all there.

Spring Clean

04 February 2013 20:40:08

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I have at long last finished cleaning the front garden. It has been a long task as the weather over the last two weeks has been so changeable. It is nice to clear the beds so as to show the snowdrops at their best. I am putting up an album to show how the bulbs are pushing up despite the weather. 

Sissinghurst Gardens

01 February 2013 10:11:11

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I put up an album of photographs which we took on our last visit to the garden in May 2011 to conicide with the programme which is running on BBC4 on Wednesday evenings at 8pm.

 

Mary

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