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Gracedieu Lass's Journal April 2013

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Supergardener Returns

23 April 2013 23:03:27
Supergardener Returns

Supergardener Returns

Next Thursday sees the return of the Supergardener programme which is run in conjunction with the Bloom Garden Festival. There is a series of six programmes to choose the winning designer and are being filimed in Galway, Monaghan, Limerick and other locations around the country. 

Have just been reading the journals posted earlier this evening and so glad that everyone is getting a chance to enjoy the great weather, long may it last.

Paddy was out with his camera today and took some photos which I will add to my April album

For Scrubber

20 April 2013 20:01:45
For Scrubber

For Scrubber


Mary has had her nose in a book since Thursday and is onto the second one now so I am deputising for a moment. 

She put a little posie in a vase and said, "I must show this to Peter" so I am taking the liberty to do so unbeknownst to her. 

A little posie from the garden - a visual "Thank You"



Altamont Gardens on a Rainy Day.

13 April 2013 21:17:29
Altamont Gardens on a Rainy Day.

Altamont Gardens on a Rainy Day.

During last week we were supposed to go to Altamont but due to a silly problem with a domestic appliance we had to cancel. This morning when we woke the weather was not bad and we decided to take a chance on a visit. However, we did not leave the overcast skies on the south coast and as we headed north the rain started to fall and continued during our short visit to the garden.

As we were walking around the garden, we met a friend who invited us back to see his garden which was delightful with a path that led to the front door, planted with scillas and daffodils for Spring and cat mint and lady's mantle for summer and at the front door two standered wisteria. In the back a rock garden constructed with large granite boulders was planted with choice alpines. An apline house tucked away in a corner of the back garden was home to alpine bulbs and primulas. A lovely and unexpected visit made our day.

The gardens at Altamont are looking beautiful with the hugh stretches of daffodils on the main drive. The area under the beech trees on the Nuns' Walk is now a sea of yellow with daffodils. The woodland garden is reaching its peak with the flowering of so many woodland plants as you can see from the photos.

Rain and Sunshine

11 April 2013 23:15:14
Rain and Sunshine

Rain and Sunshine

Today we have had beautiful sunshine interupted by some heavy showers. The rain has washed the weed and feed into the soil that we spread on the grass on Monday  so hopefully it will kill the hugh amount of moss that has grown as a result of the dull  wet summer last year.

We went for a quick visit to Mount Congreve this afternoon and a good number of visitors were enjoying the garden.

Paddy took a few photos this evening of plants flowering in our garden at present which I have put into an album for April.

Mount Congreve April 2013

04 April 2013 20:44:51
Mount Congreve April 2013

Mount Congreve April 2013

We were delighted to hear this morning that Mount Congreve has opened its doors for the Spring/Summer. The garden is suffering with the bad weather and a number of the blooms on the plants have been spoiled with the wind and frost. However, it was great to see the hard work done over the winter by the garden staff and they have the garden  looking wonderful. If you get a chance to visit over the coming months, I am sure you will return again. The garden is open on Thursdays only and there is no entry charge. Mount Congreve nursery is selling plants, so you can bring a little of the garden back to your own patch. 


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