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Gracedieu Lass's Journal May 2013

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A Weekend Ponce

25 May 2013 12:16:34

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Another beautifully bright sunny day here; glorious weather. Will do a bit of gardening in the afternoon - shopping, packing and reading all morning. 

Primulas are looking well at present. Here is a combination of Primula japonica, Primula pulverulenta and Saxifraga x urbinum (London Pride)

My favourite bugle, Ajuga grandiflora which is native to Europe. It is much bigger and more loose in its habit that most other bugles and so is very easy to manage and good over spring bulbs as it does not overcrowd them and, also, it can be pulled out very easily. 

Finally, a clump of violas, Viola 'Snowy Owl', a nice delicately coloured thing. 

 

Paddy

A little more Friday Poncing

24 May 2013 18:44:04

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A closer look at Brunnera 'Looking Glass'. Little Erinus alpinus, Fairy Foxglove, which is established on The Burren and a white Iris germanica just open this morning. 

 

Paddy

A Friday Ponce

24 May 2013 18:40:03

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Cool here this morning with a strong breeze though it improved during the day. 

Allium 'Purple Sensation' is just coming into its season. 

Brunnera 'Looking Glass' is coming into flower 

Geum 'Flames of Passion' is looking well behind the foliage of Primula 'Dark Rosaleen' 

 

Paddy

Poncing about on a Thursday Afternoon

23 May 2013 14:09:20

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A breezy sunny day here today; doing a bit in the garden this morning. Selective weedkiller applied to grass yesterday has obviously taken effect with creeping buttercup and daisies looking a little twisted today. 

In for lunch and our local pheasant is looking in the kitchen window and creating a racket - he wants peanuts. 

Geranium sanguineum, grown here in a trough, is in full flower at the moment.

Saxifraga 'Lissadell', from the famous garden/nursery is in flower at the moment - a plant received from Hosta so it has two good connections, Margaret and Lissadell. 

 

AND ------ BIG NEWS!  Margaret won two tickets for Bloom through the Irish Garden Plant Society's Facebook page. 

Congratulations to Margaret and we look forward to her photographs. 

Paddy

Still Poncing About

22 May 2013 13:00:48

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Another beautiful morning here in Waterford and while there was plenty done in the garden there was also time to ponce about for five minutes with the camera. 

The first of the deciduous azaleas have opened here - bright and brash and sunshine in themselves. 

Hosta 'Great Expectations' has unfurled and looks lovely when it is caught in the sunlight. 

Polygonatum hookeri - hard to see it is related to the Solomon Seal - is a tiny little thing, about 3cm tall, and it is growing in a trough with miniature Hosta 'Dawn'. Over the years the two have grown into each other and make a combination I love. 

 

Paddy

Hard at work today while ....

21 May 2013 21:48:46

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Hard at work today while Paddy was  poncing around with his camera. I weeded, freshened and edged a long border and two beds. Also, I planted out a few of the Ladybird poppies and Paddy put out a few primulas, both grown from seed.

We divided a Hosta 'War Paint' even though the season is getting on for doing such but I gave it plenty of water. Also planted out a few salvias, S. uliginosa and S. involucrata 'Boutin', a few of each. 

I have a batch of white cosmos waiting to be planted out but will wait until we return from holiday, heading off at the weekend and should be back in early June. I'm hoping that our son will keep them watered while we are away. 

There is a batch of cannas, some nice ones from Bruno among them, and some gingers waiting to go out as well. Some dahlias have been put out and a few still in the glasshouse. 

Watching recordings of Monty Don's programmes in preparation for the holiday. 

A photo album from today put up as well. 

Mary. 

 

(Some of the work, by the way, was done by the garden slave; the photographs were also taken and album posted by said slave; the journal above was dictated by the lady of the house and garden and typed by the same slave. Paddy)

The sun is shining in Waterford.

21 May 2013 12:54:08

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Lovely day here, beautifully sunny and warm; a morning spent outside weeding and picking about with a few nice flowers also enjoying the conditions. 

 

Paddy

Bloom Tickets - Good Odds Lucky Draw

20 May 2013 08:09:42
Granddaughter, Olivia, in Bluebells.

Granddaughter, Olivia, in Bluebells.

I think the odds are very good here - not a huge number of people clicking so better chances for those who do. 

 

Paddy

 

 

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New Gardening Programme

15 May 2013 19:03:16

For Accsean - Rhododendron loderi 'King George'

08 May 2013 08:56:24

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Photographs taken in Hillsborough Castle Gardens last May. 

Breakfast Time

07 May 2013 07:44:21

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These two, along with several others, wait for me to deliver breakfast each morning. While sitting inside drinking our coffee we were watching them as they came to the pond for a drink after their breakfast this morning. We have been feeding these pheasants, and various collections of hens and chicks for about two years now. The cock is quite at ease with me in the garden but the hen is a little more shy.

Good Day

06 May 2013 21:06:53

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Good day, dry and bright, so cut the grass as rain is forecast for tomorrow. Had to go out for the afternoon but came back and snapped a few photographs which I added to the May 2013 Album 

 

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Paddy

The start of May

05 May 2013 21:33:30

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A nice few days this week, good weather and an opportunity to be in the garden. I have posted an album of a few things in flower this afternoon.

 

Mary

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