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Gracedieu Lass's Journal June 2013

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More Painting

30 June 2013 21:58:56

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After Elizabeth and Hazel sharing their painting projects over that last few days, I decided to share mine. My son, John went to an auction and purchased the table for me while I was on holiday and Paddy has stripped the wooden top and base and has painted it for me. The bench was washed up on the riverbank many years ago and John brought it home. So, for a few euro I have a lovely patio set which is totally unique. I am still looking for a church pew for the other side of the table. I am delighted with the results.

the Bay Garden, June 2013

30 June 2013 21:28:56
Rosa mutabilis

Rosa mutabilis

Today Paddy and myself visited the garden of Ian and Frances McDonald in Wexford. The garden was as ever full of colour as one toured the many different gardens. The primulas stole the show with the numerous colour variations. 

The nursery has a great array of plants to purchase which are propagated from their own plants.

I will put up an album to give you a glimps of what to expect should you visit in the next few weeks. If you are holidaying in Wexford during the summer make sure not to miss it. It is only open of Friday and Sunday from 2-5

At the end of the day

29 June 2013 21:12:37
At the end of the day

At the end of the day

Elderflower cordial and strawberries - not to be consumed together.

Paddy

Fran, is this ready yet?

29 June 2013 21:10:58
Fran, is this ready yet?

Fran, is this ready yet?

Nearly there, Fran. 

Paddy

Jacinta - here it is, at last!

29 June 2013 21:09:37

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Codonopsis clematidea

Just open today

 

Paddy

Two Rodgersias in flower at the moment

27 June 2013 11:53:15

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A contrast in flower colour but they are all nice and the foliage is excellent. I like these

Paddy

Hostas

27 June 2013 11:43:37
Hostas

Hostas

I liked this vignette of hostas in the garden. The name escapes me at the moment - nothing new, I'm afraid, for my mind but, whichever name attaches to it, I still like it and, very importantly, it grows well for us here. 

 

Paddy

Standing up straight

27 June 2013 11:39:16

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Upright plants, especially single stems, are a challenge to photograph successfully - they certainly annoy me at any rate. I prefer photographs in the landscape layout. However, some plants just have to be photographed that way and here are three from the garden. 

 

Paddy

Comfrey Tea.

27 June 2013 10:38:03

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Started to brew some Comfrey tea ten day ago after seeing Monty Don on Gardeners World giving advice on how to get started. With the kind help of Ann (Ladygardener) who provided the comfrey, I cut the leaves up, placed in a bin and added water. Monty described the smell as being like a dogs breath, well yesterday I lifted the lid and the smell was dreadful. I think he was being polite as it smelt of something that might come out the other end of the dog. However, with another two and a half weeks to go I shall keep you informed as to how thing go, but hopefully I shall have a bumper crop of tomatoes this year with the help of the Comfrey tea.

Gladiolus 'The Bride'

26 June 2013 20:57:16

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We've had this gladiolus for many years and I still look forward to seeing it in flower each year. It is a clear white with a soft green throat. The bad winters of a few years ago did knock it back a bit but all clumps are recovering now and it is looking well again. 

Paddy

Fran, these are looking very promising

26 June 2013 20:54:05
Fran, these are looking very promising

Fran, these are looking very promising

Fran, 

Those eremurusesessses ( you now what I mean) are looking very promising and should be open shortly. 

We planted them in a raised bed so as to give them extra drainage and it seems to have done the trick as they are looking very well. 

Many thanks. 

Paddy

The first of the dieramas

26 June 2013 20:51:22
The first of the dieramas

The first of the dieramas

The first of the dieramas has opened here. These are among my favourite plants and I look forward to them each year. 

More to come as days go by. 

Paddy

Altamont Gardens June 2013

24 June 2013 22:29:59
Altamont Gardens June 2013

Altamont Gardens June 2013

 On Sunday morning we visited Altamont Gardens as the Rose Week is starting today. The gardens as always +are looking beautiful. The nursery is packed with must-have plants. I have put up an album which may encourage you to visit over the next week to see the roses.

Terry Smith's Garden, June 2003

23 June 2013 23:02:49
Terry Smith's Garden, June 2003

Terry Smith's Garden, June 2003

Today Paddy and myself went to visit Terry's garden which was open for charity. The garden was brimming with a large collection of herbaceous plants. The area is divided into various sections which lead beautifully from one to the next. A pergola covered with wisteria and laburnum leads to the Roman garden which in turn leads to the exotic garden and so the visitor is brought on a tour.

White and black Iris planted in one long bed stole the show. There are hot borders and cool blue borders and amazing bronze statues are placed around the garden. An allee of Limes toward the end of the garden looked wounderful. 

Terry's lake with an island, yes island, had its own boat and as the planting around it develops it will be superb. Also it this area is a valley of acers, a selection of many interesting cultivars.

We met Rachel, Norman and the three boys and were talking to them for a very, very short while. Many thanks Rachel for the orchid. Paddy said he met Hazel and Elizabeth,  but so sorry I missed you both. (Terry's garden is very big). Terry's welcome was very warm and after her busy day with all her guests I am sure she is taking a well deserved rest now.

Just before we left we saw that Terry also has a veg garden with potatoes, onions and her glasshouse was packed with strawberries just starting to ripen. The gate to her veg garden is delightful, but never got a photo of it as by that time I was racing to be back in Waterford to collect my son from work.

Despite the windy weather the garden was looking beautiful and the warm welcome from our host made for a lovely day.

Thanks Terry. 

 

Mary

 

The roses are opening

21 June 2013 20:51:47

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The recent good weather has been very kind to the roses and they are opening well at the moment. 

This is Mary's rosebed which has mainly Austin roses, old fashioned in shape and scent. 

In another bed is one of Mary's favourite roses, R. 'G.S. Thomas'. 

By coincidence, we received a copy of "Old Roses" by David Austin in the post this morning.

Paddy

More Mount Congreve.

21 June 2013 20:40:59
More Mount Congreve.

More Mount Congreve.

The gardens looked so well in Mount Congreve yesterday that I went back for another visit today and had the garden completely to myself so it was much easier for taking photographs. I have added today's photographs to yesterday's album.

As you might guess these are mainly of paeonias as these are the highlight of the moment though I realise this can make a repetitious album. Nonetheless, I do hope you enjoy it. 

Paddy

http://www.garden.ie/albumUpdate.aspx?idalbum=20877

Mount Congreve June 2013

20 June 2013 20:09:05

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The gardens at Mount Congreve have been closed over the last two months - reportedly because of difficulties in the negotiations re the handover of the gardens to the state. 

During the week it was announced that the gardens would be open to the public today. This was announced on local radio and on several internet sites. 

The turnout today, I hope, will send a strong message on how dearly these gardens are held both locally and by gardeners further afield. When the gates were opened this morning there were 260 people waiting to enter. We couldn't get there until the afternoon and by that time two overflow carparks had been opened - the nearest fields to the garden.

I hope that when reported this huge attendance will send a message to the representatives of the state and the Mount Congreve trust that these gardens are loved and that people are very anxious that they be maintained for the people of the country. 

I also hope that the people who work in the gardens received the message that there are many people who appreciate their work and sympathise with them in the position they presently find themselves, not sure of their future and not sure of the future of the gardens. 

There is every chance the gardens will open again during the summer and I hope some Garden.ie members can make their way to Waterford to enjoy the gardens and show that they would wish them to be maintained for the Irish people. 

Paddy & Mary

A Dash around the garden

19 June 2013 20:26:33
A Dash around the garden

A Dash around the garden

It was another wonderfully sunny day here today and as the forecast is that there will be a change overnight I took a dash around the garden with the camera at lunchtime - no flowers, just views as I walked around. I'm forever taking photographs of flowers, Mary says, and I seldom take photographs of the garden itself so this is my moment of balancing my act. 

Paddy

From the kitchen table

18 June 2013 14:10:29

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Some of Mary's flowers on the kitchen table at the moment.

Two hippeastrums and some paeonias

Paddy

Iris chrysographes

16 June 2013 08:32:06

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There are some wonderfully dark forms of Iris chrysographes in flower at the moment in the garden. 

Paddy

Flopsie Wopsie Poppies

16 June 2013 08:27:57

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The heavy rain of the last few days has knocked the oriental poppies about the place but they still give a great splash of colour. 

Paddy

Admiring a brunnera

16 June 2013 08:23:35
Admiring a brunnera

Admiring a brunnera

Fran's photograph of B. 'Jack Frost' reminded me to look at this one in the garden. Peculiarly, as other brunneras grow with great vigour here, this one is quite slow to increase, a pity as the foliage is quite nice. 

B. macrophylla 'Variegata' 

 

Paddy

Reggia di Caserta.

15 June 2013 15:33:25
Reggia di Caserta.

Reggia di Caserta.

The last garden we visited on our recent holiday to Italy was to the royal gardens in Caserta which were designed in 1751 by Luigi Vanvitelli for Carlo 111 of Spain. An aqueduct brought water from 21 miles away. Six hillsides were blasted during the nine years of its consruction between 1753 and 1762 and three viaducts built to bear its weight. Having reached the hill behind Casterta, the water poured fifty feet down to join the two mile long stretch of water flowing across the plain toward the palace. The garden unfolds in a series of basins and fountains decorated with statues in white Carrara marble along the lenght of the canal. The water flows underground from each set-piece of statuary group to the next. By the time the work was done  garden fashions had changed and work was then started on what became known as The English Garden.

In 1782 fifty seven acres was laid out in parkland with grassy slopes, winding paths, lakes, sham ruins, sculptures, and magnificent trees. The first camellia grown in Italy was  grown here from seed sent by Joseph Hooker and now three hundred year old Liriodendron tulipifera and Cinnmomum camphora trees tower over the gardens.

Getting to Caserta involves taking a train from Naples Centrale for a journey of half an hour and it is a short walk to the palace.

Rose Week at Altamont Gardens, Carlow.

15 June 2013 14:26:23

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Altamont Gardens in Tullow, Co Carlow are running a Rose Week from 24th June until 28th showcasing the wonderful variety, colour patterns and scents of the roses which were collected by Mrs North, former owner of the gardens who passed away in 1998.

During the Carlow Garden Festival at the end of July, Bob Brown of Cotswold Garden Plants will be a guest speaker at the gardens. Derry Watkings who also has a nursery in England will also speak on one of the other days during the festival. Both days have free addmission to the events and the amazing garden centre run by Robert Miller will be open for business.  

Villa Rufolo

13 June 2013 12:59:00
Villa Rufolo

Villa Rufolo

Villa Rufolo is very close to the Villa Cimbrone in Ravello so it makes it a worthwhile trip for visiting both gardens

Villa Rufolo is a historical showpiece which bears the name of the family who built it in 13th century. It had fallen into decay and was rescued by a Scottish industrialist Francis Reid, who owned the Villa at the turn of the 20th century. The original building was a perfect synthesis of Arabic, Sicilian and Norman architecture but over the centuries there were many changes.

 

Mary

June Album 2013

10 June 2013 22:33:30
June Album 2013

June Album 2013

The sunny days of last week have brought so many plants to bloom. The iris are the stars of the month with their array of colours. I have some white iris in my white garden and the scent from them is just amazing. Poppies are also starting to make a great show with their tissue paper flowers.  Looking forward to the rest of the summer and all the flowers that have yet to come. 

The Gardens of Villa Cimbrone

10 June 2013 21:37:54
The Gardens of Villa Cimbrone

The Gardens of Villa Cimbrone

Villa Cimbrone is situated in the small village of Ravello which is a little inland from the town of Amalfi. It was an enormous estate which  provided timber for naval use whilel the farm was a major producer of food.

It was abandoned by the end of the nineteenth century and was purchased by Lord Grimthorpe in 1904. He employed Nicola Mansi to carry out  the restoration work on the gardens. During the early part of the twentieth century the villa had many well known visitors and many writers and musicians found inspiration from its beautiful location. Vita Sackville West was one of these. 

The villa today is a hotel and while we were visiting a least two wedding groups were having their photos taken. One bride and groom arrived in a helicopter.

After arriving in Ravello, you have to walk to the villa as there is no road wide enough for a car. A very quaint series of streets take you to the enterance of the gardens where you are met by a very large and imposing door.  

I hope you enjoy the photographs. 

 

Mary

Giardini La Mortella.

07 June 2013 22:46:52
Giardini La Mortella.

Giardini La Mortella.

Returned last Sunday from our holiday in southern Italy which we really enjoyed. It was a very busy holiday visiting a number of gardens in the area. We visit the garden created by Susan and William Walton on the island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples. The Waltons started to make their garden in 1949 with the help of landscape architect Russell Page who designed fountains, pools and water strems to allow the cultivation of a varied collection of water plants such as papyrus, lotus flowers and tropical water lillies. 

The garden is divided into a lower garden the an upper garden which are linked by paths that allows you to meander through the garden to the upper terraces which give marvellous vistas of the bay of Forio. 

Concerts are performed in the open air theatre during the summer months. I will put up an album of photo to give you a flavour of the garden. If you find your self in the area I would recommend a visit and it is very easy to visit on the local ferry. 

The photos are taken by myself, so not up to Paddys standards.

Muckross House, Killarney, Co. Kerry

07 June 2013 15:28:49

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When we were in Co. Kerry for the AGM of the Irish Garden Plant Society we visited Muckross House Gardens. Here is a link to an album on the IGPS website. Paddy

 

http://irishgardenplantsociety.com/agm-2013-muckross-house-gardens-killarney/

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