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Gracedieu Lass's Journal

Gracedieu Lass's Journal July 2013

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Fran and the Ladies.

31 July 2013 13:34:20
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I have just read on FB that Rachel is on her 'Bike'  on holidays to England. I did not realise that you were off this early in the week. Have a great time and lot and lots of photos please. Enjoy your adventure and have a great time. 

Mount Congreve Gardens open this Thursday, Aug 1

29 July 2013 13:29:12

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Mount Congreve Gardens will be open on Thursday next, 1st August. Opening days have been somewhat erratic this year - the last open day was on June 20th - so this is an opportunity to be grasped if you can at all. At this time of the year the interest will be in the walled garden. The main garden is the woodland garden and the main flowering season is past there thought it still makes for a very pleasant walk. 

 

The photographs are from the last open day. 

If you use Facebook, I have put up a link to an album from last September. 

 

Paddy

Three from Altamont

27 July 2013 23:24:46

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Three plants that caught my eye in Altamont today and which I now have home with me. 

 

Bob Brown at Altamont July 27th

27 July 2013 22:40:55
Dahlia 'Murdock'

Dahlia 'Murdock'

Today was the first event of the Carlow Garden Festival which runs for the next week or so. Bob Brown of Cotswold Garden Flowers was giving a guided walk around Altamont discussing the growing and cultivation of perennials as well as a selection of the best varities. There was a great selection of plants for sale from Robert's nursery and Bob had brought a number of his own plants as well. 

We were delighted to meet up with the 'usual suspects' Bill(Headgardener) and Mary Joe and a number of keen gardeners from Cork and Dublin who we have known for many years. 

The gardens were looking a little thirsty like many a garden in Ireland. The weather held up for our walk-about with just a slight shower. We did not leave without buying a few plants, Aconitum x cammarum 'Bicolor, Dahlia 'Arabian Night' and Gladiolus papilio 'David Hills'. Lots of plants were purchased there today by many enthusiastic gardeners.

Hope to get to some other events over the coming week. Maybe see some of you there.

Despite the dry conditions

21 July 2013 17:15:52

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Despite the dry conditions some plants are performing well, making them all the more appreciated as others struggle in this hot weather. 

Here are Hemerocallis, Helenium and Roscoea all doing well at the moment. 

Paddy

House Fragrance

15 July 2013 20:49:36

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With our present wonderfully hot days the doors and windows of the house are all open. This does allow the flies access but also brings in the most wonderful scent from a pot of lilies Mary has at the kitchen door. 

The house is simply full of it and it is beautiful. 

 

Paddy

Hampton Court Flower Show

11 July 2013 20:00:35
Hampton Court Flower Show

Hampton Court Flower Show

Hampton Court Flower Show is on BBC2 at eight this evening and again tomorrow for two one hour programmes.

Just to prove a point

09 July 2013 17:36:06

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Soooooooooooooooooo, Mary posted an album and journal last evening and commented that I NEVER take views of the garden - rather a contradiction as I had taken the photographs she posted. LOL 

Anyway, I had taken some views on Friday last and have added them to Mary's album: http://www.garden.ie/albumUpdate.aspx?idalbum=20988

And, of course, I have to show Scrubber that I am practicing each day with the camera. 

Paddy

Rent a Crowd.

09 July 2013 14:18:49
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Next Thursday, 18th July we are going to Dublin for an event in the evening and with this lovely weather I was thinking that maybe we would make a visit to a few gardens. Helen Dillion's garden is open in the afternoon from 2pm and in the morning I was hoping to maybe visit Carmel Duignan's garden in Loughlinstown. I was wondering if any members would be interest in making up a group to visit these two gardens. I haven't contacted anyone in relation to the visit.

Long Shots

08 July 2013 22:41:28
Long Shots

Long Shots

I have just put up an album of views of our garden after reading Demo's journal as I totally agree with him. It is so nice to get an overall view of members gardens so that when your see part of a flower bed or a close up of a flower you have some idea of where it is. It is very hard to take views of gardens as you are sure to have your own shadow in it. Paddy never takes views, he much perfers to take close up of flowers. He did take these photos in June, at my request, as I would love to see how it changes as the years go by.

Elizabeth's Open Garden Day.

07 July 2013 12:54:18
Elizabeth's Open Garden Day.

Elizabeth's Open Garden Day.

Sun shining and bright blue skies for Elizabeth's Open Garden Day in aid of Marymount Hospice.

I am sure a huge number of people will be out to support the event and that all her hard work over the last few months will be repaid in the number of compliments she will receive. In the great Cork tradition Elizabeth has opened her garden for an event that will help to bring comfort to others.

Sorry Paddy and myself cannot attend today, but I am hoping to get down in September. I hope we have lots of photos from the members who are attending.

Enjoy the day Elizabeth. 

Great Weather for enjoying the garden.

06 July 2013 14:00:19
Great Weather for enjoying the garden.

Great Weather for enjoying the garden.

Big bright blue sky here in Waterford today and hopefully it is going to continue for the next week. We were out this mornig doing a bit of work in the veg garden. Paddy has planted a few french beans and squashes in the beds and some pumpkins on top of the compost heap. I have pruned the Bay tree and box which are planted in the centre of the veg garden and weeded the beds. Garlic is almost ready for harvesting and the mangetout and broad beans are cropping well. Had some strawberries for lunch and were lovely and sweet.

Out now to help Paddy to put back part of a stone wall which had an ant nest in it and then to plant out a few plants that I have bought over the last few weeks which  will hopefully do better in the ground in this weather than in their pots. Will give them a good watering in and a mulch of compost to stop them drying out. 

Campanulas in flower

02 July 2013 08:40:24
Campanulas in flower

Campanulas in flower

Here is a patch of campanulas which Mary has put together. There are several different ones there but I am especially happy with the one on the left, Campanula 'Hidcote Amethyst' which was left to barely survive under some trees and shrubs for many years but which was rescued last year and has simply romped back into flower again. 

Paddy

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