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Gracedieu Lass's Journal September 2013

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A Visit to Mount Usher Gardens. September 2013

26 September 2013 19:34:17

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It was Paddy's birthday yesterday and as a treat we decided to head off for a visit to Mount Usher Gardens in Ashford, Co Wicklow. The gardens at this time of year are really beautiful as the leaves of the deciduous trees take on their autumn colour. The garden also benifits from the  the river which runs through the garden which reflects the reds and golds of the the acers and the many other mature trees which grow in the gardens. We arrived around twelve o'clock and the weather was overcast but luckly the rain held off and we stayed until around half-past four.

The gardens close at the end of October and well worth a visit to see the garden in it's autumn splendour 

Jimi Blake's Huntingtonbrook Garden, September 201

21 September 2013 08:42:28

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We had a very pleasant walk around the garden with Jimi Blake on Thursday last. It always makes a garden visit much more enjoyable when one has the company of the gardener to give background comment and information on the plants. 

Though I have been to the gardens on several occasions previously I must say that this was my most enjoyable visit there. 

I've put up an album of photographs.

Paddy

A Visit to Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin Sept. 2013

20 September 2013 23:25:50
A Visit to Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin Sept. 2013

A Visit to Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin Sept. 2013

After an enjoyable visit to Huntingbrook Gardens and June Blake's garden yesterday, Paddy and myself headed to The Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. The main reason for our visit was to see the Sculpture Exhibition that is running there during this month. We had a very quick visit as it was three o'clock when we arrived and the gardens close at five. There are great displays of flowers there at the moment and we really did not have enought time to see all. 

I will put up two albums, one of the gardens and the other of the sculptures, some which were amazing. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Bruno's Garden, September 2013

16 September 2013 21:15:16

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We had a trip to Cork yesterday to drop our son off to college and called into Bruno afterwards. We were very fortunate with the weather as, earlier in the day, we had quite an amount of rain and strong winds. By the time we arrived it had dried up though the winds continued. 

As expected, Bruno showed us an amazing array of plants - it is better that you look at the album than I try to describe them or list them all. I was particularly taken by a beautiful roscoea and a beautifully coloured dahlia while Mary loved the many ferns. Most impressive was the fact that many difficult to grow plants were being grown to perfect health and perfect appearance. Overall, I was jealous of the moisture levels in the soil while our garden is presently a dust patch. 

 

Paddy

Pheasants in the garden

12 September 2013 12:01:01

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Mary mentioned yesterday that we have pheasants in the garden. By good chance they appeared this morning for breakfast and I had the camera to hand to snap a few shots of them. I put out some barley for them each morning and peanuts, which they love, nearer the house. This brings them in very close to us - they will stay within ten feet of us if there are peanuts. Mary always feared they were eating cyclamen corms in the garden but it appears this is not the case. I think it is the grey crows which are eating the cyclamen. 

 

Paddy

Cyclamen in Flower.

11 September 2013 22:23:35

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Cyclamen are at their best at this time of the year. Their sugar pink flowers are beautiful set against their silver leaves. We have a number of phesants that visit the garden every morning and evening to be fed by Paddy and I thought that they were also feasting on my cyclamen but they seemed to have left them alone as the display this year is the best I have seen them since I started planting them in numbers. Have put a few photos in my September album of cyclamen that are flowering now as well as some colchicum that if planted soon will flower in the next few weeks.

Mini Autumn Clear Up

11 September 2013 14:45:34

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I always find a visit to a garden helps to inspire you to go and do a few things in your own garden. After our lovely visit to Kiltegan last Sunday I have been a busy bee clearing some plants but not cutting everything to ground level. Plants are looking beautiful as they take on their autumn colours. The ground in some places are covered with yellow leaves and the cyclamem poking up through the leaves are just amazing. I had thought that the phesants had devoured a lot of the cyclamem but their display this year is better than ever.

The autumn crocus have also just started to flower and I will have to get Paddy to take a few photos for me. It is always a problem as to what to  plant colchicum with, but a suggestion was made to me a few weeks ago that ivy was a good partner. I have tried Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigescens' and it seems to work, but only time will tell.

Great weather here in Waterford today, so better call an end to the lunch time break and get out and do a little more gardening.

Have put up an album and will put up some photos of the cyclamen into it when Paddy gets around to taking them for me. 

Patthana Garden, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow. Sept 2013

08 September 2013 20:53:49

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A wonderful afternoon today; blessed with good weather, excellent company and a most enjoyable garden to visit - as well as a delectable afternoon tea. 

 

And, Mount Congreve will be open on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of this month as well as the usual Thursday openings so this may suit those of you not living within easy striking distance. 

 

Paddy

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