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Gracedieu Lass's Journal November 2013

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Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer'

26 November 2013 14:43:01

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Maybe it is the mild weather this autumn that a number of plants have started to flower so early. Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer has been flowering since early November and a number of snowdrops are well ahead. Galanthus elwesii 'Barnes' is in full flower, as is one of our Irish snowdrops Galanthus 'Mary Healy Hutchinson', which has beautiful markings. These snowdrops are all growing in the garden and we are looking forward to a few more coming into flower before Christmas, Galanthus 'Castlegar' (an Irish snowdrop) and also Galanthus 'Three Ships'. Bergenia 'Eric Smith' which flowers from late autumn into spring never fails to put on a show no matter what the weather throws at it. I picked my first Iris unguicularis 'Mary Barnard' last week and hopefully if the weather stays mild there will be many more to follow.

Day-trip to Co Wexford November 2013

23 November 2013 23:49:52
Day-trip to Co Wexford November 2013

Day-trip to Co Wexford November 2013

On Thursday last Paddy and myself headed off down to Wexford to visit Johnstown Castle Gardens. It had been many years since we had last visited. The castle is still in good repair but does not seem to be in use, which is a pity.

The gardens were looking beautiful with the brilliant autumn colour that is being enjoyed all over the country this year. The walled garden was closed, which was a disappointment to us. We will have to try and visit again during the summer.

Later on in the day we went down to Rosslare Strand which is not far away and I managed to take a few photos of a hotel garden which backs on to the beach. The pampas grasses and echiums that are growing throughout the garden seems to fit in so well with their surroundings.

On our way back we passed a garden which we used to visit many years ago in Shortalstown, but has changed ownership and now looks as if it is no longer cared for. This garden had many tender plants thriving in the mild climate it enjoyed. The house and garden had been in the same family for a very long time and it is sad to see it now. 


18 November 2013 16:31:19

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I was in our local book shop over the weekend and came across a new gardening book by Dermot O'Neill based on his garden at Clondyglass, which was also made into a series by RTE. It is a very well produced book with very good photos of the garden and close up of some beautiful plants. This could be a very nice gift for a gardening friend and oneself this Christmas. I hope Dermot has every success with it.

Sad to see the end of Gardener's World for this year.

Next Sunday morning Alan Titchmarsh's programme will feature Sissinghurst Gardens, Kent, one not to be missed.

This Album is now showing

13 November 2013 09:26:56

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I started an album on the 6th of November but got distracted and put no photographs in it. Last night I added the photographs so here it is now: 



How Nature Can Reclaim a Ghost Estate.

09 November 2013 22:02:09
How Nature Can Reclaim a Ghost Estate.

How Nature Can Reclaim a Ghost Estate.

A very pretty housing estate was built in the small village of Stradball, Co. Waterford during the Celtic Tiger years. This little village with its pretty village green lies on the Waterford coast between Tramore and Dungarvan. Houses in this estate were priced just short of one million euros and only the best was used in the build. It is a shame to see all of the fiteen houses fall into decay and nature to take over in the beautiful gardens that were created at the time of the building. 

A foggy morning during September, Paddy and myself went out to Stradbally to take a few photos around the village and the beach and it was like entering a deserted village when you came upon the houses. Weeds are flourishing along- side the beautiful selection of plants that were planted in the gardens. In one of the gardens a large wild life pond was constructed but today the water is invaded with reeds and rushes. 

I will put up an album to let you see the eeriness of the area.

Waterford City Council Environmental Awards

05 November 2013 22:52:38

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The Waterford City Council annual Environmental Awards were held this evening at City Hall. Several members of the local garden club, Waterford Garden Plant Society, were among the recipients. 


George and Rae Power were awarded the prize for best overall garden. 

Michael & Anna Gallagher and Seamus & Eileen Fitzpatrick also received awards. 

Gardening Programme Reminder for Sunday Mornings.

03 November 2013 10:36:43

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As the gardening year is coming to an end I was glad to see that BBC2 has a repeat of 'Alan Titchmarsh's Garden Secrets' at 8.30 on Sunday morning and it is followed by 'Gardener's World'. It is nice to see gardens with their beautiful summer flowers when our own gardens are falling into decay and no matter how much work you do to clean and tidy, well mine still looks miserable. I read a few comments that the feature on the bulbs flowering in Holland in 'Gardener's World' was a let down in the programme, but the brilliant colours did give me a nudge to get planting some tulips for the spring.

Mount Usher gardens is closing today for the winter so if you live near get out for a final visit while the weather is so nice after the wind of the last few days.

Waterford Garden Plant Society will be hosting a talk by Angela Juppe on Wednesday 6th in the Parish Hall, Dunmore Road at eight if any Waterford area member is interest. 


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