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Gracedieu Lass's Journal January 2014

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Snowdrop Talk in Cork

31 January 2014 09:43:59

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Tuesday, 4th February, at the SMA Hall in Wilton, Cork, 8pm

“Snowdrops, Harbingers of Spring”

If you are in the Cork area on Tuesday evening next and have an interest in snowdrops you might like to come to this talk. I will do my best to inform and entertain you and if that fails, there is a pub nearby. lol

Paddy

Gardening At Long Last.

28 January 2014 21:19:38

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Today was a reasonable good day, dull but DRY. We got out in the garden early this morning and only had a break for lunch and it felt that we were making some headway with the tidy up.

The snowdrops are really starting to make an impact at last and the hellebores are not far behind.

In the lane I have a shrub of Corylopsis pauciflora which is just about to burst into flower and it is a joy to see at this time of year. I spotted a flower on my Magnolia grandiflora today which is way out of season. 

Sorry to hear that Dublin was getting a wetting today, but the forcast seems to be good up until Friday. So Happy Gardening.

Parcel Motel

27 January 2014 15:31:09

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Did a little shopping today and managed to order some dahlias from Sarah Raven. Hopefully, with sending them to Northern Ireland the postage will only cost me eight euro fifty. This is my first time using Parcel Motel so hopefully it will work out well. I hate to spend money outside of Ireland, but the garden centres don't seem to have much choice and some of the DIY stores stock seems very small and shrivelled. Looking forward to potting up a few dahlias next month. I am still on the hunt for Dahlia 'David Howard' and Dahlia  'Admiral Rawlings'. Dahlia 'Matt Amour' would be another one I would also like to add to my collection. This dahlia is an Irish plant from the gardens of Glenveagh, Co Donegal named after a former gardener. 

Weather miserable in Waterford today so not able to get out to do any gardening even though I have a garden club visiting in February to see the snowdrops and I feel the pressure to get things done.

Mount Congreve Gardens, 23 January 2014

25 January 2014 11:58:23

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We were very kindly invited in for a walk around the gardens on Thursday last. Lots of the camellias are coming into flower and Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postell' was scenting the woodland garden. A large collection of Galanthus woronowii was in flower with Galanthus nivalis and G. nivalis Flore Pleno to follow. 

Looking forward to the opening in March when the magnolias and rhododendrons will be starting to put on their display.

Small and Beautiful

24 January 2014 17:52:40

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A gift from a lady  of two beautiful little cyclamen coum who visited us last year  have flowered in the last few weeks. The lady from Carlow has a beautiful spring garden which is covered in snowdrops, crocus and cyclamen and I am so pleased to have these beautiful flowers in my garden.

Fran - Galanthus 'Mary Hely-Hutchinson'

24 January 2014 09:48:42

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Fran, here is a photograph from mid-November of G. 'Mary Hely-Hutchinson' showing the markings on the flower. 

 

The second photograh shows the foliage. Note the leaf is turned back on itself at the edges, explicative foliage, as in Galanthus plicatus. G. 'Mary Hely-Hutchinson' is a variant of G. plicatus so should have this foliage. 

 

Paddy

Hamamlis mollis 'Pallida'

20 January 2014 11:42:31

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The witch hazel has to be one of the best plants for this time of year. We planted this witch hazel about twenty five/six year ago when we moved into this house. I was shocked to see the price of them last Thursday when I was in Johnstown Garden Centre at forthy five euro for a small enough plant. It never fails to flower just coming up to Christmas and really comes into it's own during January. It is a plant that would suit a small garden and if cut and brought into the house, fills a room with a beautiful scent. The price may be off-putting but the pleasure it gives over the years is priceless.

 

I have added photos to my January 

 

 

 

 http://www.garden.ie/albumUpdate.aspx?idalbum=21692

 

 

Fota Plant Fair 2o14

18 January 2014 12:22:44

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Does anyone know what nurseries at coming to Fota in April next. I have just read Maureen's list of plant fairs that are taking place this year and with this miserale weather thoughts of new and interesting plants would cheer me up no end.

Johnstown Get-together. 2014

11 January 2014 10:24:14

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Have a great time tomorrow and loads of photos please. I am so disappointed not to be able to go. Enjoy the BIG plant swap. 

Todays Floods January 6th 2014

06 January 2014 16:53:24

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Happy Little Christmas to everyone. Stuck in all day due to the flooding on the road. I am all tellied out now. 

January Floods 2014.

03 January 2014 13:47:39

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We are still stranded due to the flooding on the road. Winds and huge tides are responsible for the swell in water levels.  Twelve o'clock this lunchtime when the tides are at their lowest the road is still flooded. Hopefully, the next tide will not be driven by such strong winds and the water may receed.

John is returning to UCC this Sunday so with any luck we maybe able  to drive him down tomorrow. He has a part-time job and was not able to get in today. Lets hope the storm that is forcast for Sunday will not be to bad.

Stay safe if you are travelling over the week-end.

January Album 2014

02 January 2014 23:52:07
Christmas Rose

Christmas Rose

The road outside our house is flooded to about a foot deep tonight. It has been a number of years since we last had floods to this extent, but with the high tides and strong winds the river has broken into the fields. The forcast for the moring tide is even higher so we will be cut off for most of the day until the tide receeds.

Paddy took a few photos in the garden today and what a lovely day is was up until about two o'clock when the showers started and the wind began to howl. I managed to get into the garden this mornig and clean the dead foliage from some alpine sinks and dress them with fresh grit. I always look forward to having alpine plants and bulbs in flower during the spring into early summer.

I am going to make an effort to put an album up for each month this year so that I can look back and see the difference from one year to the next. It is lovely to see some of the early flowering shrubs and plants looking so well despite the terrible weather of the last week.

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