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Gracedieu Lass's Journal

Gracedieu Lass's Journal July 2014

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Waterford Garden Trail.

21 July 2014 15:36:57

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Tonight on RTE I at 7 o' clock, Nationwide is doing a feature on some of the very large gardens in Co. Waterford. Mount Congreve is one of the gardens to be featured  as well as Cappoquin House and other gardens in the west Waterford area. I visited Cappoquin House last Saturday with our local garden club And the photos on this journal are of the garden.

A reminder of the coverage of the Tatton Park Flower Show BBC 2 Thursday and again on Friday at 7.30.

A Room for your Scented Pelargoniums.

19 July 2014 22:02:15
 A Room for your Scented Pelargoniums.

A Room for your Scented Pelargoniums.

Our local garden club had a visit to Cappoquin House today and attached to the house was this beautiful conservatory which was packed with beautiful scented Pelargoniums. The cast iron stands displayed the plants so well and the size of the plants as they climbed the walls and tumbled down from their stands was just amazing. 

Liga and Rachel came to mind as soon as I saw it. They would be in heaven.

New Hydrangea

16 July 2014 21:25:23
New Hydrangea

New Hydrangea

I bought this Hydrangea aspera "Hot Chocolate" today and for €9.99 I think it was great value. I love it's soft velvet leaves  and the colour looks very good.

Lamb's Cross Garden. July 2014

16 July 2014 10:40:17

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Had the pleasure of visiting Lamb's Cross Garden a few weeks ago. The garden is owned by Mr and Mrs McGuire who lavish care and attention on their very beautiful patch. Mrs McGuire is a memer of the Alpine Garden Society, so for anyone interested in alpines this is a must-see. The roses were the stars of the show on the day that we visited and they were brimming with life. The garden has different areas but some how it is not claustrophobic as can happen in a small garden. The hedges in the garden are immaculate and there is a pond that is in scale with the size of the garden. The garden is a lesson in design and the combinations in planting is just suberb. 

The Deed is Done.

14 July 2014 16:45:10

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I took Jacinta's advice and potted up the"tubers" (I don't know what the roots are called) of the roscoea. I had five little plants so hopefully they will continue to grow and maybe next year they might start to flower.

Advice.

14 July 2014 12:28:35

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I grew these Roscoeas from seed that Liga kindly gave me last September and I now want to know should I pot them up, one to each pot, or just pot on in bulk. They were sown into seed compost last September and since spring I have been feeding them with a comfrey feed. 

TV Programme Alert.

07 July 2014 08:41:06

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Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is on this week and tonight on BBC 2 at 8.30 the first of three programmes is being broadcast. Hope Bruno has a great visit to the show and enjoys his time in London. 

Rachel's Garden. 6th July 2014.

07 July 2014 07:44:33
Alstromerias from Rachel's garden

Alstromerias from Rachel's garden

Travelling from Limerick to Wexford yesterday we experienced some dreadful downpours but when we arrived at Rachel's garden the sun was out to greet us. The garden was looking beautiful in the summer sun and I am sure benifited from the rain showers of the last few days.

On entering the garden, the beech hedge has come on so much in the last few years and it shows off beautifully the white trunks of the birch trees. On the right hand-side of the drive is the West Garden which is filled with scent from the roses, lillies and philadelphus which are growing there. A huge brugmansia towers over this garden adding to the overall effect.

On the left-hand side of the drive you enter the garden through one of three arches which are covered with roses and clematis. This area now divides up into several different gardens with well tended grass paths to take you along on your journey. You will pass flower beds that are full of grasses, lillies and summer flowering perennials. As you head up to the top of the garden you come to Rachel's hardy orchid bed and carnivorous plants. The glasshouse is full of all sorts of orchid, pelargonium, and now her collection of protea, which are growing from seed. Pelargonium plants are displayed around the garden in large and small groupings. The flower bed in front of the glasshouse is packed with colour and here massive echiums are thriving

We met Hazel soon after we arrived and Rachel gave us so much of her time as she brought us around, naming plants and answering our many questions. There were lots of visitors and I am sure she was wrecked by the time the day was over. If you are thinking of visiting next week, you will not be dissappointed. Many thanks Rachel for you kindness during our visit.

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