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Gracedieu Lass's Journal

Gracedieu Lass's Journal September 2014

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Waterford Garden Plant Society.

29 September 2014 11:16:26

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Just a reminder that the Waterford Garden Plant Society are hosting a lecture on 1st October at 8 pm in St. Joseph and Benildus Centre, Newtown. The speaker for the evening is June Blake and the title of the talk is " All Gardening is Landscape Painting" June will have plants for sale on the night and members are free to attend and non-members, just five euros. I know that some iers are members and some are interested in joining the society, so that is the reason for the journal.

Other speakers over the coming months are Paul Maher of the National Botanic Gardens in November,  Noleen Smyth also from the NBG in February and Neil Portus, Head Gardener, Mount Stewart in March. We conclude the lectures in April with a visit from Billy Alexander from Kelly's Bay Gardens in Kerry.

Don't forget BBC 4 at 8 o'clock tonight for "Gardens in Time".

Ted K's Garden, September 2014

28 September 2014 19:34:46

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We went to visit Blarney Castle Gardens yesterday, met Ted and Margaret and went back to Ted's afterwards which all made for a wonderful day out. 

The garden was beautiful but Ted's cat insisted on stealing the show even outshining three energetic dogs. 

Kilmokea Gardens, Campile, Co. Wexford. 16th Septe

16 September 2014 21:26:23

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We had the most beautiful weather today and it was perfect for a visit to Kilmokea Gardens. 

Although it is now owned by the Hewletts I still see it as Colonel Price's garden and recall our visits there from many years ago. It was always an enjoyable garden to visit with a great atmosphere and a delightful selection of plants. 

I have borrowed Paddy's photographs from today to put up an album and I hope you enjoy them. 

A Great Plant for Late Summer.

13 September 2014 19:46:24

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Kniphofia caulescens has to be one of the best plants for this time of year. It is evergreen with glaucous finely toothed leaves and the flowers are coral red fading  to pale yellow. It flowers over a long period from late summer to mid autumn. The flower spikes are strong and are not broken in rain or wind. 

White Garden September 2014.

07 September 2014 15:32:40

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A few photos of my White Garden which has been flowering very well this summer and hopefully will continue for a few more weeks.

Saving the Hay.

07 September 2014 15:15:46

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Our wild flower/bulb meadow was cut last week-end and the grass has been left to dry out over the last week, so today we decided to collect it. After it was collected the only thing remained to do was to cut the grass with the lawn mower. The grass looks very "white" but over the coming weeks it should green up. Looking forward to seeing the snowdrops flowering in the spring when it starts all over again. We were very pleased to see an orchid appear this summer and we have sown yellow rattle so hopefully it will weaken grass growth.

September 2014.

05 September 2014 23:11:36

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Despite the very dry July and August the garden this year is not as dry as it was last year and plants are continuing to flower. I think the wet winter has helped and there is still some moisture in the soil. Dead heading plants over the next few weeks should help keep the show on the road until the first frost. The nerines and colchicums are now sending up their flower spikes  and the cyclamen,  at this stage are in full flower, so pink is the dominant colour in the garden. Hydranges are looking great  and have put on a huge amount of growth. Lots of trees and shrubs have a great display of berries but the leaves are starting to take on their autumn colour. If this dry sunny weather continues we should have  great autumn colour to enjoy. The summer maybe over, but there is plenty more plants to cheer us before the cold dark winter decends on us.

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