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Gracedieu Lass's Journal

Gracedieu Lass's Journal October 2014

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For Elizabeth.

30 October 2014 11:22:54
 For Elizabeth.

For Elizabeth.

I know that Elizabeth is very fond of Nigel and I came upon this  photo on FB this morning and I thought she might like it as I think he is looking very well. The photo was to advertise that Bodnant Gardens are allowing people to walk their dogs in the gardens at certain times on certain days from now until February.

Nerine 'Zeal Giant'

30 October 2014 10:43:42

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One of the best Nerines now flowering in the glasshouse is 'Zeal Giant'. It has great big flowers and puts on a brilliant display each year and I think it is  one of the best. 

Out of Season

30 October 2014 10:40:02

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A hellebore which I bought last year in Altamont has started to flower well ahead of its normal season. It often happens that you get a stray early flower but this looks like the whole show is about to start. I have started to cut down the foliage from my other hellebores as I see flower buds appearing on many of them. 

Iris unguicularis

30 October 2014 10:35:03

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When most things are dying down now in the garden, Iris unguicuaris is now starting to make its appearance. Over the last two weeks I have picked the odd flower but yesterday I managed to have a little posy and hopefully this will continue in mild spells over the coming months.  

Grey Poplar in Birr Castle.

21 October 2014 12:01:52

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Yesterday, while visiting Birr Castle we came upon the Grey Poplar that had fallen during the storm last Feburary. This tree was one of the heritage trees that was written about by Aubrey Fennell in his book,"Heritage Trees of Ireland". This tree stood at 42m tall and had a girth of 6.28 before it was ripped from the ground by the wind on that dreadful day. It had been planted about two hundred years ago and was for those years growing happily on the limestone flood plains of the midlands. It is now lying on the bank of the river that flows through the estate and these are a few photos to show you how large a tree it was. I think it was featured on the news on RTE at the time and it was hoped that the wood could be used for some structure in the gardens. I am not a fan of poplars, but such a pity to see it lying there now.

Birr Castle, Co. Offaly. October 2014.

21 October 2014 05:39:35

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Yesterday, Paddy and myself decided to visit Birr Castle in Co.  Offaly. Despite the fact that is was a bit of a drive, it was soo well worth the effort. The gardens were just stunning with the richness of the autumn colour in the vast array of maples growing there. The river adds to the beauty of the garden and some wonderful bridges crossing it helps to view the garden from different points. I have put an album up on Garden.ie FB as I cannot put an album on the site from a iPad.

New gardening programme on BBC 2

19 October 2014 15:23:20
New gardening programme on BBC 2

New gardening programme on BBC 2

Starting Monday at 7pm on BBC 2, runs over five nights.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04mpwmf

A New Arrival.

19 October 2014 13:44:05

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Last Wednesday our new grandaughter, Anna was born. A beautiful little girl loved by all her family.

Gardening over the last few days has been put on the back boiler but with the bad weather forcast for Monday night, I will have to get out and make sure thing that might be blown away are brought in or at least moved to a sheltered position. The garden has at this stage very little to offer and it is now time to clear up over the coming weeks. 

The glasshouse is still providing some colour and as long as the frost stays away, flowering bulbs should continue for a while yet. It is nice to have somewhere to garden when the weather is not to kind.

Autumn scenes in the Garden. 2014

12 October 2014 13:18:49

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A lovely morning here in Waterford and the number of days like this are possibly limited as we run into winter. The garden at this time of the year is dishevelled and everything is beginning to die back. Lots of shrubs and trees have their autumn colour which could be blown away in the next gust of wind so we will enjoy it while it lasts. 

October Album 2014

08 October 2014 12:03:00

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We have had a night of heavy rain, thunder and lightning, and it is still too wet to go outdoors so I have passed a while  putting up an album. Hope you enjoy it. 

The Blarney Yew.

01 October 2014 09:30:21

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On a visit to Blarney last Saturday with the Irish Garden Plant Society Adam, headgardener,  brought us to the witch's kitchen to see possibly the oldest yew tree on the estate. It was growing out of rock and the roots had formed amazing patterns covering the boulders that protrude from the hillside.

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