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Gracedieu Lass's Journal November 2014

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Show Me Your Garden.

28 November 2014 12:08:24
Show Me Your Garden.

Show Me Your Garden.

A new programme starting on January 2nd 2015 " Show Me Your Garden" will be broadcast at eight o'clock on Sky 1 HD. Our own Bruno is taking part and his garden will be featured in the programme that was filmed in Ireland. The programme covers other areas of England and Scotland each night. The idea is that four gardeners from an area visit each other's gardens and pass comments, good or bad. Should be interesting to peep into private gardens, but hope it is not nasty like some of these type of programmes. 

Just had a look to see if we have Sky 1 HD, but afraid not. Looking forward to all the reports on it. 

Put this journal up as I know some members are not on FB and might miss it.

Best wishes to Bruno.

Camellia sasanqua "Narumigita"

27 November 2014 11:48:10

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Camellia sasanqua "Narumigita", a beautiful single white flower with a hint of pink, that has been flowering for the last month and will continue untill February. Likes a sheltered position but will tolerate temperatures down to -5. Despite the cold weather yesterday, I did notice that the white flowers did not turn brown as often happens to spring flowering white camellia japonica. If you have the space, a camellia to consider for the winter garden.

Rhododendron "Christmas Cheer"

20 November 2014 10:08:57

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This rhododendron has been flowering now for the past few weeks. It is a little early this year, but a welcome sight. It is not very showy like a lot of the spring flowering rhododendrons but it'a main claim to fame is that it flowers so early. There seems to be a lot of forms of this plant and if you were considering adding it to your garden, then buying it when in flower would be advisable and also getting it from a good dependable nursery.

New purchases.

13 November 2014 22:09:40

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On Tuesday last we were on our way to Limerick to visit our son David and his family when we decided to visit Dundrum nursery for some hedging. They have a great selection of good sized plants and you will always find something different at a good price. We bought a Hamamelis "Orange Beauty" and a white berried Skimmia. The witch    hazel was just twenty euro for a large plant that when in flower would cost fifty euro plus.

Medlars.

13 November 2014 17:14:15
Medlars.

Medlars.

About fourteen years ago, Paddy sowed seed of  a medlar tree (Mespilius Germanica) which has developed into a very nice tree and this year was laden with fruit. Last week he picked them and brought them into the kitchen to begin bletting, a process by which the fruit starts to darken, soften and rot before they are made into a jelly. I have never tasted medlar jelly and am anxious to do so. I have a receipt for the jelly, but any tips on how to make it would be most welcome. 

Fionnuala Fallon, garden writer with The Irish Times has an article in last Saturday's Weekend magazine about the medlar and other less common fruit trees which maybe we should think of introducing into our gardens.

What Miserable Weather.

10 November 2014 14:31:23

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Today looks like it will be dark before the rain clears. I am getting cabin fever at this stage.  Got the seeds of hellebores that I ordered for Ashwood Nurseries in the post this morning, so happy with that. Will have to go out this afternoon for some seed compost and sow them tomorrow. Small amount of seeds in each packet and quite expensive. The seed that I bought were Helleborus Hybrids Pale Pink Shades, Helleborus Hybrids Claret Shades and Helleborus Hybrids Neon Shades. 

For something to do this morning! I took a few photos of the garden  from the livingroom window and the back and front door.

Pots Galore.

09 November 2014 14:06:46

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On Friday last I was asked if I would like some terracotta pots by a friend who is at present selling his house. Needless to say I jumped at the offer. Paddy and myself packed the car with as much as we could, but will have to return to take the rest. I was delighted with the lovely gift of the pots but there is a huge sadness that the owner is having to give up his hobby of many years because of old age. He has struggled along for the last four years on his own trying to maintain it with a little help but has in the last few months decided to call it a day. He, along with his wife have opened their garden to the public and for charity for many years and maybe some of you have visited it, but it is sad when such dedication comes to an end.

Glorious Gardens From Above.

05 November 2014 09:31:55

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A new gardening series starting on BBC 1 on November 10th "Glorious Gardens From Above" with Christine Walkden. It will run everyday over a three week period. It is being broadcast at 3.15 each day, not the best time, so will have to press the record button and series link. It sounds like the same format of a programme with Chris Beardshaw from many years ago. Christine is using a hot air ballon instead of a helicopter to drop in on gardens around the UK.

Callicarpa 'Profusion'.

04 November 2014 22:54:29

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My favourite shrub for this time of year is Callicarpa 'Profusion'' It is a shrub that fits well into a garden of any size and has the most wonderful glowing purple berries that you can imagine. The leaves turn a golden colour in autumn and combine beautifully with the berries. After the rain and wind of last weekend, the leaves have all fallen, but the berries at still amazing on the bare branches. 

Nerines

04 November 2014 22:37:26

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The nerines in the glasshouse are flowering this year over a long period and this maybe due to the mild weather we have experienced over the last few months. Nerine 'Zeal Giant' has large  shocking pink flowers which are very showy. Nerine 'Pink Surprise' has equally large flowers but are a softer pink. The more delicate flowers of Nerine undulata crispa have a very fine quality and are something different to grow. If you have glasshouse, they are a bulb that is well worth growing for the pleasure that they give at this time of year.

Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer'

04 November 2014 22:19:52

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 This rhododendron is always in flower for Christmas but this year it is flowering well ahead of what is normal. It keeps flowering for many months but never gives that stunning effect that other rhododendrons do. It is nice to have one that flowers this early.

Waterford Garden Plant Society

02 November 2014 13:41:40

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Waterford Garden Plant Society
Wed 5th Nov @ 8pm - St Joseph and Benildus Parish Hall, Newtown, Waterford

“Exotic Escapism” by Bruno Nicolai
"For Bruno, gardening isn’t just about producing something nice to look at. It’s about creating a world to experience. Using both hardy and tender, and the common and rare, this self-confessed plantaholic has developed colourful planting schemes oozing with exoticism, all within the confines of his Cork City garden. Join Bruno as he shares with you some of his favourite plants and takes you on a journey from desert to jungle."

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