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Gracedieu Lass's Journal

Gracedieu Lass's Journal December 2014

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Sad News.

20 December 2014 22:44:09

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Some of you may remember the journal I wrote a few weeks ago about all the pots that I received as a gift from an old gentleman who had sold his house and garden and was returning to England. Well,today we got a telephone call to say he had passed away earlier this morning. He had only been back in England eight days and was living in a retirement home, so it was so sad to hear the news this afternoon. The photos are of his garden that I took a little over a week ago.

Galanthus plicatus " Mary Hely Hutchinson"

08 December 2014 23:04:29

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This is the first galanthus plicatus to flower in the garden and it has been flowering for the last three weeks. Looking forward to the snowdrop season starting in the next few weeks. Have just seen on FB that the snowdrop day in Altamont in February has Jim Jermyn and Matt Bishop speaking, so should be a good day. Is anyone from the site going?

Medler Jelly.

05 December 2014 14:05:42

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Some members may remember that I showed a photo of a large dish of medlers that I had "bletting" in order to make some jelly. Wednesday afternoon I decided that they looked shriveled enough to boil and strained them and yesterday I made the jelly.  From my large dish, I only got two and a third jars of jelly, so yield was very low. However, it tastes delicious, so will do it again and it sets quickly which is a bonus.

My New Pot.

04 December 2014 14:27:17
My New Pot.

My New Pot.

Spent my day yesterday emptying this very large pot and it is now ready for me to take it home. I have just arranged to borrow a trailer and will collect it on Saturday. I had to empty it as it was impossible to move and hopefully the acer will survive the hacking to it's roots. Very pleased with my lovely present.

My Three Photos of the Year.

02 December 2014 16:43:09

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Gardens are not always about the flowers that you grow but often about the people that visit, share plants and their time with you. I had two Open Days this year, one for our local garden club in February to see the snowdrops and one for a local charity in June and the good will and the friendship that came from those days was wonderful. Over the summer, I have had people return with friends to visit, some joined the local garden club as a result and of course plants have been swapped, all because of an Open Day.

It has also been great to visit gardens with ie. members over the summer months and even to crib or praise TV gardening programmes.

Paddy and myself had great visits to many members gardens this year starting with Elizabeth's garden in Cobh in March and that kind invitation came because we met her at Fota Plant Fair to Ted K's garden because we met him in Blarney in September. Spur of the moment visits, the best.

So for me, I think it is the people that adds so much to the gardening year.

Davidia involucrata var. vilmoriniana.

02 December 2014 15:11:36

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What a long name, but today we were on a visit to Mount Congreve Gardens and we decided to stroll up by the White Quarry where there is a number of Davidia trees growing and which looked  stunning in the early summer. Those beautiful flowers have now set a huge number of seed that look nearly as good against the blue sky as the flowers did in summer.

Early Christmas Present.

01 December 2014 17:45:35

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Got a lovely surprise today as some roscoeas that I had ordered a few months ago from Plants with Altitude arrived. They were very nice tuber/roots and well packed so no damage was done during their journey. Potted them up this afternoon and will store them in the glasshouse over the winter and plant them out next summer. The ones that I bought were Roscoea purpurea " Wisley Amethyst, Roscoea purpurea Rubra, Roscoea "Harvington Raw Silk", Roscoea " Harvington Evening Star" and Roscoea cautleyoides      "Pennine Purple". Postage was not bad as I got them using Parcel Motel.

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