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Gracedieu Lass's Journal January 2015

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Diary Dates For February 2015.

29 January 2015 14:52:34
Diary Dates For February 2015.

Diary Dates For February 2015.

A few weeks ago Moya made a suggestion that it would be great if some announcement could be made for outings and events that would be of interest to the members, so I have decided to put up the following events for the coming month. It is not ideal but may be better than nothing. I know that there are other talks this month that would be of interest to members but I have no details so will update it when I get the info. Any better idea please suggest it.

Feb. 4th Waterford Garden Plant Society 8pm Noeleen Smyth"When Plants Go Bad" Fee non members.

Feb. 7th Altamont Snowdrop Gala. Jim Jermyn and Matt Bishop. Rare snowdrops for sale. Fee.

Feb. 8th Woodville Walled Garden, Kilchreest, Co Galway. Talk by Paul Smyth Fee €10. A series of walks 2pm-5pm Fri. Sat.and Sun throughout Feb with head gardener Marie.

Feb. 9th-15th Altamount Gardens Snowdrop Week.

Feb. 12th IGPS National Botanic Gardens 8pm Paddy Tobin " Snowdrops in an Irish Garden.

Feb. 14th Snowdrop Day at Belllefield House Shinrone, Birr with Naomi Slade, Paul Smyth and Angela Jupe.  Fee.

Feb. 15th IGPS, Munster Branch visit to Altamount Gardens. 11 am.

Feb. 19th Alpine Garden Society St. Bridget's Parish Centre, Stillorgan 8pm Rob Potterton.

Feb. 22nd Burton House, Nass. Talk and Walk with Assumpta Broomfield 12pm Fee €6.

Primrose Hill Garden, Lucan, Co Dublin opens for the month.

Feb. 26th Co. Wexford Garden and Flower Club. 8pm Paddy Tobin "Snowdrops in an Irish Garden" Fee non members.

Feb. 26th Cork Alpine and Hardy Plant Society, Val Bourne 8pm Talk on Snowdrops. Fee non members.

Feb. 26th Limerick Garden Plant Group 8pm will  host a talk given by Assumpta Broomfield on Irish snowdrops.

Primula vulgaris " Elizabeth Dickey"

28 January 2015 19:02:28
Primula vulgaris ' Elizabeth Dickey'

Primula vulgaris ' Elizabeth Dickey'

This is an old Irish primula that Elizabeth from Cork was trying to trace. The photo is bad as it was photographed from a book A Heritage of Beauty, by Dr Charles Nelson.

Snowdrop Season.

28 January 2015 14:31:27

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 January is just about coming to an end and I think that it is the month that is hated by most people. St. Bridget's Day marks the start of spring for me and also the start of the snowdrops season. I possibly visit more gardens during the month of February than any other month of the year.  It is amazing that these small white bobbing flowers can get us out from the heat of our homes to visit gardens near and far. I look forward to it more and more every year, seeing mass planting of this delightful little flower. Sometimes, seeing the RUE ( rare, unusual and expensive) types and meeting up with friends, who I may only see once a year. Looking forward to the next few weeks travelling the highways and byways and all we need now is the weather to be kind to us.

Flower Painting.

27 January 2015 19:24:25

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A week or so ago we were contacted by a lady to ask if she could come and paint a snowdrop that is growing in our garden. The snowdrop originated in a garden in Co. Wexford and is going to be officially named very soon. Today the botanic artist arrived and started to sketch and measure the snowdrop and took lots of photos of this very pretty snowdrop. I am looking forward to seeing the painting when it is finished. In all the years I have been gardening I never imagined that something like this would happen. Sort of weird.

Original Birds Eye Photo.

24 January 2015 08:46:01
 Original Birds Eye Photo.

Original Birds Eye Photo.

This is the original photo of the one that I had cropped down to show a close up of my garden from above. You can see the three bridges that cross the Suir connecting Waterford on the south to Kilkenny on the northside. The nearest bridge is the new bridge which was constructed only about six years ago, Thomas Francis Meagher Bridge. The second bridge is an old railway bridge, not in use anymore, known as The Red Iron Bridge and the third bridge is the main bridge into the town itself, Rice Bridge. The arrow marks our patch.

Garden From Above.

23 January 2015 22:45:14
Garden From Above.

Garden From Above.

I came across an aerial photo of the new bridge that crosses the River Suir connecting Waterford on the south side to Kilkenny on the north.  Our garden was in the photo so I zoomed in on it to get a closed view of our garden from above. 

Tropical or What.

23 January 2015 13:20:54

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One of the shrubs I came across on my visit to Mount Congreve this week was Fatsia polycarpa in full flower on a grey winters day. This fatsia was planted in the shelter of the wall near the pagoda. The flowers are huge and look stunning against the glossy green leaves.

Mount Congreve January, 2015

23 January 2015 13:02:30

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I was out for a walk in Mount Congreve during the week and the amount of work that the gardeners have carried out over the last few months is phenomenal. After the storm of last February and the floods in January the work that had to be done was enormous. The garden has been cleared of most of the huge trees that came down on that terrible day and the amount of new planting has refreshed the woodland so much. The alpine garden has been replanted with some lovely treasures which will flower over the coming months. Bulbs are pushing up through the soil and a lovely display of snowdrops and iris are now in flower. The scent of Daphna bholua filled the whole woodland.

The gardens are due to open next March.

Snowdrop Season is Here.

22 January 2015 21:46:11

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 One of the signs of Spring has to be the appearance of the common snowdrop. Last year we were luck to be offered a large amount of galanthus nivalis to plant into a small piece of lawn that we had put some spring bulbs into over a few years. A lovely sunny day here has helped the snowdrops to open and it looks like the bulb lawn will be a success after the work we put into it.  Other named snowdrops are starting to slowly flower and over the next few week we will be enjoying them. Looking forward to visiting snowdrop gardens this spring.

Great British Garden Rivival.

22 January 2015 09:49:58

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A great programme last evening from the "Great British Garden Revivial" series. Those paeonies  were to die for.  All the gardens featured were just stunning. Loved Clare Austin's garden just because there were so many paeonies, but Kiftsgate Garden was just amazing. It was also nice to see Charlie Dimmock back on our screens again, not liked by everyone, I know.

Show Me Your Garden.

19 January 2015 17:21:20
Show Me Your Garden.

Show Me Your Garden.

A reminder to everyone that Bruno's garden is featured in the episode  of " Show Me Your Garden" to be broadcast on Janurary 30th at eight on Sky1. Set the record button now or find someone who has Sky 1 to let you in to view it.

Snowdrop Outing.

19 January 2015 17:00:47
 Snowdrop Outing.

Snowdrop Outing.

Anyone interested in visiting Burton House for the talk and tour of the garden on Ferbruary 22nd next. The talk and tour is been given by Assumpta Broomfield. I have read that there is also a vast planting of winter aconite in the gardens.

Summer Delight

19 January 2015 14:10:55
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Summer Delight

On a grey day like today would it not be just wonderful to be lucky enough to be the owner of this.

Narcissus" Jenny" A Week On.

06 January 2015 16:40:37

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After a week from been picked Narcissus "Jenny" has changed it's appearance.

Narcissus " Jenny"

05 January 2015 20:43:26

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Narcissus " Jenny" are the first daffodil to flower in our garden. This year, maybe because of the mild weather, they are at least two week ahead of normal. Joan do these daffodils look like yours? I find that the trumpet fades to a pale yellow as it matures.

Summer Photos.

04 January 2015 19:44:52

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I was hoping to up-load an album of our visit to Wollerton Old Hall last summer but was not able to do so.  The site still does not accommodite an iPad to up-load an album, a pity. It was a beautiful summer's day when we were there and the garden was out-standing.

We have had very bad telephone and internet connections over the Christmas and New Year, but it seems to have been repaired over the week-end, so hopefully it will last.

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