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Gracedieu Lass's Journal March 2015

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Living in Hope.

19 March 2015 17:54:02
Beschorneria yuccodes.

Beschorneria yuccodes.

It looks like my Beschorneria yuccodes is going to flower this year. It is about twenty years old and flowered very well over the years, but in the two bad winters we had, it was badly hit and has not flowered until now. Fingers crossed this year it will be back to it's old ways. It produces a stunning red flower spike, six feet and arching over.

My Favourite Daffodil.

19 March 2015 17:45:18
Narcissus 'Casata'.

Narcissus 'Casata'.

My favourite daffodil has to be this one. It is Narcissus "Casata" which I have had for a long number of years and it never fails to impress.

Visit to Mount Congreve Today.

13 March 2015 22:41:46

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Todays weather certainly made up for the rain and wind of yesterday, wall to wall sunshine. Mount Congreve Gardens in Waterford has opened it's gates to visitors from this weekend on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday until the end of October. The magnolias are starting to bloom and will continue over the coming weeks. Camellias, Rhododendrons and Pieris are now at their very best flowering through the woodland. A wonderful view of the magnolias is from just beyond the temple where you are looking down on the tops of the trees. If you are anywhere near Waterford in the next few months it is well worth a visit.

Corylopsis pauciflora.

13 March 2015 08:12:36

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This shrub in my mind is one of the best flowering early spring shrubs. It has beautiful delicate pale yellow flowers which last for more than a month. It has been flowering for the last two week and even with the dark rainy day yesterday, it brings a light glow to the lane. It also has the added advantage of turning a great colour in the autumn. It only grows to about four to five feet, so is ideal for a small garden and brings a spring freshness to any garden.

My Favourite Hellebore.

12 March 2015 21:43:58
My Favourite Hellebore.

My Favourite Hellebore.

This dark hellebore has to be my favourite. I must have it at least fifteen years and it never fails to impress. Despite the rain and strong winds of the last two days the trees and shrubs are starting to leaf up and some of the spring flowering shrubs are starting to flower now, so plenty to look forward in the coming weeks.

Yellow Fever.

12 March 2015 21:36:15

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A beautiful little daffodil which has just started flowering in the garden in the last few days is Narcissus 'MW Brown". A delicate primrose yellow flower that has stood up to dreadful wind and rain of recent days.

New Book on Kilmacurragh Gardens.

10 March 2015 18:38:43
Kilmacurragh : sourced in the wild.

Kilmacurragh : sourced in the wild.

Paddy has just got a new book to review on the gardens at Kilmacurragh, Co.  Wicklow. The book, written by Megan Beirne, writer and visual artist, tells the history of the house and garden at Kilmacurragh which had been cared for by successive generations of the Acton family. The garden has many trees and rhododendrons sourced in the wild by Sir Joseph Hooker in the eighteen hundreds from  the Himalayas and a prized collection of conifers. The book is beautifully illustrated with hundreds of Megan's excellent photographs. For anyone who is a frequent visitor to the gardens this book will be of interest. A good present for Mother's Day.

 

UPDATE: 

BOOK LAUNCH: This Thursday, 12th March at 6.30p.m. at The Library, Royal Dublin Society, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 with introduction by Thomas Pakenham


Enquiries: 05394 20198 / 086 835 2233
info@meganobeirne.com
www.meganobeirne.com

Meet the Girls.

07 March 2015 16:35:06

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A few months ago two dogs got into the hen run and killed one of our chickens. The dogs, Jack Russells, belonged to one of our neighbours, who was very sorry for what his dogs had done. Well, yesterday he arrived with two young hens for us, who have now been named, Margot and Patty. They seem to be getting on fine with the other hens so far.

First Pick.

07 March 2015 16:23:48
First Pick.

First Pick.

We have just picked the first of the Rhubarb today. We had it under a bucket to force it. I love the first tender sticks of rhubarb cooked in orange juice, soo delicious.

Gardener's World.

05 March 2015 21:39:46
Gardener's World.

Gardener's World.

Gardener's World returns tomorrow evening at 8.30 pm on BBC 2, so don't forget. It is usually repeated on Sunday morning if you do.

Cornus Mas.

04 March 2015 17:44:16

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A lovely shrub/small tree for this time is the Cornus mas. It is deciduous and turns a good colour in autumn. It can be pruned hard after flowering if space is a problem and it is also an alternative to either a Forsythia or a Viburnum bodnantense which seem to be more popular.

Jan/Feb Album 2015

01 March 2015 10:57:27
Narcissus 'Jenny'

Narcissus 'Jenny'

A lot of photos of flowers that have bloomed in the garden over the last two months. The first of March, Saint Daivid's Day, start of Spring and what a miserable day.

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