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Gracedieu Lass's Journal May 2015

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Bloom Purchases.

30 May 2015 15:57:12
Bloom Purchases.

Bloom Purchases.

Had a lovely day at Bloom yesterday. Met Jacinta and Gretta at the Show Gardens and had a long chat. Margaret and Ted K were busy buying plants in the marquee and later we ran into Rachel and Liga sauntering around after a long day. 

Bought a few plants and saw those very expensive hydranges, beautiful.

My haul for the day was :Polemonium caeruleum 'Purple Rain', Geranium maculatum Red leaf,  Vancouveria hexandra, Geum ' Mai Tai',  3 Primula chungensis and three bulbs of Scadoxus multiflorus, nothing very unusual, but nice to have something coming home.

Greatest Gardens.

30 May 2015 14:50:23
Greatest Gardens.

Greatest Gardens.

A little snippet before Gardener's World last night and it seemed very good.

Reminder.

27 May 2015 23:19:58
Reminder.

Reminder.

Just a quick note to remind you all about the new TV programme on BBC2 on June 1st. Busy week-end for gardeners with Bloom happening and I hope everyone has a great time there and the weather is kind to us. I am going on Friday and maybe I will bump into some of you.

As regards Greatest Gardens, a friend of mine is featured in one of the three programmes, so looking forward to seeing her garden as I have not been there for about three years.

Good Idea Bad Idea.

27 May 2015 10:51:21
Good Idea Bad Idea.

Good Idea Bad Idea.

Yesterday I was visiting Mount Congreve gardens and when walking down the Paeonia walk one of the gardeners was busy cutting off the small buds from the paeonies. She told me that cutting of the small buds will make the remaining buds flower much bigger, which makes perfect sense. This morning I decided to do the same to one of mine, Paeonia 'Jan van de leeuwen' and I removed twenty six buds. Now, most of my paeonies could not afford to have buds removed, but it will be interesting to see how it will flower this year.

Amsonia for Myrtle.

27 May 2015 10:37:22

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A few weeks Myrtle visited Mount Congreve and saw an Amsonia growing in the walled garden and was wondering if she should plant one in her garden as she likes 'hard working' plants. I promised her that I would up load a few photos of the plant as it grew over the months. It is just about to flower now and hopfully, if we get a bit of warm settled weather, it should be in full flower within the next week or so. Myrtle, I will post another photo when in full flower.

President Michael D. Higgins.

26 May 2015 21:54:18

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Rhododendron President Michael D Higgins has recently been named and is now thriving in Mount Congreve. The Rhodo was a cultivar raised by Michael White the curator of the garden a number of years ago. It was planted out in a public area of the garden, near Doyle's Wood, and has been flowering for the last week and  looking very good. 

Jovellana violacea.

24 May 2015 21:24:03

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A beautiful little shrub that is flowering in our garden over the last few weeks. I have this shrub for over twenty years and it has survived all weathers.

New Television Gardening Programmes.

24 May 2015 14:17:53
New Television  Gardening Programmes.

New Television Gardening Programmes.

I have been just reading The Irish Garden magazine and came across this snippet on two new television programmes which will be screened soon. BBC Northern Ireland, on June 1st will have a three-part series with Helen Dillon and Diarmuid Gavin at seven thirty, something to look forward too. We all must be 'Chelseaed-out' by now.

Roscoea 'Harvington Raw Silk.'

24 May 2015 08:33:33
Roscoea 'Harvington Raw Silk.'

Roscoea 'Harvington Raw Silk.'

Paddy's photo of the Roscoea from yesterday for Jacinta. I bought six different Roscoea last autumn form Plants with Altitude and this is the second one to flower and all the rest have snout above ground.

Dunmore House Carrigans Co. Donegal.

23 May 2015 08:48:53

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The final garden we visited on our trip to Donegal last weekend was to the beautiful garden of John and Maryette McFarland. The walled garden dates back to the late seventeen hundreds and it is divided into many different areas. A large pond is sited at the bottom of the garden surrounded by primulas and hostas and other damp loving plants. There is also a collection of ericaceous plants, rose beds and a towering Redwood stands sentinel towards the centre with paths radiating from it. Vegetables and fruit bushes are also growing amongst the flowers. The is an interesting collection of sundials throughout the garden. We were blessed with weather and enjoyed the garden in beautiful sunshine. We were later invited to take tea in the house which brought our visit to Donegal to a lovely end.

Hello Dolly.

22 May 2015 21:29:33

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I would like to introduce you to a lovely new geum that I was kindly given a few months ago by Margaret(Hosta) when we visited Altamont Gardens. Geum 'Dolly North' is a beautiful double orange flower which is so zingy in colour that it stands out in the border. Geums seem to be all over the Chelsea Flower Show this year planted with blue iris and wine coloured circium. Googled it to see if it was an Irish plant and had it any connection with Mrs Corona North of Altamount Gardens, but sadly no.

Garden Trail Leaflets, Antique or What.

19 May 2015 09:47:51

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What a difference technology has made to visiting gardens. I was looking for a phone number of a garden this morning and went to Shirley Lanigan's book 'A Guide to Irish Gardens' to see if I could find it, but when I opened the book a mountain of leaflets and instructions on gardens tumbled out. I am sure some of these gardens are long gone and the gardeners have passed away, but I think I will return them to the book and keep them as reminders of past gardens and gardeners. The only one with a date was our local garden club outing to Bunclody and Tullow July 2003, which was hand written.

'A Guide to Irish Gardens' was published in 2001 by O'Brien Press Ltd.

Review of Jane Powers book, The Irish Garden.

19 May 2015 08:48:42
 Review of Jane Powers book, The Irish Garden.

Review of Jane Powers book, The Irish Garden.

 

A review that might be of interest  as two of our members are mentioned. John Grimshaw felt that both Conrad and Bruno's gardens deserved to be included in the book, what a honour.

 

 

 

 

http://johngrimshawsgardendiary.blogspot.ie/2015/05/the-irish-garden.htm

 

Foxrock Gardens, Stove, Co Donegal.

18 May 2015 15:09:27

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Just back from a great weekend in Donegal. The AGM of the Irish Garden Plant Society was being hosted by the Northern Committee at Glenveagh Gardens, which was the reason for our visit.

On Friday afternoon we visited the beautiful seaside garden of Margot Caldwell, on the Inisowen peninsula. The three quarter acre garden is terraced and the house is on the top terrace giving wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.  A curving path brings you down from the upper level to the lawn and pond area at the bottom. As you make your way down the path you are enveloped by the surrounding plants. The pond on the level area below the terraces is surrounded by moisture loving plants, primula japonica, in various colours from deep red to the palest of pinks. Also under mature trees were beautiful plantings of spring bulbs and the tulips at this time were the stars of the show.

Margot welcomed us to her lovely garden on very short noticed and we spent a lovely afternoon in her company and her other visitors, Robert and Kathleen. 

Guess where!

16 May 2015 06:24:21

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We are in County Donegal. 

Can you guess whose garden we visited?

England's 'Bloom' I think not.

11 May 2015 17:09:13
England's 'Bloom' I think not.

England's 'Bloom' I think not.

Margaret (Hosta) told us about this programme last week. It is starting tonight on BBC at eight pm. It cannot be as bad as Supergarden, can it?

May Album 2015

09 May 2015 19:42:43
Geum 'Princess Juliana'

Geum 'Princess Juliana'

What a differece in the weather from yesterday to today, a nice bright spring day and the temperatures were not bad either. We had a visit from a Cork gardening club today and was glad that the weather held up for them while visiting Waterford. 

I have put up an album of flowers and trees that are looking good over the last week despite the dreadful weather. Have been good keeping my resolution to put up an album every month for this year.

RHS Malvern Show.

08 May 2015 17:08:55
RHS Malvern Show.

RHS Malvern Show.

Don't forget tonight at eight thirty on BBC 2 Gardener's World from the Malvern Show.

Primula Francesca.

06 May 2015 08:28:33

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Blooming in the garden for the last week or so is this beautiful little primula. It was kindly given to me by Rachel when she visited a few years ago. We divided it last year and now have a nice little patch. The plant was grown as part of a bedding scheme on a roundabout when it was spotted by a woman a number of years ago.  It originated in Canada. I don't think it is hard to get and well worth growing.

Reminder.

05 May 2015 17:50:14

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Don't forget to tune into Supergarden tonight at eight thirty on RTE 1 for another gripping episode. It has to improve. You might forget it after the sun drenched holiday weekend. Dreadful weather in Waterford today, so changeable. I had to give up gardening with all the showers.

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