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Gracedieu Lass's Journal

Gracedieu Lass's Journal July 2015

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Carlow Garden Festival 2015

29 July 2015 08:32:41

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We attended two events yesterday which were run by the Carlow Garden Festival and we had a great day. The weather held up until it was time to go home, which we were very thankful for. In the morning we went to Altamont Gardens for a tour led by Dr Matthew Jebb, Director of the National Botanic Gardens. Dr. Jebb pointed out many rare and unusual plants growing in the garden which were planted many years ago by Mrs. Corona North.

In the afternoon we went to Hardymount Gardens near Tullow, the garden of Sheila Reeves Smyth. Anna Parord was the guest speaker here and she spoke about her life in gardening and the gardens she created herself over her lifetime, from a boat on the River Thames to her present home which she only moved to a few years ago. Anna is a lovely lady and gave her time so generously to sign books that so many of the audience has brought along. After the talk, a delicious afternoon tea was served on the lawn and it was nice to met up with friends again for a chat. However, the first of the showers came just as Robert Miller was making the draw for some beautiful plants from his nursery which he had kindly donated.

The Irish Garden Magazine.

24 July 2015 14:28:06
The Irish Garden Magazine.

The Irish Garden Magazine.

Get reading your Irish Garden magazine as one of our members is featured in this months edition. I was lucky enough to visit this beautiful garden a few months ago and I was delighted to see it in all it's glory on the pages of the magazine. Congrats to the lady herself. The article is wonderful, both photos and text.

Scadoxus multiflorus and Tatton Park

21 July 2015 12:00:39

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A reminder that BBC 2 will be broadcasting two programmes from the Tatton Flower Show on Thursday and Friday next at seven o'clock. 

The flower in the photo is Scadoxus multiflorus, three bulbs which I bought at Bloom this year but they have decided to flower at different times, which is a bit disappointing as it would have been nice to have all three flower together.

Fuschia 'Checkers'

15 July 2015 14:23:17

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Peter W. gave me a little plant of this Fuschia last Feburary and I amazed at how much it has grown over the last few months. I had potted it on over the months and thought that it would be fine for the rest of the summer in the pot it was in. However, when watering and feeding it this morning I had a good look at it and discovered that the roots were coming out the bottom of the pot, so have put it into a larger pot. It is doing so well for me that I will take cuttings of it for next year. A really good grower and most importantly a good flower.

Our Visits to Dublin Gardens, Friday, 10th July

12 July 2015 11:15:13

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Many thanks to Joan for organising such a wonderful day with an excellent selection of gardens, a delightful lunch and general directions and advice along the way. Despite all her help I still managed to bring Mary, Jacinta and Gretta on a tour of north Co. Wicklow before eventually finding our way to Knockrose. 

The gardens were well selected, a variation of styles and plantings which made them all the more interesting and, being in good company, made it a very special day out. 

Paddy (deputising for Mary today)

Rain, Rain go Away.

06 July 2015 21:02:06

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What a dreadful rainy day it was today. It was the wettiest day in Waterford this year. Plants are bent to the ground with the weight of the water that has battered them in the last twelve hours or so. The rain seems to have cleared now, but the wind has not died down yet. The Dierama are getting blown in all directions and hopefully they won't break as they are just starting to flower. The rain was need, but I think we have had enough now. Took these photos to day, from the window, when we had a little break in the rain.

Salvia for Jackie

05 July 2015 19:40:00
Salvia sclarea var Tirkistanica.

Salvia sclarea var Tirkistanica.

A photo of Salvis sclarea var Turkistanica growing in Beth Chatto's garden.

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