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Gracedieu Lass's Journal

Gracedieu Lass's Journal August 2015

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Mark and Jane's Garden Part 4

10 August 2015 20:22:38

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The final three photos.

Mark and Jane's Garden. Part 3.

10 August 2015 20:19:09

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Another three photos.

Mark and Jane's Garden. Part 2

10 August 2015 20:15:21

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Another three photos.

Mark and Jane's Garden.

10 August 2015 20:10:45

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It was a lovely summer's day here in Waterford and we were very kindly invited to visit the garden of Mark and Jane in Co. Kilkenny. Their garden is in a very beautiful rural part of the county with marsh land stretching out to the front of their house. They grow a wide selection of plants in the garden both hardy and tender.  At this time of year you are first drawn to the beautiful golden Catalpa as you enter the garden. A formal large pond is teeming with wild life which is beautifully constructed. The garden meanders up a slight incline and late summer flowers are adding to the atmosphere of this delightful garden. Mark has a large selection of dahlias in stunning colours planted with dark and yellow leafed cannas.

Jane has her vegetable plot and a nice crop of tomatoes both in the glasshouse and some growing outside. The garden is also home to two lovely brown hens.

Again, I will have to put up photos a few at a time as I cannot upload photos to an album on the site from my iPad.

Hydrangea 'Hot Chocolate'

10 August 2015 12:44:46

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It is just over a year since a few of us on the site bought Hydrangea 'Hot Chocolate' and was just wondering how they are all doing. I am very happy with the one that I planted, it has grown to about three feet and it has five beautiful flowers and the foliage has continued to be brown and not reverted to green which I thought it might. A nice addition to our Hydrangea border. Photos not good as I took them with an iPad.

Garden Visit to Two Tipperary Gardens.

08 August 2015 20:24:24

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To day our local garden club had a lovely visit to two very different gardens but each with their own charm. The weather this morning was sunny and warm as we set off to visit the first garden in Kilurney a few miles from Kilsheelan. This garden is owned by Milred Stokes who has gardened here for many years. The mature trees and shrubs form a background to this very colour garden. A little stream runs through the garden and feeds a beautifully planted pond. The views from Mildred's garden have to be seen to be believed.

The second garden was in Clonmel and it was so different from Mildred's. It is only about ten years old. The garden has formal areas near the house with amazing water features. Michael, the owner has planted the rest of the eleven acres as a wild garden with wonderful features as you make your way through it. A tree house, for grown-ups, is just brilliant. I will put up an album for each of the gardens.

Just remembered that I cannot put up an album from an iPad so will have to talk nicely to Paddy to put up some of his photos. Sorry

Dahlia 'Matt Armour'

07 August 2015 12:39:38

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Dahlia ' Matt Armour' has just started to flower in the garden and I am so pleased. We got it when we were at the AGM of the Irish Garden Plant Society in Donegal last May. The head gardener of Glenveagh Castle gardens had a plant for members of the society who visited. The dahlia arose from seed sown in the 1930 by the then head gardener Matt Armour who retired in 1983 aged 75 after 53 years of service at Glenveagh.

Roy Lancaster at Altamont Gardens.

01 August 2015 14:00:57

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Yesterday Paddy and myself went to Altamont Garden for a talk and walk through the gardens in the company of Roy Lancaster. I was amazed by the number of people that attended and how far they travelled to hear Roy and  they were not disappointed with the entertaining way he told us stories of trees, shrubs and bulbs that were introduced into Europe from Japan, China and the Americas. I will never look at a Lilium Regale in the same way again after the story he told us of Ernest Wilson breaking his leg while digging up bulbs in Sichuan in southwestern China and being two days away from the nearest town where a Dr. Davidson set his leg, but when he returned to England the leg had to be reset, but afterwards he walked with a limp and referred to his leg as his 'lily leg'.

We were delighted to meet Myrtel and Ron and all the way from Castlewellen, Co Down, Robert and Kathleen.

The nursery in Altamont has at present a great selection of plants and of course I could not come home without something. I bought a lovely white hydrangea with red stems.

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