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Gracedieu Lass's Journal

Gracedieu Lass's Journal October 2015

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Snowdrop Gala 2016

30 October 2015 14:46:53
Snowdrop Gala 2016

Snowdrop Gala 2016

A notice of the Snowdrop Gala for 2016 for anyone who maybe interested. I am sure there will be other snowdrop events announced in the coming months.

Timber.

30 October 2015 14:28:55

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A hornbeam getting a bit of a trim today.

John Massey's Talk in Cork.

30 October 2015 14:22:11

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Yesterday evening we headed down to Cork to a talk given by John Massey of Ashwood Nurseries and it was well worth the effort. With his wonderful photos, John brought us through the glorious days of Autumn to the snowy days of winter in his garden. He spoke of amazing plants that his garden is home to and their use in the overall design. His passion for plants was obvious and he sprinkled his talk with humourous tales. He finished with a slideshow of the most beautiful hellebores imaginable .

Margaret, Ted and Peter were there and it was great to have a chat. We also met Kevin from Coolwater Gardens in Limerick.

The photos are of Ashwood's current catalogue. Mouth watering.

I would like to thank Mary Jo and all the committee of the Alpine and Hardy Plant Society for the great  speakers that they bring to Cork.

Cyclamen of All Sorts.

27 October 2015 17:05:23

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This afternoon the rain cleared up and I was so glad to go out into the garden to rake up some leaves. It wasn't the nicest of jobs to do, but I was outside and not stuck indoors. I managed to fill two bags from the lane and have started another with leaves from the front garden. It isn't too cold, so no frozen fingers, but it was very wet. While doing the raking, I noticed the leaves of the cyclamen looking particularly pretty in the little bit of sunshine that we were treated to this evening. They seed all over the garden now and we have all sorts of colour and shape of leaf. Paddy had an interest in different varieties of cyclamen a good few years ago and grew many for seed, but now they are just doing the own thing. 

A Year in the Life of the Lane.

25 October 2015 09:13:59
A Year in the Life of the Lane.

A Year in the Life of the Lane.

Like Fran and Rachel, I was thinking of doing a photo diary of The Lane for a year. The chances of me doing this are very slight as I am hopeless at finishing anything, but never the less I am going to attempt it. So, every Friday at twelve o'clock I am going to take a photo of The Lane from the same point and I will upload the photos, four or five, depending on the number of  Fridays in the month. At the end of the year I will upload twelve photos (don't worry, not fifty two) to see how it changes during the year. That is the plan, now I just have to make myself do it. Just realised I have a wedding on Friday June 17th at two o'clock. Looking for away out already. 

Pleione Help.

25 October 2015 08:54:16

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I have just taken my Pleione bulbs from their pot, cleaned them off and trimmed their roots. I was just wondering should I split the bulbs apart or leave them before I put them in the fridge? I am really pleased with the size of the bulbs this year and look forward to them flowering next year. I have looked at a number of sites dealing with the cultivation of pleiones, but non has mention splitting the bulbs.

A Lovely Surprise.

23 October 2015 12:02:35

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You may remember we had a botanic artist visit the garden last spring to do a sketch of a snowdrop. Well, yesterday she visited again and she brought us a lovely gift of a drawing she had done from photos she had taken on the day. It is a really nice and unique drawing to have and we are so delighted. The artist is a member of Irish Society of Botanical Artists, who presented the Aibitir exhibition during the year in a number of locations throughout the country. They have now started on a new project about Irish heritage plants, which I look forward to hearing more about over the coming year.

Nerines in the Glasshouse.

18 October 2015 17:58:10

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I grow some nerines in the glasshouse, ones that would not survive the winters outdoors. They also flower at this time of year like the Nerine bowdenii flowering in gardens at present. I grow a beautiful red Nerine sarniensis which flowers late August early September.

Nerine.

18 October 2015 17:49:25

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Nerines providing a splash of pink in the garden at present. The pink stands out against the soft tones of Autumn. Hate them or like them.

A Surprise Gift.

18 October 2015 14:03:52

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I was so lucky last week to be given a gift of three plants of three different dahlias. Looking forward to seeing how well they do next summer.

Ferns.

16 October 2015 11:54:18
Ferns.

Ferns.

I have never been a fan of ferns, but on a recent visit to The Bay Gardens near Enniscorthy in Co Wexford I was won over by these very tactile plants. They were planted throughout the woodland garden to great effect. On Tuesday last one of the gardening clubs in Waterford hosted a talk on ferns by Mike Keep of Shady Plants, Clashmore, Co Waterford, just at the right time for me. I bought a few plants, Dryopteris seiboldii, Dryopteris affinity 'Pinden' and Dyce's Holly Fern and with a little bit more knowledge of ferns I know I will be back for more. I have started to read a book that Paddy has, ' The Plant Lover's Guide to Ferns' which is really good for an introduction to the plants and for someone like me, who for years, just passed them over as being a dull Victorian hobby. 

My Very, Very Last Pot.

14 October 2015 23:27:53

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I am addicted to spring bulbs, crocus, snowdrops, daffodils, tulips and any other bulb or tuber that flowers in the spring. Today I potted up my last pot for this year.  I love the thought of the promise of all the colour that these little bulbs will produce. 

I have managed to get a lot of work done in the garden this week, clearing a lot of my borders and most importantly washing my small glasshouse which allows me to move in five large agaves. They are becoming so big that I don't know what I will do with them over the next few years.  I have also brought in a large fuchsia which is not hardy. I will leave the cannas out until the frost kills off the foliage and any in the borders I will mulch. I have taken cuttings of salvias, so I will leave them take there chance. 

I have this feeling that I am very organised for the time of year, but I know that there will be plenty of gardening to do in the coming weeks. The list of jobs for next week is already getting added to and of course ' Leaf Season' is only starting.

Winter Aconite.

11 October 2015 22:32:48

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I sowed seed of Eranthis hyemalis ( Winter Aconite) in May 2013 and they germinated the following spring. I gave them a weak feed during the spring of 2014. and again spring 2015. Today, I decided to turn them out to see what was happening and had the tubers got to any size. I was delighted with how they had developed and decided to plant them out under a tree where I have cyclamens and snowdrops planted. Hopefully, in the spring they will be flowering along with the other spring plants. The cyclamen in flower at present are cyclamen cilicium.

We Want to Grow and Flower.

10 October 2015 18:06:42

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I know that the weather over the last few weeks has been very good for the time of year and we seemed to have had more sunny days during September than we had during the summer months. This delphinium has started to flower for the second time and has put up a number of flower spikes in the last few weeks and if the weather holds should be stunning if a few of the spikes flower together. I always mulch when I cut them down after their first flowering and this seems to have paid off this year.

Planting for Spring.

02 October 2015 11:49:05
Planting for Spring.

Planting for Spring.

Yesterday I got around to planting some erythroniums that arrived in the post from Potterton Nursery about a week ago. I bought four different erythroniums, three bulbs of each. I dug in some nice leafmould from last years leaves and planted the four groups. Will possible plant some geranium renardi to follow on from them. The erythroniums were Erythronium den canis 'Frans Hal', Erythronium dens canis 'Purple King', Erythronium dens canis 'Lilac Wonder' and the most beautiful of them all Erythronium japonicom.

Doll's Eyes.

01 October 2015 22:16:59
Doll's Eyes.

Doll's Eyes.

An odd little seedhead.

Lasagne Pot.

01 October 2015 20:11:10

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I started potting up a few pots of bulbs for flowering next Spring. I plant a number of different bulbs in the same pot so as to have it flowering over a few months. I planted Tulip ' Purissima' at the bottom, the middle layer some daffodils, name unknown, and crocus on the top layer and topdressed  with grit. I always look forward to the bulbs flowering in Spring. Paddy has his first snowdrops in flower in the glasshouse, Galanthus  reginane olgae ' Tilebarn Jamie'. One of the great things about gardening it never stops.

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