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Gracedieu Lass's Journal November 2015

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The Lane in November.

30 November 2015 15:28:40

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A miserable end to the month of November with strong winds and rain. This month has had it's fair share of wet and windy weather, but the temperatures have been very warm. The lane at this stage has been stripped clean and has become very wet underfoot. The snowdrops have broken the surface already and should look good in February. We have a few hydrangeas growing in the lane and one of them is looking good at the moment, but unfortunately we have no name for it. It was a gift given to me when we first came here.

I have uploaded my first album of The Lane tracking the changes which happen over the course of a year and I hope you will find it  interesting.

Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer'

20 November 2015 16:41:11

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This day last year our Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer' was in full flower but today plenty of buds but only one attempting to flower.  Margaret, (Hosta) uploaded a photo on FB of her one in full flower a few weeks ago. These are very strange plants in relation to the month in which they flower.

Windy Weather.

18 November 2015 12:15:52
Windy Weather.

Windy Weather.

I hope everyone survived the battering from last nights storm. Apart from the Magnolias all the deciduous trees have lost there their remaining leaves, which have accumulated in sheltered coroners. It is a nice sunny morning here in Waterford, but still very gusty. On the patio this morning I came across the flower bud of the Paulownia which were blown off the tree in the storm. A few years ago when I discovered these little marbles, I thought that they were seeds from the tree and wondered how I managed not to have noticed the flowers in April. There is nothing like growing a plant to understand it.

The Secret History of the British Garden.

13 November 2015 09:52:02
A Summer Photo for a Cold Winter's Day.

A Summer Photo for a Cold Winter's Day.

A new series of garden programmes is starting on BBC 2 on Sunday night at nine o'clock presented by Monty Don. Greatest Gardens is also being broadcast earlier, so if you missed it be sure to watch.  In the first episode, a friend of mine wins the best garden and it was well deserved. I won't mention her name as it would spoil it for those who have not seen it before. 

Wrapped Up for Winter.

07 November 2015 20:38:57

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Today after cutting down  and clearing the flower bed that I have my Amicia zygomeris planted in, I decided to protect it by covering it with straw. I hope this will keep it safe over the winter months if the weather gets very cold. I got the plant this time last year when a friend of mine was selling his house and returning to England. The poor man died eight days after arriving in England so I would be sorry to loose it. Last year I kept the roots potted up in the glasshouse and it was planted out in April/May. It has been flowering over the last two months and has looked so pretty. I hope I have not done the wrong thing wrapping it in straw, will just have to hope for the best. My friend never gave it any protection, but it was growing in a very sheltered position.

The Last Three Lifted.

07 November 2015 16:52:53

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It has been a lovely afternoon here in Waterford today. However, the ground is very wet after the rain of the last few days. We did manage to lift the last three dahlias, Dahlia ' Glorie van Noordwejk', a beautiful yellow dahlia which was still flowering. We tackled the others during the nice weather earlier in the week. The tubers have grown big over the summer and we were very pleased with them. Will leave them to dry a little and then pack them away for the winter. There are more leaves on the grass now then on the trees and the next few week will be spent bagging them up. One shrub looking good now, after all it's leaves have fallen, is Callicarpa ' Profusion'.

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