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Gracedieu Lass's Journal

Gracedieu Lass's Journal February 2016

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Kilkenny Caslte Talks.

29 February 2016 11:49:55
Kilkenny Caslte Talks.

Kilkenny Caslte Talks.

I read in the Sunday Times yesterday that these talks were being run again in conjunction with the OPW at Kilkenny Castle. The talks are always very popular and the venue is just beautiful. The tickets are free and with the evenings getting longer what a nicer way to spend an evening. You can see from the list that some of the speakers are well known to us, so if you live in the south east, do try and go.

The Lane in February.

29 February 2016 10:16:19

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The last day of February is a bit of a washout here in Waterford. The weather over the month has been a bit of a mixed bag, but saying that there has been some glorious days. The Lane is awash with snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis left and Galanthus plicates right). The snowdrops don't show up too well in the photos unfortunately. 

The Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer' is still flowering since December and Camellia 'Donation' has had an extraordinary amount of flowers and still going strong. However, the latest shrub to start flowering in the lane is Corylopsis pauciflora with it beautiful pale yellow flowers. This shrub is a lovely addition of any garden small or large and it also has a beautiful autumn colour.

Return of Gardener's World.

26 February 2016 16:57:28

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I have just been googling when Gardener's World is returning to our television screens and it seem to be next Friday at eight thirty. There has been no gardening programmes on the television at all this winter, which is a shame, as it has been a very long winter.

I enjoyed the new BBC 2 programme ' Big Dreams, Small Spaces' last night. The gardeners were novices, but took on the challenge with great enthusiasm and both gardens were very pleasant places.

I am sure RTE will be treating us to 'Super Gardens' in the next few months. Last year I managed to stay with it until the second programme, but will I get that far this year?

Butter and Egg.

25 February 2016 21:41:28

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A very old daffodil, dating back to 1620, is flowering now in our bulb lawn. We were lucky enough to be given Narcissus telemonius a few years ago by a friend in Limerick and it has flourished in our garden since. This daffodil is also know by it's common name 'Butter and Egg'. You would still see it growing in the gardens of derelict cottage all over the country. Welll worth including this bright yellow daffodil back into our gardens again.

Pretty in Pink.

25 February 2016 20:07:13

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Three plants that are looking good in the garden at present are Magnolia stellata 'Leonard  Messel', a small tree that is covered in star like flowers in early spring.

The primula is Primula ' Marie Crousse' with deep green leaves and flowers that appear outlined in white.

The third plant is Anemone pavonina, which I bought many years ago at Ashwood Nursery in England. The nursery in Altamont Gardens also had them for sale a few years ago during the snowdrop week and I bought a red one at that time. I have grown more from seed from these two plants and I am happy with the resulting flowers.

Roldana petasitis.

24 February 2016 18:39:03

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Rachel was kind enough to give me a present of this plant when she call to see us last spring. I am delight that it has grown into such a lovely plant. I know that a good few members are growing it and it has become very popular. I love the soft leaves, they are so tactile. The flower colour is very bright, but what you want at this time of year. I have kept it in the glasshouse over the winter and have just put it out in among other spring pots in the last few days. I do put a pot over the top of the plant to protect it during the frosty nights.

Bottoms Up.

21 February 2016 20:28:37
Bottoms Up.

Bottoms Up.

A lot of this over the weekend and met some great people who love gardening. 

Snowdropping.

21 February 2016 13:05:03

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Paddy and I have had a great weekend visiting snowdrop gardens and all of them created by gardeners who have over the years divided their snowdrops to have a wonderful displays at this time of year. The dedication of these gardeners is something that should be praised and appreciated by us all. Today is a lovely day to get out and visit a snowdrop garden or park near you. The sun has them open this morning and the season is moving on.

Fran and Paddy's albums of Peter's garden are a lot better than mine, so I will just upload three photos on the journal.

A Visit to the Scrub

19 February 2016 22:22:35

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We (Mary, Fran and I) were with Peter and Anna today and had a wonderful time. Although we left home in miserable weather we were delighted to find it dry when we reached the garden. 

We also visited another garden and will  put up photos in a few mintues. 

Otherwise, I will let the photos talk for themselves and you will see what a wonderful day we had. 

 

Paddy - deputising for Gracedieu Lass at the moment. 

The Irish Garden Magazine.

19 February 2016 22:06:15
The Irish Garden Magazine.

The Irish Garden Magazine.

The Irish Garden Magazine arrived in the post this morning and was just having a look through it this evening when look what I came across. We are famous at last.

Snowdrops in The Lane.

18 February 2016 16:44:39

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The snowdrops are at their best this week and who cannot be thrilled by the sight of them. I took a few photos this afternoon of them and they look so beautiful in the sunshine. 

Crocus 'Romance'

18 February 2016 16:03:49

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Last October I wrote a journal entitled 'Very Last Pot' and I think it was the last one I planted up with bulbs for the spring. Today with the heat from the sun the crocus have opened and the daffodils are well above the soil level, so should carry on the display well into late spring.The daffodils I planted were Narcissus 'Lemon Sailboat' and with a name like that you would have to buy them. The tulips, which were the first layer planted, were Tulip 'Carnaval de Nice', a white tulip with red flaming. I am hoping these pair of pots will give plenty of colour over the coming weeks.

Monty is Back.

16 February 2016 15:57:23

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Monty Don is back in a new garden programme this Thursday 18th February at eight o'clock on BBC 2.

Gardener's World returns in March.

This is the link to the new programme.http://www.permaculture.co.uk/news/1602166987/bbc-feature-stunning-forest-garden-new-monty-don-series

The photos are of three gardens which we visited yesterday.

Spring Flowers.

14 February 2016 12:33:06

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After a wet start to the day the sun has is now out and the grey sky has lifted. The poor hen pheasant was back to sheltering from the bad weather among the dierama plants for the last few days. I borrowed a few of Paddy's photographys to upload an album of a some plants that have started to flower. I am really happy with Camellia ' Jury's Yellow' which  I won in a raffle during the summer in Mount Congreve. The bulb lawn has improved from last year which is great and hopefully it will continue over the years. Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer' which I deadheaded a few weeks ago has started to flower again. How sad anyone deadheading a rhododendron, but that's me.

Winter Aconite.

12 February 2016 13:52:17

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I was delighted to see that the little corms of winter aconite that had been grown from seed and planted out this Autumn have produced a leaf each but I doubt if I will get a flower this year. 

A Reminder.

12 February 2016 00:50:15
A Reminder.

A Reminder.

We were in Cork tonight and the leaflet for the Foat Plant and Garden Fair was been handed out. Just thought it might be a date for your diary.

Altamont Gardens.

11 February 2016 14:15:26

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We visited Altamont Gardens last Tuesday in what must have been the worst day of the winter so far. It was a nice sunny cold day when we left Waterford at ten, but by the time we had passed Kilkenny sleet and snow started to fall. It was a quick visit ducking the showers, drinking coffee, out again in the freezing cold, back in agin, more coffee, out again and so it continued until we realised  we must be nuts. We will be back again before the season finishes. 

Opening to the Sun.

11 February 2016 14:00:36

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The last two glorious sunny days  has awakened both plant and animal. This morning the hen pheasant was preening herself in the early morning sun perched on top of the bird table. For the winter months she has sheltered from the rain in under the dieramas as she made herself ready for the day, but today she was moving upwards and onwards. 

By lunch the snowdrops and crocus were also basking in the heat of the sun. What a great time of year.

Acid Lovers.

10 February 2016 09:21:33

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Plants that do well in the acid soil of Altamont Gardens.

Lenten Rose.

10 February 2016 09:11:04

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A few photos of Helleborus orientalis from the borders in the walled garden at Altamont gardens, Carlow. A huge number of hellebores are for sale in the garden centre as you will have seen in Rachel's video, one more beautiful than the other, but expensive.

Galanthus 'South Hayes'.

09 February 2016 21:10:50
Galanthus ' South Hayes'.

Galanthus ' South Hayes'.

A new purchase today, Galanthus 'South Hayes' and I think you would agree that it looks different from most snowdrops with the shape of the flat outer segments curling upwards, like a pagoda roof. This snowdrop was found in the garden of Primrose Warburg in Oxford, England in 1992. Primrose Warburg was a keen galanthophile and has a snowdrop named after her, which has yellow markings.

Not What it Said on the Lable.

08 February 2016 12:50:41
Not What it Said on the Lable.

Not What it Said on the Lable.

The two hellebores that I bought last week in Lidl where not what it said on the lable but I am not too disappointed with the results. The Hellebore ' Double Ellen Green' did have some green in it which is quite attractive. However, the one labled Hellebore 'Double  Ellen Picotee' was not,  but has a good dark flower. I do like the picotee forms but who knows what I might find in Altamont this year.

Witch Hazel Season.

08 February 2016 12:42:19

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It surely is the time of year for witch hazels. We will be visiting snowdrop gardens over the coming weeks, but very few of us will not fall in love with the various witch hazels we will see blooming. It is a great small tree/ shrub both for the small and big garden that also has a wonderful autumn colour. They look so well with spring bulbs planted under them and they provide ideal  conditions  for their growth, shade in summer, mulched with leaf in Autumn and bare in spring to allow us enjoy the bulbs delicate flowers. They are expensive, slow to grow and impossible to photo, but nothing is perfect.

Snowdrops.

06 February 2016 21:15:21

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Just had a look at a few photos that Paddy took today when the rain cleared and was very surprised at how well the snowdrops have bulked up in The Lane. We added a few last year and also divided some that were already growing there. There are snowdrop gardens opening their gates over the next few weeks starting with Altamont Gardens today. I am hoping to get to a few of the gardens and with any luck the weather will improve.

Scilla for Tina.

06 February 2016 08:16:37

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As promised Scilla maderensis.

The Shade Garden.

04 February 2016 22:15:35

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Very little time in the garden today as the dreaded grocery shopping had to be done this morning. I did manage to get out into the garden this afternoon for a couple of hours and started to tidy up the Shade Garden. I have given different parts of my garden different names so the work doesn't seem daunting at certain times of the year. The weather was warm and the sun shone from time to time. I have a few nice double white hellebores in the Shade Garden which add a little brightness along with the snowdrops at this time of year.  I am happy with a shrub of Lonicera fragrantissima, which I bought a few years ago, and which is flowering very well at present and has a sweet scent from the tiny cream flowers.

The weather for the week end is not very promising so unlikely I will get any more work done over the next few days.

A very good talk at our local garden club last night, given by Martin Walsh on plants from the Himalayias which do well in our gardens. His photos were stunning of both the plants and the scenery.

A member of the club had two lovely plants for me, Dahlia 'Murdock',a brilliant red flower ' and Phlox 'David' a sparkling white flower, so came home a happy gardener.

Floating Hellebores.

03 February 2016 17:16:08
Floating Hellebores.

Floating Hellebores.

Picked a few flowers today.

A Beautiful Spring Day.

02 February 2016 17:31:56

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I was able to get out into the garden just after ten this morning. The grass was nice and dry in the front garden so I decided to cut and edge the two lawns. Not surprisingly there was a lot of grass due to the mild weather we had over the winter. The sun this morning had the snowdrops and crocus fully open, which is lovely at this time of year. 

I took a few photos of the garden after lunch and then cut and edged the grass in the White Garden. The plants in this garden are well ahead for the time of year with Primula ' Dawn Ansel' and Primula ' White Petticoat' in flower. I also noticed the blossom is on the White currant and  Brunner ' Betty Bowring' and Lamium orvata have started to push through the soil. A lovely day to be out in the sunshine, but was rained off at about four thirty with a shower of really cold rain. It is nice to be back in to a warm house now  after a really enjoyable day in the garden.

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