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Gracedieu Lass's Journal

Gracedieu Lass's Journal March 2016

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Primula ' Valentine'

31 March 2016 23:00:25
Primula ' Valentine'

Primula ' Valentine'

A present from Joan last year, this beautiful plant which I divided a few weeks ago. It always amazes me how many plants you get when you lift them and start to pull them apart. They seem to settle in so well once they get plenty of water, not a problem in Ireland. 

Fran, hope this photo helps you to identify you primula.

The Lane in March.

31 March 2016 22:52:13

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A beautiful spring day for the last day of March. Yesterday, we had hailstones, thunder and lightening, but today wall to wall sunshine. The month of March was a pick and mix of weather. The Lane is moving away now from the spring bulbs to the flowering spring shrubs and one in particular, Ribes speciosum, also known as the Californian fuchsia. The red flowers are somewhat unusual for this time of year and not what one would expect for a ribes. 

Camellias, Corylopsis and Pieris are all flowering at present and a thirty five year old Magnolia sprawling across the grass with it's goblet flowers. I brought  Magnolia soulangeana with me when I moved to this garden in 1987 and it has grown into a fine tree.

Hail Storm.

30 March 2016 22:12:27

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At around six o'clock today the heavens just open with hailstone, thunder and lightening. 

Happy Easter.

26 March 2016 21:52:44
Happy Easter.

Happy Easter.

Happy Easter everyone. 

My Haul.

25 March 2016 14:48:03

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Last night I was in Cork at the Alpine/Hardy Plant Society meeting. They had a members plant sale in which members bring in spare plants for sale and we were lucky enough to pick up two pots of Dactylorhiza fuchsii 'Bressingham Bonus'.

Diane Clements of the Alpine Garden Society was the speaker for the evening. Diane is responsible for the seed exchange of the society and from the list of plants that she grows in her garden and under glass, it it would convert you to start sowing. The list was just so enticing that I have ordered three plants from Potterton's Nursery this morning. I have uploaded a photo of part of her list which might be of interest.

Beschorneria yuccoides.

25 March 2016 14:22:24

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A lovely sunny day here in Waterford today, so I got Paddy to remove the covering from my Beschorneria yuccoides which has been wrapped up against any cold weather since last November. I have grown this for many years and never covered it during the winter until I lost one of the two I had during the very cold winters a few years ago. It had a beautiful flower last May and I am hoping for the same this year. The reason I got Paddy to uncover it was because I was afraid that there would be any mice living in the straw.

Rain Has Returned.

24 March 2016 15:46:12

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The garden got a nice soaking from the rain this morning and it looks the better for it. I managed to cut the grass yesterday even though there was very little growth on it, it did clear up any bits of sticks and leaves that had been left there since I cleared all the flower beds over the last few weeks. 

Bulb Lawn.

24 March 2016 15:31:27

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The bulb lawn which up to a month ago was covered with snowdrops is now coloured with fritillarias which enjoy the damp ground at the bottom of the garden. Most have been grown from seed and these are now seeding in the grass. 

Painting.

23 March 2016 10:14:17

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Having had a dry spell for nearly three weeks, we have finished painting the garden furniture just before the rain, which is forecast for tonight. It was a marathon job, but worth it in the end. The seats were easy enough as we were able to bring them into the garage to dry befor painting, so the weather was not a problem. The worst thing to paint was the arbour seat, as it had to be repaired with a hardening liquid and wood filler where it had rotted and of course dry out before it was painted. I am happy that both the seats and the arbour are now all the same colour and they look much better. Will have to now tie the clematis up and hope they have not suffered any ill effect.

Nice day here in Waterford, sunny and bright, hard to believe that the rain is on the way.

Just looking at the photos the all look a different shade, but I can assure you they were all painted in ' Wild Thyme'. 

A Spring Delight.

21 March 2016 10:27:34

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This beautiful little Erythronium den-canis 'Snowflake' has just started to flower within the last few days. All erythroniums are just so beautiful and delicate, but the slugs and snails just love them. I have this little one for many years now and it is so slow to bulk up. I bought four new erythroniums last autumn form Potterton's  Nursery and the first one of them to flower, Erythronium den-canis 'Lilac Wonder' was eaten before the flowers opened. I was reading an article in the RHS The Garden this month about an erythronium, Erythronium californium 'Brocklamont Inheritance'  found in the garden of Margaret Glynn from Co. Antrim. I wonder has anyone any idea if it is for sale here in Ireland. Paddy did track it down to Gary Dunlop's nursery in the north, but he doesn't have it for sale any more. Margaret is a well known snowdrop collector for many years and has a beautiful garden in Ballymena.

Azara for Jacinta.

21 March 2016 10:14:21

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Jacinta, here is a close up of the flowers of the Azara which you saw at Roath Garden Centre. The smell of chocolate over the last few weeks has been amazing. It smells like hot chocolate. Ann (Lady gardener) was here last week and she could not get the smell at all, but I have found that most people who are around the garden will ask where the chocolate smell is coming from.

A Good Year.

20 March 2016 13:30:27

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This Spring has been a great year for camellias,  as they are covered in flower. The Lane is where I grow all my camellias as it is shady and has a nice moist soil which they seem to like and they don't suffer from lack of water during the summer when the flower buds are forming. Here are three that are looking their best at present.

Can I Have Some More.

20 March 2016 13:20:45

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After three or four years the pheasants that come into the garden have started to take peanuts from Paddy's hand. The hens are a lot more friendly than the cock who will come close, but won't venture to near. This was the best I could do at taking a photo of them eating.

Lifting Tarmac.

19 March 2016 21:16:37
Lifting Tarmac.

Lifting Tarmac.

I was having trouble uploading this photo of the crocus. This little spring bulb has seeded into the tarmac and is thriving in these inhospitable conditions.

Property Search.

19 March 2016 19:50:19
Property Search.

Property Search.

It was only a few days ago that Jacinta was writing about nest boxes and what makes birds choose where to build their nests. I never thought that the 'caravan' nest box would ever entice a bird to set up home there, but on Thursday last while I was preparing lunch I noticed this blue tit going in and out of the 'caravan'. I bought the 'caravan' last year because it reminded me of my childhood when we owned a caravan in Tramore. Who knows,  we may have new neighbours before to long.

Two Wicklow Gardens.

18 March 2016 08:23:25

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Last Monday morning was a beautiful sunny morning, but a little cold when we decided to take a trip to Wicklow to visit Kilmacurragh and Mount Usher. I always try to visit both gardens at this time of year to see the wonderful displays of spring bulbs and this year we were not disappointed. The bulb lawns at Kilmurcurragh were just beautiful with a swaths of species daffodils and the crocus lawn was a shimmering blue in the Spring sunshine.

After lunch we visited the gardens at Mount Usher, which in my opinion, is the most atmospheric garden in the country. The river which runs through the garden adds both sound and also reflects the plants that are growing on the banks. Near the house the crocus lawn was just amazing with the wide open flowers of blue and white. The scillas that seem to cover the entire garden are a sight to be seen, just amazing. 

If you are free over Easter, a visit to either garden would not be a waste of your time.

Enterance to Kilmacurragh is free.

A Parcel Arrived.

15 March 2016 10:26:55
A Parcel Arrived.

A Parcel Arrived.

Another beautiful day here in Waterford and I am off out to the garden to plant my new bulbs. Enjoy the day what ever you are doing today.

Unwrapped.

12 March 2016 16:54:14

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With the forcast for a good spell of weather over the next few days, I decided to take the cover off the garden table and chairs today. We maybe having our bacon and cabbage on St Patrick's Day al fresco, who knows. We have got a lot of clearing up and pruning done over the last few day and with the soil drying out a bit, managed to divide a few plants. 

I got a present of a Garrya issaquahensis ' Glasnevin Wine' last Thursday. This plant was the result of a cross made by Dr. Charles E. Nelson, taxonomist at the Nation Botanic Gardens, in 1985. The plant is now grown outside the Alpine House in Glasnevin and if you visit during the winter months you will see the lovely burgundy coloured racemes which are very distinctive.

I am delighted with the growth of the paeonias that I bought last autumn. Liga organised the purchase for a group of members here and yesterday I noticed that Paeonia 'Claire de Lune' has a flower bud already and Paeonia itoh 'Kopper Kettle' has a number very healthy shoots. I kept them in the glasshouse over the winter and I am hoping to plant them out in the next few weeks. I was wondering how they are doing for the others that bought them, would love to hear and see some photos as they come into flower.

Tulipa linifolia.

10 March 2016 21:15:21
Tulipa linifolia.

Tulipa linifolia.

This species tulip has just flowered in the last few days and it looked good today in the sunshine. I like species tulips as the come back every year and also multiply over the years.

Galanthus 'Lady Moore'

09 March 2016 18:18:41
Galanthus 'Lady Moore'

Galanthus 'Lady Moore'

The snowdrops are well and truly over, but one snowdrop that is still beautiful is Galanthus 'Lady Moore' named after the wife of the Keeper of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, know to us now as the Nation Botanic Gardens. The snowdrop was distributed by Phylis Moore and we were given some by the late Rita Rutherford in 2008, who had got them from Lady Moore at a fund raising event during the Second World War. Over the years they were known simply as Lady Moore's special snowdrops and only a few years ago were given the name Galanthus 'Lady Moore'. This is one snowdrop to look out for, a really beautiful drop.

Hydrangea Pruning.

09 March 2016 18:01:28

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Yesterday and today Paddy and myself were busy pruning hydrangeas. It is not a job that I like very much as it can break your back standing for so long in the one position. The amount of flower heads to be removed seem to go on for ever and the removal of old wood can result in you getting poked in the eye. The soil is still very wet and not nice to work on, but having  freshened it up and trimmed the edges it makes the spring bulbs and pulmonaria look a lot better in the bed.  However, it is done for this year and it will have very little work on it over the rest of the year. 

Begonia.

07 March 2016 09:12:40

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My indoor begonia, a gift from Tina, has started to flower. The leaves on this plant have hairs, which is kind of weird, but beautiful markings. I don't have a name for it, but I am sure other members are growing it as well and will be able to help me identify it.

Happy Mother's Day.

06 March 2016 21:00:39

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I hope all the mammies had a great day today despite the weather. I had a lovely weekend visiting my sons in Clare/Limerick yesterday and visiting Kennedy Park, near New Ross, today. The weather was not the best but a least we got out for a lovely walk in the soft, if cold rain today. 

On Mother's Day in 1982 I spent the day at Kennedy Park with Paddy and my eldest son David, who was only fourteen months at the time and on that day he took his first steps, so very happy memories. 

Lovely gifts of candles and tasty gifts of cheeses and meats from the market in Limerick, given to me by my very pretty granddaughters, Olivia and Anna.

Fota Island Daffodils.

04 March 2016 10:14:21

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I was wondering if any member knows anything about a collection of various Irish cultivars of daffodils growing in Fota. I do remember years ago there was a collection being put together by the head gardener. If anyone in the Cork area has any information if it exists or not I would love to know as we are coming into the daffodil season and for the last few years I have been promising myself to visit. Ireland has a long history of breeding daffodils as our conditions seems to suit their cultivation. Narcissus ' Rip Van Winkle' is a Cork daffodil bred by William Baylor Hartland of Turner's Cross.

Pleione formosana.

01 March 2016 23:47:35

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I planted these bulbs up just a little over two weeks ago and they are flowering already. I got these for Liga a few years ago and they have increased every year. 

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