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Gracedieu Lass's Journal June 2016

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The Lane in June.

30 June 2016 20:08:00

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This month The Lane has hosted wedding celebrations for the first time. The memories of that day will hopefully be part of our family for many years to come. The trees and shrubs are now putting on huge growth with this wet weather after the warm spell earlier in the month. 

Perennials are the main source of colour, taking over from the trees, shrubs and bulbs,  and will continue for the rest of the summer. Meconopsis betonicifolia has to be the most striking plant during  June and seems to be thriving in the moist athmosphere of The Lane. Primula japonica Harlow Carr hybrids have also performed very well and I just love the soft colours of their flowers. Darmera peltata has to be one of my favourite foliage plants at this time of year. This is a perennial which has pink flowers earlier in the year before it's wonderful leaves grow.

Special Edition of The Lane.

18 June 2016 23:58:55

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Yesterday my second son, Patrick was married to the beautiful Aoife Gavin and some of their wedding photos were taken in The Lane, which was at their request and which surprised me. When the photographer visit the garden on Monday last he was not impressed by The Lane but yesterday they both asked him to take some photos there, so maybe it has a nice feeling or memory to them. Paddy, as always had his camera to hand and took some of the shots that the photographer set-up. I hope you like them and after a brilliant three days of celebrations a garden has added to the enjoyment of a large number of people which gives me so much pleasure. 

Suited and Booted.

11 June 2016 13:47:52

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The scarecrow has been booted and suited for the upcoming celebrations next week.

Purchases at Bloom.

05 June 2016 10:23:32

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I felt this year that the variety of plants for sale at Bloom were quite sparse.  There seemed not to be as many nurseries as other years and even the indoor displays did not have that many varieties. The show gardens were totally dependant on Lychnis flos jovis 'Alba' and Lychnis flos jovis 'Jenny'. It may have been the cold spring that reduced the number of varieties. I did spot a beautiful delphineum in one of the displays which had double flowers, but was not for sale.

I did buy a few plants, Allium 'Mount Everest' 5 bulbs, a pot of Rhodohypoxis (pink), Podophyllum Spotty Dotty ( good leaf) and Eryngium alpinum 'Blue Star'. Nothing very exciting, a bit like Bloom.

Faces in the Crowd.

05 June 2016 08:24:23

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These two  well know gardeners were spotted in the crowds attending Bloom on Friday last. Michael White, curator of the gardens at Mount Congreve talking to Billy Alexander of Kells Bay, Co Kerry and our own favourite gardenper, Peter, curator of The Scrub, in Borris, exploring the deeper meaning of Barry Kavanagh's Farm Garden, which was my favourite of the show. 


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