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Gracedieu Lass's Journal July 2016

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Outside the Kitchen Door.

31 July 2016 14:04:43

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Padddy bought a pot stand a few weeks ago from one of the local DIY stores for me to display my auriculas. It was a brown/bronze colour which did not fit in well with a little table and chairs that I have just at the back door and where I was putting the stand, I decided to paint it.  A bigger job than I first thought, so six/seven coats later, it is now installed with succulents for the summer and hopefully, auriculas for the spring.

I always like to have a display of pot plants outside the kitchen door throughout the year. This summer's display is made up of Fuschia ' Lady Bacon' and Fuschia 'Checkers' and the lovely soft leaves of  Senico along with some Agapanthus.

Starting into flower now also is the beautiful blue flowered Plumbago, just gorgeous.

The Lane in July.

31 July 2016 13:39:20

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After the last two weeks of fine sunny weather, the soil in The Lane is very very dry. However, despite this the plants are still flowering away. The most impressive tree looking good now is Eucryphia nymansay, a lovely white flowered tree which will flower for the whole of August. As far a I can remember, Mount Usher Gardens in Co Wicklow has a national collection of  Eucryphia, something to watch out for, if visiting. Hydrangeas are also looking good and the flowers are looking so fresh in the light shade  of The Lane. 

Also growing in The Lane are some different varieties of ferns, which are great to cover the bare legs of shrubs and trees and help to give a lush feel to the planting. Anemone japonica, a great plant for dry conditions, is now starting to flower and will continue well into autumn. It maybe somewhat invasive, but planted in the right place, can add a bit of late colour to the garden over the coming two months.

Rain is forecast for tomorrow and here in Waterford will be welcome, but not for too long.

A Brilliant Planting.

30 July 2016 21:14:46

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Persicaria is not a favourite plant of mine as is can be somewhat invasive, but I think this is just a fantastic planting with this lovely large pot.

For Periwinkle.

30 July 2016 21:06:12
Rosa 'Super Dorothy'

Rosa 'Super Dorothy'

I came across this rose in the garden of David Austin a few weeks ago when we visited his rose garden in Shropshire. 

Gorgeous Dahlias.

30 July 2016 20:56:54

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On a recent visit to a garden in England I spotted these two beautiful dahlias, but do not know what they are called. The garden is Abbeywood Garden is Cheshire, a really fabulous garden.

Roanmore Lad's Garden.

28 July 2016 20:41:44
Roanmore Lad's Garden.

Roanmore Lad's Garden.

Paddy and myself had a lovely visit to Michael and Ann's garden today. Michael is a very keen gardener and works very hard in keeping the area which he lives in looking amazing by working and encouraging other residents to participate in keeping the whole area beautiful. A hard working member of our local garden club, his garden reflects his huge interest in gardening. A very humble man who does not realise how much he knows. Michael is a person which every garden club needs and every residents group should appreciate. Paddy was very good to take a few photos of Anna and Michael's beautiful garden.

Nationwide tonight - The Dillon Garden

15 July 2016 14:00:00

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Watch out for Nationwide tonight. Rumour has it (from Helen) that the garden will feature on Nationwide this evening. 

O'Donoghue Garden, Co Cork.

15 July 2016 08:43:07
O'Donoghue Garden, Co Cork.

O'Donoghue Garden, Co Cork.

At the end of June, Gertie and Maurice O'Donoghue, near Blarney Co. Cork opened their garden in aid of the Marymount Hospice. For anyone who likes hostas, this was heaven. It was mainly the larger hostas that were grown in the gardens that surrounded the house and theses gave a lush and exotic look. The colour in these gardens was mostly green, which created a lovely cool calm feeling and would have been destroyed if any bright colours were introduced. The area to the side of the house was very different. The land here was terraced and the ground was retained by stone built walls. The gardens here had a more sunny feel to them and the catmint created that Mediterranean look. These gardens had wonderful views over beautiful Irish countryside. There was a well laid out garden of contemplation tucked away in a cornor of the garden which you arrived at just before your garden tour ended.

The Bay Garden, July 2016.

14 July 2016 16:50:24
The Bay Garden, July 2016.

The Bay Garden, July 2016.

We had a lovely few hours visiting the Bay Garden in Camolin, Co Wexford last Saturday. Every year there is a 'Tea in the Garden' event for people who have gone on a garden holiday with the Travel Department, which we did a few years ago. The weather on the day was not very conducive to garden visiting, but was so glad we made the effort, as we had a very enjoyable day. The garden, as always was looking super with a huge selection of plants flowering despite the rainy and windy weather that we had experienced that week.

Clematis Season.

04 July 2016 17:23:27

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It must be high summer when the clematis are flowering their socks off. Despite the windy and rainy weather over that last three weeks the clematis are performing well and with the nice sunny weather today the colour of the flowers is so intense.

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

04 July 2016 08:38:26
Primula japonica Harlow Carr hybrids.

Primula japonica Harlow Carr hybrids.

Just a reminder that television coverage of the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show begins Tuesday evening on BBC. With all the different sports events on at present, it may be well to keep a eye on the times it is to be broadcast. Not sure if there are any Irish designers or nurseries involved this year.

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