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Gracedieu Lass's Journal September 2016

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Yucca.

27 September 2016 17:01:49

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What great weather today and I have spent most of the day in the garden cutting down any plants that have gone beyond their sell by date. We have two Yuccas in the garden, both about twenty five years old, which are flowering really well this year. They do look exotic and match the beautiful weather we are enjoying today.

The Bay Garden.

26 September 2016 13:32:52
The Bay Garden.

The Bay Garden.

A number of gardens were closing their gates yesterday for this year and when it was such a lovely day we decided to take the opportunity to visit The Bay Garden near Enniscorthy. The garden was still full of colour with later flowering perennials and grasses. Hydrangesa were looking super planted throughout the garden. The Barn Garden is at it's best during the autumn and the weather yesterday was ideal to visit with the sun and a slight wind which had the grasses swaying amoung the flowering plants. 

I hope you enjoy the album of the garden which is always a pleasure to visit.

Late September.

23 September 2016 14:01:20

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A wild and windy day here in Waterford today. It is sunny and warm enough but the wind is very strong. I went out to the garden just before lunch time to take my photo of The Lane and noticed there were a lot of leaves down and the rest of the garden was in the same state. Most of the late perennials are standing up well to the gusts, so hopefully they will continue until the frosts. The dahlias have responded well to my constant deadheading this year,  as has the penstemons. The sedums never fail to impress and the nerines, cyclamens and colchicums are all now starting to flower. With any luck, gardens should keep going for another few weeks with flowers, berries and the colouring of the leaves. Plenty yet to come.

Paulowinea tomentosa.

19 September 2016 23:01:37

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A few days ago I noticed the flower buds which are forming on my Paulowinea, however most of these buds will end up on the ground before they flower due to the winds during the winter. It would be fantastic if all of these flower buds opened during Spring and what a display it would be. The common name for this tree is The Foxglove Tree. Most of the trees growing here in Ireland are cut down each year to produce large leaves in tropical borders. Have never seen one in flower, only seen photos. I was wondering if any member managed to grow one that flowered well.

Colchicum autumnale 'Nancy Lindsay'.

10 September 2016 22:46:38

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I received this bulb on Friday 2nd September from Potterton Nursery. Planted it on Wednesday 7th and it was at that stage producing a flower. After all the rain yesterday I went out this morning expecting it to be either flattened by the rain or gobbled up by slugs, but no, three beautiful flower opening in the sunshine. That is instant gardening and I just love it.

Amicia zygomeris.

10 September 2016 22:36:29

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One of my favourite plants at this time of year. Just love the yellow flowers against those leaves.

Late Flowering Plants.

06 September 2016 19:07:43

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Today was a bit of a mixed bag regarding the weather. Here in Waterford this morning it was grey and misty and very humid, but in the afternoon the sun came out for a few hours and it was very pleasant to be gardening. I have started to cut down plants that have gone beyond their sell by date, but still plenty of plants flowering and adding colour to the garden. The dahlias have been great this year and have been blooming since July and should continue until the first frosts, which I hope will be a long time yet. I leave my Cannas in the ground all year around and am delighted with the size they have reached this year. Hydranges, one of my favourite shrubs, are just beautiful at present despite the lack of rain over the summer and are flowering their socks off. I have notice that they are doing great in many gardens.

Paddy had strimmed the bulb lawn over a week ago and yesterday I gathered the dried grass which we use in the nest box for the hens. I then cut the grass to tidy it up and it was a lovely day for it, wall to wall sunshine. 

I also planted my colchicums, one had started to flower in the bag, so hopefully they will do even better in the soil.

First of the Bulbs to Arrive.

03 September 2016 11:19:17

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The postman delivered a nice brown box to the house yesterday and inside was some bulbs that I had ordered last March from Potterton Nursery. I am someone who is totally addicted to bulbs and I just have to have them. Last week I emptied some of the pots of bulbs I had since last spring, cleaned off the crocus and daffodils and threw away the tulips which had deteriorated. I have also ordered some bulbs from Mr Middleton, one a beautiful, small daffodil, Narcissus 'Chiva'. I did love the front cover of the his catologue this year, Alaskan Aurora, made up of  white daffodils and a pink and white tulips. I have found that Iris 'Lady Beatrix Stanley', which was planted in a small bowl last year, did start to split into a lot of small bulbs and the original bulbs had also deteriorated. Will plant up the biggest of the bulbs, but will have only one bowl this year instead of two. I have ordered Iris 'George',  but after seeing Monty plant up Iris 'Harmony' last evening might get some of these as well as the colour was just fantastic. Will possible buy my tulips over the coming weeks from Lild as they are not worth keeping from year to year and are not that expensive.

New Gardener's World.

02 September 2016 20:36:01
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New Gardener's World.

Just saw a clip of Henen. Dillion's garden on the introduction to the programme a few moments ago.

Memories of the Summer of 2016.

01 September 2016 20:15:42

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This was one of the nicest summers I have had for a few years and here are three photos that capture the happy days of Summer 2016.

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