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Gracedieu Lass's Journal

Gracedieu Lass's Journal October 2016

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Removal of Yew Trees.

20 October 2016 08:16:29
Removal of Yew Trees.

Removal of Yew Trees.

Anyone who has visited Kilmacurragh Gardens in Co. Wicklow will be familiar with the Yews that grow near the pond and the wonderful creature that peeps out from the undergrowth. Well, the yews have been removed due to disease, but thankfully the creature still remains.

Autumn Colour.

09 October 2016 22:39:31

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A few views of the garden taken last Thursday. With this beautiful weather plants are lasting well into Autumn.

Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer'

09 October 2016 22:32:43

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Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer' just starting to flower and plenty of flower buds to come. It is very early this year and with the dry summer we had this year it is very surprising how early and the number of flower buds on the plant. It will keep producing flowers until February next. 

Out of Season.

09 October 2016 22:24:05
Iris germanica 'Immortality'.

Iris germanica 'Immortality'.

Iris germanica are not associated with flowering during late autumn, but Iris germanica 'Immortality' is in full flower at present and the scent from it on a warm days is intoxicating.

Thanks Fran.

09 October 2016 22:19:23
Thanks Fran.

Thanks Fran.

This is a really beautiful aster which was given to me last Janurary by Fran. The flowers are pure white and contrast well with the green foliage which does not suffer from mildew. Looks very well growing in my white garden and keeps interest going into Autumn.

The Lane in September.

01 October 2016 21:39:23

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A little late putting up a journal for September, but on Thursday last our first grandson Ben was born. He was a little late in putting in an appearance, but arrived safe and well. 

The change in the weather in September has been welcomed by many plants in The Lane and even the grass has greened up with the few days of rain. The buds on the rhododendrons and camellias have also started to swell with the rain, a good sign for the coming spring. On windy days there is a flurry of leaves from the trees and colour is coming into many of the Acers as the nights get a little chillier. The cyclamen coum are well up and it is a treat to seen the beautiful marked foliage at this time of year and a promise of the delicate flowers which will appear in spring.

Hydranges are still flowering and one of my favourite is Hydrangea quercifolia which will turn a rich red as the autumn continues. Many ferns are planted on both sides of The Lane and most are evergreen types, which help hide, the not so attractive, legs of some shrubs.

Gathering leaves will be the biggest job to be done over the coming months. This is not a pleasant job, but so well worth doing and will keep us warm as the weather get colder.

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