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Gracedieu Lass's Journal

Gracedieu Lass's Journal January 2017

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Rainy Days and Mondays.

30 January 2017 11:06:57
Galanthus 'Honeysuckle Cottage'.

Galanthus 'Honeysuckle Cottage'.

I hope no one is too down today and being positive here is Galanthus 'Honeysuckle Cottage', a snowdrop I bought three years ago looking good in the rain yesterday. It has increased well to about nine flowering bulbs and seems to stand up well to the weather. It is a lovely photo of one of MY snowdrops, as I choose by size and most importantly sentimental names. I always buy snowdrops when in flower as I can see what they look like and I always buy three bulbs, which means that I never can afford expensive ones. I like clean white snowdrops that are tall and elegant and hold themselves well. Not keen on snowdrops with green marks on the outer segments, however Galanthus 'Jessica' is an exception. I do love the yellow marked snowdrops and one of the first ones I ever grew was Galanthus 'Wendy's Gold', a gift and which remains my favourite. On my wish list is Galanthus  woronowii ' Cider with Rosie' love the name, like the glossy green leaves, not that keen on the flower, and most importantly, can't afford it.

Lots of snowdrop events this February all over the country, so no excuse not to get out there.

Bulbs, Corms and Hellebores.

29 January 2017 09:37:30

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It maybe raining this morning, but the sun yesterday had many of the Spring flowering plants taking full advantage of the heat. It has been a very mild winter and not too wet, so the early flowering plants are well ahead of normal and growing at a very fast pace. It is only a few weeks since the leaves of the hellebores were removed and now the flowers are in full flower or at least nice healthy buds about to burst into flower.

The cyclamen coum are such a wonderful little plant in leaf since Autumn. The leaves vary from green to grey with various markings and so lovely to see them during the darkes day of November and December. I love their dainty little pink flowers which contrast with the silver markings on the leaves.

The snowdrops are now being joined by the iris and the daffodils adding to the colour in the garden.

Iris unguicularis.

28 January 2017 10:40:20
Iris unguicularis.

Iris unguicularis.

Depsipe the grey dull weather during the week my Iris unguicularis have been flowering their  socks off. There are two cultivars in the photo, Iris unguicularis 'Mary Bernard' and Iris unguicularis 'Kilbroney Marble' an Irish cultivar which was introduced by the Slieve Donard Nursery in Co Down who are no longer in business. These Iris have a beautiful scent and if you ever come across them at a plant sale they are well worth the place in the garden.

The daffodil is Narcissus 'Jenny' which is in flower since Christmas. 

It is a beautiful sunny day here in Waterford, but a little chilly.

Double Ellen Hellebores.

26 January 2017 23:35:29

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I bought these two hellebores last year in Lidl for €3.99. They have grown into two beautiful plants with amazing flowers and no sign of any disease. Despite the strong winds today they held their flowers upright. The one on the right has a green in the flower which makes it very unusual. They associate well with ferns and snowdrops which are just about to flower among them. Paddy was good enough to give me two close-up photos of both flowers.

Winter Flowering Shrubs.

26 January 2017 23:14:58

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Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer' is a fantastic winter shrub, flowering from October through to March. The flowers are a pale pink and contrast beautifully with the darker pink buds. It is a nice compact shrub and suitable for a small garden.

Another winter flowering shrub worth growing is Ribes laurifolium 'Amy Doncaster'. It is an evergreen currant with laurel like leaves and delicate pale cream flowers. It is a small shrub about two feet in height and a spread of three. 

These two small shrubs added a little colour to the garden today on what was a cold grey windy day.

Hellebores 'Anna's Red'

23 January 2017 19:56:17
Hellebores 'Anna's Red'

Hellebores 'Anna's Red'

Linda B was wondering what a our Helleborus 'Anna's Red' is looking like at present. 

First Crocus.

22 January 2017 21:25:15
First Crocus.

First Crocus.

A nice sunny day here in Waterford today and the first of the crocus responded to the warmth of the sun, opening fully. Even though we are still in Janurary it is so nice to see the first signs of Spring.

A Lovely Day.

20 January 2017 17:26:11

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It was a lovely bright sunny day here in Waterford today. Cold this morning, but beautiful blue skies all day long. Enjoyed my day working in the garden and got a lot of plants cut down and of course plenty of weeding. Paddy has mulched a lot of borders with compost that was made last year and it has helped to improve the look of the soil at this time of year when there is so little growing. The improvement in the light was such a joy after the last number of gloomy days.

Hope it is not too Late.

20 January 2017 17:10:47

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We were at our local garden club last night and one of the members brought in several large boxes of spring flowering bulbs that she had got from a DIY store for free. There were so many that she could not use them all herself, so she choose to share them among the members. There were mostly packets of tulips and a few daffodils. I took five packets of Tulipa 'Abba' a red, twelve inch tulip, which should stand up to the wind, as it is not too tall. Planted them in two different pots, a square one and a round one, because I had no matching ones. I am hopefull that they will flower in the coming months as the bulbs were healthy and were also starting to sprout. I have never planted tulips this late in the season, but looking forward to see how they will do.

Winter Gardening.

15 January 2017 17:11:06

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Just in from the garden having spent over three hours thoroughly enjoying what I was doing. I was weeding and it is not a task that I like doing, but for some reason today I was very happy picking out willowherb. It was a lovely warm sunny day and the snowdrops were once again open with the warmth. The shrub producing the best scent in the garden at present is Sarcocorca and the witch hazel has to be the prettiest with it spidery flowers. Fran mentioned cyclamen the other day and how pleased he was with them and have to totally agree, little gems.

Snowdrops not Snow.

12 January 2017 15:35:05

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We have been very lucky today with the weather here in Waterford, a lovely bright sunny day. The sun this afternoon has helped open the flowers of the snowdrops and they look beautiful bobbing about in the grass. 

I am now busy in the garden getting ready for a group of gardeners visiting in February. The mild winter, so far, has been ideal for weeds to germinate and this is the hardiest job that I am having to deal with. The lack of rain has made working easy and the soil is nice to work with and not at all sticky as you would expect at this time of year. Hopefully, we will not get any snow and the days will improve as the month continues. It is great to be back gardening in earnest and looking forward to all the spring bulbs, corms and shrubs flowering. The Spring flowering shrub all have a delicious scent and it makes working outside a pleasure.

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