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Gracedieu Lass's Journal June 2017

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Papaver somniferum.

30 June 2017 18:53:04
Papaver somniferum.

Papaver somniferum.

My one and only Papaver somniferum flowering so far this year. I must be weeding too much. Don't know where this came from as I usually have a double, muddy, pink one all over the garden. I will have to save the seed of this one and hopefully it will be as good next year. 

Tropaeolum speciosum.

28 June 2017 15:45:10

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Form many year I coveted this plant and bought a number of them in my early days of gardening. They were not cheap to buy in the eighties, but I would buy the plant, a bag of peat compost and plant in the appropriate place. However, no matter how well looked after it always died. This plant at that time was very popular, maybe  because it was grown by Helen Dillion. She grew it in a peat bed at the very back of her garden. Gardens in the Cork area had this amazing plant taking over their gardens, but I could not grow it. I gave up on it until I was given a piece by a friend and low and behold it started to grow the first spring after planting and was flowering that June. Since that time it has seeded around the holly hedge where it was planted and now years after it gives a beautiful display ever summer. The plant also has wonderful blue seed heads which adds to the pleasure of growing the Flame Creeper.

A Tipperary Garden.

28 June 2017 07:56:51
A Tipperary Garden.

A Tipperary Garden.

Last Saturday Paddy and myself visited Killurney Garden, one the the gardens open for charity in Co Tipperary last weekend. This garden is owned by Mrs Mildred Stokes, a lady I have known for many years and a garden I never tire of visiting. The garden is very well known and has been featured in numerous magazines over the years. Mildred's garden has won many awards which were richly deserved. 

The album I hope gives a flavour of the highlights of this wonderful garden.

Dierama.

27 June 2017 10:18:37

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The months of June and July are the months when Dieramas are at their very best. These plants also  have the delightful name of Angel's fishing rods. I have been growing them for many many years and some of the named varieties have been lost due to them crossing and seeding into one another. 

Slieve Donard nursery in Co Down (nursery long gone) were well known for the breeding of a number of these fantastic plants and many were given the names of birds like Barn Owl, Bullfinch, Curlew and many others. I had at one time a gorgeous dark on called Dierama 'Blackbird', but now lost in the mix. 

Gary Dunlop, Ballyrogan Nurseries, Newtownards, Co Down is introducing new cultivars as is Kilmurry Nurseries near Gorey, Co Wexford. I am growing a very compact dierama, pure white, called Dierama 'Kilmurry White' which is looking beautiful in my White Garden at present, must take a photo.

There are a number of species of this plant, but the most common ones are pulcherrimun and dracomontanum. 

Rosa 'Burgundy Ice'.

24 June 2017 20:23:34

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We went on a garden visit today. The Tipperary Garden Group are having their Open Weekend this weekend. We visited the garden of Mildred Stokes in Kilurney and while going around the garden spotted this wonderful rose, Rosa 'Burgundy Ice'. Mildred told us that it was a sport of Rosa 'Iceberg' which is a white rose with a great scent. As the name suggests Rosa 'Burgundy Ice' is a rich wine colour, but has inherited the gorgeous scent from Rosa 'Iceberg'.

So, on the way home we called into the garden centre in Dove Hill outside Carrick on Suir and guess what was there, but Rosa 'Burgundy Ice', so had to be purchased.

The photos are of the plant we bought today and as you can see it looks a healthy rose with plenty of buds waiting to open.

Aberglasney Gardens.

20 June 2017 14:28:11

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On our recent holiday to the Cotswolds we travelled by ferry from Rosslare to Fisguard and then travelled on through South Wales. We decided to break the journey with a visit to Aberglasney Gardens, a garden we had heard of many years ago at a talk given by a speaker who had been invited by the  Cork Alpine/Hardy Plant Society. He related the work that had taken place and the history of these wonderful gardens. 

The gardens are suitated in the Tywi Valley in Carmarthenshire, West Wales. It was featured in a BBC produced programme, 'A Garden Lost in Time' which followed the restoration of house and gardens. The property was on the brink of collapse when it was purchased in 1995 by The Aberglasney Trust and with the help of an Americian benefactor Frank Cabot the gardens were opened in 1991 and the house in 2013.

If you ever find yourself in this part of Wales I would urge you to pay the gardens a visit as you will not be disappointed. 

Happy Father's Day.

18 June 2017 21:30:24

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Best wishes to all the dads on the site. I am sure you all had a brilliant day and what a day it has been, weather wise. I must say I enjoyed all the presents that Paddy was lucky enough to get. The day came to a brilliant end with the flying over the garden by an air balloon a short while ago.

Everything is Coming Up Roses.

16 June 2017 22:50:15

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The weather today has been just fantastic, wall to wall sunshine and it is forecast to last for the next few days. This time last year we were very busy with arrangements for my son Patrick's wedding on 17th June and rushing to get the garden ready for the photos, however this year gardening has been much easier and more enjoyable with no pressure.

Today in the sunshine the flowers were just gorgeous and they too seemed to be enjoying the glorious weather. The scent from the roses was intoxicating as the heat of the mid-day sun seemed  to release it. Most of the roses I grow are David Austin Roses which are repeat flowering and all have an old fashioned fragrance. One of my favourite is Rosa 'Pilgrim' a soft yellow rose with a delicious lemon scent. They are so many that picking one is very hard. Last year I bought three rose bushes of Rosa 'Olivia Austin' a beautiful shell pink variety, but maybe the reason I bought it was because I have a very beautiful granddaughter, Olivia.

I suppose that is what makes a garden, plants that remind us of family and friends.

Iris germanica.

14 June 2017 08:28:46

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My latest craze is Iris germanic. About twenty years ago I had a nice collection of them, but then tired of them. However, the craze for them has reignited and have started to buy them again. I was dividing one yesterday and realised that I was putting a lot into the compost bin because I had so many, so I was wondering if any member would like to swap. The varieties I have for anyone wanting to swap are:

Iris germanica ' Dungarvan' ( not official name, but given to me by my father-in-law many years ago. He lived in Dungarvan, Co Waterford

Iris germanica  'Immortality' (white) 

Iris germanica 'Jane Phillips' (blue)

Iris germanica 'Superstition' (dark purple)

I visited Abbey House Garden in Malmesbury, Wiltshire recently and came across this beauty Iris 'Goodbye Heart'. One for the wish list.

This is the time for dividing Iris germanica and the cost of posting rhizomes would not be too expensive, so if anyone is interested please let me know.

Mid June Album

13 June 2017 21:51:50

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At long last the weather has improved and here are a few photographs of plants which have survived the atrocious weather we have had during June. Hopefully, this is the start of a dry period and our plants will recover the downpours and winds of the last few weeks. 

Hookhouse Pottery Garden, Tetbury Gloustershire.

13 June 2017 08:35:53

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Hookhouse Potter Garden is a private garden just outside the villager of Tetbury which opened under the National Garden Scheme. This group raises money for a number of charities in The UK and has been doing so for 90 years. It can only do so with the generosity of garden owners who invite people into their gardens for a day and sometimes a few days over the year. 

We were lucky enough to be able to visit this gorgeous cottage garden when on holidays a few weeks ago. It was most definitely a 'Cottage Garden' with a mix of trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables. The garden was dominated by the very pretty Cotswold stone cottage and the wall of this cottage provided shelter and support for the many roses and climbers that adorned the walls.

Hope you enjoy the photos of this beautiful garden and many thanks to the owner for her welcome.

Cotswold Holiday.

11 June 2017 08:42:53

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At the end of May we took a gardening holiday to England visiting the Cotswolds. It is a region of very pretty villages and a huge number of gardens. Chipping Campden has to be one of the prettiest village of the lot, which is suitated near Hitcote, the famous garden of Lawrence Johnston. The main reason for our visit was to visit the garden of the Prince of Wales at Highgrove, which turned out to be the most disappointing of all the gardens we visited. We were there over the Whit weekend in England (last Monday in May) which coincided with a large number of private gardens open under the National Gardens Scheme, who are celebrating their ninety anniversary this year. 

I took lots of photos and have just edited a few of them, so far, but will upload some albums over the next few weeks. I think I will start with Barnsley House, the home of the renowned garden designer, Rosemary Verey, which has now been turned into a luxury hotel and is suitated in the gorgeous village of Barnsley. 

Looking through all my photos, I have just noticed that most are photos of walls, windows and roses, beautiful Cotswold stone walls, mullioned windows and climbing roses.

 

Dahlias.

06 June 2017 18:24:48

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Dahlias are flowering very early this year, maybe it is due to the mild Spring we had that they were growing very quickly once they were potted up. The plants that we put out a few weeks ago had good root systems and flower buds, but I am surprised that they are flowering already. Today, I picked a bunch to bring into the house so I could have a closer look at them. Hopefully the rainy windy weather that we are experiencing this week will not cause too much damage to them. Varieties of the dahlias are :

Dahlia 'Danseuse'(dusky pink)

Dahlia' Bloodstone' (red)

Dahlia 'Pooh' (yellow/orange)

Dahlia 'Mr. Optimist' (double red with yellow edge)

Dahlia 'Happy Face' (single red ) and

Dahlia 'Verrones Obsidian' (a honka type)

Would like to thank Peter W. for Dahlia 'Pooh' and Dahlia 'Mr. Optimist' he kindly gave me this Spring.

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