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AitAlainn's Journal

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18 January 2014 23:39:44

Johnstown Get-together

03 January 2014 22:42:40

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Happy New Year to all! Can't believe its almost a year since I posted a journal, but I have been clicking in and out all the time keeping a check on everyone! Fran called to me in October and he filled me in on any thing of interest that I had missed. I'm really looking forward to the get together to catch up with everyone. 

Hazel mentioned in her journal that I was donating a prize for the raffle. I spoke to her a few weeks ago about my offer and she said why not, so I'd be delighted to welcome whoever wins it to our seaside holiday house in West Clare for either a 2 night weekend break or a three night mid week break (subject to availability) We are well situated for anyone who would like to visit the Burren in north Clare or the Loop Head Peninsula in the West and there are some nice gardens around as well!

For anyone interested, I'm currently running a competition on Facebook for a similiar prize, so a second chance to win! The winner will be drawn next Monday night, 6 January. This is the link: www.facebook.com/sandhillshouse  - I'd be delighted if ye shared it! Thanks and hope to see ye all on the 12 January. 

Last minute.com

12 January 2013 20:04:32
How true!

How true!

Got out in the garden briefly this afternoon to dig up what I had promised to friends and found a few other bits! Nothing very exciting - they are all in very small pots as Im sure everyone is tight on space at this stage!

5 Campanula muralis

4 Foxglove (various colours)

2 Geraniums (not sure of variety)

1 Oxalis (pink flower)

1 grass (dont know which one!)

1 Sisyrinchium (yellow flower)


See you all tomorrow!

Poppy seeds

10 January 2013 20:58:21
Poppies in my garden - 2012

Poppies in my garden - 2012

Moya and Clara asked me for some seeds from this poppy during the year and I am taking them to Johnstown with me on Sunday. I have 5 more packets of them if anyone would like one.

Anyone for Silene dioica (Red Campion)

09 January 2013 23:28:54
Silene dioica - Red Campion

Silene dioica - Red Campion

It will be Saturday before I get a chance to see what I have to take to Johnstown but I can definitely dig up some red campion for anyone that wants some. Its a great  long flowering perrenial and bulks up really well and not that widely available in garden centres! 

New to Facebook!

26 October 2012 22:25:53

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I have just joined the world of Facebook as a result of a Social Media course I did over the last few weeks. Im not convinced that its for me, but Im told its the way to go, if you are in any type of business! So, I have put up a page for our holiday house   and I need people to like it!!

The page is SANDHILLS HOUSE http://www.facebook.com/sandhillshouse and Id appreciate it if any of ye on FB would click the like button! There isn't very much on it yet, but I'll get there by degrees and would welcome any suggestions from ye FB experts!

I havn't been in my garden for ages but hope to get out a bit this weekend - would be great if the weather stays dry! 

Hope ye all have a great weekend.

Ratoath Garden Centre

02 September 2012 22:46:45

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I had to travel to Ratoath, Co. Meath last Thursday, so while there I took the opportunity to visit Ratoath Garden Centre - as one does! I think it was Jacinta who put up a journal about visiting there sometime last year. I had the pleasure of meeting John, the owner, and he was very generous with his time, giving me advice and cuttings. He has incorporated a show garden into the garden centre, which I think is very clever - Im always on the look out for some new viburnums and I dont think I would have bought Viburnum Rhytidophyllum but for I saw it growing in one of the borders. Its not one that I was familiar with but having seen an established one growing, I just had to get it. I took some photos so will put up an album later. Well worth a visit if anyone is in the area.

More propagating

02 September 2012 11:23:28


Our front porch faces north and is not used that often so it is an ideal place to do some cuttings as its nice and bright but doesn't get direct sunlight. I've my Lidl propagator set up here since I got it and have something on it all summer. Seeds of Lychnis chalcedonica and Agastache anisata have germinated in it now and I have some cuttings on it as well. I have transplanted buddleja seedlings into the covered cell tray on the middle shelf and having seen Sallys journal on the cuttings in water, I'm trying that as well. I should have lots of different bits to share around at the next few get togethers! 

Another flowering cutting

02 September 2012 11:04:57
Weigela cutting taken in April

Weigela cutting taken in April

I took some weigela cuttings from a friends garden last April and they all seem to have taken. This one had flowered in the plastic bag. I potted it on yesterday.

Sedum Purple Emperor

28 August 2012 23:45:33
Sedum Purple Emperor - cuttings taken in early June

Sedum Purple Emperor - cuttings taken in early June

I took these cuttings in early June and just left them to get on with it. When I checked them this evening they had flowered in the plastic bag!


28 August 2012 23:37:36


I went mad doing cuttings in early June and the majority of them seem to have taken. I did mostly hydrangea, buddleja, viburnum & wiegela with a few other odd bits stuck in as well. I have potted on a few of them, but need to do the rest fairly soon.

If anyone has a surplus of 1 litre pots please let me know! I find they are the ideal size for potting on cuttings as they dont take up too much room or use as much compost. I got some from Ebay lately but need alot more.

For Fran

28 August 2012 23:25:51
Cuphea & Rhodochition

Cuphea & Rhodochition

I took better care of this cuphea, Fran! It hasn't left the tunnel, nor has the rhodochition that I grew from the seed you sent me. Very pleased with both. Mind you, I think the cuphea could do with a feed - some of the leaves are a little yellow looking - what do you think?

Two from one.....

03 August 2012 19:42:40

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I put up a journal over two weeks ago about 5 of my hydrangea cuttings that had sprouted roots above ground. Biddy advised to repot them and I finally got around to doing that last night. I was able to get a few extra cuttings by cutting off the top part of the cutting and repotting it & leaving what was in the compost to continue growing for another while.

Midlands Home & Garden Festival

24 July 2012 22:30:08

Garden shot

22 July 2012 21:57:13
two perennial  beds

two perennial beds

Took this photo last night - these are new beds. I had a shelter belt in this area but the frost took care of that. It looks so much more colourful now. Every cloud has a silver lining!


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