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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal June 2015

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Helen Dillon Video

28 June 2015 00:41:25
Helen Dillon Video

Helen Dillon Video

Here it is - the video I made of Helen Dillon's visit to my garden last Friday.

Such a lovely person and a great day...

Helen Dillon Visits Douentza Garden in Wexford - YouTube

Helen Dillon

26 June 2015 19:36:37
Helen Dillon

Helen Dillon

I had a pre-open day visitor to Douentza today.

I guess the title of this journal gives it away.

Yes, it was the charming and not-so-fierce-as-her-reputation Helen Dillon.

I had a lovely day and got some great tips and, yes, there will be a video in time :)

Peony Supports

26 June 2015 13:50:35
Peony Supports

Peony Supports

I acutally went out and bought proper peony supports this year.

Now I'm wondering how I ever managed without!

Tullamore

25 June 2015 13:03:18
Tullamore

Tullamore

Tullamore Garden Group came to visit yesterday and what a wonderful bunch of people!

You may know Ruth (Ladybird) and Henry from this site!

Anyway, I think everyhting went really well and smoothly and I was delighted that some streptocarpus enthusiasts were among their number!

The photo shows the quiet before the stoem (so to speak)!

Wednesday Videos

24 June 2015 01:02:08
Wednesday Videos

Wednesday Videos

Two videos for you today - a tour of the peonies in Mount Congreve...

Peonies in Mount Congreve, Waterford - YouTube

And one on cattleya orchids (and dactylhoriza for no relevant reason)...

Cutting Cattleya Sheaths - the pros and cons - YouTube

Extreme Weeding

22 June 2015 09:20:21
Extreme Weeding

Extreme Weeding

It's the new craze - soon to sweep the nation.

You've heard of extreme sports. Well here's Extreme Weeding...

Extreme Weeding - the New Sport - YouTube

Lots Happening

21 June 2015 23:50:40
Lots Happening

Lots Happening

I took Saturday off and hit Mount Congreve!

Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow!

Seriously, did I say wow!

The peonies are just amazing there and at their peak. I was completely blown away! Needless to say, there will be a video on Wednesday.

Other than that, check out it out - our open days are in yesterday's Saturday's Times, today's Sunday Times and the Sunday Business Post.

My garden, Douentza, is opening in conjunction with Philip Hollwey and Walter Kelly's Tombrick on 27th and 28th June. PM me for further details.

Important Visitor

20 June 2015 09:23:48

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You just never know the type that will turn up in my garden!

Enjoy...

 

Important Summer Visitor - YouTube

Thank you, Mary

19 June 2015 00:58:36
Thank you, Mary

Thank you, Mary

Here is Diplarrhena moraea in flower.

Thank you, Mary (MaryJoe) :)

First Flowering

19 June 2015 00:48:10
First Flowering

First Flowering

I grew this climbing rose from seed I got from Deborah of Terra Nova.

This is its first flowering.

It's nearly tall enough to grab the lower branches of the pear tree it is planted under.

The colour is really special. I feel like I see with a bee's eyes when I look at it :)

All Set

17 June 2015 22:09:01

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Well I don't think I've ever done so much gardening as in the last three days. I've done so much weeding that when I close my eyes I see epilobium! But I probably say this every year!

Anyway, I'm all set for the first group to visit tomorrow.

I made one Wednesday video about orchids (really only for orchid nuts) and none about outdoors stuff because I was too  busy gardening.

Isn't the weather fab though!

Rhodo sinogrande

14 June 2015 21:05:40

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Here' my Rhododendron sinogrande 'Logan', as requested, Sean.

Also, this funny galega that I picked up last year is in flower. I like it.

Divided and replanted primroses today.

Blue

12 June 2015 20:32:27

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No, I'm not feeling down, silly!

I noticed a few blue themes in the garden today. I can't really say they were planned but I am happy with them.

And, yes, that glorious rheum soooo has to move this autumn before it swallows everything around it.

Planting Hardy Orchids in the Ground

12 June 2015 08:57:57
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I have been asked by many about planting hardy orchids in the ground.

This is how I did it...

How to Grow Hardy Orchids in the Ground - YouTube

Coming together

11 June 2015 23:53:00

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I'm beginning to get the feeling that the garden is coming together.

Lovely weather recently but rain due tonight.

Wednesday Videos

10 June 2015 11:43:46

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Here are this week's videos.

There are others on my YouTube channel, which I haven't posted here. If anyone is interested, you know where to find them.

The first of today's videos is about growing carnivorous sarracenia outdoors and how to set them up.

How To Grow Sarracenia in an Outdoor Planter - YouTube

The second video shows what I do with my greenhouse in summer and various collections I have...

Greenhouse Prepped for Summer - YouTube

Looks like another lovely day!

Date For Your Diary - Open Gardens

08 June 2015 23:23:30
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On the 27th and 28th June, my garden, Douentza, will be opening in conjunction with Philip Hollwey's and Walter Kelly's Tombrick. There is also a local Flower Festival on that weekend.

I hope that many of you will visit and take in some great Wexford Gardens.

These are the only dates that Douentza, Phillip Hollwey's and Tombrick are open this year.

Please contact me for further details and a map if you are interested in coming.

Poor Bartlettina

07 June 2015 23:20:56
Poor Bartlettina

Poor Bartlettina

Well, it took a few days to plant up the west part of the garden with the tropicals. Every year I fill this section of the garden with tender plants and enjoy them all summer. I worked the first day and the second day hubby dug the holes and I planted and we finished in great time. I made a little video about it (surprise, surprise) and the link is below. But that is not what this journal is about.

One of the tender plants I put out was Bartlettina sordida. I was gifted it by Dhu Varen Gardens in Kerry two years ago but it had grown to a glorious 4-5ft in my care and was a magnificent specimen. It was overwintered fin heat and was in full flower. Not called Purple Torch for nothing, Bartlettina sordida has large felty, dark leaves and sprays of blue flowers. And I found the perfect place for it too! It was perfect.

Can you guess what I'm going to say next? Does the extensive use of the past tense give it away?

Well, thirteen-year-old boy met bartlettina - full on! He must have landed between the two trunks of the tree becasue both were broken off and the main trunk was split to soil level. Basically the tree was completely destroyed.

Now I have a greenhouse shelf full of cuttings and a son who is very sorry.

Unfortunately, I have no photo of the bartlettina, only this little video clip that didn't make it into the final 'planting the tropicals out' video...

Bartlettina

And here is the video of planting up the tropicals...

Planting Tropicals Out - Before, During & After - YouTube

PS I am over it now but feel it is therapeutic to get it out of my system with a journal :)

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03 June 2015 21:38:03

Wednesday Videos

03 June 2015 10:32:06

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Well, here are the Wednesday videos and it will come as no surprise that there is a Bloom one!

The second video is about hanging plants and there is a very funny story about it.

Tina came to visit shortly after I'd bought the hanging baskets mentioned in the video and I showed her my streps and she seemed impressed and asked where I'd bought the baskets. And when I told her it was Mr Price she said she would pop in on her way home and buy some herself. I then had to say that there were only a few left in Bunclody and I had been planning on going in to buy the last that day!

Tina kindly said she would not go to Mr Price in Bunclody but try Wexford Town (to keep in my good books). I managed to buy the last three Bunclody pots that day and Tina says she was glad there were some left otherwise I might have doubted her integrity and thought she had done a sneaky one on the way home. lol.

I didn't put that in the video! Enjoy...

Ireland's Bloom Show 2015 - YouTube

Hanging Plants - Streptocarpus & Orchids - YouTube

Terra Nova Plants

02 June 2015 23:29:41

Baby Birds Hatch

02 June 2015 11:42:38
Baby Birds Hatch

Baby Birds Hatch

Aw, aren't they cute!

Baby Blackbirds Hatch - YouTube

 

Irish Grown Tea

01 June 2015 00:11:35
Irish Grown Tea

Irish Grown Tea

I was recently asked about this so here you go.

Irish grown tea, the process from bush to cup...

Irish Grown Tea - From Bush to Pot - YouTube

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