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Rachel's Journal January 2016

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Palheiro, Madeira

30 January 2016 08:50:45
Palheiro, Madeira

Palheiro, Madeira

Here is a video of Palheiro Garden in Madeira.

It has all the freshness of spring, but interspersed with tropicals. 


Madeiran Garden Visit - Quinta do Palheiro - YouTube

The Fruit of the Swiss Cheese Plant

28 January 2016 09:07:12
The Fruit of the Swiss Cheese Plant

The Fruit of the Swiss Cheese Plant

As some of you know, I was recently in Madeira and had a wonderful time visiting gardens and buying plants.

One thing I came across in the market was this delicious, pineapple-tasting fruit.

Can you believe, it is the fruit of the Swiss cheese plant that we grow and abuse in our homes. In Ireland we can never hope to get flowers, let alone fruit.

In this video, I talk about the fruit, how to know when its ripe and the flower, which I also spotted...

Fruit of the Swiss Cheese Plant, Monstera deliciosa - YouTube

Mobile Phones & garden.ie

13 January 2016 21:16:53

Johnstown Get-Together Video

12 January 2016 11:06:51
Johnstown Get-Together Video

Johnstown Get-Together Video

Here is my video of our annual get-together at Johnstown Garden Centre.

I hope you like it as I'm sure everyone who was there enjoyed the day!

Gardening Club at Johnstown Garden Centre - YouTube

High Jinx

10 January 2016 13:15:41

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Here are a few of my photos from Johnstown.

As you can see, there was high jinx at some tables (photo one)!

And thanks a million times to Joann for the wonderful Kris Kindle pressie. It was a hamper (photo 2), made lovingly by Deborah. No doubt from treasures availble in the gorgeous Terra Nova shop.

Thank you to Hazel and everyone that made it all possible.

January Greenhouse & Daphne 'Jacqueline Postill'

10 January 2016 11:35:25
January Greenhouse & Daphne 'Jacqueline Postill'

January Greenhouse & Daphne 'Jacqueline Postill'

What a wonderful day we had yesterday at Johnstown and, yes, the video is coming!

But in the meantime some sunshine and out comes the most beautiful winter plant of them all - Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill'...

January Greenhouse & Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill' - YouTube



08 January 2016 07:38:21


Just a little note to say I am looking forward to our Johnstown get-together tomorrow.

I will be signing copies of my book, Journal of an Irish Garden, on the day and it will be a good opportunity for anyone who hasn't had the chance to purchase a copy to do so.

See you all there :)

If you can't make Johnstown, the book is for sale here...

Journal of an Irish Garden by Rachel Darlington (Paperback) — Lulu IE


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