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Album: 51 Flowers in November 2017

15 November 2017 00:19:19
Azalea from Hazel

Azalea from Hazel

OK folks, let's see if the link works!

51 Flowers in November 2017



Hurray - yes it's there.

Sorry some of the images are a bit blurred - it was early morning, freezing cold.

Names will follow at the week-end, I hope.

Watch out the Sky might Fall ...

14 November 2017 15:37:12

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Imagine it - two journals a week apart - hope I don't give myself a heart attack.

I went around the garden this morning in med November, and photographed everything in bloom. When I counted the pics there were flowers in bloom on 51 plants in my tiny gardens - and that's not counting what's now in the gazebo!

So hurry up with those instructions Hazel - I want to make an album using your work-around.

Here are three images to get started.

Good Work

06 November 2017 23:10:44
Gazebo for winter

Gazebo for winter

I have had a lovely HelpX lady with me for the past two weeks. She has done trojan work sorting out my overgrown semi-wild garden. She also re-organized the gazebo, and brought in lots of the fuchsias for winter. I'll miss her when she returns to France tomorrow.

Easter Azaelea

15 April 2017 10:20:20

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Happy Easter Everyone

And here are three azaelas that survived the recent reconstruction, which included about a foot or so being taken off the peat bed.

Take particular note of the Azaelea luteum which I'm thinking of renaming Golden Survivor. Hazel gave this to Tony and me for our Golden wedding in 2012. Tony never got to see it in bloom, and I had only seen one or two flowers myself. It was dug up and spent a few months in a bucket down in Laois, and was only replanted a few weeks ago when I got back to Tallaght.

Looks like Tony is working some magic on it from heaven.

Enjoy everyone!

Pollarding Suburban trees

15 March 2017 22:58:12

Lurking 'Journalist'

17 January 2017 13:53:56

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Yes, I do admit to being a 'lurker' on Garden.ie. I read all the entries, but only very rarely put in an odd comment, and even more rarely make an entry of my own. I seem to have so much to say face to face, yet I find it extremely difficult to put my thoughts on paper.

Well, for some reason (maybe the mild Laois air), but whatever the cause, here's todays tuppenceworth.

Currently staying with Hazel while major reconstruction work is happening at home in Tallaght, all I can do is ruminate on what might lie ahead when I return in late February. 

So here are three images to illustrate the current state of play.

Picture one shows a well-fed bird at one of the fifteen feeders that used to hang outside the back door where Tony could watch them while he was sick. Unfortunately, we had four-legged visitors to this 4-star hotel, so the feeders are now in storage, and may end up supporting fuchsias rather than feathered friends - no decision made yet, so I'll wait and see.

Picture two shows the first flowering in 2016 of the golden azalea given to us by Hazel for our 50th in 2012. This shrub had to be dug out to allow space for the dustbins to get past the much reduced peat-bed. It's now in a pot, and looks reasonably happy - fingers crossed.

No, I haven't fled to the Bahamas to escape the chaos, just gone to Laois. Picture Three shows the view from St Martin's Church Old Bawn Tallaght - on a freezing evening last May - the camera doesn't always tell the truth.

Happy New Year 2017 and Johnstown Offerings

01 January 2017 17:20:42

FREE GARDEN CLAY for taking away (from Tallaght)

19 June 2016 01:15:17

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Hi .ie Friends

Is there anyone out there making new raised beds? Someone who might want a bit of extra soil on your current beds? Perhaps you even want to create some height , a slope with lots of colour?

Well, I have to dismantle the "Fuchsia Wedding Cake" bed as part of a major reconstruction to accommodate an entrance ramp. I've packed all that lushious clay - twenty years or so of compost and fertilizer - in handy plastic beds.

It's FREE, just stick a few bags in your boot - or your trailer, van, truck or lorry. As much or as little as you want till it's all gone!

It'll be a crime if I have to put it in a skip for landfill.

Send me a message and I'll send you directions.

Rachel's Book

20 January 2016 16:14:10

Johnstown offerings 2015

06 January 2015 15:56:15

Johnstown offerings

05 January 2014 20:27:39
Is this Swingtime?

Is this Swingtime?

Hi folk, the lurker appears on cue for Johnstown.

These are the plants I have available:

White Buddlea x 2 LEFT Jacinta, MillieMouse, Doreen, Krista

Pink/Mauve Buddlea x 1 LEFT Eilish, MillieMouse

Buddlea Kevin's Lge. flower x 1 LEFT MillieMouse, Krista

Zantedeschia Easter Lily white GONE Fran, Jackie

Winter Jasmine yellow GONE Keego

Campanula gargantica x 1 LEFT Moya, TerryShoes, LindaB, PaulyG

If anything fails just let me know, and I will pot up another specimen.

PS The image shows a fuchsia I got with the wrong label - it had loads of flowers - could it be Swingtime?


29 September 2013 03:17:03

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MY FUCHSIAS at August 24 2013

(Editing this isn't as easy as I thought)

Auntie Jinks
Beauty of Exeter
Dark Eyes
Garden News
Harry Gray
Lady Bacon
Lady Boothby
Mrs Popple
Neon White
Pink Spangles also know as Mieke Meursing. 
Red/White large ? Lady Thumb
Red/White small ?Swingtime?
Waveney Sunrise
Winston Churchill


What we have labeled WINSTON CHURCHILL is in fact almost certainly PINK SPANGLES, also known as Mieke Meursing. 1969 (Hopgood) (I have 2, Hazel has one)

 What we have labeled PINK SPANGLES may well be DARK EYES, though this was not listed on the boxes we bought. It is double, red tube and sepals with purple corolla blotched with red. Equally, it could be WINSTON CHURCHILL since it also looks like pictures, though I wouldn't describe the corolla as 'blue'. (I have 1, Hazel has 2.)

Then there is the Woodies DARK EYES which turned out to be a delightful Red/white, with the lovely habit of the Red Tube/sepals 'cradling' the white double corolla. Think it could be Swingtime, but not sure.


I got a cutting of LADY BACON from Jimi Blake of Huntingbrook Gardens, and bought a pot of CORALLINA from his sister, June Blake who lives next door.


In case you think I only grow fuchsias, here is a Japanese Anemone I got from Auntie Ede - who passed on her love of gardening which she must have learned from our grandmother, Edith.


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