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04 February 2018 22:01:21

Two hellebores in flower at the moment. The first Hellebore Dark as Night which I moved last year as i didn't flower and had no foliage is much happier now this year and already has a few flowers open and a couple more to go. Second hellebore is one I got off Margaret (Hosta) a few years aback and never fails to flower. the great ones in my opinion.

On another note, I don't know how many more journals I am going to put up, the site is nearly a ghost town and nothing done or heard from Gerry and his Team. The interaction is nearly gone here and that's one thing I loved. I think they owe us an answer regardless of what's going to happen. It's such a pity but I check in a lot on the site and sometimes know1 has had a journal up for 2 days...2 days would be like forever a few years ago. I remember having to read a fortune of journals everyday when I got home from work even in winter we always made a journal to keep all our interests going even if it was remembering our gardens in spring or summer. It's easy to say we will not give up on the site but at some point we will have no choice as less and less is happening on here.  Gerry or craig if ye see this please reply........

Fleurette Fleurette 04 February 2018 22:31:17

I agree 100%, Peter.  No oomph at all.  Then I blame myself  and the wet wet wet weather for my lack interest and not having enough energy.    Trouble is I really do not like FB and find it very unsatisfactory.  I prefer a proper chat as we used to have here.  The remarks were very helpful.  I’ve made so many friends here.  

Let‘s see if we can have another Get Together in the warmer days.  Mind you, Peter, you are at one end of the country and I am at tne top end!  

We have had 2” of rain since last Tuesday.  The same the week before, and the week before and ....... so on! 1” overnight is not uncommon.  

And your HELLEBORES are lovely. Quite a difference in the petal shape.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 05 February 2018 01:02:57

Please don't give up Peter! There are still a steady number of people engaging here - it is great to get updates on your lovely garden, and hopefully the comments make it worth while too! There are a number of people not on Facebook or not comfortable with how Facebook works but this site still gives us the opportunity for the direct interaction that is so useful to us as we share our gardening experiences.

Jackie Jackie 05 February 2018 07:19:22

Totally agree with Peter here. I think what upsets me more is the lack of communication with the team. They know we are anxious to know what is going to happen. We were told, over 15months ago that things were going to change and this was from the people themselves who 'own' the website. This of course never happened. We are told it will be updated and we can use it on smartphones and other devices, without the hassle of having to crank your neck to see photos.....this hasnt happened either. The last time we had any decent information we were told it would be a matter of 'weeks' and the site would be so different. How long is a piece of string for goodness sake??


Jackie Jackie 05 February 2018 07:20:23


I havent put up a journal for a few days now and mostly because Ive now got an Apple MAC laptop and its impossible to put photos up without them being upside down or sideways unless I go through a whole process of editing each photo. I just want something simple and thats where Facebook fits in with putting up photos in an instant. I see the adverts that were up in the last week are now deleted so someone is looking is  looking at the site occasionally........ so why are they not replying.........

Peter those Hellebores are fantastic lovely colours!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 05 February 2018 08:34:18

I have to agree with both Peter and Jackie in everything they have written. I am not getting notifications for the last two months and this is driving me mad. I have checked that I have not turned them off or done something silly.

I do realise that updating the site will not bring in any money to the people running it and you cannot blame them for not investing anymore time of resources in continuing.

Don't like FB, but have no choice. I don't want to loose contact with the friends I have made here on the site who are not on FB and for me that would be the greatest loss.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 05 February 2018 08:47:15

Keeping this site going may just generate more sales for the Irish Garden magazine. And at least you can look back on previous journals/plants here that you may have posted. I'm not getting much done outside recently, but I try to post a comment to journals that have been created.

Hosta Hosta 05 February 2018 11:58:05

I agree with Peter and Jackie,  we are just being strung along with this 'promise' of the site being updated.

I don't post anymore but I check the site everyday. It is now the norm to have days without any new posts which is a shame.   I think it's the fact that we are just being ignored is most annoying.  We are also getting these spam journals which would suggest that the site is not being monitored any more as this would never happen in the past.

I'm on facebook and find it ok but I still think that if this site was sorted out those on facebook would be back in a flash as we have made great friends through the site.  It is lovely to go around the garden and see plants we may have got from friends or from days out with them.  I won't hold my breath tho'.

Dick Dick 05 February 2018 12:40:59

I agree with Peter and others. There are certain members of garden.ie who are making use of Facebook. I dont use it for gardening but do for other purposes. What a pity for this big change.

Joann Joann 05 February 2018 16:50:55

Lovely Hellebores Peter!!

Yes I agree fully with everyone, I havent posted journals in a while but I do check in and try to keep up to date with whats happening. Like Mary I dont get notifications, so if I comment on someone journals and then someone else adds to it, I never know. This is frustrating as it would mean reopening everyones journals to see if there are further comments.

I do not use facebook either, I think the beauty of this site is that it was all us gardeners together, with facebook all our friends and your friends, who have no interest in gardening would be getting all our stuff.

I will keep checking in and try to meet up at our gatherings, its something to look forward to, meeting like minded people. Although I have to say I really miss the chat, banter and information sharing we all had on a regular basis on this site.

Craig & Gerry come on.......

JoanG JoanG 05 February 2018 23:01:58

Gorgeous hellebores Peter, and thanks for posting this.  It has given an opportunity for many of us who have loved this site from first joining and made real gardening friends here to show how much garden.ie has meant to us and how much we want to see the site kept going, improved and the technical problems resolved.  But we are losing active members every week, and are those in charge who can keep us here listening? reading this? doing anything about it?  The lack of communication is so frustrating.  If progress is being made on redeveloping the site, we need to be kept up to date about it.

 ... continued below ...

JoanG JoanG 05 February 2018 23:02:39

 ... cont'd ...

I too have (reluctantly) joined Facebook and post very occasionally there in the Garden.ie Friends group.  But I don't like it and would far prefer to see this site sorted out, so that we can keep posting journals with photos and albums, tell each other our gardening stories, seek advice, get together and keep the great friendships going.  And I also believe a good website would attract more subscribers to the magazine too!


PeterW PeterW 06 February 2018 11:38:02

It's encouraging by peoples comments here to see we all feel the same. I have emailed craig and gerry asking for an update regarding the site and asked them to read comments on this journal. We can only try and see what happens......

Gerry Daly Gerry Daly 06 February 2018 13:45:26

Many thanks to Peter and the other members who posted a comment supporting his comments.

On behalf of my colleagues, I sincerely apologise for the delay in upgrading the platform on which Garden.ie runs.

Your disappointment is evident and so is you continuing support for the Garden.ie concept.

The task of building the site on a new, more reliable platform has been much greater than anybody, including the website contractor, had anticipated.

It has taken a long time and, unfortunately, we have not been able to report a finish. We have been promised, albeit possibly with some final fixes, the upgraded site within two weeks. But we have had a trail of promises and have tried to avoid making erroneous promises of our own. Hopefully, this one will hold up.

Thank you for your patience.

Gerry Daly

PeterW PeterW 06 February 2018 14:51:31

Thanks for the response Gerry. I look forward to trying out the site and hopefully have many more years ahead with this site and great group of people.

Jackie Jackie 06 February 2018 14:59:35

Thank you Gerry for responding to our comments. And as you can imagine we really do appreciate any feedback. 

Its good to also know that there is still something happening in the background, albeit exceptionally slow and very frustrating to us all, including yourselves I’m sure. 

Lets just hope that this ‘two week’ window might happen. But could I just ask you that if after say 2/4weeks have passed and nothing is going to happen, would it be possible that someone can update those of us who want to continue with the site. It shouldnt  take a journal like this, criticising the team, if things are happening in the background, for someone to come back to us and let us know what’s going on and keeping us in the loop. I think we are owed a comment about whatever is happening,  even  if it’s not good news, it’s better than no news at all.  Thanks again 

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 06 February 2018 17:58:51

Where there is a Will there is a Way.  I have to query if the will to keep the site going exists. It is taking far too long.

I will continue to drop by , I would hate to lose contact with my friends here who mean a lot to me.

I probably use FB a lot more now .

Wish they could give priority to updating the Club section .



Snowdrops on the way..

02 January 2018 21:03:30

Tidying around the garden the other day I notice lots of spring bulbs popping up but more importantlt at the moment my snowdrops. This one is G. Lavinia given to me by Paddy & Mary a couple of years ago. It's a nice little clump now and delight to see it's nearly about to flower. It's now the gardens are waking up and we have a great run of 10 months ahead of us to look forward to.

Dick Dick 03 January 2018 21:13:09

Great , Peter. While we usually think of January as the cold dormant month, isn't it interesting the way the snowdrops come up at this time. i noticed the same with Viburnum and heather(Erica), I have found it a bit wet and windy to get at the garden so far.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 03 January 2018 21:56:56

My snowdrops are not nearly that near to flowering Peter! however, I do have some heathers showing colour!

JoanG JoanG 04 January 2018 12:56:04

Great to see them popping up; my snowdrops are a bit slower but some primulas are flowering. 

Scrubber Scrubber 04 January 2018 20:24:47

what we all owe to Paddy and Mary. I have a lovely Colossus out for the last few weeks but there are hundreds pushing up of the normal ordinary ones which should make a lovely scene in a few weeks time. They give such rewards for very little work.-Not that Im suggesting you do little!

Scrubber Scrubber 04 January 2018 20:24:48

what we all owe to Paddy and Mary. I have a lovely Colossus out for the last few weeks but there are hundreds pushing up of the normal ordinary ones which should make a lovely scene in a few weeks time. They give such rewards for very little work.-Not that Im suggesting you do little!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 05 January 2018 08:47:48

Lovely.  It's only now I'm itching to get back to see what my garden has been up to.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 05 January 2018 18:59:42

Glad the snowdrops are flowering for you, Peter.

A few hours done...

29 December 2017 19:45:59

I have not done anything in the garden in weeks and was great to get out for a few hours today. Planted a good few alliums and tulips I got half price recently and also got a lot more cutting back and tidying up done with loads more to go. I felt really good after it and hope to get more done before I got back to work on Tues. I have my old laptop back working again so should be easy to use the site again for now. Hope everyone had a great Christmas and also Happy New Year.

I got this cup that's a pot or a pot thats a cup haha

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 29 December 2017 20:47:17

Happy New Year to yourself, April and the kids. It was freezing here today as we had very strong winds. Must keep an eye out for some tulips. Off to Limerick tomorrow so hopefully next week I will get out and do a little tidying up.

Dick Dick 31 December 2017 11:33:56

Happy New Year, Peter. Great to get at the garden. To morrow January 1, if the weather is good I hope to get at the pruning of the roses. Good joke about pot or cup. When I saw it first I didn't notice the hand and thought it was a flower pot. 

fraoch fraoch 31 December 2017 22:43:06

Happy New Year to you all, Peter.

Jackie Jackie 01 January 2018 11:28:47

Happy New Year to you , April and family. I bet you loved being outside. I can’t wait to get started again. January is one my favourite months. Starting all over again. You put up great photos on FB too. Hard to believe we live in the same country lol. Hope 2018 is a great year for you and your family :) 

Another book...

05 December 2017 11:37:35

Easy to know it's winter when I start buying stuff online but another book I have wanted for awhile now. It's Christopher Loyd's Exotic Planting. Again I have just glanced through it but looks like an excellent book and fantastic planting ideas that I will try and use. It was again a 2nd hand book from ebay for €8 inc postage and is in immaculate condition. Below is some images of planting in the book and think they are just fantastic

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Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 05 December 2017 15:32:40

Christopher Lloyde was a very good writer. You would enjoy his other books as well.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 05 December 2017 16:51:09

I love Christopher Lloyd. Those plant combos would really suit your garden. :)  That's great that you're getting the books secondhand. It makes buying books a lot more attractive as they are so expensive normally. Just be careful, Peter. Santa is coming soon. LOL.

Jackie Jackie 05 December 2017 17:33:31

Happy reading!! Yeah definitely worth your while buying online. 

DecfromTipp DecfromTipp 05 December 2017 18:55:24

That’s great value Peter . 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 05 December 2017 19:09:53

What I want to know is when do you get time to read all these great books ?????

Dick Dick 31 December 2017 11:37:32

Great bargain Peter. I hope you enjoy it.

Dick Dick 31 December 2017 11:37:33

Great bargain Peter. I hope you enjoy it.

The New Exotic Garden...

03 December 2017 08:38:57

This arrived in the post for me the other day. A book I haven't wanted for awhile now written by the late Will Giles an inspiration in tropical/exotic looking gardens in our climate. It was hard to find this book new online and if I did it was crazy prices so I was assured on the Hardy Tropical site on facebook that most 2nd hand ones people got were like new. So I checked Ebay and found one for €7 inc post so bought that and when it came it was immaculate. Have only glance at it at the moment but looks good and has me itching for next spring already to get going.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 03 December 2017 11:08:41

Looks very interesting, Peter. Great that it was in such good condition after purchasing it. 

Joann Joann 03 December 2017 23:12:21

some good reading there in preparation for next years garden Peter, great price too

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 05 December 2017 07:35:14

Have often seen Will Giles's garden on television. I think it is still being gardened since his death. Paddy has that book, but must admitte that I have never read it, might take a look over the Christmas. Enjoy your read.

PeterW PeterW 05 December 2017 11:38:31

haha 'HAVE' wanted it :D

Jackie Jackie 05 December 2017 17:14:12

Great stuff. You can get some great bargains online. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 05 December 2017 19:02:14

Exotics are good fun Peter - especially HARDY exotics :-)


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