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Paradise Gardens on BBC tomorrow

18 January 2018 21:57:14

Reminder ... don't forget Monty's new programme on Paradise Gardens tomorrow (Friday) evening, 9.00 pm on BBC 2.  I caught a glimpse by chance as Monty was on The One Show this evening, looks sumptuous and just the treat for a winter's evening TV. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 18 January 2018 22:14:08

Great news, Joan. Thanks for that.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 18 January 2018 22:35:28

So looking forward to it. Thanks for the reminder, Joan.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 18 January 2018 23:45:53

I got myself into a state as I thought it was starting on Wednesday!!!!!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 20 January 2018 08:49:36

Really enjoyed the programme last night and looking forward to next week. Thr promo for next weeks programme showed the Islamic Garden at Hightgrove, so more to look forward too.

DecfromTipp DecfromTipp 21 January 2018 21:21:10

Watched it today and found it very exotic . Having been abroad in the Middle East it brought back memories .. 

Johnstown Get-together

13 January 2018 20:09:18

Our dear Scrubber has given a fulsome and perfect account of our get-together today, so there's nothing for me to say, except to add to the huge thank-you to Hazel for organising it all once again and to Terri and Alan for offering to take up the mantle next year. 

And thanks to my travelling companions Myrtle, Ron and Dorothy, for the lift and your company, to the friends who gave me plants, to Jim and the Johnstown team for looking after us all so well, and to my kris kindle donor for the giant lilies and gleaming new spade to plant them with!  You know who you are :-) 

I was enjoying the chat so much that I took very few photos; hopefully someone else will post theirs.  And, yes, I did indulge in some (modest) retail therapy.  Thanks everyone for a great day. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 13 January 2018 20:17:32

I thought the Kris Kindle pressies were €10 max?  You did very well, Joan.

Myrtle Myrtle 13 January 2018 20:25:12

Always enjoy having you with us Joan. That acer will be a thing of beauty for many a year :)

Lìga Lìga 13 January 2018 20:30:02

I just said same about Scrubbers journal :) Check out google photos,i posted all there,they should be much better quality then on facebook.

 It was really nice day,so happy to see you !!!

Dick Dick 13 January 2018 21:09:33

It seems that al enjoyed the day. Which of the twins is in the photo?

Myrtle Myrtle 13 January 2018 21:13:55

That's Dorothy, Dick. No Christmas hat to be seen this year, Dick!

MargieD MargieD 14 January 2018 13:18:46

Lovely meeting up again yesterday Joan.

Thank you for the Hesperantha, I'm delighted with it.

And thanks for the photo,

Looking forward to the next day out.

TerriShoos TerriShoos 14 January 2018 16:30:59

Well strictly speaking poor Alan got voluntered all unwitting! Serve him right for hugging all the girls, I say LOL!!

Jackie Jackie 14 January 2018 18:27:14

It was a great day Joan and thanks for the plant, delighted with it. Isnt it great to see everyone out enjoying themselves. And to see the lovely friends coming all the way from Donegal, I do hope Margot is feeling much better. Dont know how she made that journey.

Looking forward to seeing you all again real soon and maybe get some mini days out too to visit some gardens!

PeterW PeterW 14 January 2018 21:23:58

Glad ye enjoyed the day, lovely photos

Moya Moya 15 January 2018 00:53:17

What a great day!! Loved loved loved it! Thank you Hazel and everyone. Great working with you again Joan. 

Johnstown - Kris Kringle

11 January 2018 21:28:46

For anyone who hasn't been to a Johnstown get-together before, you don't have to bring a kris kringle present on Saturday but people attending usually do and it makes a nice part of the occasion. 

So, if you can bring along a small vaguely garden related present, value around €10, please wrap it but don't put your name on it; it's a "secret santa" and the anonymity is all part of the fun.  When we go indoors after the plant swaps (about 12 noon), bring it up to Moya and myself at the table.  We will put your name on one half of a ticket and attach the other half to your gift.  This is to ensure that you don't end up with your own present when names are drawn! 

Enjoy the day and we look forward to seeing you there. 

Joann Joann 11 January 2018 22:15:31

Santas little helpers are at it again!!!

Fleurette Fleurette 11 January 2018 23:21:28

A right duo! So much looking forward.

Jackie Jackie 11 January 2018 23:33:32

Excellent. And only two more sleeps :). So excited. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 11 January 2018 23:53:31

Kris kindle presents in safe hands.

Moya Moya 12 January 2018 00:37:11

I can assure you all that Joan does the bulk of the work on the Kris Kindle, bringing all the bits and pieces and explaining the process to me  - yet again!!

See you all on Saturday.

MargieD MargieD 12 January 2018 16:56:21

Thanks ladies. I'm looking forward to it! 

Scrubber Scrubber 12 January 2018 17:43:48

Bless you both for all you do! The Kris Kindle is a real highlight and lots of fun.

Scrubber Scrubber 12 January 2018 17:43:49

Bless you both for all you do! The Kris Kindle is a real highlight and lots of fun.

Dick Dick 13 January 2018 14:57:41

Nice photo of Moya & Joan. I wish all of the Garden.ie Club an enjoyable get together Good that there is no snow or fog. Raining here in Carlow so no liklihood of gardening.

Johnstown Plants

09 January 2018 21:28:09

What a miserable wet day today! ... here's hoping for much better weather for Saturday. I'm really looking forward to catching up with everyone and lots of chat (maybe a little shopping too ...).

Here are my plant offerings; you don't need to have plants to swap, my garden is small and there are always spare plants when I divide or take cuttings. 

Bergenia 'Overture' x 2 - Fleurette, Hazel

Brunnera 'Jack Frost' x 1  - Linda

Diascia personata x 1  - Mary 

Francoa sonchifolia x 1  - Joann

Hesperantha (Schizostylis) - pink - x 2  - Margie, 

Heuchera 'Obsidian' x 1  - Jackie

Parahebe catarractae x 2 - Fleurette,

Sedum 'Autumn Joy' x 1

I also have Saxifraga stolonifera and London Pride (Saxifraga x urbium) which I can dig up if anyone wants some.   

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 09 January 2018 22:11:25

Joan, could I have a Diascia personata, please.

Jackie Jackie 09 January 2018 22:50:00

Joan could I take the Heuchera please. Thank you 

LindaB LindaB 09 January 2018 23:06:21

Hi Joan, could I have the Brunera thanks.

MargieD MargieD 09 January 2018 23:06:56

Joan, I'd love to have the Hesperantha if it's still available. Thanks a million??

Fleurette Fleurette 10 January 2018 09:50:37

Hello Joan,  all being well a car-load is planning to make it to Johnstown on Sat.  We are prioritising people space over plant space!  lol. 

But you know how it goes.......?  Nnonetheless  Plants always take over . 

I would love a piece of Overture, please.  

Also that pretty parahebe (Must check out it has cataracts.?)

joan, I seem to remember you mentioning throughout the year that you would like Crocosmias  Solfataire, vulcan and Jackanapes.  And the double feverfew.  I can dig these out  for you, with no prob.  Just let me know.  

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 10 January 2018 10:20:38

Could I please have some of the Bergenia?

JoanG JoanG 10 January 2018 12:43:44

Your names are on the above ladies.  Thanks Margot, I'd love a piece of the Feverfew if you have enough to spare. Mary (Gracedieu) kindly sent me the Crocosmia a while ago, so I'm ok for that. Look forward to seeing you all. 

MargieD MargieD 10 January 2018 21:01:15

Just reread my post Joan.

The smiley face i put at end of it came up as question marks. Don't know how or why. 

Thanks again.

Joann Joann 11 January 2018 23:05:14

Joan if the Francoa is still available I would like it thanks!

JoanG JoanG 11 January 2018 23:28:40

Yes Joann, it's yours.  See you on Saturday. 

Happy New Year everyone

01 January 2018 18:48:27

Wishing all garden.ie friends a healthy and happy new year and a good gardening year ahead.  I'm ready for an outing now and  look forward to seeing many of you at Johnstown on the 13th and hope we will also meet at garden visits as the year goes on.  

May 2018 bring you and your loved ones many blessings. 

Dick Dick 01 January 2018 20:39:54

Happy New Year Joan. Sorry I won't make it.

Jackie Jackie 02 January 2018 08:56:15

Happy New Year Joan. Looking forward to the get together again this year. Dick thats a pity you cant make it.

sallysarah sallysarah 02 January 2018 09:10:21

HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone - may 2018 bring you peace, happiness and most of all happy days in your gardens!!

Joann Joann 02 January 2018 13:39:50

Many happy returns to you Joan, looking forward to catching up on the 13th

PeterW PeterW 02 January 2018 20:47:35

Happy New Year Joan.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 03 January 2018 21:52:47

Many Happy Returns Joan!

AitAlainn AitAlainn 03 January 2018 22:03:39

Happy New Year Joan!

Scrubber Scrubber 04 January 2018 20:26:05

Many happy returns Joan!

Scrubber Scrubber 04 January 2018 20:26:05

Many happy returns Joan!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 05 January 2018 08:50:00

Happy New Year to you and your family, Joan.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 05 January 2018 19:06:14

Belated New Year wishes, Joan.

Fleurette Fleurette 05 January 2018 21:33:19

And from me too, Joan.  All good wishes for 2018.  

I’m looking forward to Johnstown.  

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