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Ice cream anyone?

02 March 2018 22:29:33

... with sprinkles or flake?

Photo taken this morning during a brief interval before it started snowing again. (It's sideways).

The second photo was taken on Wednesday morning after the first snowfall.  By this afternoon I can't see where any of the raised beds are! 

 

roofy roofy 02 March 2018 23:16:30

Yes please .lol.

sallysarah sallysarah 03 March 2018 06:54:15

You have had it far worse than Us in the West.   We only got our ‘bad’ snow yesterday Morning.   Looks as if we have had more overnight.  Too dark at the moment to see if that is so.    One good thing -March coming in like a lion will go out like a lamb.  Are we going to have a warm Easter?  Joan, you came to mind last week when I spotted your snowdrops up in our woodland area  - spreading nicely!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 03 March 2018 07:14:05

It is truly beautiful. But I've had enough now. Going stir crazy at this point.

Fleurette Fleurette 03 March 2018 10:23:25

So clean and tidy, Joan!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 03 March 2018 12:42:28

Hope you didn't get too much more overnight Joan!

Scilla vs Puschkinia

20 February 2018 21:13:43

I went for a walk yesterday and ended up in a nice garden centre in my neighbourhood (surprise, surprise) where they have well established planting displays.  The owner was away and two staff members were trying to identify some little bluish white bulbs which had come into flower.  They were thinking possibly Puschkinia.  I had a good look and thought they were Scilla mischtschenkoana, which I have in my garden.  I was chuffed when they looked it up and agreed!

The two do look very similar but the Scilla flowers are softer while Puschkinia are in more of a spike.  I find it hard to remember the Scilla’s long name (never mind pronounce it!), so I just call them my ice-blue scillas.

fraoch fraoch 21 February 2018 20:45:29

Well done Joan! They’re pretty, aren’t they?

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 21 February 2018 23:33:35

Beautiful! I have a few random scillas that pop up from time to time but never managed to creat great clumps like that!

Snowdrop Week at Altamont

13 February 2018 22:28:00

With the sun shining this morning, I decided to have a day out and headed off to Altamont Gardens. 

It was a cold bright day and the gardens looked resplendent in the sunshine.  I've visited Altamont before around this time; this year the snowdrops are at their absolute peak of perfection to coincide with Snowdrop Week which is in full swing.  Other early spring treasures such as hellebores, cyclamen, winter aconites, irises and hamamelis are there to be savoured too.  I joined the tour and talk by Paul Cutler, Head Gardner, which is at 2pm every day until Sunday and is very informative and enjoyable.  There was quite a large group, perhaps down to the good weather and the mention on Nationwide yesterday.

The plant sales area has expanded since my last visit but I resisted temptation (yes, really!); some of the plants were quite expensive, hellebores in particular and "special" snowdrops, but they were beautiful. 

And it was so nice to see restoration work on Corona North's house in progress too. 

Joann Joann 13 February 2018 23:20:29

Looks lovely with all those snowdrops Joan, I hope to get there sometime in the future for snowdrop week. I'm delighted to hear they working on the house, I was there late last summer and we did say how sad it was that the house was in disrepair, its such a beautiful building.

Jackie Jackie 14 February 2018 07:04:52

I too hope to get there one day and I have the programme recorded. I believe the prices of some plants are very expensive but lovely to look at I am sure. Lovely to see old building being repaired too. It was a nice day yesterday in the sunshine and out of the wind!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 14 February 2018 12:53:12

Gosh, my last visit must have been at least 5 years ago. Lovely photo, Joan.

Dick Dick 14 February 2018 17:59:26

Good that you got to Altamont. I saw it on Nationwide but very little relating to Altamont.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 14 February 2018 23:47:25

Decided it was just way too cold to go to Altamont this week - glad you enjoyed it! I've always found their plants a bit on the pricey side but I have fallen for some excellent Helebores in the past - and I also bought a bundle of the common snowdrops for about €20 a couple of years ago - it was supposed to be 150 bulbs but it was nearer to 250 when I got them home! I'm looking forward to seeing the progress on the house when the weather improves a bit. I always felt is was really sad to see shuch a lovely house decaying.

Early February flowers

08 February 2018 20:56:43

Though I have done no gardening for the past fortnight, spring is coming despite the cold and there are quite a few flowers to enjoy now.

Snowdrops and irises are out, crocus are about to open, Chaenomeles too; the hellebores are about the same as this time last year (some flowering, others to come).  Camellia 'Donation' is earlier than ever this year; a few flowers appeared in January and now it's about to burst out all over.

Hope you are all getting some time to enjoy your gardens. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 09 February 2018 10:09:35

Great photos, Joan. 

Dick Dick 09 February 2018 15:24:37

These Hellebores are great , Joan. Your Chamellia is early so despite the low temperature to day(Friday), the spring is here.

Michele Maria Michele Maria 09 February 2018 20:56:55

Oh what wonderful photographs Joan. Spring seems to have sprung in your garden. Nice bit of sunshine here this evening after the snow and slippery roads this morning. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 10 February 2018 00:02:04

Joan, that Lidl hellebore is fantastic.

PeterW PeterW 11 February 2018 07:53:21

Looking great Joan, I love the Hellebore in the 2nd pic

Thank you Elizabeth7

07 February 2018 20:41:19

Over the past couple of weeks I've been delighted to see that Daphne 'Jacqueline Postill' has not only survived her transplantation from Cork to Dublin but has surprised me by producing these beautiful flowers already with their gorgeous scent.

Thank you so much Elizabeth, I'm thrilled with it and it has brought back memories of our most enjoyable visit with you last July. 

MargieD MargieD 07 February 2018 21:16:30

The flowers look beautiful Joan, I can imagine the scent matches the photo. Enjoy

Fleurette Fleurette 07 February 2018 21:47:03

How lovely Joan.  I know it has a wonderful perfume.  

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 08 February 2018 00:47:26

Must say I'm also a big fan!

Jackie Jackie 08 February 2018 07:44:36

Oh wow thats a beauty Joan........I bought one last year and still only a slip of a thing and definitely not a blossom in sight!

Where do you have it planted etc Joan? I love it!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 08 February 2018 07:49:51

The best of the daphnes for scent.

JoanG JoanG 08 February 2018 20:38:39

Thanks folks.  Jackie, it was a decent size when Elizabeth so generously gave it to me and I planted it in the front garden by the low wall between us and the neighbours.  I hoiked out a less desirable plant to make room for it. 

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