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Jackie's Garden

These pictures were taken in our old house, we moved out  in Dec 2012 to a house that has a garden about 6 times the size of this one. I absolutely LOVED this garden. It was the size of a stamp but it had everything in it. I loved all the colour. I love hanging baskets, lots of colour in the garden. I would grow anything and get great enjoyment from it. It was so compact too. We had two pergola's.....I had lots of different clematis growing up them. I love Clematis Montana Rubens...as its a wonderful clematis for coverage and it grows so fast. I will have to get some for my new garden. Its a daunting prospect trying to figure out what to do and I worry I wont get the same pleasure that I did with my old compact little garden. But time will tell!


Johnstown Get-together 2018

15 January 2018 07:29:18

Well what can I say that hasnt been said already. I had a terrific day on Saturday and it was just fantastic to meet up with everyone again.

I arrived around 10.30am and found Margie in the carpark. So off inside for a cuppa and the Donegal entourage arrived and joined us. It was just so nice to see Moya, Margot, Brid (Moya's friend, who has attend for the past 3 years, lovely lady) and Daphne (Kittybane) she has the most magnificent garden in Derry if you ever get a chance to visit it, its amazing.

So after lots of chit chat we were off out again to the carpark for the plant swap. Now there were lots more people arriving and it was getting exciting. Everyone was chatting and swapping, which is great craic. Running from car to car, who's getting what and who's giving what. Great to meet everyone again.

Off inside again and it was now time for food and chat.....the raffle and Kris Kindle. The day was just flying by, which of course always happens when you are enjoying yourself. Lots of laughter and cheering and the next thing it was time to go outside.

Well thats just the icing on the cake haha........everyone outside having a look and trying to decide what to spend their vouchers on (those that won them!) and others, like me, just going to spend anyway.

Found a few 'bits and pieces' and I was happy. And before you know it its all over again for another year............gone in a flash.

I had a fantastic day, great company, great food, and lots of great retail therapy too. 

Hazel has decided to step down now as organiser, and she has done a great job for all those years and I thank her for that. So now Terri and Alan will fill those shoes, which I am sure they will do a terrific job.

Really looking forward to the next get together whereever that may be. I am also hoping that my Linda will oblige and hope to get to see Moya's garden and maybe even Seaview in the coming months.....watch this space, I feel a road trip coming on lol

So thank you all for the plants and the great day. I dont have a lot of photos as I was so busy enjoying myself I completely forgot, we didnt even get a group photo on the day! that will tell you how quick it all went. But it was just fantastic to have that again this year. 

So on to the next one now......cant wait!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 15 January 2018 08:36:48

Sounds like you all had great fun. Raging I missed it.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 15 January 2018 15:50:20

Great journal, Jackie and it was a lovely day meeting up with members again. I do hope we will have a few road trips over the coming months.

Moya Moya 15 January 2018 17:45:17

Hear hear Jackie. I agree with every word of your journal.

I do hope you get to go on a road trip to Donegal. It might not be worth your while coming all that way just to see my garden but we can throw in a few more delights like Brid's garden to make it worth your while, and of course  Dorothy's is just out of this world!! 

Jackie Jackie 15 January 2018 18:43:01

Moyà stop. I’m sure your garden is fab. But yes I told Brid we would come to hers too if we get up. Then we could maybe go home by seaview. We will have to look at dates that suit you ok. Will be in touch ;) 

PeterW PeterW 15 January 2018 20:43:13

Lovely journal Jackie, I remember that buzz well and sorry I have missed it the last couple of years but will try my best to make some outings in the summer.

Jackie Jackie 16 January 2018 06:51:11

Is that a couple of years? well hopefully something in the SUmmer will see more people getting to it. 

JoanG JoanG 16 January 2018 18:34:27

Super journal Jackie; it was a great day and lovely to see you again.  Thanks for the pelargonium, I'm minding it indoors. 

fraoch fraoch 16 January 2018 18:52:48

Sounds as if you all had a great time! Well done to Hazel for organizing so many fantastic events and fair dues to Terri and Alan for taking over, I’m sure they’ll do a great job too. Hopefully there may be something on later in the year as well when travel is easier.

Scrubber Scrubber 16 January 2018 18:57:43

great journal Jackie. I relived the day through enjoying it although I did arrive far later than you!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 16 January 2018 20:26:17

Lovely journal Jackie! And a special thank you for the beautiful name-tags!

Jackie Jackie 17 January 2018 07:25:56

No problem Joan, I hope it does well for you.

Heather I am sure something will be done to try to accomodate those that have far to travel to make it that bit easier.

Peter it was great to see you too :)

Thanks Hazel and thanks for doing all the arranging for the past few years, now its time for you to sit back and enjoy it as much as we all have. Glad you like those badges lol

Name tag for Saturday!

11 January 2018 19:17:33

So at this stage we all nearly know who is who, but of course there will always be a newbie arriving, hopefully, who would be totallly lost without the good old name tag!

Do you have one? 

Do you need one?

For the past couple of years I have been doing these name tags and at this stage you should all have a few!! or at least one! If you do will you please remember to bring one along with you on the day. 

If by chance, like me, you cant find one or you need a new one, or your first one, will you let me know on this journal and I will have some sort of name tag for you on the day.

So go on, get digging, in those cupboards I mean and see if you can find your name tag or if not, just let me know!! 

Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday, should be a great day, as usual!

JoanG JoanG 11 January 2018 20:57:13

Jackie, having re-used my original name tag for the last few years, I've finally lost it so will have to ask you for a new one, please.  I promise to mind it for next year! 

230820141 230820141 11 January 2018 20:58:46

I REQUIRE A NAME TAG PLEASE.      Daphne McCartney    Kittybane


Joann Joann 11 January 2018 22:16:47

I need one Jackie, please and thanks!!!  Joann

Jackie Jackie 11 January 2018 23:18:11

No problem ladies. 

Daohne delighted to hear you are coming on Saturday too. Look forward to seeing you then. Safe journey

Liztai Liztai 12 January 2018 00:46:32

Hi Jackie I can't find my Tag, so could I have one please (Elizabeth II Liztai)

Moya Moya 12 January 2018 00:47:27

I have mislaid many items of late - some of them quite important but I still have my name tag from 2 years ago and one from before that again!!!

Jackie Jackie 12 January 2018 06:58:19

Elizabeth I’ll do that no problem at all. I have a plant list further down if you are interested in anything on it  

Haha Moya. Yes I can relate to that. Although I’ve had a new badge every year and still lose them! 

Scrubber Scrubber 12 January 2018 18:11:16

For once in my life....as the  song goes !__ Ive just gone in and searched and found my Tag in the same place I left it after last year! Wish I could find my secateurs as easily!

Scrubber Scrubber 12 January 2018 18:11:18

For once in my life....as the  song goes !__ Ive just gone in and searched and found my Tag in the same place I left it after last year! Wish I could find my secateurs as easily!

Jackie Jackie 12 January 2018 19:25:43

Ha ha Peter. That’s ok.  i actually had made one for you just in case. But delighted to hear you are coming too. 

Plants for Johnstown

09 January 2018 17:08:35

So here is a list of plants that I have if anyone would like some. Just shout out. So looking forward to meeting up with everyone again. Can’t believe another year is here! 


Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

Salvia ‘Royal Bumble’ x 2  Mary Jacinta

Achillea Pink/dark pink x 4

Sambucus Nigra ‘Black Lace’ x 4

Lobelia Queen Vic x 3   Linda Joann Margie

Heuchera Purple Palace x 3

Heuchera Lime Green x 2 Hazel

Persicaria campanulata x 2

Geum orange ....some seedlings 

Pelergonium sideoides x 2   Mary JoanG Joann

Amni Majus seedlings x 5 Moya Joann

Anemone Cinderella x 1  Linda

Zantedeschia Easter Lily x 4  Moya Brid

If you see anything there just let me know. Or if I’ve told you I’d give you something g during the year and I’ve forgotten!!!  please remind me too. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 09 January 2018 17:24:19

Jackie, could I have Salvia 'Royal Bumble' and Pelergonium sideoides! please. I had that Pelergonium for a number of years, but lost it last winter. Thanks.

MargieD MargieD 09 January 2018 17:27:05

Wow you've been busy Jackie. I'm hoping to get an hour out tomorrow and an hour Friday. Fingers crossed it stays dry.

Looking forward to catchup. And garden shopping.  ????

Jackie Jackie 09 January 2018 18:38:01

Mary no problem at all, will have those for you on Saturday!

Margie these are in pots 'hanging' around for ages so hopefully they are all still alive lol. Garden shopping???? never !! haha Yes me too looking forward to catchup!

LindaB LindaB 09 January 2018 18:50:34

Hi Jackie, I would love the Anemone and a Lobelia please, thank you.

Jackie Jackie 09 January 2018 19:14:50

No problem Linda, Anemone is only a seedling but should do well!!

Moya Moya 09 January 2018 20:50:17

Hi Jackie, I made my request from the very attractive list on FB. I think I might have a purple angelica for you but they do seem to revert to the wild one so I can't guarantee how it will turn out. Also, collected seed but it does need to be sown immediately.

I won't be able to post any plants I have until Thursday - I am a bit disorganised this year.

JoanG JoanG 09 January 2018 21:15:01

Hi Jackie, if the other Pelargonium sideoides is still available could I have it please?  My list is going up shortly. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 09 January 2018 21:48:03

Could I have the Lime Green Heuchera please?

Jackie Jackie 09 January 2018 22:46:23

Moya Joan and Hazel all sorted ;) 

Moya thank you That would be lovely too. 

Fleurette Fleurette 10 January 2018 09:57:34

Hi Jackie,  so as not to repeat myself, read my 1st few lines on Joan’s journal! Haha.  

I have you down for the low Michaelmas Daisy ( 8-10”) and very long lived and also well-behaved.  

Is there anything else you would like?

Jackie Jackie 10 January 2018 11:46:37

Thank you Margot. I’ve just replied in your journal too ;) 

Joann Joann 11 January 2018 23:09:20

Jackie I am going to be greedy and ask for Pelargonium, Ammi and Lobelia, if you running out and others want some you can just give me what you can, thanks. I have a list up too if you want anything I have on offer

Jackie Jackie 11 January 2018 23:35:04

No problem Joann ;) 

Happy New Year

28 December 2017 09:44:53

Its been quite a busy few weeks here for us.

We headed to New York for 5 days, Jimmy, Nicola, Linda, my son, Chris, met us there after flying from London and myself. We had an absolute ball of a time. THe snow came and it was freezing but in New York you dont mind as its so magical at this time of year. Especially going around Central Park and the Rockefeller centre, pure bliss and the Christmas lights just magical. 

Then we all arrived home for Christmas which of course was lovely with us all together and the grandchildren. It was a hectic few days I can tell you but so lovely. Then yesterday my son had to return to London, work beckoned after 2 weeks!! but it was sad to see him go as its been a while since we had him home for so long. Now the house feels so empty........I cant wait for the New Year to be over and start January, my favourite month of the year.

New beginnings and lots of planning to do both inside and outside in the garden. Looking forward to meeting up with everyone at Johnstown and doing some shopping!!!

I bougth this brilliant new Apple Macbook Pro and thought Id be in business putting up photos here, but alas that is not to be for some reason!! Will that new site ever materialise..................I do hope so because I wont be able to put up any photos unless you all stand on your head or sideways! lol, 

Anyway.........lets see if the new year brings a new site, we live in hope!

So finally, I would like to wish you and your famililes a Wonderful New Year, blessed with health, happiness and peace. 

Hope to see some of you in the next few weeks!!

Jackie Jackie 28 December 2017 09:57:08

Im just experimenting with the photos so far so good......one or two have been upsidedown but Ive adjusted those......!!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 28 December 2017 13:55:43

You all looks so happy and what a lovely experience to share with your family. It must be a fantastic city to visit during the Christmas season. Best wishes to yourself and all the family for a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Jackie Jackie 29 December 2017 06:53:11

Thanks Mary. Yes it’s amazing. 

TerriShoos TerriShoos 29 December 2017 11:32:17

Happy New Year to all of you, see you at Johnstown!

PeterW PeterW 29 December 2017 19:55:59

Happy New Year Jackie, sounds like ye had an amazing time. I always look forward to January too as we are over the hump of winter and start to slowly see the garden wake up again.

Dick Dick 30 December 2017 12:45:20

Happy New Year to you and family. Jackie. And there was I and went to Dublin for Christmas and thought I was going far. I have never been to New York although I have been to Moscow!

fraoch fraoch 31 December 2017 22:45:11

Happy New Year to you all, Jackie.

Jackie Jackie 01 January 2018 11:40:58

Thank everyone. we had such a great time. Can’t wait to get out in the garden. But unfortunately I’ve been sick for almost 3 weeks. Eventually had to go to Dr on New Years Eve and get antibiotics. Septic throat and resp infection. But hopefully all will be well in a few days and I’ll be in Johnstown to see some of you on 13th. 


28 December 2017 09:24:57

I got a new Apple macbook and I wanted to see if it would work with photos on here, so here goes!!

This was taken yesterday when I was coming down the stairs as the dogs were waiting to see if I would take them out for a walk!!

Jackie Jackie 28 December 2017 09:25:22

hmmmm thats not good then!! one or two have come out upsidedown but actually Ive posted a few more on the other journal and they seem to be ok, will know better when I get outside and take more in the garden!!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 28 December 2017 13:49:39

It must have been wonderful for your to have such a great holiday. Looks fantastic. 

Fleurette Fleurette 28 December 2017 22:53:54

Jackie, this is the season for saying, even singing “Gloria, Gloria!” And “Alleluia”. 

Do you really mean it is now possible to upload pictures from a Mac?  

Up till now, there was no facility for choosing photos. 

I shall try in the morning. 

Looking forward to long chats with you all at the Get Together.  By the way, if I promised you certain plants earlier in the year, pmeae remind me!  

Jackie Jackie 29 December 2017 07:57:04

Yes good to hear from you too Margot. Looking forward to catching Up again in Johnstown.  It’ll be interesting to see if this Mac continues to work. Although I never had any trouble with my iPad putting up photos on journals just on albums. I’m sure I must have every plant you have too lol. Can’t think of any offhand so I’ll let you surprise me if you get the time. Take care 

PeterW PeterW 29 December 2017 19:56:46

Oh I do hope they fix the site


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