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Get Together Plant Swap

12 January 2018 17:02:05

Sorry for the lateness in this but I've only a few pots, If anyone wants them.

Ribe Rovada, White Currant

Witte Patel, White Currant



Ajuga, Burgundy Glow 

Lysimachia, Aurea (creeping Jenny) 


Jackie Jackie 12 January 2018 19:52:45

Nice list Margie.......is the Creeping Jenny very vigerous? Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!!

Moya Moya 12 January 2018 21:46:41

Margie, as I said on my own journal I can post you some double feverfew if you make yourself known to me. 

MargieD MargieD 14 January 2018 13:09:44

No problem Moya, it was just incase you had spare  slips with you.

It was great meeting you yesterday.

Winter Gardens

20 October 2017 18:39:47

Are there any gardens open to the public during the winter?

Always wondered if there were 'winter gardens' for days out during the colder months. So much is published about other seasons but I never seem to see anything spotlighting the winter months.  I realise its the dormant season but lots of plants and shrubs look amazing on a cold clear day.  

Jacinta D Jacinta D 20 October 2017 20:48:21

What about Mount Usher in Wicklow?

Dick Dick 20 October 2017 20:49:27

Snowdrops normally come in the winter, usually in January.

Scrubber Scrubber 20 October 2017 21:06:23

And february- Margie Altamount is wellworth a visit in early feb-its near Tullow. Also near Athy Burton Hall-fine restaurant there the green barn I think.Im sure the Botanical gardens are always worth a trip. Enjoy! Im not sure whether Mount Usher is open during winter. I know I went up one year and it was closed.

JoanG JoanG 21 October 2017 10:14:32

kilmacurragh in Co Wicklow, which is part of the Botanic Gardens, is open all year round and the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin are well worth a visit any time of year. 

MargieD MargieD 22 October 2017 16:07:09


Thanks for those names. I will put them on a map list for winter day trips! 

Something to look forward to.


Jackie Jackie 23 October 2017 07:52:57

Sounds good ;) 

Best plant in Your Garden?

18 October 2017 00:02:06

Am just sitting here thinking of the storm we've just been through. And wondering which plant in my garden is the best plant/tree I have.

Not the prettiest or biggest but the best 'worker' with the least minding on it.. The one who lifts your sprit when you see it and makes you smile as you pass it.  You probably think Im mad but it is a question thats not often asked, or is it? 

I may walk around in the morning and find the one here as I can't pinpoint just one as I type this.

Maybe I'll do a top ten and try and whittle it down..

Jacinta D Jacinta D 18 October 2017 00:04:10

One of my best plants has been hardy gerbera (orange). And Alstromeria 'Indian Summer' comes in in second place. Must look back on previous journals for the exact name of the Gerbera. Still flowering prolifically today.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 18 October 2017 00:27:03

Great question Margie! 


1. Best worker

2. Least minding

3. Lifts your spirits when you see it

4. Makes you smile when you pass by

Now that's a tall order - probably a different one each month!!!! Will think about it and put up a few suggestions  :-)

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 18 October 2017 08:16:55

I think I have a favourite plant every month and in the height of summer a favourite every day. 

Jackie Jackie 18 October 2017 08:52:01

Now that's got us thinking. For me it changed almost weekly. There are so many and like Mary said it can change so often. 

This year I'm absolutely loving  my Tree Fern. It's the best it's been and I love the feel of the foliage and how it has so many gorgeous fronds. It also withstood those hurricane force winds too. Phew!  Just lost one frond. I see it from my kitchen and it lifts me every morning I pull back those blinds, hate to see the Winter coming!!! 

Another favouritewas my Meconopsis Lingholm Blue. Now that got my undivided attention when it was growing. I was out there everyday like an expectant mother waiting for it to flower and when it did it was sensational. I was just soooo excited. Sad I know but you will all understand my excitement lol. ;) 

MargieD MargieD 18 October 2017 15:13:01

Great to read the posts. Im finding I retain more information on the plants I prefer. I have always been a bit nonchalant once I'd bought and planted them if they didn't do well, instead of moving them around. 

Since finding this group I find I look at the garden differently and now check what suits where..  I'd be afraid to count up the € mistakes I've made, but in thinking of this list I'm now only buying what suits the garden. 


JoanG JoanG 18 October 2017 20:27:44

Great question Margie, I'll have to think about it too and, like the others, I suspect it will be a different plant for each season, if not every month.  Acer 'Orange Dream' will be well up on my list.  Our garden is small so I'm trying to think before I buy but that doesn't always work!

PeterW PeterW 19 October 2017 16:55:09

Yes top 3 for me was quite hard when you think of everything all year round and it is interesting just to think of the best working, easiest plants to look after can be amongst the best to have

Colour on a dark day

16 October 2017 13:06:08

I recently bought a selection of Heucheras to add colour to a dull raised bed.

I'm amazed at the instant splash of life it has brought not only to the garden but the view from inside the house. Its lovely to walk into the room and see them especially on a stormy day like this.

Looking forward to adding more varieties to them as soon as weather improves.


Jacinta D Jacinta D 16 October 2017 13:33:05

Lovely view outside your window, Margie. Heucheras are so invaluable in the garden, from their great colour palette to their dainty sprays of flowers.

Scrubber Scrubber 16 October 2017 13:35:16

Lovely to have that lift on a pretty miserable day! manythanks!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 16 October 2017 14:38:06

Thanks from me too! Very cheery view!

Dick Dick 16 October 2017 15:43:20

Nice photos.

MargieD MargieD 16 October 2017 19:29:50

The electricity went just as I posted this earlier. Still can't rotate that photo. May call the kids in to do it. Hope there wasn't too much upset in your gardens today. A few large pots and tubs on their side here now, am leaving them 'resting' as is for tonight.

Stay safe 


PeterW PeterW 17 October 2017 22:49:15

Great plants with super colour I actually don't use to full effect here like you do. They look great and I did a handstand to look at the photo so don't worry about turning it haha

MargieD MargieD 17 October 2017 23:47:27

I got fed up looking at just greens Jacinta the bed was mainly a spring flowering one. I always called it the hidden garden as you only see it from the kitchen/living room.  I recently thought of adding a few shrubs with autumn colour.  Found the Heucheras by chance. 


Glad you like them Jacinta, Hazel, Peter and Dick.

PeterW, Hope the ones I buy tomorrow will grow the right way up haha.  Handstand gardening is another healthy option. But I'm not that energetic!


August Colour

13 August 2017 21:37:03

Today I finally got to grips with my first entry here.

Hopefully its the first of many.


Michele Maria Michele Maria 13 August 2017 21:59:11

What a beautiful white rose! 

MargieD MargieD 13 August 2017 22:01:52

thank you Michele, its been there since 1990! It flowers all  winter too, always have buds and blooms at Christmas and in summer. I must admit i dont mind it al all and it continues to give beautiful blooms.


Jacinta D Jacinta D 13 August 2017 22:03:17

Welcome to Garden.ie, Margie. :) Great photos.

accsean accsean 13 August 2017 22:03:52

Welcome to the site, looking forward to your journals and photos.

MargieD MargieD 13 August 2017 22:11:31

Thank You, Im so used to the facebook page on my phone, this is taking a bit of getting used to. 


JoanG JoanG 13 August 2017 22:35:22

Nice to see you here Margie, and the good news is that the site is getting an upgrade shortly which should make posting photos etc easier.  Love your white rose! 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 13 August 2017 23:03:04

Gorgeous rose Margie and the raspberries look delicious. I hope you will stick with us and look forward to hearing more about your garden over the coming months.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 14 August 2017 00:35:47

Seeing your raspberries reminds me that I forgot to harvest mine this morning! If I don;t go down first thing the blackbirds get them!

sallysarah sallysarah 14 August 2017 07:39:14

Welcome to the site - you'll get lots of advice from a lovely group of gardening friends!!!

fraoch fraoch 14 August 2017 16:51:47

Lovely photos, keep them coming! And welcome!

Jackie Jackie 14 August 2017 19:22:07

Aha.....just popping in for a minute and look who I see!!! At long last! Welcome Margie to this great site and you will get lots and lots of advice and tips here too! Photos are terrific and I look forward to seeing many many more, now that you are 'active' at last!!! Good woman!

Scrubber Scrubber 14 August 2017 22:37:59

Well done margie on breaking through! Lovely pics and we all love that rose. Plants that bloom away even when ignored are to be cherished. Looking forward to many more pics and comments

MargieD MargieD 15 August 2017 19:35:14

Ah thanks so much for all the welcome posts. I just have to remember to take out the laptop in the evenings now instead of the phone!  As for those raspberries the birds devoured more than us! Next year will sort out a net! Hope ye all didnt have too much damage from that monsoon weather we've been having, more to come, so take care.


Dick Dick 15 August 2017 20:24:51

Welcome Margie.The white rose is great. What variety is it? I was surprised to see the raspberries. Mine are gone a long time. What I didn't pick. the birds did it.


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