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List for Johnstown

11 January 2018 10:46:48

Hi Everyone,

There was a hard frost here last night so not very conducive for digging up plants but here is a list of ones I have in pots already and a few I dug up from the tunnel. 


Bergenia ballawley X 2

Aristea ecklonii 'Blue Star' X 2

Iris Foetidissima X 3

Angelica archangelica X 1

Angelica sylvestris purpurea or Gigas X 1 (Jackie)

Ox Eye Daisy X 1 (Good for a wild meadow)

Agastache anisata X 3

Double Feverfew X 3 (Linda B, Joan G, Mary (Gracedieu)) I can do more if anyone wants one

Let me know if you want any soon so I can put your names on them.




Jackie Jackie 11 January 2018 11:44:04

Hi Moya. Oooh that’s a great list. Could I get one of the Aristea ecklonii 'Blue Star' it looks gorgeous. And I know you have the Angelica for me too. You are so good. Looking forwsrd to seeing you all on Sat ;) 

Moya Moya 11 January 2018 12:13:52

Your name is on it Jackie. You have been so generous to me for years!! Please bags more if you want as they are all ready and looking for homes.

LindaB LindaB 11 January 2018 12:24:20

Hi Moya, I would love a Bergenia please.

Jackie Jackie 11 January 2018 13:28:36

Ooooh  I’ll take the other Angelica if no one want it then ;) but wait and see. Thanks again Moya 

JoanG JoanG 11 January 2018 20:52:33

Thanks Moya.  Margot has also offered me the double Feverfew ... I don't mind which of you it comes from, it does look lovely!  Look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Joann Joann 11 January 2018 22:55:03

Hi Moya, can I put my name down for an Agastache? Also double feverfew if you get more but if you don't get a chance thats grand thanks

Fleurette Fleurette 11 January 2018 23:35:52

Ah, Joan, the thing is ...  that Moya has offered to cater for my offers of the double feverfew.  Been in bed with a cold. Isn't she so thoughtful? so its hers you are receiving, not mine!  

I'm trying to get to bed now as it is latish  and the pings of new messages are just not stopping, which in fact is great because the site has been so silent for so long.  

Jackie Jackie 11 January 2018 23:39:43

Margot hope you will be better by Saturday. Take care 

Fleurette Fleurette 11 January 2018 23:42:33

Jackie, I'm banking on it.  Thank you.  

Moya Moya 12 January 2018 00:51:55

Hi Joann, I will bring the Agastache for you no problem and I'm sure I'll be able to pot up another Feverfew. See you on Saturday.

MargieD MargieD 12 January 2018 17:07:50

Moyà,if possible could I have a tiny double feverfew?

ive the common one everywhere but the double is gorgeous! 

Dont worry if you getting this too late, see you tomorrow. 

Moya Moya 12 January 2018 21:42:21

Margie, I have everything done and in the car - too dark for more work and will be on the road at 7.15. However, I can post it to you - I have loads of this plant and wouldn't be without it and I am so happy to share it as I end up chucking a lot of it in the compost! Just make sure you approach me and give me your address at the get together.

Happy Christmas to Everyone

22 December 2017 23:34:34

I hope you all have a wonderfully happy Christmas and perhaps we will meet up in January.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 23 December 2017 18:25:36

Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year. I do hope you make it to Johnstown in Janurary. 

JoanG JoanG 23 December 2017 19:37:47

Happy Christmas to you and family Moya. Hope to see you in January. 

Jackie Jackie 23 December 2017 23:57:51

Many happy returns Moya to you and your family. I hope we get to see you in January. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 24 December 2017 15:01:32

And the same to you Moya!

Moya Moya 24 December 2017 21:19:42

Thank you Hazel, Jackie, Joan and Mary. I am definitely on track now to attend the January get together with Margot and Brid and I can't wait to see you all. 

Can't believe I've been away so long

22 November 2017 21:14:27

Hazel, you did warn me that retirement was busier than work. How right you were  - I had no idea. I am constantly running after my tail. I am ever hopeful that it will settle down very soon.

Anyhow, news of my garden. I haven't actually had as much time in it as I thought I would have - just a day or an hour here and there. It's looking very soggy and sorry for itself at the moment.

I've made lots of garden friends and we've been around to many of the gardens in the Donegal Garden Trail.

I recently attended a course in the Organic Centre delivered by the no dig expert Charles Dowding which was great and I am continuing to go to Jimi Blake's wonderful plantsperson's course. Oliver Schurmann and Carmel Duignan have given presentations on it which were fab but a real highligh of the course are the other participants. So much experience and skill.

That will do for now. Here are some photos of my garden at the end of October.

I hope you are all well and I will post again very soon.

LindaB LindaB 23 November 2017 09:00:39

Hi Moya, love those photos, it is really only now that the garden is starting to lose colour and turn winterey!  Love your photos from the end of October, especially the first one!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 23 November 2017 09:22:14

Great to see someone else's Cautleya spicata flowering at the end of October. Welcome back. Good to see you've been keeping busy.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 24 November 2017 00:59:01

Wow! At least most of your "busyness" has been gardening-related! 

Jackie Jackie 24 November 2017 07:36:04

Good to see you again Moya :). Yes life as a retiree is very busy lol. But Im sure you are enjoying every minute of it. How did you ever find the time to work!!  Great photos. Everything is looking a bit drab now but in no time it’ll all pop right back up again. 

TerriShoos TerriShoos 24 November 2017 08:35:48

It's weird but since Alan retired I've been busier than ever.... that can't be right, surely! Lovely to see some great flowering in your garden still. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 25 November 2017 13:01:22

Moya, enjoy your gardening course and I know your garden will benifit from all you are learning. Gorgeous photos, but love the Cautleya, a very choice plant.

Dahlias Today

15 August 2017 21:45:23

Here are a few photos of dahlias doing well here at the moment.

I have always liked dahlias for their pzazz and continuous flowering from July on.

I have a lot of them in pots but I plan to move some of them into the open ground next year as I think they would do better there.

Earwigs have been having a field day as well. I tried setting traps but that didn't really work.

I am also going to get some new colours as the bright yellow and red Merluza just doesn't fit in.

Overall, though I am very happy with their performance and I wouldn't be without them.

JoanG JoanG 15 August 2017 22:00:16

They look great Moya; the second one looks really unusual and the third photo is a gorgeous shot of your garden. Dahlias clearly doing well there! 

PS Just had a look at your August album, lovely planting! 

fraoch fraoch 15 August 2017 22:08:04

They're beautiful, Moya. I love the colours of the first two particularly.

Scrubber Scrubber 15 August 2017 22:17:14

Fabulous colours. Must really invest in some as colour losing out here at present!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 16 August 2017 08:04:51

Your garden is really lovely, Moya. That's a great album. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 16 August 2017 08:51:47

Love the blue and purple combinations and those Orange lillies are just stunning. Loce the dark honka type dahlia, any name for it.

LindaB LindaB 16 August 2017 08:56:12

Great colour combos Moya, really lovely.


Michele Maria Michele Maria 16 August 2017 11:05:04

I enjoyed looking at your August Album....what  beautiful colourful displays. That middle dahlia is so pretty.

Dick Dick 16 August 2017 11:47:09

These Dahlias look fabulous Maya. My Dahlias were not good this year but what's another year?

Moya Moya 17 August 2017 00:55:16

Thank you all very much.

Mary the black honka type is called Verrone's Obsidian. The only problem I have with it is that it is not as tall as I expected, otherwise I love it. I have Margot to thank for the big orange lily. I hope to see large clumps of it at her open day on Saturday.

Dick, I'm sorry that your dahlias aren't great this year but I am sure they will be next year!


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 17 August 2017 08:42:51

Moya, I also grow Dahlia'Verrone's Obsidian' and was very disappointed with the size of the flower. Yours look bigger that the one I have. Saw a larger flower, same colour and shape, on a dahlia in a garden in England a few years ago, but no name on it. Have a great day in Margot's on Saturday and the weather forecast is good.

Astilbe chinensis 'Purple Lance' or purpurlanze

29 July 2017 23:03:58

I read about this plant in a feature on Jimi Blake's garden in Garden Heaven a few years ago. I thought it was the answer to lack of height in late Summer shady borders and I loved its dramatic colour and shape.

I went about aquiring a number of plants and got four from various sources on the internet. Seamus O' Donnell of Cluain na dTor gardens kindly gave me a plant as well.

I planted them all and they did nothing at all for the first year.  This year, however, I am very happy to see the plants flowering in the border as I imagined them. They need a bit of staking as we have had a lot of wind and I will finish the job tomorrow.

Here's one plant that I staked this evening together with Angelica sylvestris purpurea or Angelica gigas. (I have both and they have crossed and also reverted to wild angelica) 

Scrubber Scrubber 29 July 2017 23:28:12

I must say I love both! I must try for Angelica sylvestris purpurea as it looks a stunner!

accsean accsean 30 July 2017 00:01:52

Stunning, Moya. I'm the devil for not staking plants and promise myself to remedy the situation the following year. Alas we all know that good intentions don't get the job done.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 30 July 2017 07:57:20

Love the Astilbe, great height. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 30 July 2017 08:05:01

Wow, that Astilbe is going right on my list. It's fab.

sallysarah sallysarah 30 July 2017 08:29:05

That's really nice  - love its strong colour!!!!!

Michele Maria Michele Maria 30 July 2017 11:54:18

I'm not a great one for staking but that Astilbe looks worth the effort.

fraoch fraoch 30 July 2017 19:47:44

Gorgeous combination!

Mary B Mary B 30 July 2017 19:52:27

That is a real beauty Moya

Moya Moya 30 July 2017 23:25:28

Thank you all very much. The combination is purely accidental as the Angelica are self sown. That's why I'm not sure if it is Angelica gigas or Angelica sylvestris purpurea. 

I know what you mean Jacinta, when I saw it I just had to get it - it has great stature and I am looking forward to it bulking up some more.

As for the staking, I didn't get out to get it finished today but there's always tomorrow between the showers. 


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