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Johnstown Get-together

13 January 2018 20:09:18

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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. 

Johnstown - Kris Kringle

11 January 2018 21:28:46
Johnstown - Kris Kringle

Johnstown - Kris Kringle

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. 

Johnstown Plants

09 January 2018 21:28:09

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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.   

Happy New Year everyone

01 January 2018 18:48:27
Happy New Year everyone

Happy New Year everyone

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. 

Happy Christmas to all

23 December 2017 20:02:18
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Wishing you all a peaceful and joyous Christmas and good health and happiness in 2018. I hope you have a lovely time with family and friends. I'm looking forward to meeting up with many of you again at Johnstown and/or at other get-together during the comimg year. 

Narcissus 'Jenny' and tulip planting

19 December 2017 22:05:36
Narcissus 'Jenny' and tulip planting

Narcissus 'Jenny' and tulip planting

Just opening in the garden today is the first of the Narcissus 'Jenny' that Mary (Gracedieu) kindly gave me from her garden a couple of years ago.  Mary, this is the first year that they have flowered before Christmas here (last year it was late January), so it looks like they are developing the Waterford habit.  Are yours in flower yet?  

I have more of this lovely daffodil which I bought myself; these don't flower until March and there is no sign of their shoots yet.  Isn't it curious how different batches of the same bulb can behave so differently?

A lovely mild day today and, having not done anything in the garden for a month, it was nice to get the last of my tulips planted for the large pot at the end of the path:  'Gavota' and 'Jan Reus' will hopefully make a rich combination, with some N. 'Rip Van Winkle' on top for early interest. 

Winter Jasmine

14 November 2017 22:41:28

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I was very interested to read that Elizabeth (Liztai) cuts back her winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) hard every year and it keeps on flowering; while others have commented that this plant just doesn't perform for them.

I've had winter jasmine growing along my north facing wall for many years now, flowering reliably every winter with scant attention, just cutting back the shoots that had flowered by about half every year and letting it hang down in a curtain.  By last year it had grown too far out from the wall, with a lot of dead wood behind, and I wanted to make a path through the back of the border, so for the first time I cut it back really severely in summer 2016 though with great trepidation.  I'm delighted with the result: good new growth this year and it's flowering nicely again now.  So I will follow Elizabeth's example in future and cut it tight to the wall every year. 

For those of you who haven't succeeded with it, maybe it can take a few years to get going but for me a large part of the success is in training it along a wall, fence or trellis to make the most of it.  Left to its own devices, it tends to end up in a gangly unruly heap.

Addicted to bulbs ... tulips

09 November 2017 23:33:29

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Mary, you are not alone in your addiction to bulbs.  They bring such joy every spring that I can't resist either and this year tulip addiction seems to have taken hold.

Here's what I bought for my small garden.  Some are to add to bulbs I already have but most are for new excitement.  Crocus 'Blue Pearl', Narcissus 'Jetfire', Iris 'Katherine's Gold', Allium 'Purple Sensation' (as if I didn't have enough already!), and the following tulips:  'Apeldoorn', 'Apeldoorn Elite', 'Ballerina', 'Curly Sue', 'Jan Reus', 'Gavota', 'Red Impression', 'Sweet Impression', 'Holland Beauty', 'Diamond Jubilee' and 'Spring Green'.

Photos are from last spring's display.  Most of the above are still sitting in our utility room but will hopefully be planted next week.  So what has everyone else bought? Tell us please. 

November colour

07 November 2017 21:25:30

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I can't believe it's nearly a month since I put up a journal, though I have been reading everyone else's, usually late at night.  Other priorities have taken over from gardening recently, so I'm hoping to get out for a day or two later this week to catch up with cutting back, tying in, dividing, leaf collecting, mulching, tulip planting etc, etc.  I bought loads of tulips this year, some for adding to those in the ground and others for pots, and now is the time to get them planted.

Meanwhile the garden is carrying on with the season and I took a few photos last weekend when the sun came out.  I'm pleased with how well winter jasmine on the north facing wall is coming on since its major hack back last year.  Also making progress, though very slowly, is the witch hazel planted a few years ago in the front garden and this year Mahonia x media 'Charity' is looking better than ever.  

Let's hope we get some more nice days before winter takes hold. 

Out of season

10 October 2017 20:55:52

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I know it's not unusual for primulas to have a second flowering in autumn, but Pulsatilla?  Certainly a first time for me, and there are two more buds coming on it. 

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