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Sunshine

Friday, 25 May 2012 13:00 Published in Garden Blog

 

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Sunshine at Last.

Wow! great weather, really hot inside walled gardens at the moment, actually having to water some plants. Must keep an eye on our newly planted trees they could dry out very quickly. In the woodlands the Roscommon Schools have place a lot of their works for the Schools Sculpture Comp. Remember voting starts from the June Bank Holiday weekend. We have a new activity in the Walled Garden, well I suppose not new just revived, Croquet. A local croquet group have formed and we were delighted that Simon from Croquet Ireland came to give a lesson during the week. The group are having their first meeting on Wednesday 30th May at 11.00am in the Walled Garden. I hope you like the pic. In the Vegetable Garden practically all veg is planted out (now let the rabbit onslaught begin). At least this weather will slow down slugs a bit. The Herbaceous border is getting its first dead-heading already. Let’s hope this weather keeps up for a while.

Adding to the Plant Collection

Friday, 18 May 2012 10:33 Published in Garden Blog

Adding to the Plant Collection.

 

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Great activity in the walled gardens and woodlands these days. If you go into the woods you will see the first pieces of sculpture for the Roscommon Schools Sculpture Competition. Some really interesting pieces of art. The competition will open for voting from the June Bank Holiday weekend. Our new trees have started to come into leaf which is great (the rain will help this). The rare plant sale was on last week the perfect opportunity to feed an addiction for plants. Got some really interesting ferns for the woodlands going to plant these today. Also going to give an Echium another go, have never succeeded in getting these through the Winter in Roscommon, also going to plant a Japanese Black Pine (Pinus thunbergii) outside of the Walled Garden. In the vegetable garden it is still a little too cold to plant out a lot of things but hopefully within the next week this will change. The Herbaceous border is starting to show off as you can see from the photo Monks hood is such a great plant for colour at this time of year. The new exhibition in Strokestown Park is “More than Meets the Eye, the photographic glass plates of Strokestown Park” and it features some early images of the walled garden and one of the Deer-park with deer grazing. Red Squirrels are spreading they have been spotted on the avenue coming in too.

Red Squirrel

Friday, 04 May 2012 07:49 Published in Garden Blog

Red Squirrel.

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Great weather these last few days, raining this morning good for the newly planted trees. Really unbelievable how everything has burst into leaf over the last few days. The beech hedges are beginning to push off last years leaf replacing it with beautiful fresh new growth. Colour in the herbaceous border with Camassia, Aconitum, Welsh Poppies, Euphorbia etc. Delighted to see Smilacina racemosa (the False Solomans Seal) starting to flower - beautiful scent. Woodlands are looking fine too lots of growth and wildlife, at times the birdsong is deafening. In the Veg Garden we have not planted out any seedlings yet expecting a cold spell again over the weekend and next week, this would be a major shock to any seedlings so better to hold off for a week. Went out early this morning to get a good photo for putting on here took some nice photos of the border but I also met a Red Squirrel got some really bad photos of him/her, going to use one of these sorry it is not the clearest but if you look really closely you will see him/her.

Gary (works in the gardens) is marrying Jennifer tomorrow wishing them a really great day and a wonderful happy life together.

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