Two really old (about 60 years) Philadelphus varieties are in bloom now and worthy of a visit. One is single and the other a ‘quill’ type and both have lovely scent although you may need a ladder to get to the ‘quill’ type! I haven’t been able to name them and neither can the Botanical Gardens in Dublin.
Rosa ‘Rambling Rector’ is towering to the very top of a 60 year old Pittosporum tenuifolium. Nobody told this Pittosporum that its ultimate height should be around 8 metres and so it has soared much higher!
That strangely holly-like (but no relation) shrub Desfontainia spinosa from The Andes is flowering now with its lovely tubular orange bells.
The seating areas at Knockrose are secluded and peaceful so why not take a visit here and give your body a rest and your senses a treat!
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At last, the roses have decided to peep out now that June is just around the corner. Madame Alfred Carriere has been out for a week or so and now Etoile de Hollande is hot on her heels. A fabulous blue clematis (name unknown) is coming out to complement Rosa Buff Beauty.
COME VISIT KNOCKROSE THIS WEEK-END 29 – 31 MAY AS WE ARE OPEN FRI TO SUN 1pm TO 6pm.
I’ve been blaming a young rabbit on the disappearance of all the lower leaves of my Aquilegas but on closer examination I find that it is an infestation of tiny green caterpillars. Never had them before so would be delighted if anyone could tell me what kind of insect they will hatch into.
Last week, a few days before Christmas, I was wandering around the garden collecting greenery to do my Christmas floral decorations. I suddenly remembered that I usually add the beautiful tassels (catkins) of my Garrya elliptica and looked up to locate them but alas there is not a single tassel on the tree this year. I am so disappointed as the tree is usually covered in these beautiful greeny grey 6 – 8″ tassels for at least 2 months. Is the absence of catkins due to our cold Spring this year?
Well I never saw anything like it – last week it looked like the tulips in pots would take another week or two to appear but suddenly they came into bloom overnight. Now they are blooming so quickly that I fear they will be gone in a day or two. I’m also amazed by the fact that they were originally planted into the pots in Autumn 2011, did very well in Spring 2012 AND have flowered so well this year – most of the modern tulip bulbs are nowadays bred to flower well the first year and then be discarded. The variety is Van Eijk and they were on special offer in Lidl in September 2011.
2 months ago our pond was clear and you could see the newly hatched tadpoles – now it’s like green soup and there’s a definite pong when we switch on the circulation pump! Not sure why this has happened as the balance was okay last year except that blanket weed had appeared in it. One solution might be to put organic barley straw into the water but so far we cannot locate any.
Bluebells in the Easter sunshine. They have naturalised under the variegated Weigela and are a great splash of colour in the front yard. They grow in the gravel there and seem to be very happy despite being a