Friday September 29th

Written by  on September 29, 2006

Summer may now be over, although you would not think so with  the temperatures we have been getting. It is bound to get colder soon, but even so there are flowering plants out there for every month of the year.

One more late flowering plant which I just spotted starting to open up in our garden today is Schizostylis or Kafir Lily. There are a number of varieties of this plant some flowering from September others as late as November.

An exceptionally beautiful one is  Schizostylis coccinea ‘Mrs Hegarty’ named by Sir Frederick Moore, the Director of Glasnevin Botanic Garden, after the lady who discovered a chance pink seedling in her garden in County Galway in 1914. She was persuaded to show her plant at the RHS show in London in 1919. It was immediately successful and was given an Award of Merit.

Schizostylis coccinea ‘Mrs Hegarty’ has pale pink flowers and yellow anthers and is one of the earliest to flower.

Thursday September 28th

Written by  on September 28, 2006

Now is a good time to decide on the new roses that you would like to see flowering in your garden next year. Order from the growers now and you will receive bare rooted plants in November. We are replacing a few roses that are starting to deteriorate, if you also are considering doing this, it is essential that you lift the old soil and replace with new topsoil.

Roses never grow well again in the same spot unless you do this. If you like the old fashioned look in roses, Jacques Cartier is one to seriously consider.

Allan Titchmarsh named this one as his favourite rose. There is a bit of  continuing confusion as to the actual identity of this rose, some saying that it may be identical to ‘Marchesa Boccella, Whatever the case may be, this is a fine pale pink Portland Perpetual.

It grows to around four feet tall .It is a shapely shrub that is well covered with extremely healthy, dark green foliage. Blooms are fully double, sometimes showing a button eye at the centre, also has a lovely fragrance.