Due to a printing error the wrong picture is displayed alongside the recipe for Lemon Chiffon Cake on page 19 of the Spring Show Schedule. Please follow the method but ignore the picture
One of our members has kindly offered to donate some gardening paraphernalia to the society. There is a greenhouse kit and some tools, they are old but still very usable indeed. If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you in contact.
Thursday 31st January 2019, Killester, Dublin 5
7:45pm – 9:45pm
“Plants on the Garden Isle of Mainau on Lake Constance.”
A Talk By Christine O’Flynn
Venue: St. Brigid’s Resource Centre, at the rear of the car park of St. Brigid’s Church, Killester. Dublin 5
Thursday 17th January 2019, 8.30pm, Balbriggan
Balbriggan and Disctrict Horticultural Society
“Creating a Garden” Talk by Dominica McKevitt, Head Gardener at Ardgillan Castle. Will also include improving and renovating an existing garden with emphasis on suitable planting.
Venue: Scouts Den Market Green Balbriggan, beside Lidl. Admission €4 including tea and biscuits.
This selection of shrubs is chosen specifically for the poor, thin, acid soils common on the upper parts of the Howth Penninsula. The two we have selected below are at their best this month.
Daphne bholua “Jacqueline postill”
Originating in the eastern Himalayas, Daphne bholua forms an upright growing evergreen shrub with leathery mid-green oval leaves. ‘Jaqueline Postill’ produces intensely fragrant flowers which are pink on the outside and white within. It will thrive on any fertile free draining soils provided they are not too dry. It makes an ideal shrub for the small garden because it is quite slow growing and flowers during the late winter when most other plants are dormant. Daphnes hate transplanting and should only be pruned when absolutely necessary.
Male forms of Garrya elliptica are impressive plants when laden with their long elegant tassels in winter and early spring. Female plants have much smaller catkins and clusters of round deep purple fruits in summer. ‘James Roof’ is the most popular variety because its tassels are much longer than the species, 20-30cm (10in)ong and lasting for many weeks, making a striking backdrop to other smaller plants. The shrubs are nominally hardy, although without the shelter of a warm wall some foliage might suffer wind scorch, and are unaffected by salt winds and city air. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).