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Howth and Sutton Horticultural Society was founded in 1943 and is one of the longest established horticultural societies on Dublin’s northside. Our society hosts two shows each year; one in Spring and one in Autumn. Our members enjoy a planned programme of events, outings, workshops and lectures throughout the seasons

Shrub of the Month – July

JULY 2018 – SUITABLE SHRUBS FOR HOWTH
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

Romnea coulteri

The gorgeous fragrant flowers of the tree poppy make it a deserving holder of the Royal Horticultural Society’s prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM). Blooming for months on end in summer, it is a beautiful choice for a sunny, protected spot in well-drained soil. Plants can prove tricky to get going as they resent transplanting but once established they will spread rapidly. Protect plants with a dry winter mulch and cut back to a low permanent framework each spring.

Eccremocarpus scaber

The Chilean glory flower is an exotic-looking climber with wiry stems and sparse, dark, evergreen foliage which acts as a perfect backdrop to the bright red, orange or yellow tubular flowers, which appear from early summer into autumn. Its speed of growth provides a useful screen for the bare bases of climbing roses, or to disguise the balding lower areas of conifers. The plants are not hardy but in mild regions they may survive – dying down in winter and reappearing larger and stronger the following year. In very mild, sheltered areas the foliage may remain all winter. Otherwise they should be treated as annuals. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Flavours of Fingal Show

The Flavours of Fingal County Show runs every year in Newbridge House, Donabate.  It’s an agricultural, food  and family event.  This year it’s on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June, and they have added a horticultural section which everyone is invited to enter.
Download Flavours of Fingal Show Schedule 2018
Well worth a visit.  For further information see http://www.flavoursoffingal.ie/

Shrub of the Month – June

JUNE – SUITABLE SHRUBS FOR HOWTH
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.

Cistus cvs.

It is hard to imagine a plant more deserving of a place in the early summer garden than cistus, or the sun rose. As tulips lose their shape and the apple blossom goes over, cistus comes into flower and, along with peonies, help to bridge the flowering gap until roses begin in earnest in mid-June. And what flowers they are. Single, flat and saucer-shaped, with five thin petals, they are creased like tissue paper when they first unfold and come in either white or shades of pink, depending on the variety. Each lasts for only one day, but the plant is so covered in buds that you can depend on new ones opening daily over at least a three-week period.

There are 20 or so species of cistus, all of which are evergreen shrubs. They come originally from the Canary Islands and countries bordering the Mediterranean. Cistus ladanifer, the gum cistus, is a generally hardy, upright shrub, growing to 2m by 1.5m (6.5ft by 5ft) if planted in a favoured spot, such as a south-facing wall border. Ladanum, a commercially extracted gum, comes from this species. The shoots are sticky and the imposing leaves are dark green and lance-shaped. The flowers, which measure 10cm (4in) across, have yellow stamens in the centre, surrounded by five distinctive, deep crimson-red blotches, which look like dried blood. The flowers are carried singly at the end of sideshoots in May and June.

Plants named Cistus ladanifer in garden centres and catalogues often turn out to be the similar but better-shaped cultivar, ‘Paladin’ or C. ladanifer var. sulcatus (formerly C. palhinhae). C. ladanifer var. albiflorus, which you may come across in specialist catalogues, is a form without the red spots on its petals.

One of the best forms for the non-specialist to try is Cistus x cyprius. This hardy hybrid of C. ladanifer and C. laurifolius is an excellent garden plant. Its flowersare similar to those of C. ladanifer, but they are carried in groups at the end of shoots. The leaves are bright green and aromatic. In time, this rounded shrub will grow to about 2m by 2m (6.5ft by 6.5ft). Cistus x dansereaui is similar to C. x cyprius, but grows to only about 1m high and across, making it ideal for small garden. It also has slightly smaller flowers. There is a form called ‘Decumbens’, which grows to only 60cm (24in), and also one called, variously, C. x dansereaui ‘Albiflorus’ or ‘Portmeirion’.

Sparteum junceum

 

Rowallane and Castlewellan

Outing to Rowallane and Castlewellan, Co. Down
12th May 2018

by Mary Guyett

 

Beechgrove Garden Castlewellan, Co. Down Saturday 12th May 2018 Photo courtesy of Mary Guyett

It was lovely to visit the North again last Saturday .  Our trip was to the Rowallane National Trust Garden and Beechgrove Garden in Castlewellan.  You can see us all in the photograph above, taken at Mr. Sam Harrisons Garden, Beechgrove, Castlewellan, Co. Down.

Rowallane Garden Photo courtesy of Mary Guyett

We were blessed with a beautiful day and it brought back memories of an overnight stay in the Strangford Arms Hotel in 1993 when we visited Mount Stewart Gardens, Rowallane and a Butterfly House.  There were seven members on the outing last Saturday who were on the tour in 1993.  To jog your memory have a look at the photograph of our members on that trip back then.

1993 Members Outing to Mount Stewart and Rowallane
Photograph courtesy of Maura de Burca

Included is Meriel Latchford, former Howth and Sutton Horticultural Society president and Percy Lovegrove and his wife Doreen.  Percy organised the visit.  Sadly they are no longer with us, but are fondly remembered.

A big thank you to Margaret Freyne for organising the outing last Saturday which I am sure was enjoyed by everybody.

Mary Guyett

Beechgrove Garden Seat Photo courtesy of Mary Guyett

 

Rowallane Garden May 2018 Photograph courtesy of Mary Guyett

 

Shrub of the Month – May

MAY 2018 – SUITABLE SHRUBS FOR HOWTH

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.

Abutilon vitifolium “Suntense”

Sun-loving shrub,grow against a warm wall for winter protection.

Large blue flowers from May.
Height up to 3 metre

 

 

 

Rosa “Canary Bird”

Rosa xanthina ‘Canary Bird’ is one of the earliest roses to flower in the gardening year. Pale yellow, scented flowers are produced on arching stems in mid-late spring. There is often a second flush of flowers in late summer.