Howth and Sutton Horticultural Society was founded in 1943 and is one of the longest established horticultural societies on Dublin’s northside.
The principal aims and objectives of the society are: the encouragement of Horticulture in all its branches, the holding of shows and lectures and the promotion of home industries. The Society follows these objectives through an annual programme of events comprising two major shows, lectures and outings.
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.
Mutisia illicifolia Photo courtesy of Karl Flynn
A superb climbing plant with leathery, dark green leaves, Holly-like but ending in a long, slender tendril. The most attractive flowers, between 2 and 3 ins. across, are pale pink to mauve in colour. Although practically hardy, the plant is perhaps best grown in a cool (or even cold) greenhouse when it will be almost continuously in flower.
SEPTEMBER 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.
A species clematis that needs plenty of room. In late summer, the stems are decked with dangling yellow lantern like flowers, and as the first ones go over they are replaced by large, fluffy, white seed-heads. By late summer both flowers and seed-heads are present on the plant at the same time, which doubles the effect. As with all the late-flowering clematis, pruning is easy. Simply cut back the stems to a pair of strong buds 15-20cm (6-8in) above ground level before growth begins in early spring. This pruning technique makes late-flowering clematis useful for training into shrubs, trees and climbing roses as the clematis growth is removed each spring and so never becomes too much of a burden on its supporting plant.
Indigofera Gerardiana grows between 3 feet high and 3 feet spread or 0.9 x 0.9 metres.
This flowering or fruiting shrub produces flowers in Summer
If you have a hot and dry area (eg South and West facing) protected from rain this is an excellent shrub to use in such a garden environment. Deciduous and loses leaves in Winter Hardy and will tolerate frost unless very severe
Plant like this enjoy humus or organic rich soil. The organic matter not only feeds the flowers and leaves but also retains moisture for the plant. Garden plants like this one are pruned to create interesting plant shapes to act as specimen.
More great plants to whet your appetite in addition to the already impressive collection! How about a lovely pale blue Iris ‘Jane Phillips’; a stately Dierama ,or a glowing golden Carex. Make a statement with a bold Leucanthemella, brighten a shaded bed with Pulmonaria ‘June Blake’, bring spring glory to damper spots with a sea of candelabra primulas. Impress your neighbours with a banana, an exotic palm or a black stemmed bamboo – and many more gems. Something of interest for everyone and all at bargain prices! Spread the news! Come along and bring your friends.
Further donations for the plant stall will be appreciated. The bigger the variety of available plants, the better. These can be brought to St Nessan’s School after 4pm. on Friday August 23rd or as early as possible on the morning of the show. Please label clearly or seek advice if you are unsure. A brief description and picture is always useful. Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday with lots of friends. Janet and David Jeffrey.
AUGUST 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.
Perovskia “Blue Spire”
Sometimes called Russian sage, this sub-shrub produces soft grey-green foliage on white stems. The flowers resemble spikes of blue lavender. This variety has larger flower-heads and is an impressive plant, even in winter when bold groups of the white stems make an attractive feature. The deeply cut foliage smells strongly of sage when bruised. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
If our shows are to succeed we need the support of our members and the local community, both as exhibitors and visitors. Don’t be reluctant to have a go this year. One entry or more from every member or visitor would guarantee a super show! Every entry makes a show and there are classes to suit all.
We hope you enjoyed browsing the 3 Open Gardens last Saturday afternoon. An enormous Thank You to the owners – Conall and Nuala, Liam and Miriam, Erica. And a big Thank You to all who donated to our Hospice buckets. We raised an amazing €1930, all of which has gone to St Francis Hospice, Raheny. If you would like to open your garden at a time that suits you, please let us know.
The Rose Festival takes place in St Anne’s Park , Raheny, Dublin 5 on the third weekend of July, annually. The Festival is a mix of food, arts and crafts, music and family fun. The festival is open from 10.00 am to 6.00pm on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July 2019. It also has a seated picnic area in front of the music stage. Click below for map of St. Anne’s Park.
JULY 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
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.
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).
National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2 7th June 2019 13.15 – 13.45
Join Frances Coghlan in the National Gallery of Ireland for a free lunchtime talk focusing on William Orpen’s Trees at Howth, currently on view in the exhibition Shaping Ireland: Landscapes in Irish Art The talk is free, but a valid exhibition ticket is required for this date and time. Meet in the exhibition space https://www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on/pop-talk-william-orpen-trees-howth