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About HSHS Admin

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.

Pop up Talk: William Orpen, ‘Trees at Howth’

William Orpen (1878-1931), Trees at Howth.
Photo © National Gallery of Ireland

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


Flavours of Fingal County Show

The Flavours of Fingal County Show is a two-day event combining the sights and sounds of an agricultural show with an unforgettable food and family fun experience all taking place within the historic walled garden of Newbridge House and Farm, Newbridge Demense, Donabate, County Dublin. 

This year the show is on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June 2019, and they have added a horticultural section which everyone is invited to enter.  A great day out and well worth a visit.  For further information see http://www.flavoursoffingal.ie/

http://flavoursoffingal.ie/whats-on/

Shrub of the Month – June

JUNE
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

 

Frogs in Howth and Sutton

Sutton resident Laura O’Neill is currently pursuing a Masters in Biodiversity and Conservation in Trinity College Dublin and is carrying out a research project investigating the habitats and genetic diversity of frogs in Howth and Sutton. This is a continuation of a project carried out by Meghan Doyle in 2015 which involved some interesting results for frogs in our local area.

Laura wants to find out if any HSHS members currently have frogs, frequently had frogs in the past, or have had recent sightings of frogs in their gardens. This includes frogs of any size, tadpoles and frog spawn. In addition, if frogs are present, is there a pond, waterbody or wetland present in the garden?

If you or anyone you know in the locality are interested in their garden being included in the study, Laura can be contacted by email at loneill8@tcd.ie to discuss this further.
Any information will be beneficial to her project and would be greatly appreciated.

Shrub of the Month – May

MAY
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.

 

A Note from St. Francis Hospice Raheny

On behalf of the patients, staff and volunteers, I would like to thank the members of the Howth and Sutton Horticultural Society for their very generous  donation to our hospice garden. It is much appreciated and will be used wisely. We are putting our thinking hats on about planting something lovely for us all to enjoy for many  seasons ahead.

Your thoughtfulness keeps us all going and the beauty of our garden feeds all our souls.


(Donation from our Spring Show profits)

Shrub of the Month – April

APRIL
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.

Camellia cvs.

As long as they are planted in acid soil, camellias are not difficult to grow, and will even thrive in tricky semi-shaded areas, needing only minimal care once established. Most grow into large shrubs or small trees, but are extremely versatile and can be used as wall shrubs, hedges or superb container specimens.

For centuries, camellias have been popular in Japan and China, as can be seen on many of their works of art. Gardeners in Britain first grew these new plants in the early 18th century and by 1850, the camellia had become a prized ornamental shrub. Victorians loved the formality of the blooms and the elegant nature of the evergreen foliage. But, after the Victorian era, interest in camellias waned. Only in the 1950s did they become fashionable again, helped by the introduction of new varieties and species.

Chaenomeles cvs.

Chaenomeles x superba flowers very heavily and tends to grow wider than it is tall, an advantage when wall trained. A tough and very hardy shrub, popular for late winter and early spring colour in almost any situation in the garden. Plants flower best in full sun, but will give satisfaction in partial shade. ‘Crimson and Gold’ is more compact than other varieties and an excellent for training against a wall. It has very deep red flowers with gold yellow anthers, followed by heavy crops of fragrant fruits.

ISNA Plant Fair – St Annes Park, Raheny

Irish Specialist Nursery Association
Spring Plant Fair
The Red Stables, St Annes Park,
Raheny, Dublin 5
Saturday 23rd March 2019
10am – 4pm

The Irish Specialist Nursery Association will host a spring plant fair at St Annes Park. The ISNA is a new grouping of some of the countries best small and independent nurseries and plant growers, whose aim is to promote the home grown plants produced by its members. For further information visit
https://www.irishspecialistnurseriesassociation.com/

Shrubs of the Month – March

MARCH
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.

Magnolia stellata
Image courtesy of Karl Flynn

Magnolia stellata
This is the smallest magnolia and one of the most popular, growing very slowly into a rounded bush, 3m (10ft) high when mature but still only 1.2-1.5m (4-5ft) after ten years. It is fairly hardy, and frost can damage the grey furry buds and open flowers if they are exposed to morning sunshine. A position with early shade and sun later in the day is best. The beautiful flowers, pure white and lightly scented, open very early and before the leaves, eventually covering a mature shrub for several weeks. Plants tolerate lime, even pure limestone. This is one of the best magnolias for a small garden. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

 

Clematis armandii
Image courtesy of Karl Flynn

Clematis armandii

Clematis armandii is a tall climber (9 ft) with long evergreen leaves that are covered with fragrant white flowers in early spring