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Snowdrops and Aconites for sale

For the month of February the gardens at Woodville are open every weekend from Friday to Sunday with a tour /talk/tea with our head gardener. We also have Snowdrops and Aconites for sale at great value.
25 Snowdrop single bulbs in the green -€10
25 Snowdrop double bulbs in the green -€15
25 Aconites bulbs in the green -€15
Snowdrop Elwesii 4 in a pot -€3.95 or 3 pots for €10
For further information contact Margarita at 087/9069191

Snowdrop Event 2016 – Saturday, February 13th

Our annual snowdrop event will take place on Saturday the 13th of February with guest speaker Assumpta Broomsfield an avid galanthophile. Her talk will be at 2 pm approx, followed by tour of the garden with head gardener Marie. Admission €10, including light refreshments.

Snowdrops in the green will be on sale during the month of February.
The Walled Garden at Woodville will be open from the 30th January for weekends.

For further details please contact Marie at 087/2711970 or Margarita at 087/9069191

Plein Air Painting at Woodville Walled Garden

Sunday the 5th of July between 2pm – 5 pm, local artist Sallyann Beirne will give a demonstration on Plein Air painting in the garden. Come along and see the painting unfold. Chat and ask questions.

Entry to the garden, including demo followed by tea and homemade cake €7.

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Annual Snowdrop Event on Saturday the 13th of February

Woodville Snowdrop Event

Snowdrops at Woodville

 

Our annual snowdrop event will take place on Saturday the 13th of February with guest speaker Assumpta Broomsfield an avid galanthophile. Her talk will be at 2 pm approx, followed by tour of the garden with head gardener Marie. Admission €10, including light refreshments.

Snowdrops in the green will be on sale during the month of February.
The Walled Garden at Woodville will be open from the 30th January for weekends, Friday Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5 pm. There will be a tour of the snowdrop collection on each of the days  at 2 pm by head gardener Marie

For further details please contact Marie at 087/2711970 or Margarita at 087/9069191

e on the same day as our Snowdrop event 8th February at 2pm, so to avoid any delays please come to the garden by going via Gort or Loughrea town. Follow the Gort road to Kilchreest village and turn off for the garden in Kilchreest village, after turn follow road and take first road left, follow road and the garden will be on your right.
Don’t come via any of the side short cut route as they may be closed due to the rally. Look forward to seeing you there. Any further information contact Margarita on 087 906 9191.

Harvest Festival 21st September

All are welcome to join us for our Harvest Festival on the 21st of September from 12-5pm. We will have guest speakers, tomato tasting, jam and chutney tasting, afternoon tea and lots more on the day. More information to follow so watch this space.

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To chit or not to chit

Well regardless of your opinion on this statement I hope you all have your spuds in and are eagerly awaiting that first new potato of the year.

For a wonderful insight into the potato follow this link to another blogsite http://allotmentheaven.blogspot.ie/2012/01/potato-solanum-tuberosum.html

At Woodville we got distracted with one thing and another and so even though we got the First Earlies (Colleen and Maris Piper) in on time we only managed to get the main crop (Cara)  in last week.

I had the bed covered for the winter, so it was weed free and warm, a perfect start. Or maybe not!  Jim Cronin gave a talk on soil at the Clare Garden Festival and advocated not covering soil with plastic or any other mulch. Instead he suggested sowing a green manure and he made sense. Apparently covering the bed results in giving slugs and snails a wonderful place to hide up for the winter, lay their eggs and generally increase the population. Whereas by first mulching with compost and then sowing an over wintering green manure a healthy enriched soil will result. I will say that when we pulled back the plastic we did find lots of fat juicy slugs. More about green manures next blog.

In Woodville  we plant potatoes using the dibber method. This means making a hole with the dibber and dropping the chitted potato (yes we do chit them) into the hole and covering it over. This is easier on the back and the soul. We mark the line with string and dib and drop. We leave enough soil between rows to earth up the soil as the season goes on. Last year we used grass cuttings as suggested by Bob Flowerdew however  may be its our wet Irish weather but we found that the slugs and snails loved it.

I have successfully tried seaweed (no need to wash the seaweed) and lazybed methods both used in this bloglink https://www.quickcrop.ie/blog/2014/02/growing-potatoes-in-seaweed/ and for those with a green field the lazybed gets you started on creating a new bed, potatoes are great for leaving behind a lovely crumbly soil.

What ever method you choose its all a waiting game now, with a little bit of earthing up.

So what is your favorite potato and have you any tips on what works for you? Let me know.

Garden Gnome

WWG

Blog- Delphiniums

Welcome to Woodville Walled Gardens  first blog of 2014.

Spring is definitely here, in the last 10 days the garden has changed colour completely with rapid growth in all areas.

As the garden wakes up so too do the gardeners nemesis. Look out for Delphiniums, make sure they are not munched by slugs and snails as they emerge. How you deal with these critters is between you and your maker. Rest assured they have an eye on your Delphiniums.

Slug and snail activity is really bad at the moment with no frost to keep them in check. Tidy your beds making sure they have nothing to hide under. This article by Kate Rogers Gessert will give you a well rounded insight into the life and possible deaths  (if that be your philosophy) of slugs.

http://www.rinconvitova.com/slugging_it_out_Horticulture.htms

During my tidy up I could not resist taking some basal cuttings from one big plant, which have taken already. (If you want to try taking your own basal cuttings here is a link to show you how.)

yhttp://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/projects/creative-projects/how-to-take-basal-cuttings/24.html

Put in plant supports and mulch well and they will reward you with those magnificent spires.

 

As soon as they finish flowering cut back to the ground, give them another feed and you will get a second flowering in September.

If however you find yourself worn down in defense of your Delphiniums and decide enough, never again why not try Monkshood- Actonitum, sometimes referred to as poor-mans Delphinium. We have a few varieties at Woodville, one of which is ready to flower in April, one mid-summer and best of all Bressingham Spires, which has fabulous  foliage all summer and then flowers though August, September and October. 

Happy gardening.

The Gardening Gnome.

Woodville W.G.

Mothers Day gift

Why not give your mother the gift of flowers all year long with a membership to Woodville Walled Garden. Only twenty euro for a single membership or fifty euro for a family membership. A gift that lasts not just for a day but all the way through to next years Mothers Day!

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