A Gardener's Musings — Autumn Colour

Irish Heathers, On Trend Again

Posted by Peter Dowdall on

I think, in my short time as a gardener, of such plants as Dahlias which I have seen go from being grown everywhere (remember front gardens full of nothing but) to not making their way into any self-respecting garden to now where they are enjoying something of a resurgence in popularity and finding their way into Herbaceous and mixed borders once more. The popularity of this genus is due in no small amount to the development and introduction of the newer and more choice varieties. Specimens which are now be the most sought after plants for the garden may, through...

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Autumn Colour A Magical Annual Display

Posted by Peter Dowdall on

There are few sights as spectacular as a building covered with the fiery red of Parthenocissus quinquefolia or Virginia Creeper. Roadsides all over the country will be ablaze with colour over the next month and each year when I find myself as I invariably do on the road between Cork and Mallow I lose myself in the autumn colour beauty of the Fraxinus excelsior (Common Ash) and the Sorbus aucuparia (Mountain Ash). Cork County Council or the National Roads Authority or whoever was responsible for this planting on the few miles up to Mallow can take a bow for it is native, colourful roadside planting at its best. The warm and nearly glowing yellow of the Ash contrasts so vividly and perfectly with the mahogany red or the Mountain Ash or Rowan trees.

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