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November 17, 2012

National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin, November 17th 2012

by Ciaran Burke

A beautiful sunny day in the National Botanic Gardens. I was there with students today. Lots of nice autumnal colour, some flowers and fruits too.

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October 20, 2012

NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS, GLASNEVIN, DUBLIN- OCTOBER 20TH 2012

by Ciaran Burke

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Every month I visit the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin with a group of people on The Garden School home study course. This time there was lots of autumnal tints to admire, some berries and flowers too. I was saddened to see that the great specimen of copper beech had eventually succumbed to old age, instead of its towering majestic presence there were huge slices of wood lying on the ground. Even great trees such as this must pass, and when a big one like this goes, it makes space for others to grow…

May 19, 2012

The Magician and the Glasnevin Potato Vine – Botanic Gardens Dublin May 2012

by Ciaran Burke
DEUTZIA PURPURASCENS 'ALPINE MAGICIAN'

DEUTZIA PURPURASCENS ‘ALPINE MAGICIAN’

It should be warm, warmer than today. I am not under any illusion, I do not expect the sun to shine every day, this is Ireland, but this is May, it should not be freezing!

I met a group of my students this morning in the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin Dublin, one of our monthly meetings. The sky stayed grey all day and the temperatures remained low. It was sort of surreal to see the beautiful tree peony Paeonia rockii ‘He Ping Lian’ in bloom with its heady scent, but to be freezing cold. Despite the less than comfortable weather we brazed the elements, a bunch of hardy perennials that we are and enjoyed some of the beauty that the botanic gardens always has to share. The copper beach, the floriferous Deutzia and Weigela shrubs, the dainty white bracts of the handkercief tree, Davidia involucrata, all beautiful.

Two of Glasnevin’s own gems were looking particularly fine in the cold; Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’ and Deutzia purpurascens ‘Alpine Magician’. The former is the better j=known plant, a scranbling shrub best when trained to support against a wall, at the side of the visitor centre it covers a large portion of red brick wall. It is the best selection of the species, a relative to the spud which is Solanum tuberosum. Native of South America. The ‘Glasnevin’ cultivar is hardier than the species and much more floriferous. It is a vigorous large growing plant that will flower throughout the summer.

SOLANUM CRISPUM 'GLASNEVIN'

SOLANUM CRISPUM ‘GLASNEVIN’

SOLANUM CRISPUM 'GLASNEVIN'

SOLANUM CRISPUM ‘GLASNEVIN’

Deutzia purpurascens ‘Alpine Magician’ was named by Charles Nelson who was botanist at the gardens while I was a student there. It was named by him in reference and reverence to Reginald Farrer the great plant hunter and alpine gardener. This particular plant was grown from seed that was collected by farrer in Burma. It is a graceful shrub about 2 metres high and covered in clusters of pink tinged white flowers with red centres. A hardy and floriferous deciduous shrub that is seldom seen in garden centres and nurseries, which is ashame. Luckily there is a fine specimen growing in the woodland garden at Glasnevin for everyone to admire.

There were many beautiful sights to admire in the gardens, I took some photos with my phone and here they are for you to enjoy too…

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April 21, 2012

The Garden School in the Botanic Gardens, Dublin, April 21st 2012

by Ciaran Burke

I spent the day with students from the Royal Horticutural Society level 2 home study course in the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin in Dublin today. What a nice day! The sun shone most of the time and there were so many nice plants to see. I took some snaps with my phone of some of the interesting plants that we saw.

CAMASSIA SCILLOIDES

CAMASSIA SCILLOIDES

Camassia scilloides is commonly called wild hyacinth and is native to the eastern half of north America. It Grows to about 60cm high and will thrive in damp soil conditions.

BRUNNERA MACROPHYLLA

BRUNNERA MACROPHYLLA

Brunnera macrophylla produces masses of forget-me-not like bluse flowers over rounded leaves with heart shaped bases. An excellent species for ground cover and thrives in moist shade. Ht. 30-60cm. There are many variegated varieties and especially the silver foliages cultivars such as B. macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ are attractive, the green leafed species has it own charm.

FOTHERGILLA MAJOR FLOWERS

FOTHERGILLA MAJOR FLOWERS

I love the shaggy white flowers of Fothergilla major. It must have acidic soil conditions in which to thrive and although the flowers are beautiful it has another season of spectacular display in autumn when the foliage turns all manner of autumnal red, orange and yellow. The foliage is similar to witch hazel to which it is related.It can reach 3-4 metres high and spread as much with time.

LATHREA CLANDESTINA

LATHREA CLANDESTINA

One of the most curious plants that you are likely to see in flower at this time of year is the leafless Lathrea clandestina. It is commonly called toothwort and it is a parasitic plant which lacks chlorophyll and therefore it does not have the ability to manufacture its own food. It grows on the roots of certain tree species; alder, poplar and willow. The flowers are pretty, lying close to the soil and intriguing as they appear without any foliage.

SYRINGA LACINIATA

SYRINGA LACINIATA

Lilac trees and shrubs are starting to flower in Dublin/ The scent from the common lilac, Syringa vulgaris is gorgeous. An interesting related species is the more compact growing S. laciniata. The foliage emerges as the airy sprays of dark lilac colour flowers are produced in panicles at the tips of the shoots. The foliage is also attractive being deeply lobed, hence the specific epithet, laciniata. It can eventually attain proportions of 2m high and wide but it will take time to do so.

TULIPS

TULIPS

The tulips were in bloom and the mixture of colours was dazzling. I particularly liked the lily-flowered Tulipa ‘Marilyn’.

TULIPA 'MARILYN'

TULIPA 'MARILYN'

PAEONIA SUFFRUTICOSA 'DUCHESSE DE MORNY'

PAEONIA SUFFRUTICOSA 'DUCHESSE DE MORNY'

The tree peonies were just starting to flower and some were astoundingly flambouyant. Paeonia suffruticosa cultivars are hugely variable, some have flowers so large that the plants seem to struggle to hold the blossoms upright. P. suffruticosa ‘Duchess de Mornay’ is large but too big and has a delightul shade of pink petals packed into a double flower.

As one of the students living in galway bit originally from Dublin said to me, the National Botanic gardens are Dublin’s best kept secret. It is certainly a treat for any gardener or for anyone who appreciates nature’s beauty.

Each month we visit the gardens as part of our course. There is an option to join the garden visits only or to combine the visits with a correspondence course based on the syllabus for the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture. More info:www.thegardenschool.ie

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