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The launch of Griffins third Annual Cycle for Charity

Charlie from The Cork Simon Community gives Seán Óg Ó hAilpín and Clara McSweeney the push they need to get them on their bike and "Cycle for Charity" at Griffins on the 1st of march

This is Griffins third annual Cycle in aid of Cork Simon Community and One Man's Ethiopia and Griffins has organised 3 Cycles in the scenic Dripsey area to suit all levels of Cyclist. Granny Griffins will have complimentary Soup and Homemade Brown Bread in Griffins Restaurant for all Cyclists in the event on arrival back to Griffins

Cork Simon Community's mission is to work in solidarity with men and women who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, offering housing and support in their journey back to independence

contact no 021 4278728

One Man's Ethiopia , Gerald Mc Sweeney works in Ethiopia for 3 months every year, providing badly needed help for the homeless, poor and dying people of Addi's Abba.

Gerald Mc Sweeney is presently in Ethiopia with the Funds raised from "Cycle for Charity" 2014

Cycle begins at 10 am on March the 1st at Griffins of Dripsey

Registration starts at 9 am

Pre register email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text 087 9517574

All details on www.griffinsgardencentre.ie



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Ingredients:

Pastry:

• 8oz flour

• 4oz butter

• 1 egg

• 1 tbsp sugar

• water (if needed)

Filling: 

• Strawberries

• Passion fruit

• Sugar

• Cream

• Vanilla essence

 

Method:

Mix butter, flour, and sugar. Add egg to the mixture. Roll the pastry out and cook for 12 minutes at 170°C.

Whip the cream, add sugar and vanilla essence. Dice the strawberries, then add the passion fruit.

Once the pastry is cooked, leave cool, assemble and enjoy

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Regale - A Favourite Lily of Mine

120cm (4ft) Regale lilies must be one of the best of all the lilies. It's a tall, white trumpet lily, known for it's wonderful summer scent, and it's one I highly recommend. One of the most popular varieties of lily, and its not hard to see why. The huge trumpet-shaped white flowers are flushed with pink, smell divine and provide great wafts of scent throughout the garden when they are open. Alternatively bring them inside as cut flowers and they will fill your home with their heady perfume.
If you decide to cut them to place in a vase, make sure to leave enough stem and foliage for photosynthesis and food storage. Strip anthers from the stamens to prevent too much sticky pollen.

Growing lilies in pots

Many lilies are ideal in pots, and look fabulous in long tom style containers, which accentuate the form of the flower, and are heavy enough to avoid be blown over in a gust of wind. Add a layer of crocks (bits of broken terracotta pot) to prevent it from becoming clogged with compost, then half fill with gritty John Innes No.2 compost. Space three to five bulbs on top then cover with more compost, so bulbs sit about 4in below the surface. Leave a 1in gap between the top and the lip of the container.

What you need to know about growing successful lilies 

Lilies like a cool root run; well drained soil is the most important thing. When planting, envelope the bulbs in sharp sand or your will lose them (particularly in heavy soils), place lots of sharp sand under the buld so roots are sitting in well drained ground. Under this well drained soil it helps to have rich soil with plenty of organic matter. Just leave them where they are from one year to the next, adding a bucket of grit at the beginning of winter each year, or plant them in a pot and sink them in the ground somewhere very prominent in the garden for lifting out of the wet and cold until the following spring.

Feeding lilies 

The best food for lilies is a slow release food, preferably Nutri feed. Give it to your lilies twice a year and you will have terrific flowers. I also like to liquid feed with Maxicrop: a food that gives plants a strong healthy root system.

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Laburnum is often referred to as the Golden Rain tree, or sometimes people call it a weeping willow (which of course it's not, but its racemes of golden flowers give that illusion).
Whatever its name, it is a most wonderful tree that can grow in the most exposed garden.
If you can remember it in flower last year, you'll recall it was absolutely magnificent, one of the best years ever. There is a specimen one near Dripsey bridge, which was breathtaking last year.
Laburnum is very easy to grow but needs lots of feeding. It loves well drained soil and a sunny position.
Where to grow this lovely tree? Laburnum are great at an entrance, or better still, make an arched entrance of laburnum. A bower or walkway of Laburnum would be stunning in any garden.

This beautiful tree is one of the most feared of the poison plants (and produces the most searches of all of them) but in reality, it does not deserve its harmful reputation.

Many people who remove it from the garden, leave other more dangerous plants in place.
All parts of the tree are poisonous: roots, bark, wood, leaves, flower-buds, petals, and seedpods. The harmful part of the plant is the seedpods which are mistaken by children for peapods, usually after they have been shown how to eat fresh raw peas straight from the plant in the vegetable garden.
I have never heard of any dangerous incidents with Laburnum, but we must advise people that it is poisonous (as are loads of other common plants!). Laburnum vossii is the most typical variety offered for sale and this doesn't set as many seeds. ‘Vossii’ is by far the best variety of laburnum, producing a lavish display of extremely long clusters of yellow flowers. The poisonous seeds are not as abundant as on other varieties, and if removed it can ensure good flowering the following year. It can be easily trained on an overhead structure and looks good planted with Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’ and Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple.

People are often unnecessarily put off the Laburnum because of the fear of the poisonous seeds (never ever had any animal or any of our children eat the seeds, they would need to be on stilts or a trampoline to collect them!) which is a shame as this tree came through the recent hard winters unscathed, copes well with wind, and is great for bees.

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Wonderful in Spring summer and Autumn ,whats not to like about this tree.The  value of Amelanchier is easily discovered in spring, with the appearance of its abundant racemes of five-petalled, star-shaped, white or pink-blushed flowers. These are followed by edible, spherical berries that are purple-maroon to black and similar to those of Sorbus, which ripen in June and are edible when cooked. This tree is at its best in autumn, when it turns into a mass of fiery red foliage, which becomes a real talking point!

Amelanchier comprises single or multi-stemmed, deciduous trees and shrubs. 

Originally found in moist woodland and alongside streams and riverbanks, Amelanchier is native to regions of Europe. A. lamarckii Award of Garden Merit (AGM) is one of the most commonly grown species and has become naturalised throughout Europe. It has an upright habit and can form either a shrub or small tree with brilliantly white flowers that are followed by plump berries. The elliptic, often coppery, dark green leaves turn to superb oranges and reds in the autumn.

Ballerina can be planted as a small specimen tree on its own, or would add spring and summer to a mixed border. It is also often planted as a feature in a border or underplanted with flowers. It is best to plant in fertile, well drained soil in sun or partial shade.

Many of the species will provide striking interest, such as A. 'Ballerina' AGM featuring 15cm-long, arching, white flowers that last for a very long time

Amelanchier is fully hardy and prefers a deep, moist, humus-rich soil in sun or partial shade. With the exception of A. asiatica and A. alnifolia, which are lime-tolerant, plants prefer an acid to neutral soil.Best planted in groups of 3 and underplanted with azaleas, rhododendrons, bluebells, and other woodland planting.

Any pruning should be done during winter or late spring, when any misplaced or crossing shoots should be removed to maintain a healthy and balanced framework. Seeds can be sown fresh in the autumn or stored and sown in the spring time.

 

 

Sarcococca Christmas Box


One of the best shade tolerant shrubs for planting under trees and in similar situations. Sarcococca species originate in China and the Himalayas and are related to the common box, buxus. They are slow-growing plants that spread by suckering shoots gradually forming low-growing mounds of evergreen foliage. The dark green leaves are slightly rippled and the small insignificant flowers produce a rich scent. They also grow well in shade but will also grow in full sun if the roots are kept consistently moist.


I find Sarcococca grows very well in sunshine , as long as you mulch your plants well during winter and this will keep your plants in good condition even in a very dry smell like last year. Its best to plant a group of these plants together, preferably close to patios and front doors I love using green and white in gardens, particularly in those awkward shady corners, or under the dappled light from overhanging trees. Reliable evergreens are always the basis of my planting and if I had to pick just one dwarf evergreen shrub it would always be Sarcococca confusa, the Christmas box.  This lovely little shrub forms a dense clump of suckering stems reaching 60-80cm (2 – 2.5 feet) in height.  The small, shining evergreen leaves are deep holly green and are gently waved, catching the light from all directions.


 Sarcococca confusa never gets too tall, never needs pruning (although it’s great for cutting for floral decoration). It grows on clay and chalk and is excellent in shade.  In mid to late winter tiny white flowers appear in the leaf axils, they may not be showy, but they will fill the garden with their powerful sweet fragrance. 


So that’s two dwarf shrubs put together to create a wonderful planting solution, so what shall we add? You can’t go wrong with one of the new Hellebores winter bells.  It flowers for about 6 months and I just love the dark green architectural foliage. The flower stems quickly rise to produce elegant nodding cups of pure white, with a hint of green, clustered beneath a ruff of small green leaves.  Hellebores are long-term perennials that will delight year after year

I like to plant sarcococca with another of my favourite evergreens: Euonymus fortunei ‘Silver Queen’.  This had deep green leaves, variegated with sage and irregularly edged with creamy white.  Where it catches direct sun the leaf margins may flush pink in winter.  It has a compact, spreading habit and makes excellent ground cover. If you plant it against a wall or fence it will make an excellent short climber, up to 3 metres (10 feet) or so.  This is another low maintenance shrub that works hard to earn its keep.

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