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If you have children, there is one plant you simply must have in your garden and that is Buddleja buzz. It will give both children and older folk hours of pleasure all summer long. What could be better than watching beautiful multi-coloured butterflies enjoying themselves on these wonderful summery bushes.

 
 
Maintenance:

Buddleja plants are really low maintenance, but they do benefit from pruning in early spring. Pruning will prevent them from becoming leggy and helps to maintain a nice compact plant. Buddleja plants flower on new growth, so pruning will also help to promote lots of new stems that will flower in the same year.

 

Buddleja 'Buzz Ivory'

Buzz are mini Buddlejas which are ideal for large pots or small terrace beds. They flower from July to October. The uses are many for these interesting, strong and graceful plants which flower throughout the summer with a refined scent attracting butterflies from far and near, creating an ever changing scene in the garden and adding height and décor in interaction with other plants. Buddleja Buzz have a compact, well branching habit, which is very ornamental and produces flowers already in the first season. Plant in full sun, e.g. in large containers or pots from where they may later be planted out in the garden beds, preferably in the foreground as they do not reach the size of ordinary buddlejas. 
Water and feed regularly, but take care neither to over-water nor to let dry out! The plants are relatively hardy, that is after most winters the growth will continue from last year’s branches. Plants will grow up to one metre in height. It is recommended to cut withered branches after the new shoots start appearing in spring

 
Dwarf Patio variety:
 

Like its larger cousins, dwarf patio variety Buddleja Buzz™ will grow in almost any well drained soil. And because it's a dwarf variety it will grow just as happily in a container on your patio. The best planting time for Buddleja is in the spring or autumn while the soil is moist. Choose a position in full sun or semi-shade.

 
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Have you ever wondered what Griffins is like after 6pm? Well, here is a rare chance to experience the Magic of Griffins at Night...
To celebrate the World Feeder Fishing Championship in Inniscarra next week, Griffins will be opening their doors until 10pm from Monday 14th to Saturday 19th of July. Their award-winning restaurant will be transformed for evening dining, with the head chef designing a unique evening menu, fit for any champion, that celebrates the wonderful local ingredients of Cork. Just imagine: gourmet food made with the finest local ingredients, a stunning view of the midsummer sun setting over a river valley.

After your meal, you will have the perfect opportunity to meander through the 13 inspirational Gardens. These gardens which are bursting with colour and fragrance throughout the day, transform into a relaxing serene haven in the evenings. This is brought to life by the subtle use of lighting and the water. Few people have previously had the opportunity to enjoy this, and now these gardens will be open to you every night next week. Prepare to be inspired to transform your own garden in to an outdoor evening oasis.

Throughout the entire week, there will be expert gardeners constantly at hand to help you create your own little haven. Why not bring in images of your garden and get exceptional free advice on garden ideas and design? The quality and range of summer colour plants, shrubs and trees is quite simply second to none. This is why Griffins of Dripsey is Munsters only 5-star Garden centre!    

Griffins Outdoor Living and Homestore will also be opened till 10pm. This is the perfect opportunity to browse through this unique, enchanting store. Make your home and garden inspirational, create harmony between the inside and outside world! A browse around the homestore will undoubtedly leave you in awe. In a secluded, serene river valley setting, this magical store is filled with unique, beautiful ranges of everything from garden furniture to delph, from quality soft furnishing to house plants, from handbags and jewellery to unique baby ranges. Everything you can find in this homestore is handpicked by Margaret Griffin and is always of the highest quality.

Each evening, there will be promotions throughout the Homestore and Garden Centre. The best way to keep up to date on these is on website (http://www.griffinsgardencentre.ie) or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/griffinsgardencentre) 


And that's not all! To celebrate the World Feeder Fishing Championship - Margaret Griffin has invited Rattlesnake Annie to play a free concert as part of her Irish tour at Griffins on Sunday 13th at 3pm. In the history of Country-Blues music there has never been a woman, alone with her guitar, to accomplish what Rattlesnake Annie has done with her art. This is bluegrass and country at its best and is not to be missed! Great country and blues music, check shirts and Granny Griffins Homebaked Apple Pie.... the perfect midsummer Sunday afternoon. 


What an exciting week to take a trip to Griffins! 
To reserve a table during this 6 day enchanting evening festival, phone 021 7334286

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Bacopa, for me, is one of the most romantic flowers in fashion at the moment. Once seen as an unusual flower, in recent years it has become very popular in garden centres - and why not? It's adorable! This plant has long, cascading stems that smother themselves in tiny, perfect, five-petal flowers. It's become a favorite for selling in hanging baskets where its pretty trailing habit can be shown off. Also try in pots, planters, and window boxes combined with other plants or on their own.

Unlike many plants, bacopa doesn't tend to wilt when it gets dried out. Instead, it loses its flowers and may take two or three weeks to begin blooming again. Keep it evenly watered for continuous blooms and feed with slow release fertilizer and use container and basket compost .

 
Watering is so important to bacopa

The bacopa must stay moist at all times, as they are used to high humidity. Watering extensively once every other day rather than lightly watering every day as it best simulates what they're used to when growing naturally. A good way to make sure the degree of watering is appropriate is to use a wood dowel and insert it about eight inches into the soil beside the plant. The entire length of the dowel should be saturated with soil clinging to it when retracted, just like a toothpick being inserted in a cake to see if it's done.

Combination plants that work well with bacopa:
Lots of plants work well with bacopa but my favourite are nemesias, verbenas, blue bacopa, million bells and trailing geraniums

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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, 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.

The best varieties of Cistus are:

Silver Pink, Purpureus, Cobariensis, Sunset.

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Plant alstroemerias in a sheltered site, in part shade or full sun, any time between May and August in good soil. All alstroemerias like good living, so give them plenty of organic matter at their roots. If watered regularly they will thrive; add a slow-release fertiliser in the spring.

All the taller forms need staking, or they will collapse in the wind or rain. Pick (or deadhead) them regularly and you'll get successional waves of flowers. The best way to do this is to pull each sten from near the base, like rhubarb. That leaves plenty of room for the next wave to come through which - in some varieties - grow taller than the previous generation.

 

Dwarf varieties give the best result in our windy climate!

Alstroemeria blooms are familiar to anyone who frequents the local florist's shop, but it's been a long wait for alstroemeria plants that are suited to home gardeners' needs. The wait is over. These dwarf beauties, known as Princess Lilies, were created to produce long seasons of vibrant color, blooms richly festooned with contrasting shades and lots of those endearing "whiskers". Dwarf alstroemeria are ideal for brilliant containers, alone of mixed with other plants, and for accenting smaller garden beds.

 

A lot of people are misinformed about these little-understood beauties. Many think they are not hardy, that they need copious amounts of water or that hardy ones only come in mixed colours (the ligtu hybrids), but all that has changed now and there are a fabulous range of colours from whites, pinks and maroons to sizzling oranges and yellows.

Their appearance is so exotic it is not surprising we cannot believe many are hardy (down to -12°C or more, providing they have a thick, 8" mulch in their first two years). They look like smallish lilies, but they have more staying power. Some will flower from June to November. Mine, Alstroemeria 'Sunlight’, stood up well to the relentless, hammering rain last summer, performing with perfect flowers, while roses nearby looked bedraggled in the extreme.

 

We have absolutely stunning new 'Inticancha' varieties at Griffins, all of which I am extremely impressed by! They are: 'Imala', 'Red', 'Sunlight' and 'Navayo'. Colourful, bright and surprisingly hardy - Alstroemeria is a flower more people need to hear about!

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A spectacular small tree, ‘Paul’s Scarlet’ produces masses of deep scarlet-pink double flowers in May. The foliage is deeply lobed and dark green with a slight gloss and turns to yellow and bronze in the autumn. Small red haws are also present in the autumn. This extremely hardy, ornamental tree will grow in almost any conditions including: coastal, exposed, polluted and damp sites. A very good small tree for wildlife that is extremely popular, growing to 5 x 4 meters in 20 years. A lovely tree to grow in a large pot, suited to a patio or courtyard. Remember, if you grow a tree in a pot choose a large square pot - this will never get blown away in a storm.

Crataegus Paul Scarlet is wonderful in combination with white lilacs, laburnums or planted in a group of 3 and then under planted with evergreen azaleas.

 

 

Why do so Many People Plants Trees too Deep!

 

Over the years I have seen so many trees die because people plant them too deep. Why, oh why do people do this?

 

How to get it right:

Dig a huge hole about 4ft deep and 4ft wide. Back fill this hole with soil, John Innes multi-purpose compost, slow-release fertilizer and Seamungus, making sure everything is well soaked - your soil should be nice and muddy now.

Now for the important part: plant your tree only to the depth it was in its pot, not any deeper.   

 

So what was the big hole for I hear you say?  

Well, you do want your tree to flourish and now it will! It has a lovely soft bed under it so now the roots will be able to work their way through the soft ground, and you will find the growth of the tree will be very vigorous and healthy! It's common sense when it's explained, isn't it? 

Position your stake to the windward side so that your the wind hits the stake first not the tree - this will prevent any damage being caused by the tree being pushed against the stake. Use a soft tree tie to hold tree and stake together. Slip on a rabbit guard if you think rabbits may come invited for 'dinner', and finally, mulch with a mulch of your choice or use a tree mat. Happy planting! 

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