This past week was judging week for the annual Buncrana Tidy Towns Garden Competition. This year I was joined by Stephen Lynch (member of the Brooke Hall gardening team) and Seamus Gallagher (member of the Ard Na Mona gardening team) in judging the record number of entrants into this years competition.....and it was an amazing day of colour, chat, perfume, inspiration and creativity....
Enjoy the slideshow below....
The Amazing Grace walk has recently opened in Buncrana, County Donegal. The Walk is located beside the Buncrana Tourist Office, and stretches along the river Crana. The Walk had many information boards which help to tell the story of John Newtown and the writing of the famous hymn 'Amazing Grace'. All the information you need telling the story of John Newtown can be found on the Amazing Grace website. The walk includes a lovely shallow pool, planted with water lilies, lots of wildlife friendly planting including golden Solidago, Verbascum and Purple Verbena bonariensis
I saw some super gardens in Buncrana recently whilst judging the Buncrana Tidy Towns Garden Competition. Despite a number of weeks of solid rain the gardens are a fabulous credit to the dedication of their owners, as despite the afore mentioned rain the baskets and containers in the garden looks great and the flower beds and lawns were pictures of perfection....like every year I'm sworn to secrecy about who the winners may be...so enjoy the slideshow below showing some of the sights from a really enjoyable day!
Tonight the 21st october from 7.30pm Gareth will be a guest of the Lough Swilly Gardening Club. Gareth will be giving a talk on 'seasonal jobs for the garden'.
Location: Swilly Fishing Centre at Swan Park, Buncrana.
In my own garden I grow Sedum 'Brilliant', I've a nice wee line of them, 6 or so plants, and at this time of year their at their peak, the clusters of small wee flowers decorate the end of the cacti-looking foliage. I'm not a particularly great photographer but my own Facebook and Instagram feeds have a healthy dollop of fabulous pictures of Sedums smothered in the most amazing array of different Butterflies and other garden insects....its a plant which is a photographers dream. Now I've only got the more traditional tall Sedum 'Brilliant' but on my travels I see lots of other exciting varieties in peoples gardens....all great for beneficial insects and for the photographers among us!
The most popular type of Sedum is Sedum 'Autumn Joy', as seen here at a border front during Buncrana Tidy Towns Best Kept Garden Judging in mid August, by now this plant will be alive with butterflys....like a butterfly airport!!
Also when I was in Buncrana I saw these pots which were attractively filled with Sedum Purple Emperor, a lovely compact type of Sedum which I think is best suited to a pot as it has slightly pendulistic habit so it gently huge the rim of the pot
A relatively new introduction to the Sedum Household is this Sedum Autumn Charm. Similar in size and stature as 'Sedum Brilliant', but the added attraction of variegated foliage. I'm not a huge fan....I think the foliage takes away from the flower and the variegation isn't strong enough for me...but I'm sure others love it!
Now a new variety which does excite me is this Sedum Amber, this is a low growing ground cover Sedum, growing about 8" tall, making it a wonderful Sedum for the rockery.
Generally all Sedums are low maintenance, requiring little attention bar a bit of light pruning after flowering. They are all drought tolerant so little irrigation is needed in the summer too....just get your cameras set up!
Every year Buncrana Tidy Towns hold a Best Kept Garden Competition, and for the past few years I've been lucky enough to be asked to judge these gardens, there's lots of categories, from Best Lawn, to Best Hanging Baskets, Mature Garden etc etc...Here's a selection of pictures from the day we spent going around the gardens...and well done to all the winners...
(See some pics from last years event here)
Enjoy the slideshows below...lots of pictures to show off the brilliant gardens
Gardening on Radio Foyle
A summary of each weeks gardening on Mark Patterson Show and beyond