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
These stately Verbascum are just coming into flower in the North West Regional College.
Verbascum are a fierce easy-to-grow plant, and thrive in drier soils, so they're ideal for sandy soils and for holiday homes and the likes.
The leaves are big and flat and smother weeds from the surroungding soil, and the flower spike can be 3' tall and is very strong- no where near as easily broke as a Foxglove, Gladiola or the likes.
For a great effect plant a clump of 3 together, once you have these established early each spring you can take root cuttings from them (just like Poppies and Mint) and these will flower the second year.
Verbascum are quite short lived, peaking after 4 years so bytproducing new plants you have ready-made replacements when the parent plants become exhausted.
One definitely to try!
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