'The Dance of the Cherry Trees' - by Matt Keane Future Forests 0There is hardly a group of trees that bring more joy in Spring then Japanese flowering cherries. My earliest memory of a flowering cherry was a Prunus Kanzan in a friends garden, of course I had no idea what it was called then but even at 12 years old I was impressed by its abundance of double pink flowers. Prunus Kanzan is indeed probably one of the most well known varieties and still a big seller, John Spillane’s great song ‘The dance of the cherry trees’ refers to this robust grower....
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Thoughts on Autumn Colour 2
I love this time of year.
If the weather is decent and Autumn storms haven’t denuded the branches, you will more than likely get a beautiful display of colour on those varieties that can offer it. Some trees and shrubs who have stood there most of the year unnoticed suddenly more then earn their place by blazing beautiful shades of orange, red and yellow.
This has been a great year for colour, the Red Oak, Quercus rubra which I am constantly reminded is planted too close to the house has yet again given a fine display, I find it is more a deep rusty red then the scarlet reds that the equally lovely Pin Oak (Quercus palustris) gives. The Pin Oak is a great grower in the more acidic parts of the country, it will thrive in a damp spot and there is plenty gardens and fields that can offer that.
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FUN WITH FLAX @ FUTURE FORESTS - a workshop with Artist basketmaker Lynn Kirkham 0
Phormium or New Zealand Flax is a hardy plant that thrives here in Ireland. It's long flat leaves and threads can be woven to make strong ropes, baskets and many other fun and useful items.
- Maria Collard Keane
Autumn - a good time to plan your garden 0
Autumn is here, there is a chill in the evenings and planting time is almost upon us. Now is the time to prepare for planting bare-root trees and hedges. The place to start is to make a plan on paper of what to plant, large or small trees, shrubs or hedges and where to plant them. Do you need shelter from winds, a screen for privacy, a specimen tree for a particular location or a rich planting of flowering shrubs that will give you colour and interest over several seasons? Don't try to get down to too much detail at first, just the broad strokes - a native hedge here, a tall upright tree there, a pair of round-crowned small trees to either side of the path, a bed of spiky-leaved perennials here...
November is the start of the bare-root planting time and once you have your plans made you get to the fun part - choosing and ordering your plants. Don't forget that this is also the season for planting fruit trees and bushes, as well as smaller shrubs, roses and bulbs.
- Alan Taylor