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Adding colour and texture to your garden

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By Debby Looney, gardening expert

After a long winter of bare trees and boring evergreens, we all long for colour with flowers everywhere, and each available space filled with blooms.

However, if you are like me, once June comes around, the colour already becomes a bit much. But, it is there, the work in planting has been done, the expense of the plants has been spent, so there is nothing for it but to sit and enjoy it… or, in my case, regret the fact that I could not stop myself every time saw a pretty flower!

Last year I was very strict with myself and stuck to a theme. Initially, in spring, yellow is so cheerful which generally leads me to buy a lot of yellow daisies, begonias and bidens…and then, come summer, I think it all looks like the dandelions I am cursing in the garden! So, a plan was needed and pink was my theme. This year, I am going to incorporate a lot of foliage plants as breaking the colour will give a more peaceful, calm look to the whole garden. I am envisaging large, blue hosta leaves like those of ‘Elegans’, or ‘Blue Angel’ as a foil for cream coloured flowers such as Nemesia or viola. Fatsia will make a great backdrop for any colour with its glossy, dark green leaves. Bamboo and grasses also provide breaks from colour, while variegated grasses will add movement and limited colour.

Creating pots and garden displays with a mixture of greenery and flower allows the eye and mind to appreciate better what it sees, creating a much more coherent feel to any garden. Interspersing structural plants such as Fatsia, Canna, Acanthus or even banana plants will give the eye something to focus on, and conversely, will make what is around them much more significant. Large leaves will add this structure, whereas grasses, bamboos, miscanthus and smaller foliaged plants such as Diosma or some smaller acacia varieties, will add movement and gentleness.

Ferns are also a fantastic addition to summer pots. They come in a large selection of foliage shapes and colours, and are unfortunately often forgotten. Like hosta (though not variegated ones, as they will lose their variegation), ferns are ideal for a shady spot. Paired with fuchsia or begonias or busy lizzies, they are the ideal plants for west or north facing pots.

An alternative way to create cohesion in your pot display is by repeating plants and colours. Focus on one main flower, and one main filler. For example, I think cream coloured calendulas, which now also come as low growing spreaders, are ideal for filling gaps. Cream is a warm, yet neutral colour which retreats into the background allowing other colours to pop. White on the other hand tends to leap forward, and should be avoided as a background colour. There are many books and articles written on the theory of colour and texture, but if you stick to the ‘less is more’ rule, you cannot go wrong!

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Credit Union launch a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd. Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) […]

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Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) Solar systems that generate electricity, battery storage, air to water heat-pumps and much more.
Gilroy’s work with customers to receive the SEAI once-off grant towards the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and heat pumps for your home.
Collaborating with Kerry and West Limerick Credit Union expands the finance options available to Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd customers to help finance new PV Solar Panel installations. Loan rates will be directly linked to the property BER starting from 4.7%(4.89APR) for an “A” rated BER.
Martin Gilroy; CEO with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd said: “We are delighted to officially launch this collaboration with the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick. Customers have already reaped the benefits on recent installation projects after contacting their local Credit Union. Having a direct link to local Credit Unions allows us to guide customers to affordable financing options based on the specific installation quotation we provide at very competitive rates.“
Speaking on behalf of the Kerry and West Limerick Credit Unions, Ashley Fitzgerald added: “We are delighted to have Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd come on board as part of our Greener Homes Loan offering. Home Energy Upgrade have become a prominent concern and talking point among members in recent months, by Credit Unions having a direct link with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd allows both sides to make referrals and seek the best finance option for members. We are working hard building relationships with Green Energy Ltd providers as we want to ensure our members can avail of the best loan rates for all upgrade works.”
Credit Unions across Kerry and West Limerick. Abbeyfeale Credit Union, Cara Credit Union, Killarney Credit Union, Listowel Credit Union and Rathmore and District Credit Union can be reached via: www.creditunion.ie
Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd can be contacted on 066-7115920, email info@gilroys.ie or for more information visit www.gilroys.ie.

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Racegoers Club to host Cheltenham Preview Night

Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7. Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St […]

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Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7.

Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St Vincent De Paul Society.
The expert panel includes professional punter Paddy Wilmott, leading jockey Conor McNamara, up-and-coming Kerry-based trainer Eoin McCarthy and local bookmaker Brendan Tyther with Vince Casey acting as the event’s compere.

“There is no admission fee but a raffle on the night for dual membership of Killarney Racegoers Club for the year, which includes 13 days racing and many reciprocal days to other race meetings,” said Mr Casey.

The Cheltenham Festival begins on March 12.

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