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Rambling roses are great for covering walls



By Debby Looney

Have you bare walls to cover, an oil tank, or a bank on which nothing will grow? There are climbers for almost every situation, from the stately climbing rose to the wild tumble of clematis Montana.

Climbing roses are an obvious choice for many people, as they seem to flower for a long period, and are colourful. However, apart from careful training and pruning, they need sun, shelter, ventilation and care.

The rambling rose is much more resilient and grateful from early summer right through the autumn, and in some winters they flower away content with any soil and a minimum of shelter. I think the ‘Rambling Rector’ is one of the most beautiful white ramblers available. It has pure white blossoms with bright yellow stamens. ‘American Pillar' is a favourite pink of mine, and ‘canary bird’s' is a cute yellow. There is an abundance of varieties in hedgerows, mark them and take hardwood cuttings! Rambling roses are excellent for walls, though they need a lot of support, but are ideal draped over a bank.
Clematis is another favourite, from Montana in the early spring, followed by alpine varieties in March and April, to later varieties such as ‘Nelly Moser’, pink and white striped large flowers, ‘Bijoux’, pale lilac, ‘the President' intense blue flowers and very hardy, and ‘Princess Diana' which has pink bell shaped flowers throughout the summer.


Solanum crispum, or the Chilean potato plant, is an ideal plant to hide oil tanks or grow against a bank. It has long lax stems with semi evergreen leaves. It flowers throughout the summer, with either mauve ‘Glasnevin', or white flowers. It can be pruned back hard if it gets too unruly, this also encourages more flowers.

Evergreen climbers include reliable ivies, but also climbing hydrangeas. H. petiolaris is usually evergreen here, and H. seemanii is definitely evergreen. Both produce white flowers and like the shade, so northern or western walls suit them. We are all familiar with honeysuckle, but less well-known is the evergreen honeysuckle, Lonicera japonica ‘Halliana’. Covered in highly scented, pure white blooms, they fade to yellow giving it a two-toned appearance. The foliage is a rich dark green, and it tolerates a fair amount of shade.


For speed coverage, few plants beat Virginian creeper, also called 'Boston Ivy', or Parthenocissus. They go bright red in the autumn, but unfortunately do not flower. It is incredibly fast growing, clinging to the wall itself. It tolerates full shade but for the best autumn colour, a south or East facing wall is preferable. Clematis montana is also a very fast grower, with masses of soft pink or white flowers in the spring. If they are happy, passion flowers or Passiflora caerula, are also fast growers - and evergreen with beautiful flowers. They flower best when the roots are restricted by a path or in a pot, or if there are other plants growing close to it. In our climate a south or south-west facing wall is best as they need at least four hours of sunlight a day to flower well.



Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]




The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.


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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]




The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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