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Rambling roses are great for covering walls

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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.

OIL TANKS

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.

FAST COVERAGE

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.

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Artists invited to showcase work at Wine and Art night

It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November. The pandemic enforced its absence and now […]

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It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November.

The pandemic enforced its absence and now every effort is being made to make up for lost time.

Widely regarded as one of the social highlights of the year in Killarney, this year’s gathering will take place in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday, November 30, commencing at 7.15pm.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are priced at €20 and all proceeds raised on the night will go to deserving local charities and community organisations.

Over the years the evening of wine and art has raised tens of thousands of Euro for great causes and the 2022 proceeds will be of enormous benefit to the chosen groups.

This year, once again, the event is being held in association with Daly’s SuperValu and supported by Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company.

Rotary Club President, Rayla Tadjimatova, has appealed to all artists who might like to showcase their work on the night to get in touch with club members, as soon as possible, to guarantee inclusion.

“We are reaching out not only to artists who have supported the event in the past but to any new artists who wish to take the opportunity to place their work in front of a very appreciative local audience of up to one thousand people on the night,” she said.

Those interested should email killarneyrotaryclub@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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Gardai seek whereabouts of missing Kerry teen

Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager. Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3). He is described as being […]

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Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager.

Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3).

He is described as being approximately 6ft in height, of a slim build with brown hair and green eyes. When last seen Nicolas was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a black hoody top. He was also carrying a black bag.

Anyone with information on Nicolas’ whereabouts is asked to contact Tralee Garda Station on 066 710 2300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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