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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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Happy Birthday Sham

Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole. Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters. One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday […]

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Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole.

Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters.

One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday has amassed 7.5 million viewers.

Yesterday he visited one of his favourite pubs, Jack C O’Shea’s on High St, where proprietors John and Joan O’Shea and their ever-present dog Ginny placed decorative balloons around the bar to mark the occasion.

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Killarney acts excited to play outdoor mini music event

By Michelle Crean ANSEO, Kerry’s newest outdoor mini music and arts event, plans to have six shows at three venues, including Killarney Town Centre next weekend. On Sunday September 26, there’s plans for an afternoon show by The Gleneagle Concert Band, Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin, and The Small Hours from 2 to 4.30pm. Later that […]

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By Michelle Crean

ANSEO, Kerry’s newest outdoor mini music and arts event, plans to have six shows at three venues, including Killarney Town Centre next weekend.

On Sunday September 26, there’s plans for an afternoon show by The Gleneagle Concert Band, Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin, and The Small Hours from 2 to 4.30pm. Later that evening, from 7 to 9.30pm, acts such as The Rising, Cathal Flaherty, and Truly Diverse, will play.

It’s all part of two weekends of entertainment including tomorrow (Saturday) at the Town Square Listowel where Eoghan Duignan, John Browne and Brendan O’Sullivan, Tim O’Shea & Afro Trad Ireland, as well as Liam O’Connor and Family play from 1pm to 3.30pm, followed by an evening show from 6pm to 8.30pm featuring Seamus Begley and Donogh Hennessy, Sephira, and Peter Staunton and Super Ceili.

In Tralee on Saturday September 25, acts such as Inish, Lorraine Nash, and Oracle will put on a show from 2pm to 4.30pm, with Mark Leen: ‘the man with many voices’, Aisling Urwin & Andy Yelen, and Renovator playing from 7pm to 9.30pm.

ANSEO Kerry, supported by Kerry County Council, has been created to celebrate and support local artists and get them back out performing via a live outdoor music event for those who love Kerry and its talent.

Culture and local art will also be celebrated on a big screen at all of these events highlighting local talent including super works from visual arts Kerry, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Me + The Moon, Kerry Biosphere, St John’s Theatre, as well as Landscapes + Seascapes film, animations and mapping.

“It’s been an unbelievable feeling to be back performing again after what was the longest 18 months for everyone but I feel especially musicians because we were the first to close and just about the last to open again properly,” Cathal from Beaufort, and now living in Killarney town, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“When I read the news a few weeks back that we can perform indoors again it didn’t quite sink in until I was actually playing indoors a few days later. Since then my phone has been hopping with bookings and I’m just so grateful for anyone who has booked me so far. It’s still not entirely back to normal but I won’t be complaining for a while as it’s just so great to be back at it again. I want to give a special thanks to the guys behind ANSEO who have booked me for their Killarney run of shows which I’m really excited for, and also to be sharing the stage with two other incredible Kerry acts – The Rising and Truly Diverse. I know the Truly Diverse lads very well over the last decade so I know it’s gonna be a great show and I can’t wait to get up on that stage and play my own songs in front of real people again!”

ANSEO Kerry will be a family-friendly, alcohol-free, ticket only event for 200 people in pods of four. The concerts will be free of charge and there is expected to be much demand for these socially distanced shows. Tickets are limited but the shows will also be streamed online for those who can’t be there in person. ANSEO Kerry is being run in-line with full Government guidelines and protocols in place.

Tickets are bookable via www.anseokerry.com.

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