July Notes

July more than made up for the lack of rainfall in June with a total of 166mm recorded at our own station at Tantalus Kinsale. For the weather nerds out there, the greatest 24hr precipitation, as measured by our own station, was 31mm over the 17th/18th period.  Met Eireann has provisionally made July 2023 the wettest July on record.  (We have an underground  7,000 litre rainwater harvesting tank on site which has been full all month.)

Tantalus Kinsale glasshouse and dahlia patch

That combination of moisture and heat turbocharged the dahlias in particular and the dinner plate varieties were very much in demand – Cafe au Lait being a particular favourite.

Dinner Plate Dahlia Cafe au Lait
Dahlia Cafe au Lait

Winner of the ‘most popular potted plant of the month’ award was ‘eryngium yuccifolium’ which found homes in Belfast, Dublin, Galway and Kerry as well as here in Cork.  Not sure what sparked the sudden rush but we’ve pretty much sold out now.  Garden fashionistas recommend it teamed with  salvia, stipa and hylotelephium but it will do well and look handsome as long as the soil is well drained and gets plenty of sun.

The flower farming was busy as well – there’s a wealth of material to work with as you can see from the sample bouquet below.  We supply and deliver to several local retailers every Thursday/Friday so do get in touch if that’s of interest.

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July bouquet €11
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