Every year in a garden is different, just like every day in a garden is different. Some years, you have wild successes, beautiful crops, perfect weather and no weeds. Then there are years like this one. When your world kind of falls to pieces and your garden along with it. There are years like this … Continue reading The light at the end of the polytunnel
Valentine's day is unavoidable. It really is. It's everywhere. Cards. Chocolates. Cuddly Toys. Sexy undies. Sexy undies everywhere. Flowers. So many bunches of flowers. So many roses. So many sad, supermarket carnations. I have a bit of a pathetic secret, I've never been bought flowers by a man. Never. Not once. Which is a hell … Continue reading Plants Bants, Valentine’s Day Edition: Borage
Once upon a time there was a small, barren patch of land in a field in North County Dublin. This square of muck was unloved and unworked, yearning for a gardener to come along and tend to it. One day, a young woman stood at its borders, surveying it's potential and the patch of land … Continue reading Happily Ever After
Bloom festival has been and gone, the gardens dismantled, the stalls removed, the park cleaned up and the buzz dying down. We'll just have to wait until next year for it's return. For those of us who are feeling a bit deflated, sad, show-garden deprived, here are a few upcoming Irish Garden events in June … Continue reading Post Bloom Blues? Here’s some upcoming events to keep them at bay.
This week, I'm taking a bit of a change of tack from my usual How To Tuesdays to tell you about my amazing weekend at Bloom. I've been on little bit of a blogging hiatus the past week due to a redesign of the blog itself and of course, a busy weekend, volunteering at Irelands … Continue reading A Blooming Great Day in the Park
Botanical name: Lavandula Flowering time: SummerHeight & spread: 30cm-1m height, 30cm-1.5m spread Lavender is probably my favourite plant in my garden. It's beautiful, easy to grow and smells amazing. Lavender is best when planted late spring/early summer, ideally in May. Like many other herbs, it does well in most soils once it gets full sun and moderately good drainage. … Continue reading How To Grow Lavender
This week, I finally hauled ass to the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, having threatened to do it for months. I hadn't been to the gardens in a number of years, in fact, I think last time I was there was on a school visit and long before I developed a serious interest in plants … Continue reading The National Botanic Gardens