Transformation without the perspiration

      The Vision When my small front patch was a pile of rubble of mud a few years ago it was hard to believe that it would ever become the space that only existed in my head.  Although I had drawn a rough plan of how it would be I knew that my … Continue reading Transformation without the perspiration

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A bird in a bath is worth two in a bush

Now that the weather is warming up the birds are back busily about feeding and bathing,  delighting us all.  We all plant to  encourage wildlife into the garden so why not get creative and add decorative interest whilst you are at it for any creatures that will benefit?  There is nothing more delightful than watching birds … Continue reading A bird in a bath is worth two in a bush

The Alliums Have Landed

The shift in seasons has meant that everything in the garden is blooming about a month later than usual.  But thankfully this year they are all  still doing their thing.  Last year during March it was so wet and soggy and lacking in sunshine that the alliums (which are from the onion family and prefer dryer conditions) … Continue reading The Alliums Have Landed

Plant with Passion

Whether you have an expansive football pitch or a tiny terrace plant it with passion. Planting an evergreen backdrop and a rotation of perennials (plants that will relentlessly pop up every year) for each season will ensure your space has colour and vibrancy all year round.  It is a formula that will work in most spaces. … Continue reading Plant with Passion

The Show Must Go On

ahoy me hearties It's a long time coming - Spring.  The unseasonally harsh cold weather has kept the blooms at bay, which is probably a good thing as in  previous springs that have burst forth early in all their glory,  blooms have been nipped in the bud  days after their splendour has arrived depriving us of … Continue reading The Show Must Go On

A Place to Ponder

One of my many passions in life is to travel the world and explore new places and with holidays being scarce when you work full time I always like to try and venture to new territories for new explorations.  Apart from my home country of Ireland, that has entrenched in me an unbreakable bond,  there … Continue reading A Place to Ponder

Hope Springs Eternal Youth

Looking around outside most days seem dark, dank, bleak and the plants in nature are dormant and quietly slumbering. But on closer inspection I realise all is not lost. The snowdrops are starting to bloom.  Alongside, and well on their way, are the first narcissus of spring and just beginning to appear are the sprouting  bluebells.  … Continue reading Hope Springs Eternal Youth

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

As we prepare for Christmas in a frenzy let's not forget to add Christmas cheer to our gardens and patios which deserve to be loved all year round. Decorating outside with seasonal plants not only continues to bring the outside in during the festive season it also guarantees you that the glamour will remain long … Continue reading It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Winter Warmers

Just like some people there are lots of plants that don't like the cold harsh Winters.  Some tend to die back underground in the depths of  it all and reappear in Springtime.  There are others who have less chance to  survive that way, so to keep them going I have acquired  for them a special house … Continue reading Winter Warmers

Haul in the Harvest

Bag up any seeds that you collect from fading flower heads this time of year.   Store them in a dark dry place.  You will then have an abundance to hand ready to plant early next spring Autumn is a great time for harvesting seeds to help you get your annual planting pots in full bloom for next year … Continue reading Haul in the Harvest