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Spring

Seashore Garden

31 January 2021 The dull wet days continue and the garden is still waterlogged and almost unworkable. Regardless of the weather, the dogs still need exercise and most days we pay a visit to the small cove below the house. Seaweed has always been an important nutrient for the garden and each winter the storms […]

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winter

Winter’s Natural Beauty

16 January 2021 Cape Clear on a cold, frosty evening The long cold spell has disappeared to be replaced by thick fog and pouring rain. Walking the dogs now requires that I identify when there will be a break in the downpours. So far, I have not been very good at this as the rain […]

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Creating a Miniature
Woodland Garden

5 January 2021 For the first year ever, I am finding it had to find work to do in the garden. This is not for lack of trying. I am thwarted by two factors. The temperature has been below zero every night for some time and daytime temperatures are little better. My hands have registered […]

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Wildlife Habitats Winter Berries

Winter Berries
for the Birds

 26 December 2020 Storm Bella is on the way and I have been providing the birds with double rations of bird food to help them through the next few days. My five-year-old hedgerows are providing some shelter, but many of the small birds seem to live in the acres of gorse and brambles on my […]

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Garden Design Structure

Semi-dry-stone walls

7 December 2020 I don’t know why I am consistently surprised by the weather because I have learned that the one constant here is that nothing is constant. Yesterday I awoke to a hard frost. The temperature reached a heady six degrees in the middle of the day. The robin almost pushed me out of […]

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Autumn Fungi

Fungi

20 November 2020 October was a relatively dry month all things considered and mushrooms were noticeable by their absence. This was disappointing, as I have had a full fairy ring on the driveway for three years in a row. Last year there were two intersecting rings with two different fungi species and I had high […]

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Structure Trees

Bare Root Trees

11 November 2020 My miniature ‘water garden’ (consisting of one terracotta pot and water lily) is now under water after days of torrential rain. Much of the rest of the garden requires either webbed feet or wellington boots and it looks as if the weather will remain unsettled for some days to come. Even the […]

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First Steps Structure

A Rocky Start: Creating a Garden

2 November 2020 The early years When I bought this property nine years ago, the site consisted of three acres of land used mostly for grazing and silage coupled with some small areas of mature trees. A long track took a straight path to the house at the top of the rise, so that not […]

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Autumn

Autumn Colour on Roaringwater Bay

12 October 2020 Growing up in the south east of Ireland I never took vivid autumn colour for granted. Most years the leaves were a dull brown and only remarkable for the amount of time it took to rake them up. For my twenty years in the north east of Scotland the exact opposite was […]

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Hedgerow treats

2 October 2020 Fruit cordials Five varieties of crab apples growing well in the garden I am still suffering from the loss of my entire season of soft fruits which were destroyed when the freezer cut out in a recent thunderstorm. I rely on the cordials made from blackcurrants, red/white currants and rhubarb for my […]