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December Blossoms

I always think that it is a minor miracle that I can find enough flowers in the garden to decorate the house for Christmas. I divide the sources into three categories – those shrubs that usually flower during the winter such as Camellia, Correa and Viburnum, those summer plants that keep producing one or two […]

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A Kaleidoscope of Colour

I don’t ever remember Ireland being famous for its autumn colours and my memories from childhood are that leaves turned a dull brown at best before falling. Scotland had the perfect climate to produce dramatic autumn colours and I was pleasantly surprised when I first saw the vivid yellows of the ferns in the lower […]

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Animal Helpers

Autumn has finally arrived. The wind is now from the north west and is bitterly cold. The dramatic sunrises and sunsets almost make up for the chill, but there are no more relaxing tea breaks in the warm sunshine as I go about my gardening chores. This month I am taking advantage of the offerings […]

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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 […]