Yes, I have come to the conclusion that misery is attractive - moths to the light, flies to well you know what - and that it has become a common way for today's personalities and influencers to up their ratings. We Irish are particularly drawn to misery and tragedy, something pointed out to me some … Continue reading Misery is Contagious!
Month: November 2021
How to Design a Garden
John Brookes completely changed the way people thought of garden design, shifting the emphasis from the growing of plants and the craft of gardening to designing and creating spaces for people. His designs catered first and foremost for the essential practicalities of what people needed in the spaces attached to their houses so that his … Continue reading How to Design a Garden
It was the Worst of Times.
Karma came and, as the Americans might say, bit me in the butt! It was inevitable, I suppose, that when I only part quoted Charles Dickens' opening lines in A Tale of Two Cities last week, the words which followed would come to haunt me and ensure this past week was the worst of times. … Continue reading It was the Worst of Times.
It is the Best of Times!
It was a beautiful day, bright and warm and without the chilling breeze of recent days. It was a perfect afternoon for gardening and as I worked - gently, I might say - I thought that this really is the best of times in the garden. The pace of plant and grass growth has slowed … Continue reading It is the Best of Times!
Beth Chatto’s Green Tapestry Revisited
There is an ageless quality about the Beth Chatto Gardens in Elmstead, Essex, something about them which is perennially attractive and pleasing. Though all gardens are a contrivance, Beth Chatto’s hand ensured the contrivance was never noticed, that all appeared perfectly natural, perfectly comfortable, perfectly right. This was her great skill, that of selecting and … Continue reading Beth Chatto’s Green Tapestry Revisited
From Boardwalk and Dashboard
We took ourselves off to Youghal today as we had it in mind for some time to see the boardwalk on the seafront there. It has been there since 2015 but we were giving it time to settle in and be sure it was solid and safe to walk on! A friend posted a photograph … Continue reading From Boardwalk and Dashboard
Ferns – Book Giveaway!
Ferns for a Cool Temperate Climate –by Martin Rickard. The Crowood Press Martin Rickard’s new book on ferns will be the one-stop volume for those with an interest in these very attractive garden plants and if your gardening interests are only now leaning towards ferns, you will find no better book to guide you on … Continue reading Ferns – Book Giveaway!
Enjoying the Small Things.
After the recent days of very heavy rain and strong wind there was a certain trepidation in that first walk around the garden to check that all is well. There is always the fear that there will be damage and even though recent conditions were not really of that threatening a nature it still came … Continue reading Enjoying the Small Things.