Covid prompted us last year to purchase a season ticket for the gardens at Lismore Castle and we have done the same this year as it is both exceptional value and the gardens merit a visit at least once a month through the open season. It really is worthwhile visiting a garden on a regular … Continue reading Lismore Castle Gardens, May 2022
"Growing your own flowers for cutting is all about bringing the outside into your home, reconnecting with a sense of seasonality and nature. Flowers are food for the soul, and it's time to rediscover the beauty of blooms grown in tune with the season." Growing your own cut flowers brings the pleasure of creating beauty … Continue reading Cut Flowers
A little background story to a plant can add interest and the lead often comes from the botanical name. Sometimes the names are simply descriptive: Geranium sanguineum, Bloody Cranesbill, because of the red colour of the foliage in autumn and some say because of the magenta flowers. Caltha palustris, Marsh marigold, because it grows in … Continue reading Where did that Spreng from?
This Is a book of encouragement, of positivity, of giving it a go! Read it and realise it doesn’t take an expert gardener to create something of beauty, something which brings enjoyment, a garden that will enhance our lives and our environment. Almost to prove the point, the author tackles what most gardeners would consider … Continue reading Shade
"I'm off for a walk around the garden with the camera" is a regular call back to the Head Gardener as I go out the kitchen door. It is something I do almost every day and you might well wonder what I find to photograph that's different to the previous day but I have noticed … Continue reading Come for a Walk with me!
There has been a flurry of books in the post this past week and a small stack is waiting on my attention. In fairness to the publishers and authors who kindly forward books to me I read and review them in the sequence of their arrival. Of course, curiosity demands a quick flick through the … Continue reading Charles Frederick Ball
Much of our gardening activities are routine, unexciting and undemanding on our intellect. This can leave the mind empty and relaxed, an opportunity for the mind to wander to stray thoughts, to mull over those peculiar ideas which come along every now and then or to give deeper thought to things which have been ricocheting … Continue reading Pondering Imagination
It is time for those of us who complain about our garden pests, slugs and snails, greenfly, blackfly and aphids in general, vine weevils, leatherjackets, rabbits, foxes and badgers, even pigeons and pheasants to put things into some perspective and a reading of Stephen Butler's book, Gardening for Gorillas, will go some way towards bringing … Continue reading Gardening for Gorillas
It has been a disappointment that I haven't been able to attribute my present condition to some dramatic event; to be able to relate my downward spiral from a treetop where I had been lopping branches or the slip of a ladder as I ridge tile on the roof in a storm. No, it was … Continue reading A Case of Gardener’s Back!
Four generations of the Stephenson Clarke family have created one of the great gardens of England. The plant-collecting enthusiasm of the garden’s founder continued in following generations with wonderful design and modern planting ensuring the best of gardens, one full of the exceptionally good plants organised and displayed in a perfectly pleasing setting. Colonel … Continue reading Borde Hill