Posts by leonie

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The power of Green

When you think about gardens what is the first colour that comes to mind? You will undoubtedly answer green and this is no surprise considering that green is the colour of most planting and considered the colour most associated with Springtime, nature and growth. Even the word green comes from the middle English and Anglo Saxon word ‘grene’ which, like the German word grün has the same germanic root as the words

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Wild Wreaths-Modern studies in tradition, sustainability and exquisite design

I can’t believe it’s already that glorious time of the year again. Fires are blazing, Christmas trees are up and the countdown to Christmas has begun. For me this time of the year is always a wonderful time of slowing down and allowing some time for crafts and creativity. One of my favourite things every year is to roam the mostly bare wild Atlantic fields around my house in search

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The Gift of Garden giving

Looking for that special last minute Christmas gift for the green fingered one in your life? Here is my ultimate garden inspired gift guide which features everything from garden tools, essential garden books, style and clothing, beauty from the garden, tree and home decorations, floral inspired accessories and gifts for little gardeners too. There’s something for everyone!  ⭐︎   Garden Traditions 1- The essential tool- Burgon & Ball RHS-endorsed topiary shear. 

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The Great Outdoors

When was the last time you took a walk outside in our amazing wild landscape? I love exploring off the beaten track, discovering new paths leading to new views and stunning scenery. There is something about wandering aimlessly which makes you feel calm and rejuvenated, and sometimes I think that every new discovery brings a subtle shift in perspective. How therapeutic the rich green corners in the forest are, full

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Hello Yellow ♡ Tips for using yellow in the Garden

Mellow Yellow- the colour of optimism    Yellow. The colour between green and orange in the visible spectrum. The colour of glowing sunshine, the ball of fire we call our sun and egg yolks, sunflowers and ripe lemons. With all these associations, surely this colour must come out top as one of the world’s favourite colours right? Wrong! According to a study conducted by Dulux, the world’s favourite colour when

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How to grow your very own garden medicine cabinet

The other day I spent an hour browsing the seed stands in my local garden centre. With the herbs and flowers in my garden slowly fading into Autumn, I was intent on finding some inspiration for next years growing season. This year my asters were simply stunning, even now adorning the garden in a frothy purple haze, perfection when teamed with the russet tones of the Japanese maples. My Nasturtiums,

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The Spooky Halloween Garden |Plants and flowers with some serious scare factor

What’s the first word that comes to mind when you think of the Halloween garden? I would hazard a guess that it is probably ‘pumpkin’?. It is no wonder, with the endless jack-o-lanterns glowing spookily on doorsteps and window sills everywhere at this time of the year. Every supermarket, local shop and garden centre has some available to buy and allowing Halloween to inspire you to carve gory faces out

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Magical Lissadell | 54.3467° N, 8.5809° W

Lissadell – A Gardener’s Palimpsest Some gardens take your breath away. Whether through sophisticated planting design, clever colour or material use, fascinating historical contexts or spectacular visual settings; some gardens just shine brighter than others. Anyone that has ever visited the Lissadell house gardens will know what I mean. Set smack bang on the edge of the wild Atlantic coast, the house, which sits surrounded by sloping pastures and lush woodland leads

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Water lilies -grow your own candy coloured gems for the water garden

I have always been fascinated with water lilies. Many years ago as a child I visited a botanic garden in France and marvelled at the stunning colours of the tropical varieties in the glasshouses. Vivid pinks, striking purples and snow whites, seeming to float just above the water, these rare and exotic plants fascinated me no end. Even today I find water lilies one of the most mysterious and exotic

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Queens of texture | Your guide to choosing the perfect ornamental grass for your garden

Nothing says Autumn like the spires of ornamental grass in the garden. At this time of the year, when our September gardens are having a final flush of delicious perennial colour, grasses slowly start coming into their own. Plumes of fluffy flower heads are emerging and gracing perennial borders with frothy texture and elegant movement, seeming to float above the reds, yellows and burnt oranges of late blooming flowers. I

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